National Events

Spotlight National Competitions are the highlight of any season. Our three annual National events are centrally located and offer everything from FREE Master Classes to more than $20,000 in cash awards and prizes. To be part of an unforgettable experience, look into one of the Spotlight Dance Cup National Competitions and join us for a week of instruction, world-class competition and memories that will last a lifetime!

See What's New for Nationals 2018!



Receive a Diamond, Ruby, or Emerald Award at 2018 Regional event or by video qualification. Dancer substitutions at a National event is permitted when 50% of the original participants are retained for duo/trio, groups, lines, and productions. NOTE: Routines receiving the Overall High Score Award in the Diamond Class at 2017 National Championship Finals are ineligible to compete with the same or different dancers in 2018 Regional or National competitions.


All Regional Photogenic Winners will be automatically entered for the National Photogenic Title – with a chance to become an Elite Brand Ambassador for Spotlight! If a dancer was not chosen, or did not compete, at a Regional event they may enter the Last Chance Photogenic contest at our National Spotlight Boutique.


All Regional Sharing the Spotlight winners are automatically entered into our National Sharing the Spotlight contest – with a chance to win up to $20,000 in scholarships for continued dance education. If a dancer was not chosen, or did not compete, at a Regional event they may enter the Last Chance Sharing the Spotlight contest. Visit Scholarship Opportunities page to apply.


Title contestants earning a Diamond or Ruby on their Title solo at the Regional event qualify to compete for the National Title, regardless of whether or not the contestant won Title at a Regional event. Regional Title Winners from 2017 may compete at Nationals 2018 without re-qualifying the Spotlight Title portion if they did not compete at Nationals 2017; however, they must qualify their solo at a Regional event or by video qualification. 2017 National Titleholders are ineligible to compete in 2018 unless moving to a new age Division, but may compete in subsequent years or at another National Finals.

All National Title Contestants will receive: a free coaching session, two free VIP Priority Seating tickets for the Championship Extravaganza, priority registration for master classes, and free admission to the Black Light Party. Regional Title Winners participating at Nationals will also receive: free second solo Title upgrade and an exclusive party with a Spotlight VIP!

The National Title competition includes: Solo performance and on-stage Title interview, participation in the Spotlight Elite, an off-stage, group interview, and the Title Promenade.


National Title Competitors, Regional Junior and Senior Dance Down Finalists, as well as Regional Top 10 Elite Gems soloists are eligible to participate in Spotlight Elite. This exclusive performance team will be featured in the Championship Extravaganza on the final day of competition. A registration fee is required for Dance Down Finalists and Regional Top 10 Elite Gems soloists; however, this fee is already included in the National Title Competitor fee. Must be 8 years or older to participate. Dancers registered in the Novice Gems and Future Gems Divisions are ineligible to participate.


Dancers, teachers and parents are welcome to the third annual Black Light Dance Party hosted by one of your favorite Spotlight DJs! Admission to the party is a Spotlight t-shirt, available for purchase at the Spotlight Boutique. Win awesome prizes and dance the night away with Spotlight staff and judges! All National Title Contestants receive free admission.


Spotlight’s Parent Dance Down is the most entertaining activity during Nationals! A theme will be announced two weeks prior to the event and parents are encouraged to dress the part. Free tickets can be picked up at the Spotlight Boutique. Compete for the Parent Dance Down Champion or win for best costume! Additional challenges and activities will occur throughout the week. Parents are encouraged to participate for a chance to win awesome prizes and impress dancers with their unique talents!


Free Master Classes will be offered at all three of our National events! An email will be sent to all studios when registration becomes available (approximately two weeks prior to the start of the competition). These classes are extremely popular and fill up fast; once capacity is reached, registration will be closed. National Title Contestants receive priority registration for master classes and should not pre-register.


Dancers taking master classes have the chance to perform in the Championship Extravaganza as a “Cut Above” dancer. Instructors will invite dancers from each class, designated in registration as “Cut Above”, to perform the choreography during the Championship Extravaganza. Attendance at “Cut Above” rehearsals is mandatory and participating dancers will purchase an exclusive top from the Spotlight Boutique for their costume. National Title Competitors and Spotlight Elite will be ineligible to participate in the performances due to scheduling, but are invited to participate in the master classes.


The National Championship Finals occurs on the final day of competition. Top scoring Elite Gems routines will be invited to re-compete for Diamond Class overall awards and cash prizes. For the Future Gems division, this applies to groups and lines only. If unable to re-compete, the routine will automatically be awarded the lowest overall award.

Studios that do not have at least one group routine competing in the Elite Gems Diamond Class, in each Age Category, may be eligible to re-compete for Ruby Class overall awards. The highest scoring group routine, receiving a Ruby award or higher, from up to four qualifying studios, will be invited to re-compete. The Future Gems division may be eligible to participate in the Ruby Class if time permits.

Diamond Overall Novice Gems groups and lines will be invited to exhibit their winning routine at the Championship Finals. The Novice Gems division is ineligible for the Ruby Class.


The National Championship Extravaganza takes place following the Championship Finals. This fabulous awards ceremony will include Judge, Staff and Studio introductions, performances from the Spotlight Elite and Cut Above dancers, as well as our exquisite Title Promenade! VIP Priority Seating tickets will be available for purchase at the Spotlight Boutique – all National Title Contestants will receive two complimentary VIP Priority Seating tickets. If registration allows, two awards ceremonies will occur.