Routines may be performed in one of three divisions:
DEBUT (/dāˈbyo͞o/) DIVISION: Debut division is for your recreational teams or beginner dancers. Routines in the category have a larger point range in our adjudicated system, see below. If your dancer is performing advanced technical moves (triple pirouettes, aerials, full back leg extensions, etc.) then they should not be competing in the Debut division. Solo/Duo/Trio dancers with groups numbers in the Premiere category are welcome to compete in the Pro category if they choose, but if their group numbers are in the Pro category, their solo should be as well. Routines in the debut category are not eligible for cash prizes and are not considered in our Best Studio award.
STAR DIVISION: Our brand new Star division is for intermediate competitive dance teams. This category is a good fit for teams who score in the Gold to High Gold range in our previous Pro category. Teams in the Star category are eligible for cash prizes and will be considered for the Team Dance Top Studio Award. Dancers performing in the Star division for their group routines are encouraged to compete their solo, duo, or trio routines in the Star division. This category is for dancers who are performing intermediate technique with accuracy and limited advanced technique. This category will be combined with the Elite Star Division if there are not enough participants to warrant their own top ten category per Team Dance decision. All top ten category placements will be posted at least one week before the event.
ELITE STAR DIVISION: New! The Elite Star division is for advanced competitive dance teams. This category is a good fit for teams who regularly score Platinum or High Platinum in our previous Pro category. Teams in the Elite Star category are eligible for higher cash prizes and will be considered for a separate Team Dance Top Studio Award. Dancers performing in the Elite Star division for their group routines are encouraged to compete their solo, duo, or trio routines in the Elite Star division. This category is for dancers who are performing advanced technique with accuracy. This category will be combined with the Star Division if there are not enough participants to warrant their own top ten category per Team Dance decision. All top ten category placements will be posted at least one week before the event.
Studios may choose the experience levels for their routines at their discretion. If the judges believe a routine has been mis-categorized, they will not receive penalties but will be directed to adjust their division in the future.
Dancer's age will be determined by their age as of January 1st of the competition season. The automated system will calculate the age for all routines. If there is a decimal of .5 or higher, the system will round up to the next age. To ensure accurate placement, please enter accurate birth dates. Proof of age may be required if a dispute arises about accuracy. Please be honest with ages, especially with duo and trio routines. Parents will also be using the dancer's birthdate to download their photo and video media so accuracy saves time and energy for everyone!
PEEWEE: Ages 6 and Under
JUNIOR: Ages 10-12
TEEN: Ages 13-15
SENIOR: Ages 16-18
ADULT: Age 19+
When a routine includes dancers of various ages, a team cannot compete more than one age group below the age of the oldest dancer. For example, if the average age of your team is 12 but you have a 16 year old student in the class, the team must compete in the teen category.
Group Size *NEW*
The group sizes available are:
Small Group (4-10)
Large Group (11-17)
Small and large group routines will be combined at the regional level for overall awards. They will be separated at the National level. The Showstopper category is for your studio's culminating dances. Dances in this category will be eligible for our T.E.A.M. Dance Trophy and a $300 cash award. This category is only for Star and Elite Star Routines. Studios may enter one routine in Showstopper per age group/experience level. This may be a production style routine but does not have to contain production elements. Other examples would be a contemporary theme routine that combines more than one dance class. Any style of that has 16 dancers or more can be listed in this category.
Soloists competing more than one solo in the same top ten category will only place in the top ten once. If their solo age category is divided into style, then solos of different genres may be considered for more than one top ten award. This is decided on a city by city basis and can be viewed on the top ten breakdown posted one week before the event.
Duos/Trios: up to 3 minutes
Group Dances: up to 3 minutes
Showstopper Dances: up to 8 minutes
Getting onstage and off stage should take no longer than 20 seconds, unless props are involved (see Props section). You may extend time limits for a fee of $25 per 30 seconds. A penalty of 10 points will be subtracted from the final score if a team goes over the time limit.
All music is collected and uploaded before the event. Studio owners will upload music to the studio login page at least two weeks before your schedule competition. After uploading, please review each track to make sure the right edits and tracks were uploaded. Also, please bring backup tracks! These can be brought on flash drive, CD, or preferrably any digital form of media with a headphone jack (ie. phone, laptop, tablet).
Props and stage sets are allowed but cannot take more than 1 minute total set-up and tear-down. Production set-up can take up to 3 minutes total. No dangerous props are allowed, including but not limited to knives, swords, fire, etc. If you have concerns about your props, please call or email the Team Dance head office. Other unacceptable props include anything that could damage the stage. Any prop that “litters” the stage, i.e. glitter, powder, etc. may only be used with permission from the directors of Team Dance and must be cleaned up immediately following the performance. Special lighting requests will not be allowed. Curtain closing will only be allowed for production numbers and will depend on availability at the facility in question.
Videos / Pictures
VIDEO RECORDING IS NOT ALLOWED.
All dancers receive all of their professional videos after the event with their $5 registration fee. Attendees will not be allowed to make their own recordings to protect the privacy of other dancers.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT ALLOWED.
All dancers receive all of their professional action photos after the event with their $5 registration fee. Attendees will not be allowed to take their own photos to protect the privacy of other dancers.
These rules DO NOT apply to our Team Dance Off events and our Awards. Pull out those cameras and film/photograph at will!
Choreography Challenge Rules
Put your choreography to the ultimate test. Go head to head with top choreographers and see if you have what it takes to with the Team Dance Choreography Challenge.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
Studios wishing to compete in the Team Dance challenge will be showing their skills in choreography and team unity. Your team must have at least two students, but we encourage larger groups to expand the choreographer's staging abilities. As soon as your registration is received, your team will receive 45-70 seconds of music. Your challenge will be to choreograph a routine to that song using any style of dance. Props are allowed but not encouraged, please see prop category. All competitors will receive the same song. A studio may have as many entries as they like either from the same choreographer or different choreographers. Costumes are not necessary. Your dance will not be judged by what the dancers are wearing. The registration fee is $50 per entry. The performances will be judged on the creativity, skill, entertainment of the choreography and quality of performance. The winning team will receive a $50 cash prize, a trophy, and the title of Team Dance Challenge Champion.
Teachers may not be on stage or assist dancers from the audience or wings. Alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited at the event. Repeat performances will only be allowed after a technical difficulty as decided by the Team Dance director. Team Dance reserves the right to add or cancel events based on entries received. Those already registered for a cancelled event will receive a full refund.
All Star Team Dance Off
Do you have what it takes to be a member of the All Star Team? We are looking for the best of the best. Dancers will be invited to participate in our audition style All Star Team Dance Off. Register your dancers the day of competition for $20. Junior dancers (12 and under) will have the opportunity to learn the routine in advance from a video posted on our web site. Senior Dancers will be invited on stage where they will learn choreography very rapidly and be asked to then perform it. The judges will choose the best performers until a top five are chosen. Our newly created All Star Team will get to perform the routine together and be recognized for their awesome achievement. They will each receive an award and be recognized on our Web site.