Rules And Regulations

ALL HTF PARTICIPANTS MUST FOLLOW THE HTF RULES AND REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO BE ADMITTED IN THE COMPETITION.
ANY DANCER / CREW FAILING TO ABIDE BY THE HTF RULES AND REGULATIONS WILL BE ISSUED AS PART OF ONE OR MANY PENALTIES AND / OR DISQUALIFICATION.

1. CLASSIFICATION

  • 1.1 All HTF participants/dancers must register with the appropriate classification: http://hitthefloor.ca/classification-en
    • 1.1.1 Should any doubt be arisen about the age of a participant/dancer, HTF will verify the identity and age of the participant/dancer.
  • 1.2 After January 15th, all changes made to your registration folder causing a modification in the classification of the routine will lead to a $25 fee (per occurrence)
  • 1.3 HTF reserves the right to combined age divisions and group category following competition entries.

2. TIME LIMIT / LENGTH OF PERFORMANCE

  • 2.1 Your music and/or your performance should not last more than 5 seconds after the allotted duration.
    Time limits per category:
    Solo (1 dancer) 3:00 minutes
    Duo-Trio (2 to 3 dancers) 3:00 minutes
    Small Group (4 to 9 dancers) 4:00 minutes
    Large Group (10 to 15 dancers) 4:00 minutes
    Production (16 dancers and +) 8:00 minutes
  • 2.2 If the music and / or the performance exceeds over 1:00 minute the duration allowed to your category, HTF reserves the right to stop the music.
  • 2.3 The time limit for the preparation of accessories and sets is 2:00 minutes.

3. MUSIC

  • 3.1 Please download your music through your school's online account in the « Music » tab. You will see all the titles of your routines with a button to upload an audio file. The deadline to download your files online is : Gatineau March 14th at 5 pm / Toronto April 26th at 5 pm / Levis May 16th at 5 pm. After the deadline, all music files will be uploaded by our team and it won’t be possible to make changes. Note that we still ask you to have a USB key containing the music of all your routines in your possession during the event.
  • 3.2 HTF does not accept any requests regarding the volume of your music.
  • 3.3 Music must not contain inappropriate, lewd or offensive language. In doubt, please contact HTF organization: info@hitthefloor.ca.

4. ACCESSORIES AND COSTUMES

  • 4.1 Accessories that do not leave a residue onstage are tolerated. The time limit to prepare your sets and accessories is 2 minutes.
    • 4.1.1 No oils, paints, make-up, or other products will be tolerated on the performance area.
  • 4.2 HTF reserves the right to consider inappropriate clothing that is too short and / or too tight, especially if there is overexposure of certain body areas.  The costume should be appropriate for the age of the dancer.
  • 4.3 HTF is not responsible for any losses or damage made to any accessories or costumes.

5. CALL TIME

  • 5.1 All dancers must be present at the convention center 2 hours before their performance (note that doors will open only one hour before the start of the competition each day). Numbers scheduled at the beginning of the day should be present one hour prior to their performance.
  • 5.2 Dancers must show up (backstage entrance) 5 numbers before their performance.
  • 5.3 Dancers must be backstage or on stage within the first 30 seconds of being announced.

6. PERFORMANCE

  • 6.1 Movements judged as offensive, violent and / or inappropriate are prohibited.
    • 6.1.1 inappropriate elements: choreography, costume and / or concept considered as inappropriate for the general audience.
  • 6.2 A dancer who was not registered in the registration form cannot compete
  • 6.3 If an incident affects a dancer’s performance, the dancer will have the possibility of redoing his or her routine from the start. This will occur only if HTF accepts it. In the event of an incident that beyond the control of the dancer, there is no deduction.

