2018 Competition Guidelines
We have 36 categories and 9 age divisions. Types of entries are solo, duet/trio, small (4-9) and large (10-18) groups and lines (19 or more)
Age groups are:
- 40 and over
For duet/trios, groups and lines, the average age of your group determines the age group that you enter. When averaging ages, you DROP the decimal. All group routines compete at the National Finals in the age group qualified in at regional. Contestants will be responsible for producing proof of age to the director, should a question arise.
Group Ages are birthdates as of January 1. Solos and duet/trios are birthdates as of the regional competition. All routines compete at Nationals in the age group they qualified in at regionals.
We will limit the number of solos one student can compete. I dancer can only compete 2 solos in regular overalls, if they have a third solo, it must compete in title. So, a dancer can compete 3 solos if one is in title, otherwise they can only compete 2 solos.
In Group Divisions, if ONE THIRD of the group is more than 2 years OLDER than the category age average, the group must move up to the next age division. EXAMPLE: If a group average age is 10-12 and ONE THIRD of the dancers are 15 years old or older, this group MUST compete in the 13-15-year-old age division. NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 3 may appear onstage in a group routine. ANY child 2 years or YOUNGER than the average age, MUST perform in 50% of the routine. EXAMPLE: If a group average age is 10-12 and there is a 5-year-old in the routine, the 5-year-old MUST perform in 50% of the routine. Young children may NOT be used as a “prop”, they MUST dance.
All Protests must be submitted by a TEACHER or STUDIO OWNER only. The protest must be in writing, signed and received by the regional director within 30 minutes of the incident. Any routine that is protested due to an age discrepancy MUST provide birth certificates at the time of protest. Failure to produce age documentation could result in disqualification of routines. In order to submit a protest, you must have a routine in the age group/category which is being challenged.
TAP, JAZZ, LYRICAL, OPEN, CONTEMPORARY SOLO
These categories ONLY will be entered in the following age groups:
age 6 and Under. They will have only one level of SHINING STAR.
We offer THREE levels of competition for the Mini(7-9), Junior(10-12), Teen(13-15) and Senior(16-Over) age group. They are SHINING STAR, SHOOTING STAR & SUPER STAR.
dancers are defined as dancers that take 3 hours or less of CLASS per week and compete in 7 or less routines.
dancers are defined as dancers that take 5 hours or less of CLASS per week and compete in 10 or less routines.
dancers are defined as dancers that take more than 5 hours of CLASS per week.
This means TOTAL class time, not each discipline of dance. For routines this includes solos, duet/trios, and groups. You only need to place dancers based on hours of class. IF they are in too many dances for their level the computer will move them up to the next level of competition. There are no levels for VOCAL, MODELING or PHOTOGENIC.
To determine level of duet/trios, groups, lines, please do the following – if you have mixed level dancers in a routine, and 1/3 of them are HIGHER level dancers, the routine should be entered in the HIGHER level. Please check your roster to be sure level is marked correctly. The computer will place routine levels based on the level of each individual. Contestant may challenge up a level. All routine levels will be based on this new level. This challenge must be done prior to competition doors opening. You cannot change levels at a competition, unless asked to do so, by the director or judges.
ANY SOLOIST THAT RECEIVED A PLATINUM ACHIEVEMENT AT THE 2016 NATIONAL FINALS, THOSE CONTESTANTS MUST, AT MINIMUM, ENTER ONE LEVEL HIGHER IN 2018. (This does not pertain to the Super Star level.)
Routine should contain tap technique. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
Routine should contain jazz technique, “funk” moves may be incorporated within. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Routine should utilize lyrical style to show extension, balance, as well as showing an interpretation of the music. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension, balance, as well as showing an interpretation of the music. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
Abstract in nature, modern dance style. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
Routine should contain ballet technique while incorporating classical movements. NO ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
Routine should consist of pointe technique, incorporating classical movements. NO ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
Street style of dance that includes Hip/Hop and Funk choreography. ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
SONG & DANCE
Routine should contain vocal exhibition and any style of dance (jazz, tap, etc) Song & Dance routines must be 50% dance. Background vocals are acceptable ONLY during the chorus of the song. A 1 point deduction for additional vocals on Song & Dance will be taken by the judges. All Song & Dance contestants must use the microphones provided by Star Systems, personal sound equipment is not allowed.
