2021 Rules

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Regional Rules

ENTRY LEVELS

“Select”: This is our Advanced Level. Dancers who have significant competition experience and take more than 6 hours of class per week. Dancers who perform in 10 or more routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, will automatically 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 additional chosen awards.

“Classic”: This is our Intermediate Level. Dancers who have limited competition experience and take 4-6 hours of class per week. Dancers who perform in 9 or less routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, may 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 additional chosen awards.

“Nova”: This is our Recreational Level. Dancers who have little or no competition experience and take less than 4 hours of class per week. Dancers who perform in 6 or less routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, may 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 additional chosen awards.

Additional Level Rules:

  • Each dancer is assigned a level by the studio owner.
  • Routines are calculated based on the level of each contestant.
  • Soloists, whether “Select” or “Classic” or “Nova”, must perform all their solos at the same level they are assigned. Solos may not be bumped up or down unless the dancer’s level is bumped up or down (which may affect the level of their additional routines).
  • Duet/Trios: For a mixed level duet, the routine level is determined by its highest level dancer. When a dance is a 50/50 split, the dance will be placed in the higher level. Studio owners may request the routine be placed in the lower level.
  • Mixed level Trios, Groups & Lines: the level of the routine is based on the level of the majority of the dancers. When a dance is a 50/50 split, the dance will be placed in the higher level. Studio owners may request the routine be placed in the lower level.
  • 50% or more of the same dancers cannot compete in differing level routines within the same age class and division.
  • Failure to follow these rules may result in the routine being “adjudicated only”.
  • 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.
  • StarQuest Judges have the final say on the level of each routine. If the judges feel a dance is in the wrong level, we will inform the studio of the new level of the dance prior to the corresponding awards ceremony.

 

ENTRY DIVISIONS

Solo (1 performer)

Duet/Trio (2-3 performers)

Small Group (4-9 performers)

Large Group (10-19 performers)

Line (20 or more performers)

Mega Line (20 or more performers; routine utilizing scenic pieces for choreographic impact or conveying a recurring theme through music or story.)

Additional Entry Division Rules:

    • 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 contestants who were 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 any 2021 World Finals.
    • For a routine with 20 or more performers, the studio owner may choose Line or Mega Line Divisions.
    • For Mega Line Top Scores, Nova & Classic level routines compete amongst each other in Petite/Junior & Teen/Senior Age Classes.

AGE CLASSES

Petite – Age 8 & Under

Junior – Age 9-11

Teen – Age 12-14

Senior – Age 15-19

Adult – Age 20+

  • When one or more dancers are age 20+ in a routine, that routine is automatically Adult regardless of the average age.

SUB-AGE CLASSES

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. ALL Adult routines, including Line & Mega Line, compete for the Adult Award only and are judged at the select level.

Parent: Routine that includes parents and/or parents and students. A Parent routine competes for the Parent Award only, and cannot also compete for the Adult Award. Parent routines are judged at the select level.

Rising Star: This division is designed for dancers with special needs or disabilities who want to share their love of dance. All Rising Star routines will compete for the Rising Star Award.

AGE RANGES

  • Entries in the Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical & Tap categories 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 compete in the following age ranges: 4 & Under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20 & Over.
  • For details about these categories please see our performance categories section below.

 

ADDITIONAL AGE RULES

  • Regional and Finals ages are as of January 1, 2021.
  • For Duet/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines & Mega Lines, the average age determines the division and age class into which you may enter.
  • To determine the age class and age range of a dance – Add the ages of all the contestants, then divide by the number of contestants. When an average age ends in .5 or above, round DOWN.
  • If there is one performer age 20+ in any routine, including Lines & Mega Lines, that routine will compete for the Adult or Parent Award.
  • Contestants 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 Performing Arts Competition within one-half hour of the performance of the entry in question.
  • Age Classes and Age Ranges may NOT be bumped up, bumped down, or altered.

 

ENTRY TIME LIMITS

Solo, Duet/Trio – 2:45 min

Small Group – 3 min

Large Group, Line – 4 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)

Group Expanded Time – 8 min (Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Mega Lines)

  • Any routine that exceeds the given time limit will be charged for additional time. Failure to provide payment prior to the routine’s awards ceremony will result in the routine being adjudicated only.

 

PROP TIME LIMITS

  • 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.
  • Any prop setup/routine that exceeds the given time limit will be charged for additional time. Failure to provide payment prior to the routine’s awards ceremony will 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.

 

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

The following Performance Categories can contain no more than 50% acrobatic tricks: Ballet, Clogging, Contemporary, Folkloric, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, and Tap. (Lifts, leaps, cartwheels and splits are allowed). Any routine with more than 50% acrobatic tricks in the aforementioned categories may 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.

  • 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, Line, or Mega 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.

Acrobatic/Gymnastic Dance:  Routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, 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 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 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.) This category is NOT eligible for the “Outstanding Vocalist” Award. (5 points will be deducted for lead voices on music track). Back-up vocals permitted. (See Vocal category below for microphone information)

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

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.

