The tournaments are in a competitive character that will define the best dancers in each dancing category. It will also determine the exact ranking of each group with respect to other participants in the event.

INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT – it has been licensed and included in the International Dance Organization / IDO / calendar for 2014
The tournament is a qualificatory event that provides allowances for participation / quotas in:

THE EUROPEAN MODERN, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ AND CLASSICAL DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – SERBIA – 29 MAY TO 1 JUNE 2014.
THE WORLD CUP IN MODERN, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ AND CLASSICAL DANCE FOR MINI KIDS AND MINI PRODUCTIONS – SERBIA
THE WORLD CUP IN SHOW DANCING- ITALY, FLORENCE
THE HIP HOP, ELECTRIC BOOGIE, BREAK DANCE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN ITALY, RIMINI – www.ido-dance.com
The HIP HOP Tournament is a qualification event for the international championship and it gives quotas for participation in the HIP HOP, HIP HOP Battle, Electric Boogie and break dance European Championship, which will be held in the Netherlands, Amsterdam – 13 -16 June 2013

All Bulgarian and foreign teams will be allowed to participate. However, the European Championships and World Cups quotas will be distributed only among the members of Bulgarian Dance Sport Federation, based on ranking.

The event is open to all countries – members of the International Dance Organization / IDO /, national sports dance clubs, community centers, Palaces of children, private schools, studios, members of BSDF and BDO, and guests wishing to become members of BSDF and BDO during the tournament.

BSDF and BDO memberships are voluntary. Prospective members of BSDF and BDO are legal entities and natural persons, working in the dance sphere: clubs, choreographers, dance groups directors, etc.
All who has accepted the Statute of BSDF and BDO.
All who has completed the application and declaration.
The BDO members should have paid the 2014 membership fees and filing for each competitor.
Members of BSDF – clubs, legal entities – must have paid annual club membership fees and filing fees for each dancer for 2014.

Medals – for I, II and III place
Medals for all children up to 7 years
Plaques for winners
Cups and awards from the organizers
BSDF Cups and awards
Diplomas for all participants
Diplomas for I, II, III, IV, V, VI place
Tangible prizes from sponsors
Organizer’s Award for Most original choreography, original creative development, stage makeup and hairstyle, awards for the youngest and oldest participants, etc.

Solo (1 participant – a boy or a girl)
Duet / couple (2 participants of the same sex or different)
A small group (3 to 7 people)
A Team (3 to 7 people)
Formation (8 to 24 people)
Performers: In the competing categories solo, duo / couple, the team can only participate with three dances in each age category. Additional performances over the regulated number are allowed under the following conditions:

if the dance performances are of various artists
each additional performance is charged 50% fee on top of the basic participation fee for each dancer.
Performances that are over the regulated number will be ranked, but will not enter the rating.
In the competing categories small groups and formations, the participants can only participate in one dance in each age category. Additional performances over the regulated number are allowed under the following conditions:

performances must be by different artists
each additional performance is charged 50% fee on top of the basic participation fee for each dancer.
Performances over the regulated number will be ranked, but will not enter the rating.
This rule applies to all styles in the competition. One competitor may only participate in one solo, one duet, one small group, one formation, etc.

IMPORTANT! Beginning in 2012 the styles: Dance Show, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance two divisions have emerged:

1. A Division – “Olympic Hopes” – dancers, who have been filed under the advanced group members in a dance club for the entire calendar year may participate;

2.B Division – “Rising Stars” – dancers, who have been filed under the beginners group members in a dance club for the entire calendar year. However, they are not allowed to participate in this division more than an year.

Infants / Mini Kids / up to 7 years included. – All born in and before 2007.
Children between 8 and 11 years included. – All born between 2003 and 2006 incl.
Adolescents between 12 and 15 years – All born between 1999 and 2002 incl.
Youngsters above 16 – all born in 1998 incl. and older (1997, 1996, …………)
HOW TO DETERMINE THE AGE DIVISION OF A COMPETITOR

The determination of the age division of a competitor depends on the year of birth, compared to the year of the competition.
Duo and couples : the date of birth of the older partner determines the age division. A partner , no younger than 2 years more than the lower limit of the age group, can dance in a higher group ,if the difference in the years of the partners is not more than three years .
Example : One of the dancers is 10 years old and the other is 13 , they can dance in the youth group. But if one is 9 years old – they cannot.

Note 1: A younger dancer can dance in a higher age division , but the opposite is impossible – this means that an older dancer cannot dance in a lower age division.
Note 2: A young dancer who dances in a higher age division and who meets the requirements (for instance: an 11 year-old child dancing in the youth duo group) must participate in the same age division during the rest of the year. The dancer CANNOT dance in the kids age division with a different partner; the dancer CANNOT dance in the kids age division in solo, small group or formation.

Once the dancer has chosen to compete in a higher age division in a particular category , (for example: jazz duo) , he / she must continue in the same age division till the end of the year and he/she must not return in the previous group.
All dancers are forbidden from dancing in two age divisions. Here are the details:
Dancers cannot dance in both kids age division and adults age division – duo adolescents or young duo. However, he / she CAN stay in the same age division in other categories until he/she reaches the next age division.
For example: a child of the age of 10/11 years can dance in an adolescent duo and at the same time he/she can participate in all categories for children: solo , group formation, if the year of birth corresponds to the age division – children to the year of the competition.

Note: A dancer may only participate in one solo ,one duo / couple , one small group , one formation in a competitive dance style .

