Age division is calculated based on the age of the dancer as of Jan 1, 2020.
Solos will compete in the category where they fall based on their age as of January 1st.
Duet/Trios, Groups and Lines will compete at the average age of all members of the group. Do not use decimals or round up.
All Rules regarding age and levels will be in alignment with our SDA rules.
Studios are required to assign a competition level for EACH performer when they are entering their roster in the
registration system. Please be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL.
NOTE: DANCERS MAY ONLY BE REGISTERED FOR ONE LEVEL OF COMPETITION.
Any dancer found to be registered in more than one level of competition may be disqualified.
Dancers may compete in both the Home and Stage divisions , however they must
remain in the same level indicated in the registration system roster.
SOLOS and DUET/TRIOS MUST COMPETE AT THE LEVEL IN WHICH THEY ARE REGISTERED ON YOUR ROSTER.
The following guidelines are suggestions to be used in determining the appropriate level placement of each competitor.
Because no competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, it is
left to the teachers own sound judgement when entering level placement for their students.
ADVANCED Level: This competition level is for top-level competitive dancers who perform at an advanced technical level.
All entries will be adjudicated, and will receive High Score Awards. ***This is the ONLY level that is eligible to compete for
Title and receive Prize Monies. In addition, only advanced dancers are eligible to receive the Highest Level Adjudication.
INTERMEDIATE Level: This competition level is for the intermediate or ‘on the rise’ dancers, and is
recommended for dancers who have had approximately 2-5 years experience. Entries will be adjudicated, and
will receive High Score Awards within this level.
NOVICE Level: This competition level division is for beginning dancers who have little or no experience
competing. Dancers may only be considered ‘novice’ dancers for a maximum of 3 years.Entries will be
adjudicated, and will receive High Score Awards within this level.
All judges decisions are FINAL. If the judges determine that a routine should be moved to a different level, and
that level has already competed, the routine will then be eligible for adjudication only.
Small Groups and Duet/Trios – The highest level of dancer in a routine will determine the level of the
routine. Example: One Advanced Dancer and 8 Intermediate Dancers will determine the routine to be in the
Advanced Level. One Intermediate Level dancer and 8 novice dancers will determine the routine to be in the Intermediate Level.
Large Groups and Lines – No more than 1/3 of the dancers in a routine may be a higher performance level
than the level that the routine is entered. Example: If a routine has 12 dancers – 4 advanced, 4 intermediate & 4
novice, the routine will be placed in the ‘advanced’ level because 1/3 or more of the dancers are advanced.
*No dancer that is registered in the ‘advanced’ level will be permitted to dance in ANY ‘novice’ level routine.
*No Solo may be bumped to a higher competition level than the level in which the performer is listed on the
*Groups/Lines may be placed in a higher competition level than the average of the participants, but never a
lower level. This must be done PRIOR to the competition.
Virtual competition levels will not effect your studio routines at our in person events over the summer or into the fall of 2020!
The SDA Virtual Competition will consist of an adjudication score from three well qualified judges and Video
Critiques; both will be available to view in your Dance Bug account two days after the event has concluded.
A Live Awards Ceremony will be scheduled for the day following the conclusion of competition and all overall
results will be posted to our Star Dance Alliance Facebook page no later 7pm on the same day.
All routines will be mailed recognition for adjudication of each routine, overall placement and any scholarships,
title winnings, star dollars, or special awards received. Studio accounts will receive one mailing and
independent dancers will have their recognitions mailed directly to them. Each routine will also be sent a
digital award to share on Social Media via their dance bug account email address.
A reminder to all who come together for this event… this is an opportunity to celebrate all of our dance family
who have been working hard during this time of uncertainty and provide a positive space for us to celebrate all
that dance brings to our lives. Regardless of the circumstances this #cantstopourstage. We hope that by
participating in this event each dancer will feel encouraged to continue to work hard with their studio, be
inspired to push beyond their limits, and be lifted up as part of the dance community. We will get through this
together and we can assure you that all of the SDA Team is working to get us back to the stage swiftly and safely.
Now we have a question for you …….ARE YOU READY?