Rules

We continue to adjust our competition levels and rules in an attempt to give dancers the opportunity to compete with other dancers who have similar training. Since NO competition can know how many hours of class a week each dancer takes, it’s up to the judgment of the studio director to choose competition levels for their dancers. Every year you may need to adjust the level of each dancer before registering for a competition.

Click here to download PDF version of our regional rules 2015 BTS RULES
Click here to download a PDF version of our national rules 2015 National Rules

PERFORMANCE LEVELS

Levels are determined by which division each individual dancer is placed in. A dancer must compete all solos in the level he/she is placed.
Shooting Star Division - This division is for dancers who take 3 or less hours of dance per week and have limited competition experience.   *NEW*A Shooting Star dancer may not compete a solo.  NO All Star dancers may compete in this division.
Rising Star Division – This division is for dancers who take 6 or less hours of dance per week.  A dancer in this division may compete no more than 2 solos.   Rising Star dancers are eligible to compete in Shooting Star and All Star dances
All Star Division – This division is for dancers who take 7 or more hours of dance per week.  *NEW*A dancer in this division may compete no more than 3 solos.  With the exception of lines and productions, NO Shooting Star dancers may compete in the All Star Division. Dancers who wish to compete for Title, be picked for our National Opening Number, and compete for our Ultimate Awards MUST be in the All Star Division.
* The competition level of a dance is determined by 51% of dancers in a group, 49% of dancers in that group can be from a different level.  Duos compete in the performance level of the highest placed dancer. (Example: if a Rising Star dancer and an All Star dancer compete a duo, it must be placed in the All Star division.)  Trios compete in the level of the majority of the performers.  (Example: if 2 Rising Star dancers and 1 All Star dancer compete in a trio, the trio can be placed in the Rising Star division.) It is important to remember that dances may be moved up 1 level (dances may never move down a level), but the initial level of an entry is determined by the level of the dancers.

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

Acro:  Routine containing acrobatic and gymnastic moves.  Choreography must also contain 50% dance technique.
Ballet:  Routine consisting of classical ballet movement and technique.
Baton:  Routine using baton(s).
Character:  Dancers must portray an easily recognizable character.
Clogging:  Routine consisting of clogging technique and performed in clogging shoes.
Contemporary:  Routine consisting of contemporary jazz/lyrical technique.
Hip Hop:  Routine consisting of mostly hip hop or street style moves.
Jazz:  Routine consisting of primarily jazz technique.
Lyrical:  Routine where dancers interpret the lyrics of a song.
Modern:  Interpretive routine in modern style.
Modeling:  T-Style presentation demonstrating modeling technique.
Musical Theatre:  Routine choreographed to a song from a Broadway or movie musical.
Open:  Routine consisting of more than one style of dance or that does not fit into any other category.
Pointe:  Routine containing pointe technique.
Pom Pon:  Routine demonstrating cheerleading technique and the use of pom pons.
Tap:  Routine consisting of tap technique.  No pre-recorded tap sounds are allowed on music.
Song and Dance:  Routine consisting of singing and any style of dance.  Music may only have back-up voices.
Supplemental:  Routine consisting of any dance style or any combination of styles.
Vocal:  Any type of vocal performance.  Accompaniment may only be on CD and may have only back-up voices.
*Only 2 acrobatic tricks are permitted in any dance category except Acro, Open, Character and Supplemental.  A 1 point deduction will be taken if there are more than 2 tricks in other dance categories.
*Soloists may not compete against themselves in the same performance category. (If a dancer has 2 solos in the same dance style one can be moved to supplemental)
*In a duet, trio, and group 50% of the performers must be different when competing in the same age and performance division.

 TIME LIMITS

Solo                       3 minutes
Duet/Trio             3 minutes
Small Group         3 minutes
Large Group         4 minutes
Line                        5 minutes
Production            5 to 8 minutes
*Extended time is available for purchase for group entries that exceed the time limit. *NEW*maximum extra time allowed is 1 minute.

DIVISIONS

Solo                         1 dancer
Duo/Trio                2 – 3 dancers
Small Group          4 – 9 dancers
Large Group          10 – 19 dancers
Line                         19 + dancers
Production             20 + dancers

AGE DIVISIONS

*Age Division is determined by average age of performers. If the average age of the group is 15.9, the entry will compete in the 15 year old age division. A performer’s age is determined by their age as of the first day of the competition.
* Studio directors must be prepared to present birth certificates should a protest arise.  Any protest must be made in writing to the competition directors within 30 minutes of the performance in question.
*Any group including a dancer who is 18 years old or older, AND out of high school, cannot be entered in our 12 and under age division, regardless of the average age.
*Any dance including a teacher is not eligible for overall awards.  A teacher is someone who choreographs or teaches class and is 21 years of age or older.  Entries with teachers in them may perform for adjudication only.  This does not apply to student teachers under the age of 21.

