The Rules

Rules for Dynamic Dance Competitive Events

We know there are a lot of them, but we have very strict rules in order to keep a fair competition. 

Please read the rules carefully and contact us if you need any clarification.

General Rules

Competitive Dancer Rules


Definition of a competitive dancer

A competitive dancer uses the art of dancing as a hobby.

Competitors and schools
Competitive dancers need to be registered with a school or dance school and must be a minimum of 4 years old. Individuals cannot register.

Competitive dancer status will be removed if the dancer:

  • Acts as a teacher of dance with or without payment.
  • Gains a teaching qualification or takes a student teacher examination in any form of dance.
  • Acts as a promoter or adjudicator for any form of competition or function.

Judge’s decision is final
Any competitor entering a competition must accept the verdict of the judges and their individual markings and no appeal against that verdict or markings may be made.

Video and photography
Is strictly prohibited. Teachers only are allowed to video their own team.

Categories:

Solos – A solo is danced by an individual dancing. There will be other solo dancers on the floor at the same time.
Pairs – Two dancers dancing the same routine and having coordinating movements. The pair will dance alongside other pairs on the floor.
Groups – 4 – 8 dancers.
Teams – A formation of 9 – 18 dancers (view all team rules)
* NOTE – Not all categories will be available at all competitions. Please check the competition event page.

Dance Styles
Street Dance (solos, pairs, groups & teams)
Jazz Dance (solos & pairs)
Ballet (teams & groups)
Contemporary (solos, teams & groups)
Open (groups & teams)
* NOTE – Not all dance styles will be available at all competitions. Please check the competition event page.

Routines
The teacher should ensure that the content of routines is appropriate and suitable for the age and grade of the dancer.

Rules for Solos & Pairs


Age Divisions

Age Divisions Solos
Under 6s (4 & 5 years of age)
Under 8s (6 & 7 years of age)
Under 10s (8 & 9 years of age)
Under 12s (10 & 11 years of age)
Under 14s (12 &13 years of age)
Under 16s (14 & 15 years of age)
Under 18s (16 & 17 years of age)
Over (18 years of age and over)

Age Divisions Pairs
Under 8s (4, 5, 6 & 7 years of age)
Under 10s (8 & 9 years of age)
Under 12s (10 & 11 years of age)
Under 14s (12 &13 years of age)
Under 16s (14 & 15 years of age)
Over 16 (16 years of age and over)

  • All competitors must dance within their age group. When DDC does not include one of the main age groups in the programme, competitors may move up to the next age group.
  • The eligibility of a pair to enter a competition is determined by the age of the eldest member of the partnership.

 

Places & Awards
Competitors will dance through rounds until the adjudicators have the final 6 dancers. Those final dancers will be placed and each one will be presented with a trophy.

Safety Restrictions – Solos & Pairs

  • No acrobatics or gymnastics, (i.e. cartwheels, handstands, walkovers) are permitted in any round including finals.
  • No free handed (i.e. with no hands) rotating gymnastic movements are allowed at any time.
  • Lifts. No lifts are permitted in any round. Definition of a lift: – Where one dancer has both feet off the floor with the assistance or support of another.

Supporting Events
Dancers may be divided by age group depending on the number of participants. No costume rules. All other rules apply. We will have a professional competition as a supporting event which allows dance teachers and professional dancers to compete. 

Jazz


Jazz Rounds

Once you have found your space on the floor you must dance your routine in an anti-clockwise direction around the floor. Dancers must be aware of other dancers at all times. Judges will be located around the dance floor and will remain in the same place throughout each round.

Jazz Music for Solos & Pairs
Dancers will dance to the DJ’s music in the rounds and the final. Jazz tempo is between 130 – 140 bpm.
Click HERE for Sample Music

Costume Rules for Jazz – Solos & Pairs
Click HERE for Costume Rules

Street Dance


Street Dance Rounds

Once you have found your space on the floor you must dance your routine on the spot. Dancers who move from their dance space will be penalized. Dancers must be aware of other dancers at all times. The Judges will move around the floor during the rounds. 

