COMPETITION WITH CONVENTION All competing dancers must be registered for the Sheer Elite International convention in the city in which they are competing.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE All Sheer Elite International competition entries and convention participants including full payment must be submitted using the online registration 30 days prior to event. Competition and convention entries must be inclusive at the time of submission. Registration will not be processed without valid payment. Entries received after 30 days will be assessed a late fee of 10% on all balances and risk not being listed in the program. Please ensure accuracy of age and spelling of names and music. TBA is not allowed to be entered for dance styles, participants and/or competition entries.
FORMS OF PAYMENT Payment must be made using the online registration. Sheer Elite International reserves the right to approve all payment arrangements. All billing issues must be resolved prior to the competition. We accept Visa, MC, Discover and American Express. A $50.00 fee will be applied towards returned checks due to insufficient funds, plus any other applicable bank fees.
REFUND POLICY All competition and convention fees are non-refundable. Any credits due will be solely issued by Sheer Elite International.
ADMISSION Admission is free to view competition. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times
PERSONAL INJURY AND PROPERTY LOSS Sheer Elite International staff, Sheer Elite International faculty and venue housing facility are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.
FEES Please log into your studio profile or if you have not yet please create a studio profile by clicking on REGISTRATION US/PANAMA to access competition and workshop fees.
COMPETITION DIVISIONS Small Wonders (8 & Under), Junior (9-10), Pre-teen (11-12), Teen (13-15), Senior (16-21), Adult (22+)
COMPETITION GENERAL DIVISIONS Solo (1), Duet (2), Trio (3), Group (4-9), Large Group (10-19), Production (20+)
DANCE CATEGORIES Acrobatic More than 3 gymnastics tricks. 2 or less gymnastic tricks are not considered acrobatics. Ballet Ballet technique, including classical steps and movements Character National or folk dance: Mazurka, Polka, Schottische, etc. Contemporary Blend of modern and ballet technique, reaching beyond the standard jazz vocabulary. Ethnic. Deriving from another culture: Hawaiian, Filipino, East Indian, etc. Flamenco. Spanish dance with castanets, etc. Hip Hop. Street, funk, and/or MTV video style jazz technique. Jazz. Primarily jazz technique utilizing up-tempo music. Line Precision Precise movement changes with line formations and high kicks Lyrical Blend of jazz and ballet technique, emphasizing on strength, control, and interpretation. Modern Blend of modern techniques. Musical Theater Broadway or movie musical theatre dance styles. Pom Pom High energy dance or gymnastic, incorporating pom poms Pointe. Ballet technique with pointe shoes, including classical steps and movements. Speciality. Entry incorporating portable or stage props. Hats, scarves, gloves, etc. that are wearable are not considered props. Tap Tap technique with tap shoes only. Tap sounds not allowed pre-recorded.
TIME LIMITS Solo Between 1 minute and 2 minutes 45 seconds Duo Between 1 minute and 2 minutes 45 seconds Trio Between 1 minute and 2 minutes 45 seconds Group Between 1 minute and 3 minutes Large Group Between 1 minutes and 4 minutes Production Between 1 minutes and 8 minutes *A two (2) point deduction will result for every 5 seconds of overtime.
SCORING Diamond 294-300 Titanium 288-293.9 Platinum 282-287.9 Gold 276-281.9 * The Sheer Elite International standard of achievement of composite scores is an average of the individual judges scores resulting in the above award categories.
LEVELS Only for U.S events. Sheer Elite: This division is for dancers who are enrolled in weekly instruction totaling more than 4 hours Sheer Compete: This division is for beginning dancers only who are enrolled in weekly instruction totaling less than 4 hours. Dancers are not to be coached by a teacher from the the wings.
AGE CALCULATION The age is determined as of January 1, 2020. To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. After averaging the age, drop the decimal to come up with the competition age for the entry. The age of student(s) at a Tour Event will remain the same at the National Event. All entries including solo, duet, trio, group and production entries with the same average age can only compete in the same age group; if the dance style is different for each entry. Groups and Productions with the same age average cannot compete in more than one age division and must remain in the same age division. For any competition taking place between September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, the age will still be as of January 1, 2020.
