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Please read the following Rules and Regulations carefully. Shake the Ground reserves the right to deduct points from or disqualify any entry or contestant that does not adhere to the Rules and Regulations.

Performance Guidelines and Deductions

All routines, music, choreography, and costumes must be suitable for family viewing and listening.  Failure to comply with this rule may result in point deductions or entry disqualification.

If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will have points deducted or can be disqualified at the judges discretion and will not be scored or be eligible to receive any award.  To avoid this difficult decision, we ask all of our participating schools, teachers, choreographers and dancers to be mindful of the audience and fellow competitors.  STG supports and encourages all forms of artistry, but we must first encourage respect for our audience, judges and competitors in all of our venues.

Coaching from the wings is prohibited.  If a studio is found to be doing this a verbal warning will be given.  If this occors a second time, points will be deducted and if it continues a disqualification may be accessed.

A 10-point deduction will be made for dancers that leave the stage without completing the performance.  If the dancer wishes to re-perform the routine they may do so, unless time prohibits, however the routine will not be judged or qualify for any awards.

Age Divisions

Each entry is placed in one of the following age groups. Ages are determined as of January 1st in the year of the competition. Shake the Ground reserves the right to request proof of age for any contestant.



Petite Shakers
Primary Shakers
5, 6, 7 & 8
9, 10, 11
12, 13, 14
15, 16, 17
18 and up

For Duet/Trio and Group routines, the age is determined by averaging the ages of all contestants in the group rounded down to the nearest whole number.


Number of Participants

Time Limit

Small Group
Large Group
21 and up
3:00 minutes
3:30 minutes
4:00 minutes
5:00 minutes
8:00 minutes

If a group loses a contestant on the day of the competition, they may still compete within the division of their original registration.

A five-point deduction will be made on routines that exceed the allotted time limite.

Routines performed at the regional competition are elegible to enter the National Finals.

Any studio that makes an enrollment/routine change after the event schedule appears online is subject to a $ 10.00 fee for each change.

Routines must be performed during the session in which they are scheduled.  If the routine cannot perform during the session in which they are scheduled for any reason, it can be performed in another session for judges's comments only.  The routine would not be eligible for overall awards.

Competition Performance Levels


Studio directors and choreographers place their students into levels based on their current skill level and are awarded points based on a simplified scoring structure.  Shake the Ground Regional and National competitions offer three levels to compete in:  Novice, Intermediate and Competitive.


All routines (solo, duo/trio, and groups) will be automatically entered based on the average level of the dancers in that routine. Studio directors may opt to place any routine at a level higher than what is calculated automatically.

Mr. STG and Ms. STG Title Entry Information

Title awards are awarded at both Regional and National competitions. Title competitors must be entered in the “competitive” category and must submit 2 SOLO to be considered for the title. You must check the “Title” box when registering routines to enter them into the Title category.

To be eligible for Title Awards, a contestant in the Junior, Senior categories must enter in a minimum of TWO SOLO entries in different categories.  One entry will be entered into the Title category by checking the Title box in the registration section and the other entry will be entered in the system for the overall by entering the entry and not checking the title box.  The Title solo the is chosen to compete for Mr. or Ms. STG will only be entered in the Title category and not eligible for the overall.  You may enter multiple entries but only one may be entered for Title.  Petite Shakers and Primary Shakers can enter ONE SOLO entry to compete for Title.

Each title competitor will take center-stage and will be asked questions by the judges.  Their answers may include their name, age, where they are from, and performance piece as well as any other information they would like to share. However they should NOT MENTION THEIR DANCE SCHOOL NAME OR INSTRUCTOR. This interview should be approximately 30 seconds.

To be considered for Miss/Mr Shake the Ground the competitor must recieve an STG Platinum Adjudication.

Please note, regional title winners may not compete for another regional title in that same competition season. Only Regional & National preliminary round title winners as well as 2nd and 3rd runner ups will be invited to compete for the National title.

Bump Rule

Any routine that contains even a single Competitive dancer will compete at intermediate level or higher. In other words, no Competitive dancers are allows in Novice routines.

