Before the Competition:

How do we register?
Studio directors can log in to their online registration account and register online. They may also call their Event Concierge. We do not accept independent entries, all routines must be registered with a studio. Title may also be added on site at Registration.

Where is the exact location of the competition?
Go to our Regional Schedule and click on your competition city. That will have the most up-to-date street address of the venue as well as hotel information.

What is the Media Package?
The prepaid StarQuest Media Package includes ALL photos & videos associated with each dancer. This nominal fee is separate from Entry Fees, and is calculated on the studio’s Online Registration page.

What are your Entry Fees & Ancillary Fees?
All fees are released to studio owners or competition directors only.

How do I know when my child is dancing?
The schedule is available at least nine days prior to your competition date. Go to our Regional Schedule and click on your competition city. Here you will see the schedule link. Specific entry numbers are 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 concierge@starquestdance.com

When do I need to get to the competition?
Please ask your studio director to find out when they want you to arrive at the competition. Because we tend to run early, we ask that all dancers be ready to dance at least 1-2 hours prior to their scheduled time. Anyone in the audience hoping to watch a particular dancer should be there at least 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”: This is our Advanced Level. Dancers who have significant competition and dance experience, or who have advanced technique and/or performance skill, should be placed in Select, regardless of their routine count. Dancers who perform in 13 or more routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, will automatically be placed in “Select”. “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 moderate competition and dance experience should be placed in Classic. If dancers have limited competition experience but above average technique and performance skill, they should be placed in the Select level! Dancers who perform in less than 12 routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, may be considered “Classic”. “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 limited or no competition and dance experience should be placed in “Nova”. Dancers who perform in 8 or less routines from every division excluding their first 3 Lines/Mega Lines, may be considered “Nova”. “Nova” level entries are eligible for “Nova” Top Score Awards as well as additional chosen awards.

What is the cut-off date for the age categories?
All ages, including solos, are calculated as of January 1, 2023. We do not round up when calculating the age of a performance—simply drop the decimal.

Mini – Age 5 & Under * Mini routines automatically compete in the Nova Level

Petite – Age 6-8

Junior – Age 9-11

Teen – Age 12-14

Senior – Age 15-19

Progressive – Age 20-24 * Progressive routines will be judged in the Select Level

Adult – Age 25+ * Adult routines will be judged in the Select Level

Where can I find StarQuest’s 2023 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”.


During the Competition:

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, paint, or other material may be used that can adversely affect the dancing surface.

When Can I bring props
Prop storage is different at every venue, Studio Directors please check in with your Event Director as to when to bring in props.

Where do I bring my props when I get to the competition?
When you arrive please check immediately with the Stage Manager (typically located backstage 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. Whenever available, venue food policies can be found by clicking your city’s  Regional Schedule. If you have a specific dietary need or questions please email is @ concierge@starquestdance.com.

What does it mean to go up for title? How is it judged
A Select level soloist may enter as many as three regional solo routines for the regional Elite Dancer title. A Classic level soloist may enter as many as three regional solo routines for the regional Emerging Artist title. A Nova level soloist may enter as many as three regional solo routines for the regional Nova Emerging Artist. Elite Dancer, Classic Emerging Artist, and Nova 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. All StarQuest Titles are gender inclusive.

My family wants to come watch the competition. Is it free to watch?
Yes. Admission is complimentary for all participating Studios and their families. A Digital Ticket may be required to enter the venue, and you must be verified by a participating studio to attend.

Is videotaping/taking photographs allowed at the competition?
No video recording is allowed during performances. No photography is allowed during performances. 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. We encourage you to take photos in the lobby by our Step & Repeat, during awards, or during an intermission.

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 in the lobby at our Media Center. There you will receive your StarQuest Owner/Director Badge, specific dressing room assignment, complimentary program and other goodies.

What is the scoring breakdown for awards?

2023 Adjudication Levels

Select                                                                      Nova/Classic

300-291                     Ultimate Platinum                N/A

290.99-279               Platinum Plus                    300-279

278.99-264               Platinum                             278.99-264

263.99-246               High Gold                           263.99-246

245.99-228               Gold                                     245.99-228


2023 Adjudication Levels (Individual Judges)

Select                                                                      Nova/Classic

100-97                      Ultimate Platinum                N/A

96.99-93                  Platinum Plus                     100-93

92.99-88                  Platinum                              92.99-88

87.99-82                  High Gold                            87.99-82

81.99-76                   Gold                                      81.99-76


After the Competition:

How do I get my photos and videos from the media package?
Click here to learn more about how to access your photos & videos.

How do I order a plaque or trophy?
Visit our online store at www.ShopStarQuestDance.com to order any of our awards.

What’s your mailing address? Phone number? Fax?
StarQuest International
2521 Schieffelin Road • Suite 106
Apex, NC 27502
Phone: 919-363-2900
Fax: 919-363-9837

How do I get my Judges critiques?
Judges critiques are available to Studio Directors by direct download Tuesday evening after the event. Log in to your Studio Profile link & click on the critiques link. You can also get to your Studio Profile by clicking HERE.

I have questions about my merchandise purchase. What should I do?
Call us at 919-363-2900 ext. 3 or email us at merchandise@starquestdance.com.

Are videos & photos posted on the StarQuest website?

SQ Website: Photogenic winner’s photos can be viewed by clicking the media tab at the top of the SQ website. Click on Photogenic link.

SQ Facebook: Additional Photos & videos from every event are posted on our Facebook Page generally within one week of the competition.

SQ Instagram: Additional Photos & videos from every event are also posted on our Instagram Page generally within one week of the competition.

YouTube Videos: Clips of some winning routines are posted within one week of the competition.

What is the content of the StarQuest 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 and music 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.