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Types of Dance Competitions Precision Arts Hosts — Part I

Precision Arts hosts dance competitions for all age groups all over the country. We host events that involve a wide range of dance styles. Today’s guide goes over the main categories and some basic guidelines for each type. If you would like to register for a competition, fill out this form. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, you can sign up for our virtual competitions as well. Wondering about rules in general? Click here to read up on the basic rules of our dance competitions.

Dance Categories You Can Compete In

There are more than a dozen different categories of dance you can compete in with Precision Arts. Here are some of the most popular:

#1: Hip Hop

Hip hop dancing is a popular dance style that involves a wide range of techniques and approaches, prominently implementing a lot of breaking, lock, and popping. Originating sometime in the 1970s, this style of dancing was taken on by dance studios around the world. One thing that makes hip hop dancing unique is that it is often done freestyle, meaning there is a great deal of improvisation done during a performance. Competitive hip hop dancing with Precision Arts entails a routine characterized by hip hop dance techniques. No music with inappropriate lyrics is allowed, and points will be deducted if such songs are used during competitions, as our events are in large part for children.

#2: Tap Dancing

This type of dance is characterized by the sound of tap shoes striking the floor. Tap dancing is widely performed in musical theater, and it uses rhythm and musicality to bring the dancer into the music, contributing another percussive element to the music. Tap dance has its roots in a number of different dance traditions — from Africa, Ireland, and England, primarily. However, the specific roots and relative contributions from the different traditions is disputed. Tap dance caught on in the popular mind in the late 1800s, through vaudeville shows. Through the rise of jazz and through popular television dances in the 20th century tap dancing became firmly established in dance halls all around the world. Competitive tap dancing at Precision Arts requires the dance to primarily involve tap work, with the main focus on clarity of sound and appropriate music choices.

#3: Lyrical Jazz

Lyrical jazz dance is a unique style of jazz dancing focused on expressing emotional sentiment through the use of the balletic line in counterbalance to the percussive features of conventional jazz dance. This type of dance engages the entire body, and avoids the use of sharp, angular, or stationary movements. The “lyrical” in “lyrical jazz” does not refer to the music but to the “lyrical” style of music. This dance is all about self-expression and emoting through physical movement. It allows for very creative articulations and can be used to express all sorts of feelings, moods, and ideas. When competing in lyrical jazz with Precision Arts, judges in particular look for routines that showcase balance, extensions, isolations, and control. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed in competitions.

#4: Clogging

A type of folk dance, clogging is similar to tap as it is all about creating percussive rhythms with your feet along with music. There are many different types of clogging, suitable for various types of music. The idea with clogging is to limit your upper body movement and focus primarily on your feet. Clogging competitions through Precision Arts can use either traditional or contemporary clogging techniques, with no more than three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Register for a Dance Competition Today

We will continue with our overview of different types of dances that we host competitions for in future blogs. Precision Arts hosts competitions of various different competitive levels and for all age groups. If you would like to compete in an in-person or virtual competition, register online today!


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