***COVID-19 RULES***

 

COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES – Summary

 

Participants for looking to qualify for the World Hip Hop Dance Championships are strongly encouraged to read the complete rules and regulations and attend an official rules and regulations workshop. This is a summary of HHI rules only.

All rules are subject to Hip Hop International Official Rules at www.hiphopinternational.com/officialrules/

The following are special rules regarding online events and UK adjustments inline with government regulations. All rules are subject to change based on current conditions.

Performance adjustments for Social Distancing

Social distancing among the dancers during a performance with multiple dancers is not likely.

In an effort to accommodate government mandates for social distancing the sensible solution is to restrict direct dancer partnering or the propelling of a dancer in a routine. Any form of body contact that seems intentional and rehearsed among crew members and used in the routine is prohibited and subject to a .25/occurence point deduction.

If masks are required by the government then they must be worn. No deductions or negative values will be imposed by the judges for crew members wearing masks.

Video Submission Rules

Camera Angle and Shooting

The camera position must be fixed with no zooming, panning. Performance must be shot in ‘a single take’ with no edits or effects of any kind.

As all venues differ in size, distance and height HHI recommends the following regarding camera positioning: 

The camera lens should be positioned approximately four feet above the dance floor to eye-level of the judges seated in the event venue with the camera in place,

Confirm that the entire width of the dance floor (10m x 10 m) is in view and that judges can view the crew from side to side, front to back so all of the routine is in the judges view for its entirety. Adjust accordingly as needed.

It is recommended that the venue should have ample natural lighting or be professionally lit for clear and clean visibility of all dancers.

Audio

The audio level should be consistent throughout the routine and fed directly to the camera.

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COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES – Summary

 

Participants for looking to qualify for the World Hip Hop Dance Championships are strongly encouraged to read the complete rules and regulations and attend an official rules and regulations workshop. These rules are incorporated into the official rules of Hip Hop International. If there is a discrepancy the official rules at HHI apply.

All rules are subject to Hip Hop International Official Rules at www.hiphopinternational.com/officialrules/

 

I. TEAMS SECTION

 

GENERAL RULES: 

Number of participants (size of the teams): 5-14 members

Music length:

  • Maximum 2:30 min for Kids, Beginners and Intermediate
  • Maximum 3:30 min for unFORMAT

Performance rules (for all teams excluding unFORMAT):

  • All dancers must start on stage and remain on stage during the entire performance;
  • Choreography must be street dance styles (commercial choreography, hip-hop, locking, popping, waacking, dancehall, krumping, house, etc.);
  • Any safe props allowed (no fire or pyrotechnics allowed under any circumstances);  Backdrops, scenery are permitted provided they can be carried on, set up and removed within 5 seconds of being called on to the stage or at the completion of the performance;
  • Coach, teacher, choreographer or any other very experienced dancer are not allowed to participate at Kids, Beginners or Intermediate category;
  • It’s not allowed for the same participant to participate in Kids, Beginners and Intermediate divisions at the same event, but they may choose to participate in additional categories e.g. unFORMAT, Crews, Megacrews and Battles.
  • Attire may include accessories such as hats, caps, gloves, scarves, jewellery, etc. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is permitted provided it is not offensive or out of character. Clothing that is too short, suggestive or inappropriate for the age of the performer is not allowed. Tap shoes, jazz shoes, high-heeled shoes and bare feet are prohibited.
  • Each team will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria: skills, street presentation, musicality, performance, creativity. It is particularly important for the participants to stick with street dance styles. Teams that do not meet street dance styles format will be moved to unFORMAT section.
  • For beginners If by judges decision the team are deemed to be placed in too low a category, judges reserve the right move the teams to intermediate.
  • If the team has participated in any other competition in the intermediate section, you can’t compete at the beginners here.

DETAILED OR SPECIFIC RULES: 

Kids 

Any skills level kids 6-12 years. No more than 2 participants can turn 14 during the competition year.

Beginners 

Any combination of ages. The category is available for dancers with maximum of 2 years of dance experience.

