The Dance Worlds

USASF Worlds Divisions & Categories

USASF Division Notes

• Routine time minimum is 1:45 to a maximum of 2:15.
• A minimum of 50% of the teams in the Senior Divisions will advance from Semi-Finals to Finals regardless of the number of teams competing in Semi-Finals.
• Teams competing in the Small Senior Hip Hop division who received an at-large bid will compete in a preliminary round and a minimum of 50% will move into the Semi-Final round with all the teams who received partial paid bids.
USASF Scoring System found here & USASF Rules found at usasf.net.

IASF Worlds Divisions & Categories

IASF Division Notes

• The eligible age for an athlete is determined by the BIRTH YEARS column on the Age Grid.
• Routine time minimum is 1:45 to a maximum of 2:15.
• The top 3 teams from each country will advance from Semi-Finals to Finals.
• IASF Scoring System and IASF Rules found at www.iasfworlds.com.

USASF Category Descriptions

Hip Hop

A Hip Hop routine can incorporate any authentic street style movement with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, originality, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation.

Pom

A Pom routine contains important characteristics such as strong pom quality of movement (clean, precise, sharp motions), synchronization, visual effects and may incorporate pom elements (i.e. pom passes, jump sequences, leaps/turns, kick lines, etc). Poms must be used in 80% of the routine.

Jazz

A Jazz routine can encompass any range of jazz movement including traditional jazz, commercial jazz, musical theater, jazz funk or stylized hard-hitting jazz. Movement is crisp and/or aggressive in approach and can include moments of softness while complementing musicality. Emphasis is placed on style, body alignment, extension, control, uniformity, technical elements, and communication.

Contemporary / Lyrical

A Contemporary or Lyrical routine uses organic, expressive, pedestrian and/or traditional modern and/or ballet vocabulary as it complements the lyric, mood and/or rhythmic value of the music. Emphasis is placed on control, expressive movement, dynamics, alignment, use of breath, uniformity, communication and may incorporate purposeful elements and skills.

IASF Category Descriptions

Hip Hop

A Hip Hop routine incorporates authentic street style influenced movements with groove and style. An emphasis is placed on group execution including synchronization, uniformity, and spacing. The choreography of a dynamic and effective routine utilizes musicality, staging, complexity of movement and athleticism. Costuming should reflect the category style.

Pom

A Pom routine incorporates the use of proper Pom motion technique that is sharp, clean and precise while allowing for the use of concepts from Jazz, Hip Hop and High Kick. An emphasis is placed on group execution including synchronization, uniformity and spacing. The choreography of a dynamic and effective routine focuses on musicality, staging of visual effects through fluid and creative transitions, levels and groups, along with complexity of movement and skills. Poms are required to be used throughout the routine. Costuming should reflect the category style.

Jazz

A Jazz routine incorporates traditional or stylized dynamic movements with strength, continuity, presence and proper technical execution. An emphasis is placed on group execution including synchronization, uniformity, and spacing. The choreography of a dynamic and effective routine utilizes musicality, staging, complexity of movement and skills. The overall impression of the routine should be lively, energetic and motivating, with the understanding that the dynamics of movement may change to utilize musicality. Costuming should reflect the category style.

High Kick

A High Kick routine incorporates the creative use of kick styles with an inclusion of a variety of skills, creativity, and staging. Choreography should display a variety of kicks throughout the entire routine that may include, but are not limited to: high kicks, low kicks, diagonal kicks, fan kicks, jump kicks, etc. Precision, timing, control, technique and uniformity of height are to be emphasized.

Open Open

An Open Open routine incorporates organic, pedestrian and/or traditional modern or ballet vocabulary as it complements the lyric and/or rhythmic value of the music. An emphasis is placed on group execution including synchronization, uniformity, and spacing. The choreography of a dynamic and effective routine utilizes musicality, staging, complexity of movement and skills. Costuming should reflect the category style.

Exceptional Athletes

Any U.S. or non-U.S. DanceABILITIES teams that would like to receive a bid to perform/exhibition in the DanceABILITIES Divisions at The Dance Worlds Championship in 2022 may submit a video for qualification. Up to 5 DanceABILITIES teams (limited to one team per program) are selected to receive At-Large bids. The number of participants that performed on the competition floor in the video at the qualifying event may not be exceeded by the number of participants performing on The Dance Worlds’ floors.

Age Requirements
At the 2022 Dance Worlds the athlete must be at least 5+ years old, with a birth year of 2016 or before, and no maximum age requirement.

