Convention Age / Ability

... Levels

Excel suggests that students be 7 years of age or older to register for the convention. Students of any age can register at the discretion of parents or directors. We offer Beginner through Professional levels which have the following suggested ages:

  • Newbie Program-Beginner / Intermediate level: 7-9 years
    (Includes 4 classes, Observer Band, rehearsal time, & Closing Ceremony performance!)
    CLICK HERE to view to the Newbie Sample Schedule.
  • Intermediate: 10 - 12 years
    (Includes 10 classes)
  • Intermediate / Advanced: 13 - 15 years
    (Includes 10 classes)
  • Advanced / Professional: 16 + years
    (Includes 10 classes)
  • Teacher: must be at least 18 years of age
    (Includes access to all rooms/levels!)

*Students can move up or down levels before noon on the first day of the convention, as long as there is room in the level in which they wish to move. Dancers must check in and receive approval at the registration table and turn in their original bracelet. You may only switch levels once.

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Newbie Band

The Newbie Program is for Beginner/Intermediate level students (suggested age 7-9 years). Students take 4 hours of master classes throughout the weekend and perform at our closing ceremony. This band also includes an Observer Band.
CLICK HERE to view to the Newbie Sample Schedule.

Student Band

A student band (Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Advanced/Professional) allows you into the ballroom of the level you choose upon registration. You are assigned to that ballroom for the entire convention. All of Excel's faculty teach each level, so you will get to take class with all our stars.

Teacher Band

A teacher band is like a student & observer band combined! With this band you can go into any room throughout the convention to check in on your students, watch your favorite styles in any level, or challenge yourself in the Advanced/Professional room. You can dance or observe in any classroom.

Observer Band

Are you a parent, sibling, or a fan wanting to watch your favorite stars in action? Then this is the band for you! The observer band allows you into any room, so you can watch your child dance, or catch all of your favorite teachers' classes. An observer band does not allow you to dance in classes. Ages 5 & up require an observer band to enter a ballroom to watch classes.