Competition Info~Categories/Ages/Levels/Times

***CATEGORIES***

*Ballet/Pointe - A routine containing ballet/pointe skills, technique, and steps.

*Character - A routine containing any form of dance while portraying a character.

*Cheer/Dance/Pom/Acro - A routine containing use of cheer, dance, pom, or acro skills.

*Clogging - A routine containing clogging steps (either/and/or) traditional, contemporary, or buck style and techniques.

*Clogging Exhibition - A routine containing clogging and/or buck steps and technique, use of partner work, circles, props, and stunts and lifts allowed.

*Clogging Line - A routine containing clogging and/or buck steps and technique. Routine must start and stop in the same formation of lines with no progressions or line changes.

*Clogging Moving Line - A routine containing clogging and/or buck steps and technique. Routine must start and stop in any line formation.  Lines should shift, change, rotate and move during routine.

*Clogging Traditional Line - A routine containing traditional drag slide clogging steps and technique.  Routine must start and stop in any line formation.  Lines are allowed to shift, change, rotate and move, however are not required.

*Contemporary - A routine containing a mix of lyrical, modern, and jazz technique and steps.

*Ethnic - A routine using movements native to a particular culture or nationality.

*Hip Hop - A routine containing hip hop, pop lock, street style, and funk movements.

*Jazz - A routine containing jazz technique and steps.

*Lyrical - A routine containing lyrical technique, steps, and movements. Interpretation of music, control and balance, and use of extension are a MUST!

*Modern - A routine containing interpretation of idea with the use of contractions, isolations, and demonstrate a feel for the music.

*Musical Theatre - A routine containing any form of dance.  This routine should portray a Broadway, TV, or Movie character or theme. Vocals are allowed.

*Open - A routine containing any form or multiple forms of dance!  Anything goes!

*Song and Dance - A routine using both singing and dancing.  Any dance form is allowed!

*Student Choreography - A routine choreographed by the dance student.  Can be any dance form!

*Tap - A routine containing tap (percussive) techniques and steps. Please avoid the use of tap sounds in music!


***Age Divisions***

(Note: If average age has a decimal, then drop decimal and enter in that age.  Example...15.8 would be 15 and entered in Teen.)

*Tiny Tot (4 & under)

*Mini (5-6)

*Little Folks (7-8)

*Petite (9-10)

*Pre-Teen (11-12)

*Teen (13-15)

*Senior (16-18)

*Young Adult (19-29)

*Adult (30 & up)

**NOTE:  

Age for our 2021-2022 Convention, Tour Stops, Regional AND National Competitions is determined as of January 1st, 2022!


***Levels***

*Rising Starz (Recreational) - This level is for those dancers who take class(s) for 3 hours or less per week AND perform beginner/recreational level skills.

*Shooting Starz (Intermediate) - This level is for those dancers who take class(s) for 5 hours or less per week AND perform intermediate level skills.

*Shining Starz (Competitive) - This level is for those dancers who take class(s) for more than 5 hours per week AND perform advanced/competitive level skills.

*Sparkling Starz - This level is for those routines/dancers with special needs/differing abilities.


**LEVEL RULE FOR SOLOS, DUO/DUETS, and TRIOS!!! PLEASE NOTE!!!

If a dancer is entered in more than one SOLO, more than one DUO/DUET, or more than one TRIO...then those routines in those categories MUST be entered in Shooting Starz or Shining Starz levels...NOT Rising Starz!!! 

*EXAMPLE...if Suzie has 2 or more Solos, BOTH/ALL Solos must compete in Shooting Starz or Shining Starz...if Suzie is part of 2 or more Duo/Duets, BOTH/ALL Duo/Duets must compete in Shooting Starz or Shining Starz...if Suzie is part of 2 or more Trios, BOTH/ALL Trios must compete in Shooting Starz or Shining Starz.


***GENERAL LEVEL PLACEMENT NOTE!!!  

Please, PLEASE, please be honest when registering the level of routines. We know there are incredible dancers doing Shining Starz skills that are only at the studio Rising Starz times and vice versa. When this situation arises, PLEASE place them in the appropriate level based on skill level and not instructional time. We expect and feel it is the studio director/teacher/choreographer's responsibility to enter their routines in the correct level as accurately as possible so we the competition directors and crew do not have to police correct level placement and can focus on what we need to focus on which is dancers have the best experience possible! PLEASE be honest and use your very best judgement and enter the routine accordingly and in the correct level. Also, we love seeing our teachers dance as well...Patrick and I loved dancing and competing with our dancers too! We advise those routines containing teachers to be entered skill/level appropriate. Please do not put a routine with a teacher doing Shining Starz level skills in a Rising Starz level!!!


***TIME LIMITS***

*Solo (1 dancer):  3 minutes

*Duo/Duet (2 dancers):  3 minutes

*Trio (3 dancers):  3 minutes

*Small Group (4-8 dancers):  3 minutes

*Large Group (9 or more dancers):  4 minutes

*Productions (10 or more dancers):  10 minutes

(Production can have fewer than 10 dancers if routine needs more time and carries out a theme!)

(Studio Directors... When entering a Production routine in the system, BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE "PRODUCTION" BOX to make a group entry a production.)

***NOTE: ALL TIME LIMITS INCLUDE set-up AND tear down of any props if used. If extra time is needed, you MUST let us know when registering. Extra time can be added for an extra fee!!! See below for those fees!)


***NOTE:  For extra time add...

Solo: $10 per dancer/per each extra minute

Duo: $5 per dancer/per each extra minute

Groups/Productions:  $5 per dancer/per each extra minute