General Event Rules and Regulations
1.) "Ultimate Starz Dance Productions" and its staff and the event facility and its staff will not be held responsible for loss, theft, sickness, and/or injury.
2.) Questions concerning event info, forms, and fees may be sent in via e-mail, Facebook message, or phone call by STUDIO OWNERS/DIRECTORS OR DANCE TEAM DIRECTORS/COACHES ONLY!!!!!
Parents, dancers, family, and friends... if you have any questions, please address them to your studio or dance team directors as they will have all the updated event information!
3.) Registration Deadline is... four (4) weeks prior to each Regional event date and
five (5) weeks prior to Nationals!!! Please get your entries in (fully complete and correct) on time so we can confirm schedules and awards in a timely manner and can get that always highly anticipated detailed info out to participating studios ASAP!
*PLEASE NOTE!!!!...don't delay in getting your entries in as we always keep our events cozy for both our dance families and crew and limit registrations received for each event. Reserve your spots TODAY as we have had to close registrations to full events well before the deadline!
~A $50.00 LATE FEE WILL BE ADDED TO ALL LATE ENTRIES!~
4.) Entries may be sent in from studio or dance team owners, directors, or instructors ONLY! We do not accept independent entries.
5.) Spectator fee to Competition is FREE!
6.) All decisions by the VERY QUALIFIED panel of judges are FINAL!!!
7.) Competition directors reserve the right to combine and/or divide age divisions and/or categories. Competition directors also reserve the right to add change day(s) to events if needed pending number of entries. We generally plan for a 2 day event (12 & under on Saturday and 13 & up on Sunday), HOWEVER, events could even be changed to just one day (held on either Saturday OR Sunday) for what ages will compete and will depend upon entries received for that event and can vary greatly from event to event!
8.) All Competition props MUST be set-up and removed promptly (with-in routine time limit) and safely as to not damage the floor or facility.
9.) Music will be accepted via registration music upload, on high quality CD, media player, or jump drive and MUST be labeled with routines in order of performance. BE SURE TO BRING EXTRA COPIES OF ALL MUSIC as well as any cords needed to plug into our system! Please note that we have noticed issues with media players wanting to not connect with their jack/port and sometimes have frequency interference issues as well.
10.) Sportsmanlike conduct is a MUST at "USDP" events, anything less could result in DISQUALIFICATION without refund. A 6 foot Sportsmanship trophy will be awarded at the competition directors’ discretion. We actually let YOU! our dancers help choose our Sensational Sportsmanship winners. Each studio will be given one vote towards the studio they think shows the best USDP Sportsmanship!
11.) Please remember that this is a professional as well as family oriented event, so please NO inappropriate actions, movements, music, costumes, etc. is welcome or allowed. Anything inappropriate could result in disqualification without refund. Judges are given several opportunities on their score sheets to deduct points or even disqualify a routine for any of the above and as we all know, every point counts!
12.) Ratings will be given to each routine...(Ultimate Platinum, Platinum, Ultimate Gold, Gold). Fabulous awards will be given to Over-All high scoring routines and special awards will be given as well! Also, each dancer that performs in a group routine will be awarded a participation trophy on stage during the awards session!
13.) Top Dancers will be selected at each regional event to participate as an Ultimate "All Starz” dancer. This group performs during our yearly National Finals.
14.) There is NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED as this is very distracting to the dancers AND judges! Judges have been known to comment as well as deduct points for this distraction as well! We are thrilled to have a professional photographer that will be taking photos of each routine that dancers will later be able to access via our DanceEra site for FREE! ***NOTE: We love seeing pics from our USDP events on social media…please tag us!...and since we do allow photos to be taken for free, don’t be surprised if we “share” or even use pics we see on social media in one of our future promo publishings!
15.) There is NO VIDEOING ALLOWED at our USDP events! We are excited to also have a professional videographer on hand at each event to video each studio's routines. Dancers will be able to access these videos via our DanceEra site for FREE as well. If for some reason our videographer is not at an event, each studio will be allowed ONE video camera to record THEIR STUDIO'S ROUTINES ONLY! PLEASE, please, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE US HAVE TO STOP AN EVENT DUE TO THOSE VIOLATING THIS POLICY!
16.) All event fees are generally non-refundable and non-transferable, HOWEVER, due to our current situation, fees will be refunded if an event can not be held or a dancer(s) can not participate due to sickness!!!
***Studio Teachers/Owners: E-mail us and ask us about our special "Teacher Appreciation Program"!