Dance Categories

Limit of 3 Acro tricks per routine for all dances that are not in the Acro Category (Acro trick = where both feet are above dancer shoulders. i.e. Aerial, front walk over, chin stand, etc…)

Tap
No pre-recorded tap sounds.

Jazz
Routine incorporating over 50% of jazz technique.

Lyrical
Routine utilizing primarily jazz technique to express emotion or conveying the lyrics of the music. Balance, control and extension should be demonstrated.

Contemporary
Routine that explores the total movement potential of the body. This differs from commercial or competitive dance and is not confined by set standards, it is creative freedom that may take many forms and can imitate other genres.

Modern
Routine using established Modern techniques. Dancer expresses their inner-most emotions through a technique involving contraction and release (Graham), awareness of the body as a whole (Horton), and cultural expressions (Ailey).

Acro
Routine incorporating a majority of acrobatic technique and tricks.

Classic Ballet
Routine 100% classical ballet technique.

Demi-Character Ballet

Routine using a majority (over 50%) of ballet technique to express an abstract idea or representing an element. Such as the Sea, Spring, Fire, etc…

Character Ballet
Routine using ballet technique (syllabus use not necessary) to portray a story. Examples of this would be Nutcraker, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, etc…

Pointe
A routine where 50% or more of the dancers are on pointe or 50% or more of the routine is performed on pointe. Pointe dances should be entered in Division 3 or 4.

Hip Hop
Routine consisting primarily of hip-hop and street dance technique.

Musical Theatre
A routine that uses theatrical performance and includes the use of live vocals, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. Anything containing more than 16ct of the mentioned above should be placed in this category.

Variety
A routine that uses theatrical performance and includes the use of lip-syncing, acting, and dance. Anything containing more than 16ct of the mentioned above should be placed in this category.

Productions *
Performances can consist of any number and combination of dance and variety disciplines. A 5 minute set-up and 5 minute take down period will be scheduled for each production. Productions requiring more than 10 minutes total time will be charged $50. There are no age or division categories for productions.

Open
This category is for any routine that does not seem appropriate in any of the above listed categories. Ie) Self Choreography, Improv, National, ect. These are eligible for placements and awards, with the exception of improv winning overall choreography.

* These numbers do not qualify for cash prizes.