2022 EL3VATE by FUSIC365 CONVENTION AND DANCE CREW COMPETITION OFFICIAL RULES
THIS CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON, D.C., PUERTO RICO, AND WHO ARE AT LEAST SIXTEEN (16) YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
ELIGIBILITY: This 2022 Fusic365 Elevate Convention and Dance Crew Competition (“Contest”) is only open to individuals who:
Entrants are legal residents of one of the 50 United States, Washington, D.C., or Puerto Rico.
Entrants are at least 16 years old and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry, except for employees, volunteers, officers, directors, agents, representatives, and Fusic365 and its affiliates (including without limitation its parent, sister and subsidiary companies, partnerships and other commercial entities), its advertising and promotion agencies and any other person directly connected with the production and distribution of or the supply of goods or services in connection with this Contest (collectively, with the Sponsor, hereinafter referred to as the “Released Parties”) and their respective immediate families (mother, father, sister, brother, child, husband or wife, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and those living in the same household of any such individuals, whether or not legally related.
Family members or persons personally affiliated with members of Fusic365 are not eligible to compete. This contest may only be entered from and in eligible jurisdictions. Void where prohibited by law.
PROMOTION PERIOD: The top 11 dance crews chosen by our local and celebrity judges during the preliminary rounds will be eligible for the final round, for a chance to win a $50,000.
The finalist will be provided original musical compositions produced by Jimmy Stanford to choreograph their finals routine after being notified.
Finals contestants will have approximately 24 hours to choreograph their routine for the finals to be held at the Miller Theater on July 2, 2022.
Preliminary Rounds June 29 - July 1, 2022 5:00 p.m. ET
Dance Crew Finals July 2, 2022 6:00 p.m. ET
TO ENTER: Eligible individuals may enter this contest by registering for the dance crew competition at https://www.fusic365.com/el3vate. Individuals that register for at least two days during the EL3VATE by Fusic365 Convention will be exempt from the dance crew competition registration fee.
Entrants must be the registered subscriber, or an authorized user, of the email account from which the entry is made.
All participants must abide by the eligibility rules of EL3VATE by Fusic365. Participants are responsible for providing accurate personal information and documentation certifying their national eligibility and date of birth.
Forms & Release:
Participants must sign all registration forms and submit them to Fusic365 by the registration deadline with the appropriate registration fees, or registration may be denied.
Each participant must sign and submit a release of liability form prior to competition.
All participants must sign a release of likeness form and submit it to Fusic365 prior to completion.
Composition of a Dance Crew:
A crew consists of a minimum of four (4) members and a maximum of eight (8). The crew members may be made up of any combination of males and females within the defined age division:
Kids Dance Crew – ages ten (10) to fifteen (15)
Dance Crew – ages sixteen (16) and up
A participant may not compete in more than one (1) crew per division.
A competition could have only one (finals only) round, two (preliminary and finals) rounds, or three (preliminary, semi-finals, and finals). The numbers of rounds are determined by Fusic365 based on the total number of participating crews and the time allotted for the competition.
All the crewmembers of a Crew, who are listed on the registration form must compete at the start of the competition. Fusic365 does not permit crewmember changes from one round of the competition to another with just cause and approval by Fusic365. Every competing crewmember will be subject to verification during the competition.
A crew may re-choreograph or change their original routine when advancing from one round of the competition to another.
Performance Music Criteria:
The routine must be performed, in its entirety, to music selected, prepared, and provided by the crews. Fusic365 will not provide any crew with music, unless selected for the finals. Crews are responsible for the quality, mix and sound levels of their music.
It is strongly recommended that each crew include a segment of continuous music, uninterrupted by edits or sound effects, within their routine to obtain the highest possible score from the judges.
A crew's competition music must be provided to Fusic365 upon check in on a USB flash drive and be the only recorded music on the device (unless specified differently by Fusic365).
The device must be in good working order. It is the crew's responsibility to keep a backup device available at all times.
