Division Entry Guidelines
- Preschool to College
- Any division with 6 (six) or more contestants will be divided at the competition’s discretion.
- Dance Spectacular reserves the right to add or combine divisions as needed.
- Routines with more than 3 (THREE) tumbling skills will need to enter the Acro Division
- NOVICE DANCER:
A NOVICE dancer has never competed before and is new to dance. This is their first year of dance training. In this category, basic ballet and jazz technique moves are encouraged, as well as level changes and transitions in choreography.
Double/Triple turns of any kind are not permitted in Novice.
Firebirds, Calypso’s, or any type of advanced leap and any tumbling/acro move other than somersaults are not permitted in the Novice category.
- AMATEUR DANCER:
An AMATEUR dancer has competed before and has had no more than 2 years of dance training. In this category, basic ballet and jazz technique moves are encouraged as well as level changes and transitions in choreography. More advanced turns such as tour en l’air, axels, and barrel turns are permitted. Side grand jete’, chaine’ jete’, and stag leaps are permitted. Basic tumbling, cartwheels, handstands, and back walkovers are permitted.
No other tumbling/acro is allowed in the Amateur category.
- INTERMEDIATE DANCER:
An Intermediate dancer has been in several competitions and has had at least 3 years of dance training. Creativity in choreography, shapes, patterns, and creative transitions are welcome. In this category, ballet and jazz technique moves are encouraged with an emphasis on technique. Double/triple pirouettes, fouette’, pirouette a la seconde’, and directional turns are encouraged. Firebird, Calypso, and more advanced leaps are also encouraged. Aerial, front and back walk-over, cartwheels, and basic tumbling skills are approved. If your routine has more than 3 (THREE) tumbling/acro moves, you should consider moving into the ACRO category.
- ADVANCED DANCER:
An Advanced dancer has competed for years and has had a minimum of 3 years of dance training. In this category, you will be allowed to do any advanced skill. Technique is strongly encouraged in advanced routines versus lots of tricks. Also, artistry and creativity are strongly recommended. Judges love this! If you have more than 3 (THREE) tumbling/acro moves, need to enter the ACRO Division.
- **Remember, acro is meant to enhance your routine, not distract from it. You are being judged on your technique, skill and execution, not on how many tumbling/acro moves you do.