2018 Rules & Regulations

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

Official online entries must be completed in their entirety. ALL entries must be registered with a Dance Studio and represented by a Studio Owner or Director. NO independent entries are permitted to compete in ANY division. Studio owners/directors must check the release clause on every Official Entry submitted. All entries must be submitted online through the “STUDIO CENTER”. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available. Once a competition is announced as SOLD OUT, a non-refundable 25% deposit  fee will be required of studios who would like to guarantee their entries. Any cancellations of entries will result in a loss of all deposits and entry fees for that event. There will be a $15 late fee per act after the deadline date. No entries will be processed without full payment. NEW: Only Visa, Master Card, money orders and cashier’s checks will be accepted. Individual personal checks and studio checks will not be honored.  Payments made after the deadline date must be in the form of a credit card payment only. Rainbow reserves the right to add additional competition days and/or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. Rainbow also reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet the minimal number of acceptable entries. In the event of a cancelled competition,  all entry fees will be refunded. There will be NO refunds for entries if the required minimum number of acts are registered and the competition has been confirmed.

Admission is free and the general public is welcomed to all events. Doors will open exactly 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled act. The use of ANY electronic device for Photography & Videography is STRICTLY PROHIBITED during all performances. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a point deduction to the act being recorded and/or photographed as well as confiscation of the recordings and/or photographs. It is the responsibility of the studio owner/director to inform their students and parents of the NO Photo/Video rule. No food, drinks or smoking is allowed in the competition performance area or inside the contracted venue. 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.

TYPE OF ENTRIES

Solos

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

Small Groups (4-9 performers)

Large Groups (10-19 performers)

Lines (20 or more performers)

Super Lines (15 or more performers – may include performers of all levels)

Productions (15 or more performers – may include performers of all levels)

NEW: Division types are determined by the actual number of participants competing on stage at the competition, regardless of participants originally registered. An entry that changes its division type during the competition may be subject to compete as “adjudication only” at the Competition Director’s discretion.

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 & over. AGE DIVISIONS ARE DETERMINED AS OF THE JANUARY 1ST CUT OFF DATE. The average age will determine the age division for Duet/Trios, Groups,  Lines, Super Lines and Productions. When determining the average age of an act, always drop the decimal. Contestants will be responsible for showing proof of age to the Competition Director should a question arise. For National Finals, substitution of dancers from the Regional qualifying entry is permitted in all divisions/categories except Solos. Performances must be comprised of at least 50% of the original dancers from the Regional qualifying entry. When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications may change the level or age average. All music must remain the same.

LEVELS AND GUIDELINES

The level of performance (STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ, ELITE STARZ, TEACHER and ADULT) should be determined at the discretion of the studio owner/director using the guidelines below.

STARZ OF TOMORROW- Dancers with little or no competition experience who dance less than 3 hours per week. Overall High Point awards will be presented in the age groups of 8 & under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. There will be no cash prizes awarded in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level. STARZ OF TOMORROW dancers and ELITE STARZ dancers may not compete in any performance together with the exception of the Super Line and Production categories. 

RISING STARZ- Dancers who study between 3-5 hours of class per week and have limited competition experience. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be presented in the age groups of 8 & under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. Dancers who perform in RISING STARZ performances may also perform in STARZ OF TOMORROW and ELITE STARZ performances.

ELITE STARZ- Dancers who take more than 5 hours of class per week and have significant competition experience. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be presented in the age groups of 8 & under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19 in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories. Dancers who perform in ELITE STARZ performances may also perform in RISING STARZ performances. ELITE STARZ dancers and STARZ OF TOMORROW dancers cannot perform together in any performance other than in the Super Line and Production categories. Any dancer competing in this level (ELITE STARZ) may NOT compete in the STARZ OF TOMORROW level.

TEACHER LEVEL– Any performance in which a teacher 20 years of age or above performs.  Student teachers ages 19 and under must compete in other competitive levels. Overall highpoint awards will be presented. All TEACHER LEVEL performances are ineligible for cash prizes.

