All dancers must be registered with a studio to enter the competition portion of the event. Independent entries are permissible for the Convention portion of the event. MERAKI does not accept independent entries for the competition portion of the event. Under no circumstances will refunds be given for submitted entries. In the event that a dancer is unable to attend due to illness or injury, MERAKI may award a credit towards a future MERAKI event at the discretion of the MERAKI directors. Entries may be paid by studio check or credit card. Returned checks will be charged a $30 fee plus recovery charges.

Photography & Videography

NO VIDEO CAMERAS OR PHOTOGRAPHY ARE ALLOWED. There will be a .5 deduction per judge per incident. MERAKI will be taking photos & videos during the competition. All contestants consent to the use of photos and videos to be used by MERAKI for the purpose of marketing, advertising and social media.


No dangerous props are allowed (weapons, fire, explosives, etc). No helium balloons are allowed. Props set up on the stage must be complete within 90 seconds or deductions may be applied. Props must not damage the floor. No substances that could affect the floor permitted including but not limited to glitter, gels, aerosols, liquids, powders.


All dances will be critiqued and scored by judges who are qualified professionals in all fields of dance. All routines will receive verbal critiques & scores from our judges and an adjudication award category. Studio owners will be provided with routine scoring and video critiques following the competition

All Judges Decisions Are Final


MERAKI reserves the right to add additional competition days/times if deemed necessary. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be limited depending on the time available of each competition location. MERAKI also reserves the right to move the competition location, if it becomes necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.

Refund and Payment Policy

Refunds will only be provided if the event is canceled.

Payments will need to be paid in full by March 1 for Sioux Falls event and April 1 for Omaha event.