Dance Competition Rules
- all contestants will have two "go rounds".
Once registered, you cannot change categories.
Points can be accumulated through willingness to participate in Grand Entry, Intertribals, Exhibitions, Spot Checks and Contests.
You must enter Grand Entry with your proper dance and age category.
#'s must be on your left side and visible at all times.
All dancers must be completely ready during Grand Entry.
All dancers must contest only in the category they are registered in. **Parents: please ensure that your children dance in the correct categories.
Each dancer will be given only one number at registration. Lost numbers will not be reissued.
Contest songs will be in drum rotation.
There will be no warm-ups; Intertribals only.
Any dispute concerning a contest must be brought to the attention of the Head Judge directly after the contest song, otherwise complaints will be void. Final decisions rest with the Head Judge and/or Arena Director, in consultation with the Powwow committee.
In a fair contest, dancers are not to be related to a dance judge by blood, marriage, or adoption. Failure on the part of the dancer to inform the Head Judge or Arena Director of a familial relationship to a judge will result in disqualification for that session.
In the event of a dance off, all dancers involved will be given three (3) chances to appear in the dance area.
No points will be awarded in a dance off.
No whistles during contest songs.
Only Tiny Tots can move up an age category
If any major item falls off, the competitor is disqualified for that session only.
Intoxicants and/or drugs - anyone using these substances will be disqualified and removed from the grounds.
The Akwesasne International Powwow committee and the sponsors of the event are not liable for accidents, damages, injuries, lost or stolen articles, or hardships.
Enjoy the good songs, dance hard, and good luck!