Mid Atlantic Pom & Dance Association

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jazz
An ensemble of elements with jazz, ballet, and/or modern as the foundation, used to create visual effects and/or interpret a musical arrangement.

Required Elements

  • The routine must include a minimum of one turn, one leap and one jump
  • Properly executed technical dance skills must be incorporated .


Potential Penalties

  • A routine with less than the minimum required technical elements will result in 3-pt penalty
  • Allowable uniform accessories such as hats, glasses, neckties can be used as part of a routine as long as the item is shown and worn as the team enters the floor. Teams can only use one type of accessory and it can be used as a dance move once during the routine (must be completed within one 8-count). The accessory can also be removed from the body during the routine but not picked up after it has been discarded.
    • Acceptable: Performers can lift a hat from their head and throw/toss it to the side out of the performing area within one 8-count.
    • Not Acceptable: Performers lift glasses from their face, put it back on, dance for 2 counts of 8 and then remove the glasses again.  Or if you remove glasses and then remove a hat. We will consider these as props.
    • If an accessory falls from the body during the routine (that is not a part of the choreography) it will be a 1-pt deduction for the dropped item. If an accessory is used more than once during the performance, it will be considered as a prop and a 5-deduction will be assessed.

Helpful Hints

Variety of Elements can be achieved by the following:

  • Level changes and floor work incorporating dance elements
  • Group work incorporating dance elements
  • Types of technical elements
  • Type of dance styles 
  •  Use of hands and heads
  • Tempo of dance sequences
  • Directional Changes while executing dance elements (movement L to R, front to back, crossing, etc.) 


Difficulty of Elements can be achieved by the following:

  • Changing the tempo of movements
  • Increasing the number of body parts used to complete a movement
  • Increasing the number of elements within a dance sequence
  • Complexity of the movements within a dance sequence
  • Increasing the number of performers executing a dance sequence
  • Traveling while executing a dance sequence

Creativity is Defined as the following:

  • The extent to which basic dance movements, combinations and visual effects are used in unusual ways.
  • Consider how "old" dance combinations may be revamped in an interesting "new" way or debut a totally different concept or visual effect.