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DWC 2024 Rules


1.1 All nationalities (except those countries sanctioned under the IOC International Olympic committee) are welcome to apply to participate in the DWC Finals.

1.2 Entries must be submitted by the principal of a dance school/club/association.



2.1 For details of DWC qualifier competitions please refer to the DWC website (

2.2 DWC participants must qualify at the qualifier for the country where their dance school is located to attend the DWC Finals.

2.3 Dance schools located in a country that hold a DWC qualifier can only apply to enter the DWC Finals via the qualifier for that country.

2.4 Dance schools located in a country that do not hold a live DWC qualifier can apply to enter the DWC Finals via video application. For details on how to submit a video application and the closing dates, please refer to the DWC website (

2.5 The qualification mark at a DWC qualifier is 70 marks or above. Please refer to the DWC scoring system detailed in ATTACHMENT 2.

2.6 DWC reserves the right to invite any dancer to participate in the DWC Finals.



3.1 For 2024, each country is allocated 4 qualified spaces in each class in solos, duet/trios and quartets, and 5 qualified spaces in each class for small and large groups. This allocation is not a cap, and additional spaces may be awarded.

3.2 The host nation of the DWC Finals will be permitted an additional space in each DWC class in their year of hosting the finals.

3.3 In the event of a tie in a class at a DWC qualifier, the judges will decide which dance will qualify for the DWC Finals. DWC will not accept more than the maximum number of qualified dances permitted in each class. The qualifier organizer will inform dance teachers which dances have qualified.

3.4 On application, a country can request an additional entry per class. All applications must be sent to DWC Head Office at Please note that extra spaces for entries cannot be guaranteed.

3.5 After a qualifier, a country qualifier organizer has the ability to fill any spaces that they may have in a group class, with a combined school entry, using ONLY dancers that have performed at their country qualifier.


4. AGE

4.1 A competitor’s age is taken on 1 January 2024.

4.2 In duets, trios, quartets, small groups and large groups the age of the oldest competitor will determine the class age category.

4.3 The maximum age of competitors is 25 years as of 01 January 2024.

4.4 DWC reserves the right to ask for proof of age by means of a passport or an identity card at either a qualifier or a finals.

4.5 In all solo classes, competitors must dance in the class for their age.



5.1 Entry information for the DWC Finals will be available on the DWC website (

5.2 The principal/teacher is responsible for submitting the correct information on the entry system.

5.3 Information submitted to DWC will be used for all competition documents, i.e. programming, certificates, etc.

5.4 By entering a DWC competition, all dancers consent to DWC and its partners videoing, photographing and recording them at any time during the DWC Finals, including during their performances, at DWC events and in and around the venue. Videos/photos may be used by DWC and its partners, including but not limited to in advertising and promotional materials, the DWC website, social media and distributed to the press.

5.5 Dancers with special needs or a disability which are in need of a wheelchair are permitted at the DWC finals. This information must be reported to Head Office as soon as possible, so that we can allow appropriate access to and from the stage. We do not at present have a dedicated class for dancers with any disabilities.

5.6 At the DWC finals, the number of dancers performing on stage in a small or large group will routinely be checked and compared to the number of dancers entered in the DWC system. If the number of dancers performing on stage exceed the number entered in the system, a fee of 60 euro PER DANCER will be charged to the dance school.



6.1 The DWC Finals entry closing date for each country, will be notified to qualifier organizers and will published on the DWC website.



7.1 The DWC website ( will confirm the entry fees and details of payment for the DWC Finals each year. Entry fees must be paid upon registration to the DWC system. The Event fee per dancer is a compulsory fee.

7.2 A compulsory membership fee of 12 Euro per dancer is payable to DWC each dance season, which permits the dancer to participate at a DWC Qualifier in their country, including the DWC Finals. MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.



8.1 The dance that has qualified must be performed at the DWC Finals unless permission has been given by DWC to make changes to the choreography or dance.

