dance categories explained
Acro: The routines shall not exceed 50% acrobatics and contain at least 50% dance movement.
Ballet - Display classical or contemporary ballet technique.
Contemporary – An intricate combination of modern and lyrical movements originating from a ballet foundation. This style incorporates shapes, levels, accents and emotions into the routine.
Cultural: May include a variety of traditional cultural dance style from any region of the world.
Hip Hop: May include Krump, Break-dance, Funk, Street Dancing and Free Style Choreography.
Jazz– Contains jazz technique. No more than 2 acrobatic tricks allowed.
Lyrical - A combination of jazz and ballet. A routine that tells the story of the music while demonstrating emotion, balance, extension, control and technique.
Messianic: Also known as Davidic dance. The use of Pageantry dance is prevalent in these dances. Group dances are usually done in a series of circles with no emphasis on any one dancer.
Mime: Use of mime technique [ie. toc & stop]. Faces must be painted. Instrumental and non-instrumental music.
Modern – Music is expressed using unconventional styles in an abstract dance form.
Pageantry: Praise and/or worship dance with the use of small props, banners, flags, ribbons, tambourines etc. are allowed.
Pantomime: Conveys emotions, actions, feelings, expressions etc., by gestures without speech. No mouthing of words allowed. May be done by way of comedic theatre. Does not have to be done in dance. May be presented with or without music accompaniment.
Praise Dance: Use of upbeat tempo gospel music. Minimal props may be used.
Reggae: Associated with Jamaican culture, reggae rhythm is a simplistic after-beat with stresses on the second and fourth beats of each bar.
Sign (Interpretive): Use of at least 20% true sign language. No painted faces. Mouthing of words is allowed.
Step: Involves the use of clapping, stepping, stomping, and making noise on the body to make a beat. May be done with or without music.
Tap – Routine must contain 80% tap technique. Music must not contain pre-recorded tap sounds.