2020 EDGE National Talent Competition

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

EDGE National Talent Competition is proud to present the most exciting talent competition for every performer.

 

Please read the following rules carefully.  Failure to abide by the rules could result in disqualification.

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

EDGE DOES NOT ACCEPT INDEPENDENT ENTRIES.

 

All entries must be submitted online through a verified studio account.

 

The name of a routine may not be the same name as the dance studio.

 

All entries must be paid in full upon submission in order to be processed.

 

ENTRIES WITH PAYMENT IN FULL MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE EDGE TALENT OFFICE 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION DATE.  IF ENTRIES AND FULL PAYMENT ARE RECEIVED 45 DAYS PRIOR, A 5% DISCOUNT BASED ON THE STUDIO’S TOTAL WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISCOUNTED.  ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS AFTER THE 30 DAY DEADLINE.

*Discount will not be available at Nationals due to the increased costs of the event

 

ANY ENTRIES RECEIVED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE COMPETITION DATE ARE SUBJECT TO A 10% LATE FEE, IF ABLE TO BE ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE. All entries received within 30 days of the competition date, must be paid by money order or cashier’s check and include the 10% late fee.

 

NATIONALS ENTIRES WITH PAYMENT IN FULL MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE EDGE TALENT OFFICE 45 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION DATE.

ANY ENTRIES RECEIVED WITHIN 45 DAYS OF THE COMPETITION DATE ARE SUBJECT TO A 10% LATE FEE, IF ABLE TO BE ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE. All entries received within 45 days of the competition date, must be paid by money order or cashier’s check and include the 10% late fee.

 

ENTRY FEE PRICING: PLEASE EMAIL INFO@EDGETALENTCOMPETITION.COM FROM YOUR STUDIO EMAIL FOR CURRENT PRICING.

 

A $30.00 charge for all checks returned by the bank to EDGE will be assessed to the check writer.  All returned checks must be made good, including the $30.00 charge, within 10 days.  EDGE TALENT reserves the right to request all future payments be made by money order, cashier’s check, or credit card from anyone whose check is dishonored.

 

NO CASH REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ANY REASON

 

ENTRY DIVISIONS

Solo; Duet/Trio; Small Group (4-9 Performers), Large Groups (10-19 Performers), Line (20 or more Performers), **Adult Divisions [Teacher Feature, Pro/Am, and Parent Division (age 13 & Over Groups Only)]. 

 

SOLO ENTRIES: Only 3 solos are permitted to be entered by the same performer. Please note that only 1 solo from each performer will be eligible to receive an overall lineup position and award.

 

**Adult Divisions:

Teacher Feature or Pro/Am Divisions- A “Teacher” or “Professional” is defined as a person, age 18 or over, who receives any type of compensation, whether it is for teaching, performing, or  demonstrating, regardless of how many hours per week are involved.  ANY GROUP THAT HAS A PERFORMER THAT MEETS THE ABOVE CRITERIA MUST ENTER THE TEACHER OR PRO/AM DIVISION.

Parent Division- A “Parent” is defined as a person who is a parent or legal guardian of a student from a submitting studio.

 

All Adult Divisions include but are not limited to:

·  Ineligible for High Score/Overall Awards

·  Ineligible to compete in the 12 & under age divisions

·  Ineligible to compete in the Future or Intermediate Levels

·  If there is only one entry in any one of the Teacher, Pro/Am, or Parent Divisions, it will compete for adjudication only.

 

TIME LIMITS & MUSIC

Solos – 3 min.; Solo Fashion Models Only – 1 min. 30 sec.; Duet/Trio – 3 Min.; Small Group – 3 min.; Large Group – 5 min.; Lines – 5 min. (Production - 8 min); Teacher Division – 5 min.; Parent Division – 5 min. Extended time is available for groups only and there is a 4 min maximum. An additional fee will apply per minute purchased.

NOTE:  Overtime will result in an automatic point deduction.  1 point, or fraction thereof, for every 5 seconds overtime.

