Questions regarding Registration and Categories
- Do I need to be part of dance school to be part of UDO?
No. It is free to become a member with UDO and you do not need to be part of a dance school. When it comes to registering simply type “NONE” in the Dance School field.
- Why is my dancer number not recognised in the registration process?
The registration form actually needs the dancer’s name to progress through the page. The name automatically appears in a drop down box when the dancer number is entered – you just have a wait a few seconds for it to be picked up.
- Why do I have to dance in an age category that I am too young for?
I am not 10 until August 31st, why must I dance in Under 12’s all year is a common question. The rule change makes us fall in line with most other professional sports. Although on the face of it this seems unfair everybody else is in the same position as you. If they are 12 in the coming dance year they must dance Under 14’s all year and so on. In Under 10’s for example there will only ever be 7 year olds, 8 year olds, and 9 year olds who are turning 9 that year. All 9 year olds who are turning 10 will have moved to Under 12’s.
- I have more than one membership number what should I do?
Our system does not automatically collate all duplicate membership accounts. If you are aware of more than one UDO membership account in your name please contact the UDO office by email to confirm in writing which account you would like to remain active or if there is any of your personal details that are not yet up to date. The result will be one membership number with a verified date of birth and locked in to an ability category. All ranking points and previous history will not be lost.
- I have won my category this year or I have placed twice this year, do I move up?
No, you stay in the same ability category for the entire dance year (September – Worlds). After Worlds if you have won, or placed twice you then need to move up an ability. Once you move up an age category you are permitted to move back down an age ability (but you cannot move back to beginners).
- Why can I no longer register for solos or duos on the day?
In order for our events to run as efficient as possible and in order for us to monitor any dancers in incorrect categories we close registration 1 week before an event. We will post a list on social media as well as email to dance teachers of registered dancers a few days before closing. Any amendments can be made over these few days but once registration is closed amendments or additions cannot be made.
- When should I create a new UDO Membership number?
You should never need to change your membership number. You can always send a password re-set reminder if you have forgotten your password and if you no longer have access to the associated email address we can amend this for you via telephone. If you change dance school you do not need to register as a new member, simply let us know and we can change the dance school for you on your membership.
New process and ranking points
- Why do I now dance against a set amount of dancers in a final?
Although this may not seem a benefit, it really is! When you used to dance as a group for the semi finals the Judges would be asked to return a certain number of dancers for a final they would have naturally placed the dances so they know who will make it through to the final. Placing the top 7 solo's or 5 duo's means that not only do you know where you placed but you are also recognised for this at the awards on the day and allocated the relevant ranking points. Qualification for the UDO Championships remains the same. The top 3 are given qualification for Europeans, the top 5 are given qualification for Six Nations and the World Championships.
- The ranking points system appears to force me to attend more events – is this true?
Not at all. The ranking points are actually a bonus for UK members. If you are attending a UK regional event and you do not place 1st – 5th then previously you would not have qualified for Worlds. Now if you attend a regional event and place in the quarter final you receive ranking points. If you attend more than one regional event, you receive ranking points each time you are placed in the final or semi final. At the end of the dance year your top 3 ranking points are added together and could make you eligible to dance at Worlds. It does not matter whether you attend 1 regional or 18 regional events – it is only your top 3 scores that will count. So if you attend one, two or three regionals anyway then you simply have the bonus of accumulating points at these events and having a second chance of qualifying for Worlds. As with the previous rule if you attend one regional and do not place 1st – 5th then you can either choose to attend a second regional to try to place 1st – 5th or choose not to attend a second regional. The bonus with the points is that if you do choose to attend a second regional anyway then you have the chance of accumulating extra points to add to your first regional.
- Why do I show as qualified for Europeans / Six Nations / Worlds but I do not have many ranking points?
You will have still collected ranking points at events where you did not automatically qualify and these points are shown on the ranking system ( as well as on all past events, located under the Events tab on the website). Your automatic qualification through placing still counts and you are still qualified for the relevant event.
- I can see my ranking points from the event at the weekend but I cannot see my over all points with these added - why?
The points from the events are usually added to the website within 7 days of the event but the master copy with the total points is only updated once a month - towards the end of the month.
- Why was there a ticket price increase in 2016?
UDO strives to make dance accessible and affordable. However, we do have overheads to cover and venues, staff wages, trophies, production and all costs associated with events increase each year. We have not increased ticket prices for 2 years but unfortunately due to other cost increases we have had to add on an increase. We are also adding extra provisions to eradicate cheating at our events. Coming in soon will be the requirement for each dancer (on one occasion, at their next event after we launch this) to bring with them a form of ID containing their date of birth. This will be verified by two paid members of staff at UDO events. Once verified the membership will be updated or confirmed with the correct date of birth and this cannot be changed and a new membership number cannot be created. Again, this will be a cost to UDO to supply two staff members at each event until every member is verified as well as our brand new IT system coming in very soon which will lock each dancer in to an ability and they will not be able to move from this ability until a win, placing or age category change happens. We hope you understand the price increase and with this explanation see that it is being put back in to events as well as in to eradicating cheating. It is unfortunate that we have to go to these measures in relation to cheating but we are told before, at and after every event about a high number of cheaters and we simply will not allow it.
