Performance Rules

Performance Rules


What you can and can't do building/using props and how to get them in and out.

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Performance Rules

Props In General

You are not permitted to place a dancer on a prop/scenic piece that is more than 6ft high. Fire, swords, knives and live animals are strictly prohibited on stage and at all venues. You are not permitted to use any extraordinary scenery, lighting, smoke, dry ice or electrical devices. Contestants are responsible for getting props on and off stage as quickly as possible.

Please see our Prop Information page for details about declaring props for a routine, load in & load out, set-up & tear-down, and detailed prop rules.

Microphones Available

We accept the use of mics for in Song & Dance or Vocal categories. We will provide one (1) handheld and one (1) hands-free microphone. It will be available backstage. Studio / Dancers should check-in with backstage to get set-up with this equipment. Other equipment requests are subject to the approval of Thunderstruck Canada.

If you wish to use your microphone or require additional equipment; you are required to make arrangements before the registration deadline. Having this in advance of any schedule is necessary so we can adequately plan and address your request. Otherwise, it may not be permitted or subject to additional costs to provide technical services required.

Please submit your requests at so that we can accurately process and track it. All arrangements must go through Thunderstruck Canada. Unless otherwise directed, please do not contact the theatre.

Lyrics And Inappropriate Elements

Thunderstruck Canada prohibits the use of inappropriate language backstage, in songs, gestures in routines or costuming and may result in disqualification. Inappropriate elements in choreography, including the use of dance themes with dark undertones (such as rape, murder, suicide) or questionable activities (such as drug use) performed at a competition that lacks artistic discretion is considered inappropriate.

We recognise we do need to embrace sharing these themes through dance, but they are incredibly subjective and sensitive, so please be mindful of the age levels of all our audience. If you have a concern about a particular routine, please contact us before the event.

If such a situation does occur, we will inform and discuss it with the Studio Director. Disqualification is at the sole discretion of Thunderstruck Canada's Competition Director and Management.


There are three (3) occurrences when we grant a re-dance. In any instance, a re-dance will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director and Thunderstruck Canada. We reserve the right to refuse re-dances if time does not permit.

  1. We will issue a re-dance automatically with no penalty if there are technical difficulties such as a lighting or sound problem. We do not consider a CD that skips a technical problem; studios are encouraged to use our Music Manager to upload tracks.
  2. If requested by a Studio Director, for none technical reasons (such as dancer forgetting choreography and wanting to perform the routine in its entirety), the performance will be adjudicated and marked, but will not qualify for overall awards. It will be allowed, time permitting.
  3. In unique situations, Thunderstruck Canada and the Competition Director reserve the right to offer re-dance with no penalty. 

Stage Features

Whether we are hosting a competition at a theatre or building a stage, we use Rosco Dance Floor. We tape it on top of the actual stage floor (theatre) or risers (conference). All our stage configurations use floor mics to capture ambient sounds for performances such as ballet and jazz, voice during musical theatre, and for step and tap routines. Dancers should be aware of their locations and be mindful not to touch, move or stand on them.

Lighting Features

We use some leading edge lighting fixtures. Dancers need to be aware of this hardware during performances and be sure to remain clear during awards. During breaks and meals, the stage is off limits. Dancers are not permitted to practice, mark, or otherwise be on the scene at any time other than their performance or invited up for awards.

Sportsmanship The Dancers Rule

We expect sportsmanlike behaviour on stage, backstage, and in the dressing rooms at all times. It includes both the way you treat others and the facility. Treat others how you wish them to treat you and look after the theatre how you expect someone to care for your home. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification.

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