Rules & Regulations

Category Number of Dancers Time Limits
Solos 1 Dancer Under 3 minutes
Duets/Trios 2-3 Dancers Under 3 minutes
Small Groups 4-9 Dancers Under 3 minutes
Large Groups 10-16 Under 3 minutes
Extended Lines 17+ Under 4 minutes
Production 12+ Unlimited
(please notify if over 12 mins)
Adult Category
(Groups Only)
It’s never to late to perform!! These entries will be adjudicated and be eligible for Special Awards, Under 4 Minutes . Please notify if over 4 minutes.

Dance Categories

A routine using controlled moves consisting of acrobatic tricks such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, handsprings, chest rolls, illusions, etc. The routine must contain dance moves, steps and choreography.

A routine that is interpretive using a contemporary style of dance, modern dance technique and movement with no limitation, while incorporating balance, control and extensions. Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner’s feet over their heads. One acrobatic trick allowed.

A routine consisting of jazz technique using body isolations and varied rhythmic accents. The routine can contain a maximum of two (2) acrobatic tricks. Cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner’s feet over their heads.

A routine consisting primarily of classical pointe technique, using classical music and pointe shoes. One acrobatic trick allowed.

A routine consisting primarily of vocals.

A routine containing partner work and/or overhead lifts.

Routine using ethnic style of dance, such as Highland, Celtic, Irish Jig, etc.

A routine that tells the story of the music while demonstrating passion, emotion, balance, technique, extension and control. Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner’s feet over their heads. One Acrobatic trick allowed.

A routine, with a minimum of twelve (12) dancers, incorporating any form of dance with a theme or story which is portrayed throughout the dance using formations and/or rhythm changes. Acrobatic tricks are permitted. Please notify if routine exceed 10 minutes.

A routine expressing a form of classical dance containing ballet technique while incorporating classical movements such as grace and precision. Ballet slippers only. One acrobatic trick allowed.

A routine that uses street dance styles with popular, mainstream music. Styles associated with hip hop include breakdance, popping and locking and krumping.

A routine that combines Broadway, movie musical song and/or spoken dialogue and dance. It must portray the feeling of the lyrics and music through the use of any form of dance. Lip-Synching is permitted.

A routine containing an equal combination of both singing and any form of dancing. Fifty percent of performance should consist of dance. Accompaniment must be on pre-recorded back track.

A routine which portrays a recognizable character throughout and include classical steps and movements with the use of props. Can be performed in any form of dance. One acrobatic trick allowed.

Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement.

Prior to the IMPROV category, each dancer will be given 10 seconds to listen to a song selected at random. They will then get 40 seconds to perform their piece and to interpret the music to which ever dance style they wish. Dancers will be dancing in random selected order. Please listen for announcements and updates throughout the weekend.

This category will receive live adjudication and will be adjudicated in two divisions – 12 & under and 13 & over. Please note that the IMPROV category is not eligible for overall awards.

Awards for the IMRPOV category will be determined upon registration.

A routine that does not fall under any other dance category, and/or is a combination of two or more dance styles. A maximum of six (6) Acro tricks allowed. If the routine consists of six (6) or more acrobatic tricks, you must move these routines to the Acro category. *a gymnastic line of 3 tricks is considered 3 of your tricks for that routine.*

A routine consisting primarily of tap techniques. Pre-recorded tap sounds cannot be present in the piece of music being used. One acrobatic trick allowed. Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner’s feet over their heads.

Dance Definitions

A novice contestant is a person who has never competed before in a competition. A Novice Soloist/Duet/Trio may have also competed before in a Group or line, but never in any number with less than 4 dancers. A Novice Group/Line must consist of 75% novice dancers, who have never competed before. A new dance form performed by an experienced soloist, Duet/Trio, Group or Line is NOT Novice. A Novice dancer is classified Novice throughout the entire 2018 season. The maximum age for Novice is 16 years. There must be a minimum of 3 entries in each category in order to have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement ribbon and/or trophy awarded. Separate overalls will be awarded for this category. Novice entries are not eligible for Star Beat Overall awards, Daily High score of the competition & The Dance Off Finale”

A “Professional” is defined as a person, who choreographs and conducts class and is paid, performing and/or teaching as a major source of income. Performers meeting the above criteria are classified as “Professional” and must enter the Pro/Am Division only. Pro/Am Groups are not eligible for Overall Awards. A dancer who teaches, in exchange of classes is not classified as a professional. This is the only performance category in which Professionals may dance, such as a studio director or teacher. A single Pro/Am dancer is eligible to dance in a duet/trio/group/line competitive category but the entry will not be eligible for any overall awards or qualify for the Star Beat Dance off. Please notify Star Beat upon registration of any Pro/Am dancers competing at Star Beat Dance Champions.

