It’s that time of the year! Competition season is about to kick off with interclub competitions and physie girls all over the country are gearing up to hit the stage with this year’s syllabus! New leotards are about to get a workout and the unmistakable smell of hairspray will flood many a venue.
What is an Interclub Competition?
An Interclub Competition is the first stop on the physie events calendar. Each APDA club can participate in up to three Interclub Competitions per year. Since the first half of the year is spent learning the annual syllabus, these competitions offer the opportunity to step out on the stage and perform your new routines for the first time.
A hosting club will organize the day which includes providing a suitable venue, qualified judges and awards for competitors. An interclub prepares competitors in all aspects of a competition from hairstyles and make up to marshalling and performing.
Is an Interclub Competition a Team or Champion Girl Event?
Interclub competitions are a Champion Girl event. Each individual is judged on her performance even though she will compete with up to 13 other competitors at the same time. There will be a judging panel of 3 judges for APDA competitions. These judges are qualified by the Australian Physie And Dance Association having completed their training to become a nationally recognized judge. The judges will rank the girls for each routine to determine place getters. Depending on your code of physie there may be a few differences in judging.
What Should You Wear To An Interclub Competition?
Competitors wear their leotard of choice, as opposed to a team event where all members dress to look the same. Leotards are ordered through our APDA supplier, Reedle Dancewear, who release new designs and colours each year. There are also secondhand options available from your club or via a secondhand sales page which can be found on facebook.
When Should I Arrive At An Interclub Competition?
In the weeks leading up to the competition you will be notified of the timetable. Competitors will need to arrive early for an event. All competitors must be registered for the event no later than one hour prior to their section. Allow a little more time to arrive and park your car, collect your competitors number (unless they have been posted prior to the event), complete hair and make up, purchase tickets for spectators, find other members from your club, take some photographs and find the marshalling area. Although it might seem overwhelming, there will be plenty of support from your teacher, the organizers and your own club mates! The best way to see how a physie competition works is to attend one!
There will be a spectator entry fee which may require cash. Come prepared as most interclubs will offer a canteen and the all important coffee van! Seating is not allocated at an interclub. Competitors and spectators will be coming and going throughout the day. It is best to take a seat before the beginning of a heat so as not to be creating distraction for judges, competitors and other audience members who may be watching their students or family members compete.
Do I Arrive Dressed Or Can I Get Ready At The Venue?
You may like to arrive performance ready. Complete your hair and make up in the privacy of your home (or accommodation for “away” competitions) so you are left with nothing more to do than to pin your number to your leotard when you arrive at the venue. It is a great idea to get younger competitors ready closer to the time of their competition so they are not inclined to mess their hair, smudge their lipstick or spill food on their leotard before it is time to dance. In this case, completing hair and make up at the competition venue might be a better option. If you are not competing until later in the day and you intend to be at the venue as a spectator, you can choose to get ready there a couple of hours before your section. Whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Can I Video The Competition?
No photography or videography is allowed of the competition. Of course, your own pictures before or after the event are fine. Often, a professional photographer will be taking both portrait and stage shots that can be viewed online at a later date.
Will I Need To Bring Anything?
Apart from your leotard, cosmetics and hair supplies, packing your own healthy snacks and water bottle for the day is a important to keep your energy up before competing. On occasion an interclub may run behind schedule. Should you need to wait longer than anticipated, having a few snacks will prevent becoming uncomfortably hungry. Water is vital to have with you at competitions.
As with any physie event, a packed bag for little ones that includes a few activities is a good idea. Colouring in, books to read and card games are a hit with the junior physie girls to keep them occupied while older competitors often enjoy listening to music while they warm up backstage.
Above all, please remember to enjoy your day! You have the opportunity to support your fellow club members, watch and learn from other performers and create wonderful memories. Be inspired and celebrate all you have achieved so far this year!