8.2 Soloists can automatically receive a space for up to 3 qualified solos, dependant on ranking, for their country at the DWC finals. If extra spaces in classes are available after closing date for their country, up to 2 additional qualified solos may be approved per dancer, bringing the maximum number of solo entries per soloist to 5. Spaces for the DWC finals must be applied for during the entry process for all solos, before the closing date for the country – please refer to the DWC Finals entry process for more details.

Please note: There are no limits on how many solos a soloist can enter at a qualifier.

8.3 Soloists cannot perform in the same solo class twice. For example, a soloist cannot dance in KSB twice.

8.4 Dancers can perform in only one duet/trio/quartet in a particular class at the DWC Finals, even if dancing with different partner(s). For example, a dancer can only perform in one JDM entry. They cannot perform again in JDM.

8.5 Dancers can enter a duet/trio or quartet in more than one genre. For example, a dancer can enter JDM, JDB, JDN and JDT.

8.6 Dancers can perform in multiple small and large groups in a particular class at the DWC Finals.

8.7 Dancers from the same dance schools cannot enter more than 2 small or large groups in the same class, except with approval from DWC Head Office.

8.8 Small groups (e.g. KGSM) must contain a minimum of 4 dancers and a maximum or 10 dancers. Except in MiniGSB, KGSB, JGSB and SnGSB where the minimum number of dancers is 5. Ballet groups with 4 dancers (quartets) must be entered in MiniQB, KQB, JQB or SnQB.

Large groups (e.g. KGLB) must contain a minimum of 11 dancers.

8.9 Classes KDB (Children Duet/Trio Ballet), JDB (Junior Duet/Trio Ballet) and SNB (Senior Duet/Trio Ballet) (non – repertoire), DWC will accept duets formed by girl/girl or boy/boy, as well as boy/girl.



9.1 Dancers may be exchanged as follows:

a – Duet or Trio – one dancer can be exchanged from the dancers who performed in the qualifying dance. This replacement dancer must have attended the qualifier.

b – Small groups, quartets and large groups – up to 50% of dancers can be exchanged from the dancers who performed in the qualifying dance. These replacement dancers must have attended a qualifier.

c - Only under special circumstances can replacement dancers that have not attended a qualifier be exchanged. Permission for this is required from DWC Head Office.

9.2 You cannot exchange/substitute any solo entry dancer at the DWC Finals. If a solo dancer who has won a place at the finals cannot perform for what ever reason, this dancer cannot be replaced by another dancer with the same routine. The next solo dancer in line who has qualified for the finals, can however take the space available.

9.3 If the schedule has been finalied for the finals and a group dancer must pull out due to injury or other circumstances, then the entry remains in the category that is was entered. If DWC Head Office is informed of the removal of the dancer before the final schedule is released, the Head Office will be decide which class the group dance will compete in.



10.1 For a list of available DWC classes please refer to ATTACHMENT 1.

10.2 For 2024, Certain children and junior solo classes will be split by age – please refer to ATTACHMENT 1.

10.3 DWC reserves the right to merge two or more small classes together or divide a larger class into multiple sections.

10.4 In general, the class order will run with the youngest competitor dancing first, and the oldest dancing last. DWC reserve the right to change the order of class to take into account stage clashes or costume changes on the final schedule.



11.1 Depending on entries, some of the solo classes may have semi-finals at the finals. More information will be available on these classes when the schedule has been released.



12.1 Time limits apply to all dances at the DWC Finals.

12.2 The DWC entries system will not permit music to be submitted which is over the time limit.

There is no option to request any extra time whatsoever.

* The time limit for the following classes is 2 MIN 30 SEC

  • KSBR – Children Solo Ballet Repertoire

  • KSBRm – Children Solo Ballet Repertoire (boys)

  • KSPBR – Children Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes for Girls aged 12-13 only

  • JSBR – Junior Solo Ballet Repertoire

  • JSBRm – Junior Solo Ballet Repertoire (boys)

  • SnSBR – Senior Solo Ballet Repertoire

  • KDPDD – Children Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois

12.3 Your uploaded music can have up to 5 seconds extra in silence time before or after the track. This does not mean 5 seconds of extra music. The following extra time is allowed on the music tracks that are submitted on the DWC entries system:

12.4 Dances must not exceed the time limit , but may be shorter. 



13.1 The time penalties are only for entries that do not use music for the performance “a cappella” The start of the timing of the dance is determined either by the first movement of the dancer(s) or the beginning of the music, which ever is first, up to the last movement of the dancer(s) or the ending of the music, whichever is last.

