2023 DANCE TEAM NATIONALS

3/30 - 4/1
(IRVINE, CA)

Join Our Legacy! MDDT Dance Team Nationals invented the worldwide dance team competition industry in 1967 (Wikipedia Link)

Open Nationals: No camps, qualifiers, uniforms or membership dues to participate (See Rules/Info Packet)

Age Divisions: High School, Junior High/Middle School, Elementary School

Dance Team Categories: Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, Military, Kick, Novelty/Character, Prop, Short Flags, Show Production & Open Dance

Dance Solo Categories: National Solo Title Championship, Improv Solo, Best of Grade Level Solo

Qualify For World Championships in JAPAN: Teams competing at MDDT Dance Team Nationals receive automatic bids to represent the Unites States of America at Dance Team World Championships in Tokyo!

America's FIRST Dance Team Nationals

When you compete at Miss Dance Drill Team USA, your dancers are taking part in the ORIGINAL national dance team competition that started all the others currently in existence today!

Patented by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1967, MDDT is the longest running dance competition company in world history. Share this All-American legacy with your dance team!

Our super-friendly production staff is ready to help your dance team & dance solos make it to Dance Team Nationals. Please reach out to us if you're not sure where to start, or if you have any questions that we can answer.

Directors & Coaches' Testimonials

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"Miss Dance Drill Team is our favorite competition of the year! We start our season with MDDT California and end it with MDDT U.S. Nationals. We always have so much fun and it feels like you are competing with your good friends and even family! We really look forward to it every year!"

Sue Eriksen
West High School (CA)

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"Miss Dance is not only a competition (the first ever!), but an amazing opportunity for dancers & directors to connect and build camaraderie. It's more than a competition... It's a safe, inclusive place my dancers look forward to every year!"

Monica Peña
Valencia High School (CA)

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“For the past 20 years, Minnesota dancers have been so grateful to represent our state at MDDT USA nationals. We love being being exposed to the incredible talent that is always there, and always value the opportunity to take master classes from industry leaders. Excited to be back in the Bren in 2023!! Team MN will be there!!!"

Jenny Raiche
Team Minnesota (MN)

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“MDDT is how we start and end our competition season annually. We have a dance team that does all styles but we also have a HUGE All Male hip hop team. Since Miss Dance Drill Team is actually where the All Male division first originated back in 1991, it's our tradition to compete here every year no matter what! We also LOVE competing in the Show Production category, especially when Japan high schools come to compete... They're a sight to behold and you won't see them at any other dance comp except MDDT!”

Justine Wang
Mark Keppel High School (CA)

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“Miss Dance is where ALL our dance competition history began! All other events nationwide have stemmed from this competition's example. I have brought my team for 30 years because it's an environment that nurtures & creates bonding between teams. And the experience is very unique to any other dance competition experience!”

Jaleen Murphy
Thousand Oaks High School (CA)

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"Miss Dance Team USA has been a tradition for Pioneer for over 40 years. Teamwork, pride, and commitment are the core values that the great Dr. Kay Crawford instilled in all who participated... Values that I now teach my students and teams (Kay Crawford invented the dance/drill team industry, and MDDT was her gift to the world). We owe it to our students to share this legacy with them."

Christine Avila
Pioneer High School (CA)

Dance Team Memories That Last A Lifetime!

Prepare to compete against the best teams in the U.S. & the world! Events begin on Thursday 3/30, with a welcome orientation dinner for solo title contestants, and more!

On Friday 3/31, Dance Team Nationals officially begins with soloists, duet/trios, and mini open/officer routines. This is followed by our "Triple Threat" master class workshop featuring 3 of the dance industry's most trending instructors & choreographers!

Saturday 4/1 is all about team routines, national & world championship awards, special guest performances, the Grand Finals, and the coronation of the MDDT Dance Team Nationals solo title champions.

The MDDT legacy is YOUR moment to SHINE!!!

Dance Solos Shine at MDDT Nationals

Known in the dance team world as the most prestigious national competition for dance solos, our trademarked solo title championship showcases the best dancers in the United States. Dancers in this category are evaluated in three areas: dance routine, technique spotlight, and an interview question from the judges. This patented competition format considers the dancer's ability to learn/perform advanced-level choreography, while emphasizing their position as a team role model and ambassador for the dance team industry. The TOP 5 earn scholarship awards & bids to represent TEAM USA at Dance Team World Championships in Tokyo, Japan!

Past Winners

Click the links below to browse our list of previous championship winning performances from MDDT Dance Team Nationals...

Miss Dance Team USA
Miss Teen Dance Team USA
Mr. Dance USA
U.S. Grand National Championship
Overall Team Sweepstakes Championship
Jenna Roskelly - Miss Dance Drill Team USA 2022 National Solo Champion

Miss Dance Drill Team USA 2022
Jenna Roskelly - Valencia High School (CA)

Countdown To MDDT Dance Team Nationals 2023

There is so much excitement waiting for you and your dance team at MDDT Nationals! Our national dance team competition is a rigorous & thrilling event that promotes goodwill and connection between dancers, teams, coaches, directors, parents, and dance industry professionals.

During COVID, the dance team competition industry suffered greatly... especially the millions of students who could not rehearse or dance together with their teammates. Now that life is much more normal again, MDDT Dance Team Nationals is here to continue our legacy as America's FIRST, ORIGINAL & ONLY non-profit national dance competition.

Come see what Miss Dance Drill Team is all about!

Event Venue

The Bren Events Center is located on the UC Irvine campus in beautiful Irvine, California. It is the premier athletic facility in Orange County. The arena floor allows dance teams participating at U.S. Dance Team Nationals plenty of space to leave a lasting impression on the dance competition judges. The elevated stadium seating configuration accommodates 4,800 spectators, and gives every audience member a bird's eye view of all the excitement. Theatrical lighting creates an intimate atmosphere while maintaining a level of class that stands out from other dance competitions. Lots of outdoor space allows for easy on-site dancer warmup & pre-performance rehearsals.

 

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