Levels of Ability 2019

THE LEVELS ARE NOT BY HOURS OR HOW MANY DAYS COMPETITORS TRAIN. THEY SHOULD BE PLACED BY THEIR LEVEL OF ABILITY IN EACH GENRE.

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

Parents, Competitors, teachers & Directors please keep in mind everyone’s voices and bodies change as we grow. A competitor and/or group of competitor’s levels may change up or down from season to season.

Directors will use their professional judgment in placing students in their perspective levels.

Judges may move routines to the appropriate category and/or level.

(All Judges Decisions are Final)

Modeling routines are all one level.

Parent, Student/Teacher & Adult Routines are one level and age group.

Production routines are one level, age group and genre.

RISING STAR (recreational/beginner level) 

  • This level is for beginners of any age who may or may not have competed before.
  • 6 & under must compete in this level and recommended for competitors 7-9yrs.
  • This level is not eligible for TE ELITE TEAM nominations.

Dance & Acro:

  • Competitors should focus on beginner dance 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 and/or advanced moves are not recommended for this level.
  • Pointe is not permitted in this level.

Vocal & Instrumental:

  • Competitors should work on songs that are easyto 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 such as understanding of alignment, being able to perform complicated progressions and turn 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 school’s competitors or routines are considered audition ready and potential for professional opportunities.

SPECIAL STAR

  • Performance level that welcomes all special needs performers. Positive critiques will be based on performer’s abilities with no point deductions for physical challenges. All performers receive awards. Special Star performers are welcome in any other levels.

SHINING STAR (Student Choreography) Dance & Acro Only

  • Students who choreograph their own routine. Should not receive assistance from a teacher or choreographer. Must be original work and not taken from any other source (ex. YouTube, etc.)

PRODUCTION: 15 OR MORE PERFORMERS – Portraying a theme, Story, Broadway Musical, Play, Movie etc. May include more than one genre, for ex: dance, lip sync, singing, acting & instrumental. *Productions are combined and compete against each other, must contain a minimum of 25% dancing and transitions. Productions are all on level, age group and genre.

The following are one level and age group.

Parents

Any routines containing parents. *Teachers are welcome to compete in this category.

Student/Teacher

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

Adults

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