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1.1 PERFORMING ARTS DISCIPLINES INCLUDING TRADITIONAL DANCES

The rules outlined below cover the following Performing Arts Dance Disciplines and Traditional Dances:

A. Performing Arts:

  • Show Dance
  • Jazz Dance/Lyrical
  • Tap Dance
  • Acrobatic Dance
  • Ballet
  • Modern and Contemporary Dance
  • Bollywood
  • Mini Production & Production

B. Traditional Dances:

  • Character – Ethnic – Folk
  • Belly Dance / Oriental
  • Show Belly Dance / Oriental Show
  • Folk Belly Dance / Oriental Folk
  • Flamenco

Unless stated otherwise under the specific rules for a particular discipline, the following categories are available in the Performing Arts Disciplines listed above:

SOLO MALE
SOLO FEMALE
DUO two females, two males or one male and one female
TRIO (Tap Dance and Bollywood only) – any combination of three dancers SMALL GROUP 3 – 7 dancers (4 – 7 dancers in TAP and BOLLYWOOD only) FORMATION 8 – 24 dancers
MINI PRODUCTION 3 – 12 dancers will be deleted 1.1.2016
LARGE PRODUCTION 25 dancers and more

1.1.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS – PERFORMING ARTS

Each dance discipline has some rules specific to that particular discipline. Such information is provided under the specific heading for the discipline in question. In general, the following rules apply to all Performing Arts Disciplines. Any exceptions are noted in each rule.

AGE DIVISIONS

AGE DIVISION AGE RANGE
Mini Kids 7 and under
Children 11 and under
Junior 12 – 15
Adult 1 Adult 2 16 and over 31 and over
Senior 50 and over (Belly Dance /Oriental)

In the Modern Dance Discipline Mini Kids are not allowed. (AGM 2015, Implementation January 1st 2016)

Competitors in all dance disciplines dance to their own music. No dancer shall compete against him or herself.

STAGE PROPS:

Permitted in many Performing Arts disciplines. However, Stage Props must be carried by the dancer(s) in one trip. Stagehands / assistants are not allowed to carry props for the dancer(s).

NOTE: Cumbersome scenic props are not permitted in any dance, category, style or division at any IDO Event. Hand Props are anything carried with the hands and not part of the costume (bells, flags, cane, umbrella, etc.). Floor Props are the same, objects set on the floor (chairs, stairs, ladders, tables, etc.).
Scenic Backgrounds and Backdrops (scenic curtains or flats – scenery).

Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor / stage unsafe may not be used in any category or discipline.

Using electrical devices, such as personal light effects and music which the dancer plugs into an electric socket – props, may be used but must be powered by battery.

SCENIC SET UP AND BREAK DOWN

Scenic backgrounds and floor props must take no longer than 15 seconds to set up and 15 seconds to carry it away in Solo, Duo, Trio and 25 seconds in Small Group entries. Formations will be allowed 45 seconds to set up and 45 seconds to take it off the stage. Time will begin as soon as the first piece of scenic material touches the stage and in taking it off, as soon as the last piece is off the stage. This rule applies to all Performing Arts disciplines. The rule regarding dancers carrying the props in one trip, on and off, will remain the same.

DURATION OF PERFORMANCE:

CATEGORY MINIMUM Time Duration MAXIMUM Time Duration
Solos, Duos, Trio (Tap only) 1 minute & 45 seconds (1:45) 1 minute in Ballet solo 2 minutes & 15 seconds (2:15)
Small Groups 2 minutes & 30 seconds (2:30) 3 minutes (3:00)
Formations 2 minutes & 30 seconds (2:30) 4 minutes (4:00)
Mini Production (be deleted1.1.2016) Large Production 3 minutes 5 minutes 8 minutes 8 minutes

Set-up time is explained below

Children’s Formation will be 2:30 minimum and 3:00 maximum in Performing Arts, except Belly Dance and Large Production 5 minutes

Flamenco Dance.

The time limit for all Productions is 8 minutes maximum, which will allow the opportunity to have a final with 3, including an open marking.

LIFTS:

Lifts are defined as movements / figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures / movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person.

Lifts are permitted in some, but not all dance disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question. Lifts are NOT permitted in Children’s divisions, except in Production and Mini Production.

ACROBATIC MOVEMENTS:

Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures.

These movements are permitted in some, but not all disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.

If permitted, acrobatic movements will not always enhance the dancer’s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ROUTINE RESTRICTIONS

No dance routine shall be performed in more than one discipline.

Example: The same routine cannot be performed in both a Jazz and Show Dance, nor can a Modern piece be performed in both a Modern and Ballet event.

SPECIAL RULE FOR COSTUMES

In Jazz/Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Tap Dance and Show Dance disciplines dancers will not be allowed to change their costume during a performance or competition, unless it is ordered because of an infraction of the Costume Rules. It will also not be allowed to change the music or choreography in the next or final round.

SPECIAL RULES FOR THE CHILDREN AGE DIVISION

Dark themes, costumes, and music are not permitted in the Children Age Division

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

Characteristics and Movement: Acrobatic dance shall include many techniques, such as tumbling, balancing, contortions, and aerial tricks without hands and controlled movement, as well as acrobatic elements, static elements, jumps, hand support elements, turns, rolls, walkovers and saltos, all of which should be connected with dance movement and dance combinations. The emphasis is on strength, stretch, control and ease of movement, no matter what technique is being used.

It is forbidden to form routine on the basic Aerobic and sport Rock’ n ’Roll elements. For safety reasons it is forbidden in all age divisions:

  • To perform supports/lifts higher than dancers’ height as well as different throws from hands of other dancer except in the adult division.
  • To fall on the knees, stomach and back from the jumping position;
  • To begin an acrobatic walkover within flight phase;
  • To perform any acrobatic element more than three times (variations are allowed i.e. performance of different forms of the element. For example: cartwheel, one hand cartwheel, cartwheel with transition to the floor, elbow cartwheel etc.).
  • To perform headstand (head balance).
Lifts, pyramids, throws: Lifts are permitted in Junior and Adult age divisions 
Pyramids are allowed in Junior and Adult age divisions. Pyramid is element of artistic, power and plastic acrobatics. It is a group position when dancers supporting each other form complex figures. While performing a pyramid, intended figure shall be fixed for a period of time from 3 to 5 seconds. In Junior age division high unaided pyramids are prohibited. 
In Children and Junior age division different throws of one dancer by another are prohibited.
Clothing and decorative elements: Costume rules and regulations see in General Rules in Section 2 of the 
IDO Rule Book. 
For safety reasons it is forbidden to wear decorative elements including earrings, piercing in nose, tongue, navel, face skin. Eye-glasses, hearing devices as well as decorations made of transparent plastic, bracelets, necklaces and pins are also forbidden. All decorations shall be taken off. (Exception: stresses on the dress and temporary tattoos). All accessories, for example hair accessories, shall be tight, and, if possible, soft and flat. Long hair shall be fastened and taken away from face. 
Stage Props: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts.
Evaluation: Musicality, variety of acrobatic elements and dance itself, originality of composition as well as 
harmony of concept, music, choreography and acrobatic elements will be highly evaluated.

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.

1.7 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE

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. In the Modern Dance Discipline Mini Kids are not

allowed. (AGM 2015, Implementation January 1st 2016)
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, José Limon, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Lester Horton and a host of others on the American continent, and Kurt Jooss, Mary 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 information 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Acrobatics and Lifts: Acrobatic movements are allowed, but should only be used to enhance the routine. Gymnastic lines are not allowed (multiple gymnastic moves, travelling from corner to corner). Modern and Contemporary Dance should not look like an acrobatic dance routine. Lifts are allowed in Junior and Adult age divisions and are prohibited in the Children age division.
  3. 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.
  4. Clothing: aesthetic, tasteful and age division appropriate.

Belly Dance / Oriental
Show Belly Dance / Oriental Show Folk Belly Dance / Oriental Folk

The categories are: Solo male (only in Oriental Folk Dance and Oriental Show), solo female, duo, small group, formation.

Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts, all listed belly dance disciplines are only for junior and older age divisions. Seniors may compete in the Adults 2 age division.

Dance disciplines for BELLY DANCE:

Improvising in drum solo and Raks Sharqi with organizers music.

3.1. BELLY DANCE/ORIENTAL: based on the classical style Raks Sharqi and includes or may consist of elements of Oriental folk dances and styles, but they should not dominate. It is forbidden to use acrobatic movements or lifts, use props or accessories except of canes, finger cymbals, and “conventional veils”. Veils that have been made into “wings” by the use of rods are permitted if they are not the focus of the choreography and are used for dramatic effect at the beginning or end of the piece.

Musical accompaniment for BELLY DANCE/ORIENTAL: classical instrumental work with possible accompaniment of vocals. Modern or pop versions of music may be used if the dance and image created conform to the aforementioned principles.

  • 3.2  Show BELLY DANCE/ORIENTAL Show: choreography with compulsory show elements may incorporate any form of dance, however BELLY DANCE original technique predominates. It is allowed to use oriental props and appropriate accessories (two veils, Isis wings, saber, vases, knives, and etc.) and any type of costume. Lifts and acrobatics are allowed. Various dances, styles and fusions of fantasy styles like flamenco oriental, Tribal, oriental tango, gothic and others are welcome. 
There has to be a development of the plot (introduction, culmination, final ).
Competitors in Show BELLY DANCE/Oriental Show should provide the organizer the title of their show. 
Stage props and scenery may be used if the competitors themselves put the objects in place during a single visit to the stage and remove them without the help of non-performers. 
Musical accompaniment for SHOW BELLY DANCE can be any kind of music.
Scenic props: 15 seconds to bring for solo, duo, small group; 45 seconds – for formation and mix- 
formation.

