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 ages 6 & above. In the RISING STARZ level 5 & under age division, a KAR Convention Scholarship will be presented to the top scoring Solo and Duet/Trio due to the minimum age requirement for NEX-US A Dance Experience. 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 $300. 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. Please note any scholarships or gift cards presented in 2018, cannot be combined with any 2019 scholarships/gift cards for redemption.
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:
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.
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 in 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 or online throught the Parent/Studio Center. Only registered 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. 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.
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.