ages & dance sections
(Age at time of dancing)
0 - 6 and under
A - 7 and 8
B - 9 and 10
C - 11 and 12
D - 13 and 14
E - 15 and 16
F - 17 and 18
(Group is calculated from the oldest dancer)
Mini - 7 and under
Junior - 10 and under
Intermediate - 14 and under
Senior - 19 and under
Acro | Ballet | Character | Commercial | Contemporary | Lyrical | Modern | Musical Theatre | Tap
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dancetechnique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.
To include Classical Ballet/ Stylised Ballet/ Modern Ballet. Any style of Ballet may be danced in this section. One dance only per competitor.
CLASSICAL BALLET should include Adage and Allegro. Costumes should ensure that every aspect of Classical Technique is clearly visible. Repertoire is not allowed. STYLISED BALLET. A communication of an idea through movement, danced with Classical Technique when using hand props or with a traditional style, such as Hornpipe, Spanish, Tarantella. Soft or pointe shoes must be worn. MODERN BALLET. A fusion which combines Classical Ballet and Modern Ballet genres but may be danced with a parallel line of leg. PLEASE NOTE IN THIS SECTION SOFT OR POINTE SHOES MUST BE WORN
A dramatic, artistic or sometimes humorous presentation of:
• A story /character from any book, poem, play, film, history, cartoon, original created theme, etc.
• The mannerisms and essential features of animals, birds, insects, reptiles, virus, and topical interpretations of abstract themes.
Appropriate technique for the character should be used. This is a classical dance style.
Dancing traditionally seen in concerts, live shows, music videos, movies, industrials, and, obviously, commercials. There are many different styles of dance that can be worked into the commercial category, such as street, hip hop, jazz, locking, popping, breakdancing, krumping, and more
Technically the work may reference Limon / Horton / Graham / Cunningham / Release / Flying Low / GaGa or any other recognised Contemporary technique and should be underpinned with a strong classical base. The work should show an understanding of choreographic content and a clear reference to the defined principles of contraction and release, fall and rebound, use of breath and gravity and successive or initiated movement. Whilst there is an athletic strength to the work, acrobatic work should be minimal and used only to enhance the choreographic work. Floorwork should be embraced and used to make clear transitions/patterning.
Music: The range of music choices for contemporary is very broad. Classical, contemporary, folk, world, popular music are acceptable. Spoken word, text, or found sound are all to be encouraged.
Costume: This should be considered to be part of the design of the overall piece of choreography and should complement and enhance the movement vocabulary. The style can be unique/original and should make the aesthetic look of the piece coherent. Socks may be worn if they are safe.
Titles: A title for the piece should be given to describe and inform the audience of the choreographic intention.
The range of choreographic styles and techniques is diverse. Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Commercial, Hip Hop and all styles of Modern Theatre Dance are appropriate. These styles are informed by the choice of music, and from that the choreography should reflect the movement vocabulary. Acrobatic/Gymnastic movements are acceptable but must be combined with a recognisable dance technique and a theatrical and artistic quality. However acrobatic ‘tricks’ should be minimal and not become the main focus of the choreography. All routines should observe safe dance practice and MUST be appropriate for the age and ability of the performer. Suggestive music and choreographic content are not acceptable for a festival platform. Music with offensive lyrics is also not suitable.
Lyrical Modern work should show flowing movements that purely express the emotion of the music. Gymnastic and acrobatic work is not allowed, and floor work should be kept to an absolute minimum. Music: The choice of music is most important within this genre in relation to the age of the performer. They should be able to understand the context of the lyrics or style of the instrumental in order for them to give a true interpretation of the music.
Costume: Costume choices should be relevant and appropriate for the style of music. There should be some coherence between the design, colour, embellishments and also a responsible and appropriate acknowledgement to the age of the performer and what they are wearing.
Performance: Expression should complement the style of the music as reflected in the choreography and there should be a journey in the storytelling of the dance.
The song needs to be suitable for the performers age. Backing vocals are permitted but no lead vocals are allowed. We have titled the category Musical Theatre for a reason rather than Song and Dance. The piece needs to be a musical theatre performance and will be judge purely on the overall performance and not the 'Dance'. For example a song from Les Mis would be more movement and does not need to have a dance break for the sake of having one.
All styles and developments in technique, including characterisation and humour, are encouraged providing the rhythms, clarity of beating and presentation of the routine is fully sustained and appropriate to the chosen musical style.