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Rules

General Information

 ● Admission is free and the general public is welcome to all events. Doors will open exactly 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled act.

 ● The use of any electronic device for photography & videography is ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED during all performances. Audience members caught breaking this rule may result in a point deduction to the act being recorded and/or photographed as well as confiscation of the recordings and/or photographs. 

 ● No food, drinks or smoking is allowed in the competition performance area or inside the venue.

 ● All participating teachers, dancers and spectators are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to do so could result in immediate disqualification. 


Age Divisions

 ● Age Divisions are as follows: 5 & under, 6-8, 9- 11, 12- 14, 15-18, 19-25 and Adult 25 & over. 

 ● AGE DIVISIONS ARE DETERMINED AS OF THE JANUARY 1ST CUT OFF DATE. Therefore, all registered ages of all entries will be registered as the dancer’s age as of January 1, 2018. 

 ● The average age will determine the age division for Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines. When determining the average age of an act, always drop the decimal. Contestants will be responsible for showing proof of age to the Competition Director should a question arise. 


Levels and Guidelines

 ● The level of performance (Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, and Diamond) should be determined at the discretion of the studio owner/director using the given guidelines below. 

 ● Emerald Division – Dancers with 0 to 2 years of competition experience who 14 years of age or under. This division is designated for the young, beginner dancer. Overall High Score awards will be presented in the age groups of 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. 

 ● Sapphire Division – Dancers with 2 to 4 years of competition experience and/or trains for 5 or more hours a week. This division is designated for an intermediate dancer. If a dancer is 12 years or older and has 4 or more years of competition experience, the Ruby Division should be considered. Overall High Score awards will be presented in the age groups of 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. 

 ● Ruby Division – Dancers with 4 to 7 years of competition experience and/or trains for 10 or more hours a week. This division is designated for the advanced dancer, for those who are on their way to professional level. If a dancer is 15 years old or older and has 7 or more years of competition experience, the Diamond division should be considered. Overall High Score awards will be presented in the age groups of 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. 

 ● Diamond Division – Dancers that train for 15 or more hours a week and have 7 or more years of competition experience OR active dancers from a professional dance academy. Overall High Score awards will be presented in the age groups of 12-14 and 15-19 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. 

 ● Averaging Levels: In the level placement of Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines, competition experience must be averaged. Age and technical ability must also be considered. A Soloist may only compete in different levels with routines consisting of non-related dance disciplines. A dancer may only compete in a maximum of two levels. These levels also must be consecutive; therefore skipping a level is not allowed. For example: A SECONDARY level dancer may also compete in either the PRIMARY or INTERMEDIATE level, but can never compete in the PRIMARY, SECONDARY and INTERMEDIATE levels (competing in 3 levels in not allowed). The only exception to this rule is in the Super Line and the Production categories, which are non-leveled performance categories. 

 ● In mixed-leveled entries, at least 50% of the dancers must be registered in the level they are competing in, with the exception of Duets. Duets must compete in the highest (age-appropriate) level of the two dancers. Since a dancer cannot skip a level and a Duet must compete in the higher of the two levels, a SECONDARY level dancer MAY NOT compete a duet with an ELITE level dancer and a PRIMARY level dancer MAY NOT compete a duet with an INTERMEDIATE or ELITE dancer.. If 50% of dancers in a Group are in one level and 50% in another, the Group must compete in the higher of the two levels. Please contact our office if you need further clarification of our levels and guidelines. Any infractions of the rules and regulations may result in a point deduction and/or disqualification. 


Performance Time Rules

Extended performance time is available (up to 1:00 minute for a fee of $5.00 per performer) for Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Super Lines and Productions. 

 ● Dancers are expected to perform in the order published, unless granted special permission by the Competition Director or pre-approved by the office administration prior to the competition. Unauthorized delay of the performance schedule may result in a point deduction and/or disqualification. 

 ● Dances not performing within 10 acts after their scheduled performance time may not be eligible for Overall High Score awards, unless pre-approved by the office administration or by the Competition Director. Incomplete acts may also result in a point deduction. 

 ● An act that re-performs may only be re-adjudicated if during the original performance, the technical error was committed on our behalf. Contestants in the first 10 scheduled acts should arrive ready to perform in full costume, hair and make-up. All other competing dancers must be ready to perform at least one hour prior to their scheduled performance time. **If the competition is running ahead of schedule, dancers are expected to perform in the order of the program and/or when called upon backstage. 

NEW: SET-UP TIME LIMITS 

 ● All performances (excluding Productions) are expected to set-up props in 30 seconds and remove props in 30 seconds. Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes. If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to a point deduction. An additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00. 

 ● Bring Music to the competition on a CD or USB format. We will not be allowing music uploads this time around.

CATEGORIES OF DANCE: 

 ● BALLET – Performance must contain ballet technique incorporating formal classical movements. 

 ● JAZZ – Performance must consist of jazz technique; splits and floor rolls are permissible. 

 ● LYRICAL – Performance must have dynamic emotion and expressive movements demonstrated with fluidity, balance, extension and control. 

 ● MODERN – Performance must consist of interpretive movements using modern technique such as natural movements focused on the “center” of the body, coordination between breathing and movement and a dancer’s relationship with the floor. 

