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Featuring the finest dance groups from across Africa! Every group in all ADAA regional event, ages seven or older, is eligible for the AFRICAN NATIONS DANCE OF THE YEAR TITLES AT NO EXTRA CHARGE! At the national level there is more ₦25,000,000.00 in cash… Each regional dance group of the Year Winner will receive an official ADAA winner’s jacket and a trophy. The next level of competition will be the ADA National Championships, where winners from each regional event in the USA, Canada, South Africa and South America will vie for the title of America’s Dancer of the Year 2017. At the national level, the Dancer of the Year regional winners enjoy a dance experience like no other!

African Dance Academy Awards was founded in 2016 with the concept that competition would be an educational tool to inspire dancers and their teachers to be the best they could be. As we enter the 1st season, our philosophy still remains the same. Competing at AFRICAN NATIONS DANCE COMPETITION of THE YEAR is all about opportunities. From cash scholarships to special awards, the priceless critiques offered by our highly respected panel of judges, and the chance to perform with some of the most talented dancers in Africa. The emphasis isn’t on winning but team work. ADAA encourages the dancers to meet dancers from other studios. Some remain friends for a lifetime. It’s about solidarity, not the color of the ribbon. A great opportunity is “ AFRICAN NATIONS DANCE Group of THE YEAR” Competition. Open to all Group dancers free of charge. The winners in each country come together at the national competition to win the most prestigious dance title in the Africa. Dance groups come year after year to experience the process and the learning experience it has become over the years.

ADAA prides itself on a fair realistic scoring system. Each routine is adjudicated by three judges, plus one designated special awards judge and a faculty who recognizes special qualities in the dancers. When all the medals and trophies have been distributed, studios return for the friendly, organized atmosphere. In the early days, we were one of only a few competitions; today we are one of many. High standards have kept us on top for many years. The quality and friendly service as well as a focus on charity are what we are all about and those traits we look forward to continuing in the future.

It’s the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer to create an “opening number spectacular” performed at both the title events and the ADAA Festivals. The experience builds wonderful camaraderie among the dancers and friendships that last a lifetime. ADAA Headline Sponsor supply the wardrobe for the opening number.

Each contesting group will create a special video introduction for their performance to be broadcast on large screens throughout the auditorium (at each title event) to introduce their performance. The videos are created at the championships.


In an effort to choose the best technical dancer, ADAA presents special classes for each group of contestants. The title judges adjudicate the classes and will utilize those scores in addition to a performance score to determine the winners. African dance styles, modern and acrobatics class is offered in each level. Each contesting group is required to participate in at least two in addition, but may choose three or four; however only the top two scores added to your score will be utilized in the final tabulation. There will be specific high score class awards for dancers who achieve the top scores.

If a title winner is unable to attend the national competition, the first runner-up will become eligible. All contesting groups will attend orientation, all rehearsals, the “adjudicated” classes and all other activities or they will not be eligible for the title. Two 5×7 vertical black & white “head-shots” with a white background are required from each group. Please email both pictures to ADAA (

₦3,500 from each Dance Group of the Year entry will be donated to Charity!!


Registration & Audition

Interested African Groups of all ages can fill forms from the ADAA official website (, and can pick up/drop off forms at designated points.

AND Competition selection process:
Selections are processed by dance association/guild of participating African countries (by recommendation)

The regional competition is open to all age categories, while only dancers within 18-30 age category qualify for the Reality/Academy.



All video submissions must use the track above to qualify for the contest.

Click here to Download ADAA theme song.

Record a video of dance team dancing to the downloaded theme song.


Produce your video and publish it on Youtube with Hashtags #ANDCOMPETITION #ADAACONTEST #DANCEYESYOUCAN #ADAAPROJECT in the video title or description.


For your entry to be valid you must use both hashtags in the video title, video description and displayed within the video.

Log in to your and submit your video.

Important: By submitting Contestant(s) audition video, User agrees that any exploitation of Contestant(s) appearance in the audition video may be edited, cut, rearranged, adapted, dubbed or otherwise revised, if applicable, by the Production Team in connection with the Program and exposed on any media – Online, TV, Press, Outdoor and BTL, and that any such use will not entitle User or Contestant(s) to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation.

All fields must be entered correctly.
Applicants must use the theme song in recorded video.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the Competition Rules and the Terms and Conditions.
Top liked videos will stand a better chance of being selected for the next stage of the competition.

Expected Requirements from Judges:

Originality: Dance teams must have a unique style

Uniqueness: Dance teams must have an element that stands out

Versatility: Dance teams must display a wide vocabulary of steps

Surprise element: Dance teams must unleash something out of the box during the performance. i.e Unpredictable

Musicality: Dance teams must engage quick response to rhythmic changes / changes in rhythm.

Technique and Delivery: Dance teams body movements must be precise. Exhibiting confidence in delivery.

Entertainment: Dance teams must have Fun. Routine must not look like hard work.



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