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DWC participation rules

1. Participation requirements


1.1 All nationalities (except those recognized by the IOC International Olympic Committee) are eligible to participate in the DWC World Finals.

1.2 Entries must be made by a representative of the dance school/club/association.


2. Eligibility


2.1 Details of the DWC Qualifying Tournament can be found on the DWC website ( refer to.

2.2 In order to participate in the DWC World Finals, you must pass the qualifying round in the country where your dance school is located.

2.3 Participants affiliated with a dance school located in a country hosting a DWC Qualifier may only apply to participate in the DWC World Finals if they have passed the Qualifier in that country.

2.4 Participants affiliated with a dance school located in a country that does not host the DWC Preliminaries may only apply to participate in the DWC World Finals if they pass the video screening.

Video review requests must be submitted by March 1, 2023.

For more information on how to apply for video review, please visitdance@dwcworld.comPlease contact us by email at  

2.5 The qualifying score for DWC qualifying is 70 points or higher. Please refer to the DWC scoring system listed in Appendix 2.

2.6 DWC reserves the right to invite any dancer to the DWC World Finals.


3. Representing each country at the DWC World Finals


3.1 In 2023, each country will be allowed a maximum of four (4) eligible spots in each solo, duet/trio, and quartet category, and a maximum of five (5) eligible spots in each small group and large group class.

3.2 A DWC World Finals host country will be allowed a maximum of five (5) qualifying dances in each division in the year of the Finals.

3.3 In the event of a tie in the DWC Preliminaries or divisions, the judges will decide which dancer/work will participate in the DWC World Finals. Organizers of the preliminaries should inform dance teachers of which dancers and works have passed the preliminaries.

3.4 Upon application, countries may apply for additional entries in each category. All applications should be submitted to DWC Headquarters ( Please contact us by email. Please note that additional entry slots are not guaranteed.


4. Age


4.1 The age of the Participant as of January 1, 2023.

4.2 For duets, trios, quartets, small groups and large groups, the age of the oldest participant shall be the age category of the division.

4.3 The maximum age of a Participant is 25 years as of January 1, 2023.

4.4 DWC reserves the right to request proof of age in the form of a passport or identity card at either the Qualifiers or the World Finals.

4.5 In all solo categories, participants must dance in the category appropriate to their age.


5. Entry/application method


5.1 Entry information for the DWC World Finals can be found on the DWC website ( will be published.

5.2 The Principal/Representative is responsible for submitting the correct information in the entry system.

5.3 Information submitted to DWC will be used for all competition documentation, including programming and certificates.

5.4 By entering a DWC competition, all dancers consent to being videotaped, photographed and audio recorded by DWC and its partners during the DWC World Finals, including during performances, at DWC events and around the venue. will do. These videos and photos may include, but are not limited to, advertising and promotional materials by DWC and its partners, distribution to DWC websites, social media, and media outlets.

5.5 The DWC World Finals welcomes dancers with special needs and disabilities who require wheelchairs. This information must be reported to headquarters as soon as possible to allow appropriate access to the stage. Currently, there is no category specifically for dancers with disabilities.

5.6 DWC World Finals will periodically check the number of dancers appearing on stage in small or large groups and compare it to the number registered in the DWC system. If the number of dancers appearing on stage exceeds the number registered in the system, the dance school will be charged a fee of 60 euros per dancer.


6. Entry deadline


6.1 The entry deadline for each country's DWC World Finals will be communicated to the qualifying organizers and published on the DWC website.


7. Participation fee


7.1 DWC Website (, you can find details about entry fees and payments for the annual DWC World Finals. Participation fees must be paid at the time of registration in the DWC system. A participation fee must be paid per dancer.

7.2 A membership fee of 12 euros per dancer is payable to DWC for each dance season. Therefore, you can participate in the DWC Qualifiers in your home country, including the DWC World Finals. Membership fees are non-refundable.


8. Restrictions on Participation


8.1 Works that pass the preliminaries must be performed as is at the DWC World Finals, unless changes to the choreography or dance are approved by DWC.

8.2 In the Solo category, you can enter up to three solo genres from your country into the DWC World Finals. If there are spaces available after the deadline, you may enter two additional solo works. All solo contestants are to contact the organizer of the qualifier, who will inform them of availability, which will be confirmed by headquarters.

8.3 Solo Category Contestants may not appear in the same Solo Category twice. For example, you cannot dance twice in KSB.

