WHAT LEVELS MAY BE COMPETED IF I DANCE
IN MULTIPLE LEVELS?
WHAT LEVELS MAY BE
COMPETED IF I DANCE IN MULTIPLE LEVELS?
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
DUET COMPETITION LEVELS
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.
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.
Grab offs, Bicycle pullbacks or Toe Graba. See videos online for further
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