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The 2017 I.T.O. Competition will be held on September 9 & 10, 2017 at the Long Beach Recreational Park located at 4900 E. 7th St., Long Beach, California.

In our quest to “Raise the Bar” and fuel your competition passion, we present “Prime Saturday” and “Elite Sunday”.  Renowned, Distinguished, Prominent, and Celebrated Judges will choose the Prime & Elite Winners with the best Presentation, Skill, Precision, Variety/Authenticity and Costume.  Winners & Awards will be presented at the end of each day.  Details and Criteria are as follows:

CATEGORIES 8: Vahine & Tane 5-8, 9-12, 13-15,16-18, 19-24, 25-34, 35-49, 50+

CRITERIA FOR PRIME SATURDAY (Saturday’s Competition)

  1. Prime Contestants

    • Are designated by Ra’atira Pupu (Teacher)

      Ra’atira Pupu is asked to bring their Top 5 in each category

  2. Each Pupu Ori is limited to 5 contestants per category

  3. Independent Prime Contestants

    • IF a contestant is not chosen by their Ra’atira Pupu, they are welcome to enter as an Independent Prime Contestant 

  4. There are 35 Independent Prime Slots available per age category 

  5. Pre-Registration is HIGHLY encouraged as there will be an additional $10 fee after the cut-off and a $20 fee on the day of competition.

  6. Entrance Fees* for Prime Contestants & Deadlines:

    • $45 Pre-Registration (on or before August 9, 2017)

    • $55 General Registration (after August 9, 2017 & before September 9, 2017)

    • $65 Day of Competition (September 9, 2017)

 

CRITERIA FOR ELITE SUNDAY(Sunday’s Competition)

  1. Elite Contestants

    • Are designated by Ra’atira Pupu.

      Ra’atira Pupu is asked to bring their Top 5 in each category.

  2. Contestant Must have Placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any Tahitian SOLOIST competition for 3 years

  3. Independent Elite Contestants

    • IF a contestant is not chosen by their Ra’atira Pupu, they are welcome to enter as an Independent Elite Contestant.

    • Contestant Must have Placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any Tahitian SOLOIST competition for 3 years

  4. Once the Contestant “designates” his/her self as an “ELITE”, they cannot compete as a Prime Contestant in future ITO events.

  5. There are 35 Independent Elite Slots available per category

  6. Pre-Registration is HIGHLY encouraged as there will be an additional $10 fee after the cut-off and a $20 fee on the day of competition.

  7. Entrance Fees* for Elite Contestants & Deadlines:

    • $55 Pre-Registration (on or before August 10, 2017)

    • $65 General Registration (after Aug. 10, 2017 & before Sept. 10, 2017)

    • $75 Day of Competition (September 10, 2017)

*REFUND POLICY:
100% refund will be honored if registration is canceled by August 15,2017.
50% refund will be honored from August 16th to August 25th, 2017.
After August 25th registration is forfeited and considered a donation to the Non Profit Organization Pacific Talent Academy of the Arts.

TRANSFER POLICY:  A $15.00 Administrative Transfer Fee will be applied to any Fees paid which are transferred to another performer.

PRIZES 

Prime Saturday Awards

Custom made ITO trophy & Certificate Award of Excellence

Elite Sunday Awards

Over All $500

1st Place $300

2nd Place $200

3rd Place $100

Custom made ITO trophy & Certificate Award of Excellence

For your convenience, our most common COMPETITOR questions are answered right here.

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DANCE COMPETITION INFORMATION

ITO DANCE COMPETITION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: WHERE IS THE COMPETITION BEING HELD?
A: LONG BEACH RECREATION PARK at 4900 E. 7th Street in Long Beach, CA.

Q: WHAT ARE THE COMPETITION DATES AND TIMES? WHEN DOES THE COMPETITION START?
A: Sat & Sun, Sept 9 & 10, 2017

Prime Saturday Competition: 9/9/17

    • Check-In at 7:00 a.m.
    • Competition begins at 9:00 a.m.

Elite Sunday Competition: 9/10/17

    • Check-In at 7:00 a.m.
    • Competition begins at 10:00 a.m.

Q: WHEN ARE AWARDS PRESENTED?
A: Awards will be presented immediately following each day’s competition.

ELIGIBILITY/CATEGORIES
Competition is open to dancers from any halau, studio, organization, or dance company. Independent soloists may also participate.

Solo Categories and Divisions are as follows:

VAHINE

Ori Vahine – Tamahine (girls) 5-8 yrs old ~ Ori Vahine – Intermediate 9-12 yrs old
Ori Vahine – Lower Junior 13-15 yrs old ~ Ori Vahine – Upper Junior 16-18 yrs old
Ori Vahine – Lower Senior 19- 24 yrs old ~ Ori Vahine – Upper Senior 25–34 yrs old
Ori Vahine – Masters 35–49 yrs old ~ Ori Vahine – Golden Masters 50+ yrs old

TANE

‘Ori Tane – Tamaroa (boys) 5-8 yrs old ~ ‘Ori Tane – Intermediate 9-12 yrs old
‘Ori Tane – Lower Junior 13-15 yrs old ~ ‘Ori Tane – Upper Junior 16-18 yrs old
‘Ori Tane – Lower Senior 19-24 yrs old ~ ‘Ori Tane – Upper Senior 25 – 34 yrs old
‘Ori Tane Master 35 -49 yrs old ~ ‘Ori Tane Master 50+ yrs old

TIME LIMITS

Minimum 1.5 minutes  Maximum 2 minutes Ori Solo Finals*

*TIME LIMITS for Finalists – maximum of 2 minutes. All Drumming will be done by our house drummers. *Soloists must end on time or points will be deducted

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1. House drummers will provide all drumming for eliminations and finals. All dancing will be impromptu, small groups at a time.
  2. Vahine Dancers must perform in a pareo. The pareo must be flat – no rolling of the pareo is allowed. Headpieces: fresh or dried foliage or feathers are acceptable. Length of the pareo should not be below the knees, however, it is important to note that judges dislike very short pareos. Vahine must wear a top – decorated bikini tops or bras are considered appropriate and acceptable. Head heis are optional, no hip heis, i’is or hand-held objects are permitted.
  3. Tane Dancers must perform in te here or Tahitian malo. Head heis are optional, no hip heis, i’is or hand-held objects are permitted.
  4. The winners are those who receive the three top highest scores in each division.
  5. All contestants must submit and sign a Hold Harmless Agreement Form.

COSTUMES

Costumes should compliment and be appropriate for the dance. Natural products such as shells, fresh flowers, seeds, tapa, tassels, ferns, and other leaves, are acceptable for hei upo‘o (head heis). Pareos must be tied flat. Vahine contestants must wear a top – decorated bikini tops or bras are considered appropriate and acceptable.

SCORING

100 points is the maximum score possible in each division. Winners will be the top three (3) with the highest scores in their category and/or division.

The following information is intended to clarify and give some examples as to the criteria that judges will use in evaluating your performance.

Judges will look for …

  • Skill, Precision,Technique: variety and difficulty of dance steps, confidence, endurance and knowledge of traditional steps. Hint: Try to perform at least 5 traditional steps.
  • Artistic Presentation: gestures, grace and elegance, creativity, facial and body expression, ease and comfort with the dance. Dancers must be able to follow the drum beats as the dance is totally impromptu.
  • Costume: authenticity, appropriateness, beauty, creativity, accessories