Performance Division Guide

Thunderstruck Canada Dance Competition Performance Divisions

Thunderstruck Canada offers three Performance Divisions at our Dance Competitions.

Rock Star  |  Shining Star  |  Future Star  |  Rising Star (NEW)

The divisions were created to increase competition among skill levels, provide more recognition to performers, and to allow us to do our favourite thing - give out more cash and awards as there will be overalls for all four (4) divisions.

Unlike most if not all other competitions that establish criteria for which division a performance should be classified, we feel that this is difficult if not impossible to regulate. It is also our belief that dancers should compete at their skill level and not necessarily the amount of classes they take, the years of training or even the number of times they may have competed. The fairest competition is one that places dancers of similar skill level and age against each other. That is the spirit of Performance Divisions.

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 routine. 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 competition. We post the winning routine of each overall on YouTube. You can visit our channel or you can access them from our Adjudication & Scoring section of the website. The Scoring Scale for each performance division is adjusted to the skill level of that division. For instance, a score that might earn a Lightning Gold in Future Star might only get High Gold in Rock Star.

Rock Star Division

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 Teen and Seniors only

Shining Star Division

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 all Age Groups

Future Star Division

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 have minimal competitive experience. Dancers that have more then two years competitive experience should consider dancing in Shining Star.
 » Open to all Age Groups

Rising Star Division

The Rising Star division was a new addition in 2015 designed specifically for adults and teachers to compete. It will use the Shining Star Scoring Scale and offer two sections. Solos and Duo/Trios will compete against each other as will Groups. Overalls will be announced regardless of the number of entries and there will be an Eye of The Storm award specific to this Performance Division.
 » Open to all Ages 20 and Up

Please note the following:

  1. We reserve the right for our Judges to alter the performance division of dancer if it is deemed necessary. The Competition Director will inform the studio of this decision.
  2. A dancer can dance down ONE performance division. For example, if a Ballet Solo is performed in Rock Star but the dancer just started Hip-Hop. They could perform the Hip Hop routine in Shining Star but NOT Future Star.
  3. The dance down one performance division also applies to duo/trio's and groups. If a dancer performs a solo in Rock Star, any other routine they are in can dance as a Shining Star but NOT as Future Star.
  4. The same rule applies for dancing up a performance division. If a dancer performs in one performance division but is stronger in one or two disciplines, they can perform in a higher Division if desired.
  5. If a dancer has multiple routines in the same Dance Category (i.e. Two Jazz Solo's), they can choose to perform one as open or one in a higher or lower performance division.