CLASSIFICATIONS 

1. Please be careful to enter your items in the correct section. If students are in the wrong classification they may be disqualified or marked down. 

 

2. OPEN: 

a. This is any competitor that has won in a Novice section prior to these competitions. 

b. Any competitor that has won in an unclassified section 

c. Any competitor that has entered into an Open section prior to these competitions 

 

3. NOVICE: 

a. Any competitor that hasn’t competed in a solo prior to these competitions 

b. Any competitor that has previously competed in a novice section but hasn’t placed 1st 

c. Any competitor that has entered in unclassified section and not placed 1st 

 

4. UNCLASSIFIED SECTION 

a. This section is created when there are not enough competitors to have a novice and open section in the competition 

b. It is a combination of novice and open competitors 

 

PART 1 SECTIONS LISTED 

ACROBATICS 

A choreographed routine comprising of mainly acrobatic work. The 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. 

 

CLASSICAL 

The 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. 

 

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. 

 

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 storyline or characterisation clearly transmitting an emotion with a beginning, a middle and an end using steps and mimed gestures. Can include a prop, handheld or placed on the stage. A variety of music can be used with variations in tempo. 

 

CONTEMPORARY 

A routine that must show the true contemporary technique in tempo and style. Contemporary is an interpretive dance showing parallel and turned outlines, 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 whacking can be included but is certainly not limited. 

 

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 a 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 – Troupe only 

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, lip sinc 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 solo only

Cabaret competitors can choose any song from musical theatre, theatrical background or a modern song with a theatrical arrangement. Candidates consider the appropriate subject matter and lyric for a mainstream audience. The candidate will introduce themselves to the audience, and their song in a manner of their choosing. The candidate will perform the 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 the choir is accepted whether a traditional stand and sing or show choir. The most important thing is to do what you do best! 

 

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 to) 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.  

 

 

Part 2 SECTIONS AT HOME

 

 The following solo sections can be performed at home or in your own selected space and judging of venue or quality of footage will not be taken into account.

 

 Please note that all entered pieces must not be edited in any way or form and must be done in a one-take footage.  

 

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 edited to approx. 1 minute

 

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 edited to approx. 1 minute

 

SONG WRITING 

Competitors may choose any instrument to accompany their arrangements or a backing track can be used. Songwriters need to choose an arrangement with appropriate subject matter and lyric for a mainstream audience. Offensive subject themes will result in disqualification. Judges will consider composition, arrangement, lyric, originality and technique and performance value. 

 

OWN CHOREOGRAPHY 

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

 

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. 

 

MONOLOGUE open age only

Can be an original or a produced piece. Should be in character and costumed appropriately to the character.