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.

Although Bollywood dance has its origins in Traditional Indian dance, it is made up of many differing dance styles including Indian Classical, Bhangra, Arabic, Folk, Tribal, Latino, Hip Hop, Street Dance, “Michael Jackson”, and many others.

We must, however, remember that in Bollywood there must be a contrast of dance styles and movement, depending on the music. It is important to use Lip Sync and Mime, to encourage enactment of some of the lyrics.

This discipline must apply technique, grace, speed, style, versatility, body isolation, spatial awareness, energy, facial expression and emotion, whether solo, towards a partner or within a group.

Many Bollywood dancers are also actors, so this skill needs to be shown.
MOVEMENT: We would expect to see much Indian dance influence, including Hand Gestures, Postures, Head Slides, Classical moves in arms, legs, feet, knee squats, etc., even within very Modern pieces.

COSTUME: This can be from Classical Indian (with or without ghunghroos/ankle bells) to a “Hoodie Look” to Futuristic, and even a mix, as long as it is in keeping with the dance style, music, Production piece, but still remain tasteful, and respect age.

FACIAL EXPRESSION: This is a very important part of Bollywood, so all parts of the face need to be worked. Eyes especially play an important part. Within this section we would expect to see Lip Sync, as well as many different emotions.

MAKE UP: Must be in keeping at all times, and must respect age.
LIFTS & ACROBATICS: These may be included, again, as long as they are in keeping (although not expected).

Lifts are not permitted for Children and Mini Kids. AGE: In Productions can be mix of all age divisions.

PROPS & SCENERY: All exactly as Performing Arts. However, hand props such as a hand mirror, flowers, jewellery, etc., can play an important role in a performance.

1.9 MINI PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTION (MINI PRODUCTION will be deleted 1.1.2016)

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 WDSF 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 Productions (will be deleted 1.1.2016) 
TIME LIMITS: 
Large Productions 
The 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 Productions (will be deleted 1.1.2016)
The 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 (will be deleted 1.1.2016)
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 than 5 minutes.
  1. 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
  2. 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.

1.10 CHARACTER / FOLK DANCE SHOW/ ETHNIC

  1. Characteristics and Movement: 
Character Dance pertains to dances portraying characters from traditional Ballets, Opera, Broadway style Musical Theatre, TV or Video. The range of characters is very broad and may include: The Wolf from Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, a Bird, Dog, Cat, Flower, Butterfly, Animal, Sailor, Nurse, Religious Preacher, Pauper, Prince or Shirley Temple. Costuming, music and dance movements must be appropriate to the character being presented. 
Folk and Ethnic Dance: These disciplines must be Traditional Dances of any Nationality, passed down from generation to generation, and may include: Polonaise, Polynesian, American Indian, Highland Fling, Flamenco, Japanese Candle Dance, Hindu, Tarantella, African, etc. Traditional / authentic costuming and music is expected, and will be used in the total evaluation.
  2. Stage Props: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts.

The categories of Jazz Dance are: solo male, solo female, duo, small group, formation.

Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts.

Jazz Dance Styles:

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lifts: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions in Adult and Junior divisions. NOTE: Lifts are NOT permitted in the Children’s age divisions.
  5. 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.
  6. 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, performed in a Show Dance division to Whitney Houston, without a theme or story line, would not do very well, because the show value of the 4-D system would receive a low mark. When judging an IDO competition where the 3-D system of separate evaluations is used 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.

ORIENTAL DANCE Children Oriental Dance Children Oriental Show Dance Children Oriental Folk Dance

Children male dancers are only allowed to compete in Oriental Folk and Oriental Show dance Small Group and Formations.

Dance disciplines for Oriental Dance

Oriental Dance: based on the classical style Raks Sharqi and includes or may consist of elements of Oriental folk dances and styles. It is forbidden to use acrobatic movements or lifts, use props or accessories except of canes, finger cymbals, and “conventional veils”. Veils that have been made into “wings” by the use of rods are permitted if they are not the focus of the choreography and are used for dramatic effect at the beginning or end of the piece.

Musical accompaniment for ORIENTAL DANCE: classical instrumental work with possible accompaniment of vocals. Modern or pop versions of music may be used if the dance and image created conform to the aforementioned principles.

Oriental Show Dance: choreography with compulsory show element may incorporate any form of dance, however Oriental Dance original technique and music predominates. It is allowed to use oriental props and appropriate accessories (two veils, Isis wings, saber, vases, and etc.) and any type of costume. Various dances, styles and fusions of fantasy styles like flamenco oriental and others are welcome. There has to be a development of the plot (introduction, culmination, final).

Competitors in Oriental Show should provide the Organizer with the title of their performances.

Stage props and scenery may be used if the competitors themselves put the objects in place during a single visit to the stage and remove them without the help of non-performers.

Musical accompaniment for SHOW BELLY DANCE can be any kind of music

Oriental FOLK DANCE: Arabic folk dance reflects the national features, traditions, habits, music, costume and history of a peoples’ society living in a particular place, region or country. It is the cultural property of all people of a given territory.

Recommended Dance styles Oriental FOLK DANCE:

  • Saidi
  • Khaleegy
  • Nubian
  • Dabke
  • Ghawazee
  • Haggallah
  • Falaahii
  • Baladi Shaabi (used only for children vocals)
  • Muashahat
  • Bandari
  • Simsimiya (Bambuti)
  • Bedouin

Not recommended for children Style:

  • Moroccan
  • Iraqi
  • Tunisian no more, because there are movements of after wedding ceremony.
  • Algerian
  • Iranian
  • Shamadan
  • Eskandarani
  • ritual dances and other dances of Arabian culture and territorial countries in North Africa, Middle 
East and Persian Gulf. 
Folkloric dances must be performed using music of the particular nationality being represented, in a corresponding costume and contain characteristic movements, manners, and themes of that specific folk genre. Oriental stage props or accessories have to belong to the particular dancing style For example: Sticks for Saidi, a pitcher for Tunisian. 
Competitors in Oriental Folk Dance should provide the organizer the dance style, they will perform.

4. Music

In any round it is imperative that the performer’s music be the only piece of music on the recording. The duration of the piece should be in accordance with the rules of specific category and age division.

It is the responsibility of the performer or a representative of the performer to provide the person, who is responsible for the sound well in advance but at an appropriate time with the recording indicating the number and name of the performer.

(Semi-final: one of either CD with one track. Final: another CD with one track). In the event that these requirements are not met by the performer the right to participate in the competition may be revoked.

4.1 Time Limits:

ORIENTAL DANCE
SOLO Preliminaries, 1/8, 1/16, etc. Organizer’s Music 1 minute all together – 1 minute improvisation in a group of 6 – 1 minute all together
1⁄4 and Semi-final own music 1:00 – 1:30 minutes
Final own music 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
DUOS Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:00 – 1:30 minutes
Final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
SMALL GROUPS, FORMATIONS Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:30 – 2:00 minutes
Final 2:00 – 3:00 minutes
ORIENTAL FOLK DANCE, ORIENTAL SHOW DANCE(ALL-COMPETITORS OWN MUSIC)
SOLO Preliminary 1:00 – 1:30 minutes
Semi- final, final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
DUOS Preliminary 1:00 – 1:30 minutes
Semi- final, final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
SMALL GROUPS, FORMATION Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Final 2:00 – 3:00 minutes

4.2 Length of Solo parts in categories:
Note: In Duo, Small Group, Mini Production, Formation, Mixed Formation it is possible to use solo

dance but only four bars.

  1. Rules for the costume 
Costume may consist of traditional or stylized top over a tricot, so that costume is integral and must not distorted body proportions natural for this age. Children may wear pantaloons, a long skirt, or a special dress. 
It is forbidden to wear skin color or net material. Children have to be dressed to the elbow and to the knees. As for the example – Picture 1. (Dress for Children) :
  2. The dancer’s choreography and image must coincide with the children age division.
  3. In the Children’s Age Division it is forbidden to:
    • perform in the styles of Eskandaria (Alexandrian, Melaya Leff), Shamadan, ritual movements
    • use a parter
    • use sharp cutting devices (knives, swords, etc.)
    • the extensively execute shimmy movement in standing and walking positions is allowed not more than 4 bars.
    • Use make-up
  • ORIENTAL FOLK DANCE: 
Oriental Folk Dance reflects the national features, traditions, habits, music, costume and history of a peoples’ society living in a particular place, region or country. It is the cultural property of all people of a given territory. 
Dance styles Oriental FOLK DANCE:
  • Saidi
  • Alexandrian
  • Khaleegy
  • Nubian
  • Dabke
  • Ghawazee
  • Haggallah
  • Shamadan
  • Falaahii
  • Bedouin
  • Moroccan
  • Tunisian
  • Algerian
  • Iranian 
And other dances of Arabian culture and territorial countries in North Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf.

Folkloric dances must be performed using music of the particular nationality being represented, in a corresponding costume and contain characteristic movements, manners, and themes of that specific folk genre. Oriental stage props or accessories have to belong to the particular dancing style e.g. an original Shamadan. (It is not allowed to switch on the candles.) e.g. sticks for Saidi, e.g. a pitcher for Tunisian

Competitors in Oriental Folk Dance should provide the Organizer the dance style, they will perform.

