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***2023 RULES AND REGULATIONS***

***Please read carefully.  Failure to comply may result in disqualification***

Here is a quick glance and friendly reminder of the recent updates for our 2023 KAR season!

  • NEW AND EXCITING!!! KAR will now only have 5 levels of competition:INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE.
  • NEW for the PRIMARY Level, there is now a limit on the number of turns, turn sequences and permissible tumbling skills a PRIMARY performance is permitted. Failure to comply will result in point deductions and or will be level promoted. Please see the level chart below for additional details and information.  
  • NEW for 2023: All SMALL groups, LARGE groups and LINES in each age division will be combined to determine the top 5 scores to qualify for the Star Showcase. Example - Top 5 Scores in the PRIMARY level: (All group sizes combined) Age 5 & Under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19. In the PRIMARY level there is a potential of 25 performances represented in the Star Showcase!! The INTERMEDIATE level will have a potential of 25 performances and the ELITE level will have a potential of 20 performances.
  • KAR is proud to present the NEW INSPIRATIONAL LEVEL! This level is designed to celebrate and recognize dancers that have exceptional mental and/or physical disabilities or special needs.
  • High Point age divisions have been expanded for all levels.
  • KAR now offers a NON-GENDER SPECIFIC category for the Title Competition. We are inclusive of all dancers and are proud to offer this new category for the coveted and prestigious Title Competition.
  • At National Finals, any changes to a performance that alters the original level, high point age division and/or performance type listed in the final/digital program will be deemed as adjudication only.
  • Once a group is announced as a qualified performance in the Star Showcase, NO changes can be made to the combination of performers, level, age division, performance type, props or music. Changes to Star Showcase performances will result in disqualification.
  • Any rule infraction/violation post event that is discovered after the competition has concluded may be subject to forfeiting any future incentives or discounts. Any and all cash prizes or Titles will also be forfeited.
  • In order to provide a fair opportunity and level playing field for all performances, it is highly discouraged for teachers/parents to physically pre-set or arrange the placement of performers on the stage and/or coach from the sidelines. Performances that display these actions may be scored lower by the judging panel.
  • All qualifying Regional Title winners and runner-ups may compete in the 2023 National Finals Title Competition with one routine of their choosing that competed during the 2023 KAR Regional season.

2023 Rules & Regulations

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES BELOW COULD RESULT IN POINT DEDUCTIONS AND/OR DISQUALIFICATION.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Official online entries must be completed in their entirety. ALL entries must be registered with a dance studio and represented by a studio owner or director. NO independent entries are permitted to compete in ANY division. Studio Owners/Directors must check the Release of Liability Clause on every official entry submitted. All entries must be submitted online through the Studio Center. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available. Once a competition is announced as SOLD OUT, a $1000.00 non-refundable deposit will be required for studios to guarantee their entries. If your balance due is less than the $1000.00 required deposit please call the office. The method of payment must be the same for both deposit and balance. To receive the highest savings amount only one payment method will be allowed, for example:  you may not pay partial with a credit card then the balance with a cashier's check to receive the highest savings. Any cancellations of entries will result in a loss of all deposits and entry fees for that event. No entries will be processed without full payment. Only Visa, Mastercard, American Express, money orders, cashier’s checks and ACH (for ACH please contact the office) are accepted. Individual personal checks and studio checks will not be honored or accepted. Payments made after the deadline date must be in the form of a credit card payment only. All balances must be paid in FULL prior to the competition. Absolutely NO payments will be accepted at the competition event. KAR reserves the right to add additional competition days and/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 applicable entries. In the event of a canceled competition, (due to a health pandemic or other unforeseen natural disaster or world emergency) all entry fees will be refunded. There will be NO refunds for entries if the required minimum number of acts are registered and the competition has been confirmed.

All entries and performances must be correct and verified through the studio’s roster in the Studio Center. Any changes to dancers in performances must be made prior to the competition. If a change occurs at the competition, the Competition Director must be notified immediately. Any changes to groups sizes, age divisions and or levels should be made prior to competing performances.

Changes to performances at an event will incur a $10 fee per change. These include:

  • Music file submitted on site
  • Change of act name
  • Change of level
  • Change of age division
  • Change of division type
  • Change of category
  • Addition or deletion of performers

**Changes that occur on site due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness or injury, may not be subject to the change of performance fee. This will be at the event Director’s discretion.

PHOTO & VIDEO STUDIO PACKAGE

Kids Artistic Revue is proud to continue with the All Inclusive Photo & Video Studio Package for the 2023 Regional Tour! For the affordable price of $35 per dancer or $45 per family (siblings only), your studio will enjoy ALL your Regional Photos and Videos. The fee is required per dancer and will be due 14 days prior to the start of competition. Parents can access their dancers’ photos and videos inside their Parent Center online. Photos and Videos will be available 5-7 days after the completion of the competition.

Studio Owners: Please make sure after you complete your registration and prior to paying your competition fees all your parents create Parent Center accounts to link their media to your studio. If you have already paid and your parents link their siblings prior to the Event, the Studio will receive a credit for the difference of the media fee with the Family Package. The credit will appear in your Studio Center “Wallet.” This Media Fee credit is non-refundable. If your families wait until after the Event to link siblings, there is no discount given and the Media Package is billed at FULL price ($35 per dancer). It is very important that your families’ sign up and link their account to your studio. Please also make sure to instruct them to download their photos and videos. We periodically have to free up space on our servers and media from past seasons may not always be available.

Multiple Regional Event Discount - Dancers who compete at multiple Regional KAR competitions do not have to pay an additional media fee! Once a dancer has paid the 2023 Regional media fee of $35 or $45 per family (siblings only), any Regional event they attend thereafter will be complimentary.

National Finals - The Photo & Video Studio Package will be a separate fee for the 2023 National Finals. For the affordable price of $35 per dancer or $45 per family (siblings only), your studio will enjoy ALL your National Photos and Videos including National Title and Star Showcase events. The fee is required per dancer and will be due 14 days prior to the start of competition. Parents can access their dancers’ photos and videos inside their Parent Center online. Photos and Videos will be available 7-10 days after the completion of the competition.

ADD-IN PERFORMANCE FEE

Each add-in performance at an event will incur an additional $10 administrative fee per performer to link the Photo & Video package to each Parent Account. All performances are for Adjudication only and are ineligible for High Point Awards and Title Competition after the digital program is final.

