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It is our desire to present a first class contest for dance/drill teams. Below we have listed contest rules and information. If you have any additional questions, please call the American Dance/Drill Team® office at 254-947-0613 or 800-462-5719 or write to us at contact@danceadts.com. Office hours are Monday- Thursday from 9:00-5:00pm.

Teams Officers
Ensembles College Teams
Solos Elementary/Jr Teams
Routine Description Discouraged / Not Permitted
Time Limits Music
Penalties Videos
Dressing Areas Schedules
2 Day Competitions Proper Registration

TIME LIMITS

It is important to be on time to report for each scheduled performance. If for any reason that you will be late, please report to the announcer in the specified area. If another area is running behind, your performance will be rescheduled. If for any reason that a team is abusing the timeliness of the schedule, American Dance/Drill Team® reserves the right to penalize that team or performance.

IMPORTANT TEAM TIME LIMIT INFORMATION: Backdrops will need to be rehearsed for set up and breakdown procedures by your parents or students. In the past, we have been very lax in not penalizing overage on set up time. SHOW PRODUCTION will allow 10 minutes for setup, performance and break down. Novelty and Open will allow for 5 minutes for setup, performance and breakdown. All other categories will have 4 minutes for set up, performance and break down. If there is any exception to this, it must be approved through the American office. Penalties will be assessed in the amount of one point per minute per judge for any time overage. The head judge will assess this penalty after the judges have issued their scores on the routine.

Keep in mind that many contest locations have limited prop storage on site. All props will need to be able to pass easily through a 7 foot door without the center bar. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

TEAM Time Limits: 3  minute time limit with a minimum of 90 seconds, plus one minute for entrance and exit, making a total of 4 minutes (except for Open and Novelty that will allow 5 minutes and Show Production 10 minutes for setup, performance and breakdown).

OFFICER Time Limits: 3  minute time limit with a minimum of 90 seconds. Any routine over 3:15 will be penalized.

Ensemble/DUET Time Limits: 2 1/2  minute time limit  for ensembles that are divided into duets (2 performers), small (3 to 5 performers), medium (6-12 performers), or  large (13-20 performers) ensembles. Any routine over 2:45 will be penalized.

Solos: Minimum 90 seconds/Maximum 2 minutes. If the solo routine exceeds 2 minutes and 15 seconds. soloists will be ineligible for solo finals.
 

MUSIC

All music MUST be professionally recorded on a single CD for each piece of music, or on an iPod, iPad, laptop or MP3 device. If you bring a CD, we encourage you to bring a backup on an iPod, Phone or MP3 player We will be able to accommodate music on an iPod, iPad, or laptop but the director or manager must be present to play the device. If you have been practicing your routines using a blue tooth speaker and your iPod, please make sure to turn off the blue tooth speaker before the performance as the speaker can 'grab' the music from the device while playing on our equipment if the blue tooth speaker is close by, and cause your music to stop.

Please do not have multiple pieces of music on the same CD. Please check your CD to make sure that it has not been scratched or damaged as our equipment is far more sensative than most CD players that are used for practice.

If you have entrance and/or exit music, please make sure to notify the person running the music and have a representative at the sound table. 

At all contests we will have a Music Check Station set up with headphones that you may utilize throughout the day for tempo checks for your CD's. If using an iPod, smart phone or MP3 player, please have a representative from your team at the sound table to run your music.

Please know that American Dance/Drill Team will NOT be penalizing any team for violations of music copyright laws as we are not qualified to know every piece of music that has ever been created. We do hold the proper licensing from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC that will allow for music to be played for public performance. If you have questions about the music copyright laws, please visit our web page that will explain this in simple terms.

The name of your school and category must be printed clearly on the CD, not just the case. Soloist's name and team/school name must appear on the solo CD.

Please bring all CD or music device to the sound area at the beginning of the category about to start or when announced.

Please pick up your music following your performance. If you are using an iPod, MP3 player, iPad or laptop, please do not leave this at the sound table unattended.

Any profane words or implications of violence will not be tolerated in your music. Teams will be penalized or disqualified for inappropriate music.

Please make sure you have the highest quality recording possible for your music. Months are spent in preparation for your contest routines, so don't let it fall short because of a poor musical recording. Keep in mind the time and money you spend on costumes and other aspects of your performance and put the same forethought and effort into your music. Remember that you are allowed to use a smart phone, iPod or MP3 device to play your music.

PENALTIES

Unlimited penalties, at the judges discretion, will be issued this year for teams using inappropriate moves, music or costuming. Over the past several years routines (solos, ensembles, officers and team) have become more provocative in nature. We received numerous e-mails and letters regarding these issues. Please be cautious in all of your routine choices to avoid penalties from judges as they see fit.

It is important to be on time to report for each scheduled performance. If for any reason that you will be late, please report to the announcer in the specified area. If another area is running behind, your performance will be rescheduled. If for any reason that a team is abusing the timeliness of the schedule, American Dance/Drill Team® reserves the right to penalize that team or performance.

VIDEO TAPING

Spectators are welcome to video with their phone, tablet, or camera, but will not be allowed to plug in to electrical outlets nor use tripods due to safety and liability reasons. If you are using cords or tripods, you will be asked to remove them. Due to music copyright laws, we will no longer be able to have videography vendors to sell DVD's/video at our competitions.



  

 

   

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