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Date Posted: 21:23:28 07/18/17 Tue
Author: not after 3. human nature
Subject: Your perspective is idealistic and one that would have fit 20+ years ago. The rotating panel favors a well-rounded dancer, now. The dancer has to excel in ALL the dancers. A fixed panel focuses mostly on the first round, be is heavy or light. That's where the opinion is shaped.
In reply to: AP 's message, "I disagree. The first round is important to get noticed but if your second round is bad the judges aren't going to just ignore that. Rotating panels mess up the way Irish points are awarded. On a fixed panel you get Irish points after all three rounds. On rotating you get them for each round. More inside" on 11:15:46 07/17/17 Mon

In order to be at the top, all three rounds have to be outstanding. A dancer can't coast in the second round. No matter how "good" the judge is, the first impression of the dancer is what "shapes" the rest of the judging and it can be seen in the marks - especially with large competitions.

Using the NANS as an example, those panels could have watched 140 dancers twice (280 dancers) and then another 70. How can one fairly adjudicate 350 dances? This is why a fixed panel doesn't work any longer.

With competitions in excess of 75 or 80 dancers, a fixed panel cannot truly and fairly adjudicate multiple rounds. Human nature almost dictates that they go by their first round picks. First impressions play into this. This is why rotating panels need to be in place for large events like the NANS or Worlds. Fresh eyes each time.

At Worlds, there were several groups with an excess of 200 dancers. Those panels saw 400 dances, then a group saw just 50 dances. and with that, many top dancers didn't make it to the set round, why? Because the ADs went by their heavy round. They had their picks on that round. There were many who had abyssmal light rounds, yet somehow made it to the recall. There was no overall best; it was mainly judged on the heavy round and tweaked with the set.

So, rotating panels are the way to go. They take some of the onus of favours out, gives fresh eyes to each round, and the best of the dancers have to rise to the top. Cream of the crop, so to speak (the cream always rises, doesn't it?)

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