Rules & Regulations 2022
6 & UNDER
7 TO 9
10 TO 12
13 TO 15
16 TO 19
*The age of the dancer as of January 1st, 2022 will be used for the division.
Dancers with little or no competitive experience. These dancers are at beginner levels. 0-3 years of training and 45 minutes - 2 hours of classwork and rehearsal time in all dance categories weekly. There are no cash awards in this division. There are scholarships available for Future Star dancers. Soloists in this division cannot be entered for The Next Generation Winner title at regional events. There will be a presentation of top overall scores only. Future Star entries will not be qualified to participate in our National "Best of the Best" Showcase performance at nationals.
Dancers in the intermediate level. 4-6 years of training with 2-4 hours of classwork and rehearsal time in all dance categories weekly. Entries in this level will be able to receive scholarship awards. Soloists in this division can be entered for The Next Generation Winner title at regional events. Rising Star entries will not be qualified to participate in our National "Best of the Best" Showcase performance at nationals. There will be a "Judges Choice Battle" for dancers in this category if chosen to recompete.
Dancers in the advanced level. 6+ years of training and 5+ hours of classwork and rehearsal time in all dance categories weekly. Any dancer competing in this division may not compete in the lower divisions. Soloists in this division can be entered for The Next Generation Winner title at regional events. The scores in this division will be considered for cash/scholarship prizes. All Star entries will be qualified to participate in our National "Best of the Best" Showcase performance at nationals.
Teacher and Adjudication Only performance divisions are allowed to enter as well
Competition entries including a participant who is listed as a teacher will be placed in the "Teacher" category. Neither teacher nor 20 & over entries are eligible for top awards or cash prizes unless more than 5 teacher/20 & over dances are registered in the competition.
Teacher is defined as anyone 18+ who makes 50% of their income teaching dance annually
SOLOISTS + MIXED LEVEL ROUTINES
All Star soloists are limited to 4 entries and must be in different categories of the competition. Their top 2 scoring solos are eligible for the top 10
Rising Star soloists are limited to 3 entries and must be in different categories of the competition. Their top scoring solo is eligible for the top 10
Future Star soloists are limited to 2 entries and will be eligible for the top 10
When determining the competitive level of a dancer, please keep in mind you can only choose one of our levels. In other words, a dancer cannot be Rising Star in one dance style and All Star in another. The level you place a dancer on your student roster in our online system will carry through every dance they are in.
MIXED LEVEL ROUTINES:
51% of the dancers in a mixed level routine must be from the division they are competing in If it's split halfway between levels in dancers, the routine must be competed in the higher division For example, if there are 2 dancers in the Rising Star division and 2 dancers in the All Star division in a small group, the routine must be placed in the All Star division.
Dancers Inc., in consultation with the studio director, may move a routine to the proper division in case of an entry error on site prior to their performance
ACRO: A routine consisting of controlled acrobatic and rhythmic gymnastic movements involving balance and flexibility. The routine must maintain a level of choreographed movement such as bridging tricks and/or passed in a fluid style. The use of mats is allowed. Any entry containing more than 3 acro passes must be listed in this or the "open" category.
BALLET: A routine where all dancers wear ballet slipper or pointe shoes and execute ballet techniques. this includes classical as well as modern interpretations.
CHARACTER: A routine where the dancers portray an easily recognizable character, such as a clown, scarecrow, Betty Boop, etc. Movements are stylized and tailored in an attempt to mimic a character.
CLOGGING: A routine where dancers performing clogging techniques in clogging shoes.
CONTEMPORARY: A routine where the dancers exhibit movement using the body's natural lines and energy. Techniques include contraction, release, fall and recovery.
FOLKLORIC: A routine consisting of acne styles of a particular ethnic group. this included but is not limited to National dances.
HIP HOP: A routine where dancers replicate a style of street dance. Movement is to include the elements of popping, locking, footwork, and freezes. Break dancing and some replications of "video" choreography may be included in this category.
JAZZ: A routine where all dancers execute free form movement and style characteristics of American jazz dance, whether in jazz or character shoes of any kind, half-soles or bare feet.
ENTRY TYPES & TIME LIMITS
VOCAL: Entry consisting of a strictly vocal performance
PHOTOGENIC: Judges’ choice of submitted photograph
Entrances and exits are included in the allotted time. Deductions will be made for exceeding time limits at the judges' discretion. Contestants may not compete against themselves in any category. Vocal entries are only eligible for top awards when more than 5 entries in the vocal category are registered in the competition
CATEGORIES OF DANCE
ACRO: a routine consisting of controlled acrobatic or rhythmic gymnastics movements involving balance and flexibility. The routine must maintain a level of choreographed movement such as bridging tricks and/or passes in a fluid style. The use of mats is allowed. Any entry containing more than 3 acro passes must be listed in this or the “open” category.
BALLET: a routine where all dancers wear ballet slippers or pointe shoes and execute ballet techniques. This includes classical as well as modern interpretations.
