2018 Rules & Regulations


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

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Online performance entries must be completed in their entirety.  Registration on our website can only be completed by Studio Directors or an Official Studio Representative for troupe entries.  Studio Directors and Parents or Official Studio Representatives must check the release clause on every official online entry submitted.  Our office MUST receive entries and payment by the set closing date of your competition city.  Solo and Duet/Trio entries can be registered independently by using the Parent Centre Online Registration, HOWEVER ALL dancers must represent a dance studio.  Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available.   There will be a $15 late fee per performance after the closing date.   ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT FULL PAYMENT.

All payments must be made in full and are facilitated using PayPal.   Credit Cards can be accepted and will incur a surcharge.

Entries close 8-10 weeks prior to each competition city, unless sold out prior. A tentative schedule and cut-off date will be sent to allow teachers and parents to make any changes to performances.   After the cut-off date, NO CHANGES will be made to any performances.  Any performances that are left untitled or TBA will incur a $30.00 fee. Also, any changes that need to be made after the program is set to FINAL will incur a $30.00 fee.  NO REFUNDS, TRANSFERS OR CREDITS will be given on any entry fees paid, for any acts not performing for any reason including medical reasons.   All payments are final - No Exceptions.

Rainbow reserves the right to add or change additional competition days 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 this should occur, all entry fees will be refunded.   There will be NO refunds on entries after the minimum number of entries have been received and the competition has been confirmed.  

ADMISSION IS FREE and the general public is welcome to view the competition, typically Friday through Sunday. Doors will open exactly 30 minutes prior to the first performance.   Photography & Videography is STRICTLY PROHIBITED during any performance.   This includes computers that are being used for the immediate download of photos.  Failure to comply with this rule may result in a 1 point deduction (per judge) to the act being recorded and/or photographed and confiscation of the recording and/or photographs.   It is the dance studio’s responsibility to inform their students and parents of this rule.

If the stage is littered during a performance, please be ready to clean it up immediately following the performance.   In addition, dancers must perform their ENTIRE performance on the stage.   Performers may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings.  Jumping off the front of the stage is not permitted.   Starting the performance from the audience or ending in the audience is also not permitted.   Running in front of the judge’s table or approaching the panel of judges is also not allowed.   No gifts can be presented to the judges in conjunction with a dance performance.   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.

Dressing rooms are limited at each venue.  Please arrive ready to perform, this includes arriving with make-up completed and dressed in first performance costume.  A cleaning fee of $300 minimum will be assessed to any studio that leaves the dressing area in an untidy condition.  No food, drinks or smoking is allowed in the competition area or inside the venue.  Rainbow and the competition venue are not responsible for any lost property or injury to any persons attending the event.   Dancers perform at their own risk.   All performers agree that they are in good health and fitness and are physically able to participate.   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.   All performances must be age appropriate and family friendly for all attending the competition.  It is at the sole discretion of either the competition director or our judges that if a performance is too suggestive in either costuming, choreography or song selection that the performance may be asked to cease and points will be deducted.   If such deduction takes place the affected performance will not be eligible for high point or special awards.   We take great pride in creating a safe and age appropriate environment where children can excel in the art of performing without being exploited.

TYPE OF ENTRIES

Solos (each solo must be in a different category)

Duet/Trios (duets and trios will compete against each other)

Small Groups (4-9 performers)

Large Groups (10-19 performers)

Lines (20 - 25 dancers)

Super Lines (26 or more performers)

Productions (15 or more performers)

TIME LIMITS

All Solos, Duet/Trios are limited to 3:00 minutes, Small Groups, Large Groups & Lines are limited to 4:00 minutes, Super Line performances have a 5:00 minute time limit.   Production performances have a 5:00 minute time limit for performance and a 5:00 minute time limit for setup of props.  (Extended time is available for Small Group, Large Groups, Lines and Productions only; up to 1:00 minute for $25.00 per performance).   Dancers are expected to perform in the order published, unless the competition director grants special permission or it has been pre-approved by our office prior to the competition, and this approval must be in writing.   Unauthorised delays of the performance schedule will result in a 1-point deduction per judge and/or disqualification.   Performances not performing within 10 acts after their scheduled performance time will not be eligible for overall awards, unless it has been pre-approved from our office or by the competition director.   Performances not completed will receive a 1-point deduction per judge.   Re-performances that are not the result of a technical failure will not be re-adjudicated.   A tentative schedule with the performance time of each act will be available online via the “Studio Centre”, one week prior to the competition.  Contestants in the first 10 acts competing should arrive in full costume including hair and make-up and be ready to perform.   All other competing dancers must be ready to perform one hour prior to their first scheduled performance time.  If the competition is running ahead of schedule, dancers are expected to perform in order of the program and/or when called backstage.