 

Each studio will be required to upload their own music online when registering their entries. Please make sure that the upload format is a .mp3 file type. All music must be recorded at the proper speed. For emergency, it is advisable to have a backup flash drive, full size Ipod or mp3 player in your possession. Flash drives, Ipods and mp3 players need to be clearly labeled with the studio name, phone # and address. All music must be on 1 playlist in numerical order according to the Edge Talent Competition Final Schedule. The playlist should be the studio’s name and each music file should be labeled with the entry # and the title of the entry.

 

New DANCER LEVELING STRUCTURE

(FUTURE EDGE / INTERMEDIATE EDGE /COMPETITIVE EDGE)

Each student’s level will be decided by the teacher entering them into the competition. The Guide below should be used when deciding the level of each dancer. The level of each routine will be determined based on the level of each dancer entered in the routine. The level of each routine will be comprised of the average level of the dancers added to the routine. *Note: Level Bump Rule

 

The Future Edge is for a dancer who regularly receives a maximum of 2 hours of studio instruction of any kind per week.  It is for the beginner/novice dancer who has not participated in any competitions.  It is designed to let the beginner/novice dancers get the feel for competitions, stage performances, judges, and audiences.  Performances will be adjudicated, as well as received high score awards within their division.  It is NOT mandatory that beginner students enter this level. Adult divisions, Pointe and Vocal performances are not eligible to compete at the Novice level.

 

The Intermediate Edge is for a dancer who regularly receives a maximum of 4 hours of studio instruction of any kind per week. It is for the intermediate dancer who has not participated in many, if any, competitions.  It is designed to let the intermediate dancers get the feel for competitions, stage performances, judges, and audiences.  Performances will be adjudicated, as well as received high score awards within their division.  It is NOT mandatory that intermediate students enter this level. Adult divisions and vocal performances are not eligible to compete at the Intermediate level.  

 

The Competitive Edge is open to all performers and will be adjudicated, as well as receive high score awards within their division. Note that all Adult divisions and Vocal performances will automatically compete at this level regardless of levels assigned to the performers in the act during the creation of your studio roster.

 

New Routine Level Assignment: Each dancer in a routine is assigned a point value based on his or her level entered in the studio roster. Future Edge = 1 point; Intermediate Edge = 1.5 points; Competitive Edge = 2 points. The level with the highest total points is established for that act with the exception of the *Level bump rule. Any level ties in the sum of points will default to the higher level. Manual overrides to a higher level can be requested prior to the show entry deadline.

 

NOTE: Edge National Talent Competition cannot 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 the dancer’s level. Dancers that are obviously under-placed may be elevated by the judges. All decisions are Final.

 

New Level bump rule. A dancer may only compete one level below their own designated level. A Competitive Edge dancer will not be able to compete in a routine in the Future Edge division. All Future Edge routines with a Competitive Edge dancer entered will automatically be bumped up to the Intermediate Edge division.

 

AGE DIVISIONS

·       Ages recognized in the High Point and Adjudicated Awards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20-29 yrs.; 30-39 yrs.; 40-49 yrs.; and 50 yrs. & over.

·       Age Divisions recognized in the Overall High Score Awards: 8 & Under (Junior); 9-12 (Pre-Teen); 13-15 (Teen); 16-19 (Senior); 20 & over (Adult).

·       All birthdates will be entered by the studio when creating their studio roster. ALL AGES WILL BE CALCULATED AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2020.

·       For Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines the age division is determined by averaging the ages of all members of the group. DO NOT USE DECIMALS, i.e. if an average comes to 10.7 the group will compete in the 10 year old age division.

·       EDGE reserves the right to request proof of age for any performer competing at the competition.

 

*Age Bump Rule: In Small Groups and Large Groups ONLY, a dancer may only compete one age group below their competition age.  For example:  A group’s average age comes to 11.3 and there is one or more 16 year old(s) in the group, that group must compete as age 13 in the 13-15 age division.

 

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

·      Jazz – a routine that utilizes jazz technique such as splits, isolation, leaps, etc.

·      Funk/Hip Hop – a dance that consists of the latest street dance style, as seen in current dance videos.

