Experience Levels

*Please note: The information provided regarding experience levels is only meant as a guideline. The decision is made at the discretion of each studio owner and/or teacher based on these guidelines. You know your dancers better than we ever could – use your best judgement when placing them in an experience level.

O!verture Level
The O!verture level is designed for dancers with limited competition experience and/or dancers who take an approximate total of 0-2 hours combined dance/acro/rehearsal lessons per week. While it is not mandatory that you enter the O!verture level if you take 2 or less hours per week, it is recommended, especially for newcomers to competition dancing. Please note, this is only a guideline and we leave the final decision to studio discretion, as you know the ability level of your dancers best.

Encore! Level
The Encore! level is designed for dancers with moderate competition experience and/or dancers who take a total of 2-5 hours of combined dance/acro/rehearsal lessons per week. While it is not mandatory that you enter the Encore! level if you take 2-5 hours of lessons per week, it is recommended. Please note, this is only a guideline and we leave the final decision to studio discretion, as you know the ability level of your dancers best.

BravO! Level
The BravO! level is designed for dancers who display a higher level of technical abilities and skill and/or have significant competition experience. BravO! level dancers generally take a total of 5 or more hours combined dance/acro/rehearsal lessons per week. Please note, this is only a guideline and we leave the final decision to studio discretion, as you know the ability level of your dancers best.

Keep in mind, no competition can concretely know how many hours a week a student is in the studio or how much competition experience a student has. We trust that directors/teachers will use sound judgment when entering levels for dancers. Dancers that are obviously under-placed can be moved up an experience level by our judges. If this occurs, you will be notified by your Competition Director.

Majority Experience Level Rule
All Duo/Trio, Group, or Line routines will be placed in the experience level of the majority of the dancers. Meaning, if 50% or more of the dancers in a routine are Encore! level, the routine will be placed in the Encore! experience level, even if it contains O!verture level dancers. If 50% or more of the dancers in a routine are BravO! level, the routine will be placed in the BravO! experience level, even if it contains O!verture or Encore! level dancers. Additionally, if your routines contain dancers from all three levels, the routine will be placed int he experience level of the majority of dancers. For example, if 30% of your dancers are O!verture, 50% of your dancers are Encore!, and 20% of your dancers are BravO!, the routine will be placed in the Encore! experience level. If your dancers are evenly split in all three experience levels (for example 5 O!verture level dancers, 5 Encore! level dancers, and 5 BravO! level dancers) the routine will be placed in the BravO! level.

Dance Categories

Acrobatic Dance
Routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. Can contain gymnastic passes. Majority of routine must be acrobatic moves or the judges will score it lower. Routine may contain flexibility or contortionist moves. Must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.

Ballet
Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed. Pointe shoes are not allowed.

Character
Routine portraying an easily recognizable character from a play, movie, television, or Broadway show; or a stereotype such as a farmer, policeman, etc. Can incorporate dance and/or acrobatic techniques.

Clogging
Routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary clogging technique and style. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. No tosses or any moves with a release are allowed. Over the back, lifts, drops, and partnering moves are permitted.

Contemporary
Interpretive dance using balance, extension, isolations, and control extending beyond jazz and lyrical. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Drill Team
A Junior High, High School or College dance team. Only groups are eligible. Solos and Duo/Trios are excluded. No stunts or tosses allowed. Routine must have and will be judged on dance steps, moves and choreography. Hand props are allowed.

Hip-Hop
Routine must consist primarily of hip-hop technique. May include street dance, free-style, funk, ‘pop-n-lock’, break dancing, and acrobatic tricks.

Hoofer
Routine must contain primarily tap technique and tap work. This category is designed to showcase more of a “Stomp/Da Funk” feel with heavy accent which might include a cappella and improvisational moments; more of a flat foot style.

Jazz
Routine must consist primarily of jazz technique. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Lyrical
Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, and control using lyrical moves set to the mood or lyrics of the music. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Modern
Routine must consist of modern technique and movement demonstrating balance, control, and extension. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Musical Theatre
Routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a Broadway show or movie musical.

Novelty
Any style of dance or tumbling that requires a prop. The prop must be part of the choreography and should be used throughout the routine.

Open
Any of our listed categories or combination of listed category styles.

Pointe
Routine must consist of Pointe technique. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Production
A group routine incorporating any style of dance or acrobatics. A production encompasses full use of the stage, multiple entrances and exits, crossovers, and individual solo ‘showcase’ moments to create multiple focal points.

Tap
Routine must contain primarily tap technique and tap work.

Variety
Any style of dance or tumbling that does not easily fit into any other category.

Talent Categories

*These categories will all perform in the BravO! experience level only, regardless of the individual or group experience level.

Monologue/Acting
A Monologue is a speech in the dramatic or poetic form performed by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud directly to the audience. Monologues can only be performed by a soloist. The Acting category may be entered with any number of performers and should consist of acting out a scene from a play, movie, television show, commercial, or novel. The scene can also be original but must be formatted in the same manner as above.

Song & Dance
Must contain both singing and any listed category of dancing. All performers will be judged on both singing and dancing. There must be no other lead vocals anywhere on the track. Up to two handheld wireless microphones will be available for your use. If you require additional microphones, you must contact BravO! at least 2 weeks in advance and make arrangements with our technical director.

