Ocean City Today

Reach the Beach national dance competition in OC

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 08, 2018

(Feb. 9, 2018) Epic Brand’s Reach the Beach national dance championship will take place in the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street this Saturday.

Athletes ranging in age from 5 to over 20 years old will put on 120 performances from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which are 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.

“The theatre creates an amazing competition feel,” said Epic Brand’s Director of Guest Relations Season Daugherty. “Teams perform with intense production and lights. There are mini-teams all the way up to open dance performances filled with college-aged or older dancers. Each athlete receives their own Reach the Beach items. Teams travel from all around the East Coast.”

About 2,500 participants from recreation, all-star and school teams are expected to attend Saturday’s event. There are more than 30 divisions they will be competing in throughout the day including co-ed, all-female and all-male in categories such as jazz, hip-hop, variety, kick and dance, Daugherty said.

“At this event, we will be awarding bids to the 2018 Dance Worlds, the 2018 Dance Summit, and the U.S. Finals,” she said. “Worlds bids are only awarded to teams in the senior divisions. Summit Bids are awarded to different divisions of all ages and same goes for the U.S. Finals bids as well.”

To be eligible for Dance Worlds, dancers must compete in a prior event and win a “bid.”

On Saturday, partial bids will be given to the two highest-scoring teams, which means part of their registration and travel fees will be paid for. In addition, at-large bids will qualify four teams for Dance Worlds. International teams will be eligible for the two partial paid bids and one at-large bid. All bids are awarded based on final percentage scores.

“There is the Showdown at the end of the day where the best-of-the-best compete head-to-head to win the highest scores of the day for their specific dance divisions,” Daugherty said.

All participants will receive makeup bags and a beach towel. Coaches will take home a Reach the Beach water bottle in addition to having the chance to win $1,000.

Several award ceremonies will take place on Saturday and all teams will receive a placement banner. National champions will receive a backpack and KISS eyelashes. Solo or small group winners will be awarded a placement trophy.

More than $3,750 in high-score cash prizes is up for grabs during this year’s competition.

The dance solo winner will receive $250, dance duet or trio will earn $500, and $3,000 will be awarded during the showdown to the top recreation or school dance team and all-star or college dance team.

The national dance competition is one of four other Reach the Beach events that take place in Ocean City this year. 

Saturday’s admission is $22 for adults (ages 13-64) and $15 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, call 877-322-2310 or visit theepicbrands.com.

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