·      Folkloric – a routine incorporating ethnic styles of dance such as polkas, hula, Latin dance, etc.

·      Drill Team – a group performing military type moves with precision march and may incorporate any type of dance.

·      Fashion Model- Must include Runway “T-style” Modeling Technique

o   Formal- Any Party Dress or “After 5” attire.

o   Sportswear- Casual skirts, pants, etc., select sport, skiing, tennis, etc.

o   Swimwear- Any swimwear or swimsuit & cover-up.           

·      Lyrical – a routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music.

·      Modern – a routine containing a contemporary style of dance.

·      Contemporary- a routine containing both lyrical and modern movements.

·      Musical Theatre – a routine performed to the music of a broadway musical show or movie musical.

·      Open - a routine that is a combination of any of the other categories; a routine that does not exactly fit any of the definitions of any other category.

·      Pom Pom – a routine combining dance with the use of pom pons for at least 80% of the routine.

·      Production – this category pertains to the Line Division ONLY and must have a minimum of 20 performers.  The time limit for this category is a minimum of 5 minutes and maximum of 8 minutes.

·      Clogging – a routine which uses clogging technique.

·      Cheerleading – a routine that has a combination of strong, sharp movements, vocal cheering, and may incorporate any form of dance.

·      Acro/Gymnastics – a routine which contains primarily gymnastics tricks, including but not limited to, walkover, front/back limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc.  There should be a blend of gymnastics and dance.

·      Song & Dance – a routine in which the performer(s) combine dancing and singing.  The singing may have back up vocal accompaniment only.

·      Tap – a routine utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes only.

·      Character – a routine that portrays a character that is easily recognizable, i.e. a cat, dog, a movie or cartoon character.

·      Ballet – a routine that consists of classical steps and ballet technique.  Ballet shoes ONLY can be worn in this category.

·      Pointe – a routine that consists of ballet/pointe technique.  Pointe shoes ONLY can be worn in this category. Future Edge dancers may not compete in this category.

·      Baton – a routine using baton(s) and baton technique.

·      Lip Sync – a routine that utilizes pantomime techniques and mimics voices on a pre-recorded tape.

·      Vocal – (Solo’s Only) Routine may be any type of vocal presentation.  Edge will provide a handheld wireless microphone. All Vocal Solos will compete in the Competitive Edge level regardless of the level given to the dancer during registration.

 

New NOTE: There is no longer a limit on gymnastic passes in a routine. Acts must be dominant to the category they are entered in.

 

COMPETING AGAINST SELF

·       A solo performer may not compete against him or herself in the same category.

·       In a Duet/Trio, at least 50% of the performers must be different when competing in the same category.

·       It is permissible to compete against yourself in the Group or Line Divisions.

 

PROPS

General props are permitted in any of the performance categories.  However, no dangerous props, such as pyrotechnics, knives, swords, etc, are permitted.  Please be prepared to clean the stage in a timely manner after a routine, which has left articles on stage, i.e. confetti, feathers, for the safety of all performers.  All props must be in place and also removed within 2 minutes of the performance.

 

GENERAL AWARDS

ADJUDICATED AWARDS (Novice Edge, Intermediate Edge & Competitive Edge Divisions):

Each entry in its respective division will be judged on a point system.  A Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, or Bronze will be awarded based on how each soloist or group scored within their division/category.  In addition, a first place award will be awarded to the routine scoring the highest in each age division and category.  If there is only one entry in a division or category, an award will be awarded if that entry receives a Gold or higher.

 

Future Edge

Intermediate Edge

Competitive Edge

300-277

Platinum

300-279

Platinum

300-282

Platinum

276.9-264

High Gold

278.9-268

High Gold

281.9-271

High Gold

263.9-247

Gold

267.9-251

Gold

270.9-254

Gold

 

EDGE OVERALL HIGH SCORE AWARDS:

Edge High Score Awards in the Novice Edge, Intermediate Edge, and Competitive Edge Divisions will be awarded in the 8 and under, 9-12, 13-15, and 16-19 age divisions.  This is applicable for solo’s, duet/trios, small groups, large groups, and lines, with the exception of the teacher feature and parent divisions.  Overall awards will be a combination of all categories of dance excluding tap in certain circumstances, see details below. Solos will have a top ten overall lineup and duet/trios and groups will have a top five, unless otherwise determined by competition director.