Vocal
Routine may be any type of vocal presentation. No lead vocals will be permitted on music accompaniment. Backup vocals are allowed. Up to two handheld wireless microphones will be available for your use. If you require additional microphones, you must contact BravO! at least 2 weeks in advance and make arrangements with our technical director.

Gymnastic/Acrobatic Tricks

The following categories cannot contain any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks:

  • Ballet, Pointe & Modern

The following categories can only contain three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks:

  • Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Clogging

*A one (1) point deduction per judge will be made for any routine that does not follow these specific rules.

BravO! defines a “trick” as movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside-down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of one’s head/shoulders). BravO! will allow ONLY the following exceptions to the above trick definition: Handstands, walkovers (non-aerial), shoulder rolls, cartwheels and lifts. These 5 movements can be performed in any category without deduction and will not be counted as a trick. A gymnastic pass is considered one trick.

Time Limits

  • Solo: 2 Minutes & 45 Seconds
  • Duet/Trio: 2 Minutes & 45 Seconds
  • Small Group: 3 Minutes (extended adds 1 minute)
  • Large Group: 4 Minutes (extended adds 1 minute)
  • Line: 4 Minutes (extended adds 1 minute)
  • Production Category: 6 Minutes (extended adds 2 minutes)

*A deduction of one (1) point may be taken for every 15 seconds or portion thereof in excess of the time limit.

Regional Title Division

BravO! hosts a Title Competition at each Regional event. Only solos from the BravO! level of competition are eligible to enter the Title Competition. This category will be incorporated into the standard solo competition. Vocal, Song & Dance, and Monologue entries are not eligible. If you would like to have your routine judged for the Title Competition, please indicate this in the appropriate space on the entry form. The fee is an additional $25 per routine. If you enter the Title Competition at the event, the entry fee is $30. You may only enter a maximum of three solos per individual in the Title Competition. Previous years’ winners are eligible to re-compete for their title, even if it is in the same age division, unless they are the National Title Winner in that age division. All participants will be judged during their regular solo routine. Each Title Winner will receive a trophy, sash, crown (or a hat for Mr. BravO! competitors), and one free solo entry at any Regional competition the following season.

There must be at least 2 individual performers registered in each title competition (age divisions and gender) in order for the competition to be held. In the case there is only one individual competitor (this includes one individual entered more than once), the title registration fee will be refunded to the studio at the end of the competition, and no prizes will be awarded.

Title Age Divisions

(Titlist must compete in same division as in regional competition.)

  • Petite Miss BravO! USA and Little Mr. BravO! USA: Ages 8 & under
  • Junior Miss BravO! USA and Junior Mr. BravO! USA: Ages 9-11
  • Teen Miss BravO! USA and Teen Mr. BravO! USA: Ages 12-14
  • Miss BravO! USA and Mr. BravO! USA: Ages 15-19

National Title Division

All soloists entering the National Title Competition must be Title Competitors from the current season. All National Title Competitors must compete with one of their Regional Title Routines at Nationals. Since there is a separate competition held for National Title, competitors must turn in a separate Title CD. iPod, iPads, iPhones, etc. will not be accepted. Using permanent marker, clearly mark each CD with your studio name, title entry number, routine name and studio letter code (as indicated in your confirmation e-mail) and the dancer’s name. This CD should be turned in at the beginning of the National Finals Competition. The 2015 National Title Winners may not compete for the same Regional Title in the 2016 season. Example: The 2015 National Junior Miss BravO! may not run for Miss Junior BravO! in the 2016 season. If the dancer ages up, she may run for Miss Teen BravO! in the 2016 season. The Female National Title Runner-Up Winners will receive a crown. The Female National Title Winners will receive a sash, crown, trophy, sweatshirt and cash prize of $250. The Male National Title Runner-Up Winners will receive a hat. The Male National Title Winners will receive a sash, hat, trophy, sweatshirt and cash prize of $250. There must be a minimum of 4 Titlists in each division for the full cash prize to be given. If there are less than four Titlists competing in a division, the cash prize will be $150. If there is only one Title Competitor in an age division no prizes will be given.

Props
BravO! staff is not responsible for any props. The putting on and taking off of props is the sole responsibility of the studio. Fire, swords, knives, and guns are strictly prohibited. Props must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars or special lighting may not be used. Special fog and smoke are not permitted. The use of helium balloons will be upon the discretion of the theatre staff, not the BravO! staff. If the theatre staff allows the use of such a prop, helium balloons must be attached to a weight to ensure they will not float into the lights causing a possible fire hazard. Littering: No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, etc may be used that would affect the dancing surface. If the stage is littered during a routine, please be prepared to clean it up immediately after the routine is finished. In addition, for safety measures, choreography that allows any dancer to be physically placed more than 6 feet off the ground of any scenic piece or prop could be considered hazardous. Though the 6-foot height is only a benchmark, BravO! reserves the right to disqualify any routine that it deems unsafe. Please see the stage manager upon arrival to discuss props prior to unloading.

*Any prop brought onto stage without prior approval is subject to disqualification.