Category Guidelines

  • NOTE: Lip sync and vocalization are permitted in all categories. Gymnastic/acrobatic moves are limited to 3 in all categories except Acro Dance, Student Choreography, Open, Pom/Drill & Production, which allow unlimited moves. A round-off is considered an acro move unless used as a pass preparation. Acro moves performed in unison by two or more dancers are considered one move. Consecutive moves by different dancers are counted separately.
  • Acro Dance - Acrobatic routine incorporating dance choreography
  • Ballet - Routine containing classical ballet techinique
  • Contemporary - Demonstrates a fusion of ballet, lyrical or jazz with modern movement & technique
  • Folkloric - Ethnic dance such as Clogging, Hawaiian, Irish, Spanish, etc.
  • Hip-Hop - Stree Dance, Free-Style, Pop 'n Lock, etc.
  • Jazz - Routine containing traditional or current jazz technique
  • Jazz Funk - A fusion of jazz technique and elements of hip-hop
  • Lyrical - Choreography that expresses the lyrics of the music
  • Modern - Dance emphasizing interpretive movement using modern technique
  • Musical Theatre - Broadway, novelty, or theme-based
  • Open - Any style or combo of genres. Anything goes!
  • Pointe - Classical ballet technique performed en pointe
  • Pom/Drill - Drill team style, with or without poms
  • Song & Dance - Contains live singing & dance choreography. No pre-recorded vocal melody line permitted; however, backup vocals are allowed. Two hands-free or hand-held wireless microphones provided upon request.
  • Student Choreography - Student choreographed routine of any style or group size with no instructor assistance. No repetition of music or major dance combos from other studio routines. Choreographer does not need to perform in the routine. Routine may be registered in regular categories at studio's discretion.
  • Tap - Any style of tap work & technique, including Broadway, rhythm, soft shoe, etc.

SPECIALTY CATEGORY GUIDELINES

  • Interpretive - Impromptu choreography to music selected by Spotlight – approximately one minute in length. Dancer can choose from Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical or Tap. Music will be provided by the Stage Manager approx. 15 min. prior to performance. Elite Gems division only.
  • Photogenic - Submit a high resolution photo to be judged on overall appearance. Register at the Boutique based on dancer’s age on January 1, 2018. Award will typically be presented during Elite Gems solos per age category. Registered competitors only.
  • Production - Theme based or story line routine that may contain multiple ages, levels and dance forms. Production routines may contain one adult dancer.
  • Teacher/Pro - For any dancer 20 years or older that receives payment for choreography, performance and/or instruction. A routine containing any one Teacher/Pro must be entered in this category.
  • Title Solo - For the Elite Gems division dancer competing for the title of Mr. or Miss Spotlight. Dancer may register multiple solos for Title. NOTE: 2017 Titleholders are ineligible to compete in 2018 unless moving to a new age category, but may compete in subsequent years or at another event. The same person cannot hold the title in more than one event in the same year.
  • Vocal - Vocal Performance of any genre. May include limited choreography but must be at least 75% vocal.No pre-recorded vocal melody is permitted; backup vocalizations are allowed. Two hands-free or hand-held wireless mics will be provided upon request.