Participation of competitors in groups and formations:

Participants of one age division are not allowed to compete against participants from other age divisions.
If a team has a dancers from two adjacent age divisions, the condition for the team to participate as a group is to register the participants in the higher age group. HOWEVER, the maximum allowable number of competitors from a lower age division to pass into a higher age division is up to 50% of the team’s members.
Competitors are not allowed to skip a whole age division.

Example 1. If you have a group of ten people in the “formation” competing category – five of the participants are in the age group of up to 7 years old and the other five are in the age group of 8 to 11 years old, then the dancers from the lower age group pass into the 8 to 11 years old age division.
Example 2. If you have a small group of seven performers, three of which are 7 years old and the other four are from 8 to 11 years, then the group may be included to participate in the competition in the age group of 8 to 11 years.
Note: Participation of competitors from a higher age group in the lower age group is not allowed!!!

14 x 14 m
An important requirement: One dance performance starts and ends in the outline of the competition area. Each time a competitor crosses the outline of the competition area during a performance, points will be deducted from the final score.

The organizer reserves the right to document, broadcast, film and distribute all types of materials without paying rights and royalties.
The leaders of the team are held responsible for accidents and injuries of performers on stage and beyond it during the event.
Accommodation costs as well as travelling and daily costs of teams and people accompanying them are paid by the participants.
The cost of prizes, technical, stage and medical provision are covered by the organizers.
The team directors are responsible for the behavior of members of their teams during the event.
Participants are responsible for their costumes, props and personal items.
The music for each dance performance must be on a separate CD (one CD must contain only one track!)
Each participant may compete on behalf of only one team.
One particular dance performance that competes in a particular dance style, cannot compete in other dance style competitions organized by BSDF. This rule applies for the entire calendar 2014 . In case of rule violation, the participant is not allowed to participate on request or he/she is directly disqualified during the competition.
Special rules for costumes – change of costumes is not permitted during one’s performance during the competition. The placement of identifying club logos or slogans on costumes is not permitted.
Change in music or choreography in the next round or the final round is not permitted.
The usage of somber and dark themes , costumes and music in the children’s age division is prohibited.
A competitor may only participate in one solo , one duet , one small group , one formation ,one production, etc.

The evaluation will be carried out by a five (5) member jury, composed of international judges of IDO and international judges of BSDF, who are qualified in the relevant dance style. Judge – the Jury panel cannot evaluate their own group; in such cases a stand-by judge will be used. The control over the jury panel is carried out by the Main Judge.

Judging is carried out in a 3D-system, which includes the first three criteria listed below and the 4D-system includes the four criteria listed below:

Execution Technique (11 components ):
it is estimated in accordance with the accuracy of the technique while matching the style chosen by the choreographer ; the level of complexity (technical skills), originality of interpretation , execution of the selected dance technique, synchrony and rhythm .
Composition ( choreography ) (12 components ):
It is estimated in accordance with the choice of dance elements and their composition, shape, variations , the use of space on the dance site ( pattern of the dance ) , originality while using different linking and other dance figures.
Image (12 components ):
Presentation , stage and acting presence of the performers, contact with the audience , evaluation of costumes, props and stage makeup in accordance with the concept and style of the choreography. By all criteria the judging panel can give 1 to 10 points , which means that the maximum score for a performance is 30 points, and the minimum is 3 points.
Show presentation / idea ( 5 components ):
The Stage show presentation by the performers on the dance floor and its impact on the audience by presenting and recreating the scene and metaphoric imagery, drama , props / set design , acrobatics . The exact overall expression of the idea in the choreography presented through the means of exposure, development, climax and final.
By all criteria the judging panel can give 1 to 10 points , which means that the maximum score for a performance is 40 points, the minimum is 4 points.

National Open Tournament Sofia Dance Festival 2014

DANCE RULES FOR PARTICIPATION
Only dancers who have been registered as Bulgarian citizens and members of BSDF can participate in this tournament.

Dance compositions bearing the folklore nature of various nationalities and all theatrical dances of the peoples standing on the academic principles and requirements of the ballet and dance performance: Hungarian, Russian-Gypsy, Polish, Spanish, modern interpretations of Bulgarian folklore, Eastern folklore, Greek dances, Moroccan dances, etc.. Costumes, music and dance movements in the choreography should match the nature of the nationality.

The following is allowed:
The use of props appropriate to the nature of the nationality;

The following is not allowed:
the use of fire installations, sharp, fragile and other life endangering props on stage; Performance CANNOT use the same costume for two different dances.

Acrobatic moves 
are allowed, but only if they are key to the characteristics of the national dance. A technical execution of acrobatic elements that is not up-to-standard will result in reduced points.

Supports no allowed
for children in the age category of 11 years. “Support” means implementing a figure in which the dancer is raised by another and his/her legs are in the air.

Supports are only allowed
if it is an essential characteristics of the national dance (no children under age 11 years is allowed to do supports). A technical execution of acrobatic elements that is not up-to-standard will result in reduced points. Note: BELLY DANCE and Latin shows are not allowed.
The duration of the dance is recommended!
• Solo – from 1:45 to 2:15 min.
• Duet / couple – from 1:45 to 2:15 min.
• Small group – from 2:30 to 3:00 min.• Formation – from 2:30 to 4:00 min.

The time duration of the “formation” category for the age categories 8 /9 to 11 years is 2:30 to 3:00 min.

Measurement of time:
From the initial position or entry of the performers on stage to the last position and exit.