7. ELIGIBILITY

  • 7.1 Teachers and professional dancers may compete.
    • 7.1.1 If a teacher and / or a professional dancer is registered to compete in a routine, the routine must be in one of the following categories:

      For Solos/Duos and Trios, the routine must be in the competitive category.
      For Small Groups, Large Groups and Productions, the routine must be in one of the following categories:
      Competitive: if 75% of the group has less than 7 years of training.
      Semi Pro: if 75% of the group has 7 years or more of training.
  • 7.2 For Solos, a dancer can’t perform more than one routine in the same category . Duets and Trios can’t have a routine in the same category where there are more than 50% of dancers who are part of another routine in the same category. Groups and Productions can’t have a routine in the same category where there are more than 85% of dancers who are part of another routine in the same category.
  • 7.3 Each number may only be presented once during the competition.
  • 7.4 A minimum of two routines must be presented during the competition for the dance studio to be eligible for the cash prizes held during the competition.

8. JUDGING

  • 8.1 There is a minimum of three judges who possess an excellent notoriety in their respective artistic fields to evaluate the performances.
    Evaluation Criteria
    Percentage
    Technique (40%): musicality, synchronism, timing, execution, control, difficulty of execution, authenticity of the dance style
    Performance (30%): showmanship, intensity, confidence, presence
    Choreography (20%): use of the stage, formations, creativity (movement, music, transitions)
    Costume/Appearance (10%): originality (costume, hair, make-up, accessories)
  • 8.2 The judges’ decision is final. You will receive a copy of each evaluation and commentary from the judges on the dropbox file of your school. In the event of a tie, the highest Technique score will be advantaged.
  • 8.3 The judges do not know which dance studio is associated with each routine.

9. SHOWCASE

  • 9.1 Solos, duos and trios as well as all numbers that are Novice and Pre-competitive levels are not eligible to be selected within the 8 top picks.
  • 9.2 Each judge will identify one “Hit of The Day” for a number that stood out from the performances in a competition segment. The chosen Hit of The Day will have the chance to be selected within the 8 top picks participating in the All-Stars Showcase, with the Defending champion of the previous years. For Hit The Floor Lévis only, the champions of the same year of Gatineau and Toronto events will have the opportunity to be part of the Showcase, so there will be a possibility for 8 top picks + The Defending Champion + the 2 Champions of Hit The Floor Gatineau and Toronto 2017.
  • 9.3 The selection of the 8 top picks is made according to the general appreciation of the judges and not on the results obtained during the competitions.
  • 9.4 The Defending champion must present a number with at least 50% of the same dancers in the following year to defend their title during the All-Stars Showcase. They must register for the competition and be evaluated by the judges. For Hit The Floor Levis only, the Champions of Hit The Floor Gatineau and Toronto 2017 must present a number containing at least 90% of the same dancer to defend their title at the Levis All-Stars Showcase. They must register for the competition and be evaluated by the judges.
  • 9.5 The favorite numbers selected for the All-Stars Showcase can present a different number than the one presented in the competition. In that case, the new music must be provided to HTF organization following the announcement of the selected numbers.

10. PENALTIES AND DEDUCTIONS

  • 10.1 All decisions regarding deductions and penalties are final.
    • 10.1.1 The technical director for the competition will coordinate the judges’ duties and is responsible for deductions.
  • 10.2 There is no limit of points that may be deducted for one routine.
  • 10.3 All points are deducted from the total score, out of 100.
LIST OF DEDUCTIONS

CLASSIFICATION

Routine that is not recorded in the appropriate classification 2
Dancer who doesn’t have the age registered in the registration folder / per occurrence 2

TIME LIMIT

Music and / or performance lasting more than 5 seconds after the allotted duration 2
Time of preparation of accessories and sets exceeds the 2 minutes limit 2

MUSIC

Music not uploaded online before deadline 2
Music adjustment demand 2
Track containing inappropriate lyrics 3

ACCESSORIES AND COSTUMES

Use of accessories that leave residue onstage 2
Costume judged inappropriate 3

CALL TIME

Dancers who are not backstage or on stage within the 30 first seconds of being announced 3

PERFORMANCE

Movements judged as offensive, violent and / or inappropriate 3
Any dancer not registered in registration folder having competed 3
Retake of a routine due to an incident for which the dancer or the dance studio would be responsible
(must be approved by the HTF organization)
3
Hit The Floor will not accept any protests regarding scores.