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Hip Hop Criteria – Short version

All movement must be appropriate to and reflective of the various Hip Hop styles and‘moves’. The Choreography should display different styles with respect to all of the following criteria:

– Technique and complexity
– Music Expression and Interpretation
– Variety and Creativity
– Formations and Visual Image
– Team Performance and Presentation

Please keep in mind that the choreography should relate to the criteria and that each criteria is as important as the other.

‘Choreography is only as good as its technique, expression and performance’

Technique and Complexity

• High level of technical ability and quality in all hip hop styles and movements

• Precise, purposeful placement and control of all movements and body parts

• Ease of movement

• Each style should be executed correctly with a high level of technique and in an original manner that the style was intended. It is advised to avoid styles that cannot be executed well by all crew members

• Using many parts of the body and many muscles together at one time

• High level of neuromuscular co-ordination

• Use of complex/difficult moves and styles specific to the various hip hop styles

• Ensuring movements and styles chosen are safe and executed well so as not to risk injury to any team member

Music Expression and Interpretation

• Ability to express the music with the dance and styles chosen
• Expression of the culture of hip hop
• Use of music appropriate to the various hip hop styles
• Music and movements should be inseparable
• Good musical timing
• Use of the natural music structure and phrasing such as highs, lows, rhythms, counter tempos, and lyrics/text

Variety and Creativity

• Creative, unpredictable movements using the entire body
• Use of a variety of different hip hop styles and moves
• Unpredictable original transitions when changing positions of crew members to create formations and a visual image
• Transitions from one style to another should be creative and flow as part of the choreography
• Unpredictable and creative changes in the vertical levels
• Variety in the use of the whole body

Formations and Visual Image

• Use of the entire crew to create a visual image
• Use of entire floor space and orientations
• The visual effect of a crew when creating formations and using the vertical levels
• Tricks should be choreographed and not set up or recovered from
• Tricks should not be used to show off but have a purpose in building the choreography

Team Performance and Presentation

• Same execution level of team members: All members should perform movements with the same precision
• Display of an over-all high standard in
delivery of the entire choreography
• Dynamic energy and intensity throughout
performance (selling the choreography)
• Ability to generate excitement, enthusiasm and the mood in relation to the culture of hip hop
• Interactive choreography with team members
• Staying in time with each other
• Solo performances are discouraged, team choreography is required
• Attire and appearance suitable to the hip hop/street culture

Unacceptable Moves

Any movement that risks injury to a crew member.  All moves and especially ‘tricks’, should be executed perfectly, without any danger/risk of injury to any crew member. If in doubt of acceptance, consult the Head Judge prior to the commencement of the preliminary round.




Hip Hop Unite UK have competitions in 3 entry levels 

  • Two entry levels - Beginner and Advanced levels 

  • Note if you have placed top 3 in an entry level you must move up to the next level.



Small Crews:

- Cadet divison

- Junior division

- Adult division

- Senior division



  • Under 10's  - All in: (is only a beginner category, for dancers under the age of 10)

  • Cadet:: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 years

  • Junior: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 18 years

  • Adult: 17+ years

  • Senior: Ages 35+ and older (1 member can be min. 25 years of age, or two members can be minimum 30 years of age)


  • Please note that the above age range applies to crews with 5, 6,7, 8 or 9 members for all age divisions.


  • -Crews must compete in their Age division, for example, a Cadet Crew cannot compete in the Junior Age- Division, a Junior Crew cannot compete in the Adult or Cadet Age-Division.

  • Set music 2mins



  • Age: Mega Cadet (7 - 13 years old)

  • Mega Adult (12+ Years old)

  •  10 - 25 dancers

Entry level: Beginner and  Qualifying Advanced

Set music 2mins 30 secs



Age Level:


Cadet divison

Junior division

Adult division

Senior division


  • Cadet:: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 years

  • Junior: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 years

  • Adult: 17+ years

  • Seniors: Ages 35+ and older (1 member can be min. 25 years of age or two members can be minimum 30 years of age)


Entry level:  MIXED

DUO DANCERS - PROVIDE OWN MUSIC (1minute 15 secs - 1  minute 30 second )






7-13 years

Cadet Small Crew

Youth between 7-13 years old. Note, there is an overlap between cadet and junior division. A dancer who is 12-13 years old can participate in junior or cadet.

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12-18 years

Junior Small Crew

Let’s do it. I great division with high level of choreo. Note, the overlap between cadet and junior division. 12 & 13 years can compete in both cadet and junior.

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17+ years

Adult Small Crew

The level is high, the choreography is great, the dancers are ready and are fighting an uphil battle to qualify. One dancer is allowed to be 16 years old in this category.

Mega Cadet 7-13 years - Mega Adult 12+ years

Mega Cadet & Mega Adult

Age of Mega is 12+ years. Coaches have possibility to mix dancers, who are min 12+ years. Younger dancers are not allowed in order to prohibit the dancers as probs.

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Cadet, Junior, Adult and Senior Divisions.


The DUO’s are offered in 4 divisions. Length of time is 1.15-1.30. It is not freestyle, but prepared choreographies. Same regulations of small crews are used for the DUO’s. New division in 2017 and we are so much looking forward to it.

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7-12 years

Youth Battle 1vs1 Hip Hop

The division is a unique celebration of dance allowing young performers to share their dance skills in a freestyle competition. Dancers all around the world is joing our event

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13+ years

Adult Battle 1vs1 Hip Hop

This competition is a huge success and several dancers are taking the floor to wow the crowd with their skills. Hip Hop Unite Battle is a 1 vs 1 battle and is open to all dancers,

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