The highlight of the MDDT Arizona regional competition is the crowning of the MDDT AZ “solo title” winners. State Champions are selected following a vigorous competition over the course of the competition weekend. Contestants are evaluated by qualified judges in the areas of dance performance, modeling (aka 5-point presentation), and impromptu question.
Dance Routine (70% of total score) Contestant must display talent in a dance routine (90 secs - 2 min) using any or all disciplines of dance and/or drill team performance styles (limited to 3 gymnastic feats). Contestants are judged on routine construction, execution & showmanship.
Modeling (15% of total score) Contestant must perform a compulsory format demonstrating (5) positions for starting/ending a dance routine. Scored on appearance, content presentation & execution of the following: Position #1: POSE (pause), then WALK 8 Steps to... Position #2: POSE (pause), then WALK 8 Steps to... Position #3: POSE (pause), and so on... After the 5th Position - POSE (pause), and then Exit. Walking only is permitted from position-to-position (no strutting, jazz walks, runs, marching, dancing). Total timing must not exceed 45 seconds. All “Miss” & “Teen” contestants must wear plain, black, ¾ sleeve or long-sleeved leotard (no sheer, low-cut), black tights (no net or lace) & black jazz/ballet shoes. (“Mr.” contestants must wear all black & walk naturally from position-to-position! NO walking on toes). See example below.
Interview/Impromptu Question (15% of total score) Contestant is judged on their response to an impromptu question from the judges (response must not exceed 45 seconds). Scoring is based on confidence, projection, poise, diction and enthusiasm. No notes or props! Must wear their modeling outfit (with a plain black dance skirt during prelims - ladies only). Pageant Finals = Formal wear for all solo title contestants!
SOLO TITLE FINALS & CROWNING At the beginning of Saturday competition, the Top (10) “Miss” finalists & Top (10) “Mr.” finalists are announced. Finalists re-compete in the routine category. The Top (8) “Miss” contestants & Top (8) “Mr.” contestants after this round will then be judged on their modeling/5-point presentation poses. The Top (5) “Miss” finalists and Top (5) “Mr.” finalists after modeling are then asked an impromptu question. Scores are tabulated, and the MDDT AZ “solo title” winners are announced.