Please read carefully. Failure to comply with the rules below could result in disqualification.

***All rules will be interpreted and enforced in the spirit of fairness to all participants.

SPECTATOR INFORMATION: Admission is free and the general public is welcomed to all events. Doors will open exactly 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled act. No food, drinks or smoking is allowed in the competition performance area or inside the contracted venue. All participating teachers, dancers and spectators are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to comply could result in immediate disqualification and loss of privileges to participate in future Rainbow Competitions.

PHOTO & VIDEO STUDIO PACKAGE: Rainbow Dance Competition is proud to introduce the NEW All Inclusive Photo & Video Studio Package for the 2019 Regional Tour! For the low price of $25 per dancer or $35 per family, your studio will enjoy ALL your Regional Photos and Videos. The fee is required per dancer and will be due 14 days prior to the start of competition. Parents can access their dancers photos and videos inside their Parent Center online. Photos and Videos will be available 3-5 days after the completion of the competition.

Multiple Regional Event Discount - Dancers who compete at multiple Regional Rainbow Dance competitions do not have to pay an additional media fee! Once a dancer has paid the 2019 Regional media fee of $25 or $35 per family, any Regional event they attend thereafter will be complimentary.

National Finals - The NEW Photo & Video Studio Package will be a seperate fee for the 2019 National Finals! For the low price of $25 per dancer or $35 per family, your studio will enjoy ALL your National Photos and Videos. The fee is required per dancer and will be due 14 days prior to the start of competition. Parents can access their dancers photos and videos inside their Parent Center online. Photos and Videos will be available 3-5 days after the completion of the competition.

NO PHOTO/VIDEO RULE: The use of ANY electronic device for photography and videography is STRICTLY PROHIBITED during all performances as well as in dressing rooms and lavatories. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a point deduction to the act being recorded and/or photographed as well as confiscation of the recordings and/or photographs. It is the responsibility of the Studio Owner/Director to inform their students and parents of the NO Photo/Video rule. All contestants grant permission for Rainbow to use photography and videography of their performances for promotional purposes including advertising, publicity and posting on social media outlets.

SAFETY: Rainbow Dance and the hosting facility are not responsible for any kind of damage, loss or injury sustained by contestants or spectators or their property while attending any area of the venue premises. Dancers competing take certain inherent risks when involved in any physical activity. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by the performers. Therefore, upon registration to any Rainbow event, it is agreed that participants will not hold Rainbow Dance Competition, its directors or employees responsible for injuries that occur or illnesses that may be contracted during the competition event. Studio Owner/Directors agree to adhere to the Release of Liability Clause which is completed during the registration process.

Due to Rainbow being a public event, Rainbow encourages all attendees to:

  • Supervise children at all times
  • Be responsible for personal belongings
  • Be aware of surroundings and inform a Rainbow employee of unsuitable or suspicious activity
  • Stay safe and have fun while attending Rainbow events!

Official online entries must be completed in their entirety. ALL entries must be registered with a Dance Studio and represented by a Studio Owner or Director. NO independent entries are permitted to compete in ANY division. Studio Owners/Directors must check the Release of Liability Clause on every Official Entry submitted. All entries must be submitted online through the “STUDIO CENTER”. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available. Once a competition is announced as SOLD OUT, a non-refundable 25% deposit based on the 100% of the entry fee will be required for studios who would like to guarantee their entries. The method of payment must be the same for both deposit and balance. Any cancellations of entries will result in a loss of all deposits and entry fees for that event. There will be a $15 late fee per act after the deadline date. No entries will be processed without full payment. Only Visa, Master Card, money orders and cashier’s checks will be accepted. Individual personal checks and studio checks will not be honored. Payments made after the deadline date must be in the form of a credit card payment only. All balances must be paid in FULL prior to the competition. Absolutely NO payments will be accepted at the competition event.  Rainbow reserves the right to add additional competition days and/or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. Rainbow also reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet the minimum number of acceptable entries. In the event of a cancelled competition,  all entry fees will be refunded. There will be NO refunds for entries if the required minimum number of acts are registered and the competition has been confirmed.

TYPE OF ENTRIES

Solos

Duet/Trios (Duets and Trios will compete against each other)

Small Groups (4-9 performers)

Large Groups (10-19 performers)

Lines (20 or more performers)

Super Lines (15 or more performers – may include performers of all levels)

Productions (15 or more performers – may include performers of all levels)

Division types are determined by the actual number of participants competing on stage at the competition, regardless of participants originally registered. An entry that changes its division type during the competition may be subject to compete as “adjudication only” at the Competition Director’s discretion.

REGIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Dancer of The Year competition is open to all soloists in the Rising Starz and Elite Starz level who pre-register for their respective Regional competition. Soloists can pre-register in the Studio Center prior to the Regional competition or register at the Regional competition prior to their scheduled performance. Only contestants that are listed in the printed program may register for Dancer of the Year. Soloists may enter multiple performances in the Dancer of the Year Competition. A separate entry fee will apply for each Dancer of the Year Performance. Finalists will be selected in each level and age category as follows:

  • Rising Starz Petite Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 8 & Under
  • Rising Starz Junior Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 9 – 11
  • Rising Starz Teen Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 12 – 14
  • Rising Starz Senior Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 15 – 19
  • Elite Starz Petite Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 8 & Under
  • Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 9 – 11
  • Elite Starz Teen Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 12 – 14
  • Elite Starz Senior Dancer of the Year – Soloists age 15 – 19

All 2019 Dancer of the Year Regional Finalists are eligible to compete in the 2019 National Dancer of the Year Competition at National Finals. All National Dancer of the Year winners are ineligible to compete for the same Dancer of the Year division the following competition season. National Dancer of the Year winners may only re-compete the following season if they have moved up in age division and/or level. Example: A 2018 National Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year winner may not compete at a Regional or National Finals as an Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year contestant during the 2019 competition season. However, a 2018 National Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year winner may compete as an Elite Starz Teen Dancer of the Year contestant during the 2019 competition season if he/she has moved up to the 12-14 age division.

AGE DIVISIONS

Age Divisions are as follows: 5 & under, 6, 7-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-16, 17-19 and Adult 20 & over. AGE DIVISIONS ARE DETERMINED AS OF THE JANUARY 1ST CUT OFF DATE. The average age of the dancers registered in a performance will determine the age division for Duet/Trios, Groups, Lines, Super Lines and Productions. When determining the average age of a performance, always drop the decimal. NEW: Nonconsecutive Level Duet/Trios will compete in the age division of the oldest competitor. Contestants will be responsible for showing proof of age to the Competition Director should a question arise. For National Finals, substitution of dancers from the Regional qualifying entry is permitted in all divisions/categories except Solos. Performances must be comprised of at least 50% of the original dancers from the Regional qualifying entry. When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications may change the level or age average. All music must remain the same.

LEVELS AND GUIDELINES

The appropriate level of performance (NEW: LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ, ELITE STARZ, TEACHER and ADULT) should be determined at the discretion of the Studio Owner/Director using the guidelines below. Levels should be determined based on the number of non-rehearsal technical based classes per week. Please refer to the chart below when determining level placement.

Level Calculator

Performances containing dancers from multiple levels must follow the LEVELING SYSTEM to determine the performance level. All group performances with dancers from multiple levels must be consecutive, with no skipping of levels. Each level has been assigned a numeric value that will be used to determine the performance level.

Limitless Starz = 1
Starz of Tomorrow = 2
Rising Starz = 3
Elite Starz = 4

Examples:

Small Group (4 Dancers):
3 STARZ OF TOMORROW dancers (3 x 2 = 6)
1 RISING STARZ dancer (1 x 3 = 3)
6 is greater than 3, therefore the level determined is STARZ OF TOMORROW.
Large Group (10 dancers):
6 RISING STARZ dancers (6 x 3 = 18)
4 ELITE STARZ dancers (4 x 4 = 16)
18 is greater than 16, therefore the level determined is RISING STARZ.
Large Group (15 dancers):
4 STARZ OF TOMORROW dancers (4 x 2 = 8)
6 RISING STARZ dancers (6 x 3 = 18)
5 ELITE STARZ dancers (5 x 4 = 20)
20 is greater than 18 and 8, therefore the level determined in ELITE STARZ.
Lines (24 dancers):
14 STARZ OF TOMORROW dancers (14 x 2 = 28)
6 RISING STARZ dancers (6 x 3 = 18)
4 ELITE STARZ dancers (4 x 4 = 16)
28 is the greatest number; however, ELITE STARZ dancers are not permitted to compete in STARZ OF TOMORROW. This performance would be placed in RISING STARZ.

Hours of Dance Class per Week

Level Recommendation

Age Divisions Permitted and High Point Presentation

Performance Size

Cash Prizes

Special Notes

KAR Level Recommendation

Limitless Starz

No limit of Technical Based Class
Recommended for Dancers with SPECIAL NEEDS
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
20 & Above
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
No Cash Prizes
The LIMITLESS STARZ level is designated to celebrate dancers that have exceptional mental and/or physical disabilities or special needs.

If registered in the LIMITLESS STARZ level, all solos must compete in the LIMITLESS STARZ level. A LIMITLESS STARZ Duet/Trio or Group performance must have at least one performer registered as LIMITLESS STARZ in order to compete as a LIMITLESS STARZ performance. LIMITLESS STARZ dancers may perform in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels as well as the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories. LIMITLESS STARZ performers will not affect the leveling of any other performances.
 

Starz of Tomorrow

3 Hours or less of Technical Based Class
Recommended for Recreational Dancers and Dancers Age 8 & Under
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
No Cash Prizes
If registered in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level all solos must compete in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level. The STARZ OF TOMORROW dancer CAN move up a level (RISING STARZ) and perform in a higher Duet/Trio and Group performance based on the NEW LEVEL CALCULATOR. The STARZ OF TOMORROW dancer CAN skip a level and perform in the ELITE STARZ level with a maximum of 2 performances. A STARZ OF TOMORROW dancer CAN perform in the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories.
PRIMARY

Rising Starz

3-5 Hours of Technical Based Class
Recommended for Dancers Age 9-11 & 12-14
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
Cash Prizes
If registered in the RISING STARZ level all solos must compete in the RISING STARZ level. The RISING STARZ dancer CAN move down and compete in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level based on the NEW LEVEL CALCULATOR. The RISING STARZ dancer CAN move up a level (ELITE STARZ) and perform in a higher Duet/Trio and Group performance based on the NEW LEVEL CALCULATOR. A RISING STARZ dancer CAN perform in the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories.
SECONDARY