13.2 A penalty of 5 points will be applied if a dance overruns by more than 5 seconds.

13.3 Any dances more than 15 seconds over the time limit will be immediately disqualified.

13.4 There will be a 20 second time limit for any prop to be placed on stage and a 20 second time limit for any prop to be removed from the stage. Failure to comply with this will result in a 5 point penalty for each violation.

E.g. If a competitor takes 21 seconds to put a prop on stage and 21 seconds to remove the prop from the stage they will receive a 10 point penalty.


14.1 If music contains swearing or offensive language the dance may be disqualified or points may be deducted. Dance teachers can email for guidance on what words will be considered swearing or offensive language.

14.2 Music must be submitted to the DWC online entries system. All music must be submitted by the date specified on the website.

14.3 Dance teachers must have a backup USB for all dances and this must be brought with them to the finals. For further instructions, please see



15.1 The judging panel at the DWC Finals will consist up of internationally acclaimeddancers, dance teachers or registered adjudicators. Each class will be judged by 3 members of this judging panel. At a DWC qualifier, at least one DWC judge appointed by Head Office, will be present.

15.2 Points are given to every dance. The maximum score at the DWC Finals is 100.

15.3 The scoring system for various classes in the DWC 2024 finals will be formalised by January 2024 with notification of the classes that will have a different scoring system released.

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All qualifiers for 2024 will remain at the standard DWC scoring system 1


15.5 The decision of the judging panel is final and cannot be changed, there will be no discussions.



16.1 First place will be awarded a gold medal regardless of the number of points received.

16.2 If two dances receive the same number of marks at the DWC Finals then a tied place is awarded.



17.1 The Stage dimensions information will be available on the DWC website ( in due course.

17.2 These dimensions are advised by the venue to DWC and may be subject to change. DWC cannot be held responsible for any changes.

17.3 DWC reserves the right to change the venue of the competition or to use multiple venues if necessary.


18.1 Details on theatre admissions for teachers and parents will be confirmed in due course. All dance schools will be notified by email of this information.

18.2 The DWC Finals class sessions and Gala performances are open to the general public. Gala ticket prices and where to purchase them, will be available on the DWC website in due course.



19.1 Competitors and registered dance teachers of participating schools will have access to the dressing rooms area during the DWC Finals. More information on this will be sent to the dance schools nearer to the competition date.

19.2 Parents have no access to the dressing rooms or backstage unless they are registered as dressing rooms assistants by the school principal.

19.3 All dancers must be accompanied by a teacher or teacher assistant to the side of the stage who is responsible for their dancer to be in time for his/her performance. All teachers and teachers assistants must wear a lanyard or school badge to identitfy themselves to the DWC staff and stage manager at all times. The teacher or teacher assistant may watch the performance at the side of the stage subject to space. The backstage manager on duty has the right to ask the teacher/teacher assistant to leave the stage area if the space is not suitable.

19.4 If a competitor needs assistance during a performance with props on and off the stage, then details must be emailed to before the start of the DWC Finals.



20.1 Costumes worn at the DWC Finals competition do not have to be the same as the ones worn at the DWC qualifier.

20.2 Costumes at the DWC Finals should underline the character of the dance.

20.3 Costumes must be age appropriate.

21. GALA

21.1 The judging panel and DWC will have the final decision on which dances will be invited to perform at the Gala(s) and in what order they will dance in.

21.2 Competitors may be invited to perform at the Gala even if they did not receive first place.

21.3 Not all first places will be invited to perform at the Gala.

21.4 The judging panel will decide the winners of awards awarded at the Gala and their decision is final.



22.1 Special lighting effects (excluding personal battery-operated LED lights) are not permitted for any performance at DWC

22.2 No live props can be used during a performance at DWC.

22.3 No glass props (e.g. mirrors, vases, windows) can be used at DWC.

22.4 No flames or lit candles can be used at DWC.

22.5 No liquids or any other substances are allowed on stage at any time, this includes bubbles, water or other substances that may affect the stage.

