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We are thrilled to introduce you to The Dance-Off, where dancers and dance educators can come together to showcase their skills and passion for dance.

Our competition provides a safe and supportive environment for dancers to build confidence, develop their dance abilities, and express themselves creatively.


The focus of our experienced panel of judges is on constructive criticism and positive feedback. It is our goal for every dancer to feel encouraged and inspired. With our extensive overall breakdown, we provide numerous opportunities for dancers and choreographers to be acknowledged for their artistry and hard work, including solo vs. soloist breakdowns, Novice Pre-Competitive vs. Novice Competitive breakdowns, and more!


Attending The Dance-Off is an opportunity for your dancers to connect with other young dancers, gain valuable experience and above all else, have fun doing what they love most on a larger stage. So come and join us for an exciting weekend of dance at TDO!

- Your TDO Directors 



Solo - 1 dancer (3 minutes max.)

Duet - 2 dancers (3 minutes max.)

Trio - 3 dancers (3 minutes max.)

Small Group - 4-9 dancers (4 minutes max.)

Large Group - 10-15 dancers (4 minutes max.)

Line - 16+ dancers (4 minutes max.)

Production - Unlimited number of dancers (10 minutes max.)


Acro - A routine consisting of unlimited acrobatic tricks combined with dance steps and movement.


  • Character Ballet - A routine which incorporates distinct character gestures, movements and storytelling elements into ballet choreography. No acrobatic tricks are permitted.

  • Classical Ballet - A routine performed on demi pointe which consists of classical ballet technique. No acrobatic tricks are permitted.

  • Contemporary Ballet - A routine which blends ballet technique with modern and contemporary style. No acrobatic tricks are permitted.

  • Pointe - A routine danced in pointe shoes which consists of primarily classical pointe technique. No acrobatic tricks are permitted.

Contemporary - A routine where dancers use their bodies to convey a narrative through their movement choices and interactions. A limit of three acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Hip Hop - A routine where dancers interpret the beats, lyrics and rhythms of hip hop music through their movement. A limit of three acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Jazz - A routine which combines individual musicality, style and technical skill, allowing dancers to showcase their creativity and versatility. A limit of three acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Lyrical - A routine where dancers strive to create a sense of connection between their movements and the accompanying music, expressing the mood, narrative, or sentiment conveyed by the song. A limit of two acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Modern - A routine which involves a wide range of body positions and dynamics, and explores concepts of space and time. A limit of three acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Musical Theatre - A routine consisting of dynamic and expressive choreography, where the dancer(s) lip sync the lyrics of the song. A limit of three acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Open - A routine that does not fit the description of any other dance style, or is a combination of two or more styles. A limit of six acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Song & Dance - A routine of any style where the dancer combines vocal performance with dance choreography. The studio must supply their own microphones and/or headsets. A limit of three acrobatic tricks is permitted.

Tap - A routine characterized by the creation of rhythmic sounds and beats produced by the feet wearing tap shoes. Pre-recorded tap sounds must not be present in the song. A limit of two acrobatic tricks is permitted.

*For each acro trick exceeding the permitted amount in the category, a deduction of three points will be applied.


Novice - The novice category is intended for dancers new to competitive dance or to competing in a solo/duet/trio. Novice groups must involve a minimum of 75% novice dancers. Novice solos, duets, and trios must be 100% novice.


Pre-Competitive - Dancers who train 5 or less hours per week.


Competitive - Dancers who train 6 or more hours per week.


Petite - 6 & under

Mini - ages 7-9

Junior - ages 10-12

Teen - ages 13-15

Senior - ages 16-18

Adult - ages 19+

*All routines will compete in their own individual age division (e.g., Jazz Solo Age 12; Tap Small Group Age 7). Ages are calculated as of December 31 prior to the competition year. To determine the average age of a routine, add all of the dancers’ ages together and divide by the number of dancers. The decimal point is then dropped.












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