JR HIGH/RECREATIONAL STUDIO DIVISION
(1 Performer) Note: Soloists are limited to entering a maximum of three (3) solo categories at CFC 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 – 5:00 minutes max
Description of Performance Division
ALL CHEER CATEGORIES Must adhere to all AACCA Safety rules and regulations for all advanced stunting and tumbling maneuvers.
SHOW CHEER – Combines all the elements of cheerleading in a 2 minutes and 30 second routine, broken up into two elements – 1 minute of a crowd leading cheer, 1 minute and 30 seconds of music (also can be broken up into two sections). Teams should showcase stunts, tumbling, jumps, and a dance during music section(s). Crowd leading props such as signs, poms, megaphones, and flags are encouraged to be used during the cheer section.
COED CHEER – Combines all the elements of cheerleading in a 2 minutes and 30 second routine, broken up into two elements – 1 minute of a crowd leading cheer, 1 minute and 30 seconds of music (also can be broken up into two sections). Teams should perform stunts, tumbling, jumps, and a dance during music section(s) but also focus on showcasing their male athletes with a variety of coed skills, including coed partner stunting. Crowd leading props such as signs, poms, megaphones, and flags are encouraged to be used during the cheer section.
STUNT TEAM– A 1 minute routine set to music that utilizes 4-5 female athletes and gives programs an opportunity to showcase their best stunt skills. Groups will display a variety of stunt with little transition time and a strong execution. A focus on stunt technique, creativity, and difficulty is encouraged. (If there are enough Coed and All Girl Stunt teams to split the division, we will divide into All-Girl and Coed Stunt teams)
PARTNER STUNT – A 1 minute routine set to music that utilizes 1 male and 1 female athlete (+ 1 additional spotter, male or female) and gives programs an opportunity to showcase their best coed stunt skills. Partners will display a variety of coed stunts with little transition time and strong execution. A focus on stunt technique, creativity, and difficulty is encouraged.
GAME DAY - Inspired by what teams do at their home football games and is a limited tumbling and building routine. Teams will perform 3 separate routines in the Qualifying Round – Band Chant, Crowd Leading, and Fight Song – each with a 1 minute time limit to execute a maximum 3 minute routine.
POM - A pom routine incorporates dance based skills such as turns, leaps, and jumps but remains focused on strong and precise motions, team synchronization and visual effects. It may also include pom specific skills such as pom passes and kick lines. Poms must be used for a minimum of 80% of the 2 minute and 30 second (maximum) routine, however male dancers are not required to utilize poms.
SHOW CHEER/NON-TUMBLING - Routine must use cheerleading style technique. Each routine must blend combination of jumps, vocal cheering, rhythmic, precision dance section and a display of precision throughout with strong sharp movements. This is a Non-Tumbling division.
CONTEMPORARY Routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.
HIP HOP - Routine must demonstrate street dance styles: hip hop, funk, freestyle, house, grooves, popping, locking, break dancing, etc (may include up to 2 gymnastic feats).
JAZZ Routine using jazz technique, complex rhythms and patterns, isolations and executes moves and steps that are energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.
PRODUCTION – Routine emphasis must be on characterization or be of a unique, thematic nature. Entrants must use clever costumes and unusual or innovative moves to convey the thematic character-driven choreography. Small sets are allowed. (Sets must be safe for gym floors)
OPEN Any dance style that does not fully fit into the above descriptions, examples: Tap, Character, Musical Theater, Ballet, etc. Routine may be of any combination of styles.
Competitive Division Levels
DETERMINING LEVELS: The following guidelines are suggestions to be used in determining the appropriate level placement of the competitors. Because no competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, it is left to the teachers’ own sound judgment when entering level placement for their students.
Novice: This competition level division is for dancers with 1-2 years’ experience. Groups should compete in the level that is consistent with most of the group members’ abilities.
Intermediate Level: This competition level division is for dancers with 2-3 years’ experience. Groups should compete in the level that is consistent with most of the group members’ abilities.
Advanced Level: This competition level is for top-level competitive dancers who perform at an advanced technical level. All entries will be adjudicated, and will receive High Score Awards.
ASSIGNING LEVELS: Again, Dancers’ placement in each division is to be determined by the teacher’s discretion. Studios will be required to assign a competition level for each performer when they are entered in our registration system. Routines may be moved to a higher competition level, but never a lower level. Please be certain that you are entering your performers in the proper performance level when inputting your registration data. This CANNOT be changed after the schedule is completed.
Adjudication of Awards: Point System
Each entry will be competing in the division that most closely represents their team size, category and technical skill level. Cheer for Charity reserves the right to combine divisions due to limited #'s. This will only affect size and category, not technical skill level.
Places will be determined by the # of entries in the division.
# of entries: Places Awarded
3 or less 1st
4-5 1st & 2nd
5-10 1st, 2nd & 3rd
11 or more 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th
JUDGE’S SCORE SHEETS/CRITIQUES: will be dispersed immediately following Awards ceremony.
This award will be presented to a Group based on choreographic design and overall impression.
Checking in Backstage
Teachers should check students in backstage on a timely basis. Teachers are permitted to remain backstage for an appropriate amount of time to prepare their students and watch their performance. Backstage areas need to remain clear of dancers, parents, and teachers and stay organized all other times.
General Safety and Info
*A dancer may never stand, kneel or lie down above 7 feet from the stage floor level.
*All contestants grant permission to the directors of to use their photographs and/or videos or to appear on local and/or national television to promote its competitions.
*Smoking is prohibited in the competition area. *The Rules will be evaluated and enforced on an individual basis, based on what is best for all parties involved. *Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification. This includes attempting to recruit students from other studios to attend yours at competition. and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury or property loss. *A panel of well-qualified judges will judge contestants, and all decisions of the judges will be accepted as final.
NON FLASH photography is permitted.