Categories  Explained

ACROBATICS

A choreographed routine comprising of mainly acrobatic work. Piece must have a contributing dance element included to create a fluent piece of work. The use of tricks, ariel, tumbling, Contortion and floor work and balancing can be included.

​​BROADWAY JAZZ

Broadway Jazz must be to a song from a musical on stage or movie musical. It features (traditional style Jazz) and pays tribute to the show in which it came.

CLASSICAL

Classical section can include Neo Classical, Classical or Demi Character. Traditional Classical must wear a short tutu  or romantic tutu and all classical genres should wear either ballet or pointe shoes. CLASSICAL SECTIONS MAY BE COMBINED DEPENDING ON ENTRIES.

 NEO CLASSICAL

Neo Classical is a modern version of traditional ballet showing true classical technique and lines that can include flexed hands and feet, angular arm lines, parallel work with unconventional formations of dancers. Music is set to instrumental or vocal with no acrobatic or gymnastic tricks nor slow modern lyrical or contemporary style. Simple costuming with no trim or embellishments.

DEMI CHARACTER

Must be based on classical technique and have a strong story line or characterisation clearly transmitting an emotion with a beginning, a middle and an end using steps and mimed gestures. 
Can include a prop, hand held or placed on the stage. A variety of music can be used with variations in tempo.

CONTEMPORARY

A routine that must show true contemporary technique in tempo and style. Contemporary is an interpretive dance showing parallel and turned out lines, control and balance, catch and release with a loss and control of centre. 

HIP HOP

A routine that utilises the latest street dance in Hip Hop, Breakdance and rap movements. All different styles of Hip Hop including popping, locking, krump, old skool, break and whackk can be included but is certainly not limited to-

JAZZ

Jazz accepts all styles and forms (Funky Jazz, Modern Jazz, Commercial) in medium to fast tempo.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS

This is for our Mature dancers aged 25+. Must have at least 6 or more performers in the troupe. It may be any style.

LYRICAL

A lyrical routine utilises slow and controlled movement that demonstrates a close connection to the musical piece connected to lyric whilst showing strong technique in balance, flexibility and control.

PRODUCTION

Production could be a piece that a studio uses for an opening number at a concert or end of year performance. Studios may use a variety of different songs and ages. The piece may include all styles including musical theatre, any dance genre, comedy, staging etc. To compete there must be at least 15 competitors and a time limit of 10 minutes.

TAP

Any style or tempo. No tap sounds are permitted in the music to aid the tapper. Competitors must wear tap shoes.

 

CABARET

Cabaret competitors can choose any song from musical theatre, theatrical background or a modern song with a theatrical arrangement. Candidates consider appropriate subject matter and lyric for a mainstream audience. Candidate will introduce themselves to the audience, and their song in a manner of their choosing. Candidate will perform song as they would if in their own cabaret solo show, Judges will consider entertainment value of both song and introduction, vocal and emotional portrayal of song, technical singing elements.

CHOIR

Choirs are encouraged to demonstrate a short program in the style that the choir normally works in. Judges recognise that choirs sing in a particular style of repertoire. Showing versatility within this style is a must. The time limit can include a medley of up to three songs. Judges look for technicality, musicality and performance. Any style of choir is accepted whether a traditional stand and sing, or show choir. The most important thing is to do what you do best!

CONTEMPORARY SINGING

Contemporary Singing is for competitors wishing to compete in singing a contemporary genre. The song can be any style (pop/rock, jazz, blues, country, gospel etc…). Singers will present their work in a manner suitable to genre adding emotion and movement where warranted. Group numbers will be judges on balance, dynamic and harmonisation. Judges will look for vocal technique, emotional connection, appropriate movement and entertainment value.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical Theatre Performance is NOT song and dance. The piece presented should amalgamate all three categories of singing/acting/movement to present an authentic performance piece. Judges will be looking for authenticity and character consistency within musical theatre piece. Judges also look at overall technique, presentation and entertainment values. The piece presented must be FROM A MUSICAL. No contemporary tracks are accepted. Please Note: The performance must ONLY be a song. No beginning introduction or monologues are accepted.

SONG AND DANCE

Song and Dance is a competitor showing their prowess as a Triple Threat in the Industry. The song MUST be 50% (1:30 minutes or close too) in both Song- VOCAL and Dance- MOVEMENT. The dance section can be any genre- ballet/modern/ Broadway jazz/ acrobatics/ tap/ contemporary etc... The song is not restricted to a musical and may include any genre. Judges will be looking for authenticity and character consistency, overall technique, presentation and entertainment value.

DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE

Any genre, any tempo any style of Dance. Give us your best minute to "Dance for your Life". Music must be cut to one minute. Routine must not be repeated in any other genre of the competition.

SING FOR YOUR LIFE

Any genre, any tempo any style of Song . Give us your best minute to "Sing for your Life". Music must be cut to one minute. Routine must not be repeated in any other genre of the competition. No BACKING VOCALS are allowed on the track at any time.

IMPROVISATION

Numbered participants are in a group of performers on stage. A genre is played and all candidates improvise until told to stop. In a competition like "Musical Statues" contestants are eliminated through different genres. "There can be only one".

OWN CHOREOGRAPHY

Must be students own choreography and NOT a taught routine from a teacher.  ALL genre styles accepted.