DANCE Categories

1.Solo Female/Male1up to 2:15 min
2.Duo/ Duet2up to 2:30 min
3.Small group3 - 6up to 3:00 min
4.Formation7 - 25up to 4:00 min
5.Productionover 25up to 5:00 min

NOTE: After the time limit there will be only 10 seconds tolerance and after them the sound of the music will be reduces till its full stop. Exceptions will be made only for Productions.


AGE Categories


1. Baby from 3 to 5 years old
2. Mini from 6 to 8 years old
3. Children from 9 to 11 years old
4. Juniors from 12 to 15 years old
5. Adults from 16 to 34 years old
6. Seniors from 35 years old and over
7. All ages - from 0 to 100 years old

IN GROUPS AND FORMATIONS ONLY older than the age division dancers can participate but participants of their own age group should prevail.

Example: For every 5 participants, one may be from an older age group. If a group is up to 5 participants, one is allowed to be from a higher age category. If a group contains 6 dancers, two from the next age category are allowed. n a formation of 20 people, up to 4 older participants are allowed. In a formation of 22 people, 5 older participants are allowed, etc. It is not allowed to jump over an age group – or if the groups are in age division 9-11, a dancer from over 16 groups is not allowed to participate. 

n the solo categories one school can participate with UNLIMITED soloists for each style and age division. Same solo performer has the right to dance maximum 2 dances in one category but in the ranking stays only the dance with higher judge score.

In duo categories one school can participate with UNLIMITED dances in each age and style category.

In small groups and formations one school can perform with UNLIMITED dances in a category. Each performance is judged. 


1. Dance majorettes – in this style the pompons are mainly used for the choreography, which is based on different dance styles such as jazz, modern, pop, lyrical and etc.

2. Parade majorette – The parade majorette dance is performed on a various marching music and during the dance the work with the main accessory – baton, is evaluated.

3. Show majorette – a majorette dance on a free music using different accessories – flags, drums, umbrellas

CLASSICAL BALLETThe ballet technique and style will be mainly judged. The judges will follow if the original choreographies from the original classical compositions and ballet performances or if any new interpretations of already known performances are performed. Neoclassical choreographies are also highly evaluated by their originality.
CHARACTER DANCEThe methodology of character dances is closely related to the methodology of classical dance. In the character dance, the posture of the body, the head, the positions of the arms and legs are more varied, according to the different styles. The style can include elements of Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Ukrainian and other stage dances (chardash, Krakowiak, mazurka) through the foundation of classical ballet. It can present fragments or whole dances from the ballet repertoire.

Ethno style includes all performing arts of nations from different ethnical parts – Irish, Hungarian, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Eastern scenic folklore, Greek, interpretation of Bulgarian folklore and etc. Costumes, music and choreography should correspond to the character of the nation. It is not allowed to dance Belly dance and Latino show styles. It is allowed to use props and to use show elements in the choreography.

Ethno style allows the use of lifts acrobatics and other theatrical effects. 

