Rules

2020 Rules & Regulations

FIERCE Talent Dance Competition strive to provide not only a high-quality experience, but ease in registration.

GENERAL RULES 

• PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO RECORDING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to abide by this rule can result in Disqualification for the studio. If anyone is found photographing or video recording in the competition auditorium, we reserve the right to delete the video footage. Teachers… it is your responsibility to inform your contestants and parents of this rule.
• NO SMOKING is permitted in any of our venues.
• Singing is permitted in the Song & Dance and Vocal categories ONLY. We will have two handheld/wireless microphones at each venue. We do not allow any additional equipment to be hooked into the sound system, therefore, no personal microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted.
• A panel of well-qualified judges will score contestants. All decisions of the judges are final.
• All contestants grant permission to FIERCE Talent Dance Competition to use their photographs and/or videos for promotional reasons.
• Sportsmanlike behavior is expected from all contestants, teachers and families at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification. This includes attempting to recruit students from other studios to attend yours at one of our events.
• FIERCE Talent and the hosting venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.

PROPS

• Props must be set up and removed from the stage in a reasonable time frame.
• Props must be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes backstage.
• No dangerous props may be used on stage (such as fire, swords or knives). Live animals are also prohibited on stage.
• Please alert the backstage manager of any props that will be used before your performance time.

MUSIC

Any music which contains profanity or racial slurs will result in a 5-POINT PENALTY. Note: If you are questioning if your music is ok, please send us your music in advance and we will check it.

Contestants are required to upload their music via their Dance Comp Genie Login 28 Days Prior to the commencement of an event.

• USB’S – There must be only ONE routine per USB. A back up of all music must be accessible in the event that it is needed. USB’s must be labeled with the routine name, number and studio name.

 

REGISTRATION

• Entries will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available.
• All entries MUST be PAID IN FULL 4 weeks prior to an event or once Sold Out. Under NO circumstances will refunds be given for an event.
• Payments must be made by Credit Card or Payal. NO PERSONAL CHECKS, or MONEY ORDERS will be accepted.
• NO PHONE, FAXED or MAILED entries will be accepted.
• All entries must include the correct names and ages of all contestants.
• Be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL when inputting your registration data. This WILL NOT be able to be changed after the schedule is completed.
• After payment is made, you will receive a summary via email of all routines registered. It is imperative that you review this information including birth date and age division, and reply IMMEDIATELY with any corrections. NO CHANGES WILL BE PERMITTED LESS THAN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION OR AT THE COMPETITION.
• We reserve the right to add additional competition days/times, if deemed necessary, and also reserves the right to move the competition location and dates if it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond its control. Should an event be postponed a refund will not be issued if another date and venue is provided.

TIME SCHEDULE

A time schedule will be e-mailed (provided that an email address was clearly provided on your entry form) no later than seven (21) days before the competition date to all entrants. There is NO general format. Every regional schedule is based solely on the breakdown of entries by solos, duet/trios, groups in each age division for that particular city. This breakdown is not available until all of the entries have been processed. At that time, a schedule will be set to best accommodate the entrants at that competition. No time requests will be accepted.

ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPETE ON THE DAY AND TIME ASSIGNED. We understand that there are sometimes unforeseen events that can arise. Any entry, which is not able to compete at their assigned day and time, may request an alteration to the routine’s performance time. If this is approved, this routine may be permitted to compete for AJUDICATION ONLY and may not be eligible for high score awards. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of the Director and will be determined by the time allowance at each Regional Competition.

The number in which each routine is assigned is for reference and identification purposes. Routines will perform in numerical order. If the backstage manager sees potential delays due to costume changes, you may be asked to compete out of sequence in order. Please be prepared to compete when we call your number, even though it may be a few numbers earlier than you anticipated.

**NOTE** If you determine that you do not have enough time between numbers to change costumes, it is imperative that you advise the backstage manager. If the backstage manager has not been notified of any problem, and you are not ready to compete when called, your routine may be disqualified.

GENERAL DIVISIONS / TIME LIMITS

IMPORTANT: Any person who is actively participating in a routine for ANY amount of time is counted as a performer and must be registered as such. This includes any person who can be seen by the judges for any amount of time, and any person who may be in a costume that covers their face.

Solo – (1) Performer

Time Limit – 3:00 minutes

• Solos MUST compete in the competition level in which the dancer is registered on the studio’s roster.
• We reserve the right to limit solos to three (3) per dancer, depending on the venue capability and space.

Duet/Trio – 2-3 Performers

Time Limit – 3:00 minutes

Groups

Time Limit – 5:00 minutes

Note: Routines that are over the time limit will result in automatic point deduction of one point or a fraction thereof for every 5 seconds of overtime if extended time has not been registered for that routine.

AGE DIVISIONS

AGES ARE DETERMINED BASED ON THE DANCERS AGE ON JANUARY 1ST, 2020.

