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Competition Schedule

2017 Regionals

Preliminary Schedule. More Cities & Details Coming Soon!
  • Dec 2-4, 2016 EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ
  • Feb 3-5 HARTFORD, CT
  • Feb 3-5 LOUISVILLE, KY
  • Feb 10-12 ST. LOUIS, MO
  • Feb 10-12 ALBEMARLE
  • Feb 17-19 LAKELAND, FL
  • Feb 24-26 FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
  • Feb 24-26 HOUSTON, TX
  • Feb 24-26 SPRINGFIELD, MA
  • Mar 3-5 GREENVILLE, SC
  • Mar 3-5 WOODBRIDGE, VA
  • Mar 3-5 EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ
  • Mar 10-12, RALEIGH, NC
  • Mar 17-19 MEMPHIS, TN
  • Mar 17-19 MOBILE, AL
  • Mar 17-19 PITTSBURGH, PA
  • Mar 17-19 REDONDO BCH, CA 1
  • Mar 24-26 SEWELL, NJ
  • Mar 31- Apr 2 LENOIR, NC
  • Mar 31- Apr 2 COLUMBUS, OH
  • Mar 31- Apr 2 DOWNEY, CA
  • Apr 7-9 BIRMINGHAM, AL
  • Apr 7-9 CHICAGO, IL
  • Apr 7-9 INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  • Apr 21-23 OVERLAND PARK, KS
  • Apr 21-23 HOT SPRINGS, AR
  • Apr 21-23 DAVENPORT, IA
  • Apr 28-30 ATHENS, GA
  • Apr 28-30 NEW ORLEANS
  • Apr 28-30 ROCHESTER, NY
  • Apr 28-30 SUPPLY, NC
  • May 5-7 REDONDO BCH, CA 2
  • TBA PHOENIX, AZ
  • TBA UPLAND, CA
  • TBA MINNEAPOLIS, MN