8.4 Dancers may only appear once in a particular class of duet/trio/quartet at the DWC World Finals, even if dancing with different partners. For example, a dancer can only compete in JDM once.

8.5 Dancers may compete in multiple genres in duets/trios or quartets. For example, you can enter different categories such as JDM, JDB, JDN, and JDT.

8.6 Dancers may perform in multiple small and large groups in certain divisions at the DWC World Finals.

8.7 Small groups (e.g. KGSM) must compete with a minimum of 4 dancers and a maximum of 10 dancers. However, MiniGSB, KGSB, JGSB and SnGSB require a minimum of 5 people. Ballet groups (quartets) must enter MiniQB, KQB, JQB and SnQB.

8.8 Large groups (e.g. KGLB) must compete with a minimum of 11 dancers.

8.9 In KDB (Children's Duet/Trio Ballet), JDB (Junior Duet/Trio Ballet), and SNB (Senior Duet/Trio Ballet) classes (non-repertoire), DWC does not allow duets composed of members of the same gender. I admit it.

8.10 In the KDPDD (Children's Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois) class, DWC will expand the age range in this category. Dancers ages 10 to 13 can participate in pas de deux/trois, but only dancers ages 12 and 13 can dance on pointe.


9. 9. Substitute dancer


9.1 The conditions for dancer substitution are as follows:

a - Duet or Trio - One of the dancers who appeared in the preliminary dance may be substituted.
b - Small Group, Quartet, Large Group - Up to 50% of the dancers who appeared in the preliminary dances may be substituted.
9.2 Dancers entered in the solo category cannot be replaced at the DWC World Finals. If a dancer entered in the solo category who has qualified for the World Finals is unable to perform for any reason, that dancer cannot be replaced with another dancer. However, the solo category contestants in the next ranking who have qualified for the final round will be able to advance their ranking and gain the right to participate.


10. Division and order of participation


10.1 Please see Appendix 1 for a list of departments available in DWC.

10.2 DWC reserves the right to combine two or more smaller classes or to divide a larger class into multiple sections.

10.3 Generally, each category will be danced in order of age, starting with the youngest. DWC reserves the right to change divisions and order of entry in the final schedule.


11. Semifinals and World Finals


11.1 11.1 The 2023 competition will feature semi-finals in some of the larger solo, duet and group classes. The top dancers and works will participate in the World Finals. Further details on these departments will be provided in due course.


12. Time limit


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

12.2 The DWC entry system will not allow submissions of songs that exceed the time limit.

*The time limit for the following classes is 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • KSBR – Children Solo Ballet Repertoire

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

  • SnSBR – Senior Solo Ballet Repertoire

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

  • SnDPDD – Junior and Senior Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trios
    KSBR - Children's Solo Ballet Repertoire
    KSPBR - Children's Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes (for girls aged 12-13 only) JSBR - Junior Solo Ballet Repertoire
    SnSBR - Senior Solo Ballet Repertoire
    KDPDD - Children's Duet/Triopa de Deux/Trois
    SnDPDD - Junior & Senior Duet/Triopa de Deux/Trio

12.3 All entries will be granted a time extension to allow for silence before and after the music on the track. Music tracks submitted through DWC's entry system are allowed the following time allowances:

12.4 Entries must not exceed the time limit, but can be short.



13. Time penalties


13.1 The beginning of the work shall be from the earliest of the dancers' first movement (board) or the beginning of the music (onto) until the dancer's last movement or the end of the music, whichever is later.

13.2 If the time limit is exceeded, the following time penalties will apply:

13.4 There is a 20 second time limit for removing props placed on the stage. Failure to comply will result in a penalty of 5 points for each violation.

Example: If it takes 21 seconds to place a prop on stage and 21 seconds to remove it from stage, you will receive a 10 point penalty.


14. 14. Music/Songs


14.1 If your music contains swear words or offensive language, your work may be disqualified or have points deducted. Leaders can receive guidance on what language is considered abusive or Please contact us.

14.2 Songs must be submitted through the DWC entry system. All music must be submitted by the deadline specified on the website.

14.3 Instructors must have a backup of all music/songs on USB and bring this with them on the day of the World Finals. Detailed instructions www.dwcworld.comPlease refer to  


15. Examination


15.1 The DWC Finals jury is comprised of internationally acclaimed dancers, dance teachers or registered judges. Each category will be judged by three judges. At least one DWC judge appointed by the headquarters will be present at the DWC qualifying round.

