1. All Music must be submitted via online registration no later than January 15th
  2.  When an adjudicator decides that an entry is in the wrong class, the performance will receive “adjudication only” in the class the adjudicator deems is correct.
  3.  Adjudicator Workshops will be scheduled for each discipline and will be open to all festival participants.   While written feedback will not be provided, attendance is mandatory for provincial eligibility. (see General Rules #10 for eligibility). Participation, technique and ability will be considered by the adjudicator for recommendations.
  4. Music, Choreography and Costumes
    Studios/Teachers should ensure that the music lyrics, dance moves and costumes are age appropriate and not provocative or offensive to the audience.  All entries must be appropriate for Family Audience, no matter the age of the performer.
  5.  No dance studio to mark stage for any dance number. Marking should be done by the theatre technician and only the traditional markings, i.e. back – left, centre, right; centre stage; and front – left, centre, right. Please bring it to the Dance Chair’s attention if this is not done or has come off.
  6.  Noisy Audience –Remember – this is an adjudicated performance not a concert or show. Absolutely no hooting, hollering, whistling, etc. permitted – either as the dancers enter the stage or during the performance (see General Rules #5). Showing appreciation following the performance is acceptable. The only exception is for Hip Hop – please encourage all dancers while onstage.
  7. The stage curtain is not to be closed for set up before the dance commences.
  8. PROPS – be sure to check each class to determine the use of props. As per the following definitions.  Costume – includes accessories, such as shoe, hat, glove, corset, handkerchief, fan, umbrella, cane and jewelry. Prop – any object placed on the stage that gives the performance specific period, place or character including but not limited to – set pieces like chairs, stairs, boxes etc. Smaller objects are referred to as “hand props”.
  9. To qualify for an award, a competitor must enter two solos in the dance section of festival and achieve an 85% or better and study within our boundaries (see General Rules #10 and #19 for further qualifications). Meeting these requirements does not always result in a dancer receiving an award. It always depends on the amount of money in the dance awards fund.
  10. To be eligible for Provincial recommendation, a dancer must have competed in 2 solo classes in the dance discipline for which they are being recommended (I.E. ballet, stage or modern), attend the appropriate adjudicator’s workshop; study within our boundaries and achieve an 85% on each recommended entry. (see General Rules #10 and #19). All solos within a discipline will be averaged to obtain eligibility mark. Provincial Eligibility for stage has one restriction –cannot be based on lyrical and jazz solos – must do a tap or modern stage also. In the Modern Discipline: solos must be contrasting in style. Any competitor receiving a Provincial nomination from another Festival that they have not declined is ineligible for a nomination to the PABC Provincial Festival from the NIFPA.
  11. All entries must be under the umbrella of an established performing arts organization or educational institution which has a business license and adequate insurance coverage
  12.  A dance routine can be performed only once in a competition during the Festival. A routine can be repeated from a previous year provided it is presented by a different person or persons
  13. Solos, Duets and Trios
    Birthdates must be listed on the entry, age as of December 31st of the year preceding Festival. Except for small and large groups, all dancers must be within the age limit of the class, the age of the oldest dancer will determine the age category.
  14. Small (4-7) and Large (8+) Groups
    Based on dancer’s age as of December 31 st of the year preceding festival. The registration program will then average the ages to determine the age category. No dancer can be more than 2 years older than the age category grouping. Please email us in if the age of your oldest dancer is more than the 2 years allowed.
  15. If any class has ten or more entries, the class will be divided according to age. Split classes will be adjudicated separately.
  16. Routines will be timed from the beginning of the performance to the end. Presets/bows will not be timed. These time limits are strictly enforced. Overtime performances will be disqualified.
    All Solos 3 minutes maximum
    All Groups 6 minutes maximum.
    S&D ONLY: Solos-4 minutes max; Productions-10 minutes max. (Hip Hop and Song & Dance only)
  17. Recorded music will be accepted for Dance, but the original recordings must accompany the competitor at the Festival performance.
  18. Lip synchronization permitted in Hip Hop only.
  19.  No more than a total of two acrobatic tricks where the hips pass over the head are allowed in all disciplines, excluding Acro Jazz and Street. I.E. back/front walk-overs, flips, tumbling passes, etc.
    Acceptable movement not counted as an acrobatic trick – Handstands, cartwheels, front/back rolls, dolphin rolls, and technical movements within the discipline.
  20. Instrumental or percussive use of voice is to be considered as music.
  21. Please remember that in most disciplines, as we have tried to note, the rules for soloists are written with provincial eligibility in mind – in order to avoid disqualifications at that level. Therefore, we have also tried to note where groups are given more leeway to allow exploration and expressions of choreography.


