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Level's Determination factors
For decisions on which level you should enter in, we suggest the following skills suggestions for each level listed in the Rules Booklet above. These are not limits or required, but suggested to keep each level as close as possible.

(As noted, in Dance please no advanced gymnastics or tumbling in Beginning levels. There is no penalty, but dancers with these skills are suggested to dance in Intermediate or higher levels.) Thanks!


Once a person competes in any Individual events (Freestyle, A Cappella, or All-Around Solos) in Championship or Pro, that dancer may compete in only Advanced, Championship or Pro events from that point on.

Ex: A dancer who competes in highest levels must compete in those levels only.

A Dancer may compete in any level ONE LEVEL below their highest competed Freestyle.

Ex. A: A dancer competes in Intermediate freestyle, but dances on two teams - one intermediate and one beginning team). That person may compete on both teams. This dancer may also compete Beginning individuals (one level down) as long as long as their steps follow step guidelines.

Ex B: This person may not compete on a team in Novice as it is TWO LEVELS below their highest freestyle competed. Once you compete individuals in a higher level, you may not return to the lower level competing team.

Ex. C: If no individuals are competed, the dancer's highest competed team level is their current level and they may only dance ONE level below their highest level competed.

Freestyle determines a dancer's level (if not competing freestyle, your All-Around Solo level. If no solo level, A Cappella. If no individuals are competed, your highest team competed is your current level.

Advanced/Champ/Pro competing
Since Champ and Pro are voluntary levels (a dancer is never required to leave advanced), a dancer may compete any and all events in Advanced, Championship and Pro.
- Remember, once a dancer competes in Champ or Pro individuals, they may compete only in Advanced, Championship or Pro events.

May a duet compete with a dancer who is in a higher level and lower level?
YES! Any two people may compete duets. If one of the dancers is a champ or pro level dancer, the duet must be competed in Advanced or higher.
Ex. A: A beginning dancer and a pro level dancer compete a duet. It must be entered in advanced or above.
Competing Duets in a higher level does NOT make the lower level dancer restricted to only higher levels. Lower level duet partners may compete in their lower levels as determined by their individual levels competed after competing a duet in a higher level.

What steps are allowed in each level:
America On Stage has six levels. We don't allow higher level steps in lower levels. Lower levels compete lower level steps. As dancers can compete higher level steps, they must be competed in that higher level.

We have specified that each level is to follow the Solo Program for determination. However, in past years, we have had to make specific rules for those that wanted to know.

1) No Double Doubles or Canadian Basics of any kind are allowed in Beginning. This includes a full set of double doubles (8 counts), a half set of double doubles (4 counts) as well as any step that ends in or contains a double double (such as a step that ends with double double heel up, etc). Double Doubles may be competed in Intermediate and all levels above. Canadian basics include a “double double up down” or “double step double hop step”. Refer to Greg Tucker for more questions.

2) No Toe Trick steps of any kind are allowed in Intermediate. (Toe Knocks in some vernacular) Toe Tricks are an advanced level of stepwork and are reserved for higher levels only (as are other higher level steps). This means that any steps where the dancer stands on the toe of the foot and has all their weight either on that toe or while standing on the toe has no weight on the other foot is allowed in Advanced or higher only.



Individuals who compete higher level steps in a lower level will automatically be given a 3rd place score.

A team who breaks the team rules above will be penalized a full point on the offending team's scores sheet at the competition.

If the competition has already concluded, we will correct the incorrect competing team with their newly penalized score and new lower placing and all other teams will be moved up.

In addition, a studio who knowingly breaks the rules will also lose their studio grant.

America On Stage reserves the right to refuse service to any individuals/studios/directors who they deem not willing to follow the rules and competition director's policies.

It is the competition director's discretion to recommend warnings to studios at their first America On Stage event.

75% Rule - Overall Teams Awards
For teams to be considered a different team from another, 75% of the dancers on both teams must be different. This relates only when determining Overall Teams.
A team must have 75% different members from another team to be eligible for a second Overall award.

This relates only when choosing overall teams. Since we offer the top 5 teams overall trophies, a team must have 75% different members to be eligible for multiple overall awards.

This also relates only when teams are competing for the same award (Overall team, National Champion MVP category team). *Triple Crown has it's own rules. See them here.

As many studios now have the same dancers on many different teams, this works towards not awarding the same dancers on two teams with just a few different dancers multiple overall awards.
Set your teams up however you like. This relates only to overall awards.


How do I calculate if a team is 75% different?
It's simple.
1) Get the number of SHARED dancers on the two teams (how many dancers are on both teams). Example 5.
2) You need THREE TIMES the amount of NEW dancers to make it 75% different. Example 3x5 = 15.

Team A has 10 dancers, of whom 5 are on both Team A and Team B
Team B has 18 dancers, of whom 5 are on both Team A and Team B

Team A needs to have 15 NEW dancers to be different from Team B. They only have 5 NEW.
Team B needs to have 15 NEW dancers to be different from Team A They have 13 NEW dancers.
These two teams are NOT 75% different as BOTH teams need to have 75% different.

Thus, the HIGHEST scoring team of these two would win an overall team trophy