2018 Rules

 

Categories

Awards

2018 World Finals

WHAT’S NEW IN 2018

  • Levels:
    • Select: This is our advanced level.
    • Classic: This is our intermediate level.
    • Nova: This is our recreational level.
  • Divisions:
    • Soloists may perform up to three solos at any regional competition.
    • Soloists may perform up to four solos at any finals competition.
  • Music: StarQuest will accept studio music on a USB provided by the studio. Within the USB provided, each performance must have its own separate track and the tracks must be labeled like the example below:
    • Entry#Studio Letter CodePerformance Name
    • You must turn in all USBs for each specific competition day to the Sound Engineer no later than 1/2 hour before the beginning of that days competition. (Be sure to have a backup iPod or CD available.) StarQuest is not responsible for music left at the show.
  • Age Ranges Entries in Contemporary will compete int he following age ranges: 4 & under, 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,1415,16,17,18.19.20 & over.
  • Adult, Parent & Vocal  routines are judged at the Select Level.
  • Regional “Elite 8” & “Emerging Artist” Each winner will receive in addition to the normal awards up to an additional $300 in World Finals entry fees when the winner’s studio bring a minimum of 5 groups to a StarQuest 2018 World Finals.
    • Elite 8 & Emerging Artist photos will now only be posted on the SQ website.
  • Outstanding Costume We will now be giving out Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Duet/Trio costume awards.
  • “Category Ranking” pins will also be awarded to entries from any “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” level category & age range containing 4 or more entries.
  • Top Score Awards
    • Top Score “Select” Mega Line: A $150 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Mega Line in the Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior age classes.
    • Top Score “Classic/Nova” Mega Line: A $150 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic/Nova” Mega lIne in the Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior Age classes
  • Apogee Awards
    • A $300 Gift Certificate toward 2019 Regionals & trophy and this winning “Select” routine can compete at our 2018 World Finals for free.
  • Fusion Awards Custom plaques presented to the most memorable/entertaining Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Duet/Trios.
  • Odyssey Awards Custom plaques presented to the most memorable/entertaining Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Group/Line/Mega Line performances.
  • NEW AWARDS
    • Top In Category Awards: Custom plaques presented to the highest scoring Select Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior Group in the following categories: Jazz, Lyrical/Modern/Contemporary, Character/Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Ballet/Open/Acro/Gym, and Tap.
    • People’s Choice Award: Custom plaque presented to one Teen/Senior Group routine chosen for overall entertainment value & technical excellence.
    • Viral Video Of the Event: Custom plaque presented at each regional event to a routine that exemplifies the WOW Factor.
    • Superlative Awards: Custom plaque presented to studios showcasing notable examples of unique and daring creative concepts such as musicality/complex staging/storytelling/risk taking/innovation.
    • StarQuest “Select” Circle Of Excellence: A special trophy will be presented to the 5 Studios with the highest aggregate score derived from all Top 5 “Select” Group Scores. Presented in no particular order.
    • StarQuest “Select” Studio of Excellence: A special banner will be presented to the highest scoring “Select” Circle Of Excellence studio.

 

ENTRY LEVELS

“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”. This is our Advanced Level. 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”. This is our Intermediate Level. 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”. This is our Recreational Level. 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.

Routines are calculated based on the level of each performer. Soloists, whether “Select” or “Classic” or “Nova”, must perform all their solos at the same level. For a mixed level Duet, its routine level is determined by its highest level dancer. For mixed level Trios, Groups & Lines, the level of the routine is based on the level of the majority of the dancers. Judges can adjust the level of a routine at their discretion. Failure to follow these rules may result in the routine being “adjudicated only”. A routine that is a 50/50 combination of two different levels will default to the higher level. (Note: Since NO competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances, how many years they have danced, or the degree of competition experience, Studio Directors are left to their own judgment when choosing a level for their students.

ENTRY DIVISIONS

  • Solo,
  • Duet/Trio,
  • Small Group (4-9 performers),
  • Large Group (10-19 performers), 
  • Line (20 or more performers)
  • Mega Line (20 or more performers; routine utilizing sizeable scenic pieces for choreographic impact or conveying a recurring theme through music or story. All Mega lines, reguardless of level, compete against each other for Mega Line Top Score in Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior Age Classes.).

The division placement of an entry is determined by the number of contestants who actually perform that entry at the competition, regardless of the number of performers who originally entered. An entry that changes division during the competition or is unable to perform within its scheduled division time may be “adjudicated only”. Soloists may perform up to three solos at any regional competition. Soloists may perform up to four solos at the 2018 World Finals.

