The Association of Dance Conventions & Competitions is a collective voice of the industry, dedicated to strengthening dance competition and convention standards through camaraderie, education, and access to resources.

The ADCC supports the following programs:


Industry Excellence Awards


The 2015 ADCC Annual Meeting & Gala featured the first ADCC Industry Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding work by dance competition staff members from across the country in all dance competition industry fields. Since 2015, we have celebrated the outstanding work of our Industry Excellence recipients each year at the ADCC Annual Meeting & Industry Awards Gala.

Achievement in Dance Award

The ADCC also presents the Achievement in Dance Award at the ADCC Annual Meeting & Industry Awards Gala, to a person who has made a significant difference and contribution to the dance industry.

From 2014-2018, the ADCC presented Lifetime Achievement awards to individuals who have made a lifelong contribution to the dance competition industry. The 2018 honoree was the late William E Fowler, Jr., a world-renowned judge and dance teacher. The 2017 Lifetime Achievement award went to nationally-recognized tap dancer and teacher Debbi Dee. The 2016 winner was Jo Rowan, chair of the Dance Department at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University, and 2015 honorees were Art and Nancy Stone.

Studio of Excellence Awards

Studio of Excellence Awards are awarded by ADCC Members to recognize a studio of their choice at each of their regional and national competitions that exemplifies the mission and purpose of The ADCC: working together in the pursuit of excellence.

SOE winners receive a plaque or bannner, a window decal, and are listed on the ADCC website and in our newsletter, and in the ADCC nationwide magazine, The Competitive Advantage.

Annual Meeting and Gala

Annual Meeting & Gala

Each September the Membership is invited to spend 3 days networking, learning, sharing, and celebrating accomplishments at The ADCC Annual Meeting & Industry Awards Gala.

Dance competition owners join staff members, special guests and leading experts in small business management to:

  • Keep current on dance competition industry issues
  • Network with colleagues
  • Expand their own business acumen
  • Celebrate the achievements of fellow industry professionals
The Competitive Advantage

The Competitive Advantage

The Competitive Advantage is the ADCC magazine, launched in 2016, featuring full upcoming season calendars from ADCC Member competitions, ADCC and dance industry news and features, and much more.

ADCC Scholarships

ADCC Scholarships

The ADCC has offered College Scholarships since 2014, to outstanding young college-bound dancers. 

Since 2014, The ADCC has awarded $62,800 in College Scholarships to high school seniors going on to accredited colleges and universities who have competed in at least two ADCC Member competitions.

The application deadline is in the summer, and awards are announced in late fall/early winter for the spring semester.