ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Rules

            ORIGINAL LINE DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY:


The choreography competition will take place on Friday and Saturday in two heats - you will be teaching only on one of the two days, therefore, if you cannot make one of the times, please advise on your registration form or via email. The judges will learn the top dance from each heat will perform the dance with the competitor and face off with one another on Saturday Night where one dance will be chosen as the winner.  The top two winners will receive a cash prize (to be determined based on attendance) and the top winner will additionally receive a guaranteed teach slot at next years event. 

 

Only 10 slots are available this year.  First come, First serve!

            1) A step description for your dance must be turned in 21 days prior to the competition.
2) Choreographers choose and provide their own music on CD at the event (do not send ahead of time).
   A) Music – all will be judged in one category:
    1) Phrased or non-Phrased
    2) Country or non-Country
3) Begin by demonstrating only four (4) patterns. Invite your friends to join you, only the choreographer is judged.  Next the instructor will then have the remaining 30 minutes to teach the dance to the judges and any dancers that wish to participate.
4) Competitors will be primarily judged on choreography, not their ability to teach the dance.

a.       Competitors will be allowed to have someone else teach their dance for them if they choose to, however, the competitor (s) must be in the room and on the dance floor (unless they cannot due to injury) during the entire teach.

            5) Execution
   A) Proper execution will make it easier for judges to evaluate the dance.
   B) Points will NOT be taken away for execution errors.
6) Points awarded based on 
   A) Creativity
   B) Variety
   C) Originality and uniqueness of the dance in relationship to music chosen.
   D) Entertainment value
   E) Promotional potential
   F) How well the dance is liked by dancers will also be considered by judges.
7) Line Dance, Country and Non-country dances will all be judged against each other in one category.  The only limitation will be your time allotment set at 30 minutes.
8) Only one dance entry allowed per choreographer

 
9) Dance must be choreographed within the last 12 months.

           

ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY SCORING FORMAT:
1) Variety, complexity, uniqueness of dance movements. Content.
2) Overall flow and combination of dance steps. Use of transitional steps and directional changes. Ease of execution.
3) Phrasing: Number of counts used (even or uneven) and unit breakdown of dance steps.
4) Artistic interpretation of the dance music selected.
5) Uniqueness and appropriation of the dance music selected.
6) Promotional potential.
7) Popularity by the general public. Longevity potential.

CONDUCT FOR DANCERS:
Windy City Line Dance Mania
is a family oriented event. We encourage youth to attend. Having been said, we encourage all event participants to conduct themselves and dress in such a manner to bring credit to all dancers. Disruptive, offensive behavior and / or language will not be tolerated and may be cause for removal / banning from this event.

ATTIRE FOR COMPETITION:
MEN and WOMEN:

1) No hat or boots required.
2) Anything goes EXCEPT for the following:
   A) Thematic costumes: Example clowns or cows
   B) Thongs, g-strings, excessive nudity.
   C) Tank tops, sleeveless shirts.
   D) Use common sense (not biker or strip club attire).
   E) Street Shoes

JUDGING STANDARDS

It is of utmost importance that this event maintains the very highest judging standards.
1) The competition will be judged by a minimum of five (5) judges
2) Judges deal in privileged information and while we encourage their socializing with everyone, they and dancers / competitors are not to discuss specific judges observations or rulings.
3) Judges’ should not coach, teach, critique dancers they are judging until after the end of the competition. They should interact professionally with competitors and in no case discuss the results of any competition while the event is ongoing.
4) All decisions of the Judges findings / rulings, Judge Coordinator, and Event Promoter are considered final. Judge coordinator will consult event promoter regarding any and all rules, rule amendment interpretation and decisions.
5) Questions on administration and / or execution of the competition should be directed to the event promoters or judge coordinator. Questions involving after the fact rules interpretations should be held until after awards.
6) Judges and contestants are not allowed to discuss event specific matters until the event is over. Judges scores and other privileged information will not be divulged to anyone other than event promoter and judge coordinator. Questions on all matters should be directed to the event promoter or judge coordinator after awards have been given out. Non-compliance by competitors may result in point loss / disqualification.
7) Out of respect and courtesy to competitors, it is expected all judges will dress in a professional manor.