Dance Styles

for Competition

  • Acrobatic Dance
    A routine using tumbling moves such as front/back walkovers, handstands, front/back handsprings, rolls, etc. The routine must contain at least 40% dance choreography and should have a substantial amount of acrobatic moves. May also contain flexibility and/or contortionist components
  • Ballet
    Routine must demonstrate classical ballet technique. It should include classical steps and movements. No pointe shoes allowed. No tumbling tricks allowed.
  • Baton
    A routine choreographed using baton(s) as a prop. The routine should consist of both dance choreography and baton technique.
  • Character Routine
    A routine depicting a recognizable character. Character may be from sources such as a play, movie, Broadway, or use a character stereotype. Should incorporate acting and dancing. May contain tumbling tricks.
  • Cheerleading
    A routine consisting of sharp cheerleading movements, formations, and/or stunting. Stunts may not be taller than one person in the air. Basket tosses are permitted but you must take into consideration the height of the performance location. Tumbling is also allowed. Only groups are eligible.
  • Clogging
    A routine consisting of traditional and/or contemporary style clogging. No tumbling tricks allowed.
  • Contemporary / Modern
    A routine consisting of comteporary and/or modern style movement. Tumbling tricks are allowed in this category.
  • Folkloric
    A routine consisting of ethnic dance styles, such as Bellydance, Hawaiian, Flamenco, Irish, Russian, etc.
  • Hip Hop
    Routine consisting mainly of Hip Hop moves. May include breakdancing and/or tumbling tricks. The music must not contain inappropriate lyrics or a 0.5 penalty will be deducted per judge.
  • Jazz
    Routine must consist of mostly Jazz moves and technique. Rolls are allowed in addition to THREE other tumbling tricks. A tumbling pass is considered one trick.
  • Lyrical Jazz
    Routine must consist of Lyrical Jazz technique and should express the mood of the music. Three tumbling tricks are allowed
  • Musical Theater
    Routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a Broadway show or movie musical.
  • Open
    Any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles. May contain tumbling.
  • Pointe
    Routine must consist of pointe technique. No tumbling tricks allowed.
  • Song & Dance
    Must contain both singing and dancing. There may not be lead voices anywhere on the tape/CD. If there are pre-recorded voices, the entry will become "Adjudication Only" where they will not be eligible for overall awards, but will receive no point penalties in their scores. All performers will be judged on both singing and dancing. Three handheld microphones will be available to use at the competition.
  • Tap
    A routine consisting of tap technique and moves. Tap sounds may not be pre-recorded on the tape/CD. If there are pre-recorded sounds, the entry will become "Adjudication Only" where they will not be eligible for overall awards, but will receive no point penalties in their scores. No tumbling tricks allowed.