Bid Acceptance
U.S. Bid winners must accept the bid via their member portal within 48 hours of receiving it and non-U.S. teams must accept by email within 48 hours of the Announcement. Any At-Large bid not accepted may be transferred to an alternate team at USASF’s discretion.

Video Submission Requirements
The USASF is allowing teams to select how they submit their performance from one of the following methods for Worlds 2022:

      • U.S. teams may submit an unedited performance from a USASF Event Producer member’s in-person sanctioned competition (not applicable for non-U.S. teams competing internationally).
      • Non-U.S. teams may submit an unedited recording of the team’s performance filmed in their gym/studio, etc (not applicable for U.S. teams)

Deadline for online form/video submissions: Monday, March 14, 2022 at noon EST.

Evaluation Process
Teams submitting a video for a bid will be evaluated using the USASF DanceABILITIES score sheet which is located in the USASF Member Resources. To access the score sheet, log into your Coach Profile. At the top right under your name, click the dropdown menu, select Visit Member Resources > Resources > Exceptional Athletes. DanceABILITIES teams will be scored on a fair play score sheet, not broken up into genres.

Entry Fee
Entry fee is $50 per routine submission. You may submit as many routines as you like, however, only one team per program can earn a bid.

Example: Happy Stars DanceABILITIES Team A can submit a pom and a jazz routine. Each team would be registered separately with two separate entry fees of $50 each totaling $100.

Selected teams receiving At-Large bids, along with all scores, will be announced on the USASF website on Friday, March 18th.

How to Qualify
Click the link below to complete the entry form, provide payment, and to upload a link to your video. Be sure your video link is operable!

Exceptional Athlete Video Qualification

Junior Dance

JUNIOR DIVISION BID QUALIFICATION

Any U.S. Junior dance team that would like to receive a bid to compete in the Junior Division at The Dance World Championship in 2022 may submit a video for qualification. Up to 6 U.S. teams (limited to one team per program location) are selected to receive At-Large bids in the Junior Division.

Eligibility and Requirements

      • Eligibility is determined by birth year: 2005-2012. For more information, view the 2022 Dance Worlds Divisions & Categories document.
      • The number of athletes allowed to compete in the Junior Division at The Dance Worlds is 6-30.
      • Teams submitting a routine in the Contemporary/Lyrical genre are not eligible to receive a bid for the Junior Division at The Dance Worlds as it is not listed as an available category (see link below).
      • All male teams (in any category) are not eligible to receive a bid for the Junior Division at The Dance Worlds as it is not listed as an available division makeup (see link below).

If you have any questions about the age eligibility of an athlete on your team, please contact dance.rules@iasfworlds.com.

Evaluation Process

      • Teams submitting a video for a bid will be evaluated using the USASF Score Sheet with all categories (Hip Hop, Pom, Jazz, Kick) being judged against each other.
      • At Worlds, teams will compete in the Junior Division using the IASF Score Sheet, Age Grid and Rules. Hip Hop, Jazz, Kick, and Pom routines will be judged against each other in the Junior Division.

USASF The Dance WorldsBid Acceptance
Bid winners must accept the bid via their member portal or email within 48 hours of announcing. Any At-Large bid not accepted may be transferred to an alternate team at USASF’s discretion.

Video Submission Requirements
Teams may submit an unedited performance that was recorded at a USASF Sanctioned Competition hosted by a USASF Member Event Producer that awards bids to The Dance Worlds; the in-person performance does not have to be from a bid-giving event.

The number of participants that performed on the competition floor in the video at the qualifying event may not be exceeded by the number of participants competing in the Junior Division at The Dance Worlds. Deadline for form/video submission: March 14, 2022, at noon EST.

Entry Fee
Each category entry fee is $50. You may submit as many routines as you like, however, only one team per program can earn a bid.  Example: Shooting Stars Junior Team A can submit a Pom and Jazz routine.  Shooting Stars Junior Team B can submit a Hip Hop and Pom routine. You would register each team separately and have 2 entry fees per team totaling $100 each.

Selected teams receiving At-Large bids, along with all scores, will be announced on the USASF.net website on March 18, 2022.

How to Qualify
Click the button below to complete the submission form, provide payment, and include a LINK (from YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox, etc) to your video. Be sure your video link is unlisted and NOT PRIVATE or password protected.

BID QUALIFICATION SUBMISSION FORM