SPECTATOR INFORMATION

Admission is free and the general public is welcome to all events. Doors will open exactly 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled performance. No food, drinks or smoking is allowed in the competition performance area or inside the contracted venue. All participating teachers, dancers and spectators are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to comply could result in immediate disqualification and loss of privileges to participate in future KAR competitions.

NO PHOTO/VIDEO RULE

The use of ANY electronic device for photography and videography is STRICTLY PROHIBITED during all performances as well as in dressing rooms and restrooms. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a point deduction to the performance being recorded and/or photographed as well as confiscation of the recordings and/or photographs. In addition, any spectator that fails to comply with our No Photo/Video rule may be escorted and removed from the event. It is the responsibility of the Studio Owner/Director to inform their students and parents of the NO Photo/Video rule. All contestants grant permission for KAR to use photography and videography of their performances for promotional purposes including advertising, publicity and posting on social media outlets.

SAFETY

KAR and the hosting facility are not responsible for any kind of damage, loss or injury sustained by contestants or spectators or their property while attending any area of the venue premises. Dancers competing take certain inherent risks when involved in any physical activity. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by the performers. Therefore, upon registration to any KAR event, it is agreed that participants will not hold Kids Artistic Revue, its directors or employees responsible for injuries that occur or illnesses that may be contracted during the competition event. Studio Owner/Directors agree to adhere to the Release of Liability Clause which is completed during the registration process.

Due to KAR being a public event, KAR encourages all attendees to:

  • Supervise children at all times
  • Be responsible for personal belongings
  • Be aware of surroundings
  • Inform a KAR employee of unsuitable or suspicious activity
  • Stay safe and have fun while attending KAR events

TYPES OF ENTRIES

Solos

Duets/Trio (Duets and Trios will compete against each other)

Small Group (4-9 performers)

Large Group (10-19 performers)

Line (20 or more performers)

Super Line (15 or more performers – may comprise of performers from all levels and ages excluding TEACHERS / ADULTS)

Production (15 or more performers – may comprise of performers from all levels and ages including TEACHERS / ADULTS)

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

AGE DIVISIONS

Age divisions are as follows: 5 & under, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 & Above.

AGE DIVISIONS ARE DETERMINED AS OF THE JANUARY 1ST CUT OFF DATE. The 2022 November and December competitions are considered the beginning of the 2023 competition season. Therefore, the registered ages of all entries (Title entries included) must be bumped up to the dancer’s age as of January 1, 2023.

The average age of the dancers registered in a performance will determine the age division for Duet/Trios, Groups, Lines, Super Lines and Productions. When determining the average age of a performance, always drop the decimal. Nonconsecutive Level Duet/Trios will compete in the age division of the oldest competitor. Contestants will be responsible for showing proof of age to the Competition Director should a question arise.

For National Finals, substitution of dancers from the Regional qualifying entry is permitted in all divisions/categories except Solos. Performances must consist of at least 75% of the original dancers from the Regional qualifying entry. When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications may change the level or average age. All music must remain the same.

PLACEMENT GUIDELINE

The appropriate level of performance (INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE) should be determined by using the SKILL SET GUIDELINE located in your STUDIO CENTER under View/Edit Roster. PLEASE NOTE: NEW for the PRIMARY Level, there is now a limit on the number of turns, turn sequences and permissible tumbling skills a PRIMARY performance is permitted. Failure to comply will result in point deductions. Please see the LEVEL chart for additional details and information.  

 

TEACHER / ADULT are not considered a LEVEL, they are considered a COMBINED CATEGORY.

Levels should be determined based on the number of non-rehearsal, technical based classes per week, however, keep in mind that there is more than just class hours that define a dancer’s placement. Levels should be determined by the dancer’s overall ability in accordance with the Leveling Guidelines below as well as the Technical Skill Set guidelines in your Studio Center. Please refer to all of these guidelines when determining level placement.

*A Technical class is an instruction based class that teaches and enforces all technical elements of any dance discipline. These are non-rehearsal based class instruction.

Please keep in mind the following variables may affect level placement:

  • Years of dance experience
  • Years of competition experience
  • Magnitude, variety and quantity of technical training hours
  • Dancer’s capacity of individual ability, retention and work ethic
  • Regional differences of choreography, style, creativity and artistic expression

***IMPORTANT*** A performer's performance level may NOT be adjusted after the competition final/digital program is SET FINAL. The only exceptions to this rule include:

1.) The judging panel deems a performance to be promoted to the next level on site at the competition through our Level Promotion Program.

2.) The original combination of dancers in the performance changes on site, which therefore alters the level of a performance.

At National Finals, any changes to a performance that alters the original level, high point age division and/or performance type listed in the final/digital program will be deemed as adjudication only.

If you have any questions or concerns with leveling and placement of dancers, please contact our Customer Care Specialists for assistance at 714-826-8440.

LEVEL PROMOTION PROGRAM

KAR is excited to continue the Level Promotion program! Dancers may now be promoted to a higher Level with the recommendation of our judging panel and Competition Director. At every Regional competition, the esteemed judging panel will have the ability to promote dancers to a higher level based on the overall skill set, technical ability and performance quality of each performance.  

In order for a performance to be officially promoted, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Receives the approval of the LEAD JUDGE
  • Earns a superior score by the judging panel
  • Executes Technical Skill Sets that are more advanced than the current level guidelines
  • Receives the Competition Director’s approval to be promoted

If a soloist is promoted to a higher level, all performances in which the promoted dancer is registered must be updated with the Level Calculator.

If a change occurs to a promoted performance that violates any of the Leveling Guidelines, the performance will compete for adjudication only.

If a performance is promoted and the new division has not taken place, the promoted performance may re-compete in its appropriate division and will still be eligible for Overall High Point awards.

If a division has already been completed and presented Overall High Point awards, the promoted performance will be deemed as adjudication only and remain ineligible for Overall High Point awards.

All promoted performances must compete the remainder of the Regional season as well as National Finals in their new promoted Level.

If a group performance is promoted to a higher level, the individual dancers comprising the performance will each remain in his/her/they/them current level.

All decisions of the Judging panel and Competition Director are final and cannot be contested.  

The Level Promotion Program is only available on the Regionals platform. There will be no Level Promoting at National Finals, unless a performance is coming from Australia, Mexico or Canada.

