You're right, there may have been 64 counts of "original" choreography or staging in there. But when every event is staged and choreographed identical to the Lakota West show, that's copying. Even with permission, it's copying.
The flags and costumes I saw were identical. Not similar, identical. Again, half the guard's score is based on composition/design. Getting inspired by something is different than taking a video and copying it. The activity is centered around creativity, that's why it is on the judges' sheets.
It is not fair to groups that truly design their own shows to have to compete with those that copy them, with or without permission. Copying is not something that should be rewarded in our activity. NO one else does this in the winter guard activity. NO one.
Actually it wasn't an exact copy of anything. The kids at Lakota West were far more trained and experienced and able to handle much more difficult staging and choreography. Flags and costumes were... more
Unfortunately, I loved this show but it was copied. No one can deny that. The costumes were exact copies, the flags that say "Flag" were exact copies, the flags that say "These Are Very Tacky" were... more