Referee evaluation systems:
Cross system, 3D system. All finals are in Skating system.

Characteristics and Movements:
All national dances are included: Hungarian, Russian-Gypsy, Polish, Spanish, interpretations of Bulgarian folklore, Eastern folklore, Greek dances, Moroccan dances, etc. Costumes, music and dance movements in the choreography should be appropriate to the nature of the image depicted by the performance. The use of props is allowed. All props are allowed under the condition that they can be imported and exported by the performer in one entrance on stage.
Note: LATIN and BELLY DANCE SHOWs are not allowed.

The Ethno show allows the use of supports (excluding the infant age group) (“support” means implementing a figure in which the dancer is raised by another and his/her legs are in the air) acrobatics and other theatrical effects.The use of fire installations, sharp, fragile and other life-threatening props as well as dance-area-polluting objects are not allowed on stage! The same costume could not be used for two different dances. Supports are prohibited in the age category of children up to 11 years.An ETHNO show must always have direction, storyline and subtle concept for the public’s amusement.

The duration of the dance is recommended!

• Solo – from 1:45 to 2:15 min.• Duet / couple – from 1:45 to 2:15 min.

• Small groups – from 2:30 to 3:00 min.
• Formations – from 2:30 to 4:00 min.
The time duration of the “formation” category for the age categories 8 /9 to 11 years is a minimum of 2:30 up to a maximum of 3:00 min.

Referee evaluation systems:
Cross system, 4D system.

Characteristics and movements:

When we talk about Latin music in dance styles such as rumba and samba, we do NOT expect Latin American sport dance styles and movements. We expect to see authentic rumba, authentic samba, carnival samba, etc. One of the many original dance styles is required, NOT the 5 IDSF Latin-American dances. The performances are in Latin style and they are danced on any Latin music chosen by the contestants. Options include: salsa, bachata, merengue, son or other Latin-inspired music. Costumes can be Carnival, African , futuristic , street , Caribbean or any combination of these styles or other styles suitable for performing the dance/s. The presentation may be in any form or combination of two or more different styles, including theatrical motions. The performance and costumes should not resemble the ones used in IDSF competitions in Latin-American dances.

Evaluation:

Musicality, variety of dances and figures, originality, overall presentation and individual choreography are all elements contestants are evaluated on. It is very important to present the harmony between the idea, music, dance, choreography, costumes and props, because the overall image of the team performances in the Latin show is evaluated.

Acrobatic moves:

Permitted.

Lifts:

NOT permitted in the child category, but are allowed in other categories.

Stage props:

All stage props are allowed under the condition that the contestants can bring it/them with one entrance of the dancing area.

MALE/ FEMALE SOLO

Duration of the presentation:

A minimum of 1 minute & 45 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes & 15 seconds; Number of dancers: 1

DUO / Couples Duration of the presentation:

A minimum of 1 minute & 45 seconds up to a maximum of 2 minutes & 15 secondsБрой танцьори: 2

SMALL GROUPS

Duration of the presentation:

A min. of 2 minutes & 30 seconds up to a max. of 3 minutes

Number of dancers:

3-7

FORMATIONS

Duration of the presentation:

a min. of 2 minutes & 30 seconds up to a max. of 4 minutes;

Number of dancers:

8-24

Referee evaluation systems:

Cross system, 4D system.

 

Characteristics and Movements:

The Acrobatic dance must include a lot of techniques, e.g.: acrobatics, balance, twisting of the body. Air hands-free figures, controlled movements and acrobatic elements, static elements, jumps, hand supports, turns, somersault. All of them must be connected with dance moves and dance combinations. Emphasis is on strength, elasticity, control and ease of implementation, no matter what technique is being used is key.

A dance based on aerobics or sport Rock and Roll is not allowed.

In regards to the safety, it is prohibited:

• To perform supports / lifts at height bigger than the dancer’s height, as well as various hand throws of the other dancer;

• To fall on knees, stomach or back from a jumping position;

• To begin an acrobatic number from a “flight” phase;

• To perform any acrobatic element for more than three times (only variations are permitted; for example: various forms of presentation of an element – for instance, one hand wheels, wheel with a transition to the ground, elbow wheel, etc.)

 

Lifts, pyramids, releases:

• Lifts are permitted in the age groups of youth and adults.

• The pyramids are permitted in the age groups “youth” and “adults”. The pyramid is an element of artistic, power and plastic acrobatics. It represents a group position in which the dancers, supporting one another, form a complex figure. During the performance the pyramid should stay fixed for a period of 3 to 5 seconds.

• In the age group of young, high pyramids without assistance are prohibited.

• In the age groups of children and young people various throws of one dancer from another are prohibited;

Clothing and decorative items:

The rules for the costumes are in the General Rules of IDO.

• In terms of safety, it is forbidden to wear decorative items like earrings, nose/tongue/belly button/face/skin piercings. Sunglasses, headphones and any decorations of transparent plastic, bracelets, necklaces and pins are prohibited. All decorations must be removed.

(Exceptions: decorations on dresses and temporary tattoos). All accessories, such as hair accessories must be securely fastened and, if possible, must be soft and flat. Long hair must be tied up and it should not conceal the face of the performer.

Stage props:

Stage props are authorized based on the Performing Arts rules and regulations.

Evaluation:

Musicality, variety of acrobatic elements, originality of composition, harmony between design, music, choreography and acrobatic elements and the performance itself are highly valued.

