AC DX Rules

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DX Rules & Guidelines

DX will be following the USASF DANCE RULES for all performances. Tn addition, DX will also enforce the list of rules below.

STAGE, SCORING & COMPETITION DETAILS may be found HERE

SECTION 1 -- General

2 pt. per judge deduction

SEC. 1/ART. 1: CHOREOGRAPHY

Routine choreography should be age appropriate and entertaining for all audience members. Vulgar or suggestive material is defined as any movement or choreography implying something improper or indecent, appearing offensive or sexual in content, and/or relaying lewd or profane gestures or implications. Inappropriate choreography is illegal. Inappropriate choreography and/or music may also effect the judges’ overall impression and/or score.

SEC. 1/ART. 2: SUPERVISION

Teams must be supervised by a qualified adult at all times.

SEC. 1/ART. 3: NUMBER ON A TEAM

Routines must include a minimum of four (4) dancers. There is no maximum limit.

SEC. 1/ART. 4: SUBSTITUTIONS -REVISED

Substitutions may be made in the event of an injury or other serious circumstance. Substitutes must also abide by the age and gender restrictions in all divisions in which they compete. Substitutes must be a registered member on a roster and have a completed waiver form on file.

SEC. 1/ART. 5: AGE RESTRICTIONS

Teams must adhere to the age restrictions established.

SEC. 1/ART. 6: COSTUMING

Costumes must be age appropriate and suitable for family viewing. Inappropriate costuming is illegal. Inappropriate costuming may also effect the judges’ overall impression and/or score.

SEC. 1/ART. 7: JEWELRY

Dancers may wear jewelry and accessories that are considered to be costuming and worn by the entire group.

SEC. 1/ART. 8: GLITTER

Professionally made glitter makeup or hairspray is legal. Loose glitter is illegal. 

SEC. 1/ART. 9: APPLIQUES

Stick on or glue appliques, rhinestones, or stickers are legal.

SEC. 1/ART. 10: SHOES

Dancers must wear appropriate shoes for the style of dance entered or may go barefoot. Socks or footed tights is illegal.

SEC. 1/ART. 11: MAKEUP

All costuming and makeup should be age appropriate and acceptable for family viewing.

SEC. 1/ART. 12: CASTS

Casts that are hard and unyielding or have rough edges must be appropriately covered with a padded material.

SEC. 1/ART. 13: STYLE

Similar routines entered in multiple categories or the incorrect style is illegal.

SEC. 1/ART. 14a: TIME - TEAM ROUTINE

Routines will have a minimum of one minute and forty-five seconds (1:45) to a maximum of two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30). Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or note of music and end with the last choreographed movement or note of music; whichever comes last.

SEC. 1/ART. 14b: TIME - SOLO

Solo performances have no minimum requirement and may not exceed a total time of one minute and thirty seconds (1:30). Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or note of music and end with the last choreographed movement or note of music; whichever comes last.

SEC. 1/ART. 14c: TIME - DANCE TEAM CHALLENGE

Dance Team Challenge routines have no minimum requirement and may not exceed a total time of one minute and thirty seconds (1:30). Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or note of music and end with the last choreographed movement or note of music; whichever comes last.

SEC. 1/ART. 15: SPORTSMANSHIP

A dancer, coach, director, teacher, trainer, parent, guardian, spectator, or any fan must not commit an unsportsmanlike act. This includes, but is not limited to, acts of conduct such as:
a) Accept the decisions of officials without showing inappropriate emotions.
b) Avoid public displays of criticism.
c) Exercise self-control at all times.
d) Avoid improper gestures and language under any circumstances, including; on the basis of race, 
     religion, gender, or national origin.
e) Treat opponents with respect at all times.
f) Win without boasting. Lose without excuses.
g) Refrain from using profane or inappropriate language or gestures.
h) Refrain from baiting or taunting an opponent.

**The coach of each team is responsible for seeing that all persons affiliated with their organization conduct themselves accordingly or they will be assessed a violation.

SEC. 1/ART. 16: DIVISION MINIMUM

DX reserves the right to combine divisions of the same age if there are less than three (3) routines registered.

SEC. 1/ART. 17: CHAMPION TITLE REQUIREMENT

DX reserves the right to award Champion titles to routines who score over 65% when there is one routine in a division.

SEC. 1/ART. 18: MUSIC - NEW

All music played at sanctioned events (i.e.: AmeriCup) must comply with applicable copyright laws.

 

SECTION 2 -- Props

2 pt. per judge deduction

SEC. 2/ART. 1: BASIC PROPS

Wearable and handheld items are allowed in all categories and can be removed and discarded from the body.

SEC. 2/ART. 2: STANDING PROPS

Standing props are allowed in all categories. Any item that bears the weight of the participant is considered a standing prop. Examples include: chairs, stools, benches, etc. 

Worlds Note: If your routine qualifies for Dance Worlds, all standing props are illegal. Review the USASF Dance Rules for props.

SEC. 2/ART. 3: TUMBLING WITH HANDHELD PROPS

Hip over head rotation skills, with hand support, are not allowed while holding poms or props. Exception: forward rolls and backward rolls are allowed.

SEC. 2/ART. 4: EXCESSIVE PROPS

Props must not required electricity, produce smoke, fog or fire, use an air compressor, aerosol or non-aerosol sprays, and any other type of flammable or hazardous materials. Confetti, balloons, or other similar substances may not be used or thrown during the routine. Props with rubber or plastic wheels or any moving parts that come in contact with the floor must be taped and/or padded. Damages and repair needs to the floor will be billed directly to the team.

IS THE AMERICUP A WORLDS QUALIFIER?

YES -- The AmeriCup has been a sanctioned USASF event for dance since it debuted in 2007. To date, the AmeriCup has qualified more World title holders than any other event producer. As of 2016, Dance Xtreme is proudly represented by 21 World Champion teams.