DIVISIONS: 4 & Under (Mini); 6 & Under (Petite); 8 & Under (Pre-Junior); 10 & Under (Junior); 12 & Under (Pre-Teen); 14 & Under (Teen); 16 & Under (Pre-Senior); 19 & Under (Senior) and Open Age.

DUO/TRIO & GROUP AGE DIVISIONS: 6 & Under; 8 & Under; 10 & Under; 12 & Under; 14 & Under; 16 & Under; 19 & Under and Open Age.

DETERMINING AGE DIVISION: Duets/Trios and Groups will compete at the average age division determined by averaging the age of all members of the group. Do not use decimals or round up. Example: If the average comes to 11.8, they will compete in the 11-year old age division. NOTE: If there are any substitutions of any performers for National Championships, the ages must then be re-averaged and the group must then compete at the age division that the average is as of the first day of championships they are attending.

PROOF OF AGE: All performers are required to have proof of ages on hand at every FIERCE Talent competition. Failure to provide a birth certificate or drivers license if an age division is challenged will result in disqualification of that routine.

HIGH SCORE AGE DIVISIONS: Champion Dancer Awards will be given out in the Mini, Petite, Pre-Junior, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, Pre-Senior, Senior and Open age divisions.

 

JUDGING

Contestants will be judged by a panel of previously selected judges and all entrants agree that all decisions of those judges are final.
Each performance in the will be evaluated on the following five elements:

• Technique 40 points total
• Stage Presence 25 points total
• Execution of Performance 20 points total
• Choreography 10 points total
• Overall Appearance 5 points total

 

MISS/MR FIERCE AWARDS

Miss/Mr Fierce Awards are Add-on’s that can be registered whilst registering your solos. Miss & Mr Fierce Awards will be given out in the Mini, Petite, Pre-Junior, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, Pre-Senior, Senior and Open age divisions.
Titlists will be evaluated on the following elements:

• Technique 30 points total
• Overall Entertainment Value 20 points total
• Stage Presence 20 points total
• Execution of Choreography 20 points total
• Costume 10 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge. Title routines will be judged at the same time as the Solo division. There will be two separate score sheets; one for the Solos division and one for the Title category. Female winners will be presented with a Tiara and a Trophy. Male winners will be presented with a Trophy.

COMPETITION LEVELS

Studios are required to assign a competition level for EACH performer when they are entering in the registration system. Please be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL. NOTE: DANCERS MAY ONLY BE REGISTERED AT ONE LEVEL…Any dancer found to be registered in more than one level may be disqualified. Dancer’s levels WILL NOT be able to be changed once entered. SOLOS and DUET/TRIOS MUST COMPETE AT THE LEVEL IN WHICH THEY ARE REGISTERED.
ASSIGNING LEVELS

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.

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.

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..

**IMPORTANT** – It is at the judges discretion to move any routine that they feel is placed in a level below their ability to the level in which they feel is necessary. 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.

*No level changes can be made at the door.

*No Solo may be bumped to a higher competition level than the level in which the performer is listed on the studio roster.

*Groups 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.

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

Acro/Gymnastics – A routine that contains primarily gymnastic tricks, including, but not limited to walkover, front/back limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc. There should be a blend of gymnastics and dance together.

Ballet/Classical – Can be Point or Ballet. A routine consisting of classical steps & ballet technique. Ballet shoes must be worn. Pointe – A routine that consists of ballet/pointe technique. Pointe shoes must be worn.

Contemporary – A routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

Hip Hop – A dance that consists of the latest street dance style, as seen in current dance videos.

Jazz – Can be Broadway or Commercial Jazz. A routine that utilizes jazz technique such as splits, isolation, leaps, etc.

Lyrical – A routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music.

Musical Theatre – A routine performed to the music of a Broadway musical or a movie musical.

Open – A routine that is a combination of any of the other categories; a routine that does not exactly fit any of the definitions of any other category. (No Vocals permitted)

Song and Dance – A routine that combines dancing and singing. This is a vocal routine…lead vocals may not be lip synched and may have back up vocal accompaniment only. We will provide two handheld, wireless microphones. No personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted. Styles of dance can include Tap.

Tap Any Style – A routine utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes only.

Vocal – A performance of any type of vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be prerecorded. (No lead vocals may be recorded; backup voices only will be permitted). We will provide two handheld, wireless microphones. No personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted to be hooked into the sound system.

 

ENTRY FEES

Registration/Processing Fee Per Dancer $30
Solo Entry Fee $45 Per Solo
Duo/Trio Entry Fee (Each Dancer To Receive A Trophy) $60 Per Routine
Troupe Entry Fee $60 Per Routine
Title (Miss/Mr Fierce Awards) $25 Per Solo

Entry Fees to be Paid 28 Days prior to event or once event is sold out, whichever is first. An invoice will be sent to your email.