Rules & Regulations

Updated 2021

Age Divisions

  • Petite: Age 8 and under

  • Junior: Ages 9-11

  • Teen: Ages 12-14

  • Senior: Ages 15-18

  • Adult: Ages 19+


Age Division is determined by the average age of the performer(s) by January 1st, 2021.  Adult performers may submit for adjudication purposes only and will not be allowed to place.  Adult performers must not be under contract with a full-time professional dance company.

Entry Divisions

  • Solo --1 dancer                                                                                                 2:30 minute maximum

  • Duo/Trio--2-3 dancers                                                                                   3 min maximum

  • Small Group--4-8 dancers                                                                           4 min maximum                       

  • Ensemble--9 or more dancers                                                                    8 min maximum

Performance Divisions

  • Nova--This division is suitable for dancers taking 3 or less hours per week of ballet.  It is suggested that beginner dancers enter this category if it is their first time competing or performing.

  • Supernova--Intermediate dancers or dancers taking 4-5 hours of ballet should enter this division. 

  • Etoile--Advanced dancers or dancers taking 6 or more hours per week of ballet should enter our most competitive division.  

Dancers in each division will receive awards based on performance division.

Performance Categories

​Categories are based on an emphasis in concert dance genres.  

  • Ballet--Teen and Senior Dancers are encouraged (though not required) to perform Classical Variations.  Teen and Seniors in the "Etoile" Division should perform en pointe.  Original ballet solos are also valid entries.  We suggest that dancers under the age of 12 dance on flat.  

  • Contemporary--This category includes a wide range of contemporary styles including contemporary ballet to avant garde and anything in between.

  • Modern--This style should demonstrate elements of modern technique such Graham, Horton, Taylor, Cunningham, Limon, or Release techniques.

Virtual Competition Rules

Video Submissions must be of footage produced within the last year of the competition date.  Videos may be filmed from anywhere, no stage required. Videos must be in mp4 format.  Virtual event awards will be presented at the end of the stream on May 22nd and will also be posted to social media following the event. Awards will be recognized in each performance division category along with Top 3 Overall winners from the Etoile Division.