 

This is a dance style for adults over the age of 31. This is either a one-style dance or a compilation-styles dance. There is no age limit and no limit to the number of participants. The performance should be up to 5:00 min.

Dance style representing one or a compilation of various modern dance styles.

Sub-styles:

1. “Free open dance” – Latin Dance

2. “Free open dance” – modern, jazz and MTV DANCE

3. “Free open dance” – classical ballet and traditional dances

4. “Free open dance” – hip hop and break dance

5. “Free open dance” – Cheerleading including parade dance with pompons, SPORT dances

Exceptions may be made in the age range of the groups. The duration of solos and duets is a max. of 2:30 minutes; the duration of groups is up to 4:00 min.  In solos and duets a maximum of 3 performances is allowed; for groups – no more than 2 performances.

Age categories:

  1. Up to 8 years of age;
  2. from 9 to 14 years of age;
  3. Over 15 years of age;

Competing categories:

Solo, duets / couples, groups of up to 7 people, formations of over 8 people

Participation requirements:

Each team has the right to take part in one dance in a specific style and a competing category.

Style Charactestics:

In any style the use of the particular dance technique and appropriate music is allowed. All of these styles can be presented in their own interpretation of the choreographer (no mandatory elements are required). Props are allowed only if they can be imported and exported by the performers with one entry of the dance area. The use of fire installations, sharp, fragile objects that may also pollute the dance floor is not allowed. This style is only for groups and performers that are not members of the BSDF.

Characteristics:

This is a mixture of different dance styles and new creative choreographies inspired by MTV’s tradition. All techniques are allowed.

Music:

Each group selects the music it will dance to. All kinds of musical rhythms are eligible and dancers can compete in the MTV dance competitions.

Duration of the performance:

2:30 to 3:00 minutes for small groups / 3:00 to 4:00 minutes for formations

Tempo:

No restrictions

Characteristics and movements:

Canon and floor movements are allowed. The movements can emphasize the femininity and coquettishness of the female performers slightly – for example: Burlesque show. In MTV style (music videos) a number of well assessed acrobatics must be used. Stage props are allowed. Various compositions in the choreographies such as:  re-positioning, mismatching and other various dance figures are encouraged. All dance techniques are allowed.

Lifts / supports:

All are permitted (except in the children’s age categories).

Referee evaluation systems:

Cross system, 3D system.

 


Parades, performances and SPORT dances

If there is interest in this particular style we will send you the required information.

Sofia International Open Dance Competition 2014

DANCE SPORT RULES & REGULATION
This tournament gives right of participation to dancers, citizens of Bulgaria as well as any foreign competitors.

The categories of Modern and Contemporary Dance are: Solo male, solo female, duo, small group, formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts.
Modern dance is an artistic form with many styles that has undergone development over a relatively long period of time.
Modern dance is a more relaxed, free style of dance in which choreographer’s uses emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to ballet’s structured code of steps. It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet strives to be light and airy
The development of modern dance was the logical consequence of the dancing styles that existed at the start of the 20th century, when the modern dancers of that period attempted to break free from established ballet forms, which they considered to be stiff, strict and restrictive and therefore they started searching for new trends and techniques to give dance a new direction.
This particular dance discipline concerns using modern dancing techniques that were created for the most part during the first half of the 20th century by renowned dance teachers and choreographers, /e.g. Martha Graham, Jos? Limon, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Lester Horton and a host of others on the American continent, and Kurt Jooss, Mery Wigman, Hanya Holm and many others in Europe /
In view of the fact that all dance remains in a constant state of movement and development, this does not mean that we have to use only the aforementioned techniques in their original forms. On the contrary, it is also about using contemporary trends in modern dance techniques that either goes back to the foundations established by the aforementioned dance instructors or we can use totally new, experimental and original concepts for modern dance. Contemporary dance brings new informations about body and how the body works, offers new quality of movement, new shapes of body in area, brings new composition process and space for experiment.

Characteristics and Movement:

the entire routine must consist of modern dance techniques and current trends, and should correspond with age categories and the movement skills of the dancers.
Contemporary Ballet should not be confused with Modern dance, and may not compete in this discipline. Other contemporary styles such as Hip-Hop, Disco, Break Dance and Electric Boogie may be incorporated, but must never control / dominate Modern dance performances.
The main point of assessment for this discipline will be the level of the dance movements carried out, as well as the theme and story line. The story, the building of a plot, is possible, but not so much emphasized here as, for example, for Show dance. It is primarily about pictures, moods.
In Modern Dance, a story, theme, idea or concept may be used but must always be in good taste for children, junior and adult situations, but human situations, especially those dealing with intimate or personal relationships should acceptable to viewing by all ages.

Acrobatics and Lifts:

Acrobatic movements are allowed. Lifts are allowed in Junior and Adult age divisions and are prohibited in the Children age division.

Props and Backgrounds:

Stage props are allowed to the extent that the stage setting for the choreography does not overshadow the dance itself. Backgrounds are prohibited.

Clothing:

Aesthetic, tasteful and age division appropriate.

The categories of Jazz Dance are: Solo male, solo female, duo, small group, formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts.

Primitive:

This dance form stemmed from early African Folk Dances that were done by slaves brought to America from Africa, West Indies, Cuba, Panama and Haiti.

Early:

Originated via the music of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Dances included the Two-Step or Cakewalk, and later became the Grizzly Bear, Bunny Hug, Turkey Trot, and Texas Tommy. This evolved into the fast music and dances of the 1920’s, the One-Step, Lindy Hop, Charleston and Black Bottom.

