The Digital Collegiate DanceSport Challenge runs from 10/30 – 11/24. The ‘filming’ portions occur on the Friday – Sunday of each week. The judging portions occur on Monday – Thursday.
- Solo-proficiency or Am/Am
- Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-Champ, Champ
- Pick up to 2 consecutive levels per style
- Latin, Rhythm, Smooth, Standard
- Age Groups: As is traditional of a collegiate event, we will be scoring everyone in the ‘All ages’ category. However, like 10Ks and similar races, we will then provide breakouts of scores at the end of the event by age categories.
- Fun Events:
- Collegiate Rankings (participate as a member of your college team and we’ll tally the best teams)
How to Shoot Your Video:
- Videos should be in landscape mode.
- Tripod or stable location recommended.
- All videos should record you dancing for the duration of a round – 75 to 90 seconds.
- Whole body must be visible for the duration of the video. We’ll accept your footage if there is a column or very brief obstruction, but we need to be able to see your movement to judge your movement.
- Panning from side to side and zooming is allowed. Try to keep movement as smooth as possible!
- No video editing is allowed.
- Because we’re not allowing you to edit, please start dancing within the first 15-20 seconds of the video.
How to Submit Your Video:
- Upload your video to YouTube
- Please use the following format for title: DCDC – [Event Level] [Event Style] [Event Dance] – [Your Name] [& Your Partner’s Name]
- Example: “DCDC – Silver Standard Foxtrot – John Doe & Jane Doe”
- Use the google form that will be provided on the website to submit it to us by the deadline.
Permitted attire: Clothing. Practice wear, athletic wear, and costumes recommended, but t-shirt and shorts is fine. Try to wear clothing that allows judges to properly evaluate your movement (avoid baggy shirts & pants, etc.). If a judge can’t evaluate your movement, it will hinder their ability to judge you. Dance shoes are optional, but they’re recommended if you have them.
Like most college competitions, we will not be invigilating syllabus and instead rely on the honor code. Our hope is people will play nice so we can maximize the number of judges that get to look at your film. As we often remind competitors at the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships in Chicago, we have never seen a dancer who danced more complicated movements beat the dancer who danced with more quality of movement.
Callbacks and Results
- Scoring is done from 0-100 and is relative to the level and style selected. The higher your score, the more the judge views your dancing to be reflective of what a dancer of that level and style should demonstrate. As an example, a judge who believes the dancer(s) could score 1st place in a heat of this style and level usually scores the dancer(s) between 94-100. A score of 89-93 might be reflective of 2nd, and so on.
- The lowest score will be dropped and the remainder will be averaged. Callbacks will be done by calling back the top 50% of all scores for that round.
- After our first round, those who do not make the first callback will be invited to dance in a ‘second-chance’ round. You’ll move on to compete in a bracket against those who also did not make the first callback. This guarantees you two rounds of fun.
- In the event of a tie between competitors, the individual(s) with more judges scoring them higher will win the tiebreak. If that is also a tie, the individuals are considered tied.
- As an example, let’s say competitor A gets scores of (75, 78, 73, 76, 78, 75), and competitor B gets scores of (75, 76, 76, 77, 75, 78). We sort the scores, getting (73, 75, 75, 76, 78, 78) and (75, 75, 76, 76, 77, 78). We drop the lowest from both, and average to get 76.4 for competitor both competitors. Comparing, we can see that competitor B has the same number of ‘higher scores’ as competitor A, so the two are marked as a tie.
|Scores||Competitor A||Competitor B||Higher?|
|Total||1 Higher||1 Higher||Tie|
There aren’t a lot of restrictions. Why is that?
Practically speaking, this is a time where many have restricted access to resources. Some folks are going to be able to get into a studio and go all out, but some folks will have their bedroom and the clothes on their back. Some will get to dance with partners, others will not. We want to make sure every student has the opportunity to participate and can do so on an even playing field, which is why we are making sure judges get uninterrupted viewing time to look at your dancing.
I’m not a student, can I enter?
Yep! This is a college style event, so all who are young-at-heart (alumni, seniors, juniors) may enter. We will provide overall results and additionally breakout rankings by age categories at the end.
I don’t have access to a studio. How can I compete?
One of the nice things about judges having an uninterrupted period of time to look at you is unusual practice spaces work just fine. If you have access to a soccer field and enjoy dancing barefoot, consider frolicking in the fields. Living room rugs and hardwood floors in your dorm room can work great for stationary dances. If you have dance sneakers then perhaps parking lots, tennis courts and pavement is your jam. If you have access to a basketball court, a gym yoga studio, a concrete slab in a garage, it all works.
This term the plan is to allow you to pick one or the other in any given level or style. In future terms/years we may opt to allow you to do both.
Are 100% of profits really going to judges?
Yep! This is a critical time for our industry, so we see this as a way that we all can help support our industry’s professionals. Our hope is this first outing is successful and this style of event creates opportunities for even more professionals.
Can I compete in both solo-proficiency and am/am?
This fall the plan is to allow you to pick one or the other in any given level or style. In future years we may opt to allow you to do both.
What dances are done in each level?
Each week the dances will vary for the level and style in question. This is to keep things interesting each week and avoid having couples submit one set of footage for the entire competition. The exception are the open categories, which will use all dances of that level each week there are rounds.
This judging format is interesting. Why not use something like WDSF’s Scoring System?
To put it simply, things like WDSF scoring are more complex and we wanted our results to be easily digestible. The more they make sense to you, the more valuable they’ll be for you as feedback.
In the long run we’d like to continue this event long after COVID because it’s a cheap way for students and individuals from one part of the country to compete against others in a completely different part of the country. If we do, we’ll look into having one of the scrutineering systems set up to do online competitions with more complicated scoring.