DANCE COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS

As the competition is online, participants (SOLO or DUET, or GROUP) are required to perform within their relevant age group and video-record their performance.

The duration of the performance differs for each category:

• Solo: up to 2 min. and 30 secs

• Duets: up to 3 min. and 30 secs

• Group: up to 5 min

EXCEPTION: Classical dance contestants – the music may be longer or shorter, as per the original choreography. The timing begins when the dancer starts to dance and ends with the last movement of the dancer.

The number of dancers in each category:

• Solo: 1 dancer

• Duet: 2 dancers

• Group: 3-10 Dancers

NOTE: PROFESSIONAL dancers are EXCLUDED from this competition.

Each contestant (Solo or Duet) can participate in a maximum of THREE out of the FIVE nominated categories and is allowed only ONE performance per category. Each GROUP can participate in only ONE out of the FIVE categories and is allowed ONE performance.

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Every dancer/ Choreographer is allowed to choose the dance style + the song they want to participate with.

  1. Classical Ballet / Neo – classical Ballet: Any piece coming from recognized Ballet Repertoire – Classical Ballet Variations. Teachers are allowed to simplify slightly the variations so they can fit the technical level of the contestant. Neo-Classical Ballet is a style of the 20th century that takes from its Russian predecessor and uses traditional Ballet vocabulary. It is less rigid than Classical Ballet, but it requires strong ballet techniques and lines!

  2. Contemporary – Modern: the dance must incorporate and be infused with a collection of methods and techniques of ballet, modern dance, and postmodern dance. There are a lot of recognized dance styles and techniques like Graham, Limon, Cunningham, and Horton, Ailey, Wayne McGregor and Rambert. In this type of dance, a wider range of movement is expected and not necessarily strict ballet body lines. The sound can vary from a spoken narrative word to a complete silence if they are sticking to the theme of the dance. Choreography on its own can be expressing a story based on a text, or emotions, that can be obvious with the specific expression of the dancer. The dancers need to have a high level of understanding of their physicality, technique, and emotions!

  3. Jazz – Tap – Musical Theatre: This category is best described as a high-impact, dynamic dance with entertaining choreography, clear style, narrative, and a cohesive theme. All Jazz dance pieces must show a clear understanding and creative expression that is inspired by the different genres and styles in the Jazz Dance World. Jazz Dance may include vernacular jazz about Broadway or dramatic jazz. Popular vernacular jazz dance performers include The Whitman Sisters, Dawn Hampton, and Katherine Dunham. Dramatic jazz dance performed on the show stage was promoted by Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Eugene Louis Faccuito, and Gus Giordano. All the choreographic creations must use dance techniques that will bring the dance show elements together. Show Dance Theatre, Film, or Musical Concepts can influence the choreographies. Dancers are required to execute with precision, have powerful musicality, stage presentation, and express clear creative performance values. NOTE: *Bollywood dance can also fit into this category.

  4. HipHop / Breakdance: it can include a range of styles made popular in the USA and has now become a global phenomenon of the dance form which expresses the youth culture. The dancers are required to show dynamic; they can express a specific dance style but at the same time offer an overall concept, style, and theme. Clever choreographic ideas are expected to be shown and stylized choreographies. NOTE: *music choices must not include offensive language.

  5. Latin / Ballroom: It can be a solo or a duet, and only one dance style can be performed during the performance. This can be one of the following: Tango, Argentine tango, Waltz, Viennese waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Rumba, Mambo, Paso doble, Jive, Disco, Rock n’ roll. Dancers are required to show a stronghold of the frame, high musicality, expression, floor craft, foot and leg action, and powerful presentation.

PERFORMANCE CLARIFICATIONS

Please note that the Judges’ comments will not be visible.

We wish to give all participants equal opportunities, therefore we opt for the simplest recording without any sort of editing.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIDEO RECORDING

1. Video has to be recorded in HORIZONTAL camera mode as follows:

2. Any Video device is accepted.

3. The body of the dancers must be fully visible from the beginning until the end of the performance

4. During the performance the jury members must be able to hear the music clearly

5. Special effects are NOT allowed

6. Studio recordings (i.e. editing and cuts of the video) are not allowed and will be disqualified if noticed

7. The video must be ONE SINGLE SHOT, not multiple clips edited together.

8. Stage performances (i.e. TV shows and other live festival performances) are not allowed and will be disqualified if noticed.

9. Any dance or song with offensive or violent expressions will not be allowed and will be immediately DISQUALIFIED from the competition.

Videos can be uploaded on YouTube, in the UNLISTED option and can be sent to us by sharing the YouTube link (Only the people who have the link can view your video.). Also videos can be shared via We-Transfer to the following email address: aphroditevoice21@gmail.com