NATIONAL STREET DANCE USA
The FIRST, ORIGINAL & PREMIER Street Dance, Contemporary & Hip Hop Dance Competition in the United States!
Founded in 1991 by the late Dr. Kay Crawford, Street Dance U.S.A. is recognized as the nation’s first organized youth dance competition with an emphasis in hip hop dance and contemporary dance styles. The history of dance competitions across the United States and the world began under Dr. Crawford’s mission and vision. MDDTUSA is committed to the growth of Street Dance U.S.A. as the edgiest dance competition in the U.S. with new dates and cities to planned in 2016.
In recent years, Street Dance U.S.A. has grown quite popular with dance studio teams, dance companies, hip hop dance crews, school dance teams, and majorette stand battle squads (MDDTUSA is the 1st and only national dance competition to offer the popular “Stand Battle” bracket tournament hip hop category). Teams also have the freedom to compete in as many divisions as they wish. Dance program directors, coaches, and choreographers will be impressed by the efficiency and class offered by our Street Dance events. It truly is one of our most popular dance competitions.
In recent years, a variety of for-profit dance studio competitions, street dance and hip hop dance competitions have been started across the country. But MDDTUSA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with excess funds feeding directly back to your kids in the form of scholarships, prizes, and master class workshops. Because at the end of the day it isn’t about winning 1st place. It’s about the journey our kids take in committing to something long-term, following through with their work-ethic, doing their best, and growing into confident courageous human beings. We are proud and thankful for the support we have received over the years, and MDDTUSA promises that you and your talented dancers will leave Street Dance U.S.A. with more drive, determination, and resilience that ever before.
Thank you so much for your interest in our nation’s first street dance & hip hop dance competition! Would you like to help us bring Street Dance USA to your city during our National Tour in 2016? Just CLICK HERE to contact us and let’s see if we can make it happen!
All routines must demonstrate formation changes & specific technique of category entered. Performances are judged on routine choreography, technical execution & showmanship.
STREET DANCE CATEGORY GUIDELINES
Street Dance: Routine emphasis must be on any street dance style (i.e. hip hop, popping, locking, breaking, vogue, acro, gymnastics, street jazz, etc). Overall effect must be street dance in nature.
Step/Stomp: Emphasis on stepping or stomp dancing as a team (Must wear rubber sole shoes… no hard soled shoes allowed!)
Street Dance Production: Emphasizes a variety of street dance styles, (i.e. hip hop, popping, locking, breaking, grooves, house, etc), dynamics, artistry & cultural interpretations that capture the look/costume, attitude, musicality, and elements of an urban environment. Sets and props may be used, if desired.
Stand Battle: Any style of street dance/hip hop can be utilized. Emphasis is on call & response, and countering the opposing team. See specific “Stand Battle Rules & Regulations” at the bottom of this page!
Duet-Trio (Street Dance): Limited to any street dance style or combination of styles (i.e. hip hop, street jazz, etc)
Duet-Trio (Contact Improv): On-the-fly interactive partner work & improvisational contemporary dance movement. Performed to a random music selection. Music fades out after 90 seconds.
Solo (Miss & Mr. Street Dance): Routine must emphasize street dance genres. Please Note: the Top (10) Mr. Street Dance winners in the Senior division will qualify to compete for the Mr. Dance USA national championship “solo title” at MDDTUSA Nationals.
Solo (Street Dance Freestyle): Dancer freestyles to a random music selection chosen on-the-fly. Music is cut after 45 seconds
DANCE & DRILL CATEGORY GUIDELINES
Jazz: Routine emphasis must be on jazz dance technique. Props permitted but should not be the focal point of the routine.
Lyrical/Contemporary: Routine must be of a poetic style with soft, flowing choreography & creative/dramatic movements. Much more technical & controlled in nature than any other division.
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.
Pom/Song: Routine must focus on the use of pom-pons, featuring innovative dance and precision movements. Novelty/Character: Routine emphasis must be on creative characterization or be of a unique, thematic nature. Entrants must use clever costumes and innovative moves to convey the thematic character-driven choreography. Small sets are allowed, if desired.
Prop: Routine emphasis must be on the use and manipulation of a prop or variety of props as the major focal point.
Co-Ed Dance: Emphasizes partner dancing and interaction.
Open: Routine may be of any style, or combination of styles.
Duet-Trio (Jazz/Lyrical): Routine is limited to (2-3) performers & must emphasize jazz and/or lyrical dance technique.
Solo (Jazz & Lyrical): Routine must emphasize jazz or lyrical dance technique (Enter appropriate category during online registration).
STAND BATTLE GUIDELINES
Who can enter the Stand Battle category?
The stand battle category is open to teams in the Senior division and Junior division (each age division will have its own separate tournament bracket). Battle squads may be of any composition (all female, all male, co-ed). Teams are limited to 6-16 dancers on the floor at any given time during the battle performance.
What is a Stand Battle tournament?
Teams face each other from opposite ends of the gym floor and compete in a tournament bracket format. The winning team from each grouping advances to the next round, and the process repeats. How many teams are allowed to compete in the tournament? The stand battle division is typically limited to 4 teams: the first 4 teams to submit their registration entry form and fees… So turn them in early! In the event that a high number of entries are received, we may allow up to 16 teams in the bracket. For an 8-team tournament there will be no more than 3 rounds and for a 16-team tournament there will be no more than 4 rounds (scheduled at different times throughout the day to allow for other traditional competition performances). For teams who turn in their forms and fees too late and DO NOT make it into the tournament bracket, their stand battle entry fees will be refunded to the team director only on the day of the event. Teams/Studios CANNOT compete against themselves (only one Stand Battle team entry allowed per age division).
What are stands & how are they used?
A “stand” is a mini-routine or choreographed series of 8-counts, in the style of hip hop or other street dance/hip hop majorette genres. Each stand must be 32-64 counts of music (4-8 eight counts). When the stand battle begins, the captain or team leader should be positioned front-center of their team. When the music begins to play, the captain should quickly listen to the rhythm of the song and then signal to the rest of their team so that the team members know which of their pre-choreographed stands to perform (the captain’s signal should be “thrown” during the 8-count of music prior to the rest of their team joining in). One team “throws” a stand, followed by the opposing team. This process repeats 2 more times (meaning each team performs 3 times total). The team that is scheduled to throw the first stand will always perform first during that round (The order might change if the team advances to the next round).
How are teams judged?
In addition to satisfying traditional judging criteria, stand battle teams must emphasize “call & response” by outperforming the opposing team. The team leader should throw a new stand as soon as the opposing team is finished performing their own stand choreography (2 point penalty for any delay that exceeds 2 eight counts). Teams are NOT allowed to begin a stand when the opposing team is still performing (2 point penalty). Teams are now allowed to cross the center line, but there is to be NO physical contact with any member of the opposing team whatsoever, or there will be a 5-point deduction (and possible disqualification).
How are winners announced?
Winners from each round will be announced immediately following their performance so they can prepare to compete again (with the final two teams competing against each other immediately before their age division’s last awards ceremony of the day).