THE  YC VIRTUAL
CHALLENGE 

JULY 5-18th, 2021

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THE YC VIRTUAL CHALLENGE FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS & DANCERS

Get ready for our YC virtual challenge! We've added some new categories and prizes so please read below and reach out to us if you have any questions. As of now, we will only be accepting solo submissions, we will notify you if this changes. 

 

Choreographers:

As a Young Creator, you will have to choreograph your own dance, film it, and submit it to our team. You will be paired with a mentor who will review your submission and provide personal video feedback with tips to improve your choreography.

After receiving feedback from a mentor, you will apply the feedback to your piece and submit an updated video to us. After all choreographers have submitted their final videos, our 3 judges will score each dance and the top 20 choreographers to move on the finals. The finalists will then have to submit a video explaining what their piece is about, what they would do with the prize money and what they learned from their mentor. 

 

It's important to note that the judges will be heavily weighting their marks for this category based on choreography, artistry & creativity with a smaller score percentage focused around technique. 

Along with many other prizes, the top 3 choreographers in each age division will be announced along with the top 5 overall choreographers. There will also be a social media/audience vote winner announced. We will be awarding $750 to First Place Overall, $250 to Second Place Overall and $150 to Third Place Overall.

 

 

 

Dancers:

This time, we are opening up another YC Challenge Category for Dancers. The dance category will not be a part of the mentorship program and will be scored differently than the Choreography Category. The dance category will be scored based on dance talent, similar to a regular dance competition. 

Each dancer needs to submit a video of their piece (self-choreographed or choreographed by someone else) and it will be scored by 3 judges. After this, the top 3 dancers of each age division will be announced along with the top 5 dancers overall. Along with many other prizes, we will be awarding $500 to First Place Overall, $150 to Second Place Overall and $50 to Third Place Overall. We will also announce 20 dancers who are selected to move on to the Promo Video Finals. 

The top 20 dancers will be featured on our IG account (after the competition) and will attend one more awards session where we will announce the 10 dancers selected to be in our next promo video. This selection process is completed by the video's choreographer, not the judges. More information below.

 

NEW: YC Promo Video Award for Choreographer & Dancers

One Choreographer from the choreography category will win the opportunity to choreograph Young Creator's Next Promo Video. This video is planned to be shot in Toronto sometime in the fall (pandemic pending). You will work with a professional videographer and the YC team to make our vision come to life. The winner will also choose any 10 dancers from the top 20 dance category finalists to feature in our Promo Video. The choreographer will also have the choice to cast a few other dancers of their choosing, more details to be discussed. The dancers chosen for this will be announced on IG Live after the challenge is complete, please see Important Dates below for more information.

*Note*: These dancers/choreographers must be located in Canada and/or willing to travel to Toronto for the shoot -- when government regulations allow. Strict covid protocols will be followed. All other prizes are open to global participants!

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CATEGORIES & GENRES

Choreography Category

  1. Pre-Professional Choreographers

    • Ages 19+

  2. Young Choreographers

    • Ages 15-18

  3. Junior Choreographers

    • Ages 12-14

  4. Mini Choreographer

  • Ages 9-11

Dance Genres

  • Contemporary

  • Jazz

  • Tap

  • Hip Hop

  • Open 

  • Acro

  • Ballet

All Genre's will compete against each other, but we use your genre to make sure you are paired with the best possible mentor based on your style of dance.

Dancer Category
 

  1. Pre-Professional Dancers

    • Ages 19+

  2. Young Dancers

    • Ages 15-18

  3. Junior Dancers

    • Ages 12-14

  4. Mini Dancers

  • Ages 9-11

RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. You can film your solo in your house, the studio, outside, or anywhere that is safe. To make it fair for everyone, we will be judging your choreography & performance, not your surroundings!
     

  2. You can wear any kind of clothes or costume you can dance in. 
     

  3. Choreographers have to introduce original and creative content.
     

  4. All choreographers and dancers are responsible for finding their own music.
     

  5. Due to the pandemic, we are accepting soloists only.
     

  6. Choreography & Dancer Videos should be no more than 3 minutes and 30 seconds long.
     

  7. Your 3rd Video (for Choreography Finalists) should be no longer than 4 minutes.
     

  8. Dancers can submit solos from previous competitions or challenges. Choreographers can do the same as long as it is their original work.
     

  9. You must enter your videos by each date (listed below). Late videos will result in disqualification. 
     

  10. You are allowed to enter the same piece in both the Dancer & Choreographer Category.
     

  11. You are allowed to choreograph your piece on yourself or a dancer of your choice (as long as government protocols are being followed).

IMPORTANT DATES

Choreographers
 

  • Video 1 is due by Monday, July 5th, 2021 by 5pm EST. You will receive your mentor feedback by July 7th.

  • Video 2 is due by Wednesday July 14th, 2021 by 5pm EST.

  • The First awards session will be presented on IG LIVE on Friday July 16th, 2021 at 5pm EST. From there, 20 finalists will move on to the next round. 

  • Video 3 (for Finalists) is due Saturday July 17th by 5pm EST. The 20 finalists must submit a video explaining what their piece is about, what they would do with the prize money & what they've learned from their mentors.

