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Hip Hop Criteria – Short version
All movement must be appropriate to and reflective of the various Hip Hop styles and‘moves’. The Choreography should display different styles with respect to all of the following criteria:

– Technique and complexity
– Music Expression and Interpretation
– Variety and Creativity
– Formations and Visual Image
– Team Performance and Presentation

Please keep in mind that the choreography should relate to the criteria and that each criteria is as important as the other.

‘Choreography is only as good as its technique, expression and performance’

Technique and Complexity

• High level of technical ability and quality in all hip hop styles and movements
• Precise, purposeful placement and control of all movements and body parts
• Ease of movement
• Each style should be executed correctly with a high level of technique and in the original manner that the style was intended. It is advised to avoid styles that cannot be executed well by all crew members
• Using many parts of the body and many muscles together at one time
• High level of neuromuscular co-ordination
• Use of complex/difficult moves and styles specific to the various hip hop styles
• Ensuring movements and styles chosen are safe and executed well so as not to risk injury to any team member

Music Expression and Interpretation

• Ability to express the music with the dance and styles chosen
• Expression of the culture of hip hop
• Use of music appropriate to the various hip hop styles
• Music and movements should be inseparable
• Good musical timing
• Use of the natural music structure and phrasing such as highs, lows, rhythms, counter tempos, and lyrics/text

Variety and Creativity

• Creative, unpredictable movements using the entire body
• Use of a variety of different hip hop styles and moves
• Unpredictable original transitions when changing positions of crew members to create formations and a visual image
• Transitions from one style to another should be creative and flow as part of the choreography
• Unpredictable and creative changes in the vertical levels
• Variety in the use of the whole body

Formations and Visual Image

• Use of the entire crew to create a visual image
• Use of entire floor space and orientations
• The visual effect of a crew when creating formations and using the vertical levels
• Tricks should be choreographed and not set up or recovered from
• Tricks should not be used to show off but have a purpose in building the choreography

Team Performance and Presentation

• Same execution level of team members: All members should perform movements with the same precision
• Display of an over-all high standard in delivery of the entire choreography
• Dynamic energy and intensity throughout performance (selling the choreography)
• Ability to generate excitement, enthusiasm and the mood in relation to the culture of hip hop
• Interactive choreography with team members
• Staying in time with each other
• Solo performances are discouraged, team choreography is required
• Attire and appearance suitable to the hip hop/street culture

Unacceptable Moves

Any movement that risks injury to a crew member. All moves and especially ‘tricks’, should be executed perfectly, without any danger/risk of injury to any crew member. If in doubt of acceptance, consult the Head
Judge prior to commencement of the preliminary round.

******* ITS A HIP HOP DANCE COMPETITIONS – SO THE JUDGES WANT TO SEE DANCE*******

Hip Hop Unite is offering competitions in the following divisions: Cadet Small Crews, Junior Small Crews, Adult Small Crews, Senior Smal, Crews, Mega Crew, Youth Battle 1vs1 Hip Hop, Adult Battle 1vs1 Hip Hop and DUO’s (cadet, junior, adult and senior). For more info, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Stef FerrestCo-founder & Vice-Chair of Hip Hop Unite

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7-13 years

Cadet Small Crew

Youth between 7-13 years old. Note, there is an overlaop between cadet and junior division. A dancer who is 12-13 years old can participate in junior or cadet.download rules
12-17 years

Junior Small Crew

Let’s do it. I great division with high level of choreo. Note, the overlap between cadet and junior division. 12 & 13 years can compete in both cadet and junior.download rules
17+ years

Adult Small Crew

The level is high, the choreography is great, the dancers are ready and are fighting an uphil battle to qualify. One dancer is allowed to be 16 years old in this category.download rules
12+ years

Mega Crew

Age of Mega is 12+ years. Coaches have possibility to mix dancers, who are min 12+ years. Younger dancers are not allowed in order to prohibit the dancers as probs.download rules
7-12 years

Youth Battle 1vs1 Hip Hop

The division is a unique celebration of dance allowing young performers to share their dance skills in a freestyle competition. Dancers all around the world is joing our event.download rules
35+ years

Senior Small Crew

Dancers have to be over 35 years old. However, one is allowed to be 25 years and the remaining over 35 years, or 2 dancer 30 years old and remaining over 35 years.download rules
Cadet, Junior, Adult and Senior Divisions.

DUO's

The DUO’s are offered in 4 divisions. Lengt of time is 1.15-1.30. It is not free style, but prepared choreograhies. Same regulations of small crews are used for the DUO’s. New division in 2017 and we are so much looking forward to it.download rules
13+ years

Adult Battle 1vs1 Hip Hop

This competition is a huge success and several dancers are taking the floor to wow the crowd with their skills. Hip Hop Unite Battle is a 1 vs 1 battle and is open to all dancers,download rules