Routine should contain at least 2 MULTIPLE tumbling passes, (i.e. round off back handspring and a back tuck) aerial work or hand balancing. Gym routines should contain less dance than an acrobatic routine.
Routine should show pitch, range, etc. Background vocals are acceptable on vocal tapes ONLY during the chorus of the song. All vocalists must use microphones provided by Star Systems, personal sound equipment is not allowed.
Routine should show controlled moves such as headstands, walk-overs, tensicas, and contortion work. Acrobatic routines MUST contain dance choreography. Acrobatic routines should NOT contain more than (2) aerial tricks, nor more than (2) multiple tumbling passes. This category should be used for contortionists and tumblers who cannot execute multiple tumbling passes.
Routine should show clogging (or buck) technique. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Routine incorporating ballet technique while portraying a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Routine which contains jazz technique while portraying a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Routine should primarily be tap technique while portraying a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Acrobatic or Gymnastic routine where contestant portrays a recognizable character. Routine should be 50 % dance.
Clogging routine where contestant portrays a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Routine should portray a recognizable character, and use contemporary style to show extension, balance, as well as an interpretation of the music. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Contestants must establish character without musical assistance. Any routine with non-character portrayal will be moved to its proper category at regionals. At Nationals there will be a 1 point deduction for improper entry into the Character category. A “dancer” cannot be considered as a character. ALL CHARACTER DANCE ROUTINES MAY CONTAIN 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS. A PASS IS CONSIDERED ONE TRICK. FOR ANY CHARACTER ROUTINE CONTAINING MORE THAN 3 TRICKS. EXCEPT CHARACTER/ACRO WHICH MUST CONTAIN 50% DANCE, 50% ACROBATICS.
Any routine with a combination of dance styles. May include acrobatic tricks, but should not be more than 50% acrobatic. SONG & DANCE, nor VOCAL routines may enter in the OPEN category.
Routine consisting of ethnic or folkloric technique.
Must lip-sync 75% of routine. Dance steps should be incorporated into routine. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Routine featuring any style of dance from a Broadway show. NO SINGING PERMITTED in this category. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.
Contestants should attempt a front or back “t” formation, pageant poses, front circle for judges is acceptable. 3 DANCE MOVES ARE ALLOWED. Props such as hats, gloves, jackets, etc. are acceptable and encouraged to use. NO SWIMSUITS ALLOWED.
Party dress or formal gown attire. Boys should wear blazer/slacks, suit or tuxedo. Student should attempt a front or back “t” formation, pageant poses, front circle for judges is acceptable.
MODELING TIME LIMITS:
1 minute 30 seconds for SOLOS, 2 minutes for DUET/TRIOS, 3 minutes for groups/lines.
Routine MUST contain at least 15 performers and may incorporate any style of dance including acrobatics.
Routine MUST contain at least 15 performers and may contain more than one discipline of dance. Extended Production time length is 8 Minutes.
Any duet/trio or group including amateur performers and at least one professional. PROFESSIONAL – A professional under Star Systems description shall be considered anyone 19 years of age or older that has received public recognition and/or payment for competitive choreography.
Solo photograph must be (1) 8×10 color or black and white head or full length shot. Photos MUST be marked on the back with name, age, and studio in order to be accepted. PHOTOGRAPHS MUST ACCOMPANY ENTRY FORMS.
TIME LIMITS: Solo entries are limited to 2:45. Duet/trio entries are limited to 3 minutes. Small groups are limited to 3:30. Large groups are limited to 4 minutes. Production and Lines are limited to 4:30. Extended Productions are limited to 8 minutes. **We are offering extended time for small/large groups. If you wish to find out about purchasing some extra time please call the office for details. 336-993-9073. If you a number is over the limit at competition, you will be asked to pay for the overage time. Please try to mark you music media with the following: CONTESTANT NUMBER, TRACK NUMBER, AND THE NAME OF THE MUSIC. Any studio with 10 or more entries are encouraged to bring all of their music to the announcer’s table at the beginning of the competition weekend. We DO accept music on flash drives, iPods and compact discs. We prefer the music on flash drives. Please bring back up music to competition, but we do not need it at the table. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT MUSIC ON CASSETTE TAPES.
