Competition Styles Any style of dancing or type of music is allowed with no restriction in tempos.
Pom Cheer Dance competition format
a. Each team performs alone to their own music.
b. Judges mark teams into the next round by using two sets of marks, one for Technical Merit, the other for Artistic Merit. Normally around 50% of the teams should be marked in each criterion. Lifts and Acrobatics Lifts and acrobatics are allowed. When building pyramids only 1 floor above the ground is allowed. Props Hand props are obligatory with two Pom-Poms per dancer. Any change of the Pom-Poms between the team members must not exceed 10 seconds. When building a pyramid it is allowed to leave the Pom-Poms on the floor for 10 seconds. Stage props are not allowed.
How to perform Pom Cheer Dance disciplines
a. Pom-Pom Cheer Dance is a choreographed performance.
b. The character of the performance could be in any style. It is possible to use gymnastic elements like skips, jumps or elements of folklore dances if the music underlines this type of dancing.
c. Gymnastic elements must be in harmony with the choreography and should never be obvious. It is very important to connect idea, music, choreography and costume.
d. Presentation and image is also important.
e. The Pom-Poms must be used in harmony with correct handling. Variety and the grade of difficulty will be evaluated.
f. It is useful to have skilful dancers in the team but the team is judge as a whole and not on individuals.
Criterion for judging
a. The judges will reward clever choreography, a realistic theme and clever use of the PomPoms.
b. The use of innovative, modern figures and movements within the style of dance, that is being performed, will be highly rewarded.
c. During the qualifying rounds the judges’ will use the 2-dimensional system by giving two crosses, one for Artistic Merit and the other for Technical Merit.
d. In the Final the judges’ use the 2-dimensional system by giving two sets of placings. One set for Artistic Merit and the other for Technical Merit.