JUDGING GUIDELINES

*Every performance will be critiqued according to the competition level, age and category by a panel of 3 judges.   Each judge will use a 100 point scale and will consider Technique, Difficulty, Execution, Choreography, Showmanship, and Overall Effect.   The decisions of the judges are final.
*Deductions will be applied to obviously under-placed routines.
*Each judge will give a verbal critique for every entry, Studio Directors will be mailed a DVD with video critiques.
*Scores will be given to studio directors at the end of the competition.
*All entries will receive a Diamond, Platinum, High Gold, Gold or High Silver.

ADJUDICATION SCALE

291 – 300   – Diamond
279 – 290.9 – Platinum
267 – 278.9 – High Gold
255 – 266.9 – Gold
240 – 254.9 – High Silver

AWARDS

*All entries will receive a trophy. Dancers in Duo, Trios or Groups will receive an award pin.
*Entries must compete on their scheduled day, prior to their awards ceremony, to be eligible for High Score Awards.
*High Score Awards will be given in each Competition Level.   The levels never compete against each other.
*High Score Awards are given in each age division:  Mini 4-6, Petite 7-9, Junior 10-12, Teen 13-15, and Senior 16-20.
*Soloists, duets, and trios with identical members may only place with their highest scoring routine.
*Special Awards will be given at each awards ceremony at the discretion of the judges and competition directors.
*Photogenic Award- Contestant should submit a 5×7 or 8×10 color or black and white photo with name, age, and studio name on the back.  Each photo MUST be submitted by 10AM Saturday morning. The photogenic award will be given during the first All Star Group Awards ceremony.  Photos should be submitted at the merchandise table and will be in the packet picked up by the Studio Director at the end of the competition.
*Shooting Star Division: Top 3 will be given in each age and size division. Top 5 will be given when there are 10 or more entries per age and size. Costume and Entertainment Awards will be awarded to group routines at the discretion of the judges. The Shooting Star Award will be awarded to the top scoring group routine in this division, wins FREE entry to our Nationals.
*Rising Star Division: Top 5 will be given in each age and size division.  Top 10 will be given when there are 20 or more entries per age and size. Costume, Entertainment and Choreography Awards will be awarded to group routines at the discretion of the judges. The Rising Star Award will be awarded to the top scoring group routine in this division, wins FREE entry to our Nationals.
*All Star Division: Top 10 will be given in each and size division. Ultimate Awards will be given in this division to group entries by session. Ultimate Awards may be given for a variety of achievements; choreography, emotional execution, precision, etc. The Stellar Award will be awarded to the top scoring group routine in this division, wins FREE entry to our Nationals.

HIGH SCORE CASH AWARDS

*All gift certificates/cash prizes will be awarded to the studio director.
Solo                                        $75
Duet/Trio                               $75
Small Group                          $100
Large Group                          $100
Line/Production                   $150
*NEW* Gift certificates will be given to the first place High Score Award winners in the Shooting Star Division.
*Gift certificates will be given to the first place High Score Award winners in the Rising Star Division. *NEW* Cash Awards will be given when there are 20 or more dances in an age and size division.
*Cash awards will be given to the first place High Score Award winners in the All Star Division.

TITLE

*Only All Star soloists are eligible to enter the Title competition.  Title is determined by solo score.  Miss Beyond The Stars and Mr Beyond the Stars are awarded in each age division.  Title contestants are also eligible for High Score Awards.
*Winners will receive a trophy, crown and a $100 cash award.  Gift certificates may be substituted if there are fewer than 5 entries per Title.
In order to compete for Title at Nationals the soloist must be entered for Title at a Regional event.
*National Title winners may not compete for the same title the following year.  If they have moved to the next age division they are eligible to compete for Title in that age division at both a regional competition and nationals.

PROPS

*Props  must be set up and removed in a timely fashion.  A point deduction will be taken if excessive time is required for set up.
*No dangerous props may be used.  This includes knives, swords, fire, dry ice, etc.  If your dance/prop includes anything that would litter the stage you must be prepared to immediately clean it up.   Failure to do so may result in a point deduction.  NOTE: due to health risks we do NOT allow fog/smoke machines or strobe lights to be used during any performances. No baby powder or liquid may be used on stage. There is not enough time for proper clean up.
*NEW* Please contact our office with large prop dimensions as BTS reserves the right to limit size depending on venue requirements.