DANCE CATEGORY REGULATIONS All entries including solo, duet, trio, group and production entries with the same average age can only compete in the same age group, if the dance style is different for each entry
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In order to participate in a competition, teachers along with competing students must be registered for scheduled convention. Convention attendance is accepted exclusive of competition. Independents are welcome. Dancers may compete in more than one regional city, but a competition entry receiving a first place may not compete again in a regional event during the same season. Dancers can only compete with one studio for the same competition season and not as in independent if already competed with a studio at a prior competition. Dance studio owners and teachers as well as salaried employees are allowed to participate in competition as long as they are registered as a Adults; but not eligible for cash awards or High Score of the Day. Winners will be awarded a trophy. Advanced students (16-21), participating in teachers' classes will not be eligible for any cash prizes, scholarships or title competition.
SOLO ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Same participant may compete with the maximum of 3 solos at one competition as long as each competition entry is a different dance style.When the same participant is scored first place as well as second place, both solos will be awarded as one first place. When scored first place as well as third to fifth place in a solo, only the top competition entry will be included in top five high scores.
NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY Scores of Gold and above are eligible to participate at Nationals. No students may compete against herself or himself within an age group in the same dance style.
GENERAL INFO Judges score sheets, and all performance music must be picked up at the event. Any uncollected materials will not be returned.
CONVENTION DIVISIONS Small Wonders (8 & Under), Intermediate including Junior and Pre-teen (9-12), Teen (13-15), Senior (16-21) and Teachers Teachers are permitted to attend student convention classes. Parents will not be permitted in the Small Wonders classroom at anytime, with the exception of one (1) designated adult per studio allowed.
CONVENTION WRISTBANDS All participants must wear designated Sheer Elite International bracelet for the duration of convention classes. Participant will not be permitted in convention classes without the necessary bracelet. Lost wristbands will be replaced with a $5.00 charge.
EARLY REGISTRATION SAVINGS Receive an additional 5% savings off total cost of competition and convention fees if registered by November 15, 2019
SAVINGS Savings are applicable to balances at the time of initial registration only. All fees must be paid prior to event for savings to apply. Savings exclude scholarships and is only applicable when competition and convention are both registered. Register 25-49 paying workshop participants: Small Wonder, Intermediate, Teen, Senior, and Teacher; and receive 10% off convention fees only. Register 50-99 paying workshop participants: Small Wonder, Intermediate, Teen, Senior, and Teacher; and receive 15% off convention fees only. Register 100 and over paying workshop participants: Small Wonder, Intermediate, Teen, Senior, and Teacher; and receive 20% off convention fees only.
CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIPS A copy of the convention certificate must be included at the time of registration. Scanned convention certificates will be accepted by email. All scholarships are valid for 2020 Nationals and 2020/21 Tour Events only, non-transferable to other students and may not be exchanged for cash. Lost certificates will not be re-issued. The total discount of scholarship(s) can not be greater than the total entry fee, therefore the total discount for scholarship(s) will only be applied equal or less towards the total entry fee.
PROPS All props must be set on stage by the studio, not by Sheer Elite International staff, within 45 seconds maximum or a 3-point deduction will be applied. Please clean up after removal of props.
PHOTO AND VIDEO Photography and video taping is not allowed during competition and will result in disqualification. The only exception is during the award ceremonies, where photography and video taping is allowed. Teachers are permitted to videotape during workshop classes only. All pictures and video taken by Sheer Elite International Staff and Sheer Elite International Professional photographers and videographers at all Sheer Elite International 2019/20 Tour and 2020 National Events, including competitions and convention; will be the property of Sheer Elite International LLC; and therefore allowed for unlimited usage for all Sheer Elite International Collaterals: including all but not limited to ads, back drops, banners, displays, e-mail blasts, fliers, media, prints, pod casts, program books, social media, videos and website; for all Sheer Elite International promotional purposes.
VIDEO JUDGING Each studio will receive video critiques accessible through the registration portal, typically available within 24 hours of the event. All video judging at event is final and will not be redone by judges after event.
TIME & PROGRAM Students with makeup or costume changes that require additional time to prepare between competition entries must email email@example.com before the registration is completed. Once the program has been issued seven (7) days before competition date no changes will be allowed.
CONFIRMATION TEACHER LINE UP Upon release of an event program, all participating teachers will be able to access line up in studio profile a week prior to the event. Teachers are responsible for confirming its accuracy prior to the event. Unconfirmed line ups are interpreted as correct and will perform as is. Studios should keep copies of all registration paperwork for reference. It is the responsibility of each studio to review its billing statements for accuracy.
