World Championship Dance Competition

MISS DANCE DRILL TEAM INTERNATIONAL!
(WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS)

We celebrate our 36th year as the official and original World Championship International Dance Competition in 2017 (wikipedia verified)!

The 36th annual Miss Dance Drill Team International Competition continues the legacy of Dr. Kay Teer Crawford, who founded the first “dance-drill team” in Edinburg, Texas, USA (1929), and created MDDTUSA in 1967 as the first U.S. national dance competition. She started Miss Dance Drill Team International (World Championships) in 1981.

As the original & most prestigious international dance competition in the world, having resulted in numerous genres of competitive dance styles, MDDTUSA is open to all school dance teams, dance studios, and independent dance programs catering to grades K-12 (children under age 19). The highlights of the event consist of team competition, national & international world championship awards, and the crowning of our U.S. national and international world champion solo title winner! Miss Dance Drill Team International is the original “grandmother” world championship dance competition of them all!

In 1981, Dr. Kay Crawford started Miss Dance Drill Team International (World Championships) with the first event being held in California in 1982. The first international dance competition hosted more than 2000 high school-aged participants from 9 countries including the United States. Since then the event has hosted drill teams and dance teams from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, and South Africa.

The international event moved to Japan in 1985, when Dr. Crawford’s international coordinator Jack C. Kogoma received support from the International Cultural Association of Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The event was held at Kokugikan, a prominent sumo-wrestling arena in Tokyo, Japan. It later moved to Yoyogi National Gymnasium, one of the venues built for the 1964 Olympic Games. It later moved to Rainbow Hall in Nagoya, Japan. Miss Dance Drill Team International was later held in Australia and South Africa before returning to Southern California where it continues to be held today (concurrently with U.S. Nationals).

Miss Dance Drill Team USA is the FIRST dance & drill team competition and the ONLY trademarked national/international competition that culminates in a spectacular pageant! Our goal is to educate and train students in teamwork and discipline, to promote high morals and standards and a healthy lifestyle, and to encourage the exchange of ideas and good will between competitors.

You and your dancers will take home memories that will last a lifetime… COME JOIN US!!

LOCATION INFORMATION & TEAM TRAVEL PACKAGES

The bustling, upscale community of Irvine is located in beautiful Orange County, mid-way between Los Angeles & San Diego. Visiting teams enjoy proximity to fine dining, shopping, entertainment, spectacular Southern California beaches, and local attractions such as Disneyland & Knott’s Berry Farm. The Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center is easily accessible via major highways just minutes from Orange County Airport. Hotel amenities include complimentary airport shuttle to/from Orange County Airport, business center, outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, dining, concierge, and high-speed wireless internet access.

Book Your Hotel Rooms for U.S. Nationals & World Championships
Save time by contacting the hotel directly to book your rooms early, and to take advantage of the Miss Dance Drill Team USA hotel discount! Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center – Tel: +1 (888) 230-4452

Travel Packages & Airfaire
For team travel package information including airfare group discounts, please contact Kathy Biava at Universal Odyssey, our official travel agency. Tel: +1 (949) 263-2815 / Office: +1 (949) 263-1222 / Fax: +1 (949) 263-0983 / Email: kathy@uoiweb.com

RULES & REGULATIONS

TEAM ELIGIBILITY

All participants in each routine must be under 19 years of age and active registered students/members of the school, recreation program, dance studio or private organization they represent. Each team Director must submit the official Miss Dance Drill Team International entry form application or online registration. Contestants are to be of good character, poise, personality, intelligence, good health, and be a model citizen of their dance/drill program and community. All teams are welcome to enter Miss Dance Drill Team International (World Championships) without any preliminary qualifying requirements. All teams compete as equals.

JUDGING CRITERIA

All dance routines must demonstrate formation changes & specific technique of category entered. Performances are judged on routine construction, technical execution & showmanship. A panel of highly-qualified judges scores each performance in the above three areas. Scores are averaged out of a total possible high score of 100 (Any penalties are deducted from the score PRIOR to averaging). All decisions of the judges are FINAL. Miss Dance Drill Team USA-International competition scoring consists basically of the components listed below, but may vary depending on the category entered:

* Routine (40%)
* Execution (40%)
* Showmanship (20%)

TEAM DIVISION CATEGORY GUIDELINES

Jazz: Routine emphasis must be on jazz dance technique. Props permitted but must not be the focal point of the routine.

Lyrical/Contemporary: Routine must be of a poetic style with soft, flowing choreography and creative/dramatic movements. Much more technical & controlled in nature than any other division.

Hip Hop: Routine must demonstrate street dance styles: hip hop, funk, freestyle, house, grooves, isolations, popping, locking, breakdancing, etc (may include up to 3 gymnastic feats).

Military: Routine displays precision movements. Choreography must demonstrate sharp angular arm sequences, a variety of marching styles & contagion/level dynamics (kickline sequence is allowed). Traditional military includes leading with the left foot.

Modern: Routine consists of codified modern dance techniques and/or abstract concert styles. Performed to any instrumental music selection (no lyrics allowed, but spoken word excepted).

Kick: Majority of routine must emphasize defined and precise kicks, with focus on technique, height, timing and unison.

Pom/Song: Routine must focus on the use of pom-pons, featuring innovative dance and precision movements.

Novelty/Character: Routine emphasis must be on characterization or be of a unique, thematic nature. Entrants must use clever costumes and unusual or innovative moves to convey the thematic character-driven choreography. Small sets are allowed.