CHARACTER: a routine where the dancers portray an easily recognizable character, such as a clown, scarecrow, Betty Boop, etc. Movements are stylized and tailored in an attempt to mimic a character.
CLOGGING: a routine where dancers perform clogging techniques in clogging shoes.
CONTEMPORARY: a routine where the dancers exhibit movement using the body’s natural lines and energy. Techniques include contraction, release, fall and recovery.
FOLKLORIC: a routine consisting of dance styles of a particular ethnic group. This includes but is not limited to National dances.
HIP HOP: a routine where dancers replicate a style of street dance and jazz funk routines. Movement is to include the elements of popping, locking, footwork and freezes. Break dancing may be included in this category.
JAZZ: a routine where all dancers execute free form movement and style characteristics of American jazz dance. Jaxx shoes and character shoes are permitted under this category.
LYRICAL: a routine where all dancers interpret the lyrics or mood of a song (with or without words) using a combination of ballet and/or jazz and/or modern technique. This form includes the use of legwork, balance, facial and body emotion.
MODERN: a routine of modern and/or abstract movement with or without a prescribed vocabulary. Modern dance can borrow from other disciplines and is based on modern technique, i.e. Graham or Ailey, or abstract movement done to abstract music.
MUSICAL THEATRE: a routine interpreting a song from a “Broadway” or movie musical with costuming and choreography indicative of the original piece. Lip syncing is permitted in this category
OPEN: any routine combining multiple styles of dance. Also, any routine which does not fit in any category previously listed. The open division may also be used for dancers who have a routine in the same age division, level and category as another routine.
POINTE: a routine where a majority of the dancers wear pointe shoes and execute pointe technique to classical music with classical costumes.
SONG & DANCE: a routine consisting of a vocal and dance performance. Routines must include at least 50% dance technique. Music may only include back-up vocals.
TAP: a routine where all dancers wear tap shoes and execute tap technique. This may include but is not limited to soft-shoe, buck and wing, street tap as a melodic accompaniment to music or acapella.
VOCAL: a vocal performance. Music may only include back-up vocals. Vocal routines are not adjudicated alongside dance categories.
RULES & REGULATIONS
The rules and regulations listed in this section apply to both regional and national events. The rules are subject to change and amendment at any time.
Entries are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to available performance time.
All entries must be submitted by a school. Independent entries will only be accepted if approved by a studio director.
Entries must be received by our office 15 days prior to event. Entries received less than 15 days prior to the event will be considered late entries and are subject to a service fee.
Late registrations will only be accepted upon approval of management and are subject to available time and space.
XA complete confirmation of competition registrations is available upon submission of entries.
A complete confirmation of competition registrations is available upon submission of entries. Finalized competition schedules will be sent to the studio director no less than 10 days prior to the event.
PAYMENTS & FEES
Acceptable forms of payment include a single studio check, money order, or certified check. Individual checks will not be accepted. Digital payment is available via Square or credit card. The use of a credit card may be subject to a service fee via a third party vendor.
Gift vouchers and certificates redeemed as a part of payment must be mailed directly to the office or email a digital picture to email@example.com. All available discounts must be deducted prior to payment; no refunds or rebates will be issued.
All registrations must be paid in full prior to the start of show. No on-site payments will be accepted.
No refunds will be made under any circumstances. Credits for future competitions will be issued only for medically excused dancers or at the discretion of Dancers Inc. management. Service fees and late fees are ineligible for refund or cancellation.
Please note that additional fees may apply in certain situations:
Bank fee/ returned check fee: $75 per bounced check
Last-minute registration fee: $50 administrative fee per studio once the schedule has been finalized.
Manual entry fee: $30 administrative fee for registrations sent in via e-mail or letter.
Dancers Inc. prefers digital upload through our online registration system. If you are unable to use this system please contact the office no later than 7 days BEFORE competition to arrange another option. MUST BE IN 7 days BEFORE the event
All studios must bring a backup for their music files. For backup music ONLY we will accept iPod/Smartphone or a flash drive. All files must be labeled with routine name reflected in registration.
Dancers Inc. is not responsible for lost or damaged equipment. Similarly, Dancers Inc. is not responsible for loss of quality of sound due to disc or file damage.
Music choices should be age appropriate and not contain any explicit material such as foul language or overt sexual references. Competitions are performed in public spaces with an audience present and must be "family friendly."
Freestanding props are allowed; no knives, swords, glitter/confetti or fire are permitted. Any routine including props must be properly notated at time of entry in order to ensure preparation time.
Prop setup and breakdown times are included in the allotted time for the dance.
SCORING SCALE *NEW*
All Star Rising Star Future Star
Prestige Elite 300-297 Not Eligible Not Eligible
Elite 296-291 300-294 293-285
High Gold 290-282 293-285 293-285
Gold 281-273 284-276 284-276
Each entry is adjudicated by 3 judges according to the competition level, performer's age, and dance category at our regional events. At our national events, 4 judges will be adjudicating and the lowest score will be dropped from the total overall score. Judges score performers according to a 100-point scale. Point are awarded for technique, execution/musicality choreography/showmanship, and overall appearance.
