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2023 Rules & Regulations

The Star Dance Alliance is a combined effort from the industry’s leaders in dance who strive to provide not only a high-quality experience, but ease in registration.
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★ Although each competition is run in its own way, all of the SDA competitions provide a quality competition arena to our customers in every aspect.

 

★ A combined registration system that allows studios to enter/update their roster one time a year, and easily transfer routines from competition to competition.

 

★ Streamlined Rules and Regulations that make it easier for studios to keep age divisions, group sizes and competition levels the same for each competition.

 

★ Routines may qualify at any SDA Regional Competition for all of the Star Dance Alliance National Championships.

 

★ SDA Star Dollars are awarded to Advanced Level Champions.

 

Regional winnings from 2023 may be redeemed for any SDA 2023 National Championship or for a 2024 Regional Competition from the issuing competition.

 

National winnings may be redeemed for a 2024 Regional Competition from the issuing competition.

 

Star Dollars may NOT be used for the World Dance Championships, World Dance Pageant, Power Pak or Wild Dance Intensive

★ SDA Power Rankings – www.stardancealliance.com

Every routine that competes at a SDA Regional Competition, and is awarded as the ‘Regional Champion’ in their division, is automatically entered into the POWER RANKINGS. Routines are entered into the rankings with the score that their routine was given at that regional event. Power Rankings can be tracked weekly at www.stardancealliance.com

 

★ Power Pak – www.powerpakdance.com

Invitations & Scholarships are awarded at all of the SDA Regional Competitions.

 

★ Wild Dance Intensive – www.wildaboutdance.com

Scholarships are awarded at all of the SDA Regional Competitions.

 

★ World Dance Championships – www.worlddancechampionship.com

Golden Ticket Invitations are given out at all SDA Regional and National Competitions to top scoring routines.

 

★ World Dance Pageant – www.worlddancepageant.com

Scholarships are awarded at all of the SDA Regional Competitions.

REGISTRATION

• Entries will be processed on a first-come, first served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available at each event.

 

• Entries must be entered through the Registration System. NO PHONE, FAXED, MAILED or EMAILED entries will be accepted.

 

• All entries must include the correct names and ages of all contestants. It is IMPERATIVE that each studio roster be entered/updated with the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL. This WILL NOT be permitted to be changed after the schedule is complete.

 

• The name of a routine may NOT be the same name as the studio.

 

• No dancer may compete as an independent entry if their studio is registered for that event.

 

• If a dancer would like to compete at an event with two separate studios, that dancer MUST have written permission from BOTH studios prior to the event.

 

• Reserving a space in a particular event without a deposit does NOT guarantee your reservation. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis WITH a deposit attached to your account. Studios who have a reservation without a deposit will be contacted as a show fills to give the opportunity to put a deposit immediately to hold the spots.

 

• All Entries MUST be PAID IN FULL before they will be processed.

 

• Payments must be made by Credit Card or E-Check. Please note… when paying by E-Check, all payments must be received no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the event. NO CERTIFIED CHECKS, PERSONAL CHECKS, or MONEY ORDERS will be accepted. NOTE: There will be a phone payment processing fee of 5% for multiple payment transactions made through the office. To avoid this fee, please utilize our partial payment option online.

 

• NO CASH REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ANY REASON

 

• Once payment is made, studios will receive a summary via email of all routines registered. It is the responsibility of the studio to review this information, including birth date and age division, and reply IMMEDIATELY with any corrections. NO CHANGES WILL BE PERMITTED LESS THAN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION OR AT THE COMPETITION. There will be a fee of $5.00 per change for all changes made less than 14 days prior to the competition. This fee must be paid by credit card at the time the change is made.

 

• No entries will be accepted at the competition for any studio who is not already registered. With the exception of Title, Photogenic and Costume entries, registered studios may add an entry ONLY if the show’s director approves it. Added routines may not be eligible for High Score Awards.

 

• VIDEO ENTRIES can qualify for our National Championships by submitting a video and a regional entry fee no later than June 1, 2023. Video entries will be adjudicated only.

 

• Each competition reserves the right to limit solos to two (2) per dancer, depending on venue capability and space.

 

• Each competition reserves the right to add additional competition days/times, if deemed necessary, and also reserves the right to move the competition location if it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond its control.

