Dance Categories

Acro

Routine incorporating a majority of acrobatic technique and tricks.
New! The division is to be calculated using either acro, jazz or gymnastics training (whichever is greatest). 

Adagio Duo/ Trio

A routine where male/female partnering and suspended lifts occur (i.e., any lift where the weight of the female is supported above the shoulders of the male dancer).

N.B. There is a minimum of 2 lifts required. This type of routine applies ONLY in the categories of jazz, character ballet, classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary/modern, open and pointe. Please enter all other adagio duos/trios in the regular categories. A minimum average age of 12 years is required. If the average age of the dancers is under 12 years please enter the routine in the regular category.

Adult

Routine where the majority of the dancers are recreational adult students. Family routines can be entered in this category, e.g., mom and daughter. There are no age categories for the adult category.*

Adult Production

Routine where the majority of the dancers are recreational adult students and the routine is more appropriately categorized as a production due to the length of the routine or it incorporates multiple disciplines of dance within the routine. There are no age or division categories for adult productions.*

Character Ballet

Routine utilizing a majority of ballet technique to portray a character. Demi-character routines are to be entered in this category.

Classic Ballet

Routine incorporating classical ballet technique.

Contemporary Ballet (NEW!)

Routine incorporating contemporary ballet technique.Division is to be calculated utilizing either contemporary or ballet training (whichever is greatest).

Contemporary / Modern

Routine incorporating primarily ballet, contemporary or modern technique. Division is to be calculated utilizing either contemporary, modern or ballet training (whichever is greatest). Soloists can enter two solos in this category.

Hip Hop

Routine consisting primarily of hip-hop and street dance technique. The division is to be calculated using either hip-hop or jazz training (whichever is greatest).

Jazz

Routine incorporating a majority of jazz technique. Division is to be calculated using either jazz or ballet training (whichever is greatest).

 

Lyrical

Routine utilizing primarily jazz technique to express emotion. Balance, control and extension should be demonstrated. Division is to be calculated utilizing either ballet or jazz training (whichever is greatest).

National

Routine of national origin, e.g., Highland, Polynesian, Ukrainian, East Indian.

Novelty

Includes song and dance solos with pre-recorded vocals, lip-synching, dramatization, stage, etc. In the Novelty category use the completed years of training in the dance discipline performed. Note: A routine that should be entered in one of the other performance categories should not be entered in this category. Please do not enter “extra” tap, jazz, lyrical, etc., routines in this category.

Open

This category is for any routine that does not seem appropriate in any of the above listed categories.

Pointe

A routine where 50% or more of the dancers are on pointe or 50% or more of the routine is performed on pointe. The division is to be calculated utilizing overall years of ballet training, not just pointe training. Pointe routines must now be entered in this separate category (e.g., contemporary/modern pointe small group).

A pointe solo must be entered in Division II or Division III only.

Productions

Performances can consist of any number and combination of dance and musical theatre 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.*

Song & Dance

Pre-recorded vocals are are not permitted during the “song” portion in solos. In Song & Dance category use completed years of training in the dance discipline performed.

Tap

No pre-recorded tap sounds.

20 - 29 Years

If the average age of the dancers in the group is 20 years & over and includes teachers/former dancers and/or semi-professional dancers, the routine must be entered in this 20 - 29 year old category. Otherwise, the dancers can choose to enter the routine in the 20 - 29 year category or the adult category.*

*These categories are not eligible for cash awards and do not qualify for the Power Championships.