Scoresheets for 2019-2020 will be as follows:

Ultimate Dance Experience Acro Rules

Specific Acro rules can be viewed as follows: ICE Rules for Acro

And for all dance styles, general rules for 2019-2020 are as follows:

Ultimate Dance Experience General Rules

1)      All teams and dancers must be supervised during all official functions by a qualified director/advisor/coach.

2)      Coaches must consider the performer and team skill level with regard to skills incorporated and proper progression.

3)      All directors, advisors and coaches must have, and review, an emergency plan in the event of an injury.

4)      Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or note of the music. Timing will end with the last choreographed movement or note of the music. Violation of the time limit will result in a deduction.

5)      Teams may not compromise the integrity of the performance surface. (Examples: residue from sprays, powders, oils, etc.) Violation will result in a deduction.

6)      Use of fire, noxious gases, live animals and other potentially hazardous elements are strictly prohibited. Violation will result in disqualification.

7)      Substitutions may be made in the event of any injury or other serious circumstance. Substitutes must abide by the age restrictions in all division in which they compete.

8)      All participants agree to conduct themselves in a manner displaying good sportsmanship throughout the competition with positive presentation upon entry and exit from the performance area as well as throughout the routine. The advisor and coach of each team is responsible for seeing that team members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the team conduct themselves accordingly.   Severe cases of unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for disqualification.

9)      Dancers cannot compete against themselves in the same age category and division.


1)      Suggestive, offensive, or vulgar choreography, costuming, makeup, and/or music are inappropriate for family audiences and therefore lack overall audience appeal. This may affect the judges’ overall impression and/or score of the routine. Vulgar or suggestive choreography is defined as any movement implying something improper or indecent, appearing offensive or sexual in content, and/or relaying lewd or profane gestures or implications.

2)      All choreography should be age appropriate.

3)      Every effort should be made to ensure that the lyrics of the music are appropriate for all audience members.

4)      Performing in socks and/or footed tights, high heels, roller skates, roller blades or any other footwear that is inappropriate for the sport is not allowed.  If in doubt please contact ICE for prior approval on the email

5)      Jewellery as part of a costume is allowed.

6)      All costuming should be secure.  Costume malfunctions resulting in team members being exposed may be grounds for disqualification.


1)      Free standing props are not allowed. Use of parts of a costume (costume elements such as a necklace, jacket, hat, poms, etc.) are allowed and may be used and discarded.

2)      Props resembling weapons are not allowed, i.e., guns, knives, booms, etc.

3)      If using confetti or other items which will require clearing up the floor after your performance, we require advance notice.  Please note this on in your email when you enter your team.

Legality Guidance

If you are seeking guidance and are entering an ICE event this season, you can email at least 10 working days in advance of the competition (or at least 10 working days before the date you require a response, as we receive a lot of queries at peak times). For more information please see the Legality Guidance page. Please note any response you are given is relevant only to ICE events.  Also, it is important to note that performance errors on the competition floor may make skills illegal.


At events, judges will score three specific categories (Choreography, Difficulty and Technique). Each category has its own scoresheet.

Scoresheets will be added together for a total score. The head judge will be responsible for subtracting points from the overall score for mistakes and infractions made during a team performance, to give a final score (so please be sure to read our rules). The final score will be used for team placement.

In the event of a tie, the team with the lowest amount of deductions will be placed above the team they have tied with. If the tie is still standing, the technique average score for each of the teams in question will be reviewed. The team with the highest technique score will be moved ahead of the other team involved in the tie. If a tie still stands, the judges will be polled as to where the teams should be placed.

All decisions by judges, penalty and legality judges are final.

A little scoring advice from us at ICE – technique is the golden word, and don’t forget to entertain us, show us something different, brighten up our day.


Please note: the ICE scoring team will not change any legalities or deductions or scores after each session. We will only discuss this on the day of the event. All decisions by judges, penalty and legality judges are final.


Scoresheets will be added together for a total score. Any deductions or infractions will be subtracted from the total score to give the final score. The final score will be used for team placement.