Competition Category Definitions
- Choosing the right category or idiom to match the music. For all idiom rounds (You Pick’em and Specific Idiom rounds) all of the following aesthetic elements should match the specific aesthetic of the idiom selected.
- Pulse: Rhythmic movement of the body expressing, at minimum, the baseline rhythm. Displaying a visible connection to the beat.
- Navigating a dynamic relationship to the beat: “A drawing of the beats, dancing in the space between the beats, pushing and pulling creating a sense of tension both in the body and the body moving through space, while remaining loose and relaxed.” (1)
- Athleticism: Being connected to the ground, integrated in movement, and balanced in such a way as to be able to move one’s body without shifting before moving.
- Integrated Body: Generating movement in the body that has a relationship across body-parts, and is also driven by contact with the floor.
- Polycentric Movement: Generating and propagating movement from multiple places in the body / body parts, including separate parts of the torso.
- Polyphonic Movement: Arranging and moving the body in asymmetrical ways, enabling and relating to having multiple rhythms in the body simultaneously.
- Creativity: Expressing the emotion, rhythms, and shape of the music through dynamic use of space and energy and demonstrating a complex relationship to and with the music through the idiom/style.
- Rhythmic Relationship to the Music: Expression of the rhythms and tempo of the music in the body and partnership. Dancers’ rhythms include syncopation, attack, and accent/emphasis.
- Emotional Relationship to the Music: Expression of the mood, texture, emotion, and feeling of the music in the body and partnership.
- Embodying Aesthetic in Engaging Ways: See the info in the Aesthetic category (above) for Pulse, Navigating a dynamic relationship to the beat, and Polyphonic Movement.
- Dancing First: You approach partner dancing as an individual dancer first, and maintain that when a physical connection or lead-follow relationship is added.
Partnership (Partnered Only):
- Valuing equal voice from lead and follow: Leader and follower contribute equally to the dance, and express the music and their own creativity within each partnership.
- Partnering: Working together to create a dynamic relationship utilizing emotion, chemistry, and (when applicable) a physical connection. Leaders lead their partner to move only by moving their own body, and while continuing to dance. Followers move when the physical connection requires it, while continuing to dance their dance. Partners build a collaborative dance by both contributing their own musical ideas, while also drawing inspiration from their partner.
- Relaxed Ephebism: Demonstrating a characterization of athletic youthfulness – embodying speed, sharpness of attack, power, vitality, and flexibility – all while maintaining an attitude of effortlessness.
- Aesthetic of Cool: Relaxed look and attitude, even when executing difficult moves or movements. Projecting the confidence to share yourself with the community through dance.
- Articulated Movement: Moving individual body parts independently and in relationship with each other to embody the rhythms in the music.
- Dancing free of artifice.
- Placing the music and movement and moment as the central force of creativity and expression rather than using practiced movements or affectation.
- Avoiding pantomiming, parody, or planned moments.
- Using well placed “flash” moves.
- Choosing difficult or complicated moves where simple ones would fit equally well
- Styling or presentation meant to convey the dancer’s thoughts, ideas, or emotion in a fashion outside of the dance moves and movements. Including but not limited to facial expression, arm and hand shape, verbal or other auditory cues.
Riffin’ (Solo Only):
- Musical improvisation inspired by or based on movement, rhythm, shape, or theme of another dancer. There should be a clear and obvious relation between the two. NOTE: It must still match the music to be a successful rif.
- Interacting in a supportive, collaborative, or synergistic fashion as opposed to confrontational, aggressive, or dismissive fashion.