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LINE DANCE COMPETITIONS

*** SONGS AND DANCES WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE BEGINNING OF JULY ***

PRELIMS-Beg/Nov

  • COMING SOON - All Competitors 

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet​

  • COMING SOON. - All Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

Finals-beg/nov

  • COMING SOON - All Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

  • Off The Chain - All Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

PRELIMS-int/adv

  • COMING SOON - All Competitors 

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet​

  • COMING SOON. - Male Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

  • COMING SOON - Female Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

Finals-int/adv

  • COMING SOON - All Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

  • Off The Chain - All Competitors

    • Demo

    • Tutorial

    • Step Sheet

COMPETITION PROCESS

🤠Competition Process Video🤠

STEP 1: Register for the competitions

  • After buying an Event ticket, look for the link (separately) on the page that clicks to where you can buy a competition ticket.  Sometimes it’s on the same page as the Event ticket. Other times the competition registration tickets may not be available until closer to the event.

  • Tip

    • Line dance competition choreographies will be released 6-8 weeks prior to the event.  Make sure to put ample time and practice into know the routines well and practicing ways to make the dances uniquely yours!

STEP 2: Check in at event

  • Once the Event starts, always listen up for any announcements from the Event hosts regarding YOUR competition or all competitions, since there are usually changes somewhere along the way in scheduling or whatever else.  Be adaptable and flexible for that.

  • There is a check-in station near the entrance where people can be assigned a number (tag) to put on their back or rear of clothes, along with 4 pins, so just save all that for the day of the competition. 

  • Tip

    • Many competitions require the dancer's number be on their back.

      • Females - Lower Back // Males - Mid Back


 

STEP 3: Attend the Competition Meetings

  • There are pre-competition meetings with all the competitors of that contest, and one or more of the hosts and/or judges will let you know what’s happening, if things are on time or delayed, etc.  Most importantly, they would like to just give help you calm your pre-jitters by letting you know what they expect and what you can expect to happen.

  • Tip

    • Despite how many times you may have been to a meeting, it's important to attend so that you do not miss valuable information.

 

STEP 4: Be in attendance for your heats

  • Make sure to stay close or on the competition holding area so that you get proper directions and don’t get disqualified.  This is also a valuable warm up time when practice space is provided.

  • Tip

    • If you need to leave the practice space, make sure to inform a floor Marshall and the people around you so that if your name is called you can be accounted for.

 

STEP 5: Line Up & Take the Floor

  • The competition marshal will have you line up by order of your numbers.  It’s VERY important that you stay in line and ready to enter the floor.

  • Line Dance Floor Etiquette

    • The “Floor Wrangler” will guide you into how many lines to create on the floor

    • Each dance will be done for the full song.  It is normal practice for prelim dances to be shortened while allowing the finals dances to be completed. Ask your Floor Wrangler if you have any questions. 

    • Prelim Details

      • 1st - Ladies will dance the co-ed dance then the female dance

      • 2nd - the Fellas will dance the co-ed dance then the male dance

  • Finals

    • Finalist will dance the full song of each finals routine in their respective division. 

    • The top male will win a buckle.  The top female will win a buckle. 

  • Tip

    • As the Floor Wrangler walks the competitors around the dance floor, smile and wave and be cheerful.  Your other competitors need you to be happy so that they can have confidence dancing with you too.

 

STEP 6: Be Aware of expectations while on the floor

  • All competitors will be asked to turn to face their numbers towards the judges. The judges are trained to make their rounds to make sure each dancer gets seen by each judge. 

  • You must wait to be dismissed before leaving the floor after a competition.  We want to make sure that the judges see all the competitors equally to make the best judgments.

 

STEP 7: Stay tuned for call backs

  • Once the competition is complete, there will be announcements concerning who made it back to the next round.  If your name/number is called, you MUST repeat steps 2-5.  There will typically be 2 “alternates” who will be called in to compete if any of the semi-finalist/finalists do not show up on time.

STEP 8: Stay tuned for awards

  • Awards will happen Sunday during the concerts. It’s important for all finalists to be in attendance.

JUDGING

LINE DANCE COMPETITION

 

1. KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANCE

  • Definition: Knowing the step sheet version of the dance (A step sheet is the choreographers notes that states what each step is and to what count and direction during a routine)

  • What judges are looking for:  A demonstration of correct steps, timing, direction, and dance understanding.

  • Tip

    • It's good practice to look up the step sheets before you compete even if you feel like you've known the dance for years. Oftentimes the choreography gets a little muddled even if everyone in your place of dance does the same moves.

 

2. TIMING

  • Definition: Stepping to the beat

  • What judges are looking for:  Dancers should step on the beat with the choreography.

  • Tip

    • Be aware of adrenaline that can make you move faster than the music. consciously slow down and check that you are on time periodically throughout the competition.

3. CONTROL

  • Definition: How you hold and move your body.

  • What judges are looking for:   being able to control your movement, including steps, angles, and balance throughout your dance is pivotal in competing.

  • Tip

    • Sometimes the excitement of the competition can cause moves to look sloppy and therefore blurred. make your movements clear and precise.

 

4. SHOWMANSHIP

  • Definition: How well you sell your dance to the judges and crowd.

  • What judges are looking for:  Judges are looking for individual style and flair. 

  • Tip

    • Playing with different lyrics in the music as well as creating your own variations during choreography can bring a lot of fun Dynamics to your dance and of course, smile! 

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