Elite Starz

5 Hours or more of Technical Based Class
Recommended for Dancers Age 12-14 & 15-19
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
Cash Prizes
If registered in the ELITE STARZ level all solos must compete in the ELITE STARZ level. The ELITE STARZ dancer CAN move down and compete in the RISING STARZ level based on the NEW LEVEL CALCULATOR. An ELITE STARZ dancer CANNOT perform in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level. If the NEW LEVEL CALCULATOR determines the performance level to be STARZ OF TOMORROW in a multiple level routine, the performance MUST compete 1 level below the highest level (ELITE STARZ) therefore the performance level becomes RISING STARZ. An ELITE STARZ dancer CAN perform in the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories. If the average age of the performance falls below the lowest age division (6-8) the performance will compete in the 6-8 age division.
If the dancer is 12 and under the INTERMEDIATE level is recommended
If the dancer is 13 and older the ELITE level is recommended

Duet/Trio Nonconsecutive Level Rule
NEW IN 2019!

The Duet/Trio Nonconsecutive Level Rule only applies to Duet/Trios that are NOT consecutive and are skipping a level. A nonconsecutive Duet/Trio may contain dancers of any level and any age. They must perform at the highest level & age division of the registered dancers.
Examples: A STARZ OF TOMORROW and ELITE STARZ Duet must compete in the ELITE STARZ level with the age of the oldest dancer.
A Trio with 2 STARZ OF TOMORROW dancers and 1 ELITE STARZ dancer must compete in the ELITE STARZ level with the age of the oldest dancer.
Duet/Trios WITH consecutive levels will use the NEW LEVEL CALCULATOR to determine the level and average age division.

*A Technical class is an instruction based class that teaches and enforces all technical elements of any dance discipline. These are non rehearsal based class instruction.

****Please keep in mind the following variables may affect level placement:

  • Regional differences of choreography, style, creativity and artistic expression
  • Years of dance experience
  • Years of competition experience
  • Magnitude, variety and quantity of technical training hours
  • Dancer’s capacity of individual ability, retention and work ethic

TEACHER LEVEL – Any performance in which a teacher 20 years of age or above performs. Student teachers ages 19 and under must compete in other competitive levels. Overall highpoint awards will be presented. All TEACHER LEVEL performances are ineligible for cash prizes.

ADULT LEVEL – Any performance that consists of at least one non-teaching adult age 20 or above. Overall highpoint awards will be awarded. All ADULT LEVEL performances are ineligible for cash prizes.

Please contact our office at  714-995-5883 or info@rainbowdance.com if you need further clarification of our levels and guidelines. Any infractions of the rules and regulations may result in point deductions and/or disqualification.

CATEGORIES OF DANCE

BALLET – Performance should contain ballet technique incorporating formal classical movements.

POINTE – Performance must consist of pointe/toe technique. This category is not permitted in the STARZ OF TOMORROW Level.

JAZZ – Performance must consist of jazz technique; splits and floor rolls are permissible.

TAP – Performance must use taps on shoes and consist primarily of tap technique.

LYRICAL – Performance consisting of dynamic emotion and expressive movements demonstrated with fluidity, balance, extension and control.

MODERN – Performance consisting of interpretive movements using modern technique such as natural movements, focus on the ‘center’ of the body, coordination between breathing and movement and a dancer’s relationship with the floor.

CONTEMPORARY – A performance that combines modern dance, lyrical and classical ballet elements.

FOLK/ETHNIC – Performances, which are to a significant degree bound by tradition with strong cultural roots.

**In the above dance categories, only three acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible. An acro/ gymnastic trick is defined as movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of one's head/shoulders). Forward/backward shoulder rolls, are not considered acro/gymnastic tricks. Lifts such as being supported by another dancer are also not considered an acro/gymnastic trick. Tumbling passes are considered one acro/gymnastic trick. Lip-syncing and talking should be kept to a minimum, so as not to portray a character. A point deduction may result for acts that do not comply.

ACRO/GYMNASTICS – Performance using controlled movements and flexibility, walkovers, aerials, backhand springs, etc. and must incorporate dance technique.

SONG AND DANCE – Performance containing both singing and dancing of any type. Rainbow will provide 1 hand held microphone only. No additional sound equipment or microphones may be used or connected to Rainbow’s sound system.

POM-PON – Performance using pom-pons incorporating precise and definite movements.

CHARACTER – Performance featuring any style of dance that is novelty or theme based in nature portraying a recognizable character.

MUSICAL THEATRE – Performance featuring any style of dance from a Broadway, Movie or Television Show.

HIP HOP/FUNK – Performance demonstrating street style jazz that incorporates hip-hop and/or funk choreography. Acrobatics and breakdancing are permissible.

OPEN – Performance demonstrating any dance style or combination of dance styles. Acrobatics is permissible.

CLOGGING – Performance must use clogging shoes and consists of clogging technique.

