Division & Levels
Although placement of dancers in our convention classes is ultimately at the teachers’ discretion, our competition age divisions are strict and are automatically configured by our online registration system.
The competition age is based on the average age of the dancers in each routine as of January 1. To determine the age division, our system will average the performers ages and drop the decimal point. Example: 12.0-12.9 will compete in the 12-year-old (Junior) age division.
All competing dancers must be prepared to present proof of age should a question arise.
MINI AGE DIVISION: Average age of 8 & under
JUNIOR AGE DIVISION: Average age of 9-12
TEEN AGE DIVISION: Average age of 13-15
SENIOR AGE DIVISION: Average age of 16-19
ADULT AGE DIVISION: Average age of 20 & up
Two Competition Levels
Each routine at both our regional and national competition will be defined by our system as belonging to one of two competition levels, a performance level or a competitive level. These two levels will exist for all age groups: Mini, Junior, Teen, Senior and Adult. Individual and Overall Awards will be given to both competition levels for our Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior age division routines. Adult age division routines will be given individual awards only at our regional competitions.
During the convention registration process, you will name each dancer as either a ‘performance’ level dancer or a ‘competitive’ level dancer.
Our Performance Level is for a dancer who trains an average of 1-4 hours of dance per week.
Our Competitive Level is for a dancer who trains an average of 5 or more hours of dance per week.
The two performance levels are designed to give dancers a more level playing field at competition, not to allow your best dancers to win more awards. Dupree Dance has no way of ‘proving’ or ‘disproving’ the performance level of each registered dancer. Teachers, we trust that you will use fair judgment and honesty when assigning a ‘performance’ or ‘competitive’ level to each of your dancers during the convention registration process. Winning is great, but educating young dancers and raising them to perform with integrity is most important.
During the competition registration process, our system will automatically place each dance in the correct competition level based on the combined level of the dancers in each routine. Regional competition changes and/or changes to the assigned routine level will NOT be permitted within 2 weeks prior to the event you are registered for. The following rules will apply:
Duo and trio routines competition level rule:
Any duo or trio containing one or more competitive level dancers will be placed in the competitive division.
Group routines competition level rule:
Any group routine containing two or more competitive level dancers will be placed in the competitive division.
Line and Production routines competition level rule:
Any line or production routine containing four or more competitive level dancers will be placed in the competitive division.
Super production routines competition level rule:
Any super production routine containing six or more competitive level dancers will be placed in the competitive division.
“Bump Up” Option
If you feel that the overall level of a routine placed in the ‘performance level’ by our rules is more competitive in nature, you may opt to ‘bump it up’ to the competitive division by calling Dupree Dance at the time of registration. Regional competition changes will NOT be permitted within 2 weeks prior to the event you are registered for. It is important that your competition information is completely entered in our system before Dupree Dance is able to apply the ‘bump up’ option to your requested routine(s). It is not an option to bump a routine down from the competitive to the performance level at any time. Dupree Dance will not change a dancer or routines competition level within 2 weeks of our event date.