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Performance Categories

Age Divisions

Repertoire List

Performance Time Limits

Scoring & Awards

Performance Categories 

CLASSICAL BALLET SOLO
Open to participants 10 years of age and younger. Perform a routine in the style of Classical Ballet. We highly recommended & prefer you use your own original choreography. However, Classical Repertoire that has been simplified to accommodate the participant's technical level is permitted. 
• This performance MUST be done wearing flat ballet shoes – pointe is NOT permitted for this age group.

CLASSICAL REPERTOIRE SOLO
Open to participants 11 years of age and older. Perform a routine in the form of Classical Ballet. Students 13 years and older must perform on pointe. The routine must be a variation chosen from the approved CDC Classical Repertoire List. Repertoire not found on the CDC list may also be performed, but ONLY with written consent from licensed party.

NEO-CLASSICAL SOLO
Open to participants 11 years of age and older. Perform a routine in the style of Classical Ballet. The routine must be originally conceptualized choreography, no repertoire. Accepted styles may include Demi-character, (a ballet dance with a storyline), Classical Ballet, Modern Ballet and Lyrical Ballet. Dancers 13 years and older must perform en pointe.

CONTEMPORARY SOLO
Open to participants of all age groups. Perform a routine in the style of Expressive Concert Dance. Accepted styles may include or combine elements of; Modern, Classical Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance.

NATIONAL CHARACTER SOLO
Open to participants of all age groups. Perform a routine in the style of National Character. Stylized representation of a traditional Folk or National Dance, which uses movements and music adapted for theater.

CLASSICAL DUET & TRIO
Open to participants of all age groups. Perform a routine in the style of Classical Ballet. Accepted styles may include or combine elements of Classical Ballet, Classical Repertoire, Neo-Classical and National character.
• Participants 10 years of age or younger MUST perform wearing flat ballet shoes – pointe is NOT permitted for this age group.

CONTEMPORARY DUET OR TRIO
Open to participants of all age groups. Perform a routine in the style of Expressive Concert Dance. Accepted styles may include or combine elements of; Modern, Classical Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance.

NATIONAL CHARACTER DUET OR TRIO
Open to participants 11 years and older. (10 years and younger will be judged in the Classical Duet & Trio Category). Two or three participants perform a routine in the style of National Character. Stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance, which uses movements and music adapted for theater.

CLASSICAL BALLET PAS DE DEUX
Open to participants 11 years of age and older. The performance must be selected from the CDC Classical Repertoire List. Pas De Deux are to only include Adagio and Coda. Repertoire not found on the CDC list may also be performed, but ONLY with written consent from licensed party.

CLASSICAL BALLET ENSEMBLE
Open to participants of all age groups. Four or more participants perform a routine in the style of Classical Ballet. The ensemble may be originally conceptualized choreography or Classical Repertoire. Any ensemble utilizing classical ballet technique belongs in this category; this may also include Demi-character, (a ballet dance with a storyline), Modern Ballet and Lyrical Ballet.
• Participants 10 years of age or younger MUST perform wearing flat ballet shoes – pointe is NOT permitted for this age group.

CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE
Open to participants of all age groups. Four or more participants perform a routine in the style of Expressive Concert Dance. Accepted styles may include or combine elements of; Modern, Classical Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance.

NATIONAL CHARACTER ENSEMBLE
Open to participants of all age groups. Four or more participants perform a routine in the style of National Character. Stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance, which uses movements and music adapted for theater.

OPEN ENSEMBLE
Open to participants of all age groups. Four or more participants perform a routine in any dance style, excluding Tap (to preserve the dance floor).
• Restriction: In order to be eligible for Open Ensemble the entered participants or studio must also compete in at least two other ensemble categories in the same age group, one of which must be a Classical Ballet Ensemble.

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Age Divisions

Virtual Competition: A participant’s age is determined by the age he/she is on the closing date of the competition.

Live Competition: A participant’s age is determined by the age he/she was on January 1st, the year of the competition, which may differ from the actual age on the day of the competition.

An Ensemble age division is determined by the average age of all active participants in the ensemble.  An ensemble participant is considered to be active when dancing in at least 75% of the performance.  “Human Props” will not be calculated towards the average age.

The Duet and Trio age division is determined by the eldest participant/member of the duet or trio.

In the event that there are insufficient entries for any age division, CDC may combine two age divisions.

SOLO

CLASSICAL BALLET
8 years and younger
9 - 10 years

CLASSICAL  REPERTOIRE
11 - 12 years
13 - 14 years
15 - 16 years
17 years and older

NEO-CLASSICAL
11 - 12 years
13 - 14 years
15 - 16 years

17 years and older

CONTEMPORARY
8 years and younger

9 - 10 years
11 - 12 years

13 - 14 years

15 - 16 years

17 years and older

NATIONAL CHARACTER

8 years and younger

9 - 10 years
11 - 12 years

13 - 14 years

15 - 16 years

17 years and older

DUO & TRIO

CLASSICAL BALLET
10 years and younger
11-13 years
14 years and older

NATIONAL CHARACTER 
11 years & older
10 years and younger (will compete under the Classical Ballet Duet & Trio category).

CONTEMPORARY 
10 years and younger
11 - 13 years
14 years and older

CLASSICAL PAS DE DEUX 
Open - All Ages

ENSEMBLE

CLASSICAL BALLET 
10 years and younger
11 - 13 years
14 years and above

CONTEMPORARY 
10 years and younger
11 - 13 years
14 years and above

NATIONAL CHARACTER 
12 years and younger
13 years and older

OPEN
10 y
ears and younger

11 - 13 years

14 years and above

 

Repertoire List

We highly encourage dancers to perform original choreography, as in a piece set specifically for you; however, the listed Classical Repertoire is also accepted for this age group.

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Pointe work optional;

teacher’s discretion.

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Female dancers must perform en pointe.

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Female dancers must perform en pointe.

Dancers may perform any of the variations that are listed in all ages & or the additional variations listed specifically for this age group

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 Performance Time Limits

• Solo: 2:30 (2 1/2 minutes)

• Duet or Trio: 4:00 (4 minutes)

• Pas De Deux: 6:00 (6 minutes)

• Ensembles: 5:00 (5 minutes)

Additional time may be requested only for Ensembles. Charges will be applied at time of registration. With Extended Time, Ensemble must NOT Exceed 7:30min.

Any performance which exceeds its authorized time limit is subject to a point reduction penalty.

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Scoring

Each judge will score the participant’s stage performance. A score out of 100 will be awarded. The participants final score will be an average of the tabulated judges score.

The highest attainable score will be 100.

Judges will score using a point system. This scoring will be based on the participant’s demonstration of his/her on-stage performance and aptitude level of talent, technique, execution, musicality, and artistry.

Prizes are awarded to participants who score the highest number of points.

First prize – Gold Award
Second prize – Silver Award
Third prize – Bronze Award
Fourth prize – Special Honorable Mention
Fifth prize – Honorable Mention

These shall be awarded in every Performance Category and age division, unless the level of the performances do not meet a qualifying score for such prizes.

The decisions of the judges are final.

JUDGING & AWARDS