Competition Dance Categories

and Guidelines


  • Solo
    Soloists may not have more than three solo entries. Each dance time may not exceed 3:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance’s score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit.
  • Solo - Student Choreography
    Dance is choreographed solely by the student performing. Routine must be entered in the competitive level.
  • Duo / Trio
    Duos and trios will compete against each other. Each dance time may not exceed 3:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance’s score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit.
  • Duo / Trio - Student Choreography
    Dance is choreographed solely by the student(s) performing. Routine must be entered in the competitive level.
  • Small Group (4 - 9 dancers)
    Small groups have 4-9 dancers. Each dance time may not exceed 3:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance’s score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit.
  • Small Group (4 - 9 dancers) - Student Choreography
    Dance is choreographed solely by the student(s) performing. Routine must be entered in the competitive level.
  • Large Group (10 - 19 dancers)
    Large groups have 10-19 dancers. Each dance time may not exceed 3:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance's score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit.
  • Super Group (4-19 dancers)
    Super Groups have 4-19 dancers. Each dance time may not exceed 6:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance’s score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit. Super groups will compete against Lines and Productions in the Overall Awards within their age categories.
  • Line (20+ dancers)
    Lines have 20+ dancers. Each dance time may not exceed 4:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance’s score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit. Lines will compete against Super Groups and Productions in the Overall Awards within their age categories.
  • Production (20+ dancers)
    Productions have 20+ dancers. Each dance time may not exceed 8:00 minutes. A 0.5 penalty will be deducted from a performance’s score for every 10 seconds of the exceeded time limit. Lines will compete against Super Groups and Productions in the Overall Awards within their age categories.

Division Levels

Competitive

The Competitive Level is the highest level of competition. This level is designed for experienced dancers taking 6 or more hours of dance training per week. Competitive Level dancers are eligible for cash prizes.

Advanced

NEW! The Advanced Level (middle) is designed for students who have limited competition experience, but are more advanced than the Recreational Level. Advanced level dancers should have 3-5 hours per week of dance training.

Recreational

The Recreational Level is available for competitors who take 3 hours or less dance classes per week during the last 3 years or are first time competitors.

Level Information

If a competitor takes less hours than a given category but would like to compete at a higher level, they are permitted to do so. Dancers are not allowed to compete in a level below their hours of dance training. For example, a dancer taking 4 hours of dance a week could compete in the Advanced Level (3-5 hours) or could compete in the Competitive Level (6 or more hours). However, this dancer cannot enter in the Recreational Level (3 hours or less).

Groups must be entered at the level of the highest level dancer. For instance, if it is a group of recreational dancers with one dancer who competes their solo at the competitive level, they must enter as a competitive group.

Dances with mixed levels of dancers must compete at the highest level within the group.