NEW: SETUP TIME LIMITS

All performances (excluding Productions) are expected to set-up props in 30 seconds and remove props in 30 seconds. Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes. If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to a point deduction. Starting in 2018, an additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00.

NEW: MANDATORY MUSIC UPLOAD

Rainbow uses an electronic music file upload system for all performance entries. Studios have access to their own Music Manager upload page within their Studio Centre on the Rainbow website.

  • Music upload will be available as soon as you register your performance
  • Rainbow will not accept or replace the uploaded versions of music at the competition. Rainbow will only use backup media formats (CD, iPod) if there are technical difficulties.
  • We support MP3, M4A, and MP4 files. The maximum file size is 50MB.
  • Please make sure the music you are uploading is DRM free.
  • You do not need to worry about labeling your files. Our system will take care for changing your file name.
  • Once at the event, we cannot control pitch level or speed of music. Please be sure to upload the accurate version that you would like your dancer to perform to.
  • We require that all studios bring back-up CD’s, iPod, or USB for all performances.

Contestants MUST bring back-up music in the event of a malfunction of the original music submitted. Music can be picked up at the merchandise 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.

AGE DIVISIONS

Age Divisions are as follows: 4 & under, 5-6, 7-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-16, 17-19 and Adult 20 & up.  AGE OF COMPETITORS WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE 31ST DECEMBER 2017.   The average age will determine the age group for Duet/Trios, Groups and Lines.   When determining the average age of a dance group, the total years collectively are divided by the number of participants and the final number is rounded DOWN to find the average age.   Contestants will be responsible for showing proof of age to competition directors should a question arise.

 

LEVELS AND GUIDELINES

STARS OF TOMORROW - All solos, duo, trio & group performances registered will compete in one level of competition.

TEACHER LEVEL– Any performance in which a teacher 20 years of age and above performs. All TEACHER LEVEL performances are ineligible for cash prizes. Student teachers ages 19 and under are permitted to compete at Rainbow. Overall High Point awards will be awarded.

ADULT LEVEL – Any performance that consists of non-teaching adults. All ADULT LEVEL performances are ineligible for cash prizes. Overall High Point awards will be awarded.

Please contact our office if you need further clarification on our levels and guidelines. Any infractions of the rules & regulations will result in a point deduction and/or disqualification.

 

CATEGORIES OF DANCE

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

POINTE:  Performance must consist of pointe/toe technique.

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

TAP:  Performance consisting 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 i.e natural movements, focus on the ‘center’ of the body, coordination between breathing and movement and a dancer’s relationship with the floor.

ETHNIC/INDIGENOUS: Performance must utilise ethnic/indigenous style of dance such as Chinese Folk Dance, Aboriginal Dance/Corroboree, Spanish Flamenco, Irish Dance, Russian Folk Dance, etc.

**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 and shoulder rolls, are not considered acro/gymnastic tricks. Lifts such as being supported by another dancer with any body parts are also not considered a acro/gymnastic trick. Tumbling passes are considered as one acro/gymnastic trick. Lip-syncing and talking should also be kept to a minimum, so as not to portray a character. A deduction of 1-point per judge may result for acts that do not comply.

ACRO/GYMNASTICS: Performance using controlled movements and flexibility, walkovers, aerials, back handsprings, etc. Must incorporate dance technique.

SONG & 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.

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

HIP HOP/FUNK: Performance demonstrating street style jazz that incorporates hip hop and/or funk choreography.   Acrobatics and break dancing are permissible.

OPEN: Performance demonstrating any dance style or combination of dance styles.

CONTEMPORARY: Performance incorporates a fusion of various styles while demonstrating a strong foundation in ballet and modern technique.

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY:  Can be any style of dance, must be choreographed independently by the registered dancer.

SUPER LINE: Performance must utilise at least 26 or more dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and is designated for performances that include 26 or more dancers. NEW - 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 1:00 minute for setup and removal of props. All Super Line performances will compete against each other and will be presented with Overall High Point awards and Studio Credits.