Technique - 50%
Execution/Musicality - 25$
Choreography/Showmanships - 15%
Overall Appearance - 10%
All judges will participate in group commentary which will be recorded for each entry. Judge's critiques are uploaded to the studio's Dance Comp Genie account within 2-3 days of completion of the event. If they can not be found on their DCG account, present scores can be picked up by studio directors at the end of the competition. Should there be a technical difficulty, the studio owner will be notified and handwritten critiques will be provided.
High score awards are based upon placement within the Future Star, Rising Star, and All Star Divisions. Onstage announcements for divisional and overall winners will consist of no more than 50% of the number of individual routines in each age group, level & entry type.
If a category has less than 20 entires, we will only be doing a top 5. Categories with 20 or more entries, we will do our usual top 10.
Awards are based on a composite score and are not affected by placement within an age group.
In recognition of the talents of the choreographer and teachers, we proudly bestow the following special awards to deserving groups at each regional event. Judges choose winners for the following awards:
Entertainment Award: Awarded to a routine that encompasses outstanding performance quality in their emotional commitment, musicality, presentation and staging. Awarded to a routine in the 12 & under age division as well as the 13 & over age division.
Technique Award: Awarded to a routine that demonstrates the dancers’ excellence in dance training and conditioning. Awarded to a routine in the 12 & under age division as well as the 13 & over age division.
Choreography Award: Awarded to a routine that shows an innovative and creative point of view that incorporates new and unique characteristics in the choreography. Awarded to a routine in the 12 & under age division as well as the 13 & over age division.
Top Scoring Studio: Top Studio is determined by the combined adjudication scores for the studio’s top 5 routines in solos, duo/trios and groups. Only one Top Studio named in each regional competition.
THE NEXT GENERATION WINNER
**FORMALLY KNOWN AS REGIONAL CHAMPION**
The Next Generation Winner is Dancers Inc.’s version of a regional title. For an additional non-refundable fee, we accept solo entries for All Star and Rising Star competitive levels of each age division (Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior). Future star solo entries are not eligible for the Next Generation Winner title.
Studio Directors will notate one solo for consideration at time of registration. This solo is still eligible for overall placement. A soloist can only win Next Generation Winner once per season, however, they may re-compete as many times as they desire.
The Next Generations Winners receive recognition as well as an award on stage during the Awards Ceremony. In addition, winners are invited to perform in the Opening Number at Nationals and will be listed on the Dancers Inc. website and social media sites. In the event of a tie, all ties will be broken by the discretion of the judges.
NATIONAL TITLE PROGRAM
Title entries compete at the age group of the participant as of January 1st.
Solo dancers registered in the All Star division who have received a high gold award or higher at Dancers Inc. regional or pre-qualifying event are eligible for entry in the National Title Program.
Title contestants are limited to 1 solo entry which must be prequalified prior to National competition. Title solo time limit is 2:30 minutes. The same solo may not be performed for both Titleist competition and National competition.
All title contestants will be judged on classwork, impromptu profession conversations, pageant (both in rehearsals and on title night), and title solo performance.
Title contestants must be available for the entire week of Dancers Inc. nationals.
Title winners will be asked to perform at regional events throughout the upcoming Dancers Inc. season. Based on their age, Titliests will be required to work a specified amount of Dancers Inc. regional events. They also MUST be available for the following season's nationals to give up their title at our Nationals event.
Titleists solos will be adjudication only at regionals during their reigning year. You may not hold the same division title twice (i.e. Petite Miss 2021 may not be Petite Miss 2022).
Titleists will be monitored on social media and will be held accountable to uphold a good standing in their everyday lives with their studios. Titliests must remain with their studio during their reigning title year. If the dancer leaves their studio their title will be relinquished.
Violation of any Dancers Inc. rule or any clause of said contract will result in disciplinary action up to and including disqualification. In all cases, Dancers Inc. Management reserves the right to determine the definition of a violation and a suitable disciplinary action.
PHOTO & VIDEO
Video and photography during competition are prohibited at all Dancers Inc. events. This includes inside spaces designated as dressing rooms. Dancers Inc. will provide photos and videos and will be made available via the Dakiki app available for both Apple and Android.
Any person displaying unsportsmanlike conduct, rude or unacceptable behavior will be asked to leave the premises at once. No refunds will be issued and dancers are subject to disqualification. This includes dancers, dance studio staff and family or friends of dancers and applies to all Dancers Inc. sponsored events.
During competition, a minimum of 9 minutes is scheduled for costume and makeup changes between a given performer’s entries. In situations where it is impossible to provide this minimum, exceptions will be made and no points will be deducted.
Each entry is required to perform as scheduled. Changes to the schedule must be arranged with the Stage Manager or disqualification may result.
Dancers should be in costume, warmed up, and ready to perform at least one hour prior to their scheduled time.
Cash prizes are awarded to the dance studio director (when available). We reserve the right to substitute gift certificates for cash awards on an as needed basis.
All preceding rules are applicable to each and every Dancers Inc. sponsored event.
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