 

• By completing your registration for a Star Dance Alliance event, all registered contestants do hereby grant permission to the Star Dance Alliance to publish their photographs and/or videos for promotional reasons. This includes social media, local television, national television, promotional videos, the web or in any other publication to promote its competitions. Furthermore, you hereby release all directors, officers or representatives of this competition from any and all claims for damages or injuries sustained while participating in any activity related to this competition. In addition, the Star Dance Alliance reserves the right to communicate one on one, or through our mailing list, with each studio using the email provided in the registration system.

SCHEDULING & PERFORMANCE TIMES

A time schedule will be e-mailed (provided that an email address was correctly provided on your registration) no later than seven (7) days before the competition date to all entrants. In order to receive a detailed schedule, your account must be paid in full.

 

There is NO general format. Every regional schedule is based solely on the breakdown of entries by solos, duet/trios, groups and lines in each age division for that particular city. This breakdown is not available until all of the entries have been processed. At that time, a schedule will be set to best accommodate the entrants at that competition. No time requests will be accepted.

 

ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPETE ON THE DAY AND TIME ASSIGNED. We understand that there are sometimes unforeseen events that can arise. Any entry, which is not able to compete at their assigned day and time, may request an
alteration to the routine’s performance time. If this is approved, this routine may be permitted to compete for ADJUDICATION ONLY and may not be eligible for high score awards. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of the Director and will be determined by the time allowance at each Regional Competition.

 

The number in which each routine is assigned is for reference and identification purposes. Routines are expected to perform in numerical order unless granted special permission by the Competition Director. If the backstage manager sees potential delays due to costume changes, you may be asked to compete out of sequence in order. Please be prepared to compete when we call your number, even though it may be a few numbers earlier than you anticipated.
• Unauthorized delay of a performance may result in point deduction and/or disqualification.
• Any routine not performed within 10 entries of their scheduled order may not be eligible for overall high score awards unless pre-approved by the Competition Director.

 

Performers MUST be checked in with the Backstage Manager 1 HOUR prior to their scheduled performance time.
Failure to do so may result in your routine being disqualified.

 

**NOTE** If you determine that you do not have enough time between numbers to change costumes, it is imperative that you advise the backstage manager. If the backstage manager has not been notified of any problem, and you are not ready to compete when called, your routine may be disqualified.

GENERAL DIVISIONS / TIME LIMITS

IMPORTANT: Any person who is actively participating in a routine for ANY amount of time is counted as a performer and must be registered as such. This includes any person who can be seen by the judges for any amount of time, and any person who may be in a costume that covers their face.

 

Solo – (1) Performer
Time Limit – 2:45 minutes
Fashion Modeling Time Limit – 1:30 minutes
• Solos MUST compete in the competition level in which the dancer is registered originally on the studio’s roster. (The only exception is Fashion Modeling, Pointe & Vocal Solos, which must compete in Level 3).
• Soloists are limited to entering a maximum of three (3) solo performance categories and may not compete against themselves in any category. (Soloists may compete in the Fashion Modeling and Vocal Category in addition to the dance categories).
• A contestant may not place more than once for high score in the Solo division.

 

Duet/Trio – 2-3 Performers
Time Limit – 2:45 minutes
• No Duet/Trio may compete against themselves in the same performance category with the same performers. There must be a 50% difference in performers to place in overalls in the same age division..

 

Small Group – 4-9 Performers
Time Limit – 3:00 minutes

 

Large Group – 10-19 Performers
Time Limit – 4:00 minutes

 

Line – 20 or more Performers
Time Limit – 4:30 minutes
*Extended time may be purchased up to a MAXIMUM of 6:00 minutes. Any line over 6 minutes MUST be entered in the Grand Line Division.

 

Grand Line – 20 or more Performers
Time Limit – 7:00 minutes
• Grand Lines compete in the LEVEL 3 ONLY, and have NO specific performance category (Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, etc.).
• Average age will determine the age at which this routine competes, however, Grand Lines with performers age 20 & over must compete in the 12 & Over division, regardless of the average age.

 

At any Regional competition, if any act drops below the minimum number of performers required in the group they registered for, the act will be adjudicated, however, the act will not be eligible for High Score Awards. EXAMPLE: A group of 10 performers registered as a Large Group… if 1 performer is unable to perform, this will then drop the number in the group to 9. The routine can still be judged as a Large Group, but they will not be eligible for the High Score Awards. If the routine changes to a Small Group, and that Small Group division has not yet competed, then they will be eligible for High Scores.

