Dance Styles

Dance Categories

Dancers may enter as many dance categories as desired, but each routine must be different. A dancer(s) cannot compete against themselves, meaning they cannot enter more than once in the same dance category. For example, if a Teen Shining Star dancer(s) had three (3) Jazz routines they could perform one in Teen Jazz Shinning Star, one in Teen Open Shinning Star, and dance up and either perform the third as a Teen Rock Star Jazz or a Senior Jazz. The choice and discretion is up to the studio, choreographer, and dancer(s). The Teen Jazz and Open routines would compete against each other in the Teen (let's say Solo) Shinning Star Overalls and the top score would be recognized if it placed Top 10. The other solo, whether it be a Teen Rock Star or Senior Shining Star would compete for that respective overall.

Alternatively, if a Teen Shinning Star dancer(s) had multiple routines in different dance categories (e.g. Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical), they would all compete against each other and while all will receive adjudications, only the top performance will be recognized in the overalls. In doing so, they increase their chances of a Top 10 result. However, each routine could compete in separate overalls if “danced up” a Performance Divisions and “danced up” an Age Group. Dancer(s) would perform one routine in Teen Shinning Star (let's say Solo), one in Teen Rock Star Solo, and one in Senior Shining Star Solo.

For Duo's and Trio's, there must be at least one different dancer to be considered different.

For Groups, there must be a minimum 25% change in competitors for it to be considered a different group. If these minimums cannot be met, they can perform the additional routine in Open category, in a different performance division or up an age level.

At the discretion of the Judges', a penalty from the choreography score may be enforced if guidelines are not met and reserve the right to change categories of a routine if they deem it necessary.

Dance Style Descriptions




Acrobatic Ballet Character
A routine demonstrating controlled moves incorporated with music. The majority of the routine must consist of acrobatic moves and tricks. Routine must consist of ballet technique movements and classical steps. Character Dance is a specific subdivision of Classical Dance. It is the stylised representation of a traditional folk or national dance, mostly from a European country, and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theatre.

Character Ballet (Demi-Character)



Character Ballet Contemporary Hip-Hop
Performance must portray a recognizable character or demi-character throughout and include classical steps and movements. Contemporary dance is a fusion of modern movement and technique that is interpretive with no limitations. Contemporary dance draws on modern as well as alternative or newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical dance techniques. Hip-hop dance refers to social or choreographed dance styles primarily danced to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping. A routine must consist primarily of hip-hop technique.


Street Jazz


Jazz Street Jazz Lyrical
Routine must consist primarily of jazz technique incorporating jumps, leaps, turns, and kicks. It is characterized by the use of improvisation and influenced by rhythms and techniques of jazz music. Routines are limited to three (3) tricks. Street jazz is a fusion of jazz and hip-hop technique characterized by a mix of fast, intricate footwork, graceful spins and acrobatic moves. It is totally flexible and influenced by the creativity and energy of today's commercial, street and video culture. Routine should tell a story about the music while demonstrating balance, extension, isolations, control and technique.


Musical Theatre


Modern Musical Theatre Open
Choreography centres on a dancer's own interpretations instead of structured steps and favours movement derived from the expression of their inner feelings. Must incorporate some form of dance and either singing, acting, or portraying a character. Any routine that combines multiple styles and categories.



Song & Dance

Pointe Production Song & Dance
Dance consisting of ballet technique combined with the use of Pointe shoes. Routine must have half the dancers on pointe or half the routine performed on pointe. Must have a minimum of 10 dancers, incorporating any number of style(s) of dance. Any form of dance combined with vocals. Must incorporate dance movements into at least fifty (50) percent of the routine. Prerecorded vocals are not permitted during the song portion of the performance.

Step Dance



Step Dance Tap Vocal
Footwork is the most important part of the dance. A display of steps is more important than gesture or posture. Body and arm movements and styling are either restricted or considered irrelevant. Routine must consist primarily of tap technique. No tap sounds are permitted on the music. Routine may be any type of vocal presentation showing range, pitch, style and timing. Accompaniment must be on CD. No voices on the CD, except if considered part of the background accompaniment. One handheld wireless microphone (with cord) will be provided.