NATIONAL STEP CHAMPIONSHIPS| U19 DIVISION U14 DIVISION U12 DIVISION
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Our Annual Stage Breakers event not only celebrates what our students do on the stage as well as the exemplary things they do within the community as well. Those invited to compete in this event have demonstrated honor, integrity and a compassion for others.
There are times in which we get lost in the spirit of competition and stray from these precepts. We admonish any behavior that is a detriment to the hard work step sponsor have put in to secure this opportunity for our students. In an attempt to be transparent, we issue this statement:
"ANY TEAM MEMBER ( COACH OR STEPPER ) FOUND TO CHANT, BOO, INTENTIONALLY DEGRADE, DISRESPECT, DEMONISH, OR INTENTIONALLY SHADE COMPETING TEAMS OR STAFF DURING THE EVENT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION, ESCORTED FROM THE PREMISES AND WILL HAVE ALL FUTURE INVITATIONS RESCINDED.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL PARTICIPANTS TO BE EDUCATED EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENCE & DECENCY THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE REFLECTED IN THE WORLD."
Trendsetters & Stage Breakers National Invitational Step Competition | Garland, TX Rules & Regulations
1. All teams must report to Garland High School at their assigned practice time on the day of the event.
NO EXCEPTIONS. Failure to arrive at designated time will result in a loss of stage time for orientation and sound check.
2. If a team member is found to be grossly unsportsmanlike, disrespectful to event staff, hosts, show organizers, or generally causing a disruption to the positivity of the event, the team will be disqualified. This decision will be at the discretion of the judges and the Trendsetters & Stage Breakers Executive Council and Event Coordinators.
3. Performances found to be lewd, degrading, vulgar or sexually explicit in nature are subject to point loss or disqualification. This decision will be at the discretion of the judges.
4. No pyrotechnics may be used in any routine. Having a fire routine and using fire in the routine are two seperate things. Also, the use of fire, baby powder, helium, balloons, confetti, liquid devices such as water, candle wax, weapons or glitter are not permitted. As a general rule, the use of any material that will require clean up should be avoided. The use of any non-approved prop could result in a 10-point deduction from your team’s overall score.
5. Props and all special requirements must be submitted for approval 3 weeks prior to the event (March 23, 2020).
6. Video: Requests to use video and or PowerPoint should be sent in for approval 3 weeks prior to the event (March 20 2020). Please make sure to have multiple formats of your video file once you arrive to the venue. It is suggested that you bring both a DVD and a USB of your video.
Video use will be included within the allotted 8-10 minutes. (Plan accordingly.)
Audio: Both a flash drive and a CD of your music are the suggested audio formats. Every team must have an assigned person to be sitting with the sound technician during the team’s performance to operate their music. This person must be the same for rehearsal and performance.
7. Divisions for the competition are as follows:
1. Division I: U14 Elementary & Middle School
2. Division II: U19 High School Coed
3. Division II: U19 High School Female
4. Division II U19 High School Male
Elementary may be combined with Middle School depending on number of participating teams.
8. Start time begins when the curtains are opened, the music begins or upon the first communication with the audience. The performance time ends once steppers have exited the stage or the curtains are drawn.
9. In the case of technical difficulties, judges will be notified and the team will not be penalized for time.
10. Each team will have a total of 8 minutes to perform, including introductions and exits. A total of 1 point per second, per judge will be deducted for each team that exceeds the 10 minute allotment.
11. Each step team is responsible for cleaning up the dressing room after using it and must participate in a check out of the room before leaving at the end of the night.
12. All props and backdrops must be taken with the organization at the conclusion of the show.
13. Members of your organization, other than those specified to perform or specifically assist with the performance, may not be backstage or on stage any time during the show.
14. Anyone found attempting to sneak people into the show will have their team forfeited from the competition and will be escorted from the premises.
15. A carbon copy of score sheets will be issued to coaches on the night of the performance. In the event that a team does not receive their results, they will be emailed or faxed, and posted on the thetanusigmastepteam.com website the week following the StageBreakers ™ National Invitational Step Competition to the email address provided on the registration form.
16. The decisions of the judges are final. Careful calculation will be made, and in the rare event of score discrepancy, all teams will be notified and the issue will be rectified by the judging staff & directors of the Trendsetters & Stage Breakers Event.
17. All winners receive their prizes at the close of the event, pending a W9 has been submitted. Winnings should be collected by a sponsor. Only coaches may visit the ticket window at the close of the night. Money must be claimed by June 6, 2020 (60 days) or it will be forfeited.
TECHNICAL ELEMENTS The following technical elements are provided pending request and approval:
● Lowering Bar
● CD Player/Sound System
● Lights: Standard Lights and Spot Lights
● Video Screen/ Jumbotron
*PowerPoints and Videos will be allowed pending advanced approval.
1. The highest score total score in each category will be crowned winner. Overall performance indicator will be used in the condition of a tie.
2. The maximum score attainable per judge is 80 points.
3. Total scoring is used in this competition.
Highest or lowest scores will NOT be dropped from score cards.
4. Two auditors will be responsible for tabulating the scores.
*Each judge will use the following criteria to judge each team’s performance.
Thematic Dress Appearance
Clarification: Outfits are arranged in a coordinated creative and imaginative nature relative to theme or performance concept.
Clarification: Clear and concise speech throughout at various points throughout the step routine. Performing with a high level of spirit, zest, and excitement
Clarification: Unique & stand out performance utilizing various step components, techniques and risks.
Precision & Synchronicity
Clarification: Sharp, coordinated movements, formations, beats and arm patterns throughout the routine.
Clarification: Artful, purposeful and strategic movement/utilization of stage space throughout the performance
Clarification: Successful execution of various levels of risky and complex step choreography in a coordinated and rhythmic nature
Thematic entrance and exit geared to engage the audience
Judges overall impression (used only in event of tie situation)
Possible Point Deductions:
● Failure to show up for the assigned rehearsal time on the day of the event
● Performance goes beyond the allotted 8-10 minute time allotment.
● Performance is found to be degrading or vulgar/ targeted and intentionally disrespectful
● Inappropriate use of props and special equipment
● Failure to submit CD, video, and PowerPoint for approval on time.