Dance is a universal activity that anyone, from the young to the young at heart, can participate in and enjoy in that moment of time. The iWISE Olympiad created the Dance Category to provide performers with an opportunity to showcase their artistry and technique in dance on an international platform. This category is opens for performers aged 10 – 24 years of age. Participants in this category can perform as a solo dancer, a duo of dancers, or a trio of dancers (no more than 3 dancers will be allowed to compete together as a group). Participants may pick a song or music track in any language, but communication with judges will only be in English. 

– Participant’s may perform either as a solo, duo, or as a trio group of dancers.

– Participants must be aged between 10 and 24 years.

– Each participant/group can perform for a maximum of 3 minutes. 

– Extended time is available for purchase for solo/group entries that exceed the time limit. 

– 1 point will be deducted for every 20 seconds over the set time limit.

– There can be maximum of 3 performers in a group, however, more then 3 performers within the group will lead to a disqualification.  

– Participants must provide their performance music to the relevant personal before their performance dancing. The organization will not be held responsible for the incorrect music during judging. 

– Finalists must have the appropriate and correct costumes related to their dance style. 

– Finalists must be ready before judging time—judges have the right to disqualify any performers who are not present during their call time.

Acrobatic/Gymnastics: Controlled acrobatic or gymnastic movements involving flexibility and balance. The routine must include any form of dance techniques, choreography, and fluid moves.

Ballet: The performance piece must consist of ballet technique, classical steps, and movements, performed in soft shoes.

Character: The routine must portray an easily recognisable character throughout the performance. 

Clogging: The routine must  consist of the correct clogging shoes and technique.

Contemporary: The routine must consist of contemporary jazz and lyrical techniques.

Folkloric: The  use of ethnic styles of dance such as Polkas, Hawaiian, Spanish, Celtic, etc.; must be consist throughout the performance number.

Hip Hop: Routine using primarily hip-hop technique or street style moves from at least one of the various styles; no jazz technique.

Inspirational: Dancers who portray a performance piece showing life challenging abilities.

Jazz: The routine must primarily consist of the correct jazz shoes and technique.

Lyrical: The lyrical routine must emphasize control of utilizing the lyrics and mood of the music piece.

Modern: Interpretive dance being expressed through principles as space, force, weight, and time. Dancers demonstrate balance, extensions, isolations, and control.

Musical Theatre: Designed primarily for musical comedy and Broadway dancing. Mime, lip sync singing, etc. are allowed.

Open: To encompass any form of dance not already listed or which is a combo of two or more performance categories.

Photogenic: Contestants must electronically upload their photos into the registration system. Photogenic entries must be registered prior to the competition. NO photogenic entries may be added to the competition on the day of the event.

Pointe: Routine containing pointe technique. At least 50% of the performers must be on pointe.

Song and Dance: Routine must consist of both singing and dancing in any category. Music may only have back-up vocals.

Student Choreography: Any style of dance choreographed by a student.

Tap: Dancers wear tap shoes and execute tap technique. May be performed with or without music accompaniment. Tap sounds may not be recorded.

  1. Click on the Registration Tab
  2. Select one of the Virtual Rounds
  3. Fill in your details.
  4. Fill in your selected category details on the corresponding form.
  5. Select your available time for the Judging process.
  6. Submit your zoom judging session.
  7. Proceed to payment.
  8. Complete your submission.

Judging will be done at the discretion of the iWISE Olympiad Committee. All submissions will be judged by a panel selected by the iWISE Olympiad Organization. The Judges will score each criterion on a scale of 0-5, with zero being the lowest and 5 being the highest rank. 

Judges will look for entries in each age category which exemplify one or more of the following: clarity and originality of expression, creativity, foundation, difficulty of movement, character and personality, style, execution, composition of the rounds, artistic quality relevance to the theme, presentation and development, structure, matters or organizations, matter of convention, and matter of choice. Musicality. This is a breaker’s ability to follow the rhythm and tempo of the music.

Requirements for Virtual Finals:

  • Written Abstract describing the Performance.
  • Participants are allowed to use music of their choice.
  • The music can be any language.
  • Communication with judges will be in English.
  • Pre-record a video of the performance, share your screen and present the video to the judges.
  • Share link of the video performance via zoom chat with Judges, you can use a google drive link or YouTube link.
  • Group submission is up to 3 participants.
  • No theme for this category.

Requirements for Global Finals:

  • Participants are allowed to use music of their choice.
  • The music can be any language.
  • Performance will be live before a panel of judges.
  • Communication with judges with be in English.
  • Group submission is up to 3 participants.
  • No theme for this category.

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