  1. Music 
In any round it is imperative that the performer’s music be the only piece of music on the recording. The duration of the piece should be in accordance with the rules of specific category and age division. 
It is the responsibility of the performer or a representative of the performer to provide the person, who is responsible for the sound well in advance but at an appropriate time with the recording indicating the number and name of the performer. 
(Semi-final: one of either CD with one track. Final: another CD with one track). In the event that these requirements are not met by the performer the right to participate in the competition may be revoked.
  2. Duration of the Performance
BELLY DANCE/ORIENTAL
SOLO Juniors, Adults 1, Adults 2, Seniors Preliminaries 1/8, 1/16, etcORGANIZER’S MUSIC 1 minute (Improvising in Drum solo together in a group of 10 to 12) – 1 minute Drum solo by group of dancers 3 to 4, 1 minute (Raks Sharki together in a group of 10 to 12) – 1 minute Raks Sharqi solo by group of dancers 3 to 4AGM 2015, Implementation immediately
1⁄4 and 1⁄2 Final, competitors own music 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Final 2:00 – 3:00 minutes
DUOS All rounds 1:00 – 1:30 minutes
Final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
SMALL GROUPS,MIXED SMALL GROUPS (mixed will be deleted after 1.1. 2016) Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:30 – 2:00 minutes
Final 2:00 – 3:00 minutes
FORMATIONS,MIXED FORMATIONS(mixed will be deleted after 1.1. 2016) Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Final 2:30 – 4:00 minutes
ORIENTAL FOLK DANCE, SHOW BELLY DANCE/ORIENTAL SHOW(ALL-COMPETITORS OWN MUSIC)
SOLO Juniors Adults 1, Adults 2, Seniors All rounds 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
DUOS Juniors, Adults 2, Seniors All rounds 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Adults 1 Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Adults 1 Final 2:00 – 3:00 minutes
SMALL GROUPS andMIXED SMALL GROUPS (mixed will be deleted after 1.1. 2016) Preliminaries, Semi-final 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Final 2:00 – 3:00 minutes
FORMATION andMIXED FORMATIONS (mixed will be deleted after 1.1. 2016) All rounds 1:45 – 2:15 minutes
Final 3:00 – 4:00 minutes

Note: In Duo, Small Group, Mixed Small Group, Formation, Mixed Formation it is possible to use solo dance but only four bars. (mixed groups and mixed formations will be deleted after 1.1. 2016)

Re-dance is possible in following: Re-dance live with compulsory music, paper re-dance and re-dance for the 1st place in the final round (only for competitors in tie for the 1st place).

  1. Rules for Costumes and Choreography for BELLY DANCE/Oriental Solo 
Juniors, Seniors: costume may be changed for each round but it is not mandatory. 
Adult 1 and Adults 2 – 1⁄4 final and 1⁄2 final can be the same choreography. Final has to be a new choreography and costume. 
The dancer’s choreography and image must coincide with the age division in which they are competing. All dancers have to stay on the floor during the whole performance.
  2. Dancer’s Number
    • 7.1  For dancers in the show and folk categories it is not necessary to affix their assigned number to their costume.
    • 7.2  For all quarter-final, semi-final and final competition in all categories it is not necessary to affix the competitor’s assigned number to their costume.
    • 7.3  Master of Ceremonies is required to: in quarter-final, semi-final and final competition announce the competitor’s number and full name. For quarter-final, semi-final and final competition in Belly Dance/Oriental Solos, Duos, Small Groups, Mixed Small Groups, Formations and Mixed Formations – the name of the ensemble or pseudonym (stage name) is sufficient (mixed groups and formations will be deleted after 1.12016). Also in Oriental Folk Dance and Oriental Show Dance.
  3. Competitors During their Performance

8.1 In Duo, Small Group, Mixed Small Group (will be deleted after 1.1. 2016), Formation and Mixed Formation (will be deleted after 1.1. 2016) categories all dancers have to stay on the dance floor during the whole performance from the beginning of composition until the end.

  1. All dancers have to be ready to dance 30 Minutes before their start time and they must give their music to the sound engineer at least 60 minutes prior to the start time.
  2. Safety

10.1 It is forbidden to use the open flame, liquids or other substances that may leave the floor wet, damage the stage surface or make it unsafe.

10.2. It is forbidden to use live animals.

11. Notes for the Organizers

When organizing a BELLY DANCE event it is necessary to:

  • 11.1  Ensure that the dance surface is kept clean.
  • 11.2  It is the Organizer’s responsibility to ensure that during the preliminaries for the Adult categories the compulsory music is changed for each heat so that all competitors have equal opportunity for improvising.
  • 11.3  After the semi-final results have been announced for the age divisions Adult 1 and Adults 2 a break of at least 15 minutes should be provided so the finalists may change their costumes and music be prepared for the final.

11.4 Provide videotaping of the semi-final and final rounds for the age divisions Adult 1 and Adults 2 category in order to check that the rules have been followed with regard to the mandatory change of costume and choreography.

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

  1. Characteristics and Movement: Although the primary emphasis should be on the harmonious blend of the dancer’s footwork (sound), many variables exist. All forms of tap will compete against each other, such as: Rhythm, Hoofing, Buck and Wing, Waltz Clog, Military, Precision Kick Line, Latin and Musical Theater.
  2. Jingle taps, double taps or double claques are not permitted.
  3. The music must not contain prerecorded taps.
  4. Personal amplification devices are not permitted.
  5. No more than 30 seconds of a cappella or tacet (silence) may be used in any one routine. The absence of music must occur within the music and not at the beginning or end. “Stop Time” is an open part of a measure of music, not played but silent, with some notes being played. “A Capella” is an open phrase of multiple measures in length, but completely absent (silent) of any/all music. 
NOTE: Music must be played at the beginning and end of the music and the A Capella must be no longer than 30 seconds. A Capella can also be defined as “Tacit.”
  6. The dancer’s taps and the music must be clearly audible to the audience and adjudicators. 
NOTE: The Organizer must make sure the stage has adequate floor microphones and speakers to make this possible.
  7. Acrobatic Movements that are an integral part of the routine are permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts, but will not enhance the dancer’s score.
  8. Regarding health and safety issues in Tap dance, it is not allowed to dance or perform toe work (dancing on pointe) in the Children’s age division for longer than one beat of music. The definition of this being dancing or standing on the tips of the toes in weight-bearing steps on one or both feet.

Toe work/dancing on pointe will be for no longer than one beat of the music on one or both feet in Children’s Division.

NOTE: No more than one beat and NO weight bearing pointe work at any time. This is stated strictly to clarify the rule already in effect

LIVE MUSIC during Junior and Adult Small Groups:

  1. This is a separate category and cannot be mixed with other categories.
  2. Musicians are not counted as participants unless they also dance in the routine. The ages of the musicians are not relevant unless they are also dancers.
  3. The Organizer must be advised by email 4 weeks prior to the event. The email must explain all necessary details. Once approved, the participant must adhere to the agreement.
  4. All equipment must be brought in and set up by the Dancers and/or musicians.
  5. Set up must be done quickly and in a quiet, non-disruptive manner.
  6. The set up and break down of the musical equipment and portable amplification must not take more than 3 minutes.
  7. 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. The entrant may supply additional portable amplification system for live music/vocals.
    3. Both systems may be mixed for live music AND recorded music
  8. Suggested live music:
Vocals, brass, woodwinds, strings, drums, percussion, bass and keyboards may be used to make 
music. Full size pianos or organs will not be allowed.

The rules outlined below cover the following Street Dance Disciplines:

  • Break Dance
  • Electric Boogie
  • Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop Solo and Team Battle
  • Disco Dance
  • Disco Dance Free Style
  • Street Dance Show
  • Techno 
Unless stated otherwise under the specific rules for a particular discipline, the following categories are available in the Street Dance Disciplines listed above: 
SOLO MALE
SOLO FEMALE
DUO two males, two females or one male and one female
DUO female / female and DUO male/ female or male/ male in Disco Dance Adults only SMALL GROUP/ TEAM 3 – 7 dancers
FORMATION 8 – 24 dancers
MINI PRODUCTION 3 – 12 dancers will be deleted 1.1.2016
LARGE PRODUCTION 25 dancers and more

2.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS – STREET DANCE DISCIPLINES

Each dance discipline has some rules specific to that particular dance discipline. Such information is provided under the specific heading for the discipline in question.

In general, the following rules apply to All Street Dance Disciplines. Any exceptions are noted in each rule. When an exception is noted, please refer to the specific rules governing the discipline mentioned.

AGE DIVISIONS

AGE DIVISION AGE RANGE
Mini Kids 7 and under
Children 11 and under
Junior 12 – 15
Adult 1 Adult 2 16 and over 31 and over

From time to time Organizers may decide to run Championships in Street Dance Adults 2, age 31 and over, no exceptions. This age division is only for small groups and formations.

No dancer shall compete against him or herself.

MUSIC

Competitors in most, but not all, disciplines dance to the Organizer’s music.

EXCEPTIONS: Disco Dance Formations, Hip Hop Formations, Techno Formations, Hip Hop Team Battles (1st round), Break Dance Teams (1st round) and all categories of Street Dance Show.

