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COMPETITION INFO AND RULES

We pride ourselves in setting the standards for dance competition 45 years ago and will continue to maintain a balance of traditional dance etiquette while constantly adapting to this evolving industry. At our competitions every detail is accounted for, from the set up to rules to scheduling to the experience — guaranteeing you a unique, fun, and stress-free competition event.

 

ROUTINE SIZE/TYPE
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ROUTINE SIZE/TYPE

 
Routines can be registered as one of the following:
 

SOLO = 1 dancer

DUET/TRIO = 2 - 3 dancers (duets and trios compete against each other)

SMALL GROUP = 4 - 9 dancers

LARGE GROUP = 10 - 19 dancers

SUPER GROUP = 20 or more dancers

 
 

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 Teacher Routines. All Duet/Trios or Groups with even one Teacher competitor must enter the Teachers’ category.
 

TEACHER'S SOLO = 1 dancer

TEACHER'S DUET/TRIO = 2 - 3 dancers (duets and trios compete against each other)

TEACHER'S SMALL GROUP = 4 - 9 dancers

TEACHER'S LARGE GROUP = 10 - 19 dancers

TEACHER'S SUPER GROUP = 20 or more dancers

AGE DIVISIONS
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AGE DIVISIONS

 
Age divisions for solos, duet/trios, and groups are based on the dancers' age as of January 1.
 
For Duet/Trios and Group routines, the ages of all dancers are averaged together to determine the age division the group will compete in (for decimals, ground down and drop the decimal). Groups and Duet/Trios cannot compete in an age division more than one age division lower than the oldest dancer’s age division, regardless of the group's average age.
 
CATEGORY AGE DIVISIONS
For dancers competing in Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Open, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Production categories ONLY: (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).
 
For dancers competing in all other categories: (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).
 
 
OVERALL AGE DIVISIONS

Overall recognition and awards for each routine will be given in the following five age divisions:

MINI (8 years and under)

JUNIOR (9-11 years)

TEEN (12-14 years)

SENIOR (15-19 years)

ADULT (20 years and over)

COMPETITION LEVELS
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COMPETITION LEVELS

 
Dancers will compete in one of the following competition levels. Teachers must use their own sound judgment when determining which level contestants should be placed based on the number of hours of practice per dancer. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be placed at a higher level by the judges.

 
 

PERFORMANCE
Dancers who take a total of LESS THAN THREE HOURS of combined dance and/or acrobatics lessons per week.
 
It is not mandatory to enter the Performance level if you take three hours or less. You may also enter the Advanced or Competitive level. However, if a Duet/Trio or Group has one or more dancers 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. Dancers taking OVER FIVE HOURS of dance and/or acrobatics per week.
 
Performance level dancers that wish to compete at the competitive level, and 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 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.
 

CATEGORIES OF DANCE
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CATEGORIES OF DANCE

 
ACROBATIC DANCE

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

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

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

A routine portraying a recognizable character throughout. Character may be from a play, movie, television show, 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.
 
CLOGGING

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

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

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

Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.
 
JAZZ

Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique. A maximum of three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.
 
LYRICAL JAZZ

Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations, and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music.A maximum of three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.
 
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.
 
OPEN

A routine with any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles. Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.
 
POINTE

Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed.
 
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 deduction per judge will be incurred. The routine will be judged on both Pom Pon techniques, dance steps, moves, and choreography.
 
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.
 
SONG & DANCE

Must contain both singing and any listed category of dancing. Judging will be based on both singing and dancing. A 0.5 point per judge deduction will be incurred if other lead voices are present in the prerecorded music. Two handheld wireless microphones will be available for your use. A one-point deduction per judge will be incurred if any special microphones or sound equipment is hooked up by Showstopper for any reason.
 
TAP

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

ROUTINE TIME LIMITS
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ROUTINE TIME LIMITS

 
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.
 

ENTRY LIMITS
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ENTRY LIMITS

 
REGIONAL ENTRIES
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 per event.
 
The dance studio must submit all entries. Independent entries will not be accepted.
 
FINALS ENTRIES
Contestants may enter any of our 8 Finals locations, regardless of the regional location at which you qualified. However, contestants/studios may only attend one Finals.
 