Intermediate 

Any combination of ages. The category is available for dancers with more than 2 years of dance experience. However, a team can include dancers with less experience, if they are not participating in the beginners’ category.

unFORMAT 

This category does not impose any restrictions on the format, style, requirements for clothing and props except safety and decency standards. The performances can be made in any style or genre, including African dance, ballet, contemporary, folk, rock-n-roll, jazz, etc. Performance can also be theatrical dance style. Each team will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria: skills, musicality, performance, creativity, judge’s determination of the effectiveness of the choreography. Any combination of ages is permitted.

 

*** COVID-19 Update*** 

Performance adjustments for Social Distancing

Social distancing among the dancers during a performance with multiple dancers is not likely.

In an effort to accommodate government mandates for social distancing the sensible solution is to restrict direct dancer partnering or the propelling of a dancer in a routine. Any form of body contact that seems intentional and rehearsed among crew members and used in the routine is prohibited and subject to a .25/occurence point deduction.

If masks are required by the government then they must be worn. No deductions or negative values will be imposed by the judges for crew members wearing masks.

 

II CREWS SECTION

 

Important: This section is a qualifier for World Hip Hop Dance Championship. First 3 crews in each age division earn the right to represent UK in California, USA at the biggest competition in the world with more than 45 countries participating. If the crew who earned the right to represent UK  can’t come to the World Championship, the opportunity will be given to the next crew in the results order [4th place, then 5th] Sorry, prizes are not transferable.

 

*** COVID-19 Update***

The 2020 World Hip Hop Dance Championship and World Battles have been postponed until 2021 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The events will be conducted in Phoenix, August 8-14, 2021. This will result in the implementation of several modifications to the HHI Rules & Regulations affecting participating crews and battle dancers. The modifications are for 2021 only. They are as follows:

Crews and battlers who competed in a 2020 national championship or battle and qualified for the 2020 World Hip Hop Dance Championship or World Battles are now qualified to compete in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship or 2021 World Battles. These crews, although already qualified, must compete in their country’s 2021 national championship or battle.

2. Crews and battlers who qualified in 2020 are qualified for the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship or World Battles regardless of their placement in their 2021 national championship or battle. As a result, there may be more than 3 crews per division representing a country in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship.

3. In the rare instance that a country’s three (3) 2020 qualified crews place 1st, 2nd and 3rd again in their 2021 national championship, HHI will allow one additional crew who ranked 4th place to compete in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. This is per division (Junior, Varsity, Adult, MiniCrew & MegaCrew).

4. All 2019 Gold Medalists who could not defend their titles in 2020 due to a postponement of their national championships may do so in 2021.

5. The 2019 World Hip Hop Dance Champions & 2019 World Battle Champions may defend their titles in the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship and 2021 World Battles but must compete in their national championships and battles for 2021.

6. Dancers in Junior and Varsity crews who would have aged out of their division by the end of 2020 will be permitted to remain with their crew and compete through the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. For example, dancers who are 14 at any time through the completion of the 2021 World Championship may still compete in a Junior Crew and dancers who are 19 through completion of the 2021 World Championship can compete in a Varsity Crew.

7. Adjusting the age restrictions to permit Junior and Varsity crew members aging out to remain with their crews through the 2021 World Championship is applicable to all HHI Championships in all countries. Following the conclusion of the 2021 World Championship the age restrictions will revert to the standard HHI Rules & Guidelines.

8. It is the decision of every HHI country whether to conduct a 2020 national championship. Due to the COVID-19, HHI is not mandating one.

9. A 2020 and 2021 national championship cannot be conducted as one event. A decision can be made not to conduct or to postpone a championship in 2020 but one must be conducted in 2021, assuming government restrictions are followed, and conditions are safe.

10. A 2020 national championship can be organized on any date that is reasonable and safe for the dance community before the end of 2020.

11. A country in which a national championship was presented in 2020 and in 2021 can bring up to 6 crews per division (maximum 30 crews) to the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. A country conducting a national championship in 2021 only, can bring up to 3 crews per division (maximum 15 crews).

12. Due to worldwide safety and health concerns the use of medical face masks by HHI participants is acceptable for all 2020 and 2021 HHI Championships.

13. All HHI championships and events will adhere to all governmental regulations enacted within their countries to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all participants, staff and spectators.

