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1.COMPOSITION (Complexity / Originality )

A) Music & Musicality:

Selection & Composition:
Any kind of music can be used. A good musical selection will help establish the structure and pace, as well as the theme of the exercise. It will support and highlight the performance. There must be a strong cohesion between the overall performance and the choice of music.
Technically the music must be perfect, without any abrupt cuts, it should flow, with a clear start and clear ending, with well integrated sound effects (if they are included), respecting the musical phrases that can be 8 counts or not but must respect a structure giving the feeling of unity. The recording and mixing of music must be of professional quality and well integrated.
For the second style, it is recommended to use a different music from the main theme in order to be recognizable as a different style.
Usage (Musicality):
Musicality is the ability of a performer or performers to interpret music and to demonstrate not only its rhythm and speed, but also its flow, shape, intensity and passion within his or her physical performance. All movements must fit perfectly with the chosen music. The style of the routine must harmonize with the idea of the music. The composition of the movements must harmonize with the music structure (rhythm, beats, accents, and phrase), and timing.

B) Dance Content:

In the Dance Content, dance movements are evaluated throughout the routine, including the 2nd style.
If the 2nd style is not included or not recognizable or not STREET DANCE, maximum in Dance Content is 1.1 (Unacceptable).
The dance content must have high correlations with the theme and the style of the music.
It is recommended to show high level of creativity in the dance content, especially by using the music style and accents, but without repetitions. The second style must be clearly different from the rest of the choreography and must show high degree of creativity.

C) General Content:

The general content of the routines are:
  • Transitions / Linking
  • Partnerships, Collaborations
  • Lift (if included)
  • Other discipline moves (if included)
The routine should include minimum of 4 movements (or set of movements) from the General Content.
With above movements, evaluate the following criteria:
The movements are complex when many body parts are involved simultaneously and they are hard to perform.
Complex movements should receive higher evaluation than simple movements.
To evaluate the variety of the routines, the A judges will take into consideration that all of these movements must be without repetition or reiteration of the same or similar types of movements.  These should include different actions, different forms, and different types of movements and different physical capacities.
The connection from/to movements must be smooth and fluid.
All movements presented in the routine must be linked without any unnecessary pauses, smoothly, easily performed, without showing fatigue (laborious/hesitant) or be heavy, showing agility.  

D) Space:

Use of the competition area and formation
The competition area must be effectively used throughout the routine with well-balanced structure of the choreography.
All three levels (floor-work, standing, airborne) of the competition space must be used.
Formations include positions / positioning of the partners and the way in which they change positions to another formation or in the same formation and distances between the competitors.
Throughout the routine, different formations and different positions of the team-mates must be shown (including distances between gymnasts far versus close)
The formation changes must be fluent, showing originality and complexity.

E) Artistry:

Artistry is the ability of the competitor(s) to transform the composition from a well-structured routine into an artistic performance. Gymnasts must, therefore, demonstrate Musicality, Expression and Partnership in addition to the impeccable execution.
They must combine the elements of the art and the sport into one attractive message towards the audience, in sport manner.
Unique/memorable routines include details to enhance the quality of the routine.
All the components of the choreography must fit perfectly together in order to transform a sport exercise into an artistic performance, with creative and unique characteristics by respecting the specificity of Aerobic.
Quality of the performance
Competitor(s) must give a clean athletic impression with high quality movements.
The athletic impression must be appropriate for an Aerobic Dance.
Originality/Creativity and expression:
Originality / Creativity of the routines, including not only the theme of the exercise according to the music selected but also the innovation and uniqueness in other movements (lift, partnerships, transitions, etc.) performing with natural and genuine expression.
The routine should be like a small piece of art, which should leave something memorable, a story or an impression, created with the means of Aerobic Gymnastics.
Creative routines when all the routine components match perfectly with the music and the theme of the exercise in sport manner, making captivating and impressed the audience
The originality in the second style will be an essential factor.
  • Originality with the idea of the choreography
  • Originality of the 2nd style selected and well integrated.
  • Originality in utilizing other discipline’s movements.
Presentation of new, creative and original movements (collaborations, transitions, etc)
The competitors must demonstrate that they are a team as a unit and therefore show the advantages of being more than one person. This includes the working relationship between the members.
How a gymnast or group of gymnasts generally present themselves to the jury and the public
Attitude and range of emotion that is expressed not only on the faces, but in the bodies of the gymnasts
The ability to control/manage expression during the performance of the most difficult or complex movements


Refer to Appendix 1 in each area and adapt to Aerobic Dance.

SCALE for ARTISTIC Evaluation

Criteria Unacceptable Poor Satisfactory Good Very Good Excellent
Music / Musicality 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.0
Dance Content 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.0
General Content 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.0
Space / Formation 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.0
Artistry 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.0