22.6 No confetti or any item that requires the stage to be cleaned/swept may be used during a performance at DWC. A 10 point penalty will be applied to any dance which breaks this rule.

22.7 Props must be simple and be able to be carried on stage by the competitors (excluding for MINIS AND CHILDREN who may have help from up to 2 dance teachers). These helpers must be wearing school identification when backstage.

22.8 DWC will not be responsible for the safekeeping of any props at the DWC Finals.

22.9 DWC will not be responsible for any injuries/accidents to a competitor/teacher whilst transferring a prop on or off the stage and in or out of the backstage area. All props are used at the risk of the dancer and the teacher.

22.10 Props must be integral to the performance and the judging panel reserve the right to deduct points if the prop is deemed unsuitable by the judging panel.

22.11 If the music stops during a performance due to a technical issue in the theatre the dancer will be allowed to dance again.

22.12 If a dancer’s music will not play at the time of the performance due to a technical issue, then the dancer(s) is/are able to perform without music at the DWC Finals.

22.13 If a dancer fails to complete their dance for what ever reason, (excluding a technical issue) the judges will score what they have been able to see up to the stopping point of the performance. If time allows, the dancer will be able to perform again at the end of the class. This will not be guaranteed and will be subject to time).The stage manager on duty will be able to inform the dancer if they have been allowed to perform again.


23.1 Dancers under the age of 12 years (on 1 January of the year of the competition) are not permitted to wear pointe shoes at the DWC Finals in any circumstances.

23.2 Pointe shoes are not allowed in any CHILDREN’s classes (13 years and under). With the exception of rule 23.3 below.

23.3 Dancers aged 12-13 years can wear pointe shoes in:

KSPBR - Children Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes (age 12-13 years only)


KSPB - Children Solo Ballet (any style – not repertoire) (age 12-13 years only)

Please note that in KSPBR pointe shoes are compulsory but in KSPB they are optional.

KDPDD - Children Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois (age 12-13 only)

Please note pointe shoes are compulsory for girls in KDPDD.

23.4 Only 10 – 12 year olds can enter KSB and KSBR. 13 year olds are not permitted to enter KSB or KSBR.

23.5 If dancers aged 12 – 13 years wear pointe shoes in a duet/trio, small or large group dance, then the entry must be entered into the relevant JUNIOR CLASS. Only dancers aged 12 and 13 years old and upwards can wear pointe shoes in junior or senior small or large groups.


23.6 It is not a requirement for all junior or senior dancers to perform on pointe in small or large groups, except in designated pointe classes.



24.1 DWC Limited is not responsible for any injuries that may occur to any person including a participant, teacher or audience member whilst in the theatre, dressing rooms, back stage or on the stage, or anywhere else.

24.2 It is the dance school’s responsibility to take out their own insurance(s) for their school to attend DWC Finals.



25.1 DWC is not responsible for any travel and accommodation costs in relation to the DWC Finals.

25.2 DWC cannot assist in the organisation of any visa applications, it is the responsibility of the dance school/parent to arrange these if needed

25.3 DWC shall not be liable to any parent or other members, teachers, students competitors or any other party (a Third Party) for any loss that may suffer as a result of the occurrence of an event or a series of events (including but not limited to Acts of God, Government intervention or advise against organsied social gatherings or the undertaking of sporting events, political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, natural disasters, fire epidemic or pandemic) which results in:

a) the Third Party being unable or unwilling to travel to and or attend the event; or

b) the event having to be postponed or cancelled by DWC; or

c) the hosting of the event by DWC being rendered impossible, impractical or illegal.


26.1 There will be no cash refunds made to dance schools for a cancellation of an entry, for any other reason other than a medical reason or personal circumstances (ie: family bereavement or similar). By making a purchase with DWC, you are confirming that you have read and understood our no cash refunds policy.

