High School Dance Festival

16th Annual State Dance Festival

Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

General Info

Scholarship Audition/Master Class - Friday, March 3, 2017. 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Check-in/warm-up beginning at 5:45pm.

Classes/Workshops/Adjudication - Saturday, March 4, 2017. 8:00am-5:00pm.

Gala Concert - Saturday, March 4, 2017. 6:00pm.

2017 High School Dance Festival - Continue Registration
Note: New registration is closed. This is for pre-registered schools only.

The Utah Office of Education (USOE), in conjunction with the Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO), is sponsoring the Sixteenth Annual State High School Dance Festival on Saturday, March 4, 2017. USOE and UDEO hope that you will join us and other Utah high schools and participate in this day of sharing, inspiring, learning, growing, and performing.

The Festival will take place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This Festival is similar to a high school level, one day ACDFA. The Festival is a full day of adjudication, tech rehearsals, and diverse classes in the morning and afternoon finishing with the Gala Performance at 6:00 p.m. Lunch and dinner is on your own. An optional pre-paid box lunch will be available for $8.

Each school may bring two works for adjudication (at least one must be a student choreographed piece.) The dances will be judged on choreography, performance, and technique. Schools will be adjudicated using a standard of excellence, rather than competing against each other for a ranking. Additionally each school may perform one dance in the Gala Performance. The Gala Performance is free to the public, but ticketed. Dancers are requested to watch each other and stay for the entire concert. Dancers who are members of their school's "National Honor Society for Dance Arts" will be recognized at the Gala. Awards and adjudicator remarks will be given to teachers at this time.

Friday, March 3rd there will be a special master class / audition for select seniors. This is free of charge but requires registration to the festival and for the master class. More information on this event will come with confirmation of your registration.

Participation fees are according to your UDEO/NDEO membership status. Please carefully review the attached state festival policies carefully. These fees cover classes, guest teachers, adjudicators, trophies, the gala performance, and rental fees. USOE and UDEO recognize that many dance programs are on a tight budget yet hope you will find this an educational and unique experience worth attending.

Thank you for all the time you invest in your high school students. I also urge you to become an active member of the UDEO. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Shannon Vance-McKechnie
UDEO High School Festival Chair

Membership Type Cost
NDEO Institutional Members $10 per Student
NDEO Professional / UDEO Professional Members $15 per Student, $225 min
Non-Member $20 per Student, $350 min
rates as of Dec 1, 2011


Registration Form

   Registration for 2017 is closed
   Please plan to join us in 2018

2017 High School Dance Festival - Continue Registration
Note: New registration is closed. This is for pre-registered schools only.

2017 High School Dance Festival - Audition/Master Class Registration

2017 High School Dance Festival - Student Liability/Photo Release Form



File Name   File Type
UHSDF Adjudication Form   pdf
2017 High School Festival - Student Liability/Photo Release Form   pdf | online
2017 High School Festival - UofU Waiver Form   pdf