Some competitions offer Dance events.   The following rules apply:


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). Some competitions offer only soft shoe tap and no HipHop.  In this case, no additional tap floor may be used – only soft shoe. 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.

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

Group Divisions:

Small: 3-5 members Medium: 6-9 members           Large: 10+ 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

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

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. 

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 may not start over. 

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 (see Flexible Awards System).

Solos and duets:  1 award per contestant 

For group divisions, each group receives a trophy regardless of the number in the division.   Groups:  minimum 3 members

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Click here for Group, Team & Corps Rules

Click here for International & Regional Event Rules

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Last Modified: February 12, 2018