2017 Rules & Regulations
Please read carefully. Failure to comply with the rules below could result in disqualification.
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.
KAR reserves the right to add or change additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. KAR 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. KAR 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 KAR 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 (a maximum of 5 solos per dancer, in different categories will only be accepted).
Duets/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)
All Solos, Duet/Trios are limited to 3:00 minutes, Small Groups, Large Groups & Lines are limited to 4:00 minutes, Super Line routines have a 5:00 minute time limit. Production routines have a 5:00 minute time limit for performance. (Extended time is available for Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines and Productions only; up to 1:00 minute for $3.00 per performer).
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 the office has put it in writing. Unauthorised delays of the performance schedule will result in a 1-point deduction per judge and/or disqualification. Routines 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. Routines 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 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
KAR 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 KAR website.
- Music upload will be available as soon as you register your performance
- KAR will not accept or replace the uploaded versions of music at the competition. KAR 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 KAR office.
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
The level of performance (RISING STARS and ELITE STARS) selected for each dancer is at the full discretion of the studio owner. We encourage you to base your decision using the guidelines below.
RISING STARS: Beginner/Intermediate Level.
Dancers with little or no competition experience, with the exception of Superlines and Productions. There will be no cash prizes awarded to Rising Stars. Overall High Scores will be presented in all 4 Age Groups (8 & under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19) in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories.
ELITE STARS: Advanced Level
Dancers with competition experience. Studio Credits will be awarded to Elite Stars. Overall High Scores will be presented in all 4 Age Groups (8 & under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19) in Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line categories.
ADULT LEVEL: Any performance that consists of non-teaching adults. All ADULT LEVEL performances are ineligible for studio credits.
TEACHER LEVEL: Any performance in which a teacher 20 years of age and above performs. All TEACHER LEVEL performances are ineligible for studio credits. Student teachers age 19 and under are permitted to compete in the regular competition.
CATEGORIES OF DANCE
BALLET: routine should contain ballet technique incorporating classic movements.
POINTE: routine must consist of pointe/toe technique. (This category is not permitted in the RISING STARS level).
JAZZ: routine must consist of jazz technique; splits and floor rolls are permissible.
TAP: routine consisting primarily of tap technique.
LYRICAL: routine consisting of Jazz and Ballet based technique demonstrating clean, classical lines while emphasising emotional interpretation of the lyrics in the music.
MODERN: routine consisting of interpretive movements using contemporary/modern technique.
ETHNIC/INDIGENOUS: routine 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 gymnastic passes are permissible. A deduction of 1 point per judge will result for routines that do not comply. Minimum lip-syncing and talking are permitted if character is not portrayed.
ACRO/GYMNASTICS: routine using controlled movements and flexibility, walkovers, aerials, back handsprings, etc. Must incorporate dance technique.
SONG AND DANCE: routine containing both singing and dancing of any type. KAR will provide 1 hand held microphone only. No additional sound equipment or microphones may be used or connected to KAR’s sound system.
MUSICAL THEATRE: routine featuring any style of dance from a Broadway Show, Movie or Television Show.
HIP HOP/FUNK: routine demonstrating street style jazz that incorporates hip hop and/or funk choreography. Acrobatics and break dancing are permissible.
OPEN: routine demonstrating any dance style or combination of dance styles.
CONTEMPORARY: routine incorporates a fusion of various styles while demonstrating a strong foundation in ballet and modern technique.
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 RULE 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. KAR 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 KAR 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, KAR 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 KAR 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, KAR 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 KAR 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 safety hazard on the tarkett floor.
TITLE CATEGORY Sponsored by Diva Dance
Mr. Petite Dance and Miss Petite Dance: Soloist 8 years of age and younger in both Rising Stars and Elite Stars Levels.
Mr. Junior Dance and Miss Junior Dance: Soloist 9 through 11 years of age in both Rising Stars and Elite Stars Levels.
Mr. Teen Dance and Miss Teen Dance: Soloist 12 through 14 years of age in both Rising Stars and Elite Stars Levels.
Mr. Dance and Miss Dance: Soloist 15 years of age and over competing in the Elite Stars Level ONLY. Dancers, 20 years of age and over are ineligible for Title. The selection will be made based upon the routine displaying the most outstanding performance quality. Titlists will be evaluated on the following elements:
- Technique 20 points total
- Stage Presence 20 points total
- Execution of Choreography 20 points total
- Costume 20 points total
- Overall Entertainment Value 20 points total
There is a maximum of 100 points per judge. All Solos competing for the title category must be pre-registered. 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 Cap and a Trophy. A total of 5 runner up performances will also be announced in each category.