ADULT LEVEL – Any performance that consists of at least one non-teaching adult age 20 or above. Overall highpoint awards will be awarded. All ADULT LEVEL performances are ineligible for cash prizes.

Averaging Levels: In the placement of Duet/Trios, Groups and Lines, competition experience must be averaged. Age and technical ability must also be considered. A soloist may only compete in different levels with routines consisting of non-related dance disciplines. A dancer may only compete in two levels. These levels also must be consecutive; therefore skipping a level is not allowed. For example: a STARZ OF TOMORROW level dancer may also compete in RISING STARZ level, but never compete in the ELITE STARZ level. The only exception to this rule is in the Super Line and the Production categories, which are non-leveled performance categories.

In mixed-leveled entries, at least 50% of the dancers must be registered in the level they are competing in, with the exception of Duets. Duets must compete in the highest (age-appropriate) level of the two dancers. Since a dancer cannot skip a level and a Duet must compete in the higher of the two levels, a STARZ OF TOMORROW level dancer MAY NOT compete a duet with an ELITE STARZ level dancer.  If 50% of dancers in a Group are in one level and 50% in another, the Group must compete in the higher of the two levels. 

Please contact our office if you need further clarification of our levels and guidelines. Any infractions of the rules and regulations may result in point deductions and/or disqualification.

PERFORMANCE TIME LIMITS

Solos and Duets/Trios have a 2:45 minute performance time limit. Solos, Duets, and Trios are not permitted extended performance time. Small Groups have a 3:00 minute performance time limit. Large Groups & Lines have a 4:00 minute performance time limit. Super Lines have a 5:00 minute performance time limit. Productions have an 8:00 minute performance time limit. Extended performance time is available (up to 1:00 minute for a fee of $3.00 per performer) for Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Super Lines and Productions.

Dancers are expected to perform in the order published, unless granted special permission by the Competition Director or pre-approved by the Rainbow office administration prior to the competition. Unauthorized delay of the performance schedule may result in point deductions and/or disqualification. Dances not performing within 10 acts after their scheduled performance time may not be eligible for Overall High Point awards, unless pre-approved by the Rainbow office administration or by the Competition Director. Incompleted acts may result in point deductions or be scored lower by the judging panel. An act that re-performs may only be re-adjudicated if during the original performance, the technical error was committed on Rainbow’s behalf. A tentative schedule with the performance time of each act will be available via the online “Studio Center” one week prior to the competition. Contestants in the first 10 scheduled acts should arrive ready to perform in full costume, hair and make-up. All other competing dancers must be ready to perform at least one hour prior to their scheduled performance time. **If the competition is running ahead of schedule, dancers are expected to perform in the order of the program and/or when called upon backstage.

NEW: SET-UP TIME LIMITS

Solos, Duets, Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups are expected to set-up props in 30 seconds and remove props in 30 seconds (1:00 minute cumulative). Lines and Super Lines are expected to set-up props in 1:00 minute and remove props in 1:00 minute (2:00 minutes cumulative). Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes (5:00 minutes cumulative). If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to point deductions. An additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00. Solos, Duets and Trios are not permitted extended prop set-up/removal time.

MANDATORY MUSIC UPLOAD

Rainbow uses an electronic music file upload system for all performances. Studios have access to their own Music Manager upload page within their Studio Center on the Rainbow website. It is mandatory for all studios to submit their competition music electronically using the Music Manager.

  • Music files can only be uploaded after entries have been registered.
  • The Music Manager will assign the file names automatically once upload is complete. However, please label the file with the name of the act.
  • Please be sure to upload the exact version of your performance music, because pitch/speed of music cannot be adjusted at the event.
  • Rainbow supports MP3, M4A, and MP4 files. The maximum file size is 20MB.
  • Uploaded music files must be DRM free.
  • Music Manager will be closed 3 days prior to the start of competition. Rainbow will not accept new versions of music files at the competition. Rainbow will only use backup media formats (CD, iPod, USB) if there are technical difficulties.
  • Rainbow requires that all studios bring a backup CD, iPod, or USB for all performances in the event of a malfunction of the original music submitted. Music can be picked up at the registration 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.

