Policies & Regulations

There will be daily admission charged at the door and programs for sale.

Weekend passes available for events running 3 or more days.

All dancers and instructors free
Parking: Free at most venues most days.

Food & Drinks: There will be no food or drink allowed in the rehearsal area, backstage or in the auditorium. Please clean up after yourselves

Cameras & Video Equipment: Flash and video cameras are strictly prohibited. Please let your parents know that your studio can be disqualified in the event of using any recording devices. This is to protect the children and to adhere to the privacy act. (FOIP) It's the law. Official entries, however, do allow CARS and partners to use photography for publicity purposes. There will be a professional photographer onsite.

Conduct: Good sportsmanship is important. Booing and negative comments will result in disqualification. Cheering must not become distracting to adjudicator or performers. Doors will be closed during performances. Between performances, please move quickly to your seats. It is not proper conduct to be entering or leaving the theatre DURING any performance.

Lost Articles: Catch a Rising Star is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please, be sure all shoes, clothes and costume pieces are labeled with the students’ and studio’s name. Lost articles will be left in the lost & found at the venue you participated in.

Complaints: All complaints are to be brought to the attention of the director in writing. Your studio can submit them for you. Complaints will not be addressed during the festival. Most staff are volunteers and should be treated with respect. They are not equipped to address any complaints.

Music & Check-In: Teachers must check in their routines 1/2 hour prior to their performance. Cancellations should also be done at this time. Please let the MC know of any missing dancers. Music will be played by the teacher backstage. Music must be on an MP3 player/iPod or CD. PLEASE back up on a second device. The festival reserves the right to run up to 30 minutes early, so be sure to prepare all routines early. Be sure parents are aware of this as the festivals will not wait for late dancers. Parents will not be allowed back stage without prior consent.

Re-Dances: Allowed only at the discretion of the adjudicator. Re-dances will not be eligible for top awards or scholarships but will still be adjudicated and eligible for plaques and medals.

Rehearsal Space: A rehearsal area will be provided. Please share by not blasting your music. No tap shoes anywhere except the stage. Parents are not allowed in the rehearsal area unless they have been appointed by their teacher to help supervise young dancers. This will allow more room for the dancers.

Final Decisions: The decisions of the adjudicator are final. No one is to approach the adjudicator for any reason.

Change Areas: Please have someone in your studio check your designated change area. It would be greatly appreciated if this could be tidied up at the end of each session. This way, it is more likely all dancers will go home with all their belongings. Thanks

Adjudications: After performing, All Dancers shall wait backstage or in an allotted area until called for adjudication. Dancers shall not be sitting in the auditorium during any category they are participating in.

Communication: Parents are to direct all communication through their studio and not contact the festival directly.

Refunds: No Refunds. (Injuries reported with a Doctor's Note will be considered on an individual basis. Refunds will only be issued to the studio who entered, not individuals.)