TIME LIMITS

  • Solo, Duet/Trio – 2:45 min
  • Small Group – 3:00 min
  • Large Group, Line – 4:00 min
  • Mega Line – 6 min
  • Solo & Duet/Trio Extended Time – 3:15 Min (Solos, Duet/Trios)
  • Group Extended Time – 6 Min (Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines)
  • Expanded Time – 8 min (Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Production) (1 point will be deducted for every 5 seconds or portion thereof over the time limit.)

• Small Group/Large Group prop set ups exceeding 2 minutes automatically begin the timing of that routine. Line/Mega Line prop set ups exceeding 4 minutes automatically begin the timing of that routine (Extended or Expanded time may be necessary.) Please plan accordingly. Call the StarQuest Office for a specific ruling about unique routines with extreme circumstances.

ACCEPTANCE

All entries must be from a studio and are limited to the amount of performance time available. There is only a limited amount of performance time available at each event. Phone, fax or e-mail entries will NOT be accepted. Online entries must be submitted and paid in full no less than 28 days before the competition date. Entries are not guaranteed unless received with full studio payment. Entires recieved after the 28-day reception deadline MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY CREDIT CARD. (Studio Checks will not be accepted. To pay with Certified Check or Money Order, contact the StarQuest Office.) Regional fees and their deadlines can be found at each studio’s StarQuest online registration Home pAge.

Absolutely no cash refunds after deadline date! A $35 service fee will automatically be assessed for any and all checks returned to StarQuest from the bank. All studio entries must be submitted together or a processing fee of $10 per entry will be assessed. Release Forms: Each Studio Director MUST electronically sign the online StarQuest Release Form in order for each participant to perform.

MUSIC

StarQuest will accept studio music on a USB provided by the studio. Within the USB provided, each performance must have its own separate track and the tracks must be labeled like the example below:

Entry#Studio Letter CodePerformance Name

i.e. 131BHit Me With A Hot Note

You must turn in all USBs for each specific competition day to the Sound Engineer no later than 1/2 hour before the beginning of that day’s competition. (Be sure to have a backup iPod or CD available.) StarQuest is not responsible for music left at the show.

AGE RANGES

All regional ages are as of January 1, 2018. Entries in the Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical & Tap categories will compete in the following age ranges: 4 & Under, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & Over. Entries in other performance categories will compete in the following age ranges: 4 & Under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20 & Over. (Note: For Duet/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines & Mega Lines, the average age determines the age range into which you may enter. Add the ages of all the contestants, then divide by the number of contestants. When an average age ends in .5 or above, round DOWNContestants may be required to present proof of age in the form of a birth certificate if a protest regarding age occurs. Such protest must be presented, by a Studio Director or Competition Director ONLY, in writing to the director of StarQuest International within one-half hour of the performance of the entry in question. Remember: All regional ages are as of January 1, 2018.

AGE CLASSES

  • Petite — Ages 8 & Under
  • Junior — Ages 9-11
  • Teen — Ages 12-14
  • Senior — Ages 15-19
  • Adult — Age 20+ (Any Adult put in a performance changes the age of the performance to Adult.)

Categories

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

The following Performance Categories can contain no more than 3 acrobatic tricks: Ballet, Clogging, Contemporary, Folkloric, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, and Tap. (Lifts, leaps and splits are allowed). Any routine with more than 3 tricks in the aforementioned categories will receive a 2 point deduction. Any routine requiring tap shoes, except in Musical Theater or Open category, cannot have taps on tape or 5 points will be deducted off the entire routine.

Acrobatic/Gymnastic Dance:  Routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chestrolls, etc. May contain gymnastic passes, flexibility moves, and/or contortionist moves. (A tumbling pass is considered one trick.) Must contain dance moves, steps and choreography.

Ballet: Routine must consist of ballet technique, classical steps and movements.

Baton: Routine using baton(s) and baton technique. Will be judged on both baton technique and dance moves, steps and choreography.

Character: Routine must portray a character throughout. Can be from a play, movie, television, Broadway, or a stereotype such as a policeman, cowboy, doctor, animal, etc.

Cheerleading: Routine must use cheerleading style combining leaps, jumps, vocal cheering and precision.

Clogging: Routine using clogging technique and style.

Contemporary: Routine incorporating lyrical or jazz movement fused with modern elements.