NOVICE LEVEL is for a dancer with two years or less of training and/or no previous competition experience. This is for the beginner dancer who takes one or two classes a week and wants to gain experience at competition without worrying about competing against seasoned competitors. This level is judged only against other novice level routines and on a more lenient scale. Novice Level do not qualify for special awards or scholarships.  This level may be awarded plaques, medals, and other prizes.  .  

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL is for the intermediate dancer. Suggested guidelines: dancers who have been studying for between 2 and 4 years, who take at least three technique classes a week and/or are on a competition team. Intermediate level should have previous competition experience. Intermediate level will be judged only against other intermediate level routines. This level may be awarded plaques, medals, special awards and scholarships along with other prizes.

COMPETITIVE LEVEL is for the seasoned, advanced dancers. Suggested guidelines: This level should have 5 or more years of dance training, take at least four to five technique classes a week. Competitive level dancers should have extensive competition experience and should display higher technical skills and abilities than the previous level dancers.  This level may be awarded trophies, plaques, medals, special awards and scholarships along with other prizes.

Categories of Competition

Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Mordern, Improv, Liturgical, Flamenco, Folkloric, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Open, Student Choreography, Acro and Fusion.

Competition Genre

The following genres of dance are accepted:

Jazz - A routine that demonstrates jazz technique, which may include classical, contemporary, hip-hop, funk, pop, or lock. Routines containing only hip-hop, funk, pop, or lock technique should be considered for the hip-hop category.

Tap - A routine that demonstrates tap technique and basic tap floor work. Any routines demonstrating clogging technique should be considered for the clogging category.

Ballet - A routine that demonstrates ballet technique, which may include classical and/or contemporary movement and interpretation. (Ballet shoes only.)

Pointe - A routine that demonstrates ballet done on Pointe, which contains classical ballet technique.

Flamenco - a style of highly-expressive, Spanish dance form.  Flamenco dance is characterizedby hand clapping,percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements.

Modern - A routine consisting of contemporary modern movement, which demonstrates control and balance throughout and utilizes modern-specific technique such as contractions, tilts, etc.

Lyrical - A routine that combines jazz, modern, and ballet techniques in fluid, controlled movements. Often has a "story" element that relates to the lyrics or emotion of the song.

Ethnic - A routine that uses any ethnic style of dance (e.g. African, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, etc.) and its related technique and movement.

Acrobat - A routine that combines gymnastics and tumbling ability with dance technique.

Musical Theater - A routine in which the dancer(s) portray(s) a character (e.g. animal, TV, Broadway, historical, fictional, etc.) or interpret(s) a song from a Broadway or other musical, while incorporating dance technique and movement.

Hip-Hop - A routine that utilizes street style dancing or MTV styles. Funk, break, pop and lock are also included in this category.

Clogging - A routine incorporating clogging technique and movement.

Liturgical - A routine that portrays a religious theme and incorporates any style of dance listed above.

Open - A routine that utilizes any combination of dance techniques listed above or any other dance style not previously listed.

Contemporary – A routine that incorporates modern vocabulary while still staying true to classical ballet dance techniques. Routines are usually performed to music other than classical.

Fusion dance - is a type of contemporary partner dance that combines different dance styles to create a new aesthetic. 

Registration and Competition Fees

All entries must be submitted through our online registration software.  MP3 music files are uploaded during the registration process.

All fees must be paid in full 4 weeks before the competition. In the event that entries are received within 2 weeks prior to the competition, a $10 per entry late fee will be added, if the entries were able to be added to the schedule.  All entries received within 4 weeks of the competition date, must be paid by money order, cashier’s check, or credit card.  Payment may be made by studio check also.  A $30 charge for each check returned by the bank to Shake the Ground will be assessed to the original check owner. All returned checks must be made good, including the $30 charge, within 10 days of the competition. Shake the Ground reserves the right to request all future payments be made by money order, cashier’s check, or credit card from anyone whose check is dishonored. All fees are non-refundable.

No entry is guaranteed until payment has been processed.  A confirmation is sent to each studio for their records and approval. Please be sure to check that everything is correct.

Registration:  There is a $ 10 per dancer for Regionals $ 85 per dancer for Nationals This includes at Nationals 4 days of  Master classes, Movie Night, Dance Party and Awards Gala Performance.  Studio owner/director will also receive a USB drive with the video judging comments from all judges on the day of the competition.