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 per event.
 
The dance studio must submit all entries. Independent entries will not be accepted.
 
Contestants must enter the same dance category in which you qualified at the regional
level.
 
Substitutions of dancers from the qualifying entry are allowed. There must be at least
50% of the original dancers from the original qualifying entry. However, if there are any
substitutions at Finals, the age will be re-averaged as of the first day of the Finals. If there
is a decimal, round down and drop the decimal.
 
Reduced size groups are also acceptable at Finals. If a group goes down to 2 or 3
Contestants, the routine automatically becomes a Duet/Trio.
 
Duet/Trios cannot go down to Solo, however a dancer can be substituted so that it remains
a Duet/Trio.
 

SCORES AND DEDUCTIONS
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SCORES AND 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 or disqualified from the competition.
 
A 5-point deduction will be made for routines that are not completed unless due to a costume malfunction that would result in an immodest performance.
 
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.
 
Judging is based on a 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.
 
CATEGORY POINT DEDUCTIONS
The ballet and pointe dance categories can contain no gymnastic/acrobatic tricks. A one half (.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.

PROP ALLOWANCE
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PROP ALLOWANCE

 
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.
 
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.
 
Helium balloons are not permitted unless special permission is given by the venue.
 
Hoverboards are prohibited.
 
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.
 
**Venues have differing rules regarding prop allowance, storing, and drop off. Please pay close attention to any details listed or emailed to your studio regarding props for your show.
 

THE SHOWSTOPPER STAGE
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THE SHOWSTOPPER STAGE

Our stages our custom made for Showstopper and hand covered with the industry’s best Marly flooring (the same Marly used by the Royal Ballet). Our stages are built by hand by our production team at every show, measuring 40’ wide by 32’ deep with two wings on either side measuring 16’ wide by 24’ deep in room 1/main stage. Stages are equip with stairs on both sides and a ramp is located on one side. The stage is taped every 4’ by 8’ to cover areas the stage is connected and ensure a smooth surface.

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS
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MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

 
Each entry must furnish its own music and that music must be uploaded in your Studio Account when registering. Music must be uploaded three (3) days prior to the event. Please listen to your music once it is uploaded to ensure the right music is with the correct routine.
 
We highly recommended that you bring a copy of all your routines’ music as a backup in the event of malfunction of original. If bringing a flash drive please have the contestant number clearly marked. If submitting an iPod, each song should be on its own playlist. Music on cell phones is not accepted. If a routine does not have music it can not perform. Music left at the event will not be saved.
 

AWARDS
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AWARDS

 
Routines are first awarded within their category and then overall.
 
All routines receive a trophy (and each dance a medal) based on how they score within their age group (ex. 5years, 6years, 7years,) and within their dance category (ex. jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, etc.). Routines that score within the top 10 of their age division (ex. Teen: age 12-17years) and against all categories will also receive a medal (place 2nd - 10th) or trophy (1st overall).
 
CATEGORY AWARDS
Awards (trophies and medals) will be given to dancers based on how the judges score the routine within their age group and category. Double Platinum, Platinum 1st Place, Gold 1st Place, and Silver Category Awards will be decided by a predetermined range of points for each place.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2022 AWARD SCALE
 
Competitive-Level routines ONLY are also eligible to receive a Crystal Award, the highest achievable award and honor given at a Showstopper Competition.
 
OVERALL AWARDS
Overall trophies and medals are presented at the end of each set and awarded to the dancers who scored within the top 10 of their age division (Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior) and level (Performance, Advanced, and Competitive).
 
If a contestant performs two solos, only the highest scoring one counts for the top overall awards.
 
The Top 4 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 (more details under the Opening Number tab)!
 

ADJUDICATION
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ADJUDICATION

 
Routines must be performed during the set in which they are scheduled (when routines in their age group and dance category perform) and before the award session at the end of that performance set. If the routine cannot perform during the time in which they are scheduled for any reason, it can be performed for Adjudication.
 
The routine will be announced on stage at the end of the awards as an Adjudication, the appropriate medal or trophy given, and the routine will be qualified for National Finals.
 
This routine will still receive a trophy based on how they score within our award scale (double platinum, platinum, gold, silver) and receive judges comments. However, the routine will not be eligible for overall awards.

