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Showstopper 2018 Rules and Regulations

Don’t risk being disqualified! Please read the Rules and Regulations carefully!

 

Types of Entries
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Types of Entries

Our entry types are:

  • Solo
  • Duet/Trio (Duets and Trios compete against each other)
  • Small Group (4 to 9 dancers)
  • Large Group (10 to 19 dancers)
  • Super Group (20 or more dancers)
Competition Levels
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Competition Levels

Performance

  • Dancers who take a total of LESS THAN THREE HOURS 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 Level includes:
    1. All dancers taking OVER FIVE HOURS of dance and/or acrobatics per week,
    2. Performance level dancers that wish to compete at the competitive level, and
    3. Advanced level dancers that wish to compete at the 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.
  • 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 placed in a higher level by the judges.
Age Divisions
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Age Divisions
  • Ages for Duet/Trios and Groups are as of January 1st.
  • Ages for Solos are as of the first day the Competition begins.
  • For Duet/Trios and Groups, the ages of all contestants as of January 1st must be averaged together. If there is a decimal, round down and drop the decimal.
  • Contestants will compete in the following age groups:
    • (4 & under), (5-6 years), (7-8 years), (9-10 years), (11 years), (12 years), (13-14 years), (15-16 years), (17-19 years), (20-29 years), (30-39 years), (40-49 years), (50-59 years), (60-69 years), and (70 & over).
  • Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Open, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Production categories ONLY age groups are:
    • (4 & under), (5 years), (6 years), (7 years), (8 years), (9 years), (10 years), (11 years), (12 years), (13 years), (14 years), (15 years), (16 years), (17 years), (18- 19 years), (20-29 years), (30-39 years), (40-49 years), (50-59 years), (60-69 years), and (70 & over).
  • Overall recognition and medals will be given in the following five age divisions:
    • Mini: 8 years & under
    • Junior: 9-11 years
    • Teen: 12-14 years
    • Senior: 15-19 years
    • Adult: 20 years and over
  • Duet/Trio and Group entries cannot compete in an age division more than one age division younger than the oldest dancer’s age as of January 1, 2017, regardless of the average age.
    • For example, an 18 year-old (senior) dancing in a group with an average age of 10 (junior) would be moved into the teen category (one age division younger than senior). In this example, because the average age is 10, the group would be placed into the lowest age group in that division. Here, that would be age 12.
Category Point Deductions
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Category Point Deductions
  • The ballet and pointe dance categories can contain no gymnastic/acrobatic tricks. A onehalf
    (.5) point deduction per judge will be made for any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks in these
    categories. Tricks not allowed are movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted
    (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly
    over the top of ones head/shoulders). The only exceptions to this are forward, backward
    and shoulder rolls, and acrobatic tricks in lifts (a lift being defined as being supported by
    another dancer with any body part).
  • The following dance categories can contain no more than three gymnastic/acrobatic
    tricks, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, and Clogging. A one-half (.5) point deduction per judge will
    be made for any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks in these categories over three. A gymnastic
    pass will be counted as the number of tricks in the pass.
  • If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or
    otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or
    inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges.
Dance Categories
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Dance Categories

Hip Hop

  • Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. The judges will score music
    containing inappropriate lyrics lower.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

Musical Theater

  • Routine featuring any style of dance that interprets a song from a Broadway show or
    movie musical.
  • Any number of Acro tricks are allowed in this category.

Jazz

  • Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique.
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.

Tap

  • Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. It is preferred that tap sounds
    not be prerecorded in music.
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.

Ballet

  • Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements.
  • No pointe shoes allowed.
  • No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.

Pointe

  • Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique.
  • No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.

Lyrical Jazz

  • Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics
    or mood of the music.
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.