PRODUCTION: NEW - Performance must utilise at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. 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 free standing. There will be no age division for Production entries. Adults and teachers are permitted to perform in the Production category. Production performances have a 5:00 minute time limit for performance and are given a maximum of 5:00 minutes total for set up and removal of props. NO EXCEPTIONS.

PROP AND SET RULES

Props are acceptable if they do not alter the surface of the tarkett floor and can be easily removed following the completion of the performance. A point deduction may result if the stage is not completely cleaned in 30 seconds or less 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 4.5 metres. 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 damage the tarkett dance floor. If the tarkett floor is damaged beyond repair, 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.

NEW: All performances (excluding Productions) are expected to set-up props in 30 seconds and remove props in 30 seconds. Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes. If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to a point deduction or warning. Starting in 2018, an additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00.  

NEW: PROHIBITED/UNACCEPTABLE PROPS

Fire (including candles, matches, lighters), fireworks (including sparklers), explosives, swords, knives, weapons and use of animals are strictly prohibited. No form of liquid, gel, powder, glass objects, aerosol cans of any type (including hairspray or spray paint) may be used that will physically alter the surface of the tarkett floor. Prohibited items include: water (on body, costume, or prop), wet paint (on body, costume, or prop), fake blood, fake snow, silly string, bubbles, confetti, streamer or confetti cannons, loose feathers, candy, chalk, crushed cork, flour, loose glitter (on body, costume or prop), sand, sawdust, dry ice, etc. Any act that uses a substance that is not permitted and creates a safety hazard on the tarkett floor may result in a point deduction and/or disqualification. 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 on tarkett 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 tarkett residue post-performance. There may be a point deduction if Rainbow is not notified about the rosin usage and the tarkett floor is affected during the act.

IMPORTANT FLOOR SAFETY INFORMATION:

No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, powder or paint may be used that will physically alter the surface of the tarkett floor. (For more details on what is allowed please contact our office). * Note: Rosen must be self-contained and cannot be applied on shoes on the tarkett floor. If a dance is requesting to use rosin, Rainbow must know upon registration so that schedule adjustments can be made to clean up the tarkett residue post-performance. There will be a point deduction if Rainbow is not notified about the rosin usage and the tarkett floor is affected during the act. If the stage is littered during a performance, dancers are expected to clean the stage completely of all debris in ONE MINUTE or less. A one-point deduction will be given to any act that does not clean up the stage within the one minute time limit. A one point deduction will also be given to an act that uses a substance that is not permitted and creates a safety hazard on the tarkett floor.

PERFORMANCE RULES

Dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless permission is given for costume changes. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply. Dancers who do not perform within 10 acts of their given scheduled time may be ineligible for Overall High Point awards. The only exception to this rule is if the Rainbow office administration has prior notification or the Competition Director has pre-approved the delay. If the stage is littered during an act, please be ready to clean it up immediately following the performance. In addition, dancers must perform their ENTIRE act on the stage. Performer may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings. Starting the performance from the audience or ending in the audience is also 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 30 cm from the edge of the stage. No props or any items may be thrown from the stage into the audience.  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.  *By not abiding by the previously stated rules, this may result in a one-point deduction from each judge.

JUDGING

Contestants will be judged by a panel of previously selected judges and all entrants agree that all decisions of those judges are final.   All entrants agree that the time, manner and method of judging the competition will be solely within the discretion of the directors and producers of RAINBOW NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION.   Any protest must be in writing, signed and received by the competition director within 30 minutes of the performance of the routine in question and at least 30 minutes prior to awards.   All score sheets and Judges commentary for troupes will be available to Studio Directors Only, and are online through the studio centre only. Score sheets and Judges commentary for all solos and Duet/trios registered through the Parent Centre will be available after the competition through the Parent Centre.

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

1)     Technique 40 points total

2)     Stage Presence 25 points total

3)     Choreography 20 points total

4)     Execution of Performance 10 points total

5)     Overall Appearance 5 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge. 

Each performance in the Production Category and Ultimate Dancer Competition will be evaluated on the following five elements:

1)     Technique 20 points total

2)     Stage Presence 20 points total

3)     Execution of Choreography 20 points total

4)     Costume 20 points total

5)     Overall Entertainment Value 20 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge.

GENERAL AWARDS

Each act that performs will receive a score from a panel of three predetermined judges at Rainbow Competitions. 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 given in each age group for each category. All acts will receive one custom award and individual award badges for the dancer(s) in the performance. 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 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, must wait to receive their general award placement until its assigned awards ceremony.

