Jazz - A routine that demonstrates jazz technique, which may include classical, contemporary, hip-hop, funk, pop, or lock. Routines containing only hip-hop, funk, pop, or lock technique should be considered for the hip-hop category.
Tap - A routine that demonstrates tap technique and basic tap floor work. Any routines demonstrating clogging technique should be considered for the clogging category.
Ballet - A routine that demonstrates ballet technique, which may include classical and/or contemporary movement and interpretation. (Ballet shoes only.)
Pointe - A routine that demonstrates ballet done on Pointe, which contains classical ballet technique.
Modern - A routine consisting of contemporary modern movement, which demonstrates control and balance throughout and utilizes modern-specific technique such as contractions, tilts, etc.
Lyrical - A routine that combines jazz, modern, and ballet techniques in fluid, controlled movements. Often has a "story" element that relates to the lyrics or emotion of the song.
Ethnic - A routine that uses any ethnic style of dance (e.g. African, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, etc.) and its related technique and movement.
Acrobat - A routine that combines gymnastics and tumbling ability with dance technique.
Character/Musical Theater - A routine in which the dancer(s) portray(s) a character (e.g. animal, TV, Broadway, historical, fictional, etc.) or interpret(s) a song from a Broadway or other musical, while incorporating dance technique and movement.
Hip-Hop - A routine that utilizes street style dancing or MTV styles. Funk, break, pop and lock are also included in this category.
Clogging - A routine incorporating clogging technique and movement.
Drill/Pom - A routine consisting of sharp, clean movements, kicks, and jumps in drill team fashion. If poms are used, they should be used consistently throughout the routine.
Liturgical - A routine that portrays a religious theme and incorporates any style of dance listed above.
Open - A routine that utilizes any combination of dance techniques listed above or any other dance style not previously listed.
Student Choreography – A routine of any style choreographed by a student with no assistance from an instructor. Phrases of choreography and/or music used from your studio choreographed by a teacher is not allowed. The dance may be performed as a solo, duo/trio, group, line or production. Performance by the choreographer is allowed. Trophies will be awarded to the top scoring Student Choreography routine in each age group.
Contemporary – A routine that incorporates modern vocabulary while still staying true to classical ballet dance techniques. Routines are usually performed to music other than classical.