Age as of December 31st of the current year. Average ages rounded down
Mini: 9 and Under
Junior: 10 to 12 years
Intermediate: 13 to 15 years
Senior: 16 to 19 years
Aspire Category: for Aspiring dancers with special abilities – any age
Note - new age divisions for 2020!
Solo’s – 2.5 minutes
Duet/Trio – 2.5 minutes
Group (4 – 9 dancers) – 3 minutes
Line (10 – 16 dancers) – 3 minutes
Extended Line (17 + dancers) – 3 minutes
Production (15 + dancers) – 10 minutes max
Solo – A dancer who has never competed in a solo before
Duet – 100% of dancers who have never competed in a solo, duet or trio before
Group – 75% of dancers have never competed before
Dancers who train less than 6 hours per week.
Separate overall awards for both Novice and Pre-Competitive entries
Dancers who are currently enrolled in high school and participate in a school based dance program.
Acro; A routine that consists of primarily acrobatic
technique; gymnastics and tumbling, while incorporating dance technique and
choreography. Gymnastics tricks where the hips go over the head a number of
times are permitted.
Ballet; A routine that contains classical Ballet technique and style. (Ballet shoes must be worn)
Contemporary/Modern; A routine that combines jazz, modern and ballet technique, but with sharper, more emotional, intensive movements than lyrical. (only three acro tricks permitted)
Demi Character; A routine that contains ballet technique while acting out a story line. (Ballet shoes must be worn)
Hip Hop/Commercial Jazz; A routine that is street-style based. Routine may include popping, locking, break dance, krumping, funk, hip hop or street styles.
Jazz; A routine that contains jazz technique and style. (only three acro tricks permitted)
Lyrical; A routine the combines jazz, modern and ballet technique while telling a story through movement and music. (only three acro tricks permitted)
Musical Theatre; A routine containing any style of dance while telling a story throughout the entire dance, with or without lip-singing.
Open; A routine that does not fit into any other dance discipline, or combines two or more styles. (maximum five acro tricks are permitted).
Pointe; A routine containing classical ballet technique on Pointe.
Production; A routine that tells a story throughout the dance. Any style of dance and/or acro tricks permitted.
Song and Dance; A routine where the performer sings while dancing. Any dance style is allowed. No pre-recorded vocals permitted. Wireless mics may be used and must be provided by your own studio.
Tap; A routine containing tap and rhythm technique and sounds. (No pre-recorded sounds)
Aspire Dance Challenge has the right to add, remove or cancel as required. If cancellation happens before competition begins, all registration fees will be refunded.