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South Island Show Offs are excited to include a Hip Hop dance division in this year’s event. We have been a family orientated and fun cheerleading competition for 3 years and we hope that our Hip Hop entrants will feel the same. With an international judge and professional photographer we aim to offer a professional and fun competition experience.


Please use the button on the right or contact the Show Offs team to register your crew.
The registration fee is $25 per person.


Crews and Divisions

  1. All crews should have a minimum of (6) and maximum of (15) members.
  2. All members of the crew should be within the division guidelines.
    a. Mini age 5–10
    b. Junior age 10–12
    c. Intermediate age 13–14
    d. Senior age 15–18
  3. A crew has 5–9 members and mega Crew division 10+ members


  1. The duration of the dance should be a minimum of 3 minutes, and a maximum of 5 minutes.
  2. Any kind of hip-hop dance is allowed (locking, popping, krump, house, stepping, breakdance, wacking, tutting, vogueing, party dances, hip-hop choreography) or any kind of dance with hip hop as their focal thought of choreography, provided that the choreographers of the group have the proper knowledge or background to execute it properly.
  3. No vulgarity, obscenity, and explicit contents are allowed.
  4. Props that are not considered as an integral part of a crew’s “attire” are prohibited (ex. canes, chairs, tambourines, musical instruments). Attire may include accessories such as hats, scarves, caps, gloves, jewelry, etc.
  5. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is permitted provided it is not offensive or out of character.
  6. Body/face oils or paints/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.
  7. All costume malfunctions resulting from team members being exposed are grounds for deductions. Please make sure to have dress rehearsals prior to competition to work out any costume problems.
  8. Performance order will be determined by the management via drawing of lots.
  9. Crews must provide for their own meals, snacks, and drinks at all events.


  1. The music used in the routine must be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes OPM music with ethnic mix of your choice.
  2. Crews’ competition music must be on a device that can be plugged into our music system.
  3. There is no maximum or minimum number of songs/recordings that may be used in the routine, and may be edited to enhance choreography and personal performance.
  4. The competition music must not contain inappropriate, lewd, or offensive language.


An extraordinary circumstance is an occurrence beyond the control of the crew that affects their ability to perform at the beginning or any time in a routine. An extraordinary circumstance is not limited to the examples listed below and may be declared at the discretion of the event organisers and/or judges. For instance:

  • Incorrect music is played or cued.
  • Music problems due to equipment malfunction.
  • Disturbances caused by general equipment failure, i.e., lighting, stage, venue, or sound system.
  • The introduction of a foreign object or disturbance into the performance area, before or during a performance, by an individual or means other than the crew.

In case the routine is stopped by an extraordinary circumstance, the management and/or judges will review the situation, and upon confirming a decision and correcting the problem, the crew will be re-introduced, and will be allowed to re-start their routine.

Claim of an extraordinary circumstance presented by the groups AFTER the routine has been performed will not be accepted or reviewed.


  1. It is the responsibility of the group members, manager, or choreographer to report a group member’s injury or illness to the management.
  2. If at any time, prior to or during competition, a group member becomes ill or injured, or his/her physical or emotional condition is at risk by participating, he/she may be declared ineligible to compete, and may be disqualified from the competition. The management reserves the right to withdraw any competitor who appears to have such serious disability or injury or needs medical attention.
  3. The management reserves the right to request the submission of a physician’s written authorization for a group member that is deemed medically or emotionally at risk by the event organisers, to compete.


The judges will score the crews according to the judging criteria on a 100-point system.

1. Overall Effect(20 pts)

Confidence/Showmanship, Intensity, and Projection (5)
Crews ability to exhibit a dynamic and energetic routine that leaves a lasting impression on the judges and the audience.
Appropriateness of music, costume, choreography.
Projection of the crew members is consistently strong throughout entire routine with an uninterrupted display of confidence measured by facial expression, eye contact, and body movement.
The crew members should perform with enthusiasm, passion, and a natural ability to “sell it” on stage.

Entertainment Value/Crowd Appeal (5)
Ability to evoke feeling from an audience through use of high energy, showmanship, genuine expression, and emotion.

Street Presence/Attire (10)
This is the capability of the crew members to demonstrate an authentic and uninhibited representation of hip hop dance. Street presence includes attitude, energy, posture, and street style. Clothing and accessories worn should represent and reflect the real character and natural style of the urban street environment with a unique look that sets the crew apart.
Crew members do not have to be identically dressed or in a uniform, individuality of dress is encouraged.
Crews may wear stylized clothing representing their routine’s theme. Theatrical costumes are not typical of the urban street (ex. Storybook characters, animals, Halloween costumes, etc.), and are not recommended.

2. Choreography (40 pts)

Creativity (15)
Choreographing and presenting the routine in a fresh, unique way with signature moves that are original and creative.
Story, transitions, music editing, clothing, and a unique look and style that stands out from other routines.

Variety of Dance Styles (10)
The more styles a crew includes and performs correctly in the routine, the higher the variety score will be.
Crews should include a broad selection of street dance styles selected from the list below without excessive use of the same move or patterns.
A varied range of styles should be shown in the choreography of arm, leg, and body movements.

Difficulty (10)
Use of intricate and challenging skills/movement including various jumps, stunts, floor work, and signature moves.

Formations and Transitions (5)
Use of inventive formations and creative ways to move from one formation to another, allowing for seamless changes of positions.

3. Technique Execution/Clarity of Movement (40)

Placement and Control (10)
The crew must maintain control of the speed, direction, momentum, and body placement throughout the routine.
Proper control and correct placement/alignment of the body and ability to exhibit full extension and strength of movement.

Musicality (5)
Performance and choreography corresponding to timing and music usage and the crew’s ability to perform simultaneously to the music.

Group Execution (10)
Proper execution and understanding of hip hop styles. Movements must be true to the authentic hip hop dance style, with understanding of the foundation and origin of hip hop.

Synchronisation/Timing (10)
The movements of the crew members are performed in sync; the range of movement, speed, timing and execution of moves are performed by all members in unison.
Peel off or canon movements are allowable.

Spacing (5)
The ability of the crew to gauge and position themselves correctly, with correct distances between each other in and throughout all formations.


*Protests are prohibited and will not be accepted regarding any score or result of a decision.


Any problem or discrepancy during a competition will be brought to the attention of the competition organiser who will address it with the Head Judge, and/or event committee, and the respective decision(s) made will be final.