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
  • Thousands in Scholarships & Dynasty Dollars
  • National Competition
  • Master Classes with Elite Professionals
  • Battle of the Castles…Royal Color Tournament
  • Monarch Improv Challenge
  • Mirror-Mirror Photogenic Contest
  • Own the Empire Title Competition
  • Level Up Audition Class
  • Faculty Q & A
  • Palace Powerhouse Standout Showcase
  • Royal Kingdom Rulers Title Bout
  • Welcome to the Royal Family PJ Party & Game Night
  • “Neon Glow" Party
  • Senior Send-Off Party
  • Royal Rulers Cocktail Party
  • Reigning Senior Choreographer Group Challenge
  • Battle of the Castle Studio Dance Challenge
  • Royal Palace Rulers Coronation Ceremony
  • Studio Concierge
  • Spoil Our Royals Table

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


• ROYAL Treatment from Beginning to End!


• Spoil Our Royals Emergency Table!


• Studio Concierge support services!

Battle of the Castles... Royal Color Tournament!

A full week of fun and engaging ways to score points to win our version of Color Wars.  Our Battle of the Castles (Castle’s being each studio) The Winner of this coveted title will be introduced to our Royal Kingdom on Thursday at our Royal Experience Battle Royale Finale!


Fun, Collaborative & Creative Ways to earn points…   

Master Classes

In the interest of exposing our dancers to as many styles of dance as possible, and training versatile dancers, we will be offering Hours of “Specialty” Master Classes throughout the week taught by our elite faculty.


ALL competitors will be given an exclusive “Audition Experience”…  

Contestants will go through a real-life audition and experience what to expect from a real audition.


Dancers, Parents and Teachers are invited to join the faculty for a fun Q & A Session.

Palace Powerhouse Performance Showcase

Each Competition Day, Judges will select routines that caught their eye and made an impression to do an encore performance in Thursday’s “Palace Powerhouse Performance Showcase”.

This showcase represents the most interesting, fun, impressive or moving routines of the week in the Solo and Duo/Trio Divisions. 

Royal Kingdom Rulers Title Bout

The top 2 highest scoring Groups and Lines/Productions of each age division and level will be invited to re-compete in our Battle of the Royal Kingdom Rulers Championship.


We invite any and all graduating Seniors who have the passion, talent and love of Choreography and wish to showcase their original group routine and compete for this elite title to enter this challenge that will be performed at our Royal Experience Battle Royale Grand Finale.


Competitive soloists are invited to enter their solos in our exciting Own the Empire solo title competition and compete against all registered Regional Own the Throne Title Winners & First Runner Ups. Own the Empire Title Competition held at our Royal Experience Battle Royale Finale.

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.


The overall Highest Scoring Royalty, Majesty & Supremacy Groups and Line/Production will be CROWNED!



Join us at this good old family game night in the comfort of your PJs!  Have a blast with all our

Dance Royalty, laughing, engaging, and making memories.

  • Suggestions…Matching PJs, Slippers, Stuffed Animals, Backpack, Hair Ties, etc. Earn up to 25-Points
  • Tons of Games…Charades; Dance Games; Limbo and more!
  • Battle of the Castles Minute to Win It Challenges Earn up to 50-Points
  • Make sure to Rep your Studio hard at this Fun Family Welcoming Night Party.
  • BYOB! Bring Your Own Blankets! Color Coordinated preferably.
  • Parents, Teachers, and Dancers are ALL Encouraged to participate & join in the fun.

“Neon Glow” Party

A fun night of Dancing, Mixing, Mingling and Memory Making.

  • Music, Selfie Photo Station, Glow in the Dark Games & Activities provided
  • Dress in matching Glow Attire that best suits your studio colors. Add in Glow Accessories; Make Up; Shoelaces, etc. the MORE you GLOW the MORE you SHOW. Earn up to 25-Points
  • Make Glow in the Dark Signs. Earn up to 5-Points
  • Create-Your-Own Line Dance. Earn up to 10-Points
  • Earn up to 10 Additional Points if your dance inspires others to get up, join in and learn it from your studio.
  • We encourage all studios to go all out and bring their creativity to this event and show the Monarchy your Studio Spirit! From Hair, Makeup, Coordinated Fashion, and Unique Creativity
  • Dancers, Teachers, Directors & Families are invited to participate.

