FAQ

FAQ:

NEW Rules:

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”. 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.

 

Entry Divisions

Soloists may perform up to three solos at any 2018 Regional Competition.

Soloists may perform up to four solos at any 2018 World Finals.

Photogenic

StarQuest No longer accepts photogenic entries at the office.

All Photos must be submitted & paid at the competition no later than 4 hours prior to its designated award ceremony.

$30 for the 1st photo & $15 for each additional photo

Music

StarQuest will accept studio music uploaded to its online registration site or on a USB provided on site by the studio. Digital Uploads & USBs are highly recommended.  – For upload instructions simply click Music Upload.

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Age Ranges

Entries in the Contemporary will now 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.

Adult, Parent & Vocal routines will be judges at the Select Level.

REGIONAL “ELITE 8” & EMERGING ARTIST”

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.

The Cost for Title is $45 pre-registered or $55 at the door.

Non-Performance Categories:

In Outstanding Costume, we will now be giving out a Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior Duet/Trio Costume.

Adjudication 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 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.

NEW AWARDS:

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.

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.


 

Before the Competition:

Where is the exact location of the competition?
Go to our Regionals and click on your competition city that has the street address of the venue as well as hotel information.

How do I know when my son/daughter is dancing?
The Schedule is available at least eight days prior to your competition date. Go to our Regional Schedule and click on your competition city and you will see the schedule link. Specific entry numbers are sent directly to the Studio Director.

Do you accept independent entries?
No.

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 operations@starquestdance.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”: 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.

“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.

“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.

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.

8 and Under Petite
9-11 Junior
12-14 Teen
15-19 Senior
20+ Adult

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.

Where is the StarQuest Release Form?
It can be found on the rules page by clicking here. Your Studio Owner signs it online on behalf of all parents & students before registration is completed.

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 three regional solo routines for a regional “Elite 8” title. A Classic or Nova level soloist may enter as many as three 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?
Register in advance at register.starquestdance.com.Only Studio Directors can log in to their online registration account.

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. 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 don’t know if my studio Opted In to the media program. Who do I contact?
Please ask your studio director whether or not your studio has opted into the media program.

My studio Opted In to the media program. How will I access the photos and videos?
Log in at https://dancebug.com/starquest/using your dancer’s birthday to access all media.

 My studio didn’t Opt In to the media, how do I order photos and videos?
Visit our online store at http://www.ShopStarQuestDance.comto order A La Carte media.

What’s the scoring breakdown for awards?

 

  AWARD LEVELS  
 

3 JUDGES

 
SELECT   CLASSIC/NOVA
288-300

PLATINUM PLUS

N/A
276-287.99

PLATINUM

270-300
264-275.99

HIGH GOLD

255-269.99
252-263.99

GOLD

237-254.99
237-251.99

HIGH SILVER

222-236.99
216-236.99

SILVER

210-221.99
 

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 at register.starquestdance.com.

I have questions about my merchandise purchase. What should I do?
Call us at 919-363-2900 ext. 8212 or email us at merchandise@starquestdance.com.

Are Videos & Photos posted on the StarQuest web site?

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

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

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

YouTube Videos: Clips of winning Routines from Title, Apogee, IDA Nominations, and Viral Video of the Week are posted within one week of the competition.

What is the content of the StarQuest Release Form?
Here it is:

All individuals over the age of 18 or any parents and/or guardians of minor(s) hereby registered and participating, 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, 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 acknowledgement and release is fully understood and fully given as it is acknowledged that there are risks of physical injury associated with, arising out of and inherent to the activity of dance or attendance at a StarQuest Event. All participants or parent and/or legal guardian of minor participants voluntarily waive all right and/or causes of action as set forth above and knowingly assume the risk of any injury.

All individuals over the age of 18 or any parents and/or guardians of minor(s) hereby indemnify StarQuest and hold StarQuest harmless of all liability, 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 ommission or false statement.

All individuals over the age of 18 or any parents and/or guardians of minor(s) hereby 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.

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.