Classification

HTF has its own unique classification system. We consider 2 criteria for the classification of a dancer’s training level that are the years of training and the number of hours of training per week. The 2 criteria must be taken into consideration to determine the level of a dancer.

STEP 1: DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF EACH DANCER

For each routine, determine the level of each dancer per dance style (see classification grid).

STEP 2: DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF THE ROUTINE

Determine, according to the results of step 1 and the criteria mentioned in the classification grid, the level of your routine.

DANCER’S CLASSIFICATION GRID PER DANCE STYLE

NOVICE LEVEL

YEARS OF TRANING TRAINING TIME / WEEK
1 year -
2 years Less then 2 hours
  • A novice dancer is experiencing a competition dance floor for the first time.
  • Solo / Duo / Trio entries must be 100% novice.
  • The maximum age for a novice soloist is 15.
  • A novice group or production must have at least 75% of novice dancers.
    In the case where there would be more than 25% of dancers of superior levels in the routine, the group must be classified as Pre-Competitive.

PRE-COMPETITIVE LEVEL

YEARS OF TRAINING TRAINING TIME / WEEK
2 years 2 to 4 hours
3 years 4 hours or less
4 years 4 hours or less
  • For Solo /Duo / Trio entries, the level of the most experienced dancers is used to classify the routine.
  • A pre-competitive group or must count at least 75% of pre-competitive dancers.
    In the case where there would be more than 25% of dancers of superior levels in the routine, the group must be classified as Competitive.

COMPETITIVE LEVEL

YEARS OF TRAINING TRAINING TIME / WEEK
2 years Over 4 hours
3 years Over 4 hours
4 years Over 4 hours
5 years -
6 years -
7 years of training and more
(SOLO/ DUO/ TRIO)
-
  • For Solo /Duo / Trio entries, the level of the most experienced dancers is used to classify the routine.
  • A competitive group or production must count at least 75% of competitive level dancers.
    In the case where there would be more than 25% of dancers of superior levels in the routine, the group must be classified as Semi Pro.

SEMI PRO LEVEL

YEARS OF TRAINING TRAINING TIME / WEEK
7 years of training or more
(GROUPS AND PRODUCTION)
-
  • Solos/duos and trios are not eligible to participate in this category.
  • The average age for a semi pro group must be 16 years old.
NOTE : Hit The Floor plans that in the case where the judges are unanimous about a routine that is not classified in the proper category, they can make the decision of placing the routine in a superior category.
If a teacher and / or a professional dancer is registered to compete in a routine, the routine must be in one of the following categories:
  • For Solos/Duos and Trios, the routine must be in the competitive category.
For Small Groups, Large Groups and Productions, the routine must be in one of the following categories:
  • Competitive: if 75% of the group has less than 7 years of training.
  • Semi Pro: if 75% of the group has 7 years or more of training.

Dance Styles

Hip Hop Hip Hop dance (choreography), “Bboying”, “Bgirling” (Breaking), Locking, Popping, House Dance, Party Dances or Club Dances, Stepping/Gumboot, Waacking, Punking, Vogueing, Krumping.
Ballet/Pointe This routine must contain ballet technique and movement.
Lyrical Routine should demonstrate the lyrics and sense (direction) of the music.
Contemporary Should represent modern technique. Choreography and movements must demonstrate control, balance and extension.
Jazz/Street Jazz This routine must contain primarily jazz movement and technique. If the routine consists of three (3) or more acrobatic tricks, it should be entered in the Open category. If the routine consists of six (6) or more acrobatic tricks, it should be entered in the Acro category.
Tap No pre-recorded tap sounds
Musical Theatre Routine should combine Lip-syncing and dance.
Open For any routine that is not represented by the styles mentioned above and that combines some of the styles mentioned above. If the routine consists of six (6) or more acrobatic tricks, it should be entered in the Acro category.
Acro Dance combined with acrobatic tricks that display use of balance, flexibility and tumbling (routine must have a minimum of six (6) acrobatic tricks to be considered for this category).

Group Categories

Solo 1 dancer
Duo-Trio 2 to 3 dancers
Small Group 4 to 9 dancers
Large Group 10 to 15 dancers
Production 16 dancers and more

Age Division

Novice - Pre-Competitive - Competitive
Solo / Duo / Trio / Small-Group / Large-Group / Production

Mini 8 years of age and younger
Junior 9 to 12 years of age
Intermediate 13 to 15 years of age
Senior 16 to 19 years of age
Senior + 20 to 29 years of age and up
Adult 30 years of age and up
The adult category of this division is not eligible for the cash awards.

Semi Pro
Small Group / Large Group / Production

Senior 16 to 19 years of age
Adult 20 years of age and up
IT IS IMPORTANT TO VALIDE THE AGE OF EACH PARTICIPANT BEFORE THE COMPETITION
  • After January 15th, all changes made to your registration folder causing a modification in the classification of the routine will lead to a $25 fee (per occurrence)
  • Age divisions and group category may be combined following competition entries.
  • Each age division is determined by the average of the participants ages (members in the routine).
  • To determine the average age of a solo, you must consider the participant's age on January 1st 2017.
    To determine the average age for a duo, trio, group or production, you must add the age of all participants (members in the routine) on January 1st 2017 and divide the sum by the number of participants. Please note that the average will be rounded to the decimal (ex: 12.4 = average of 12 years old and 12.5 = average of 13 years old)