Rules & Regulations
Competitors may enter only once in each category
They cannot compete against themselves
All entries must be received by us by Feb 28, 2024
“Late Entries" will be considered, if space allows, with a late fee of $25.00/entry charged
Are determined as of December 31, 2023
Duos/Trios – the age group will be determined by the age of the oldest competitor
Groups – The age of the group will be determined by the average age of all the competitors in the group. (Any number with .5 or more will be rounded up to the next highest: e.g. – 14.5 averages goes into the 15-16 group)
All ages are allowed and will complete against each other
97 /7 = 13.85 (This group would be in the 13 -14 age category)
All cancellations or corrections must be given at the tabulation table before the beginning of each session.
There will be NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS!
The committee reserves the right to combine or split age groups as they see fit or according to entries received.
Studios can download their music through the Dance Genie registration.
Note: LIP –SYNCHING AND PROPS ARE ALLOWED IN ALL CATEGORIES
The following categories may not contain more than 3 acro tricks. An acro trick is such where the hips pass over the shoulders. You may have 1 tumbling pass included as 1 acro trick. All other tricks are counted individually. Illusions, front and back rolls are NOT considered acro tricks and are allowed in these categories:
Any dance routine performed with the emphasis on tap technique and footwork.
Demi – Character / Character Ballet:
Ballet that portrays a specific character, theme, or mood – not necessarily restricted to classical technique; may include pointe routines.
Any ballet routine performed with the emphasis on classical technique – includes soft slipper and pointe routines.
Ballet routine performed in pointe shoes. (Does not include character pointe routines).
Any jazz dance routine. The emphasis should be on jazz technique. If there are a lot of gymnastics, the routine should be entered in Acro or Variety.
A combination of ballet and jazz that should be an expression of the mood or lyrics of the music.
A combination of acting/dancing portraying a character or theme (often from a Broadway musical or show) – may be performed with or without taps: lip synching is permitted.
Song and Dance:
Any routine containing any combination of singing and dancing. THE MUSIC CHOSEN CANNOT CONTAIN VOCALS.
A style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
A dancing style that rejects many strict rules used in classical ballet and focuses on the expression of inner feelings.
Note: LIP –SYNCHING AND PROPS ARE ALLOWED IN ALL CATEGORIES
The following categories may contain acro tricks:
A style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.
Any dance routine that does not fit in the above categories – i.e: ethnic dances, etc.
Street Jazz/Hip Hop:
Stems from modern-day dance styles such as hip hop, breakdancing, funk and electronic dance. Elements of break dancing and the fluid movements of hip hop are found in the street jazz dance.
This is its own category and any form of dance will compete against each other. (e.g.) a tap solo will compete against jazz solo (unless decided otherwise by the Danceworks Committee). There will only be Solo and Duo/Trio Divisions broken down into age categories. THE DANCE MUST BE CHOREOGRAPHED BY THE DANCER.
Solo, Duo/Trio (compete in same division),
Small Group (4-8 dancers),
Large Group (9 or more dancers),
Production (must have at least 15 dancers, usually contains segments of different forms of dance, includes a wide variety of ages, and tells a story). **NO AGE CATEGORY SEPARATION – All productions compete against each other.
Junior 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10,
Intermediate 11-12, 13-14,
Senior 15-16, 17-18, 19 & over *19 and over age group will be adjudicated and marked and will receive medals but will not be included in high score or awards & prizes.
3 minutes for a solo, duo or trio
4 minutes for small groups (4-8 dancers)
5 minutes for large groups (9 or more dancers)
20 minutes for productions
TIMING STARTS WITH THE FIRST MOVEMENT OF THE DANCER(S)
There will be a 15 second grace period before any deduction is made. After that, any routine exceeding its allowed time will be deducted 1 POINT FOR EVERY 5 SECONDS. (I.E. – a solo of 3:20 will lose 1 point: 3 minutes plus the 15 second grace period = 3:15, so the above solo has gone overtime 5 seconds.)
GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND COURTEOUS BEHAVIOUR IS EXPECTED OF TEACHERS, COMPETITORS, PARENTS, AND SPECTATORS AT ALL TIMES!!
1) Absolutely NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED.
2) Videotaping of your studio’s routine is allowed. Videotaping of another studio’s routine is prohibited. Please remember to stay well back from the stage so you don’t distract the dancers.
3) Parents are welcome in the dressing rooms, but NOT IN THE PRACTICE ROOM AND NOT BACKSTAGE PLEASE!!
Emma Stephenson is a Canadian born professional dancer, actor, aerialist and choreographer. With a diverse background in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary, commercial heels, and musical theater, she has traveled the world to perform. Currently based in Vancouver, BC, Emma is a frequent presence in the film and TV industry as both a dancer and choreographer. She is passionate
about sharing her skills and experience with others, and teaches weekly classes at two of Vancouver's top drop-in studios, Harbour Dance Center and Studio North. She is a valued member of Triple Threat Dance Convention after assisting for over 6 years and recently joined faculty as the Mock-Audition Choreographer for their 2022 season. She has also been recommended as an assistant by many renowned choreographers, including Jillian Myers, Megan Lawson, Sean Cheesman, and Tyce Dyorio.
Emma's professional dance career began with live performances, including contracts with Royal Caribbean International as a featured dancer and aerialist. She has also performed at the FIFA Women's World Cup opening ceremonies, and had the opportunity to dance alongside Nile Rodgers and CHIC, opening for the iconic Cher. Since her move to Vancouver, she has excelled in the film and TV industry, with credits on popular shows such as "Riverdale," "Charmed," "Yellow Jackets," and "Virgin River." In addition to her work on screen, Emma has contributed to the creative process as part of skeleton crews for prestigious
choreographers including Mandy Moore, Heather Laura Gray, and Louise Hradsky. She has also found a love for motion and performance capture, and is proud to have created the unique zombie movement for the creatures in the Warner Bros video game, "Back 4 Blood." Her latest works include dancing on a new Disney Plus Series for choreographer Moe Brody, and working as a recurring dancer and member of the skeleton crew on Paramount Plus' highly anticipated "Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies," choreographed by Jamal Sims. In addition to her work as a performer, Emma is dedicated to learning, teaching, adjudicating, and connecting with the upcoming generation of dancers.