Song & Dance

  • Must contain both singing and any listed category of dancing. Judging will be based on
    both singing and dancing.
  • There must be no other lead voices anywhere in the prerecorded music (0.5 point per
    judge deduction).
  • All performers will be judged on both singing and dancing. A one point deduction per
    judge will be incurred if any special microphones or sound equipment is hooked up by
    Showstopper for any reason.
  • Two handheld wireless microphones only will be available for your use.

Acrobatic Dance

  • A routine using controlled acrobatic moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands,
    chest rolls, etc. may contain gymnastic passes.
  • The majority of an acrobatic routine must be acrobatic moves, otherwise, the routine will
    be scored lower by the judges. Acrobatic Dance may contain flexibility moves or
    contortionist moves, however, it must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.

Baton

  • A routine using baton(s) and baton technique.
  • Baton routines will be judged on Baton technique and dance moves, steps, and
    choreography.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

Pom Pon

  • A routine incorporating the use of Pom Pons.
  • Pom Pon routines must use precise and definite movement.
  • Any number of Acrobatics are allowed. However, no stunts, tosses, or pyramids taller than one person is
    allowed or a one point penalty per judge will be incurred.
  • The routine will be judged on both Pom Pon technique and dance steps, moves, and
    choreography.

Clogging

  • A routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary style clogging technique.
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Character Routine

  • A routine portraying a recognizable character throughout.
  • May be from a play, movie, television, Broadway, or a stereotype such as a farmer,
    policeman, etc.
  • The character portrayed must be listed on the entry form, and it will be published in the
    program book.
  • May incorporate either dance or acrobatic techniques.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

Folkloric

  • A routine using ethnic style of dance, such as Spanish, Hawaiian, polkas, etc.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

Open

  • Any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles.
  • Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

Contemporary

  • Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension, balance, can combine
    lyrical, modern and concert style techniques.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

All Male

  • Any group with all male dancers, regardless of type of dance, may choose to enter this
    category.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.

Production

  • A routine utilizing a group of at least 10 dancers incorporating any style/styles of dance or
    acrobatic.
  • Production category has a time limit of 8:00 minutes.
  • All Production Groups entered at all Finals will automatically be part of our new
    “PRODUCTIONMANIA®” LIVE WEBCAST SHOW the evening before our championship
    webcast.

