Algarve International Dance Competitions

DANÇARTE

Faro . Algarve . Portugal

Rules

I. TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

This competition is open to:

  1. Young dancers, enrolled in national and foreign dance schools, who, on the 1st January of the competition year are between the ages of 8 and 25.
  2. Contemporary choreographers.

II. DANCERS’ COMPETITION

1. Categories and levels

1.1. Competitors may participate in one or more of the following CATEGORIES:

1.2. There are four age LEVELS:

1.3. In the Duet/Trio and Group Categories the age of the oldest competitor determines the level in which the group competes.

1.4. The organisation reserves the right to alter the groups, in accordance with the number of dancers in competition, joining two groups together or to divide a group with many competitors into two.

2. Trials

2.1. SOLOIST (S) category

Participation in the Soloist category is limited to 60 competitors, which is why candidates are subject to a pre-selection process. Candidates should send the pre-selection registration form and a video of the classical ballet piece to be performed at the competition, from 1st to 28th December 2017.

Selected candidates will be announced until the end of January 2018. They must complete their registration until 16th February 2018.

Video Requirements

Pre-selection form

Competitors must perform two different choreographies:

Level 1 - a classical ballet choreography, in soft ballet shoes, and a contemporary choreography, with a maximum duration of 1’30’’each choreography.

Level 2 - a classical ballet choreography or a classical repertoire variation*, and a contemporary choreography, with a maximum duration of 2’00’’each choreography.

Level 3 and 4 - a classical repertoire variation*, in pointe shoes, and a contemporary choreography, with a maximum duration of 2’00’’each choreography.

*See list of variations

In the classical ballet choreography, the use of pointe shoes is not permitted in level 1, is optional in level 2, but it is obligatory in all other levels. In level 1, the repertoire variations are not permitted.

In the contemporary choreography, pointe ballet shoes are not permitted and contemporary dance techniques should be used, with vocabulary that is clearly distinct from traditional ballet.

The competitors final score will be based on the average score obtained from both choreographies, which will determine the attribution of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes.

 

2.2. DUET/TRIO (D) and GROUP (G) categories

Registration in all styles is permitted.

A competitor can register in the same style and category, twice maximum, as long as registration occurs in two different age levels.

Each registration corresponds to one choreography only.

The styles in competition are:

The maximum duration of the choreographies is as follows:

Duet/Trio

Level 1 - 2’00’’

Level 2 - 2’00’’

Level 3 - 2’30’’

Level 4 - 2’30’’

Group

Level 1 - 2’30’’

Level 2 - 2’30’’

Level 3 - 3’00’’

Level 4 - 3’00’’

Pointe ballet shoes can only be used in BALLET style. The use of pointe ballet shoes is not permitted in age level 1 and is optional in all other age levels.

Choreographies using classical repertoire are strictly reserved to age levels 2, 3 and 4, however repertoire choreographies are not obligatory in these levels.

3. Choreographies

3.1. Performing repeated choreographies should be avoided. Each school cannot present the same choreography more than twice, in the same or different age levels and categories.

3.2. A competitor may not participate in a choreography which he/she performed the year before.

3.3. The use of props is subject to previous approval by the organisation, during the registration process. Props that cannot be carried by the performers themselves and are larger than a standard sized chair, are not allowed, as well as props/costumes that identify the competing school.

3.4. Choreographies that go beyond ruled time limits will be disqualified. Choreographic moments that occur without music will be counted as part of the choreography's duration.

4. Evaluation

4.1. In addition to other criteria determined by the jury, competitors will be judged on the following:

4.2. Competitors will be classified on a scale of 0 to 100 points. In order to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize competitors must obtain 75 or above points.

4.3. In the event that the jury decide not to attribute any or one of the prizes, this decision is of their responsibility alone.

III. CHOREOGRAPHERS’ COMPETITION

1. This competition is aimed to contemporary solos with a minimum duration of 2' and maximum duration of 3’, that may be registered or not in the soloist category of the dancers' competition. In order to register the choreographer has to fill in the registration form and submit it until the 16th of February 2018. A confirmation of the payment should be sent with the registration form.

