Some competitions offer Dance events.   The following rules apply:

Contestant’s age is determined by their age as of the day of the competition.

Music should be ready for performance. Groups & individuals are encouraged to bring their own music apparatus to ensure proper playing.  We will provide a mic for amplification, if necessary. If  music stops or has any technical difficulty for ANY reason after the first 15 seconds, the performing group or individual may not start over.  

Solos & Duets:

Solo  & Duet Age Groups:  0-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15+  (duets use average age)

Categories: Jazz, Tap, Ballet/Pointe, Lyrical, Clogging, Gymn/Acro, HipHop, Modern/Contemporary.  Any performance not falling under one of these categories may enter “Miscellaneous Dance” – no additional categories will be added. (Pom Solo & Duet: see Baton Section).

Beginner & Advanced levels are offered. Beginner is defined as one who has not won more than five 1st place awards in that specific division, hence a performer may be Beginner in Jazz, but Advanced in Tap, etc.

Group Divisions:

Groups:  minimum 3 members

Small: 3-5 members       Medium: 6-10 members           Large: 11+ members 

Ages:  (Avg)    Up to 6.9 -   PeeWee  12.0 to 14.9 Junior

                           7.0 to 8.9 -  Tiny Tot                15.0 and Up - Senior

                           9.0 to 11.9 – Juvenile

For open competitions, groups are divided according to age, size and category: Jazz, Tap, Ballet/Pointe, Lyrical, Clogging, Gymn/Acro, HipHop, Modern/Contemporary, Dance Production.  (Pom Groups - See Baton Section)

For Regional competitions, groups are divided by age and size, but all types of Dance Lines compete against each other for Regional title.

 Dance Score Categories are:       

    Difficulty & Originality of Material       20                   

    Music Interpretation/ General Effect     20                  

    Stage Presence/Showmanship              20 

    Technique                                            20

    Execution                                             20

Time Limits:         All groups: 1:30- 3 minutes

    Solos & Duets:   3 minutes maximum

                Under/Overtime Penalty   .1 per second


Number of awards for solos and  duets is based on the number of contestants in the division

Solos and duets:  1 award per contestant 

For group divisions, each group receives a trophy regardless of the number in the division.

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Click here for Group, Team & Corps Rules

Click here for International & Regional Event Rules

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Last Modified: January 9, 2017