Prop Rule & Littering Rule
For safety measures, a dancer may not be physically placed 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. No special scenery, lighting, smoke, dry ice or electrical devices may be used. Contestants are responsible for getting props on and off stage as quickly as possible.
Props must be built off-stage and carried, not dragged, onto the stage. Props must have the proper protection on its’ bottom surfaces to prevent damage to the marley floor surface. If the marley is damaged, the routine will be deducted up to 10 points, and may become disqualified.
If prop set-up and removal takes more than two minutes total, extended time must be added to the routine upon registration. Please refer to “Extended Time” section on page one. If extended time is not added, the routine will be deducted 10 points from their overall score, citing “prop rule.”
Substances which alter the condition of the stage are prohibited. No form of liquid, gel, paint, aerosol, glitter, excessive small items, etc. may be used that would affect the dancing surface. Absolutely no excessive use of feathers, hay, sand, leaves, or any other allergenic item may be used. No exceptions. With use of any of the above said items, the routine will be deducted 10 points, and the competition director reserves the right to disqualify the routine to perform. In the event that the stage requires a break (longer than two minutes, or it’s allowed extended time if applicable) in the performances to clean off the stage, a cleaning fee will be charged to the studio and the routine will be deducted 10 points. If the stage is damaged as a result of misuse, the Studio will be liable for damages.
One to two handheld microphones can be provided by Thunderstruck, depending on equipment available in each city, for song & dance or vocal categories. Additional microphones may be permitted provided the studios supply their own equipment and inform our office when submitting their entries. In addition, they must inform the MC/backstage manager AND the technical staff of the theatre a minimum of 24 hours in advance of their competition time. Please note: Studios must be able to set up any additional microphones themselves, and the ability to do so may or may not be accessible depending upon equipment availability at that regional city.
Lyrical / Routine Content and Sportsmanship
Thunderstruck prohibits the use of inappropriate language backstage and in songs, vulgar and suggestive gestures in routines, or non-age appropriate costuming. Failure to comply may result in disqualification or significant point deduction. In the event that such a situation does occur, the issue will be addressed with the Studio Director. Disqualification is at the sole discretion of Thunderstruck Dance Competition Director and/or Management. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification.
A re-dance will be at the discretion of the competition director and will be permitted with no penalty, for technical difficulties on Thunderstruck’s side only. If a dancer stops dancing for any other reason, they are judged upon what they have performed, without a second chance. If the wrong cut of music is provided to Thunderstruck for an event, and the dancer(s) perform to this music, a re-dance is not allowed. A re-dance may requested by the Studio Director, however, the performance will be adjudicated and will not qualify for overall awards or Eye of the Storm awards. A re-dance is at the sole discretion of Thunderstruck and we reserve the right to refuse re-dances if time does not permit.