CATEGORIES OF DANCE

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

POINTE – Performance must consist of pointe/toe technique. This category is not permitted in the STARZ OF TOMORROW Level.

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 such as natural movements, focus on the ‘center’ of the body, coordination between breathing and movement and a dancer’s relationship with the floor.

CONTEMPORARY – A performance that combines modern dance, lyrical and classical ballet elements.

FOLK/ETHNIC – Performances, which are to a significant degree bound by tradition with strong cultural roots. 

**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 ones head/shoulders). Forward/backward and shoulder rolls, are not considered acro/gymnastic tricks. Lifts such as being supported by another dancer are also not considered an acro/gymnastic trick. Tumbling passes are considered one acro/gymnastic trick. Lip-syncing and talking should be kept to a minimum, so as not to portray a character. A point deduction may result for acts that do not comply.

ACRO/GYMNASTICS – Performance using controlled movements and flexibility, walkovers, aerials, backhand springs, etc. and must incorporate dance technique.

SONG AND 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.

POM-PON – Performance using pom-pons incorporating precise and definite movements.

CHARACTER – Performance featuring any style of dance that is novelty or theme based in nature portraying a recognizable character.

MUSICAL THEATRE – Performance featuring any style of dance from a Broadway, 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. Acrobatics is permissible.

CLOGGING – Performance consisting of clogging technique.

SUPER LINE – Performance must utilize at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and includes all levels of dancers. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be presented to the top scoring acts. 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 total for set-up and removal of props.

PRODUCTION – Performance must utilize at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. This category is not divided by age and includes all levels of dancers. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be awarded to the top scoring acts. Adults and teachers are permitted to perform in the Production category. 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 hand-held or free standing. Each Production has an 8:00 minute time limit for performance and is given a maximum of 5:00 minutes total for set-up and removal of props.

PERFORMANCE RULES

Dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless special permission is given by the Competition Director for costume changes. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply. Dancers who do not perform within 10 acts of their scheduled time may be ineligible for Overall High Point awards. The only exception to this rule is if the Rainbow office administration has received prior notification or the Competition Director has pre-approved the delay. Dancers must perform their ENTIRE act on the stage. Performers may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings. Starting, dancing, and ending the performance in the audience is 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 1 foot of the stage edge. 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. Failure to abide by the aforementioned rules may result in point deductions and/or disqualification.

PROP AND SET RULES

Props are acceptable if they do not alter the backdrop, wings or the surface of the marley floor and can be easily removed following the completion of the act. Point deductions may result if the stage is not completely cleaned in the time permitted 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 15 feet. 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 alter or damage the backdrop, wings or marley dance floor. If the  backdrop, wings or marley floor is damaged, 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: Solos, Duets, Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups are expected to set-up props in 30 seconds and remove props in 30 seconds (1:00 minute cumulative). Lines and Super Lines are expected to set-up props in 1:00 minute and remove props in 1:00 minute (2:00 minutes cumulative). Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes (5:00 minutes cumulative). If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to point deductions. An additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00. Solos, Duets and Trios are not permitted extended prop set-up/removal time.

NEW: PROHIBITED/UNACCEPTABLE PROPS

  • Fire (including candles, matches, lighters), fireworks (including sparklers), explosives, swords, knives, weapons and use of animals are strictly prohibited. Toy weapons are acceptable. However, toys may not fire projectile objects or have blunt points or sharp edges. Hover boards and motor vehicles are not allowed. All props should be non-toxic substances. No form of liquid, gel, powder, glass objects, aerosol cans of any type (including hairspray or spray paint) or similar substances may be used that will physically alter the backdrop, wings or surface of the marley 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 or any other similar substances.  Any act that uses a substance that is not permitted and creates a safety hazard for performers or on the marley floor may be penalized and/or disqualified at Rainbow’s discretion. 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 marley 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 marley residue post-performance. There may be point deductions if Rainbow is not notified about the rosin usage and the marley floor is affected during the act.