GENERAL AND SPECIAL AWARDS
Each act that performs will receive a score from three to four judges. Awards are based on composite scores and not on placement within an age group in each category. This may result in multiple ELITE TOP FIRST, TOP FIRST AND FIRST place awards given in each age group for each category. All ages will receive one trophy per act and individual award badges. 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. 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 awards is determined by the scoring range of that particular competition.
MOST ENTERTAINING AWARD this award will be chosen by our panel of judges and presented to the Group or Line deemed to be most entertaining in the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the winner.
COSTUME AWARD this will be awarded by our judges selecting their favourite and best costume in the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels based on design, originality, fit and appropriateness. All Groups and Line entries are eligible for this award. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the winner.
JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS these will be awarded to Groups or Lines displaying outstanding qualities during their performances in the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels.
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 from the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels 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.
IDA (INDUSTRY DANCE AWARDS) PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD a nomination from each city is presented to the Small Group, Large Group, Line, Superline or Production that the panel of judges feel best represents the entire competition: exceptional talent, choreography and showmanship. Performance must be in the ELITE STARS LEVEL. An IDA People’s Choice Award nomination will be awarded in each city and will also be posted on KAR’s website for an online popular voting contest. The ultimate winning Australian performance who has the most votes will be awarded a single fully paid flight and accommodation package to Hollywood, California, USA to attend the 2018 Industry Dance Awards. The winning performance from KAR Australia will then be posted on KAR’s YouTube page and linked to the IDA’s website for a final round of voting by the public on June 1, 2018.
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY this award will be presented to Groups or Lines displaying outstanding qualities of overall choreography in the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels when ten or more acts are competing. Choreographers or Studio Owners will be presented with a designer double column trophy on stage.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK this award is based on the overall “favourite” MOST ENTERTAINING ACT winners from the Groups and Lines in the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels. The “Video of the Week” winners will have their performance featured on the KAR website for a voting contest. The voting contest will take place at the end of the KAR Australia season for the chance to be named “Video of the Year”. The “Video of the Year” award winner will be presented and featured on the following season’s digital program cover and KAR website.
AUSTRALIA’S ULTIMATE DANCE AWARD Sponsored by Travel Counsellors for Performing Arts this award will be presented to the highest scoring performance throughout the entire 12 city tour. All Groups and Lines in both levels of competition are eligible for this award. A preliminary winner will be announced in each city that is in the running for the Australia’s Ultimate Dance Award. At the conclusion of the tour, KAR will officially announce the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS winner. Each winner will receive a $5000 travel voucher to travel to the United States, a special invitation to perform for the Las Vegas or Los Angeles KAR Finals Showcase and will receive free entry fees for that group to compete with additional performances in the qualification round of competition that precedes the KAR Finals Showcase. Australia’s Ultimate Dance Award is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash or a studio credit. Additional terms and travel conditions apply.
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 in the ELITE STARS level only. High point soloists will also receive High Point Medals. In the RISING STARS level, High Point winners will only receive High Point Emblems, badges and soloists will also receive High Point Medals. No studio credits are given to the RISING STARS level. 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 PRODUCTIONS 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 pre-authorised with the Director or KAR 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 program is printed and KAR is notified before the start of the competition, the act may compete in the appropriate division and time for eligibility.
TOP STUDIO AWARDS
A Top Studio Award will be presented to the studio with the most ELITE TOP FIRST and TOP FIRST place awards in the RISING STARS and ELITE STARS levels. To be eligible for this award, a studio MUST have a minimum of 1 act represented in each of the type of entries Solo, Duet/Trio and Group/Line divisions. In the event of a tie, the award will be given to the studio with the highest accumulated points. The winning studio will be presented with a large designer trophy.
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 KIDS ARTISTIC REVUE 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 will be available to Studio Directors Only, and are online through the studio centre only.
Each performance in the Elite Stars Level, Teacher/Adult Level and Superline Category will be evaluated on the following five 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 Rising Stars Level will be evaluated on the following five elements:
1) Technique 38 points total
2) Stage Presence 24 points total
3) Choreography 19 points total
4) Execution of Performance 9 points total
5) Overall Appearance 5 points total
There is a maximum of 95 points per judge.
Each performance in the Production Category and Title 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.