Spring Stars, the parent company of 306 Block Party 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.

The *NEW* 306 Block Party Mission

We are committed to bringing the dance community together for a great competition and a greater good. A portion of the proceeds from 306 Block Party will be donated to the Saskatchewan Mental Health Association - Saskatoon to support the awareness and education of mental health research to provide “Hope for a Brighter Tomorrow”.

Want to join 306 Block Party 2023?

April 18 to 22, 2023

Shine. Inspire. Unite.

In 2017, we brought you 306 Block Party with the mission to shine a light on the Hip Hop dance community in Saskatchewan while contributing to a greater good. In uniting a community of dancers, artists and leaders, it is our hope that each participant leaves our events feeling inspired!

306 Block Party 2023!

Following a fantastic response to our 2021 & 2022 dance seasons, we are moving forward with creating an even more fun and competitive atmosphere at 306 Block Party 2023! We will be bringing back top dancers and routines for the Starlit Showcase, acknowledging the top performances of the competition!

Accomplishments

Together, with your support, 306 Block Party brings dancers together to raise awareness and funds to support the mental health and wellbeing of members in our community, while also recognizing standout performances with generous scholarships and awards.

A note about the judges

You will find that the judges who join us are well respected artists, teachers and choreographers in their respective disciplines. We work with individuals who understand the importance of sharing knowledge and who acknowledge and celebrate dancers of all levels.

Competition Outline

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.  CoStar & 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 at 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.

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

AGE CATEGORIES

LoneStars (Solos) & CoStars (Duos & Trios)

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

 

Groups & Crews

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

STANDINGS, SCHOLARSHIPS & DANCE AWARDS

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

 

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

SCHOLARSHIPS & DANCE AWARDS

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

 

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

THE STARLIT SHOWDOWN & OVERALL AWARDS

The competition concludes with a Starlit Showdown that features some of the competition’s standout routines. We communicate via our social media channels to announce who will be back, as a top mark, or as ‘WildStars’ as chosen by the judges to compete for top honours in the Showdown!*

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.

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 the 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.  Judges 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 3 weeks prior to the first day of the competition.

 

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

 

During the competition, music is played by the venue’s sound tech.  Please ensure you have a back-up copy of your music on 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 the Saskatchewan Mental Health Association Saskatoon. 

Join 306 Block Party 2023!

April 18 to 22, 2023

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!”