2016 Regionals

Click City for Details, Directions & Results

December

East Brunswick, NJ Dec 4-6

E. Brunswick PAC
Hammarskjold Middle School

200 Rues Ln
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

(732) 613-6890

January

Hartford, CT Jan 29-31

The Performing Arts Center at CREC

359 Washington St
Hartford, CT 06106

(860) 757-6388

February

Louisville, KY Feb 5–7

Louisville Memorial Auditorium

970 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40203

(502) 584-4911

Albemarle, NC Feb 12-14

Stanley County Agri-Civic Center

26032 B Newt Rd
Albemarle, NC 28001

(704) 986-3666

St Louis, MO Feb 12-14

Purser Center at Logan University

1851 Schoettler Rd
Chesterfield, MO 63017

(636) 227-2100

Lakeland, FL Feb 19-21

Lakeland Center

701 W Lime St
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 834-8100

Mobile, AL Feb 19-21

Mobile Civic Center

401 Civic Center Dr
Mobile, AL 36602-0204

(251) 208-7261

Vernon, CT Feb 19-21

Rockville High School

70 Loveland Hill Rd
Vernon, CT 06066

(860) 870-6050

Redondo Beach, CA Feb 26-28

Centinela Valley Center for the Arts

14901 South Inglewood Ave
Lawndale, CA 90260

(310) 263-3205

Ft Lauderdale, FL Feb 26-28

Omni Auditorium

1000 Coconut Creek Blvd
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

(954) 201-2240

Houston, TX Feb 26-28

Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Rd
Stafford, TX 77477

(281) 208-6900

East Brunswick, NJ Feb 26-28

E. Brunswick PAC
Hammarskjold Middle School

200 Rues Ln
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

(732) 613-6890

March

Phoenix, AZ Mar 4-6

Desert Ridge High School

10045 E Madero Ave
Mesa, AZ 85209

(480) 984-8947

Woodbridge, VA Mar 4-6

Freedom High School

15201 Neabsco Mills Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22191

(703) 583-1405

Pittsburgh, PA Mar 11-13

Cornell High School

1099 Maple St
Coraopolis, PA 15108

(412) 264-5010

Minneapolis, MN Mar 11-13

Minneapolis Convention Center

1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

(612) 335-6000

Jacksonville, FL Mar 18-20

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

(904) 620-1000

Worcester, MA Mar 18-20

DCU Center

50 Foster St
Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 755-6800

Raleigh, NC Mar 18-20

Memorial Auditorium @ Duke Energy Center

2 E South St Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 996-8700

Boardman, OH Mar 19-20

Boardman Performing Arts

7777 Glenwood Ave
Youngstown, OH 44512

(704) 986-3666

April

Hot Springs, AR Apr 1-3

Hot Springs Convention Center

134 Convention Blvd
Hot Springs, AR 71902

(501) 321-2277

Long Island, NY Apr 1-3

Patchogue Medford High School

181 Buffalo Ave
Medford, NY 11763

(631) 687-6500

Redondo Beach, CA Apr 8-10

Centinela Valley Center for the Arts

14901 South Inglewood Ave
Lawndale, CA 90260

(310) 263-3205

Indianapolis, IN Apr 8-10

Pike PAC

6701 Zionsville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268

(317) 216-5455

Rochester, NY Apr 8-10

The Auditorium

885 E Main St
Rochester, NY 14605

(585) 222-5000

Upland, CA Apr 9-10

Highlander Auditorium

850 N San Antonio Ave
Upland, CA 91786

(909) 985-9462

Memphis, TN Apr 15-17

Cook Convention Center

255 North Main St
Memphis, TN 38103

(901) 543-5300

Birmingham, AL Apr 15-17

Alabama Theater

1817 3rd Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 252-2262

Lenoir, NC Apr 15-17

Broyhill Civic Center

1913 Hickory Blvd SE
Lenoir, NC 28645

(828) 726-2407

Overland Park, KS Apr 15-17

Overland Park Convention Center

6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211

(913) 339-3000

Chicago, IL Apr 15-17

Governor's University PAC

1 W University Pkwy
University Park, IL 60484

(708) 235-2222

Detroit, MI Apr 22-24

Walled Lake Northern HS

6000 Bogie Lake Rd
Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48382

(248) 956-5300

Athens, GA Apr 22-24

The Classic Center

300 N Thomas St
Athens, GA 30601

(706) 208-0900

Columbus, OH Apr 22-24

Riffe Center Theater

77 S High St
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 460-7214

Davenport, IA Apr 22-24

Adler Theater @ River Center

136 E 3rd St
Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 326-8500

Charleston, WV Apr 22-24

Charleston Municipal Auditorium

Civic Center Dr
Charleston, WV 25301

(304) 348-8000

May

Supply, NC Apr 29-May 1

Odell Williamson Auditorium

50 College Rd NE
Bolivia, NC 28422

(910) 755-7416

New Orleans, LA Apr 29-May 1

Jefferson PAC

6400 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 70003

(504) 731-4700

Santa Clara, CA Apr 29-May 1

Santa Clara Convention Ctr
Hall D

5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

(408) 748-7000

Downey, CA May 13-15

Downey Civic Center

8435 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241

(704) 986-3666

2016 Nationals

Click city for details

Las Vegas June 21-25

Orlando July 1-5

Myrtle Beach July 11-15

The South Point Resort

9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89183

(866) 796-7111

Accommodations & Reservations

The South Point Resort

9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89183

(866) 796-7111

The South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Some of our many amenities include a 16-screen Century Theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. Our casino features a large selection of table games and the latest slot and video poker machines. Our distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 42-inch LED televisions, Point Plush mattresses and Wireless Fidelity throughout. A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. South Point also has a fabulous 400-seat showroom that features headliner entertainment and dancing to live bands on weekends. Stop by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa today, we are sure you will want to stay.

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Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Boulevard, ChampionsGate, FL 33896

(407) 390-6664

Accommodations & Reservations

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

1500 Masters Boulevard, ChampionsGate, FL 33896

(407) 390-6664

This expansive resort is 1.1 miles from Interstate 4 and 8.3 miles from Walt Disney World® Resort.
The warm, polished rooms have flat-screen TVs and WiFi, while some have balconies and/or golf course views. Suites add living areas/separate lounges with sofabeds, and upgraded suites add wet bars and dining areas. Some also have kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs. Self-contained 2- and 3-bedroom villas are available.
Amenities include outdoor pools, a lazy river and sports courts, plus 2 championship golf courses, a spa and free Walt Disney World® shuttle. There are multiple dining options, including a sports bar/grill and an Italian restaurant.

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Myrtle Beach Convention Center

2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

(800) 537-1690

Accommodations & Reservations

Sheraton Myrtle Beach

2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

(843) 918-5000

The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel is one of Myrtle Beach’s premier first class hotels. It is conveniently attached to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and is only 10 minutes from the Myrtle Beach Airport. Situated in Myrtle Beach’s central business district, it is located closely to the beach or unique shopping, casual dining, a variety of attractions, and exciting nightlife at Broadway at the Beach. Myrtle Beach’s finest golf courses are within a 10-minute drive as well. The hotel has 402 guest rooms and allows you to stay connected to those at home or at work using the High Speed Internet Access.

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Forms Download

Star Systems competition entry form. Please use one entry form per routine. Entries must be postmarked 30 days prior to event. Please print legibly or type entry information and fill out form fully.

Print and duplicate. List each competitor performing one name per line. Please use one contestant list form per routine. Type or print legibly.

If paying by credit card, print and fill out the credit card authorization form. A legible copy of the credit card being used (front & back) must be submitted with this form by fax or email.

Download a copy of our competition rules and guidelines in PDF format. Please print out for your reference.

About Us

FAQs

What birthdate do you use to enter your regional competition?
At STAR SYSTEMS™ you use the date you are the day of the regional competition for both solos and groups.

What birthdate do you use to enter your national competition?
At STAR SYSTEMS™ for GROUPS, you enter the same age you were at REGIONALS. However, for solos you use the age you are as of April 1st. In other words, if you entered as a 12 year old solo on a March 29 competition, but turned 13 on April 5th, you would enter your solo as a 12 year old.

