Entries & Payment
Age Cut Off: For both Regionals and Nationals, dancers are placed by their age as of January 1 of that season. For group dances, ages are averaged and anything to the right of the decimal point is dropped.
Age Bump Rule: For Duos, Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups that include dancers from different age groups, the entry will be placed by our system one age group beneath the age group of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the average age of the dance. For Lines and Productions, which often include all dancers from a studio, age is determined by averaging the ages of all participants in the dance. We know that these dances often include every dancer from a studio, and applying a "bump rule" would often cause those entries to be scheduled much too late at night for your 5 year olds!
Any dance that includes a performer 20 years or older is placed in the Adult division.
If a question should arise concerning the age of a contestant, a birth certificate must be provided at the competition as proof of age. All protests must be presented in writing within 30 minutes of the incident to the competition director.
Acrobatic – Should incorporate dance, floor gymnastic moves and acrobatic stunts. No gymnastics equipment is allowed
Ballet – A dance consisting of classical steps and ballet technique.
Character – A dance in which an easily recognizable character is portrayed throughout. You may incorporate any form of dance, including acrobatics tricks or tumbling passes, but not more than 50% of the dance may be acrobatics.
Clogging – A dance performed in clogging shoes using clogging technique.
Contemporary – Lyrical or jazz movement infused with elements of modern.
Hip Hop - A dance which consists of the latest “street” dance styles, including funk, break, popping or any other terms they have made up by the time you read this!
Jazz – A dance consisting of classical jazz technique.
Lyrical – A dance that is interpretive in nature and features contemporary lyrical styles demonstrating balance, extension, isolations, and control.
Modern – A dance consisting of modern technique such as Graham, Horton or Limon.
Musical Theater - A piece featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a “Broadway” or movie musical.
Open - This category is for any routine which falls into any of our performance categories, or any combination thereof, or any style of dance.
Pointe – A dance consisting of classical ballet technique wearing pointe shoes.
Pom Pon – Pom Pons must be used for at least 50% of the piece.
Tap – A dance comprised of tap technique. Tap shoes a must, and no tap sounds are allowed on the performance CD
Vocal - Routine may be any type of vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be on tape. No lead vocals permitted on tape, backup voices only will be permitted.
Prizes & Awards
Each Division will have their own Overalls. Overall winners in the Superstar Division receive a monetary award if there are five or more entries in a category. (Five Super Star Solos, ages 9-10, for example.) If there are less than five, there will be no monetary prize for that category.
Prizes are awarded to the Dance Studio in the form of a Gift Certificate for the following season. Your routine must be completed to be eligible for overall awards, and you MUST perform within or before your award session. We will announce overall First through 10th place winners in each category and age division.
There will also be special judges awards and choreography awards, as well as various awards recognizing choreography, artistry, showmanship, technique and entertainment value.
Scholarships will be awarded to Soar Conventions.
We will select "Mr. & Miss Soar” Winners in each age group, who will be selected based on score. One Miss and one Mr. per age group.
The manner and method of judging will be solely within the discretion of the judging panel. Each routine will receive a video critique from each judge.
Awards are based on placement within your category and age group.
1. Smoking is prohibited at all events sponsored by Soar Competition & Convention. Also, food & drink is forbidden in all auditoriums and theaters. We are guests at each location, after all. Studio Owners, please make your families aware of this rule, as well as those below.
2. Video recording and photography are strictly prohibited! If any cameras or video equipment are seen in use in the competition auditorium, the dance will be stopped and Soar Competition & Convention reserves the right to erase the contents of the media being used and remove the person involved from the auditorium. Repeat offenses may result in studio disqualification. Our contract with Dance Bug insists on these rules.
3. By entering this competition, all dancers give their permission to Soar Competition & Convention to use their photographs or video in connection with advertising, promotions or news coverage of our competitions without further authorization or compensation. We will not identify any dancer by name without written permission from that dancer’s parent or guardian. All dancers should be advised by their Studio Owners that the event is filmed by Dance Bug. Those not wishing to be to be filmed have the option of not performing, but there will be no refunds.
4. Freestanding props are permitted, but live animals, fire, pyrotechnics of any kind, swords, knives, and guns are all forbidden. Use of any may result in the disqualification of that dance. No fog machines or extra lighting or sound equipment will be allowed either.
5. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Failure to display proper decorum by any student, parent or teacher, either in the auditorium, dressing room, or any other location, could result in immediate disqualification and dismissal from the premises with no refunds issued.
6. Soar Competition & Convention strives to be a family-oriented event, and any dance that is overtly sexual or lewd in nature, promotes violence or bigotry, or includes inappropriately revealing costumes may be scored down at the discretion of the judges.
7. Any questions regarding routines should be brought to the attention of the show director by teacher or studio director only.
8. No one will be allowed to perform out of order except when there is a costume change issue, which must be verified by the director or stage manager. We attempt to schedule at least 10 minutes between each performers dances for costume changes. Performers must be ready to perform when their number is called. Please be prepared to perform one hour before your scheduled time in the event that we run ahead of schedule. If performers are not backstage when their dance is called, and the stage manager has not been notified, a warning will be issued. Repeat offenses will result in disqualification of dances. This rule is not aimed at forcing quick costume changes -- it is aimed at studios that choose to have their dancers rehearsing in the hallways when they are supposed to be on stage!
9. Soar Competition & Convention and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury or loss.