Voluntary Level Promotion - If a performer voluntarily promotes themselves to a higher level, all performances in which the promoted dancer is registered must be updated with the Level Calculator. All Awards and Titles from the original level are null and void for National Finals registration. Dancers must re-qualify in their promoted level in order to be eligible to compete in their promoted level for any National Finals.

Level Calculator

Performances containing dancers from multiple levels must follow the LEVELING SYSTEM to determine the performance level. A maximum of 3 consecutive levels is allowed for a group performance. Each level has been assigned a numeric value that will be used to determine the performance level.

Inspirational = 1
Novice = 2
Primary = 3
Intermediate = 4
Elite = 5

Examples:

Small Group (4 dancers):
3 Primary dancers (3 x 3 = 9)
1 Intermediate dancer (1 x 4 = 4)
9 is greater than 4, therefore the level determined is PRIMARY.

Large Group (10 dancers):
6 Intermediate dancers (6 x 4 = 24)
4 Elite dancers (4 x 5 = 20)
24 is greater than 20, therefore the level determined is INTERMEDIATE.
Large Group (15 dancers):
4 Primary dancers (4 x 3 = 12)
6 Intermediate dancers (6 x 4 = 24)
5 Elite dancers (5 x 5 = 25)
25 is greater than 24 and 12, therefore the level determined is ELITE.
Line (24 dancers):
14 Primary dancers (14 x 3 = 42)
6 Intermediate dancers (6 x 4 = 24)
4 Elite dancers (4 x 5 = 20)
42 is the greatest number, however, ELITE dancers are not permitted to compete in the PRIMARY level. This performance would be placed in INTERMEDIATE.

If a tie exists between levels when applying the Level Calculator, the performance will be placed into the highest level option.

HOURS OF DANCE CLASS PER WEEK

LEVEL RECOMMENDATION

AGE DIVISIONS PERMITTED AND HIGH POINT PRESENTATION

PERFORMANCE SIZE

CASH PRIZES

SPECIAL NOTES

RAINBOW LEVEL RECOMMENDATION

Inspirational

No limit of Technical Based Class*
Recommended for Dancers with SPECIAL NEEDS
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
20 & Above
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
No Cash Prizes
The INSPIRATIONAL level is designated to celebrate dancers that have exceptional mental and/or physical disabilities or special needs.

If registered in the INSPIRATIONAL level, all solos must compete in the INSPIRATIONAL level. An INSPIRATIONAL Duet/Trio or Group performance must have at least one performer registered as INSPIRATIONAL in order to compete as an INSPIRATIONAL performance. INSPIRATIONAL dancers may perform in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels as well as the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories. INSPIRATIONAL performers will not affect the leveling of any other performances.
Limitless Starz

Novice

Max of 2 Hours of Technical Based Class*
Recommended for Recreational Dancers (Non-Competitive)
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
Not eligible for Studio of Excellence and Cash Prizes
NOVICE dancers may perform in a PRIMARY level Group and/or Line as well as the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories. A NOVICE dancer may only compete in a maximum of 3 group performances. A NOVICE dancer CANNOT perform in a group with INTERMEDIATE OR ELITE level dancers.
Starz of Tomorrow

Primary

3 Hours or less of Technical Based Class*
Recommended for Dancers Age 8 & Under
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
No Cash Prizes
If registered in the PRIMARY level, all solos must compete in the PRIMARY level. The PRIMARY dancer CAN move down and compete in the NOVICE level with a maximum of 2 performances. The PRIMARY dancer CAN move up a level (INTERMEDIATE) and perform in a higher Duet/Trio and/or Groups, with a maximum of 2 performances. A PRIMARY dancer CANNOT skip a level and perform in the ELITE level. A PRIMARY dancer CAN perform in the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories. A PRIMARY dancer may only register a maximum of 7 total performances.
Starz of Tomorrow

Intermediate

3-5 Hours of Technical Based Class*
Recommended for Dancers Age 9-11 & 12-14
5 & Under
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
Cash Prizes
If registered in the INTERMEDIATE level, all solos must compete in the INTERMEDIATE level. The INTERMEDIATE dancer CAN move down and compete in the PRIMARY level, with a maximum of 2 performances. The INTERMEDIATE dancer CAN move up a level (ELITE) and perform in a higher Duet/Trio and Group performance based on the LEVEL CALCULATOR. A INTERMEDIATE dancer CANNOT perform in a NOVICE level performance. An INTERMEDIATE dancer CAN perform in the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories.
Rising Starz

Elite

5 Hours or more of Technical Based Class*
Recommended for Dancers Age 12-14 & 15-19
6 - 8
9 - 11
12 - 14
15 - 19
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group and Line Categories
Cash Prizes
IDA Nominations
If registered in the ELITE level, all solos must compete in the ELITE level. The ELITE dancer CAN move down and compete in the INTERMEDIATE level based on the LEVEL CALCULATOR. An ELITE dancer CANNOT perform in the NOVICE or PRIMARY levels. An ELITE level dancer CANNOT perform with PRIMARY dancers unless it is a DUET or TRIO (please refer to the Duet/Trio Nonconsecutive Level Rule). An ELITE dancer CAN perform in the non-leveled Super Line and Production Categories.
Elite Starz

DUET/TRIO NONCONSECUTIVE LEVEL RULE

The Duet/Trio Nonconsecutive Level Rule only applies to Duet/Trios that are NOT consecutive and are skipping one or more levels. A nonconsecutive Duet/Trio may contain dancers of any level and any age (except for NOVICE). They must perform at the highest level & age division of the registered dancers.
Examples: A PRIMARY and ELITE Duet must compete in the ELITE level with the age of the oldest dancer.
A trio with 2 PRIMARY dancers and 1 ELITE dancer must compete in the Elite level with the age of the oldest dancer.
Duet/Trios WITH consecutive levels will use the LEVEL CALCULATOR to determine the level and average age division.

Please contact our office at (714) 826-8440 or info@dancekar.com if you need further clarification of our levels and guidelines. Any infractions of the rules and regulations may result in point deductions and/or disqualification.

PERFORMANCE TIME LIMITS

Solos and Duets/Trios have a 2:45 minute performance time limit.

Small Groups have a 3:00 minute performance time limit.

Large Groups & Lines have a 4:00 minute performance time limit.

Super Lines have a 5:00 minute performance time limit.

Productions have an 8:00 minute performance time limit.