  • YC Choreographer Final Awards will be presented on IG LIVE
    on Sunday July 18th, 2021 at 5pm EST. 

  • Social / Audience Vote will take place during the days of July 16th-18th, 2021. 

  • If you are the winner of the Promo Video Choreographer Prize, we will need you to join us for the selection of your dancers on IG LIVE on Monday July 19th at 7pm EST.

Dancers
 

  • Your dance video is due by Wednesday July 14th, 2021 by 5pm EST.

  • Your awards session will be presented on IG LIVE on Friday July 16th, 2021 at 5pm EST. All placements and cash prizes will be awarded. From there, the 20 finalists selected for the Promo Video will move on to the final round.

  • The 10 dancers who are selected by our Promo Video Choreographer to be a part of our next promo video will be announced on IG LIVE on Monday July 19th at 7pm EST.

All award sessions will be held on IG Live - @youngcreatorschallenge

 AWARDS

Choreographers

  • One Choreographer will get the opportunity to choreograph YC's next promo video. They will also get to cast at least 10 dancers to be in the video (from our dance category).

  • Our 1st place overall winners (of each age category) and then the top 5 overall winners will get the chance to attend an intimate, virtual Q&A session with Amy Wright (Choreographer / Casting Director).

  • YC Next Gen Workshop: 2 choreographers will win the opportunity to teach a class at our NextGen Workshop.

  • Shadow Awards: Each Mentor will be choosing one choreographer to shadow them in their choreography process or professional casting process. 

  • Amy Wright Mentorship Award: One choreographer will win the opportunity to set up Six 30 minute 1:1 mentor sessions (virtual) with Amy. 

  • 1st Place Overall Cash Prize of $750 

  • 2nd Place Overall Cash Prize of $250

  • 3rd Place Overall Cash Prize of $150

  • More scholarships and awards will be announced closer to the date!

  • During the first award session, we will be announcing the top winners from each age category. There will be no placements mentioned but we will announce the 20 finalists.

  • All 20 finalists will be showcased on our Instagram account (*music selection depending on IG's restrictions).

  • The final awards session will announce the placements of each finalist in every age division and then the top 3 overall placements. 

  • Only the top 3 overall winners will receive cash prizes*. All Cash Prizes will be sent over Email Transfer or Paypal (if outside of Canada).

Dancers
 

  • Of the Top 20 Promo Video finalists, 10 dancers will be selected to be featured in the next YC promo video. 

  • Our 1st place overall winners (of each age category) and then the top 5 overall winners will get the chance to attend an intimate, virtual Q&A session with Amy Wright (Choreographer / Casting Director).

  • 3 Dancers will win full scholarships to attend our NextGen Workshop

  • 1st Place Overall Cash Prize of $500 

  • 2nd Place Overall Cash Prize of $150

  • 3rd Place Overall Cash Prize of $50

  • More scholarships and awards will be announced closer to the date!
     

  • During our first awards session, we will be handing out all of our cash prizes (score-based prizes) and scholarships as well as announcing our Top 20 Promo Video Finalists. 

  • The Top 20 Promo Video Dancers will be featured on our IG account (after the challenge).

  • There will be one final awards session that will take place on IG live to announce who has been selected to be in our next promo video. Please check our important dates section for more info.  

Other:

  • All awards will take place on Instagram. Please make sure you are following us @youngcreatorschallenge.

  • The Social/Audience Vote winners will receive a free entry to another YC Challenge!

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Q&A WITH AMY WRIGHT

A few lucky winners will get the chance to attend an intimate, virtual Q&A experience with Amy Wright! ALSO one lucky choreographer will have the opportunity to be mentored by her for 6 months - WOW!

Since her professional beginning in 1995 Amy Wright has become one of Canada’s most in demand Choreographers. Her work includes feature films, movies of the week, television series, reality TV, stage musicals, including Canada’s prestigious SHAW FESTIVAL and over 75 commercials.
 

As a producer, The Next Step television show is one of Amy’s most well-known projects with seven seasons, and over 200 episodes, it is watched by millions around the world. Amy has been with the series since its inception as Casting Director, Choreographer and a Producer. 

Amy's recent television work includes spectacular routines for American Gods and The Boys
(Amazon Prime), Netflix hits The Umbrella Academy, Dare Me, and Anne With an E, the new Nickelodeon series Blues Clues And You, dancing vampires and witches in What We Do In The Shadows (FX), and dances with Jason Priestly for Private Eyes (Global).


With an eye always open to new talent, Amy has cast hundreds of dancers for a variety of projects ranging from The Next Step and Find Me In Paris to Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (Feature Film) and the American Girl movie-of-the-week Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight. Most recently she has been dancer casting Disney Zombies 3. With a focus on performances for young audiences, she teaches and adjudicates internationally and her teaching method is highly regarded which combines acting and dance techniques.

Find out more here.

 

REGISTER NOW

Registration closes at 11:59pm EST on July 3rd, 2021.

 

If you're entering more than one solo or multiple categories, email us for a discount code!

 

If you're a studio owner registering multiple students (more than 3), please reach out to us via email for a discount and bulk registration details.