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2015 - 2016 Eastern Dance All Star Dance Team Divisions & Safety Rules

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EASTERN DANCE ALL STAR DANCE CATEGORY DIVISIONS

The following list is a “Menu” of division and categories that may be offered and are not guaranteed. Please visit USASF Dance Rules for clarification on rules for your team for each category. JAZZ A jazz routine incorporates stylized dance movements/combinations, formation changes, group work, leaps and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement and team uniformity. The USASF Dance General and Jazz Rules are to be followed within the proper age division. POM Poms must be used 80% of the routine. Important characteristics of a pom routine include strong pom technique: clean/precise and sharp motions, synchronization and visual effect, and may incorporate tricks (i.e. leaps/turns, pom passes, jump sequences, kick lines etc). Visual effect includes level changes, group work, formation changes, the use of different color poms, etc. The USASF Dance General and Pom Rules are to be followed within the proper age division. HIP HOP Routines can incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation. The USASF Dance General and Hip Hop Rules are to be followed within the proper age division. OPEN STYLE A routine in this category may incorporate any one style or combination of styles. The USASF Dance Rules are to be followed. All styles will be judged against each other in this category. The style of dance performed will determine which “category” rules a team will follow within the proper age division. PREP (Prep Jazz, Prep Pom , Prep Hip Hop) The Prep Category is offered for emerging teams and dancers to prepare them for category specific rules. Unless a split is available the Prep Category will be parallel to the Open Category; all styles will be judged against each other in this category, unless the splitting rule applies. A dancer may not compete in a non-prep category and a Prep Category within the same style. The USASF Dance General and Prep Rules are to be followed within the proper age division.

VARIETY Also known as Team Performance. Routines must incorporate a blend of jazz, pom and hip hop styles. Emphasis should be placed on overall creativity and flow of routine and successful technical execution of the dance styles performed. The USASF Dance General, Hip Hop, Pom and Jazz rules, all three category sets, are to be followed within the proper section of the routine and proper age division. KICK Routines emphasize control, height uniformity, extension, toe points, timing and creativity of a variety of kick series. Fifty kicks must be performed in the routine. A kick is defined as one foot remaining on the floor while the other foot lifts with force. The USASF Dance General and Jazz rules are to be followed within the proper age division. LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY A contemporary or lyrical routine uses organic, pedestrian and/or traditional modern or ballet vocabulary as it complements the lyric and/or rhythmic value of the music. Emphasis is placed on control, sustained, expressive movement, body placement, contraction/release, use of breath, uniformity, communication and technical skills. The USASF Dance General and Jazz and Lyrical/Comptemporary rules are to be followed within the proper age division. PROP Routines emphasize the use of props or a variety of props. The manipulation of the prop must be the main focal point of the routine. Each team will be given 2 minutes to set up and 2 minutes to take down their props before and after the performance if necessary. The USASF Dance General and Jazz rules are to be followed within the proper age division, with 2

the exception of the Prop section. Props may not be used to bear the weight of a performer who is executing a tumbling skill or involved in a lift. PRODUCTION Production teams must have at least 20 members, and routines must emphasize a theme or a storyline. Routines may be any style of dance that is outlined in this category listing. Production routines will have a maximum of 5 minutes to complete their routine. Props may not be used to bear the weight of a performer who is executing a tumbling skill or involved in a lift. The USASF Dance General and Jazz rules are to be followed within the proper age division, with the exception of the Prop section. Props may not be used to bear the weight of a performer who is executing a tumbling skill or involved in a lift.

LEGALITY VERIFICATION

1. For questions regarding the legality of a specific skill, etc, for the Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom, Open and Prep Divisions please adhere to the following guidelines: • Skill videos may be submitted to [email protected] • Emails must have a division, category and USASF Member number. • Full routines will not be viewed. Only submissions from USASF members will be reviewed. 2. For questions regarding the legality of a specific skill, etc, for the Variety, Kick, Lyrical, Prop and Production Divisions please adhere to the following guidelines: • Skill videos may be submitted to [email protected] • Emails must have a division and category. • Full routines will not be viewed.

ALL STAR TEAM COMPETITION DIVISIONS DIVISION Tiny Small Mini Large Mini Small Youth Large Youth Small Junior Large Junior Junior Coed Junior Male Small Senior Large Senior Small Senior Coed Large Senior Coed Senior Male Small Open Large Open Small Open Coed Large Open Coed Open Male

AGE 6 Years & Younger 9 Years & Younger 9 Years & Younger 12 Years & Younger 12 Years & Younger 15 Years & Younger 15 Years & Younger 15 Years & Younger 15 Years & Younger 18 Years & Younger 18 Years & Younger 18 Years & Younger 18 Years & Younger 18 Years & Younger 14 Years & Older 14 Years & Older 14 Years & Older 14 Years & Older 14 Years & Older

TEAM SIZE 4 or More Dancers 4 - 14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 -14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 -14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 or More Dancers 4 or More Dancers 4 -14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 -14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 of More Dancers 4 -14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 -14 Dancers 15 or More Dancers 4 or More Dancers

GENDER N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0 Males 0 Males Male(s) and Female(s) 0 Females 0 Males 0 Males Male(s) and Female(s) Male(s) and Female(s) 0 Female(s) 0 Males 0 Males Male(s) and Female(s) Male(s) and Female(s) 0 Females

Small and Large Divisions are not guaranteed. Divisions will be combined first by size when applicable then by gender. Eastern Dance will separate large and small divisions if registrations in each division are more than 3 teams each. Ages as of August 31, 2015 will be the determining factor for divisions determined by age.

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