Competition Info Center


INFO CENTER

 

I-2020 Competition Team Handbook 

The Team Handbook is the official membership contract, which you’ve signed upon acceptance into the team, and your ultimate resource for all the rules and regulations governing your team membership. Please review it thoroughly.

VIEW TEAM HANDBOOK

BASIC COMPETITION RULES:

This is a recap of the most basic rules only. For full details, please review the Team Handbook.

  1. CALL TIME for all competition events is TWO hours before your first performance.
  2. Stay in the building or close-by after your performance to attend the award ceremony (usually a couple of hours thereafter). Then stick around for team pictures outside of the auditorium after awards.
  3. Pack snacks and water unless the venue explicitly states that no outside food is allowed. The food they sell there is usually junk.
  4. Do NOT ever take pictures or videos during live performances. The entire studio could be disqualified. Make sure your friends and family know these guidelines.
  5. Only during award ceremonies are you allowed to take pictures or video.
  6. The studio purchases pictures and videos for all TEAM entries and offers it to dancers at cost. The cost varies by competition. Only purchase media on your own for non-team SDT entries UNLESS we notify you that those are mandated purchases by the competition event. For example, StarQuest now mandates a Media Fee for all studios and gives us access to both SDT and teams’ pics/video, so don’t buy any pics/video at StarQuest.
  7. Exhibit the highest sportsmanship.
    Congratulate other non-B2D teams when in the wings.
    Do not bad mouth anyone. Do not make mocking facial expressions. Above all, do NOT get involved in any “dancer drama” with B2D or non-B2D people. 
  8. Cheer on your B2D dancers when they’re on stage.
  9. When you post any competition-related pics or videos on social media, you MUST tag the studio and the choreographer. These are “credit and copyright rules”, and not mere courtesy. You don’t always have to include us in the post’s wording (e.g., My girl won 1st place with Born 2 Dance, with choreography by Jeremy Kozza.), BUT you must tag us in the picture, video, or text post even if you don’t spell it out.
  10. In addition to this website, please rely on TeamSnap scheduling info as much as possible.
    • Make sure your TeamSnap Notifications on your phone are turned ON.
    • If you need to add other family members to your TeamSnap’s group (e.g., Dad in addition to Mom, or the dancers themselves), please email Donna, our Team Coordinator, and we’ll add them.
    • For the many dancers in multiple entries, we have a TeamSnap group for EACH entry. Please double check that you’re a member of each of these groups.

ARRIVAL PROCESS:

  1. NOTE your Call Time which is generally TWO hours before we expect your entry to perform. For early morning entries, your call time is when the venue opens.
  2. Arrive to the venue in Arrive to the venue in full hair and makeup; the MAKEUP VIDEO is LIVE below.
  3. When you arrive, ask the Information Desk for the Dressing Room assigned to your team.
    **You can purchase an event program from the lobby if you wish.**
  4. You MUST wear your Team Jacket before and after your performanceand during Awards CeremonyIf you’re not on stage performing or waiting in the wings, then you should be wearing the Jacket.
  5. Keep track of all of your costume items. Do NOT forget any items at home, and do NOT lose stuff at the venue.

 

II-2020 Competitions & Performances

DOWNLOAD your one-page 2020 Competition Guide HERE!

Below are the four competitions we’re scheduled to attend for the 2020 season. All competitions are open to the public, and admission is FREE. Invite your family and friends to cheer on our B2D Dancers!

Remember that your exact performance day and time won’t be announced by the competition organizers until about 7 days before competition weekend. Therefore, you must plan to block the entire weekend until your exact times slot is announced.

1. StarQuest:

DATES: 2/13/20 to 2/16/20

LOCATION:
Freedom High School
15201 Neabsco Mills Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22191

WEBSITE: https://www.starquestdance.com/schedule/woodbridge-va-i-2020/

SCHEDULES & IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Event Schedule
  • B2D Performance Schedule & Call Times – NEW! Added Adjudication, Overall Placement, Special Awards, and Judges’ Awards
  • STATEMENT ON OUTSIDE FOOD ITEMS: Please read this statement from StarQuest regarding outside food items. On Saturday, February 15th, & Sunday, February 16th, between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm, no outside food is allowed ANYWHERE onsite. The school’s concession stands will be selling various food & beverage items. Exceptions will be made for people with special dietary needs. 

