Rules & Regulations

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MEDIA FEE

New for the 2018 season, all dancers will be charged a one-time media fee at each In10sity Dance competition. In exchange, they will receive all of their photos and videos from the entire competition via digital download. Studio directors do have the option to opt their entire studio out of the media fee. Please keep in mind individual photos and videos will not be available for purchase from any In10sity Dance events.

CON10TION

In10sity Dance is excited to offer our new Con10tion program for the 2018 season! Con10tion is our unique twist to a title competition. At each In10sity Dance regional competition we will be announcing a Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior Con10der winner who will have the chance to represent their regional city at our Orlando Nationals and compete for the title of In10sity Dance National Con10der. Dancers wishing to compete in Con10tion must register one of their solo performances into the program. In addition, they must participate in the In10se Improv competition. In order to be named the Con10der, a dancer will have to place within the top three of their respective In10se Improv competition and have the highest scoring solo amongst all solos registered in the program.

VIDEO CRITIQUES

We have taken your feedback and listened! We are proud to have video critiques in the 2018 season!

IN10SE DANCER

In each regional city, the judges will select outstanding soloists from the Elite and Premier level in the Teen and Senior age divisions as In10se Dancers. Studios with mixed Elite level and Premier level dancers will be chosen from the Elite level. In10se Dancers will perform in the opening number of our Group Finale at Nationals. This routine will be choreographed by top industry professionals. Note: Studios attending Nationals that do not have solo performers may nominate two performers each in the Teen and Senior age divisions to participate as In10se Dancers at Nationals.

AGE DIVISIONS

In10sity Dance offers five age divisions under which all routines will compete: Mini (8 years of age & younger), Junior (9-11 years of age), Teen (12-14 years of age), Senior (15-19 years of age), and Adult (20 years of age & older).

The age division for acts with multiple dancers is determined by calculating the average age of the dancers in said routine as of January 1st of the year in which the competition is held. If the average age does not calculate to a whole number, In10sity Dance drops the decimal and rounds down to the nearest whole number. The age divisions under which soloist compete will also be determined by the dancer’s age as of January 1st of the year in which the competition is being held.

SIZE DIVISIONS AND TIME GUIDELINES

All routines will fall under the size division of solo (1 dancer), duet or trio (2 or 3 dancers), small group (4 to 9 dancers), large group (10 to 19 dancers), or line or production (20 or more dancers).

Regarding time limits, In10sity Dance exercises a unique perspective. We respect dance as an art form and to that end, placing a time limit on a performance would be the equivalent of limiting a painter to number of brush strokes. Rather than enforcing time limitations we offer the following suggestions:

Solos: 3 minutes
Duets & Trios: 3 minutes
Small Groups: 3 minutes
Large Groups & Lines: 4 minutes
Productions: 7 minutes

To reiterate, we do not clock each individual performance nor will we objectively penalize routines that do not fall within our suggested time parameters. Our assumption is that choreographers have a good grasp of how long it takes to make an impression and will use their best judgment in composing pieces that do just that.

CATEGORIES

All routines will register and compete under the context of one of the following:

Acro:Routine is comprised of gymnastics and/or acrobatic work in addition to dance choreography that must account for 50% or more of the routine.

Ballet:Routine is choreographed utilizing classical or contemporary ballet technique(s). Dancer(s) must wear ballet shoes.

Character:Routine where performers portray a recognizable character. May incorporate any form of dance.

Contemporary: Routine is choreographed using contemporary technique and movement.

Clogging: Routine consisting of clogging moves incorporated with the rhythm of the music. No clogging sounds are permitted in the music and dancers must wear clogging shoes.

Folk/Ethnic: Routine is choreographed using ethnic styles and techniques such as Hawaiian, African, Latin, Middle Eastern, Indian, etc.

Hip-Hop: Routine is choreographed utilizing street and/or jazz funk techniques and movement.

Jazz: Routine is choreographed utilizing jazz technique and movement.

Lyrical: is choreographed utilizing lyrical technique and maintains the theme of the musical selection.

Modern: Routine is choreographed utilizing modern movement derived from Graham, Horton, or the like.

Musical Theatre: Routine is theatrical in nature and is choreographed to music from Broadway or cinematic musical.

Open: Routine that contains any combination of genres or does not fall under any other genre recognized or represented herein.

Pointe:Routine is choreographed utilizing traditional or contemporary pointe technique and movement. Dancer(s) must wear pointe shoes.

Pom/Drill:outine is choreographed utilizing pom pons and dance team/drill technique and precision.

Tap: Routine is choreographed utilizing traditional, contemporary, or hoofing techniques, steps, and/or rhythm patterns. No tap sounds are permitted in the music, and dancers must wear tap shoes.

