ONE The Dance Finals

Please read ALL of the following rules and regulations carefully.

It is the responsibility of the studio to uphold all rules and regulations stated below. Failure to comply could result in deductions to your final mark and/ or disqualification.




Contestants are to be entered in the age category that applies to them as of January 1, 2020. All contestants will compete in the following age groups: (5 years and under), (6 years), (7 years), (8years), (9 years), (10 years), (11years), (12 years), (13 years), (14 years), (15 years), (16years), (17 years), (18 years), (19 years), (20-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50 and over). The age divisions of contestants in Duet/Trio and Group categories will be determined by average age. Add all ages of the performers and divide by the number of performers in the group. The birth dates and ages of all performers are required for the entries. Should any questions arise, the Directors of ONE may request proof of age. Please have a copy of every student’s birth certificate at the competition.

Mini Division: 9 years of age and under
Junior Division: 10 to 12 years of age
Intermediate Division: 13 to 14 years of age
Senior Division: 15 years of age and over
Adult Division: any dancer 20 years of age or older
Professional/Teacher Division: any dancer 20 years of age or older, who has been contracted to perform in a professional production, and/or, is a teacher either as a freelancer or as part of a studio’s faculty.


Competitive Division: any competitor taking 6 or more hours of training in any combination of dance or acrobatic movement.

Part-Time Division: any competitor taking 5 hours or less of training in any combination of dance or acrobatic movement. 100% of dancers in a Part-Time routine must Part-Time
Professional/Teacher Division: any routine competing in any specific category, containing one or more professional/ teacher dancers. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.

Solo & Duet/Trio (One, two or three dancers in each respective category)
*Please note that duets and trios will compete against each other*

Small Group: 4 to 9 dancers
Large Group: 10-15 dancers
Line: 16 or more dancers
Extended Line: 16 or more dancers with an extended time limit of 4 to 6 minutes
Production Categories: 10 or more dancers

Acrobatics or tricks are considered to be any movement in which a dancer completes a 360 degree rotation where the dancer has both feet above their head. Illusions, partnering lifts, front and back rolls in which a dancers feet end up over their head are permitted. Listed below are the discipline descriptions along with the acrobatics or trick limitations.
Acrobatic tricks are permitted in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern. Cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls, shoulder rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads. See below for the details on how many tricks are permitted in a discipline.

Jazz: Routine must primarily contain jazz movement and technique. Three acrobatic tricks permitted.

Ballet: Routine must contain classical ballet movement and technique. No acrobatics permitted.

Pas De Deux/ Trois: Routine must consist primarily of adagio movements. This ballet form is typically performed by a male in soft shoe and ballerina(s) on pointe. No acrobatics permitted.

Demi Character Ballet: Routine must contain classical ballet movement and technique, and must portray a recognizable character and or tell a story. No acrobatics permitted.

Pointe: Routine must contain primarily classical pointe technique, using classical music and pointe shoes. No acrobatics permitted.

Contemporary Ballet: Routine must contain ballet technique, however style and music are not limited to a classical scope. No acrobatics permitted.

Contemporary Pointe: Routine must contain primarily pointe technique using pointe shoes, however the style and music are not limited to a classical scope. No acrobatics permitted.

Lyrical: Routine must contain contemporary technique with specific dancer attention given to song lyric. No acrobatics permitted.

Modern: Routine must primarily contain modern technique. One acrobatic trick is permitted.

Tap: Routine must primarily contain tap technique. Pre-recorded tap sounds on performer’s music selection will not be permitted. One acrobatic trick is permitted.

Acro: Routine must demonstrate an equal amount of dance and acrobatic skill. It should contain passes connected by dance elements and choreography as well as balance and control.

Song and Dance: Routine must contain an equal display of singing and dancing, in any of the above-mentioned styles. Judges will mark both disciplines accordingly. No other lead vocals on the back track will be permitted. If a microphone is used, the studio must provide the microphone. The setup of the microphone MUST be pre-arranged with the theatre technical staff. Please note there may be a charge for this technical service. ONE discourages the use of microphones as it sometimes hinders the performance if not used correctly. The staff of ONE National Dance Finals Inc. and/or the venue staff will not be held responsible should a performance be affected due to the use of a microphone or poor sound quality produced by a microphone.

Contemporary: A routine that fuses modern and classical ballet, drawing on newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical techniques, omitting structured form and movement. Acrobatic elements permitted.

Hip Hop: Routine must primarily contain street/ hip hop technique and style. No jazz technique permitted.

Production- A routine using 10 or more dancers to portray a theme, concept or story. Production categories have an extended time limit of 4 to 10 minutes and will be primarily judged on concept, formations and choreography.

Open: Any routine displaying a combined effort of the above mentioned dance disciplines or other that does not fit the description of the aforementioned. A MAXIMUM of 5 acrobatic movements or tricks is permitted. Acrobatic movements performed in sequence are to be considered 1 of the 5 tricks allowed (ie) a tumbling pass. Any routine containing more than 5 tricks will be moved to the Acro category or be disqualified.

Musical Theatre: A routine consisting of any style of dance, which interprets a song from a Broadway show, movie musical, or song depicting characters. Lip syncing is permitted.

ONE on ONE Improv Challenge


The categories below are to adhere to the following time limits:

The above times include entrances and exits. This will be strictly enforced, as every entry will be timed. A .5 score deduction will apply to the overall score for every 30 seconds over the time limit. Props and backdrops are to be free standing and speedy in set up by studio officials. To assist in scheduling, please contact us or indicate on the registration form the length of time needed for the set up and take down of props and sets.


Each dancer will receive one of the placements below for participation in a category. Placements will be based on the average score given by three adjudicators out of 100 marks.

Special awards will be given by one of our esteemed judges at every awards ceremony.






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