Teacher

  • Persons 20 years of age or over who are teachers, assistant teachers, professional
    dancers or persons who have ever been teachers, assistant teachers or professional
    dancers must compete in Teachers Categories.
  • Teachers Solos, Duet/Trio, and Groups can compete in all types of dance listed above.
  • All Duet/Trios or Groups with even one Teacher competitor must enter the Teachers’
    category.
  • Teachers Groups are not eligible to appear on the Championships Webcasts produced at
    the Finals.
Regional Entry Limitations
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Regional Entry Limitations
  • Soloists are limited to two solo performances.
  • The dance studio must submit all entries. Independent entries will not be accepted.
Props
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Props
  • Fire, swords and knives on stage are prohibited. Simulated weapons with dull, safe
    edges are acceptable with approval of Showstopper.
  • No liquid, paint, gel, aerosol, glitter, fog, smoke, powder, paint powder, ashes, or similar substance that would affect the
    dancing surface is allowed, unless specifically approved by Showstopper. If this occurs, the routine
    may be scored lower by the judges.
  • Props are allowed, however they must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring
    the use of theater fly bars may not be used. Props, if used, must be prepared and set-up,
    and removed quickly. Judges may take excessive set-up or removal time into
    consideration.
  • Helium balloons are not permitted unless special permission is given by the venue.
  • Safety is always our major concern. If the stage is "littered" during a routine please be
    prepared to clean it up immediately after the routine is finished.
  • Hoverboards are prohibited.
Competition Rules and Regulations
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Competition Rules and Regulations
  • Time limits allotted per dance:
    • Solo, Duet/Trio & Small Group entries: three minutes (3:00)
    • Large Group & Super Group entries: four minutes (4:00)
    • Production category entries: eight minutes (8:00)
    • Additional time cannot be purchased.
  • A deduction of one tenth point (.1) per judge will be made for every 15 seconds (or any portion
    thereof) in excess of the allotted time limit beyond a 15% allowance for machine calibration error.
  • The same contestant(s) cannot compete more than once in the same dance category
    and age group in Solo, Duet/Trio, or Group competition. This means that contestants
    must never compete against themselves in the same age group and dance category.
  • Soloists are limited to two solo performances.
  • Routines performed at the regional shows are eligible to enter the National Finals.
    Contestants can enter either Gulf Coast, West Coast, Northern, North East, Southern or East Coast Finals,
    regardless of the regional location at which you qualified, however you can only attend
    one Finals.
  • Stages are 40 ft wide by 30 ft deep.
  • Any studio that makes an enrollment/routine change 5 days prior to the event
    is subject to a $5 fee for each change.
  • Routines are expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. If for any reason a
    routine performs out of its listed order, video playback of that routine during the awards
    ceremony cannot be assured.
  • Routines must be performed during the awards session in which they are scheduled. If
    the routine cannot perform during the awards session in which they are scheduled for any
    reason, it can be performed for judges comments only. The routine would not be eligible
    for overall awards. It will be announced on stage at the end of the regular awards, the
    appropriate medal or trophy given, and the routine will be qualified for National Finals.
  • Videotaping and movie cameras are prohibited.
  • Still photography is limited to taking photographs of your own child. No professional
    photography set-ups/tripods/monopods allowed.
  • If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or
    otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or
    inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges.
  • Air horns or similar devices are prohibited.
  • Routines that are obviously under-placed into the wrong skill level may be placed in a higher level
    by the judges.
  • Any studio that makes an enrollment/routine change 3 days prior to the event, it is subject to a $5 fee for each change.
  • Duet/Trios cannot win in Group categories.
  • Be precise. When registering for a competition, enter Music Titles, Participant Names exactly as they should appear in the Showstopper Program.

Scores & Deductions

  • A panel of competent judges will judge contestants. All entrants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contest shall be solely within the discretion of the directors and producers of Showstopper and that all decisions of the judges are final.
  • If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges.
  • A 10-point deduction will be made for routines that are not completed unless due to a costume malfunction that would result in an immodest performance.
  • Ties will not be broken.
  • A one point deduction per judge will be incurred if any special microphones or sound equipment is hooked up by Showstopper for any performance.

Music Requirements

Each entry must furnish its own music marked with the contestant number on a flash drive (preferred), ipod, clean CD, or music may be up-loaded though our Teachers Express Lane on our website. Music must be uploaded three (3) days prior to the event. It is recommended that you bring a second copy as a backup in the event of malfunction of original.

Awards
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Awards
  • Double Platinum, Platinum 1st Place, Gold 1st Place, and Silver Awards will be decided
    by a predetermined range of points for each place.
  • In the Competitive Level, dance routines are also eligible for the Crystal Award.
  • There may be multiple Double Platinum, Platinum 1st places, Gold 1st places, and Silver
    Awards in each age group and category.
  • Contestants will compete in the following age groups:
    • (4 & under), (5-6 years), (7-8 years), (9-10 years), (11 years), (12 years), (13-14
      years), (15-16 years), (17-19 years), (20-29 years), (30-39 years), (40-49 years),
      (50-59 years), (60-69 years), and (70 & over).
  • Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Open, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Production
    categories ONLY age groups are:

    • (4 & under), (5 years), (6 years), (7 years), (8 years), (9 years), (10 years), (11
      years), (12 years), (13 years), (14 years), (15 years), (16 years), (17 years), (18-
      19 years), (20-29 years), (30-39 years), (40-49 years), (50-59 years), (60-69
      years), and (70 & over).
Performance & Advanced Level Awards
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Performance & Advanced Level Awards

Overall recognition and medals will be given in the following five age divisions:

  • Mini: 8 years & under
  • Junior: 9-11 years
  • Teen: 12-14 years
  • Senior: 15-19 years
  • Adult: 20 years and over

*No cash awards are given in the Performance & Advanced Level.