26.2 In the event that a dancer cannot compete either for a medical reason or for a personal circumstance (ie: family bereavement), a request for a cash refund of entry fees will be considered on presentation of such supporting evidence as DWC may at their discretion request

26.3 Should DWC have to cancel an event for whatever reason, a credit note will be issued to each dancer for 100% of the entries paid and their entries will automatically be transferred to the next DWC finals competition. This credit note can be used at future DWC finals competitions towards entry fees.


Any disputes that arise against the company will be under the laws of Jersey, Channel Islands






27.1.a The solo ballet classes are as follows:

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The duet ballet division is as follows.

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27.1.b Soft ballet shoes, pointe shoes and bare feet are permitted in ballet classes at DWC. Please see table above.

27.1.c In classes JSBR and SnSBR, all female dancers aged 14 or over must wear pointe shoes.

27.1.d In the JUNIOR and SENIOR ballet group classes it is recommended but not compulsory that some of the female dancers wear pointe shoes. The judging panel may take this in to account in their scoring.

27.1.e Dancers are allowed to enter a solo in both a ballet repertoire class (eg JSBR) and a ballet - any style class (eg JSB). Note rule 8.4.

27.1.f Dancers are allowed to enter a duet in both a duet ballet class (eg KDB) and a pas de deux class (eg KDPDD). Note rule 8.5)

27.1.g Repertoire dances are allowed in MiniSB – Mini Solo Ballet, but this is for the more competent dancer as the choreographic mark will be based on the original steps. We recommend that teachers choreograph individual pieces for their dancers which highlight their technical ability.

27.1 DWC take no responsibility for any choreography in ANY GENRE that is copyrighted. If the trustees of the choreography pursue an illegal use of a choreography performed at any DWC event, it is the sole responsibility of the dance school to pay any fines that are imposed. For ease of doubt, we know that the following works are copyrighted: Balanchine, Lacotte and Mat Ek work. This list is not comprehensive and it is the duty of the dance school to ensure if they are using professional choreography that the relevant permission has been granted to them. This also includes copyright from choreography from TV and theatre productions.


27.2.a National or folklore dances from any country may be presented by dance students from any country.

27.2.b A traditional dance wearing traditional shoes should be entered into the national and folklore sections and not into the tap section.

27.2.c The official entry form must contain in the title of the dance the name of the country where the dance originates from, e.g. Tarantella (Southern Italian Dance)

27.2.d Due to the variety of countries represented in the national classes, no marks are awarded for authenticity of the dance.



27.3.a Please see ATTACHMENT 3 for a description of these classes.

27.3.b Pointe shoes can be worn in the Lyrical, Jazz, Show Dance, Contemporart and Acro sections if the choreography is enhanced by the wearing of pointe shoes (age 12 and above only). Please note rule 25.6.

27.3.c Acrobatic moves in the Lyrical, Jazz Show Dance and Contemporary classes should be kept to a minimum and only used if they enhance the choreography. Excessive use of acrobatic moves in these classes may be penalised.



27.4.a Music must NOT contain any vocals performed or pre-recorded by the competitor or any backing vocals. A 10 point penalty will be applied to any dance which breaks this rule.

27.4.b Microphones will be supplied at the DWC finals. Dancers will have the choice of headset microphones or hand held microphones. A maximum of 3 microphones may be used for groups, these can be headset, hand held or a combination of both. Please consider access for microphone placement when designing costumes.

27.4.c For Song and Dance entries DWC is not responsible for gaining permission or paying royalty fees for a particular performance, this onus is on the teacher/dance school having the correct PRS/PPL Licences in place.

27.4d Music in the song and dance section must be age appropriate.


27.5 TAP

27.5.a Tap shoes must be worn in the tap section. Hard Irish shoes are not permitted in the tap section. If hard Irish shoes are worn, the dance should be entered in the National section.

27.5.b Tap may be performed without music during the performance.

27.5.c A tacit section may be used at any point in a tap performance and the dance will always be timed from the first sound of the performance made on stage.

27.5.d Timing commences from the very first step of the tap dance or the first note of the music whichever is first. Timing ends with the end of the music or with the last tap beat whichever is last.

