Dance Competition

Fursuit Dance Competition

The furry fandom’s finest dancers, gathered in one spectacular event.

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The Fursuit Dance Competition is one of the furry fandom’s most exciting events, proving itself to be a staple at conventions worldwide. Guaranteed to be one of the biggest highlights of your convention, come out and watch some of the best and most talented fursuit dancers take to the stage!

Please check back later for sign up information for Furnal Equinox 2021’s Dance Competition, which will open starting in January 2021.

Competitor Information

1 – There will be a “preliminaries” panel for those that are interested in competing.

This is a closed panel with no spectators (handlers are allowed). This will be held in the Main Ballroom. Attendance is mandatory for those wishing to participate in the fursuit dance competition. All interested competitors must arrive at least 15 minutes before panel start time. There NO at-door sign ups for the competition – you must sign up online in advance. Due to the increasing number of competitors, the preliminaries may involve cuts. We apologize for this, but due to time constraints we simply cannot have everyone compete in the final show, as much as we’d like to. This event also serves as the hand-in for all music/media.

2 – This is a FURSUIT dance competition.

Competitors must attend both the preliminaries and the Finals on Sunday in their performing suit. Both groups and solo dancers will be dancing in the same category.

Acceptable entries are:

  • Fullsuits
  • Halfsuits/Partial suits (head + paws + tail + FEETPAWS minimum)

Competitors please note: heels, slippers, sneakers are not acceptable replacements for feetpaws. This is a new rule in effect so that all competitors are able to perform on a more equal ground. If you do not have feetpaws for your suit, try asking around to borrow some!

Non-acceptable entries are:

  • Zentai suits
  • One-piece PJ’s/kigumis
  • Tail/ear combinations

3 – This event is rated PG-13.

Please minimize or censor all profanity, suggestive content, and/or racial/religion/hate slurs that may be part of your character/attire/music. The event host will screen every finalist’s song for profanity, and may manually censor any found offences. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS FOR THIS RULE – FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. Please respect everyone’s tolerance levels and keep in mind that this is for a large audience, not just yourself.

Competitors must provide their own music, through online hand-in or USB flash drive.

Interested competitors must come to the preliminaries with their desired music that they will perform to. Songs will have a maximum time of 2 minutes, but competitors may choose to perform to shorter tracks. You MUST bring your music in MP3, WAV or WMA format, as other formats such as YouTube video will not be accepted. You may also provide your music at the Preliminaries panel on a portable device such as a USB Key or transferable phone device. We will not download music for you – please do not ask us to.

Preliminaries will take approximately 60-90 minutes long.

Depending on the number of competitors, the preliminaries may last anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes. Please make sure you are able to stay the ENTIRE panel! There will be water and quick access to the headless lounge for fursuiters. You must be in attendance at the panel before the start time in the schedule – we will do roll call, and those not in attendance will not be able to compete.

Competition Format


The preliminaries panel will consist of all competitors dancing to the first minute of their chosen song. This is mainly to warm you up, and for the judges to be able to give feedback on your performance before Sunday. Make sure you have something to show in the one minute performance as we will be judging you based on that. Callbacks/elimination rounds will only be done if there are an excess of competitors – we want to include as many dancers as possible, of all skill levels and dance styles. Group auditions will be counted in the same bracket as solo auditions, in terms of determining how many groups and soloists make it to Sunday’s finals. As stated before, you must bring your prepared “final” music into this panel for your preliminary.


The finals will consist of all competitors, which we will put together in a list, putting on their performances one-by-one. Your performance must not exceed 2 minutes 30 seconds in length; if so, we will manually fade it out. Each performer will then receive brief commentary and feedback from the judging panel.

As a reference, here are some of the things that judges may be looking for:

  • Originality: Unique and/or interesting moves, avoiding repetition
  • Musicality: Movements/groove matches with music, moving with the beat/rhythm
  • Execution: Clean movements, no stumbling or sloppy moves, moves flow together
  • Character: Adds character/flavour to movements, brings life to the dance

While this is a dance competition, remember to enter with a mindset of having fun and sharing your talent and love with the crowd and your fellow dancers. Even if you don’t earn a Top 3 spot or an honourable mention, everyone’s a winner in the end and we’re all here to put on a good show!


In case of any questions, comments, or emergencies regarding the dance competition, please feel free to contact the organizer at
For the A/V staff, should you have any concerns about music or lighting at this event, please contact