 

VOCAL CATEGORY

Vocal: The song may be in any musical style (i.e. country-western, rock-n-roll, classical, blues, etc). (5 points will be deducted for lead voices on music track). Back-up vocals are permitted. All Vocal routines are eligible for the “Outstanding Vocalist” Award only. (This category is NOT eligible for Top Score and Title.)

  • 2 wireless hand-held microphones with stands are available at each competition. Special (lavalier type) microphones or sound equipment may not be hooked up without prior StarQuest office approval.

 

DEADLINES, FEES, & RESERVATION SYSTEM

Please see your Online Registration Profile for further details. All deposits and fees are non refundable.

 

ACCEPTANCE

All entries must be submitted from a studio through Online Registration. Phone, fax or e-mail entries will NOT be accepted. Entries are limited to the amount of performance time available at each event. Dancers can only compete with one studio per event.  Regional and Finals Fees can be found on each studio’s StarQuest Online Registration Home Page.

 

MEDIA PACKAGE

StarQuest is proud to continue its ALL-INCLUSIVE MEDIA PACKAGE. The prepaid Media Package covers ALL photos & videos associated with each dancer, plus a free digital program. This extremely low cost fee is separate from Entry Fees, and is calculated on the Studio’s Online Registration page. The Media Package is required for all dancers and studios.

 

MUSIC

StarQuest will accept studio music uploaded to the online registration website or on a USB provided by the studio.

Digital Upload:

  • Music files can only be uploaded after the performances are entered.
  • StarQuest will automatically assign entry numbers to each uploaded music file.
  • Please be sure to upload the exact version of your performance music, because pitch/speed of music cannot be adjusted at the event.
  • StarQuest supports MP3, M4A & MP4 files.
  • Uploaded music files must be DRM free.
  • Uploading music is closed 4 days prior to the start of the event.

USBs:

  • Each performance music file must contain: Its own separate track & each track must be labeled exactly like the example below:
    • Entry# Performance Name (Note: Entry # must be all 4 digits)
      • 0131 Hit Me With A Hot Note
    • You must turn in ALL USBs to the Sound Engineer no later than 1/2 hour before the beginning of that day’s competition.
    • Backup iPod/iPhone:
      • You should have a backup iPod/iPhone/USB
      • Each performance music file must be: it’s own separate track as a separate playlist& each track (playlist) must be labeled exactly like the example below:
        • Entry # Performance Name (Note: Entry# must be all 4 digits)
          • 0131 Hit Me With A Hot Note

StarQuest is not responsible for music left at the show.

 

REGIONAL “ELITE 8” & “EMERGING ARTIST”

All StarQuest Titles are gender inclusive.

Petite StarQuest: Ages 8 & Under

Junior StarQuest: Ages 9-11

Teen StarQuest: Ages 12-14

Senior StarQuest: Ages 15-19

Emerging Artist:

    • A Nova or Classic level soloist may enter as many as three regional solo routines for regional “Emerging Artist”.
    • Title 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.
    • All Genders compete against each other for “Emerging Artist”.
    • Each winner will receive a custom award, a StarQuest “Emerging Artist” Team Jacket, and a $210 Gift Certificate to our 2021 World Finals.

Elite 8:

    • A Select level soloist may enter as many as three regional solo routines for regional “Elite 8” dancer.
    • Title 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.
    • All Genders compete against each other for “Elite 8” Dancer.
    • Each winner will receive a custom award, a StarQuest “Elite 8” Team Jacket, and a $210 Gift Certificate to our 2021 World Finals.
  • The cost of regional title when pre-registered is $45 per entry.
  • The cost of regional title at the door is $55 per entry.

2020 Regional Title Winners can compete within their 2020 winning age class for a 2021 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Title. 2021 Regional Winners cannot perform the same routine for another 2021 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Title at another 2021 Regional event. NOTE: You do not have to win a 2021 Regional “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist” Title to compete for 2021 World “Elite 8” or “Emerging Artist”! (See 2021 World Finals Awards for 2021 World Title Qualifying information.)

 

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 Performing Arts Competition 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. Video critiques of each routine from all 3 judges are provided online, on Tuesday by 6 PM, after the competition weekend!

 

ON STAGE RESTRICTIONS

  • No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, paint, confetti, glitter, or other material may be used that can adversely affect the dancing surface.
  • If stage is littered after your performance, you are responsible for an immediate and expeditious removal of any debris. Failure to follow these safety measures may result in the routine being “adjudicated only”.
  • Acrobatic silks, dangerous props such as fire, swords and knives are prohibited.
  • Backdrops, hanging pieces, scaffolding, rigging, or special lights are also prohibited without prior permission from the Tour Manager.
  • 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 written StarQuest management approval.
  • Live animals are not allowed without prior written StarQuest management approval.

