The following rules apply to participants of the Minnesota State Amateur Polka Dance Championships™
The judging will include the following categories – One judge per category:
Timing Continuity/Execution Variations/Originality Floorcraft Costume/Appearance/Showmanship
Is the couple in time with the music? Carefully watching off-beat variations, does the couple return to dancing in time with the music? Does the dance couple keep in time with each others’ dancing throughout their dance?
Does the couple’s feet and arm movements match or compliment their partners? Do they move through the variations with out strain, especially in the more difficult moves? Do the variations flow smoothly from one to another, or does the couple need to stop and prepare for the next move? Are the variations choppy?
Does the couple use the entire dance contest area? Do they move around the floor and use the floor craftfully? Does the couple stay in one area of the floor? Does the couple move their steps counterclockwise (the line of dance)? Do they move over the floor lightly through their steps?
Does the couple have several different steps to show? Does the couple repeat their steps over and over again, with little variety? Does the couple have original steps and show creativity in movements that are uniquely theirs?
Does the couple have good posture or do they let their head sag as they dance and have their shoulders shrugged? Is the couple having a good time? Are they relaxed and smiling, or do they appear robot-like and move stiffly? Do the dancers look like they are working, or are they enjoying themselves? Does the couple have vibrancy of movement and charisma? Matching costumes is not necessary, as this is for amateurs, but it is recommended for audience charisma and adds to Appearance.
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