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The 17th Annual Absolute Dance Internationals is set in Season 3 from "Welcome to Miami" to "How It Ends." It takes place in Miami, Florida at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera House and Knight Concert Hall during 2015.

The SNR Network coverage of the event is hosted by Ashley Leggat and Chuck Anderson.

The winner is The Next Step Dance Studio.

History

The Absolute Dance Internationals is a competition involving 160 countries and their best respective studio. Internationals is presumably the pinnacle of competitive dancing and decides which studio deserves the title of "worlds best dance studio". Before the actual competition commences, an exchange program takes place in which a dancer from each team that is competing travels to another team's country in order to learn about their culture.

Information about the competition is sent sporadically to the teams by way of letters. This is to ensure that the teams are ready for anything that comes their way.

The letters sent by the board often contain vital information regarding the types of dances and location although the Internationals board dissclose a twist for each round, which is not revealed until the day of any particular round. 

Competitors

160 teams compete in this competition, although not all of the teams are revealed.

  1. Australia
  2. Brazil: Dança Unido Brasil
  3. Canada: The Next Step Dance Studio
  4. China[1]
  5. Danza Estados Antiqua [2]
  6. England: Summerford School of Dance
  7. Estonia[1]
  8. Estudio Danza para la Vida[2]
  9. France: Locronan École Royal de Danse
  10. Germany: Institut für Tanz Dresden
  11. Ghana[1]
  12. Greece[3]
  13. Italy: Accademia Toscana di Danza
  14. Ireland[1]
  15. Jamaica: Kingston Dance Central
  16. Malta[1]
  17. Mexico: México Principal Club de Baile
  18. Philippines: Manila Paardan Ng Sayaw
  19. Poland: Wojdan Dance Academy
  20. Slovenia[1]
  21. South Africa: Cape Town Royal Dance Company
  22. Spain[1]
  23. Sweden: Stockholm Dansteater
  24. Switzerland: Unnamed studio
  25. The United States of America[3]
  26. Universidad de Danza y Movimiento [2]
  27. Vietnam[1]

Rules

To ensure that the teams are ready for anything, the information is disclosed individually and at different intervals in time before the competition in the form of letters. The rules are as follows:

  • All teams must have a dance captain.
  • All teams must have at least 10 dancers, and are permitted to have 2 alternates.
  • All teams must have prepared:
    • A female soloist
    • A male soloist
    • A 2-7 person dance
    • A 5 person dance
    • A semi-finals routine
    • A finals routine
    • A duet (as a tie-breaker)

Rounds

Italicized teams are victors.
Scores are in (brackets).
Disqualified teams are underlined.

Male solo round

This round takes place in "When the War Is Over".

There are no eliminations in this round. Instead, the team of whomever wins the overall title of Mister Internationals Soloist gets a five-point advantage over the other teams, which can only be used once.[2]. It is also revealed that Alfie competed in this round as the Swiss representative. [4]

Mister Internationals Soloist: Kyle of Stockholm Dansteater

Female solo round

This round takes place in "When the War Is Over".

There are no elimations in this round. Instead, the team of whomever wins the overall title of Miss Internationals Soloist gets a five-point advantage over the other teams, which can only be used once.[2]

Miss Internationals Soloist: Ella of Summerford School of Dance

4-Country dance

This round takes place in "We Are the World".

The 160 nations are split into 40 groups of 4, each team elect a member of their studio to represent them. The 4 chosen dancers of each team must work in their respective groups to perform a routine. The top 4 groups (16 Nations) qualify for the next round.[1]

Qualifying teams

  1. Accademia Toscana di Danza
  2. Capetown Royal Dance Company
  3. Institut für Tanz Dresden
  4. Kingston Dance Central
  5. Locronan École Royal de Danse
  6. Manila Paardan Ng Sayaw
  7. Stockholm Dansteater
  8. Summerford School of Dance
  9. The Next Step Dance Studio
  10. Wojdan Dance Academy
  11. Dança Unido Brasil
  12. Estonia
  13. Ghana
  14. Ireland
  15. Malta
  16. Vietnam

2-7 Person dance

This round takes place in "Blind".

This dance must be done blindfolded. There are four spotters situated at the edge of the stage; if a dancer goes too far to the edge, their team will be disqualified. Only 8 teams qualify to the next round.[5]

  • Summerford School of Dance vs. Manila Paardan Ng Sayaw
  • Switzerland vs. Stockholm Dansteater
  • Locronan École Royal de Danse vs. The Next Step Dance Studio

Other qualifying teams

  • Accademia Toscana di Danza
  • Capetown Royal Dance Company
  • Institut für Tanz Dresden
  • Kingston Dance Central
  • Wojdan Dance Academy

"Music Mystery" Round: Turning Competition/5 Person Dance

This round takes place in "Turn, Turn, Turn". All dances must be done to the song "Shining Lights." In order to decide how much time each team has to reconstruct their dance to this song, a preliminary turning competition takes place; the winner's team goes last and is therefore granted the most time to practice, while the loser's team must perform first without having heard the song. 4 teams qualify to the next round.[6]

Capetown Royal Dance Company vs. Accademia Toscana di Danza

  • Summerford School of Dance* vs. Wojdan Dance Academy
  • Institut für Tanz Dresden vs. Stockholm Dansteater
  • Kingston Dance Central vs. The Next Step Dance Studio
  • By way of their five point advantage

Semi-finals

The remaining teams must perform a 10-person dance. There is no twist for this round. 

  • Accademia Toscana di Danza vs. Stockholm Dansteater
  • Summerford School of Dance vs. The Next Step Dance Studio

Finals

This round is without twists. It determines the winner of the competition unless there is a tie. In such a case, a tiebreaker will ensue. After the finals, The Next Step and Stockholm Dansteater tie; The Next Step originally wins with 97 to 92 points, but with Stockholm Dansteater's five point advantage, the teams tie. This is the first time that such an instance has happened in Internationals history.[7]

Duets

The duet round is only used as a tiebreaker. After the duets, The Next Step is deemed the winner of the 17th Annual Absolute Dance International Championships.[7]

The Next Step Dance Studio's Team

Featured

  1. Cierra
  2. Eldon
  3. Giselle
  4. James
  5. Max
  6. Noah
  7. Riley
  8. Stephanie
  9. Thalia
  10. West

Alternates

  1. Amanda
  2. Michelle


Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "We Are the World." Wikia. Retrieved on November 20, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "When the War Is Over." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Next Step - Season 3 "Internationals" Trailer 1 Youtube (Oct 5, 2015). Retrieved on December 5, 2015.
  4. "One More Time". Wikia. Retrieved on September 9, 2020.
  5. "Blind." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  6. "Turn, Turn, Turn." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "How It Ends." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
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