CLASSICAL BALLET – All Age Groups – No Props. This category is for all classical ballet – Soft shoe OR En Pointe. No vocals allowed in music for solos – all group entries may use music with vocals. If numbers are sufficient, demi and pointe will be separated.

BALLET REPERTOIRE VARIATION – All Age Groups – No Props Soft shoe OR En Pointe No vocals allowed in music. If numbers are sufficient, demi and pointe will be separated.

OPEN BALLET – All Age Groups – No Props Ballet combined with other dance elements and components pushing its limitations. This class replaces previous year’s interpretive, contemporary and lyrical ballet classes (remember no vocals in solos) Soft shoe OR En Pointe. No vocals allowed in music for solos – all group numbers may use music with vocals and are not required to wear shoes. If numbers are sufficient, demi and pointe will be separated.

DEMI-CHARACTER – All Age Groups – Props to show characterization of story Dancer must perform ballet technique from the waist down and the character from the waist up. Clear characterization must be present in choreography. Costume and title is not enough to quality a routine as Demi Character. Props can be used as an integral part of the characterization or story. Soft shoe OR En Pointe. No vocals allowed in music for solos (contemporary ballet solos may have lyrics) – all group numbers may use music with vocals. If numbers are sufficient, demi and pointe will be separated.

NATIONAL – All Age Groups
A routine of national origin, authentic in the style and costume of any country (ie: Ukrainian, Polynesian, East Indian, Spanish, Russian, First Nations etc). No set competitive dance


Titles required for all Entries
Provincial Eligibility requires 2 CONSTRASTING solos.

Free movement of dance encompassing various dance disciplines with modern technique as its underlying base a constantly evolving style of movement that gives physicality to human ideologies and concepts with emphasis on engaging the whole body. Vocals allowed in music.

Dance that uses a recognized modern technique to tell a story, express a feeling, interpret a character, behavior, or emotional state. Movement should be related to the intent of the music. Vocals allowed in music.


Titles required for all Entries

Hip Hop – All Age Groups – Minimum use of props

A constantly evolving form of dance that relies on individualism and personal style and emphasizes the expressive power of movement – should include but not be limited to choreography that incorporates a blend of contemporary funk and street style with jazz techniques. May include moves such as gliding, popping, locking, waving and utilize house, old school and new school. May also include gymnastics, power moves or any series of tricks of stunts. No reference to violence or derogatory sexual content or language or deductions will be made.


Titles required for all Entries
Provincial Eligibility requires 2 solos. Restrictions: cannot be 2 jazz solos.

JAZZ – All Age Groups
Use of isolated movements, combined with recognized jazz technique showing strong sense of rhythm and
coordination. Must be pure dance. No more than two acrobatic tricks are permitted in this category.

LYRICAL JAZZ– All Age Groups
A dance that is generally performed to music in slower tempos and interprets the lyrics or intent of that piece of music. This genre uses a soft jazz based technique with facial and body emotion to portray an idea, story or mood.

ACRO JAZZ – All Age Groups
Free movement, improvised and usually characterized by syncopated rhythm and use of isolated movements and acrobatic tricks.

TAP – All Age Groups
Entries will be adjudicated on foot work, rhythm, style and presentation. No interpretation of a story line. No tap sounds in music.

MODERN STAGE – All Age Groups
No live voice or lip synchronization. Dance must be suited to stage or music production. Routine must be entertaining and diversified (no straight line work) with a character base to it. For Song and Dance entries see our Musical Theatre Discipline

SONG AND DANCE – All Age Groups – Minimum use of simple props
A routine suited to stage production. Equal effort in dancing, singing and acting will be an integral part of the overall performance. Routine must comprise voice and dance and will be adjudicated on both


Routines should be registered within the appropriate discipline and will be programmed accordingly.

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS – Age Groups 11+ – Props depending on class
This category will be divided by the number of performers (not choreographers) but will be placed in the Choreographer’s age grouping as defined in all other classes. For example: if a 13 year old choreographer sets a piece on 3 performers with the oldest being 10; then the piece will be placed in the Young Choreographer – Trio, 14 and under group.

Further direction for Young Choreographer:
Student chooses own music, theme and style (discipline – must be noted); and has the option to perform their own piece or set it onto other dancer(s). Performers must be listed on entry. Comprehensive notes must be submitted for the adjudicator to review. Choreographers should think of the following when creating and include as much of the process as possible in their notes.

Teachers/Studios please encourage your young choreographers with:

Student must submit written/video choreography to the Board by February 15th of Festival year. (

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