117 AIA Dance

September 4, 2019 11:55 pm

GROUP DANCE COMPETITION

  1. Definition of Group Dancing
    1. Group dance teams shall be made up of four (4) or more (at least three of whom must be dancers). All team members must be from the same lodge. A team may perform a maximum of two (2) specific group dances. However two dances for presentation are not necessary, it is an option. The judges look for quality rather than quantity. Also, consider that if a single dance is done it should be long enough for the judges to properly evaluate the presentation.
    2. The dance(s) must be historical group dance(s) of specific tribes; therefore, northern plains or pueblo are not appropriate because they are culture areas, not tribes. Inter-tribal is even less specific. The dance(s) and costuming should represent one particular tribe during a particular time in their history.
    3. No section teams or teams made up of members from more than one lodge may enter the competition. All members MUST be from the same lodge.
    4. All team participants must be under twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of the conference, be registered members of the Order of the Arrow, and registered conclave participants.
    5. Team dancing is a coordinated group effort. It is not a series of solos grouped under one title.
    6. Size of team-no preference is given to large or small teams and there is no reason to separate them. The judges look for quality of presentation and the selection of dance(s) suitable to the lodge dance team and the resources available to them.
    7. Synchronized line dancing, as done at modern Powwows is NOT appropriate for Historical Group Dance competition.
  2. Acceptable Historical Group Dances
    1. In choosing the dance(s) in which you will perform, consider the following:
      1. Dances must be NON-RELIGIOUS and in good taste
      2. Society, clan, or family dances are acceptable ONLY if written permission is granted by the Tribal Council, society, clan or family of the specific tribe from which the dance comes from.
      3. Tribal councils have asked that Scouts refrain from performing the following dances THESE DANCES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR CONCLAVE COMPETITION
        1. The Ghost Dance, The Pipe ceremony, The Pipe Dance, The Sun Dance, The Hopi Snake Dance, Peyote Ritual, Gourd Dance, and Grand Entry.
      4. Dances that are kept so secret that information on them is incomplete should be avoided. You must have accurate information.
      5. No protected species parts allowed on any attire. Please be aware of State and Federal laws regarding endangered species parts.
      6. Within the guidelines found in the U.S. Code as to the American Flag, flags are not to be used as wearing apparel. With this in mind, no type of U.S. Flag(s) will be permitted as a part of dance attire and should be removed prior to the conference. Flag motifs in quillwork and beadwork are acceptable.
      7. National Order of the Arrow Face Paint Policy: Order of the Arrow National Conferences and Activities conducted beyond the individual lodge will not permit face paint, body paint or wigs to be used in social or competition dancing or in ceremonies or ceremonies competition.
      8. The Boy Scouts of America policy regarding weapons will be followed.
  3. Powwow Team Dance
    1. The purpose of having this competition is to showcase exhibition dances that may be seen at powwows today. This would include such dance demonstrations that could be performed for Cub Scout meetings, service organizations, or other public performances.  Teams can choose to showcase a variety of things, including, but not limited to, contemporary powwow dance style demonstrations or a choreographed team dance of multiple dancers of the same or different styles
      1. Examples include:
        1. A showcase of each dance style with the correct drum or recorded music.
        2. Synchronized team dance – an example would be four (4) grass dancers doing the same moves to a northern drum, may be live or recorded.
        3. Line dancing with southern straight dancers
        4. Specialty dances including Sneak-up or Duck-n-dive
        5. Hoop dance, snake dance, trick songs, crow hop, dropped article, round dance
      2. Dances must be NON-RELIGIOUS and in good taste.
      3. Society, clan, or family dances are not acceptable.
      4. This is NOT the historical dance competition.  Tribal councils have asked that the BSA refrain from performing the following dances (These are NOT acceptable for competition) Masked dances of: Pueblos, Apache, Iroquois, Creek, Cherokee, or Northwest Coast Tribes.  A mask is defined as anything that covers the face of the wearer hiding his true identity.  The Ghost Dance, the Pipe Ceremony, the Pipe Dance, the Sun Dance, the Hopi Snake Dance, Gourd Dance and the Peyote Ritual are also not acceptable for competition.
  4. Time Limit
    1. Fifteen (15) minutes total time on stage. Total time begins with the announcement by a team member. This total time includes: prop/scenery set up (if any); narrative; dance(s) plus costume changes (if any) and the removal of any props or scenery.
  5. NOTE: Scenery is not necessary. No score will be reduced for lack of it. Some teams have enhanced their score for general effect and impression with the creative use of scenery produced and moved by other lodge members who want to participate in a different way in the presentation. This is fine; however, if you do choose to use scenery, keep it simple. Set-up and take down of scenery will reduce your dance time since as stated above everything must fit the fifteen (15) min. time slot. Without scenery, you can earn top scores with excellent dancing, spacing, costuming, and hand props.
  6. NOTE: All team members should be prepared to talk with the judges (if asked) after their presentation.
  7. Recognition and Awards
    1. Historical
      1. Awards will be given to the top finishing teams according to the judges’ discretion. 1st place – 10pts, 2nd place – 8pts, 3rd place – 6pts, participation 3pts
    2. Powwow
      1. Each team will be evaluated and given a rating once their points are tallied.  1st place – 10pts, 2nd place – 8pts, 3rd place – 6pts, participation – 3pts. 
    3. If a lodge wins both competitions, they will receive the points for one competition towards the AIA Award.
  8. Important Notes
    1. Historical Team Dance will be held Friday evening before the show. The Powwow Team Dance will be held at the Saturday night Powwow. 
    2. Any questions regarding the Historical Group Dance Competition should be addressed to the Section IA Chairman.