Small Group  
Large Group   
Production/ Line  

Online Registration

All entries must be submitted through our online registration software.  MP3 music files are uploaded during the registration process.

Nationals and Pre Qualifying Round

Studios that received gold or higher at a Regional Competition are qualified for the Nationals.  If a studio wishes to enter a routine that received lower than gold they may enter the routine in the prequalifying round for qualification for the Nationals.  Studios that wish to enter NEW routines that were not enter at a Regional Competition must enter those routines in the prequalifying round.  New routines must receive gold or higher to qualify to compete at the Nationals.  All entries should be entered in the Prequalification round and the Nationals at the same time for scheduling purposes.  If routine receives lower than a gold score routine will not compete in the Nationals.  

*NEW To Regionals Improv Challenge

STG Is Shaking things up at Regionals with it's  "IMPROV CHALLENGE"  Solo Division, Competitive Level Only, all Age Category

1. The dancer will improv for 45 to 60 seconds to the music randomly chosen by STG..

2. The dancer will be judged on the following criteria.

a. How quicklly they adapt to the music

b. How well they interpret the music chosen

c. Their performance,technique and movement quality.

Awards will be trophies and cash prizes!!!!!



No flash photography or videotaping is permitted inside the competition venue. If photography or videotaping is identified, Shake the Ground reserves the right to confiscate the camera/video equipment and disqualify the routine. Shake the Ground provides professional photography and video of each contestant’s routine for purchase at each venue.  Pictures and videos of each routine are available to purchase at the competition event only.  

Scoring System

Judge's Commentaries

Shake the Ground utilizes the most advanced technology available for judging. There are a minimum of three professionally qualified judges at each competition. While contestants are on stage competing their routine, each judge simultaneously and individually records oral critiques, comments, and encouraging remarks into our state of the art software. Each studio will receive videos of their students’ performances with each individual judge’s critiques on USB at the end of the competition. Yes! Each studio receives three videos for each contestant, for each routine! These videos are incredibly valuable to dancers as they learn and grow through expert advice and positive commentaries. Studio owners and teachers love these videos and use them extensively as teaching tools.

A panel of esteemed and seasoned judges will judge participants.  All entrants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contest shall be solely within the discretion of the directors and producers of STG and that all decisiions of the judges are final.

Routines that are obviously under-placed into the wrong skill level or category may be elevated by the judges.

Adjudicated Scoring Scale

Each contestant receives a score out of 300 possible points. The criteria that the judges are looking for are technique, presentation, and choreography.


STG Platinum: 273-300 Points
High Gold: 260-272.9
Gold: 250-259.9
High Silver 238- 249.9
Silver 220- 237.9


STG Platinum: 276 -300 Points
High Gold: 265-275.9
Gold: 255-264.9
High Silver 244- 254.9
Silver 228 - 243.9


STG Platinum: 282-300 Points
High Gold: 270-281.9
Gold: 260-269.9
High Silver 250- 259.9
Silver 235 - 249.9

Each performer receives a pin for their adjudicated scores. In addition, high score awards are given to the top overall scores in each category within an age division. Shake the Ground reserves the right to limit awards based on number of routines in the category.

A solo contestant(s) cannot compete more than once in the same dance category and age group.  This means that contestans must never compete against themselves.

Shake the Ground  Awards

Mr. / Miss Shake the Ground  Studio Awards
Overall Highest Score Award Stage Presence Award
Choreography Award Best Costume Award
Most Entertaining

Student Choreography Award  

Shake the Ground Judge’s Awards

At each competition, Shake the Ground judges award outstanding contestants with summer intensive dance scholarships, studio tuition scholarships, dancewear, photo opportunities, or other special awards as available and at their discretion.

Scholarship Awards

At each competition, the Shake the Ground's panel of judges award outstanding contestants with summer intensive dance scholarships, studio tuition scholarships, dancewear, photo opportunities, or other special awards as available and at the sole discredtion of our judges.

Participants agree that all results of a competition are final.  No teacher, student, or parent will be allowed to question the decision of the judges for the scores/awards given.


