PARENTS Age Divisions / Levels / Time Limits

AGE DIVISIONS

Mini Dancers: 6 & under (must compete in the rising star level)
Junior:  7-9   10-12
Senior: 13-15   16-18
Adults: 19 & Up (all one level)

  • For Duets/Trios & Groups the average age determines the age division in which they will compete.
  • Age is as of the competitor’s birth-date for Regionals & Nationals and automatically calculated through your registration account. 
  • Birthdates are required to claim photos & videos. Be sure to enter correct birthdates. .
  • Productions, Parents, Student/Teachers & Adult Routines are one Age Division and Level

**Proof of Age Is Required**


LEVELS

COMPETITORS MUST BE PLACED BY THEIR LEVEL OF ABILITY IN EACH GENRE.

LEVELS ARE NOT BY AGE, HOURS OR HOW MANY DAYS A COMPETITOR TRAINS. 

The same dancers can be in different levels. For example, your advanced (All Star) ballerina may still be a beginner (Rising Star) Tapper.

Directors use your professional judgment when placing students in their perspective levels.

Judges may move routines to the appropriate genre and/or level. (All Judges Decisions are Final)

Modeling are all one level.

Parent, Adults, Student & Teachers Routines are one level and age group.

Productions are one level, age group and genre.


RISING STAR (recreational/beginner level)

  • This level is for beginners of any age, whom may or may not have competed before.
  • 6 & under must compete in this level.
  • This level is not eligible for TE ELITE TEAM nominations and/or cash prize certificates.

Dance & Acro

  • Competitors should focus on beginner technique & proper grooming.
  • Dance positions should be executed without sickled feet.
  • Fouette turns, Turns A La Seconde, Wings, Toe Touches, Aerials, Back Hand Springs and other intermediate (SHOOTING STAR) and/or advanced (ALL STAR) moves are not recommended for this level.
  • Pointe is not permitted in this level.

Vocal & Instrumental

  • Competitors should work on songs that are easy to perform and focus on songs with small numbers of high notes, long notes, and/or pitch changes.

SHOOTING STAR (intermediate level)

  • Competitors should be working on intermediate and advanced technique.
  • Ages 7 & up are permitted to compete in this level.

Dance & Acro

  • Choreography should contain more advanced elements. Should be able to perform complicated progressions along with leap, turn & acro combinations.
  • Competitors at this level should have smooth connection of movement, transitions, musicality, and group precision.

Vocal & Instrumental

  • Competitors should focus on songs that are challenging to perform along with a fair number of high notes, long notes, and/or pitch changes.

ALL STAR (advanced level)

Dance, Acro, Vocal & Instrumental

  • Technique should be superb, meticulous and clean.
  • At this level, your studio competitors or routines are considered audition ready and potential professional opportunities.

ALL STAR (advanced level)

  • Performance level that welcomes all special needs performers. 
  • Positive critiques will be based on performer’s abilities with no point deductions for physical challenges. 
  • Not eligible for high score and cash certificate prizes.
  • Super Star performers are welcome in any other levels.

SHINING STAR (Student Choreography or Original Composition)

  • Students who choreograph, write or compose their own routine. Should not receive assistance. Must be original work and not taken from any other source.

PRODUCTION

  • 15 OR MORE PERFORMERS – Portraying a theme, Story, Broadway Musical, Play, Movie etc. May include more than one genre, for (ex: Tap & Jazz, dance, lip sync, singing, acting & instrumental.)  *Productions are one level, age & genre. Must contain a minimum of 25% dancing and transitions.

PARENTS

  • Any routines containing parents. *Teachers are welcome to compete with parents.

STUDENT & TEACHERS

  • Routines that combine students and professional teachers. No solos accepted in this category.

ADULTS

  • For serious competitors, students, parents, and/or teachers who are 19 & Up.

PARENTS, STUDENT & TEACHERS & ADULTS ARE ONE LEVEL AND AGE GROUP


TIME LIMITS

DIVISIONSDIVISION SIZESTIME LIMITS   ADDITIONAL TIME MAY BE PURCHASED
SOLOS1 COMPETITOR3 minutesN/A
DUET/TRIOS2 – 3 COMPETITORS3 minutesN/A
SMALL GROUPS4 – 9 COMPETITORS3 minutes1 minute
LARGE GROUPS10 – 19 COMPETITORS4 minutes2 minutes
MEGA GROUPS20 OR MORE COMPETITORS5 minutes3 minutes
PRODUCTION15 OR MORE COMPETITORS8 minutes4 minutes
IMPROV  1 COMPETITORS   1 minuteN/A
MODELING1 COMPETITORS1 ½ minutesN/A

Please Note

Routines are timed.

Props have 1-minute for setup and break down. 

Props needing extra time must purchase additional minutes.

Point deductions will be assessed if not requested at the time of entry.