Mid Atlantic Pom & Dance Association
An ensemble of elements with jazz, ballet, and/or modern as the foundation, used to create visual effects and/or interpret a musical arrangement.
- The routine must include a minimum of one turn, one leap and one jump
- Properly executed technical dance skills must be incorporated .
- A routine with less than the minimum required technical elements will result in 3-pt penalty
- Allowable uniform accessories such as hats, glasses, neckties can be used as part of a routine as long as the item is shown and worn as the team enters the floor. Teams can only use one type of accessory and it can be used as a dance move once during the routine (must be completed within one 8-count). The accessory can also be removed from the body during the routine but not picked up after it has been discarded.
- Acceptable: Performers can lift a hat from their head and throw/toss it to the side out of the performing area within one 8-count.
- Not Acceptable: Performers lift glasses from their face, put it back on, dance for 2 counts of 8 and then remove the glasses again. Or if you remove glasses and then remove a hat. We will consider these as props.
- If an accessory falls from the body during the routine (that is not a part of the choreography) it will be a 1-pt deduction for the dropped item. If an accessory is used more than once during the performance, it will be considered as a prop and a 5-deduction will be assessed.
Variety of Elements can be achieved by the following:
- Level changes and floor work incorporating dance elements
- Group work incorporating dance elements
- Types of technical elements
- Type of dance styles
- Use of hands and heads
- Tempo of dance sequences
- Directional Changes while executing dance elements (movement L to R, front to back, crossing, etc.)
Difficulty of Elements can be achieved by the following:
- Changing the tempo of movements
- Increasing the number of body parts used to complete a movement
- Increasing the number of elements within a dance sequence
- Complexity of the movements within a dance sequence
- Increasing the number of performers executing a dance sequence
- Traveling while executing a dance sequence
Creativity is Defined as the following:
- The extent to which basic dance movements, combinations and visual effects are used in unusual ways.
- Consider how "old" dance combinations may be revamped in an interesting "new" way or debut a totally different concept or visual effect.