Musical Comedy / Theatre Jazz:

These forms of Jazz became very popular via movies / theatre during the 1930s and 1940s. Many dance forms were incorporated in Musical Comedy Jazz. Ballet with “On Your Toes”, and Modern Dance in “Oklahoma” and “Brigadoon”. During the 1950s and 1960s, dance became an integral part of telling the story in Musical Theatre, as illustrated in musicals such as “Flower Drum Song”, “Destry Rides Again”, “West Side Story” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. In 1978, the musical “Dancing” showed that the songs and books were secondary to the dancing; in fact, they are almost non-existent.

Contemporary:

Primarily performed to music of the day, it began in the late 1950s to the music of Contemporary Jazz musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum and Dave Brubeck.

Today’s Jazz Dance:

This discipline may be danced using many different styles and tempos, using themes based on Afro-Cuban, Oriental, Spanish or other national themes. It may be performed as a character, such as Cowboy, Sailor, Clown, etc. It may also be abstract in nature. Lyrical Jazz, performed to such music as Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”, may be included in Jazz Dance Discipline, as well as Modern Dance.

NOTE: Contemporary Ballet should not be confused with Jazz Dance, and may not compete in this discipline. Other contemporary styles such as Hip-Hop, Disco, Break Dance and Electric Boogie may be incorporated, but must never control / dominate Jazz Dance performances.

Jazz Dance is a multi-faceted art form. The above-mentioned types of Jazz Dance are examples of what is permissible in this category.

• Characteristics and Movement: Jazz Dance is a multi-faceted art form. The above-mentioned types of Jazz Dance are examples of what is permissible in this category.

• Must: The entire routine must consist of Jazz work. Jazz technique, turns, jumps isolations, stretch, as well as use of port de bras, legs and upper body. Timing and rhythm will be considered in marking. Suitable footwear must be worn.

• Acrobatic Movements: In Jazz Dance limited acrobatics will be allowed as long as a body part is touching the floor, and does not dominate the routine.

• Lifts: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions in Adult and Junior divisions.

NOTE: Lifts are NOT permitted in the Children’s age divisions.

• Stage Props: Hand, stage and floor props will be allowed under the following conditions:

• Stage Props: Hand, stage and floor props will be allowed under the following conditions:

Clothing: All costume accessories, such as hats, scarves, gloves, belts, etc., may be worn if they are an integral part of the costume. They may be taken off, exchanged or discarded, but not left to litter the stage. Meaning, the dancer cannot leave the stage at the end of the routine leaving clothing behind. If a dancer discards or drops a scarf on the state, they must pick it up and take it off when they leave.

Hand Props: All hand props such as canes, umbrellas, hand bags, brief cases, mirrors, flags, etc., may be used as long as they are an integral part and used throughout the routine. They may be set down on the floor as long as it remains part of the routine and picked up when leaving the stage at the end of the routine. Hand props can never be used as floor props. In other words, you cannot enter the stage with an umbrella, set it on the floor, dance your entire routine without utilizing the umbrella and then pick it up at the end of the routine and leave the stage.

Floor Props: Necessary floor props such as a chair, stool, box, ladder, etc., may be carried on by a dancer in one trip, but must be an integral part of the routine and utilized throughout the entire performance. Items used to decorate or embellish the stage are not permitted. The dancer must carry the floor prop off the state at the end of the routine.

Scenic or stage props: Any items such as a scenic background, back drop, tree or other such prop, used to create a scene or embellish the stage are not permitted.

 Lip-sync is not allowed in Jazz Dance. 

Show Dance VS Jazz 

The difference between Show Dance and Jazz is very difficult, but not impossible, to define. Jazz Dance styles range from the early 1920s to the present, and most Jazz Dance pieces are created using pure dance without consideration to theme or story. This is an ever-evolving Performing Art dance, and one could very readily argue the point that all of the Street dances contain some elements of Jazz. How do we draw the line between Jazz and Street Dance? Definitely the music. The music dictates the style. Does that mean that Hip-Hop or Break Dance music cannot be used in a Jazz piece? No, because the style of the dance dictates what discipline it actually is.

Therefore, a Jazz Dance piece can be done to Hip-Hop, Break Dance or Electric Boogie music, but never a Hip- Hop, Break Dance or Electric Boogie to Jazz music. Since there is no specific style of music identifiable as Jazz Dance or Show Dance, music cannot be used to determine if the discipline is correct. However: the difference in styles can be used to make this determination.

Although Show Dance pieces may be based on a theme or story, there are many variables that exist. A Show Dance piece can be based on emotions, color and design, or even one word, such as ‘devastation’ or ‘jubilation.’ Jazz Dance does not have to convey any of the above criteria, and may be done based on pure dance only. For instance, a piece danced to ‘Bolero’ might be based on movement formation, color and costume. Another piece danced to the same or different music might be built on a theme of floating dancers, be enhanced by costume de- sign and originality, and feature terrific use of the music. Would a piece danced to ‘Bolero’ do well in a Jazz Dance competition? The answer to that would be in the eyes of the beholder, but a strong Jazz Dance piece would certainly give such a piece a run for its money if the former was not based on true Jazz technique.

