Dance Ensemble


NCASA presents the first ever statewide scholastic dance ensemble competition in North Carolina. Read the Overview below for additional information on this new activity.


UPDATE 9/26/17 - The NCASA Board of Directors approved the following changes to the 2018 event:

Date: February 17, 2018

Site: Durham School of the Arts

Name: North Carolina Scholastic Dance Festival

Adjudication: The first stage of the event will be dedicated to schools interested in receiving adjudication but not being ranked against other schools. Scores and comments for these ensembles will be shared only with the dance educator.

Student Choreography division will be new for high schools. These numbers may be any genre but must be choreographed by students from the participating school. A new Outstanding Choreography Design award will be presented in this category. 

Overall Team Awards will be based on the three highest ranked performances from each high school and two highest ranked performances from middle schools. 

Penalties for rules violations have been updated.

  • 5 point penalty for each Safety Rules violation
  • 1 point for every six seconds over / under the time limits
  • 1 point for each performer over / under the size limits

New Member Schools will be encouraged to participate in preparation events. New member schools who participate in preparation dance events will have their participation fee refunded by NCASA.

Hillside High School Hip-Hop Ensemble

The State Finals of the NC Dance Ensemble Competition were held December 3 at Hillside High School of Durham. 21 schools competed in 6 events. Final results are shown below.


On December 5, 30 middle and high school ensembles competed in the first ever State Final of the NCASA NC Dance Ensemble Competition presented by Fox 50.  After a full day of exciting competition in two categories, Jazz/Hip-Hop and Contemporary/Lyrical, we are thrilled to announce our State Champions!

Congratulations to Harris Road Middle School, who, with a rating of Excellent, were named our State Champ in Middle School Jazz/Hip-Hop!  In second place, also with a rating of Excellent was Brawley Middle School, and Overhills Middle School took third with a rating of Excellent.  The rankings of the remaining schools are:

4 – Wayne School of Engineering (Excellent)

5 – Highland Middle School (Excellent)

6 – Mount Airy Middle School (Good)

7 – Central Middle School of Gates County (Good)

With all three Regional Competitions complete, we are thrilled to announce our Regional Champions and all schools advancing to the State Final of the NCASA NC Dance Ensemble Competition presented by Fox 50 on December 5 at Wakefield High School.