2. World-Class Talent Experience (WCTE):

DATES: 3/27/20 to 3/29/20

LOCATION:
Venue TBD
Woodbridge, VA

WEBSITE: https://www.wctedance.com/

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE & CALL TIMES: COMING SOON!
Please note: Call Times will be 2 hours prior to your performance time, except when your performance time is very early in the AM (e.g. 7:30am), then your Call Time is whenever the venue opens up.


3. On Stage America:

DATES: 4/17/20 to 4/19/20

LOCATION:
Laurel High School
800 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707

WEBSITE: http://www.onstageamerica.com/#/city/laurel-md/258/

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE & CALL TIMES: COMING SOON!
Please note: Call Times will be 2 hours prior to your performance time, except when your performance time is very early in the AM (e.g. 7:30am), then your Call Time is whenever the venue opens up. 


4. Starpower:

DATES:5/1/20 to 5/3/20

LOCATION:
Forest Park High School
15721 Forest Park Dr
Woodbridge, VA 22193

WEBSITE: https://starpowertalent.com/

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE & CALL TIMES: COMING SOON!
Please note: Call Times will be 2 hours prior to your performance time, except when your performance time is very early in the AM (e.g. 7:30am), then your Call Time is whenever the venue opens up.

Below are the B2D recitals in which some or all teams are required to participate for the year 2020.

  1. URBAN GAMES:

    • SHOW DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 22nd, 2:00-3:30pm
    • REHEARSAL DATE: NONE
    • LOCATION: James Madison High School. Vienna, VA
    • URBAN GAMES CENTER: https://born2dancestudio.com/urbangames-2020
    • PERFORMANCE TYPE: You’ll perform the same piece from competition in either the Opening or Closing Ceremony.
    • WHO’S PERFORMING?:
      • Beta
      • Flare
      • Genesis
      • Theo

  2. 25th SEMI-ANNUAL GALA (Spring):

    • SHOW DATE & TIME: Sunday, June 13th. 12:00-1:30pm
    • REHEARSAL DATE: Saturday, June 14th. 1:00-9:00pm (Exact time slot for each team will be announced 5 weeks in advance.)
    • LOCATION:
      Washington-Liberty High School
      1301 N Stafford St
      Arlington, VA  22201
    • PERFORMANCE TYPE: You’ll perform the new piece taught during the Spring Session.
    • WHO’S PERFORMING?: ALL TEAMS will perform on stage.

Below are the B2D festivals and special events in which B2D teams may perform. Participation is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Other events will be added to the list as they become available.

  1. VIVA VIENNA FESTIVAL:

    • FESTIVAL DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 23rd to Monday, May 25th. Exact day and time to be announced around March 2020.
    • LOCATION: Vienna, VA

  2. (Tentative) OKTOBERFEST FESTIVAL

    • FESTIVAL DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 3rd. Exact day and time to be announced around August 2020.
    • LOCATION: Vienna, VA


III-TEAM SPECIFIC INFO:

  1. PRACTICE VIDEOS:

    Practice videos for the competition piece can be found on your team’s Facebook Page or other outlets as determined by the coach. Access and information will be relayed to dancers and parents. 

    Need access to your team’s Facebook page or the Team Snap app? Please email the Team Coordinator for help. 

    Original performance videos from the recent Fall Gala (FOR REFERENCE ONLY)


  2. MUSIC FILE:

    Download the competition performance song:
    COMING SOON!
    Downloads are made available for educational purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

  1. COSTUMES:

    ALL COSTUMES will be the same items from the Fall Gala (December 2019).


  2. MAKEUP:

    MAKEUP KITS have been delivered to each dancer in January 2020. Make sure to arrive to the competition venue in team makeup, and bring your makeup kit for touch ups. 

