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Ovation Dance Challenge is overseen and designed by Executive Directors Dan and Susan Kuhn


has more than 30 years of experience in audio/video/lighting productions. Dan has been employed or subcontracted to provide his expertise to some of the most renowned dance-oriented businesses in the United States including Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, In10sity Dance, Adrenaline, Tapaholics and Midwest Starz. His set and lighting designs have been featured in numerous dance trade magazines and his years in the dance industry have provided him the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the dance industry today, including Mike Minery, Sonya Tayeh, Melody Lacayanga, and Mandy Moore.


has been a dance studio director for 40 years. Her students have gained both regional and national acclaim including winning an Industry Dance Award for Tap and being recipients of numerous scholarships & Regional/National title wins. As a Studio Director, Susan has employed and worked with some of the most sought after choreographers in the dance industry including; Mike Minery, Jennifer Silvas, Karen Calloway-Williams, Kim McSwain, Justin Giles, Nick DiNicholangelo, Ashley Dawson and Melody Lacayaga.

The Kuhns and their team of professional staff members are pleased to be able to share their knowledge, experience and expertise with dancers and studio directors all over the nation here on the ODC stage!

Each Regional and National Ovation Dance Challenge event will feature:

  • State of the art sound system, providing professional quality audio in all performance rooms.
  • Innovative set designs which provide a “one of a kind” backdrop for every performance venue.
  • Theatrical stage lighting, video projection graphics and effects for performance stages.
  • Trained and experienced dance professionals on the judging staff.
  • Experienced backstage production staff.
  • Multi-level competition experience for all dancers (ie: Novice, Intermediate, Elite, Pro-Am).
  • Innovative & highly respected choreographers and workshop instructors for national events.
  • Concierge Manager provider for each event
  • Professional video production for regional and national events including:
    • Professional quality HD videos for viewing & purchase
    • Website Video content
    • Video projection “backdrop” for performers
    • 7 ½‘  X  12’ live video feed of routines for audience viewing during performance and awards.

Ovation Dance Challenge is committed to making your job, as a Studio Owner, profitable and easy. We are proud to provide state of the art, easily navigable, online registration for all entries. We value your business and are happy to offer both Loyalty Discounts and Early Registration Discounts to our Studio Directors. 

We understand the specific needs of dance consumers and believe in providing outstanding service with integrity. Our technical expertise, professional staff, and connections to dance industry professionals, enables us to offer the very best competitive experience for your studio.

We look forward to serving your dance needs and seeing you this year at Ovation Dance Challenge!