Competition Rules and Guidelines

Rules and Guidelines

COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES

All rules are subject to Hip Hop International Official Rules at www.hiphopinternational.com/rules/

I. TEAMS SECTION

GENERAL RULES: 

Number of participants (size of the teams): 5-14 members

Music length:

  • Maximum 2:30 min for Kids, Beginners and Intermediate
  • Maximum 3:00 min for unFORMAT

Performance rules (for all teams excluding unFORMAT):

  • All dancers must start on stage and remain on stage during the entire performance;
  • Choreography must be street dance styles (commercial choreography, hip-hop, locking, popping, waacking, dancehall, krumping, house, etc.);
  • Any safe props allowed (no fire or pyrotechnics allowed under any circumstances);  Backdrops, scenery are permitted provided they can be carried on, set up and removed within 5 seconds of being called on to the stage or at the completion of the performance;
  • Coach, teacher, choreographer or any other very experienced dancer are not allowed to participate at Kids, Beginners or Intermediate category;
  • It’s not allowed for the same participant to participate in Kids, Beginners and Intermediate divisions at the same event, but they may choose to participate in additional categories e.g. unFORMAT, Crews, Megacrews and Battles.
  • Attire may include accessories such as hats, caps, gloves, scarves, jewelry, etc. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is permitted provided it is not offensive or out of character. Clothing that is too short, suggestive or inappropriate for the age of the performer is not allowed. Tap shoes, jazz shoes, high-heeled shoes and bare feet are prohibited.
  • Each team will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria: skills, street presentation, musicality, performance, creativity. It is particularly important for the participants to stick with street dance styles. Teams that do not meet street dance styles format will be moved to unFORMAT section.
  • For beginners If by judges decision the team are deemed to be placed in too low a category, judges reserve the right move the teams to intermediate.
  • If the team has participated in any other competition in the intermediate section, you can’t compete at the beginners here.

DETAILED OR SPECIFIC RULES: 

Kids 

Any skills level kids 6-12 years. No more than 2 participants can turn 14 during competition year.

Beginners 

Any combination of ages. The category is available for dancers with maximum 2 years of dance experience.

Intermediate 

Any combination of ages. The category is available for dancers with more than 2 years dance experience. However, a team can include dancers with less experience, if they are not participating in the beginners’ category.

unFORMAT 

This category does not impose any restrictions on the format, style, requirements for clothing and props except safety and decency standards. The performances can be made in any style or genre, including African dance, ballet, contemporary, folk, rock-n-roll, jazz, etc. Performance can also be theatrical dance style. Each team will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria: skills, musicality, performance, creativity, judge’s determination of the effectiveness of the choreography. Any combination of ages is permitted.

II CREWS SECTION

Important: This section is a qualifier for World Hip Hop Dance Championship. First 3 crews in each age division earn the right to represent UK in California, USA at the biggest competition in the world with more than 45 countries participating. If the crew who earned the right to represent UK  can’t come to the World Championship, the opportunity will be given to the next crew in the results order [4th place, then 5th] Sorry, prizes are not transferable.

GENERAL RULES: 

Number of participants (size of the crews): 5-9 members

Music length:

  • One Minute Thirty seconds plus or minus 5 seconds (1:30  ± :05) for Junior
  • Two Minutes for plus or minus 5 seconds (2:00 ± :05) for Varsity and Adults

Age divisions:

  • Junior (7-12 years)
  • Varsity (13-17 years)
  • Adults (over 18)

Performance rules:

  • All dancers must start on stage and remain on stage during the entire performance;
  • Choreography must be street dance styles (commercial choreography, hip-hop, locking, popping, waacking, dancehall, krumping, house, etc.);
  • Props are not allowed;
  • The competition music must not contain inappropriate, lewd or offensive language;
  • A crewmember may not compete in more than one crew per age division in Crews Section, but they can choose for participation additional categories in Teams, Megacrews and Battles section free of charge;
  • Dancers are considered within the age division as long as they were the correct age anytime during the calendar year;
  • Up to two members in a crew may compete up into an older age division but no crewmember may compete in a younger age division.

