Between last minute rehearsals, packing for comp day, and the excitement of making new friends (and reconnecting with old ones, too) – dance competition weekends can be exhausting! For this month’s Judges’ Corner – we asked two of our StarQuest judges for some tips on how to stay energized all competition weekend long! What are your […]
What Defines a Level?
“Select” – Dancers who have significant competition experience, take more than 6 hours of class per week and perform in 10 or more routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, will be considered “Select”. Any additional Line/Mega Line routines will be added to each dancer’s total number of routines. “Select” level entries are eligible for “Select” Top Score Awards as well as all Costume, Fusion, Odyssey & Choreography Awards.
“Classic” – Dancers who have limited competition experience, take more than 4-6 hours of class per week and perform in 9 or less routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, will be considered “Classic”. Any additional Line/Mega Line routines will be added to each dancer’s total number of routines. “Classic” level entries are eligible for “Classic” Top Score Awards as well as all Costume, Odyssey, Fusion & Choreography Awards.
“Nova” –Dancers who have little or no competition experience, take less than 4 hours of class per week and perform in 5 or less routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, will be considered “Nova”. Any additional Line/Mega Line routines will be added to each dancer’s total number of routines. “Nova” level entries are eligible for “Nova” Top Score Awards as well as all Costume, Fusion, Odyssey & Choreography Awards.
Adult: Routine that includes a performer who is 20 & over. This also includes any studio director, full time instructor, student instructor, choreographer and/or working performer who is 20 & Over. (Adults in any routine, including Line & Mega Line, all compete for the Adult Award.)
Regional “Elite 8” & “Emerging Artist”
A Select level soloist may enter as many as four regional solo routines for a regional “Elite 8” title.
A Classic or Nova level soloist may enter as many as four regional solo routines for a regional “Emerging Artist” title.
Before the Competition:
Where is the exact location of the competition?
Go to our Regionals schedule and click on your competition city. The street address of the venue as well as a link that will give directions to the venue is located there.
How do I know when my son/daughter is dancing?
The Schedule will be available at least eight days prior to your competition date. Go to our home page and click on your competition city and you will find the schedule link. Specific entry numbers will be sent directly to the Studio Director.
Do you accept independent entries?
I noticed a mistake in the schedule. What do I do?
Contact your studio director and tell them to call us at 919-363-2900 or to email us at email@example.com
When do I need to get to the competition?
Please ask your studio director to find out when he or she wants you to arrive at the competition. Because we tend to run early, we ask that all dancers be ready to dance at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled time. Anyone in the audience hoping to watch a particular dancer should be there one hour ahead of time as well.
What happens when StarQuest runs ahead of schedule?
Should the event run ahead of its scheduled time, performers should still plan to be ready to perform early.
Do you have different levels of competition?
Yes, we have 3 levels.
Select: For dancers who take more than 6 hours of class per week and/or have significant competition experience.
Classic: For dancers who take 4-6 hours or less of class per week and/or have limited competition experience.
Nova: For Dancers who take less than 4 hours of class per week and have minimal competition experience.
What is the cut-off date for the age categories?
All ages, including solos, are calculated as of January 1. We do not round up—simply drop the decimal.
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Where can I find StarQuest’s rules?
Our rules can be found at: www.starquestdance.com/rules or you can click on the tab at the top of this page that says Rules.
Do you assign Dressing Room space?
Yes we assign each studio/school a dressing room space. Any of our staff members will gladly show you where your dressing area is located. This is your space for the entire competition.
Do you permit the use of fog machines as props?
No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter may be used that can adversely affect the dancing surface.
Where do I bring my props when I get to the competition?
When you arrive please check immediately with the Stage Manager located backstage Stage Left for prop placement and to be logged in the Stage Manager’s program.
Will there be a snack bar open at the competition?
Some venues provide a concession stand. If concessions are not provided someone at the facility will be able to tell you the nearest place to find food/snacks. Water is usually allowed inside the facility.
What does it mean to go up for title? How is it judged?
A Select level soloist may enter as many as four regional solo routines for a regional “Elite 8” title. A Classic or Nova level soloist may enter as many as four regional solo routines for a regional “Emerging Artist” title. “Elite 8” & “Emerging Artist” routines scores are separate and not related to their adjudication score. The score is based on the performer’s overall performance ability, personality and entertainment skills in addition to technique. Simply choose the routine(s) you wish to enter for the StarQuest regional title by selecting it in online registration.
What are your fees?
Fees are released to studio owners or competition directors only.
How do I get a refund for my child?
There are no refunds after the deadline date. For further information please contact your studio director.
How do we register in advance?
Simply log in to your online registration account at register.starquestdance.com
My family wants to come watch the competition. Is it free to watch?
Yes. All competitions are open to the public.
Is videotaping/taking photographs allowed at the competition?
No video recording is allowed. No photography is allowed when a specifically licensed photographer is present at the event. Flash photography is never allowed. The use of video recording or unauthorized photography may lead to an entry being “adjudicated only”. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep our performers photographically safe by reporting suspected photographic violations.
Once I get onsite how do I check in/register if I am a Studio Director/Teacher?
All Studio Directors or representatives must check in at the registration counter located at Video Lobby. There you will receive your StarQuest ID, specific dressing room assignment, and complimentary program and other goodies.
After the Competition:
I forgot to order a video? Who do I contact?
Our video department can assist you in ordering a video, simply call StarQuest at 919-363-2900 ext. 226 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I forgot to order a photograph? Who do I contact?
King Shots will be happy to help you order a photograph; their phone number is 800-345-FOTO.
What’s the scoring breakdown for awards?
How do I order a plaque or trophy?
Call us at 919-363-2900 or email us at email@example.com.
What’s your mailing address? Phone number? Fax?
2521 Schieffelin Road • Suite 106
Apex, NC 27502
How do I get my Judges Critiques?
Judges Critiques are available for direct download, by the Studio Director only, the Tuesday evening after the event by logging into your studio online registration account. Simply click on the link, located on your studio profile page.
I have questionsabout my merchandise purchase. What should I do?
Call us at 919-363-2900 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Videos & Photos posted on the StarQuest web site?
SQ Website: We post the photogenic & title winner photos on our website, you can view them by clicking the media tab above and clicking photogenic or title winner photos.
SQ Facebook: We post random selections of photos from every event at which a professional photographer is present. They are generally posted within one week of the competition
YouTube Videos: We post 45 second clips of all winning Routines from Select, Classic & Nova Top Score, Title, Odyssey, Fusion, Production, Apogee, Parent & Adult. They are posted within one week of the competition.