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Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone enter the showcase? What are the rules?

The Regional Competitions are for groups and dance schools. You can enter two groups into the competition - 1 Junior (ages 8 to 13) & 1 Senior (ages 14+). There is a minimum of 8 dancers per group with a maximum of 40 and you may enter any genre, see here for the RULES For the Super Convention, dance schools who have attended a Regional Convention can have a Complimentary showcase performance on our main stage in The Echo Arena (limited performance slots available). See here for more details. If you aren’t yet a CYD? school you can submit a video entry to danceschools@canyoudancelive.com

How long can the routines be?

Regional Routines should be 2.30 long with an absolute maximum of 3 minutes (Any music over 3 minutes will be returned and asked to be cut). See the full regional rules here.  

How do we buy tickets?

All tickets can be bought through our website & will be sent out approximately 10 days before each event, along with the timetable & all event information. For the regional conventions, there are 3 options for tickets:

  • Gold tickets - this gives each dancer competition entry, 3 x masterclasses and exhibition entry. 
  • Silver tickets - this gives each dancer 3 x masterclasses and exhibition entry. 
  • Bronze tickets - these are spectator and entry tickets for parents and friends.
For the Super Convention, your entry ticket for the whole weekend is £20 online (£25 on the door) – this includes 2-day access. Masterclasses are from £5 per class, these can be added once you have bought your entry ticket. 

Do parents need to buy a ticket?

Parents, family & friends who want to come along to watch will need to purchase a bronze ticket for our Regional Conventions and an entrance ticket for our Super Convention. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Who are the Tutors?

The CYD? faculty is made up of the best UK dance professionals. In the event of an announced tutor being unable to attend any event including the Super Convention, CYD? holds the right to offer a replacement of comparable background and status. 

How many Masterclasses can we do?

Regionals - Each gold & silver ticket holder will be given 3 Masterclasses, one in Commercial Dance, one in Contemporary dance and one in Musical Theatre/Jazz. There will also be free technique and tap classes within the exhibition throughout the day.

Super Convention - For the Super Convention you can do as many classes as you choose, simply buy an entrance ticket and then add the classes you would like to do to your basket. There will also be free technique, ballet and tap classes within the exhibition throughout the day.

Can we choose which classes we want to do?

For our Regional Conventions upon booking you will be placed into a group. The week before the event you will receive the timetable with the details of your classes. For the Super Convention you can choose your classes.

How can I make sure I am in the same group as my friend?

When booking online just ensure you choose the same group number as your friends for the Regional Coventions and the same classes for the Super Convention.

How are the groups made up?

Groups are divided into Junior groups (age 8-13) and Senior groups (14+) at our regional conventions. At the super convention there is a mixture of Junior, Senior & mixed ability classes.

Do you have to be a high standard in dance to take part?

No, we welcome all abilities! We do recommend that you have some dance training though so you can get the most out of the classes.

What time does it start?

At the Regionals, our doors will open at 8:30am. There will be an introduction to the day in the main arena at approximately 9:30am and classes will start at 10am. Please note these timings vary from venue to venue so please check the timetable prior to the day as classes may begin earlier.

The Super Convention will run over two days, from 1pm on the Saturday and from 9am on the Sunday.

What time does it finish?

The day will finish between 6:15pm & 7:15pm depending on the event. Please check the timetable for each convention. The Super Convention will end at 10pm on the Saturday & 8pm on the Sunday, please check the timings on our website.

What clothes/shoes should we bring?

Please wear suitable clothing for the masterclasses in which you can move appropriately. Trainers are good for commercial & jazz, but Contemporary will require jazz shoes or bare feet. Don’t forget to bring your tap shoes to use on our rhythm stage.

Do we need to bring our own food/drinks?

There are opportunities for food on site, but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch & refreshments with you.

Is there parking available?

There is parking available at each venue (Please see the map for parking options).

What time does the showcase start?

The Regional showcases will begin between 3:30pm & 5.00pm depending on the venue (see the timetable for exact times).

At the Super Convention the Senior showcase will begin at 8pm on the Saturday and the Junior showcase will begin at 5:30pm on the Sunday. There will also be performances throughout the two days, please see the timetable for further information.

Can we see the colleges perform?

Yes, at the Regionals the college showcase runs over lunchtime (around 1pm), this is always a popular part of the day so we advise planning this into your lunchtime break. Please check our Super Convention timetable to see when colleges will be performing.

Do we have to wear the wristbands all day?

Yes, wristbands must be kept on all day as they will act as your ticket into each Masterclass. Spectator wristbands must also be worn all day - forgetting your wristband on the day may result in you being denied entry. If you are attending both days of our Super Convention please remember to keep your wristband for the next day.

What can supporters watch?

At the Regionals, Bronze Ticket holders are allowed to watch the Masterclasses, visit the exhibition and watch the college performances and showcase at the end of the day.

At the Super Convention, you can enjoy our biggest yet dance exhibition, watch fashion shows and see the performances on the main stage! Your entrance ticket covers the whole weekend.

Do we need to bring money?

Yes, there is an exhibition with stalls selling the latest dance wear & accessories as well as CYD? merchandise and the chance to pay for extra classes.

How do I get seen for a scholarship?

Colleges exhibit at all our events and on the day their representatives scout dancers during our masterclasses. If you are lucky enough to be chosen, you will get short listed to audition at the college. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship please make yourselves known to the college at the beginning of the day.

Can younger dancers win scholarships?

Yes, scholarships are not just reserved for dancers who are ready to train full time - many of our younger dancers are offered scholarships for Easter & Summer school courses too.