 

EXTENDED TIMES: Solos, Duet/Trios, Groups & Lines may purchase extended time at the rate of $3 per performer for 30 second increments (Lines are limited to a maximum of 6 minutes). Grand Lines may purchase extended time at the rate of $3/performer for 2 minute increments. To register for extended time, please check the box on the routine that indicates “Request Extended Time” on your online studio account.

 

Note: Routines that are over the time limit will result in automatic point deduction of one point or a fraction thereof for every 5 seconds of overtime if extended time has not been registered for that routine

AGE DIVISIONS

AGES ARE DETERMINED BASED ON THE DANCERS AGE ON DECEMBER 31ST, 2022.

 

DIVISIONS: 4 & Under; 5-6 Yrs; 7-8 yrs; 9-11yrs; 12-14 yrs; 15-16 yrs; 17-19 yrs; 20-29 yrs; 30-39 yrs; 40-49 yrs; 50 yrs and over. NOTE: JAZZ, TAP, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY AND OPEN CATEGORY CONTESTANTS WILL ENTER THE FOLLOWING SINGLE AGE DIVISIONS: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

 

DETERMINING AGE DIVISION: Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines will compete at the average age division determined by averaging the age of all members of the group. Do not use decimals or round up. Example: If the average comes to 11.8, they will compete in the 11-year old age division.

 

ADULT AGE DIVISION: Any routine with a performer 20 years or older will compete in the Adult Division (with the exception of the 12 & Over Grand Line Division). All adult performers MUST compete in the Advanced performance level and are not eligible for High Score Awards. If enough routines are entered in the Adult Category, a special High Score Award may be awarded at that regional. Adult dancers may include Teachers, Professionals, Parents, etc.

 

PROOF OF AGE: All performers are required to have proof of ages on hand at every SDA competition. Failure to provide a birth certificate or drivers license if an age division is challenged will result in disqualification of that routine.

 

HIGH SCORE AGE DIVISIONS: High Score Awards will be given out in the Petite (8 & Under), Junior (9-11), Teen (12-14) and Senior (15-19) age divisions.

 

*AGE BUMP RULE – The oldest performer in a duet/trio, small group, large group or line may only compete (1) age division lower than his/her age. Example: A routine with a 15 year old performer may only compete in the Teen (age 12-14) or Senior (age 15-19) divisions regardless of the average age. A 15 year old performer may never compete in the Petite (8 & Under) or Junior (9-11) age division.

 

GRAND LINES – The oldest performer in an 11 & Under Grand Line may not be more than 19 years of age.

COMPETITION LEVELS

Studios are required to assign a competition level for EACH performer when they are entering their roster in the registration system. Please be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL. NOTE: DANCERS MAY ONLY BE REGISTERED AT ONE LEVEL…Any dancer found to be registered in more than one level may be disqualified (This includes if a dancer’s name has been entered into the system with a ‘slight difference’ in spelling, but is actually the same dancer). Dancer’s levels WILL NOT be able to be changed once entered.

 

SOLOS MUST COMPETE AT THE LEVEL IN WHICH THEY ARE REGISTERED ON THE STUDIO ROSTER.

 

ASSIGNING LEVELS
The following guidelines are suggestions to be used in determining the appropriate level placement of each competitor. Because no competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, it is left to the teachers own sound judgement when entering level placement for their students.

 

• LEVEL 1 (formerly Novice): This competition level division is for dancers who have little or no experience competing., and have a basic understanding of dance terminology. Dancers may only be considered ‘Level 1’ dancers for a maximum of 3 years. *NEW – Level 1 Dancers are limited to a TOTAL of (5) routines in the solo, duet/trio, small group and large group divisions combined. There is no limit on the number of lines or grand lines. A Level 1 dancer may NOT compete in more than 3 routines in Level 2 (with the exception of lines and grand lines). Entries will be adjudicated, and will receive High Score Awards within this level.

 

• LEVEL 2 (formerly Intermediate): This competition level is for the ‘on the rise’ dancers, and is recommended for dancers who have had approximately 2-5 years of competition experience. Entries will be adjudicated, and will receive High Score Awards within this level.

 

• LEVEL 3 (formerly Advanced): This competition level is for top-level competitive dancers who perform at an advanced technical level. All entries will be adjudicated, and will receive High Score Awards. ***This is the ONLY level that is eligible to receive Prize Monies. In addition, only advanced dancers are eligible to receive the Highest Level Adjudication.

