Categories and Scoring
- Dancers in their first year of competitive dance.
- First-time soloists — they may have previously competed in a group.
- All members of Duet/Trio must qualify as novice
- All members of Small Group, Large Group, Line, Extended Line, and Production must qualify as novice.
- Dancers who train less than 6 hours per week.
- All members of Duo/Trio must qualify as part-time dancers.
- All members of Small Group, Large Group, Line, Extended Line, and Production must qualify as part-time dancers.
- Dancers who train more than 6 hours per week
- All members of Duet/Trio must qualify as competitive.
- All members of Small Group, Large Group, Line, Extended Line, and Production must qualify as competitive.
- Hip Hop
- Solo Improv
- Character Ballet
- Contact Improv
- Musical Theatre
- Song and Dance
Note: 3 Acro movements are permitted in a Lyrical or Jazz Routine. If More than 3, please enter the routine in “Open”. No Acro movements are permitted in Modern / Contemporary
Ages are determined as of December 31st of the previous year (For 2018, use age as of Dec. 31 2017).
Ages 6 and Under
Ages 7-9 Years
Ages 10-12 Years
Ages 13-15 Years
Ages 16-18 Years
Ages 19 and Over
- Small Group
Routines with More than 20 Dancers and Over 5 Minutes in Length
- Duo / Trio
2 or 3 Dancers
- Large Group
- Extended Line
- High Silver
84.9 and Under
85 – 87.9
- High Gold
88 – 89.9
90 – 91.9
- High Diamond
92 – 93.9
- Breaking Bounds
96 and Higher
100 points divided by the following:
- Overall Appearance
Routines performing at Breaking Bounds are judged by a panel of three qualified adjudicators who will award a mark out of 100. The three marks will then be averaged to come up with the final mark for the performance. This could result in numerous routines winning in each award level. Every awards session will include critiques from a special awards judge. This judge will then award various routines based on creativity, technique and a variety of other dance elements.