Many competitions use a January 1st birthdate for solos, why don't you?
Yes, if you are 12 on January 1st and have your birthday January 28 and compete February 3, you are almost 13 and a half by the time Nationals gets here, but still competing in the 12 year old division, because that was your age as of January 1st, not quite very fair to the TRULY 12 year old dancers.

What are the different ways you accept music at your competitions?
We accept music on cassette tapes, CD'S and iPods. We have been allowing the use of CD'S and iPods for several years now. We send you labels, to use, however if using an iPod if you provide a list to us, where to locate the music, there is no need for labels. If you have 10 or more routines we accept your CD's in a case, use them one at a time and replace them back in the case, so that our announcer has control over your music at all times. You may also bring your iPod to the table as long as it is labeled with your studio name.

Some competitions are "downloading" music,why doesn't STAR SYSTEMS™?
We do not download music, because many times teachers have spent a lot of money on their cuts, and sometimes go back and use the music in later years. By downloading, you take a high risk of someone else getting a copy of your music at any time, and there is of course always the chance of a computer crashing with all your competition music on it as well.

What about live feed, or online streaming, why don't you provide that service?
Once again, coming from a former dance teachers perspective, I would not want my choreography (especially TOP SCORING) choreography online for everyone to see, it is each teacher's individual creation right down to the design of the costume many times. Yes, watching from the audience a teacher could sketch a costume, and get a general idea of the number, but not totally copy it. Our first encounter that this truly happens is a few weeks ago two numbers were performed at a regional that were in some places the EXACT copy of the original choreography. These two routines were currently being shown online.

Our Story

SS Awards

Raised as an only child, Marcy Tuttle never envisioned a family of hundreds but that is what she got. As the CEO and FOUNDER of her highly successful companies STAR SYSTEMS™ NATIONAL TALENT COMPETITION, and SHOCK THE INTENSIVE, and with her ability to emphasize similarities over difference even in a competitive setting,Marcy has created a family circle that widens year by year.

Her destiny was set at an early age, thanks to a simple family disagreement. At three years old, her parents debated the merits of various activities for their little girl. Her mother wanted baton, her father it seemed favor dance lessons. Guess who won?

By the time they moved from Peoria, Illinois to Florida, Marcy was an accomplished 21 year old dancer and ready to strike out in a new direction. She opened two studios in southern Florida, and enlisted both mom and dad to assist her in running the business.

In this fashion, her life ambled along for nearly a dozen years, weathering a marriage and the birth of a son, Casey. Then she stumbled on a golden opportunity, a failing competition business. “I bought it with $250 investment. Two speakers and a tape deck”. She went on to pay 10 cents on the dollar for the entire inventory in their warehouse and STAR SYSTEMS™ was officially on its way. That was in 1987…..making this our 25th year in the competition industry.

STAR SYSTEMS™ is a family business with Marcy’s son Casey acting as the NATIONAL DIRECTOR. Unlike other competitions, who advertise for employees off the internet, STAR SYSTEMS™ still utilizes, family members, or close friends of our family. Most employees are dancers that grew up in the competition industry or took dance as a child. Our backstage directors have been complimented time and time again, for their friendliness, helpfulness as well as the exciting aura they create backstage for the dancers before they enter the stage for competition. Marcy’s husband, also serves as the network engineer, along with the position of Regional Director as well. You can rest assured when attending STAR SYSTEMS™ that our staff is KNOWN to us, and not hired off the internet without knowing who they are.

Casey Tuttle, The National Director, was virtually raised along with the growth of STAR SYSTEMS™. He says ‘from the time I can remember I have always been around the business. As a child, I would help my grandmother at the boutique, and then help my grandfather build trophies in our warehouse.” Soon after Casey began working backstage, then moving up to serve as emcee and learning lighting and sound, which he continues to attend conferences to update his knowledge in the ever changing industry. At the age of 19, he earned another responsibility,big brother, Marcy, suffering from empty nest syndrome, did her homework, and adopted two beautiful little girls from Guatemala. Casey says ”I truly believe STAR SYSTEMS™ is so successful because we are a family business. Everyone that is involved with STAR SYSTEMS™ is part of our family, perhaps not by blood, but because we bring them into all of our family celebrations, and celebrate theirs with them as well.”

2016 Competition Guidelines

We have 36 categories and 9 age divisions. Types of entries are solo, duet/trio, small (4-9) and large (10-18) groups and lines (19 or more) Age groups are: 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-25, 26-39 and 40 and over. For duet/trios groups and lines, the average age of your group determines the age group that you enter. When averaging ages you DROP the decimal. All group routines compete at the National Finals in the age group qualified in at regional. All solo routines compete in the age they are as of the Regional competition. Contestants will be responsible for producing proof of age to the director, should a question arise.

AGES - Group Ages are birth dates as of January 1. Solos and duet/trios are birth dates as of the regional competition. All routines compete at Nationals in the age group they qualified in at regionals.

