Rules and regulations are subject to change at any time, and without prior notice, at the discretion of the organizer. Updates and amendments will be made online at, for the latest on this event please keep up to date with the website.

Step 1: Audition Round

All competitors have 1 round in front of the judges. 
Judges then choose the top X (x = top 16, 8, 4; however many is suitable for the competition size)

Step 2: Elimination

The winner from each round moves on until you have an individual/Crew winner.

Top 16 1 round per person
Top 8 1 round per person
Top 4 2 rounds per person
Finals 3 rounds per person

In-between each section competitors will have a 5 minute break for “cypher time” in which all the competitors either can have a breather before their next round or for the eliminated competitors get to still dance and have fun.

Prize money:

1v1 Break Junior – Trophy
1v1 Break Open – $300
3v3 Hip-hop Junior – Trophy each
3v3 Hip-hop Open – $700 between the 3 ($233.30 each)


DJ: “The DJ makes the jam”.

Our DJ’s will play Break and Hip-hop. Most importantly they will be a Battle DJ.

Location: Beach Marquee, Surfers Paradise Beach

More details:


  • Step Up Surfers Paradise is a dance competition for Amateur dancers only (meaning – the competitor/s are not working full time as a dancer/choreographer or dance teacher)
  • For general enquiries, assistance or questions please e-mail
  • The Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance have the right to amend the schedule, order of sections or order of competitors at any time and without prior notice.
  • Bullying during the competition is not acceptable and any evidence of such bullying will result in instant dismissal from the competition. Sportsmanlike behaviour is expected at all times.
  • Step Up Surfers Paradise is held within a temporary structure on the beaches of Surfers Paradise.
  • The stage size at Step Up Surfers Paradise is approximately 12m W x 10m D at 900mm H. These measurements are an estimation and may alter slightly (bigger or smaller).


  • Entries will be accepted via online submission only. No phone entries accepted.
  • Entries close at midnight on 1st April 2017.To assist the Australian Dance Cup, and ensure inclusion in the competition, please submit entries as early as possible using our online form
  • No late entries will be accepted to the official program after the closing date – unless in the case of organiser error by Australian Dance Cup or Surfers Paradise Alliance
  • ‘Small groups’ must be made up of between 2 – 3 dancers only and entered as a Duo/Trio. Dancers of 4 or more are to be entered and paid for as ‘Groups’
  • Age cut off:
    a) (all categories): Individual’s age as at the first day of the competition you are competing in
    b) Competitors may compete up an age group (i.e.: 14 year old in the Open Category) however a competitors may not compete down an age group (i.e.: 14 year old in the 10-12 year category)
    c) When in a group, the group must be made up of a reasonable percentage of dancers in the age of the section they are entering (i.e.: in the Open Category, mostly ages 15 years +)
  • In all duo/trio sections, the names of both/all partners must be stated on the entry form, but one (1) partner may be substituted. The Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance must be notified for approval at an early stage prior to the commencement of the competition, and no changes will be accepted within 7 days of the commencement of the competition.
  • Music, lyrics, costumes and dance content must be age and event appropriate
  • If a competitor advances to the final round, they must perform the routine with which they advanced with. No new routine / costume or update to the original routine will be accepted. Any competitors found to be updating their routine will be disqualified


  • Registration fees are to be paid via the Step Up registration form on the Austalian Dance Cup website.
  • There will be no refunds on fees for any reason, unless the section is cancelled by the Australian Dance Cup or Surfers Paradise Alliance
  • Submissions will not qualify or be recognised as an ‘entry’ until registration fees have been received and confirmed as PAID IN FULL by the Australian Dance Cup, and unless their full performance track has been received in MP3 format. If a competitor turns up on the day and their registration fees have not been paid, they will not be permitted to compete.
  • Deadline to receive ALL fees in full, is the closing date of entries on 1st April 2017.


  • All music must be submitted via e-mail before the closing date of registrations for approval, as follows:
    • All files must be in mp3 format
    • All files must be the final cut of your song, including any fade outs or speed adjustment – the DJ will not be able to adjust your music on the day
    • All files are to be renamed and labeled as follows:
        Kids – Solo – Hip Hop Dance Studio – Jane Smith – off stage
        ie. Youth – Duo – Gold Coast Dance Studio – John Smith & Anna Espinosa – on stage
        ie Open – Group – Dance Co – Hip Hop Dance Crew – on stage
    • Please note that once you have submitted your music, the competition will not accept any re-submissions
    • Competitors must ensure to have a back-up on USB in case of an issue on the day
    • There are to be NO CD’s brought on the day – routines who fail to send MP3 tracks in advance, or turn up with CD’s on the day, will potentially be disqualified
    • All music must be age appropriate and free of any apparent profanity or vulgar language
    • Time limits – please find below confirmation of time limits per category:
      a) Solo performance is 3 minutes
      b) Duo/Trio is 3.30 minutes
      c) Groups (both small and large) are 5 minutes
      d) there is no minimum time limit in any category


