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Our rules are subject to change. We ask that Studio Directors check this page for all updated versions. All Studio Directors must create an account on our online registration system. To see studio pricing, packages, discounts and other information please subcribe to our website. Once subscribed, there will be a 24-48 hour review. If accepted. you will receive a access code through email.


Our rules are subject to change. We are accepting independent dancers and contestants/contenders that would like to attend of intensive, competition, & pageant. All whom are independent must create an account on our online registration system. To see independent pricing, discounts and other information please subcribe to our website. Once subscribed, there will be a 24-48 hour review. If accepted you will receive a access code through email.


Entries are accepted on a first come basis and are limited by the time restriction for each location.

Studio directors determine the level of each dancer. The competition level of each routine is determined by the level of the dancers registered.


Routines with the exact same dancers must compete in the same age division and level.

Solos – Dancers must compete in the level they are registered.

Duos/Trios – The most advanced dancer determines the level of the routine.

Small Groups, Large Groups & Lines – No more than 49% of the dancers may be from a higher level.

All Productions compete against each other in the Production Division. Awards are given in the 12 & Under and 13 & Over divisions.


Twinkling Star – (Beginner Division) - Dancers who dance no more than 4 hours a week or less who are new to competition. Beginner dancers are limited to (1) ONE Solo. This will give dancers who are new to competition an opportunity to perform a solo. Just because a dancer is a beginner or has limited experience does not mean they have to be entered at this level; if they have the skill, feel free to give them the push to another level. Dancers with TWO or more solos must enter at the Intermediate or Advance Level. Rising Star – (Intermediate Division) - Dancers who train 5 to 8 hours per week and have some competition experience. This includes all solo, duets, and trios, as well as weekly practice time in addition to classes. At this competitive level, a dancer can register for up to 2 solos of different genres. Dancers with more than 2 solos must enter our Advance level. If they have the skill to challenge themselves at the higher level, feel free to give them the push. Shooting Star – (Advance Division) - Dancers who take 9+ hours per week and are advanced competitors. This is typical at a Pre-Professional or Professional level. Soloists can enter up to 3 solos in different genres at this level. Stellar Star – (Special Needs Division) - Dancers with special needs or impairments can register here. NO competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, teachers are left to their own sound judgment when entering routines. There is no possible way for the competition to know how many hours a week dancers train. The placement of dancer level is left to the discretion and trust of the studio owner and teachers when entering them into the competition. If a competitor takes less hours than a given category but would like to compete at a higher level, they are permitted to do so. Dancers are NOT allowed to compete in a level below their hours of dance training. For example, a dancer taking 6 hours of dance a week could compete in the Intermediate Level or Advance level. However, this dancer cannot enter in the Beginner Level (4 hours or less).


Acro: Acrobatic dance is a fusion of Dance and Acrobatic tricks. Balance, Flexibility and Power blended seamlessly with dance movements. Choreography must also contain 50% dance technique. Ballet Routine consisting primarily of classical Ballet or Pointe technique, including classical steps and movements. Ballroom: Routine that consists of core elements of ballroom repertoire showcasing Traditional or Latin techniques. Baton: Artistic and aerobic style that combines dance and acro while using baton(s).  Character: Dancers must portray an easily recognizable character. Clogging: Routine consisting of clogging technique and must perform in clogging shoes. Contemporary: Routine consisting of contemporary technique that may use ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical. Contemporary May use ballet technique as its fundamental and create many more movements that do not adhere to the strict rules or ballet or modern. A fusion of many jazz styles with a strong emphasis on modern technique. Folk/Ethnic: Routine incorporating one or more ethnic styles of dance. Hip Hop: Routine consisting of mostly hip hop or street style moves that evolved from the hip hop culture and music. It’s an approach that is consciously in tune with the music, beats and grooves of hip hop music.  Improv: Involves creating and executing movement spontaneously, without any premeditated movement. Dancers entered in this category will not know the song being played ahead of time. The DJ will ask the dancer what "style" they would like and then select a corresponding song at random. Length will be no more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Jazz: Routine consisting of primarily jazz technique. Primarily jazz technique, utilizing up-tempo music. Lyrical: Routine where dancers interpret the lyrics of a song. Combination of jazz and ballet techniques to slow music incorporating emotional and storytelling elements  Modern: a routine that is highly expressive that challenges the stricter dance technique of classical ballet. This style of free and expressive Interpretive theatrical dancing is not bound by the classical rules of dancing.  Musical Theatre: Routine choreographed to a song from a Broadway or a movie musical. Open: Routine consisting of a fusion of more than one style of dance, combination of styles or that does not fit into any other category. Pointe: Routine containing pointe technique. At least 50% of the performers and performance must be on pointe. Pointe routines must be registered in Competitive and Elite Level. Pom: Routine consisting of pom squad dance technique. Showcase: Entries that wish to perform only for critiques only. These routines will not be scored and will not be eligible for Adjudicated or High Score Awards. Song and Dance: Routine consisting of singing and any style of dance. Music may only have back-up voices. Performance will use the boundary microphones or one handheld microphone provided by Collide Talent Productions.  Tap: Routine consisting of tap technique. No prereorded tap sounds allowed. Primarily tap technique. Routines demonstrating clogging technique and style may not compete in The tap category. Only 3 acrobatic tricks are permitted in the any dance category except Acro, Character, Hip Hop, and Open. An Acro trick is considered anything where both feet pass over the head. Soloists may not compete against themselves in the same performance category. Judges reserve the right to change the performance division of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed.


