National Perks

We hope you’ll consider joining us for our National Finals in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL or Duluth, MN. Destin sits on the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico and is home to stunning white sandy beaches, emerald green water, and often referred to as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Destin offers a wide variety of activities including parasailing, watersports, dolphin cruises, aquariums, theme parks, and more. Duluth is home to the world-famous lift bridge and boasts fun family attractions, lakeside events, and a quaint downtown area.

The CTC National Finals will include:
  • Convention Classes - free classes in many styles of dance for registered competition students!
  • Dancers' Welcome Celebration - a special event to welcome our dancers to National Finals!
  • The Showdown - our groups and lines dance-off event on the last day of competition!
  • Cash Prizes & Awards - thousands of dollars in cash prizes, scholarships and award certificates!
  • Dancer of the Year - our title contestant competition to crown our top performers in the Junior & Senior divisions!
  • Improv Competition – held on the National Finals stage, with live feedback from the judges and cash prizes!
  • Last Chance Preliminary Competition - qualify any new routines that didn't compete at a regional!
  • Opening Number Production - featuring our Dancer of the Year Finalists and choreographed by our convention faculty!

We invite you to Join the Party!


Event Sample Schedule

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Free Convention Classes Free Convention Classes Preliminary Competition Petite & Junior Competition Teen & Senior Competition Teen & Senior Competition
Dancers’ Welcome Celebration DOTY Rehearsal Petite & Junior Competition Teen & Senior Competition   Celebration
DOTY Parent Meeting DOTY Solo Semifinals        
DOTY Rehearsal          
Please note that this is only a tentative schedule of National Finals. The actual schedule will be posted approximately two weeks before National Finals and may vary based on the number of entries received.


Convention Classes
Convention classes are taught by CTC judges and faculty in a variety of subjects. Wristbands for admittance to complimentary classes will be sent to studios is advance.  All students listed on the Master Contestant List will receive a wristband. Age for convention classes will be determined by student's actual birthdate. Classes will be divided into two age divisions, Junior (12 & Under) and Senior (13 & Over). Depending on the number of participants, additional classrooms/age divisions may be added. Replacements for wristbands are not available on site.

Students will not be admitted into convention ballrooms without a wristband and must wear wristbands at all times during convention classes. Wristbands are non-transferable and should not be removed until convention classes have concluded. Students should bring proper dance attire and footwear for class. Registered teachers and studio owners will also receive passes and are welcome in convention classes at any time. Parents and family members ages 2 and above may purchase a wristband for $20, good for admittance as an observer to all convention classes (both days). No one under the age of 2 is allowed in ballrooms. At no time will photo or video cameras be allowed in convention ballrooms.

Scholarship Auditions
Scholarship Auditions will be held on day two of convention classes and is a separate, additional class. Solo and convention scholarships will be awarded in each age class/level. Announcements will be made during competition at each Final Awards ceremony. Scholarship auditions are closed - teachers may observe with faculty badges. Purchased observer bands do not allow entry into Scholarship Auditions. Dancer of the Year contestants not also registered in the National Finals competition will not receive an audition number. 
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