The crew’s name and division must be identified on the device.
There is no minimum or maximum of songs or recordings that may be used in the routine. Though, we encourage fewer songs allowing for greater focus on continuous dancing.
The competition music must not contain (or sound like) inappropriate, lewd, or offensive language. Fusic3665 has the right to refuse music with inappropriate, lewd, or offensive language.
Music edit or changes - a crew may edit or substitute its initial music when advancing from one round to another. The change/edit must be made and provided to Fusic365 within the allotted time permitted by Fusic365.
Crews may be required to provide the following music information to Fusic365 prior to the event, in writing, for each song used in the routine: a. title b. artist c. composer d. publisher e. recording company.
Kids Dance Crew Division:
The routine length for the Kids Crew division is two minutes and fifteen seconds (2:15). A grace period of five (5) seconds, plus or minus, is allowed resulting in a minimum of two minutes and 10 seconds (2:10) and a maximum of two minutes and twenty seconds (2:20). Routine length that is less or more than allowed will result in a deduction.
Dance Crew Division:
The routine length for the Dance Crew division is two minutes (2:00). A grace period of 30 seconds, plus , is allowed resulting in a minimum of two minutes (2:00) and a maximum of two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30). Routine length that is less or more than allowed will result in a deduction.
Timing begins with the first audible sound (includes cueing beep) and ends with the last audible sound.
Major time violations for ALL crews: Music/routine length that is more than 10 seconds or less than 10 seconds than the minimum or the maximum allowed will not be accepted and will be subject to disqualification.
Kids Dance Crew Division routine length (not 2:10-2:20) - 0.1
Dance Crew Division routine length (not 2:00-2:30) - 0.1
General Rules & Criteria:
Attire may include accessories, hats, caps, bandanas, gloves, scarves, belts, jewelry, etc. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is permitted provided it is not offensive or out of character. Discarded clothing should be placed outside the competition area and never thrown off the stage into the audience. Appropriate under garments must be worn by all crewmembers, at all times. Clothing too short and/or too tight will be scrutinized and may be deemed inappropriate, especially for over exposure of certain areas of the body and age appropriateness. Body oils and other substances applied to the body or clothing that may affect the clean, dry surface of the stage and the safety of fellow competitors are prohibited. Crews may wear street shoes, dance/ stomp boots, sneakers, or athletic shoes. All footwear must have clean, non-scuff soles. Tap shoes, certain high-heeled shoes, slippers, bare feet are allowed. Flip flops are not permitted.
Props that are not an integral part of the crew's “attire” are prohibited (canes, chairs, lights, backpacks, string, musical instruments, etc). Kneepads and other apparatus to aid safety and proper execution of a move are allowed but concealed, when possible, so as not to distract from the performance or the judges concentration on the performance. When in doubt, contact the Dance Director of Fusic365 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Crew on Stage Throughout The Routine:
All crewmembers must start together on stage and remain on stage for the duration of the routine. There is no entering or exiting the stage by crew members at any time. A deduction will be made for failure to comply with this.
Any crew who fails to appear on stage and strike a starting position within 20 seconds of being introduced will be deemed a late start and receive a deduction.
A pre-start occurs when prior to taking the start position; the crew demonstrates excessive introductions or displays for longer than 10 seconds after all crewmembers have entered the stage. A deduction will be given.
A false start is a movement made by one or more crew members prior to the opening signal/beep/start of music that causes the crew to request a restart.
A crew who fails to appear on stage and initiate the starting position within 60 seconds after being called, will be declared a “no show” and disqualified.
Incorrectly Exiting the Stage:
Crews must exit from the designated areas only. Jumping or flipping off the stage is prohibited and will result in a deduction.
Grandstanding is an excessive post performance display or posing at the end of the routine. A deduction will be given.
a crewmember falls from a lift or support that is unrecoverable.
a crewmember falls during the performance that is unrecoverable.
a highly noticeable, accidental error during the performance that is recoverable.
a crewmember stumbles, trips, or falls during the performance that is recoverable.
