The rules outlined below cover the following Street Dance Disciplines:
• Break Dance
• Electric Boogie / Popping
• Hip Hop
• Hip Hop Solo and Team Battle
• Disco Dance
• Disco Dance Free Style
• Street Dance Show

Unless stated otherwise under the specific rules for a particular discipline, the following categories are available in the Street Dance Disciplines listed above:
DUO two males, two females or one male and one female
DUO female/female and DUO male/ female or male/ male in Disco Dance Adults only
SMALL GROUP/ TEAM  3 - 7 dancers
FORMATION 8 - 24 dancers
MINI PRODUCTION 3 - 12 dancers will be deleted 1.1.2016
LARGE PRODUCTION 25 dancers and more


Each dance discipline has some rules specific to that particular dance discipline. Such information is provided under the specific heading for the discipline in question. In general, the following rules apply to All Street Dance Disciplines. Any exceptions are noted in each rule. When an exception is noted, please refer to the specific rules governing the discipline mentioned.


AGE DIVISIONS  ( years of birth listed below are for the competition year 2019)
  • Mini Kids      7  and under
  • Children      12 and under  
  • Junior 1      13 - 14   
  • Junior 2      15 - 16  
  • Adult 1       17 and over     (born in 2003 - 1990 )
  • Adult 2       31 and over     (born in 1989 and older )
From time to time Organizers may decide to run Championships in Street Dance Adults 2, age 31 and over, no exceptions. This age division is only for small groups and formations.
No dancer shall compete against him or herself.


Competitors in most, but not all, disciplines dance to the Organizer’s music.
EXCEPTIONS: Disco Dance Formations, Hip Hop Formations, Techno Formations, Hip Hop Team Battles (1st round), Break Dance Teams (1st round) and all categories of Street Dance Show.
Refer to a specific discipline. In each discipline when the Organizer’s music is used the dancers have to dance full-time limit. In case that they do not dance full-time limit, the warning will be issued. If a dancer/dancers do not perform in any of the required minutes (first, solo/presentation and final minute) this absence will result in a direct disqualification (D).
In special cases when the dancers/s cannot continue the competition, the dancer/s will be marked as the last place in the round the dancer/s had performed in. (AGM 2015, Implementation September 1st, 2015)
Children’s Formation will be 2:30 minimum and 3:00 maximum in Street Dance Department. This rule will be used in all disciplines except where it is specified differently.
STAGE PROPS: Permitted in some, but not in all disciplines. Hats, coats, sweaters, shawls, etc., may be used as long as they remain part of the costume and must be retained during the entire performance. Such clothing articles may be turned inside out, held in the hands, exchanged with a partner, etc., but may NOT be thrown away during the performance.
Stage Props not definable as clothing may NOT be usedSuch as Hand props like sticks, umbrellas, balloons, skateboards, bags, headsets, masks, sunglasses/image glasses, etc. and other non-clothing articles.
Street Dance Show – All categories. Stage and hand props are permitted when
carried by the dancers in one trip. Any stage props used may be held or worn by the dancers during the performance. Stage hands/assistants are not allowed to carry props for the dancer(s). Cumbersome scenic props are not permitted in any dance, category, style or division at any IDO Event. Props, liquids shoes, costumes or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor/stage unsafe may not be used in any category or discipline.
NOTE 1: This means that the use of suck props, liquids, shoes, costumes or other substances will be punished with a warning and/or direct disqualification. (AGM 2017, Implementation 1.9.2017, no change possible before 2021)
Using electrical devices, such as personal light effects and music which the dancer plugs into an electric socket - props may be used but must be powered by the battery.


Scenic backgrounds and floor props must take no longer than 15 seconds to set up and 15 seconds to carry it away in Solo and Duo entries and 45 seconds in Small Group entries. Formations will be allowed 45 seconds to set up and 45 seconds to take it off the stage. Time will begin as soon as the first piece of scenic material touches the stage and in taking it off, as soon as the last piece is off the stage. This rule applies to all Street dance show disciplines. Dancers have to carry the props in one trip, on and off.
Lifts are defined as movements/figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures/movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person. Lifts are permitted in some, but not all dance disciplines and age divisions. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.
Lifts are NOT permitted in ALL Children’s divisions.
Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling, and similar figures. These movements are permitted in some, but not all disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question. If permitted, acrobatic movements will not always enhance the dancer’s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner.
In all disciplines were applicable, in Children, age division acrobatics are allowed if the body part is touching the floor. Acrobatics must not dominate the routine. In Children age division, all acrobatics must be performed without any physical support of a dancer, dancers. (AGM 2017, Implementation 1.1.2018, no change possible before 2021)