Dance Category Rules


NOVICE- First Time Competitor 
PRE-COMPETITIVE- 6 hours of training or less per week
COMPETITIVE- 6 hours of training or more per week
HIGHSCHOOL- Highschool Dance Team

SOLO (1 dancer)
DUET (2 dancer)
TRIO (3 dancer)
SMALL GROUP (4-9 dancers)
LARGE GROUP (10-17 dancers)
EXTENDED LINE (18+dancers)
PRODUCTION (Unlimited Dancers, 6-10 minutes)


Age division is calculated by adding all ages, dividing by the number of performers, and dropping all decimals. Ages are determined as of December 31st.

PETITE (4-6)
MINI (7-8)
JUNIOR (9-10)
PRE-TEEN (13-14)
TEEN (15-16)
SENIOR (17-18)
ADVANCED (19-21)
ADULT- (22 & Over) Any routine which consists of adults. Teachers are permitted in this category. Adults are prohibited to dance in younger age categories, except for Productions. 
(All ADULT LEVEL routines are ineligible for Top Studio Awards, VIEW FINAL HOUR SHOWDOWN, High Score Awards)


BALLET: Classical ballet with a high form of technique. Ballet shoes required. Acro tricks are not permitted. 
CHARACTER BALLET: Ballet style, portraying a recognizable character through choreography, costume and story telling. Pointe shoes are prohibited.
POINTE: Ballet infused pointe techniques. Pointe shoes are required. 
JAZZ: Traditional jazz techniques and performance. 
LYRICAL: Fusion of Ballet and Jazz techniques. An interpretation of lyrics and the ability to tell a story through dance. 
CONTEMPORARY: Incorporation of lyrical and jazz technique and movement vocabulary.
MODERN: Interpretive movements using contemporary/modern technique
TAP: Technical footwork with a rhythmic quality. Pre-recorded Tap sounds will not be permitted. Tap shoes required. 
MUSICAL THEATRE: Form of dance combining lip-syncing and dance.
SONG & DANCE: Live singing required along with dance choreography. 1 headset microphone will be supplied for soloists only. We do not mic for duet, trios or group numbers.
ACRO: Combination of gymnastics and dance choreography. Should have a strong balance of both styles.
HIP HOP: Focuses on a street style movement vocabulary. Acrobatics tricks and break dancing are permitted. 
OPEN: Any dance style or a combination of dance styles. Pointe shoes are prohibited.
PRODUCTION: There is no age division for Production entries. Consists of any dance style. Entry must portray a theme or story line throughout the performance. A maximum of 5 minutes is allocated to set up.  Please contact VIEW Dance Challenge prior to competition if props are involved.
INTERPRETIVE JAZZ SOLO:  Dancers will come out on stage one at a time and  have 1 minute to showcase their performance and overall dance ability in the jazz category. Music will be chosen by VIEW Dance Challenge. The interpretive Jazz category is a fantastic way to prepare dancers for the audition process in the professional industry. (Ineligible for Top Studio Awards, FINAL HOUR SHOWDOWN, High Score Awards)

*Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre, Song and Dance and Interpretive Jazz Solo are all permitted THREE Acrobatic Trick

*Open routines are allowed SIX acrobatic tricks. This includes tumbling lines

*Acro and Productions are allowed unlimited acrobatic tricks

Any routine that exceeds the Acrobatic Trick Limits will be deducted 1 mark per judge. A total of 3 marks