DETAILED OR  SPECIFIC RULES:

For detailed complete rules for Crews Section and judging criteria, please, click HERE.

III. MEGACREWS SECTION

Important: This section is partly a qualifier for World Hip Hop Dance Championship. First 3 crews in Advanced category earn the right to represent UK at the biggest competition in the world with more than 45 countries participating in California, USA. If the MegaCrew who earned the right to represent UK  can’t come to the World Championship, the right will be given to the next Advanced MegaCrew in the results order (4th place, then 5th,, etc).

GENERAL RULES:

Number of participants (size of the MegaCrews): 15-40 members

Music length:

  •  Three Minutes Thirty seconds plus or minus thirty seconds (3:30 ± :30)

Level divisions:

  • Beginners (category is available for dancers with maximum 2 years of dance experience).
  • Advanced (category is available for dancers with more than 2 years dance experience – qualifier for World Hip Hop Dance Championship).

Performance rules:

  • There is no minimum or maximum age limit. A MegaCrew can be comprised of any combination of ages;
  • Props allowed, but they should be small enough to be held in one’s hand comfortably and easily mobile. Props that are placed on the stage or laid to rest on the floor such as chairs, ladders, backdrops, set pieces, furniture, etc. are not permitted.
  • The competition music must not contain inappropriate, lewd or offensive language;
  • All MegaCrew members must start the routine on stage together for a minimum of 30 seconds and end on stage together for a minimum of 30 seconds. MegaCrew members may exit or enter the stage freely for the remainder of the routine;

SPECIFIC RULES:

For detailed complete rules for MegaCrews Section and judging criteria, please, click HERE.

IV. BATTLES SECTION

Important: Format of UK Battles subject to decision of head judge and may be changed at time of battle if necessary. This section is partly a qualifier for World Battles. First 4 lockers and poppers in Advanced category (semifinalists) as well as 4 All Styles Battle couples (semifinalists) earn the right to represent UK at the biggest competition in the world with more than 45 countries participating in California, USA.

GENERAL RULES: 

Eliminations:

  • All dancers will showcase during the elimination rounds for Judges to determine the final 8. The type of showcase, group or one by one, will be decided based on the time available and the total number of entrants;
  • Dancers will dance to music played by the DJ the music will be appropriate for the style of dance;
  • All dancers must start on stage and remain in the battle zone at all times.

Head to head or rounds:

  • Dancers will battle either 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 depending on battle category through the following rounds:
  • Quarter Finals
  • Semi Finals
  • Finals

Level divisions:

  • Beginners (category is available for dancers with maximum 2 years of dance experience).
  • Advanced (category is available for dancers with more than 2 years dance experience – qualifier for World Hip Hop Dance Championship).

Styles:

  • Locking (1 v 1)
  • Popping (1 v 1)
  • All Styles (2 v 2) (any street dance style)
  • Crew battles (5 v 5) (any street dance style)
  • Trash Battle / The Ultimate Freestyle Battle (2 v2) (any dance style)

Prizes

idance® and Hip Hop International UK reserve the right alter, amend, raise, lower or eliminate any prize based on, availability, sponsorship, the number of entries received, or cancel any prize at anytime, without advance notice using it’s sole determination. Booking at the Championship Hotels in America must be done via HHI UK.

Prizes are not transferable or redeemable in cash.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct:

Any crew, crewmember, coach, choreographer, participant, or spectator associated with a dance act (a dance act is any participant whether as a crew or as an individual dancer) who behaves in what idance® or Hip Hop International UK, in their sole discretion, considers to be Unsportsmanlike conduct can be removed from the event and any titles won stripped. Unsportsmanlike conduct  includes but is not limited to:

  • verbal abuse
  • taunting of an opponent
  • excessive celebration following a win
  • feigning injury
  • abuse of staff
  • protest either on or offline
  • vandalism of facilities, personal property of other participants, etc.
  • refusing to follow reasonable instructions

 

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