MUSIC

*All Music must be provided on CD or iPod.  Only one song per CD allowed.  CDs must be marked with song title and correct entry number. All music should be turned in at the music table at least one hour prior to your studio’s first dance.  If using an iPod, it must have a playlist that includes the performance number and song title.  You must also provide a charger.
*If the music stops for any reason, the dancers will be given the opportunity to re-perform without penalty. Please note – Beyond the Stars will NOT tell dancers to stop performing, that decision is left to the teacher or dancers discretion. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

*All contestants, teacher and parents attending a Beyond the Stars Competition give permission for any photographs or videos taken during the competition to be used to promote future events.
*Please remember that Beyond the Stars is a family friendly event.  All choreography, lyrics and costuming should be age appropriate.  Routines deemed inappropriate will have their scores lowered at the judge’s discretion.   
*Except when there is a technical difficulty, any re-performance of a routine will be for adjudication only.
*Any person who is visible on stage once the routine has started will be considered a performer, subject to age division and group size rules.
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ABSOLUTLEY NO personal videography or photography is permitted during a performance.  Failure to abide by these rules may result in disqualification.
*Score Sheets and all performance music MUST be picked up at the competition.  Beyond The Stars cannot guarantee any of these items will be available to be mailed back to the studio after the competition.
*Prior to the start of the competition Beyond the Stars MUST have a signed release form for each dancer.  Master Release forms are available online and must be completed each year.
*Payment received less than 21 days prior to the competition is subject to a 10% administration fee.
*Entries are accepted on a first come basis and are limited to the competition time availability.
*There will be a $25 fee for all check returned by the bank.

 

2015 NATIONAL RULES

Contestants should enter with the age they performed at regionals.

Groups may enter a smaller division; however a duet/trio may not enter as a solo.  Substitutions are allowed, however you must refigure the average age of the group.

 PERFORMANCE LEVELS

*Dancers may compete in a different level at Nationals than they competed in at Regionals.
*In order for a dance to be entered in a lower performance level it must have received lower than a 270 at a Regional competition.

TITLE PAGEANT

*The Title Pageant score will consist of; Title Class, Interview and Solo Score.
*Dancers should wear appropriate dancewear for the class portion and Semi-Formal/Formal for the Interview.
*Title winners in each division will receive a crown, sash, trophy, $100 cash award and a gift certificate for a free solo entry for any 2016 BTS Regional Competition.   

 HIGH SCORE AWARDS

*All gift certificates and cash awards will be given to the studio.

 Shooting Star and Rising Star Division
Solos                                      
1st Place-$150
Duet/Trios                            1st Place-$200
Small Groups                        1st Place-$250
Large Groups                       1st Place-$250
Lines and Productions    
1st Place-$300

All Star Division
Solos                                      
1st Place- $150, 2nd Place- $100, 3rd Place- $75            
Duet/Trios                           
1st Place- $200, 2nd Place- $125, 3rd Place- $75
Small Groups                      
1st Place- $250, 2nd Place- $175, 3rd Place- $100
Large Groups                      
1st Place- $250, 2nd Place- $175, 3rd Place- $100
Lines and Productions    
1st Place- $300, 2nd Place- $200, 3rd Place- $100

 

THE GROUP CHALLENGES

*NEW* For all 3 levels, group routines earn the chance to compete again in either the Shooting Star Challenge, The Rising Star Challenge or the Ultimate Challenge. Each Studio may only have 1 routine in per age and size.
*The Shooting Star Challenge is for group routines from our Shooting Star Level. The Top 3 Highest Scoring Groups in each of the following divisions: Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines/Productions will be invited to compete in the Shooting Star Challenge. Out of those 9 routines we will have our Shooting Star Award Winner, winner of a $250 Gift Certificate.
*The Rising Star Challenge is for group routines from our Rising Star Level. The Top 5 Highest Scoring Groups in each of the following divisions: Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines/Productions will be invited to compete in the Rising Star Challenge. Out of those 15 routines we will have our Rising Star Award Winner, winner of a $250 Gift Certificate.
*The Ultimate Challenge is for group routines from our All Star Level. The Top 5 Highest Scoring Groups per age and size will be invited to compete in our Ultimate Challenge. Awards are given to the Top 5 Highest Scoring Group  Routines from different studios in the following Divisions; 12&Under Small Groups, 12&Under Large Groups, 13&Over Small Groups, 13&Over Large Group and *NEW* Line/ Production division. A trophy and $250 Gift Certificate will be awarded to all 5 winning routines. From those 5 winners we will announce our Stellar Award Winner, winner of a special trophy and $300 Cash Prize.
The National Stellar Award winners may not compete the same routine the following year, at either a regional or national competition.

PLEASE REFER TO OUR REGIONAL RULES FOR ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU MAY NEED.  EXCEPT WHERE NOTED ABOVE, ALL REGIONAL RULES APPLY TO THE NATIONAL FINALS.