Character: a clear portrayal of a character or story by acting ability and expressive dancing using classical technique. Use of props is allowed.
Classical Ballet: A performance that must include classical steps and ballet technique. Ballet or Pointe shoes only to be worn. No props to be used. Only short tutus may be worn in Classical solo items.
Contemporary: Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Dancers should be able to show control as well as balance and flexibility.
Hip Hop: a routine that utilizes Hip Hop/ Breakdance or Rap movements.
Jazz: A routine using jazz technique including moves such as strong and sharp movements, splits, kicks, isolations, jumps etc.
Lyrical: Lyrical is expressive through the song lyrics, focusing on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It combines the many technical elements of classical ballet with the airier aspects of jazz and contemporary.
Musical Theatre/Broadway Jazz: A form of theatrical dancing that combines the music from a Broadway musical with the movements of classic jazz styles. Music does not have to be from the original soundtrack.
National: a theatrically choreographed presentation of a dance from a country. Dance, costume and music must be authentic to the country portrayed.
Neo Classical: Slow controlled ballet movements, set to slow music or ballad. Routine must demonstrate balance, flexibility and control utilizing the mood of the music.
Own Choreography: Must be 100% student produced, no teacher or choreographer assistance.
Song & Dance: can be either Song & Soft Shoe or Song & Tap. No pre-recorded vocals allowed in any part of the solo and no pre-recorded tap beats allowed.
Song & Soft Shoe: Routine that must contain both singing and dancing. No pre-recorded vocals allowed in any part of the solo.
Song & Tap: Routine that must contain both singing and tapping. No pre-recorded vocals allowed in any part of the solo and no pre-recorded tap beats allowed.
Tap: Any style or tempo of tap permitted. No pre-recorded tap beats are allowed.