Dance audition criteria

Categories you can enter:

Solo, Duet, Trio, Small Group, Large Group

Style that can be presented:

Ballet, Tap, Clogging, Lyrical, Jazz, Vocal Dance, Ethnic Folkloric, Hip Hop/ Funk, Acro, Freestyle, Musical/Character and Open

Acro Dance

Acro dance is a style of dance with its unique choreography, defined by its athletic character that combines classical dance moves with acrobatic elements. Dance should be incorporated throughout the routine, it cannot be acrobatic moves and tumbling passes only.


Stylistic variations have emerged and evolved into Classical and character work performed in ballet or point shoes showing ballet technique whether classical, neoclassical or contemporary. These incorporate both classical and non-traditional techniques and movement. Contestants under the age of 12 are not allowed to go on points.


Clogging is a type of folk dance in which the dancer’s footwear is used musically. A Routine where dancers wear clogging shoes and execute techniques including but not limited to rhythmic patterns and formations. – (example: Irish Dance)


Folk dances are dances developed by groups of people that reflect the traditional life of the people of a certain country or region.
Dances are usually held at folk dance gatherings or social functions performed often to traditional music. (Spanish dances, Zulu Dances, Pantsula, gumboots, etc)

Hip Hop/Funk

This dance style refers to a type of street dance mainly performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It includes a wide range of sub-styles such as breaking, locking, tutting and popping which were started in the 70s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. If you add the element of Jazz into the routine where the majority of the content is Streetwise or contemporary jazz – this is also considered hip-hop or funk.


A routine where dancers execute free form movement and styling characteristic of jazz dance.


A Routine where dancers interpret the lyrics or mood (intent) of a song (with or without words) this style includes the use of movement, strength, balance, facial expressions and body emotion.

Musical Theater/Character

A routine interpreting a song from a Broadway or movie musical, or a routine portraying a play, movie, television show actor or character through a choice of dance.


A Routine combining any choice of dance styles or that does not fit into any other category listed. You might want to do a second event in the open section, (i.e if you love ballet or Ballroom and you have already entered for these two events, you may enter another ballet/Ballroom number under the open section).

Vocal Dance (Song & Dance)

A Routine where contestants sing and dance, with at least 50% being dance.

Production Line

A Minimum of twenty (20) participants – it is not necessary that all members have to be on the floor at the same time.
Dancers of all ages and all styles of dance may be used in the production. The use of stage props and costume changes are welcome. These however, must be managed by the group and accomplished within the 90 Seconds at the South African performing arts Championships.

Judges will be looking for the following:

  • Overall Stage Presence
  • Originality of performance
  • Dance technique (is it correctly interpreted and applied in accordance with the style chosen)
  • Style interpretation
  • Entertainment Value