Lyric or Modern may be the base technique for either Show Dance or Jazz Dance. It all depends on how much of a ‘show’ the piece really is. A straight lyric piece to Whitney Houston, without a theme or story line, would not do very well. Judging for IDO competitions is based on the ‘3 D’ system of separate evaluations for technique, composition and image. The show quality of the routine may enter into all three of these separate dimensions. The ability to use technique to enhance the theme or story being told is very important. The choreography and the way the dancer performs it must be of show quality, and the image that the dancer creates is also very important to the show value of a given piece. But judges should not be influenced by the show value of a Jazz Dance routine. Their marks for technique should be based purely on technique, choreography purely on choreography, and image marks should be based on the total look of the performer.

 

The categories in Ballet are:

Solo male, solo female, duo, small group, formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts. Time limit is one (1) minute minimum for male and female solo variations, maximum 2:15 minutes. All other time limits see in General Provisions of Performing Arts.

 

Characteristics and Movement:

Classical Ballet is the most formal of the ballet styles; it adheres to traditional ballet technique. There are variations relating to area of origin, such as Russian ballet, French ballet, British ballet and Italian ballet. The Vaganova method, named after Agrippina Vaganova and the Cecchetti method, named after Enrico Cecchetti are Russian and Italian respectively and derive from the original French method. Classical ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities. This discipline must be performed using the Classical Ballet Technique and style and may be performed in soft ballet slippers or Pointe shoes. Although choreography may be of a modern nature, it may not deviate from what is commonly known as Classical Ballet. Lyric, Modern and Modern Jazz pieces may not be performed in this discipline. Pointe work is not allowed in the children’s category.

Acrobatic Movements:

Not permitted in the Ballet discipline.

Lifts:

Permitted (and encouraged) as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts. Any lifts used must remain in the Classical Ballet tradition, and may include drop-falls, supported turns and jumps resulting in catches. However, all dances are in a constant evolution and growth, so experimental and original choreography is encouraged.

Stage Props:

Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts but dancers cannot use cumber- some scenic material and must carry on and off the stage themselves in one trip.

The categories of Hip Hop are:

Solo male, Solo female, Duo, Small Group and Formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.

SOLO MALE, SOLO FEMALE AND DUO

  1. Duration of Performance: Organizer’s music 1 minute.
  2. Tempo: 27 – 28 bars per minute (108 – 112 beats per minute) (downbeat, more groove).
  3. Characteristics and Movement: Hip-Hop includes different new dance styles, such as Hype Dance, New-Jack- Swing, Jamming, etc., adding creative elements such as stops, jokes, flashes, swift movements, etc. Some Electric Boogie movements can be performed but should not dominate. Hip-Hop is mostly danced on the eighth notes with a typical bounce, or jumping action (New- Jack-Swing).
  4. Acrobatic Movements: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines, including those typical of Break Dance, but should not control / dominate the performance.
  5. Lifts: Not permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.
  6. Stage Props: Not permitted (see more under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines)
  7. Special Note for Duos: Both dancers should dance together, not only for themselves or one by one. Their performance should include synchronized steps such as Follow the Leader, shadow and mirror design, as well as patterns and dancing the same steps. A mixture of all possibilities is important.

Procedure of Competition: In each round the dancers perform three (3) times. Each group of competitors begins and ends with a one-minute performance dancing together in each round. Number of dancers on the floor in subsequent rounds during second minute of performance is specified in the Section 3.12.2 General Rules & Regulations for Competitions.

Both opening and final minutes are to give the Judges an opportunity to compare dancers.

To avoid any risk of injuries Judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations.

SMALL GROUPS

  1. Length of Exhibition: Organizer ?s music 2 minutes.
  2. Tempo: 27 – 28 bars per minute (108 – 112 beats per minute), downbeat, groove.
  3. Dancers of each group dance together, two or three at a time. In final round they perform one by one.
  4. Musicality, (rhythm, breaks), dance variety and originality, together with well-done and well- performed stage and individual choreography, will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of music, dance and costume, which should underline the special Hip-Hop character.
  5. Lifts: Not permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.
  6. Stage Props: Not permitted (see more under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines).
  7. Groups will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed but must not control / dominate.
  8. All other rules are as outlined under Hip Hop: Solo Male / Female, Duo.

FORMATIONS

  1. Formations dance to their own music.
  2. Length of Exhibition: 2 minutes&30 seconds minimum to 3 minutes maximum.
  3. Tempo for Hip Hop Formation cannot be more than 30 bars per minute (120 beats), there is no limit down. However, it is allowed to be out of this tempo range for a maximum of 30 seconds.
  4. Music: Must be typically Hip Hop as it is currently known in the Hip Hop scene, including break beats.
  5. Formations will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed but must not dominate.
  6. Lifts: Permitted only in junior and adult formation.
  7. Stage Props: Not permitted (see more under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines).

All other rules are as outlined under Hip Hop: Solo Male / Female, Duo & Small Group. 

The categories in Show Dance are:

Solo male, solo female, duo, small group, formation.

Adult division duo is divided in two categories:

DUO female-female

DUO male-female or duo male-male
The dancer must only be represented in either two females, two males or male/female in any given competition Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts.