 

• *NEW EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY LEVEL – The Star Dance Alliance has created a level at all of our competitions designed for dancers who have different abilities and may face develepomental or physical challenges. We want these inspirational dancers have a place to flourish and shine like the stars that they are. This level is intended to give dancers that may have certain obstacles the ability to be judged fairly within their own level. Focus is placed on spotlighting these dancers in their unique abilities in an uplifting, respectful and loving way. Scoring will focus on showmanship, memorization and musicality. Dancers registered in this division may not compete in any other level other than lines or grand lines. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score Awards within this level.

 

**IMPORTANT** – It is at the judges discretion to move any routine that they feel is placed in a level below their ability to the level in which they feel is necessary. All judges decisions are FINAL. If the judges determine that a routine should be moved to a different level, and that level has already competed, the routine will then be eligible for adjudication only.

 

IF ANY ROUTINE IS BUMPED TO A HIGHER COMPETITION LEVEL AT ANY SDA COMPETITION, IT MUST COMPETE AT THE HIGHER LEVEL AT THE WORLD DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP.

 

Small Groups and Duet/Trios – The highest level of dancer in a routine will determine the level of the routine.
Example: One Level 3 Dancer and 8 Level 2 Dancers will determine the routine to be placed in Level 3. One Level 2 dancer and 8 Level 1 dancers will determine the routine to be placed in Level 2.

 

Large Groups and Lines – No more than 1/3 of the dancers in a routine may be a higher performance level than the level that the routine is entered. Example: If a routine has 12 dancers – 4 Level 3, 4 Level 2 & 4 Level 1, the routine will be placed in ‘Level 3’ because 1/3 or more of the dancers are Level 3.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES ON COMPETITION LEVELS –
• No dancer that is registered in ‘Level 3’ will be permitted to perform in ANY ‘Level 1’ routines.
• No level changes may be made at the door.
NEW – NO LEVELING UP of any routine in Duet/Trios, Small Groups or Large Groups.  These routines must compete at the level that the performers are placed in (determined by the rules above).  Example:  A large group contains (10) Level 2 dancers and (2) Level 3 dancers, the rules above will place them in the Level 2 division, and they MAY NOT ‘Level Up’ to Level 3.  (Lines and Grand Lines may Level Up)

MUSIC

• ALL Music should be uploaded though our registration system, and must be done at least 7 days prior to the competition.
• Contestants are required to provide their own music that must be recorded at the proper speed
• As a backup, we will accept the following:
• CD’S – There must be only ONE routine per CD. A back up of all music must be accessible in the event that it is needed. CD’s must be labeled with the routine name, number and studio name.
• IPODS – These will ONLY be accepted if it is clearly labeled with the studio name, address and phone #. Each routine must be it’s own separate playlist. The playlist must be labeled with the entry number (four digits) and routine title in the following format: “0384- Party in the USA”. It is also important to make sure that the repeat function is not enabled. The device MUST be fully charged, and it is the responsibility of the studio to provide a charger. This example is clearly labeled as entry number 384, Party in the USA.
• FLASH DRIVES – These must be labeled with the studio name. Each routine must be labeled with the entry number and routine title in the following format: “384 – Party in the USA”.

 

MUSIC CONTENT – Any music which contains profanity or racial slurs may result in a SCORE DEDUCTION. Note: If you are questioning if your music is ok, please send us your music in advance and we will check it.

 

All Star Dance Alliance events reserve the right to stop any music that contains vulgar or derogatory language or content. If this occurs, the routine may be adjudicated only based on the portion of the performance that they judges viewed, and may not be eligible for overall high score awards.

PERFORMANCE DIVISIONS

• All dance divisions are permitted to have up to 25% acro/gymnastics tricks in them.
• The Cheer & Character divisions may contain up to 50% acro/gymnastics. Lifts do not count.
• Singing is permitted ONLY in the Song and Dance, Vocal, Musical Theater and Grand Line Divisions.
• We will have two handheld/wireless microphones at each venue. We do not allow any additional equipment to be
hooked into the sound system, therefore, no personal microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted.
• Judges reserve the right to move any routine to a different category/genre if they feel it is not properly placed.

 

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES/GENRES –
Acro/Gymnastics – A routine that contains primarily gymnastic tricks, including, but not limited to walkover, front/back limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc. There should be a blend of gymnastics and dance together.