SUPER LINE – Performance must utilize at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and includes all levels of dancers. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be presented to the top scoring acts. Super Line performances can portray a theme or style of dance, but should not portray a storyline, plot or narrative. Each Super Line has a 5:00 minute time limit for performance and is given a maximum of 4:00 minute total for set-up and removal of props.

Super Line Performance Example: WATCH VIDEO.

PRODUCTION – Performance must utilize at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and includes all levels of dancers. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be awarded to the top scoring acts. Adults and teachers are permitted to perform in the Production category. Production performances must portray a storyline, plot or narrative throughout, resembling that of a film, book, play, musical, etc. Props are mandatory and must be hand-held or free standing. Each Production has an 8:00 minute time limit for performance and is given a maximum of 5:00 minutes total for set-up and removal of props.

Production Performance Example: WATCH VIDEO.

MANDATORY MUSIC UPLOAD

Rainbow uses an electronic music file upload system for all performances. Studios have access to their own Music Manager upload page within their Studio Center on the Rainbow website. It is mandatory for all studios to submit their competition music electronically using the Music Manager.

  • Music files can only be uploaded after entries have been registered.
  • The Music Manager will assign the file names automatically once upload is complete. However, please label the file with the name of each act.
  • Please be sure to upload the exact version of your performance music, because pitch/speed of music cannot be adjusted at the event.
  • Rainbow supports MP3, M4A, and MP4 files. The maximum file size is 20MB.
  • Uploaded music files must be DRM free.
  • Music Manager will be closed 3-5 days prior to the start of competition. Rainbow will not accept new versions of music files at the competition. Rainbow will only use backup media formats (CD, iPod, USB) if there are technical difficulties.
  • Rainbow requires that all studios bring a backup CD, iPod, or USB for all performances in the event of a malfunction of the original music submitted. Music can be picked up at the registration table at the conclusion of each presentation of awards. CD’s that are not claimed at the end of the competition will be discarded unless previous arrangements were made with the Rainbow office.

PERFORMANCE RULES

Dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless special permission is given by the Competition Director for costume changes. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply. Dancers who do not perform within 10 acts of their scheduled time may be ineligible for Overall High Point awards. The only exception to this rule is if the Rainbow Customer Care Specialists or the Competition Director has pre-approved the delay. Dancers must perform their ENTIRE act on the stage. Performers may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings. Starting, dancing, and ending the performance in the audience is not permitted. Jumping off the front of the stage is not permitted. Running in front of the judges’ table or approaching the panel of judges is also not allowed. No gifts can be presented to the judges in conjunction with a performance. For safety purposes, props and performers should never come within 1 foot of the stage edge. Special stage or house lighting will not be provided for any performance. Rehearsing on stage prior to the start of a competition or after the completion of a competition day is strictly prohibited. At no time are teachers, parents or dancers allowed to practice, rehearse or meet on stage. Failure to abide by the aforementioned rules may result in point deductions and/or disqualification.

PERFORMANCE TIME LIMITS

Solos and Duets/Trios have a 2:45 minute performance time limit. Solos, Duets, and Trios are not permitted extended performance time. Small Groups have a 3:00 minute performance time limit. Large Groups & Lines have a 4:00 minute performance time limit. Super Lines have a 5:00 minute performance time limit. Productions have an 8:00 minute performance time limit. Extended performance time is available (up to 1:00 minute for a fee of $3.00 per performer) for Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Super Lines and Productions.

Dancers are expected to perform in the order published, unless granted special permission by the Competition Director or pre-approved by the Rainbow Customer Care Specialists prior to the competition. Unauthorized delay of the performance schedule may result in point deductions and/or disqualification. Dances not performing within 10 acts after their scheduled performance time may not be eligible for Overall High Point awards, unless pre-approved by the Rainbow Customer Care Specialists or by the Competition Director. Incomplete acts may result in point deductions or be scored lower by the judging panel. An act that re-performs may only be re-adjudicated if during the original performance, the technical error was committed on Rainbow’s behalf. If the original performance is not completed, the act will receive an automatic High Gold award and is ineligible for High Point awards.

 A tentative schedule with the performance time of each act will be available via the online “Studio Center” one week prior to the competition. Contestants in the first 10 scheduled acts should arrive ready to perform in full costume, hair and make-up. All other competing dancers must be ready to perform at least one hour prior to their scheduled performance time. **If the competition is running ahead of schedule, dancers are expected to perform in the order of the program and/or when called backstage.

PROP AND SET RULES

Props are acceptable if they do not alter the backdrop, wings or the surface of the marley floor and can be easily removed following the completion of the act. Point deductions may result if the stage is not completely cleaned in the time permitted and/or the stage is not returned to its original pre-performance condition. For safety purposes, all props (freestanding or hand-held) are restricted to a maximum height of 15 feet. The use of safety railings is recommended. Hanging backdrops and special lighting may not be used. Helium balloons are only allowed if they are weighted and if permitted by the contracted venue. There is no guarantee that power outlets will be available for props that require electricity. Battery-operated props are recommended. If the weight of a prop exceeds the maximum weight limit for a stage, or if the Competition Director feels the weight of the prop is a safety hazard, the dancers will not be allowed to use the prop. When sliding props or moving scenery, do not alter or damage the backdrop, wings or marley dance floor. If the backdrop, wings or marley floor is damaged, the Studio Owner/Director will be responsible for its replacement.

