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Ability Levels

Training hours includes both technique classes and choreography rehearsals

 

NOVICE

Dancers in their first competitive season.

 

PRE-COMPETITIVE

Under 6 hours of training/week.

 

COMPETITIVE

6+ hours of training/week.

Elite

11+ hours of training/week.

SCHOOL DANCE TEAM

For High school, college, or university dance teams.

 

ADULT RECREATIONAL

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

 

PROFESSIONAL

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. 

BUMP RULE
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.

Eligibility

  • Novice Solo/Duo/Trio/Group – 100% of dancers must be first-season competitors.

  • Pre-Competitive Solo/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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