All entries must be received and paid in full 45 days prior to the event. There is a $25 processing charge per routine received within 44 days prior to the event. There is $15 processing charge per routine that is altered in any way within 14 days prior to the event. All entries must be paid by cashiers check, money order or credit card. Returned checks will be assessed a $30 fee. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.
Proper dance etiquette is expected from all. No coaching allowed. Four gymnastic tricks/passes allowed per number unless entered in open. Teachers or professionals may perform, but these routines will only be eligible for adjudicated star placements and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd awards within their category. Contestants will be responsible for producing proof of age should any questions arise.
NO VIDEO CAMERAS OR PHOTOGRAPHY ARE ALLOWED.
There will be a .5 deduction per judge per incident.
A production cost per family will be applied. This allows each family to have complimentary photos and videos of all of their dancers’ routines.
Dressing Rooms will be provided. Only same gender parents and teachers are allowed in the dressing rooms.
Tap: All styles of tap.
Jazz: All jazz style and technique.
Ballet: Classical ballet technique.
Pointe: Classical ballet technique performed in pointe shoes.
Lyrical: Routine interpreting the lyrics, mood and feeling of the music. Using ballet, jazz, and modern techniques.
Contemporary: Expressive dance that combines elements of modern, lyrical, jazz, and classical ballet. Dance movement is connected and fluid through mind and body.
Cheer/Precision: Routine that may use pom poms and/or perform precision movements including high kick.
Hip Hop: Funk, pop, break dancing technique
Musical Theatre: A routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a movie or musical.
Open: Any other style that does not fit into any other category above. This includes modern, acrobatics, etc. (unlimited number of tricks)
Clogging: Clogging technique.
Please note that all above categories can have 2 tricks in a routine with the exception of Open which has unlimited tricks.
Music needs to be uploaded through our online system as an MP3 or an MP4 only. Please do not use any other file for it may not play properly on our system. The deadline for uploading music is 12:00 PM CST Wednesday the week of the event. All studios must bring a flash drive back-up. Clearly label each routine with routine number, routine name and studio name. Label the exterior of the flash drive with your studio name. Please do NOT use CD’s, I-pads, I-phones, etc. for music.
Solo/Duet/Trio – max. 3 minutes
Small/Large Groups – max. 3 minutes
Productions – max. 5 minutes
There will be a .5 deduction per judge when exceeding the time limit. Production extended time available for an additional cost.
Age should be calculated as of the date of the competition. Solos are calculated to the whole number and not averaged.
- Mini – ages 6.9 & under
- Petite – ages 7 & 9.49
- Junior – ages 9.5-11.49
- Pre-Teen – ages 11.5-13.49
- Teen – ages 13.5-15.49
- Senior – ages 15.5-18.49
- Adult – ages 18.5+
Small Group- (4-9 Dancers)
Large Group- (10-18 Dancers)
No competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced. Therefore, teachers/directors are left to their own sound judgement when entering routines. Routines that are obviously under placed may be elevated by the judges discretion. All decisions are final.
Groups are separated into levels based upon the average number of hours per week, per student.
Single S (SS) = Less than 3 hours/4 or less routines
Double S (DS) = 3-6 hours /8 or less routines
Triple S (TS) = 6 hours or more/any number of routines
The level of an entry will be determined by the majority level of dancers in a group (50% or more). The system will automatically default up a level for equal numbers (i.e. five Double S level dancers and five Triple S level dancers, the group of ten will compete in the Triple S Level).
All dances will be critiqued and scored by judges who are qualified professionals in all fields of dance. All routines will receive critiques from our judges and an adjudication award. Only groups earning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place will receive a trophy. Each dancer of a solo, duet, or trio will receive a trophy for placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
Triple S Division
135-150 points will receive a 3 star award
120-134.9 points will receive a 2 star award
119.9 points and below will receive a 1 star award
Double S Division:
132-150 points will receive a 3 star award
117-131.9 points will receive a 2 star award
116.9 points and below will receive a 1 star award
Single S Division
129-150 points will receive a 3 star award
114-128.9 points will receive a 2 star award
113.9 points and below will receive a 1 star award
Qualifying for Nationals
To qualify for nationals you must receive the following score:
TS – 114
DS – 111
SS – 108
TSDC cannot know exactly how many hours a dancer practices at a studio and if the placement of routines in our Double S or Triple S divisions is accurate. For this reason TSDC has constructed a scoring system to ensure fairness in scoring and placement. To solve this uncertainty any routine scoring above 135 points in our DS division will be bumped to the TS division and compete against any routines in their age and category at the TS level. Any DS routine being bumped to the next level will be informed of the change immediately.
Top three high point awards will be given in each division. eg: solo, duets/trios, small groups, etc. for Single S, Double S and Triple S levels. Solos and Duet/Trios will only be allowed to place with their highest scoring routine in the top three. There must be at least 3 routines in an age group and size group for there to be top 3 plaques awarded.
All Production routines will be combined for high point within each of the Single S, Double S and Triple S levels.
Age Group High Points:
• Choreography Award – Given to the best choreography for each award ceremony.
• Encore Award – Given to the most entertaining dance of each day. Please note that three dances will be asked at the end of each day to perform again in order to earn this award.
• Triple S Grand Champion – Trophy – A massive trophy is given to the highest scoring group/production of the entire competition.
• Title Award – Judges decide the title winner separately, based on their scores and overall impression of the routines. There must be 2 or more routines entered for there to be a title winner. The 2 or more entries in a category must be different dancers. If there are not 2 or more routines registered, any lone entries will receive a refund/credit. Only Junior, Preteen, Teen and Senior Solos and Duet/Trios from the Triple S (TS) level are eligible in our title competition.
• Judges’ Choice Award- Given at each Awards Ceremony
• Special Awards Certificates- Judges choose 3 special awards for each awards ceremony.
• Super Star Showcase- Standout dancers are selected and given the opportunity to perform the closing routine at our National competition.
• Scholarships- ASH Productions, Dancer Palooza, Dancwerks and more.
• Studio Spirit Award- Chosen by TSDC staff and given at the final awards ceremony.
Judging: ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL!
Triple S reserves the right to add additional competition days/times if deemed necessary. Entries will be accepted on first come, first served basis and will be limited depending on the time available of each competition location. Triple S also reserves the right to move the competition location, if it becomes necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.