JUDGING AND SCORING CRITERIA

Contestants must agree that all decisions of the panel of judges are final. Contestants must also agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the competition is at the discretion of Rainbow Dance Competition. If a studio has any protests or complaints, the studio owner/director must submit an “Infraction Review Form” to the Competition Director 30 minutes prior to an awards segment. In the event that an infraction was overlooked during a Regional competition, it will be taken into account at National Finals. Score sheets will only be available to studio owners/directors in the “Studio Center.”

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

1.) Technique – 40 points total

2.) Stage Presence – 25 points total

3.) Execution of Performance – 20 points total

4.) Choreography – 10 points total

5.) Overall Appearance – 5 points total

Production performances will be evaluated on the following judging elements:

1.) Technique – 30 points total

2.) Overall Entertainment Value – 25 points total

3.) Stage Presence – 20 points total

4.) Execution of Choreography – 15 points total

5.) Costume – 10 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge for a total of 300 points. If a dance, costume, or music is deemed inappropriate for family viewing by the judging panel, it will be scored lower by judges and may not be eligible for Overall High Point awards. Ties will not be broken for the general competition awards. However, all ties will be broken for Special and Overall High Point awards.

GENERAL AWARDS

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, High Gold and Gold awards presented in each age group for each category. Each act will receive one plaque per performance and individual award pins for the dancer(s) 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 Cash awards will be presented to the top scoring Solos, Duet/Trios, Groups and Lines in the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. High Point Emblems and Cash award 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 director/teacher. No cash awards will be given in 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 office administration or Competition Director. Entries received after the program is printed are also not eligible for High Point Awards. Overall High Point awards will be divided into 4 age divisions; 8 & under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19 and 20 & above. 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. NEW: Any routine that placed first overall in the High Point Awards at National Finals and/or was awarded National Grand Champion in the 2017 Grand Finale cannot compete with that exact routine at a 2018 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.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

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. Only registered Rainbow contestants enter the 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 plaque and an award certificate. All photos not claimed at the registration table by the conclusion of the competition will be discarded unless previous arrangements were made with the Rainbow office. “Most Photogenic” winners from each 2018 Regional competition must email the winning photo to photos@rainbowdance.com no later than October 1, 2018. 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 soloist(s) in the STARZ OF TOMORROW, RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. Each winner receives a full-tuition scholarship to attend any of the 2018 KAR Dance Conventions. The “KAR Dance Convention Scholarship” is not valid for in-house conventions, is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for studio credit.

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 plaque.

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 plaque.

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 plaque 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 2018 Regional tour, the “Video of the Year” winners of each competitive level will be announced on July 2018. 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”. 

HOLLYWOOD DANCE INVITATIONAL AWARD – The recipients of this award are invited to participate in the Hollywood Dance Invitational. Eligible dancers must be at least 12 years old and compete with a Solo, Duet, Trio, Small Group and Large Group in the RISING STARZ and ELITE STARZ levels. This award is presented to dancers who display a passion for performing on stage. Winners will receive an informational brochure detailing the activities and opportunities that will be offered while in Hollywood, California.

ALL STAR DANCERS AUSTRALIA-The recipients of this award are invited to be part of “KAR/Rainbow Kids Australia”. All Overall High Point winners for Solos, Duet/Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups that average 12 years of age & above from the 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 a special invitation with details of “KAR/Rainbow Kids Australia.”

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 2018 Top 5 Finalist. The weekly “IDA People’s Choice Award” winner will also be posted on the IDA website for final voting from June 2018 to July 2018. The final “IDA People’s Choice Award” winner will be announced on August 16, 2018 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 2017 Industry Dance Awards. The final “IDA Outstanding Performance” nominees will be announced on June 2018 on industrydanceawards.com. The Industry Dance Awards will take place on August 2018 in Hollywood, California.

REGIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

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. Soloists can pre-register in the “Studio Center” prior to the Regional competition or register at the Regional competition prior to their scheduled performance.  Only contestants that are listed in the printed program may register for Dancer of the Year. Soloists may enter multiple performances in the Dancer of the Year Competition. A separate entry fee will apply for each Dancer of the Year Performance. Finalists will be selected in each level and age category as follows:

Rising Starz Petite Dancer of the Year– Soloists age 8 & under 

Rising Starz Junior Dancer of the Year– Soloists age 9 – 11 

Rising Starz Teen Dancer of the Year– Soloists age 12 – 14 

Rising Starz Senior Dancer of the Year- Soloists age 15 – 19

Elite Starz Petite Dancer of the Year– Soloists age 8 & under

Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year– Soloists age 9 – 11

Elite Starz Teen Dancer of the Year-Soloists age 12 – 14

Elite Starz Senior Dancer of the Year-Soloists age 15 – 19

Dancer of the Year performances will be evaluated on the following judging elements:

1.) Technique – 30 points total

2.) Overall Entertainment Value – 25 points total

3.) Stage Presence – 20 points total

4.) Execution of Choreography – 15 points total

5.) Costume – 10 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge for a total of 300 points. Dancer of the Year scores will be determined at the same time as the Solo division. There will be two separate and unique score sheets; one for the Solo division and one for the Dancer of the Year division. All Regional Finalists will receive a Dancer of The Year sweatshirt and an invitation to compete at the National Competition. The highest scoring Dancer of the Year Winner in each division will also receive a Tiara or Cap. All 2018 Dancer of the Year Regional Finalists are eligible to compete in the 2018 National Dancer of the Year Competition at National Finals. All National Dancer of the Year winners are ineligible to compete for the same Dancer of the Year division the following competition season. National Dancer of the Year winners may only re-compete the following season if they have moved up in age division and/or level. Example: A 2017 “Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year” winner may not compete at a Regional or National Finals as an “Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year” contestant during the 2018 competition season. However, a 2017 “Elite Starz Junior Dancer of the Year” winner may compete as an “Elite Starz Teen Dancer of the Year” contestant during  the 2018 competition season if he/she has moved up to the Teen age division.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL FINALS

GENERAL: 

  • All Regional Double Platinum, Platinum, High Gold and Gold adjudication winners are eligible to participate in Rainbow’s National Dance Finals. 
  • Each act that performs will receive a score from a panel of five to eight pre-determined judges at National Finals and the highest & lowest scores are dropped to determine the cumulative score. 
  • National Double Platinum, National Platinum, National High Gold and National Gold general awards are presented in each age group for each category. 
  • Dancers MUST perform in their scheduled order. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply. 

NATIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION:

  • All 2018 Regional Dancer of the Year winners and Finalists will be eligible to compete for the National Dancer of the Year Competition. 
  • All National Dancer of the Year winners are ineligible to compete for the same Dancer of the Year division the following competition season. National Dancer of the Year winners may only re-compete the following year if they have moved up in level and/or age division.
  • Dancers must compete with the same Dancer of the Year performance that was awarded at the Regional competition.
  • There must be at least 3 Dancer of the Year performances in each division, in order for the National Dancer of the Year Winner to receive the full cash prize.
  • DANCER OF THE YEAR WINNERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN RAINBOW’S GRAND FINALE’ TO REDEEM THEIR CASH PRIZE. 
  • ALL National 2018 Dancer of the Year Winners are invited to participate in KAR’s Convention Assistant Program at any of the 2018 KAR Conventions.

OTHER AWARDS AND INFORMATION:

  • All “Most Photogenic” entries for Finals must be in FULL – COLOR. 
  • All National “Most Photogenic” winning photographs will not be returned.
  • NEW:  Any routine that placed first overall in the High Point Awards at National Finals and/or was awarded National Grand Champion in the 2017 Grand Finale cannot compete with that exact routine at a 2018 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.
  • Awards NOT presented at National Finals are as follows: All Star Dancers, Video of the Year, ADCC Studio of Excellence Award, IDA Outstanding Performance Awards, and IDA People’s Choice Award

NATIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

The 2018 National Dancer of The Year Competition is a separate event with an additional entry fee. All contestants must have qualified as a Dancer of the Year Finalist at a 2018 Regional Competition and may ONLY compete their winning performance. If a Soloist qualifies with numerous routines from different Regionals, the Soloist may only compete with one of their performances at National Finals. 

2018 OVERALL DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

All Dancer of the Year contestants receive a participation award. 

