Dance Events

Age Grids for Dance Teams :



Scoring and Rules

We are proud to offer competition in 6 categories at our dance-only events.  A new division has been added to our dance only events this season; this division is Acro.  At events, judges will score three specific categories (Choreography, Difficulty and Technique). Each category has its own score sheet.  The head judge will be responsible for subtracting points from the overall score for mistakes and infractions made during a team performance, so please be sure to read our rules.

Score sheets will be added together for a total score. Any deductions or infractions will be subtracted from the total score to give the final score. The final score will be used for team placement.

In the event of a tie, the team with the lowest amount of deductions will be placed above the team they have tied with. If the tie is still standing, the technique average score for each of the teams in question will be reviewed. The team with the highest technique score will be moved ahead of the other team involved in the tie. If a tie still stands, the judges will be polled as to where the teams should be placed.

All decisions by judges, penalty and legality judges are final.

Dance categories available this season are:

  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Acro
  • Hip hop
  • Pom Dance

Coaches must determine on entry to the competition whether to place the team in the Novice division or just enter the standard division.

Guidance on entering Novice:

Our novice category is designed to create a level playing field and allow newly established teams or coaches with no or limited competitive experience the chance the experience competitive dance.  We trust the coaches will make the right decision about where their team is best placed.  If we feel that coaches are not making fair choices we will review the process.

Please ensure that if you are entering a team into the standard division and wish to enter a novice team also in the same dance discipline, no more than 50% of dancers in a novice team should crossover into a standard team of the same discipline.

A little scoring advice from us at ICE – Technique is the golden word, and don’t forget to entertain us, show us something different, brighten up our day.


1)      All teams and dancers must be supervised during all official functions by a qualified director/advisor/coach.

2)      Coaches must consider the performer and team skill level with regard to skills incorporated and proper progression.

3)      All directors, advisors and coaches must have, and review, an emergency plan in the event of an injury.

4)      Each team performance will have a maximum of 2 minutes and 30 seconds (2:30) for team routines and 1 minute 15 for Solo, and Duo divisions. Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or note of the music. Timing will end with the last choreographed movement or note of the music. Violation of the time limit will result in a deduction.

5)      Teams may not compromise the integrity of the performance surface. (Examples: residue from sprays, powders, oils, etc.) Violation will result in a deduction.

6)      Use of fire, noxious gases, live animals and other potentially hazardous elements are strictly prohibited. Violation will result in disqualification.

7)      Substitutions may be made in the event of any injury or other serious circumstance. Substitutes must abide by the age restrictions in all division in which they compete.

8)      All participants agree to conduct themselves in a manner displaying good sportsmanship throughout the competition with positive presentation upon entry and exit from the     performance area as well as throughout the routine. The advisor and coach of each team is responsible for seeing that team members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the team conduct themselves accordingly.   Severe cases of unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for disqualification.

9)      Dancers cannot compete against themselves in the same age category and division.


1)      Suggestive, offensive, or vulgar choreography, costuming, makeup, and/or music are inappropriate for family audiences and therefore lack overall audience appeal. This may affect the judges’ overall impression and/or score of the routine. Vulgar or suggestive choreography is defined as any movement implying something improper or indecent, appearing offensive or sexual in content, and/or relaying lewd or profane gestures or implications.

2)      All choreography should be age appropriate.

3)      Every effort should be made to ensure that the lyrics of the music are appropriate for all audience members.

4)      Performing in socks and/or footed tights, high heels, roller skates, roller blades or any other footwear that is inappropriate for the sport is not allowed.  If in doubt please contact ICE for prior approval on the email

5)      Jewellery as part of a costume is allowed.

6)      All costuming should be secure.  Costume malfunctions resulting in team members being exposed may be grounds for disqualification.


1)      Free standing props are not allowed. Use of parts of a costume (costume elements such as a necklace, jacket, hat, poms, etc.) are allowed and may be used and discarded.

2)      Props resembling weapons are not allowed, i.e., guns, knives, booms, etc.

3)      If using confetti or other items which will require clearing up the floor after your performance, we require advance notice.  Please note this on your entry form when you enter your team.