So you have either entered yourself or taken your school to freestyle dance competitions and always wondered how to become a dance adjudicator at events such as those ruled by the Association of Dance and Freestyle Professionals (ADFP).
Each event is run by different promoters all across the country and it is highly advised that you network with the promoters so they become familiar with who you are and your dance background. Promoters build a strong relationship with the adjudicators they hire as often they are asked to adjudicate for them time and time again.
The ADFP set out clear rules and guidelines for participants so the sport can flourish. Adjudicators at events are looked after by the hosts with lunch provided and are well informed about the running of the day. With freestyle dance being a very fast paced style, adjudicators have to be quick with their markings of numbers as time is very limited on each heat. Adjudicating is often a developed skill that adjudicators practice various strategies in their markings. One strategy we use is that we write down all the numbers that are called back onto the floor as the host is reading them out, this way we can keep track of who to keep and not by simply crossing them off the list as we notice them on the floor. Concentration is key at these events, so keep well hydrated.
It is essential that you have at least a Freestyle Licentiate level qualification to be a judge and register yourself as an adjudicator with the ADFP.
If not already qualified at licentiate level you must of either held the Freestyle associate qualification for at least two years or have had 2 years dance teaching experience to do the licentiate training. In order to do the licentiate training within the 2 year time frame after becoming associate qualified you will need to get a written letter of approval direct from the IDTA to fast track your career development.
Learn more about IDTA Licentiate Freestyle Teacher Training Course