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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q: I have x number of people in a routine, which type of entry do they fall into?
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Q: I have x number of people in a routine, which type of entry do they fall into?

A: Great Question! Our entry types are:

  • Solo (1 dancer)
  • Duet/Trio (2-3 dancers) *As a reminder, Duets and Trios compete against each other
  • Small Group (4-9 dancers)
  • Large Group (10-19 dancers)
  • Super Group (20 or more dancers)
Q: My studio has dancers of all ages, how do I determine what age group to put them in?
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Q: My studio has dancers of all ages, how do I determine what age group to put them in?

A: Even though we are all young at heart, we have to make sure everyone is in the right age group. For the most part, ages for Duet/Trios and Groups are as of January 1, 2016 and ages for Solos are as of the first day of the Competition date. Please see our Rules and Regulations for complete details.

Q: We had the best time at regionals! How do we qualify for Finals?
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Q: We had the best time at regionals! How do we qualify for Finals?

A: To make sure nobody misses out on the fun, all entries registered at the regional shows are eligible to enter our Finals! However, to make sure there is enough room for everyone, contestants may only register for one Finals.

Q: Where/When can I upload the music for my routines?
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Q: Where/When can I upload the music for my routines?

A: We can’t wait to hear your favorite mix! All music must be uploaded through the Teacher’s Express Lane and can be submitted any time before the final schedule is posted on our website (typically two weeks before an event).

Q: I don’t want to miss the registration deadline, when are entries due?
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Q: I don’t want to miss the registration deadline, when are entries due?

A: We don’t want you to miss the deadline either! All entries and associated fees must be submitted no later than 18 days prior to the start of the event.

Q: I want to bring 47 of my family members to watch my child compete, do you charge any viewing fees?
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Q: I want to bring 47 of my family members to watch my child compete, do you charge any viewing fees?

A: NEVER! The more the merrier!

Q: My tiny dancer put on the performance of a lifetime! Where can I download the video?
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Q: My tiny dancer put on the performance of a lifetime! Where can I download the video?

A: With only a few clicks, you will have access to all of your child’s most amazing moments. Please go to goshowstopper.com/register and login to “My Showstopper” to download all performance videos.

Q: My students have been working very hard but not all of them are at the same skill level - what is the difference between competition levels and which level should I register them for?
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Q: My students have been working very hard but not all of them are at the same skill level - what is the difference between competition levels and which level should I register them for?

A: There is a certain amount of flexibility here. In most cases, a dancer should be registered with the level associated with the amount of hours per week that they train (please see below for full details). However, in circumstances where dancers are skilled beyond their associated level, dancers may be registered for any level above their associated level. A dancer should never be registered for a level lower than the amount of hours per week that they train.

Teachers must use their own sound judgment when determining the number of hours of practice per dancer and in which level contestants should be placed. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be elevated by the judges.


Performance
  • Dancers who take a total of three hours or less of combined dance and/or acrobatics lessons per week.
  • Please note that it is not mandatory to enter the Performance level if you take three hours or less. You may also enter Advanced or Competitive level. However, if a Duet/Trio or Group has one or more dancer(s) taking more than three hours of dance/acrobatics per week, it must enter a higher level.


Advanced
  • Dancers on the rise between Performance and Competitive.
  • Advanced includes dancers taking three to five hours of dance and/or acrobatics per week with limited competition experience, and not yet ready to compete at the highest level.
  • If a dancer competes in the Advanced Level as a soloist they must remain in the Advanced Level for all solos. The dancer cannot move down and perform in any Performance Level routines. However, the same dancer can move up and perform in a Competitive level duet, trio and group.
  • If a Duet/Trio or Group has one or more dancers taking over five hours of dance/acrobatics per week, it must enter the Competitive Level.


Competitive
  • The highest and most competitive level of dancers.
  • Competitive includes:
    1. All dancers taking five hours or more of dance and/or acrobatics per week,
    2. Performance level dancers that wish to compete at a competitive level, and
    3. Advanced level dancers that wish to compete at a competitive level.
  • Any entries wishing to compete for Cash Awards, the highest Overall Honors, the Crystal Award and the WebTV Show at Finals, must compete in the Competitive Level.
  • Dancers competing in the Competitive level as a solo must remain in the Competitive Level for all other solo, duet/trio, and group routines performed at that competition.
Q: My dancers will not stop doing flips! Which categories allow acrobatic tricks?
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Q: My dancers will not stop doing flips! Which categories allow acrobatic tricks?

A: We can’t stop jumping for joy either! Most of our dance categories allow acrobatic tricks, however, the ballet and pointe categories do not allow for any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks. Also, the Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, and Clogging categories only allow for a maximum of three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks

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