Invigilator Friendly Routines
Most of the infractions in ballroom dance competitions occurred at the Bronze Level when dancers have materials that are considered Silver or Gold according to NDCA and USA DANCE guidelines. Here are some tips to dance well in closed Bronze syllabus.
RULE #1 : STAY WITHIN YOUR CATEGORY
If you compete at NDCA and or USADANCE events, make sure your closed Bronze routines are made of Bronze figures only. Do not try to embellish your closed Bronze routines with Silver, Gold or Open figures because if you will get penalized by Police judges called “invigilators”, you will be placed last as a result of the infraction.
RULE #2 : KEEP IT SIMPLE
Judges are looking for simple but well done figures at the bronze level. Don’t try to impress the judges with complicated routines that are most likely incorrect to start with because at the bronze level most students don’t quite understand or not able to execute the techniques that come with the figures in their routines, and most likely by the time students are able to execute the techniques involved in the bronze routines, they actually belong at the silver or even gold level. So for now, Keep working on the basics rhythm, posture, and timing and your dance level will increase very quickly.
RULE # 3 : KEEP IT SHORT
It’s best to have a short routine when competing at the bronze level especially because the more materials you have, the longer the routine, and of course the harder it is to remember it. I suggest your bronze routine to be no more than one minute . Keep it short and repeat it.
RULE #4 : PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
Use materials that you can do very well. You don’t have to use every single figures provided in the dance. For example, in the international Waltz, there are 16 figures at the bronze level, but it doesn’t mean your routine must include all 16 figures. If a material is hard, even if it’s a bronze figure (i.e double reverse spin) don’t include it in your routines until it becomes comfortable for you. After all you are being judged for the quality of your step, not the quantity .
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