The Pre-Competitive category is for dancers who dance 6 hours or less a week. This includes all rehearsal time. All participants of a Solo/Duet/Trio/Group or Line dancing in the Pre-Competitive category should have NO more than 6 hours of training per week. A Pre-Competitive Duet/Trio/ Group or Line dancer may dance in the Competitive division, therefore a Pre-Competitive dancer may choose to dance in a Competitive Duet/Trio/Group or Line but would still be considered Pre-Competitive for their solo etc., as long as they only dance 6 hours or less. A Competitive dancer is NOT eligible to dance in the Pre-Competitive division. Any competitive dancer dancing in the Pre-Competitive divisions may result in disqualification to the routine. The maximum age for Pre-Competitive is 21 years old, any age exceeding will be placed in the Adult or Professional Category. There must be a minimum of 3 entries in each category in order to have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement ribbon and/or trophy awarded. Separate overalls will be awarded for this category. Pre-Competitive entries are not eligible for Star Beat Overall awards, Daily High score of the competition, & The Dance Off Finale. *Star Beat will acknowledge the Pre-Competitive categories for highest score of the day if there is no competitive dancing on a specific day.

A Contestant with no affiliation to a Studio, this category is not eligible for Overall Awards.

The competitive category is for dancers who dance or train 6 or more total hours per week. Separate overalls will be awarded for this division. This applies to all members of a Solo, Duet,/Trio or Group. A competitive dancer is NOT eligible to dance in the Pre-Competitive division. Any competitive dancers acing in the Pre-Competitive division may be disqualified.

A competitive dancer will only be recognized in the competitive division until the age of 21. Any age exceeding will be placed in the Adult or Professional Category. Adult categories do not qualify for any Star Beat Overall Awards.



Does your studio have what it takes?

We’re thrilled to announce an opportunity for every studio’s top mark in a Group/Line, (against all forms) to advance and participate in our “All-Star Beat Finale Dance Off!”

Dancers in the finale will be judged not solely on their technique but also for stage presence, creativity, choreography, costumes and overall performance quality via LIVE adjudication. There will be 3 divisions: Junior (10 years & under), Intermediate (11-14 years) & Senior (15 years & over).

There will be no additional entry fees to compete in the All-Star Beat Dance Off! Top 3 are awarded Star Beat Bucks & Banner for their Studio. Plaques are awarded to runner-ups.

Please note, Novice/Pre-Competitive/Production entries do not qualify for the “All-Star Beat Dance Off”. A minimum of 3 groups and total of 10 entries must be entered in the competition per studio to be eligible to qualify for the All-Star Beat Dance Off. Top 5 groups in each division will compete head to head in a dance off. No contestant/studio will have more than one entry in each division. There must be a minimum of 3 qualifiers per division for the dance off to be held in that division.

Important Information & Fine Print
  • Theatre Etiquette: Cellular phones must be turned off during the competition. Food, drinks and smoking are prohibited in the competition area. Any participant that abuses the dressing area will be disqualified immediately. All participants are responsible for cleaning their dressing room area and properly disposing of all garbage. Contestants must conduct themselves with decorum during the entire competition. Video/Photography, NO video cameras will be allowed in the theatre area. Flash and non-flash photography is prohibited during performances. Any participant found vandalizing or causing a disruption at the competition site or hotel is subject to disqualification. Star Beat Dance Champions is not responsible for lost articles. Performances are videotaped for judges’ critiques as well as sales and advertising purposes by DRC Video. Star Beat reserves the right to use photographs and video of dancers taken throughout the competitive season for advertising & promotional purposes.
  • Use of Stage Regulations: Routines must be appropriate for family viewing. Mature themes, costumes and language are unacceptable. Star Beat Dance Champions may disqualify or deduct points from any routine that  may be offensive, and/or use mature language. Props are permitted and must be essential to the routine. Prop set up/take down is to be completed in a timely manner. Prop crew/Performers must be prepared to completely clean the stage immediately following a performance, should it be required. No knives, swords, fire and or live animals, baby powder or liquids. We strictly prohibit the use of fog/smoke machines and any additional lighting to the stage. Star Beat has the right to reserve the use of specific props according to the venue’s guidelines and restrictions. Props may or may not be left in the theatre overnight pending venue. Please inquire with Star Beat Dance Champions for further information. In order to accommodate larger props, participants must make note of them on the registration form along with setup times. This information is required to assist in the scheduling of the competition. Star Beat asks that studios help maintain a clear backstage area. Students may wait backstage up to 5 numbers before their performance.
  • Music: All music must be submitted through Dance Bug no later than 2 weeks prior to competition date.
    Any music changes made the day of competition must be submitted prior to the start of the competition. Should you require assistance in submitting music to Star Beat Dance Champions, contact us at  We suggest a back up be brought to the competition (USB or CD), please label. This should be submitted 1 hour prior to your studio’s first performance and picked up either at the end of the session or the end of the day.
  • Age Regulations: All ages are as of December 31st, of the previous calendar year. Full name, age and date of birth of all performers must be accurate and true. Contestants must be able to provide proof of age by birth certificate at competition if requested. If proof of age is requested and not provided, the routine will be disqualified and no refund will be issued. Parents, Directors, and/or dancers may not make any changes at a Star Beat event. All changes, including correct age category changes, must be made prior to the competition start date. All changes must be written and approved by Star Beat. No changes will be made while a Star Beat event is in progress, unless a true discrepancy arises/unforeseen circumstances occur. All changes need to be made through the sole directors of Star Beat. Any rules/regulations may be updated or changed at any time by the sole directors of Star Beat. (i.e. added entries, combined age categories)
  • Average Age Determination: To determine ages for Duets, Trios, Groups and Lines, add up all ages of performers in the routine. Divide total by the number of performers in the routine. If the result ends in a decimal, drop the decimal. A contestant in a Solo/Duet/Trio/Group or Line is not allowed to compete against himself/herself/themselves in any single category. If this situation should arise, they must move up one age category.

