Dance Categories & Classes

For those dancers wishing to perform for Adjudication Only,

please enter the Non Competitive option (box on registration page).

No marks or placements will be awarded.

BALLET:

*Classical music with lyrics may be used. Be aware that BC Provincials does not allow lyrics.

Demi-Pointe Classical: Dance based on any method of classical ballet technique (e.g. Cecchetti, R.A.D., Vaganova, etc.). Soft ballet shoes must be worn. One hand-held prop permitted. 

Pointe Classical: Dance based on any method of classical ballet technique (e.g. Cecchetti, R.A.D., Vaganova, etc.). Pointe shoes must be worn. One hand-held prop permitted.

Neo Classical Ballet: Dance based on any method of classical ballet technique in the style of the 20th and 21st Century. Original choreography should be plot-less and musically driven without narrative or mime. Dancer’s movements should be the main artistic medium. No props/sets permitted. 

Contemporary Ballet: Incorporates classical ballet techniques with greater range of movements which may not adhere to strict body lines for classical ballet. This style includes non-traditional movements, such as more relaxed steps, floor work and turned in legs, etc., to portray the concept of being more innovative, free and earth bound. The physical interpretation of the theme that the choreographer envisioned allows for more expressive emotions and feelings.

Interpretive Ballet: Dancers must use ballet technique incorporating the body as the medium of expression and interpretation of the music in order to portray an intangible thought or mood, real or imaginary. This category should express an idea but not tell a story. No sets/props permitted. 

Demi-Character: Dancer portrays a story/idea/concept/impression while performing ballet technique from the waist down and character from the waist up. Props may be used providing they are an integral part of the dance. 

Character: Ballet technique with stylized movement. The dancer must portray a specific character, real or fictitious for the duration of the entire solo, and must incorporate the whole body but not tell a story.

National / Character National: A folk dance and/or a choreographed dance which portrays the traditional style of a specific country with or without the use of mime or props. Vocal and instrumental arrangements permitted. Character shoes may be worn.

Improvisation: Open to soloists of all ages. Dancers will be played a 10 second preview of a music selection and then invited to take the stage. Music will be played for one (1) minute, allowing freedom of movement and interpretation of style by the dancers. Multiple dancers may share the stage; dependent on registration.

MODERN:

Modern: A stylized dance form with its foundations on a technically based discipline such as Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Humphrey and Horton etc. Dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet, was formulated from natural rhythms, and which favours movement derived from contraction and release, breath, suspension, fall and recovery, weighted-ness, and dynamism. Movement may or may not be related to the music.

Contemporary: Free movement of dance encompassing various dance disciplines with modern technique as its underlying base, such as the choreography of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Ohad Narin (Gaga), Hofesch Shechter (Release Technique), etc. - a constantly evolving style of movement that gives physicality to human ideologies and concepts with emphasis on engaging the whole body.

Interpretive Modern: Dance that uses contemporary or modern movement vocabulary and technique, to tell a story, express a feeling, interpret a character, behavior, or emotional state. Movement should be related to the intent of the music while the choreography must engage the whole body. 

Improvisation: Open to soloists of all ages. Dancers will be played a 10 second preview of a music selection and then invited to take the stage. Music will be played for one (1) minute, allowing freedom of movement and interpretation of style by the dancers. Multiple dancers may share the stage; dependent on registration.

STAGE:

Tap: Arms are complimentary and coordinated to the footwork. The rhythm of percussion is articulated through the feet and the entire body. The emphasis is on the clarity and shading of sounds, whether they are regular rhythm or syncopated. No dubbing of tap sounds permitted in accompaniment.

Jazz: A physical embodiment of popular music of the time. Using Jazz style, technique and music, often including body isolations, high energy, and syncopation. Jazz styling from any era. May include ethnic influence. No lip syncing allowed. Restricted to 3 acrobatic elements/tricks. 

Lyrical Jazz: A dance that is generally performed to slower tempos and interprets the intent of that piece of music. This category MUST use soft jazz technique and style utilizing facial and body emotion to portray an idea, story, mood or feeling.

Street Dance/Hip Hop: A constantly evolving form of dance that relies on individualism and personal style and emphasizes the expressive power of movement. May include moves such as gliding, popping, locking, waving, and utilize house, old school, and new school and influences of street jazz technique. May also include gymnastics/power moves or any series of tricks or stunts. Music, costumes, and lyrics must be age appropriate.

Song and Dance: A routine suited to stage production. Equal effort in dancing, live singing and acting will be an integral part of the overall performance. No recorded vocals are permitted. Song and dance solos may be up to four (4) minutes in length.

Musical Theatre:  Dance suitable for a stage or musical production, cabaret, a review, live theatre; must be adapted from Film or Musical Theatre productions. Lip-syncing allowed. Marks will focus on dance and stylized/character/theatre work.

Variety: Contents must be predominately dance; choreography with a character base to it should do so without straight line work. Must be composed of a diversified vocabulary of steps and may utilize any one or a mix of stage dance genres. Consider this a catch all category. 

Acro: Combination of dance technique with precision acrobatic elements demonstrating control, balance and flexibility. Solos/duets/groups with more than 3 gymnastic feats are encouraged to enter this category. (ie. cartwheels, round-off, aerials, walkovers, etc).  No lip syncing allowed. Acro is not an eligible category for recommendations to BC Provincials from PKMF.

Improvisation: Open to soloists of all ages. Dancers will be played a 10 second preview of a music selection and then invited to take the stage. Music will be played for one (1) minute, allowing freedom of movement and interpretation of style by the dancers. Multiple dancers may share the stage; dependent on registration.

Production NumberGroups only. There is no age division for Production. Encompasses more than one variety of dance, song and theatre styles. Opening/closing curtain can be used upon request. Maximum fifteen (15) minutes. 

  

Junior Choreography: Registration in Ballet, Modern or Stage Dance Disciplines

 Adjudication will be based on written notes, choreography, and performance. 

This category is intended for young/student choreographers. Performance may be a solo, duo or group number (solo fee applies). The choreographer may participate in the dance. Dancers wanting feedback on their choreography should be encouraged to enter in this category.

Choreography notes (1 copy) are required for the Junior Choreography category. They must be received at the Lobby Desk, prior to the commencement of the first session of the day. Earlier is encouraged. 

Choreography notes (point form) to include

Inspiration

Reason for costuming choice

Reason for music choice

Movements and counts must be written out for at least one section of the piece

If notes are not received, marks will not be awarded. Choreographer will receive adjudication only.