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. 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.

Competitive Dancer Registration

  • All competitors who compete must be registered with Dynamic Dance Competitions (DDC) and have a registration number.
  • Registrations are only available through a recognized dance school who will be issued with a registration number upon application.
  • Minimum age for competitors is 4 years.
  • To ensure all competitors enter the correct age group and grade events, competing dancers must wear their registration number during the day.
  • In order for teams to dance in competitions, the trainer/teacher must register the name/s of the team/s. All teams will be issued with a registration number which should be produced at competitions when required. Each team member needs to be a registered student.

Make Up Rules

  • Natural make up i.e – powder, blush, a small amount of eye shadow and lip stick is permitted however it must not be excessive. Glitter spray, glitter make up, face gems or added decoration is not allowed.
  • No written words on any part of the body

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 (solos, 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 are only divided by age group. No costume rules. All other rules apply. We have a professional competition as a supporting event which allows dance teachers and professional dancers to compete. All competitors need to be registered, even professionals & professional teams.

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

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

Ballet


Costume Rules for Ballet – Teams only
Click HERE for Costume Rules

 

Contemporary

 

Costume Rules for Contemporary – Teams only
Click HERE for Costume Rules

 

Rules for Teams

 

Team Competitions
All team members must be registered as individual students and teachers must also register the team.

Dance Styles
Street Dance
Ballet
Contemporary

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

All Team Rules

  • Costume rules for Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet & Street Dance, applies to teams.
  • 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.
  • Teams must not use props. 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.
  • The renaming of a team does not constitute the establishment of a new team.

Awards for Teams & Groups
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.
We read the results for the top 3 places when there are less than 9.

Team Members and Time Limits – Street Dance Teams
Minimum number of 9 dancers. Maximum number of eighteen dancers.
Not to exceed 3 minutes.
Timing to commence from the first movement to music. Exceeding the time limit will meet with immediate disqualification.

Team Members and Time Limits – Contemporary Teams
Minimum number of 9 dancers. Maximum number of eighteen dancers.
Not to exceed 3 minutes.
Timing to commence from the first movement to music. Exceeding the time limit will meet with immediate disqualification.

Team Members and Time Limits – Ballet Teams
Minimum number of 9 dancers. Maximum number of eighteen dancers.
Not to exceed 3 minutes.
Timing to commence from the first movement to music. Exceeding the time limit will meet with immediate disqualification.

Team Music
The music for teams must be provided by the teacher. The music must be of good manner and no explicit lyrics. Teachers must bring their team music to the Event on a USB and hand to the DJ.

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. Any rule revisions or additions will be considered on an annual basis. Any dancer who fails to follow any of these rules may be subject to disciplinary action which may lead to the following:

1) Disqualification
2) Reprimand
3) Suspension
4) Total ban

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