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Divisions

Updated 1/27/22 for 2022 season

In most cases, please consider the number of years of training FIRST and the number of hours of training SECOND.

 

e.g., If a dancer has completed 3-5 years of training but currently takes less than 3 hours of training we would suggest they be entered in Division II.
 

If a dancer has 6+ years of training but takes a maximum of 8 hours training per week then we would suggest they be entered in Division II.  
 

If in your teacher or the studios opinion they would be viewed by all as a Division III competitive dancer please enter them into Division III. 

 

Our objective is to never take an award away from a true Division I, II or III dancer.

DIVISION I

0 - 2 years of completed dance training OR taking a maximum of 3 hours training per week across all dance disciplines.

DIVISION II

(minimum age 9 years old)

3 - 5 years of completed dance training

OR taking more than 3 hours of training per week to a maximum of 8 hours training per week across all dance disciplines.

N.B. Please do not enter senior students who have reduced the number of hours of training they receive in this division. If a dancer has previously achieved and danced in a higher division they are not permitted to change to a lower division even if the number of hours taken is less than 8 hours per week.

DIVISION III

(minimum age 12 years old)

6+  years of completed dance training

OR taking more than 8 hours of training per week across all dance disciplines.

NEW! First time soloists

If this is a dancers first solo for that particular discipline (e.g., tap) please use the years of training and not the hours per week to determine the Division. NEW! In addition, please only consider the discipline of the solo they are entering. A soloist's training in other disciplines is not to be considered for a first time soloist. For all other routines it would be according to the discipline definitions on our website.

 

Dancers are permitted to change a maximum of ONE Division lower.

e.g., Division III to Division I   or     Division II to Divison I

Division III to Division I is NOT permitted.

Determining Division
  1. Calculate the completed years of dance training in the discipline entered. In duos and trios use the most experienced dancer’s number of years of training to determine the division.

  2. In groups, calculate the average number of years training. Any training received prior to and including five years of age is excluded. For further information, please see the dance categories (5 years and under, 6 - 19 years, 20 years and over).

  3. Please include any training that is received within a structured dance class (including combination classes) when calculating the division.

Age Categories

Age category is determined by the age of the dancer, or in the case of groups, the average age of the dancer(s) as of March 1 in the year of the event. Individual ages are rounded to whole numbers only. (e.g., 12 not 12 1/4 or 12. 25). The average age is rounded to 1 decimal point. Note: If the average is under .5 round down,. If it is equal or greater than .5 round up.


Example:

The average age of a group is 14.3 = 14 year category.

The average age of a group is 14.5 = 15 year category.

  • Age categories shall be combined at the discretion of Dance Power to a maximum of three age groups within a category (i.e., 9 to 11 years, 15 to 17 years, etc.)

  • If there are more than 11 contestants in a category, the category will be divided equally into Group A, B, C, etc.