- Participants will be judged using a point system.
- Each score will be based on 100 points
Ribbon Score RangePure 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
- Competitive Level 2 Overall Awards for placements 1st to 3rd
- Competitive Level 1 Overall Awards for placements 1st & 2nd only
- 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 a video adjudication with judges’ critiques. Watch the dance and hear the judge’s comments at the same time. Visit the website for more details competitionwizard.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. Tumbling passes 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, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries). 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, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries) 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, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries). 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 tumbling passes 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 tumbling passes 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, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries). 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.
- * Rule amendment March 1st 2018 Acrobatic Trick Exemption for Jazz and Lyrical Categories has been updated to better reflect the current competitive dance world. This exemption now will state that “Tumbling Passes” will be disallowed from these two categories, that being defined as two or more head over heels tricks in immediate succession. ie: Tucks, handsprings, aerials etc. Where the completion of these tricks require the entire body to be upside-down and without contact with the stage.