Competition Information

Scoring System:

  • Participants will be judged using a point system.
  • Each score will be based on 100 points

(35% technical ability, 25% synchronization/execution, 20% choreography/routine, 20% presentation/performance).

 

Ribbon   Score Range

Pure Inspiration 95 plus

Ultimate Inspiration 92.00 to 94.99

Platinum    90.00 to 91.99

High Gold   87.00 to 89.99

Gold         85.00 to 86.99

High Silver   80.00 to 84.99

Silver    76.00 to 79.99

 

AWARDS & SCORING

 

Achievement

  • All participants will receive a ribbon for each routine registered.
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall solo, duet/trio, small group, large group, extended line will receive a placement

ribbon and trophy in each classification:

o Highest overall Novice categories in all age divisions.

o Highest overall Competitive level 1  categories in all age divisions

o Highest overall Competitive  level 2 categories in all age divisions (separate overalls for Acrobatics,

Ballet, Musical Theatre and Tap).

o Highest overall production.  Productions will be judged together regardless of age division. (May

be combined with Extended Line if not enough entries are received)

Placements for Overalls

  • Competitive Level 2 Overall Awards for placements 1st to 3rd
  • Competitive Level 1 Overall Awards for placements 1st & 2nd only

* Overall placements may be combined due to sizes of the categories and the competition.

Studio Standings & Awards

  • Top 3 studios presented with prizes and large awards for Studio Standings in Comp level 2
  • Top 2 studios presented with prizes and large awards for studio standing in comp level 1
  •  Judges’ Choice Awards will be presented for “Outstanding Costume”, “Choreography Excellence” and “Most Entertaining”
  • Personalized Special Awards and Teacher Choreography  given out at each awards ceremony.

 To qualify for studio standings a studio must register 20 routines for any one venue with at least 7 groups in competitions over 200 entries.  Inspire reserves the right to adjust based on enrolment of numbers. 

Routines classed as Novice, Student Choreography, Adult & Professional/Teacher are NOT included in the

Studio Standings.  Inspire  reserves the right to qualify or disqualify a studio at its own discretion.  All awards are based on a

sellout of 550 entries or more.  Inspire Dance Challenge reserves the right to adjust cash prizes due to entries. 

Adjudication Video

Each studio will receive DRC Video Judge for all routines with judges’ critiques.  Watch the dance and hear the judge’s comments at the same time.  Visit the DRC Video Judge website for more details www.videojudge.ca

Penalties:

A penalty of 1 mark may be deducted from each of the judges for the following.

1. Routines that exceed time limits.

2. Dancing out of schedule (please check the schedule thoroughly as program times are sent out prior to

the competition date).  Any changes must be addressed and approved by Inspire n advance.

3. Tap sounds in music during tap routines.

4. Acrobatic tricks where not permitted.

5. Inappropriate elements (choreography, costuming, music and/or dance themes that are deemed

inappropriate for “general” audience viewing).  See our “Family Friendly Policy” in rules & regulations for

more details.

 

 

Judges:

All competitors will be judged by a panel of qualified and competent adjudicators.  All participants, teachers and

parents agree that the time and method of judging will be solely within the discretion of the judging panel.

Judges’ score cards will be available at the end of the competition and will be only given to the studio director.

 

 

Time Limits:

Please ensure all routines are within accepted time limits.  All times includes entrance and exits.  Must specify

time on all entries.

 

 Category  Maximum Time

Solos, Duet/Trios     3 minutes

Groups     3.5 minutes

Extended Lines     4 minutes

Productions     10 minutes

Adult Groups      3 minutes

 

CLASSIFICATIONS & CATEGORIES

Classifications:

 

Student Choreography

A dance choreographed by a student with no help from teachers or professionals of any kind.

 

Professional/Teacher

A dancer who is paid to perform and/or teaching as a source of income.  Competitive dancers who are teaching

assistants are still allowed to compete.

 

Novice

A novice dancer is a performer that is new to the competition scene.  A novice soloist may have competed

before but not in a solo of any dance style.  (Note:  If dancer performed a tap solo last season & this year has a jazz solo, the

dancer is not considered Novice).  A novice group or line must be a minimum of 75% novice.  Solo, duet & trio entries

must be 100% novice.  The maximum age for novice is 16 years.  Separate overalls will be awarded for the

novice categories.

