2019 ELEMENT DEFINITIONS
(Begins with 2019 PSO Triangle)
TECHNICAL SCORESHEET ELEMENTS
Championship, Doubles/Groups, Floorwork & Low Flow, Freedance, and Professional
100 points total
QUALITY OF EXECUTION (10 points) *Tiebreaker
Movements are performed with confidence, intention, and precision
No unnecessary adjustments, steps, motions, wobbling, or sliding
Making complex movements look easy and effortless
Pointed ankles and toes or intentional foot flex, as appropriate for the move
Shoulders down and back or up and pushing, as appropriate for the move
Hips go over head smoothly during inversions
Form does not alter on spin pole
Angles of movements are clearly regulated by the dancer
Landings are soft and controlled unless intentionally performed otherwise
Drops are stopped at an appropriate distance away from the ground
On spin pole:
No hesitation at the takeoff
Pole spins cleanly through the entire pass, push off shows a knowledge of how fast/slow the dancer is choosing to go
Dancers match or intentionally contrast each other’s movements
Dancers move as a unit rather than as individuals
DIFFICULTY OF INDIVIDUAL MOVES (10 points)
Use of a combination of strength, power, and flexibility
Minimal weight being supported by the pole
Greater distance of hips and torso away from the pole
Longer length of time spent in hold
Low number of points of contact
Increased extension through splits/backbends
Moves performed higher up on the pole (if appropriate for the Category)
Inversions (if appropriate for the Level)
Release moves (if appropriate for the Level)
DIFFICULTY OF TRANSITIONS (10 points)
Lifting up into moves rather than kicking or descending into them
Switching between more dominant and less dominant sides
Low number of points of contact
Low number of regrips required
Intentional very high or very low speed movements
Intentional directional changes (right to left or vice versa)
Spinning orientation reversals (forwards to backwards or vice versa)
Incorporating inversions (if appropriate for the Level)
Inability to bail out
DIFFICULTY OF COMBINATIONS (10 points)
Large number of linked movements
Length of time spent on the pole without utilizing the floor
Range of contact points utilized
Range of movement carrying dancer up/down/around pole
Length of time spent moving up vs moving down the pole
BALANCE OF ROUTINE (10 points)
Appropriate use of entire stage area:
Use of both poles (if appropriate for the Level)
Use of pole height (if appropriate for the Category)
Use of floor space: upstage, downstage, center stage, sides of stage
Similar level of difficulty in moves performed at beginning and end of routine
Alternating between roles as flyer/base
Choreography seamlessly merges the different stage areas together
VARIETY OF MOVEMENTS (10 points)
Demonstration of large movement vocabulary
Range of shapes and transitions
Range of movement speeds
Knowledge and mastery of areas of movement that correlate with the level of the performance.
Level 1: tricks, spins/movement around the pole, floorwork/dance, strength moves, flexibility moves
Level 2: aerial tricks, spins/movement around the pole, floorwork/dance, strength moves, flexibility moves, inverts from floor
Level 3: aerial tricks, spins/movement around the pole, floorwork/dance, strength moves, flexibility moves, inverts from floor, aerial inverts
Level 4: aerial tricks, spins/movement around the pole, floorwork/dance, strength moves, flexibility moves, inverts from floor, aerial inverts, fewer than 3 points of contact movements
Level 5: aerial tricks, spins/movement around the pole, floorwork/dance, strength moves, flexibility moves, inverts from floor, aerial inverts, fewer than 3 points of contact movements, release moves
CLARITY OF CONCEPT AND MUSICALITY (10 points)
Choreography demonstrates the routine’s concept (emotion, storyline, and/or theme)
Movement choices highlight accents and/or beats in music
Movement choices match or intentionally contrast with cadence and crescendos/decrescendos in music
Facial expressions effectively show emotion
Overall movement quality clearly communicates the concept
Props and costume choices add to the understanding of the concept
FLOW AND FLUIDITY (10 points)
One movement transitions seamlessly into the next
Set ups for moves are integrated into the choreography
Good continuity and follow through during transitions
STAGE PRESENCE (10 points)
Connection with audience
High projection of energy
Holding character the entire way through the routine
UNIQUENESS OF PERFORMANCE (10 points)
Effective use of surprising or unexpected linking of movements
Creative or unusual concept
Deductions are only given when a competitor breaks a rule. Rules that can be broken fall into the categories of:
Stoppage and/or disqualification is allowed if a majority of judges determine that the competitor is at risk to seriously injure themselves or others.
