Group Dance Criteria for Judging
A. CONTENT. – 30%
1. Variety of dance positions, dance movements, and/or combinations as appropriate to the specific dance.
2. Difficulty of dance movements and/or combinations from one dance position or alignment to another.
3. Uniqueness or originality of dance movements and/or combinations from one dance position or alignment to another, to include presentation of dance position.
4. Continuity of dance movements and/or combinations to either interpret dance theme and music, or to demonstrate dance control. This refers to exceptional phrasing which includes spontaneous adjustments of dance pattern for irregularly phrased musical selections.
B. EXECUTION. – 30%
1. Basic pattern, rhythm, timing, and initial phrasing between partners and to the selected music. For correctly phrased musical selections, phrasing may be shifted for momentary variation, but generally should be maintained throughout the specific dance.
2. Proper performance of footwork, hand, head, arm, and body movements through dance variations; to include balance and centering through executed movements.
3. Alignment, framework, and proper presentation of dance positions; to include smoothness of follow–through from movement into position; to demonstrate properly initiated lead and follow technique from position into movement.
C. STYLE. – 30%
1. Artistic interpretation and choreography projected through dance movement as it relates to the selected music and the specified dance category.
2. Attentiveness, enthusiasm, enjoyment of the dance, and general good partnership as perceived through appropriate presentation of lead and follow roles.
3. Flair and accent of dance movement, generating an atmosphere and instilling a mood appropriate to the specific dance category.
D. AUDIENCE IMPACT – 10%
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