Saturday, February 13, 2016

[Score Sheet] Code: Purple (13/2/16) | Day 1

Facebook Event Page

Group photo at the end of the event: Courtesy of Darrio

Woo, after a year absent the Code is back, now in purple! The 3rd weekly consecutive popping event in Sydney (Sydney you are getting spoilt) and my first one as judge for 2016. Sharing the judging panel with Lamaroc and Lay for me represented 3 different generations of Australian dancers ie late 90s, early 2000s and mid 2000s. I think this combination is also new.

Though there weren't many contestants at the event ie 17 entrances for popping the line up was good. Not often do we have poppers from Korea MJ & Yon from The B crew, and Sam (The Equals) from Brisbane participating. If I was entering it would be a challenge for me to break into the top 8, though I did make it to top 8 in locking.

Note Worthy Notes

A) The venue was so warm today, glad I wore shorts.

B) There were three incidents where only 1 point separating the two contestants, this scenario doesn't happen too often. When this occurs I will then decide whether to have a 'tie buffer range' for example 'win by 5 points or more, if not then it is a tie'. This time around I didn't when the situation came up during Jamie vs Jackson in the top 8, which then remained consistent throughout the event.

C) After picking our top 8 we then did a random match up that you can see in the blue box of the first page. A discussion came about when MJ and Yon were randomly matched up, I personally dislike the idea of entering a contest (outside of your home city) and then having to verse your crew mate. So I suggested that we should change the match up but Lay didn't feel it wasn't necessary as it was random. In the end it was we just drew names out of a hat, it would of been funny if that match up came up. Lay also thought if I had picked those names I would said a different name.... I'm not that riggy!

D) In the finals I sensed that there were two conflicting thoughts/feelings that went through my head which I was judging;
1. The idea of reputation influencing ones decision in this was the case with MJ being the leader of a Korean crew and being in Australia where the scene is not as big as it is in Korea. It felt like I needed to 'like' more of her dancing.
2. My bias towards Aussie dancers as I felt that all Aussie dancers must 'protect their turf' from overseas dancers whenever they are entering our contests. Because of this I felt that I should like more of Keanu's set and less of MJ.

In the end I gave the finals to MJ by one point. Will probably do a re tally once the video is uploaded to see if those feelings did influence my judging on the day.

Favourite Moments

  • Jaya dancing to the song Let it Whip and doing the whip from the "Watch me whip and watch me nae nae".
  • Keanu doing the W spring thingy in the finals.

Score Sheets

I added coloured boxes and comments to the score sheets.


Total Sets = 35
Total Likes Given = 781
Average Likes (Mean) = 44.394
Most Frequent Total Number of Likes (Mode) = 39
Median = 44
Range = 34
Least Likes = 32
Most Likes = 66

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sydney Dance Statistics - Ongoing

Continuing on from my previous post, with the help of I went back and collected the prices for all* dance battles contests in the Sydney-ish region. It was quite a tedious task (yet nostalgic) to go through every fb event page and then look for the prices, thank goodness Dancedeets made it a lot easier by listing the events in chronological order. The other way that I would have done it is to go through my fb event calendar which is not too efficient because I would have to have attended/maybe and invited to have the event to even show up.

 The earliest date the site can go back to was mid 2011 so I've excluded those events.

Why the weird numbers on the cost?
With some events having more than one entry fee I just averaged out the total cost, for example if there was a pre purchase and door price, and for events with more than one category that a person can enter.

If you take a look at the 2016 tab, I've expanded the categories to include styles, the number of competitors, djs etc because it is it a lot easier to gather data as each event comes. Will be interesting to see what kind of stats will come up at the end of the year.

What sparked all this was the see whether dance events are now more expensive to enter than to watch. I felt the original numbers I used in my previous post was not sufficient enough (as it was only popping events), so I expanded to include every other style.

My aim for a couple of years now is to document our scene and I feel this is another way of doing so. So any dancers who are also statisticians or mathematical genius feel free to hit me up if you are interested in helping collect/analyse data of the scene or even to correct my methods.

*I'm pretty sure there will be a few events and will be not listed by Dancedeets, so I'll add them whenever someone brings it up.

Not Ranting
Danish Uncle

Friday, January 8, 2016

Contest Entry Fee > Audience Entry Fee?

Who remembers these paper notes?
Who remembers these notes?
Hello everyone and welcome to me first post of 2016. Hope everyone had fun times with friends/family, making new new years resolution list, consuming a safe amount of alcohol and fully recharged/recovered to be back at work. 

Any ways an emerging trend that was brought to my attention about dance contest in Sydney in 2015 ie contest entry fee is greater than the audience fee. So let us take a look at this in a little bit more detail. 

With the help of my result list on OPS I've created a table which includes all the Sydney popping contests of 2015. I've only listed popping events because it was easier to find the event listings for. Of course if I got every Sydney dance contest regardless of style I will have more data to work with, perhaps DanceDeets might have a function?

Event NameBattle Entry  (BE)Audience Entry (AE)
Step 2 This Vol 2 - 14th March$20$20
CYC Youth Week Dance Battle - 10th April$0$0
Rock the Block 3 - 12th April$10$0
Kris' Funktion - 25th April$5$5
Higher Vol 9 - 26th April$10$10
Dancekool Vol 29 - 23rd May$15$25
Step 2 This Jr Boogaloo Edition - 30th May$15$10
Destructive Steps 7 Day 1 - 17th July$15$20
Destructive Steps 7 Day 2 - 18th July$15$25
Release the Funk - 7th November$20$10
To the Top Vol 2 - 13th December$20$15

Total events for 2015= 11* I counted Destructive Steps day 1 and day 2 as separate events because there are two sets of audience entry fee for each day.
Events with BE greater than AE:  4 (36.4%)
Events with BE less than AE: 3 (27.3%)
Events with BE equalled AE:  4 (36.4%)

So what could this all mean?
It is hard to say anything just by looking at these numbers but here is what I feel it means.

1. Competitors starting to make up the majority of the audience in particular at smaller events. Where as back in the days non competitors make up majority of the audience. Also there a lot who weren't too keen beans to enter a comp so by having a cheaper entry fee it will entice them to enter. Please keep in mind that back in the days dance events (every style included) are not as common and only happens around every 4 months so people really built up an itch whenever the next event was approaching. 

Nowadays it is quite common to have events consecutively within each week in one month! So for a non competitor that is not heavily invested in the dance, the costs in attending can really pile up. Whoever has dated a non dancer will understand this concept.

2. It is a good way to attempt recoup the cost to run an event, especially most popping contents in Sydney will have at least ~25 entrances. $10 x 20 = $200, which can potentially pay 3 judges or even the prize money for the 1st and 2nd places. Given that majority of street dance events run at loss it is understandable that will find better ways to at least break even. Holding dance workshops is a common avenue used today to bring in the dollars.

The Unspoken Guideline
I do know that there is a unspoken guideline/rule with street dance events that the price for competing should be less than what the audience pays because without the dancers competing there will be no event. I'm not too sure whether this guideline is global or something that is only native in Sydney or Australia.

In the end it is up to the event organisers to decide how they will charge and it is also up to the audience and competitors to decide whether they want to participate. For me personally I try to support every event as much as I can, whether it is by competing or just watching and laughing. I don't believe that there are any malevolent organisers in the Sydney street dance community that hold events just  so they can milk our hard earned dollars.

All the Beast for 2016!
Danish Kruel