Judging Criteria

  1. American Indian Attire
    1. Teams will be judged on the authenticity and completeness of the attire. If a particular dance does not call for special attire, teams will be judged on the quality and appropriateness of each participant’s attire. In the event of a team performing more than one dance, points will not be subtracted for using the same attire for both dances, if from the same culture area.
  2. Performance of Dance
    1. Teams will be judged on the quality of the interpretation and presentation of their dance(s). Good use of allotted dance time will be considered. Teams will lose one (1) point for every minute that they exceed their scheduled dance time.
  3. Ability to Perform as a Team
    1. Teams will be judged on their ability to perform their dance(s) so as to exhibit a true oneness and feeling for the dance(s). Teamwork and perceptive interpretation of the dance(s) by the team as a whole will be considered.
  4. Music
    1. Teams will be judged on their use of drumming, singing and any other necessary musical accompaniment that should be used for their particular dance(s). As always, quality as well as authenticity of the dance(s) will be considered. The use of recorded music will be allowed, but it will cost the group a significant deduction of points in this judging category.
  5. General Effect and Impression
    1. The overall general effect and impression of the dance(s) will also be considered.
    2. Constructive Comments (not scored)
    3. All awards will be determined by the evaluation a team receives from the above criteria. ALL JUDGING CRITERIA IS SUBJECT TO THE INTERPRETATION OF THE JUDGING COMMITTEE. ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

The following is an outline of the criteria that the judges will use to score each team that enters the Powwow Team Dance Competition. 

