INFORMATION

2019 Competition Rules

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES COULD RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION

Registration Deadlines

Fredericton Location – March 1st, 2019 (Tom Morrison Theatre)

Saint John Location – June 1st, 2019 (Dennis Knibb Auditorium)

Early-Bird Registration Ends February 1st!

Make sure you don’t miss out on your 10% discount! Register before February 1st and receive 10% off entry fees.

Full payment along with “liability waivers” must be received within seven days of online registration.

In order for programs to be printed, this deadline MUST be strictly enforced.

Types of Entries
  • Solo
  • Duo/Trio
  • Small Group: 4 to 9 Dancers
  • Large Group: 10 to 19 Dancers
  • Line: 20 or more Dancers
Age Divisions
  • Mini: 4-7 yrs,
  • Junior: 8-11 yrs
  • Teen: 12-14 yrs
  • Senior: 15-19 yrs
  • Adult: 20+
Adult Category

Any performer 21 years or over dancing in any solo, duo, group, or line is not eligible for Top Overall and is considered to be in the Adult division. Adult division includes Teachers, Pros, & Parents.

Levels
  • Levels Recreational: Recreational dancers with limited or no competition experience, dancing less than 3 hours per week
  • Beginner: Dancers with less than 2 years dance experience in any dance form
  • Intermediate: Dancers with 4 or less years dance experience in anydance form
  • Advanced: More than 5 years of dance experience in any dance form Professional: Anyone who teaches more than 8 hours per week.
Time Limits
  • Solo: 2 Minutes & 45 Seconds
  • Duo/Trio:2 Minutes & 45 Seconds
  • Small Group:3 Minutes
  • Large Group:4 Minutes
  • Production Category:6-8Minutes
  • A deduction of one (1) point for every 10 seconds or portion thereof in excess of the time limit will be made.
Categories

Jazz: Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Tap: Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. Tap sounds may not be on tape. NO gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Ballet: Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements. No gymnastics/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Pointe: Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Open: Any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles.

Lyrical: Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations, and control using contemporary lyrical moves set to the mood or lyrics of the music. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Modern/Contemporary: Interpretive dance using balance and control. Must be in the contemporary modern style. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Hip-Hop: Routine must consist primarily of hip hop technique. If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, it will be scored lower by the judges.

Acro: Acrobatic dance.

Own Choreography: Must be 100% student choreography

Song & Dance: Must contain both singing and any listed category of dancing.All performers will be judged on both singing and dancing.There must be no other lead vocals anywhere on the track.Up to two handheld wireless microphones will be available for your use.If you require additional microphones, you must contact “Take The Stage”and make arrangements with our technical director.

Production: A routine utilizing a group of at least 9 dancers incorporating multiple stylesof dance and/or acrobatics. A production encompasses full use of the stage, multiple entrances and exits, crossovers and individual solo “showcase” moments to create multiple focal points. The Production category has a time minimum of 5 minutes with a time limit of 6 minutes.

Scoring
    • Platinum: 95-100
    • Gold: 90-94
    • Silver: 79-89
    • Bronze: 65-78

Take The Stage uses a bump down scoring system.

For example

If two routines score 94 & 92 (both Gold Marks). the 94 score will be awarded the Gold and the 92 score will be bumped down to the Silver

Costume Award: Any Solo, Duo/Trio, Group, or Line is eligible for this category.Winners are chosen by the judging panel based on design, structure, fit, style, and overall impression.

Choreography Awards: Costume Award: Any Solo, Duo/Trio, Group, or Line is eligible for this category.Winners are chosen by the judging panel based on design, structure, fit, style, and overall impression.

Scholarships: Choreography awards are presented by the judges.Teachers are invited on stage and recognized for their outstanding.

Final Spotlight Gala

The “FINAL SPOLI GHT” will feature top scoring solo, duo-trio and groups as well as judge’s favorites. These routines will have a chance to compete their numbers again in a spectacular final showcase Sunday evening. Final Spotlight tickets are available at the Admission table $10.00. Weekend Pass holders have a final Spotlight included.