 ● CONTEMPORARY – Performance must consist of a combination of modern dance lyrical and classical ballet elements. 

 ● FOLK/ETHNIC – Performances, which are to a significant degree bound by tradition with strong cultural roots. 

 ● CLASSICAL – Performance must contain classical movements (Chinese classical, ballet, etc). 

 ● MUSICAL THEATRE – Performance featuring any style of dance from a Broadway, Movie or Television Show. 

 ● HIP HOP/URBAN – Performance demonstrating street style incorporating hip hop and/or urban choreography. Acrobatics and break dancing are permissible. 

 ● OPEN – Performance demonstrating any style of dance or a combination of dance styles. Acrobatics/gymnastics is permissible. 

 ● SUPER LINE – Performance must utilize at least 20 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and includes all levels of dancers. Overall High Score awards and cash prizes will be presented to the top scoring acts. NEW: Super Line performances can portray a theme or style of dance, but should not portray a storyline, plot or narrative. 

 ● PRODUCTION – Performance must utilize at least 20 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and includes all levels of dancers. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be awarded to the top scoring acts. Adults and teachers are permitted to perform in the Production category. NEW: Production performances must portray a storyline, plot or narrative throughout, resembling that of a film, book, play, musical, etc. Props are mandatory and must be hand-held or free standing. 

PERFORMANCE RULES 

 ● Dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless special permission is given by the Competition Director for costume changes. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply. Dancers who do not perform within 10 acts of their scheduled time may be ineligible for Overall High Score awards. The only exception to this rule is if the office administration has received prior notification or the Competition Director has pre-approved the delay. 

 ● Dancers must perform their ENTIRE act on the stage. Performers may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings. Starting, dancing, and ending the performance in the audience is not permitted. Jumping off the front of the stage is not permitted. Running in front of the judges’ table or approaching the panel of judges is also not allowed. No gifts can be presented to the judges in conjunction with a performance. For safety purposes, props and performers should never come within 1 foot of the stage edge. 

 ● Special stage or house lighting will not be provided for any performance. Rehearsing on stage prior to the start of a competition or after the completion of a competition day is strictly prohibited. At no time are teachers, parents or dancers allowed to practice, rehearse or meet on stage. Failure to abide by the aforementioned rules may result in a point deduction. 

PROP AND SET RULES 

 ● Props are acceptable if they do not alter the backdrop, wings or the surface of the marley floor and can be easily removed following the completion of the act. A point deduction may result if the stage is not completely cleaned in 30 seconds or less and/or the stage is not returned to its original pre-performance condition. For safety purposes, all props (hand-held or freestanding) are restricted to a maximum height of 15 feet. The use of safety railings is recommended. Hanging backdrops and special lighting may not be used. Helium balloons are only allowed if they are weighted and if permitted by the contracted venue. There is no guarantee that power outlets will be available for props that require electricity. Battery-operated props are recommended. If the weight of a prop exceeds the maximum weight limit for a stage, or if the Competition Director feels the weight of the prop is a safety hazard, the dancers will not be allowed to use the prop. When sliding props or moving scenery, do not alter or damage the backdrop, wings or marley dance floor. If the backdrop or marley floor is damaged beyond repair, the studio owner/director will be responsible for its replacement. 

 ● Props must be loaded in and out of the venue on the same day they are used. Storing props in the wings or backstage is not allowed. We will not be responsible for props left overnight or unattended. Any special requests for the assembling of props must be discussed with the Competition Director upon arrival to the venue. All props MUST be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes. 

 ● NEW: All performances (excluding Productions) are expected to set-up props in 30 seconds and remove props in 30 seconds. Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes. If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to a point deduction or warning. An additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00. 

 ● NEW: PROHIBITED/UNACCEPTABLE PROPS 

 ● Fire (including candles, matches, lighters), fireworks (including sparklers), explosives, swords, knives, weapons and use of animals are strictly prohibited. Toy weapons are acceptable. However, toys may not fire projectile objects or have blunt points or sharp edges. No form of liquid, gel, powder, glass objects, aerosol cans of any type (including hairspray or spray paint) may be used that will physically alter the surface of the marley floor. Prohibited items include: water (on body, costume, or prop), wet paint (on body, costume, or prop), fake blood, fake snow, silly string, bubbles, confetti, streamer or confetti cannons, loose feathers, candy, chalk, crushed cork, flour, loose glitter (on body, costume or prop), sand, sawdust, dry ice, etc. Any act that uses a substance that is not permitted and creates a safety hazard on the marley floor may result in a point deduction and/or disqualification. 

Scoring Rules: 

 ● Contestants must agree that all decisions of the panel of judges are final. Contestants must also agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the competition is at the discretion of Star USA. 

 ● Each performance will be evaluated on the following five judging elements: 

 1.) Technique – 30 points total 

 2.) Stage Presence – 25 points total 

 3.) Choreography – 10 points total 

 4.) Execution of Performance – 25 points total 

 5.) Difficulty – 10 points total 

 ● There is a maximum of 100 points per judge and the total points attainable varies per level. If a dance, costume, or music is deemed inappropriate for family viewing by the judging panel, it will be scored lower by judges and may not be eligible for Overall High Score awards. Ties will not be broken for the general competition awards. However, all ties will be broken for Special and Overall High Score awards.