Has never competed in a dance competition.
(THIS DIVISION REFERS TO 1ST TIME ON STAGE FOR GROUP SIZE - NOT DANCE GENRE).
If a competitor has competed in a group/line but not in a duet/trio or solo, they may enter Novice for the duet/trio or solo; if they have competed in a Duet/Trio, but it’s the first time in a solo category, they may enter as a Novice Solo. A Duet/Trio must be 50% Novice dancers, and groups or lines must be 75% novice dancers. Entries eligible for Novice overalls ONLY.
Dancers who train 5 hours or less per week. D/T must be 100% Minor dancers.
Group or line entries must be 75% Minor dancers. Entries are eligible for Minor overalls ONLY.
Dancers who train more than 5 hours per week and have previous competitive experience. All Major entries are eligible for overall awards and Top Breakthru Award.
A competitor whose MAIN source of income is supplied through professional performing and/or choreographing and would be completely independent from any financial support and have a self sufficient lifestyle.
20 years of age and over. No professional experience. Entries are not eligible for overall awards.
The following categories may NOT contain any acro tricks.
- An acro trick is defined as a definite gymnastic move, or any movement where the hips pass over top of the shoulders while suspended in the air (aerials, walkovers, cartwheels, handsprings, layouts.)
- A succession of tumbling acro moves is considered ONE trick. (ie: roundoff, back-handspring, backtuck).
- If a number of dancers perform the same tumbling line at the same time, this is considered ONE trick.
(***Illusions, over-head lifts and rolls are not considered acro tricks):
Ballet - Routines must consist of ballet technique containing classical movements. No pointe shoes allowed.
Pointe - Routines must contain ballet technique demonstrated in pointe shoes.
The following categories may contain no more than 5 acro tricks:
Jazz - Routines must consist primarily of jazz technique. Partnering tricks that end up with partner’s feet over shoulders are allowed.
Lyrical - Movement and technique demonstrating emotional interpretation of the lyrics and feel of the music.
Modern/Contemporary - A collection of contemporary styles incorporating lyrical, jazz and/or modern movements
Tap - Routines must contain tap technique. No pre-recorded tap tracks are allowed in music.
The following categories may contain acro tricks:*
Open - Routines consisting of and/or combining any of our listed dance style categories.
Acro - Routines that consist of both acrobatic/gymnastic and dance techniques.
Hip Hop - Routines containing hip hop technique (styles such as breakdancing, funk, freestyle, etc.) Music containing inappropriate lyrics will result in a scoring deduction.
Musical Theatre - Routines portraying a character throughout. Lip syncing and all forms of dance are permitted.
Song and Dance - Routines containing both singing and dancing. No pre recorded lyrics in music permitted.
Production - A routine containing 15+ performers portraying a theme or story while incorporating any style of dance. Production is not eligible for Highest Mark of the Competition. ***NOTE: regardless of registered category information, there in only ONE category for Production.
Division, age, and class, DO NOT apply to the Production category.