In Group Divisions, if ONE THIRD of the group is more than 2 years OLDER than the category age average, the group must move up to the next age division. EXAMPLE: If a group average age is 11-12 and ONE THIRD of the dancers are 15 years old or older, this group MUST compete in the 13-14 year old age division. NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 3 may appear onstage in a group routine. ANY child 2 years or YOUNGER than the average age, MUST perform in 50% of the routine. EXAMPLE: If a group average age is 11-12 and there is a 5 year old in the routine, the 5 year old MUST perform in 50% of the routine. Young children may NOT be used as a "prop", they MUST dance.

All Protests must be submitted by a TEACHER or STUDIO OWNER only. The protest must be in writing, signed and received by the regional director within 30 minutes of the incident. Any routine that is protested due to an age discrepancy MUST provide birth certificates at the time of protest. Failure to produce age documentation could result in disqualification of routines. In order to submit a protest, you must have a routine in the age group/category which is being challenged.

TAP, JAZZ, LYRICAL, OPEN, CONTEMPORARY SOLO -These categories ONLY will be entered in the following age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17-18, 19-25.

New age ranges for the overall divisions:
Tiny - age 6 and Under. They will have only one level of SHINING STAR.
Mini - age 7-9. They will have all three levels of competition.
Junior - age 10-12. They will have all three levels of competition.

We offer ONE level of competition for the Tiny(6-Under) age group. They are SHINING STAR.

We offer THREE levels of competition for the Mini(7-9), Junior(10-12), Teen(13-15), and Senior(16-Over) age group. They are SHINING STAR, SHOOTING STAR & SUPER STAR.

*SHINING STAR - dancers are defined as dancers that take 3 hours or less of CLASS per week and compete in 7 or less routines.

*SHOOTING STAR – dancers are defined as dancers that take 5 hours or less of CLASS per week and compete in 10 or less routines.

*SUPER STAR – dancers are defined as dancers that take more than 5 hours of CLASS per week.

This means TOTAL class time, not each discipline of dance. For routines this includes solos, duet/trios, and groups. You only need to place dancers based on hours of class. IF they are in too many dances for their level the computer will move them up to the next level of competition. There are no levels for VOCAL, MODELING or PHOTOGENIC.

To determine level of duet/trios, groups, lines, please do the following - if you have mixed level dancers in a routine, and 50% of them are HIGHER level dancers, the routine should be entered in the HIGHER level. Please check your roster to be sure level is marked correctly. The computer will place routine levels based on the level of each individual. Contestant may challenge up a level. All routine levels will be based on this new level. This challenge must be done prior to competition doors opening. You cannot change levels at a competition, unless asked to do so, by the director or judges.

ANY SOLOIST THAT RECEIVED A PLATINUM ACHIEVEMENT AT THE 2015 NATIONAL FINALS, THOSE CONTESTANTS MUST, AT MINIMUN, ENTER ONE LEVEL HIGHER IN 2016. (This does not pertain to the Super Star level.)

TAP -Routine should contain tap technique. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.

JAZZ -Routine should contain jazz technique, “funk” moves may be incorporated within. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

LYRICAL - Routine should utilize lyrical style to show extension, balance, as well as showing an interpretation of the music. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.

CONTEMPORARY - Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension, balance, as well as showing an interpretation of the music. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.

MODERN -Abstract in nature, modern dance style. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.

BALLET -Routine should contain ballet technique while incorporating classical movements. NO ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.

POINTE -Routine should consist of pointe technique, incorporating classical movements. NO ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.

HIP-HOP -Street style of dance that includes Hip/Hop and Funk choreography. ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

SONG & DANCE -Routine should contain vocal exhibition and any style of dance (jazz, tap, etc) Song & Dance routines must be 50% dance. Background vocals are acceptable ONLY during the chorus of the song. A 1 point deduction for additional vocals on Song & Dance will be taken by the judges. All Song & Dance contestants must use the microphones provided by Star Systems, personal sound equipment is not allowed.

GYMNASTIC -Routine should contain at least 2 MULTIPLE tumbling passes, (i.e. round off back handspring and a back tuck) aerial work or hand balancing. Gym routines should contain less dance than an acrobatic routine.

VOCAL -Routine should show pitch, range, etc. Background vocals are acceptable on vocal tapes ONLY during the chorus of the song. All vocalists must use microphones provided by Star Systems, personal sound equipment is not allowed.

ACROBATIC -Routine should show controlled moves such as headstands, walk-overs, tensicas, and contortion work. Acrobatic routines MUST contain dance choreography. Acrobatic routines should NOT contain more than (2) aerial tricks, nor more than (2) multiple tumbling passes. This category should be used for contortionists and tumblers who cannot execute multiple tumbling passes.

CLOGGING -Routine should show clogging (or buck) technique. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

CHARACTER BALLET -Routine incorporating ballet technique while portraying a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

CHARACTER JAZZ -Routine which contains jazz technique while portraying a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

CHARACTER TAP -Routine should primarily be tap technique while portraying a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

CHARACTER ACRO/GYM -Acrobatic or Gymnastic routine where contestant portrays a recognizable character. Routine should be 50 % dance.