27.5.e No pre-recording of tap beats is allowed on the competitor’s music. A 10 point penalty will be applied to any dance which breaks this rule.



28.1 The rules for the country award will be released in May of the competition year.





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The maximum score at a DWC event is 100 points.


The following judging criteria will be applied with a maximum of 20 points being awarded in each section:

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Other Notes

The judging panel are permitted to award decimal marks i.e. 16.8 in their scoring.




Repertoire Ballet

Any piece coming from recognised Ballet Repertoire. In the mini repertoire solos, the teachers are allowed to slightly simplify the variations to fit the technical level of the children.

* In the Mini category we strongly advise the teachers to choose age appropriate variations.

* It is strictly prohibited to use any kind of protected original choreography, unless the dance teacher sends DWC the written permission from the designated organisation. This includes all Balanchine, Lacotte and Mat’s Ek works, as well as any other choreographer which requires formal permission to be danced in a competition environment.

Ballet – any style (excluding repertoire)

Any method of ballet, which uses an academic ballet technique. A Neoclassical ballet style may be employed in this category. This uses traditional ballet technique, but in a less rigid way. For example: - different or innovative use of port de bras; a strong use of off-balance movements or positions; or a mixture with more modern movements in the upper body, whilst still using a very strong classical use of the leg lines.


National and Folklore

The dance will show the typical style of dance from a certain country/countries.

The music used in the performance must be relevant to that country. The music must be national/folklore music that shows the typical sound of music in that country.

Due to the variety of countries represented in the national classes, no marks are awarded for authenticity of the dance.

Bollywood – should be entered into the Show Dance category.




Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of ballet and modern. A lyrical dancer will use movements to express strong emotions such as love, joy, romance etc. The dancer often performs to music with lyrics as this serves as inspiration for the dancer’s movements and expressions. Movements in lyrical dance are characterised by fluidity and grace , with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one movement to another. Leaps are high and turns are fluid and continuous.


Show Dance

This category can be a high impact, glitzy, glamour showstopper or a highly emotive, dynamic piece with entertaining choreography. The entry should leave an impact on the audience showing clear style, narrative and a cohesive theme. The choreographic creation must use dance techniques that bring the dance together to form a complete structured piece. The style and imagery of choreography must be appropriate for the dancers involved and executed with precision, powerful musicality and demonstrate clear creative performance values. The entry does not have to be formed from a musical theatre piece. Bollywood Dance would fit into this category

Please note:

*Please do not lipsync the words in the entry. This is not a song and dance section.

*There is currently no limit to the amount of acro a choreography can use but please bear in mind . This is not an acro section. Such choreography should be complimentary to the style and should not dominate the entry.


Jazz Dance

There are many ways that Jazz can be presented which are described below as a guideline. All Jazz dance pieces must show a clear understanding and creative expression that is informed and inspired from the differing genres and styles under the Jazz dance umbrella. Other dance forms and styles must not override the Jazz dance elements and techniques required specifically for Jazz. The techniques for this genre are very clearly stated and are required for fair and honest judging.


Please note: ACRO dance and gymnastic tricks do not substitute for Jazz technique or choreography. If the choreography is using acrobatic elements, the acro movements must be integral to the main delivery of Jazz choreography and have a real relevance to the dance narrative and construction of the piece.


Jazz Music forms an important part of Jazz choreography. Choosing the correct music will enhance the Jazz dance elements naturally required and also show an understanding of musicality, syncopation and dynamics for the overall visual delivery of the choreography.


Broadway/West End Jazz Dance styles

The dance technique and style must show the Jazz genre. It can be inspired, not totally copied by a known or recognised Broadway show or dance musical, past or present. For example: - Chicago, Pyjama Game, Sweet Charity, All That Jazz, and West Side Story; as well as other more recent shows, such as: - In the Heights, Flash Dance, Chorus Line, Motown, Memphis, Lion King, Dream Girls, American in Paris, 42nd Street, Five Guys Named Mo, Sister Act and American in Paris. There are many inspirational choreographers in this genre including Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins.


