There should be 2 dancers that make up a duo.
Dancers may enter ONE duo category (plus parent/ child subject to schedule)
Duos dance to the highest freestyle solo grade and highest age of the partnership. E.g. a solo U/12 Intermediate and a solo U/14 Beginner would dance in U/14 Intermediate Duo. We do however allow a middle ground (for level only, not age) in cases where there is an advanced dancer and a beginner/ class member in a duo partnership, we would allow them to enter the intermediate category.
If neither of the dancers in the duo have a solo status, they should enter based on the guidelines below.
It is the dance teacher’s responsibility to ensure that their competitors are in the correct age category and level.
Breaking footwork such as 6 step, coffee grinder is permitted at any level however please see details below on tricks/ freezes/ acrobatics in each section. Judges are made aware of these rules at the start of each competition and it is then their choice whether they choose to mark any dancer that ignores these guidelines.
Beginner duos– Anyone duo partnership who have not won a duo beginner event. Duo partnerships who have made it through to finals on 3 or more occasions with more than 12 couples entered, should consider moving up to intermediate even if they haven’t won the beginners section. No acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in any round.
Intermediate duos– Any duo partnership who have moved out of Beginner grade and have not won this section on more than 3 occasions. Duo partnerships may enter this section straight away without winning a beginner section however they may only move back into the beginners section once they have moved up into a higher age section. Acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in the final only however should be done with care and only when dancers are in full control of what they’re doing. Please be aware of the safety of other dancers when these are being performed
Advanced duos– For duos partnerships who have won intermediate 3 times. Once a duo has reached this grade, they may only move down a grade if they move up an age group. Acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in any round however should be done with care and only when dancers are in full control of what they’re doing. Please be aware of the safety of other dancers when these are being performed
Dance ons will be done (time permitting) for all Advanced finalists. The time limit will be 12 Bars. 1 bar = 4 counts).