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Contestants must be single girls, U.S. citizens, and a registered student at the high school that she is representing. She must be an active member of her high school drill team, with the exception of Junior Miss.  She must possess poise, personality, intelligence, good health, and be a good citizen in her school and community. 

If the drill soloist is competing as a “Miss” contestant, her age on the date of the event shall not be less than 16 or more than 19 years. If the drill soloist is competing as a “Teen” contestant, she must be an eligible member of her high school drill team and younger than 16 on or before the date of the pageant. "Junior" competitors must be at least 9 and no more than 13 on the date of the competition.

The application must be signed by the contestant, parents, and drill team coach or principal. It is not mandatory that the coach attend the pageant. 

Eligible soloists may compete their 1½- to 2-minute solo in the IMDDT Pageant. There will be no divisions for music genre. Each soloist will be judged on her best performance and style.

Preliminary Round
All Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho contestants will compete in three categories: Routine, Interview, and Modeling. The Interview portion will be closed to the public. The Routine and Modeling portions will be open to public viewing. All contestants, regardless of classification, will compete against each other for a place in the Finals Round and the overall title of Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho.  There will NOT be classification winners for Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho.

Finals Round
The Top Ten Finalists will be announced on Finals night (based on preliminary scores) and will then compete in the Finals Round for the title of Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho. In the Finals Round, the preliminary scores are dropped and ALL Top Ten Finalists re-compete their Solo Routine, Modeling, and answer an On-stage Impromptu Question. They will be judged on their response, poise, grace, and personality.    

Finals Round scores will be used to determine the overall winner and title of Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho! There will also be a Royal Court of four overall Attendants announced. All of the Top Ten Finalists are eligible to compete in the Miss Dance Drill Team USA pageant held in California.

The Miss Teen Dance Drill Team Idaho category is for contestants under the age of 16 who are eligible members of their high school drill team. The time limit for Teen routines is 2 1/2 minutes. Teen Miss Drill Idaho contestants will also compete in the same three categories: Solo, Modeling, and Interview. A Teen Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho winner and her court of two to four Attendants will be announced (based on the number of entrants) on January 6th at the beginning of the competition. Teen contestants will NOT be re-competing. They will only be competing in the Solo, Modeling, and Interview divisions to determine the overall winner. There will NOT be classification winners for Teen Miss Dance Drill Team Idaho.

Preliminary Round
This category is for dancers ages 9-13. The time limit for Junior routines is 2 1/2 minutes. Junior dancers will not compete in Modeling or Interview; they will only complete in Solo. We will announce a winner from each age category as well as outstanding technique, showmanship and costume. Winners of each age category will then be invited to attend the Miss Dance Drill Team USA Nationals in California.

Solo Routine
Contestant must possess and display talent in a routine of not less than one and one-half (1 ½) minutes and not more than two (2) minutes. This talent may be in any style. Timings of her routine will start with the first beat of the music. A 2-point penalty will be given for being under or overtime. Routine judging will be on appearance, routine construction, choreography, technique and showmanship. Routine limited to 3 gymnastic feats. Routine constitutes 70% of the total score.

Music should be no longer than 2 minutes for Miss and Teen (Junior category music can be up to 2:45) and must contain no vulgarities. Music must be emailed to the competition coordinator by January 1, 2017  

Performance costumes are at the discretion of the contestant, but must follow the NFHS drill rules. 

In general, good-quality leather, crepe or soft-soled shoes may be worn. Dancers may also perform in “foot undies,” “bare paws," or bare feet. Precaution should be taken so that the performing area is not marked by shoes. A floor judge will check shoes prior to performance and any shoes not in compliance must be corrected before performance or the shoe cannot be used. Any violations will result in a 2-point penalty per routine judge.

Contestants will be judged on modeling five drill team positions for starting or ending a routine. Total time must be less than 45 seconds (a 2-point penalty will be given for overtime). Contestants must perform a “star modeling formation," striking a pose at each of the five points of the star and walking between poses.

Example Modeling Video

All contestants are to wear a plain black leotard with long sleeves (no trim), black tights (no net or lace) with either black tennis shoes, jazz or ballet shoes. The modeling section constitutes 15% of the total score. Modeling is scored based on grace, projection, posture, movement, and positions.

Interview/Impromptu Question (No Speeches)
During the Preliminary Round, contestants will be asked an informal question while wearing the black modeling leotard, black tights, black dance shoes, and a black ballet skirt. Finalists competing in the finals round will be asked an on-stage question wearing any evening wear of their choice. Scoring on the informal interview will count as 15% of the total score. Confidence, posture, content, poise, and personality will be considered. Absolutely no props.

The top qualifying IMDDT and TEEN IMDDT soloists will be invited to compete at the national level for the Miss Dance Drill USA title and Teen Miss Dance Drill USA title.  Top Junior IMMDT age category winners are also invited to compete at the national level Junior Miss Dance Drill USA title.  This national competition is held in Irvine, CA toward the end of March or the first week of April (TBD). There will be a mandatory meeting following the IMDDT pageant to discuss plans for eligible IMDDT contestants to compete at nationals. We encourage ALL eligible IMDDT finalists to compete at nationals.
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