 

EDGE TAP OVERALL HIGH SCORE AWARDS:

Tap overalls will be a separate lineup if there are 5 or more in the age category for solos, and 3 or more in the age category for duet/trios and groups.  If there happens to be less in the category, then they will be combined with all other categories for the overall lineup.

 

AWARD WINNINGS (Intermediate Edge & Competitive Edge):

Competitive Edge Cash Awards:

Solos

Duet/Trios

Small Groups

Large Groups

Lines

$50

$50

$100

$100

$125

There will be no ties in the cash award categories.  The judges will be asked to break all ties.  All cash prizes will be awarded to the studio in which the winners were entered.  Awards are only awarded if there are 3 or more entries in the division.

 

Advanced Edge Edge Certificates:

Solos

Duet/Trios

Small Groups

Large Groups

Lines

$50

$50

$100

$100

$125

There will be no ties in the Edge certificate award categories.  The judges will be asked to break all ties.  All Edge certificates will be awarded to the studio in which the winners were entered.  Awards are only awarded if there are 3 or more entries in the division.

 

   NATIONALS AWARD WINNINGS (Intermediate Edge & Competitive Edge):

Competitive Edge Cash Awards:

Solos

Duet/Trios

Small Groups

Large Groups

Lines

1st Place - $75

1st Place - $100

1st Place - $175

1st Place - $175

1st Place - $200

2nd Place - $50

2nd Place - $50

2nd Place - $100

2nd Place - $100

2nd Place - $100

3rd Place - $25

3rd Place - $25

3rd Place - $50

3rd Place - $50

3rd Place - $50

There will be no ties in the cash award categories.  The judges will be asked to break all ties.  All cash prizes will be awarded to the studio in which the winners were entered. 1st Place cash awards are only awarded if there are 3 or more entries in the division. 2nd Place cash awards are only awarded if there are 4 or more entries in the division. 3rd Place cash awards are only awarded if there are 5 or more entries in the division.

 

 

 

 

Advanced Edge Edge Certificates:

Solos

Duet/Trios

Small Groups

Large Groups

Lines

1st Place - $75

1st Place - $100

1st Place - $175

1st Place - $175

1st Place - $200

2nd Place - $50

2nd Place - $50

2nd Place - $100

2nd Place - $100

2nd Place - $100

3rd Place - $25

3rd Place - $25

3rd Place - $50

3rd Place - $50

3rd Place - $50

There will be no ties in the Edge certificate award categories.  The judges will be asked to break all ties.  All Edge certificates will be awarded to the studio in which the winners were entered. 1st Place Edge certificates are only awarded if there are 3 or more entries in the division. 2nd Place Edge certificates are only awarded if there are 4 or more entries in the division. 3rd Place Edge certificates are only awarded if there are 5 or more entries in the division.

 

STUDIO AWARDS

Any studio competing group routines will be automatically entered for the following:

BEST COSTUME AWARD; ENTERTAINMENT AWARD; CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD; TECHNIQUE AWARD:

An award will be presented for the Group or Line chosen by the judges.  These will be awarded to ages 12 & under and ages 13 & over age categories. These awards will be announced at the last group awards ceremony of the competition.

SPORTSMANSHIP BACKSTAGE AWARD:

This award will be selected by our Backstage Manager and given to the studio who shows the most spirit and sportsmanship backstage during the competition regardless of whether or not the competing number is from their studio. This award will be announced at the last group awards ceremony of the competition.

EDGE AWARD:

This award will be given to the highest scoring group routine of the weekend in each level (Future Edge, Intermediate Edge and Competitive Edge)

*Nationals Edge Award: This award will be given to the highest scoring group routine of the week in each age category (12 & Under and 13 & Over) of each level (Future Edge, Intermediate Edge and Competitive Edge). First and Second Runner Ups will also be awarded for each Nationals Edge Award category. *Note: Studios cannot compete against themselves within the same Edge Award category. Ex. The same studio cannot take 2nd runner up as well as be the Edge Award Winner for the 12 & Under Competitive Edge Award lineup.