LIST OF DEDUCTIONS:
Late start - 0.05
Grandstanding - 0.05
Pre-Start - 0.05
Major Fall - 0.1
Minor Fall - 0.05
False start - 0.25
All Crewmembers not on stage for entirety of routine - 1.0
Routine length - 0.1
Contains inappropriate language/ per occurrence - 0.1
Prohibited Moves -
Lewd gestures, comments, or movements - 0.1
Excessive use of cheer, gymnastics, or acrobatic moves or use of overly dangerous moves - 1.0
Incorrectly exiting the stage - 1.0
Clothing, shoes inappropriate - 0.05
Attire not intact (untied laces, clothing falling off, etc) - 0.05
Use of body oils, paints, or other substances that affect to performance area - 0.25
Clothing or props tossed into the audience/ per occurrence - 0.25
Use of unacceptable props - 1.0
It is the responsibility of the crew, crew leader, crew administrator to report a crewmembers injury or illness to the appropriate staff of Fusic365.
If at any time prior to or during competition a crewmember is ill, injured, or his/her physical or emotional condition is at risk by participating, he/she may be declared ineligible to compete, or disqualified from competing further. Fusic365 reserves the right to disqualify any crew member who has such serious disability or injury or needs medical attention.
Fusic365 reserves the right to request the submission of a physician’s written authorization of a crewmember to compete who is deemed medically or emotionally at risk by the event organizer or medical personnel.
Fusic365 may require the crew/crewmember(s) to sign an additional release of liability and/or waiver in the case of illness or injury to a crewmember prior to competing.
Incidences Of Extraordinary Circumstances -
An extraordinary circumstance is an occurrence beyond the control of the crew that affects the crew’s ability to perform at the beginning or at any time during the routine. An extraordinary circumstance is not limited to the list below and may be declared at the discretion of the event organizer.
Incorrect music is played or cued
Music problems due to equipment malfunction
Disturbances caused by general equipment failure i.e, lighting, stage, sound, etc.,
The realization of or introduction of any foreign object or disturbance into the performance area, just before or during, the performance by an individual or means other than the crew.
Disruptions caused by venue failure or operating conditions.
Management of Extraordinary Circumstances -
It is the responsibility of the dance crew to immediately stop the routine if any extraordinary circumstances occur.
The event organizer will review the situation, and upon a confirming decision and correction of the problem, the crew will be reintroduced, return to the stage, and restart their routine. If the claim is determined to be unfounded, the crew will be allowed to restart the performance resulting in a 1.0 deduction taken.
Claims of an extraordinary circumstance presented by the crew after the routine has been completed will not be accepted or reviewed.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
At all times participants shall conduct themselves in respectful, responsible, and professional manner. Fusic365 reserves the right to disqualify any crew or crew member for failing to comply with any requirement of participation or exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct toward the organizers, judges, dancers, sponsors, or others (individuals or organizations) associated with Fusic365, its licenses, vendors, or events.
SCORING THE ROUTINE:
Each routine is evaluated according to the performance and skill criteria for the highest score of 10 points.
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA & POINT VALUE:
Performance = 5 points of the total score (50%)
Points will be awarded for incorporating unique and original/creative moves, good usage of the stage, formations, showmanship, and authentic presence of dance styles resulting in an entertaining routine that evokes an emotional response.
Creativity (1pt.) -
Choreographing the crew’s routine in a unique and one of a kind way with signature moves and combinations of moves that are the crew’s alone (getting up from the floor, getting up from the floor, transitions, and music selection that set the crew apart from other routines. Be fresh with all aspects of the routine.
Staffing, Spacing, Formations, and Level Changes (1pt) -
The crew must demonstrate awareness of spacing between the members through a full range of unique, complicated, and challenging formations, interactive partner moves, and patterns. The full use of the stage will also be considered. The routine
should include three levels (low/mid/high) with transitions that are creative and unpredictable.