DURATION OF PERFORMANCE: Refer to specific discipline. In each discipline when the Organizer’s music is used the dancers have to dance full time limit. In case that they do not dance full time limit, warning will be issued. If a dancer/dancers do not perform in any of the required minutes (first, solo/presentation and final minute) this absence will result in a direct disqualification (D).

In special cases when the dancers/s cannot continue the competition the dancer/s will be marked as the last place in the round the dancer/s had performed in.
(AGM 2015, Implementation September 1st 2015)

Children’s Formation will be 2:30 minimum and 3:00 maximum in Street Dance Department. This rule will be used in all disciplines except where it is specified differently.

STAGE PROPS:

Permitted in some, but not in all disciplines.

Hats, coats, sweaters, shawls, etc., may be used as long as they remain part of the costume and must be retained during the entire performance. Such clothing articles may be turned inside out, held in the hands, exchanged with a partner, etc., but may NOT be thrown away during the performance.

Stage Props not definable as clothing may NOT be used. Such as:
Hand props like sticks, umbrellas, balloons, skateboards, bags, headsets, masks, sunglasses/image

glasses, etc. and other non-clothing articles.

EXCEPTIONS: Street Dance Show – All categories. Stage and hand props are permitted when carried by the dancers in one trip. Any stage props used may be held or worn by the dancers during the performance. Stage hands / assist- ants are not allowed to carry props for the dancer(s).

Cumbersome scenic props are not permitted in any dance, category, style or division at any IDO Event.

Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor / stage unsafe may not be used in any category or discipline.

Using electrical devices, such as personal light effects and music which the dancer plugs into an electric socket – props may be used but must be powered by battery.

SCENIC SET UP AND BREAK DOWN

Scenic backgrounds and floor props must take no longer than 15 seconds to set up and 15 seconds to carry it away in Solo and Duo entries and 45 seconds in Small Group entries. Formations will be allowed 45 seconds to set up and 45 seconds to take it off the stage. Time will begin as soon as the first piece of scenic material touches the stage and in taking it off, as soon as the last piece is off the stage. This rule applies to all Street dance show disciplines. Dancers have to carry the props in one trip, on and off.

LIFTS:

Lifts are defined as movements / figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures / movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person.

Lifts are permitted in some, but not all dance disciplines and age divisions. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.

Lifts are NOT permitted in ALL Children’s divisions.

ACROBATIC MOVEMENTS:Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures. These movements are permitted in some, but not all disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.

If permitted, acrobatic movements will not always enhance the dancer’s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner.

The categories of Break Dance are: Solo and Teams.
Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.

SOLO

  1. Music: Organizer’s music in Break Dance style.
  2. Duration of Performance: Preliminary round: 2 minutes divided into three sections of 40 seconds duration each. Additional opening minute of the 1st round is not evaluated. In the preliminary round, there must be no more than three (3) competitors dancing together. The Chairman of Judges determines the number of competitors in the opening minute and final 40 seconds in the preliminary round. The best 16 competitors fight in “battles” one by one in a “knock-out-system” (5 – 10 minutes each battle).
  3. Tempo: No restrictions.
  4. Typical Break Dance Elements: Crown, Headspin, Backspin, Turtle, Helicopter, Windmill, Bailey Windmill, Uprock, Freeze, Sixstep, One Hand Up, Swipe, Atomic, Flair, Holoback, Traxx, 99, variable footwork, etc., including different variations of these figures, elements and movements. Keen ‘breaks’ (stopping of movement), isolations, breaking movements, plus acrobatic movements in various combinations are all expected aspects of Break Dance routines. Technical difficulty of performed elements, joining of elements (flowing acrobatic movements melding into one another), originality, etc. are all highly important, and the entire presentation will be evaluated 
NOTE: It is important to show more than two different figures and elements. Figures danced twice are only counted once. If repeated, the best attempt of the two will be marked.
  5. Acrobatic Movements: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions for Street Dance.
  6. Forbidden Movements: Elements and figures that, according to the dancer’s ability, are too difficult or that could lead to injuries or loss of life.
  7. Stage Props: As applicable for this discipline. For Teams it is also allowed to use requisites.
  8. Break Dance competitions are not organized in the Children age division.
  9. Procedure of Break Dance solo competition

a. FIRST/PRELIMINARY ROUND: Each group of competitors begins dancing together in the preliminary round with a one-minute ‘warm up’ performance, which the judges do not evaluate. They then dance (not more than 3) first 40 seconds period. When all dancers finish, they start to perform the 2nd period of 40 seconds in the same order. The final performance gives the judges an opportunity to compare the dancers. To avoid any risk of injuries, judges shall walk around the competition floor during the final presentations. Best 16 competitors will be qualified and continue with battles (knock out system).

  1. QUALIFICATION: If there are 18 dancers or more in the 1st round, Adjudicators should qualify the best 16. 
In the first round, the Judges evaluate each dancer with the points from 1 to 10. Criteria for the points are:
1- bad- none of the elements are performed in correct way, out of music
2- bad- one or two elements are performed correct but out of music 
3- not bad- dancer is performing weak, choreography is poor
4- not bad- dancer is performing various elements or style
5- satisfactory- dancer is performing various elements or style, but there is no fluidity or is repeating the same element two or more time
6- good- dancer is performing various elements and style, there is not enough power or image is poor
7- very good- dancer is performing the elements and style correctly, but with the small mistakes
8- very good- dancer is performing the elements and style correctly, but losing the power 9- excellent- dancer is using different styles and performing various elements on a very high level
10- outstanding- dancer is using different styles, performing various elements and bringing personal note in performance
Following the given points Judges will give A, B, C, D letters and additionally X’s, for those that they want into the next round.
The Scrutineers count each given letter with the points. The points are given in the following manner:
A- 4 points, B- 3 points, C- 2 points, D- 1 point. The cross is counted as 0.5 point. The dancers are sorted out for the next round (spider) by the total amount of points that comes from the given letters and crosses.
In case of tie the Scrutineer will use the following rule for the start numbers in tie:
first, the number of letters will be counted (C and D for one start number is better than B) and if the tie cannot be broken the given points from all Judges (1-10) will be used in order to select the dancers for the next round. If it is not possible to select the start numbers for the next round after procedure explained in 1 and 2, then the actual re- dance will be organized by giving the points from 1-10 and letters that are needed for the next round. 
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  2. 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 A djudicators 
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.)

If there is no clear majority in the break dance battles (crossed arms), one more round
(one entrance of each) will be done. After the additional round (entrance), Judges have to clearly decide about their choice, showing the hand to the dancer they would like to see as a winner. Judges have to use the given judges sheet who they would like to see in the next round. The Judges then show the hand to a dancer following the judging sheet. The Chairman and Scrutineer control the showing of hands.

AGM 2015, Implementation September 1st 2015

Ranking after the 1st round:

1A 5B 9C 13D

2A 6B 3A 7B 4A 8B

10C 14D 11C 15D 12C 16D

SPIDER of BATTLES:

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).

In the Break Dance battles solos only three battle “entries” should be necessary. (If needed it could be possible to include one more entry)

TEAM BATTLES

  1. Number of Dancers: 3-7
  2. Music: Teams may use their own music in the first round. Organizer’s music in Break Dance style will be used in the final round.
  3. Duration of Performance in the first round (Show): 150-180 seconds (2:30 – 3:00 minutes) of each team’s performance may be danced using the team’s music. In case that the music is too long or short the team will be disqualified. 
The “Semifinal-Battle” (3. and 4. place) will last about 5 – 10 minutes. The “Final-Battle” 10 – 15 (20) minutes, according to the Supervisors decision. The last minute will be announced.
  4. Tempo: No restrictions.
  5. Typical Break Dance Elements: Same as for Break Dance Solos, plus: Acrobatics should have some style continuation. Choreography for the exhibition to the team’s own music must be a clear performance of a team, not just a demonstration of unrelated solo performances. Musicality, difficulty of movements and figures, originality and team variability will all be highly evaluated. Synchronized movements, shadow standing, mirror positions and smooth transitions of these components from one into another, along with choreographic variability and work with space will also be evaluated. All typical elements of Break Dance should be performed – Styles – Pop Locking – Power moves – Electric Boogie.
  6. If one team disturbs another team’s performance or endangers another team’s safety, a loss of evaluation points will result.
  7. The final ‘battle’ portion of each contest shall consist of individual performances of dancers from the competing teams in which each dancer must dance his or her solo part at least one time, and the team’s performance will be judged as a whole.
  8. Based on the first round results, the Chairman of Judges will determine the order of “battles” between 1st – 2nd ranked teams and the 3rd – 4th ranked teams.
  9. All other rules are as outlined under Break Dance Solo.
  10. Procedure of Break Dance Team competition 
First round is a show of teams who will dance to their own music. 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).

The Adjudicators will evaluate and select the four best teams. The Adjudicators give the best team 4 points, the next best team 3 points, the next best team 2 points and the next best team 1 point.

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).

Special note for Break Dance and Electric Boogie:

When asked to select Adjudicators for this discipline, each nation should only invite Adjudicators who are very experienced in Break Dance and Electric Boogie. This type of VIP Adjudicator would include past champions, celebrity performers, teachers and choreographers who are all considered experts in this field. This note is intended as a guideline only, and is not a rule.

