BALLET

Choreography consisting of classical ballet technique, steps, movement, and music. Allowed are these different classical ballet styles:  Historical Dances, Classical Ballet, Neo-Classical Ballet, Postclassical Ballet, Character dance from the classical ballet repertoire. Original choreographies are allowed (ag. Swan lake, La Bayadere etc.) as well as newly created choreographies. Dances can be performed with the use of ballet slippers or in Pointe shoes. ( from 12 years up).

NATIONAL/FOLKLORIC DANCE

A routine using an ethnic style of dance, such as Spanish, Hawaiian, polkas, etc. Folk dances are dances that are developed by people that reflect the life of the people of a certain country or region. Original choreography is allowed but not necessary. The folkloric dance tradition must be preserved. The costumes and music must reflect the tradition of the country of origin.

CONTEMPORARY MODERN

Inventive movements incorporating different styles with a classical foundation. Modern dance is very specific with a definite set of rules for each of the disciplined styles. Martha Graham, Horton, Limon, Dunham, and Cunningham are the major modern styles. There are other styles that have branched off from those such as Paul Taylor, Parsons, and Alvin Ailey. These are performed barefooted and unlike ballet involves a sense of being grounded as opposed to floating. Contemporary dance can be almost anything. It can be performed barefoot, en pointe or even in socks on stage. It may or may not be performed to music, sounds or nothing at all except the counts or breath of the dancers. This category will also include the new commercial American contemporary styles, as seen in works by Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, and Erica Sobol.

LYRICAL

The routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics
or mood of the music. Lyrical dance exists only in competition dance and in dance studios. It is a literal representation of the music using a combination of ballet and jazz with a little bit of modern thrown in for good measure. it is usually performed in foot undies and tends to be romantic and emotional in approach. Music with vocals and lyrics is preferred but not a rule.

MTV COMMERCIAL

A fusion of different dance styles with newly created choreographies inspired by the MTV tradition, variety shows and popular singing groups. It is a commercial style of jazz, a fusion of Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop or other styles, which you can see performed both live and in video clips alike. The accent is on presentation, style, expression, and performance.

OPEN

A choreography presenting a combination of our disciplines or an individual style. A routine in this discipline should incorporate a combination of styles, and the emphasis is placed on originality when combining different dance styles and techniques. Clear and pure dance technique in any chosen style is required.

JAZZ

Jazz is an energetic dance style, consisting of unique moves depending on specific style and era of jazz. The moves must reflect the jazz dance technique ( layouts, jazz pirouettes, fan-kicks, jazz walks etc.) which are based on a technique from classical ballet training.
As long as the jazz dance vocabulary is used, the music can vary. From classic jazz, theater jazz, Latin jazz to modern day music. Jazz dance encourages individual expression and the development of personal style.

MUSICAL THATER

All styles are permitted including both classical and contemporary musicals.

Examples: from the 1930 (Singing in the rain, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Sweet Charity) up to the present day (Mamma Mia, Producers, Chicago, Wicked, etc.). Storyline, characterization and costume must reflect the chosen musical theatre peace. Musical character must be recognizable.

TAP

Creating syncopated rhythms with the use of tap shoes. Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. It is preferred that tap sounds not be prerecorded in music.

URBAN DANCE STYLES

Pertaining to the Urban Dance category, the choreography can place consideration to different dance styles of hip hop such as e.g. Oldschool and Newschool.

Oldschool includes: popping, locking, jazzrock, hype,…

Newschool includes: newstyle, krumpin, dance hall,…

Housedance (footwork, jacking and lofting) is considered in this category. also included: wacking, voguing and experimental.

Use choreography to be inspired, but do not copy, be creative! As Hip-Hop is a personal expression of emotions or situations and experiences. Abusive language and violent expressions are forbidden in music and performance. Acrobatic/Break movements are allowed but dancing has to dominate.

B-BOYING

The foundation of breakdance consist of: footwork (e.g.: six-step, knee-step,…), up-rock (eg: battle-rock, indian-step,…), freezes (clash, baby-freeze,…) and powermoves (e.g.: headspin, windmills,…).

Acrobatics (e.g.: flips/screws, butterflies) and Freestyle sections are permitted but must not dominate.

ACROBATIC DANCE

• A routine using controlled acrobatic moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands,
chest rolls, etc. may contain gymnastic passes.
• All Acrobatic elements should be linked with dance steps, a clear dance choreography must be present throughout the whole piece. Acrobatic Dance may contain flexibility moves or contortionist moves, however, it must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.

PRODUCTION NUMBER

Must have a clear theme which takes you on a theatrical journey that has a beginning, middle, and end. All dance styles are allowed. Idea and creativity are the most important pieces of this discipline. Only for groups (9 +).

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