Royal Nationals Experience

dance nationals Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ



Join us for a ROYAL Nationals Experience for dancers, families, teachers & directors to cherish and remember at The Claridge, a Radisson Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. Gleaming with undeniable charm and famous roots. Once known by its 1929 nickname “Skyscraper by the Sea”. The Claridge is a legendary & unforgettable destination in Atlantic City.

The Claridge Hotel features Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, Free Wi-Fi, Twenties Italian Bistro, The VUE Rooftop Bar, Leavander’s 22, Interior access to Bally’s Casino Floor. This beautiful hotel sits beachfront in the heart of the action; steps from the boardwalk, Steel Pier, amusements, local casinos, over 100 restaurants, outlet shopping and aquarium.

Looking forward to seeing all of our new and returning Loyal Royals for a fun filled event in Atlantic City, NJ.


  • 4-Days of Non-Stop Fun and Excitement
  • Positive, Engaging & Motivating Faculty
  • Battle Royale Showcase Championship
  • Own the Empire Title Competition
  • Mirror Mirror Photogenic Awards
  • Scholarships & Cash Prizes
  • Master Classes with Elite Professionals
  • Improv Dance Off
  • Glow Party for ALL
  • Studio Director/Teacher Rooftop Party
  • Senior Recognition
  • Opening Number
  • DCE Supreme Dance Team
  • Teacher Hospitality Suite
  • Studio Concierge
  • Spoil Our Royals Table
  • Social Media Theme Days
  • ...and so MUCH MORE

We aim to provide unprecedented customer service and welcome the opportunity to answer any question you may have.

  • Qualifications

    ALL studios are welcome to attend our Royal Nationals Experience, even if you did not attend one of our regional competitions.


Master Classes

Master Classes taught by some of the most talented professionals in the industry. Classes are available to all dancers/teachers.


Instructors will select dancers from each Master Class to perform a choreographed routine for the Opening Number at the Battle Royale Showcase. Attendance for rehearsals is mandatory.

DCE Supreme Dance Team

Throughout the season, the Top Overall Soloist, Runner-ups and Solo Title winners and Runner-ups from each Age Division (Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior) will be invited at their DCE Regional Overall Awards to be part of our elite Supreme Dance Team and perform a choreographed routine at our Battle Royale Showcase.


Competitive soloists are invited to enter their solos in the Title division at Nationals! Don’t miss out on our exciting Own the Empire solo title competition. The competition will consist of two scores: Solo Performance & Improv. The top Own the Empire winner in each age division will be Crowned and receive a Custom Zip-up, Sash/Plaque and Cash Prize.

Mirror Mirror Photogenic Title

Participants may submit a recent photograph to be judged for the Mirror Mirror National Photogenic Award. Please add this option while registering your dancer on your Dance Comp Genie account.

Senior Recognition

At our Battle Royale Showcase, we will welcome all graduating seniors on stage to say a few words and be recognized for their achievements.


Teacher Hospitality Suite open all week with complimentary snacks and beverages for all teachers and studio owners.

Spoil Our Royals Table

We love to spoil our royals with a table full of emergency supplies & treats for all studio dancers  convenience.

Studio Concierge

Our Studio Concierge will greet you at our Check-in Table and take you to your designated dressing areas. They are available to you throughout the week.

FUN EVENTS Throughout the week...

Director Teacher Rooftop Party

The night before the competition begins, come meet our Royal Crew as well as the other studio directors and teachers that you will be seeing all week! More information on this cocktail hour will be emailed out to directors prior to the event.

Glow party improv dance-off

Teachers, Dancers and Families please join us for our Glow Party on Tuesday evening in the main ballroom.  This event is the perfect way to celebrate with existing and new friends and family from other studios and regions.  Glow Products will be supplied by us and we recommend that you wear White or Neon colors so you really stand out!

At our Glow Party, we will be kicking things off with this fun competition. ALL ages, ALL levels can compete in this high energy, low stress, fun for everyone Dance-Off, under a blacklight! It's a perfect way for dancers to show off their talent in a spontaneous manner. The winner will walk away with a cash prize. There is a $20 registration fee to enter.

social media theme days

DCE will announce “themes” for each day of the competition. Themes always add an extra bit of fun and you can capture the moments at our DCE Social Media Station. We can't wait to see how creative you are! Parents, Teachers and Studio Directors are encouraged to participate.

Battle Royale Showcase Championship

On the competitions final day, The Battle Royale Showcase will kick off with the Opening Number & performance from our DCE Supreme Dance Team. Followed by the Battle Royale Championship where the top 2 highest scoring Solo, Duo/Trio, Small Group, Large Group & Line/Productions in the combined Junior 12&Under and Senior 13&Older Age Divisions of each Level will be invited back to re-compete for the Battle Royale National Grand Champion Titles! A studio can have more than one group (small, large or lines/production) in a particular age division, if the additional group is comprised of completely different dancers. Otherwise, only the highest scoring group from a studio may participate in the Battle Royale Championship.  There may not be any duplication of performers between competing groups.

The highlight of our week… The Overall Highest Scoring Small/Large Groups (combined) & Lines/Productions (combined) in the Junior (12 & Under) and Senior (13 & Up) Age Divisions of each level will be announced and presented with their National Awards and Crowned our Battle Royale National Champions!

We will also be awarding Choreographer of the Year, 2021 Mirror Mirror National Title Photogenic Winner, and the National Studio Of Excellence Recipient at the Battle Royal Showcase awards ceremony.