Props must be loaded in and out of the venue on the same day they are used. Storing props in the wings or backstage is not allowed. Rainbow will not be responsible for props left overnight or unattended. Any special requests for the assembling of props must be discussed with the Competition Director upon arrival to the venue. All props MUST be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes.

PROHIBITED/UNACCEPTABLE PROPS

  • Fire (including candles, matches, lighters), fireworks (including sparklers), explosives, swords, knives, weapons and use of animals are strictly prohibited. Toy weapons are acceptable. However, toys may not fire projectile objects or have blunt points or sharp edges. Hoverboards and motor vehicles are not allowed. All props should be non-toxic substances. No form of liquid, gel, powder, glass objects, aerosol cans of any type (including hairspray or spray paint) or similar substances may be used that will physically alter the backdrop, wings or surface of the marley floor.
  • Prohibited items include: water (on body, costume, or prop), wet paint (on body, costume, or prop), fake blood, fake snow, silly string, bubbles/bubble blower machines, fog machines, strobe lights, confetti, streamer or confetti cannons, loose feathers, candy, chalk, crushed cork, flour, loose glitter (on body, costume or prop), sand, sawdust, dry ice or any other similar substances.  Any act that uses a substance that is not permitted and creates a safety hazard for performers or on the marley floor may be penalized and/or disqualified at Rainbow’s discretion. Please contact the Rainbow office if you need further clarification on our prop and set rules.
  • Special note regarding rosin: Rosin must be self-contained and cannot be applied to shoes directly on the marley floor. If a performance is requesting to use rosin, Rainbow must know upon registration so that schedule adjustments can be made to clean up the marley residue post-performance. There may be point deductions if Rainbow is not notified about the rosin usage and the marley floor is affected during the act.

NEW: SET-UP TIME LIMITS

Solos, Duets, Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups are expected to set-up props in 1:00 minute and remove props in 1:00 minute (2:00 minutes cumulative).

Lines are expected to set-up props in 1:30 minutes and remove props in 1:30 minutes (3:00 minutes cumulative).

Super Lines are expected to set-up props in 2:00 minutes and remove props in 2:00 minutes (4:00 minutes cumulative).

Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes (5:00 minutes cumulative).

 If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to point deductions. An additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00. Solos, Duets and Trios are not permitted extended prop set-up/removal time.

 GENERAL COMPETITION SCORING CRITERIA

Contestants must agree that all decisions of the panel of judges are final. Contestants must also agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the competition is at the discretion of Rainbow Dance Competition. If a studio has any protests or complaints, the Studio Owner/Director must submit an “Infraction Review Form” to the Competition Director 30 minutes prior to an awards segment. In the event that an infraction was overlooked during a Regional competition, it will be taken into account at National Finals. Score sheets will only be available to Studio Owners/Directors in the “Studio Center.”

Each performance will be evaluated on the following five judging elements:

1.) Technique – 40 points total

2.) Stage Presence – 25 points total

3.) Execution of Performance – 20 points total

4.) Choreography – 10 points total

5.) Overall Appearance – 5 points total

Production performances will be evaluated on the following judging elements:

1.) Technique – 30 points total

2.) Overall Entertainment Value – 25 points total

3.) Stage Presence – 20 points total

4.) Execution of Choreography – 15 points total

5.) Costume – 10 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge for a total of 300 points. The total points attainable varies per level. If a dance, costume, or music is deemed inappropriate for family viewing by the judging panel, it will be scored lower by judges and may not be eligible for Overall High Point awards. Ties will not be broken for the general competition awards. However, all ties will be broken for Overall High Point awards.

REGIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Dancer of the Year performances will be evaluated on the following judging elements:

1.) Technique – 30 points total

2.) Overall Entertainment Value – 25 points total

3.) Stage Presence – 20 points total

4.) Execution of Choreography – 15 points total

5.) Costume – 10 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge for a total of 300 points. Dancer of the Year scores will be determined at the same time as the Solo performance. There will be two separate and unique score sheets; one for the Solo performance and one for the Dancer of the Year performance.

GENERAL AWARDS

Each act that performs will receive a score from a panel of three predetermined judges at Regional competitions and five to eight judges at National Finals. General awards are based on composite scores and not on placement within an age group in each category. This may result in multiple Double Platinum, Platinum and High Gold awards presented in each age group for each category. Each act will receive one plaque per performance and individual award pins for the dancers in the act. Although acts are competing against an adjudicated point system for General awards, all contestants will compete against each other for the Overall High Point awards within their level and age division. If there is only one act competing in a particular division, that act will be judged against a point system. The point break for all given awards is determined by the scoring range of that particular competition. Any act that performs outside of its original scheduled performance time, will receive General award placements at its assigned awards ceremony.

