5 Judging Aerials

5 Judging Lifts, Drops and Aerials

In categories that allow lifts, drops and aerials (tricks), it should be remembered that those alone couldn't win a competition. The dancing is an important issue and will be taken into consideration. Judges will not be dazzled by the tricks and pass over poor dance presentation. For this reason, categories containing lifts, drops and aerials (tricks) competitors will be judged using the same criteria as the other categories. However, there are other considerations when judging dancers using tricks.
5.1 Timing and Musical Connection

Dancers should not alter their timing on the entrances and exits to and from tricks. They will go up on time or enter the trick on time and exit on time. Couples will be marked higher for achieving this objective. Dancers will lose marks if the leave the rhythmic flow of the music and get back into it when the trick has ended.
5.2 Content and Technique 

This is what you do and how well you do it. In tricks, Judges need to judge the degree of difficulty of a move. It is important to give credit for difficult tricks that are made to look effortless and easy. Some tricks look flashy and only take one thought process whilst other more difficult tricks may contain many dance elements on each partners part to complete, but may not look as flashy. The latter done well should receive a higher score than that of the former done well.
5.3 Lead and Follow

 It is tempting in tricks to develop a routine, which ignores the particular music being played and shows no evidence of lead and follow. Couples must clearly demonstrate lead and follow in tricks.
5.4 Presentation and Showmanship

This is arguably the most important element of categories containing tricks. Dancers must 'show off' their tricks to the audience to get their reaction.