CHARACTER CLOGGING -Clogging routine where contestant portrays a recognizable character. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

CHARACTER LYRICAL -Routine should portray a recognizable character, and use contemporary style to show extension, balance, as well as an interpretation of the music. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

Contestants must establish character without musical assistance. Any routine with non-character portrayal will be moved to its proper category at regionals. At Nationals there will be a 1 point deduction for improper entry into the Character category. A "dancer" cannot be considered as a character. ALL CHARACTER DANCE ROUTINES MAY CONTAIN 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS. A PASS IS CONSIDERED ONE TRICK. FOR ANY CHARACTER ROUTINE CONTAINING MORE THAN 3 TRICKS. EXCEPT CHARACTER/ACRO WHICH MUST CONTAIN 50% DANCE, 50% ACROBATICS.

OPEN -Any routine with a combination of dance styles. May include acrobatic tricks, but should not be more than 50% acrobatic.SONG & DANCE, nor VOCAL routines may enter in the OPEN category.

ETHNIC -Routine consisting of ethnic or folkloric technique.

LIP-SYNC -Must lip-sync 75% of routine. Dance steps should be incorporated into routine. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

MUSICAL THEATRE -Routine featuring any style of dance from a Broadway show. NO SINGING PERMITTED in this category. 3 ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED.

SPORTSWEAR MODELING -Contestants should attempt a front or back "t" formation, pageant poses, front circle for judges is acceptable. 3 DANCE MOVES ARE ALLOWED. Props such as hats, gloves, jackets, etc. are acceptable and encouraged to use. NO SWIMSUITES ALLOWED.

FORMALWEAR MODELING -Party dress or formal gown attire. Boys should wear blazer/slacks, suit or tuxedo. Student should attempt a front or back "t" formation, pageant poses, front circle for judges is acceptable.

MODELING TIME LIMITS: 1 minute 30 seconds for SOLOS, 2 minutes for DUET/TRIOS,3 minutes for groups/lines.

PRODUCTION -Routine MUST contain at least 15 performers and may incorporate any style of dance including acrobatics.

EXTENDED PRODUCTION -Routine MUST contain at least 15 performers and may contain more than one discipline of dance. Extended Production time length is 8 Minutes.

OPEN PRO/AM -Any duet/trio or group including amateur performers and at least one professional. PROFESSIONAL - A professional under Star Systems description shall be considered anyone 19 years of age or older that has received public recognition and/or payment for competitive choreography.

PHOTOGENIC - Solo photograph must be (1) 8×10 color or black and white head or full length shot. ONLY TWO PHOTOS PER CONTESTANT. Photos MUST be marked on the back with name, age, and studio in order to be accepted. PHOTOGRAPHS MUST ACCOMPANY ENTRY FORMS.

TIME LIMITS: Solo entries are limited to 2:45. Duet/trio entries are limited to 3 minutes. Small groups are limited to 3:30. Large groups are limited to 4 minutes. Production and Lines are limited to 4:30. Extended Productions are limited to 8 minutes. A 15 second delay time will be allowed on all routines, any routines 16-30 seconds over the time limit will result in 1 point deduction. Any routine which runs 31 seconds or more over the time limit will be an additional 1 point deduction. We will accept competition music on Compact Discs. The selections requested MUST be clearly labeled with the following: CONTESTANT NUMBER, TRACK NUMBER, THE NAME OF THE MUSIC. Any studio with 10 or more entries are encouraged to bring all of their music to the announcer's table at the beginning of the competition weekend. We DO accept music on iPods . Please bring back up music to competition, but we do not need it at the table. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT MUSIC ON TAPES.

A Solo Contestant cannot compete against himself/herself in any category in the same age group. Duet/trios, groups, lines must contain at least (1) different person in order to compete in the same category, same age group.

NO COACHING ALLOWED. Appropriate deduction will be taken by judges.

Incomplete routines may not compete a 2nd time unless interruption of routine was due to technical difficulties, or other necessity deemed appropriate by a Star Systems Director. Director's decision is final.

VIDEO CAMERAS, MOVIE CAMERAS OR ANY OTHER RECORDING DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED FROM THE PREMISES! THIS INCLUDES ANY TYPE OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHY. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE COULD RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATIONS. IF VIDEO CAMERAS OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF RECORDING DEVICES ARE FOUND IN THE AUDITORIUM WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE TAPE OR MEDIA BEING RECORDED.

**Routine numbers and a time schedule will be posted in the teacher section of our online registration 8 days prior to competition. We no longer mail nor post schedules online, except for teachers within the teachers section of online registration.

ONLINE ENTRIES MUST BE ENTERED AND PAID 30 DAYS PRIOR TO COMPETITION. IF MAILED THEY MUST BE IN THE OFFICE 30 DAYS PRIOR AND HAVE PAYMENT WITH ENTRIES. ENTRIES ARE LIMITED TO PERFORMANCE TIME AVAILABLE. ENTRIES TAKEN AT THE DOOR ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR OVERALL AWARDS!

ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING, EATING OR DRINKING IN THE DRESSING AREA OR AUDITORIUM! TO CONTINUE GETTING HIGH QUALITY VENUES, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF. THIS INCLUDE BOTH THE AUDITORIUM AND THE DRESSING AREAS.

The following awards will be given in 5 DIVISIONS: TINY(3, 4, 5, 6) MINI (7, 8, 9) JUNIOR (10, 11, 12) TEEN (13,14, 15) SENIOR (16, 17, 18) Cash awards are for MINI, JUNIOR, TEEN, SENIOR Super Star level only. 7 and Over Shooting Star level will receive a gift certificate for Nationals. All levels overall performances receive the overall trophy, teacher plaque, and for duet/trio, group, lines, the teacher receives a TOP TEACHER jacket.

Shooting and Shining Star Routines at regionals receive Gift Certificates for nationals:
SOLOS $30 GC SMALL GROUP $60 GC LINE $100 GC
DUET/TRIOS $35 GC LARGE GROUP $75 GC GC = Gift Certificate
All Super Star routines will receive cash at Regionals.
TOP SOLO $75 TOP DUET/TRIO $75
TITLE SOLO $75 TOP SMALL GROUP $100
TOP MODEL $50 TOP LARGE GROUP $125
TOP VOCALIST $50 TOP LINE $150

Duet/trio/group/line teachers receive a TOP TEACHER jacket at both the regional and national level. One jacket per instructor per regional/national competition.

All first place overall soloist, and title winners receive sweatshirts on both the regional and national level.

A MINIMUM NUMBER OF MODELS, VOCALS, LINES, PRODUCTIONS and ADULT ENTRIES MUST BE RECIEVED FOR CASH AWARDS TO BE GIVEN. MODELS & VOCALS: Minimum of (8) 12 and under or (8) 13 and over at Regionals and Nationals. Overalls for Models AND Vocals are only awarded in two age divisions 12 and under and 13 and over. LINES: Minimum of (4) 12 and under and (4) 13 and over at regionals and a minimum of (8) 12 and under and (8) 13 and over at Nationals. In cities where there is a minimum of (4)lines and (4)Production Lines, in each age division, Lines and Productions will be separated and an overall award presented for Lines as well as Production Lines. In cities where there are less than (4)Production Lines, these routines will be included in the overall Line category. In cities where there are not enough entries the Lines and Large Group routines will be combined for the Overall in 2 age divisions: 12 and under and 13 and over. This overall rule applies to ALL level performances. The Adult age group is considered 19-25, 26-39 and 40 and over. There must be a minimum of (8) adult entries to award cash overall.

Because we award the "top 10 soloists", no solo performer may place more than once in the top 10 overalls at Regional or Nationals.

STAR SYSTEMS reserves the right to expand a competition to a multi day event as well as move the competition site due to unforeseen circumstances. Contestants must perform on the day and time designated.

Tentatively in most cities teen or senior solo/duet/trio contestants compete on Friday evening. 12 and under contestants compete on Saturday, and the remaining 13 and over contestants compete on Sunday. You must compete on designated day. We reserve the right to adjust and re-arrange the "tentative" schedules according to the number of entries received for each city. WE DO NOT ACCEPT INDEPENDENT ENTRIES! STAR SYSTEMS reserves the right to refuse entries from a studio at our discretion.

Score sheets will be given to teachers ONLY, at the END of the competition day. UPON WRITTEN REQUEST ONLY, Star Systems will mail critique sheets to the studio on Tuesday AFTER the competition. We will NOT send packages without studio request. Video critiques will be uploaded to your studio account a couple days after competition. The video critique will be available on your account for 30 days.

TITLE DIVISIONS: Petite Miss, Little Mr. Superstar™ – Ages 7, 8, 9 Junior Miss, Junior Mr. Superstar™ – Ages 10, 11, 12 Teen Miss, Teen Mr. Superstar™ – Ages 13, 14, 15 Senior Miss, Senior Mr. Superstar™ – Ages 16, 17, 18

Title is for Super Level only. Any soloist entered in title will be moved to Super Star level for all routines. You may enter one solo for title. A solo routine that enters title is not eligible for high score solo with THAT routine. Please note that title categories are a COMBINED age group as noted above. VOCAL and SONG & DANCE routines may NOT enter title category. When only one entry is received in the title category, you must receive an Elite High Gold or better to receive the title, and the cash awards. All title contestants at regional that receive an ELITE HIGH GOLD or above are allowed to enter that routine in the title category at Nationals. The 2015 National Title holders are not allowed to compete in title categories during the 2016 season, unless they age up. Title categories may NOT be entered at the door. Contestants may not switch into title category at a competition. However, you may drop out of title category and back into another discipline at a competition.

