Convention Information


Observer Bands & Regulations
The Dupree Dance observer policy is in place to protect the safety of the registered dancers and the integrity of each event.  Our observer policy ensures that every person in the dancers’ ballrooms is in direct association with our event and/or the registered dancers.  Observers are not permitted in the Teacher Ballroom at any time.  Observer bands MUST be worn throughout the entire event in order for observers to be permitted into the ballroom.  

Observer bands are required for every attendee at our event age 7 and older. Non-registered siblings age 6 and under are free and do not require a band ONLY if they are accompanied and chaperoned by an adult observer and/or registered teacher at all times.   Teachers who do not wish to take classes at any time may choose to forego the teachers convention registration, but must secure a paid observer band for themselves in order to watch classes in the Phaze 2-4 rooms.  Observer bands do NOT gain access to the Teachers ballroom at any time.

An observer band is required for each observer in the Phaze 2, 3 and 4 Ballrooms.  It is highly encouraged that observer bands are presecured during the online registration process for $25 per band.  A free observer band will be given to observers in the Phaze 1 ballroom only, but Phaze 1 observer bands must still be reserved during the online registration process.  The Phaze 1 observer bands will be a different color than the paid observer bands. There will be a max of 2 gifted Phaze 1 observer bands per every 1 registered Phaze 1 dancer.  The Phaze 1 colored observer band will only allow observers into the Phaze 1 classes, no exceptions.  NOTE:  If any parent observer or non-registered teacher has a dancer in the Phaze 1 ballroom and another dancer in the Phaze 2, 3 or 4 ballroom, he/she will still need to purchase a paid observer band to wear along with the Phaze 1 observer band provided by Dupree. 

Dupree Dance reserves the right to cut-off observer band sales at any time before or during the event.  We prioritize the amount of space the dancers have in order to protect the integrity of each classroom.  We spend time visually assessing the amont of observer space left at each event after the start of each levels first class.   IF we find that additional observer space is available, we may decide to open at-event observer band sales.  In this case, at-event observer bands cost $35 each.  Dupree is not responsible for lost observer bands.  If space is available, a replacement band will still cost $35 at the event.  

Our online registration will ask you to enter 2 separate numbers of observer bands.  The first will be the number of requested Phaze 1 observer bands (limit of 2 per registered Phaze 1 dancer).  Then second will be the number of paid observer bands for observers in the Phaze 2, 3 and 4 rooms.   
Pre-purchased Observer bands will be included in the registration packet that the Owner/Director or independent registrant picks up on the first morning of the event.  

Our competition is free of charge for all audience and no observer bands will be needed during this time.  We will also not monitor for observer bands on Sunday during the Closing Ceremony, Faculty Routine and Scholarship Presentation.  Any and all parents/teachers who choose to not observe the classes are invited to watch and enjoy the dancers/faculty at this time.  Registered dancers, teachers and/or any teachers who qualify for our "Free Teacher Offer" will be provided convention bands and do not require an observer band.

Observers are expected to adhere to the following observer regulations during our event. 
We request little to no observer talking in the ballrooms during our event and ask that you please remain courteous and respectful throughout the weekend.  We realize conventions are a nice ‘get away’ and secure great venues that allow both parents and dancers to enjoy themselves during all aspects of our event!  We do a wonderful job of keeping the control and attention of dancers in the classroom, so we encourage observers to take advantage of the hotel amenities, common space or dining options if they would like to ‘catch up’ and enjoy conversation with other studio parents and attendees.  We appreciate your cooperation in our Observer Policies and reassure you that these policies are set with your DANCERS in mind!  We guarantee they are going to get what they came for!

* Please do NOT bring in coolers, glass containers, ice chests, etc into the convention ballroom.  Floor space is designated for our dancers and should remain clear.    
* Do NOT place dance bags in chairs to ‘save’ seats.  Dance bags are to go under the chairs and/or against the wall in each room.
* Consider the presence of younger siblings/toddlers in the classroom throughout the weekend.  We know it is difficult for young children to remain quiet for long periods of time, so please feel free to entertain younger siblings in the common space that is offered by the hotel if necessary.
* Please keep younger children/siblings in your lap or on the floor directly in front of you, thus freeing up the limited amount of observer chairs for adults.
* We want to make sure our entire Audition Class is dedicated to the registered dancers and request that observers quickly clear the ballroom during the last 5-10 minutes PRIOR the start of the audition class.  Our Dupree faculty will remind you of this at the appropriate time.
* We kindly request that you minimize any ‘in and out’ traffic during classes.

Classroom doors will be constantly monitored during our event for observer bands and to ensure that the observer policies are followed.  

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