- Events & Highlights
(Minimum 4 dancers, no maximum)
(Minimum 15 dancers)
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$50 late fee will be assessed for entries postmarked from March 29 to April 4. No entry forms will be accepted after April 4, 2016.
Skyview High School
1775 High Sierra Blvd
Billings, MT 59105
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Welcome to this year’s 14th annual Dance Sports Competition. On behalf of the Big Sky State Games, we invite you to register online and we thank you for your continued support and loyalty.
Dani Ruoff is currently the cheer coach for Kansas State, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for over 10 years. Ruoff has been coaching college cheer teams since 1993. She has become a competitive cheer coach, and has traveled to and won several national competitions. Ruoff is the current Cheerleaders of America State Representative, where she helps run the Ultimate National Cheer Competition held every year in Orlando, Florida. She is also a NCSSE safety certifier encouraging all coaches to get trained in a safety course.
Competition schedule will be posted a week before the competition
Deadline for Master Studio Application, Entry Forms, and Master Routine Rosters.
$50 late fee will be assessed for entries postmarked from April 3 to April 7. No entry forms will be accepted after April 7, 2017. Music will be digital mp3 format and mailed to Big Sky State Games.
Dance Off Star Challenge gives dancers the opportunity to learn choreography from an industry professional and compete in an audition style 'dance off' before a panel of judges. Set in the theatre, just like a reality TV program, an elimination process will be conducted, allowing students to experience a different style of competition while gaining the valuable experience of an audition.
The Dance-Off will take place Saturday evening before the Awards Ceremony. Sign up and payment will be onsite during the DanceSport competition ONLY. Dance technique, speed at absorbing choreography, and performance quality will be the main points for adjudication. All ages, levels welcome to participate! Only $10.00 per dancer.
Big Sky State Games T-shirts can be retrieved at the check-in table during the two-day competition by the studio/school representative. Studio shirts will be bagged together for one pick-up. Each studio/teacher will receive one free program, which will be included in the t-shirt pick-up. A free ticket to Opening Ceremonies, July 15th, will be mailed at a later date to each dance athlete.
Entries will be scored on 4 divisions: Technique, Choreography, Execution, and Appearance. Awards Ceremony will be held after the competition on Saturday and Sunday.
The top 3 scores in each age division will receive a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal. Outstanding presentation in each dance category and solo, duo/trio, and group will be awarded an Overall High Score special award, which will be handed out at the Award Ceremony on Saturday or Sunday. Production routines and teacher feature will not be placed in an age division. Participants that do not place Gold, Silver, or Bronze will receive a participation ribbon.
If competing against two or more other routines, the highest scoring dance will receive the Gold. The second and third high scores will be awarded with Silver and Bronze medals. All scores are final.
In the event of a tie, the performance with the highest average technical score will receive the higher placement. If the average technical score is also a tie, a vote of all three judges will determine the higher placement.
If you are competing against yourself, the medal will be determined by the following point bracket.
Gold - Silver - Bronze
Awarded for each category, age, and level.
Gold - Silver - Bronze
Awarded for Teacher Feature and Production Routines.
Awarded for each category, as well as for solo, duo/trio, and group.
Awarded to the one studio that demonstrates fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect, and responsiblity.
Awarded to a routine that all judges agree on.
Awarded to the last dancer standing.
Routine Music MUST be provided as an open .MP3 format by April 4, 2016.
Each Studio is responsible for submitting their music to the Big Sky State Games office by April 7, 2017. All music MUST be pre-edited, named appropriately, and provided in an .mp3 format to help minimize any issues during the event. Music files (.mp3) may (1) be saved to a USB flash drive and mailed to Big Sky State Games (which will also be used as a backup at the event), or (2) be saved to an online cloud service (such as DropBox or Google Drive), with the URL provided to email@example.com. USB flash drives are preferable; any music provided on CD or any other format will need to be converted at a cost of $2/song. Any media provided will be available immediately after the event for pickup. Please test all of your songs before you submit them.
Other info to consider:
Please use the following naming structure when labeling your music: Studio Name - Routine Name.mp3 (e.g., Big Sky Games Studio - Over the Rainbow.mp3). Please avoid any special characters, including apostrophes.
Mail music and payment to the following address:
Big Sky State Games
Attn: Dance Sports-Stage
Billings, MT 59103
Each Studio is responsible to bring back-up music for each performance, and should provide it to the sound booth immediately if there is a technical problem. Backup songs may be put on a playlist on an ipod or a back-up CD.
DanceSport judges are educated and trained professionals in multiple genres of dance and are sensitive to the various skill levels represented by the dancers' differing ages, skill level and performance skills.
Three judges will adjudicate each entry. Each adjudication will be supplemented with judge’s scores for technique, choreography, execution and appearance and typed comments. Adjudication packages will be mailed to the Studio Director / Owner.