  1. DEFINITION OF SHOW DANCEShow Dance in the broadest sense is based either on any Jazz/Lyrical, Ballet and/or Modern and Contemporary dance technique. Other dance disciplines can also be incorporated but cannot dominate. Ballroom, Latin or Rock ’n’ Roll (in the IDSF & WDC way) are excluded and cannot be performed. Show Dance allows the use of lifts (except for Children), acrobatics, props, lip-sync and other theatrical effects. An IDO Show Dance number always has to have a guideline, story or visible concept to entertain the audience.
  2. When movements and elements of other IDO dance disciplines such as Disco Dance, Hip-Hop, Electric Boogie, Break Dance and Tap, or when American & International Ballroom and Latin Dance is used in the performance, such movements / styles should not control / dominate the performance.
  3. The dancer’s personal interpretation should be clearly evident when using any of these disciplines or styles.
  4. Acrobatic Movements: Permitted as outlined in General Provisions of Performing Arts. Acrobatic movements will be evaluated under show criteria and must never dominate and must be in harmony with the idea or theme. If modern gymnastic movements dominates a performance a significantly reduction of points in the technique dimension should be the consequence.
  5. Lifts: Permitted as outlined in General Provisions of Performing Arts. NOTE: Lifts are NOT permitted in the Children’s age division.
  6. Stage Props: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts.
  1. Musicality, variety of dance and patterns, originality, total performance and individual choreography will be evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance, choreography, costume and props in the presentation, as the entire image will be used in evaluating the performance.
  2. Formations will be judged as a whole. Solo, duo or ensemble parts may be performed, but must not dominate.
  3. All Show Dance presentations shall be based on a concept, story, theme or idea. There must be a title of the Show. The concept, story, theme or idea must be fully understandable and will be expressed by means of dance movements that adhere to the piece being presented, along with being creative, imaginative and original. The piece must have Show Value, as explained in the Judging Procedure (Section Protocol and Judging Procedure)

A Production is defined as an elaborate theatrical presentation, dominated by dance, which may include any IDO discipline or any combination thereof, using a story, theme, or concept. Since its primary purpose will be to entertain, it will be under the jurisdiction and administration of the Performing Arts Department.

Although all IDO disciplines will compete against each other in this category, specific rules as outlined under each discipline will be adhered to unless otherwise specified in the rules that follow.

Allowable DANCE FORMS:

This category will be open to all or any combination of dance disciplines under the auspices of the IDO. Dance disciplines under the control of the WDC, the IDSF and the WRRC may not participate in any IDO event unless special dispensation is given by the official organization representing that particular discipline.

AGE Limits:

There will be no age restrictions and all ages will compete against one another. No dancer will be represented in more than one Production at any event. However, dancers may participate in both Mini and Production, as long as the content of each performance is not duplicated.

Production CATEGORIES:

  • Large Productions – called “Productions”
  • Mini ProductionsTIME Limits:Large ProductionsThe minimum performance time limit, including the opening entrance and the final exit, is 5 minutes and the maximum is 8 minutes. (Set up time is explained below)Mini ProductionsThe minimum performance time limit, including the opening entrance and the final exit, is 3 minutes and the maximum is 8 minutes. (Set up time is explained below)

    STAGE PROPS and SCENERY:

There will be a total of 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to break down scenic sets, backdrop and stage props. All set ups and breakdowns must be made by stagehands provided by the school, club or group presenting the Production. Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage or make the dance floor/stage unsafe, may not be used. Both fire and working weapons are not permitted.

NUMBER of Performers:

Large Productions

At least 25 dancers minimum, with no maximum, are allowed in this category. However, it is the producer of the production’s responsibility to make sure the stage or dance floor is large enough to accommodate the number of dancers one wishes to present.

Mini Productions

At least 3 dancers minimum, with maximum of 12 dancers, are allowed in this category.

FEES:

Every performer appearing in the Production, including dancers, singers, and musicians, along with any other supporting cast must pay the start fee outlined in the IDO Rules Book. This is a lifetime license.

PRESENTATION:

A Production may include solo, duo and ensemble performers as long as long as solo and duo performers do not dominate the performance. Both lifts and/or acrobatic movements are allowed, as long as they do not threaten the well-being of the dancers. Other theatrical effects such as fog, laser lighting, magic and illusions may be presented, without restriction, provided they are not hazardous to the performers, stagehands or audience.

MUSIC:

All types of music may be used as long as it is not offensive to the public or IDO. Music containing inappropriate or offensive lyrics will not be permitted. Live music may be used as long as the musicians are part of the Production being presented.

LIVE MUSIC

  1. Musicians are not counted as participants unless they also dance in the routine.
  2. The Organizer must be advised by email prior to 4 weeks preceding the event. The email MUST explain all necessary details. Once approved, the participant must adhere to the agreement.
  3. All equipment must be brought in and set–up by the Dancers and/or Musicians.
  4. Set–up must be done quickly and in a quiet, non-disruptive manner.
  5. The set-up and break down of all equipment must not take more then 5 minutes.
  6. Live music AND recorded music can be mixed. In this case, the house system of the Organizer can be used if the entrant can cue the sound engineer of the house system for starts and stops of the recorded music.For example: If the entry uses amplified live music there can be two different systems.
    1. House system – for CD and/or up to 2 microphones for vocals only.
    2. Additional portable amplification system supplied by the entrant for live music/vocals
    3. Both systems may be mixed for live music AND recorded music
  7. Suggested live music:
    Vocals, brass, woodwinds, strings, drums and percussion, bass, keyboards. Full size pianos or organs will not be allowed.

Responsibility of the Organizer:

It is the Organizer’s responsibility to provide normal stage amenities as out- lined in the IDO Rules Book. The Organizer must provide equal opportunity for all productions. It is the full responsibility of the school, club, group or independent entry to supply all special effects, as well as the necessary stagehands for proper and safe operation. It is also their responsibility to check with the Organizers to make sure all special effects are allowed in the auditorium or competition facility.

