Styles descriptions and rules

Urban Division

STREET DANCE SHOW
TEAMS

A show dance number put together by using various street dance styles. Other styles may be used, but the street style must dominate. The composition must have a theme or an idea.

Decorations, props and thematic costumes may be used to narrate the story.

Lifts and acrobatic elements are allowed but should not dominate.

HIP-HOP
BIG TEAMS AND SMALL TEAMS

A dance composition using primarily hip-hop technique and moves. Street dance styles such as hip-hop, house, vogue, brake, reggae, etc. are suitable. Different styles can be combined or limited to one style in one number.

Props and decorations are not allowed.

Focus is on technique, synchronization, musicality and rhythm.

Classical and Contemporary Division

CONTEMPORARY
TEAMS

An interpretive routine using a contemporary/modern style. Category combines classical dance techniques and modern dance bodywork. Choreography should incorporate balance, control, and extension moves. Distinctive features include contraction-release, floorwork, unexpected direction and speed shifts.

The composition must have a theme or an idea. Props and decorations are allowed.

Classical dance and acrobatic elements are allowed, but they should not dominate.

LYRICAL JAZZ
TEAMS

A dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics and modern dance. Composition involves the use of balance, flexibility and control utilizing the lyrics and feeling of the music. The focus is on jumps and turns characteristic of jazz dance and classical dance.

Props and decorations are allowed.

Classical dance and acrobatic elements are allowed, but they should not dominate.

Entertainment Division

BROADWAY/CHARACTER DANCE
TEAMS

A dance composition featuring various aspects of ballet and jazz. The routine is incorporating dance, characters and costumes into portraying a story from real life, movies, shows, musicals, etc. Costumes, music and dance movements must be appropriate to the character being presented.

Acrobatic elements are allowed, but they should not dominate.

ACROBATIC/GYMNASTIC DANCE
TEAMS

Dance category where acrobatic elements and stunts have an important role in the routine. Dancers are using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. May contain gymnastic passes, flexibility and/or contortionist moves, cheerleading stunts and tosses.

Must contain dance moves, steps and choreography (different styles allowed).

Props and decorations are allowed.

DISCO DANCE
SMALL TEAMS

Entertaining dance style, demonstrating dancers speed, strength and body-control, flexibility, technique and versatility. Music tempo should be fast, approximately 140 to 145 bpm.

Acrobatic elements are allowed, but they should not dominate. Props and decorations are not allowed.

Improvisation Division

URBAN DANCE
SOLO FREESTYLE

Improvisational category, organizers music, music tempo could vary in different speeds.

Focus is on dancer’s sense of style, mastering different urban techniques, variety of movements, musicality, etc. Acrobatic and break dance elements (flips, flac, windmill, etc.) may be performed only with great caution.

In every round, dancers improvise two turns for approx. 1:00 per turn.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE
SOLO FREESTYLE

Improvisational category, organizers music, music tempo could vary in different speeds.

Focus in on dancer’s personal body language, movements, emotions and musicality. Dancers can use and mix different dance styles. Acrobatic elements may be performed only with great caution and are not recommended.

In every round, dancers improvise two turns for approx. 1:00 per turn.