PRIMARY - These dancers spend under 6 hours per week in a dance studio, including all training, rehearsals, and coaching. Primary singers have less than one year formal vocal training.
ADVANCED - These dancers spend 6+ hours per week in a dance studio, including all training, rehearsals, and coaching. Advanced singers have more than one year formal vocal training.
At least 80% of all participants in each entry must be a part of the designated competition level, otherwise the entry must 'move up' in level.
All entries in all levels will be adjudicated with the same standards and judging criteria. Critiques will be geared towards the appropriate level of instruction.
All ages are as of January 1, 2013 for the entire 2012-2013 season, including Nationals.
To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. After averaging age, DROP THE DECIMAL to come up with the competition age for the entry. For example: An entry whose average age is 10.7 will compete as age 10. Names, ages and birthdates of all dancers must appear on the entry form or it will not be accepted. All competing dancers must be prepared to present proof of age should a question arise.
The average age of each entry may not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the actual average age. Example: If an entry contains dancers ranging in age from 9-18, the entry may not compete younger than 13-15 (one division younger than the oldest dancer-18).