What is TWD?
Dear Parents, Dancers and Fans,
We welcome you to another exciting season of JUST FOR KIX Competitions. The name TWD was created with the thought that competition promotes striving for excellence. By pulling together, we all become stronger. It is an event where we can showcase how hard all the dancers and directors have been working. It is important to remember that DOING YOUR BEST IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING THE BEST!! Let’s join together in praise of all the teams.
It is our goal to have a quality event that runs on time and provides a large scale performance venue, allowing great exposure for our dancers. Thanks for being a part of this competition!
Cindy and Steve Clough, Founders
In categories where we have a large number of teams, we group teams by their average grade, and then by team size. This puts one more level into the grouping – alleviating teams of all 5th grade from competing against teams of all 4th grade. Our goal is always to make the playing field more level. Sub-categories (1A, 2A, 3A) are determined based on the teams sizes that the Just For KIx Director provides. Numbers may change from their original registration, but we group based on registration numbers submitted.
2014 Dates & Locations
NOTE: APPLE VALLEY _ DON'T FORGET TO SPRING FORWARD SATURDAY NIGHT so you are ready for SUNDAY!
City Day Date Location Doors Open Viewing Directions St. Cloud, MN #1 Sunday January 26th Rescheduled for Feb. 23 in Brainerd 8:00am 2-Sided Click here Brainerd, MN Sunday February 23rd Brainerd High School 8:00am 2-Sided Click here Apple Valley, MN Saturday March 1st Eastview High School 7:30am 2-Sided Click here Apple Valley, MN Sunday March 2nd Eastview High School 8:00am 2-Sided Click here Apple Valley, MN Sunday March 9th Apple Valley High School 8:00am TBD Click here Waverly, IA Saturday March 8th Wartburg College Sports Center 7:00am 2-Sided Click here Wahpeton, ND Saturday March 15th NDSCS Bilkre Activity Center 7:00am 2-Sided Click here Brainerd, MN Saturday March 22nd Brainerd High School TBD 2-Sided Click here Brainerd, MN Sunday March 23rd Brainerd High School TBD 2-Sided Click here St. Cloud #2 Saturday March 29th Sartell High School TBD 2-Sided Click here Jamestown, ND Saturday April 5th Civic Center TBD 1-Sided Click here Rochester, MN Friday April 4th RCTC - Regional Sports Center TBD 1-Sided Click here Rochester, MN Saturday April 5th RCTC - Regional Sports Center TBD 1-Sided Click here Rochester, MN Sunday April 6th RCTC - Regional Sports Center TBD 1-Sided Click here Grand Island, NE Saturday April 12th Grand Island Sr. High School TBD 1-Sided Click here
$6.00 Adults/ $3.00 Students
Why is there a charge for TWD?
The expense to run an all day event like this one are many; rent charges for the facility, clean up charges,payroll/mileage for judges & tabulators, payroll for all of the workers you see today as well as room & board for the trip to the event, hiring an announcer & sound equipment,videographers & video equipment so instructors & dancers receive feedback on their performances, liability insurance that is needed just to rent a facility like this one, ribbons, informational mailing to all the dancers & coaches, food for the coaches, judges & staff that spend their entire day at this event, plaques & numerous hours spent by the home office staff organizing & facfilitating this event. Thanks again for participating.
Why isn't this covered in my monthly class fees?
Your monthly classes fees are set to cover the weekly class instruction only. In the past we have considered raising the registration fee to $40-$50 & then all the competition fees, etc would be included, but we have felt the fairest & most economical option for parents is to only charge dancers & parents for those things they participate in. Whatever it is a prop, show admission or a TWD event like this one, you are only charged a minimal expense for the events in which you are participating. Many dance studios around the state charge $10-$15 to watch a show and a $25 competition entry fee, or more, per dancer/per routine. We strive hard to keep our rates reasonable and affordable in everything we do. We wish we could "give" this away, but if we did, we would quickly be out of busines
Where do we sit?
If the schedule indicates that team is performing away the sound table, you will want to sit in the bleachers opposite from the announcer (sound table). If the schedule indicates that the team is performing towards the sound table, you will want to sit sit in the bleachers behind the announcer (sound table).
Are TWD competitions only for large Just For Kix programs?
Our goal is to give as many dancers and programs the opportunity to perform and compete with other teams. Performing in front of different audiences is essential to the growth of a dancer and competetion teaches many great skills and lessons like teamwork and great sportsmanship!
If a kick routine does not have more than 20 kicks will the judges take off points?
There is no set number of kicks that a group needs to do. all Directors are given routines and choreography to choose from early on and may slightly modify routines to fit their own groups.
Do teams with the glitziest costumes get extra points?
There is no place on the judging sheet to enter a score to give credit for the team's uniform. Criteria are based on kicks, skills/tech, executions and projection. Often the judges cannot even see the added glitz from their viewpoint.
What are the judging criteria?
There are four categories listed on the judging sheet that all come into play equally when judging. Errors are just one aspect of the criteria. The judges are trained in advance and it is explained that these teams do not hold try-outs for the kick classes, or for front row spots.They are not to judge necessarily on the performances of an individual dancer but rather the overall performance of the team.
Where are the judges from?
Just for kix takes the hiring of judges very seriously and selects judges from many different areas and from varied backgrounds for each event.
Is there an advantage to having custom choreography?
There is no place to judge choreography on the judging sheet. All Just For Kix instructors receive their choreography on DVD from Just For Kix and have the option to pick any routine they wish. It is just common for many Directors to like a particular routine or for kids to like a particular song. Judges have no knowledge of how current a routine may be.
If a hair binder or shoe falls off a dancer is the team disqualified?
Although from a coaching standpoint, this is a frustation at this level of competition this is not the end of the world for a team should a shoe or binder become dislodged.