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Category definitions:

Ballet – classical traditional ballet.

Tap – danced in tap shoes.

Modern – jazz / cabaret style dance that is entertaining and has strong musicality. Acro and tricks should be minimal in this category.

Character – dance clearly depicts a story told through dance

Lyrical – the dance clearly represents the lyrics of the song they are dancing to

Contemporary - “Contemporary dance is 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”

Commercial – a more funky style, with elements of street style, jazz, hip hop.

Song and dance – must include singing and dance related to the song content. The music is not allowed to have lyrics on it.

National – clearly reflects a traditional dance style of a nation in both costume and content. Ideally dancers should have a knowledge of the theory behind the national dance they are performing.

Greek – traditional Greek technique must be adhered to in this style. Often tells a story.

Musical comedy – this is a soft, flowing form of dance related to the Fred and Ginger era of dance style.

Acro – this category allows the dancer to show off their acrobatic ability with tricks and flexibility in a dance routine. Musicality, flow and dance content is still important.


The Challenge allows each competitor to re-dance their favourite routine they have already competed with in a second chance to impress the judge.

For the troupes, duets, trios, quartets and the challenges Classical is ballet / national or balletic character dance, all other dances are in the cabaret section.

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