REGIONAL CASH AWARDS (Competitive-Level Only)
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REGIONAL CASH AWARDS (Competitive-Level Only)

 
Cash prizes are award to the 1st overall routine in each age division at the Competitive-Level.
 
Please note: All cash prizes and gift certificates are mailed to the Studio Director or Teacher after the competition. No cash awards are given in the Performance and Advanced Level.
 
TOP SOLO
$50 check 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.
 
TOP DUET/TRIO
$50 check 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 check 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 check 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 check 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.
 

FINALS CASH AWARDS (Competitive-Level Only)
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FINALS CASH AWARDS (Competitive-Level Only)

 
Cash prizes are award to the 1st overall routine in each age division at the Competitive-Level.
 
Please note: All cash prizes and gift certificates are mailed to the Studio Director or Teacher after the competition. No cash awards are given in the Performance and Advanced Level.
 
TOP SOLO
• $250 plus a $250 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.
• $150 and a $150 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the second place overall soloist in these age divisions.
• $100 and a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the third place overall soloist in these age divisions.
 
If a contestant performs two solos, only the highest scoring one counts for the top overall awards. An overall trophy will be given to the Top Soloist in the Adult 20 & over age division.
 
TOP DUET/TRIO
• $250 plus a $250 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.
• $150 and a $150 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the second place overall duet/trio in these age divisions.
• $100 and a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the third place overall duet/trio in these age divisions.
• An overall trophy will be given to the Top Duet/Trio in the Adult 20 & over age division.
 
TOP SMALL GROUP
• $500 plus a $500 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.
• $200 and a $200 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the second place overall small group in these age divisions.
• $100 and a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the third place overall small group in these age divisions.
• An overall trophy will be given to the Top Small Group in the Adult 20 & over age division.
 
TOP LARGE GROUP
• $500 plus a $500 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.
• $200 and a $200 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the second place overall large group in these age divisions.
• $100 and a $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the third place overall large group in these age divisions.
• An overall trophy will be given to the Top Large Group in the Adult 20 & over age division.
 
TOP SUPER GROUP
• $500 plus a $500 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.
• $200 and a $200 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the second place overall super group in these age divisions.
• $100 and $100 Showstopper gift certificate will be awarded to the third place overall super group in these age divisions.
• An overall trophy will be given to the Top Super Group in the Adult 20 & over age division.
 

ALL STAR DANCERS/THE OPENING NUMBER
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ALL STAR DANCERS/THE OPENING NUMBER

 
The top competitive-level soloists from each regional competition will receive the honor of being named a Showstopper All-Star. All-Star Dancers are invited to perform in the Opening Number at any of The Finals, which kicks off our live championship event, The America Loves to Dance Awards.
 
The Opening Number provides dancers with an incredible opportunity to showcase their hard work and love of dance. While dancing alongside other All-Star dancers from across the country, dancers will be working with one of the dance industry’s top choreographers.
 
HOW ALL-STARS ARE SELECTED
Showstopper All-Stars are the top scoring soloists from each of our regional competitions in the Junior, Teen, and Senior Competitive Divisions.
The number of All-Stars selected is based on the number of entries at that show.
Up to 900 entries = top 4 scoring soloists
Over 900 entries = top 6 scoring soloists
Over 2000 entries = top 8 scoring soloists
Over 2500 entries = top 10 scoring soloists
 
ARE YOU A 2022 ALL-STAR?
If you received an All-Star certificate on stage during awards, congrats! You are now eligible to perform in the 2022 Opening Number.
 
Login to your dancer account on goshowstopper.com and fill out the submission form under the OPENING NUMBER tab by the deadline. (Your dancer account is the same account used to download photos/videos. If you have not created an account you can do so using your name and birthday.) Your studio owner can also view this information and the submission form in their studio account. Please review all the information listed carefully --you must meet the important deadlines and requirements to participate in the Opening Number.
 
 
Questions? Please contact Debbie Roberts
email: debbieroberts@goshowstopper.com
For technical support, please contact Richard Knox
email: richardk@goshowstopper.com
 

QUALIFYING FOR THE FINALS
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QUALIFYING FOR THE FINALS

 
After competing at one of Showstopper’s Regional Competitions, studios are then qualified to compete at one of The Finals. Studios can transfer routines easily from a regional competition to any of our Finals locations - no need to completely re-register all your routines!
 