Extended performance time is available for an additional fee:

1:00 minute for a fee of $3.00 per performer

2:00 minutes for a fee of $4.00 per performer

3:00 minutes for a fee of $5.00 per performer

4:00 minutes for a fee of $6.00 per performer

Extended time is only available for Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Super Lines and Productions. Solos, Duets and Trios are not permitted extended performance time.

Dancers are expected to perform in the order of the final/digital program, unless granted special permission by the Competition Director or pre-approved by the KAR Customer Care Specialists prior to the competition. Unauthorized delay of the performance schedule may result in a point deduction and/or disqualification. Dances not performing within 10 acts after their scheduled performance time may not be eligible for Overall High Point awards, unless pre-approved by the Competition Director or the KAR Customer Care Specialists. Incompleted acts may result in point deductions or be scored lower by the judging panel. An act that re-performs may only be re-adjudicated if during the original performance, the technical error was committed on KAR’s behalf. If the original performance is not completed, the act will receive an automatic First Place award and is ineligible for High Point awards.

A tentative schedule with the performance time of each act will be available via the online Studio Center 2 weeks prior to the competition. Contestants in the first 10 scheduled acts should arrive ready to perform in full costume, hair and make-up. All other competing dancers must be ready to perform at least one hour prior to their scheduled performance time. **If the competition is running ahead of schedule, dancers are expected to perform in the order of the program and when called upon backstage.

SET-UP TIME LIMITS

Solos, Duets, Trios, Small Groups and Large Groups are expected to set-up props in 1:00 minute and remove props in 1:00 minute (2:00 minutes cumulative).

Lines are expected to set-up props in 1:30 minutes and remove props in 1:30 minutes (3:00 minutes cumulative).

Super Lines are expected to set-up props in 2:00 minutes and remove props in 2:00 minutes (4:00 minutes cumulative).

Productions are expected to set-up props in 2:30 minutes and remove props in 2:30 minutes (5:00 minutes cumulative).

If prop set-up/removal exceeds these time limits, performances may be subject to point deductions. An additional 1:00 minute total for set-up/removal of props may be purchased for a flat fee of $25.00. Solos, Duets and Trios are not permitted extended prop set-up/removal time.

REQUIRED/MANDATORY MUSIC UPLOAD

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

  • Music files can only be uploaded after entries have been registered.
  • The Music Manager will assign the file names automatically once upload is complete. However, please label the file with the name of each act.
  • Please be sure to upload the exact version of your performance music, because pitch/speed of music cannot be adjusted at the event.
  • KAR supports MP3, M4A, and MP4 files. The maximum file size is 20MB.
  • Uploaded music files must be DRM free.
  • Music Manager will be closed 3 - 5 days prior to the start of the competition. KAR will not accept new versions of music files at the competition. KAR will only use backup media formats (iPod, USB) if there are technical difficulties.
  • KAR requires that all studios bring a backup iPod or USB for all performances in the event of a malfunction of the original music submitted. Music can be picked up at the registration table at the conclusion of each presentation of awards.

CHANGE TO PERFORMANCE FEES

Changes to performances at an event will incur a $10 fee per change. These include music files submitted on site. Please submit and confirm all music electronically through the Music Manager at least 3 - 5 days prior to the start of competition.

CATEGORIES OF DANCE

BALLET – Performance must contain ballet technique incorporating formal classical movements. No pointe shoes are allowed in the ballet category. No acro/gymnastic tricks are permitted.

POINTE – Performance must use pointe shoes and consist of pointe/toe technique. NOVICE and PRIMARY level dancers may not compete in this category. No acro/gymnastic tricks are permitted.

JAZZ – Performance must consist of jazz technique. Up to three acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

TAP – Performance must use taps on shoes and display tap technique. Up to three acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

LYRICAL – Performance must have dynamic emotion and expressive movements demonstrated with fluidity, balance, extension and control. Up to three acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

MODERN – Performance must consist of interpretive movements using modern technique such as natural movements focused on the “core” of the body with coordination between breathing and movement as well as a dancer’s relationship with the floor. Up to three acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

***In the above categories, lip-syncing and talking should be kept to a minimum, so as not to portray a character.

SONG AND DANCE – Performance must consist of both singing and dancing of any type. KAR will provide ONE handheld microphone. No additional sound equipment or microphones may be used or connected to KAR’s sound system. Up to three acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

***In the above dance categories, a limited number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible. An acro/gymnastic trick is defined as movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of one’s head/shoulders).

Acro/gymnastic tricks include:

  • forward rolls / backward rolls
  • headstands
  • handstands
  • handstand rolls
  • chin stands
  • shoulder rolls  / chest rolls
  • tinsicas
  • cartwheels
  • roundoffs
  • walkovers
  • aerials
  • handsprings
  • tucks
  • pikes
  • layouts
  • fulls

***A tumbling pass is considered one acro/gymnastic trick.

Lifts with other dancers are not considered acro/gymnastic tricks. Lifts that incorporate any of the acro/gymnastic tricks listed above within the lift, would then be considered an acro/gymnastic trick.

*If a performance violates this rule the act will be recategorized, the Studio Director will be notified and the $10 change of performance fee will be applied.

CONTEMPORARY – Performance must consist of a combination of modern dance, lyrical and classical ballet elements. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible

ACRO/GYMNASTICS – Performance must use a combination of dance technique and acro/gymnastic movements, such as walkovers, aerials, handsprings, etc. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

TRADITIONAL/CULTURAL – Performances which are to a significant degree bound by tradition with strong cultural roots. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

POM-PON – Performance using pom-pons incorporating precise and definite movements. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

NOVELTY – Performance featuring any style of dance that is novelty or theme based and portrays a recognizable character. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

MUSICAL THEATER – Performance featuring any style of dance from a Broadway, Movie or Television Show. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.

HIP HOP/FUNK  Performance demonstrating street style jazz incorporating hip hop and/or funk choreography. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks and breakdancing are permissible.

OPEN – Performance demonstrating any style of dance or a combination of dance styles. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible.  

SUPER LINE – Performance must contain at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible. This category may comprise of performers from all levels and ages excluding TEACHERS / ADULTS. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be presented to the top scoring act. 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 4:00 minutes total for set-up and removal of props.

Example Super Line: WATCH VIDEO.