There are additional rules highlighted above and below as appropriate.

 

GENERAL RULES:

 

Number of participants (size of the MegaCrews): 10-40 members

Music length:

  •  Three Minutes Thirty seconds plus or minus thirty seconds (3:30 ± :30)

Level divisions:

 

  • Beginners (category is available for dancers with a maximum of 2 years of dance experience).
  • World Qualifier (default) (category is available any crews, regardless of experience, wanting to qualify for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship).

 

Performance rules:

 

  • There is no minimum or maximum age limit. A MegaCrew can be comprised of any combination of ages;
  • Props allowed, but they should be small enough to be held in one’s hand comfortably and easily mobile. Props that are placed on the stage or laid to rest on the floor such as chairs, ladders, backdrops, set pieces, furniture, etc. are not permitted.
  • The competition music must not contain inappropriate, lewd or offensive language;
  • All MegaCrew members must start the routine on stage together for a minimum of 30 seconds and end on stage together for a minimum of 30 seconds. MegaCrew members may exit or enter the stage freely for the remainder of the routine;

SPECIFIC RULES:

 

For detailed complete rules for MegaCrews Section and judging criteria, please, click HERE.

 

IV. UK BATTLE SECTION

 

 Important: Format of UK Battles subject to the decision of the head judge and may be changed at the time of battle if necessary. This section is a qualifier for World Battles. The first three places in each qualifying section qualify for the World Hip Hop Dance Championships

 

GENERAL RULES: 

 

Eliminations (Pre-selection):

 

  • All dancers will showcase during the elimination rounds for Judges to determine the final 8. The type of showcase, group or one by one, will be decided based on the time available and the total number of entrants;
  • Dancers will dance to music played by the DJ the music will be appropriate for the style of dance;
  • All dancers must start on stage and remain in the battle zone at all times.

Head to head or rounds:

 

  • Dancers will battle either 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 depending on battle category through the following rounds:
  • Quarter Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • Finals

Level divisions:

  • Beginners (category is available for dancers with a maximum of 2 years of dance experience).
  • World Qualifier (default) (category is available any crews, regardless of experience, wanting to qualify for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship).

Styles:

  • Locking (1 v 1)*
  • Popping (1 v 1)*
  • Whacking (1 v 1)*
  • Bboy (1 v 1)*
  • All Styles (2 v 2) (any street dance style)*
  • Crew battles (5 v 5) (any street dance style)
  • TRASH! Battle / The Ultimate Freestyle Battle (2 v2) (any dance style)

*qualify for the World Battle at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship

Participation and Membership

All participants in the UK and World Hip Hop Dance Championship must have a valid UKSDA membership and have properly registered and paid both UK AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP entry fees.

All participants acknowledge they’ve received and read  our Child Protection Policy Statement

 

Prizes 

idance® and Hip Hop International UK reserve the right alter, amend, raise, lower or eliminate any prize based on, availability, sponsorship, the number of entries received, or cancel any prize at any time, without advance notice at its sole determination. Booking at the Championship Hotels in America must be done via HHI UK. 

 

World Championship Qualifiers must place a £20 non-refundable deposit per person per category/age division or section, with in 21 days of the UK Championship,  to confirm space. Failure to place deposit means the space can be released to the next qualifier or general public.

 

Prizes are expressly understood to be toward expense and are not transferable or redeemable in cash unless otherwise stated.

 

Unsportsmanlike Conduct:

Any crew, crew member, coach, choreographer, participant, or spectator associated with a dance act (a dance act is any participant whether as a crew or as an individual dancer) who behaves in what idance® or Hip Hop International UK, in their sole discretion, considers to be Unsportsmanlike conduct can be removed from the event and any titles won stripped. Unsportsmanlike conduct  includes but is not limited to:

  • verbal abuse
  • taunting of an opponent
  • excessive celebration following a win
  • feigning injury
  • abuse of staff
  • protest either on or offline
  • vandalism of facilities, personal property of other participants, etc.
  • refusing to follow reasonable instructions

HHI Official Rules

 

Visit  here for the most up to date version of the HHI rules (except UK National Championship)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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