Mid Atlantic Pom & Dance Association
score sheet breakdown
The goal of this sub-category is to evaluate the elements of the performance and HOW the performers perform the elements in each category.
This sub-category is worth 40 of 100 points.
- Visual Effectiveness: use of Poms, variety of movement, routine flow
- Fundamentals: use of levels, use of angles, use of group work
- Placement: uniform legs, arms, body placement
- Technique: strength of movement, control, posture, extension
- Visual Effectiveness: variety of kicks, hook ups, and routine flow
- Timing: kick control, pace, overall timing
- Placement: uniform kick height/placement, uniform head, hand, arm placements
- Technique: strength of movement, control, posture, extension
Jazz / Lyrical
- Turns: spotting/posture, Rotation completion, arm leg placement.
- Jumps / Leaps: height, posture/alignment, arm/leg placement.
- Control & Variety: technical mastery, control of movements, variety of skills and combinations
- Technique: posture, extension, flexibility, strength of movement
- Visual Effectiveness: routine flow, level changes, use of group work
- Movement: strength of movement, control, consistent placement
- Style: appropriate attitude of style, tricks/skills, projections/intensity
- Technique: grounded/low, isolations, rhythm variations
- Poms: use of poms, sharp movements, use of levels
- Kicks: variety of kicks, posture, height, extension
- Jazz / Lyrical: spotting/posture, height of jump/leap, variety of combos
- Hip Hop: isolations, tricks/skills, projection/intensity of movements, strength of movements
- Visual Effectiveness: use of levels, creative use of prop, interpretation of props with music, use of group work
- Variety: dance styles, use of different props
- Placement: uniform use of prop, control of prop, and transition of prop
- Technique: strength of movements, posture, extension.
The use of PROPS is only allowed in the "Prop" Category.
A prop is ANY object, other than a pom, that is used in a performance. Uniform accessories (gloves, hats, hoods, and scarves etc.) are permitted, as long as they are NOT REMOVED.
Not adhering to this rule will result in disqualification.
SPECIAL EXCEPTION: Hip-Hop Category
The goal of this sub-category is to evaluate what & how difficult the performers intend on constructing a meaningful interpretation of the musical arrangement.
This sub-category is worth 30 of 100 points
Judging will reflect overall presentation, not just the components used within individual sections of the routine. This sub-category is evaluated without regard to unison.
The following criteria will apply to all category performances.
- There is a logical progression from element to element, and beginning to end. The routine construction does not appear choppy, haphazard or repetitive.
- The level of difficulty of movements and how well the team performs the moves. How many performers perform difficult moves and/or technique.
- The choreography reflects and interprets the musical arrangement in both the motions and the timing in which those motions are performed. Consider the use of tempo changes, pauses, musical accents, hidden beats and choreography to words rather than counts.
- Unique moves. Ability to take old move and make them current.
- The musical presentation should match the styles of dance included in the performance.
- Adding varied elements of dance can be used to create a unique presentation while maintaining the integrity of the category.
Formations & Transitions
- Formations should enhance the overall effectiveness of a movement, just as effective transitions can maximize the visual effect of the performance.
- The front-to-back and side-to-side use of the floor is greatly reduced due to the limited performance time.
- Generally, movement, in any direction, should occur often and within one or two counts of 8.
- Variety of formations and transitions.
Uniformity and Precision
- The performance is "clean" and the movements are precise.
- The performers appear to move "as one". (Group Uniformity)
- Motions have the same emphasis and intensity from all members. (Uniform Focus)
- The performers dance the same style. (Team Uniform Style)
- Proper posture and alignment (left to right, front to back, and up and down) of all body parts.
- Motions should be fully completed without hyper-extension.
- The performance is absence of any mistakes and there are no hesitations/anticipation of movements.
- The performers timing and rhythm is together
- The performers spacing and lines of formation are the same.
- Members know their proper positions in formations and can get there without creating a distraction.
- Members begin and end a travel step on the correct foot, on the proper count and facing the correct direction. The footwork is together and members are in-step with the music.
- Members are in the correct position front to back, left to right, down a diagonal, or around a curve. Additionally, the distance between members, lines and formations is uniform.
- Turns/Leaps/Jumps - It is important to remember that basic skills should be mastered before moving on to more advanced technical elements.
- All technical dance elements (ballet/jazz or hip-hop based) will be evaluated for proper execution.
- Correct relevè, pliè, dèveloppè, chainè, spotting, etc., along with well-positioned feet, arms, and torso are critical to proper execution of technical skills.
- Energy and Endurance
- First and foremost, all members give 100% to the ENTIRE performance.
- The energy level is consistent from member to member and does not fade in and out during the performance or from beginning to end.
- Members perform with pride and really "sell the routine" to the audience.
- Each member sparkles throughout the routine and exhibits pride in the performance.
- The members have fun performing and translate that enjoyment to the audience.
- The expressions are choreographed to interpret the moves and music.
- The facials are consistent from all members and disappointment does not show in event of an error.
- Arms are tight and elbows are not broken during precision movements.
- Movement from one placement to the next is intentional and controlled.
- Proper posture and alignment of shoulders, arms, hands, torso, hips and knees to create good body-lines.
- Grace & Coordination - movement from one dance element to the next is smooth and coordinated in such a way that it does not appear awkward.