House Rules

House Rules

Video & Photography Strictly Prohibited

The use of recording devices of any kind is strictly prohibited in the theatre. Thunderstruck Canada does not allow the use of audience photography, video or any imaging of onstage performances for the protection of our competitor's & choreographer's. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep our performers photographically safe. The use of cameras or phones may lead to an entry being adjudicated only. Disregard for this rule may result in an invitation to leave the theatre.

How do I get memories from the dance competition?

Thunderstruck Canada will have a professional photographer and professional video at every event and both photos and video will be available for sale at the competition and completed for pick-up at the event. The photos and videos are provided for personal use and enjoyment only and are protected by the Copyright Act of Canada (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42).

Understanding Copyright Infringement

Thunderstruck Canada does not own or have any rights on the choreography of a routine or the music therein. Routines are performed on our stage, under our brand and our license's which provision us to protect the performance rights. Inherently, this also protects the choreography from being unwillingly distributed. The disclaimer (available below) is also included in the terms of agreement in the registration process.

We pay SOCAN for the rights to have the music performed and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) for the right to both record the competition for archive purposes as well as produce the video of routines to DVD. DVDs are for personal use and enjoyment and cannot be reproduced or distributed in any form, including publishing to the Internet or used on online dance competition entries. The videos we publish of overall winners and other videos to various online channels is done under Section 29 of the Copyright Act of Canada. Links to these video's can be freely distributed for review (e.g. teachers and choreographers are free to use the video to improve upon the performance). Publishing DVDs to the Internet or using Video's we share online for purposes other than review, is strictly prohibited.

Terms Of Use

Thunderstruck Canada reserves all rights for the distribution and use of video and photographic imagery from our events. For more information, please visit our Photo & Video Polices page. Please Note: The use of photograph's and/or video of Thunderstruck Canada competitions for purposes of promotion, advertising, or marketing including but not limited to print, electronic newsletters, web sites or on social channels is permitted ONLY with the express written consent of Thunderstruck Canada Dance Corporation.

Video & Photography of Awards

During awards, you are permitted to take photographs and video using consumer type equipment. No professional recording devices (e.g. telephoto lenses) are permitted in the theatre at any time for the protection of the dancers.


Thunderstruck Canada retains the exclusive right to any and all imagery from our competitions whether it be photographs or video. Photograph's and video purchased from the competition can be reproduced for personal and studio use only. Purchased photo's can also be published on social channels provided Thunderstruck Canada is properly acknowledged or "tagged". Publishing pictures not purchased from Thunderstruck Canada and/or not properly acknowledging Thunderstruck Canada will be considered against our consent and in violation of our right to protect the cinematographic portions (not the choreography or music) as provided to us under Section 5.1.B of the Copyright Act of Canada. Publishing video's either purchased or recorded without consent is strictly prohibited.

Outside Vendors

Thunderstruck Canada makes every effort to align with reputable vendors at various events. However, Thunderstruck Canada is not responsible for any unfulfilled orders resulting in a financial loss for the customer that may be caused as a direct result from the business practice of its vendors.

Dressing Rooms and Lobby

The performance venue, lobby and dressing rooms will be opened one (1) hour before the start of the competition and close a 1/2-hour after the last awards session unless otherwise advised. In the event that you require additional theatre and/or technical time to set-up a performance, please inform us prior to the event so logistics can be organized. Depending on the nature of these requirements, set-up, take-down or cleaning may be charged for this time.

Littering Rule

Substances which alter the condition of the stage are prohibited. No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, etc. may be used that would affect the dancing surface. In the event that the stage requires a break in the performance to clean off the stage, a cleaning fee will be charged to the studio. If the stage is damaged as a result of miss-use, the Studio may be liable for damages.

Promotion, Advertising & Solicitation Strictly Prohibited

Materials that help identify your studio are great and we love seeing all the colours and designs on team jackets and clothing. However, please refrain from posting, distributing, or verbalizing any promotional or advertising materials in or at our venues, in dressing rooms or directly to dancers or parents of other studio's. Solicitation of other studio's dancers or parents is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification and additional action as required to protect Thunderstruck Canada Dance Corporation.