Folkloric: Routine using ethnic styles of dance such as Polkas, Hawaiian, Spanish, Celtic, etc.

Hip-Hop: Routine using primarily hip-hop technique and moves.

Jazz: Routine using primarily jazz technique.

Lyrical: Routine encompassing the use of balance, flexibility and control utilizing the lyrics and feeling of the music.

Modern: Interpretive routine using a contemporary/modern style. Should incorporate balance, control, and extension moves.

Musical Theatre: Routine utilizing a Broadway or Movie Musical Song incorporating dance, characters and/or costumes.

Open: Routine which does not fit into one of our performance categories or a routine which is a combination of two or more of our performance categories. May include no more than 50% acrobatic/gymnastic moves. Any entry in the Open category that is straight dance (i.e., tap jazz, ballet, etc.) could become ineligible for Top Score Awards. (See Wild Card category.)

Pantomime/Lip Sync: Portrayal of a stereotype or impersonation through pantomime and costume.

Pointe: Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique.

Pom Pon:Routine demonstrating precision marching and sharp, definitive choreography. Must use pom pons for at least 75% of routine.

Production:(Mega Line Division Only) A Routine that is at least 6 Minutes long and utilizes multiple dance genres for choreographic impact or conveys a recurring theme through music or story.

Song & Dance:Routine should contain simultaneous singing while dancing from any of our performance categories. (StarQuest tap mics will be utilized for “hands free” singing.) Accompaniment must be on CD and there must be no lead voices on the CD. 5 points will be deducted for lead voices on CD. Back-up vocals permitted.

Tap:Routine utilizing tap technique. (5 points will be deducted for taps on CD.)

Vocal:The song may be in any musical style (i.e. country-western, rock-n-roll, classical, blues, etc). Accompaniment must be on CD and there must be no lead vocals on the CD. 5 points will be deducted for lead vocals on CD. Back-up vocals are permitted. All Vocal routines are eligable for the “Outstanding Vocalist” Award only. (This category is NOT eligible for Top Score and Title.)

Wild Card:Routine from any of the above listed categories. The Wild Card category can only be used after a routine with the same performer(s) from any of the above listed categories is already entered.

SUB-CATEGORIES

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.) Adult routines are judged at the Select Level.

Parent: Routine that includes parents and/or parent with students. (A Parent routine overrides “Production”, is “adjudicated only”, & only competes for the Parent Award.) Parent routines are judged at the Select Level.

REGIONAL “ELITE 8” & “EMERGING ARTIST” TITLE

  • Petite Miss StarQuest/Petite Mr. StarQuest: Ages 8 & Under
  • Junior Miss StarQuest/Junior Mr. StarQuest: Ages 9-11
  • Teen Miss StarQuest/Teen Mr. StarQuest: Ages 12-14
  • Miss StarQuest/Mr. StarQuest: Ages 15-19

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. In the event of a tie the Judges will break the tie.

Each winner will receive a custom award, a StarQuest “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Team Jacket, a Free Solo & Free Title entry to our 2018 World Finals, plus up to an additional$300 in World Finals entry fees when the winner’s studio brings a minimum of 5 groups to a StarQuest 2018 World Finals.  Each winner’s picture will appear on the StarQuest website. Simply choose the routine(s) you wish to enter for the StarQuest regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist”.

The cost of title is $45 if pre-registered & $55 at the door.

2017 Regional Title Winners can compete within their 2017 winning age class for a 2018 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Title. 2018 Regional Winners cannot perform the same routine for another 2018 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Title at another 2018 regional event. 2017 World Elite 8 Title Winners cannot compete for a 2018 World “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” within the same age class. NOTE: You do not have to win a 2018 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Title to compete for 2018 World “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist”! (See 2018 World Finals Rules for 2018 World Title Qualifying information.)