    MAKEUP INSTRUCTIONAL:


  3. HAIR:

    Hair for competition is no longer intended to be uniform across all teams; styling is determined by the coach for each team. If your team’s hair info is not listed below, please check directly with your coach. 

    HAIR INSTRUCTIONAL COMING SOON!


  4. TEAM GEAR:

    All team dancers are required to own the Born 2 Dance Team Jacket and T-shirt. The Team Jacket should be worn to all competitions (before and after performance), and the Team T-Shirt should be worn to festivals or other events in which the teams are participating.

    For the 2020 season, we are ordering new warm-up jackets for all members.  This new order is due to two factors: The current jacket has been discontinued plus the studio has a new logo debuting in February. During the week of January 13th,  we will receive sample jackets for all members to try on and determine their exact size. Then the finalized jackets will arrive in early February.

    UPDATE: Team Jackets have arrived. Please pick up yours by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th.


  5. EARRINGS:

    We will be emailing you shortly to determine what type of earrings you will need. 

As always, each team member is assigned another member to serve as their buddy throughout the competition season, with the goal of cheering each other on and helping new members get better acclimated to the program.  

VIEW TEAM BUDDY LIST

 

IV-Important Rules & Regulations:

Embrace the Team Spirit:

Respect all your fellow B2D dancers and your teachers, and expect the same treatment in return

 

Accept the Commitment

This is not a mandatory course; you chose to try out and be part of this elite team. Adherence to your contract must be a priority


GENERAL CONDUCT:

  • No gossiping.
  • No inappropriate language.
  • No bullying, mocking, or teasing.
  • No negative criticism or hostile behavior directed at your teammates or any other B2D dancers.

KEEPING TRACK OF INFORMATION:

Parents and dancers are responsible for communicating effectively to ensure they keep track of all team-related dates, schedules, policies, and announcements.

Once the schedule and/or any other info are announced, both dancers and parents must mark their calendars and plan accordingly.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

All team rehearsals and required technique classes are mandatory and take precedence over all other leisure activities. Any missed rehearsals or technique classes due to competition scheduling conflicts will NOT be counted as absences. 

***Many students/parents have come to us this season stating they will be absent from rehearsals due to other non-mandatory commitments. Once you join a competition team it is your #1 priority as far as after school activities are concerned. Missing rehearsals for this reason will not be tolerated and is grounds for removal or temporary removal from a team.***

For REQUIRED School Events: Please ensure timely notification of school events that are required for grades. Last minute notification of these events is unacceptable.

Always arrive on time! If you’re running late, you must inform the team director or call the studio to pass on a message to the director or to the class instructor. Repeated tardiness will be grounds for suspension or expulsion from the team.

ALLOWABLE ABSENCE LIMITS:

In a given class session (e.g. Fall), other than Summer, you’re allowed ONLY ONE absence from team rehearsal for a legitimate reason, as defined below:

Legitimate absence reasons include sickness, injury, emergency, a death in the immediate family, mandatory school event, or an event crucial to the dancer’s academic well being. Missing rehearsal or class to go to a social event or vacation or a sports practice, for example, are not legitimate reasons.

REPORTING ABSENCES:

All non-emergency/sickness absences (e.g. mandatory school event) within the allowable absence limits must be communicated to the coach and studio director at least 7 days before the absence date.

All sickness/emergency-related absences must be communicated to the coach and studio director as soon as the urgent circumstances leading to the absence arise.

Communication to the coach and/or studio director to report absences must be made via email or a TeamSnap message. Marking your availability as absent inside the TeamSnap app is NOT enough.

Dancers are responsible for learning the material they miss PRIOR to the next rehearsal. Coaches may require a private lesson. 

Parents have signed contract, been emailed, verbally reminded, and in some instances also signed another reminder in their practice logs-there is no excuse for “not knowing” information.

MORE QUESTIONS? 
Please message our Team Coordinator, Donna Manalo, via email:
eventcoordinator[at]born2dancestudio.com 
**She likes to play hard to get with all those crazy bots out there so please replace [at] with @ for her actual email address!