FOR 2022: Studios DO NOT need to compete at a regional to register for The Finals.
 

PRODUCTIONMANIA! (at The Finals)
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PRODUCTIONMANIA! (at The Finals)

 
All Production groups at The Finals are automatically part of our "PRODUCTIONMANIA!®" live webcast show the evening before our America Loves to Dance Awards Championship Day.
 
Production groups will be competing in Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior Age Divisions for the Cash Awards of $500 plus a $500 gift certificate Top Prize in each age division.
 

THE AMERICA LOVES TO DANCE AWARDS (at The Finals)
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THE AMERICA LOVES TO DANCE AWARDS (at The Finals)

 
The America Loves to Dance Awards is our championship day LIVE show, where the week’s top groups come back to compete once more in front of our full panel of judges (from all rooms) and in front of the week’s biggest audience (streamed live to an average audience of 10,000 people) to see who will go home the American Dance Champions.
 
The championship day kicks off with a graduating senior and teacher/studio owner Pink Carpet Walk, followed by our prestigious All-Dancers Opening Number performance.
 
Produced like a live tv show (modeled off our American Dance Championships TV show that ran for 20 years our national television and received 5 Emmy nominations), the American Loves to Dance Awards is full of live studio interviews, epic award ceremonies, a top solo and duet/trio showcase, and LOTS of confetti!
 
 

Qualifying groups will be announced during final awards throughout the week. Performance order will be determined by a drawing the night before the Championship Day at the teacher meeting (meeting time and place will be listed on the week’s competition schedule).
 
The top scoring 10 Small Groups* in the Mini (8 & under), Junior (9-11), Teen (12-14), and Senior (15-19) age groups (*with no overlap of dancers allowed within the age group) will qualify to compete. First place will receive $500, 2nd place will receive $250, and Third Place will receive $100. Small Groups will compete in the morning before lunch break.
 
The top scoring 10 groups of the combined Large and Super groups* in the Mini (8 & under), Junior (9-11), Teen (12-14), and Senior (15-19) age groups (*with no overlap of dancers allowed within the age group) will qualify to compete. First place will receive $500, 2nd place will receive $250, and Third Place will receive $100. Large/Super Groups will compete in the afternoon after the lunch break.
 
Production category, Teachers Groups, Adult Groups, Advanced and Performance Level are not eligible to perform on the America Loves to Dance Awards.
 
Note: Should a studio have two groups with the same score (a tie) and with at least one of the same dancers in both groups (an overlap), the group to perform in the America Loves to Dance Championships will be chosen by following these steps in order:
1) The group with the highest total technical score. If both groups have the same total technical score, move to step #2.
2) If eliminating one group from the tie will allow another group from that studio to advance to the top ten, said group will be removed and the new group from that studio will advance. If eliminating a group will not advance another group within that studio, move to step #3.
3) The group with the most dancers. If both groups have the same number of dancers, move to step #4.
4) The group with the highest total technical score plus the highest total stage presence score. If both teams have the same total, move to step #5.
5) The group with the highest single technical score minus the lowest single rhythm and sound score. If both teams have the same total, move to step #6.
6) The group with the highest single technical score minus the lowest single routine score. If both teams have the same total, move to step #7.
7) If none of the above steps succeeds in breaking the tie, then the dance studio will be required to choose one of the tied groups to compete at the American Loves to Dance Championships.
 

FOR YOUR SAFETY
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FOR YOUR SAFETY

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.

RULES AND REGULATIONS
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RULES AND REGULATIONS

• 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, South Coast, Eastern, or East Coast Finals, regardless of the regional location at which you qualified, however you can only attend
one Finals.
• The dance studio must submit all entries. Independent entries will not be accepted. Studios are the only ones who may add/withdraw dancers from studio accounts and events.
• 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 (Adjudication). 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 or disqualified from the competition.
• 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.
• 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.

SHOWSTOPPER, INC VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY USE
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SHOWSTOPPER, INC VIDEO AND 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.

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