 

Competitive Level 1

A competitive level 1 dancer is a performer whose training is 6 hours or less per week.  A competitive level one group or

line must be a minimum of 75% competitive level one dancers.  Solo, duet & trio entries must be 100% competitive level 1.  A competitive level one dancer may not be in more then 5 routines.

Separate overalls will be awarded for competitive level 1 categories.

 

Competitive  Level 2

A competitive dancer is a performer whose training is more than 6 hours per week.  A competitive group or line

must be a minimum of 75% competitive.  Solo, duet & trio entries must be 100% competitive.

 

Categories / Dance Styles:

 

Ballet

Routines having classical ballet technique characterized by grace and precision of

movement.  (As ballet is the core to all dance movement, a separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough

entries are received).

Pointe Dancer must wear Pointe shoes while executing ballet technique.  (Will be grouped with ballet

for Overalls).   Pointe entries under 11 years old will not be accepted.

Tap

Technique using percussive footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the

floor.  (A separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries are received).

Acrobatic Dance

Routine using controlled acrobatic moves such as aerials, walkovers, hand and elbow

stands, etc.  The routine must include other dance elements & steps.  (A separate Overalls will

be awarded in this category, if enough entries are received).

Open

Routines can contain any dance combination, which do not fit into any other categories.  A

maximum of 5 acrobatic tricks allowed.  (Will be grouped with jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary &

hip-hop for Overalls).

Jazz

Routines must contain standard jazz technique and performance (extensions, elevations,

turns, etc.)  No acrobatic tricks allowed.  (Will be grouped with open, lyrical, modern, contemporary &

hip-hop for Overalls).

Lyrical

Routines must have control and technique while expressing and interpreting the music

while telling a story.  No acrobatic tricks allowed.  (Will be grouped with open, jazz, modern,

contemporary & hip-hop for Overalls).

Modern

Routine may have one or more styles of modern technique using specific body

movements with use of contraction and release and abstract style.  (Will be grouped with open, jazz,

lyrical, contemporary & hip-hop for Overalls).

Contemporary

Routine with fluid and unlimited personal style, not associated with any specific dance

techniques.  Dancer(s) must show strong emotional commitment.  May involve balance,

floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation with emphasis on the connection between

mind and body.  (Will be grouped with open, jazz, lyrical, modern, & hip-hop for Overalls).

 

Hip-Hop

Routines to hip-hop music using dance techniques like, music video style, street dancing,

and break dancing.  (Spinning on performers’ head is not permitted).  Dances should be

age appropriate.  (Will be grouped with open, jazz, lyrical, modern, & contemporary for Overalls).

Musical Theatre

A routine portraying a character(s) while telling a story.  Lip synching is allowed.  Other

styles of dance are acceptable to include.  (A separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries

are received).

Song & Dance

Performer must sing own vocals while incorporating dance.  No lip synching or lyrics in

music.  (Can be grouped with Musical theatre in overalls).

Vocal

Performer must sing own vocals.  No lip synching or lyrics in music.  (Can be grouped with

Musical theatre in overalls).

Production

Routines with 17 + dancers that tells a story through music and has a theme.  Any style of

dance is acceptable.  (A separate overalls will be awarded).

 

Acrobatics:  Any gymnastic style moves with the performer’s feet above their head.  Partner lifts are exempt

from this definition unless the partner is thrown to perform a trick.

 

Age Divisions:

Age is entered as of Dec.31, 2012. When calculating average age for groups, add all ages, divide by the

number of performers and drop the decimal point.  All categories will compete in their own age divisions, unless

age divisions are grouped due to lack of entries.

 

 Age   Division

6 & Under Cutie

7,8,9  Small Fry

10,11,12 Junior

13,14,15 Intermediate

16,17,18,19 Senior

20 & over Young Adult

 

 

Group Categories:

All routines will compete by category and dance style.  Overalls will be awarded per classification, dance style,

category & age division.

 Category Participants

Solo  1 Dancer

Duet  2 Dancers

Trio  3 Dancers

Small Group 4 to 9 Dancers

Large Group 10 to 16 Dancers

Extended Line 17+ Dancers

Production  17+ Dancers

Cash Awards

All cash awards are distributed at the discretion of the competition and when awarded, for Studio Standing, Overalls, Individual performance, choreography or special award; they are distributed in the name of the studio under which the registration has been entered to be used at their sole discretion.

Overalls

To Qualify for Overalls in both Competitive 1 and Competitive 2 Levels, a studio must register at least 5 group numbers per competition.

 

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