OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM AND FEES: Enjoy the ease and convenience of registering online. All fees should accompany your online registration based upon the deadlines set on the registration page. To receive the early registration discount, your payment must be postmarked by the early registration date. No refunds or credits will be issued. Registrations must be completed (meaning submitted online and payment postmarked) by the deadline to avoid a late charge. Confirmation schedules will be emailed approximately 10 days prior to the event.
DANCE CATEGORY GUIDELINES: Tap – traditional tap work and technique. Jazz – straight jazz, emphasizing technique. Ballet – classical ballet. Pointe – pointe technique. Lyrical – a combination of jazz and ballet technique that interprets the lyrics of the music. Contemporary- a combination of ballet, lyrical, and/or jazz with modern movement and technique. Musical Theatre– both live or lip sync singing and minimum of 66% dance of any form. Open– any style or combination of dance forms as well as baton, clogging, adagio, etc.; this is an open category. Hip Hop – street dance, free style, funk, etc. Dance Team/Cheer – precision movements, marching, or drill team-style dance with or without props or pom poms. Student Choreography – routine choreographed entirely by student ages 9 and above with no assistance from teacher, no repetition of music or major dance combinations from other routines entered by student’s studio; may be performed as solo, duo, trio, or group. Student choreography may be entered in regular categories at the director's discretion. Teacher Feature – routine performed by teacher with or without others. *Teachers are defined as “one receiving payment for their choreography, performance, and/or instruction, but not student teachers ages 18 years or less.” Production Number – spectacular performance by 15 or more dancers of multiple ages, with or without props and stage sets; this is a completely open category. *Teachers may perform in the production category.
GROUP SIZE: Solo, Duo, Trio, Small group (4-9 dancers), Large group (10 dancers and up)
AGE DIVISIONS are broken up as follows: 3-5 age division, 6-8 age division, 9-11 age division, 12-14 age division, 15-19 age division, and adult division.
LEVELS: Up and Coming Talent - Dancers that take 3 or less hours of dance lessons per week OR have less than two years dance instruction. If the judges unanimously determine that a routine should compete at a higher level, the routine will be bumped and scored in the appropriate level.
Competitive Talent - Dancers that take more than 3 hours of dance lessons per week.
Routines are calculated based on the level of each performer. For mixed level duos the routine level is determined by the highest level dancer. For mixed level trios and groups the level of the routine is based on the level of the majority of the dancers. If the group is half and half it must be entered in the competitive division. Any routine may compete up a level. Judges can adjust the level of a routine at their discretion. Since no competition can possibly know how many hours a dancer studies we rely on the studio director's judgement in placing students and routines in the appropriate level.
JUDGES: Each Dance Talent Competition will include a panel of three judges. The panel includes qualified teachers, choreographers, and working professionals. Judges will verbally critique and score each routine. One judge per panel directs his or her comments to only the teacher/choreographer. This allows that judge to be more candid and give more exact feedback.
MUSIC: All music must be recorded on a USB flash drive. USB flash drives must follow the format: routine#_title (routine number must have 3 digits; i.e. 001, not 1; example: 012_Jailhouse Rock.) Each studio is responsible to make and keep its own back-up music. Teachers must turn in all music for the day to the sound technician at least one hour prior to the event start time. Teachers may pick up their music at the end of each competition day.
HOW TO DETERMINE AGE DIVISION: Enter dancers according to their age as of January 1, 2022. For duos, trios, and groups, average the dancers’ ages to determine the age group and drop the decimal.
TIME LIMITS: Solos, Duos, Trios, and Small Groups (including Student Choreography and Dance Teams/Drill Teams) – 3 minutes. Large Groups and Teacher Features - 4 minutes. Production Numbers – 7 minutes. You may select the extended time option when registering if needed. Any performance that exceeds the applicable time without selecting extended time will receive a 25-point deduction. It is the teacher’s responsibility to time the music for each routine to assure that the length does not exceed time limits.
AWARDS: Trophies will be awarded for every entry. The top scoring soloist in each age division of the Competitive Level will also receive a jacket. The top scoring duo/trio in each age division of the Competitive Level will also be awarded shirts. The exception to this is the 3-5 age division; they do not have to be in the Competitive Level to receive the jacket or shirts. Each soloist can only place in the overalls once. The top scoring group in each age division of the both the Up & Coming and Competitive levels will receive a specialty trophy. Entertainment Showdown winners will receive a specialty trophy. One choreography award will be presented in each award ceremony. Three judges' choice awards will be presented in each award ceremony. *NEW* Each judge will also choose one routine per award ceremony to receive the "Force To Be Reckoned With" award.
LATE ENTRIES, CHANGES, OMISSIONS, ADDITIONS submitted less than seven days prior to the event will be charged a $20.00 fee.
MASTER CLASSES & DANCE DOWNS are held whenever possible, time allowing, at each event. Master class tickets are to be purchased at the boutique at the event for $15/ticket for competing dancers. Dance down numbers are to also be purchased at the boutique at the event for $15/entry.
STUDIO/DANCER RESPONSIBILITIES: The first four performances of each competition day must be back stage 15 minutes before the competition start time. Throughout the day, dancers must be back stage at least four numbers ahead of their scheduled routine.
PROGRAMS: Programs listing the performances for the competition will be available at the door for $5.00.
2022 COMPETITION EVENT DATES:
Billings, MT February
Sidney, MT May
2021 CONVENTION DATES:
Gillette, WY October 16-17
Bismarck, ND November 6-7
REGISTRATION MAILING ADDRESS:
34880 County Road 132
Fairview, Montana 59221
Rooms are blocked under Dance Talent Competition.