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Worlds of Fun Festival of Dance Information
Worlds of Fun Festival of Dance Information

A Step-By-Step Guide to the Festival of Dance

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find all of the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions about Worlds of Fun's Festival of Dance. Should you not find the answer(s) to what it is you are looking for, please send an email to for further assistance.

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  • The Festival of Dance Entry fee includes participation in the Festival of Dance and admission to Worlds of Fun.
  • The Festival of Dance ticket order form will be posted on this website at least 2 months before the Festival starts.  Contact for more information.
  • Additional Festival of Dance tickets may be purchased at Guest Relations on the day of your event.
  • One complimentary admission ticket is issued for every 15 Festival of Dance tickets purchased when full payment is received one (1) week prior to visit. 
  • Season Passes are honored for members of your group, but do not count toward your group size when purchasing tickets.
  • No refunds or rain checks will be issued on pre-purchased admission tickets.
  • Full-size buses park free, all other vehicles must pay parking fees as they apply.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Prices, hours, dates, and attraction availability are subject to change without notice. Park reserves the right to be closed to the public and Season Pass holders for private Events, capacity limitations, and other reasons. Certain attractions and/or Park facilities may be closed due to inclement weather, extreme temperatures, maintenance, and/or other reasons.
  • *Tax rate subject to change without notice.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Performers must be younger than 19-years-old.
  • Each studio may submit a maximum of eight (8) performances.
  • Each performance time slot now requires a $10 (non-refundable) registration fee.
  • Please print and return an Event Waiver, for each participating dancer, prior to your visit.  
    • fax: 816-454-4655
    • phone: 816-303-5132
    • email:
    • mail: Festival of Dance Coordinator, 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue, Kansas City, MO  64161

Entry Fee Information

  • Each performance time slot requires a $10 registration fee.
  • All performers and instructors are required to purchase a Festival of Dance Entry at least one (1) week prior to visit.
  • The Festival of Dance Entry fee includes participation in the Festival of Dance and admission to Worlds of Fun.
  • One (1) complimentary admission ticket is issued with every 15 Festival of Dance Entries purchased when full payment is received at least one (1) week in prior to visit.
  • Complimentary tickets are not issued for additional tickets purchased at Guest Relations the day of your visit.
  • Complimentary tickets will be issued on individual orders, not on a cumulative basis.
  • Season Pass Holders are honored for members of your group, but do not count toward your group size when purchasing tickets.
  • No refunds or rain checks will be issued on pre-purchased admission tickets.
  • Separate charge for RipCord and Dinosaurs Alive!

Music Requirements

  • Vulgar, profane or suggestive language in music is not acceptable for our family audiences. 
  • Changes to the original entry MUST be submitted one week in advance or the change will NOT be implemented.
  • Worlds of Fun reserves the right to disqualify performances not meeting the appropriate standards. 
  • Each studio must provide one clearly labled (Studio/Song/Date/Time) CD per dance.  iPod's or similar mp3 players are also acceptable.
  • Each studio must bring a back-up CD/mp3 file of each performance.
  • If burning a CD, please do so in Audio format. 

Performance Classification

Participants must designate their performance status:

  • Dance Categories:
    • Tap - a routine consisting primarily of tap technique
    • Jazz - a routine consisting primarily of jazz technique, limited gymnastics are allowed in the overall choreography of a routine
    • Ballet - a routine consisting primarily of ballet technique
    • Hip-Hop - a routine consisting primarily of hip-hop technique 
    • Lyrical - a routine blending ballet and jazz, encompassing balance, flexibility and control
    • Open - a routine that does not fall under one of the above categories.  A mixture or blend of different dance styles (Please no pom routines)
  • Age Categories: For Duet/Trio and Group performances, please average the combined age of all performers as of January 1, 2019.  Do not round up, please.
    • 6 years & Under
    • 7 - 9 years
    • 10 - 12 years
    • 13 - 15 years
    • 16 - 18 years
  • Performance Category:
    • Full Competition – division rating, comments and eligibility for awards 

Performance Arrangements

  • All performances are held in the Tivoli Music Hall.
  • Dancers perform on a semi-circle stage in front of a curtain line.
  • Stage dimensions are 40 ft. x 24 ft.
  • Performance times may not exceed four (4) minutes, including entering and exiting the stage.
  • Time limits are strictly enforced.
  • Festival times can run  up to an hour early. A lunch break for the judges allows the times to get back on track.
  • Stage Props
  • For the safety of our guests and staff, we will no longer allow vehicles onto the property to drop off props. Props must be carried in and out of the front gate only.  I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.


  • Dance professionals evaluate all participants.
  • Individual adjudicator scores are averaged to determine the overall score for each routine.
  • Disqualification occurs if instructors and/or Worlds of Fun performers participate in the Festival.
  • Evaluations are based on Age and Dance Categories considering the following elements:
    • Form
    • Precision & Unity
    • Degree of Difficulty
    • Dance Skills
    • Originality
    • Presentation
    • Execution of Dance 
    • Choreography
  •  The Adjudicators will rate performances on the following scale:
    • Technique - 50%
    • Execution/Musicality - 25%
    • Choreography/Showmanship - 15%
    • Overall Appearance - 10%

Honor Awards

  • An Awards Ceremony is held following the final performance for the day on both Saturday & Sunday.
    • The top 3 performances per division/category will be recognized for awards
      • If, in the opinion of the judges, performances within a division do not achieve a sufficient level of excellence, Awards may not be awarded.
  • Awards must be picked up on the day of performance during the Awards Ceremony.  Please plan to have a minimum of one representative from your studio attend the Awards Ceremony. 
  • Each studio that receives an Award, that is not picked up during the Awards Ceremony, must make arrangements for pick-up with the Festival Coordinator.  A packaging and shipping fee will be accessed for any awards that need to be mailed. 
  • Each performance receives a Certificate of Performance personally signed by each adjudicator, as well as their written comments.
  • No additional Awards will be made available for purchase
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