2nd Annual MAD Competition

Marquette Arts Dance Competition - MAD Competition

Tuesday, June 21st

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Mati - Masonic Arts Theater

Register: SAYTheater

2nd Annual MAD Competition

The Marquette Arts Dance Competition is a fundraiser sponsored by Second Skin Dance Shop and the Marquette Arts and Culture Center for two nonprofit arts organizations in Marquette: Superior Arts Youth Theater and Masonic Arts, Theatre, & Innovation Company!

Dancers of all ages, styles, and experience levels are encouraged to sign up for this adjudicated competition. It’s a great way to get feedback on your dance and you’ll have a chance at the grand prize — a $200 shopping spree at Second Skin!

Ticket and audience information to come!

Competition Fees:

Solo — $40.00 per solo
Duet — $60.00 per duet
Small Group — $75.00 for up to 4 people
Large Group — $125.00 for 5 or more people

If you want to pay by cash or check please send payments to: 

Superior Arts Youth Theater or SAYT
PO Box 741
Marquette, MI 49855


The event will be held in a theatre space with a 18’ x 26’ Marley stage floor in the Masonic Red Room 128 W Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855. Parking is available behind the building in the parking garage, and street parking is available as well. Each group will perform and compete in front of three judges. 


You can choose to enter any number of categories for adjudication. Category Examples: Acro, Ballet/Pointe, Ballroom, Contemporary/Modern, Hip-Hop, Improv, Lyrical…


MAD Award – 300-280
Platinum – 279-265
High Gold – 264-250
Gold – 249-235
High Silver – 234-220
Silver – 219-205
Bronze – 204-100


Artistry/Creativity/Originality – 60 pts (20 points per judge)

Unique Style
Effective Staging
Variety of Movement

Compliments the Music – 60 pts (20 points per judge)

Choreography connects: use of music to movement
Utilizing Tempo Variations
Musicality – cues enhancing choreography design

Visual Effect/Formations/Synchronization/Uniformity – 60 pts (20 points per judge)

Effective Spacing
Smooth Execution of Transitions
Consistent and Uniform Placement
Consistent style throughout participants 

Strength, Control, Placement, and Execution of Movements – 60 pts (20 points per judge)

Execution of difficulty
Intricate Movements & Range of Movements
Technique Applicable to Type/Genre of Dance
Execution of leaps, jumps, tricks, and kicks

Overall Effect – 60 pts (20 points per judge)

Appropriate Music
Entertainment Value
Energy and Confidence


The minimum time for dances is 1 minute and 45 seconds. The maximum time allotted is: 

Soloists – 2:45 minutes 
Duets – 3 minutes
Small Group (4 people or less)- 3 minutes
Large Group (5 people or more) – 4 minutes

Timing will begin with the start of the piece – either upon your entrance or after the team has entered the floor. Timing will end when the piece stops.


You can upload your music with your registration form OR you will receive a link two weeks before the competition to upload your music. Please bring a CD or an iPod as a backup. Competition time slots will be allotted the week before the competition as music is uploaded and received.

You can upload your music with your registration form OR you will receive a link two weeks prior to the competition to upload your music. Please bring a CD or digital device as a backup. Competition time slots will be allotted the week prior to the competition as music is uploaded and received. 

Participants are responsible for legally purchasing their own music. No explicit lyrics.


Minimal props are allowed, and must be with the performer at all times or held by a coach (Example: Hat, Cane, Minimal props allowed, and must be with the performer at all times or held by a coach (Example: Hat, Cane, Suitcase, Poms, Ribbon, Wooden Tap Board). Must take performer(s) under 30 sec to setup & cleanup. No littering the stage ex: confetti, powder, glitter, liquid. No sharp objects that can damage the marley dance floor.


Tots: 5 & Under
Youth: 6-8
Junior: 9-11
Teen: 12-14
Senior: 15-19
Adult: 20+

Soloists will compete against other dancers in the same age division.


Awards will happen at the end of the competition – dancers who didn’t stay for the full competition will be given notice 20 minutes before awards commence to return to the building if they would like! 

Dancers who score 190 or above will receive an adjudicated form via e-mail. 

Top 3 placements will be given in each age division. Ties will be broken by judges’ preference.

Dancers may also receive Judges Choice Awards Example: Best Costume, Choreography…

Grand Prize of $200 Gift Certificate to Second Skin will be given to the Overall MAD Winner. 

*Overall MAD Winner: Judges Choice (Judges are given a list of the highest scoring routines from each division, & they pick One Routine for Overall MAD Winner).


(Please check back as these rules and policies are subject to change.) 

Temperature checks will occur at the door before entry to the masonic building and anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be eligible to compete. 

Individual dancers who do not have costume changes should come in costume to limit dressing room use. 

STAY HOME if you feel any symptoms (even mildly) or are feeling ill.

About Superior Arts Youth Theater

Superior Arts Youth Theater is a nonprofit organization in Marquette, MI that seeks to build confidence and create positive connections for youth through increasing access to the performing arts. SAYT’s annual programming typically includes 3-4 large musicals, a play festival, performances at community events, and a summer acting camp and workshop series. SAYT serves an average of 200 youth ages 3-18 each year. Learn more at saytheater.org.

About Masonic Arts, Theatre, and Innovation Company

The Masonic Arts, Theatre & Innovation Company, better known as MÄTI (Mah*tee), is based in the historic Masonic Square Mall in downtown Marquette. Their goal is to acquire the building and turn it into a regional creative, collaborative hub that provides the creative community with a place to share their vision with the public and promote innovation through all art mediums. Learn more at matimqt.org.


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