  • DISCO DANCE FREE STYLE 
The categories of Disco Dance Free Style are: Adult solo male, Adult solo female, Junior solo male, Junior solo female. 
Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.
  1. Duration of Performance: Organizer ́s music 1 minute.
  2. Tempo: 33 – 35 bars per minute (132 – 140 beats per minute)
  3. Characteristics and Movement: The dance is free and all kinds of movements are permitted, but Disco Dance steps and movements must dominate.
  4. Acrobatic Movements are permitted as outlined and defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Section. 
Acrobatic Movements should be an integral part of Disco Dance Free Style performances, but should not control / dominate the routine. The dance and acrobatic movements performed should be joined together smoothly, and must be in harmony with the music. Compulsory Elements: Turning rounds, jumps, looseness and flexibility. 
NOTE: Acrobatic movements / figures are NOT permitted in the opening or final presentation in each round.
  5. Procedure of Competition: In each round the dancers perform three (3) times. Each group of competitors begins with 20 seconds 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 of General Rules & Regulations for Competitions. 
Both opening and final presentations are to give the Judges an opportunity to compare dancers. 
To avoid any risk of injuries Judges shall walk around the competition floor in the opening and final presentation.
  6. Disco Free Style competitions are not organized in Children age division.
  7. Dancers are not allowed to change their costume during a performance or during competition, unless it is ordered because of an infraction of the Costume Rules.

The categories of Disco Dance are: Solo male, solo female, duo, small group and formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.
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.

Solo Male / Female, Duo

  1. Duration of Performance: Organizer ́s music 1 minute.
  2. Tempo: 34 – 35 bars per minute (136 – 140 beats per minute)
  3. Procedure of Competition: In each round the dancers perform three (3) times. Each group of competitors be- gins 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 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 the opening and final presentations.
  4. Characteristics and Movement: Disco Dance movements must dominate all performances. The dance is free, and all styles of disco dancing are permitted.

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Acrobatic Movements are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines and are not permitted.

Lifts are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines and are not permitted.

Stage Props are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines and are not permitted.

Allowable Figures and Movements: Slides, leaps, jumps, kicks, spins and pirouettes. Floor figures such as splits, back and bump spins are allowed but should be kept to a minimum. Long running jumps moving across the floor must not exceed four steps at a time.

Musicality, (rhythm, breaks), dance variety and originality will be highly evaluated.

Clothing is of one’s own choice but must fit properly and always be in good taste and following Code of Ethics.

Dancers are not allowed to change their costume during a performance or during competition, unless it is ordered because of an infraction of the Costume Rules.

Special Note for Duos: Both performers 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 designs, as well as pattern work and dancing as one. A mixture of all possibilities is important.

Small Group

  1. Duration of Performance: Organizer ́s music 2 minutes.
Time limit of Disco Dance Small Group in the Children age division is 1:30 min.
  2. Tempo: 34 – 35 bars per minute (136 – 140 beats per minute).
  3. Stage Props are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Section and are not permitted.
  4. Allowable Figures and Movements: As outlined under Solo Male / Female and Duo but jumps must be performed without help.
  5. Lifts are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Section and are not permitted.
  6. Groups dance two groups at a time in all rounds up to the final round. 
In the final round, each group dances alone.
  7. All other rules are as outlined under Solo Male / Female and Duo.

Formation

  1. Formations dance to their own music. Disco music with a clear beat is recommended.
  2. Duration of Performance: 2:30 minutes minimum, 3 minutes maximum
  3. Tempo: 30 – 38 bars per minute or 120 – 152 beats per minute. However, it is allowed to be out of this tempo range and music character for a maximum of 30 seconds. 
Disco Dance Formation competitors are not allowed to change their own music during the competition from one to another round.
  4. Formations will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed, but should not dominate.
  5. Allowable Figures and Movements: As outlined under Solo Male / Female and Duo but jumps must be performed without help.

6. 7.

8. 9.

10.

Lifts are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines and are not permitted.

Stage Props are defined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines and are not permitted.

It is not necessary to present any story or “show” in Formation performances.

Musicality, dance variety and originality, synchronization, together with well-done and well- performed, stage and individual choreography, will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance and costume.

All other rules are as outlined under Solo Male / Female, Duo and Small Group.

1. Both a Slow and a Fast Round is required. Technique and improvisation are highly important in the Slow Round, and overall agility and partnership dynamics are highly evaluated in the Fast Round.

2. Definition: Disco Fox could be known and named as Disco Hustle, Swing Fox, Disco Swing, Rock Fox in different regions.

3. Accepted Characteristics and Movements: The characteristic of the dance is basically stationary. Although the couple can move with walks and turns across the floor. Most of the time it is danced in double or

one handhold in every variation like cross handhold, right in right hand and others.

Wrap figures, spin turns, pivot turns, throw outs, let go and catch again actions are the main characteristics of the dance. Natural hip movements are accepted. Posing as over sways, leans, checks, drops and points are allowed. Disco Fox Style must be shown.

4. Basic Steps and Rhythms: Disco Fox is danced in open or closed facing position with different handholds. It consists of basic steps and basic step variation which are in the rhythm 12 X. X can be 3,&3, a3, 3&, 3a. Examples are: 1 2 & 3, 1 2 3&, 1 2 a3. Any combination of those counts, like 1& 2& 3 are allowed as variations of the basic step.

5. Poses, Drops and lines: Poses and drops and lines are allowed. These figures should not dominate the performance.

6. Acrobatic Figures: In every round except the final show acrobatic figures are not allowed.18 In the Final Show there is no limit for how many Acrobatic figures that can be used.
An acrobatic figure is:
a. When a dancer is lifting the partner above the dance floor, so he or she has no contact to the floor (lift).

b. A dancer is swinging or throwing the partner, like in figure skating or in Rock-n-Roll.

18 Also lifts are not allowed, only in the final when the couples are dancing alone lifts are permitted.

7. Format Qualifying Rounds:

a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairman of Judges gives a signal when all Judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the Judges in a closing dance for 30 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

The music has to start at the slowest allowed tempo and rise round for round.

Round Couples Speed of Music Slow Length Slow Speed of Music Quick Length Fast Music by
PRELIMINARY Up to 6 per heat None None 120 – 128 bpm 1:30 min. Organizer
HOPE ROUND Up to 6 per heat None None 120 – 128 bpm 1:30 min. Organizer
INTERMEDIATE TO SEMI FINALS Up to 6 per heat None None 124 – 140 bpm 1:30 min. Organizer
SEMI FINALS Up to 6 per heat 80 – 104 bpm 1:30 min. 124 – 140 bpm 1:30 min. Organizer
FINAL ROUND Up to 6 per heat 80 – 104 bpm 1:30 min. 130 – 144 bpm 1:30 min. Organizer
There must be a break for the couples to change clothes before Final Show starts.
Round Couples Start order Speed of music Length Music by
FINAL SHOW each couple separate arranged by lottery 80 –144bpm 2:15 min. max. Couples choice

Final Show: Longer music will be faded out after 2:15 min. Preliminary Rounds

The intro part of the music should be not longer than 20 seconds. The music should end in a slow fade out after a short louder part.

Hope Round:

The Organizer has to run a “Hope round” as a mandatory regulation in order that all couples may dance twice.19

Semi-final:

In the semi-final the Slow round is added.

19 Only if there is a competition with more than 5 different disciplines and the competition it taking place longer than two days, the Organiser together with the Supervisor and the Chairman can decide to do no hope round.

Opening overview (1minute slow) – first heat Slow – second heat Slow – … first heat Fast – second heat Fast -… closing overview (30 seconds fast)

The Slow and the Fast round will be evaluated as different dances by the Adjudicators. This means that a Judge may give one couple one cross in the “Slow dance” but no cross in the “Fast dance”. In this way the maximum amount of crosses for one couple to qualify for the final will be 14 crosses from 7 Judges.

Final Round20
In general 6 couples are qualified for the Final Round. Depending on the marks there may be no less than 5 and

no more than 8 couples in the Final round.

The overall placing of the couples will be decided by the Skating system over the three dances. The Adjudicators will place each couple in the order of merit for first the Slow dance Performance and will then place each couple in the order of merit for the Fast dance Performance and finally place each couple in the order of merit for the

Show dance performance, with open marks in every dance, if at the same event not more than two disciplines, included Disco fox, are being organized. At events with more than two disciplines, included Discofox, it is the choice of the Organizer to decide if open marking should be used.

8. Music
Type of music: Dance music in Disco style in 4/4 or 2/4 timing.

Choice of music: In the Show Dance of the final round, the couple may use music of their choice. In that case the couple provides a high quality recording on CD. If a couple has no own music the Organizer will provide a choice of at least three (3) pieces.

3.9 COUPLE DANCE FORMATIONS

Categories: Formations

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions, Book 2, 3.4 Age Division.

1. Number of Dancers: 10 – 24

2. Music: Of the Formation ́s own choice.

3. Duration of Performance: 150 – 240 seconds (2:30 to 4:00 minutes). For Children and Juniors 150-180 seconds (2:30 – 3:00 minutes)

4. Characteristics and Movement: Choreographies of couple dances. Competitors can perform any dance style or dance technique of IDO couple dance disciplines – Salsa, Merengue,

20 The Final in Discofox will be done as follows: First 1 min Slow overlooking round with all final couples, then 1:30 min Slow Discofox for all couples together, which will be evaluated. Then 1:30 Fast Discofox also with all couples of the final on the floor. At the end 30 sec. of Fast Discofox – closing round – for all couples of the final, all together. After a short break for changing the costumes the final show will be done, one by one.

Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, Disco Fox, Salsa Rueda de Casino, Latino show, Bachata, Argentine Tango, Milonga and Tango Vals. The use of space on the floor, choreography, total image, and stay in time with the music, interpretation of the music, performed movements and patterns will all be evaluated as a whole. Permitted and recommended figures and movements are in accordance with description of IDO couple dance disciplines.

5. Tempo: No restrictions.
6. Hold: The Majority of the performance must be in some kind of dance hold, couple wise.

7. Forbidden Figures: It is not allowed to dance more than 4 bars, choreography or figures that are recognized as figures which could be used at International Latin American, Ballroom or

Rock ́n ́Roll dance competitions.
8. Lifts: forbidden in Children ́s age divisions.
9. Stage Props: Hand and floor props are allowed, scenic backgrounds not.

The categories of Electric Boogie are: Solo, Duo. 
Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.

    1. Duration of Performance: Organizer’s music 1 minute in all rounds, including the final round.
    2. Tempo: Solos 30-32,5 bars per minute (120-130 beats per minute). Duos 31-32,5 bars p.M. (124-130 bpm)
    3. Typical Movements and Techniques: Sharp electric movements that flow into waves, isolations, robot, pantomime elements, popping, animation, electric shock, walking, puppet, ticking, locking, etc. It is important to show more than two different techniques and movements.
    4. The dancer(s) should endeavor to create illusions in his or her performance to surprise and ‘electrify’ the audience.
    5. Lifts are allowed in Junior and Adults Duos.
    6. Stage Props: are allowed, such as masks, glasses, hats etc. – but NO requisites!!
  • Each group of competitors begins with a one-minute performance, dancing together in each round. They then dance three, two or one by one for their one-minute performance or 1 minute performance in the final round. Each group dances a final minute together in each round. 
To avoid any risk of injuries, Judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations. Both the opening and final performance give the Judges an opportunity to compare the dancers.
    • he 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. 6. 7.

8.

Lifts: Not permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.
Stage Props: Not permitted (see more under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines)

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 of Hip Hop Battles are: Solo and Teams.
Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.

SOLO

  1. Music: 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 Battle 1/2. place
1. 1:00 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW
2. NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40 NEW 0:30-0:40
3. 0:30-0:40 0:30-0:40 OLD 0:30-0:40 OLD 0:30-0:40 OLD 0:30-0:40 OLD 0:30-0:40 OLD
4. 1:00 OLD OLD —— OLD —— OLD —— —— ——

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OLD

  1. Tempo: No restrictions, but very different because of the different styles
  2. 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.
  3. Stage Props: Not permitted (see more under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines)
  4. Procedure of HipHop Solo Battle competition:

a. 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”, but not more than 6 dancers on the floor.

The Best 16 competitors will be qualified and continue with battles (knock out system).

  1. Qualification: If there are 18 dancers or more in the 1st round, Adjudicators should qualify the best 16. 
In the first round, the Judges evaluate each dancer with the points from 1 to 10. Criteria for the points are:
1- bad- none of the elements are performed in correct way, out of music
2- bad- one or two elements are performed correct but out of music 
3- not bad- dancer is performing weak, choreography is poor
4- not bad- dancer is performing various elements or style
5- satisfactory- dancer is performing various elements or style, but there is no fluidity or is repeating the same element two or more time
6- good- dancer is performing various elements and style, there is not enough power or image is poor
7- very good- dancer is performing the elements and style correctly, but with the small mistakes
8- very good- dancer is performing the elements and style correctly, but losing the power 9- excellent- dancer is using different styles and performing various elements on a very high level
10- outstanding- dancer is using different styles, performing various elements and bringing personal note in performance
Following the given points Judges will give A, B, C, D letters and additionally X’s, for those that they want into the next round.
The Scrutineers count each given letter with the points. The points are given in the following manner:
A- 4 points, B- 3 points, C- 2 points, D- 1 point. The cross is counted as 0.5 point. The dancers are sorted out for the next round (spider) by the total amount of points that comes from the given letters and crosses.
In case of tie the Scrutineer will use the following rule for the start numbers in tie:
first, the number of letters will be counted (C and D for one start number is better than B) and if the tie cannot be broken the given points from all Judges (1-10) will be used in order to select the dancers for the next round. If it is not possible to select the start numbers for the next round after procedure explained in 1 and 2, then the actual re- dance will be organized by giving the points from 1-10 and letters that are needed for the next round. 
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  2. 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

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2A 6B 3A 7B 4A 8B

10C 14D 11C 15D 12C 16D

SPIDER of BATTLES:

 

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).

TEAMS

  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

all rounds
1. 0:30-0:40 NEW
2. 0:30-0:40
3. 0:30-0:40
4. 0:30-0:40
5. 0:30-0:40 OLD

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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.

7.

8. 9.

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.

If there is no clear majority in the hip hop battles (crossed arms), one more round
(one entrance of each) will be done. After the additional round (entrance), Judges have to clearly decide about their choice, showing the hand to the dancer they would like to see as a winner. Judges have to use the given judges sheet who they would like to see in the next round. The Judges then show the hand to a dancer following the judging sheet. The Chairman and Scrutineer control the showing of hands

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  • The categories of Street Dance Show are: Solo Male, Solo Female, Duo, Small Group and Formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions in Street Dance Disciplines.

SCENIC SET UP AND BREAK DOWN

Scenic backgrounds and floor props must take no longer than 15 seconds to set up and 15 seconds to carry it away in Solo and Duo entries. Small Groups and Formations will be allowed 45 seconds to set up and 45 seconds to take it off the stage. Time will begin as soon as the first piece of scenic material touches the stage and in taking it off, as soon as the last piece is off the stage. This rule applies to all Street dance show disciplines. Dancers have to carry the props in one trip, on and off.

SOLO MALE/FEMALE, DUO

  1. Duration of Performance: 1:45 minutes minimum – 2:15 minutes maximum.
  2. MUSIC: Dancers dance to their own music. No limits. Music genre needs to support the 
choreography that has to be done 100% in street disciplines as presented in the rulebook.
  3. CHARACTERISTICS AND MOVEMENTS:
    • Performed technique must be within character of dance technique that is listed in the rules under IDO Street dance department: Hip Hop, Disco Dance, Break Dance, Electric Boogie and Techno.
    • The performance presented by dancers can be done using the listed techniques as they decide so: either in a pure version or as a mix. Example: The performance that is being presented only in Hip hop dance technique will be equally adjudicated as a performance that mixes Hip Hop, Disco Dance and Techno.
    • All pieces MUST have a show case, theme or idea that MUST be clearly visible throughout the whole performance.
    • Note: Musicality, variety of dance and dance patterns, originality, together with a well-done and well performed stage and individual/ORIGINAL choreography will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance, choreography, costumes and props. Presentation and the entire image will be evaluated.
    • In Children’s division:
      1. Any kind of jumps from props at the height of more than 1 m is prohibited (jumps from props can be equally dangerous as lifts)
      2. Break Acrobatics are not allowed (head spins, head slides,).
  4. Lifts: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. 
NOTE: Lifts are not permitted in Children age division
  5. Acrobatic Movements: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. Any floor gymnastic combinations that are composed of more than three (3) acrobatic elements should be kept to a minimum.
  6. Props: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. One solid piece must not exceed the dimensions of a standard door (200×80 cm). In case of bigger size of props the team needs to contact the Organizer prior to the event (no later than 14 days before the beginning of the competition).

SMALL GROUPS (3 – 7 dancers)

1. Duration of Performance: 2:30 minutes minimum – 3:00 minutes maximum (150 – 180 seconds) page 76

2. 3.

MUSIC: Dancers dance to their own music. No limits. Music genre needs to support the choreography that has to be done 100% in street disciplines as presented in the rulebook.

Characteristics and Movements:

  • Performed technique must be within character of dance technique that is listed in the rules under IDO Street dance department:: Hip Hop, Disco Dance, Break Dance, Electric Boogie and Techno.
  • The performance presented by dancers can be done using the listed techniques as they decide so: either in a pure version or as a mix. Example: The performance that is being presented only in Hip hop dance technique will be equally adjudicated as a performance that mixes Hip Hop, Disco Dance and Techno.
  • All pieces MUST have a show case, theme or idea that MUST be clearly visible throughout the whole performance.
  • Note: Musicality, variety of dance and dance patterns, originality, together with a well-done and well performed stage and individual/ORIGINAL choreography will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance, choreography, costumes and props. Presentation and the entire image will be evaluated.
  • In Children’s division:
    1. Any kind of jumps from props at the height of more than 1 m is prohibited (jumps from props can be equally dangerous as lifts).
    2. Break Acrobatics are not allowed (head spins, head slides,).
  • Lifts: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. 
NOTE: Lifts are not permitted in Children age division. 
The dancers in the Group dance together. Group will be evaluated as a whole. Solo parts may be performed, but should not dominate. 
Acrobatic Movements: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. Any floor gymnastic combinations that are composed of more than three (3) acrobatic elements should be kept to a minimum. 
Props: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. One solid piece must not exceed the dimensions of a standard door (200×80 cm). In case of bigger size of props the team needs to contact the Organizer prior to the event (no later than 14 days before the beginning of the competition).

4.

5. 6.

7.

FORMATIONS (8 – 24 dancers)

1. 2.

3.

Duration of Performance: 2:30 minutes minimum – 4:00 minutes maximum. Children Formations maximum three (3) minutes

MUSIC: Dancers dance to their own music. No limits. Music genre needs to support the choreography that has to be done 100% in street disciplines as presented in the rulebook.

