9th Annual GK Dance & Scholarship Competition

Date: April 16th and 17th 

 

Bedford High School

 

What it’s all about…
The GK Dance and Scholarship Competition is an exciting celebration of all styles of dance. This event is held in memory of my mother, Gail Koppenhaver, who tragically passed away in 2002. My mother was my dance instructor, as well as my best friend and hero. Her vibrant personality and never-fading smile inspired all of her dance students in addition to all of those who knew her.
 
                                                                  Kristen Kauffman
                                                                  (814) 623-2799 or
                                                                  (814) 233-6390

 

 

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Dance Competition Categories
 
Age Groups                                Divisions
4-6    (youth)                                                                    Solo
7-9   (elementary)                                                            Duet
10-12 (intermediate)                                                        Trio
13-15 (pre-teen)                                                              Small Group (4-9)
16-18 (teen)                                                                     Large Group (10-14)
19 +  (adult)                                                                      Production (15+)
                                                                                                   
Dance Category
Jazz
Hip-hop
Acro
Contemporary
Modern
Musical Theatre
Ballet
Pointe
Lyrical
Tap
Clogging
Character
Other
 
Costs
 All costs are per dancer, per routine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Solo…………………………………………......$35.00
Duet………………………………………….….$20.00
Trio…….………………………..………….......$20.00
Ensemble…..………………………....…….….$15.00
Small Group……………...…………………….$15.00
Large Group …………………….……………..$15.00
Production/Line……….………………………..$15.00
 
 
Levels
There are 2 ability level categories for the competition.  
 
Dancers who spend 4 hours or less per week in the studio should be entered as Recreational dancers.  
 
Dancers who spend more than 4 hours a week in the studio should be entered as Competitive dancers.  
 
Dancers will be awarded as follows: (except in the Scholarship category)
 
Recreational
Platinum 285-300
High Gold 269-284.9
Gold 253-268.9
High Silver 237-252.9
Silver 236.9 & Under
Competiive 
Platinum 290-300
High Gold 275-289.9
Gold 260-274.9
High Silver 246-259.9
Silver 245.9 & Under
 
 
There will also be an overall award given for the top three performances in each category/age category.
 
 
NEW for 2015:
Instructors:  Please mark on each individual entry form if your dancers are willing to donate the cost of their trophy for that routine back to the scholarship account.  
 
 
 

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GK DANCE COMPETITION 2016 RULES/GUIDELINES
1.                 All entry forms, entry fees (in the form of one check), and t-shirt orders (in the form of one check) are due by March 15, 2016. Checks should be made out to GK Dance Scholarship.
Please mail all information and money to:
                                Kristen Kauffman
                           5212 Forest Ave.
                                Bedford, PA 15522 
2.                Each performance in the solo, duet, trio, ensemble, small group and large group must be 3 minutes or less. Any performance over 3 minutes will be disqualified. Line performances must be 7 minutes or less. 
3.                 To determine which category to enter a performance, please use the average age of the performers in your group.  Ages should be as of January 1st.
4.                 Performance scores will be determined by 3 judges. A  judge may not score any performances from any studio they are affiliated with.
5.                 Awards will be given to each participant. (Please see the separate rules for the scholarship category.)
6.                 All performers will receive a participation award and will be recognized at the end of the competition.
7.                 All performances will be performed on stage at the Bedford High School auditorium.
8.                 Video of the performances is permitted.
9.                 Shirt orders are due on March 15, 2016.
10.              If for some reason, a contestant cannot compete due to illness, or extenuating circumstances, No refund will be given. 
11.                All spectators (including parents) will be required to pay an admission fee of $5.00 per person. Dancers and instructors are excluded from the admission fees, as they will    receive free pass wristbands prior to the competition.
12.                 GK Dance Company, Kristen Kauffman, and the Bedford High School will not be held liable for personal injury or property loss to any contestant, parent, instructor, spectator, or anyone attending our event.
13.              All instructors and participants agree that the time, manner, method, and results of our judging will be at the sole discretion of our judging panel. Score sheets will be made available to instructors only after the award ceremonies.
14.              Any performer must complete her/his routine in order to qualify for judging. THERE WILL BE NO COACHING FROM BACKSTAGE OR THE AUDIENCE BY ANY PARTY. If we observe this happening, there will be a point deduction.
15.              Please print the waiver form and have it signed by a parent/legal guardian of each participant.
16.              No refunds. No exceptions.
17.              Any tie scores will be broken by a repeat performance, if necessary, and determined by our judging panel.
18.              All choreography and performances should reflect family values and must be age appropriate. No suggestive movements or costuming is permitted.
19.              There is no limit to the number of entries a studio may enter.
20.                 Teachers are only permitted to compete in the adult category.
21.              There will be a $30.00 charge for all returned checks. 
22.            No glitter of any kind may be worn.  This includes loose glitter, glittered makeup, spray or hairspray.  If any glitter is spotted by any staff members, the studio will be disqualified.
23.             Previous participating studios will be contacted first and will have first privileges in entering routines.  The competition is limited to the first 150 routines entered.  This competition is a privately run competition and is organized at the discretion of the director.