Showmanship, Intensity, Confidence, Presence (1pt) -
The routine should contain dynamic movements from beginning to end by the crew as a whole and as individuals with minimal pauses or poses. During featured performances by one or more members of the crew, the remaining members must continue performing movements that add to the overall intensity of the performance. The crew members should perform with enthusiasm, passion, and a natural ability to “sell it’ on stage.
Style Presence, and Attire (1pt) -
Style presence is the ability of the crew members to demonstrate an authentic representation of their styles of dance. It includes attitude, energy, posture, and charisma. Clothing and accessories worn should represent and reflect the character of the style, including its evolution. Crewmembers do not have to be dressed identical or similar. Crews may wear stylized clothing representing their routine’s theme. When in doubt about a costume, contact Fusic365 at 706-223-0939.
Entertainment Value/ Audience Appeal (1pt.) -
Crewmembers and their routine should connect with the audience and evoke emotional responses, i.e. joy, laughter, involvement, and/or sense of drama relative to the style presented. The routine should leave a memorable/lasting impression.
SKILL CRITERIA & POINT VALUE:
Skill = 5 points of the total score (50%)
The execution and difficulty of the style(s) performed will be evaluated. The judges will consider the quality of movement throughout the routine, including arm, leg,
body placement, combination of three levels: floor, standing, and air, and synchronization of crewmembers.
Musicality (1pt) -
Performance and choreography corresponding to timing and music usage and the crew’s ability to perform simultaneously to music. Movements and patterns performed to the simulated sounds of the crewmembers in the absence of recorded music (i.e. stomping, clapping, or vocals) will also be considered musicality and judged similarly.
Synchronization (1pt) -
The movement of the crewmembers are performed in sync; the range of movement, speed, timing, and execution of moves are performed by all crewmembers in unison. Peel off and cannon movements are allowed.
Execution/Controlled Mobility and Stabilization (1pt) -
The crew must maintain the speed, direction, momentum and body placement throughout the routine.
Difficulty (1pt) -
Difficulty is demonstrated by the levels of ability by all crewmembers in the variety of styles performed. Consideration is given to the number of crewmembers who attempt and successfully complete complex choreography and who have an understanding of the origin of the dance styles in their routine. Additional consideration is given to crews that perform more difficult moves with all or most of the crewmembers.
Variety of Dance Styles (1pt) -
A crew “identifiably performing” 3 or more dance styles will receive the maximum of one (1) point. A crew “identifiably performing” 2 dance styles will receive a maximum of point five (0.5). A crew “identifiably performing” 1 dance style will receive the maximum of point two five (0.25).
PRIZES: Five (5) total prize packages will be awarded to winners of the 2022 EL3VATE by Fusic365.
One (1) first prize comprising of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
One (1) second prize comprising of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00).
One (1) third prize comprising of twelve thousand five hundred dollars ($12,500.00).
One (1) fourth prize comprising of six thousand five hundred dollars ($6,500.00).
One (1) fifth prize comprising of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).
There will be only one grand prize per winner. Lost or stolen prizes will not be replaced. No assignment, transfer, conversion to cash or cash redemption or substitution of the prize is permitted, except the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of comparable or greater value should the prize become unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The winner agrees to accept the prize “as is”, and entrants hereby acknowledge that Sponsor has neither made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize, including express warranties (if any) provided exclusively by a prize supplier that are sent along with the prize. Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to the Sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for all applicable state, federal, and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of the grand prize.
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WINNER DETERMINATION: Winners will be determined via the process set forth below.
The Judging phase will take place during the preliminary heats on June 29 - July 1, 2022. Winners will be selected by means of voting from the general public as outlined below.
The top 5 videos will advance to the Finals. Entrants will be notified via email. Those advancing to the Finals will receive directions from the sponsor on how to confirm their selection for the Finals. Once selection has been confirmed, Finalists will be announced and notified. The finalist will be provided original musical compositions produced by Jimmy Stanford to choreograph their finals routine.
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