NON-PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

Outstanding Costume:Outstanding Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Solo Costume; Outstanding Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Duet/Trio Costume; Outstanding Petite/Junior Group Costume & Teen/Senior Group Costume (i.e., Small Group, Large Group, Line Divisions). All StarQuest entries in all levels are automatically eligible for Outstanding Costume Awards at no additional cost. Outstanding Photogenic:Awarded to the contestant judged to be the most photogenic in the Petite/Junior Solo and Teen/Senior Solo divisions only. Entries in this category must already be participating in the competition and must submit a recent 5×7 or 8×10 photo in black & white or color. Head and shoulder shots are preferred. Back of photo must have name, age, phone number, address and dance studio. Photos must be submitted & paid at the competition no later than 4 hours prior to its designated award ceremony. The cost for photogenic is $30 for the 1st photo & $15 for each additional photo. All judged photos will be returned inside the Judges Critique/Score Sheet studio packet picked up by the studio director at the end of the event. A minimum of 6 Photogenic entries per Petite/Junior Solo Photogenic and Teen/Senior Solo Photogenic must be registered or a combination of ages will occur. Winning photos will be displayed at each StarQuest Regional Event & on the StarQuest website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Contestants give their permission to the director of StarQuest International to use their photographs and/or videos in connection with advertising, TV, web site and news coverage of our competitions. Neither StarQuest International, its directors and staff, nor the hosting facility is responsible for personal injury or property loss to contestants or spectators. The StarQuest time schedule, directions, regional competition update and sponsorship offers will be available online to all studios no less than one week before each competition date. A StarQuest teacher packet including entry confirmation list, parent time sheet, and event schedule will be emailed to all studios no less than one week before each competition date. (Schedules may vary from location to location depending on the number of routines that are registered.) Any routine that won the Apogee Award at a 2017 World Finals cannot enter that same routine in the same age class with the same performers at a 2018 Regional or 2018 World Finals Competition.

Incomplete routines may be “adjudicated only” since the Judges can only score the routine for “time performed” as opposed to completed routines that are automatically eligible for Top Score.

The same contestant(s) cannot compete more than once in the same category and age range in Solos or Duet/Trios to prevent performers from competing against themselves. No more than 50% of any Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group or Line may compete more than once in the same category and age range. Otherwise, one of the routines with more than 50% of those same contestants will need to be moved to a different category. Contestants must check in with our Stage Manager and perform in scheduled order unless our Stage Manager grants special permission. Failure to comply with any of these directives may result in the routine being “adjudicated only”. Should the event run ahead of its scheduled time, performers should still plan to be ready to perform.

2 wireless hand-held microphones w/stands are available at each competition.Special (lavalier type) microphones or sound equipment may not be hooked up without prior StarQuest office approval.  No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter may be used that can adversely affect the dancing surface. Acrobatic silks, dangerous props such as fire, swords and knives are prohibited. Backdrops, hanging pieces or special lights are also prohibited. Choreography that allows any dancer to be physically placed more than 6 feet off the ground of any scenic piece or prop is not allowed without prior StarQuest office approval. Live animals are not allowed without prior StarQuest office approval. If stage is littered after your performance you will be responsible for an immediate and expeditious removal of any debris. Failure to follow these safety measures may result in the routine being “adjudicated only”. Props need to be taken down within 2 minutes, for set up times please see the time limits above. Call the StarQuest Office for a specific ruling about unique routines exceeding designated time limits.

No video recording is allowed. No photography is allowed when a specifically licensed photographer is present at the event, except at award ceremonies. 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. Good sportsmanship is expected from all contestants and teachers. Failure to display such conduct may result in the routine being “adjudicated only”. Any choreography, music, or costume considered inappropriate for family viewing by our judges will become “adjudicated only”. Performances with thematic elements and “highly charged” issues reflecting a lack of discretion and awareness of the age and nature of a competition audience will be deemed inappropriate by our judges and will become “adjudicated only”. See StarQuest and Appropriateness for further explanation.

JUDGING

A panel of highly qualified, competent judges will judge all performances. All contestants, teachers, and parents agree that the method of judging shall be solely within the discretion of the directors of StarQuest International and that all decisions of the judges are final. Contestants will be adjudicated against a point system. In this way, the contestants receive a more accurate evaluation of their performance. With this scoring system, multiple Platinum Plus, Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver adjudication awards may be presented within each age division for each category of competition. Studio Directors may pick up their Score Sheet Summaries at the end of each competition day. StarQuest additionally provides verbal critiques online of all 3 judges for each routine 48 hours after the conclusion of the competition!

ADJUDICATION AWARDS

One medal will be awarded to any “Select” level “Platinum Plus” winning entry in each Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line division. One medal will be awarded to any “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” level “Platinum”, “High Gold”, “Gold”, “High Silver”, and “Silver” winning entry in each Solo, Duet/Trio, Group and Line division. Adjudication pins will be awarded to all “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” level contestants in a Solo, Duet/Trio, Group or Line achieving a Platinum Plus, Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver or Silver award. “Category Ranking” pins will also be awarded to entries from any “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” level category & age range containing 4 or more entries. A “Top Score” Trophy will be awarded to the 1st place highest scoring entry within all “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” levels from each division in every age class. A “Top Score” plaque will be awarded to each 2nd through 5th place highest scoring entry within all “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” levels from each division in every age class. A “Top Score” pin will be awarded to each contestant from the Top 5 highest scoring entries within all “Select”, “Classic” & “Nova” levels from each division in every age class.

