• For the safety of your children and the protection of choreography, absolutely NO videotaping or photography is allowed during performances. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep our performers photographically safe by reporting suspected photographic violations. We will have a professional photographer and videographer at all of our events, and photographs and videos will be available for purchase. The use of video or photography may lead to an entry being “adjudicated only“.
  • By entering Shine Dance Competitions, Parents, Instructors, Directors, and Contestants give their permission for Shine Dance Competitions to use their pictures and videos in our promotional material.


  • Competing dancers should be ready at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, they will be expected to perform.
  • Competing dancers must perform in the scheduled sequence unless special permission is granted by the Shine staff. Intentional manipulation of the performance schedule will result in disqualification or performances being “adjudicated only
  • Competing dancers and their teachers are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and general support of all participants. We are here to have a fun week together.
  • All entries will check in with the backstage coordinator five (5) numbers prior to their performance.
  • Only teachers are permitted backstage in an effort to keep backstage area clear and calm for the dancers (unless assistance is required with props and permission is granted by the Shine staff).
  • Substances which alter the condition of the stage are prohibited (e.g. tossing sparkles, baby powder, water, body paint, etc.). Dangerous props such as live animals and/or any routines which contain fire or pyrotechnic devices, swords and/or knives etc. are also prohibited. If the stage is littered after your performance, you will be responsible for an immediate removal of the items. Failure to meet these safety measures may result in a deduction or the routine being “adjudicated only“.
  • Helium balloons are not to be released on-stage due to the cost of getting them down with a lift and the possibility of them popping during another performance if left on the ceiling. They can be used if they are on a weight and not released. Released balloons may result in a deduction or the routine being ‘adjudicated only’.

Dressing Rooms

  • Shine will open the building/dressing rooms 1 hour prior to competition starting time. Please do not arrive earlier than 1 hour prior to start-time (especially on the first day) as the rooms will not be open.
  • Given the finite space in venues, studios are expected to share dressing room.
  • Studios are expected to keep the dressing rooms clean. Please throw out your garbage and do not spread sparkles on the floor.
  • For your convenience, dressing rooms are often assigned by the Shine management.

Fees / Awards / Rebates

  • Shine Dance Competitions reserves the right to cancel any competition if inadequate entries are received to run the event.
  • Shine Dance Competitions will not issue refunds or be held responsible for sudden cancellation or time lost due to extreme weather, bomb threats, terrorism or any other extraneous circumstances. Shine Dance Competitions will not be held responsible for injuries, damage and lost or stolen property over the duration of the competition. Shine Dance Competitions will not be held responsible for any additional fees incurred (i.e. Parking fees, parking tickets, etc.) by dancers, teachers, studio owners or any participants while attending one or more of the events.
  • To be entered at Shine, payment in full must be received with your entries by a Studio cheque.
    No post-dated cheques past the entry deadline are accepted. Any late payments must be by certified cheque. No dancer can perform unless studio balances are cleared.
  • There is a $25.00 NSF fee.
  • Shine Dance Competitions has the right to refuse any application at any time.
  • To be eligible for High Scores and Overalls:
      • Your Studio must have at least 10 entries in the competition, and at least 4 of those must be groups.  If your studio has over 10 entries but no groups, you are not eligible for High Scores or Overalls.
      • Exception: If your studio is entering a Shine event and some solos/duets/trios are entering another regional to qualify for Nationals, those entries are eligible for High Score Solo, Top Soloist, and High Score Duet/Trios. They will not be eligible for other High Scores or Overalls.
  • All Scholarships are made out to the Studio.
  • Due to popular request, we present the performance category awards in ascending order, but do not announce the placings.
  • High Scores are announced with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd, place rankings. Scores may be announced.
  • If there is more than a two-way tie for High Scores and Overalls, the judges will break the tie at the Shine Directors’ discretion.
  • Any routine winning The Ultimate Shine Award or 1st Overall in a city is not eligible the following year for the Ultimate Shine Award or the Overall Top 3 in the competition unless 50% of the dancers and choreography have changed.
  • Any routine winning 1st Overall Acro in a city is not eligible the following year for 1st Overall Acro in the competition unless 50% of the dancers and choreography have changed.
  • Any solo winning 1st place Title at Nationals cannot perform that solo again at Regionals.


  • Independent entries without a studio sponsor will not be accepted. Please see your studio for entry forms.
  • Studio logos/names should not be visible during or in between performances (i.e. when placing props).
  • Shine is a family event. Inappropriate costuming, language in songs or movement in routines may result in a deduction or the  routine being “adjudicated only” at the discretion of Shine judges and management. Performances with thematic elements and issues reflecting a lack of discretion and awareness of the age and nature of the competition audience might be deemed inappropriate and may become “adjudicated only”. See Shine and Appropriateness for further clarification.
  • Given our constraints in evaluating actual rehearsal time, Shine trusts teachers to enter performances in the appropriate Competitive Levels. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be moved up a level at the discretion of Shine directors. All decisions are final.
  • In the event a performance does not complete their dance, they will be allowed to perform again to be “adjudicated only”. This means they will still receive an award, but will not be eligible for any High Score or Overall Awards. Shine reserves the right to determine which performances qualify to dance again to be adjudicated only.
  • Any challenges or concerns regarding an entry may be made to the competition director by a studio director/teacher only, before the awards ceremony for that routine.
  • The Shine rules are enforced with the goal of creating a fair competitive environment for all dancers.  If circumstances arise throughout an event which do not fall under the current rules, the Shine Directors/Management reserve the right to proceed as they see fit to best uphold the integrity of the event.