Rules & Regulations

CLASSIFICATION:

*All age categories are eligible for Novice
*Remember to take into account if your dancer(s) has competed with other studios.

Novice:  (separate awards & overalls)
  • Novice Solo: a dancer who is performing a solo for the first time. They may have danced in a duet/trio or group other years.

  • Novice Duet/Trio: This is the first year the dancers are performing in a duet/trio. They may have danced in a group

  • Novice Group/Line/Extended Line: 75% of the competitors in the routine have not danced competitively in previous years. 

Level 1:   (separate awards & overalls)

All dancers in this division train 6 or less hours per week including rehearsals.

Solo & duets/trios must be 100 % Level 1 and groups 75% Level 1.

(please do not include senior dancers who have previously competed in competitive Level 2  and have now cut back their training hours)

Level 2:  (separate awards & overalls)

Trains  6 hours/week or more. No dancer in the competitive division will be a teacher or earn an income from dance.

High School Dance Team:

High School Dance Team – this category applies to High school dance teams.  This division includes solo, duet, trios and groups.

Sparkle Award:

Intended for Studio dancers who face physical or developmental challenges but still love to dance. These passionate dancers also deserve an opportunity to Sparkle in the stage lights!

Adult (20+):

All dancers 20+ are in the level 2.   Not eligible for cash awards.

TIME LIMITS:

Solos, Duet/Trios 3 min
Small & Large Groups 3.5 min
Line 4 min
Production 7 min
Improv up to 1.5 min

**Extended time may be available (except for Improv).Please contact the office if you are over the time limit for any dance number.  (fees may apply)
Props:  please let us know set up time

GROUP SIZES:

Solo 1
Improv
1
Duet
2
Trio 3
Small Group 4 – 9
Large Group
10 – 16
Line 17+

Production:  

  • Production: 15+ dancers using props, musical theatre and staging techniques

AGES:

(age as of Dec. 31 – Drop Decimal)
Tots 6 & under
Mini 7 – 8
Junior 9 – 11
Intermediate 12-14
Senior 15 +
Adult
19+

**If any dancer 20 years of age or older competes in a routine, regardless of average age of the routine, the routine must be in the 20+ age division. 

MUSIC:

  • Music must be pre-cut and prepared
  • Please have a back-up of your music
  • Please make sure the version is CLEAN/family friendly otherwise a penalty may be applied.

REGISTRATION

A non-refundable deposit must be made to reserve your competition spot.  Dance Studios with 60 entries or less are required to pay a $400.00 deposit.  61-90 entries require a $600.00 deposit.  Dance studios with 90 or more entries require an $800.00 deposit.

  • ‘This Is It Dance Competition’ reserves the right to add or subtract dates based on entries.

  • Dance studio Directors should contact us for entry fees.  Fees can also be found in our competitive brochure mailed to your studio.

DANCE STUDIO ENTRIES

Dance Studios must have a minimum of 5 groups in order to qualify for overall awards

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOS

Choreographers, teachers, students and parents automatically grant permission to This Is It Dance Competition and its Directors to use, without any compensation whatsoever, their photos and videos for publicity and promotional purposes, including but not limited to ads, television, videotaping and broadcasting, social media, web or print.

RE-DANCING

Dancers who do not complete their routine will have the chance to re-dance. Dancers will still receive an award according to their score but are ineligible for overalls. Junior, Intermediate and Senior Advanced dancers who choose to re-dance will not be eligible for placement in the category or overalls and will dance for adjudicators’ comments only. All dancers who experience technical difficulties can re-dance with no penalties.

PROHIBITED PROPS

No dangerous props to be used on stage, such as fire, swords, or knives. No weapons of any sort. This is It Dance Competition has the right to reserve the use of specific props according to the venue’s guidelines and restrictions.

BACKSTAGE

This Is It Dance Competition asks that Dance Studios help maintain a clear backstage area. Studio Directors and teachers are permitted at all times. Students may wait backstage up to 5 numbers before their performance. We ask that all studios respect one another. This Is It Dance Competition does not permit any negativity or booing towards any performers.