15.2 Points will be awarded for all entries or participants. The highest score in the DWC World Finals is 100 points.

15.3 The following judging criteria will apply (see Appendix 2 for score breakdown).

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15.4 For the 2023 World Finals, DWC will trial the following criteria in the Solo category only: Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Tap and Street Dance.

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15.5 The decision of the Judging Committee is final, cannot be changed and will not be discussed.


16. Score


16.1 1st place will receive a gold medal regardless of score.

16.2 If two entries or participants receive the same score in the DWC Final, they will be tied for the prize.


17. Stage/stage


17.1 Stage dimension information is available on the DWC website ( will be published sequentially.

17.2 These dimensions have been communicated to DWC by the Venue and are subject to change. DWC is not responsible for any changes.

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


18. Admission Restrictions


18.1 Further information regarding theater admission for coaches and parents will be communicated at a later date. This information will be communicated to all dance schools via email.

18.2 DWC World Finals workshops and gala performances are open to the public. Ticket prices and purchase instructions for gala performances will be posted on the DWC website.


19. Dressing room/backstage


19.1 Participants and coaches will have access to the dressing room during the DWC World Finals. Details regarding this will be sent to each dance school closer to the event date.

19.2 Parents will not be allowed access to the dressing room or backstage unless a representative is registered as a dressing room attendant.

19.3 All dancers must be accompanied to the wings by a responsible instructor in time for their performance. Backstage attendants may view the performance from the side of the stage, as long as there is space. Backstage personnel have the right to ask coaches to leave the stage area if space is not available.

19.4 If a dancer requires help with on-stage or off-stage props during a performance, please contact DWC for You must contact us in advance by email.


20. Costumes


20.1 The outfit worn at the DWC World Finals does not have to be the same as the outfit worn at the DWC Qualifiers.

20.2 Costumes for the DWC World Finals must highlight the characteristics of the work.

20.3 Costumes must be age appropriate.


21. Gala performance


21.1 The jury and DWC will ultimately decide which works will be invited to the gala performance and in what order they will be performed.

21.2 Participants may be invited to perform at the Gala even if they do not win first place.

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

21.4 The Jury will decide the winners of the awards to be presented at the Gala Performance.

22. Performance conditions


22.1 Special lighting effects are not permitted in any performance at DWC.

22.2 Live props may not be used in performances in DWC.

22.3 Glass props (mirrors, vases, windows, etc.) are not allowed in DWC.

22.4 No flames or lighted candles may be used in the DWC.

22.5 No liquids or other substances may be brought onto the stage. This also includes foam, water, and other substances that can affect the stage.

22.6 DWC does not allow the use of confetti or anything that requires stage cleaning during performances. Dances that violate this rule will be subject to a 10 point penalty.

22.7 Props must be simple and portable for participants to carry on stage (with the exception of mini and children divisions, where assistance from up to two instructors is permitted). Masu.). Backstage, these assistants must wear their instructor passes.

22.8 DWC cannot accept any responsibility for the storage of props at the DWC World Finals.

22.10 Props must be essential to the performance and the judging panel reserves the right to deduct points if they are deemed inappropriate.

22.9 DWC cannot be held responsible for any injuries/accidents to dancers/leaders while moving props on and off stage and in backstage areas. All props are used under the supervision of dancers and instructors.

22.11 If the music stops due to technical problems in the theater during a performance, the dancers may resume their performance.

22.12 If a dancer's music is not played during the performance due to technical issues, the dancer may perform without music at the DWC World Finals.

22.13 If a dancer stops performing for any reason (other than technical issues), the judges will score up to the point where the performance was stopped. If time permits, dancers can perform one more time at the end of the division. If a repeat performance is permitted, the stage manager for the day will notify the dancers.


23. Regarding wearing pointe shoes


23.1 Dancers under the age of 12 (as of January 1st of the competition year) may not wear toe shoes at the DWC Final under any circumstances.

23.2 Pointed shoes are not permitted in the CHILDREN category (13 years and under). However, Rule 23.5 below is an exception.

23.3 Dancers aged 12-13 may wear toe shoes if:

KSPBR - Children's Solo Ballet Repertoire (with pointe shoes) (12-13 years only) and/or
KSPB - Children's Solo Ballet (not repertoire in any style) (12-13 years old only).
Note that toe shoes are required for KSPBR, but optional for KSPB.
KDPDD - Children's Duet/Triopa de Deux/Trois (12-13 years old only) *NEW
Please note that KDPDD requires pointe shoes for girls.

23.4 Only 10-12 year olds are eligible to compete in KSB and KSBR. Thirteen year olds are not allowed to participate in KSB and KSBR.