Characteristics and Movements:

• Performed technique must be within character of dance technique that is listed in the rules under IDO Street dance department: Hip Hop, Disco Dance, Break Dance, Electric Boogie and Techno.

  • The performance presented by dancers can be done using the listed techniques as they decide so: either in a pure version or as a mix. Example: The performance that is being presented only in Hip hop dance technique will be equally adjudicated as a performance that mixes Hip Hop, Disco Dance and Techno.
  • All pieces MUST have a show case, theme or idea that MUST be clearly visible throughout the whole performance. 
NOTE: Musicality, variety of dance and dance patterns, originality, together with a well- done and well performed stage and individual/ORIGINAL choreography will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance, choreography, costumes and props. Presentation and the entire image will be evaluated.
  • In Children’s division:
    1. Any kind of jumps from props at the height of more than 1 m is prohibited (jumps from props can be equally dangerous as lifts)
    2. Break Acrobatics are not allowed (head spins, head slides,).
  • Lifts: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. 
NOTE: Lifts are not permitted in Children age division. 
The dancers in the Formation dance together. Formations will be evaluated as a whole. Solo parts may be performed, but should not dominate. 
Acrobatic Movements: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. Any floor gymnastic combinations that are composed of more than three (3) acrobatic elements should be kept to a minimum. 
Props: permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines. One solid piece must not exceed the dimensions of a standard door (200×80 cm). In case of bigger size of props the team needs to contact the Organizer prior to the event (no later than 14 days before the beginning of the competition).

The categories of Techno are: Solo male, solo female, duo, small group and formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Street Dance Disciplines.

Techno is one of the youngest dance styles. It appeared in the early 90’s with up and coming Rave electronic music. Its further development went on in night clubs (hence is its second name Club Dance) where it continues to be developed and performed. Its meter is quarto and its tempo is 135-142 beats per minute. Melody and rhythm pre- dominate the cone voce in the music for competitions; con voce is often even done without. The main feature of the music is that it has exceptionally electronic origin. It is created and performed on electronic instruments using various electronic effects. Techno is the fastest, the most expressive and emotional of all street modern dances. It includes a wide range of movements: from rapid and sharp to slow and wide ones. It adopts the best elements from other styles. Swinging hips and moving thorax make it very attractive and sexy. This is practically the only style where improvisation can be widely used.

TECHNO SOLO MALE / FEMALE, DUO, COUPLE

  1. Duration of Performance: Organizer ́s music 1 minute.
  2. Tempo: Solo, duo 135-142 beats per minute.

Techno should include different new styles and trends of club dances, but none of them can prevail. It is permitted to use movements from other dancing styles, as well as creativity (for instance stops, pushes, improvisation, fast change of rhythm). It is important to combine club dancing with sport style in 50:50 correlation.

Acrobatics are forbidden.

For duos: both dancers should dance together, not for themselves or one by one. Their performance should include synchronized steps, such as following the leader, shadow and mirror reflection positions, designing some picture in dance or dancing as one. The important thing is to combine all possible versions.

Lifts are forbidden.

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TECHNO SMALL GROUP

  1. Duration of Performance: Organizer ́s music 2 minutes
  2. Tempo: groups, 138 – 142 beats per minute
  3. Dancers of each group dance together; they should not compete between themselves.
  4. Techno should include different new styles and trends of club dances, but none of them can prevail. It is permitted to use movements from other dance styles, as well as creativity (for instance stops, pushes, improvisation, quick change of rhythm). It is important to combine club dancing with sport style in 50/50 correlation.
  5. Acrobatics are forbidden.
  6. Lifts are forbidden.
  7. Musicality, diversity and originality of dance, synchronization and well done performance on the stage, as well as individual choreography will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of the idea, music, dance and costume which altogether should reflect special and unique character of Techno dance style.
  8. During the performance dancers are not allowed to use any bulky scenic props. They can perform only with what they wear and what they hold in their hands.
  9. It is forbidden to use scenic props which cannot be defined as clothes, for example sticks or umbrellas. When using clothes as props, dancers should hold it during the whole performance; they can turn it inside out, but cannot drop it.
  10. It is forbidden to use liquids or other substances that can spoil the dance floor.
  11. Groups are judged as a whole. Solo parts can also be used, but they should not prevail.

TECHNO FORMATION

  1. Duration of Performance: 2:30 minutes minimum – 4 minutes maximum. Children Formations maximum three (3) minutes
  2. Tempo: 138 – 142 beats per minute
  3. Dancers of each formation dance together.
  4. Techno should include different new styles and trends of club dances, but none of them can prevail. It is permitted to use movements from other dancing styles, as well as creativity (for

5. 6. 7. 8.

instance stops, pushes, improvisation, quick change of rhythm). It is important to combine club dancing with sport style in 50/50 correlation.

Acrobatics are forbidden.
Lifts are forbidden.
All the other rules are outlined under TECHNO GROUPS.
Formations are evaluated as a whole. Solo parts can also be used, but they shouldn’t prevail.

The rules outlined below cover the following Couple dance Disciplines: • Argentine Tango
• Salsa
• Merengue

• Bachata

• Caribbean Dances

• Jitterbug

• Hustle/ Disco Fox / Disco Swing

• Couple dance Formations and Teams

• Salsa Rueda de Casino

• Caribbean Show

• Salsa Shines

• Couple Dance Master Showcase

• West Coast Swing

• Synchro Dancing


• Latin Show

3.1. GENERAL PROVISIONS – COUPLE DANCE DISCIPLINES Stage Props:

Hats, coats, sweaters, shawls, etc., may be used as long as they remain part of the costume and must be retained during the entire performance. Such clothing articles may be turned inside out, held in the hands, exchanged with a partner, etc., but may NOT be thrown away during the performance. Stage props which are not definable as clothing’s may NOT be used.

These are: (Hand props like) sticks, umbrellas, balloons, skateboards, bags, headsets, masks, sunglasses/image glasses, etc. and other non-clothing articles.

Duration (length) of Exhibition / Routine / Performance: Refer to the specific discipline.
Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor / stage unsafe may not be used in

any discipline.1
Costumes must follow the General rules governing costumes, make-up, movements and theme. Lifts: Please refer to specific rules for the Discipline in question.

1 This means that the use of such liquids will be punished with a warning and/or direct disqualification of a dancer/group/formation.

Lifts are defined as: Movements / figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures / movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person for more than one beat2. Lifts in Children’s divisions are not permitted unless stated otherwise in the specific rules governing a specific discipline.

Drops: Permitted in all disciplines. Drops are defined as: A movement in which the Lady, or the Man, drops‟ down into a pose that must be supported by her partner in some manner. This can be with the help of his or her hands and arms.3

Acrobatic Movements: Permitted in some, but not all, disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the Discipline in question. If permitted, Acrobatic Movements will not always enhance the dancer ́s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner.

Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures.4

Music: In each heat within a round, the same music must be used. The music can and should change from round to round, but the heats should have the same music.5

3.2 ARGENTINE TANGO6 (TANGO SALON, MILONGA, TANGO VALS AND TANGO ESCENARIO)

The categories of Argentine Tango are: Couples.

Argentine Tango competitions are not organized for Children and Junior age division.

Only Couples taking part in all four disciplines will compete for the Championship title Tango Argentino and the Skating system7 will be used to find the overall winner over the four dances.8

1. Music: Organizer ́s music in all rounds.
2. Duration of Performance: Two (2) minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase, in all rounds.

2 A lift is also: jumping hand in hand, rolling over the back of another dancer.
3 It is no longer necessary to define drops, because in the Discofox the only dance in which we used the definition, drops are allowed.
4 This is also a solo hand wheel in Salsa!
5 This is not relevant if there is a time reduction in the first round and a longer one in the next round. The first part up to the time limit has to be the same; the other one is already new.
6 Argentine Tango is the “umbrella term” for all Tango dances
7 For the Tango Argentino title all couples who have not danced in all 4 dances will not be counted. That means if a couple won Tango Milonga and did not dance all 4 dances, the couple which took the 2nd place and was dancing all 4 dances will be placed on the 1st place for the counting of the championship title Argentine Tango.
8 Couples who do not participate in all 4 dances will be presented only in the price giving ceremony of the specific dances they had danced, not in the price giving ceremony of Argentine Tango.

BOOK 3 RULES FOR IDO DANCE DISCIPLINES

3. Tempo: Tango 30 – 32 bars per minute.

4. Characteristics and Movement: Argentine Tango is a social dance that falls into a smooth category of dance. It follows the line of dance (LOD), going around the dance floor in a counter clockwise direction. This dance form expresses love and passion, which is evident by the closeness of the dancers, the man’s control and the woman’s seductiveness. The dancers execute the figures mainly from the waist down while trying to achieve an interesting interplay between them. This interplay between the partners is dictated by the music, and the dancers should be dancing to something IN the music. One should be able to see the melody expressed through their movement. The epitome of Argentine Tango is to see the couple dancing with good posture, good extension through the legs, their feet almost always caressing the floor, and pausing with the music with a sense of rhythm that is clear to those watching.

5. Typical Movements: Walks, turns, ochos to front and back, sandwiches, twists and curls, legwraps, drags and saccades to front and back, Boleos that leave the floor and other decorations that allow the legs to swing. Molinetes, paradas, barridas, and pauses with the music are also typical of this dance. Brushing and follow- through technique is essential in all movements.