CHOREOGRAPHED LATINO SHOW ALL STYLESLatino Style includes all latin, standard and caribbean dances with a choreographed show on stage and content of an idea, theme. Mixing of more than one Latino style is allowed if the composition is logically connected to the movements and to the music. Idea, introduction, culmination, show elements are welcome in this dance style. The dancers dance on their own music.
LATINLatino Style includes all Latin dances - Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble. Dancers can perform in all Latin dances in solos, couples, groups and formations. 5-dance Latin is also a type of competition in this style. The solos and couples dance on organizer's music but groups and formations dance on their own music.
The choreography is a mixture of all latin dances - cha-cha-cha, samba, jive, paso doble and rumba. All dancers are dancing in synchronized choreography. The dancers are only females. They dance on their own music.
A kind of social dance, in which the leading part takes the cavalier and the lady is following or challenging him. It is important to follow harmony, balanced and sensual moves between the dancers in the couple. Interweaving of the foot and original moves are valued. The dancers dance on organizers music unless nothing else is not announced before the competition.
BALLROOM (Standard)This style includes all Ballroom dances - Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quick step. Dancers can perform in all Ballroom dances in solos, couples, groups and formations. 5-dance Ballroom is also a type of competition in this style. The solos and couples dance on organizer's music but groups and formations dance on their own music.
CARIBBEANThis style includes the Caribbean dances - Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Mambo, etc. Dancers can perform in all Caribbean dances in solos, couples, groups and formations. The solos and couples dance on organizer's music but groups and formations dance on their own music.
BOLLYWOODThe Bollywood dance must be based on the traditional Indian dance and its different styles. However, the style is famous with the use of different moves from the modern, folklore or pop dance. A strong role in this dance has the image of the dancer/s – costume, make up, hair style. The costume could be both either classical or modernized as long as it belongs to the traditional vision of the Indian culture. Bells for the legs, jewels, also make up must be used but they should correspond to the age division. The lips synchronization, gesture moves, poses of the body – hands and legs are very important for the routine.
ACRO DANCEAcro dance includes elements like balance, acrobatic wheels, turns, saltos, aerial tricks and other acrobatic moves without repeating them. Repetitions are allowed when the elements are in serries or at different levels. The elements should be corresponding to the age and technique skills of the dancer. All elements must be connected in the choreography as a dance. The costumes must be with clean elements, the hair must be tightened, no jewelleries, which are dangerous for the dancer.
DISCO & POPBouncing fast leg-movements with typical fast arm moments are well known for this style. Pumping body pulse, slides, jumps, kicks, spins and pirouettes are an important part of the dance. Other moves from different styles are allowed but should not dominate the performance. The originality, musicality, dance combinations, rhythm and breaks are very important. The dancers dance on organizer’s music in solos and duos and on own music in small groups and formations. Props are not allowed.
DANCE SHOWThe dance show is based on the main dancing techniques in classical ballet, modern and jazz also other techniques such like hip hop, disco, break, which should not dominate. In dance show there must be an idea, theme, conception, which has to entertain the public. Acrobatics is allowed but should not dominate. Props are allowed but safe for the dancer, for the other participants and stage.
MUSICALThe Musical is based on the theatre and cinema art and the dance performances in it. Different scenes from famous theatrical performances or movies could be shown. It is allowed to use show elements also lips synchronization. Props are allowed. The so- called Dance Theatre could also be included in this nomination.
MODERN/ContemporaryThis is more relaxed and free style, where the choreographer can use moves in contrast with the classical ballet code to express emotions and moods. The emotional condition, the new techniques and the ways of the body to express spirit conditions defines the modern style.
IMPRO /contemporary improvisation/The style is only for SOLOISTS! Contemporary techniques are used. It is highly evaluated the connection between body and mind, the smooth or sharp moves, the improvisation accents and originality. The judges will evaluate the technique, the flexibility, rythm and the ability to show unique moves and emotions over an unknown music. The dancers dance on heats together and separately on organizer's music, each heat has a duration of 1 minute.  The heats depend on the number of dancers and the organizer's program.
JAZZThis style includes Broadway jazz, Afro jazz, Contemporary jazz. The jazz technique should be used, the acrobatics is allowed so far the dancer is touching the ground. Props are allowed such as umbrella, canes and others, which the dancer should use during the choreography. Hats, gloves, scarves and others can be a part of the costume.
LYRICALThe style combines various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics and modern dance. It combines ballet technique with the freedom and musicality of jazz and. contemporary styles. It expresses emotional mood, illustrates emotionally the lyrics of the song.
FOLKLORENational folklore and authentic dances, who represent and forward the authentic national culture, treasures and traditions to the generations of the different nations.
BELLY DANCE CLASSICAll existing styles of belly dance can be used. Routines may be performed in a pure style or as a combination of two or more different styles. Based on the classical style Raks Sharqi and includes or may consist of elements of Oriental folk dances and styles, but they should not dominate. It is forbidden to use acrobatic movements or lifts, use props or accessories except of canes, finger cymbals, and “conventional veils”. Veils that have been made into “wings” by the use of rods are permitted if they are not the focus of the choreography and are used for dramatic effect at the beginning or end of the piece.

All existing styles of belly dance can be used. Routines may be performed in a pure style or as a combination of two or more different styles.

Choreography with compulsory show elements may incorporate any form of dance; however BELLY DANCE original technique predominates. It is allowed to use oriental props and appropriate accessories (two veils, Isis wings, saber, vases, knives, and etc.) and any type of costume. Lifts and acrobatics are allowed. Various dances, styles and fusions of fantasy styles like flamenco oriental, Tribal, oriental tango, gothic and others are welcome.

There has to be a development of the plot (introduction, culmination, final).

Oriental folk dance reflects the national features, traditions, habits, music, costume and history of a peoples’ society living in a particular place, region or country. It is the cultural property of all people of a given territory.

URBAN STREET & HIP HOPHip Hop style is one of the most popular street dances. Some other elements from urban styles can be used too – break steps, electric buggy, popping but they should not dominate in the choreography. The dynamic, hands work, foot work and up work will be evaluated by the judges. The freezes and body isolations of the dancer will be escalating the judge’s scores. The solos and duos will dance on an Organizer’s music 1 minute all together, 1 minute by themselves and final 1 minute together. The groups and formations will dance on their own music. Dancers with own choregraphy in solos and duos can dance their own dances in Hip Hop style.
BREAK BATTLEBreak Battle is style is one of the most attractive street dances. Some elements from styles can be used too – Acrobatic steps and elements, break steps and specific moves, usage of the space. The dynamic, hands work, foot work and up work will be evaluated by the judges. The originality movements are very important for the decision of the judges. The freezes and body isolations of the dancer will be escalating the judge’s scores. The solos in the competition will dance in a battle according to a lottery choice who against who will dance in the age division. The winner from first battle will reach the winner from the next battle and so on. Dancers dance on Organizer's music. The groups and formations will dance on their own music. A final battle for the crews can be on organizer's music for getting more show for the audience and bringing clear image who's the best for the judges. Minimum 3 judges will show who is winning the battle by pointing the better in the battle.
RISING STARSAll dance styles performed by beginner performers withouot limitation in style, age or competition category (solo, duo, group, formation). This category is intended  for beginners in the rt of dance. On judges'opinion, performances which are clearly performed by advance participants and do not fall in the category may be displaced. 
DANCING MOMS & DADSCategory for all dancing parents with no age, dancing styles or category limits (solo, duo, group, formation). Adolencents are allowed to participate as well.



Mineralni Bani Municipality
Haskovo Municipality
Dance Club Rona
Broadway Dance Center
Ateneo Della Danza
Ministry of Culture Bulgaria