A Solo Contestant cannot compete against himself/herself in any category in the same age group. Duet/trios, groups, lines must contain at least (1) different person in order to compete in the same category, same age group.
NO COACHING ALLOWED. Appropriate deduction will be taken by judges.
Incomplete routines may not compete a 2nd time unless interruption of routine was due to technical difficulties, or other necessity deemed appropriate by a Star Systems Director. Director’s decision is final.
ANY TYPE OF MEDIA CAPTURING DEVICES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED. THIS INCLUDES, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: VIDEO CAMERAS, CELL PHONES, iPADS OR OTHER TABLETS.
*NO STILL PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED! FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE COULD RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATIONS. IF VIDEO CAMERAS OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF RECORDING DEVICES ARE FOUND IN THE AUDITORIUM WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE TAPE OR MEDIA BEING RECORDED.
**Routine numbers and a time schedule will be posted in the teacher section of our online registration 8 days prior to competition. We no longer mail nor post schedules online, except for teachers within the teacher’s section of online registration.
ONLINE ENTRIES MUST BE ENTERED AND PAID 30 DAYS PRIOR TO COMPETITION. IF MAILED THEY MUST BE IN OUR OFFICE 30 DAYS PRIOR AND HAVE PAYMENT WITH ENTRIES. ENTRIES ARE LIMITED TO PERFORMANCE TIME AVAILABLE. ENTRIES TAKEN AT THE DOOR ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR OVERALL AWARDS!
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING, EATING OR DRINKING IN THE DRESSING AREA OR AUDITORIUM! In order to continue renting quality venues WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Please clean up your area in the dressing room and put all trash in receptacles. NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN MOST VENUES. If you brought food or drink inside the auditorium against the rules at least be polite enough to throw away your trash.
The following awards will be given in 5 DIVISIONS: TINY(3, 4, 5, 6) MINI (7, 8, 9) JUNIOR (10, 11, 12) TEEN (13,14, 15) SENIOR (16, 17, 18) Cash awards are for MINI, JUNIOR, TEEN, SENIOR Super Star level only. 7 and Over Shooting Star level will receive a gift certificate for Nationals. All levels overall performances receive the overall trophy, teacher plaque, and for duet/trio, group, lines, the teacher receives a TOP TEACHER jacket.
- TOP SOLO $75
- TOP MODEL $50
- TOP LARGE GROUP $125
- TITLE SOLO $75
- TOP DUET/TRIO $75
- TOP LINE $150
- TOP VOCALIST $50
- TOP SMALL GROUP $100
Shooting and Shining Star Routines receive Gift Certificates for nationals:
- SOLOS $30GC
- SMALL GROUP $60GC
- LINE $100GC
- DUET/TRIOS $35GC
- LARGE GROUP $75GC
GC = Gift Certificate
Duet/trio/group/line teachers receive a TOP TEACHER jacket at both the regional and national level. One jacket per instructor per regional/national competition.
All first place overall soloist, and title winners receive sweatshirts on both the regional and national level.
A MINIMUM NUMBER OF MODELS, VOCALS, LINES, PRODUCTIONS and ADULT ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED FOR CASH AWARDS TO BE GIVEN.
MODELS & VOCALS: Minimum of (5) 12 and under or (5) 13 and over at Regionals and Nationals. Overalls for Models AND Vocals are only awarded in two age divisions 12 and under and 13 and over. LINES: Minimum of (5) 12 and under and (5) 13 and over at regionals and a minimum of (5) 12 and under and (5) 13 and over at Nationals. In cities where there is a minimum of (5)lines and (5)Production Lines, in each age division, Lines and Productions will be separated and an overall award presented for Lines as well as Production Lines. In cities where there are less than (5)Production Lines, these routines will be included in the overall Line category. In cities where there are not enough entries the Lines and Large Group routines will be combined for the Overall in 2 age divisions: 12 and under and 13 and over. This overall rule applies to ALL level performances. The Adult age group is considered 19-25, 26-39 and 40 and over. There must be a minimum of (8) adult entries to award cash overall.
Because we award the “top 10 soloists”, no solo performer may place more than once in the top 10 overalls at Regional or Nationals.
