Competition Levels


Level placement of dancers is at the discretion of the studio director and teachers. Group routines that contain multiple levels will be entered based on the average level of the entered dancers. Competition Levels are based and averaged on the dancer’s level and not on the level of the individual routine.


Novice Level is for a dancer with two years or less of training or no previous competition

experience. This is for the beginner dancer who takes one or two classes a week and wants to gain experience at competition without worrying about competing against seasoned competitors. This level is judged only against other novice level routines. Novice dancers are judged on a more lenient scale with adjudication and high scores awarded for the 12 & under age division and the 13 and over age division. There are no cash prizes at Novice Level . Novices will be awarded trophies, medals, prizes and certificates.


Intermediate Level is for the intermediate dancer. Suggested guidelines: dancers who have been studying for between 2 and 4 years, who take at least 3 technique classes a week and are on a competition team. Intermediate level should have previous competition experience. Intermediate level will be judged only against other intermediate level routines. There are limited cash prizes at the Intermediate level, but this level are awarded vouchers for discounts and scholarships at future events. This level will be awarded trophies, medals, prizes certificates, and other prizes.


Elite Level is for the seasoned, advanced dancers. Suggested guidelines: This level should have 5 or more years of dance training, take at least 4 technique classes a week. Elite competitors should have competition experience. Cash prizes are given at the Elite level in each division/category/level with 10 entries or more, along with trophies, medals, prizes and certificates and other prizes.


Pro-Am Level involves at least one professional dancer or teacher over the age of 18 dancing with or without students. This competition level will not be considered for overall high score and cash awards. The Parent Act level is for dancing parents and incorporates any style of dance. This level will be judged solely against other parent acts and will not be considered for overall high score and cash awards.



Competition Categories / Number of Dancers / Maximum Time


Solo Title


Small Group

Large Group







20 +

2:45 Minutes

2:45 Minutes

2:45 Minutes

3 Minutes

4 Minutes

8 Minutes


Age Divisions

Dancers age is based on their age as of January 1st of the current season year.  The average age of all dancers as of the first day of the year within a group will determine the appropriate age group for each dance entered.  If the average age  ends in .5 or above the age will be rounded up.







7 and under





20 and Up

Competition Genre


The following genres of dance are accepted:


Jazz - A routine that demonstrates jazz technique, which may include classical, contemporary, hip-hop, funk, pop, or lock. Routines containing only hip-hop, funk, pop, or lock technique should be considered for the hip-hop category.


Tap - A routine that demonstrates tap technique and basic tap floor work. Any routines demonstrating clogging technique should be considered for the clogging category.


Ballet - A routine that demonstrates ballet technique, which may include classical and/or contemporary movement and interpretation. (Ballet shoes only.)


Pointe - A routine that demonstrates ballet done on Pointe, which contains classical ballet technique.


Modern - A routine consisting of contemporary modern movement, which demonstrates control and balance throughout and utilizes modern-specific technique such as contractions, tilts, etc.


Lyrical - A routine that combines jazz, modern, and ballet techniques in fluid, controlled movements. Often has a "story" element that relates to the lyrics or emotion of the song.


Ethnic - A routine that uses any ethnic style of dance (e.g. African, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, etc.) and its related technique and movement.


Acrobat - A routine that combines gymnastics and tumbling ability with dance technique.


Character/Musical Theater - A routine in which the dancer(s) portray(s) a character (e.g. animal, TV, Broadway, historical, fictional, etc.) or interpret(s) a song from a Broadway or other musical, while incorporating dance technique and movement.


Hip-Hop - A routine that utilizes street style dancing or MTV styles. Funk, break, pop and lock are also included in this category.


Clogging - A routine incorporating clogging technique and movement.


Drill/Pom - A routine consisting of sharp, clean movements, kicks, and jumps in drill team fashion. If poms are used, they should be used consistently throughout the routine.


Liturgical - A routine that portrays a religious theme and incorporates any style of dance listed above.


Open - A routine that utilizes any combination of dance techniques listed above or any other dance style not previously listed.


Contemporary A routine that incorporates modern vocabulary while still staying true to classical ballet dance techniques. Routines are usually performed to music other than classical.


Mr. and Miss Ultimate Title - Ultimate Title contestants compete in a separate category than soloist.  All Ultimate Title competitors will be automatically placed into the Elite level and judged on the Elite Competitive scoring system.


Mr./Miss Mini Ultimate  Dance    Ages 7 and under

Mr./Miss Petite Ultimate Dance    Ages 8-9

Mr./Miss Junior Ultimate Dance    Ages 10-12

Mr./Miss Teen Ultimate Dance     Ages 13 – 15

Mr./Miss Senior Ultimate Dance   Ages 16 - 19


More Information:


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