WHAT LEVELS MAY BE COMPETED IF I DANCE
IN MULTIPLE LEVELS?
PRO/ CHAMP/ ADVANCED LEVELS
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.
NOVICE, BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED LEVELS
A Dancer may compete in any level ONE LEVEL below their highest competed
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
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.
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
- Remember, once a dancer competes in Champ or Pro individuals, they may compete
only in Advanced, Championship or Pro events.
DUET COMPETITION LEVELS
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
email@example.com 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
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.
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
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?
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
These two teams are NOT 75% different as BOTH teams need to have 75%
Thus, the HIGHEST scoring team of these two would win an overall team