  • Number of entrants per category:
    a) A competitor can compete a maximum of two times against him/herself in any solo category.
    b) A competitor can compete a maximum of two times in the duo/trio sections. Competitors may compete with the same partner for a second time, or choose a different partner
    c) A group of the same formation can compete a maximum of two times in the group categories
    An individual can compete a third time in that section within a different group/crew
    d) If a contestant has a third routine they would like to enter as a solo/duo or trio, they are permitted to dance up an age group, just not in an age group below
  • Should a competitor leave the stage as a result of having forgotten their routine or the music is corrupted, they will be asked to perform again however will only be given this chance once
  • All performances must be on the stage provided. No jumping off the stage or audience participation is allowed.
  • Points may be deducted if the judges feel the song choice or the movements are inappropriate for the category
  • All competitors must be ready to perform at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time. If the section is running ahead of schedule, they are expected to be ready earlier
  • Studios/crews/schools may compete “against each other” in sections – e.g. have more than 1 routine in any particular section
  • The Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance reserve the right to alter or amend the programme in any way and at any time; to refuse entry, cancel any entries or cancel any sections where entries are insufficient, at the discretion of the Competition Director.
  • A Final schedule may only be confirmed after close of entries, once the total number of participants is known. However, a tentative schedule for the weekend is available on the website, but may be subject to change once final registrations are received.
  • Registration desk will open and Competitors Briefing will occur at 8am on the days of competition. ALL competitors must arrive and check in at 8am on their designated day/s of competition. Late check-ins may result in disqualification

To see Divisions & Categories page, click here.


  • The decision of the judges is final
  • Competitors will be judged on their appearance and visual presentation as part of the judging criteria, and may be marked down for costume malfunctions.
  • Judges will have the opportunity to write a comment on the competitors score sheet however it is at their discretion if they choose to do so or not. While comments are encouraged they are not compulsory for each competitor
  • Score sheets will be available for collection at the registration table the same day (only)
  • Please respect the judges and refrain from speaking to him/her/them during the competition. If you need help with anything related to the judges, please see the competition organisers
  • The Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance reserve the right to appoint a substitute judge if/as required


  • Competitors must check in with the backstage stage manager upon approaching the back of house marquees, and prior to their dancing – even if they have registered at the front desk
  • Competitors must change in dressing rooms. Public areas are not be utilised as change rooms
  • Absolutely no rehearsing in corridors or passageways. Rehearsing can be done outside the marquee however noise is to be kept at a minimum within close proximity to the marquee itself
  • Music/vocal volumes for rehearsals must be kept to a minimum at all times in all areas
  • The back of house change rooms are for performers and school teachers/chaperones only. Family and friends will not be granted access to this area
  • The back of house marquees are an alcohol free / no smoking zone
  • Back of house marquees are open for all competitors, these are not allocated to groups/crews/s and as such, should not be kept or ‘reserved’ as such
  • All competitors and teachers/chaperones are expected to demonstrate respect for the space, costumes and belongings of others at all times
  • All personal items left in the back of house marquees are left at the discretion of the competitors and are in no way the responsibility of the Australian Dance Cup or Surfers Paradise Alliance, their staff or volunteers
  • Please be mindful of what you bring into the back of house marquees, hot drinks, hot meals etc. will not be allowed in the back of house marquees and meals are to be consumed outside
  • Please be mindful of the rubbish created in the back of house marquees, kindly use the bins provided and take any large rubbish items away with you from the marquees


The Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance welcomes the use of props. Please be aware the transport, set-up and tear-down of props are the sole responsibility of the studio/crew/individual. Please consider that props should be kept at a minimum to avoid delay for the next competitor/s, and it is the crew/individual’s responsibility to clean up after their performance to ensure stage is ready for the next act. Props left at the completion of the event will be disposed of. For dancer safety please ensure that any props used are non-dangerous and not likely to injure/harm or impact another competitor or their performance. Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance will not be held accountable injury resulting from props.

  • Please note, no microphones are to be used in any section
  • All props backstage must be labelled with individual/crew/studio name for identification


Absolutely no cameras, camcorders, or any other recording devices are permitted to use within the performance or dressing areas unless otherwise specified by the event organisers. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the venue. The purpose of this guideline is to protect the dancers and the intellectual property of the choreographers/crews/studios. All contestants grant permission to the Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance to use their photographs or video footage, or to appear on local and/or national television to promote its competitions.


Every care will be taken for competitors’ safety; however, the Australian Dance Cup and Surfers Paradise Alliance will not be responsible for any loss or injuries sustained by any competitor or to property during or in relation to the event/competition. Any dancer in any competing section takes certain risks in order to perform; these may include strains, sprains, bruises, broken bones, pulled muscles, and more. Participation in any Step Up category indicates acceptance of such risks by performers. By accepting our Rules and submitting your Release and Indemnity, every entrant agrees not to hold the Australian Dance Cup, Surfers Paradise Alliance and/or any other staff members/volunteers responsible for illnesses, injuries, damages sustained by participating in any activity relating to Step Up Surfers Paradise