NATIONAL TITLE INFORMATION: If you received an ELITE HIGH GOLD or above at the regional competition in the TITLE category you may compete that routine in title at Nationals. At Nationals ONLY contestants will compete in 3 categories with the composite score determining the winner. The 3 categories of competition are:

ON STAGE INTERVIEW (10%): You will be interviewed on stage by the judges; each contestant will be asked the same questions. Contestants will be sequestered prior to the interview, so they are not aware of the questions asked.

BALLET CLASS CRITQUE (30%): Each title contestant will be judged in private classes of Ballet. Class instructor will judge the dancers.

DANCE ROUTINE (60%): This will be the dance routine that you qualified in the TITLE division at regional.

TITLE AWARDS AT NATIONALS

1ST PLACE WINNERS: receive a $300 Cash.
2ND PLACE WINNERS: receive a $200 Cash.
3RD PLACE WINNERS: receive a $100 Cash.

METHOD OF ADJUDICATION - Each judge will score on technique, showmanship, execution and overall performance with each judge giving a possible total of 100 points. With our scoring system there is a possibility of multiple Platinum, Elite High Gold, High Gold and Gold awards. Contestants that receive a “Platinum”, “Elite High Gold”, “High Gold” are allowed to compete at our National Finals. The judges scoring system is:

Shining Star Shooting Star Super Star
273-300 Plat 276-300 Plat 280-300 Plat
260-272.9 Elite HG 264-275.9 Elite HG 269-279.9 Elite HG
246-259.9 HG 252-263.9 HG 258-268.9 HG
219-245.9 Gold 228-251.9 Gold 240-257.9 Gold

THE ULTIMATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - This will be given out to the highest scoring group, on the 12 and Under Shooting Star level and 9-12 Super Star level group; and on Shooting and Super Star level 13-18 age group. Each group will receive a beautiful plaque and Shooting Star will receive a $100 gift certificate and Super Star will receive a $200 gift certificate to our National Finals, which can only be used by the winning group, and not for other entries.

SUPERSTAR™ STUDIO AWARD -- For all levels - This award is the composite score of each studio’s top 5 - 18 and Under Shining, Shooting, and Super Star level groups. The top 5 combined scores will include: small groups, large groups, lines/productions from all qualifying age divisions.

WE MUST HAVE ALL PARENTAL CONSENT FORMS SIGNED BEFORE CONTESTANTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE. You can download a form within the studio account with each student’s names. You may either send this consent form in with your entries or bring to the competition by the start of competition.

WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PHOTOS. PLEASE SEND A COPY, NOT ORIGINAL OR ONLY PHOTO. WE SUGGEST SENDING ENTRIES VIA REGISTERED MAIL, FED-EX, OR UPS WHEN PHOTOS ARE ENCLOSED. Physical Address: 1223 South Park Dr, Kernersville, NC 27284

ENTRY DEADLINE FOR LAS VEGAS, NV IS May 26, 2016 – ENTRY DEADLINE FOR ORLANDO, FL IS JUNE 1, 2016 – ENTRY DEADLINE FOR MYRTLE BEACH, SC IS JUNE 7, 2016.

NATIONAL AWARD MONEY -- HI-SCORE
THE FOLLOWING WILL BE AWARDED IN TWO AGE DIVISIONS, 12 AND UNDER & 13 AND OVER

  12 & UNDER 13 & OVER
  1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
MODEL $100 $50 $25 $100 $50 $25
VOCAL $100 $50 $25 $100 $50 $25
SOLO PHOTO $100 $50 $25 $100 $50 $25
LINE/PRODUCTION $800 $400 $300 $800 $400 $300

THE FOLLOWING WILL BE AWARDED IN FOUR AGE DIVISIONS:

  MINI (Ages 7-9) JUNIOR (Ages 10-12) TEENS (13-15) SENIORS (16-18)
  Super Star Super Star Super Star Super Star
SOLO $100 $50 $25 $300 $150 $100 $300 $150 $100 $300 $150 $100
DUET/TRIO $100 $50 $25 $300 $150 $100 $300 $150 $100 $300 $150 $100
SM GROUP $150 $75 $50 $400 $200 $150 $400 $200 $150 $400 $200 $150
LG GROUP $200 $100 $50 $500 $250 $150 $500 $250 $150 $500 $250 $150

**YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN AN OVERALL AWARD. ALL AWARD MONEY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE STUDIO.

NATIONAL routines must contain at least 50% of original members that qualified at regionals. You may change the music and raise the difficulty of regional routines prior to Nationals, however you cannot change categories. 9-18 Shooting Star level dancers receive gift certificates towards 2017 nationals.

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING: (1) Entries by telephone (2) Entries without entry fees. (3) Photogenic entries without photographs.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION. If you chose not to register your entries online, you MUST submit a student roster form with all information filled out. Student roster forms may be downloaded from our website. You will need to call to get and entry form. We will accept entries via fax and/or email if submitted with a credit card for payment.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:This is the quickest and easiest way for you to enter. You create an account at www.starsystemsteachers.com. You first create a roster of all students and then enter your routines. All schedules and routine numbers will be posted for teachers to view on this account. Students can be added, deleted or modified by the studio at anytime. National entries can be created with 2 simple clicks.

