Here are the rules:
The judge must decide on the winner during the performance
If the judges decide to give the first dancer the victory, it must be the same judge who awarded the win to the second dancer
The judges may disqualify the second dancer if the winner of the performance, for any reason, is someone other than the first dancer
The judges will be given enough time (usually no more than one minute at the most) to listen to all points of the dance and decide which dancers are on top
When the second dancer gives a “go,” the first dancer must follow it or lose the match
When the first dancer has been disqualified for an infringement, the second dancer must wait for a time that will allow both to come to terms.
The rules are not to be confused with a “Rule of Three” when a two-person dance troupe performs a dance
Do the judges have to have a particular style?
The judges need only have an ability to judge, not just be able tell them how to judge. (If they’re doing a solo class as a judge, they obviously need to have a good eye for dance.)
What about the rest of the audience?
If you’re watching at home or on campus, you’re unlikely to see anyone else in the audience. So what the heck do you do to make it more interesting?
We can think of three ways:
Show off the new material in front of the judges and get them to start talking about the new choreography (or maybe make them say something before the competitors start their dance), then talk to the audience once they finish their dance in a semi-artistic way. For example, make sure all the judges are speaking their lines out loud, ask each person if he likes the movement, and do this all through the second or third dancers to help sell the new routine
Give every person who’s in attendance a chance to sing their line of the song, with either the audience or the judges commenting on the choices (either in the choreography class or during the performance). This increases the chance that everyone gets an opportunity to share their own thoughts on the new move or the new routine
Give every contestant and the audience a chance to applaud and shout along to a song during the competition.
If you do it right, these ideas will help you sell the new routine.
How should dancers practice?
First, practice the