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Old 05-09-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Question entering dance contests

My granddaughter would like to do some fancy shawl dancing. What is the procedure to enter at a pow wow?
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Hi, welcome to Pow wows dot com!

At most pow wows there is a registration booth near the arena. Just have your granddaughter register in the age group and dance category she'd like to enter. Some pow wows have an entrance fee of 5-10 dollars - some don't. She'll be asked for her name and contact info and what tribe she is from. After she registers, she'll be given a number. (pack some safety pins - you'll need them to pin the number on her shawl or skirt bottom).

Make sure she is ready to dance for the Grand Entries (usually Fri night at 7, Sat at noon-1 pm, Sat evening after supper and Sun at noon-1 pm). Most comp pow pows require all dancers to be in the GE. After the GE, you wait for her dance category.

She can dance in all inter-tribals.

You might also wish to speak to the elders and Arena Directors for advice on how you should handle her first public dancing. The etiquette for each tribe varies.

Some pow wows give all the dancers meal tickets and drink vouchers, other do not. If they do, they will give them to your GD when she registers.

The MC will announce when her category is up next to dance, so have her pay attention to the announcements.

Hope she has fun.
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What about exhibition dancers...do they need to register as well?
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
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What about exhibition dancers...do they need to register as well?
I guess the question would be why wouldn't you let your hosts know you are present and part of the exhibition dancers? Once you let them know you are there, they'll inform you of what/where/how you need to do.
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Good call. That seemed like a silly question I guess. I have always heard the mc say that somebody was exhibitioning. Besides them not wearing a number how else would they know!? It makes sense that they would go to the table as well. Thanks!
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Contesting

Grand Entry is not required, but you do lose those points for not participating in it though.

You need to be out at every Inter-Tribal, you never know when they'll throw a Spot Check in there.

Make sure her/his hair is neatly braided, some contests powwows require that too.

Just my little two cents :)

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I never knew that your hair has to be neatly braided.
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I never knew that your hair has to be neatly braided.
Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that, since I've only seen this once. 2009 Alabama-Coushatta Powwow in Livingston, TX. They had it in the rules :)
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Grand Entry is not required, but you do lose those points for not participating in it though.

You need to be out at every Inter-Tribal, you never know when they'll throw a Spot Check in there.

Make sure her/his hair is neatly braided, some contests powwows require that too.

Just my little two cents :)

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Does it matter if you use styling gel or not?
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Does it matter if you use styling gel or not?
i don't know about the women, mine is all naturally greasy and helps it stay together. lol
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