HIGH POINT AWARDS AND CASH PRIZES

High Point Emblems and The NEX-US A Dance Experience scholarships will be presented to the top scoring Solos and Duets/Trios in the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. Rainbow has partnered with The NEX-US A Dance Experience and Camp NEX-US A Dance Experience to offer exciting weekend workshops with some of the hottest teachers and choreographers. Solo scholarships are valued at a maximum of $285. Duet/Trios will receive a gift card in the amount of $100 per dancer to use towards a NEX-US A Dance Experience Event. All scholarships and gift cards can be redeemed for the 2019-2020 NEX-US A Dance Experience season. Please refer to the NEX-US A Dance Experience website for additional details on their upcoming tour at www.nexusontour.com. Cash prizes will not be awarded to Solos and Duet/Trios with this exclusive opportunity and partnership.

All 2018 PULSE scholarships and gift cards will be honored by NEX-US A Dance Experience.

High Point Emblems and cash awards will be presented to the top scoring Groups and Lines in the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. High Point Emblems and cash awards will also be given to the highest scoring SUPER LINE and PRODUCTION entries. Cash awards will always be given to the overall winner regardless of the number of entries in each division. All cash awards will be presented to the Studio Owner/Director/Teacher. No cash awards will be given in the LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW, TEACHER or ADULT LEVELS (only a High Point Emblem will be awarded). All acts must perform on the same day and before their awards ceremony to be eligible for Overall High Point Awards. If an act does not compete on the scheduled day and time, only a General award will be presented unless pre-approved by the Customer Care Specialists or Competition Director. Entries received after the program is printed are also not eligible for High Point Awards unless pre-approved by the Customer Care Specialists or Competition Director. Overall High Point awards will be divided into the following age divisions;

NEW:

5 & Under (LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW and RISING STARZ levels)

6-8 (LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels)

9-11 (LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels) 12-14 (LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels) 15-19 (LIMITLESS STARZ, STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels)

20 & Above (LIMITLESS STARZ, TEACHER and ADULT levels)

Dancers who have more than one Solo can only place once in the Overall High Point awards. The exact same Duet/Trio contestants may only place once in the Overall High Point awards. Should an act drop below the minimum number requirement for the group size during the competition, it may compete for “adjudication only” and remain ineligible for Overall High Point awards. Should an act drop below the minimum number requirement for the group size after the program is printed and Rainbow is notified before the start of the competition, the act may compete in the appropriate division and time for eligibility. 

 Any routine that placed First Overall in the Overall High Point awards at National Finals and/or was awarded National Grand Champion in the 2018 Grand Finale cannot compete with that exact routine at a 2019 Regional or National Finals competition. To be considered the “exact routine,” the performance MUST (1.) contain 75% of the original dancers and choreography (2.) be registered in the same level and age division and (3.) utilize the original music selection.  Any entry that does not comply may be disqualified.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

REGIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Dancer of The Year competition is open to all soloists in the Rising Starz and Elite Starz level who pre-register for their respective Regional competition. All Regional Finalists will receive a Dancer of The Year commemorative gift. The highest scoring Dancer of the Year Winner in each division will also receive a Tiara or Cap. All Regional Finalists will receive an invitation to compete at the National Dancer of the Year Competition at Panama City, FL and Pigeon Forge, TN.

MOST PHOTOGENIC AWARD -These awards will be presented to the contestants judged to be most photogenic based on the following criteria: visual appeal, expressiveness of the dancer, age appropriateness, composition, lighting and quality of the photo. For each Regional competition, there will be one Junior Most Photogenic winner (age 11 & Under) and one Senior Most Photogenic winner (age 12 & Above). All entries must submit a recent photo – no larger than 8′ x 10′ – labeled with name, age, address, phone number and studio name on the back. Only registered Rainbow contestants can enter the Most Photogenic competition. All entry fees and photos must be submitted at the competition at least one-hour prior to the final RISING STARZ Group/Line awards ceremony. Absolutely no mailed photos or photogenic entry fees will be accepted in the Rainbow office. Each winner will be announced and presented with a trophy and an award certificate. All photos not claimed at the registration table by the conclusion of the competition will be discarded unless previous arrangements were made with the Rainbow office. Most Photogenic winners from each 2019 Regional competition must email the winning photo to photos@rainbowdance.com no later than October 1, 2019. At National Finals, all photogenic entries must be in FULL- COLOR. All Regional and National winning photographs will not be returned.

MASCOT AWARD- This award is presented to one outstanding soloist age 8 & under in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level at each Regional and National Finals competition.

KAR CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP– Scholarships are presented to one or more outstanding soloists in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. Each winner receives a full-tuition scholarship to attend any of the 2019 KAR Dance Conventions. The KAR Dance Convention Scholarship is not valid for in-studio conventions, is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for studio credit.

BEST COSTUME AWARD –  These awards will be presented to group performances in each of the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels based on design, originality, fit and appropriateness. All Group and Line entries are eligible for this award. Best Costume winners will receive a trophy.

MOST ENTERTAINING AWARD – These awards will be chosen by the panel of judges and presented to Groups and/or Lines deemed to be most entertaining in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. Most Entertaining acts will receive a trophy.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR AWARD– The panel of judges will select a group performance at each Regional Competition in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels that display outstanding qualities during their performances. Each winner will receive a trophy and an award certificate. Each Video of the Year winner will have their performance featured on the Rainbow website (www.rainbowdance.com) for a week-long voting contest. Voting opens on Wednesday following the Regional competition to get as many votes as possible. At the conclusion of the 2019 Regional tour, the Video of the Year winners of each competitive level will be announced in July 2019. The winners earn the grand prize of having a professional video crew visit their dance studios to film a RainbowDance TV YouTube episode.

JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS – These will be awarded to Groups and/or Lines displaying standout qualities during their performances in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. Each winning act will receive award pins and a plaque.

ALL STAR DANCERS NYC-The recipients of this award are invited to be part of The New York City Dance Experience. All Solos, Duet/Trios, Groups and Lines that average 9 years of age & above from the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels are eligible for this award. These special invitations are presented to All Star Dancers that display a passion for performing on stage. Winners will receive an informational brochure with details of The New York City Dance Experience. For more information on this exciting experience please visit https://www.artistic-adventures.net.

ALL STAR DANCERS AUSTRALIA-The recipients of this award are invited to be part of KAR/Rainbow Kids Australia. All Overall High Point winners for Solos, Duet/Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups that average 12 years of age & above from the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels are eligible for this award. These special invitations are presented to All Star Dancers that display a passion for performing on stage. Winners will receive a special invitation with details of KAR/Rainbow Kids Australia. For more information on this exciting experience please visit http://www.travelcounsellorsforperformingarts.com/KAR-Rainbow/.

AL GILBERT AWARD-This award is presented to a Group or Line performance in the tap category that displays superb tap technique, outstanding choreography and exceptional musicality. All Small Groups, Large Groups, and Lines from STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels are eligible for this award. The winner receives a trophy.

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD-This award is presented to a Group or Line performance that displays exceptional technical execution, incredible commitment and impressive precision. All Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines from the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels are eligible for this award. The winner receives a trophy.

CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS- These awards are presented to Group or Line performances from each competitive level which best displays impressive creativity, excellent staging and superb choreography. All Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels are eligible for these awards. Each winning performance receives a trophy.

ADCC (Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions) STUDIO OF EXCELLENCE AWARD – This award will be presented to the studio displaying the most studio spirit, enthusiasm and exceptional sportsmanship throughout the competition. The winning studio will receive a plaque along with a free annual membership to the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions.

IDA (Industry Dance Awards) PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD-This award is presented to a Small Group, Large Group, Line, Super Line or Production that the judges decide best represents the entire competition with exceptional talent, choreography and showmanship. The winner will receive a plaque and an award certificate. All Regional IDA People’s Choice Award winners will be featured on industrydanceawards.com and will be in the running to be selected as a 2019 Top 5 Finalist. The weekly IDA People’s Choice Award winner will also be posted on the IDA website for final voting from June 2019 to July 2019. The final IDA People’s Choice Award winner will be announced in August 2019 at the Industry Dance Awards in Hollywood, California.

IDA (Industry Dance Awards) OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARDS– These awards are selected from the ELITE STARZ level Groups and Lines, ages 12 & above with the highest overall score in the following categories:              

Best Jazz Performance

Best Tap Performance

Best Hip-Hop Performance

Best Lyrical / Modern / Contemporary Performance

Best Novelty / Character /  Musical Theatre Performance

Best Ballet / Open / Acro / Gymnastics Performance

All IDA Outstanding Performance winners will receive a plaque and an award certificate. These weekly winners will be in the running to be nominated for the 2019 Industry Dance Awards. The final IDA Outstanding Performance nominees will be announced in June 2019 on industrydanceawards.com. The Industry Dance Awards will take place in August 2019 in Hollywood, California.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL FINALS

  • All Regional Double Platinum, Platinum and High Gold adjudication winners are eligible to participate in Rainbow’s National Dance Finals.
  • Each act that performs will receive a score from a panel of five to eight pre-determined judges at National Finals and the highest & lowest scores are dropped to determine the cumulative score.
  • National Double Platinum, National Platinum and National High Gold General awards are presented in each age group for each category.
  • The Top 3 Overall High Point winners in each division will receive a cash prize in the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels.
  • Dancers MUST perform in their scheduled order. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply.
  • For National Finals, substitution of dancers from the Regional qualifying entry is permitted in all divisions/categories except Solos. Performances must be comprised of at least 50% of the original dancers from the Regional qualifying entry. When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications may change the level or age average. Any dancers substituted remain subject to the Regional leveling and qualifying rules. All music must remain the same.
  • Any routine that placed First Overall in the Overall High Point awards at National Finals and/or was awarded National Grand Champion in the 2018 Grand Finale cannot compete with that exact routine at a 2019 Regional or National Finals competition. To be considered the “exact routine,” the performance MUST (1.) contain 75% of the original dancers and choreography (2.) be registered in the same level and age division and (3.) utilize the original music selection. Any entry that does not comply may be disqualified.
  • Awards NOT presented at National Finals are as follows: All Star Dancers, Video of the Year, IDA Outstanding Performance Awards and IDA People’s Choice Award

NATIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

The 2019 National Dancer of The Year Competition is a separate event with an additional entry fee. All contestants must have qualified as a Dancer of the Year Finalist at a 2019 Regional Competition and may ONLY compete their winning performance. If a Soloist qualifies with numerous routines from different Regionals, the Soloist may only compete with one of their performances at National Finals.

2019 OVERALL DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

All Dancer of the Year contestants receive a participation medallion.