 

Ballet – A routine consisting of classical steps & ballet technique. Ballet shoes must be worn.

 

Ballroom – A routine utilizing Standard or Latin Ballroom technique and must be performed with ballroom heels or ballroom shoes only.

 

Baton – Routine using baton(s) and baton technique .

 

Character – A routine that portrays a character that is easily recognizable.

 

Cheerleading – A routine that has a combination of strong, sharp movements, vocal cheering and dance. May contain up to 50% acro/gymnastics.

 

Clogging – A routine which uses clogging technique.

 

Contemporary – A routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

 

Drill Team – A group performing military type moves with precision marching and may incorporate any type of dance.

 

Fashion Modeling – (Level 3 Solos Only) Must include Runway “T-style” Modeling Technique
• FORMAL- Any party dress or “After 5” attire.
• SPORTSWEAR- Casual skirts, pants, etc., select sport, skiing, tennis, horseback riding, etc.
• SWIMWEAR – Any swimwear or swimsuit & cover-up.

 

Folkloric – Routine incorporating ethnic styles of dance such as polkas, Hawaiian, Spanish, Bellydancing, etc.

 

Hip Hop – A dance that consists of the latest street dance style, as seen in current dance videos.

 

Jazz – A routine that utilizes jazz technique such as splits, isolation, leaps, etc.

 

Lip Sync – A routine that utilizes pantomime techniques and mimics voices on pre-recorded music.

 

Lyrical – A routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music.

 

Modern – A routine containing a contemporary style of dance.

 

Musical Theater – A routine performed to the music of a Broadway musical or a movie musical.

 

Open – A routine that is a combination of any of the other categories; a routine that does not exactly fit any of the definitions of any other category. (No Vocals permitted)
Photogenic Contest – Contestants should submit a 5×7 or larger photograph on the FIRST DAY OF COMPETITION to the registration desk. The photo must be of only one person. Photogenic contestants must be a registered competitor in that competition and may register more than one photo.

 

Pointe – (Level 3 Only) A routine that consists of ballet/pointe technique. Pointe shoes must be worn.

 

Pom Pon – A routine combining dance with the use of pom pons for at least 80% of the routine.

 

Production – This category may be entered ONLY in Line division and must have a minimum of 20 performers.

 

Song and Dance – A routine that combines dancing and singing. Both genres are expected to be present in this routine. Lead vocals may not be lip synched and may have back up vocal accompaniment only. We will provide two handheld, wireless microphones. No personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted.

 

Tap – A routine utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes only.

 

Vocal – (Level 3 Only) A performance of any type of vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be pre-recorded. (No lead vocals may be recorded; backup voices only will be permitted). We will provide two handheld, wireless microphones. No personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted to be hooked into the sound system.

TITLE COMPETITION

At each regional event, we will host a Title competition incorporated into the solo competition. Any dancer in Level 2 or Level 3 who wishes to have their routine judged for Title should check the appropriate box while registering their solo
online, or they may register at the door prior to their performance. There is no limit as to the number of solos that may enter for Title. All entries registered for Title will be judged for during the performance of their solo routine.

 

The Title Competition is judged on the overall presentation of their performance and everything is weighed equally (talent, choreography, technique, overall presentation, etc.) with only one score. A competitor can receive a total of 10 points maximum from the judges.

 

Title Age Divisions are as follows:

Ages 5 & Under
Ages 6-8
Ages 9-11
Ages 12-14
Ages 15-19

 

TITLE COMPETITION AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Dancers may enter the Title division in the same manner as they did for regionals. Dancers are not required to have competed for Title at a Regional Competition in order to be eligible to enter Title at the Championships. *NEW – At any Star Dance Alliance National Championship, No dancer may compete for Title unless they are registered with a small group, large group, line or grand line at that championship.

PROPS

• All routines will be allotted 2 minutes to build and remove props.

 

• Props that take longer will need to register for extended time.
• $25 – up to 1 minute
• $50 – up to 5 minutes
• $75 – up to 7 minutes
• $100 – up to 10 minutes

 

• Props should be loaded in and out of the venue on the same day they are used. Storing props in the wings is not permitted.

 

• All props must be fire-proofed. and must be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes backstage.