Prop: Routine emphasis must be on the use and manipulation of a prop or variety of props as the major focal point.

Co-Ed: Emphasis must be on male/female interaction. Co-Ed Dance routines can draw from any style of dance. Co-Ed Hip Hop routines must follow Hip Hop division requirements. Teams must have a minimum of 3 boys & 3 girls to compete in this division.

Dance/Drill: Routine must consist of 50% jazz or lyrical choreography and 50% military choreography.

Short Flags: Routine must focus on use of short pep flags.

Open/Officer: May be of any genre, style, or combination of styles.

Show Production: Routine consists of a halftime-type presentation using a variety of dance styles. Must incorporate elaborate sets. Emphasis should be on overall production entertainment value. Please contact MDDTUSA for set dimensions/height information.

 

ROUTINE TIME LIMIT REQUIREMENTS

Teams have 30 seconds to enter/exit the floor. Timing and judging begins with the first beat of the music and ends with the last beat of the music. Team routines must be 2-3 minutes in duration (Show Production division: 2 minute setup/breakdown & 3-5 minute routine). Solo & duet/trio routines must not be less than 90 seconds and not more than 2 minutes in duration.

U.S. NATIONAL SOLO TITLE INFORMATION

MISS DANCE DRILL TEAM INTERNATIONAL (ages 16-19)
MR. DANCE INTERNATIONAL (ages 16-19)
MISS TEEN DANCE DRILL TEAM INTERNATIONAL (ages 13-15)

The highlight of the Miss Dance Drill Team USA-International Championship Competition is the crowning of the Miss Dance Drill Team International “Solo Title” world champion! Winners for each solo title category are selected following a vigorous competition over the course of the MDDTUSA national dance competition weekend. International solo title contestants are evaluated by qualified judges in the areas of dance performance, technique modeling, and impromptu question.

SOLO TITLE ELIGIBILITY & PRE-QUALIFICATION

Contestants for the international dance championship “Miss” and “Mr.” solo title must be of good character, poise, personality, intelligence, and in excellent health. They must also be an outstanding citizen in their school & community. Contestant’s age shall not be younger than 16 years old or older than 19 years old.

JUDGED ELEMENTS

Dance Routine (70% of the total score)
Contestant must display talent in a dance routine (90 secs – 2 min) using any or all disciplines of dance and/or drill team performance styles (limited to 3 gymnastic feats). Contestants are judged on routine construction, execution & showmanship.

Modeling (15% of the total score)
Contestant must perform a compulsory format demonstrating (5) positions for starting/ending a dance routine. Scored on appearance, content presentation & execution of the following:

Position #1: POSE (pause), then WALK 8 Steps to… Position #2: POSE (pause), then WALK 8 Steps to… Position #3: POSE (pause), and so on…
After the 5th Position – POSE (pause), and then Exit.

Walking only is permitted from position-to-position (no strutting, jazz walks, runs, marching, dancing). Total timing must not exceed 45 seconds. All “Miss” & “Teen” contestants must wear plain, black, long-sleeved leotard (no sheer, low cut, trim), black tights (no net or lace) & black jazz/ballet shoes. (“Mr.” contestants must wear all black & walk naturally from position-to-position during their “Five-Point Presentation”).

CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLE MODELING VIDEOS

Interview/Impromptu Question (15% of the total score)
Contestant is judged on their response to an impromptu question from the judges (response must not exceed 45 seconds). Scoring is based on confidence, projection, poise, diction and enthusiasm. No notes or props! Must wear their modeling outfit (with a plain black dance skirt during prelims – ladies only). Pageant Finals = Formal Wear!

SOLO TITLE CROWNING & AWARDS

During the night Pageant, the Top (10-15) “Miss” finalists are announced. Finalists re-compete in the routine category only. The Top (8-10) contestants after this round then present their modeling poses. The Top (5) finalists after modeling are then asked an impromptu question. Scores are tabulated, and The Miss Dance Drill Team International “Solo Title” world championship winner & her court are announced!

For the “Mr.” solo title, only the Top (5-10) finalists re-compete Friday night (depends on the number of entries).

For the “Teen” solo title, preliminary modeling and interview scores carry over and the Top (10) re-perform their dance routines Friday night.


JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL SOLO TITLE INFORMATION

JUNIOR MISS DANCE DRILL TEAM INTERNATIONAL (ages 10-12)
LITTLE MISS DANCE DRILL TEAM INTERNATIONAL (ages 7-9)
MINI MISS DANCE DRILL TEAM INTERNATIONAL (age 6 & under)

There is no modeling or interview requirement for contestants who wish to compete for junior international solo titles, and there are no final rounds. Current age on the day of the competition is the only requirement for participation in junior international solo title divisions. Download our official entry form on the registration page for specific details.

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS

Trophies are presented to half the teams in each competition division. All first place international world champion teams receive a special high-quality 1st place trophy and world championship banner.

***MDDT International World Championships is held concurrently with U.S. Nationals.

OVERALL HIGH-POINT INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The highest scoring international dance routine from the entire competition will win a special trophy and shall perform in exhibition for the audience during the international solo title finals.

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER’S AWARD

Additional international teams shall be presented with the prestigious MDDTUSA Producer’s Award. These teams will also perform in exhibition for the audience during the international solo title finals.

solo dancer national champion savannah lancaster