In each of the following Rising Starz divisions, the National top 6 Finalists receive a custom award.  Each Dancer of the Year winner receives a $100 cash award, a custom rhinestone jacket and a tiara/cap.

Petite Dancer of the Year (Ages 8 & under)

Junior Dancer of the Year (Ages 9-11)

Teen Dancer of the Year (Ages 12-14)

Senior Dancer of the Year (Ages 15-19).

In each of the following Elite Starz divisions, the National top 6 Finalists receive a custom award.  Each Dancer of the Year winner receives a $250 cash award, a custom rhinestone jacket and a tiara/cap.

Petite Dancer of the Year (Ages 8 & under)

Junior Dancer of the Year (Ages 9-11)

Teen Dancer of the Year (Ages 12-14)

The “Elite Starz Senior Dancer of the Year” top 6 Finalists receive a custom award. The “Elite Starz Senior Dancer of the Year” winner receives a $1000 cash award, a custom rhinestone jacket and a tiara/cap. 

All National Dancer of the Year winners will be featured in the opening number at Rainbow’s Grand Finale’. DANCER OF THE YEAR WINNERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN RAINBOW’S GRAND FINALE’ TO REDEEM THEIR CASH PRIZE.

RAINBOW’S GRAND FINALE’ – NATIONAL FINALS ONLY

At National Finals, the top 5 scoring Groups and/or Lines in each age division in the RISING STARZ level and the top 5 scoring Groups and/or Lines in each age division in the ELITE STARZ level will be invited to participate in the 2018 Grand Finale’. These top scoring dances will re-compete for National Grand Champion in each level and age division. Only one Group per studio can qualify in each Grand Champion division. The National Grand Champion divisions are as follows:

RISING STARZ Petite Group

RISING STARZ Junior Group

RISING STARZ Teen Group

RISING STARZ Senior Group

ELITE STARZ Petite Group

ELITE STARZ Junior Group

ELITE STARZ Teen Group

ELITE STARZ Senior Group

All Grand Finale performances receive a participation banner. The highest scoring performance in each Grand Champion division will be awarded a cash prize and a National Grand Champion trophy. The Overall High Point STARZ OF TOMORROW Group/Line, the highest scoring Super Line and the highest scoring Production are invited to re-perform for exhibition only at the 2018 Grand Finale’.  

ADDITIONAL AWARDS FOR NATIONAL FINALS

CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS – These esteemed awards will be presented to the choreographers who have displayed exceptional choreography with their group and line performances at National Finals. The dances with the most nominations by the panel of judges will be deemed the winners of these awards. Each winner will be presented with a custom award at the Grand Finale’. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

STUDIO OF THE YEAR AWARD – These prestigious awards are presented to the studios who receive the highest total amount of Top 5 High Point awards at National Finals. Each winner will be presented with a custom award at the Grand Finale’. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD – This honorable award will be presented to the studio displaying the most studio spirit, enthusiasm and exceptional sportsmanship. The recipient of this award will be presented with a $1000 KAR Convention gift certificate and a “Studio Spirit” banner. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

FUTURE STAR AWARD – This distinguished award is presented to an individual who displays exceptional dance abilities, showmanship and is a role model because of his/her superb sportsmanship and support of others. The recipient of this award will receive a custom award and a $100 cash prize. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

TOP STUDIO AWARDA Top Studio award will be presented in each level (Stars of Tomorrow, Rising Starz and Elite Starz) to the studio with the most Double Platinum awards and Platinum awards.  To be eligible for this award, a studio must have a minimum of one act represented from the Solo, Duet/Trio and Group/Line divisions that perform in the same level of competition.  In the event of a tie, the award will be given to the studio with the highest accumulated points. The winner will be awarded a $500 KAR Convention gift certificate and a “Top Studio” banner. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

GRADUATING SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP – These exemplary awards are presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled both on and off the stage. To be eligible for this award, a dancer must complete the official application process found on the Rainbow website. The winner of each scholarship is selected by the Rainbow Scholarship Committee. Each recipient will be presented with a $250 scholarship at the Grand Finale’. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.