Tots ................… 3 - 4

Petite …............ 5 -7

Mini ..................… 8 -10 

Junior ….......... 11 -12 

Teen ..............… 13 -15 

Senior .........… 16 -19


ProAm ............ 20+

- Any routine with one or more adult age dancers will compete in the ProAm category

- ProAm categories are eligible for awards and leveling in their division if there’s at least 3 other entries 


- If there’s only one entry in any of our divisions, there will still be an overall in that specific division.



Solo                        1 dancer

Duet/Trio              2-3 dancers

Small Group        4-9 dancers

Large Group        10-15 dancers

Line                         16-24 dancers


Production           25+ dancers

Solo                          3 minutes 

Duet/Trio                3 minutes 

Small Group          3 minutes

Large Group          4 minutes 

Line                           5 minutes 


Production             6 minutes

One point will be deducted for every 5 Seconds over time limit. Timing will begin when music starts (if no music, once dancers take first step) and will stop when last performer is off the stage. This does not include prop removal.


Extended time is available for purchase for all solos, duos, trios, small groups, large groups, lines and productions. As long as time and space is available contact us for extended time and pricing information.



Technique (+ Level of Difficulty) 50% 

Performance 20% 

Choreography 20% 

Overall Appearance/Age Appropriate 10%


Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be presented based on the following combined scores

Twinkling Star - Beginner Level


Total Eclipse               291-300

Gold                            265-300

Silver                            230-264

Bronze                         229 & Under

Rising Star - Intermediate Level

Total Eclipse                            293-300

Gold                                         270-300

Silver                                        240-269

Bronze                                     239 & Under

Shooting Star - Advance Level

Total Eclipse                       295-300

Gold                                    275-300

Silver                                   250-274


Bronze                                249 & Under

If soloist or group receives 291-300 in beginner level, 293-300 in the competitive level and 295-300 in elite level will receive any additional award called Total Eclipse.


(Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group, Line & Production)

If there’s a tiebreaker needed it will be determined by the Technique Score. If there’s still a tie, then the tiebreaker will be determined by Performance score then Choreography score. The last tie breaker will be determined from age appropriate/overall scoring. If the soloists or group remains tied, judges will come together and determine one winner. 


Collide Dance Experience ask that all studios and independent individuals upload their music online after completing their registration. Music must be uploaded in the online registration portal at least two weeks prior to your scheduled event. All Studio Owners, teachers or independent individuals must bring a backup option (USB Flash Drive, iPod, or iPad) to the competition in case there is an issue with the uploaded music. CDs will NOT be accepted as backup music. ​If music skips or fails at any time during a performance due to faulty music supplied by the studio, Collide Dance Experience can allow that routine to perform again if time permits. If music fails to work on the first try, before dancers perform, that routine will be placed on hold until music is found. It is the responsibility of the studio to bring a backup music. CDE is not responsible for any USB Flash Drives, iPods, iPads, etc. that are not collected after an event. Please contact us if you have any issues while uploading.


Props that take longer than 2 minutes to set up and breakdown please email us beforehand so we can grant permission. There will be a point deduction if props haven’t been approved.  ​If your dance/prop includes anything that will litter the stage, studio representatives must be prepared to clean the stage in less than 2 minutes.  ​No dangerous props may be used- Collide Talent Productions and Collide Dance Experience reserves the right to reject a prop.  ​No baby powder, liquid, hairspray, paint, glitter, or anything that could leave a residue on the stage may be used. ​Any prop used that requires extensive cleanup may result in a point deduction. No material under 1/2 an inch may be used.  ​NOTE: Due to health risks we do NOT allow fog/smoke machines or strobe lights to be used during any performances. Collide Talent Productions and Collide Dance Experience reserves the right to limit prop size depending on facility requirements. Please contact our Headquarters with any specific prop questions.

COLLISION ALERT 1  Rule breaks include, but are not limited to: use of illegal props (baby powder, liquid, glitter, hairspray, paint, confetti smaller than 1/2 inch, fog machines, and/or strobe lights), incorrect category/level placement, offensive music, prop assembly exceeding a timely fashion and/or extensive clean up lasting over 2 minutes. Judges are granted the right to use Collision Alert 1 for any dance they deem necessary. A Collision Alert will result in an automatic 1 point deduction from total score per judge. 


COLLISION ALERT 2  Will be given when a rule break occurs or when a judge believes the content of a dance is offensive, culturally insensitive or over sexualized. Cultural or racial appropriation and over sexualization for the age division. If a dance is offensive, culturally insensitive, over sexualized 2-point from each judge who check this off will be given to that dance.


Please Note: Collision Alert 1 & 2

Studio Directors will be notified when a dance is given Collision Alert 1 or 2.

Notes are created to give judges the opportunity to explain their point of view.

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