The categories of Hip Hop Battles are:

Solo and Teams.
Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.

SOLO

Music:

  1. Organizer’s music in different Hip Hop styles.
  2. Duration of Performance: 4-6 entries, each 0:30-1:00 min.

HH BATTLES MUSIC SCHEDULE:

  1. always NEW STYLE
  2. DIFFERENT STYLES
  • Ragga
  • R&B
  • House
  • D.step
  • Popping

3. always OLD SCHOOL

solo BATTLES

1st round

1/8 final

1/4 final

1/2 final

Battle 3/4. place

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Battle 1/2. place

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  1. Tempo:

No restrictions, but very different because of the different styles

  1. Acrobatic Movements: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines, including those typical of Break Dance, but should not control / dominate the performance.
  2. Stage Props: Not permitted (see more under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines)
  3. Procedure of HipHop Solo Battle competition:
    1. FIRST/PRELIMINARY ROUND: Each group of competitors (heats) begins dancing together in the preliminary round with a one-minute performance in “New Style”, but not more than 6 dancers on the floor.. Then they dance 2 times 30-40 seconds in some other Style: Ragga or R&B or House or D. Step or Popping or others, but not more than 6 dancers on the floor. The final performance is “Old School”, again one minute.The Best 16 competitors will be qualified and continue with battles (knock out system).
    2. Qualification: If there are 18 dancers or more in the 1st round,adjudicatorsshouldqualify the best 16, which they divide into 4 classes/categories (A=best, B=2nd best, C=3rd best, D=4th best). For those whom they want to qualify, they use the following point system. The adjudicator gives the best 4 dancers 4 points(A), the next best 4 dancers 3 points(B), the next best 4 dancers 2 points(C) and the next best dancers 1 point(D) each. For those whom they do not want to qualify they give no points. According to achieved summary of points the RANKING of the 16 best dancers is made, in which first four dancers belong to A class, 4 next to B class, 4 next to C class and 4 to D class. If there are more than 20competitors in the 1st=preliminary round, a Supervisor together with a Chairman of Judges may decide to ask for additional crosses for dancers on first next position after 16 best dancers (cross means placement on the 17th position and is taken into consideration in case of tie).

c. BATTLES:

In the 8 battles that follow, the dancers from A class will battle with dancers from D class, and dancers from B class will battle with dancers from C class (1st in a ranking from group A with last from group D, etc.). Neither dancers, nor adjudicators will be informed who belongs to which class, only Scrutineer and Supervisor (Chairman of Judges) will be informed. List of battles will be published. After 8 battles, those who are winners will battle in the next 4 battles, and afterwards in last two for 4th and 3rd as well as for 2nd and 1st place. All adjudicators ? decisions must be also in written form (made by Scrutineer and the chairman of judges.

Ranking after the 1st round:

1A 5B 9C 13D

2A 6B 10C 14D

3A 7B 11C 15D

4A 8B 12C 16D

 If there is 10 to 17 competitors in the 1st round, adjudicators will qualify only 8 dancers, 2 of class A (4 points), 2 of class B (3 points), 2 of class C (2 points), and 2 of class D (1 point). Then in next round there are only 4 battles (A1/D8; B3/C6; A2/D7; B4/C5). The winners of these four battles will go on to two battles and finally will be one battle for 1st place and one battle for 3rd place.

If there is less than 10 competitors in the 1st round, adjudicators will qualify only 4 dancers, one of each class and then there are only 2 battles (A1/D4 and B2/C3); followed by battles of the winners of previous 2 battles (one battle for 1st place and one battle for 3rd place).

TEAM

  1. Number of Dancers: 3-7
  2. Music: Teams may use their own music in the first round. Organizer ’s music will be used from 2nd round.

HH BATTLES MUSIC SCHEDULE:

  1. always NEW STYLE
  2. DIFFERENT STYLES
    • Ragga
    • R&B
    • House
    • D.step
    • Popping
  3. always OLD SCHOOL

team BATTLES

1st round

1/2 final

Battle 3/4. and 1/2. place

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  1. Duration of Performance: 150-180 seconds (2:30 – 3:00 minutes) in first round (Show). The “Semifinal-Battle” (3. and 4. place) will have up to 5 entries (different styles). The “Final-Battle” up to 7 entries (different styles).
  2. Tempo: No restrictions.
  3. Stage props are allowed in hip hop battle teams.
  4. If one team disturbs another team’s performance or endangers another team’s safety, a loss of evaluation points will result.

Based on the first round results, the Chairman of Judges will determine the order of “battles” between 1st – 2nd ranked teams an d the 3rd – 4th ranked teams.

All other rules are as outlined under SOLO. Procedure of HipHop Battle Team competition:

First round is a show of teams who will dance to their own music. Judges must be aware that teams are presenting at least 2 different styles. The Adjudicators will evaluate and select the four best teams. The Adjudicators give the best team 4 points (A), the next best team 3 points(B), the next best team 2 points(C) and the next best team 1 point (D) .Only the 4 best teams will battle to the Organizer’s music (3rd against 4th and 1st against 2nd). If there are more than 8 teams in the 1st=preliminary round, a Supervisor together with a Chairman of Judges may decide to ask for additional crosses for team/teams on the next position after 4 best teams (cross means placement).

If the time frame allows, Organizer Chairman and Supervisor can decide, to use the big spider (as Solos), so there go 8 or 16 teams into the battles.

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