Important Information Before You Register
TROPHIES FOR A CAUSE PROGRAM
- This program applies to Adjudication trophies only; Overall trophies will be awarded to dancers.
- You may choose to donate all of your adjudicated trophies, or a portion of them.
- Please note that all charities must be established, registered, non-profit organizations. More information can be found on www.charitynavigator.org.
- All forms must be completed and received in our office NO LATER than 14 days prior to event.
- Please call the office with any questions.
LEVELS OF COMPETITION
NOVICE SDA offers a NOVICE classification in which to enter dancers. This level is for the true Novice. Dancers with 2 or fewer years of dance training and new to competition may enter into the Novice level. The Novice level is eligible to receive Overall Awards, however, will receive prizes in scholarship vouchers for future SDA entry fees.INTERMEDIATE The INTERMEDIATE level is for those dancers not yet ready to compete at the highest level. Best suited for dancers with very limited competition experience and/or who dance less than 5 hours per week. Overall Awards will be presented with prizes in the form of scholarship vouchers for future SDA entry fees. COMPETITIVE All other dancers should be entered in the COMPETITIVE level. This level is for the more experienced dancers with competition experience, taking multiple classes per week. The Competitive level will receive Overall Awards and Cash Prizes, (see Overall Awards for more information). As the Studio Directors/Teachers you best know your students and their abilities, so therefore level placement is left to your discretion. We ask that you honestly evaluate the level options before placing your dancers. Spirit of Dance Awards and SDA’s judges reserve the right to “bump” up any routine deemed to be improperly placed, making the routine ineligible for Overall Awards.
POLICIES & GUIDELINES
MUSIC / TIME LIMITS
The age division for a dancer(s) is determined by the first day of the corresponding year; age(s) as of January 1st.
The age and category will remain the same for the championships in July. Age divisions for groups, duos and trios are determined by averaging the ages of the total group. Averages ending in a decimal will round down to the nearest age division. If necessary, performers may be required to show proof of birth date. The director reserves the right to change an age category, regardless of average age. If determined that a group has been improperly placed, it may result in a point reduction penalty, at the discretion of the director. Professional dancers/instructors are not eligible to compete in student categories.
Student teachers and/or those who are or have been paid less than 1/3 of their income as a student-teacher or performer may compete with student dancers in a duo, trio, or group. The average age of the entry, however, must then be bumped up to the next age category.
For further information regarding Pro-Am status, please refer to the Performance Categories page. For questions regarding age placement, please call. All decisions by the director are final.
- Mini: 6 & under
- Primary: 7-9
- Junior: 10-12
- Teen: 13-15
- Senior: 16-18
- Young Adult: 19-22
- Adult: 23+
Solo, Duo & Trio - maximum performance time of 3 minutes
Small, Large, and Ultra Group entries - maximum performance time of 3½ minutes
Production entries - minimum time of 4 minutes, maximum time of 8 minutes
Extended time entries - maximum of 10 minutes (with a minimum of 4 dancers).
Penalties may be assessed if time limits are exceeded.
Music should be uploaded, and is preferred, online through the DanceBug system.
If for any reason this is not possible, flashdrives or CD’s will be accepted, however these are not preferred.
• CD’s: must furnish one quality CD per song/per entry. Quality back-up CD’s must be readily available in the event of a malfunction. CD’s must be delivered in individual protective cases/sleeves at the time of registration by the studio representative and should be clearly marked with the studio name or code. Each CD is to be labeled with entry number, studio letter code, and entry title. CD’s with multiple tracks will not be accepted. No other music should precede or follow the entry song.
• Flashdrives must be clearly marked with the entry title, studio code, and entry number. Please mark clearly with the studio name or code. Backup music must also be available if needed.
• All music must be recorded universally, compatible with playback for all sound equipment. Music must also be edited to properly to accommodate each routine; correct pitch/speed, fade in/out, etc. SDA sound technicians will not be responsible for providing any special effects.
• All music must be suitable for family audiences containing clean and appropriate lyric content.
• Please do not submit your only copy of music. SDA assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged music. SDA sound technicians are not responsible for mislabeled music or for the sound quality of poorly/incorrectly recorded music.
• Please be sure to have backup music readily available at the venue. for all entries performing.
REGIONAL & NATIONAL TITLES
Acrobatic/rhythmic gymnastics movements, incorporating dance technique and choreography for fluidity.
Choreography consisting of classical ballet technique, classical steps, and movement wearing soft ballet slippers/shoes.
A rhythmic, percussive style of dance done in clogging shoes, keeping time with the music. Pre-recorded sounds are prohibited.
Fusion of ballet and/or jazz techniques with modern elements, demonstrating emotion, balance, and control.
Routines consisting of hip-hop, street dance, and freestyle movements.
Traditional/Ethnic dance reflective of the cultural folkloric style of a region or people.
Routines utilizing traditional jazz technique. May not contain more than 3 acrobatic tricks.
Demonstrating ballet or jazz technique with musical interpretation and storytelling elements through fluid movement. No more than 3 acro/lifts allowed.
Consisting of modern technique and abstract style of movement.
Musical, Broadway, or Theatrical style performance interpreted through music, song, spoken word, characterization, and dance.
Dancers execute classical ballet technique or contemporary ballet technique wearing pointe shoes with at least 50% danced en pointe.
Routines executing tap technique & syncopation using tap shoes. Pre-recorded taps sounds are prohibited.
SONG & DANCE
Vocal presentation simultaneously performed with a dance of any style. Background vocals may be used in pre-recorded music, but lead vocals are not permitted.
Any dance style that does not fit into the above categories, consisting of a dance style or a combination of styles.
Studio Owners, Teachers, Choreographers, Professional Performers, or past Professionals who are or have been paid income for their services are categorized as Pro-Am and must compete in the Pro-Am category, regardless of the number of non-professional dancers also in the group. The Pro-Am category will not be eligible for a high score or cash awards. Student teachers and/or those who are or have been paid less than 1/3 of their income as a teacher or performer may compete with student dancers in a duo, trio, or group. The average age for the entry, however, must then be bumped up to the next age category. If there is a question as to this ruling, please call SDA for clarification.
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Ultimate Award: 284-300 High Gold: 266-283.99 Gold: 248-265.99 High Silver: 230-247.99 Silver: 212-229.99 Bronze: 195-211.99All entries will be judged on the following criteria:
Technique: 40% Performance/Entertainment: 30% Choreography: 20% Overall Appearance: 10%Written score sheets, as well as video recorded critiques, will be used by the judges. Critiques are for feedback only and will not be considered when calculating the scores. All score sheets and written critiques will be given to studio directors/teachers at the judges' table, for each performing group, following the award ceremonies. The decisions of the judges are final and cannot be contested. Judges are not permitted to discuss scores with directors, teachers, or dancers.