(SET ROUTINE SOLOS & FREESTYLE HIPHOP SOLOS)
At our competitions, we offer 2 types of solos- ‘set routine solos’ and ‘freestyle hiphop solos’.
Dancers may enter ONE set routine solo category plus ONE freestyle hiphop solo category so 2 solos in total on the competition day. (except at smaller events where they may have option of entering 2 set routines, the programme will state if this is the case).
It is the dance teacher’s responsibility to ensure that their competitors are in the correct age category and level.
Some of our events require solo entry in advance. This is done through the teacher only. Details of this will be sent in the information pack the teacher receives with their tickets.
HIPHOP UK reserve the right to combine or split any age sections from what they have originally advertised in the programme.
Our qualified scrutineer will use the ‘skating system’ to analyse the adjudicators marks. Six dancers will be selected from preliminary rounds into a final round. All finalists will be presented with a trophy at our prize presentation. Occasionally you may see 5, 7 or 8 dancers in a final. This is sometimes the outcome when using this form of marks analysis.
SET ROUTINE SOLOS
In the set routine solo category, dancers can select from a range of set routines. Each routine varies in difficulty enabling dancers to compete within their ability range at our events. There’s something suitable for all levels from complete beginners right up to elite competitive dancers. These pre- choreographed routines which are available to the teachers from 3-4months before the competition. These are sent out by email upon order of wristbands. Please see the programme for the age categories.
Dancers should enter the dance level most suited to their ability and teachers should encourage progression through the levels. Intermediate & advanced dancers are not permitted to to enter set routine 1. Intermediate & advanced dancers should avoid doing set routine level 2 where possible so that we mainly have beginner level & younger dancers entering set routines at this level. Set routines 3 & over are ideal for intermediate/ advanced level dancers.
It is understood that there might be a slight difference in interpretation of routines but please try to match them as closely as possible to how they are shown on video
FREESTYLE HIPHOP SOLOS
In the freestyle hiphop solo category, dancers may enter one of 4 levels- class members, beginners, intermediate or advanced. Please see more details below on each level.
Hiphop solos is a ‘freestyle’ dance. Dancers must stay in their own space. Any track of a suitable speed for the level & age of dancer will be played. Dancers are encouraged to listen to the music and try to freestyle to the song that is played. We understand that dancers who are younger or less experienced may use choreography learnt during classes/ lessons but ultimately, they should work towards ‘freestyling’ on the spot. Moving around the room is not permitted.
Breaking footwork such as 6 step/coffee grinder is permitted at any level however please see details below on tricks/ freezes/ acrobatics in each section. Judges are made aware of these rules at the start of each competition and it is then their choice whether they choose to mark any dancer that ignores these guidelines.
Class member solos– Anyone who has not entered an open competition before in street dance. No acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in any round.
Beginner solos– Anyone who has not won a beginner solo event. Dancers who have made it through to finals on 3 or more occasions with more than 12 dancers entered, should consider moving up to intermediate even if they haven’t won the beginners section. No acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in any round.
Intermediate solos– Anyone who has moved out of Beginner grade and has not won this section on more than 3 occasions. Dancers may enter this section straight away without winning a beginner section however they may only move back into the beginners section once they have moved up into a higher age section. Acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in the final only however should be done with care and only when dancers are in full control of what they’re doing. Please be aware of the safety of other dancers when these are being performed.
Advanced solos– For dancers who have won intermediate 3 times. Once a competitor has reached this grade, they may only move down a grade if they move up an age group. Acrobatics/flips/freezes/worm permitted in any round however should be done with care and only when dancers are in full control of what they’re doing. Please be aware of the safety of other dancers when these are being performed.
Dance ons will be done (time permitting) for all Advanced finalists. The time limit will be 12 bars (1 bar = 4 counts).
Elite All- Stars- (subject to event) – The winner of each advanced solo age section on the day will be asked to take part in this section. Each winner can perform a 1 minute piece to a song of their choice brought on a CD/device on the day. (This may be cut or edited) and must be no longer than 1 minute in length. If no music is provided, the DJ will select a track (as in normal solos). The judges will watch the 5 winners and place them 1st to 5th as a final.