Stage Quest 2024








Ballet / Neo Classical (Ballet: Strictly classical ballet technique – student to wear a Tutu.  Neo classical: Still using ballet technique but a layout for instance can be done – NO TUTU, rather soft dress)

Lyrical: Portraying of lyrics in a song is important.  Use of ballet technique an advantage.

Contemporary (Not lyrical) This is a style that uses modern and lyrical technique, mostly done on instrumental music with no words.

Modern Jazz: America Jazz or Old school Jazz (Fossie) can be done under this style.

Show Dance: Including Musical Theatre and Character dances.

Disco Dance High impact dance movements required with body impulses

Hip Hop (All styles: Crumping, House, Old school, Wacking ect).           

Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. 50% Dance and 50% tricks for each routine is a requirement. 

Tap a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rythmical tapping of the toes and heels. Incl. Broadway or Rythmic Tap styles.

Category rules

  • Solo: Dancers age on 1 January. This will decide the age category the dancer will dance in.
  • Groups/duo/trio: Average age of the group will be taken to determine the age category.
  • Only two or fewer Amateur/Advanced dancers can dance in a Novice group.
  • If a group has more than 2 Amateur/Advanced dancers, it will automatically be moved to the Amateur section.
  • NO ADVANCED dancers can dance in a Novice group.
  • Trio/Quartet – Same rule applies.
  • Duet: If a Novice and Amateur/Advance student dance together the duet will be competing in the Amateur section.
  • A dancer is only allowed to dance in their own age category or higher.
  • If a student is at an advanced level with Modern/Jazz, Lyrical/Contemp, they will automatically fall into this level with Show dance/Musical Theatre/Disco.
  • If an advanced dancer starts with ballet/acro/tap or hip hop, you can enter them at the beginner level.
  • Any student who has participated overseas in an International Competition or has obtained 1st place in any other competition in the Amateur/Championships section is automatically an Amateur/Advance dancer at Stage Quest.

Please note:  The judges will move a dancer to another level if they feel the dancer was entered incorrectly.


3 Years & Under

4 – 5 Years

6 Years

7 – 8 Years

9 – 10 Years

11 – 12 Years

13 – 15 Years

16 – 17 Years

18 – 19 Years

20 & Over


Beginner & Novice

Beginner & Novice

Beginner, Novice & Amateur

Beginner, Novice & Amateur

Beginner, Novice, Amateur & Advanced/Championship

Beginner, Novice, Amateur & Advanced/Championship

Beginner, Novice, Amateur & Advanced/Championship

Beginner, Novice, Amateur & Advanced/Championship

Beginner, Novice, Amateur & Advanced/Championship



All styles: 1.30min – 2min


All styles: 2min


All styles: 3min


Any style: 5-10min

Pre-school Children

Teachers can dance with the dancers in front of the stage on the lower level until age 5. No teacher is allowed to dance from the wings. (This is to ensure the quality of the item on the video is of a good standard).  If one older child in the group takes the lead, the teacher cannot dance in front of the stage with the group.



Merit – below 60%

Bronze – 60% – 69%

Silver – 70% – 79%

Gold – 80% – 90%

High Gold – 90% – 100%

When a dancer receives a gold medal (85%) he/she will be moved up to the next level automatically for the following year.

There will be a price-giving in between sections during the day. All students will receive a medal.







The judging panel will consist of 2 or more local judges.

Scoring points are given to each routine with a maximum score of 100%.

The decision of the judges is final and cannot be changed.

No Competitor, Teacher or parent are allowed to approach the judges.


will be available closer to the time



There will be a live schedule during the duration of the competition. There will also be a Photographer and Videographer who will be taking videos & photos of dancers. Parents may purchase these at the front desk.

Videos & photography by spectators are NOT allowed

Entries and Entry Fees.

Entries to be done on the StudentPlus system.

  • Registration: R250 per dancer (this includes access to all photos and videos)
  • Solos: R230 per solo
  • Groups: R180 per dancer per group
  • Duos/Trios/Quartet: R180 per dancer

Closing date for entries: 31 August 2024

Entry fees to be paid over to Stage Quest: 6 September 2024
(If entry fees are not paid on time, dancers will be removed from the schedule)

Teachers must make one payment for all entries. Stage Quest Festival will not accept any individual payments.

Spectator’s Fees:

  • Adults: R100.00 per person per day entry fee

    Children under 12 – R50.00 per day (Tickets will open closer to the time)


Please note:

  1. No Limitations on tickets per dancer
  2. No personal photographs or videos are allowed – respect your fellow spectator
  3. No walking while a dancer is on stage. Please respect ALL dancers.