Please note that a maximum of two gymnastics/acrobatic passes are permitted in routines competing outside of the Acro or Open category of the solo, duet & trio, small group, and large group divisions of competition. A maximum of one-third of each routine competed in the line or production division may be comprised of Gymnastics/Acrobatic passes.

COMPETITIVE CLASSES

All dancers who are registered for an In10sity Dance competition will be classified as a Debut, Premier, or Elite class dancer. In10sity Dance has no way of qualifying a dancer for any of the three classes, nor do we have objective criteria by which a dancer is to be classified. It is the responsibility of each studio to place their dancer within whichever class they feel they are best suited. That being said, In10sity Dance suggests that dancers classified as Debut have very little competitive tenure; perhaps this is their first year of competing. In10sity suggests that dancers classified as Premier would have more competitive tenure than a Debut class dancer, but may train at a more recreational level. In10sity suggests that the Elite class is reserved for dancers who are very active competitively and are part of a comprehensive and intense training regimen.

The competitive class of all non-solo routines will be determined by the competitive class of each dancer in a given routine. For routines comprised of dancers of varying competitive classes, the routine will default to the competitive class in which the majority of dancers are classified. For example, a routine comprised of six Elite class dancers and four Premier class dancers would default to the Elite class. In the event that a routine contains an equal number of dancers from varying competitive classes, the routine will default to the highest level. For example, if a given routine contains five Debut class dancers and five Premier class dancers, the routine would automatically default to Premier. If a studio should desire for a dance to compete in a higher competitive class than it is organically registered for, they may bump the routine up. No routine may have its class bumped down.

Please note: Under absolutely no circumstances may any changes to competitive classes be made past the date of the final schedule release per competition. The final schedule is traditionally released one week prior to competition.

Please understand that the intent of instituting the competitive classes is to enable dancers to compete against other dancers of comparable ability, training, and tenure. If any inquiries, concerns, or considerations should arise relating to the competitive classes and the regulations listed herein, please feel free to contact us as we are always open to questions and feedback that would enable us to create a superior experience for our dancers, studio directors, dance teachers, choreographers, and audience.

PROPS

In10sity Dance welcomes the use of props at any of our events. Please be aware that transportation, set-up, and tear down of prop(s) is/are the sole responsibility of the studio. For the dancers’ safety, the maximum height of all props both free standing and hand-held is 10 feet, and no dancer shall stand any higher than 6 feet from the stage floor. In addition, the use of liquids, paint, potentially hazardous materials, pyrotechnics, and/or weaponry of any sort are strictly prohibited. Please note that In10sity Dance will not be held responsible or liable for any damage to props if left unattended. Also, any props left at the completion of the show will be disposed of.

MUSIC

All music must be age appropriate and free of any apparent profanity or vulgar language. In an effort to preserve In10sity Dance’s family friendly environment, infractions of this rule may result in deduction of score or disqualification.

All music must be submitted via audio file upload through your studio account. All music must be uploaded at least one week prior to the start of your event. All studios are highly encouraged to bring backup music should In10sity Dance encounter any technical difficulties with your upload. In10sity will not adjust the speed or make cuts in any music.

ADJUDICATION

All routines will be scored within the following criterion: technique (35% of the cumulative score), showmanship (25% of the cumulative score), precision/execution (15% of the cumulative scores), choreography (15% of the cumulative score) and overall performance (10% of the cumulative score).

The following are the cumulative scoring breakdowns as they relate to the respective levels of distinction:

  ELITE PREMIER DEBUT
IN10SE PLATINUM 285-300 N/A N/A
PLATINUM 270-284.9 264-300 259-300
HIGH GOLD 260-269.9 255-263.9 250-258.9
GOLD 255-259.9 250-254.9 245-249.9
SILVER 0-254.9 0-249.9 0-244.9

Top scoring routines will be acknowledged within each age and size division. At each competition, In10sity Dance will recognize the top 10 highest scoring routines for each age and size division containing 10 or more routines. For any age and size division containing between five and nine routines, In10sity Dance will acknowledge the top five highest scoring routines. For any age and size division containing three or four routines, the top three scoring routines will be acknowledged.

In the event of a tie, the technique score will determine the higher overall placement. If the technique scores are tied, the showmanship score will determine the higher overall placement. In the event that both the technique and showmanship scores are tied, the precision/execution score will determine the highest overall placement. If two or more routines are tied with equivalent technique, showmanship, and precision/execution scores, the choreography score will determine the higher overall placement. Finally, if two or more routines are tied with equivalent technique, showmanship, precision/execution, and choreography scores, the overall performance score will determine the highest placement within the overalls.

A soloist may only place once within the overalls within their respective age division with their highest scoring solo.