23.5 Dancers aged 12 - 13 who wish to wear pointe shoes in duet/trio, small group or large group dances must be entered in the appropriate junior class. Only dancers ages 12 and 13 and older may wear pointe shoes in junior or senior small or large groups. No one under the age of 12 is allowed to wear toe shoes at DWC.

23.6 Except in designated divisions, it is not a requirement for all junior or senior dancers to perform in pointe shoes in small or large groups.


24. Insurance


24.1 DWC cannot be held responsible for any injury to anyone, including participants, coaches or spectators, in the theater, backstage, backstage, on stage or elsewhere.

24.2 It is the responsibility of the dance school to obtain its own insurance for participation in the DWC Finals.


25. 25. Travel and accommodation expenses


25.1 DWC cannot be held responsible for any travel and accommodation costs associated with the DWC World Finals.

25.2 DWC cannot assist in arranging visa applications. If necessary, the dance school/parents are responsible for making arrangements.

25.3 The DWC shall not be liable for any event or series of events (acts of God, government intervention or advice against conducting organized social gatherings or sporting events, political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil commotion, airports or seaports). be responsible to parents, other members, instructors, participants, and other parties (third parties) for any losses that may be incurred due to the closure of the school, natural disasters, fires, epidemics, etc. Shall not.

a) If a third party is unable or unwilling to participate in the Event.
b) If DWC postpones or cancels the event.
c) If it becomes impossible, impractical or illegal for DWC to hold the event.

26. 26. Refunds and Cancellations


26.1 No refunds will be given for cancellations for reasons other than health or personal circumstances (e.g. bereavement in the family or similar). Once you make a payment to DWC, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to DWC's non-refundable policy.

26.2 If a Dancer is unable to attend DWC due to health reasons or personal circumstances (e.g. bereavement in the family), a request for refund of the participation fee will be considered by providing DWC with the requested evidence.

26.3 If DWC has to cancel the competition for any reason, each Dancer will be issued a credit note for 100% of the entry fee paid and the entry fee will be automatically transferred to the next DWC World Final. These credit notes can be used towards application and participation fees at the upcoming DWC World Finals.


Any disputes arising against us shall be subject to the laws of Jersey, Channel Islands.



27. Genre rules


27.1 Ballet


27.1.a 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 the DWC ballet section. See table above.


27.1.c All female dancers over the age of 14 must wear pointe shoes in the JSBR and SNSBR divisions.

27.1.d In the JUNIOR and SENIOR ballet group categories, some female dancers are encouraged, but not required, to wear pointe shoes. The judging panel can take this into account in their scoring. Please note that Rule 25.1 applies.

27.1.e It is possible for dancers to participate solo in both ballet repertoire divisions (e.g. JSBR) and ballet and style divisions (e.g. JSB). Please note Rule 8.4.

27.1.f Duets may be entered in both the duet ballet category (e.g. KDB) and the pas de deux category (e.g. KDPDD). Note Rule 8.5)

27.1.g Repertoire is permitted in MiniSB - Mini Solo Ballet, but instructors recommend changes to the choreography that are commensurate with the dancer's technical ability.

27.1.h DWC is not responsible for any choreography of any genre that is protected by copyright. If choreography performed at DWC is used illegally, the choreographer's administrator will be pursued and it will be the dance school's responsibility to pay any fines imposed. Instructors are responsible for ensuring that permission is obtained when using professional choreography. It also includes choreography copyrights for television and theatrical productions.


27.2 Ethnic dance and folklore


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

27.2.b Traditional dances with traditional shoes shall be entered in the Folk Dance and Folklore category and not in the Tap category.

27.2.c The entry form must include the country of origin of the dance in the title of the work.

27.2.d At the World Finals, we will not be scoring the authenticity of the dances as different countries will be participating.


27.3 Lyrical, Jazz, Show Dance, Contemporary and Acro


27.3.a See Annex 3 for a description of these sectors.

27.3.b Lyrical, Jazz, Show Dance, Contemporary and Acro divisions may wear pointe shoes (12+ only) if the choreography would be enhanced by the use of pointe shoes. Please note Rule 25.6.

27.3.c Acrobatic movements in Lyrical, Jazz Show Dance and Contemporary categories should be kept to a minimum and only used to complement the choreography. Excessive use of acrobatic movements in these classes may result in penalties.


27.4 Song and dance


27.4.a Music may not include participant-performed or pre-recorded vocals or backing vocals. Participants and works that break this rule will be subject to a 10 point penalty.