Adjudication:The Judges’ Decisions are Final

  • Dance routines competing at Star Beat will be judged by a panel of 3 professional judges, greatly esteemed, in the dance community, who will award each routine a score out of 100 marks, following the Star Beat scoring system. The 3 marks will then be averaged to achieve a final mark out of 100 points for each performance. Results can produce multiples of All-Star Beat Platinum, Platinum, Diamond, Gold or Silver awards for each competitor within each category. All participating Soloists, Duets, and Trios will be awarded a Star Beat Medallion & Lanyard based on the scoring categories of All-Star Beat Platinum, Platinum, Diamond, Gold or Silver. All participating dancers in Small/Large Groups, Extended Lines and Productions will be awarded a placement ribbon based on the scoring categories of All-Star Beat Platinum, Platinum, Diamond, Gold or Silver along with a LED Star Beat pin. Your studio will receive Video Judge (a collection of all of your entries and their corresponding judges’ comments) available online and/or on DVD. No person is allowed near the judging area at any time during the competition. It is prohibited to speak to the judges. Teachers, dancers and parents are not permitted to discuss scoring, comments or results with judges or tabulator.
  • All Overall High Score ties will be broken and decided by the panel of judges. Incomplete performances by a Pre-Competitive & Competitive dancer will have the opportunity to re-dance for adjudicators’ comments only. If they choose to do so, dancers will only be eligible to an award according to their score. They will NOT be eligible for placement in the category and are ineligible for overall awards. If a technical difficulty arises all dancers may re-dance and be entitled to a score and placement, no penalties will occur. Novice dancers will be given the opportunity to re-dance with no penalty. Star Beat will provide detailed summary reports, which includes judge scores for all their studio performances, overall cash awards received, and cash prizes, to Studio Directors or a designated representative at the end of the weekend. There must be a minimum of (3) three entries in each regular category to award placements 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to the dancer(s). If a tie arises in a regular category, both entries will receive the same award and placement. Soloists will be separated into Divisions on the occasion that 10 or more soloists fall into one particular category. An overall solo by age winner will only be placed once (in their true age category) in the top 3, no same contestants can place 1st and 2nd and/or 3rd. If less than 3 solos are entered in any one age category, we reserve the right to combine an overall age category.
  • Note: A studio must have a minimum of 3 groups and total of 10 entries entered in the competition in order to qualify for the above Star Beat Overall Awards. There must be a minimum of 3 entries per Overall category for Overall Prize Awards. Highest Overall Production will be awarded with a minimum of 2 or more productions. If an Overall category (excluding overall solos by age) has less than 3 entries and receives an All-Star Beat Platinum placement, that entry will receive an Overall Cash Award. Cash scholarships and awards will be presented throughout the competition based on the program schedule. All award money will be awarded to the Studio director. Overalls are subject to change at anytime during and/or per Star Beat event.
  • A tentative schedule will be mailed to the studio 2 weeks prior to the competition. Any changes that need to be made must be made 15 days prior to the competition start date. Star Beat will not permit any changes to occur after the final schedule has been sent, unless a discrepancy arises or an unforeseen circumstance takes place. The directors of Star Beat Dance Champions reserve the right to cancel, add or reduce the days of any scheduled competition. Star Beat reserves the right to move a competition date and venue due to unforeseen circumstances. Star Beat reserves the right to determine the amount of all cash awards based on registration, at its discretion. A studio must have a minimum of 3 groups and 10 entries in order to qualify for any Star Beat Overall Awards. There will be no cancellations of days or scheduled times due to weather conditions. Star Beat reserves the right to cancel if not enough entries are received and also 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 reason except for injuries at the discretion of the studio director and Star Beat Dance (with a doctor’s note). Upon entering Star Beat Dance Champions competition, it is agreed that teachers, competitor’s, parents, and relatives will not hold Star Beat Dance Champions 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. It is expected that all dancers, teachers, directors and guests display good sportsmanlike conduct to all during the competition weekend.