In each of the following Rising Starz divisions, the National top 5 Finalists receive a trophy.  Each Dancer of the Year winner receives a $100 cash award, a custom rhinestone jacket and a tiara/cap.

Petite Dancer of the Year (Ages 8 & under)

Junior Dancer of the Year (Ages 9-11)

Teen Dancer of the Year (Ages 12-14)

Senior Dancer of the Year (Ages 15-19).

In each of the following Elite Starz divisions, the National top 5 Finalists receive a trophy.  Each Dancer of the Year winner receives a $250 cash award, a custom rhinestone jacket and a tiara/cap.

Petite Dancer of the Year (Ages 8 & under)

Junior Dancer of the Year (Ages 9-11)

Teen Dancer of the Year (Ages 12-14)

The Elite Starz Senior Dancer of the Year” top 5 Finalists receive a trophy. The Elite Starz Senior Dancer of the Year winner receives a $1000 cash award, a custom rhinestone jacket and a tiara/cap.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR:

  • All National Dancer of the Year winners are ineligible to compete for the same Dancer of the Year division the following competition season. National Dancer of the Year winners may only re-compete the following year if they have moved up in level and/or age division.
  • All National Dancer of the Year winners will be featured in the opening number at Rainbow’s Grand Finale’. DANCER OF THE YEAR WINNERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN RAINBOW’S GRAND FINALE’ OPENING NUMBER TO REDEEM THEIR CASH PRIZE.
  • ALL National 2019 Dancer of the Year Winners are invited to participate in KAR’s Convention Assistant Program at any of the 2019 KAR Conventions.

RAINBOW’S GRAND FINALE’ SHOWCASE

 At National Finals, the top 5 scoring Groups and/or Lines in each age division in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ,  ELITE STARZ levels will be invited to participate in the 2019 Grand Finale’. These top scoring dances will re-compete for National Grand Champion in each level and age division.  Only one Group per studio can qualify in each Grand Champion division.

The National Grand Champion divisions are as follows:

STARZ OF TOMORROW Petite Group ($200 cash prize)

STARZ OF TOMORROW Junior Group ($200 cash prize)

STARZ OF TOMORROW Teen Group ($200 cash prize)

STARZ OF TOMORROW Senior Group ($200 cash prize)

RISING STARZ Petite Group ($250 cash prize)

RISING STARZ Junior Group ($250 cash prize)

RISING STARZ Teen Group ($250 cash prize)

RISING STARZ Senior Group ($250 cash prize)

ELITE STARZ Petite Group ($300 cash prize)

ELITE STARZ Junior Group ($300 cash prize)

ELITE STARZ Teen Group ($300 cash prize)

ELITE STARZ Senior Group ($300 cash prize)

All Grand Finale performances receive a participation banner. The highest scoring performance in each Grand Champion division will be awarded a cash prize and a National Grand Champion trophy. Grand Finale performances that are not deemed National Grand Champions will receive a $100 cash prize. The highest scoring Super Line and the highest scoring Production are invited to re-perform for exhibition only at the 2019 Grand Finale’.  

ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND CASH PRIZES

OVERALL HIGH POINT AWARDS  The Top 3 Overall High Point winners in each division (Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group, Line, Super Line and Production) will receive a cash prize in the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

NATIONAL MOST PHOTOGENIC AWARDS – Most photogenic winners will be judged based off the same Regional criteria. All Most Photogenic entries for Finals must be in FULL – COLOR. All National Most Photogenic winning photographs will not be returned. Each winner will be presented with a custom award and a $50 cash prize. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS – These esteemed awards will be presented to the choreographers who have displayed exceptional choreography with their group and line performances at National Finals. The dances with the most nominations by the panel of judges will be deemed the winners of these awards. Each winner will be presented with a custom award at the Grand Finale’. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

STUDIO OF THE YEAR AWARD – These prestigious awards are presented to the studios who receive the highest total amount of Top 5 High Point awards at National Finals. Each winner will be presented with a custom award at the Grand Finale’. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD – This honorable award will be presented to the studio displaying the most studio spirit, enthusiasm and exceptional sportsmanship. The recipient of this award will be presented with a $150 cash prize and a Studio Spirit banner. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

FUTURE STAR AWARD – This distinguished award is presented to an individual who displays exceptional dance abilities, showmanship and is a role model because of his/her superb sportsmanship and support of others. The recipient of this award will receive a custom award and a $100 cash prize. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

TOP STUDIO AWARD – A Top Studio award will be presented in each level (STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ) to the studio that is represented the MOST in the Overall High Point awards. To be eligible for this award, a studio must have a minimum of one act represented from the Solo division, Duet/Trio division, Small Group division and Large Group/Line divisions that perform in the same level of competition. In the event of a tie, the award will be given to the studio with the MOST 1st Overall wins. Each winner will be awarded a $250 cash prize and a Top Studio banner. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

GRADUATING SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP – This exemplary award is presented to one graduating senior per National Finals who has excelled both on and off the stage. To be eligible for this award, a dancer must complete the official application process found on the Rainbow website. The winner of each scholarship is selected by the Rainbow Scholarship Committee. Each recipient will be presented with a $500 scholarship at the Grand Finale’. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

TOP