All Entries must upload competition music. This is Mandatory No Exceptions. Each competitor is required to provide their own music using an MP3 file, as part of their online registration.  Studios experiencing difficulties uploading their MP3 music file should contact for assistance no later then 2 weeks before the competition date.

All music must be recorded at proper speed and cued properly at the beginning of the music.

Studio owners must have an individual backup USB/ Ipod/computer or as a back up Only for each routine readily available and properly labeled with dancer's name and title of the routine.


Props must be an integral part of the routine.

All props must be Marley safe.  Any damage made to the Marley surfaces by props will be charged the cost of the Marley replacement.

Props may be used in any of the dance categories. However, no dangerous props are permitted, such as knives, swords, fire, guns, live animals, powders, confetti, and liquid gels. Props must be brought on and off the stage by instructors and/or parents.

Prop setup time should take less than 60 seconds.  If your setup takes longer than 60 seconds to setup, please contact

Props must be removed from the wings immediately after the routine is finished.

Props cannot be in the lobby, blocking any entrances, or any inconvenient location.  They may be kept back stage in the assigned area for props, and may be brought in at the designated time prior to the routine.

It is the responsibility of a team member to assure the safety of other participants around them at the time of prop installation.  Any prop deemed unsafe by STG will not be allowed to be used in the competition.

Prop height should not exceed 10 feet.

Props must be removed from the wings immediately after the routine is finished.

Your team must bring the necessary cleaning material (brooms, mops, garbage bags, etc.) to quckly sweep after prop usage to make sure the next dancer has a material free and safe floor to perform on.


There will be a tentative schedule sent out and a Final Schedule sent to studio directors only.
You will be able to request routines to be moved before the final schedule.
Once Final schedule has been sent out there will be no more changes allowed  A finalized schedule is e-mailed to all studios within five days of the competition date. Shake the Ground reserves the right, when necessary, to adjust the competition schedule before or during the competition.  Schedule times are approximate and competition can run up to 2 hrs ahead at times.  It Is he responsibility of the dancers to be ready to go, in full costume and makeup 2 hrs prior to their program time.  No refunds will be given for missed routines.

Release Agreement

By signing the Shake the Ground Release Agreement, all registered contestants grant permission to Shake the Ground and its representatives to publish their photographs/videos on local or national television, promotional videos, marketing materials, the internet, or any other visual media, as deemed fit by Shake the Ground in an effort to promote its competitions. 

In addition, upon entering any Shake the Ground sponsored event that participants, which include students, parents, teachers, and other spectators, will not hold Shake the Ground or it's owner, directors, employees, or host facilities liable for injuries sustained, illnesses contracted by them, or loss of property while in attendance and/or participating in any Shake the Ground event.

All photographs/videos taken by Shake the Ground and any independant representative commissioned by Shake the Ground become the property of Shake the GroundShake the Ground reserves the right to sell said photographs/videos at competition events and online for purchase on dvd or by download.


Shake the Ground will have a videographer & photographer at each event providing videos and photos of performances for purchase.

NO CAMERAS of any kind will be allowed in the auditorium during performances.  Use of cameras during performances may result in point deduction, disqualification of routine, or disqualification of studio.  For the safety of the dancers we will strictly reinforce this rule.

Video cameras and flash photography are welcomed during award cermonies.

Shake the Ground assumes no responsiblity for forgotten tapes/DVDs, photographs or judges remarks.

Additional Rules

Shake the Ground and the venue hosting the event are not responsible for any personal injury or property loss that is suffered by anyone attending or participating in the competition.

Shake the Ground reserves the right, when necessary, to relocate a competition site/date/time or expand a competition to a multiple day event if necessary.

All changes to original submitted entries must be in writing; no verbal requests will be honored. Changes to original entries must be received seven days before the competition event.

Shake the Ground reserves the rights to change, delete, or add to any rules, regulations, or policies at any time deemed necessary.

Shake the Ground reserves the right to cancel any event due to lack of registration, weather, or other unforeseen circumstance.  If an extenuating weather or unforeseen circumstance arises and Shake the Ground cancels an event and it is not rescheduled, FULL Refunds will be issued.  If the event is rescheduled, no refunds will be given.  Should an extenuating circumstance arise, please check the website and/or your email address that you registered under for any event updates.

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