TOP SCORE AWARDS

“Select” Awards
Top Score Solo:  $50 Gift Certificate will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Solo in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes. (If a contestant performs more than one solo; the highest scoring solo is eligible for this award.)
Top Score Duet/Trio: $75 Gift Certificate will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Duet/Trio in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes. (If the same Duet or Trio performs more than one time; their highest scoring entry is eligible for this award.)
Top Score Small Group: $100 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Small Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.  Top Score Large Group: $125 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Large Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.
Top Score Line: $150 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Line in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.
Top Score Mega Line: $150 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Select” Mega Line in the Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior age classes.

“Classic” Awards

Top Score Solo: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $50 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic” Solo in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes. (If a contestant performs more than one solo; the highest scoring solo is eligible for this award.)
Top Score Duet/Trio: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $75 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic” Duet/Trio in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes. (If the same Duet or Trio performs more than one time; their highest scoring entry is eligible for this award.)
Top Score Small Group: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $100 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic” Small Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.
Top Score Large Group: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $125 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic” Large Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.
Top Score Line: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $150 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic” Large Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.

Top Score Classic/Nova Mega Line*: $150 Gift Certificate for entry fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Classic/Nova” Mega Line in the Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior age classes.

“Nova” Awards

Top Score Solo: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $50 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Nova” Solo in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes. (If a contestant performs more than one solo; the highest scoring solo is eligible for this award.) 
Top Score Duet/Trio: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $50 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Nova” Duet/Trio in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes. (If the same Duet or Trio performs more than one time; their highest scoring entry is eligible for this award.)
Top Score Small Group: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $100 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Nova” Small Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.
Top Score Large Group: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $125 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Nova” Large Group in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.
Top Score Line: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $100 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring “Nova” Line in the Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age classes.

Top Score Mega Line*: (See Classic/Nova Mega Line.)

ADDITIONAL SCORE AWARDS

“Outstanding Vocalist” Award: An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $50 in Entry Fees will be awarded to the highest scoring Vocal Solo in the Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior age classes. Vocal Duet/Trios, Groups & Lines combined in the Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior age classes will also receive An “SQ Gift Certificate” worth $50 in Entry Fees. (All Vocal routines are judged at the Select Level. Vocal Solos are not eligible to enter Title Division.)

“Adult” Award: A $75 Gift Certificate for entry fees & plaque.

“Parent” Award: A $75 Gift Certificate for entry fees & plaque.

Apogee “Select” Award: A $300 Gift Certificate toward 2019 Regionals & trophy AND THIS WINNING “Select” ROUTINE CAN COMPETE AT OUR 2018 WORLD FINALS FOR FREE. All this goes to the overall highest scoring regional group entry from all the “Select” Small Groups, Large Groups & Lines.

Apogee “Classic” Award:  A $300 Gift Certificate toward 2019 Regionals & trophy AND THIS WINNING “Classic” ROUTINE CAN COMPETE AT OUR 2018 WORLD FINALS FOR FREE. All this goes to the overall highest scoring regional group entry from all the “Classic” Small Groups, Large Groups & Lines.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Judges Special Awards: Uniquely crafted awards from our judges acknowledging individual & group achievement presented at every awards ceremony!

Competition Kindness: A custom medal for individually nominated dancers who have demonstrated random acts of sportsmanship & kindness among their fellow dancers & studios.

Fusion Award: Custom plaques presented to the most memorable/entertaining Petite. Junior, Teen & Senior Duet/Trios.

Odyssey Award:  Custom plaques presented to the most memorable/entertaining Petite. Junior, Teen & Senior Group/Line/Mega Line Performances.

People’s Choice Award: Custom plaque presented to one Teen/Senior Group routine chosen for overall entertainment value & Technical excellence.

Viral Video of the Event: Custom plaque presented at each regional event to a routine that exemplifies the WOW factor.

STUDIO AWARDS

Superlative Awards: Custom plaque presented to studios showcasing notable examples of unique and daring creative concepts such as musicality/complex staging/storytelling/risk taking/innovation.