STAR SYSTEMS reserves the right to expand a competition to a multi-day event as well as move the competition site due to unforeseen circumstances. Contestants must perform on the day and time designated.
Tentatively in most cities teen or senior solo/duet/trio contestants compete on Friday evening. 12 and under contestants compete on Saturday, and the remaining 13 and over contestants compete on Sunday. You must compete on designated day. We reserve the right to adjust and re-arrange the “tentative” schedules according to the number of entries received for each city. WE DO NOT ACCEPT INDEPENDENT ENTRIES! STAR SYSTEMS reserves the right to refuse entries from a studio at our discretion.
Score sheets will be given to teachers ONLY at the END of the competition day. UPON WRITTEN REQUEST ONLY, Star Systems will mail critique sheets to the studio on Tuesday AFTER the competition. We will NOT send packages without studio request.
- Petite Miss, Little Mr. Superstar – Ages 7, 8, 9
- Junior Miss, Junior Mr. Superstar – Ages 10, 11, 12 Teen Miss
- Teen Mr. Superstar – Ages 13, 14, 15
- Senior Miss, Senior Mr. Superstar – Ages 16, 17, 18
Title is for Super Level only. Any soloist entered in title will be moved to Super Star level for all routines.
You may enter one solo for title. A solo routine that enters title is not eligible for high score solo with THAT routine. Please note that title categories are a COMBINED age group as noted above. All title contestants at regionals that receive an ELITE HIGH GOLD or above are allowed to enter that routine in the title category at Nationals. The 2016 National Title holders are not allowed to compete in title categories during the 2018 season, unless they age up. Title categories may NOT be entered at the door. Titlist must compete during the title division and in the order they appear in the program. Contestants may not switch into title category at a competition. However, you may drop out of title category and back into another discipline at a competition.
NATIONAL TITLE INFORMATION:
If you received an ELITE HIGH GOLD or above at the regional competition in the TITLE category you may compete that routine in title at Nationals. At Nationals ONLY contestants will compete in 3 categories with the composite score determining the winner. The 3 categories of competition are:
ON STAGE INTERVIEW (10%): You will be interviewed on stage by the judges; each contestant will be asked the same questions. Contestants will be sequestered prior to the interview, so they are not aware of the questions asked.
TECHNIQUE CLASS CRITIQUE (30%): Each title contestant will be judged in a private Ballet class that consists of Barre/Center Floor Work. Class instructor will judge the dancers.
DANCE ROUTINE (60%): This will be the dance routine that you qualified in the TITLE division at regional.
ALL TITLE AWARDS AT NATIONALS
- 1ST PLACE WINNERS: receive a $300 Cash
- 2ND PLACE WINNERS: receive a $200 Cash
- 3RD PLACE WINNERS: receive a $100 Cash
THE ULTIMATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This will be given out to the highest scoring group, on the Shooting and Super Star level and 7-12 age group; and on Shooting and Super Star level 13-18 age group. Each group will receive a beautiful plaque and Shooting Star will receive $100 gift certificate, and Super Star will receive $200 gift certificate to our National Finals, which can only be used by the winning group, and not for other entries.
SUPERSTAR STUDIO AWARD
for Shining, Shooting and Super Star groups — For Shining Star Studio, this award is the composite score of each studio’s top 5 – 18 and Under Shining Star groups. For Shooting Star Studio, this award is the composite score of each studio’s top 5 – 18 and Under Shooting Star groups. For Super Star Studio this award is the composite score of each studio’s top 5 – 18 and Under Super Star groups. The top 5 combined scores will include: small groups, large groups, lines/productions in from all qualifying age divisions.
WE MUST HAVE ALL PARENTAL CONSENT FORMS SIGNED BEFORE CONTESTANTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE. You can download a form within the studio account, either with names or just as a blank form, post in your studio, and have parents sign. You may either send this consent form in with your entries or bring to the competition by the start of competition.
WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PHOTOS. PLEASE SEND A COPY, NOT ORIGINAL OR ONLY PHOTO. WE SUGGEST SENDING ENTRIES VIA REGISTERED MAIL, FED-EX, OR UPS WHEN PHOTOS ARE ENCLOSED.
