The Association of Dance Conventions & Competitions is united to promote quality, integrity, and opportunity within the dance competition and convention industry.

The ADCC supports the following programs:

College Dance Scholarships

College Dance Scholarships

Each year, The ADCC awards college dance scholarships to outstanding ADCC competitive dancers across the country.

In 2017 we received 73 scholarship applications, and selected 10 outstanding young dancers to receive scholarships of $1,000 for their college tuition.

2018 applications will be available in January.

Application deadline is July 1 and scholarships will be awarded in the fall.


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 six categories. The awards were expanded in 2016 to include the following categories:

  • Customer Service
  • Emcee/Announcer/ Onstage Personality
  • Judge
  • Production
  • Sales/Merchandise
  • Show/Tour/Event Manager
  • Stage Manager

Lifetime Achievement Award

At the ADCC Annual Meeting & Gala, the distinguished  Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who has made a significant lifelong contribution to the dance competition industry.

The 2017 Lifetime Achievement honoree was renowned 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.

SOE winners receive a plaque or bannner, a FREE annual Affiliate Studio Affiliate Membership to The ADCC (with window decal), as well as a listing on the ADCC website and in our publication, The Competitive Advantage.

The ADCC Dance Dreams Award is an invitation-only opportunity for outstanding competition dancers ages 10-18 to take part in Dance Dreams Powered by Gerber Tours, a week-long immersive dance experience in New York City. It’s a partnership with Gerber Tours, a worldwide leader in educational and performance travel. The partnership supports The ADCC College Scholarship Program.

On the Dance Dreams tour, students:

  • Participate in Master Classes led by a celebrity dancer from So You Think You Can Dance or a Top Broadway Professional
  • Learn choreography from a Broadway show
  • See amazing Broadway shows and meet the performers
  • Be part of a Flash Mob designed by a celebrity dancer from So You Think You Can Dance or a Top Broadway Choreographer
  • Enjoy the Rockette Summer Spectacular and a backstage tour at Radio City Music Hall
  • Be part of a group photo in Times Square
Annual Meeting and Gala

Annual Meeting & Gala

2016-09-23-20-03-38Each September the Membership is invited to spend 3 days networking, learning, sharing, and celebrating accomplishments at The ADCC Annual Meeting & Gala.

Dance competition owners join staff members, special guests and leading experts in small business management for the 2nd ADCC Annual Meeting 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 new ADCC magazine, launched in 2016, featuring ADCC and dance industry news and features, including dance competition tips and tools, plus full upcoming season calendars from ADCC Member competitions, and much more.