DISCIPLINE = a broad area of study. This discipline is DANCE. One Artist of the Year (seven total) will be named in each discipline.

SPECIALTY = an area of study within the discipline. Semi-finalists and finalists will be named in each specialty.  

Instructors may nominate two juniors AND two seniors per specialty. A student may be nominated in one specialty within each of the seven disciplines. Students may only be nominated in one specialty per discipline.

Students should be nominated in the specialty that is her/his/their greatest strength within the discipline. If the student is strong in any of the other specialties within the discipline, the student will have the opportunity to submit additional materials to address those strengths.


EX: ballet, modern

(styles with established or codified techniques)



EX: contemporary, jazz, tap, Broadway


EX: hip hop, b-boy/ breaking, popping, locking, etc.



EX: folklorico, flamenco, ballroom,

Irish, African, Persian, Latin, belly dance, etc.

CHOREOGRAPHY is not offered as a primary specialty. HOWEVER, a choreography video/reel may be submitted as a secondary component when a student is nominated in one of the other specialties.