Spring Stars was created by sisters in memory of our dance mom who passed away and to raise awareness and support for people in our community who have been affected in one way or another by cancer.  Our intention is to host fun and feel-good experiences that are enjoyable and rewarding for everyone involved.

Our Mission:

We are committed to bringing the dance community together for the greater good. A portion of the proceeds is donated to support cancer research to provide “Hope for a Brighter Tomorrow”. Together, with your support, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary as a company that is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and treatment in Saskatchewan, while also recognizing standout performances with generous scholarships and awards.

Dance For A Brighter Tomorrow!

We have welcomed thousands of dancers to our stages over the years.  The support and encouragement of students and teachers backstage, and of the audience in the theatre means every student feels a sense of pride and belonging while at our events!  We are passionate about providing each and every dancer with a positive and inspiring experience.

DISCIPLINES
  • Acro
  • Ballet (Classical, Character & Pointe)
  • Baton Twirling
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop & Choreography
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Open (Pre-recorded vocals/ lip syncing, etc)
  • Modern
  • Musical Theatre (Live Singing)
  • Tap
LEVELS

We recognize that each dancer has a different practice.  As such, to honour all levels of dancers, we offer the following 3 ‘star’ classifications.  Based on the criteria below, dancers are classified into the levels by their teachers. 

 

1 Star ★ - Students take dance classes for no more than 2 hours per week throughout the studio year.

2 Stars ★★ - Students take dance classes for 2 to 5 hours per week throughout the studio year. 

3 Stars ★★★ - Students take dance classes for 6 or more hours per week throughout the studio year.

 

Individual classifications are determined by taking the total number of hours per week a student takes classes (in all disciplines) throughout the studio year.  Duo & Group classifications are determined by taking an average of how many hours students collectively dance in all disciplines per week throughout the studio year. 

DETERMINING ENTRY AGE

Entry age is taken as of December 31st of the year preceding the competition.  Proof of age may be requested.

Based on the number of entries, we reserve the right to combine, divide or change age categories.

Duo & Group entry age is determined by taking the average age of the dancers, rounding after .99 (We drop the decimal).

AGE CATEGORIES

Solos & Duos

5yrs, 6yrs, 7yrs, 8yrs, 9yrs, 10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs, 16yrs, 17yrs, 18yrs, 19 to 24yrs, 25yrs+

 

Groups

5 & 6yrs, 7 & 8yrs, 9 to 11yrs, 12 to 14yrs, 15 to 18yrs, 19 to 24yrs, 25yrs+, 40yrs+

 

*Spring Stars Inc. reserves the right to combine or divide age categories depending on the number of entries.

MARKS & STANDINGS

All performances receive a mark and a standing based on the following:

SuperNova: 95-100

Platinum: 90-94.75

Gold: 85-89.75

Silver: 80-84.75

Bronze: 75-79.75

GENEROUS SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

Standings are announced and awards are handed out during on-stage adjudications at the end of each session throughout the festivals.

Adjudicators are free to recognize standout dancers, choreographers, and routines with special awards as they see fit.

SCHOLARSHIPS & DANCE AWARDS

Scholarships provided throughout the competition include Most Outstanding, Adjudicator’s Choice, and Most Promising, as well as Choreography and “Star” Awards.  Scholarship winners are announced on stage during adjudications throughout the festival. 

 

Overall Dance awards provided by generous sponsors are announced via social media, the elev8.dance app and our website following each festival. 

ADJUDICATIONS

At the conclusion of each session, students who performed during the session are invited back on stage to receive onstage adjudications from the adjudicators.  The decision of each adjudicator is final.  

At the conclusion of the competition, studio directors will be provided with an adjudication for each entry.  Each adjudication will be uploaded to each studio’s entry as registered via register.elev8.dance.  Studio directors will have the option to share the adjudication via the elev8.dance app with either the dancer(s) or the teacher(s) and choreographer(s) of the routine, or both. 

Spring Stars Inc. reserves the right to disqualify any competitor for infringement of rules and regulations or for improper conduct.  Spring Stars Inc. further reserves the right to ask an individual to leave the competition venue should it be determined that complaints have been made in a manner deemed inappropriate, including approaching an adjudicator regarding the results.

TIME LIMITS

Solo:  2 ½ minutes

Duo or Trio: 2 ¾ minutes

Small Group (4 to 9 dancers): 4 minutes

Medium Group (10 to 13 dancers): 4 ½ minutes

Large Group (14 to 17 dancers): 4 ½ minutes

Line Group (18 or more dancers): 5 minutes

 

Note: Entries received and paid after September 30th will be subject to an additional 6% of Provincial Sales Tax (PST) - as intended per the outlined provincial budget of the Saskatchewan Government.

ENTRIES & SCHEDULING

Competition entries will be accepted via register.elev8.dance on a first-come, first-reserved basis, with priority being given to studios that have provided a deposit to hold space in a festival or competition.

The first draft of the competition schedule will be provided to each studio for review at least 1 month prior to the competition dates.  The final schedule will be provided at least 2 weeks before the start date of the competition.

MUSIC

Studio directors and teachers are responsible to ensure that music, choreography and costuming is appropriate for all ages to hear and see at all times.  Please be mindful of profanity, suggestive phrases and inappropriate choreography.  Adjudicators are provided with the option of penalizing routines that are deemed not respectful of these rules.   

All audio files are to be uploaded via register.elev8.dance at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of the competition.

Music files must be formatted as .mp3, .m4a or .wav 

During each event, music is played by the venue’s sound tech.  Please ensure you have a backup copy of your music on your iPad, tablet, iPhone, or Android Phone.

SUPERVISION OF DANCERS

While in the theatre venue, all dance groups must have an adult or a qualified studio representative (teacher) who will be with the dancers at all times.  The supervisor(s) of the group is responsible to ensure students are backstage when required and must supervise the conduct of the dancers in the building, the theatre, as well as backstage.

 

We appreciate your help and understanding to ensure everyone has a positive experience at our events.

 

We recommend that students only bring with them what they need for their performance(s) each day.

 Spring Stars Inc. is not responsible for lost or missing articles of any kind. 

ADMISSION TO WATCH THE FESTIVALS LIVE, IN PERSON.

We do our best to keep the competition as cost-efficient as possible, while raising funds to support members in our community.  We are so fortunate to be in a facility that does not surcharge ticket prices and that does not charge for parking.

 

Admission will be charged as a single rate, per session, sold in the form of a QR code.  

 

With the exception of children who are 7 years of age or younger, all audience members are required to purchase passes to watch each session.  

RECORDINGS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON.

We will provide the opportunity for friends and family to purchase “video on demand” - 24 hr access to session recordings that will be made available a few hours following the conclusion of each session.  

We thank you for your support as a portion of the proceeds from admission and on-demand sales are donated to Choc’laCure in Support of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, as well as to the Saskatchewan Ovarian Cancer Survivors and the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in Regina & Saskatoon.

Hold Your Space at a Spring Stars Dance Festival!

Your students are sure to enjoy participating in one of our fun and feel-good dance competitions!

Spring Stars Saskatoon 2023

March 21 to 25, 2023 - At Lakeview Church - Site 510, Box 15, RR5 Saskatoon SK, S7K 3J8

We look forward to having you, your students and your families join us at our positive and uplifting event to “Dance for a brighter tomorrow!”