IFDPA Street and Hip Hop Championships
We believe in fairness and inclusion with our competition structure. As such it may be a little different to other competitions, but is designed to help dancers develop within an environment where they are competing against dancers not only of a similar age but also a similar competition experience level. This not only promotes confidence within a dancer (especially at young ages, who feel more comfortable knowing its a fair competition), but also gives the parents and teachers a clearer perspective on what levels their dancers are at within a group of their true peers.
This relies on dance teachers and parents entering their dancers into the correct age and experience categories. Meaning your dancers are always competing on a fair playing field. Within the rules under “Penalties. Deductions and Disqualifications” it highlights penalties for entering dancers into incorrect categories (solely at the judges discretion) and how this will be handled.
Age and Experience Definitions
• Primary - 3 to 7 years*
• Junior - 8 to 12 years
• Senior - 13 years and above
Competition Experience Categories
• Beginner - 0 to 3 Competitions
• Intermediate - 4 to 7
• Competitions Advanced - 8 Competitions and above
• Beginners - Primary Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Beginners - Junior Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Beginners - Senior Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Intermediate - Junior Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Intermediate - Senior Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Advanced - Junior Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Advanced - Senior Street/Hip Hop Solos
• Beginners - Primary Street/Hip Hop Crews
• Beginners - Junior Street/Hip Hop Crews
• Beginners - Senior Street/Hip Hop Crews
• Intermediate - Junior Street/Hip Hop Crews
• Intermediate - Senior Street/Hip Hop Crews
• Advanced - Junior Street/Hip Hop Crews
• Advanced - Senior Street/Hip Hop Crews
Street and Hip Hop Definition
Street and Hip Hop is a style of dance developed from urban dance crews and groups outside of the formality of the dance schools. Now embraced by the modern dance community Street and Hip Hop feature exciting and explosive moves and acrobatics designed originally to win battles and challenges. Mainly performed to underground R and B and hip hop music this dance form can include various disciplines including popping, locking and breaking as well as embracing all other modern and emerging dance forms.
Competition Experience Levels
To create a fair competition environment and help with development of dancers within the IFDPA Street and Hip Hop competition structure we have introduced “Experience Level” based categories as well as age groups.
Experience level categories are defined by the amount of competition experience a dancer has rather than their age. Meaning that not only physical development (what the age groups take into account) but also competition experience (the ability to perform under pressure) is taken into account. This gives the dancer who may be of a certain age, but has less/more experience as part of competitions the chance to compete within a fairer structure and acts as a guide for parents and teachers as to which category to place their dancers within.
We feel “Competition Experience” is a good indicator of not only the confidence and skill levels of the dancer, but also the amount of time they have been dancing, and when coupled with age categories gives the fairest representation for competitors.
We understand that the indicators we have chosen may not fit all dancers, so If dancers wish they may “level up” if they feel their experience levels are higher and want to compete at a higher level, but will be judged based on the category experience level they have chosen to enter.
How to choose which category to enter into
1. Choose the relevant age grouping (age categories are strict for both solo and group entries)
2. Choose the relevant experience level (we allow a little flexibility for different experience levels within crew entries, see note below with guidelines for crew entries with various experience levels)
A dancer aged 10 years old who has already undertaken 5 performances in competitions or shows would enter the INTERMEDIATE JUNIORS category.
We understand that your crew entries may be made up of various experience levels and that it is beneficial to lesser experienced dancers to become part of higher level crews to develop their skills. With this in mind we ask that a minimum ratio of 4:1 (or 80%) of the crew dancers are of the applicable experience level they are entering.
For example in a crew entering the Junior Intermediate crew category with five dancers, four of the dancers would need to have the intermediate 3 to 6 performance experience level. One of the dancers can be of a lesser experience level BUT NOT OF A HIGHER. This gives you chance to integrate less experienced dancers into your crews to help them develop, but not take a unfair advantage by integrating higher level dancers. Please note that the crew will be judged on a whole based on the category experience level they have chosen to enter, therefore it is in our interest when possible to have crews with dancers of a similar level.
*Primary Age Group - The primary age group can only enter as “beginners” and are categorised purely according to their age. This means that younger dancers can enjoy the competition structure and gain experience, but until they reach a certain age (and physical development) are not put under undue pressure to be of a certain level as a dancer regardless of the amount of times they have performed, leaving them to enjoy the experience.