  • In order to qualify for overall awards a minimum of 5 group numbers must be entered by a studio with the exception of our Level 1 division you must enter a minimum of  3 group numbers in order to qualify for Overalls. If a dancers does not dance in their scheduled category when there are other competitors and dances at a later time they will not be entitled to qualify for overalls awards however a dancer may dance ahead of schedule and their mark will be held until the category has danced. If they choose to dance after the category has already danced they will dance for a mark only and will not qualify for overalls!

  • This Is It Dance Competition reserves the right to add or subtract days or move a competition due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • All award money is awarded to the studio Director!

  • A contestant making a second attempt to a routine may be adjudicated and will be marked but will not place in the category or qualify for overall awards, except in the Novice division.

  • Only teachers can be back stage, in the wings or in the music area during the competition, all others will be asked to leave.

  • Prohibited – Video taping and photography of any kind this is for the safety of all dancers, our events are a non ticketed open door show which means anyone can come and watch, therefore this is the reason that we DO NOT allow any photography or video taping of any sort, do to the safety of all dancers. Also Prohibited are live animals and any routines that contain fire pyrotechnic devices, swords and knives, failure to comply with this policy could result in disqualification!

  • NEW – absolutely NO baby powder, gels, paint, dirt etc. to be used during a routine

  • This Is It Dance Competition reserves the right to cancel any competition if enough entries are not received to run the competition.

  • By entering the competition, Parents, instructors, Directors, and contestants give their permission to This Is It Dance Competition to use their pictures and performance in advertisement (e.g. Brochures, programs, on our Website, etc.)

  • This Is It Dance Competition reserves the right to refuse individual or studio entries at their discretion, in which fees will be refunded. Refunds will not be made for any other reasons except for injuries (with a doctor’s note) in which a credit will be given to use at future This Is It Dance Competition Regional.

  • No smoking or eating in the competition area.

  • By entering This Is It Dance Competition you agree that all decisions of the judges are final, the manner and method of the judging is solely within the discretion of the Director of This Is It Dance Competition

  • Upon entering This Is It Dance Competition, it is agreed that teachers, competitor’s, parents, and relatives will not hold This Is It Dance Competition directors, employees and all involved in the competition responsible or liable for any damages, loss or personal injury which they may sustain while participating in any activity connected with this competition, no matter how caused, to either contestant or spectators.

DISCLAIMER

  • This Is It Dance Competition reserves the right to cancel any competition if inadequate entries are received to run the event.
  • This Is It Dance Competition will not issue refunds or be held responsible for sudden cancellation or time lost due to extreme weather, bomb threats, terrorism or any other extraneous circumstances.
  • This Is It Dance Competition will not be held responsible for injuries, damage and lost or stolen property over the duration of the competition.
  • This Is It Dance Competition will not be held responsible for any additional fees incurred (i.e. Parking fees, parking tickets, etc.) by dancers, teachers, studio owners or any participants while attending one or more of the events.
  • To be entered at This Is It, payment in full must be received with your entries by a Studio cheque or eTransfer.
    No post-dated cheques past the entry deadline are accepted. Any late payments must be by certified cheque or cash. No dancer can perform unless studio balances are cleared.
  • There is a $25.00 NSF fee.

GENERAL

  • Given our constraints in evaluating actual rehearsal time, This Is It trusts teachers to enter performances in the appropriate Competitive Levels. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be moved up a level at the discretion of This Is It directors. All decisions are final.
  • Any challenges or concerns regarding an entry may be made to the competition director by a studio director/teacher only, before the awards ceremony for that routine.
  • This Is It Dance rules are enforced with the goal of creating a fair competitive environment for all dancers.  If circumstances arise throughout an event which do not fall under the current rules, This Is It Directors/Management reserve the right to proceed as they see fit to best uphold the integrity of the event.