Age is determined as at 1 March in the competition year.  In Duets, Trios, Quartets and Groups the age of the oldest dancer will determine which class they perform in at Dance World Cup.

Mini - 9 years and under 

Children - 13 years and under

Junior - 16 years and under - Solo, Duet and Trio

Junior - 17 years and under - Quartet and Group

Open - 25 years and under

Special Class Regulations

If we receive enough entries for boy/male solo dancers then a special solo class will be offered at Dance World Cup.

If a child aged 12/13 wishes to dance a Classical Ballet Solo on Pointe they must enter into the KSPB class.

No child can perform on Pointe in any other Children's (K) Class at Dance World Cup they must enter into the Junior Section.  For example if you have dancers who will peform on Pointe in a Classical Duet and they are 13 years they must enter into JDB and not KDB.

There is no solo Hip Hop/Street class in any age group.

ODH is a new Duet/Trio Class for the Hip Hop/Street.

There is no Open Solo Ballet Class.

Class Explanations

The meaning of the category classes is explained below:

Mini Classes

All dances should be age appropriate and should highlight the special skills of these young dancers.

Original choreographies of any kind are not permitted in the Mini classes.

Classical Ballet and Demi-Character

All dances in this style must show classical ballet steps throughout the dance.

They may be a purely classical ballet performance or a dance that tells a story or presents a certain character, e.g. animals, characters from fairy tales or similar.

In the JUNIOR age group it is recommended but not compulsory that some of the girls dancing in the group performances wear pointe shoes.

If the steps of the dance show more modern movements then the dance should be entered into the relevant modern class.

If the Demi-Character dance is danced with character shoes then the performance should be entered into the National, Folklore section.

National, Folklore, Character

These are dances that show the typical style of dance from a certain country. The basic steps may come from classical ballet but they may also come from a totally different dance style.

The music used in the dance should be relevant to that country.

National or Folklore dances from any country may be presented by dance students from any country.

Modern, Contemporary

These are dances with various modern movements. They may be based on classical ballet in the widest sense; they may also be contemporary, modern, graham lyrical or any similar style.

Jazz, Show Dance, Musical

These are all dances which use music of any of the styles mentioned above and with the relevant movements.

Any kind of shoes may be worn in this style of dance.

Hip Hop, Street Dance and Breakdance

All dances that are performed in these classes should be in the typical style and accompanied by the music of this genre.

This category is open to group dances with a minimum of 4 dancers in each group.

Song and Dance

Any Song and any Dance style are permitted in this genre.

All dances performed should portay a singing technique that is suitable for the performer's age.

The dance and movement should be suitable to match the song and there should be a balance in the performance to support the song.

The performance should show emotional feeling, presentation and acting ability to highlight characterisation or comedy required.

Depending on the theatre where DWC is held it may be necessary to use microphones so that the voices of the performers may be clearly heard by the Judges. An announcement will be made on the DWC Website a couple of months prior to the event on whether it is essential for microphones to be used and whether it is technically possible to place microphones on the stage for the performers so that hand held microphones are not required.


These are all dances with tap shoes provided that they do not fit into another class category.

Tap may be performed without music during the performance but the dance must start and end with music. An acappella section may only be used in the middle of a tap dance.

An Irish dance in hard shoes should be entered into the National or Folklore section.