27.4.b Microphones will be provided at the DWC World Finals. Dancers can choose a headset microphone or a handheld microphone. Groups can use up to three microphones, which can be headset microphones, handheld microphones, or a combination of both. Consider microphone placement when designing your costume.

27.4.c For song and dance entries, DWC is not responsible for obtaining permits or paying royalties for specific performances. This responsibility requires that the instructor/dance school has a PRS/PPL license.

27.4d Music for the singing and dancing section should be age-appropriate.


27.5 tap


27.5.a Tap shoes must be worn in the tap section. Hard Irish shoes are prohibited in the tap section. If hard Irish shoes are worn, the dance must be entered in the folk dance and folklore category.

27.5.b Tap can be danced without music during the performance.

27.5.c The taquito section may be used at any point during the tap performance, and the dance is always timed from the first note of the performance on stage.

27.5.d Timing starts from the first step of the tap dance or the first note of the music, whichever comes first. 27.5.d Timing ends at the end of the music or the last tap beat, whichever is the last note.

27.5.e Pre-recording tap beats to a competitor's music is not permitted. Dances that violate this rule will be subject to a 10 point penalty.

28. Country Award


28.1 Country Award rules will be published in May of the competition year.


Attachment 1 - DWC World Finals Division

Mini - 9 years and under

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Children - 13 years and under

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Junior - Under 17 years old

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Senior - Under 25 years old

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Appendix 2 - Scoring System


The maximum score in DWC is 100 points.

The following judging criteria will apply and a maximum of 20 points will be awarded for each section.

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Other notes


The examination committee will allow you to score a decimal point, such as 16.8 points.


Appendix 3 - Class Description


 Repertoire Ballet


A piece selected from Ballet Repertoire.

For mini-repertoire solos, the teacher is allowed to simplify the variations slightly to suit the skill level of the children.

In the Mini Repertoire Solo, variations and simplifications are allowed to suit the skill level of the children.

* In the mini category, we recommend choosing age-appropriate variations.

*Using protected original choreography is strictly prohibited unless the instructor sends the designated organization's permission to DWC. This includes Eck works by Balanchine, Lacotte, and Matt, as well as other choreographers who require official permission to dance at DWC.


Ballet – Creation (excluding repertoire)


Any method of ballet using academic ballet techniques is permitted. Neoclassical ballet styles are sometimes employed in this category. Neoclassical ballet style uses traditional ballet techniques, but in a less rigorous way. Examples include innovative uses of port de bras, off-balance movements and positions, and classic use of leg lines while incorporating more modern upper body movements.


Ethnic dance & folklore


Something that shows the typical dance style of a certain country or region.

The music used in the performance must be relevant to the country. The music must be national/folk music that represents the typical musical sound of the country.

Due to the variety of countries participating in the Folk Dance and Folklore category, the authenticity of the dances will not be scored.


For Bollywood, please enter in the show dance category.





Lyrical dance is a dance style that combines elements of ballet and modernity. Lyrical dance expresses strong emotions such as love, joy, and romance through movement. Dances are often performed to music with lyrics, which serve as inspiration for the dancers' movements and expressions. Lyrical dance movements are characterized by fluidity and grace, flowing from one movement to another. Jumps are high and rotations are fluid and continuous.


show dance


This category can best be described as impactful, dynamic dance with entertaining choreography, clear style, storytelling, and a cohesive theme. Choreography must include a composition of show dance elements and dance techniques. Showdance includes a variety of styles influenced by showdance theatre, film, and musicals.


The style and imagery of the choreography must be appropriate to the participating dancers, executed with precision and powerful musicality, and demonstrate clear creative performance value.


(Bollywood dance is also included in this category).


jazz dance


There are many ways to express jazz, but please refer to the following as a guideline.

All jazz dance works must be creative expressions based on a clear understanding of the various genres and styles that fall under the umbrella of jazz dance.

Other dance forms and styles should not override the elements and techniques required for jazz dance. The techniques in this genre are very clearly described and are necessary for a fair and honest review.

Note: Acro dance and gymnastic techniques are not a substitute for jazz technique and choreography. When choreographing with acrobatic elements, the acro movements are integral to jazz choreography and must have a real connection to the dance narrative and composition of the piece.

Jazz music forms an important part of jazz choreography. By choosing the right music, the elements of jazz dance are naturally enhanced, and understanding musicality, syncopation, and dynamics can provide an overall visual for the choreography.