Royal Rulers Cocktail Party

Studio Owners and Teachers, join the Royal Crew at our Teacher’s Appreciation event. As a thank you we will have Snacks Signature Cocktails waiting for you!

  • Take this opportunity to mingle with other Studio Owners, Teachers’ and our Judging faculty.
  • DIRECTORS! Earn Battle of the Castles Points by wearing Pink for our Photo Op! Earn 10-Points, per Teacher in PINK!
  • All Directors & Teachers (21 & over) are invited to our Cocktail Party.
  • NOTE: This event is included with or without Full National Event Option

Rooftop Cocktail Party.

Senior Send-Off Party

All Graduating Seniors and Parents (optional) are invited to participate in this fun event just for them.

  • Seniors are asked to dress representing their college or career choice!Earn 10-Points, per senior
  • Dancers will meet in the Celebrity Theater and will also go to the front lawn of the Claridge Hotel for a Photo Session.
  • Some of the Activities include Beach Ball Get to Know One Another; Lantern Message; Senior Sunset and Fun Photo Shoot!

Senior Choreographer Group Dance Challenge

We invite all graduating seniors who have the passion, talent, and love of Choreography to enter this challenge!

  • The full routine must be choreographed by a participating senior prior to the competition.
  • The routine must have 5 – 15 dancers.
  • No charge for this entry!
  • Senior Choreographer Dance Royalty Winner Receives… Reigning Senior Choreographer of the Year Banner and of course…Bragging Rights!
  • Email Choreographers name, Routine Title, Number of Dancers & Music to [email protected]

Battle of the Castles Studio Dance Challenge

1st Place: 50-Points |  2nd Place: 30-Points  |  3rd Place: 15-Points

All Dancers, Teachers, Parents and siblings attending are encouraged to participate in this Studio Spectacular! This must be a New Dance that has NOT been entered in the competition and no holds bar (following our rules & guidelines, of course)! 

  • Make sure to keep in your Studio’s theme, color scheme and incorporate fun and creative ways for this routine to really stand out!
  • Make sure to rep your Castle loud and proud.
  • Each Studio must come prepared with a choreographed routine that bests suit your overall Nationals!
  • Extra points added if including parents &/or teachers in the performance!!! Earn 10-Points!
  • Routines cannot be longer than 7 minutes.
  • Each studio is responsible for its own cleanup of the stage.
  • Props should not exceed a setup or breakdown of 1 min and 30 seconds.
  • Please NO Confetti

Battle of the Castles Sand Castle Beach Challenge

1st Place: 40 Points | 2nd Place: 25 Points | 3rd Place: 15 Points

Take advantage of the short walk to the famous Atlantic City Beach/Boardwalk for our Beach Challenge:

  • 30-Minute Challenge: Remember to rep your studio colors or of course you can always wear DCE Hot Pink…
  • Build your Studio Sand “Castle”
  • Spell out your Studio Name/Logo
  • Take a Full Studio Photo on the Beach with your Castle Creation!
  • Post on IG, Facebook and Tik Tok with a creative caption

Royal Experience Battle Royale…

Final award ceremony held on Thursday.

Battle Royale Line-up includes…

  • Walk the Royal Carpet Faculty Photo Op.
  • Royal Rulers Opening Performances (See your favorite Judges/Teachers perform).
  • Reigning Senior Choreographer Group Challenge.
  • Mirror – Mirror Winner Announcements.
  • Own the Empire Title Competition.
  • Palace Powerhouse Performance Showcase.
  • Royal Kingdom Rulers Title Bout.
  • Specialty Awards, Dynasty Dollar & Scholarship Presentation.
  • Palace Powerhouse Award Presentation.
  • Battle of the Castles Induction Ceremony.
  • Royal Kingdom Rulers Coronation Ceremony.