General Notes

Music, lyrics and costume should be relevant to the age of the performer.


Classical Ballet

Dances should include adage and allegro. Titles, characterisations and hand held props are not allowed. Costumes should ensure that every aspect of classical technique is clearly visible. Repetoire is not allowed.


Stylised Ballet

The communication of an idea through movement, danced with Classical Ballet technique when using hand props or with traditional style, such as Hornpipe, Spanish, Scottish, Tarantella. Soft or pointe shoes must be worn.


Modern Ballet

A fusion of Modern and Classical Ballet genres combining the classical technique, which may be performed with a parallel line of leg and contemporary movement, this form may be performed bare foot but usually requires the use of soft or pointe shoes.



Technically the work may reference Limon/Horton/Graham/Cunningham/Release/Flying Low/Gaga or any other recognised Contemporary technique and should be underpinned with a strong classical base. The work should show an understanding of choreographic content, and a clear reference to the defined principles of contraction and release, fall and rebound, use of breath and gravity and successive or initiated movement. Whilst there is an athletic strength to the work, acrobatic work should be minimal and used only to enhance the choreographic idea.



All traditional music, songs and technique appropriate to the country of choice are acceptable. Younger competitors are expected  to demonstrate traditional performances. Seniors may introduce more theatrical performances provided they are clearly based on correct technique of the National being danced.


A dramatic, artistic or sometimes humorous presentation of:

1) A story/Character from any book, poem, play, film, history, cartoon, original created theme etc.

2) The mannerisms and essential features of animals, birds, insects, reptiles, virus and topical interpretations of abstract themes. Appropriate technique for the Character should be used.

Classical Greek

Following the technique of Ruby Glinner, Classical Greek is performed barefoot and essentially showing the use of opposition and  relaxation through the movements.  Dances should reflect their title. Myths and Nature Themes  are acceptable provided the movements are given their appropriate interpretation that relates to one or more of the seven different styles.



An all inclusive term applied to an ever evolving performing art. It includes Lyrical modern, Jazz, Stage Contemporary, Hip Hop and all styles of Modern Theatre Dance. Acrobatic, Gymnastic and Street Dance are also acceptable when combined with a recognisable dance technique and a theatrical quality. All routines should observe safe dance practice.


Lyrical Modern

Based on modern technique, lyrical modern should show flowing movements that express the emotion of the music. 

Gymnastic and acrobatic work is not allowed.



All styles and developments in technique, including characterisation and humour are encouraged providing the

projection, beating and presentation of the routine is fully sustained and appropriate.


Song and Dance/Musical Theatre

The song sets the scene, mood and style of the dance. Pitch and accuracy whilst singing are essential and the dance

should relate to the words of the song.  The dance should provide continuity and reflect the words of the song which

should be sustained throughout. The overall performance should show a combination of Song Dance Drama/Acting.  



Dancers are invited to choreograph a dance which can be a solo, duet, trio/quartet or group piece (max 10 dancers).

The dancer will be required to announce the title and music used for their piece and explain the influence and inspiration for their work.

Hip Hop/Street and Commercial Dance

Modern street dance style primarily performed to hip- hop music. It includes a wide range of styles: breaking, popping and locking and also can be “freestyle” (improvisational in nature).

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