 

• Liquids, paints, powders, chalk & glitter are PROHIBITED from coming in contact with the marley floor. If any of these are utilized and happen transfer from the body to the surface of the marley floor, it must be cleaned up immediately and completely by the studio. This may result in disqualification or removal from overall high scores.

 

• No dangerous props may be used on stage (such as fire, swords or knives). Live animals are also prohibited on stage.

 

• Any item left on the stage (props, flower petals, paper, leaves, etc.) must be cleaned up by the studio in an efficient and timely manner. Failure to do so may result in removal from overall high scores.

 

• Please check the box during registration if you plan to use a prop and give us a description of it. You should also alert the backstage manager of any props that will be used before your performance time.

 

• Special stage or house lighting will NOT be provided or changed by the SDA for any performance.

BACKSTAGE AREA

• Teachers should communicate with our Backstage managers at the beginning of the competition to instruct who will be responsible for checking their dancers in to perform.

 

• Teachers should check-in performers in a timely manner and are permitted to remain backstage for an appropriate amount of time to prepare their students and watch their performance.

 

• Backstage areas need to remain clear of dancers, parents and teachers who are not waiting to perform.

GENERAL RULES

• PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO RECORDING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to abide by this rule can result in Disqualification for the studio. If anyone is found photographing or video recording in the competition auditorium, we reserve the right to delete the video footage. Teachers… it is your responsibility to inform your contestants and parents of this rule.

 

• There is to be NO ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO at any event that is hosted at a school property. SMOKING is not permitted in any of our venues.

 

• Sportsmanlike behavior is expected from all contestants, teachers and families at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification. This includes attempting to recruit students from other studios to attend yours at one of our events.

 

• A panel of well-qualified judges will judge contestants, and all decisions of the judges will be accepted as final.

 

• The Star Dance Alliance and the hosting venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.

 

• Please note that every venue is unique and has its own set of rules concerning outside food & beverage, use of helium balloons, etc.

PROTESTS

A protest may only be initiated by a Studio Director/Teacher, and must be signed and submitted in writing to the director of the show within 30 minutes of the incident involved. Protests may not be submitted after an awards ceremony.

 

Starpower 2023 Regional
Addendum Rules & Regulations

The Star Dance Alliance is a combined effort from the industry’s leaders in dance who strive to provide not only a high-quality experience, but ease in registration.

Please read carefully the following addendum rules and regulations to the Star dance alliance rules. Failure to comply could result in disqualification. These rules are in addition to those upheld by the Star Dance Alliance Competitions.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

ONLINE SYSTEM: Entries must be entered in our online registration system 21 days prior to the competition date. For a complete breakdown of our pricing structure, please visit your online account Dashboard. PAYMENTS and FEES: All entry fees must be paid via our online registration by credit card or Echecks. Personal and Studio Checks are not an acceptable form of payment. We will only accept certified funds or money orders if a credit card is unavailable. You are not considered a registered contestant unless we have received PAYMENT IN FULL. If you have not paid by one of these methods, you run the risk of your routines being pulled from the competition.

 

Regional Entry Fees are located on our website on your studio dashboard. Admission is free to spectators and the general public is welcome. No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

 

CHANGES: The studio must make all changes and edit to entries, via their online account. Changes may be made online until entries are frozen for scheduling, approximately 21 days prior to the competition. Any entries that require changes once the schedule is completed will incur a $5 fee, per change.

 

Independent Entries are welcome.

ADJUDICATION OF AWARDS

POINT SYSTEM: Each entry will be competing against a pre-determined amount of points and will be reflected in our STAR scoring program

 

DIVISIONAL 1st PLACE AWARDS: If there is only one entry in a division, a 1st place trophy will be awarded if the performer received 4 STARS or higher. If there are 2 or more entries in a category, a competitive first place award will be presented to the entry with the highest score.

 

Any routine receiving 4 Stars or higher are eligible for the National Championships. All prizes will be awarded to the teacher or director.

 

JUDGES CRITIQUES: All judges will be on a video or audio critique system. The Studio Director will be able to access score sheets and critiques through the studio’s online registration account.

ADJUDICATION BREAKDOWN

*HIGH SCORE AWARDS PER COMPETITIVE DIVISION:

The Level 3, Level 2 & Level 1 Division High Score Awards will be presented in the following age groups: 8 & Under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19 age divisions for Solos, Duets/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, & Lines. Grand Line will only be awarded in the Level 3 Division and in the 11 & Under and 12 and Over Age Divisions. 20 & Over Division can only be entered in the Level 3 Division and will be awarded only in small groups, large groups, and lines.

