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A performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. Dance comes in many different styles and formats, but all competitors will attempt to express feeling or symbolism through their actions.

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The Basics

  • A dance competition traditionally involves the comparison of multiple different performances, with scores awarded to each act by a panel of judges. The act with the highest score at the end of the competition is declared the winner. 
  • Dances can be scored on a variety of points. The most common areas of critique include concept and soundtrack, choreography and floor use, performance skill, and overall impact, i.e. how successful the performance was at provoking the intended reaction.
  • Competitive routines can be inspired by anything, including musicals, music videos, television or social media. As part of the School Games, competing teams are asked to submit a written piece detailing the inspiration for their piece.


  • Competitive dancing can be traced back for generations. In the modern era, competitive ballroom dancing first took place in 1909 with an unofficial World Championship. Competitions first began to be broadcast on television in 1960.
  • Dance governing bodies have previously looked towards gaining inclusion into the Olympics, particularly given the success of figure skating in the Winter Olympics, but so far their attempts have been unsuccessful.
  • Dancing is considered as much an art form as it is a sport, which is perhaps part of the reason for its ongoing Olympic exclusion. However, the term ‘dancesport’ has been given to competitive dancing to try and emphasise its competitive edge.

National Governing Body

Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP) – please click here for more information.


  • Intra-School Primary: Competition Card
  • Intra-School Primary: Challenge Card
  • Intra-School Secondary 
  • Local Inter-School

In order for a competition to be considered part of a School Games provision, it must follow a School Games format. All School Games registered users have access to our sport formats and can access the formats for this sport by clicking the button below. Alternatively, you can download the full Dance format pack by clicking here

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