Regionals Competitive Level Awards
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Regionals Competitive Level Awards

Overall recognition and medals will be given in the following five age divisions:

  • Mini: 8 years & under
  • Junior: 9-11 years
  • Teen: 12-14 years
  • Senior: 15-19 years
  • Adult: 20 years and over

Please note: All cash prizes and gift certificates are mailed to the Studio Director or Teacher after the competition. Also, no cash awards are given in the Performance & Advanced Level.

Top Solo

  • $50 plus a $50 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the soloist in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age divisions receiving the highest overall score.
  • If a contestant performs two solos, only the highest scoring one counts for the top overall awards.
  • The Top 2 scoring soloists from the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions in the Competitive Level at every regional event become Showstopper All Stars and are invited to perform in the opening number of our America Loves to Dance Championship on the last day of each Finals event.
  • If a performer was one of the top 2 scoring minis at a regional event, they are not eligible for the opening number even if they turn 9 years old before the Finals.
  • If a regional event has over 1,000 entries, the top 4 scoring soloists from the Junior, Teen, and Senior divisions are invited. If a regional event has over 2,000 entries, the top 6 scoring soloists from the Junior, Teen, and Senior divisions are invited, and if a regional event has over 2,500 entries, the top 10 scoring soloists from the Junior, Teen, and Senior divisions are invited.
  • If the same dancer qualifies to perform in the Opening Number at multiple regional events, then at each subsequent event, the next highest scoring Soloist, within the same age group, will be eligible to perform in the Opening Number.

Top Teacher Award

A special Trophy will be awarded to the top Teacher performances in Solo, Duet/Trio, and Group divisions receiving the highest overall score.

Top Adult Awards

A special Trophy will be awarded to the top Adult (ages 20 & over) performances in Solo, Duet/Trio, and Group divisions receiving the highest overall score.

Top Duet/Trio

$50 plus a $50 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the Duet/Trio in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age divisions receiving the highest overall score.

Top Small Group

$100 plus a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the small group in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age divisions receiving the highest overall score.

Top Large Group

$100 plus a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the large group in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age divisions receiving the highest overall score.

Top Super Group

$100 plus a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the super group in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age divisions receiving the highest overall score.

Withdrawing/Adding Dancers
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Withdrawing/Adding Dancers

The studio must make all withdraws and changes.

Showstopper Appropriate
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Showstopper Appropriate

If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges.

Videos Available For Purchase
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Videos Available For Purchase

Participating contestants and studios may purchase video downloads of their routines. Videos will be available online at goshowstopper.com during the performance year they are recorded. Any videos purchased during the competition season must be downloaded by December 31st of that same year. Thereafter, they will no longer be available.

Showstopper's Video & Photography Use
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Showstopper's Video & Photography Use

Contestants and teachers by virtue of entering a Showstopper event give their permission and consent to the Directors of Showstopper to use their images, photographs or appear in videos, television, or any other electronic media for advertising, news coverage or any other commercial use of our events.

Be Safe
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Be Safe
  • Any performer competing in dance competitions takes certain inherent risks. These
    include, but are not limited to, sprains, bruises, pulled muscles, and broken bones.
  • Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by performers.
    Therefore by virtue of entering this event, it is agreed that participants will not hold
    Showstopper® Inc.; Showstopper American Dance Championships® or its officers,
    directors officials, staff or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses
    contracted by them while in attendance and/or participating in any activity related to a
    Showstopper® Competition.
  • Showstopper® Inc., Showstopper American Dance Championships® and the hosting
    facility are not responsible for personal injury to contestants or spectators.
  • Showstopper is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Do not leave your property and
    valuables unattended in the event center, theater, or dressing rooms.

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