JUDGES AND STAFF REQUIREMENTS Studio owners competing in a 2019/20 Tour Event are not eligible to be a judge at another 2019/20 Tour and/or National Events. Anyone teaching at a studio competing at 2019/20 Tour Event is not eligible to be staff for that event or any other event for the season including Nationals, since it is a conflict of interest.
MUSIC All music must be uploaded online in studio profile and assigned to competition entry. Please provide back up music at event on flash drive or on a CD, clearly labeled and of professional quality. Teachers must use judgment when selecting music and its lyrical contents. Vulgar, derogatory or sexually suggestive words and inappropriate dance moves are cause for disqualification.
SHEER ARTIST - SOLO, DUETS AND TRIOS AWARD Solos, duets, and trios in each age category will be awarded medals for adjudicated awards. Top five (5) solos, duets and trios in each age division will receive trophies for high score awards. When the same participant is scored first place as well as second place, both solos will be awarded as one first place. When scored first place as well as third to fifth place in a solo, only the top competition entry will be included in top five high scores. The overall highest score for solos, duets and trios in each age division will receive a full convention scholarship valid for a 2020 national event or a 2020/21 tour event. Only one convention scholarship will be awarded per winner, even if the same person wins more than one category.
SHEER STUDIO - GROUP, LARGE GROUP AND PRODUCTION AWARD Groups, large groups and productions in each age division will be awarded one (1) medal for the entry and ribbons to all participants for adjudicated awards. Top five (5) groups and large groups in each age division; and for productions, age 12 and under and age 13 and over; will receive trophies for high score awards. The overall highest score for groups and large groups in each age division; and for productions, age 12 and under and age 13 and over; will receive a competition voucher: groups $100.00, large groups $125.00 and productions $150.00; valid for a 2020 national event or a 2020/21 Tour event.
SHEER EXCELLENCE AWARD Convention awards selected by all faculty from all convention classes will be awarded to recipients at the Sunday scholarship presentation. The half convention scholarship value can be applied to a 2020 National Event. SHEER CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD Choreographer awards selected by judges will be awarded to each choreographer recipient at the Sunday scholarship presentation. The $100.00 value can be applied to a 2020 National Event. If more than one $100.00 competition credit is applied, 10 competition entries must be registered for each $100.00 competition credit applied.
SHEER STYLE AWARD The highest scoring competition entry per dance style will be awarded to studio owner winning at the Sunday scholarship presentation. The $100.00 value can be applied to a 2020 National Event. If more than one $100.00 competition credit is applied, 10 competition entries must be registered for each $100.00 competition credit applied.
SHEER DIRECTOR AWARD The highest scoring competition entry per dance studio if more than 5 entries registered will be awarded to studio owner winning at the Sunday scholarship presentation. The $100.00 value can be applied to a 2019 National Event. If more than one $100.00 competition credit is applied, 15 competition entries must be registered for each $100.00 competition credit applied. VICKIE SHEER AWARD One recipient in each age category and one male recipient is chosen and awarded the Vickie Sheer Award in recognition for excellence in achievements above and beyond expectations both in competition and convention. The $50.00 value can be applied to a 2020 National Event.
SHEER CAPEZIO AWARD One recipient is chosen and awarded the $100.00 Capezio Award, redeemable online.
STEPS ON BROADWAY AWARD One recipient is chosen and awarded the $200.00 Steps on Broadway Award, redeemable Towards any age and level appropriate training program at Steps on Broadway, excluding open classes.
OVERALL AWARD Top one (1) of all solos, duets and trios combined as well as top one (1) of all groups, productions and large productions combined will each receive a trophy and a competition voucher, valued at $200.00 for the overall highest score; valid for a 2020 national event or a 2020/21 Tour event.
COMPETITION VOUCHER The amount of a competition voucher can be applied to the online registration, for a 2020 National or a 2020/21 Tour Event; when the total competition registration fee for that event is in the amount of $2,500.00 or over.
Gary Antle 781-983-6707 President/CEO Sheer Elite International Sheer Elite International LLC P.O. Box 235 North Pembroke, MA 02358
Maga Domene President Sheer Talent Mexico +52(1)81 81619249 firstname.lastname@example.org Dempsey McKeen Event Coordinator email@example.com