Physical Address: 1223 South Park Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284
METHOD OF ADJUDICATION
Each judge will score on technique, showmanship, execution and overall performance with each judge giving a possible total of 100 points. With our scoring system there is a possibility of multiple Platinum, Elite High Gold, High Gold and Gold. Contestants that receive a “Platinum”, “Elite High Gold”, “High Gold”, are allowed to compete at our National Finals.
ENTRY DEADLINE FOR LAS VEGAS, NV IS May 26, 2018
ENTRY DEADLINE FOR PIGEON FORGE, TN IS JUNE 1, 2018. ENTRY DEADLINE FOR MYRTLE BEACH, SC IS JUNE 7, 2018.
NATIONAL routines must contain at least 50% of original members that qualified at regionals. You may change the music and raise the difficulty of regional routines prior to 2018 Nationals, however you cannot change categories. 7-18 Shooting Star Level Dancers receive gift certificates to 2019 Regionals.
WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING: (1) Entries by telephone (2) Entries without entry fees. (3) Photogenic entries without photographs.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED AT OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION. If you chose not to register your entries online, you MUST submit a student roster form with all information filled out. Student roster forms may be downloaded from our website. You will need to call to get an entry form. We will accept entries via fax and/or email if submitted with a credit card for payment.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: This is the quickest and easiest way for you to enter. You create an account at www.starsystemsteachers.com. You first create a roster of all students and then enter your routines. All schedules and routine numbers will be posted for teachers to view on this account. Students can be added, deleted or modified by the studio at any time. National entries can be created with 2 simple clicks.
If you have any questions about these rules, please contact our office. Please save this brochure, as these rules apply to both regional and national competition.
There are no refunds for entry fees on a Regional or National Level. Gift certificates are issued only in cases of documented injury or illness. These will be issued to the studio.
AWARDS: At our 2018 regional competitions each solo and each member of a duet/trio will receive a beautiful custom medallion for their achievement within the category. Groups will receive (1) beautiful custom trophy for ELITE HIGH GOLD and PLATINUM achievement. Groups receiving a HIGH GOLD or GOLD achievement will receive (1) beautiful custom plaque. Group awards are designated as studio and/or choreographer awards. Studios can option out of group trophies/plaques by marking the appropriate donation in place of the trophy/plaque when entering the regional competition. Each person in a group routine will receive a commemorative ribbon for their achievement. For solos, duet/trios, groups, the HIGHEST SCORING ROUTINE in each age division and discipline will receive a 1st PLACE CATEGORY TROPHY in addition to their achievement award. They will be announced on stage as CHAMPIONS of their age and discipline. SPECIAL AWARDS are given at each regional, for solos and duet/trios, such as “perfect performance”, “awesome attitude” etc. These awards are custom made at each regional event.
In 2018, the Judges will collectively SELECT a choreography award for groups of each level . There will be ONE 12 and under award and ONE 13 and over award.
The Judges will also collectively select a Judge’s Choice award, from all group routines and any level for both the 12 and Under and 13 and Over groups.
VIDEO CRITIQUES FOR EACH ROUTINE, FROM EACH JUDGE, WILL BE UPLOADED TO THE STUDIO ACCOUNT AFTER COMPETITION. THESE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE STUDIO ACCOUNT FOR 30 DAYS. THIS IS MEDIA MADE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS COPYRIGHTED AND CANNOT BE REPRODUCED. These are run live, and we are NOT RESPONSIBLE for technical difficulties a judge may encounter with video and/or audio equipment during an event.
A fee of $35 will be charged for all returned check. After a check has been returned all future entries must be accompanied by a money order or cashier’s check, or paid online with a credit card.
Contestants and instructors give their permission to the directors of STAR SYSTEMS to use their pictures or appear on television in connection with advertising or news coverage. By entering STAR SYSTEMS talent competition, all entrants agree that the method and manner of judging shall be at the sole discretion of the directors of STAR SYSTEMS. All judges’ decisions are final.
The top 10 Tap, Jazz and Lyrical solos 12 and under, 13 and over will be announced. Choreography awards to the instructors will be given for small, large group and line 12 and under and 13 and over in the following categories: Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Open. Each winning choreographer receives a beautiful custom designed award.
