Competition Information


Dance Categories

The various types of routines you can choose from per entry include:
* Be sure to review the additional note after the category descriptions below that outlines the amount of acrobatic tricks per dance category.  

JAZZ  -  Routine uses primarily jazz technique, utilizing up-tempo music.

TAP - Routine consisting primarily of tap technique. Routines demonstrating clogging technique and style may not compete in the tap category.

BALLET -  Primarily ballet technique, including classical steps and movements.  

POINTE -  Routine uses primarily classical pointe technique.  Pointe shoes only.

LYRICAL -  Routine consisting of dynamic emotion and expressive movements demonstrated with fluidity, balance, extension and control.  

CONTEMPORARY -   A fusion of many styles (primarily jazz and lyrical) with a strong emphasis on modern technique.

HIP-HOP/JAZZ FUNK -  Routine demonstrating street style of jazz that incorporates hip-hop and/or jazz funk choreography.  

MUSICAL THEATRE - Any routine interpreting a song from a Broadway, Movie, Musical or Television Show.  

NOVELTY – Routine featuring any style of dance that is novelty or theme based.  It must portray a recognizable character throughout.
OPEN - Routine demonstrating any dance style or combination of dance styles that is hard to ‘fit’ into any other category offered.  Consists of all other categories including, but not limited to ethnic, folkloric, pom-pon, baton, cheerleading, etc.  Routines containing 4 or more gymnastic tricks may also opt to enter in the open category.

CLOGGING – routine that uses clogging/buck style. Clogging shoes only.

SONG AND DANCE – Routine containing both singing and dancing of any time.  Dupree will provide 1 hand held microphone only.  Dupree Dance does not allow any additional equipment to be hooked into the sound system, therefore, no personal microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted.

ACROBATIC DANCE – A routine that combines classical dance technique with at least 4 or more acrobatic elements.  Acrobatic dancer routines are defined by their athletic character and use of acrobatics within a dance context.  Controlled movements and flexibility are used and elements like walkovers, aerials, backhand springs, etc. are incorporated.  

PARENT NUMBER (Regional events) ~ Routines that include, but are not limited to, the parents of dancers from studios that are registered at our event.  Participants in a parent number are required to pay the competition fee, but are not required to be convention registered.  Parent numbers are not eligible for Overall Awards.  A majority of dancers in a routine must be adults in order for that entry to be considered a ‘parent number’.  A studio must have registered dancers in both the convention and competition portion of our event in order to enter a parent number in our competition.  Parent names only (first and last name) will be requested during the registration process of a parent number.  During National Finals, Parent Number routines will fall under the Adult routine age division.  

SPECIALTY NEEDS ~ Routines that include Specialty Needs dancers directly associated with studios that are registered at our event.  Participants in a Specialty Needs number are required to pay the competition fee, but are not required to be convention registered.  Specialty Needs numbers are not eligible for Overall Awards.  Dancers names only (first and last) will be requested during the registration process of a Specialty Needs number.  

* Note:  There is a maximum of three acrobatic tricks permissible in every category except our open and acrobatic dance categories.  Any routine consisting of 4 or more acrobatic tricks must be entered in the acrobatic dance or open category regardless of the style of routine that is mixed along with the acrobatic elements.  A deduction of 1 point per judge will result for routines that do not comply.  Acrobatic tricks are considered movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of ones head/shoulders). Forward, backward and shoulder rolls, and acro tricks in lifts (a lift being defined as being supported by another dancer with any body part) are not considered acrobatic tricks.  A gymnastic pass will be counted as one trick (i.e. a round-off back-hand spring into a back flip = 1 trick)  3 dancers performing a gymnastics trick or pass in unison = 1 trick.  3 dancers performing a gymnastics trick or pass separately from one another = 3 tricks.


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