-20 points per judge
Bailing out of a move that was too difficult for the skill level of the competitor during the performance (for each occurrence).
-10 points per judge
Contact points are not appropriate for move attempted.
Intentionally touching or hanging off of truss system is grounds for immediate disqualification -- the Judge Wrangler has the authority to decide.
-15 points per judge
Throwing props outside of the approved area.
-10 points per judge
Unintentionally touching rigging during performance (per occurrence). Judges should determine if touching was slight or major in determining amount of deduction.
Licking the poles.
Exiting or entering the stage in a way other than the stairways or wings. Ex. jumping off the front of the stage.
-5 points per judge
Unintentional light touching/kicking rigging during piece (each occurrence).
Competitor is disrespectful to equipment, staff, judges, etc.
Music includes profanity (per occurrence).
Props are not on approved list.
-2 points per judge
Unintentional light brushing of rigging during piece (each occurrence).
For levels that have move restrictions, deductions are taken when a competitor intentionally or accidentally violates the restrictions.
-25 point points per judge
Competitor clearly violates level restrictions, for each occurrence (Ex. handsprings in Level 3)
-5 point points per judge
Mild violation of level restrictions (Ex. head briefly dips below hips during a transition in Level 1)
Description of violations:
Level 1 violations occur when a competitor inverts while the entire body weight is being supported by the pole (no body parts touching the ground). Invert is defined as when the competitor’s head and torso are below the competitor’s hips. Violations also occur if a competitor performs kips, presses to arm only balances (forearm or handstand) with or without the pole, or pirouettes/turns without the pole exceeding one rotation
Level 2 violations occur when the competitor performs an aerial inversion (lifting hips above the head and torso) or an aerial shoulder mount, or when the competitor does not maintain three points of contact while in an inverted position, with the entire body weight on the pole. Level 2 violations also occur when the competitor does not maintain three points of contact with the pole while in an inverted position, with the entire body weight on the pole. Exceptions to the three points of contact rule: Marley and cross ankle releases are both allowed. Forearm/football grip handsprings/ayeshas are not allowed.
Level 3 violations occur when the competitor does not maintain three points of contact with the pole while in an inverted position, with the entire body weight on the pole. Exceptions to the three points of contact rule: Marley and cross ankle releases are both allowed. Forearm/football grip handsprings/ayeshas are not allowed.
Level 4 violations occur when the competitor performs release moves (complete release of all contact points) with torso rotation. Ex. fonji or half-fonji.
There are no restrictions for Level 5, Professional, and Doubles/Groups, therefore there are no level violations in those events.
All intentional costume violations in the lines of intentionally stripping to expose intimate body parts is grounds for immediate stoppage and disqualification of the competitor at the judges’ discretion. The Judge Wrangler has final say in deciding if a performance needs to be stopped.
Competitor clearly violates all costume coverage rules with breasts uncovered (women only), thongs/G-strings, or costume pieces that are damaging to the pole finish.
-10 points per judge
For all competitors: lower body genitalia becomes uncovered or is visible during a piece (unintentional)
Costume hinders movement or creates an unsafe environment for competitor
-5 points per judge
For women: 1 or more breasts become uncovered during a piece (unintentional)
-2 point per judge
Mild violation one of the costume coverage rules.
WHAT IS NOT A DEDUCTION
Receiving a deduction means that the competitor broke a rule. If the competitor did not break a rule, then they should not receive a deduction.
Failing to point your toes, or failing to extend a leg is not a deduction. Judges will use the points system per element to score accordingly. For example, if a performer has shaky or awkward transitions, they would score lower on the Quality of Execution element of judging.
NON-COMPLETION OF A ROUTINE
If someone falls/makes a mistake during a routine, but finishes, then judges will give the appropriate deduction (usually safety deduction) and score the rest of the routine.
If someone does not finish the routine, then judges will score all elements with 0.1 and offer comments only.