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Classification, Category and Discipline Listing

Competitive Division- Any competitor taking 6 or more hours of training in any combination of dance.

Pre Competitive Division- Any competitor taking 5 hours or less of training including rehearsal in any combination of dance. Any dancer that has a competitive solo is not eligible to participate in the Pre Competitive division.

Novice Division- Any dancer who has not competed in a solo category, or any group who has not entered a competition prior to this dance season. Any novice competitor entered in a Duet/Trio category must be 100% novice, (ie) all members of Duet/Trio have not competed in a solo category prior to this dance season. Any group entered in the novice category, must have a minimum of 75% novice dancers. The maximum age for novice entries is 14.

High School

Groups only will be accepted at this level

Solos and Duo/Trios entered by a high school must compete at the competitive  performance level and the appropriate age group.


Groups only will be accepted at this level

Solos and Duo/Trios entered by a university must compete at the competitive performance level and the appropriate age group.


Solo & Duet/Trio (One, two or three dancers in each respective category)

Small-Group (4-9 dancers)

Large Group (10-15 dancers)

Line (16 or more dancers)

Extended Line (16 or more dancers with an extended time limit of 4- 7 min)

Production Categories (16 or more dancers)

Acrobatics or “tricks” are considered to be any movement in which a dancer completes a 360-degree rotation where the dancer has both feet above their head. Illusions, partnering lifts, front and back rolls in which a dancer's feet end up over their head are permitted. Listed below are the discipline descriptions along with the acrobatics or “trick” limitations.

ONE acrobatic trick is now permitted in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern. For example, a tumbling pass whether it be one or multiple dancers at the same time is considered to be ONE trick. Cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls, shoulder rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner’s feet over their heads.

Jazz - Routine must primarily contain jazz movement and technique. One acrobatic trick permitted.

Ballet - Routine must contain classical ballet movement and technique. No acrobatics permitted.

Pointe - Routine must contain primarily classical pointe technique, using classical music and pointe shoes. No acrobatics permitted.

Lyrical - Routine must contain classical technique with specific dancer attention given to song lyrics. One acrobatic trick permitted.

Modern - Routine must primarily contain modern techniques. One acrobatic trick permitted.

Tap - Routine must primarily contain tap technique. Pre-recorded tap sounds on a performer’s music selection will not be permitted. One acrobatic trick permitted.

Acro - Routine must demonstrate an equal amount of dance and acrobatic skills. It should contain passes connected by dance elements and choreography as well as balance and control.

Contemporary - A routine that fuses modern and classical ballet, drawing on newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical techniques, omitting structured form and movement. Acrobatic elements permitted.

Hip Hop - Routine must primarily contain street/ hip hop technique and style. No jazz technique permitted.

Song and Dance - Routine must contain an equal display of singing and dancing (in any of the above-mentioned styles). Judges will mark both disciplines accordingly. No other lead vocals on the backtrack will be permitted. If a microphone is used, the microphone must be provided by the studio. The setup of the microphone MUST be pre-arranged with the theatre technical staff. Please note there may be a charge for this technical service. Zuby's Dance World discourages the use of microphones as it sometimes hinders the performance if not used correctly. The staff of Zuby's Dance World and/or the theatre staff will not be held responsible should a performance be affected due to the use of a microphone or poor sound quality produced by a microphone.

Production - A routine using 16 or more dancers to portray a theme, concept or story. Production categories have an extended time limit of 4- 10 minutes and will be primarily judged on concept, formations and choreography. All productions must be entered in the competitive division.

Open - This routine can combine any two or more dance forms but cannot showcase more than five acrobatic tricks. It also is the category for any dance form that is not listed.

Musical Theatre - A routine consisting of any style of dance, which interprets a song from a Broadway show, movie musical, or song depicting characters. Lip syncing is permitted.

Specialty - Consists of all other categories such as gymnastics, ballroom, clogging, novelty, etc.

Improv - All Dancers will be invited to the stage. One at a time, each dancer will listen to a piece of music selected by the competition or judges and will immediately perform an improvisational solo. Each dancer’s piece of music will be different and can be any style of music. Junior and Teen categories are available. Dancers are free to perform any style of dance they prefer. Dancers will be scored accordingly based on musicality, creativity, and movement. Improv dancers will be awarded in order of placement. Improv soloists must be registered alongside studio routines. Entries will not be accepted on-site for the improv categories. Please include any dancers interested in the improv category in your entry estimation upon booking your location. 

Breakdance - Routine must primarily contain a breakdance technique and style.

All solos, duets/trios, and groups, will compete in the above-mentioned disciplines in their specified age groups.

In the case of 18 or more competitors within the same category, the group will be arbitrarily split and scored as two individual categories.

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