 

HIGH POINT EMBLEMS AND STUDIO CREDITS

High Point Emblems, badges and studio credits will be presented to the top scoring Solos, Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines.   High point soloists will also receive High Point Medals. Routines must perform on the same day and before their awards ceremony to be eligible for High Point Awards.   A High Point Emblem and Studio Credit will also be given to the highest scoring SUPER LINE and PRODUCTION ENTRY.   Studio Credits will always be given to the overall winner regardless of the number of entries in each division.   All Studio Credits will be presented to the Studio Director or Teacher.   No Studio Credits or High Point Awards will be given in the TEACHER or ADULT LEVEL.   High Point awards will be divided into 4 age divisions; 8 & under, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, 15 & above.   The exact same Solo, Duet/Trio contestants may place only once in the Top 10 High Point Awards.   Any act, which does not compete at their assigned day and time, will automatically be adjudicated and is ineligible for High Point Awards.   Unless preauthorised with the Director or Rainbow Office, entries received after the program is printed are also not eligible for High Point Awards.   Should an act drop below the minimum number requirement for the group size during the competition it will be adjudicated and is ineligible for High Point awards.   Should and act drop below the minimum number requirement for the group size after the digital program is released and Rainbow is notified before the start of the competition, the act may compete in the appropriate division and time for eligibility

 

REGIONAL ULTIMATE DANCER COMPETITION

Any soloist wishing to compete for the Ultimate Dancer competition must pre-register for their respective Regional Competition. There is a fee of $45.00 to register for the Ultimate Dancer Competition. Soloists can pre-register before the Regional competition or register at the Regional competition before the act performs, any Ultimate Dancer registrations done at the event will be $55.00 per performance. Ultimate Dancer is open to ALL soloists competing at Rainbow. Soloists may enter one or multiple solos for consideration. A separate entry fee will apply for all entries. Finalists will be selected in each age category as follows:

Petite Ultimate Dancer - 8 & UNDER Soloists 8 years of age and younger regardless of gender.

Junior Ultimate Dancer - Soloists 9 through 11 years of age regardless of gender.

Teen Ultimate Dancer - Soloists 12 through 14 years of age regardless of gender.

Senior Ultimate Dancer - Soloists 15 through 19 years of age regardless of gender.

The selection will be made based upon the act displaying the MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE QUALITY in each division. Ultimate Dancer performances will be evaluated on the following elements:

1.) Technique – 20 points total.

2.) Stage Presence – 20 points total.

3.) Execution of Choreography – 20 points total.

4.) Costume – 20 points total.

5.) Overall Entertainment Value – 20 points total.

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge. All solos competing for the Ultimate Dancer category must be pre-registered. Ultimate Dancer scores will be determined at the same time as the Solo division. There will be two separate score sheets; one for the Solo division and one for the Ultimate Dancer category. All Regional Finalists will receive an Ultimate Dancer sweatshirt and an invitation to compete at the National Competition in the USA. The Ultimate Dancer Top Winner in each age division will also receive a Tiara or Cap. The Top winning performance in each age division will be on the Rainbow Australia website at the end of the tour for an online voting contest. The dancer with the most votes at the end of the tour will receive a trip to compete at the National Competition in the USA.   All 2017 Ultimate Dancer Regional Finalists are eligible to compete in the 2017 National Dancer of the Year Competition at National Finals in the USA,  at their own expense.  

 

NATIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - USA

All Rainbow Australia Ultimate Dancers will be automatically entered in the Elite Starz level of Competition in the USA. The 2017 National Dancer of The Year Competition is a separate event with an additional entry fee. All contestants must have qualified as an Ultimate Dancer finalist at a 2017 Regional Competition at Rainbow Australia and may ONLY compete their winning performance from that event. If a Soloist competes at different Regionals and qualifies more than one solo, the soloist may only compete with one of the performances at National Finals in the USA. Each Dancer of the Year contestant will receive a participation award. All National Dancer of the Year winners will be featured in the opening number at Rainbow’s Grand Finale’. ALL DANCER OF THE YEAR WINNERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN RAINBOW’S GRAND FINALE’ TO REDEEM THEIR CASH PRIZE. National Dancer of The Year Winners in the ELITE STARZ level (Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior) may NOT re-compete for Dancer of the Year in the same level and age division the following year.

