One of the most debated topics in the competition industry is appropriateness.

Shine Dance Competitions is a family event and is continually striving to encourage age appropriate performances from the very talented choreographers who present their work each weekend.

As such, we support the guidelines recognized by the Federation of Dance Competitions and will implement an “adjudicated only” system for performances deemed ‘inappropriate’ by the Shine Management and/or Judges.

These guidelines are:

  1. “Choreography, costuming, and/or the use of dance themes such as rape, suicide, murder, sex, domestic violence, anorexia, and dark undertones chosen and/or presented to competition audiences with a lack of “artistic discretion” is considered inappropriate. The FDC appreciates the art form, creativity and desire to heighten world awareness of these themes through dance but deem it inappropriate to present them to audiences that include children of every age. We recognize that this is extremely subjective and sensitive. Each competition will use its utmost professional judgment and will individually address these performances as they surface at each particular event in the manner they deem appropriate. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep performances thematically and choreographically appropriate.”
  2. A routine deemed “inappropriate” by the Shine Judges will be announced as “Adjudicated Only” during the awards session. The implication of “Adjudicated Only” is the routine will receive their Performance Category Award of a Silver, High Silver, Gold, High Gold, Platinum, or Diamond without deductions; however, it will not be eligible for any High Score or Overall Awards.   As such, the inappropriateness of the routine is penalized, but the dancer can still earn an award for their hard work in executing the performance.  It is up to the Studio Owners/Choreographers to ensure their routines are family oriented and appropriate.
  3. Given the subjective nature of the performances, what we deem inappropriate is not a perfect science – and sometimes people may find the decisions of our judges too lenient, while other times, they may find the decisions too strict.  Shine takes the decision to deem a performance “Adjudicated Only” very seriously and will make every effort to create a wonderful and positive “family oriented” season.