ADAA DANCE BATTLES | FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
We’re connecting musicians and dancers to give everyone a bigger, better, more visible platform to express their art. After all, creativity is powerful, but only if it’s shared with others. Dream up your own moves to our song of choice – PLAY IT LOUD. Post a video online. And share your talent with thousands of other dancers around the world. 20 lucky Crew qualifies for the next round of competitions. Winning Crew goes home with $2,500.
HOW TO GET IT DONE
1. DOWNLOAD THE FEATURED SONG
All video submissions must use the track above to qualify for the contest.
2. CREATE YOUR DANCE VIDEO
3. Hashtag Your Video with #THEADAACONTEST #FDDFDANCEBATTLES
For your entry to be valid you must use both hashtags in the video title, video description and displayed within the video.
Go to adaaproject.com/dancebattles to fill form and submit your YOUTUBE video LINK.
At the ADAA DANCE BATTLE competitions teams of dancers, known as crews, compete against each other.
These crews can be anything from two dancers in each crew, up to eight or ten dancers, and sometimes more.
Crew battles are usually allowed to be performed when it is that crew’s round. The other crew do not have to do a routine in response if they don’t want to, it is completely up to each crew to decide what they do in each round unless the competition’s specific rules say otherwise.
Crews, dance one at a time in the middle of the dance floor. There is a chosen number of times each dancer, or crew, gets to dance, called rounds.
Dancers go back and forth, doing their rounds, until they have finished and then the chosen panel of judges individually decide who they believe won the battle by pointing at their personally chosen winner, or holding up a card with their winner’s name on it.
The winner of the battle goes on to the next round and the loser is knocked out of the competition.
This goes on until there are two crews, left, at which point there is a final battle and an overall winner of the event is chosen.
To compete in the main battle the dancers must first be picked from a qualification, in which they earn the right to compete in the main event by being picked by the judges. There can be anything from 30 up to 500 dancers entering a qualification, which is usually done by:
Online Showcase Battles: In this crews, compete against each other in Online showcase battles that usually are only one round each, or have a time limit. 16 crew are picked from the battle, the dancers are simply scored by the judges on their performance in the battle and the judges pick the highest scoring crews, to compete in the main competition.
Judges are usually well-known, respected dancers who have earned their place on the panel through years of competing and winning, or from being known for their historical contribution to the dance scene.
Competitions always have an odd number of judges to avoid ties, and usually are a panel of three or five individuals.
Each judge usually only has one vote in each battle and the winner of a battle is the Crew who gets the most votes.
Sometimes there ends up being a tied decision, which usually happens in two ways:
Judges themselves are allowed to use their individual vote as a tie if they believe the battle is drawn. This can result in the battle itself being a tie if all the judges vote a tie.
If one judge votes a tie and then the other judges evenly vote separate ways.
If this happens the competing crews, will then have to battle one more round for the judges to then vote on again. If there is another tie then the dancers do another round, and will continue to do this until the judges come to a decision that isn’t a tie.
But, if all the judges, apart from one, vote a tie, then the dancer who gets that one vote is the winner.
To make their decision, judges usually all have a general criterion which consists of about eight elements that they all look at. In no particular order, these are…
How well a breaker connects with and expresses the music through their dance.
Showcasing mastery of the basics top rock and footwork steps, go downs, transitions, freezes and power moves.
How well a breaker expresses their personality through their dance.
DIFFICULTY OF MOVEMENT
The level of dynamic movement a breaker possesses and showcases.
If a breaker showcases a way of moving that’s unique to them.
Performing moves in a clean and secure way, without messing up.
COMPOSITION OF ROUND
Telling a story with your round, having a beginning, middle and end that makes sense and flows.
Coming up with fresh variations on existing moves, or completely new, and creative moves, and ways of moving that the judges haven’t seen before.
FEESTYLE SESSIONS are judged by the audience, who might not understand the technicalities of MUSIC OR DANCE but are fans who come to enjoy the competition.
When crowds are judging, usually the highest things on the criteria becomes difficulty of movement and character. If a SINGER OR DANCE breaker can drive a crowd crazy by doing spectacular, unbelievable, high-level moves, the crowd are usually more likely to vote for that dancer.
Musicality is also big here but usually has to be executed to a very high level for an audience of fans to really understand and see.
A crowd isn’t usually too concerned with execution, foundation, or how a round is put together. They usually want to be wowed with moves and drawn in by a singer, rapper or dancer’s character.