  1. Performance 
    1. Performances will differ from team to team as to content. Some will involve audience participation.  Because of this broad spectrum, it is difficult to give exact guidelines as to what the judges expect.  The most important thing is we expect that the dance show is an accurate representation of contemporary powwow dance styles that are used to educate others in an entertaining way. Judges will evaluate the accuracy of the narration and dances as well as the skill of the team in performing their various roles in the show. Entertainment is an important factor here as well and will be judged accordingly.
  2. Master of Ceremonies
    1. Each group will need a MC to speak for the entire group about what performance is about to take place. The role of the MC is to inform and educate the audience and the MC is expected to show their knowledge about the dances that will be performed. Teams are encouraged to seek an Arrowman that is a great public speaker, engaging, enthusiastic, and understandable. Today’s Powwow MC’s do an excellent job of keeping the powwow flowing and are very knowledgeable.
  3. American Indian Dance Clothes
    1. Teams will be judged on the authenticity and completeness of their dance clothes. For contemporary powwow dances, team members can find guidelines for appropriate dance clothes from the individual dance competition resources.
  4. Authenticity
    1. Teams will be judged on the quality of the interpretation and presentation of their dance(s).  Contemporary dances must be a good reflection of the current trends in the powwow world.
  5. Ability to perform as a team
    1. Teams will be judged on their ability to perform their dance(s) so as to exhibit a true oneness and feeling for the dance(s). Teamwork and perceptive interpretation of the dance(s) by the team as a whole will be considered.
  6. Music
    1. Teams will be judged on their use of drumming, singing and any other necessary musical accompaniment that should be used for their particular dance(s).  As always, quality as well as authenticity of the musical aspect will be considered. The use of recorded music can be used and is encouraged. Bonus points will be given to teams that use their own drum team (max of 10 points.)  If you choose to use your own live drum and have singers you will need good quality singing.  A team will need to choose wisely when considering having good quality recorded music or an average drum group. Today’s Powwows have a strong connection to major drum groups attracting some of the best talented dancers.  Music can be placed on a CD or MP3 format to be used on the sound system provided by MSU and NOAC.
  7. General Effect and Impression
    1. The general effect and impression of the overall presentation will also be evaluated. These somewhat subjective criteria will permit judges to evaluate the educational, entertainment and informational worth of the overall presentation. Good use of allotted dance time will be considered. All awards will be determined by the evaluation a team receives from the above criteria. 

 

INDIVIDUAL DANCE COMPETITION

  1. Rules & Guidelines
    1. Any number of contestants from each lodge may participate in the Individual Dance Competition. The top dancers will be asked to demonstrate their skills at the Saturday evening campfire, at which time they will receive their awards. The Individual Dance Competition will take place on Saturday at Conclave (see the schedule for time and place).  The rules are as follows:
    1. All contestants must confirm their registration when they arrive at the American Indian Activities booth or on Saturday at Conclave.
    2. There will be five categories of individual dance competition:
      1. Fancy-Dance 
      2. Grass
      3. Straight Dance
      4. Traditional (contemporary traditional)
      5. Chicken
      6. Awards will be given to the top finishing dancers according to the judges’ discretion.
    3. Dancers must wear appropriate authentic clothing. The judges are the final authority of what constitutes appropriate authentic clothing.
    4. Dancers must dance in the style of their clothing. In preliminary competition, if you are eliminated in one dance style, you may change outfits and dance in another style, if scheduling time permits. You must be registered in both styles. Dancers may not compete in the finals in more than one category.
    5. Losing a major article off your attire during the contest may lead to disqualification at the judge’s discretion.  Arrowmen should not “self-disqualify” them for any reason unless they are physically unable to continue dancing.  The judges are the final authority of what constitutes as a major article.  Having your attire properly maintained and secured tightly easily eliminates this problem.
    6. All dancers must be under the age of twenty-one (21). If a question regarding age arises, you will be asked for your proof of age (driver license, copy of your birth certificate, etc.).
    7. All dancers must be members of the Order of the Arrow and registered Conclave participants.
    8. Dancers must be prepared to dance indoors or outdoors.
    9. Each participant will be issued a contestant number, which must be visible while dancing in any competition.
    10. Overstepping the song may lower your placement in the overall standing.
    11. NO PARTS OF ANY PROTECTED SPECIES ON ANY OUTFIT. Violation of this rule will result in automatic disqualification. Please be aware of any federal and state laws regarding endangered species parts.
    12. Within the guidelines found in the U.S. Code as to the American Flag, flags are not to be used as wearing apparel. With this in mind, no type of U.S. flag(s) will be permitted as part of dance attire. If you have these items on your outfit, please remove them prior to the conference. Flag motifs in quillwork and beadwork are acceptable.
    13. National Order of the Arrow Face Paint Policy: Order of the Arrow National Conferences and Activities conducted beyond the individual lodge will not permit face paint, body paint or wigs to be used in social or competition dancing or in ceremonies or ceremonies competition.
    14. The Boy Scouts of America policy regarding weapons will be followed.
    15. All dancers are encouraged to participate in the judging of American Indian clothing. This judging will be held immediately before or after the dance competition. A panel of selected judges will give out clothing critiques.