Routine, Age Groups and Skill Levels

Routine Sizes

Type of Routines: Solos, Duos, Trios, Small Team, Large Group, Showcase, Production

  • Solo – 1 dancer – approx. 1- 3:00 minutes
  • Duo/Trio – 2-3 dancers – approx. 1-3:00 minutes
  • Small Team – 4-9 dancers – approx. 1- 3:30 minutes
  • Large Team – 10-15 dancers – approx. 1- 3:30 minutes
  • Showcase – 16 dancers – approx. 1-3:59 minutes
  • Production – 20 dancers – 4:00-12:00 minutes (It may contain multiple ages, levels, dance forms, props, stage sets, or special effects. Minimum of 20 performers of all ages and abilities incorporating any combined styles of dance with a storyline or theme. Props are encouraged for Production Numbers.)

Age Groups

The age division for all routines is determined by the average age of the performers as of February 28th. Any dancer taking the stage before/during/at the end of a routine must be a registered dancer to the routine, regardless of the amount of time the dancer is present on stage.

*Contestants may be required to present proof of age in the form of a birth certificate if an issue regarding age occurs. 

**When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications could possibly change the level or age average.

  • Petite – 3-6 years old
  • Mini – 7-9 years old
  • Junior – 10-12 years old
  • Teen – 13-14 years old
  • Senior – 15-18 years old
  • Adult – 19 years and older. This also includes any studio director, full time instructor, student instructor, choreographer and/or working performer who is 19 & Over. All dancers in the adult category will not receive an award but will be adjudicated by our panel of judges. Results will not be announced but will be posted in your account.

Ages are determined and averaged by our computer system. Age is static as of February 28th for the competition season of that year.

Director reserves the right to change/divide age divisions according to number of entries.

Skill Level

Our skill levels are designed to give dancers an opportunity to compete against other dancers that are at their same level. This allows dancers to build confidence and self-esteem.

Skill Level Information:

  • Class time includes any and all rehearsal time as well as scheduled weekly classes.
  • All team skill levels are determined and averaged by our computer system.
  • Critiques and scoring will be geared toward the appropriate level.
  • Releve judges or directors may elevate and/or deduct routines clearly placed in the wrong level. All decisions are final.
  • Please check levels carefully as no changes will be allowed on competition day.

Skill Levels

Recreational – This is the appropriate level for true recreational dancers

  • First year competing (has never competed in a solo, duo/trio, or on a team)
  • Dancer(s) have never competed team or solo prior to this season
  • Senior Age is not eligible for recreational skill level

Novice – This is the appropriate level for amateur beginners

  • Class time is combined hours of up to 2-4 hours per week (ex. 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tap, & 1 hour jazz = 3 hours per week of dance)
  • Has competed prior to this season
  • Has not won Queen in Novice Division

Competitive – This is the appropriate level for amateur/intermediate dancers

  • Class time is combined hours of 5-6 hours per week (ex. 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tumbling/gymnastics, 1 hour jazz, 1 hour technique, & 1 hour hip hop = 5 hours per week of dance)
  • Limited competition experience
  • Has not won Queen in the Competitive Division

Elite – This is the appropriate level for intermediate dancers

  • Class time is combined hours of 7-9 hours per week (ex. 2 hours company, 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tap, 1 hour jazz, 1 hour tumbling/gymnastics, 1 hour technique, & 1 hour hip hop = 8 hours per week of dance)
  • Has not won Queen in the Elite Division

Premier – This is the appropriate level for advanced dancers

  • Class time is combined hours of 10 hours per week (ex. 3 hours company, 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tap, 1 hour jazz, 1 hour tumbling/gymnastics, 1 hour technique, 1 hour hip hop, & 1 hour of pointe = 10 hours per week of dance)
  • Petite Age is not eligible for Premier skill level

Relevé Stars

  • Relevé Stars, our non-profit organization, offers scholarships to help students dance at Relevé Dance Competitions through its Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be granted annually which will expose disadvantaged children in low-income areas, as well as children with physical disabilities, to the lifelong benefits of dance education through competing at Relevé Dance Competitions. See Relevé Stars page for more information.