HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION LIMITATIONS
STUDIO DIVISION BREAKDOWN
(1 Performer) Note: Soloists are limited to entering a maximum of three (3) solo categories at DITD Competition.
(2-3 Performers) No more than 50% of a Duet/Trio may be the same person, and compete against themselves, in the same age division in the same performance category. The exact same performers may not place more than once for High Score in the Duet/Trio Division.
Divisions will be decided after all registrations have been accepted. Divisions will be determined by the natural "break" in competition teams.
AGE DIVISIONS: AGE GROUPING
For Solos, Duets/Trios, Small Groups, Medium Groups and Large Groups age divisions will apply for JAZZ, OPEN, CONTEMPORARY, AND HIP HOP only. PRODUCTION category will be an open age group, meaning there can be a combination of all age groups in the Production division. All Performance Divisions will compete as the following age groups: 7-12, 13-up except for Production.
For Duets/Trios and Groups: You must compete in the age division that the age or age average of the group comes to.
Solos (1 Performer) – 2:30 minutes max
Duets/Trios – 3:00 minutes max
Small/Medium/Large Group – 3:30 minutes max
Production Group – 4:00 minutes max
Mini Division Average ages 5-8
Junior Division Averages ages 9-11
Teen Division Average ages 12-14
Senior Division Average ages 15-18
DANCE/POM - NOVICE DIVISION
Teams competing in Dance/Pom Novice, must follow the below technical skill limitations:
1. Turns are limited to: Chaine turns, single pique (one rotation) and single pirouette turn (one rotation). a) Single pirouette turns may be executed in passé, coupe, pencil and attitude positions. b) Turn sequences such as consecutive fouette turns and/or second turns are not permitted. c) Axels are not permitted.
2. Leaps are limited to a basic split leap with a step or chasse as the prep. The basic split leap is also referred to as a forward/front leap, jete or saut de chat. A basic stag leap with a step or chasse as the prep is also permitted. Leaps must follow the below limitations: a) The preparation for the leap must be a step or chasse. (Clarification: A chaine turn directly into the leap is not permitted). b) The leap is executed in the same direction as the prep/approach. (Clarification: no changing direction of the body) c) The legs may be straight or in attitude position.
3. Jumps (except a turning C jump), Leg hold (with no rotations), kicks, kicklines and illusions are permitted.
4. The following skills are not permitted: Multiple turns (with the exception of the permitted turns), second leap (leaps in 2nd position), surprise leap, calypso leap, reverse leap, tour jete, turning C jump, switch/scissor leaps, leg hold turns and axels.
Please Note: For technical skills or combination of skills that are not specifically addressed in the “Novice” limitations, CFC has the discretion to determine the level of difficulty of that skill based on the similarity of other skills for that particular division.
DANCE/POM - INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
1. In addition to the skills permitted at the Novice level, the following skills will be permitted at the Intermediate level: double pirouettes (two rotations), single leg hold turn (one rotation), axels, tour jete, second leap (leap in 2nd position), surprise leap, calypso leap, reverse leap and one eight count of fouette turns/second turns (see #2 below).
a) Single and double pirouette turns may be executed in passé, coupe, pencil and attitude positions.
b) A single or double pirouette, plie, into a single or double pirouette turn is permitted but the plie must be clear or it may be considered a pirouette with more than 2 rotations.
c) Switch leaps/Scissor leaps are not permitted.
2. Turn sequences must meet the following criteria:
a) You are permitted to do a maximum of TWO separate turn sequences in your routine, which can be performed by one or more team members. Turn sequences may not be performed consecutively.
i. Pirouettes that are performed separately from fouette turns and second turns are not considered turn sequences.
ii. Traveling turns (i.e. chaine turns, pique turns) are not considered turn sequences.
b) Turn sequences are limited to fouette turns, second turns and pirouettes only. No other skills besides these turns are permitted within a turn sequence. No other skills can be connected and/or executed immediately out of the last turn before ending the turn sequence.
i. Single and double pirouette turns within the sequence may be in passé, coupe, pencil, and attitude positions. Clarification: Touching/holding the working leg during the turn sequence is not permitted.
ii. Spot direction must remain consistent throughout the entire turn sequence.
iii. Floats may be performed only as part of a turn sequence and are limited to a double (two rotations).
c) Each turn sequence is limited to one eight count of turning (not counting the prep or ending/completion of the turn sequence).
i. When a turn sequence starts with a fouette turn or second turn, the eight count will begin when the working leg opens to second position. When a turn sequence begins with a pirouette turn, the eight count begins immediately.
ii. The completion of the turn sequence must occur after one eight count (or in other words, “count 9.”) For example – A turn sequence begins with a second turn and the working leg opens to 2nd position on count “1” the landing/completion of the sequence must finish on the following count”1”.
iii. Dancer(s) must come to a complete stop with the body in an upright position (chest up) with both feet on the performance surface before executing another skill/move.
3. Fouette turns, second turns and floats may be performed only as a part of a turn sequence (See above intermediate #2b).
4. The following advanced dance technique skills will not be permitted at the Intermediate level (i.e. switch/scissor leaps, double leg hold turns or more, triple pirouettes or more, turn sequences that are longer than one eight count, 3 or more turn sequences in a routine).
Please Note: For technical skills or combination of skills that are not specifically addressed in the “Intermediate” limitations, CFC has the discretion to determine the level of difficulty of that skill based on the similarity of other skills for that particular division.
DANCE/POM - VARSITY ADVANCED & JV ADVANCED DIVISIONS
There are no technical skill limitations for this division except for those noted in the “2022-2023 USA Song/Pom/Song-Jazz and Pep/Short Flag Safety Rules for School/Youth (Rec) Teams.”
High School Time Limits
All Pom, Cheer and Dance Teams: 3:00 max time limit
Open Division 3:00
All Stunt Groups: 1:00 max time limit