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Get ready for a fresh new approach to dance competitions. We’ve created a magical experience for students, parents & studios alike.  We like to say it’s a competition by studios, for studios, because it was designed by voices like yours!

2021 Competition Locations

Des Moines, IA  

Duluth, MN

Champaign, IL 

Rapid City, SD 

Madison, WI

Sioux Falls, SD  



Unique Competition Features

Free GEMS Gift For Every Dancer

Every dancer receives a limited edition Gems Dance Competition merchandise item.

Past items have included swanky t-shirts, cozy custom socks and adorable custom totes. Our designs are fresh & hip with both dudes and dudettes in mind!

2020 Gift Item To Be Announced

Free Programs

Our beautiful glossy programs are provided for FREE. Parents have raved over how much they love this perk, and we have to agree!

Video Adjudication

Every entry is filmed in HD and individual judge’s critiques are overlaid on the video so you can see and hear the feedback. Videos are mobile friendly too, so you can easily review and share with your competition teams & staff members on the go.

VIP Lounge

A magical oasis in the midst of a crazy day, the VIP Lounge is for studio owners and their staff to take a break and recharge! Filled with luscious coffee from Death Wish Coffee, premium teas, chilled bubbly sodas and top-shelf sparkling waters, you’re sure to find a beverage to suit. You’ll also find a treasure trove of healthy snacks and sinful delights stocked throughout the event. 

You spend a lot of time taking care of your students. It’s just our little way of taking care of you!


Dance studio life can leave you with weird pockets of time to get ‘er done. We get it! Reach out by  email, text, or facebook. While we’re not quite 24/7, we are definitely available “after hours” and respond quickly.

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