Performance Division Guide

Performance Division Guide


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Performance Division Guide

Performance Division Guide Focus Is Always Skill Level

The following is a guideline to help you determine the best Performance Division for your routines. We trust that you make the appropriate decisions for each. We adjust the Scoring Scale for each performance division to the skill level of that group. For instance, a score that might earn a Lightning Gold in Future Star might only get High Gold in Rock Star.

The divisions are colour coded to match the Scoring Scales for that division. The information is a guide, so we are not regulating the hours of training or years of competition. There are a few rules in place to protect the integrity of the event. Please review these at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. It is often helpful, especially if you are new to Thunderstruck Canada to review the video from previous competitions. We post the winning routine of each overall on YouTube. You can visit our channel, or you can access them from the results section of the website.

Future Star

The Future Star division is for students getting started in dance and competition. Dancers in this division should not have more than a couple of years of training in a particular discipline and should not have more than two years of competitive experience.

 Open to Ages 19 and Under
 Future Star Scoring Scale

Shining Star

The Shining Star division is for experienced dancers. They will have completed years of training in a discipline and are comfortable in a competitive environment. They are committed to a reasonable amount of dance training each week, typically 4 to 6 hours.
 Open to Ages 19 and Under
 Shining Star Scoring Scale


Shooting Star

The Shooting Star division is for recreational adult dancers and parents. It will be a Battle Style. We combine the Solo and Duo/Trio into an overall and Groups into an Overall based on the number of entries.
 Open to Non-Competitive, 20 and Up
 Shining Star Scoring Scale

Rock Star

The Rock Star division is for the dancing elite. A Rock Star performer will have dedicated years of training and spends significant hours each week perfecting dance skills either on their own, as part of school programs, or through professional instruction at the studio.
 Open to Teens and Seniors
 Rock Star Scoring Scale


Super Star

The Super Star division is for dancers continuing their career and teachers. It will be a Battle Style. We combine the Solo and Duo/Trio into an overall and Groups into an Overall based on the number of entries.
 Open to Competitive, 20 and Up
 Rock Star Scoring Scale

Rule #1

We reserve the right for our Adjudicators to alter the performance division of a dancer if it is deemed necessary. The Competition Director will inform the studio of this decision.

Rule #2

A dancer with multiple solos should compete in the same division as the majority of their other routines. If it is dancing DOWN a division, it should be based solely on skill level.

Rule #3

A routine can dance down ONE performance division. For example, a Ballet group in competing Rock Star but just started Hip-Hop. They could perform the Hip-Hop in Shining Star but NOT Future Star.

Rule #4

The dance down one performance division applies to duo/trio's and groups, but solo status must be factored in. If a dancer performs a solo in Rock Star, other routines can only be Shining Star but NOT as Future Star.

Rule #5

The same rule applies in dancing up a performance division. If a dancer performs in one performance division but is stronger in one or two disciplines, they can compete in a higher Division if desired.

Rule #6

If a dancer has many routines in the same Dance Category (i.e. Two Jazz Solos), they should choose to perform one in the open before dancing in a different performance division.

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