IN10SE IMPROV

All dancers registered for an In10sity Dance competition are welcome to register for the In10se Improv competition, which is divided by age division and occurs just prior to awards. Dancers will be instructed to check-in backstage with the Backstage Manager immediately before their respective In10se Improv competition to receive a number. All participants will be brought on stage to listen to an excerpt of the music we have selected for them. They will then be divided into groups and will perform their improv in groups of 3 to 10 dancers throughout the preliminary round. From the preliminary round, the judges will make selections to determine who will move on to the semifinal round. Upon completion of the semi-final round, the judges will select three finalists. The final three will perform their improv one last time, and the judges will rank the dancers from first to third. Second and third place will each be awarded a half- scholarship that can be used towards the In10sive or a solo entry to any regional event the following year and first place will be awarded a full scholarship.

CAMERAS

Absolutely no cameras, camcorders, or any other recording devices are permitted for use within the performance arena or dressing areas unless otherwise specified by the show director. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the competition. Please understand that the purpose of instituting this guideline is to protect the dancers and the intellectual property of the choreographers.

SCHEDULING

In10sity Dance releases a tentative schedule two weeks prior to each competition. Accompanying the release of the tentative schedule will be an email outlining our expectations of our participating studios and deadlines by which requests for modification must be submitted. In the event that a modification request is not submitted by the deadline outlined in the email, any impacted routine will compete for adjudication only.

Performance schedules with approximate times will be made available solely to studio administrators. It is the responsibility of studio personnel to distribute the schedule to their participating dancers, as In10sty Dance does not publicly post the schedules of any of our competitions. Please be prepared to compete 60 minutes prior to your designated performance time. In the event that a studio performs out of order, the affected routine will compete for adjudication only and be ineligible for divisional overall awards. In10sity Dance has the intention of running each show on time, if not early, and reserves the right to adjust the schedule in an effort to do so.

REGISTRATION

In an effort to simplify the registration process, In10sity Dance makes it possible for you to register for a competition online through your customized studio log-in page on our website. Administrators must first establish a roster of all participating dancers including their name, birthdate, gender, and competitive class. There is no need for an administrator to reenter their roster each season, as our registration system saves all your roster information from year to year and rolls ahead the ages of all participants. Once a roster has been established, the administrator may enter their routines, specifying the city in which they wish to compete, as well as the name and category of each routine. Our registration system automatically calculates age and size divisions as well as competitive class. In addition, In10sity Dance’s registration system generates individual invoices for each of your dancers. Independent entries are not accepted; all competing dancers must be registered through a studio.

ENTRY FEES

Payment for fees is due 30 days prior to the start of each event. Entry fees are non-refundable for any reason. Please note that the only methods of payment for entry fees accepted by In10sity Dance are cash, check, or money order. There is a $25.00 fee for returned checks. Credit card payments will be accepted with an additional 3% processing fee. Furthermore, no studio will be official registered for a given competition until their balance is satisfied in full. In the event that a given studio submits any payment less than 30 days before the competition in which they wish to compete, the only acceptable methods of payment will be cash, bank-issued cashiers check, or money order.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Routines must compete in their scheduled awards ceremony to be eligible for overall awards.
  •  Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled performance each day.
  • No human props.  Any person on stage during a routine must be registered as a performer for said routine.
  • Coaching of any routine for the backstage area or the audience is not allowed.
  • No refunds will be issued.  Gift Certificates towards future In10sity Dance events will be issued in the case of illness or injury.
  • Except for technical difficulties on the part of In10sity Dance, re-performances of any routine will be for adjudication only.  A dancer who leaves the stage will be judged based on that performance for adjudication only.  The dancer may re-perform their routine for a new adjudication score and critiques but will still be ineligible for overall placements.  

CASH AWARDS

There are three ways in which cash is awarded at each In10sity Dance competition:

  1. The top scoring soloist of each age division within the Elite competitive class will be awarded a $100 cash prize. The top scoring soloist of each age division within the Premier class of competition will be awarded a $75 cash prize. Finally, the highest scoring soloist in each age division within the Debut class of competition will be awarded a $50 cash prize. Please note that only top scoring soloists from age divisions and competitive classes containing at least three different soloists will be eligible for a cash award.
  2. The top scoring routine in each age division will be awarded back the entry fee they submitted for the winning routine.
  3. The In10sity Challenge: In order for a studio to be eligible, they must compete at least five non-solo routines. For each eligible studio, In10sity Dance calculates the average of the top five highest scoring non-solo routines and compares that average to the averages of the other participating and eligible studios. The top five highest studio averages are awarded cash at the close of the event. The denominations are as follows:
    • 5th Highest Studio Average: $100
    • 4th Highest Studio Average: $250
    • 3rd Highest Studio Average: $500
    • 2nd Highest Studio Average: $750
    • 1st Highest Studio Average: $1,000