Ballet: A routine that expresses a form of classical dance demanding highly developed technique, grace and precision executed according to specific gestures and flowing patterns. Ballet slippers must be worn.
Pointe: A routine that contains primarily classical pointe technique and shoes.
Jazz: A routine consisting of energetic dance styles using body isolations and varied rhythmic accents. The routine can contain up to three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks. 1 point deduction per judge (max 3 points) if more than three gymnastics/acrobatic tricks are in routine.
Modern/Contemporary: A routine that resembles modern art and music in being experimental and breaking from tradition. A style of theatrical dancing where movements are expressive of feelings.
Hip Hop: A routine that focuses on street style dance. Loose, relaxed and fun incorporating street dance with popular, mainstream music.
Acro: A routine that consists of tumbling skills requiring balance, strength and/or flexibility. Acrobatic routines should contain a minimum of 50% dance.
Lyrical: A routine that combines ballet and jazz techniques displaying a story through emotions and passion.
Tap: A routine that uses the precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. The routine must consist primarily of tap techniques. Tap sounds cannot be pre-recorded in the music track.
Open: A routine that does not fall under any other dance category or a routine that combines two or more dance styles. Styles associated with open are lip-sync, and ethnic dance.
Song & Dance: A performance combing an equal display of singing and dancing. No other lead vocals on the back track are permitted.