OVO by Cirque du Soleil – BUG DANCE Competition & Celebration – Plaza at National Harbor –
September 18 from 12-5PM!

Calling all dancers to come out and test your skills!

We are currently looking for dance teams/crews/organizations of all ages to learn the BUG DANCE choreography with your own creative spin. Dance teams can range in age and number, all you have to do is learn the six simple steps below of the OVO BUG DANCE and perform your version live, in front of a panel of judges for your chance to be the grand prize winner!

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To enter, simply email your team name to: OVOBugDance@hadleymedia.com

(Day-of entries at National Harbor also welcome; must be registered no later than 1pm)

Even if dancing isn’t for you, come down to partake in the Celebration! There will also be ticket giveaways, juggling tutorials, free circus concessions, prizes and fun activities, like Dr. Raup’s Bug Discovery Exhibit and face painting for the kids! It’s fun for the whole family!

Dance Competition Rules

Competitors must perform the complete BUG DANCE, based on choreography found in the video on this page.

Performances do not need to be specific to the BUG DANCE choreography, but must creatively integrate the six steps/elements.

Groups will be judged and scored on six equally weighted categories:

  • Skill Level
  • Level of Difficulty
  • Synchronization
  • Performance Quality (personality and energy)
  • Originality
  • Choreography

Length of performance must be at least 45-seconds and should not exceed two minutes (120-seconds).

All ages are welcome to participate. The registered teams will be separated into two age brackets, Under 13 and 13 & Over. Finalists and a winning team will be selected from each age bracket.

The top two teams will advance to the finals, where they will perform their routine once again before the judges. The top score of the finals (not combined with earlier round) will win the competition.

The winning prize for each age bracket will be a ticket to see OVO*, plus an OVO prize pack for each team member.

*For any competitors under the age of 18, they will receive a ticket for a guardian, limit ten guardian tickets.

OVO by Cirque du Soleil now playing under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at National Harbor. Tickets on sale at cirquedusoleil.com

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NOTE: Only one submission per person, please. Multiple entries by the same person will count as one entry. This contest is open to residents of D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. No purchase necessary. Employees of City Paper are not eligible.

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