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Application deadline is April 19. Prizes include cool trophies and the admiration of horror geeks and weirdos.

Step into the spine-chilling realm of “Battle of the Dance,” an otherworldly dance competition at Sunshine City Scare that beckons you to conjure a performance dripping with spooky allure!

This contest is your haunting haven, perfect for those who crave the thrill of dancing to songs in mysterious languages without the need for lip-syncing the lyrics. For all you eerie enthusiasts, K-pop aficionados, and dance macabre lovers, this is your spectral stage to showcase your supernatural moves. Unleash your ghostly groove and enchant the audience with a performance that is as spine-tingling as it is captivating. Get ready to dance in the shadows and leave a trail of shivers in this frightful celebration of the macabre!


  • ONE representative from each team “Team Captain” must complete this Team 
  • Soloist are permitted, as long as all information is completed
  • Registration is open to the first 10 teams that register online or complete the form. 
  • If there are still slots available in the contest, signups will be allowed at the Cosplay Booth at a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • All teams must submit their songs to [email protected] by May 4th.


Prizes are cool trophies. Categories include: Best In Show, Best Solo Performance, Best Group Performance, Judges Awards Cosplay, Director’s Choice Award.


  • Performances cannot exceed four (4) minutes in length
  • Teams are REQUIRED to use the music previously submitted.
  • Teams must always enter and exit the stage via the stairs.
  • The order of performance will be sent out the day prior to the event.
  • Lighting will not be controlled by individual teams.
  • Judges will be completely unbiased members of the cosplay community
  • There will be 3 judges each with a score card out of 70 points.
  • The points will be added and averaged, with the highest possible score of 70. 
  • Each card will have seven categories to rank on a score of (poor) 0-10 (excellent).
  • You will ONLY be judged on your dance, singing or mouthing the words is not required nor will it gain you extra points
  • Point deductions: Length – Teams that go over the four (4) minute mark will lose one (1) point for each ten (10) second increment that they go over. This could result in negative points for this event. 
  • Inappropriateness: Performances that are not tasteful are subject to point loss.

music regulations

  • Music must be between three (3) to four (4) minutes in length.
  • Music can be a mash up of different songs based on your selected theme.
  • Songs may not include profanity or cultural insensitivity. If you have any questions about the sensitivity of a song choice, please contact Lucas at [email protected]
  • If your team FAILS to submit their music by the deadline you will be disqualified from participation in Battle of the Dance.
  • All music must be sent as an .mp3 file – failure to do so will result in disqualification

The categories are as follows:, Song Choice(s), Theme Adherence, Flow of Performance, Dance Coordination, Costumes, Makeup (relating to the dance), & Performer Visuals, Props, Background, & Design, Overall Wow Factor & Audience Engagement.


Q: Can I perform stunts like backflips on stage? or leap into the audience from the stage?

A: NO. Breaking this rule will automatically remove you from the competition and may lead to security revoking your badge. Both the audience’s and your safety are at risk with this.

Q: I want to sing the song myself. Can I sing the song instead?

A: NO. The Battle of the Dance is a dance based competition and while you will not be disqualified you will not gain any points from doing so

Q: Can I use props in my performance?

A: YES. But in order to make sure they adhere to con regulations, every prop needs to be prop checked at Weapons Check.

Q: As a Battle of the Dance contestant, do I get a free ticket to Sunshine City Scare?

A. No. We don’t offer free tickets to any of our contest participants (cosplay, TikTok, Lip Sync).

Q: Can the DJ, once our performance has begun, provide us with precise lighting and cues? Is it possible for them to transition to alternative music during the performance?

A: The DJ will play the one MP3 track that has been provided. No special illumination will be provided. Still, every performance will be presented as professionally as possible by the tech staff.