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Scholarship Information
Scholarship Rules & Regulations
 
Any dance student enrolled in his/her senior year/12th grade year of high school may compete for the scholarship.
The participant must present a solo performance during the GK dance competition. (See Competition Rules and Regulations.)
The participant must submit a written essay describing the following:
o    Personal history of involvement in dance
o    Influential people in his/her life in relation to dance
o    Future plans/goals
o    Benefits of dance study in today’s society
o    Be sure to include: 
§   Your Name
§   Your Dance Studio & Instructor
§   The title of your Solo Dance
 
All essays must be submitted by March 15, 2015, along with competition information. (Instructors—Please mail essays with competition information)
The scholarship essay and solo performance dance will be combined for a final score. (Dance-70%, Essay-30%)
The participant with the highest overall score will be the recipient of the GK Scholarship.
The amount of the scholarship is unknown as of this time. Donations will be accepted from dance studios or individuals, in addition to competition fees, to raise money for the scholarship. 
Scholarship money will be distributed AFTER proof of completion of ONE-FULL year (2 semesters) of a college. Proof can consist of a financial statement or transcript.
If for some reason, a scholarship recipient does not complete his/her full year of college within 18 months of the competition, the scholarship monies will be distributed to the next highest scoring participant.
If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Kristen Kauffman at 814-233-6390.
 
 
 
 
Winners!
 
 
 
2012 Winners were:
3rd Place: Briana O'Neal (The Dance Alley)- $500
1st Place: Maddie Bohrer (Frostburg Dance Academy)- $2,000
2nd Place: Michelle Russ (Frostburg Dance Acadmey)-$1,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2011 Winners were:
Kaitlyn Forgas (Grier Dance Company)- 7th Place: $100;
Kelsey Blackburn (Linda's Dance Studio)- 5th Place: $250;
Kayla Palmer (Will's Mt. School of Dance)- 4th Place: $500;
Kayley Swope (Centre Dance)- 2nd Place: $1,000;
Andrea Cocolin (Centre Dance)- 1st Place: $2,000;
Britton Minnick (Will's Mt. School of Dance)-3rd Place: $800;
Rachael Kopetsky (Dancer's Dream) 6th Place: $100;
Hollie Robertson (Frostburg Dance Academy)- 8th Place: $100.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

  2010 Scholarship Winners were Amanda Ferrara~Centre Dance~4th Place ($500), Jordan Rhoads~Will's Mountain~3rd Place ($750), Jessie Maynor~Centre Dance~1st Place ($2,000), Tara Martin~Center Stage Dance Company~2nd Place ($1,000), and Lyssa Hurvitz~Centre Dance~5th Place ($200).

 

 

2009 Winners were Lindsay Campbell 3rd Place ($500), Amy Meyers 1st Place ($2,000), and Melynne Sciranko 2nd Place ($1,000)  

 





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