Common Questions From Our Parents.
Planning Your Trip
HOW DO I FIND OUT THE EXACT LOCATION OF WHERE THE COMPETITION WILL BE?
From the main menu, look for Competitions and choose your location/date. Each page includes an address and map link. We will make sure these details are updated as soon as set.
WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE AT THE COMPETITION?
Your studio director will tell you what the plan for your team is, so check there first. Standard words of wisdom: dancers should always plan on arriving at least two hours before their 1st dance is scheduled to perform.
MY FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO COME AND WATCH THE COMPETITION. IS IT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IS THERE A FEE TO WATCH?
Bring them! The event is open to the public and there is no fee – just pay with enthusiasm and lots of clapping!
Please note that at this time, due to COVID, we can not guarantee spectators will be able to attend. Check with your SOs to make sure 🙂
HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL COMPETITION?
Each competition varies, depending on the number of entries received.
We’re parents too, so we pay special attention to things like school schedules, time for feeding the kids and travel times the night before a school day.
We publish our schedule for the day well in advance to help studio owners and their wonderful parents make better plans and reduce stress & worry.
Philosophically, we would rather take fewer entries and send everyone home at a reasonable hour than running awards ceremonies late into the night. If you’ve ever been THERE before, you know what we mean!
WE'RE PLANNING TO STAY AT A HOTEL, DO YOU HAVE DEALS?
For each competition, we book hotels for our own teams (there are a lot of us!) and we also negotiate a group rate for a small block of rooms. Your competition page will have all of the hotel information.
Photos, Videos & Trophies
IS VIDEOTAPING OR PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED AT THE COMPETITION?
None. For a few good reasons.
1. Studio choreography is important and needs to be protected.
2. Auditoriums are very full and it’s not cool to interfere with other folks enjoyment of the show.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get great photos and videos though!
Each performance, however, is professionally filmed and photographed.
Once the award ceremony starts, break out the camera and capture those happy faces! Parents are encouraged to take photos and videos during the award ceremony.
WILL THERE BE LIVE STREAM? IF SO, WHERE CAN I GO TO WATCH?
We’ll be live streaming some content on our social channels, so feel free to follow us there.
We’ll post some highlight reels after the event on our website too.
I FORGOT TO ORDER A VIDEO OR PHOTO AT THE COMPETITION. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Photos are available for the same low price you saw at the event, and can be ordered for up to 30 days after the event. Easy 🙂
HOW CAN I ORDER AN EXTRA TROPHY?
Competition Ins & Outs
WHAT AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT YOUR COMPETITION?
We have a large number of awards. You can get the details here.
WHAT IS THE SCORING BREAKDOWN FOR AWARDS?
GEMS is an adjudicated competition. Awards are determined based on a point system. You can read the details here.
WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR ENTRY FEES?
Entry fees are available to studio directors only. Parents pay entry fees directly to their own studios; we do not service student payments directly.
After The Competition
CAN I STILL PURCHASE SOME DANCE ATTIRE THAT I ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH AT THE COMPETITION?
WHERE CAN I GET MY DANCER’S SCORES?
Your dancer’s scores will be shared with you at your studio owner’s discretion.
Some of our fabulous studio owners give every detail about scoring and adjudication, and some of them summarize and put together a useful class critique for their students.
Either way is fantastic, but dancers and parents will need to talk to their directors about scores.
Still have questions?
We’re here to help!
For any other questions, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call us at 507-405-GEMS