- Why does the Essex event have a higher ticket price than the other regionals?
The venue at Essex is considerably more expensive than all of the other venues. Unfortunately, that means we have had to add a small increase on to the event to allow for this.
- Why do I have to pay to enter battles?
UDO now have a separate event specifically designed to accommodate battle dancers. We offer battles as an extra at major events and battle winners (over 16’s) win cash prizes too.
- Why do the Judges stand at the front and not walk around the floor?
The consensus from the Judges including the Head Judges is that it is easier to view at a distance rather than trying to watch a dancer stood right in front of them. They therefore leave a gap at the front between the front row dancers and themselves to allow a full view. They will then move closer and around the floor after this initial view of all dancers. The UDO put X marks on the floor staggered so the Judges can see all of the dancers. They are able to then compare the floor.
- Why do I see the Judges writing down numbers before the dancers even start dancing?
This happens a lot at the semi-final / final stage as Judges write down every competitors’ number and then they write their placement next to it.
- Why do you not offer 1v1 battles at each event?
We carefully select which events we will be holding 1v1 battle qualifiers at. We try to allow an even spread of the styles around the country. In order for us to host the battles we have to have a venue that has two rooms – this is so we do not lose the duos section of the event.
- At events that have 1v1 battles why do you not offer all 6 styles?
To offer all 6 styles at an event would take the entire day. This would mean that teams, solos and duos would all be held in one room and battles would have to run at the same time as all of these in order to complete them in a day ie/ dancers would have to choose between teams, solos and duos and battles. We would also have to have Judges who were competent, quality adjudicators in each style. This would mean more Judges would have to be working on the event and unfortunately a price increase. To allow dancers to dance in team, solos and where possible duos we stagger the battle events.
- To be placed at a UDO event do I have to purchase the UDO Street Dance Syllabus?
The simple answer is no. Favouritism at our events is not given to a dance school because they are a Syllabus school. Within the rules section of the UDO you will find hints and tips for the points our Judges are looking for at events – following these are key. That is not to say that the UDO Academy does not have tools that can assist with the learning of foundation styles and in turn knowing a variety of foundations and applying them correctly is part of the Judging criteria. However, how you understand these foundations and follow the criteria is completely unbiased.
- I am sometimes confused at to what the Judge's are looking for or the criteria they are Judging against
You can see the Judge's criteria on the rules page by clicking HERE
You can see "what the Judges are looking for in Solos and Duos on the rules page by clicking HERE
- How can I order tickets?
If you are a dance teacher you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org up to 12 months in advance with your estimate number of dancer and spectator tickets for an event. Sian will confirm your order with you 3 weeks before the event and it is those confirmed numbers that must then be paid for. As an individual you can purchase spectator and dancers tickets online.
British and Six Nations
- Why do I have to stay onsite at British and Six Nations? If you did day passes, then it would be cheaper for us to attend. Weekend passes makes UDO appear greedy.
Our agreement with Pontins is that all attendees must be registered as staying on site. This is due to health and safety requirement for numbers on site as well as due to licensing laws. As they serve alcohol after 11pm all guests must be residents. They therefore only allow us to sell rooms and tickets as a whole price and do not allow for day passes. Unfortunately, this one is beyond our control.
- Why do you not find a bigger venue for British as it always sells out so quickly?
For a weekend event, and to have the atmosphere of staying for the weekend on site, Pontins or similar is the best option.
- Why do you not use Butlins or Haven as your venue for British?
Our relationship with Pontins allows us to pass on the saving to you in terms of accommodation and ticket prices for the event. Booking the same event in Butlins or Haven would mean a large price increase on the weekend for all attendees and we want to avoid this.
Becoming a UDO Judge
- How can I become a UDO Judge?
We invest in training all of our Judges. Not only are they independent but they are top industry professionals. Once our Head Judges are happy that the dancer is of the quality we desire they are then able to attend our next Judge’s training event. This event is a whole day of training on UDO and our criteria. It is only when this training has been attended and completed to a standard accepted by our Head Judges is the dancer added to our pool of adjudicators.
- What are affiliated events?
These are standalone events; these event although not run by the UDO, are approved events and run with UDO rules.
- Do affiliated event placement count towards moving up or ranking points?
No, Dancers wins and placements are not counted towards moving up or ranking points with UDO
- Can I qualify for Worlds, Europeans or Six Nations at an affiliated event?
Qualifications are generally not granted at affiliated events, however on some occasions a wildcard offer may be given, any qualification opportunities will be promoted alongside the event. If in doubt, please contact the event organiser.