Skill Level Deductions
Skill Level Increase
On the spot choreography to a 30 second piece of music. Judged on creativity, quality of movement, musicality and interpretation.
Routine that contains traditional jazz movements and technique.
Routine choreography should display interpretation of the lyrics, emotion and content of the music; while encompassing the use of ballet, jazz and contemporary technical skills.
Routine utilizing a Broadway or Movie Musical Song incorporating dance, characters and/or costumes.
Routine must include classical or contemporary Pointe technique and steps. Pointe shoes only. No Pointe routines will be accepted in the amateur skill level.
Routine containing tap technique and primarily tap work. Tap shoes only.
Routine must include at least 15 dancers and be 4-15 minutes long. May contain any style or combination of styles of dance with a story line or theme. The routine may include multiple ages, levels, dance forms, props, stage sets, or special effects.
Music & Time Limits
We HIGHLY recommend all music be uploaded to your Aspire account. Once you have paid and your registration is complete, go back into your account and upload your music. Music must be uploaded as an MP3 or M4A file. 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
Upload Deadline: Tuesday before the competition. If you do not upload prior to this time, you will be unable to upload your music and must bring your music on a CD or flash-drive.
If music is not uploaded, you must bring music on a flash-drive.
- Labeled with the routine name, performer's name (if solo, duet, or trio) and studio name
- Each song or music track on a separate flash-drive
- Turn into registration table at least 1/2 hour prior to performance time
- Returned in judging packet after awards
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).
Routine Time Limits
Additional time cannot be purchased. Penalties/deductions may be applied at the judges discretion if routine exceeds time limits.
A panel of three educated and qualified judges will adjudicate each routine, designating points earned for choreography and artistry, technical performance, stage presence, execution of routine, and showmanship. Performers/Studio Directors will be provided with an online digital download with judge's commentary and two written score sheets for each routine.
Includes awards for Choreography, Technical, Judges Choice and Showmanship.
Judges’ score sheets, critiques and your music may be picked up at the Registration Table. Team adjudication packets will given only to the studio director or team teacher/coach. By entering Aspires Competition you accept all decisions by judges are final.
All ties will be broken by technical score. If there is a tie by technical score, the tie will be broken by judges' decision.
Bonus and/or Penalties
The Aspire SUPERSTAR Bonus points (up to 2) may be awarded at the judges' discretion for exceptional and unique routines.
Two(2) penalty points will be applied to routines having inappropriate (not family friendly) music, movement or costuming. All Penalty points are reviewed and approved by the Aspire owner before presentation.
No prompting is allowed by dance instructors. Any routine that receives promptings from an instructor may impact the judges scores.
Aspire Dance Pro reserves the right to disqualify any team that has more dancers on the floor than they have registered for a routine.