-Dances 1-2 hours per week.
-Less than 2 years dance experience.
-Has not been awarded overall or high point in Novice category previously.
-Novice dance skills. (single pirouette, grand jetes, grand battement)


-Dances 2-4 hours per week.

-Less than 4 years dance experience.

-Has not been awarded overall or high point in beginning category previously.

-Beginning dance skills. (solid single pirouette/ working on double pirouette, grand jetes in leap combinations)



-Dances 3-6 hours per week.

-Less than 6 years dance experience.

​-Has not been awarded overall high point in intermediate category previously.

​-Intermediate dance skills. (solid double pirouettes/ working triple pirouettes, 3-4 fouettes, leap combinations)



-Dances 5+ hours per week.

-Over 5 years dance experience.

-Advanced technical dance skills. (solid triple pirouettes, 4+ fouettes, advanced leaps and jumps)


*Please contact us if you have any questions about which skill level your routine belongs in.

​*Routines that are placed in the wrong category will be disqualified at the judges discretion. 

*Please keep acrobatic tricks and tumbling to a minimum. No more than 5 in one routine.


*Please contact us if you have any questions about which category your routine belongs in.

*If you are alone in your category the judge's will rank you based on your scores (Gold, High Gold, Platinum)

JAZZ: Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique. Only five gymnastics/acro tricks allowed.

LYRICAL: Routine should demonstrate extension, balance, isolations and control. Choreography should display interpretation of the lyrics or mood of the music. Only five gymnastics/acro tricks allowed.

CONTEMPORARY: Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension, balance, can combine lyrical, modern and concert style techniques. Only five gymnastics/acro tricks allowed.

BALLET: ​​Routine must consist of classical or contemporary ballet technique, movements, and steps.  Must wear ballet slippers/pointe shoes.

HIP-HOP: Routine that utilizes hip hop, break dance and/or street style moves. 

TAP: Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. Must wear tap shoes.

​CHEER: Routine using cheerleading style technique; each routine must incorporate a combination of jumps, vocal cheering, and a display of precision.

CHARACTER: Routine utilizing a Broadway Musical/Movie Theme, while incorporating dance, characters and/or costumes.

SHOW/PRODUCTION: Routine must include a minimum of 15 dancers and be 4-15 minutes long. May contain any style or combination of styles of dance with a story line or theme. The routine may include multiple ages, levels, dance forms, props, or special effects. Please inform us before the event which props you plan on bringing and we will designate a spot for them. Props must not leave any marks or dents on the stage/gym floor and must be carefully put away before and after the routine. 


Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification.

​Please read carefully

Rules and Guidelines


​​-Each studio and soloist/duet/trio must provide their own music for the competition. 
-Please email your music to
-Music must be emailed no later than 1 week prior to the event.
-All music should be age appropriate. No profanity or suggestive lyrics.
You are welcome to pick up your music directly after your performance.

*Please be sure to have a back-up CD available for each routine.

Solo: 1:00 - 2:45 minutes
Duet/Trio: 1:00 - 2:45 minutes
Groups: 1:00 - 3:30 minutes
Productions: 4:00 - 15:00 minutes

 -All routines must be appropriate for family viewing. Inappropriate routines will be stopped and/or disqualified. 

-Teachers and professional dancers are NOT ALLOWED to compete.

-No use of fire, glass or live animals on stage.

-General props can be moved on and off stage by performers only.
- Must be moved on and off within 2 minutes or a 10 point deduction will apply.
-No dangerous/oversized scenery or props. Where there is a safety concern, please speak to a SDC Director when submitting your forms.
-SDC reserves the right to disallow the use of any  props.

-Stage must be left clean by performers.  Any marks or dents caused by props will be responsibility of studio.

-No Singing. Lip-Synching and Vocals are OK.

-General lifts are OK. SDC is not responsible for any injuries or damages caused during competition.

-Aerial Style Equipment NOT allowed due to safety concerns. (Including silks, hoops, trapeze, etc.) 

-Please maintain a high level of respect for all participants, directors, families, and staff at ALL TIMES. Any misconduct may lead to disqualification.

-STAGE and GYM competition areas. Based on number of studios and competitors participating. 
-Individual Studio Trophies for each placement in a division. Soloist Trophies for each placement.
-Specialty awards for participating studios.
-Starstruck Dance Competitions is not responsible for music, costumes, shoes, make-up, personal belongings etc. that are lost, stolen,
or left behind.
-Starstruck Dance Competitions has the right to use all title winners’ names and Dance Studio information in upcoming brochures and
promotional advertisements.
-Age is determined by your current age as of the date of the Competition.-
-Late entries: Late entries may be accepted if there is available space. Late fee is $18.00 per routine instead of $16.00.
-Soloists are free to enter as many categories as they wish so long as each routine is entered into a different category.
-Age of dancers means: (1) Solo – Age at time of competition (2) Duo/Trio – Average age of all dancers (round up)

(3) Team: Average age of all dancers in a specific routine (round up).
Size: Teams are divided by size (# of performers in a routine).  A team consists of 4 or more dancers. Solos, Duets, Trios 
compete on Friday (see solo entry form).
-Divisions: All divisions are kept small. Typically there will never be more than 4 to 5 routines in one division.
-Divisions may be expanded or combined at the discretion of judges and competition directors
-Ability: Teams are divided by ability levels in Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced. Please be honest and fair in selecting the ability

Judges Decision Regarding Divisions and Ties
-The judges may  move a number into a different category, (example: from Lyrical to Contemporary, etc.) based on dance style, SDC rules, etc. There are no penalties or deductions when this occurs. All ties will be broken by the technical score. If there should be a tie on technical scores, the tie will be broken by overall performance score. If there should be a tie on overall performance scores, the tie will be broken by execution first followed by showmanship. If no tie breaker can be made a tie is broken by judges decision. The decision of the judges is final. 

-When only one number is competing in a category, the number will compete against the scoring system. Gold,

High-Gold, and Platinum ranks will be awarded.