Dance Rules Booklet

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Clogging/Power Tap Rules Booklet

Clog Rules Booklet Inside

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Clog Rules Booklet Outside (pdf version)

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Singing Rules Booklet

Singing Rules Booklet

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.)

Clogging/Power Tap Levels


Novice Step Restrictions Video:


Beginning Step Restrictions Video:


Intermediate Step Restrictions Video:


Advanced Step Restrictions Video:



A Dancer may compete in any level ONE LEVEL below their highest competed level. (Pro Dancers my no longer compete in Advanced as was allowed before.) Once a person competes in any category in a level, that dancer may only compete in categories in that level and the ONE LEVEL below that highest competed level. This includes all team and individual categories.

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 their steps follow step rules.

Ex B: This person may not compete in Novice as it is TWO LEVELS below their highest level competed. Once you compete in a level, you may not return to a lower level two levels below that level.

The highest level competed (team, duet, or individuals) determines a dancer's level

Duet levels follow rules above. A dancer may not compete a duet in a level TWO levels below their highest competed level. However, a new duet category called OPEN DUET allows ANYONE to compete a duet with anyone in a special level called Open! Any kind of duet can be competed in Open Duet. DUET EXCEPTION *Competing Duets in a higher level does NOT make the lower level dancer restricted to only those higher levels. Lower level duet partners may compete in their lower levels as determined by their individual or team 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.

Each level is to follow the Solo Program for determination.

NOVICE ) No Buck Steps allowed. Gallops are allowed, but no buck steps such as would be done in singles.

BEGINNING) 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). Canadian basics include a “double double up down” or “double step double hop step”. Refer to online rules for more info.

INTERMEDIATE) No Toe Trick steps of any kind are allowed in Intermediate. (Toe Knocks/Toe stands in some vernacular). 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.

ADVANCED) No Grab offs, Bicycle pullbacks or Toe Graba. See videos online for further clarification.

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