Divisions & Categories for 2021

There is a division and category for everyone!


The competition includes:

 

  • solo categories and partnered categories.

  • solo, duet, couples and team formats.

  • opposite gender and same gender couples.

  • categories for all levels of dance.

  • Salsa, Bachata, Cha, Samba, Reggaeton and Mixed Latin categories.

  • ** New category for 2021 - Teams Themes Showcase **

 

 

Please note regarding team categories

 

There are only three types of teams:

  • Youth Teams

  • Amateur Teams: All members of an amateur team must be registered as amateur dancers.

  • Open Teams: This category allows for a mix of dancers (amateur, semi-pro, masters, pro and youth 16+)

  • Themed Showcase Teams: This category allows for a mix of dancers (amateur, semi-pro, masters, pro and youth 16+)

 

Please note regarding open categories

There are six open categories:

  • Open Solos: This category allows for a mix of pro and semi-pro dancers

  • Open Duets: This category allows for a mix of pro and semi-pro dancers

  • Open Couples: This category allows for a mix of pro and semi-pro dancers

  • Open Shines Teams: This category allows for a mix of dancers (amateur, semi-pro, pro, masters, youth 16+)

  • Open Partnered Teams: This category allows for a mix of dancers (amateur, semi-pro, pro, masters, youth 16+)

Check the Rules for this new category.
 

Please note this is a tentative list of divisions and categories.
(1) Pending registrations, the organization reserves the right to merge, alter and/or cancel any given category as required.

(2) Any given category must have a minimum of 5 entries for it to go ahead.

Division Definitions
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17 years or less.

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17 years or less / 18 years +

Defined as a partnership between a youth dance (17-) and an adult dancer (18+).
In this division only the youth dancer is judged.

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Defined as a student/person who does not make a living from or has had any financial gain from any dance related activities. This includes teaching, performing, judging, dance studio ownership/management, etc. A person who engages in dancing strictly as an avocation and/or recreational activity only.

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18 years +

 

Defined as a person who has previously received or currently receives financial compensation for dance related activities (e.g. teaching, performing, judging) but does these activities on a part-time/casual basis and makes the majority of their income in another profession.

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18 years +

 

Defined as a person who receives financial compensation for dance related activities (e.g. teaching, performing, judging) and makes the majority or entirety of their income from these activities.

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18 years +

 

The open division allowed for a mixture of different level dancers.

  • Open Solos (semi-pro and pro)

  • Open Duets (semi-pro and pro)

  • Open Couples (semi-pro and pro)

  • Open Teams (amateur, semi-pro, pro, masters, youth 16+)

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40 years +

 

Defined as a person of 40 years and over.

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18 years +

 

Defined as a partnership between an amateur dancer and a pro/semi-pro dancer. E.g.

  • Pro / Amateur

  • Semi-Pro / Amateur

In this division only the amateur dancer is judged.

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18 years +

 

Defined as two dancers of the same gender.

  • Male / Male

  • Female / Female