PHOTO/VIDEO RESTRICTIONS

  • Contestants give their permission to the director of StarQuest Performing Arts Competition to use their photographs and/or videos in connection with advertising, TV, web site and news coverage of our competition.
  • Video recording or photography is not allowed during performances as well as in dressing rooms and lavatories. Photography & Videography is allowed during award ceremonies, flash photography is never allowed. Unauthorized video recording or unauthorized photography may lead to an entry being “adjudicated only”; the photos and/or videos being confiscated; and those involved possibly being escorted from the event. We have the exclusive right to notify legal authorities, if necessary; as well as deny any person(s) or studio(s) access to the competition – and possibly future SQ competitions – due to misconduct, misuse, or otherwise. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep our performers photographically safe by reporting suspected photographic violations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Neither StarQuest Performing Arts Competition, 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 Competition Schedule will be emailed to all studios no less than one week before each competition date. (Schedules vary from location to location depending on the number of routines that are registered.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All deposits and fees are non refundable.
  • Good sportsmanship is expected from all contestants, studio owners, teachers, parents, and guests. 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.

 

RELEASE FORM

I, the below signed, on behalf of the parties hereby swear and attest that I and the below set forth dance club (collectively hereinafter “We” or “Our”) have all necessary and required permission and authorization of all necessary parents and/or guardians herein of all minors hereby registered and participating, and as such on behalf of said minors/participants fully release StarQuest International, its owners, directors, employees, agents, independent contractors, subsidiaries, parent corporations, and all affiliated entities (hereinafter collectively referred to as “StarQuest”) from any and all claims, damages, liability, illness (including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19), loss of service, and causes of action of any kind including negligence or future negligence which may occur while participating in any activity connected with, or at, a StarQuest Event. This release is fully given as it is acknowledged that there are risks of physical injury, or exposure to and illness from infections diseases associated with, arising out of and inherent to the activity of dance or attendance at a StarQuest Event. We, therefore with herein sworn to and attested legal authority do hereby voluntarily waive all right and/or causes of action as set forth above and knowingly assume the risk of any injury or illness. We also swear and attest that all necessary parents and/or guardians herein of all minors hereby registered and participating in any StarQuest events have fully read, understand and accept all provisions set forth in the StarQuest Release Form in which We provided to said parents and/or guardians and which are provided on the StarQuest website, www.starquestdance.com/rules.

We acknowledges that StarQuest is following all guidelines, including but not limited to guidelines from the CDC. We further hereby agree to indemnify StarQuest and hold StarQuest harmless of all liability, and freely assumes all inherent risks both known and unknown, and hereby acknowledge that We knowingly and voluntarily by free will to assume full responsibility for all of our statements and attestations set forth above, for all legal positions We swear to possess, for all risks of physical injury arising out of active participation in the StarQuest event by any minor/participant, all allegations, claims, actions, suits, demands, damages, liabilities, obligations, losses, settlements, judgments, costs and expenses (including without limitation attorneys’ fees and costs) which arise out of, relate to or result for any act or omission or false statement.

I understand and agree that in participating in any dance class, workshop, rehearsal or performance, even virtually, there is a possibility of physical injury and, in rare circumstances, death. I agree to release and hold harmless StarQuest Dance, including its teachers, dancers, staff members, and facilities from any cause of action, claims, or demands now and in the future. I will not hold StarQuest Dance liable for any personal injury or any personal property damage, which may occur, during or after events/classes. Furthermore, I understand that I should be aware of my, and/or my child’s physical limitations and agree not to exceed them. If I am signing this waiver for my child, I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian and have the right to waive these rights.

It is hereby agreed & confirmed by the Studio that said studio has acquired all right, title & licensing for any choreography to be used at any StarQuest event or competition, Studio further infers that they will fully indemnify and hold StarQuest harmless for any failure by studio to acquire all rights to choreography which will include all costs, fees (to include attorney fees), and all other measures of damages. We further acknowledge that all deposits and fees paid to StarQuest are non-refundable.

We also give StarQuest permission and a worldwide royalty-free license to use any photos and/or videos of this competition and/or of any minor/participant for sales, advertising, media offerings, commercial entertainment and development purposes, TV, the Internet, the website, news coverage, or for providing to other media outlets for use in accordance with this agreement.  Therefore, the minor/participant has Our attested legal authority to participate in StarQuest Events. We warrant that the information is complete and correct. We further release StarQuest of all liabilities associated with the minor/participants’ attendance at a StarQuest Event.

 

WORLD FINALS

The 2021 StarQuest World Finals are OPEN INVITATIONAL!

You do not have to enter a 2021 StarQuest Regional Competition to compete at the 2021 World Finals! All entries must be from a studio. Soloists may perform up to FOUR solos at the 2021 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 2021 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 2021 World Finals are as of January 1, 2021.

Virtual “Select Quest For The Best”: All entries are automatically eligible, and there will be no re-compete or pre-qualification requirements.

Virtual “Classic Dance-Off”: All entries are automatically eligible, and there will be no re-compete or pre-qualification requirements.