The Novice division is for competitors who have never competed in a dance competition. It is their 1st time on stage for group size – not dance genre.
If a competitor has competed in a Group/Line but not as a Solo or in a Duet/Trio, they may enter Novice as a Solo or Duet/Trio. If a competitor has competed in a Duet/Trio but not as a Solo, they may enter Novice as a Solo.
A Duet/Trio must be 50% Novice dancers, and a Group/Line must be 75% novice dancers. Entries are eligible for Novice overalls only.
The Minor division is for competitors who train 5 hours or less per week. A Duet/Trio must be 100% Minor dancers, and a Group/Line must be 75% Minor dancers. Entries are eligible for Minor overalls only.
The Major division is for competitors 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.
The Pro-Am division is for competitors whose main source of income is supplied through professional performing and/or choreographing, who would be completely independent from any financial support, and has a self-sufficient lifestyle.
The Adult division is for competitors who are 20 years of age and over, and has no professional experience. Entries are not eligible for overall awards.
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 (e.g. aerials, walkovers, cartwheels, handsprings, layouts)
A succession of tumbling acro moves is considered ONE trick. (e.g. 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)
The following categories may NOT contain any 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 is only ONE category for Production. Division, age, and class, DO NOT apply to the Production category.)