Props

“Take The Stage” staff is happy to take care of your props. The setting and striking of props can be arranged with the stage manager. Fire/open flame, swords, and knives are strictly prohibited. Props must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars or special lighting may not be used. Helium balloons, special fog, and smoke are not permitted. For larger props please contact us in advance.

Littering

No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, etc. may be used that would affect the dancing surface. In addition, for safety measures, choreography that allows any dancer to be physically placed more than 6 feet off the ground of any scenic piece or prop could be considered hazardous.

Any prop brought onto stage without prior approval from the stage manager is subject to disqualification.

Determining Age Division

The average age of all performers in a Duo/Trio, Group, or Line determines the appropriate age division. (Dancers age as of May 1st of the competition season.) Once you have entered the date of birth for each entrant online, the ages will be averaged automatically (averages of .5 will be rounded up) . The average is determined by adding the ages of all the performers in a routine and then dividing by the number of performers. Any routine is allowed to compete in one age division higher but must be approved by “Take The Stage” when entries are submitted. Additionally, if a protest arises regarding age, all competitors must be prepared to present proof of age. All protests must be presented in writing to the “Take The Stage” director. All protests must be signed. EACH PERFORMER MUST BRING PROOF OF AGE. We will require this proof to be presented in the event of a protest.

Please note: Beginner and Intermediate dancers may dance in higher classification but Advanced dancers may not dance in beginner or intermediate classifications.

ADDITIONAL RULES AND DISCLAIMERS
  • Choreography may not be repeated at the same events in consecutive calendar years by the same competitors.

 

  • Absolutely no coaching competitors while performing. Competitors who stop during a performance may repeat the performance for purposes of adjudication but will not receive any awards.

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“TAKE THE STAGE” RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL ANY COMPETITION DUE TO NUMBER OF ENTRIES, OR ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE DEEMED NECESSARY.

“TAKE THE STAGE” RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MOVE THE COMPETITION LOCATION DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.

DEDUCTIONS MAY BE MADE FOR ROUTINES THAT ARE NOT COMPLETED. IF AN UNCOMPLETED ROUTINE IS ALLOWED TO ATTEMPT A SECOND CHANCE IT MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR HIGH SCORE AWARDS. THIS IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE JUDGES. SPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR IS EXPECTED AT ALL TIMES. FAILURE TO DISPLAY PROPER DECORUM COULD RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION.

Inappropriate Movements, Lyrics, & Costuming
Choreography, costuming, and/or the use of dance themes such as rape, suicide, murder, sex, domestic violence, anorexia, and dark undertones chosen and/or presented to competition audiences with a lack of “artistic discretion” is considered inappropriate. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep performances and choreographically appropriate. If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, it may be scored lower by the judges.ence, it may be scored lower by the judges.
Inherent Risks

Any performer competing in a dance competition 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 “Take The Stage”Competition or its officers, directors, staff,or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance and/or participating in any activity related to a “Take The Stage”Competition.Each competitor must have a parent/guardian sign a “release from liability” waiver in order to participate in “Take The Stage”.

Competing Out of Order

Routines are expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. If for any reason a routine performs outside of its listed order, video playback of that routine cannot be assured. In all cases, routines must be performed during the awards session in which they are scheduled. If the routine cannot perform during the awards session in which it is scheduled for any reason, it can be performed for judges’ comments only. It will still receive its respective adjudicated award, however, the routine is not eligible for any overall awards. Please be prepared to perform at least 1 hour earlier than you anticipate.

Late Changes

There will be a $10.00 fee for each change made less than 28days prior to the competition.This fee must be paid by credit card at the time the change(s) is made. NO CHANGE WILL BE PERMITTED AT THE COMPETITION WITHOUT DIRECTORS APPROVAL.

No Video/Photography

Video recording and photography of any kind is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification or removal from the competition. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and parents to keep our performers photographically safe. This rule has been put in place to protect the work of the dancers and choreographers. Failure to comply withthese rules could result in the disqualification of dancer(s) and/or studio(s). Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.Professional videographers from McKeil Video will be on site at Take The Stage offering videography throughout the event. Each register dancer will receive a digital link for all of the entries from their school code.