Performance Division Guide

Thunderstruck Canada Dance Competition Performance Divisions

Thunderstruck Canada offers five (5) Performance Divisions at our Dance Competitions.

  • Future Star
  • Shining Star
  • Rock Star
  • Shooting Star (Adult Non-Competitive)
  • Super Star (Adult Competitive)

Our Performance Divisions were designed to help achieve the some of our core objectives. We want dancers to have fun. One element is to ensure they have fair competition. It follows that if you are competing against similarly skilled dancers you have a reasonable chance and in result will be more fun. 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 five (5) divisions.

Unlike most, if not all other competitions that establish criteria to classify which division a performance should be in, 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 performed. The fairest competition is one that places dancers of similar skill level and age against each other. That is the spirit of Performance Divisions.

Performance Division Guide Focus Is Always Skill Level

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. We adjust the Scoring Scale for each performance division to the skill level of that group. For instance, a score that might earn a Lightning Gold in Future Star might only get High Gold in Rock Star.

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 competitions. We post the winning routine of each overall on YouTube. You can visit our channel, or you can access them from the results section of the website.

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.
 » Open to all Age Groups (except Adult)

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.
 » Open to all Age Groups (except Adult)

Rock Star Division

The Rock Star division is for the dancing elite. They 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

Shooting Star Division (Adult Only)

The Shooting Star division is for recreational adult dancers and parents. It will be Battle Style. We combine all the categories (i.e. Solo, Duo/Trio, etc.) into a single Overall. It will use the same scoring scale as Shining Star.
 » Open to all Ages 20 and Up

Super Star Division (Adult Only)

The Super Star division is for dancers continuing their career and teachers. It will a be Battle Style. We break-out all the categories (i.e. Solo, Duo/Trio, Groups) into Overalls based on the number of entries. It will use the same scoring scale as Rock Star.
 » Open to all Ages 20 and Up

Performance Division Rules

  1. We reserve the right for our Adjudicators to alter the performance division of a 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 dancer is performing a Ballet Solo in Rock Star, but 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 compete in a higher Division if desired.
  5. If a dancer has many routines in the same Dance Category (i.e. Two Jazz Solos), they should choose to perform one in the open before dancing in a different performance division.