PRODUCTION – Performance must contain at least 15 dancers incorporating any style of dance or combination of dance styles. Any number of acro/gymnastic tricks are permissible. This category may comprise of performers from all levels and ages including TEACHERS / ADULTS. Overall High Point awards and cash prizes will be awarded to the top scoring act. Production performances MUST portray a storyline, plot or narrative throughout, resembling that of a film, book, play, musical, etc. Props are mandatory and must be hand-held or free standing. Each Production has an 8:00 minute time limit for performance and is given a maximum of 5:00 minutes total for set-up and removal of props.

Example Production: WATCH VIDEO.

Teacher / Adult Category – Any performance that contains a teacher and/or adult 20 years of age or above must compete in the TEACHER / ADULT CATEGORY. A student teacher age 19 and under must complete a solo in one of the other competitive levels. All TEACHER / ADULT CATEGORY performances are ineligible for overall highpoint awards and cash prizes.

PERFORMANCE RULES

Dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless special permission is given by the Competition Director for costume changes. Dancers are only permitted three acts for a costume change. Failure to comply may result in point deductions. Dancers who do not perform within 10 acts of their scheduled time may be ineligible for Overall High Point awards. The only exception to this rule is if the KAR Customer Care Specialists (CCS) or the Competition Director has pre-approved the delay.

Dancers must perform their ENTIRE act on the stage. Performers may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings. Starting, dancing, and/or ending the performance in the audience is not permitted. Jumping off the front of the stage is not allowed. Throwing items into the audience or items thrown from the audience is not permitted. Running in front of the judges’ table or approaching the panel of judges is also not allowed. No gifts can be presented to the judges in conjunction with a performance.

For safety purposes, props and performers should never come within 1 foot of the stage edge. Special stage or house lighting will not be provided for any performance. Rehearsing on stage prior to the start of a competition or after the completion of a competition day is strictly prohibited. At no time are teachers, parents or dancers allowed to practice, rehearse or meet on stage. Failure to comply may result in point deductions.

In order to provide a fair opportunity and level playing field for all performances, it is highly discouraged for teachers/parents to physically pre-set or arrange the placement of performers on the stage and/or coach from the sidelines. Performances that display these actions may be scored lower by the judging panel.

PROP AND SET RULES

Props are acceptable if they do not alter the backdrop, wings or the surface of the marley floor and can be easily removed following the completion of the act. Point deductions may result if the stage is not completely cleaned in the time permitted and/or the stage is not returned to its original pre-performance condition.

For safety purposes, all props (hand-held or freestanding) are restricted to a maximum height of 15 feet. The use of safety railings is recommended. Hanging backdrops may not be used. Helium balloons are only allowed if they are weighted and if permitted by the contracted venue. There is no guarantee that power outlets will be available for props that require electricity. Battery-operated props are recommended. If the weight of a prop exceeds the maximum weight limit for a stage, or if the Competition Director feels the weight of the prop is a safety hazard, the dancers will not be allowed to use the prop. When sliding props or moving scenery, do not alter or damage the backdrop, wings or marley dance floor. If the backdrop, wings or marley floor is damaged, the Studio Owner/Director will be responsible for its replacement.

Props must be loaded in and out of the venue on the same day they are used. Storing props in the wings or backstage is not allowed. 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 at the competition venue. All props MUST be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes.

IMPORTANT: PROHIBITED & ACCEPTABLE PROPS

  • PROHIBITED PROPS: Fire (including candles, matches, lighters), fireworks (including sparklers), explosives, swords, knives, guns, weapons and use of animals are strictly prohibited. Toy weapons are acceptable, however, toys may not fire projectile objects or have blunt points or sharp edges. Hoverboards and motor vehicles are not allowed. All props should be non-toxic substances. No form of liquid, gel, powder, glass objects, aerosol cans of any type (including hairspray or spray paint) or similar substances may be used that will physically alter the backdrop, wings or surface of the marley floor. Water (on body, costume, or prop), wet paint (on body, costume, or prop), fake blood, silly string, haze or fog machines, dry ice, smoke, strobe lights, bubbles, bubble machines, candy, chalk, crushed cork, flour, corn starch, loose glitter (on body, costume or prop), sand, dirt, sawdust, ashes or any other similar substances may not be used. Any act that uses a substance that is not permitted and creates a safety hazard for performers or on the marley floor may be penalized and/or disqualified at KAR’s discretion. Covering the dance floor to stage a prohibited item is not permitted. Please contact the KAR office if you need further clarification on our prop and set rules.
  • ACCEPTABLE PROPS: These items are permitted as long as the stage is cleaned and cleared in the time permitted and does not delay the competition. Failure to comply may result in points being deducted. These items include: feathers (NO down feathers), petals (real or artificial), leaves (artificial only), loose confetti (1 inch or larger-no confetti cannons) and loose streamers (no streamer cannons). For safety purposes, these acceptable items may not be ejected or launched as projectiles from any sort of mechanism.
  • Special note regarding rosin: Rosin must be self-contained and cannot be applied directly on the marley 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 marley residue post-performance. There may be point deductions if KAR is not notified about the rosin usage and the marley floor is affected during the performance.

JUDGING AND SCORING CRITERIA

Studio Owners/Directors and Contestants must agree that all decisions of the panel of judges are final and cannot be contested.

They must also agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the competition is at the discretion of Kids Artistic Revue. If a studio has any protests or complaints, the Studio Owner/Director must submit an “Infraction Review Form” to the Competition Director 30 minutes prior to an awards segment. In the event that an infraction was overlooked during a Regional competition, it will be taken into account at National Finals. Score sheets will only be available to Studio Owners/Directors in the Studio Center 3-4 days after the completion of the competition.

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

1.) Technique – 40 points total

2.) Stage Presence – 25 points total

3.) Execution of Performance – 20 points total

4.) Choreography – 10 points total

5.) Overall Appearance – 5 points total

Production performances will be evaluated on the following judging elements:

1.) Technique – 30 points total

2.) Execution of Performance and Storyline – 25 points total

3.) Overall Entertainment Value & Stage Presence – 20 points total

4.) Execution of Choreography – 15 points total

5.) Costume – 10 points total

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

GENERAL AWARDS

Each act that performs will receive a score from a panel of three predetermined judges at Regional competitions and five to eight judges at National Finals. General awards are based on composite scores and not on placement within an age group in each category. This may result in multiple Elite Top First, Top First, and First Place awards presented in each age group for each category. Each act will receive one award per performance and individual award buttons for the dancers in the act. If a studio is registered as a participant in our DAC Award Donation program, their Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group, Line, Super Line and Production performances will not receive an award at the awards ceremony. All the net proceeds of the donated awards will directly benefit our Dancers Against Cancer foundation. If your studio would like to join the DAC Award Donation program, please select this option in your Studio Center prior to the competition. Although acts are competing against an adjudicated point system for general awards, all contestants will compete against each other for the Overall High Point awards within their level and age division. If there is only one act competing in a particular division, that act will be judged against a point system. The point break for all given awards is determined by the scoring range of that particular competition. Any act that performs outside of its original scheduled performance time will receive General award placements at its assigned awards ceremony.