Choreography Awards: A custom plaque will be awarded to each studio chosen for outstanding choreography at each regional competition.

ADCC “Classic” Studio Excellence: A plaque from the Association of Dance Conventions & Competitions will be presented to a studio representing overall excellence in each city as the ADCC “Classic” Studio Excellence winner.

StarQuest “Select” Circle Of Excellence: A special trophy will be presented to the 5 Studios with the highest aggregate score derived from all Top 5 “Select” Group Scores. Presented in no particular order.

StarQuest “Select” Studio of Excellence: A special banner will be presented to the highest scoring “Select” Circle Of Excellence studio.

2018 WORLD FINALS

The 2018 StarQuest World Finals is an OPEN INVITATIONAL!

You do not have to enter a 2018 StarQuest Regional Competition to compete at the 2018 World Finals! All entries must be from a studio. Soloists may perform up to four solos at the 2018 World Finals. (Regional Rules regarding Levels, Divisions, Time Limits, Music, Age Ranges, Age Classes, Performance Categories & Additional Categories apply.) Copies of birth certificates for all contestants competing in the 2018 World Finals should be accessible on site. World Finals fees can be found at each studio’s StarQuest online registration Home Page. All ages for the 2018 World Finals are as of January 1, 2018.

2018 WORLD TITLE

A Select level soloist may enter an unlimited number of routines for a World “Elite 8” title. A Classic or Nova level soloist may enter up to four routines for a World “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. In the event of a tie the Judges will break the tie.

You do not have to enter or win a 2018 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” to compete for the 2018 World “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist”! 2017 World Elite 8 Winners cannot compete for a 2018 World Elite 8 within the same age class. 2018 World “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” winners cannot compete for another 2018 World “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” in another 2018 World Finals city. The Top 3 Male & Female “Elite 8” contestants in each Age Class will re-compete in the “Elite 8” Dance Off. In the event of a tie the Judges will break the tie. Each 2018 World “Elite 8” & “Emerging Artist” winner receives a custom award, StarQuest Team Jacket, a Gift Certificate to any 2019 StarQuest regional competition plus multiple gifts from our Sponsors. Their picture will also appear on the StarQuest website.

2018 TOP SCORE

Solos & Duet/Trios

Awards for 6-10th place “Select” Solo & Duet/Trio performances in all 4 age classes will be presented during the World Finals. The Top 5 “Select” Solo’s & Duet/Trios in all 4 age classes will re-compete on the last day ay “Quest For The Best”. Awards for Top 5 “Classic” Solo & Duet/Trio performances in all 4 Age Classes will be presented during the World Finals. (“Classic” Solos & Duet/Trios do not re-perform in the “Classic Dance Off”.) Awards for Top 5 “Nova” Solo & Duet/Trio performances in all 4 Age Classes will be presented during the World Finals. (“Nova” Solos & Duet/Trios do not re-perform.)

Small Groups, Large Groups & Lines

Awards for the 1st-10th place “Select” Small Group, Large Group, Line & Mega Line performances in all 4 Age Classes will be presented during the World Finals. Additionally, the Top 5 Studios from each “Select” Small Group, Large Group, Line & Mega Line from all 4 Age Classes will compete on the last day at “Quest For The Best”.

Awards for the 1st-5th place “Classic” Small Group, Large Group, Line & Mega Line performances in all 4 Age Classes will be presented during the World Finals. Additionally, the Top 3 Studios from each “Classic” Small Group, Large Group & Line from all 4 Age Classes will compete at the “Classic Dance Off”. (See below for “Quest for the Best” & “Classic Dance Off” Information.)

Awards for the 1st-5th place “Nova” Small Group, Large Group & Line performances in all 4 Age Classes will be presented during the World Finals. (“Nova” Small Group, Large Group & Lines do not re-perform.)

 

2018 Quest for the Best”/”Classic Dance Off”

“Classic Dance Off”

The TOP 3 STUDIOS from each Classic Group division & age class will compete in “Classic Dance Off” with new judges for additional trophies & gift certificates.

“Quest For The Best”

The TOP 5 PERFORMANCES from each Select Solo division & age class will compete in “QFTB” Solo with new judges for Top Score Trophies &  gift certificates.

The TOP 5 PERFORMANCES from each Select Duet/Trio division & age class will compete in “QFTB” Duet/Trio with new judges for Top Score Trophies &  gift certificates.

The TOP 5 STUDIOS from each Select” group division will compete in “QFTB” with new judges for additional trophies & gift certificates.