Disciplines

Acro

A number that incorporates acrobatic elements throughout. All elements must be performed in a safe manner with appropriate spotters if necessary.

Adult Number

An entry consisting of mostly recreational adults to dance in any discipline. (use years of entered discipline)

Classical Ballet

Using Classical Ballet technique, movement, and vocabulary.  Music may or may not have lyrics and style is at the discretion of the choreographer. (use years of ballet)

Contemporary

Contemporary is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres. Contemporary dance places a strong emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through movement. (use years of contemporary or ballet – whichever is greater)

Creative

Creative movement explores the young child’s natural joy in expressive movement, showing a sense of balance, rhythm, grace, body awareness, musicality and use of space focusing on imagination in a creative setting. (use years of dance training)

Demi Character / Character Ballet

Telling and developing a story through dance using ballet technique and movement. Music may or may not have lyrics. (use years of ballet)

Future Stars

Studios may choose to enter dancers aged 3–5 years into our Future Stars category. They will receive positive feedback from the adjudicator and will all be presented with a special Future Star medal during the onstage adjudication. The adjudicator will provide a written adjudication form – but will not apply a mark to it. Teachers will be allowed to assist the dancers on and off of the stage as well as provide cuing in the wings or dance with them onstage. *Please check Future Stars on entry form. (use years of dance training)

Hip Hop

A routine that incorporates a blend of contemporary funk and street styles with jazz technique. It may include such moves as gliding, popping, locking or breaking. It may have gymnastic moves or any series of tricks such as tumbling passes, lifts or stunts (as long as they are safe). (use years of hip hop or jazz – whichever is greater)

Interpretive

An interpretation of music, a mood, feeling or an idea. (use years of ballet or contemporary – whichever is greater)

Jazz

A number using jazz technique and style and a variety of jazz vocabulary. May use a moderate amount of Acro technique as long as they are performed in a safe manner.  (use years of jazz)

Lyrical

An expressive dance using the technical elements of ballet and jazz. It focuses on musicality and emotion through movement with an emotional commitment to the lyrics or song. (use years of lyrical or ballet – whichever is greater)

Modern

A dance that uses modern technique involving an infinite variety of line and shape with full use of contraction and release, tension and relaxation. A constantly evolving style of movement exploring use of space. (use years of modern or ballet – whichever is greater)

National

All National forms of dance accepted. (use years of national or ballet – whichever is greater)

Open

A number that does not fit the above categories that uses the same technical elements and development of feeling. (use years of ballet or contemporary – whichever is greater)

Pointe

Any Classical, Demi Char Ballet or Contemporary number (please specify) where 51% or more of the dance is performed en pointe. (use years of ballet or contemporary based on entered pointe category)

Production

A production must have 15 or more participants and must be between 5 and 10 minutes long. There must be at least one distinct change shown in the routine. (ie: music, costume, discipline, singing, etc.) Please fill out the age and yrs training for all Productions. (use years of dance training)

Song and Dance

Any dance where singing continues past one line. Lyrics are NOT allowed in the Solo and Duet Categories. Lyrics with music are allowed in Song and Dance Group Categories. Students will be marked equally on voice and dance. (use years of dancing)

Student Choreography

Dancers must be Inter I – Open to enter this category. It must be solely choreographed by the performers themselves. Choreography notes do not need to be submitted. Can be solo, duet or group.

Tap

Tap sounds must not be pre-taped with music in the tap categories. (use years of tap)

Variety

Any dance that has choreography that is different in nature from the other categories (ie: cheerleading, free movement, lip syncing, etc.). It will be adjudicated for idea, choreography and entertainment value. (use years of dancing)

21 Category

Any Solo, Duet or Group entry that includes participants that are 21 years or over must enter the 21 Level. All teachers (teaching 6 hours per week) must also enter the 20 Category. Exception to the rule would be older students entering a studio late, dancing in regular classes, that are not semi professional and dancing in the lower divisions of the festival. (may include former dancers/ semi-professionals)