A Production is defined as an elaborate theatrical presentation, dominated by dance, which may include any IDO discipline or any combination thereof, using a story, theme, or concept. Since its primary purpose will be to entertain, it will be under the jurisdiction and administration of the Performing Arts Department. Although all IDO disciplines will compete against each other in this category, specific rules as outlined under each discipline will be adhered to unless otherwise specified in the rules that follow. 
Allowable DANCE FORMS:
This category will be open to all or any combination of dance disciplines under the auspices of the IDO.
There will be no age restrictions and all ages will compete against one another. No dancer will be represented in more than one Production at any event.
The minimum performance time limit, including the opening entrance and the final exit, is 5 minutes and the maximum is 8 minutes. (Set up time is explained below)
There will be a total of 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to break down scenic sets, backdrop and stage props. All setups and breakdowns must be made by stagehands provided by the school, club or group presenting the Production. Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage or make the dance floor/stage unsafe, may not be used. Both fire and working weapons are not permitted. 
NUMBER of Performers:
At least 25 dancers minimum, with no maximum, are allowed in this category. 
However, it is the producer of the production’s responsibility to make sure the stage or dance floor is large enough to accommodate the number of dancers one wishes to present


Every performer appearing in the Production, including dancers, singers, and musicians, along with any other supporting cast must pay the start fee outlined in the IDO Rules Book. This is a lifetime license.


A Production may include solo, duo and ensemble performers as long as solo and duo performers do not dominate the performance. Both lifts and/or acrobatic movements are allowed, as long as they do not threaten the well-being of the dancers. Other theatrical effects such as fog, laser lighting, magic, and illusions may be presented, without restriction, provided they are not hazardous to the performers, stagehands or audience. 
All types of music may be used as long as it is not offensive to the public or IDO. Music containing inappropriate or offensive lyrics will not be permitted. Live music may be used as long as the musicians are part of the Production being presented.


1. Musicians are not counted as participants unless they also dance in the routine.
2. The Organizer must be advised by email prior to 4 weeks preceding the event. The email MUST explain all the necessary details. Once approved, the participant must adhere to the agreement.
3. All equipment must be brought in and set–up by the Dancers and/or Musicians.
4. Set–up must be done quickly and in a quiet, non-disruptive manner.
5. The set-up and break down of all equipment must not take more than 5 minutes.
6. Live music AND recorded music can be mixed. In this case, the house system of the Organizer can be used if the entrant can cue the sound engineer of the house system for starts and stops of the recorded music.
For example: If the entry uses amplified live music there can be two different systems.
a. House system – for CD and/or up-to 2 microphones for vocals only.
b. Additional portable amplification system supplied by the entrant for live music/vocals
c. Both systems may be mixed for live music AND recorded music
7. Suggested live music: Vocals, brass, woodwinds, strings, drums and percussion, bass, keyboards. Full-size pianos or organs will not be allowed.
Responsibility of the Organizer:
It is the Organizer’s responsibility to provide normal stage amenities as outlined in the IDO Rules Book.
The Organizer must provide equal opportunity for all productions. It is the full responsibility of the school, club, group or independent entry to supply all special effects, as well as the necessary stagehands for proper and safe operation. It is also their responsibility to check with the Organizers to make sure all special effects are allowed in the auditorium or competition facility.