JUDGING CRITERIA All routines must demonstrate formation changes & specific technique of category entered. Teams and soloists are judged on routine construction, technical execution & showmanship. Judges’ decisions are accepted as FINAL.
TEAM DIVISION CATEGORY GUIDELINES Jazz: Routine emphasis must be on jazz dance technique. Props permitted but must not be the focal point of the routine.
Lyrical: Routine must be of a poetic style with soft, flowing choreography that focuses on lyrical interpretation. Music selection must contain audible song lyrics. Much more technical & controlled in nature than any other division.
Contemporary: Routine must contain creative, abstract, and dramatic movements that showcase emerging contemporary/ modern dance, unique musical interpretation, and/or concert dance techniques.
Hip Hop: Routine must demonstrate street dance styles: hip hop, funk, freestyle, house, grooves, popping, locking, breakdancing, etc (may include up to 3 gymnastic feats).
Pom/Song: Routine must focus on the use of poms, featuring innovative dance and precision movements. All division sizes are separated by Varsity or JV, except for the "Pom/ Song Team Performance" category which can include all dancers in your pom/song program. There are NO movement restrictions!
Novelty/Character: Routine emphasis must be on characterization or be of a unique, thematic nature. Must use clever costumes and unusual or innovative moves to convey the thematic character-driven choreography. Small sets are allowed.
Prop: Routine emphasis must be on the use of a prop or variety of props as the major focal point.
Co-Ed: Emphasis must be on male/female interaction. Co-Ed Dance routines can draw from any style of dance. Co-Ed Hip Hop routines must follow Hip Hop division requirements.
Officer: Routine may be of any style, or combination of styles.
Open: Routine may be of any style, or combination of styles.
Duet/Trio: Routines are limited to 2-3 performers of any age & in any of the following styles: jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop.
Solo - Best of Arizona: For soloists who wish to compete against other solo performers in their age/school grade level and preferred dance style: jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hiphop.
Solo - Improv: Dancers perform a contemporary freestyle dance to random music selection (45 seconds). The Top improv solos advance to finals (must interact with all other improv finalists).
NOTE: There must be at least (3) teams in each division, or those routines will perform in the “OPEN” category. Teams are not allowed to compete against themselves in the same size division.
ROUTINE TIME LIMIT REQUIREMENTS Teams have 30 seconds to enter/exit the floor. Timing and judging begins with the first beat of the music and ends with the last beat of the music. Team routines must be 2-3 minutes in duration. All solo & duet/trio routines must be not less than 90 seconds and not more than 2 minutes in duration.
MUSIC REQUIREMENTS (NO MUSIC RESTRICTIONS) MDDT allows teams permission to use any music they wish (excluding profanity & suggestive lyrics). Please make sure all music is family-friendly. Music 1. Music may be played from an CD/MP3/IPod/IPad player with a 1/8 in ear phone jack. You must have a representative at the table to work the device. 2. The device must be fully charged, and on airplane mode with screen saver off. 3. Each song should be on an assigned playlist. 4. If using a CD -Must have a good quality CD - the quality of music depends on the quality of the recording levels of the CD. They should be professionally done.
COSTUMES & FOOTWEAR Performance costumes must enhance the theme and/or style of the routine. Costumes must be in good taste, appropriate for a family audience, and approved by the team’s Director. With regard to footwear, our preference is performers wear any style of soft/rubber sole shoes; but half-soles/bare feet are permitted.
GUIDELINES FOR USE OF PROPS AND/OR SETS Props and sets may be used in a routine. All props/sets must be rubber-tipped to prevent floor damage. If protective tips are not used, the routine will be disqualified. Any damage to facilities or performance floor caused by use of props and/or sets will result in disqualification. Damages are charged to the team’s school.
PENALTIES & DISQUALIFICATION
VIDEO RECORDING POLICY For members of the MDDT Arizona audience, still-shot photography and video recording are allowed (You may only record your own team or soloist). This policy helps protect the choreographic originality & integrity of each routine. And it also helps to ensure that Arizona solo title contestants' dance routines are not leaked on the internet prior to U.S. Nationals. Please advise team members, spectators, and family members of this rule. Your team or soloist may lose points or be disqualified if caught filming routines that are not your own. We will NOT have a videographer at this event, and ask all spectators to adhere to the above rules when using personal video-recording devices.