Street Dance Music for Solos & Pairs
Dancers will dance to the DJ’s music in the rounds and the final. Street dance tempo is between 115 – 120bpm.
Click HERE for Sample Music

Street Dance Music for Groups & Teams
Maximum Time Limit: 2 mins 30 seconds. Your music must be provided to the organisers prior to the event.

Costume Rules for Street Dance – Solos, Pairs, Groups & Teams
Click HERE for Costume Rules

Ballet

Ballet Dance Music for Groups & Teams
Maximum Time Limit: 2 mins 30 seconds. Your music must be provided to the organisers prior to the event.

Costume Rules for Ballet – Groups & Teams
Click HERE for Costume Rules

Contemporary

 

Contemporary Rounds
Once you have found your space on the floor you must dance your routine in an anti-clockwise direction around the floor. Dancers must be aware of other dancers at all times. Judges will be located around the dance floor and will remain in the same place throughout each round.

Contemporary Dance Music for Groups & Teams
Maximum Time Limit: 2 mins 30 seconds. Your music must be provided to the organisers prior to the event.

Costume Rules for Contemporary – Solos, Groups & Teams
Click HERE for Costume Rules

Open

 

Open Dance Music for Groups & Teams
Maximum Time Limit: 2 mins 30 seconds. Your music must be provided to the organisers prior to the event.

Costume Rules for Open – Groups & Teams
Click HERE for Costume Rules

Rules for Groups & Teams

 

Dance Styles
Street Dance
Ballet
Contemporary
Open

Team Age Divisions
Under 10 years
Under 12 years
Under 14 years
Under 16 years
Over 16 (16 years of age and over)

All Group & Team Rules

  • Costume rules apply.
  • Age divisions to enter is governed by the age of the eldest team member.
  • No person may dance in more than one team, in the same style, on the same day or at an event held over more than one day.
  • Groups & Teams must not use props in any category, except OPEN. Props is taken to mean anything other than an item of clothing.
  • The teacher should ensure that the content of routines is appropriate and suitable for the age and grade of the dancers.
  • Acrobatic movements and lifts are permitted as long as there is no risk involved. They must be done safely and securely and is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure these guidelines are followed.

Awards for Groups & Teams
1 – 5 Teams/Groups in Category = first place only receives one Trophy for the Dance school and medals for all dancers.
5 – 8 Teams/Groups in Category = first and second place receives one Trophy and medals for all the dancers.
9 or more Teams/Groups in Category = first, second and third place receives one trophy and medals for all the dancers.

Dancers and Time Limits
Minimum number of 9 dancers. Maximum number of eighteen dancers.
Not to exceed 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Timing to commence from the first movement to music.

Group & Team Music
The music for groups & teams must be provided by the teacher. The music must be of good manner and no explicit lyrics. Teachers must provide their music in advance.

Judging Criteria

Throughout the competition, the judges will be looking out for:

  • Performance
  • Musicality
  • Dancing in time with the music
  • Energy
  • Technique
  • Execution
  • Presentation
  • Timing
  • Precision
  • A variety of styles for street dance

 

In addition to the above for pairs dancing:

  • Interaction
  • Synchronization

 

Groups & Teams:

 

  • Choreography
  • Musicality
  • Formations, Patterns/ shapes
  • Dynamics
  • Music choice
  • Variety
  • Creativity
  • Shapes and movement
  • Execution
  • Projection

Dance Ethics

The decision of the judges is final. Dancers are not permitted to ask the judges about their placements. No dancer should approach the scrutineers table during the competition. Any questions you have during the competition should be directed to your dance teacher and the dance teacher can discuss with the event organiser. No competitor, parent or spectator should talk to or touch an adjudicator. Good sportsmanship should be adhered to at all times and DDC have the right to disqualify or suspend from a competition if any competitor or school is showing bad sportsmanship. It is forbidden to actively promote your dance school to others at the competitions. Schools are permitted to wear dance school uniforms but must not wear it when dancing or during a presentation.

Dynamic Dance Competitions decision will be final if any point arises that is not covered in these rules.

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