HIGH POINT AWARDS AND CASH PRIZES

SOLOS AND DUET/TRIOS: High Point Banners and full-tuition KAR Dance Convention Scholarships will be presented to the top scoring Soloists and Duets/Trios in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE Levels to performers in all represented age divisions.

GROUP PERFORMANCES: High Point Banners and cash awards will be presented to the top scoring Groups and Lines in the INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels. High Point Banners and cash awards will also be given to the highest scoring SUPER LINE and PRODUCTION performances.

Cash awards will only be presented in divisions with 3 or more eligible registered performances. Super Line and Production performances will always receive cash awards regardless of the number of entries. All cash awards will be uploaded to the STUDIO CENTER 3-4 days after the completion of the competition. No cash awards will be given in the INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE and PRIMARY levels. Cash awards are also not given in the TEACHER/ADULT category.

Overall High Point awards will be presented to the following age divisions:

5 & Under (INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY and INTERMEDIATE levels)

6-8 (INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels)

9-11 (INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels)

12-14 (INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels)

15-19 (INSPIRATIONAL, NOVICE, PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels)

The 20 & Above TEACHER / ADULT category will not receive Overall High Point awards.

Dancers who have more than one Solo can only place once in the Overall High Point awards. The exact same Duet/Trio contestants may only place once in the Overall High Point awards. Should an act drop below the minimum number requirement for the group size during the competition, it may compete for adjudication only and remain ineligible for Overall High Point awards. Should an act drop below the minimum number requirement for the group size after the digital program is set final and KAR is notified beforehand, the act may compete in the appropriate division and time for eligibility.

***All acts must perform on the same day and before their awards ceremony to be eligible for Overall High Point awards. If an act does not compete on the scheduled day and time, only a General award will be given, unless pre-approved by the Customer Care Specialists or Competition Director. Entries received after the digital program is set final are for Adjudication only and are ineligible for High Point Awards and Title Competition.

Any routine that placed First Overall in the Overall High Point awards at National Finals and/or was awarded National Grand Champion in the 2022 Star Showcase cannot compete with that exact routine at a 2023 Regional or National Finals competition. To be considered the “exact routine”, the performance MUST (1) contain 75% of the original dancers and choreography (2) be registered in the same level and age division and (3) utilize the original music selection. Any entry that does not comply may be disqualified. KAR 2022 November Competitions are considered part of the 2023 competition season.

ALL CASH PRIZES MUST BE REDEEMED IN THE STUDIO CENTER WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE COMPETITION DATE. ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE MAILED WITHIN 3-4 WEEKS. IF REDEEMED AFTER THE 30 DAY DEADLINE ONLY A STUDIO CREDIT WILL BE OFFERED.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

MOST PHOTOGENIC AWARD – These awards will be presented to the contestants judged to be most photogenic based on the following criteria: visual appeal, expressiveness of the dancer, age appropriateness, composition, lighting and quality of the photo. For each Regional competition, there will be one Junior Most Photogenic winner (age 11 & Under) and one Senior Most Photogenic winner (age 12 & Above). All entries must submit a recent photo online through the Studio Center or Parent Center. All contestants must be registered at the Regional/National event to enter the Most Photogenic competition. Absolutely no mailed photos or hard copy photos will be accepted, all photogenic entries must be submitted through the Studio Center or Parent Center. Each winner will be announced and presented with a plaque. At our National Finals, all photogenic entries must be in FULL-COLOR.

KAR CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP – Scholarships are presented to one or more outstanding soloists and duet/trio participants winning first overall in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels. Each winner receives a full-tuition scholarship to attend any of the 2023 KAR Dance Conventions. The KAR Dance Convention Scholarship is not valid for in-studio conventions, is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for studio credit. For more information please visit, https://dancekar.com/convention

BEST COSTUME AWARD – These awards will be presented to group performances in each of the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels based on design, originality, fit and appropriateness. All Group and Line entries are eligible for this award. Best Costume winners will receive a plaque.

MOST ENTERTAINING AWARD – These awards will be chosen by the panel of judges and presented to Groups and/or Lines deemed to be most entertaining in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels. Most Entertaining acts will receive a plaque.

JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS – These awards will be presented to Groups and/or Lines displaying standout qualities during their performances in the NOVICE, PRIMARY and INTERMEDIATE  levels. Each winning act will receive award buttons and a plaque. At National Finals, the ELITE level is also eligible for these awards.

ALL STAR DANCERS INVITATIONS – The recipients of these awards are invited to participate in one or both of our exciting summer All Star Dancer experiences in Hollywood and New York City! All dancers 9 years of age & above from the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels are eligible for this award. These special invitations are presented to All Star Dancers that display a passion for performing on stage. Winners will receive an informational brochure with details of these amazing events.

  • HOLLYWOOD DANCE EXPERIENCE – Join the hottest teachers and choreographers that Hollywood has to offer while immersing yourself in the professional dance industry! Enjoy 4 days of dance workshops, auditions, video shoots, scenic tours and even Disneyland! For more information please visit https://hdedance.com/.
  • NEW YORK CITY DANCE EXPERIENCE – For six days, you will experience the best of Broadway including inspiring master classes, top Broadway shows, guided tours and special events in the heart of New York City! For more information please visit www.artistic-adventures.net.

ADCC (Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions) AWARD – This award will be presented to the studio displaying the most studio spirit, enthusiasm and exceptional sportsmanship throughout the competition. The winning studio will receive a banner along with a free annual membership to the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions.

STUDIO OF EXCELLENCE AWARD – The Studio of Excellence Award will be presented to the studio that is represented MOST in the High Point Awards in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels. To be eligible for this award, a studio must have a minimum of one act represented in the Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group and Large Group/Line divisions that perform in the same level of competition. In the event of a tie, the award will be given to the studio with the highest ranking. The winning studio in each competitive level will receive a custom banner. The same criteria listed above will determine the awards at National Finals. At Regional Competitions, the winner in each level will also receive a $500.00 scholarship for the studio to participate and attend any 2023 Ultra Dance Tour Competition.

