Dance Classifications


Someone who hasn’t come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the same genre at this or any other recognised festival.  Dancers entering the novice section may not enter the same category in the general solo classes.


A dramatic and sometimes humorous presentation of a story from any book, play film etc or historical characters, or the mannerisms and essential features of a person, animal etc.  Competitors are permitted to interpret the words of a song or spoken word. Ballet is the traditional dance technique used although any classical technique is acceptable.


Modern is an all-inclusive term applied to an ever-evolving performing art.  It includes jazz and all styles of modern theatre dance. Acrobatics are acceptable only when combined with a strong dance technique.

Lyrical Modern
Based on Modern technique, lyrical modern should show flowing movements that express the emotion of the music. No Gymnastic or acrobatic moves.  Floor work should be kept to a minimum.


All styles and developments in technique including characterisation and humour are encouraged providing the projection, beating and presentation of the routine is fully sustained and appropriate.

Song and Dance

The song should set the scene, mood and style of the dance. The focus will be on the interpretation of the song with the dance reflecting the words and the mood, being well sustained throughout.  


All traditional music, songs and technique appropriate to the country of choice are acceptable.

Classical Greek

This dance form comes from Ancient Greece and is based on the natural movements of the body.

The movements are expressive and range from lyrical to dynamic athletic sequences. Dancers perform barefoot, wearing tunics and often use props such as scarves, ribbons or bows.

Acrobatic Dance

A seamless blend of dance and acrobatics: flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, tumbling and lifts are fused to create a magical aspect to each discipline of dance.