|Category||Number of Dancers|
|Small Groups||4-9 Dancers|
|It’s never to late to perform!! These entries will be adjudicated and be eligible for Special Awards, Under 4 Minutes. Please notify if over 4 minutes.|
All ages are as of December 31st, of the previous calendar year. Full name, age and date of birth of all performers must be accurate and true. Contestants must be able to provide proof of age by birth certificate at competition if requested. If proof of age is requested and not provided, the routine will be disqualified and no refund will be issued.
To determine ages for Duets, Trios, Groups and Lines, add up all ages of performers in the routine. Divide total by the number of performers in the routine.
If the result ends in a decimal, drop the decimal.
A novice contestant is a person who has never competed before in a competition. A Novice Soloist/Duet/Trio may have competed before in a Group or line, but never in any number with less than 4 dancers. A Novice Group/Line must consist of 75% novice dancers, who have never competed before. A new dance form performed by an experienced soloist, Duet/Trio, Group or Line is NOT Novice. A Novice dancer is classified Novice throughout the entire season. The maximum age for Novice is 16 years. There must be a minimum of 3 entries in each category in order to have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement ribbon and/or trophy awarded. Separate overalls will be awarded for this category. Novice entries are not eligible for Highest Score of the Day & All-Star Beat Dance Off.
- Solos: A dancer that has never competed previously in a solo in any dance style.
- Duet/Trio: 100% of the dancers have never competed in a solo/duet/trio in any dance style.
- Groups: Dancers must be 75% Novice.
*Star Beat will acknowledge the Novice categories for highest score of the day if there is no competitive dancing on a specific day.
The Pre-Competitive category is for dancers who train 6 hours or less a week. This includes all rehearsal time. All participants of a Solo/Duet/Trio/ dancing in the Pre-Competitive category should have NO more than 6 hours of training per week. Dancers in a group/line must be 75% Pre-Competitive.
A Pre-Competitive Duet/Trio/Group/Line dancer may dance in the Competitive division, therefore a Pre-Competitive dancer may choose to dance in a Competitive Duet/Trio/Group/Line but would still be considered Pre-Competitive for their solo etc., as long as they only dance 6 hours or less. Any competitive dancer dancing in the Pre-Competitive divisions may result in disqualification to the routine. The maximum age for Pre-Competitive is 21 years old, any age exceeding will be placed in the Adult or Professional Category. There must be a minimum of 3 entries in each category in order to have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement ribbon and/or trophy awarded. Separate overalls will be awarded for this category.
*Star Beat will acknowledge the Pre-Competitive categories for highest score of the day if there is no competitive dancing on a specific day.
Dancer(s) who train more than 6 hours a week; including all choreography/rehearsal time. Dancers must be under the age of 21 and not employed by any industry professional pertaining to dance. The maximum age for Competitive is 21 years old. Any age exceeding will be placed in the Adult or Professional Category. There must be a minimum of 3 entries in each category in order to have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement ribbon and/or trophy awarded.
Any dancer 19 years or older that receives financial compensation or gain from instructing, choreographing and/or performing in the dance industry is considered a Professional Dancer.
- Any Duet with a Professional dancer would be classified as a Professional Category
- Any Trio with a Professional dancer would be classified as a Professional Category
- Any Group with 25% or more Professional dancers would be classified as a Professional Category.
A routine using controlled moves consisting of acrobatic tricks such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, handsprings, chest rolls, illusions, etc. The routine must contain dance moves, steps and choreography.
A routine that is interpretive using a contemporary style of dance, modern dance technique and movement with no limitation, while incorporating balance, control and extensions. Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner’s feet over their heads. A limit of two (2) acrobatic tricks allowed
A routine consisting of jazz technique using body isolations and varied rhythmic accents. A limit of two (2) acrobatic tricks allowed.
A routine consisting primarily of classical pointe technique and must be danced in pointe shoes.
A routine consisting primarily of vocals.
A routine containing partner work and/or overhead lifts.
Routine using ethnic style of dance, such as Highland, Celtic, Irish Jig, etc.
A routine that tells the story of the music while demonstrating passion, emotion, balance, technique, extension, and control. A limit of two (2) acrobatic tricks allowed.
A routine, with a minimum of twelve (12) dancers, incorporating any form of dance with a theme or story which is portrayed throughout the dance using formations and/or rhythm changes. Acrobatic tricks are permitted. Please notify if routine exceed 10 minutes.
*Production entries do not qualify for the Highest Score of the Day.*
A routine expressing a form of classical dance containing ballet technique while incorporating classical movements such as grace and precision. Ballet slippers only.
A routine that uses street dance styles with popular, mainstream music. Styles associated with hip hop include breakdance, popping and locking and krumping. A limit of three (3) acrobatic tricks allowed.
A routine that combines Broadway, movie musical song and/or spoken dialogue and dance. It must portray the feeling of the lyrics and music using any form of dance. Lip-Synching is permitted.
A routine containing an equal combination of both singing and any form of dancing. Fifty percent of the performance should consist of dance. Accompaniment must be on pre-recorded back track. Studios must provide their own microphones/headsets. A limit of two (2) acrobatic tricks allowed.
A routine which portrays a recognizable character throughout and includes classical steps and movements with the use of props. Can be performed in any form of dance.
Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement.
Prior to the IMPROV category, each dancer will be given 10 seconds to listen to a song selected at random. They will then get 40 seconds to perform their piece and to interpret the music to which ever dance style they wish. Dancers will be dancing in random selected order. Please listen for announcements and updates throughout the weekend.
This category will receive live adjudication and will be adjudicated in two divisions – 12 & under and 13 & over. Please note that the IMPROV category is not eligible for overall awards.
Awards for the IMRPOV category will be determined upon registration.
A routine that does not fall under any other dance category, and/or is a combination of two or more dance styles. A limit of six (6) acrobatic tricks allowed. If the routine consists of six (6) or more acrobatic tricks, you must move these routines to the Acro category. *a gymnastic line of 3 tricks is considered 3 of your tricks for that routine.*
A routine consisting primarily of tap techniques. Pre-recorded tap sounds cannot be present in the piece of music being used. A limit of two (2) acrobatic tricks allowed.
Our Dance Off is a one of a kind showcase! It provides the opportunity for every studio’s top mark in a Group/Line, (against all forms) to advance and participate in our “All-Star Beat Finale Dance Off!”
Dancers in the finale will be judged not solely on their technique but also for stage presence, creativity, choreography, costumes and overall performance quality via LIVE adjudication. There will be 3 divisions: Junior (10 years & under), Intermediate (11-14 years) & Senior (15 years & over).
There will be no additional entry fees to compete in the All-Star Beat Dance Off! Top 3 are awarded Star Beat Bucks, & Customized Banner for their Studio. Runner-ups up will also receive a customized banner.
Please note: Novice/Pre-Competitive/Production entries do not qualify for the “All-Star Beat Dance Off”. A minimum of 3 groups and total of 10 entries must be entered in the competition, per studio, to be eligible to qualify for the All-Star Beat Dance Off. Top 5 groups in each division will compete head to head in a dance off. No contestant/studio will have more than one entry in each division. There must be a minimum of 3 qualifiers per division for the dance off to be held in that division.
Each studio must have a minimum of 10 Pre-Competitive entries, where 3 must be groups/lines to qualify for the top 3 PRE-COMPETITVE studio title. Top marks (based on the accumulated score of every eligible studios top 10 routines, 3 of which must be groups) will be taken from the studios Pre-Competitive routines from the junior, intermediate and senior age division.