- This category is for newer dancers with basic skills.
- Those competing at the Amateur level may not be a previous high point winner in Amateur level.
- Technical elements that may be included at the Amateur level (not required, but appropriate): Different marching, chassé, and skipping styles, Chaines/Piqués, Battements, Single Turns, Attitude Turn, Leaps (front, side, stag), Jump, Splits, Leg grab, C Jumps, Stage awareness, etc.
- Not suited for this Skill Division: Double or Triple turns, Switch leaps, Back leaps, Fouetté turns/A la Seconde Fuetté turns, Firebird jumps, Leg grab turns, Acro/Tumbling skills outside of Cartwheels, somersaults, and handstands.*
- This category is for dancers with lower intermediate skills who have more technical skills than an Amateur level.
- Those competing at the Amateur-Intermediate level may not be a previous high point winner in the Amateur-Intermediate level.
- Technical elements that may be included at the Amateur level (not required, but appropriate): 1-2 turn rotations (pirouette, coupé, pencil, attitude,etc), Chaines and Piqués in a box, Splits, Battements of all styles, Leg Grab and Turning Leg Grabs (1 rotation), Leaps (front, side, back, single stag, double stag, etc.), Tilt Jumps and Renversés, a la Seconde Fouetté turns (no more than 4 rotations total).
- Not suited for this Skill Division: Switch Leaps, Fouetté turns, more than 2 rotations in pirouette turns.*
- This category is for dancers who have several years of competition experience and are working to perfect their technical skills–but are not quite Advanced yet.
- Those competing at the Intermediate level may not be a previous high point winner at the Intermediate level.
- Technical elements that may be included at the Intermediate level (not required, but appropriate): All lower skill level elements, plus: 3-4 pirouette rotations (coupé, pencil, attitude, etc.), Leg Grab and Turning Leg Grabs (up to 2 rotations), Leaps (all varieties including Switch, Firebird, and Tilt Jumps), A la Seconde and Fouetté turns (no limit on number of rotations but dancers should be able to execute well the number of rotations set in the choreography).*
- Dancers should display a high technical skill level and ability to enter the Advanced division and have multiple years of competition experience.
- Advanced dancers should focus on creativity, expression, and artistry as they showcase their technical skills and movement.
Skill Level Deductions
Skill Level Increase
TIME LIMITS & MUSIC UPLOADS
All music needs to be uploaded to your Aspire account. Once registration is complete, go back into your account and upload your music. Music formats accepted are MP3 or M4A files. We recommend the free website Convertio.co if you need to convert your music files to MP3 or M4A format.
- Click on red music note next to routine to select file
- Or drag and drop music file onto red note
- Note will turn green when music is uploaded
- Click on yellow play arrow to listen to your music and verify it uploaded correctly
MUSIC UPLOAD DEADLINE: One week prior to the competition. If music is not uploaded prior to deadline, a $10 per routine music handing fee will be charged upon submission at the competition.
Back Up Music
For your own security, please bring a backup copy of your music on a device (phone, iPod, MP3 player, flash-drive, etc).
No music containing explict lyrics and/or profanity. Routines with inappropriate music content will receive a deduction. Don't even go there!
PROP & STAGE GUIDELINES
A panel of three educated and qualified judges will adjudicate each routine. Registrants will be provided with two online video downloads with judge's commentary and one written score sheet for each routine.
New in 2024 - Scoring will be based on the following breakdown:
New in 2024 - The technical judge will evaluate the following:
Judges Commentary and Score Sheets
Two judges videos will be uploaded to the registrants account no later than Tuesday following the competition. An email will be sent when the videos are ready to download.
The technical judges’ written score sheet will be given out at awards for the solo and duets/trios. Technical judging sheets for teams will be given out in a packet at the end of the competition. Pick them up at the registration desk.
All judging scores for the routine will be sent to the email entered at registration following the awards.
A tie between two routines will be broken by the technical score.
By entering the Aspire Dance Pro Competition you accept all judging decisions are final.
Bonus and/or Penalties
The Aspire Bonus (up to 2 points) may be awarded at the judges' discretion for exceptional and unique routines.
**Aspire Dance Pro is a family-friendly competition environment. Any routine with inappropriate costumes, music, or movements as deemed by the technical judge will be penalized 0.5 point per judge for a total of 1.5 point deduction.
Deductions will be given to any routine that is being prompted by an instructor.
Aspire Dance Pro reserves the right to disqualify any team that has more dancers on the floor than they have registered for a routine.