If you have any questions about these rules, please contact our office. Please save this brochure, as these rules apply to both regional and national competition.

There are no refunds for entry fees on a Regional or National Level. Gift certificates are issued only in cases of documented injury or illness. These will be issued to the studio.

AWARDS: At our 2016 regional competitions each solo and each member of a duet/trio will receive a beautiful custom medallion for their achievement within the category. Groups will receive (1) beautiful custom trophy for ELITE HIGH GOLD and PLATINUM achievement. Groups receiving a HIGH GOLD or GOLD achievement will receive (1) beautiful custom plaque. Group awards are designated as studio and/or choreographer awards. Studios can option out of group trophies/plaques by marking the appropriate donation in place of the trophy/plaque when entering the regional competition. Each person in a group routine will receive a commemorative ribbon for their achievement. For solos, duet/trios, groups, the HIGHEST SCORING ROUTINE in each age division and discipline will receive a 1st PLACE CATEGORY TROPHY in addition to their achievement award. They will be announced on stage as CHAMPIONS of their age and discipline. SPECIAL AWARDS are given at each regional such as "perfect performance", "awesome attitude" etc. These awards are custom made at each regional event.

ALL TEACHERS RECEIVE FREE VIDEO CRITIQUE OF ALL YOUR ROUTINES UPLOADED TO THE STUDIO ACCOUNT. THIS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS COPYRIGHTED AND CANNOT BE REPRODUCED. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for technical difficulties a judge may encounter with video and/or audio equipment during an event.

A fee of $35 will be charged for all returned checks. After a check has been returned all future entries must be accompanied by a money order or cashier’s check.

Contestants and instructors give their permission to the directors of STAR SYSTEMS to use their pictures or appear on television in connection with advertising or news coverage. By entering STAR SYSTEMS talent competition, all entrants agree that the method and manner of judging shall be at the sole discretion of the directors of STAR SYSTEMS. All judges’ decisions are final.

AT NATIONALS:

The top 10 Tap, Jazz and Lyrical solos 12 and under, 13 and over will be announced. Choreography awards to the instructors will be given for small, large group and line 12 and under and 13 and over in the following categories: Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Open. Each winning choreographer receives a beautiful custom designed award.

The top 3, 7-9 year old SHOOTING STAR small groups, large groups and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of MINI SHOOTING STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. The top 3, 10-12 year-old SHOOTING STAR level of small groups, large groups, and lines/ productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of JUNIOR SHOOTING STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO lines/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. The scores from the MINI SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS and JUNIOR SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3- 12 AND UNDER SHOOTING STAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE NAMED.

The top 3, 7-9 year old SUPER STAR small groups, large groups and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of MINI SUPER STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. The top 3, 10-12 year-old SUPER STAR level of small groups, large groups, and lines/ productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of JUNIOR SUPER STAR DANCE CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO lines/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. The scores from the MINI SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS and JUNIOR SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3- 12 AND UNDER SUPER STAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL BE NAMED.

The top 3- 13-15 SHOOTING STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of TEEN SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS. The top 3- 16-18 SHOOTING STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions, will re-compete with different judges for the title of SENIOR SHOOTING STAR CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO lines/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. IF we have enough Shooting Star routines, the scores from the TEEN CHAMPIONS and the SENIOR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3- 13 AND OVER SHOOTING STAR GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL NAMED.

The top 3- 13-15 SUPER STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions will re-compete with different judges for the title of TEEN SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS. The top 3- 16-18 SUPER STAR level small groups, large groups, and lines/productions, will re-compete with different judges for the title of SENIOR SUPER STAR CHAMPIONS. Each studio may have TWO groups in each division, in other words, TWO small groups, TWO large groups, and TWO lines/productions. However, if the judges select a wild card, that is from a studio that already has a routine qualified, it will be put in, THE MAXIMUM ANY STUDIO CAN HAVE IN ANY DIVISION IS TWO ROUTINES. The scores from the TEEN CHAMPIONS and the SENIOR CHAMPIONS will be compared and the top 3- 13 AND OVER SUPERSTAR™ GRAND CHAMPIONS WILL NAMED.

In lieu of GROUP TROPHIES AND PLAQUES, you can choose to donate to one of the charities we have selected. All GROUP members will still recieve their ribbons, shoud you decide to donate your trophies. Solos, Duet/Trios will still receive medallions. You will still receive teacher jackets and plaques. This is for group adjudication trophies and plaques only. The two charities that we have chosen this year are: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Wounded Warrior Foundation. This applies to both REGIONAL and NATIONAL events. We are excited to implement the offer to donate to these charities again this year.

Mail Entry Forms & Fees To:
STAR SYSTEMS
P.O. Box 2447
Kernersville, NC 27285
Phone: (336) 993-9073
Fax: (336) 993-9075
Email: info@starsystemstalent.com

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