Eligible high school drill team members may compete their 1 ½ -2 minute solo in the Miss Drill Utah Solo Championship. This is a competition for any eligible member of your high school drill team (boy or girl). However, only those soloists that are a competing member of their high school drill team are eligible for the Top Ten Finals round and title of Miss Drill Utah. ALL competing team members are invited to compete a solo in this “Miss Drill Utah Solo Championship.” This solo event will be broken down into classification and style … Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Soloists may NOT enter more than ONE solo. This is to allow more soloists the opportunity to compete in this event. Soloists entered in our event will be judged according to their classification and style. Professional Judges including College and University Dance Team Coaches will be invited to come judge this event and give professional, helpful, constructive critiques for each soloist. For the over-all awards, Soloists will have their scores compared to one another and Fivehe TOP TEN will move forward into the Finals round of the competition.
Solo Costuming – Any costume of your choice is acceptable. We do not penalize for any costume choices. HOWEVER, we encourage soloist to wear classy costumes that will allow the judges to really focus on the performance and quality of the movement. If you are choosing to wear a leo for your costume, we highly suggest that you invest in “butt glue”. There are a lot of different kinds (“It Stays”, Suffolk , JOMI Body Adhesive, etc.. ) Any of these products are a good product to help keep your leo covering appropriate parts of your body. This will help your judges and your audience enjoy your performance much more.
Awards — Awards will be presented for each soloist that enters this event. The Top Five placements will be announced for each classification and category. Superior and Excellent ratings will be given for each soloist not receiving a Top Five placement. All classifications will be combined to adjudicate for the “Over-All” awards. Note: If there are not enough entries in a particular classification & category, then we reserve the right to combine classifications to help make the competition more successful. For instance: 1A/2A Jazz or 2A/3A Lyrical. A Teen division will be offered if there are enough soloists entered that are under the age of 16yrs by the date of the event. The Teen division will have a Finals round for the Over-All highest scores. The Teen Finals round will depend on how many are competing for this title.
Any eligible Drill Team member (boy or girl) may participate in the Miss Drill Utah event. HOWEVER, only those team members who are part of the “competing team” for their high school is eligible to compete for the Miss Drill Utah Solo Title. If the drill team member is NOT part of the “competing team” for their high school drill team, they are still able to participate in the solo preliminary competition but they are not able to be considered as a TOP TEN Finalist or hold the title of MISS DRILL UTAH. Following the Miss Drill Utah Finals round, the Top Five placements will be announced … 4th Runer-Up, 3rd Runner-Up, 2nd Runner-Up, 1st Runner-Up, and the winner MISS DRILL UTAH!!!
MISS DRILL UTAH FINALS ROUND — Finalists both Teen and Miss will compete in the following 3 areas ….
1- SPOTLIGHT – Each Finalist will showcase up to 30 seconds of movement which they choose. The Spotlight may NOT exceed 30 secs.
The spotlight should showcase any dance skills/stylized movement/tricks/turns/leaps/jumps/ strengths/etc… This is NOT performed to music. The Finalists do not need to do any “walks” in-between their sets of 8, but rather create a cohesive and continuous flow between their movements. You are welcome to start your sequence anywhere on the stage that you wish. Be sure to hold your ending position so that we know when you are finished.
**The SPOTLIGHT is 15% of their Over-All Score.
Spotlight Attire … All finalists need to wear a Black leo with long sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves (no short sleeve or sleeveless). Any style of leo is fine but no “bling”, sequin, or cutouts in the torso area. It MUST be All Black. You are allowed to have mesh or lace as part of the leo as long as it it BLACK. Full length (footed) Black tights and Black dance shoe is also required. No hairpieces are allowed for this portion of the competition. NO Jewelry is allowed.
2- Informal “On-stage Question” – All Finalist will be given their Informal Question as we begin the Onstage question portion of the competition…. It is the same question for all ten finalists and is a question pertaining to Dance/Drill. It is meant to be informal and fun. It allows the judges to see the Finalist’s personality, poise, confidence, etc… The time limit for the Finalists Question Response is a max of 30 seconds.
Informal Question Attire … All finalists will keep their black leo, tights, and shoes on from the Spotlight portion of this event and they will then put on a black ballet skirt for the question portion of the competition.
** The Informal Question is 15% of their Over-All Score.
3- SOLO ROUTINE – Each Finalist will re-compete their solo again for the judges panel. The solo must be the same solo that qualified during the “solo championship” round of competition.
Timing of the solo routine will start with the first beat of the music. A 2-point penalty will be given for being under 1.5 mins or over 2 minutes. Routine judging will be on routine construction, choreography, technique and showmanship.
** Solo Routine constitutes 70% of the total score.
MUSIC UPLOADS …. We require that every soloist email us a correct copy edit of your solo music prior to the competition date. Two weeks prior to the event, we will email out the link with instructions on how to upload your music. There will NOT be a music check at the event so be sure you send us the correct edit you wish to use for you solo routine. Always have a back-up source with you at the competition in case of a technical emergency.