Broadway/West End Jazz Dance Style


Dance technique and style must be indicative of the jazz genre. Instead of completely copying famous Broadway shows or dance musicals from the past or present, try to be influenced by them. Examples include Chicago, The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity, All That Jazz, West Side Story, and recent shows include: - In the Heights, Flash Dance, Chorus Line, Motown, Memphis, Lion King, Dream Girls, American in Paris, 42nd Street, Five Guys Named Mo, Sister Act, American in Paris. This genre includes Bob Fosse and Jerome.・There are many choreographers such as Robbins who continue to inspire us today.


Creative Jazz Dance Theater


Creative Jazz Dance allows choreography to be open and free, allowing teachers and choreographers to explore their own creativity and expression in dance.

Creative Jazz Dance Theater can use themes and stories and is original in concept. The work must be completed as a choreographed work using basic jazz dance techniques, styles, and dance elements/steps. Originality and expressiveness in creativity are essential, as well as the presentation of the necessary jazz skills and techniques. Dance must be seen as an artistic work that takes the dancer and the audience on a journey through the fusion of music and movement and dialogue.

It must also be appropriate for the age and level of the dancer.


lyrical jazz dance


This style of jazz is choreographed to jazz music that allows for a more emotional connection. The elements and expressions of lyrical jazz are creative content that combines dancers and music. Jazz dance technique is the creative source of choreography.

Lyrical jazz is not about dancing to the lyrics of a song or using contemporary dance styles, techniques, and performance.

Jazz is full of emotional, slow-tempo songs that provide a great platform and canvas for creating original lyrical jazz dance solos and groups.


afro jazz dance


It incorporates African aesthetics into the tradition of jazz dance.

The music chosen for the choreography must reflect an authentic expression of Afro-Jazz dance and appropriate technical elements.

Afro-jazz dance can easily express the more dramatic, dynamic, and stylized choreography of jazz dance, allowing you to express the Afro-jazz aesthetic in your performance.




Contemporary dance has established dance styles and techniques based on the expressions of famous choreographers such as: - Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Houghton, Airey, and the latest trends like Wayne McGregor and Lambert.

Contemporary dance classes should incorporate and impart a collection of methods and techniques based on techniques from ballet, modern dance, and postmodern dance. Contemporary dance allows for a wider range of movements that do not follow the strict body lines of classical ballet. Dance images, ideas, and emotions can be expressed with a variety of sounds, from music to spoken word, or even silence if it follows the theme of the dance. Choreography should tell a story based on words and lyrics, and sometimes have a story that conveys emotion and specific expressions. Dancers participating in contemporary dance classes must have a high level of understanding of the physicality and technique necessary to be judged fairly.

Note: Do not confuse contemporary dance with lyrical dance. The elements required in a contemporary dance class must be visible in the creative dance and the technique of the performing dancers.




The choreography combines acrobatic elements and tricks with all styles of dance, allowing for smooth transitions between the two. Acrobatic elements include walkovers, backovers, balance (hands, head, forearms, chest), splits, aerials (sides, front), gymnastics work such as back handsprings, contortion, flexible work, balance work, and tumbling. Work included. For duet/trio, small group, and large group numbers, partner work and group tricks should also be incorporated into the routine. Dancers need to have complete control over their bodies and tricks.




Tap uses tap shoes to create a beat and rhythm while dancing. This is important because tap shoes produce a unique sound that is different from clogs or hard shoes. It is possible to dance to various music styles. Various styles of tap are expressed in the Hollywood musical ``Singin' in the Rain'' and the stage musical ``42nd Street.'' You can also look to Tap Dogs for a more down-to-earth, casual and relaxed style of tap.


song and dance


Any song and any dance style are allowed in this section.

The dance and movement must fit the song, and the performance must be balanced to support the song.

Performances should demonstrate emotional expression, presentation, acting skills, and emphasize the necessary character and comedy.


street dance


Street dance includes a variety of styles that were popular in the United States and is now a popular dance expression of international youth culture, crossing over into more mainstream commercial dance styles. In addition to expressing a specific dance style, this class requires you to provide an overall concept, theme, and direction that expresses creative ideas, clever dance imagery, and stylish choreography.

Please note: For this class, please refrain from choosing music that suggests swearing, guns, or death. The choreography and visual aspects must be age appropriate for the entire competition.




Commercials require highly choreographed dance and include a variety of vibrant genres. This dance style can be seen in MTV music videos, advertising campaigns, television, and movies. It requires a combination of self-expression, energy, and performance.

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