IFDPA UK Dance Championships - Group Championships
IFDPA, The International Festival of Dance and Performing Arts

Group Championships
IFDPA Group Championships
With group categories in the classic dance genres including Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap plus an Open category; dance schools can compete in as many of their favourite categories as they like with multiple entries allowed from each school in a category. Dancers can compete to win our IFDPA Primary, Juniors, and Seniors titles.

Adaptions may need to be made to our rules, social distancing measures and provision, in accordance with the latest Government guidelines and updates, up to and including the day of the event.

All performances (with more than 1 dancer) must adhere to the latest government social distancing guidelines/advice, as published on the date of the event.

To help us adhere to relevant government social distancing guidelines/advice in changing, holding and performance areas, a maximum of 20 performers for all group and showcase entries is permitted.

A dancer cannot compete against themselves in any category (for example a school may enter several different group entries into one age category, but no dancer can feature in more than one group per age category).

Performer/Competitor Fees
£20 per person for each Group entry

Group Championships

IFDPA Group Championships Age/Category Definitions

Primary - Ages 3 to 7 Years
• Primary Group Jazz
• Primary Group Contemporary
• Primary Group Ballet
• Primary Group Tap
• Primary Group Open Dance

Junior Ages - 8 to 12 Years
• Junior Group Jazz
• Junior Group Contemporary
• Junior Group Ballet
• Junior Group Tap
• Junior Group Open Dance

Senior Ages 13 Years and above
• Senior Group Jazz
• Senior Group Contemporary
• Senior Group Ballet
• Senior Group Tap
• Senior Group Open Dance

All Ages 3 Years and above
• All Age Group Open Dance

Click here to download the IFDPA UK Dance Championships Terms and Conditions

Click HERE to complete the IFDPA Group Championships information and entry form


Ballet Definition
Ballet is a type of performance dance, that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music and has been influential as a form of dance globally.

• Routine must consist of ballet technique.
• Must include classical steps and movements.
• No pointe shoes/technique allowed in Primary and Junior Section, they can only be worn in the Senior Section and by dancers aged 13 years and over (cannot be worn by dancers who are dancing to higher age category whose age is less than 13 years).
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.


Contemporary Definition
Originally developed in a rebellion against the hierarchy and restrictions of classical dance styles. Contemporary is now an ever developing genre used as a “umbrella” term, letting a dancer express themselves using all their traditional skills (including styles like jazz and ballet), but with freedom outside their strict rules and music styles. Experimenting with and fusing genres, styles and influences. A fresh, music and choreography led, perspective on moving giving a dancer the liberty to determine his or her own creative path. Dances need to be expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement.

• Routine must consist of a combination of various styles, incorporating balance, control, and musical interpretation
• No pointe shoes/technique allowed in Primary and Junior Section, they can only be worn in the Senior Section and by dancers aged 13 years and over (cannot be worn by dancers who are dancing to higher age category whose age is less than 13 years).
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will be judged – see form C for full details.


Jazz Definition
Traditional and modern jazz techniques and performance. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse's work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago and Cabaret.

• Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique.
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.


Tap Definition
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance, and is widely performed as a part of musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition.

• Routine must consist of tap technique and primarily tap work.
• Tap sounds are not allowed on the musical backing track.
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.


Open Dance Definition
The Open Dance group section is designed to cover all styles in addition to the 5 genres of Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Tap. IFDPA would like to invite dancers from all styles to compete in a magical, friendly environment. The 'Open Dance' section has been designed to welcome dancers from styles that are usually restricted to their own competitions or struggle to fit into regular dance categories. Be it Scottish Highland Dance, Irish Dancing, Freestyle, Sequence, Jive or Latin, Fusion Gymnastics. Following in the footsteps of popular TV style competitions bringing together all forms of dance IFDPA now offers this unique 'Open Dance' category to give everyone the chance to compete.
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