2. There is no age limit for the choreographer. The interpreter can be any dancer, aged between 8 and 25 years old, who can either be a competitor or not in the dancers' competition. The choreographer can be the interpreter, if he/she is 25 years old or under.

3. Competing choreographies should be original creations and should use contemporary dance techniques. The theme and music are the choreographer’s choice. Choreographic moments that occur without music will be counted as part of the choreography's duration. Choreographies that go beyond time limit (3') will be disqualified.

4. In addition to other criteria to be defined by the jury, the choreographies will be evaluated taking into account originality, theme, the musical choice and the choreographies structure.

5. Each choreographer can submit an unlimited number of choreographies.

6. The choreographer author of the best contemporary solo award-winning, will be awarded with a prize money.

Registration form

IV. MUSIC

Music should be sent by the 10th March 2018 to musica@idancecompetitions.com.

The “subject” of the email should refer:

a) Soloist: name of the competitor + dance title

b) Duet/Trio and Group: name of the school + dance title

c) Choregrapher: name of the choreographer + choreography title

Each email should only contain one music, in mp3 format and the following information:

Key:

C – First the COMPETITOR enters on stage

M – First the MUSIC begins

With regards to the duration of the music, a maximum of 5 seconds will be tolerated, beyond the time limit, but only to allow for the musical phrase to finish.

There is no tolerance time when part of the choreography happens without music. In this case, when the music is sent, the organization must be informed of the duration of the part without music.

It is not permitted to use music with improper language.

V. JURY

The competition’s jury will comprise of three or more representatives, highly recognized in merit of the dance community.

The Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Jury members cannot judge their own school competitors.

VI. REGISTRATION

1. Registration should be made online via the website until 16th February 2018.

2. Registration will only be considered complete if it has the following elements:

If any of the above elements is missing, is incorrect or not filled out properly, the act of registration will not be accepted. In this situation the school will be informed via email (the one defined on the registration form) that the registration has been considered invalid and that it will not be subject to appeal or contest.

VII. FEES

Dancers’ competition

Choreographers’ competition

VIII. PRIZES

"Best soloist", "Best Duet/Trio", "Best Group" - in each one of these categories, the winner is chosen by all the members of the jury among the 1st prize winners of the various levels and styles regardless of the mark previously achieved. The prize "Best Group" is given to the school which will issue the corresponding receipt

The jury may decide not to award a prize in particular or to divide one of the prizes between more than one competitors.

IX. GALAS

It is the jury and the organising committee that decide which competing dances will perform in the Children and Junior Galas. The order of presentation is also decided by the jury and organising committee and both Galas are held at the “Teatro das Figuras”.

X. INSURANCE

Competitors should be insured against injury or illness.

The organisation declines any responsibility for accidents that may occur during the competition and/or for the theft or loss of personal property.

XI. PHOTOGRAFS AND VIDEO RECORDINGS

Video recording and photography is strictly forbidden during the competition. Photographs and audio-visual recordings will be carried out by the companies/enterprises hired by the organisation, which will have to wear proper identification in the competition area.  

Participation in the competition automatically implies agreement to being recorded/filmed. The organisation reserves the right to use these images/videos for commercial and promotional ends.

XII. FINAL NOTES

Registration, once accepted and valid, may be cancelled at any time by the organisation, without notice and with immediate effects, whenever a competitor, members of a school or supporters behave in such a manner that disrupts the normal functioning of the competition. Examples of such behaviour would be lack of respect and mistreatment of any member of the organisation, member of the jury or fellow competitor.

Registration can also be cancelled by the organisation in cases where the rules and regulations of the competition are not upheld by competitors, members of schools and supporters.

The cancelling of a registration will be communicated verbally or by email to the teacher responsible for the competitor/school and is not subject to complaint or contest. The fees will not be returned nor will any costs and expenses be paid and/or compensated.

Registration in the competition automatically implies acceptance of the present rules and regulations, as well as all of the norms.

Any matter omitted in the present rules and regulations will be decided upon by the organisation.

List of allowed repertoire variations

The list of repertoire variations follows. Please note that, from this list, only are allowed variations whose duration does not exceed 2'00":