IDA (Industry Dance Awards) PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – This award is presented to a Small Group, Large Group, Line, Super Line or Production that the judges feel best represents the entire competition with exceptional talent, choreography and showmanship. The winner will receive a special award. All Regional IDA People’s Choice Award winners will be featured on industrydanceawards.com and will be in the running to be selected as a 2023 Top 5 Finalist.  The weekly IDA People’s Choice Award winner will also be posted on the IDA website for final voting from August 2023 to September 2023. The final IDA People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at the live 2023 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show.

IDA (Industry Dance Awards) OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARDS – These awards are selected from the Elite level Groups and Lines ages 12 & above with the highest overall score in the following categories:

Best Jazz Performance

Best Tap Performance

Best Hip-Hop Performance

Best Lyrical / Modern / Contemporary Performance

Best Novelty / Character / Musical Theater Performance

Best Ballet / Open / Acro / Gymnastics Performance

All IDA Outstanding Performance winners will receive a special award. These weekly winners will be in the running to be nominated for the 2023 Industry Dance Awards. The final IDA Outstanding Performance nominees will be announced in August of 2023 on  industrydanceawards.com. The Industry Dance Awards will take place at a live event and presentation.

REGIONAL TITLE COMPETITION

The Title competition is an additional competition open to soloists in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE, and ELITE levels who pre-register for their respective Regional competition and are listed in the final/digital program. Solo performances added at the event or listed as “Adjudication only” are ineligible to register for the Title Competition. INSPIRATIONAL and NOVICE level dancers and dancers ages 20 & above are ineligible to compete in the Title competition. Studios can pre-register soloists for Title in the Studio Center prior to the Regional competition or register at the Regional competition prior to their scheduled performance. All on-site Title registration and fees must be submitted at the competition at least one-hour prior to the scheduled performance. No exceptions. Soloists may enter one or multiple performances in the Title competition. A separate entry fee will apply for each Title performance.

**NEW FOR 2023** Title entries can now be submitted online through the Parent Center. All contestants must be pre-registered at the Regional event to enter the Title competition. Online Title entries must be submitted one-hour prior to the scheduled performance.

The Titles awarded are as follows:

PRIMARY KAR Mini Dance, Mr. Mini Dance and Miss Mini Dance: Soloists in the PRIMARY Level, age 5 & under.

PRIMARY KAR Petite Dance, Mr. Petite Dance and Miss Petite Dance: Soloists in the PRIMARY Level, age 6-8.

PRIMARY KAR Junior Dance, Mr. Junior Dance and Miss Junior Dance: Soloists in the PRIMARY Level, age 9-11.

PRIMARY KAR Teen Dance, Mr. Teen Dance and Miss Teen Dance: Soloists in the PRIMARY Level, age 12-14.

PRIMARY KAR Dance Title, Mr. Dance and Miss Dance: Soloists in the PRIMARY Level, age 15-19.

INTERMEDIATE KAR Mini Dance, Mr. Mini Dance and Miss Mini Dance: Soloists in the INTERMEDIATE Level, age 5 & under.

INTERMEDIATE KAR Petite Dance, Mr. Petite Dance and Miss Petite Dance: Soloists in the INTERMEDIATE Level, age 6-8.

INTERMEDIATE KAR Junior Dance, Mr. Junior Dance and Miss Junior Dance: Soloists in the INTERMEDIATE Level, age 9-11.

INTERMEDIATE KAR Teen Dance, Mr. Teen Dance and Miss Teen Dance: Soloists in the INTERMEDIATE Level, age 12-14.

INTERMEDIATE KAR Dance Title, Mr. Dance and Miss Dance: Soloists in the INTERMEDIATE Level, age 15-19.

ELITE KAR Petite Dance, Mr. Petite Dance and Miss Petite Dance: Soloists in the ELITE Level, age 6-8.

ELITE KAR Junior Dance, Mr. Junior Dance and Miss Junior Dance: Soloists in the ELITE Level, age 9-11.

ELITE KAR Dance Teen, Mr. Teen Dance and Miss Teen Dance: Soloists in the ELITE Level, age 12-14.

ELITE KAR Dance Title, Mr. Dance and Miss Dance: Soloists in the ELITE Level, age 15-19.

Please note that the 2022 November and December competitions are considered the beginning of the 2023 competition season. Therefore, the registered ages of all Title entries must be bumped up to the dancer’s age as of January 1, 2023.

***IMPORTANT***

Once a dancer has won a 2023 Regional Title, they are no longer eligible to register and compete for the Title Competition at additional 2023 Regional events.

Title performances will be evaluated on the following judging elements:

1.) Technique – 30 points total

2.) Overall Entertainment Value – 25 points total

3.) Stage Presence – 20 points total

4.) Execution of Choreography – 15 points total

5.) Costume – 10 points total

There is a maximum of 100 points per judge for a total of 300 points. Title scores will be determined at the same time as the Solo performance. There will be two separate and unique score sheets; one for the Solo performance and one for the Title performance. Non-gender specific Title contestants have a choice of a cap or tiara and a trophy. Female winners will be presented with a tiara and a trophy. Male winners will be presented with a cap and a trophy. Each Title runner-up will receive a tiara or cap.

All 2023 Regional Title winners and Title runner-ups will be eligible to compete at the 2023 National Title Competition as long as the Studio registers at least 1 group performance at National Finals. Only sponsored winners from Australia, Mexico and Canada are exempt from this rule.

All 2023 National Title winners are ineligible to compete for the exact same Title division at another 2023 KAR Finals or compete in the exact same Title division for the 2024 competition season. National Title winners may only re-compete the following season if they have moved up in age division and/or level.

