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Ability Levels

Training hours includes both technique classes and choreography rehearsals



Dancers in their first competitive season.



Under 6 hours of training/week.



6+ hours of training/week.


For High school, college, or university dance teams.



Any routine involving recreational adult dancers. Adult entries are not eligible for high scores.



Any routine involving an individual who is paid to teach/choreograph/perform. Professional entries are not eligible for high scores.

*Student teachers who are still training full time may compete in their own age category. 

Duet/Trios or Groups including dancers of different age divisions will compete no more than one age division younger than the oldest dancer, regardless of average age.


For example: If a group includes a dancer age 16 (senior) and the average age is 11 (junior), the group will compete one level below senior – age 13 (teen).

Any child 2 years younger than the average age must perform a meaningful and significant amount of the choreography.


  • Novice Soloist – First season competing a solo. These dancers can compete in pre-competitive or competitive group, line, duo/trio, etc.

  • Novice Duo/Trio – All dancers must be first-season competitors.

  • Novice Group – 100% of dancers must be first-season competitors

  • Pre-Competitive Soloist– Dancers who train less than 6 hours per week.

  • Pre-Competitive Duet/Trio - All dancers must train less than 6 hours per week.

  • Pre-Competitive Group/Line - 90% of dancers must train less than 6 hours per week.

  • Competitive – Dancers who train 6 or hours per week (group routines can have pre-competitive or novice dancers included)

  • Adult – a recreational/amateur dancer over the age of 19 (adult groups must consist of over 75% adult)

  • Professional – A dancer who is paid to teach/choreograph/perform. 

* any duet/trio with performers who are a mix of novice, pre-competitive, and/or competitive dancers must dance in the higher category.

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