 

Any other awards are at the discretion of the Edge Talent Staff.

 

OPTIONAL ENTRIES

 

PHOTOGENIC AWARD:

Any performer in the competition may opt to become a contestant for the most photogenic award through the submission of a photograph and an additional fee, to be judged in the 12 & Under and age 13 & Over age divisions.  The photo must be one person only – there is no group photogenic award.  An award will be presented to the contestant scoring the highest score by the judges.  Any picture submitted must be 5”x7” or 8”x10”in size.  EDGE is not responsible for any pictures submitted or damaged.  Pictures will be picked up at end of competition with score sheets. Photogenic winners will be announced at the last group awards ceremony of the competition.

  

TITLE DIVISION (Competitive Edge Level Only):

Any Competitive level solo performer may opt to become a contestant for the Title award through submission of their solo entry online and an additional fee. At each regional and national competition, EDGE TALENT will be selecting title winners in the following divisions:

·   Junior Miss EDGE & Junior Mr. EDGE       Ages 8 and Under

·   Pre-Teen Miss EDGE & Pre-Teen Mr. EDGE   Ages 9-12

·   Teen Miss EDGE & Teen Mr. EDGE           Ages 13-15

·   Miss EDGE & Mr. EDGE                     Ages 16-19

Each winner in each title division will receive a title trophy. Contestants will be judged for title separately but at the same time as his/her solo.  The judges discuss their choices for title and select the winner. Title winner is not based on their overall performance score.  A title winner may not compete for the same title at another EDGE Regional competition in the same competition year.

  

VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY

·     VIDEOTAPING IS NOT PERMITTED.  In order to protect a teachers’ choreography, no personal video cameras are permitted in the competition room.  If a video camera is found EDGE TALENT reserves the right to confiscate the video media and disqualify the act. 

·     EDGE TALENT will provide the opportunity for each participant to purchase a video of his/her own  performance(s).  

·     PHOTOGRAPHY: ABSOLUTELY NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS PERMITTED.

 

MISCELLANEOUS POLICIES

RUNOFF POLICY:

 If a solo performer chooses to run off stage after the start of the performance he or she may be granted one re-start and will automatically compete for adjudication only and will be disqualified from all awards line-ups. Edge management reserves the right to change or modify this policy at any time.  

JUDGMENT PROTESTS:

If a protest is initiated, it must be signed and submitted in writing to the director within 30 minutes of the incident in question.  ONLY a STUDIO DIRECTOR/TEACHER can initiate a protest.

RECOMPETING:

Any Regional First Overall Winner in any division may not compete the same routine at another Edge Regional Competition.

AGE BUMP RULE:

In Small Groups and Large Groups ONLY, a dancer may only compete one age group below their

competition age.  For example:  A group’s average age comes to 11.3 and there is one or more 16 year

old(s) in the group, that group must compete as age 13 in the 13-15 age division.

New LEVEL BUMP RULE:

A dancer may only compete one level below their own designated level. A Competitive Edge dancer will

not be able to compete in a routine in the Future Edge division. All Future Edge routines with a Competitive Edge dancer entered will automatically be bumped up to the Intermediate Edge division.

 

WAIVER AND RELEASE

WAIVER:

EDGE TALENT, affiliates and the hosting venue are not responsible for any injury or property damage/loss that is suffered by anyone attending or participating in the competition. A waiver will be provided to each studio. The waiver must be completed for each student/dancer and returned to Edge Talent Competition in order to compete.

