There are various competitions up and down the country that take place on Sundays. Most of these competitions are run under the ADFP (www.adfp.co.uk). At your average competition, the main event is likely to be fast solos & pairs. You will then have a range of supporting events such as slow dance, street dance, trios, teams, slow pairs, street pairs, Rock'n'Roll. Not all of these events will take place at every competition however it is likely that 2 or 3 of them will be included.
The aim of a competition is to dance anti clockwise, round the floor, to a number of judges, catching their attention with your presence and strutting your moves to the music! If they like you, they’ll mark down your number and bring you back for the next round. If you get right through to the final, then you’ll be placed and awarded with a trophy!
Solo's is a routine danced by yourself, to fast music. You may be on the dance floor along with up to 15 other individuals performing their solos routines. Within your solos routine will be a range of movements along with progressive movements such as runs, spins, leaps, jumps etc.
An example of the type of music used to dance a fast solo routine is Cascada - "Everytime We Touch".
Pairs has the same concept as solo performing, however you will be dancing your routine with a partner. Mainly you will be performing the same movements at the same time, however you may have partnered or mirrored movements.
Slow dance, is again danced individually, however rather than to fast music like you would in solos, it is performed to slower music. It incorporates a fusion of Ballet, Latin and Freestyle all mixed up together! Slow requires excellent musical interpretation along with flexibility.
An example of the type of music used to dance a slow routine is Christina Aguilara - "Beautiful".
A Street routine is a kind of "video pop" dancing taking inspiration from break dancing. An example of the kind of music used to dance a street routine is Missy Elliot - "Lose Control". There are various grades at dance competitions, as an example, for solos dancers are graded in either:
Beginner, Starter, Intermediate or Championship
Most dancers will start at beginner level and work their way through the grades, this can be done by losing your lives on your ADFP status cards which are issued annually. Once 3 lives are lost, you can then progress to the higher grades. The higher the grade – the fancier the costume!
You can find more details about the ADFP rules on their website www.adfp.co.uk.
Competitions are FUN and an excellent way to make FRIENDS!! They also encourage healthy competitiveness and TEAM SPIRIT!!