The most competitive hip hop & dance team competition in California!
DANCE COMPETITION JUDGING CRITERIA
All routines must demonstrate specific technique of category entered. Teams and soloists are judged on routine construction, technical execution & performance showmanship. Judges’ decisions are accepted as FINAL.
ROUTINE TIME LIMIT REQUIREMENTS
Dance 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 dance solos & duet/trio routines must be not less than 90 seconds and not more than 2 minutes in duration.
MUSIC REQUIREMENTS (NO COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS)
MDDTUSA allows teams permission to use any music they wish (excluding profanity & suggestive lyrics). Please make sure all music is family-friendly.
To avoid a 5-point penalty, directors/coaches MUST UPLOAD their music using our online registration system by the music upload deadline (date posted in the info packet).
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.
Please make checks payable to: Miss Dance Drill Team USA
Please email us with any music upload questions or technical issues that arise during your online registration. We are always here to help, and do our best to respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible.
DANCE SOLO CATEGORIES
1. OPEN DANCE SOLO
This solo category is the perfect option for soloists who specialize in any dance style (other than hip hop or street dance). Divisions are typically separated by age category only (Elementary, Junior, Senior, College/Community).
2. MISS STREET DANCE / MR. STREET DANCE
This solo category is the perfect option for soloists who specialize in street dance styles. Divisions are typically separated by age category only (Elementary, Junior, Senior, College/Community). Dancers should enter into the gender division they most identify with.
3. STREET DANCE FREESTYLE SOLO
This solo category is an exciting option for dancers who excel in street dance improvisation! Dancers perform a freestyle dance to a random music selection provided by our music director (30 seconds; Dancers perform one at a time).
TEAM ROUTINE CATEGORY GUIDELINES
Duet/Trio: Routines are limited to 2-3 performers of any age & in any of the following styles: Open Dance OR Open Hip Hop
Officer/Mini: Routine may be of any style, or combination of styles.
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.
Street Dance: We currently offer (3) different hip hop divisions: Open Street Dance, All Male Street Dance, AND All Female Street Dance. Routine must demonstrate any combination of street dance choreography (e.g. hip hop, funk, freestyle, house, grooves, popping, locking, breakdancing, etc). Dancers may compete in any street dance division(s) in which the team's choreography best suits their gender identity.
Military: Routine displays precision movements. Choreography must demonstrate sharp angular arm sequences, a variety of marching styles & contagion/level dynamics (kickline sequence is allowed). Traditional military includes leading with the left foot.
Kick: Majority of routine must emphasize defined and precise kicks, with focus on technique, height, timing and unison.
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.
Dance/Drill: Routine must consist of 50% jazz or lyrical/contemp choreography and 50% military choreography.
Short Flags: Dancers must use pep flags for duration of the routine
Open Dance: Routine may be of any style, or combination of styles.
TEAM DIVISION SIZE GUIDELINES
GENERAL STAND BATTLE RULES
Teams performs three choreographed "stands" (No more that 64 counts of music each) in a back-and-forth manner to music pre-selected by our competition staff. The winner is decided on by our judges.
In the event of multiple team entries in this division, two teams will advance to the final round (example: tournament bracket).
Stand Battle teams are to be separated into 3 divisions:
Elementary (Grades K-5)
Junior (Grades 6-8)
Senior (High School Grade 9-12)
Stand battle teams MUST compete in the division of the oldest member in the group.