EDGE TALENT RELEASE AGREEMENT:

 Your attendance and/or participation in an Edge event constitutes your approval for the uncompensated use of any photo or video image taken during the event in Edge literature, website or in connection with any other Edge event. Edge is not responsible for personal items. Edge will not become involved in disputes concerning choreography, rights to performance, costuming, etc. By submitting entries you confirm you own, or have secured the rights to, all elements in the performance. Submission of entries also constitutes the following: You agree to release and hereby indemnify Edge Talent Competition, LLC and their agents from any and all contracts, claims, suits, actions, liabilities, and/or injuries arising as a result of participation in a Edge Talent Competition, LLC event. You further release Edge Talent Competition, LLC and their agents from responsibility for any and all loss or damage, court costs, legal fees and/or medical fees. All activities are at your own risk.

SCHEDULE

A tentative time schedule will be available online to all studios approximately 10 days prior to the competition date for review, followed by a final schedule.  EDGE TALENT does not have a general schedule used at all of our regional competitions.  Each regional schedule is based solely upon the total number of entries for that competition date and location.  No time requests will be accepted. Any potential scheduling conflicts or special requests must be submitted with the entry submission online. All scheduling requests will be considered but Edge Talent will determine if the request can be accommodated or not.

 

EDGE TALENT reserves the right to adjust the competition schedule as deemed necessary, including but not limited to the addition of competition days/times.  Entries will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis, and will be limited depending on the time available at each regional location.  EDGE TALENT also reserves the right to move the competition location, if it becomes necessary, due to circumstances beyond its control.

 

YOU MUST COMPETE AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME.  NO CHANGES OR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED.  You must compete during your awards segment to be eligible for overall awards.

 

EDGE TALENT does run the competition according to the assigned entry number, however each entry must be prepared to compete 1 hour prior to the given time during their age and category division.  This is necessary to prevent delays in the competition due to costume changes and other unforeseen events.  ** If you determine that there is not enough time in between numbers to change costumes, the Backstage Manager MUST be notified immediately.

 

STUDIO CONFIRMATIONS

You will have the opportunity to review your acts prior to the posting of the competition schedule. Our goal (and hopefully yours) is to have all changes and/or corrections made prior to the schedule posting. Any changes after schedule posting (if accepted) must be made by Edge Talent staff, and will incur a $15 change fee (per act). Please note that each show is scheduled independently based on the number of acts and how those acts break down among solos, duet/trios, and groups. As such there is no “standard schedule” we can share with you prior to the final schedule posting. Making assumptions about the schedule based on a prior year’s schedule is not recommended. Studio directors must check in at the merchandise table a minimum of 2 hours prior to the studio’s first act (when possible).

 

CLAIMING SCORES AND CRITIQUES

All scoring information and video/audio critiques will be accessed by the studio director online. Edge Talent will make every possible effort to upload scores and critiques in the week following the competition barring technical problems. In the event of technical malfunction or third party software breakdown, Edge Talent may not be held liable, and accepts no responsibility, for failure to deliver video/audio critiques and/or scores.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

EDGE TALENT takes pride in the engaging and generally wholesome performances that take place on our stage.  Any number that is considered by the judges to be inappropriate in either dance moves, costumes, or music may be ineligible for any High Score Awards and may be cause for point deduction or disqualification.

 

If a group loses a performer, regardless of circumstances, which effects in the group’s registration in the originally entered General Division, the group may still compete in the larger division in order to maintain eligibility in that division for Nationals.  However, during the regional competition the group will be eligible for adjudication only.  All performers will be able to compete at the Nationals.  For example, a group of 20 registered as a Line and loses 1 performer the day of the regional competition which would put them in the Large Group Division may still compete as a Line for adjudication only during the regional competition.

 

A Preliminary competition may be held at our Nationals for any routine needing to qualify for the Edge National Competition or Video qualification, accompanied by the appropriate regional entry fees, may be submitted in order to qualify for the EDGE National Competition.  Routines will be adjudicated only.

 

Sportsmanlike behavior is expected from all EDGE TALENT participants, teachers, families, and all others in attendance.  Failure to comply with this may result in a participant(s) or studio’s disqualification.

 

Only teachers, dancers and those pertinent to a routine (i.e. prop parents) will be permitted backstage during the competition.

 

Any studio attending without a teacher present will be required to alert Edge Talent of 1 adult designated to represent the studio and all interactions with Edge Talent Staff.