Classification

Age groups

Age Calculation

The age taken into consideration will be the age as of January 1st of the year of competition in which the dancer participates. For groups, age is determined by the average age of the dancers in the group. Example : Average age of dancers in a group 12.51 = 12 years old and 13.49 =13 years old

  • 6-9 years old
  • 10-12 years old
  • 13-15 years old
  • 16-19 years old
  • 20-29 years old
  • 30+ years old

*Age groups subject to redivision in order to provide an equitable competitive environment.

Types of groups

  • Solo 1 person
  • Duo/trio 2/3 people
  • Small group 4 to 9 people
  • Large group 10 to 15 people
  • Production 16 people and more

*A single group (solo/duo/trio/small and large group) is allowed to enter only one number per category. To perform in the same category, a group must include a minimum of 50% of new dancers.

Duration of the choreographies

  • Solo: 1 person - 3 minutes
  • Duo/trio: 2/3 people - 3 minutes
  • Small group: 4 to 9 people - 4 minutes
  • Large group: 10 to 15 people - 4 minutes
  • Production: 16+ people - 8 minutes

*A difference of 5 seconds will be tolerated. The duration of each choreography will be controlled and verified. Deductions from the score will be applied in case of non-conformity.

Levels

Please note that these levels are only an estimate. Each individual's progression is different and we trust the coach's judgment. The Reunion is committed to the healthy development of each dancer. With this in mind, we expect each participant to be in a category where he or she will need to progress.

  • Novice: 1 to 2 years of competitive training
  • Pre-competitive: 3 to 4 years of competitive training
  • Competitive: 5 to 6 years of competitive training
  • Elite: 7 years and over or living off their art

 

Styles

Contemporary: This style is defined by its integration of gravity, fall and suspension, contraction and release, balance and imbalance, different dynamics and qualities of movement, and an awareness of body weight, all in a freer and more organic style that explores a concept, story, emotion or intention.

Ballet: This style is defined by its classical technique, purity of line and precision of movement. Choreography can be performed on pointe or demi-pointe.

Lyrical: This style is a mixture of classical ballet and jazz techniques. The movements are smooth and controlled and support the lyrics of the music with a well defined interpretation.

Acro: This style remains a dance choreography but it includes several acrobatic elements inspired by gymnastics.

Jazz (Jazz, Street Jazz, Funky Jazz, Broadway Jazz…): Jazz dance combines the techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with current popular dance forms. Jazz also has its own vocabulary of movements, ranging from the isolation of certain parts of the body to the movement of the whole body, with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including street jazz, percussive, Broadway, contemporary and lyrical. Emphasis is placed on the importance of energy, rhythmic precision and style.

Folk Dances/World Dances: Folk dances are based on traditional dances from here and abroad such as; Irish dance, jig, tap, belly dance, African dance, etc.

Street: this style is defined by the integration of techniques from one or more of the following dances: hip hop, breakdance, house, waacking, popping, locking, krump, voguing, stepping, dancehall, etc.

Commercial: this style of dance is inspired by several other styles and is a combination of choreographer's signature, energy and performance.

Ballroom: this style is an integration of techniques from one or more of the following dances: cha cha, rumba, samba, mambo, salsa, merengue, bachata, paso doble, jive, triple-swing, west coast swing, swing, Argentine tango, slow waltz, quick step, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, tango and hustle.

Championship: the championship is a category open to all, all styles, and is held in three rounds. Ten acts will be selected to take part in the championship (3 novice, 3 pre-competitive, 3 competitive and 1 professional) by random draw one month before the event. Solos are not allowed.

The 2 finalists will have to face each other in a "freestyle" battle. The choreography presented can change with each round, but it is also possible to keep the same choreography. The jury will be made up of different people for each round.

Improv: this category is reserved for dancers who want to show their personality through dance in a spontaneous way. Let's go back to the basics of dance: being inspired by music to create. Regardless of dance style, dancers will be assigned a piece of music when they enter the stage and will have to improvise for about 1 minute 30 seconds.

Fusion (minimum of 2 styles combined): this style is reserved for multidisciplinary dancers who are unable to make a choice and/or wish to combine 2 or more dance styles.

Experimental: this category is focused on movement and/or concept beyond style and/or technique and/or interpretation/emotion.

Battle: the battle category is open to solos only. The battle is "all styles" (so all dance styles are allowed). The choice of the "rivals" will be done by drawing lots. The winner of the battle will have the chance to perform a freestyle during our showcase.

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