2017 OVERALL DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Elite  Starz Petite Dancer of The Year (Ages 8 & Under) – The Overall Winner receives a $250 Cash Award and a Custom Rhinestone Jacket. There will be 4 Runner-ups who will receive a Custom Award.

Elite Starz Junior Dancer of The Year (Ages 9-11) – The Overall Winner receives a $250 Cash Award and a Custom Rhinestone Jacket. There will be 4 Runner-ups who will receive a Custom Award.

Elite Starz Teen Dancer of The Year (Ages 12-14) – The Overall Winner receives $250 Cash Award and a Custom Rhinestone Jacket. There will be 4 Runner-ups who will receive a Custom Award.

Elite Starz Senior Dancer of The Year (Ages 15-19) – The Overall Winner receives a scholarship to KAR’s Hollywood Dance Invitational (One round trip airfare, hotel accommodations) in December 2018 and a Custom Rhinestone Jacket. There will be 4 Runner-ups who will receive a Custom Award.

 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

PHOTOGENIC AWARD -This will be awarded to the contestants judged to be most photogenic based the following criteria: Visual appeal, expressiveness of the dancer, age appropriateness, composition, lighting and quality of the photo. There is a fee of $25 to register for the photogenic award. This can only be done at the event, pre-registration prior to the event is not required. For each Regional competition, there will be one Junior Photogenic winner (age 11 and under) and one Senior Photogenic winner (age 12 and above). All entries must submit a recent photo with name, age, address, phone, and name of studio on back. In order to enter the Photogenic competition, the participant must be a registered Rainbow contestant during the current competition season. All entry fees and photos must be submitted at the competition at least one-hour prior to the final Groups/Lines Awards presentation. Absolutely no mailed photos or photogenic entry fees will be accepted in the Rainbow office. Each winner will be announced and presented with a highpoint plaque and an award certificate during the final Groups/Lines Awards presentation. All photos must be picked up at the registration table by the conclusion of the competition. All photos not claimed at the conclusion of the competition will be discarded unless previous arrangements were made with the Rainbow office. Photogenic winners from each Regional competition will have their photo on the Rainbow Australia website for an online voting contest, the photo with the most votes will be featured on the inside cover of the 2018 Digital Program!

MASCOT AWARD- This award is presented to one outstanding soloist age 8 and under at each Regional competition.

COSTUME AWARD – This will be awarded to one group performance in each age division, for both small groups and large/line groups combined. This award is based on design, originality, fit and appropriateness. All Groups and Line entries are eligible for this award. Each Best Costume winner will receive a plaque on stage during the award presentation.

MOST ENTERTAINING AWARD – This award will be chosen by the panel of judges and presented to the Group deemed to be most entertaining in each age division, for both small groups and large/line groups combined.

JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS – These will be awarded to Groups or Lines displaying outstanding qualities in each age division during their performances. Each winning act will receive award badges and a plaque.

NEW YORK CITY DANCE EXPERIENCE AND HOLLYWOOD DANCE INVITATIONAL the recipients of these awards are INVITED to be part of “The New York City Dance Experience” or the “Hollywood Dance Invitational”.   All Solos, Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines that average 12 years of age and over are eligible for this award.   These special invitations are given to “All Star Dancers” that display a passion for performing in front of an audience.   Winners will receive an informational brochure with details of “The New York City Dance Experience” and the “Hollywood Dance Invitational”. Space is LIMITED and the events will sell out.  Registration is first come, first served.

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD-This award is presented to a group dance that displays exceptional technical execution, incredible commitment and impressive precision. All Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines from the entire competition are eligible for this award. The winner will receive a custom designer trophy and the entire studio wins FREE entries into any US KAR or Rainbow National Finals.

CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS - These awards are presented to one group dance in each age division. All Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines are eligible for these awards.

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 winner will receive a custom designer trophy and the entire studio wins FREE entries into any US KAR or Rainbow National Finals.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARDS - These awards are selected from the SOLOS, DUET/TRIOS, GROUPS AND LINE performances. This award is given to the performances with the highest overall total points in each category. The 6 Outstanding Performance Award categories are as follows:                

Best Jazz Performance

Best Tap Performance

Best Hip-Hop Performance

Best Lyrical/ Modern/ Contemporary Performance

Best Musical Theatre/ Song & Dance Performance

Best Ballet/ Open/ Acro / Gymnastics Performance

Each winning act will receive a plaque onstage for their outstanding achievement and accomplishment.