DIVISIONS, LEVELS, & CATEGORIES

AGE DIVISIONS

All ages are as of January 1st.

 

Average Age Rule: Duet/Trio and Groups ages are configured by adding the ages of all the contestants as of January 1st and then by dividing by the number of contestants. If there is a decimal, round down to the nearest whole number and drop the decimal. Names, ages, and birth dates of all dancers must appear on the entry form or it will not be accepted.

 

Mini : 5 and under

Petite: 6-8 years

Junior: 9-10 years

Pre-Teen: 11-12 years

Teen : 13-15 years

Senior: 16-19 years

Adults: 20 or more years

 

 

COMPETITIVE LEVELS

Levels are assigned to each registered dancer by the studio based on the guidelines below. Group levels are auto-calculated off the dancers that compose the group routine. If 30% of the group's dancers are assigned the highest level individually, the group will dance in the highest level.  Levels may not be changed the day of the event.

 

ADVANCED

This category is for a dance team, soloist, or duo/ trio that take less than 3 hours of lessons in dance/acro per week. Please understand that it is not mandatory that you enter the Advanced level, it is simply available to your studio. No monetary awards will be given to routines in this level. This level is for dancers being introduced into the competitive circuit who are working on mastering basic techniques.

 

COMPETITIVE 

This category is for a dance team, soloist, or duo/trio that take 3-6 hours of lessons in dance/acro per week. Please understand that it is not mandatory that you enter the Competitive level, it is simply available to your studio. No monetary awards/ gift certificates will be given to routines in this level. This level is for dancers who have mastered basic techniques and performance quality. These dancers would be considered advanced performers working on improving more difficult skills, techniques, combinations, etc.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL

This category is for a dance team, soloist, or duo/ trio that take 6 or more hours of lessons in dance/acro per week. This is the highest level you can compete at and may receive PAC Cash (gift certificates) to use on future registration. Dancers in this level should be completely confident in their technique, performance quality, artistry, and athleticism. Skills performed will be judged on the dancer's ability to perform effortlessly and with precision.

 

Because no dance competition can know how hours a dancer practices each week, we trust that the teachers/directors are giving accurate information when entering routines.

 

PREMIER

This category is for conceptual choreography, tribute routines, and artists that would simply like to perform for an audience. Routines have the option to receive critiques with no placement.

 

 

DANCE CATEGORIES

 

HIP HOP

Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. The music must not contain inappropriate lyrics. The scores will reflect poor song choice.

MUSICAL THEATER

Routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a Broadway show or movie musical. Style of dance or portrayal of character should be dominant in this category. 

JAZZ

Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique. Judges will be looking at musicality of choreography. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed. 

TAP

Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. The focus of the category is on clarity of sounds and appropriate music choice that amplifies choreography. It is preferred that tap sounds not be on tape. 

Ballet: 

Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements. No pointe shoes allowed. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed. 

Pointe: 

Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed. 

Lyrical Jazz: 

Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed. 

Acro:

 This style must use mainly acro tricks accompanied by flexibility and control. Dance must be used throughout the entire routine. 

Pom Pon:

 A routine incorporating the use of Pom Pons. Should use precise and defined movement, acrobatics allowed, NO stunts or a pyramid taller than one person is allowed or a one point penalty per judge will be incurred. The routine will be judged on both Pom Pon technique and dance steps, moves, and choreography. 

Clogging:

 A routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary style clogging technique. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed 

Folkloric:

 A routine using ethnic style of dance, such as Belly Dancing, Hawaiian, Bollywood, etc. 

Open:

 Any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles. 

Contemporary:

 Routine should utilize a pedestrian style of dance to show extension and balance. Can combine lyrical, modern and concert style techniques. 3 acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 

 

Costume Design:

 The costume must be an original design. The costume will be judged on design, creativity, originality, fabric choice, and construction. Dancers will have a call time to meet backstage. At that time the back stage coordinator will explain where each model will stand. They will be asked to walk forward to show off the craftsman ship of the costume. Points will be deducted if it is difficult to view costume. The winner of this category will receive a costume voucher. Groups are welcome to participate in this category. Only 1 dancer may walk forward to model costume. The remaining dancers may stand posed in the back. If more than one costume design is used for the same routine you must enter each costume design separately. 

Action Photography:

 This picture must be of a dancer in motion. Please submit photo in digital format with your entries. Photo will be placed in our program. There is no age requirement for Action Photography. Participants can enter at any regional location as long as they attend at least one PAC event. Top scoring photos will be considered for our national marketing campaign the following year. One entry per dancer.

GYMNASTIC GUIDELINES

The following dance categories can contain NO gymnastic/acrobatic tricks.

  • Ballet and Pointe

A one-half (.5) point deduction per judge will be made for any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks in these categories. Tricks not allowed are movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of one's head/shoulders). The only exceptions to this are forward, backward and shoulder rolls, and acro tricks in lifts (a lift being defined as being supported by another dancer with anybody part).

 

The following dance categories can contain ONLY 3 or less gymnastic/acrobatic tricks.

  • Tap

  • Jazz

  • Lyrical Jazz

  • Contemporary

  • Clogging

A one-half (.5) point deduction per judge will be made for any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks in these categories over three. A gymnastic pass will be counted as the number of tricks in the pass.