All qualifying Regional Titlist winners and runner-ups may compete in the 2023 National Finals Title Competition with one routine of their choosing that competed during the 2023 KAR Regional season.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL FINALS

GENERAL:

  • All Regional Elite Top First, Top First and First place winners are eligible to participate in National Finals.
  • Each act that performs will receive a score from a panel of five to eight predetermined judges and the highest and lowest scores are dropped to determine the cumulative score.
  • National Elite Top First, National Top First and National First place General awards may be presented in each age group and each category.
  • The Top 3 Overall High Point Award winners in each division will receive a cash prize in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels.
  • Cash awards will only be presented in divisions with 3 or more eligible acts. Super Line and Production performances will always receive cash awards regardless of the number of entries.
  • Acts MUST perform in digital program order. Points may be deducted from acts that do not comply. In the event of multiple stages at a National event, if there is a scheduling conflict an exception to the performance order rule may be made at the Competition Director’s discretion.
  • For National Finals, substitution of dancers from the Regional qualifying entry is permitted in all divisions/categories except Solos. Performances must consist of at least 75% of the original dancers from the Regional qualifying entry. When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications may change the level or average age. Any dancers substituted remain subject to the Regional leveling and qualifying rules. All music must remain the same.
  • At National Finals, any changes to a performance that alters the original level, high point age division and/or performance type listed in the final/digital program will be deemed as adjudication only.
  • Any routine that placed First Overall in the High Point Awards at a 2022 National Finals and/or was awarded National Grand Champion in the 2022 Star Showcase cannot compete with that exact routine at a 2023 Regional or National Finals competition. To be considered the “exact routine”, the performance MUST (1.) contain 75% of the original dancers and choreography (2.) be registered in the same level and age division and (3.) utilize the original music selection. Any entry that does not comply may be disqualified.

NATIONAL TITLE COMPETITION:

The 2023 National Title Competition is a separate event held at our National Finals with an additional entry fee. All Solos competing in the National Title Competition must be a 2023 Regional Title winner or runner-up. If a Soloist qualifies with numerous routines from different Regionals, the Soloist may only compete with one of his/her/they/them performances at National Finals.

All National Title contestants receive a participation tiara. Female runner-ups will be presented with a tiara and sash. Male runner-ups will be presented with a cap and sash. Non-gender specific runner-ups have a choice of a cap or tiara and receive a sash. National Title winners will be presented with a tiara or cap, trophy, sash and a $250 cash prize. There must be a total of 3 contestants entered into the competing category in order for the full cash prize to be awarded. All National Title winners will be featured in the opening number at the Star Showcase.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL TITLE:

  • All qualifying Regional Titlist winners and runner-ups may compete in the 2023 National Finals Title Competition with one routine of their choosing that competed during the 2023 KAR Regional season.
  • All 2023 Regional Title winners and Title runner-ups will be eligible to compete for the 2023 National Title Competition at National Finals as long as the Studio registers at least 1 Group performance at National Finals. Only sponsored winners from Australia, Mexico and Canada are exempt from this rule.
  • All 2023 National Title winners are ineligible to compete for the exact same Title division at another 2023 KAR Finals or compete in the exact same Title division for the 2024 competition season. National Title winners may only re-compete the following season if they have moved up in age division and/or level.
  • All National Title Contestants MUST perform in final/digital program order. Failure to comply will result in disqualification at National Finals.
  • NATIONAL TITLE WINNERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE STAR SHOWCASE OPENING NUMBER TO REDEEM CASH PRIZES.

OTHER AWARDS AND INFORMATION:

  • All Photogenic entries for National Finals must be submitted in FULL-COLOR.
  • Each National Photogenic winner will be presented with a plaque and a $50 cash prize.
  • The ELITE level is also eligible for Judges’ Choice awards at National Finals.
  • Each Studio of Excellence winner at National Finals will be awarded a $250 cash prize and a Studio of Excellence Banner.
  • Awards NOT presented at National Finals are as follows: All Star Dancers, IDA Outstanding Performance Awards and IDA People’s Choice Award.

STAR SHOWCASE – NATIONAL FINALS ONLY

NEW for 2023: All SMALL groups, LARGE groups and LINES in each age division will be combined to determine the top 5 scores to qualify for the Star Showcase. Example - Top 5 Scores in the PRIMARY level: (All group sizes combined) Age 5 & Under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19. In the PRIMARY level, there are a potential of 25 performances represented in the Star Showcase!! The INTERMEDIATE level will have a potential of 25 performances represented and the ELITE level will have a potential of 20 performances.

At National Finals, the Top 5 scoring Groups, and/or Lines in the following age divisions in the PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ELITE levels will be invited to participate in the 2023 Star Showcase. These top scoring performances will re-compete for National Grand Champion in each level and age division. Only one Group per studio can qualify in each Grand Champion division.  In the event there is a tie between 2 studio’s we do not break ties.

The 14 National Grand Champion divisions are as follows:

PRIMARY - Ages: 5 and Under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19 

INTERMEDIATE - Ages: 5 and Under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19

ELITE - Ages: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19

All Star Showcase performances will receive a participation banner. The highest ranked performance in each Grand Champion division will be awarded a cash prize and a National Grand Champion trophy. Star Showcase runner-up performances will receive a $100 cash prize for qualifying and participating. The Overall High Point NOVICE Group/Line, the highest scoring Super Line and the highest scoring Production are invited to re-perform for exhibition only at the 2023 Star Showcase.

***Once a group is announced as a qualified performance in the Star Showcase, NO changes can be made to the combination of performers, level, age division, performance type, props or music. Changes to Star Showcase performances will result in disqualification.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS FOR NATIONAL FINALS

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

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

STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD – This honorable award will be presented to the studio displaying the most studio spirit, enthusiasm and exceptional sportsmanship. The recipient of this award will be presented with a $150 cash prize and a “Studio Spirit” banner. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

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

GRADUATING SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP – This exemplary award is presented to one graduating senior per National Finals who has excelled both on and off the stage. To be eligible for this award, a dancer must complete the official application process at https://dancekar.wufoo.com/forms/2023-kar-senior-scholarship-application/. The dancer must also be registered and participate at a National event. The winner of each scholarship is selected by the KAR Scholarship Committee. Each recipient will be presented with a $500 scholarship at the Star Showcase. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

THE ANTOINE OLDS INSPIRATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – This distinguished award is in memory of the beloved friend and member of our competition and convention family, Mr. Antoine Olds. Antoine has forever influenced and inspired the dance industry with his unique choreography that captivated audiences across the country. KAR hopes to honor Antoine and keep inspiration alive within the dance community through the remembrance of his lasting legacy. This award is presented to one exceptional group performance with standout qualities and out of the box choreography. The recipient will be presented with a custom award at the Star Showcase THIS AWARD IS GIVEN AT NATIONAL FINALS ONLY.

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