Official Rules & Battle Format
Last updated: November 3rd, 2021
RULES FOR ATTIRE:
Non-suit dancers: No revealing attire allowed – dress as you would amongst regular dancers or company. Offensive logos or graphics are not allowed and are frowned on.
Fursuit dancers: Minimum head, handpaws, feetpaws/”happy feet” slippers. No exceptions. Minimize skin exposure where possible.
All competitors are bound by these rules. Violating the rules may result in disqualification from the event.
- No touching your opponents.
- No interrupting other dancers’ sets (taking up floor space, interfering).
- No props allowed (other than clothing on you).
- No excessive “burns”, offensive gestures, signs, and/or logos – this is a PG-13 rated event.
- No waiting out songs/requesting a song change.
- ARRIVE ON TIME AND READY TO BATTLE. NO EXCEPTIONS (at least 30 minutes before the event start time). If you are not present at roll-call 15 minutes before event start-time (e.g. 6:45 pm for a 7 pm start time), you WILL be replaced or disqualified.
- We are NOT responsible for injuries/damaged equipment/clothing.
- HAVE FUN! (no salty feelings – we’re here to have a good time, regardless of the outcome. Cheer your friends on, and keep up the good vibes!)
Are routines allowed for teams? Yes, but keep in mind the time limit per round. A dancer that goes out after a routine will only be allowed the remainder of the designated round time.
Can I throw/use props? Unless cleared beforehand by the event organizer, no.
Are there breaks for fursuiters? Water supplies? We try to provide these for all suiters, depending on the venue – but please come prepared with all you need, especially cooling devices and hydration.
What music genres are played at Floor Wars? As an all-styles competition, we play all sorts of genres! Check out the following list (and examples on YouTube) of some music genres you can prepare for:
- Funk / Electro Funk
- Pop / Electro Pop
- Hip-Hop (Old School) / Hip-Hop (New School)
- Battle Beats
Each dancer will get a predetermined amount of time to dance(depending on the event/division), then a dancer from the opposing side will dance, and dancers will alternate back & forth. If you’re confused, refer to previous Floor Wars videos from Anthrocon, Midwest Furfest, and Furry Weekend Atlanta (all found on YouTube). In team battles, all members of the teams must go out once per battle.
However, there are a few changes this time around! For this specific format we will be running what is collectively known as a 7-to-smoke! Unlike the single elimination system we’ve previously used, in this type of event the dancer that wins the round will stay out and immediately take on the next challenger. This is meant to not only test your skill but endurance as well! You’ll require both to secure a spot in the final exhibition! See below for some details.
- You may choose to be in suit or out of suit at your own discretion.
- We will flip a coin to decide who goes first in the initial/starting battle of the event.
- Each dancer gets a single 50-60sec round.
- If you win a battle, you’ll move to the winners side and await your next challenger.
- The challenger will always go first.
- If you lose a battle, you will go to the end of the line-up and await your next turn.
- The first four dancers to obtain seven points will be moving forward to the final.
- The final will be run in a similar format to our previous events, with multiple rounds as opposed to a single round.
These are only guidelines of what our judges might look for, not actual graded categories.
- Dynamics – degree of difficulty is high, appeals to crowd and judges
- Originality – moves are unique and not repetitive, or mimicked
- Personality – dancer adds own character/flavor to their dance
- Execution – moves flow well with the music, no sloppiness or mistakes
- Response – how your moves/actions respond to your opponent – this is a BATTLE
By signing up and participating in Floor Wars, you agree to abide by all rules and regulations set forth in this document, as well as those set forth in the official Rules & Regulations (link found above) and those set during the event. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification from the event.