Creative Jazz Dance Theatre

Creative Jazz Dance choreography allows for the choreography to open up and enables the teacher/choreographer to explore their own creativity and dance expression. Creative Jazz Dance Theatre can use a theme or narrative and is original in concept. The choreography must use the fundamental and expected Jazz Dance techniques, styles and dance elements/steps that show the dance as a fully constructed work of Jazz choreography. Originality and expression in the creativity, alongside presenting the required Jazz skills and techniques are essential. The dance creation should be viewed as an artistic delivery through the fusion and dialogue between the music and movement which can take the dancer and audience on a journey. This must be appropriate for the age and level of the dancer/s.


Lyrical Jazz Dance

This style of Jazz is choreographed to Jazz music that enables a greater emotional connection. The elements and expression for Lyrical Jazz is a fusion between the dancer and the creative content of the music. Jazz dance techniques are to be the primary source of creativity in the choreography. Lyrical Jazz does not mean dancing to the LYRICS of the song or using the contemporary dance form in style, techniques and performance. There are many emotive and slower tempo pieces of Jazz music available to choose from that offer a wonderful platform and canvas to choreograph and create an original lyrical jazz dance solo or group piece.


Afro-Jazz Dance

Brings the African aesthetic of the Jazz dance tradition. The music chosen for the choreography must reflect the true expression and appropriate technical elements of Afro-Jazz dance. Afro-Jazz dance can easily portray a much more dramatic, dynamic and stylised form of jazz dance choreography which can show the Afro-Jazz aesthetic in performance.



Contemporary Dance has established and recognised dance styles and techniques which are based on renowned expression of choreographers including: - Graham, Limon, Cunningham and Horton, Ailey and more in trend today Wayne McGregor or Rambert The Contemporary Dance class should incorporate and convey a collection of methods and techniques that are founded within the techniques of ballet, modern dance or postmodern dance. Contemporary dance permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines of classical ballet. The images, ideas and emotions of the dance can be set to a variety of sounds, from music to the spoken word or even silence if in keeping with the theme of the dance. The choreography should convey a story based on the text or a song, or possibly have a story line that conveys an emotion and specific expression. The dancer performing in the Contemporary dance class must have a high level of understanding of the physicality and techniques that are required to be viewed and judged fairly.


Please Note: Contemporary Dance is not to be confused with Lyrical Dance. The elements required for the Contemporary dance class, must be visible within the creative dance and the technique of the dancer performing.



A routine combining acrobatic elements / tricks and dance of any style with a smooth transition between the two. Acrobatic elements include gymnastic work, contortion and flexibility work, balancing work and tumbling work, e.g.; walkovers, backovers, balances (hand, head, forearm, chest), splits, aerials (side, front) and back handsprings. For duet/trio, small groups and large group numbers, partner work and group tricks should also be incorporated into the routine. Dancers should demonstrate total control of their body and the tricks they are performing.



Tap is when the dancer uses tap shoes to create beats and rhythms throughout the dance. The tap shoes are key as it creates a distinct sound that's different to clogs or a hard shoe. It can be danced to a variety of music styles. Different styles of Tap are represented in Hollywood musicals like Singing in the Rain or stage musicals like 42nd Street. You can also look at Tap Dogs for a more grounded, casual and relaxed tap style.


Song and Dance

Any song and any dance style is permitted in this section. The dance and movement should be suitable to match the song and there should be a balance in the performance to support the song. The performance should show emotional feeling, presentation and acting ability to highlight characterisation or comedy required.



Street Dance

Street dance includes a wide range of styles made popular in the USA and has now become an international and popular form of dance expression for the youth culture, which has now crossed over into more mainstream Commercial dance styles. This class requires the dance to express the specific dance styles, but offer an overall concept, theme and direction that expresses creative ideas, clever dance imagery and stylised choreography.


Please Note: For this class, music choices should not contain swearing or bad language, the suggestion of guns or death. The choreography and visual aspect must be age appropriate for the overall competition.



Commercial is a highy choreographed dance form and encompasses a variety of vibrant genres. This dance style can be seen in MTV music videos, advertising campaigns, on TV and in films. It is a combination of self expression, energy and performance.

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