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Buck by Popular Demand
Presented by the Spartanburg Juneteenth Dance Company

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Location: Carver Middle School

467 South Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306

Hello Directors and Dance Coaches,


Thank you for your interest in our 1st Annual Buck by Popular Demand Juneteenth Dance Competition! Please review this informational packet to prepare your teams for participation.




Buck by Popular Demand’s purpose is to highlight Black excellence through majorette dance. Complementing the dance competition will be a HBCU college fair and cultural exhibits that highlight the achievements of African Americans. We hope that your dancers will be enriched by these offerings.


Competition Categories


  • Combined Walk-Thru: all ages

  • Combined Creative: all ages

  • Combined Stands: shall not exceed eighteen (18) years of age


Combined Walk-Thru


Walk-thru will be the first judged category. Each group will be given three (3) minutes to represent their team. During walk-thru, teams are to use the perimeter of the gym floor for the routine. The center of the gym floor may not be used. Any time over three minutes and 30 seconds (3:30) will result in a 10-point deduction.


Combined Creative


Each team will be given five minutes and thirty seconds (5:30) to celebrate black excellence from any era. This includes any creative theme from pre-emancipation (before slavery) through the present.




During Creative, teams will be allowed to use any type of prop (humans included). Coaches, use this time to be as creative as possible, but please be aware that the routine maximum is five minutes and thirty seconds (5:30).

Maximum Time Deductions


Routines that exceed the allotted time will result in a 10-point deduction for every minute beyond five minutes and thirty seconds.

  • Example: A routine that is 5:31 minutes will receive a 10-point deduction, the same routine will receive an additional 10-point deduction at 6:31 minutes.


Combined Stands


  • The top eight teams from the Creative category will progress to Stand Battle.

  • Participating teammates must not exceed 18 years of age.

  • Each team will dance to two (2) fast songs with each song being up to one minute and 30 seconds (1:30).

    • Teams will receive a list of potential songs to be used during Stand Battle no later than May 15, 2019.

  • Movement during the other team’s performance (taunting included) is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification at the judge’s discretion.

  • No coaching is allowed from the sideline during stand battle.

  • A process of elimination will be used to determine the winner.

    Example: Team 1 and Team 2 will battle. If Team 2 wins, Team 1 will be eliminated. The same will continue for Teams 3-8. Once there are four teams remaining, the process of elimination will continue until two teams remain. The winner will be determined in the final battle. 

  • IN CASE OF A TIE, the captains will face off in a one-minute round (1:00).

  • IN CASE OF A TIE IN THE FINAL BATTLE, a slow stand will determine the winner.




Overall Champion and the associated cash prizes are determined by adding the combined scores from Walk-Thru and Creative.

  • Grand Champion: $1,500 and trophy (highest score)

  • 2nd place: $500 and trophy (2nd highest score)

  • 3rd place: 250 and trophy (3rd highest score)

  • Stand Battle Grand Champion: $1,000 and trophy


Additional Guidelines


  • One director, two coaches, one makeup artist, and one hairstylist are allowed to assist each team. Any other person(s) must buy an admission ticket.

  • Unethical behavior from coaches, dancers, and/or parents is not allowed. Any unethical behavior will result in disqualification and removal from the premises at the organizer’s discretion.

  • Teams are NOT allowed to cross the center line at any time during stand battle (including objects, props, hair, etc.) The center line is the disqualification line, and will pointed out to teams.

  • Please monitor all personal belongings. Spartanburg Juneteenth and Spartanburg Juneteenth Dance Company will not be held responsible for any lost/stolen items.




All interested teams should register online at The dancer/coach’s registration forms, liability form, and media release form all must be signed and submitted to complete registration.

  • Participating teams must register by June 1, 2019.

  • There is a $100 registration entry fee for the entire team.

  • An additional $20 refundable deposit will be required to secure dressing rooms. The deposit will be refunded when the room is returned in a suitable state.

  • Each team must provide the total number of participating dancers. Any dancers added after registration will cost an additional $10 per dancer(s).

  • Cancellations will be refunded $50 until June 1st, 2019. After June 1st, 2019, no refunds will be issued.

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