* When entering your dancers/teams/companies into Dance America Competitions, you MUST follow these guidelines in order to avoid penalties.
* There will be an automatic 5 point deduction/penalty given by the penalty judge for every guideline that is not followed according to the rules listed below for each Skill Level.
* SPOTLIGHT RULE – as you read through the following Skill Level Rules & Regulations keep in mind that your team/group routine may “Spotlight” 1 to 3 dancers UP one Skill Level !!! For instance: If you have entered the Int. Level 1 skill level, you may “Spotlight” 1-3 dancers doing Int. level 2 skills. HOWEVER, you may NOT “Spotlight” dancers up a level more than 3 times within one routine. You may “spotlight” different dancers at different times throughout your routine, but you still may not have more than 3 “spotlight” moments regardless of who it is that you “spotlight” in the routine. You may spotlight as much as you would like at the level you have entered, .. you just can’t spotlight UP a level more than THREE times. AND only a maximum of THREE dancers may spotlight up a level (look at the chart below to determine the number of dancers you are allowed to spotlight). You can, however, spotlight at many dancers as you want at the SAME SKILL LEVEL as what you have entered in.
Spotlighting dancers – You may only spotlight 1-3 dancers or 35% of your team/group at a time… For instance:
- Team of 4-5 dancers = spotlight 1 dancer only at a time
- Team of 6-7 dancers = spotlight 1-2 dancers only at a time
- Team of 8+ dancers = spotlight limit 1-3 dancers at a time
TURN Clarification – Pirouettes and other turns that are done on ONE leg will be counted as follows: Turn rotations are counted by how many rotations you do on the “turning leg”. If you change to the other leg and continue to rotate the same direction, that counts as a second turn since you are now turning on a different leg. Rotations will be counted as they are executed on ONE leg at a time.
NOVICE – Novice Category is for dancers/teams that are FIRST TIME competitors at the BEGINNING skill level. This category MUST follow the same guidelines for BEGINNING level to avoid penalties.
BEGINNING – The following skills may be performed at this level:
Leaps: Front leaps — Side leaps — Stag leaps — Pas de Chats.
Not allowed….. Back Leaps, Switch Leaps, Grand Pas de Chats, Barrel-Roll leaps (these are horizontal leap maneuvers where you spot the floor and ceiling).
Jumps/Hops: Tuck Hops — Straight Jumps –Axle Hops –“C” Jumps.
Not allowed….. Firebird Jumps.
Turns: Chaines — Piques – Pirouettes — Pencil turns — Attitude turns — Coupe turns.
*SINGLES of any type of turn are acceptable, EXCEPT Fouette turns or A le Seconde turns are NOT allowed!!!
Not Allowed….. Fouette turns, A Le Seconde turns (leg extended out to the side), Changing-Spot turns of any kind are not allowed in this Skill Level (changing focus to spot at different directions while turning). Also, no Leg Hold turns.
Kicks: Kicks of all kinds are acceptable including tilt kicks.
Locomotor Skills: Pas de Bourrees — Skip/Gallops — Walks/Runs — Chasses/Side Slides – Footwork.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 1 – The following skills may be performed at this level:
Leaps: Same leaps allowed as Beginning Skill Level, plus — Back Leaps and Grand Pas de Chats.
Not Allowed …. Switch Leaps, Barrel-Roll Leaps (these are horizontal leap maneuvers where you spot the floor and ceiling).
Jumps/Hops: Same jumps/hops allowed as Beginning Skill Level, plus — Firebirds — Tilt Hops – Renverses.
Not Allowed….. Switch Tilts.
Turns: Chaines – Piques – Including Box Piques Pirouettes — Pencil turns — Attitude turns – Coupe turns – Single Leg Hold Turns. A Le Seconde turns (Turns with leg extended in seconde position) are allowed, HOWEVER you may NOT EXCEED MORE THAN 3 ROTATIONS in Seconde with a Double Pirouette Rotation out of it.
You can do NO MORE THAN 5 consecutive rotations of any combination of turns and No More than a Double rotation in any particular turn.
*DOUBLE rotations in all types of turns are acceptable, EXCEPT for Leg Hold turns (must only do a single leg hold turn).
Not Allowed…. Double Leg Hold turns, Fouette turns, NO More than 5 consecutive rotations in any combination of turns, No Changing-Spot turns (changing focus to spot at different directions while turning), and No more than DOUBLES.
Kicks: Kicks of all kinds are acceptable including tilt kicks.
Locomotor Skills: All Footwork and Locomotor skills (traveling skills) are acceptable.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2 – The following skills may be performed at this level:
Leaps: Same leaps allowed as Intermediate Skill Level 1, plus –– Barrel-Roll Leaps and Switch Leaps.
Jumps/Hops: Same jumps/hops as Intermediate Skill Level 1, plus – Switch Tilts.
Turns: Any variety of Turns are acceptable – TRIPLE rotations are allowed, plus – Double Leg Hold turns — A Le Seconde turns and Fouette turns are allowed, HOWEVER – NO MORE THAN 5 Consecutive Fouette turn rotations. You can do a Triple turn out of the 5 fouette turns without receiving a penalty. Dancers Must NOT do MORE THAN 8 consecutive rotations of any turn combination.
Not Allowed …. No Changing-Spot turns, other than a changing spot “Box” Pique Turn. No More than 8 Consecutive turn rotations of any turn combination, No More than 5 consecutive Fouette Rotations.
ADVANCED – The following skills may be performed at this level:
Anything goes!!! Changing-Spot turns – Quad rotations (or more) in any turn – Any combination of turns, leaps, kicks, jumps/hops, and locomotor skills is acceptable.
*** SOLOS/DUOS/TRIOS – Must follow the same Skill Level Rules as listed above to avoid Penalty.
RULES ABOUT GYMNASTICS & ACRO Moves
Gymnastics and Acro Movements are not part of the Skill level Regulations. HOWEVER…. NO More than 5 acro skills and/or gymnastic skills may be performed as a team/group, unless entered into the OPEN, HIP HOP, CHEER, or SHOW category!! No Limit on gymnastic or acro skills in these Categories.
NOTE: An Acro Skill may consist of consecutive acro/tumbling moves… For instance: A round-off back handspring, back walkout is considered ONE acro skill as long as the skills are done in a consecutive manner and continue moving in the same direction. You can also do an aerial into a back handspring, etc… BUT, If you take a step in between the skills or change direction of the skills, then it is NOT Considered Consecutive and will be counted as TWO or more skills.
Technique will be judged according to the same expectations as all the “dance” skills. There will be a 5 point deduction if any routine has excessive gymnastics or acro skills in it and is not entered in the Open Category.
ACRO/GYMNASTIC SKILLS INCLUDE:
Aerials – Side or Front
Handsprings – Front or Back
Flips, Tucks, Layouts, Layout Twists – Front or Back
** Forward or Backward Rolls do NOT count as an acro trick … for example: An arabesque into a forward roll is NOT considered acro. A backward roll into a “fish flop” is NOT considered acro.
** Backbends that do not flip over into a walk over or a handspring, but are used as a flexibility move from a toe rise or from another floor level dance move will NOT be considered as acro/tumbling.
** STUNTS/LIFTS do NOT count as a gymnastics/acro skills.
** Multiple dancers within a routine doing the same gymnastics/acro skill at the same time counts as ONE gymnastics/acro skill.
*** Ripples of the same gymnastics/acro skill count as ONE gymnastics/acro skill. However, ripples of a variety of different gymnastics/acro skills will count as MULTIPLE acro skills.