A moment with the Adjudicator

Jay T

Jay T Schrameck

What makes a performance stand out for you?

When a performer has freed themselves from the concentration of what comes next and allows themselves to perform the movement – emotionally and physically connecting themselves to the words and accompaniment.

What takes a group performance to the next level for you?

I love seeing a unified ensemble telling a story, when all performers have collectively brought their unique abilities forward and take a choreographers vision to it’s full potential.

What qualities do you specifically look for in performances?

Honesty.

Are there any special tips you would give to first time contestants?

Practice your dance so much that it becomes routine and you can allow yourself to show the joy of your performance.  Remember, we all get nervous before performances, this is ok!  It means you care.  The trick is to use that nervousness as an asset and to channel it into excitement for your performance.

What are you looking for specifically in duo/trio/group routines?

As a choreographer myself, I immediately wonder about the special relationship that brought the 2 or 3 together behind the scenes.  Was it the choreographer that chose to have them together or is it a special friendship – how does that translate to their piece and their performance.

What should every dancer be thinking or remember every time they’re performing?

Every single person, even your competitors, desperately want you to succeed.  There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a person succeed.  As adjudicators, we want you to be great, not point out your faults.  As competitors, we want to gauge ourselves alongside a talented peer group and be associated with high caliber.  As audience members, we want to be entertained – and when you are enjoying yourself on stage, we are enjoying you.  Everyone wants your success and nothing more.

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