WE WILL HAVE A SHOOTING STAR DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP. The top 3, 7-9 year-old SHOOTING STAR level of small groups, large groups, and lines/ productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of MINI DANCE CHAMPIONS. The top 3, 10-12 year-old SHOOTING STAR level of small groups, large groups, and lines/ productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of JUNIOR SHOOTING STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO line/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. The scores from the MINI SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS and JUNIOR SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3 – 12 AND UNDER SHOOTING STAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE NAMED.
The top 3, 7-9 year old SUPER STAR small groups, large groups and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of MINI SUPER STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. The top 3, 10-12 year-old SUPER STAR level of small groups, large groups, and lines/ productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of JUNIOR SUPER STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO lines/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. The scores from the MINI SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS and JUNIOR SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3- 12 AND UNDER SUPER STAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE NAMED.
The top 3- 13-15 SHOOTING STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of TEEN SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS. The top 3 – 16-18 SHOOTING STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions, will re-compete with different judges for the title of SENIOR SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. IF we have enough Shooting Star routines, the scores from the TEEN CHAMPIONS and the SENIOR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3 – 13 AND OVER SHOOTING STAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL NAMED.
The top 3 – 13-15 SUPER STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of TEEN SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS. The top 3- 16-18 SUPER STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions, will re-compete with different judges for the title of SENIOR SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO line/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. The scores from the TEEN CHAMPIONS and the SENIOR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3 – 13 AND OVER SUPERSTAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL NAMED.
In lieu of GROUP TROPHIES AND PLAQUES, this year you can choose to donate to a charity we have selected. All GROUP members will still receive their ribbons, should you decide to donate your trophies. Solos, Duet/Trios will still receive medallions as well as ribbons. You will still receive teacher jackets and plaques. This is for group adjudication trophies and plaques only. The charity that we have chosen this year is: ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. This applies to both REGIONAL and NATIONAL EVENTS. We are excited to implement the offer to donate to these charities again this year.
Inappropriate behavior on behalf of dancers or teachers will result in immediate disqualification. Recruiting or attempting to recruit students from another studio is strictly prohibited. Parents and Teachers set the EXAMPLE. REHEARSING OF ROUTINES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, with penalty being 10 point deduction or possible disqualification. We realize one or two at the most “run throughs” are a necessary part of competition and that is permissible. You should report backstage 3 routines prior to your schedule performance. All attempts are made to run in order of the program book, however some slight changes may be made in order to accommodate costume/make up changes. We suggest using ONE hairstyle for REGIONALS, and saving all the great change of hairstyles for NATIONALS.
***We now have a separate competition within Star Systems. In 2018 we will now accept DANCE TEAMS! Elementary, Junior High School, and High School Dance Team as well as All Stars, in the following categories – HIP HOP, JAZZ, and POM. Overall Awards with CASH prizes. We will have Authentic Dance Team Score Sheets. Dance Teams will also receive video critiques from our judges. Come join us for a fun weekend. We are very excited about adding DANCE TEAMS to our competition.
*** The top soloist in Junior, Teen, and Senor Super Star level receive an invitation to perform in our opening number at our NATIONAL FINALS. Title winners in Junior, Teen, and Senior will also be invited. This year the judges may also select additional dancers from the Top Ten Soloists Super Star level. This does take quite a bit of commitment because the dancers will only have 3-4 days to learn choreography and polish and then do 1-3 tech rehearsals. There is a $50 charge for male dancers to cover choreography and $75 for female dancers to cover a top and choreography. Males must provide own black pants and white tank top. Girls must provide black booty shorts themselves.
***We will have a representative at all 3 NATIONAL FINALS from Go2 Talent agency in Los Angeles California.
MISSION STATEMENT – Our goal is to provide the finest possible venue, staff and competition experience for dancers, studio owners, choreographers and their families. Members of our staff strive to be great role models, as many of them have various dance backgrounds. Our staff are intelligent, wholesome, well rounded individuals here to inspire and encourage all dancers to do their best, and not compare themselves to other dancers, as we do not know what another dancer’s journey might be. It is important to all of us that each child looks back on their competition experience at STAR SYSTEMS as both a positive, motivating, inspiring and memorable event.