 

*STAR DANCE ALLIANCE AWARD and GOLDEN TICKETS:

In addition to regular High Score Awards, The Star Dance Alliance will be awarding the following:

Star Dance Alliance Regional Champions: A High Score Banner will go to the highest scoring group routine in the following age categories: 11 & Under Grand Line, 12 & Over Grand Line, 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19. Winners in the Divisions will also automatically be ranked in the Star Dance Alliance Power Rankings located on www.stardancealliance.com and will be awarded Golden Ticket Invitations to the World Dance Championship.

 

*OUTSTANDING GROUP BALLET AND TAP AWARDS:

In the Level 3 Division only, we will award the highest scoring Ballet and highest scoring Tap routine a plaque of achievement in the 11 & Under and 12 & Over Age Divisions.

 

*STARPOWER TITLE AWARDS:

HOW IT WORKS: The Title Competition is judged completely separate from the dance portion of the performer’s solo. A competitor can receive a total of 10 points maximum from the judges. The Title Competition is judged more on overall presentation and everything is weighed equally (talent, overall presentation, etc.) with only one score. The title competition is for Level 3 and Level 2 level solos.

 

TITLE AT REGIONALS: Starpower will be hosting a Title competition at each regional, incorporated into the solo competition. If you wish to have your routine judged for Title, please check the appropriate box while

registering your solo online. You may enter as many solos as you wish to be judged for Title. All entries will be judged for Title during the performance of their routine during the Regional Competition.

 

Premier Title (Level 2 Level):

Premier Mini Mr. and Premier Mini Miss Starpower (Ages 5 and Under)

Premier Little Mr. Starpower and Premier Petite Miss Starpower(Ages 6-8)

Premier Junior Mr. Starpower and Premier Junior Miss Starpower (Ages 9-11)

Premier Teen Mr. Starpower and Premier Teen Miss Starpower (Ages 12-14)

Premier Mr. Starpower  and Premier Miss Starpower (Ages 15-19)

 

Titles (Level 3 Level):

Mini Mr. and Mini Miss Starpower (Ages 5 and Under)

Little Mr. Starpower and Petite Miss Starpower(Ages 6-8)

Junior Mr. Starpower and Junior Miss Starpower (Ages 9-11)

Teen Mr. Starpower and Teen Miss Starpower (Ages 12-14)

Mr. Starpower  and Miss Starpower (Ages 15-19)

 

TITLE AT CHAMPIONSHIPS: At National Championships you may enter the Title division in the same manner as for the regionals. You do not have to enter Title on the Regional level to be eligible to enter Title at the Championships.

Championships will have the Battle of the Title for the top Title scores in each Level 3 Title division. The winners will be recognized as the National Title Champions. Premier Title winners at Championships will compete during the preliminary competition during the week.

 

*ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS:

The judges and directors will present this award to the Small Group, Large Group or Line deemed “Most Entertaining” for both 11 & Under and 12 & Over. All Divisions are eligible for this award.

 

*CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS:

This award will be presented to the teacher of a Small Group, Large Group, or Line for both 11 & Under and 12 & Over. All Divisions are eligible for thisaward.

 

*OUTSTANDING COSTUME AWARDS:

This award will be presented to entrants who receive the highest scores based on design, overall impression, fit, etc. in the 11 & Under age division and the 12 & Over age division. One award will be presented to the best Duet/ Trio and Group/Line Costume combined. All ages will compete against each other for all Dance Levels combined, i.e., Level 3, Level 2, & Level 1 for this award. If you wish to enter the costume division, please check appropriate box when you register that routine online. The participant must be a registered Starpower contestant during the current competition season. All entries in the costume contest will be judged during the performance of their routine. There will not be a special presentation of costume contestants. Make sure to enter the costume competition at least a 1/2 hour prior to your performance.

 

*PHOTOGENIC AWARDS:

This award will be presented to the solo contestant judged most photogenic in the 11 & Under age division, and in the 12 & Over division. You must enter the Photogenic Contest on the day of the Competition at the Registration desk and must be a registered competitor during the current competition season to compete. Please bring a recent 5” x 7” or 8” x 10” in black and white or color. Please also write name, address, height and weight on the back of photo. You may enter more than one photo, but only one award will be given. Contestants will be responsible for obtaining their photo from the registration desk after the photogenic awards are presented. Starpower is not responsible for loss or damages to any photograph submitted.

 

*VOCAL HIGH SCORE AWARDS:

Vocal Category entries are eligible for Vocal High Score Awards. High score awards will be presented in two separate divisions: Solos and groups (Duets/trios will be considered groups in this category).Note: Vocal entries are not eligible to enter any of the Starpower Title Divisions No additional sound equipment or microphones may be used or connected to the Starpower sound system. Starpower will provide Two (2) wireless hand held microphone in each competition room at each Regional. (No headset microphones)

 

*SPECIAL AWARDS:

Special Award Ribbons will be created by the judges for routines and individuals that will be awarded at the beginning of each awards ceremony.

 

*POWER PAK:

Power Pak Invitations will be given to deserving dancers selected from solos and duo/trios in the Level 3 Division only. Power Pak Scholarships will be given to deserving dancers selected from any solo, group, or line from the regional weekend.

 

*WORLD DANCE PAGEANT:

WDP Scholarships will be given to deserving dancers selected from any solo, group, or line from the regional weekend.

 

*WILD ABOUT YOU:

WILD Scholarships will be given to deserving dancers from any group, or line from the regional weekend.

STAR DANCE ALLIANCE & STAR DOLLARS

STAR DOLLARS: Star Dollars can be applied to any event within the Star Dance Alliance.

 

For National Championships:

LEVEL 3 Level will be awarded STAR DOLLARS in the following categories: Solos, Duet/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Grand Lines

LEVEL 2 Level is not eligible for STAR DOLLARS but will receive High Score Plaques and/or trophies.

LEVEL 1 Level is not eligible for STAR DOLLARS but will receive High Score Plaques and/or trophies.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

QUALIFYING FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITHIN THE SDA: You will also qualify for any National Championship in the Star Dance Alliance by attending any SDA Regional Event. (Example: You attend a Starpower Regional Event. You then qualify to attend a National Championship for Starpower, Nexstar, Believe, Imagine, Dream Maker or Revolution Talent Competition). Each routine that is registered for a National Competition must qualify at a regional event. Routines may never bump down a level to compete at Nationals and must compete at the same level they qualified for regionally or higher. Under extreme circumstances and upon the approval of Starpower, a video may be submitted, along with Regional entry fees, to qualify for Championships.

2023 SCHEDULE

Starpower International


2023 International Dates

 

January 13-16, 2023 | Battle On The Seas

Venue: Royal Caribbean Liberty on the Seas
Deadline: TBA
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

March 17 - 19 | Gatineau, Canada

Venue: Canadian Museum of History
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

March 17 - 18 | London, United Kingdom

Venue: The Staf Sevenoaks
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

March 17 - 19 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Venue: TBA
Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

March 24 - 26 | Beaufort, Wales, United Kingdom

Venue: The Beaufort Theatre
Deadline: Feb 24, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

April 14 - 16 | Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Venue: The Leatherhead Theatre
Deadline: Mar 17, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

April 28 - 30 | London, United Kingdom

Venue: Queen Mary University of London
Deadline: Apr 7, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

May 12 - 14 | Conventry, England, United Kingdom

Venue: Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

May 12 - 14 | Ottawa, Canada

Venue: EY Centre
Deadline: Apr 14, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

May 20 - 21 | San Jose, Costa Rica

Venue: Teatro Auditorio Nacional – Centro Costarricense De Ciencia Y Cultura
Deadline: Apr 21, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

May 26 - 28 | Toronto, Canada

Venue: Metro Toronto Convention
Deadline: Apr 21, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
Daniella@starpowertalent.com

 

TBA
Dublin, Ireland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Liverpool, England

 


2023 Nationals Schedule

June 19-23 | Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Deadline: May 19, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

June 26-30 | Atlantic City, NJ

Venue: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

June 26-30 | Branson, MO

Venue: Branson Convention Center
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

June 26-30 | Hartford, CT

Venue: Connecticut Convention Center
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

July 2-6 | Orlando, FL

Venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Deadline: June 2, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

July 4-8 | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Venue: Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Deadline: June 4, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

July 11-15 | Myrtle Beach, SC

Venue: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 11, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com

July 16-20 | Ocean City, MD

Venue: Roland E Powell Convention Center
Deadline: Jun 18, 2023
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Point Of Contact:
daniella@starpowertalent.com