Knees must remain together when executing boleos and ganchos, although certain movements do allow the legs to swing open without the knees being closed.

6. Dancers should avoid using obvious choreography, only improvisation, which is the true heart of the Tango. 7. No lifts or separations are allowed. Only normal dance hold is allowed.9
8. Format qualifying rounds:
a. Organizer’s music played in strict tempo.

b. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

c. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. The number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairman of Judges gives a signal when all judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

d. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 30 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

e. In all following qualifying rounds, including the semi-final there will be no presentation dance in the beginning or closing dance at the end of the round.

9 Also a 360 degree turn of the lady under the raised arm of the man is a separation!

9. Final Round: All couples will dance together for 2 minutes and may only use normal dance hold. The judges will place the couples in order of merit.

The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.10

3.2.2 TANGO MILONGA
1. Music: Organizer’s music in all rounds.

2. Duration of Performance: Two (2) minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase, in all rounds. 3. Tempo: 25 – 31 bars per minute.
4. Dancers should avoid using obvious choreography, only improvisation, which is the true heart of the Tango. 5. In Milongas little jumps are accepted as part of the character of the dance.

6. No lifts or separations are allowed. Only normal dance hold is allowed.

7. Format Qualifying Rounds:

a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairman of judges gives a signal when all judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 30 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

d. In all following qualifying rounds, including the semi-final there will be no presentation dance in the beginning or closing dance at the end of the round.

8. Final Round: All couples will dance together for 2 minutes and may only use normal dance hold. The judges will place the couples in order of merit.11

The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.

10 If there is only a final, the first dance will be a presentation dance for 1 min followed by 2 min of the final. 11 If there is only a final, the first dance will be a presentation dance for 1 min followed by 2 min of the final.

3.2.3 TANGO WALTZ
1. Music: Organizer’s music in all rounds.

2. Duration of Performance: Two (2) minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase, in all rounds. 3. Tempo: 45 – 56 bars per minute.
4. Dancers should avoid using obvious choreography, only improvisation, which is the true heart of the Tango. 5. No lifts or separations are allowed. Only normal dance hold is allowed.

6. Format Qualifying Rounds:
a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the judges in a presentation dance for

1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairman of Judges gives a signal when all Judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 30 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

d. In all following qualifying rounds, including the semi-final there will be no presentation dance in the beginning or closing dance at the end of the round.

7. Final Round: All couples will dance together for 2 minutes and may only use normal dance hold. The judges will place the couples in order of merit.12

The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.

3.2.4 TANGO ESCENARIO (TANGO SHOW)
1. Music: Dancers use their own choice of music. The music can either be only Argentine Tango or be a mix of

Tango, Milonga and Waltz or a mix of two dances but tango must always be at least 50% of the performance.

2. Duration of Performance: Music for Tango Escenario must not exceed three (3) minutes or to the end of the musical phrase.

3. Lifts, separations and all different elements are permitted.

4. Couples dance their performance one by one from the first round on. Couples are not permitted to change the music and/or the choreography of their performance during the whole of the competition.

The CROSS MARKING SYSTEM will be used in all rounds.

12 If there is only a final, the first dance will be a presentation dance for 1 min followed by 2 min of the final.

The SKATING SYSTEM will be used in the final to find the places of the couples.

Couples taking part in all four disciplines will compete for the Championship title and the Skating system will be used to find the overall winner over the four dances

Categories: Couples.
 Age Divisions: see in General Provisions in Couple Dance Disciplines. 1. Music: Organizer’s music in preliminaries and semi-final, Organizer’s music OR music of the dancers‟ choice in the final.2. Duration of Performance: In all rounds except the final, the length of performance should be

1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase. In the final round, the couple may use music of their choice or the Organizer’s music, which must be 2 minutes of music to the end of the musical phrase, but must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.

3. Tempo: 28 – 32 bars per minute in 4/4 time signature (112-128 beats per minute)

4. Characteristics and Movement: Bachata is of Caribbean origin, and does not move along the Line of Dance (LOD). The basic action is a flowing rather slow, romantic and passionate movement. Steps are composed by a 3-step moving pattern and a lifting/tilting hip moment with no weight transference on 4. The 4th beat is a hip action(lift, drop), counted “and 4”, and NOT a weight transference of “in place, in place” – rather like a Cha Cha action/timing, which should only be used as a Variation, and not the basic A slight counter sway is often used to compliment the Latin hip movement. There are also many other rhythms, including syncopations, slows and quick’s etc., may be used in interpreting the music. Bachata is a club dance, and the couples should focus on one another to create an earthy and sensual feeling through the use of close, intricate rotational movements coupled with an almost playful teasing interaction with one another.

5. Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final in the solo performance in Adults and Junior Division they are allowed15. Lifts and acrobatic figures are forbidden in Children ́s divisions.

6. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold. 7. Format Qualifying Rounds:

a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairman of Judges gives a signal when all Judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the Judges in a closing dance for 60 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

15 Also acrobatic figures are forbidden in Adults and Junior division only allowed in the final when the couples are dancing alone. See pt. 9.

8. Final Round: is danced according to the one dance system a. All couples in the final dance 1 minute overview.

b. All couples dance their solo performance one by one and can chose their own music not exceeding 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

c. All couples in the final dance 1 minute closing overview.
d. The Judges will place the couples in order of merit.
e. The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.

9. Forbidden Figures: Acrobatics. Only in the final round, when couples perform alone, it is proposed to allow an acrobatic figure.

10. Stage Props and Scenic Background: forbidden.

Categories: Couples.

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions, Book 2, 3.4 Age Division. OVERVIEW:

Caribbean Dance is a multi-dance discipline where each of the three (3) dances contributes an equal value to the overall placements of the dancers. Each dance is first evaluated on its own merits, and the places for each couple will be determined by using the Skating System. All couples in the final must dance a medley consisting of at least two (2) of the three (3) dances in the discipline. All three (3) dances maybe be used, but no other dances are per- mitted in these medleys. The Caribbean Show

Medley will be judged as one more dance on its own merits. In the event of a tie between couples, the placing in the Caribbean Show Medley will have the higher value.

Caribbean Dances are Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.
1. Music: Organizer’s music in preliminaries and semi-final, Organizer’s music OR music of the dancers’ choice

in the final solo performance.

2. Duration of Performance: In all rounds including the final, the length of performance should be 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase. In the final round in the Caribbean Show solo medley, the couple may use music of their choice or the Organizer’s music, which must be 2 minutes of music to the end of the musical phrase, but must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.

3. Tempo: See specific rules for Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.

4. Characteristics and Movement: As described previously for each of these three dances. It is very important that the movements and step combinations are in perfect harmony with the rhythm and character of the music throughout each dance.

5. Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final in the solo performance in Adults and Junior category they are allowed. Lifts are forbidden in Children’s age divisions.

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6. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold.

7. Order of dances: a. Salsa

b. Bachata c. Merengue

8. Format Qualifying Rounds:

a. In the opening round in Salsa all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The

Chairman of Judges gives a signal when all Judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. All couples must perform each dance before the next dance is commenced.16 d. The Judges mark the qualified couples in each of the 3 dances separately.

9. Final Round: all couples will dance together in each dance17 prior to each couple performing the

Caribbean Show Medley as a solo. The Judges place the couples in order of merit for each dance separately. The placing in the final will be found by using the Skating System over 4 dances: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Caribbean Show.

10. Forbidden Figures: Acrobatics. Only in the final Caribbean show, when couples perform alone, it is proposed to allow an acrobatic figure. Forbidden in Children ́s age division.

11. Stage Props and Scenic Background: forbidden.

The categories of Caribbean Show are: Solo male, solo female, duo, groups, and formations.

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions,

Book 2, 3.4 Age Division.

1. Tempo: not defined

2. Characteristics and Movement: We are looking for some of the many original Latino-Caribbean style performances to any type of Latino music such as Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Son, or any other type of Latino- inspired music of the competitors‟ choice. Costumes may be Carnival, African,

Futuristic, Street, Caribbean, or any combination of those styles and other styles suitable to the dance or dances being performed. Exhibitions may be in any one form, or a combination of two or more different styles, and may include theatrical movements. Clothing should not be similar to what is used in International Latin American competition dancing.

3. Forbidden Movements: When danced as a couple in duos, groups or formations, it is not allowed to dance for more than 4 bars, choreography or figures that are recognized as figures which could be used at International Latin American dance competitions.

4. Forbidden Figures: Figures that are recognized as figures which could be used at International Latin American dance competitions can be danced only 4 bars during whole choreography. During the performance the technique of IDO Latino dances (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Argentine Tango) MUST dominate. When this rule is broken it is considered as “obvious wrong discipline”.23

5. Lifts: Lifts permitted, but forbidden in Children age division.

6. Acrobatic Movements: Permitted

7. Stage Props: Permitted if the dancers can bring it to the stage in one go.

8. Format Qualifying Rounds: In the Solo male, Solo Female and the Duo competition, the duration of Performance will be 1 min to 1 min 15 sec. In small group 2:30 min – 3 min and in formation 2:30 – 4 min.

23 Be aware that Caribbean Show is not Latin-American like WDSF or WDC style; it is pure Latino-Caribbean style!!!

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9. Format Final Round: In the Solo male, Solo Female and the Duo competition, the duration of Performance will be 1 min 45 sec to 2 min 15 sec. In small group 2:30 min – 3 min and in formation 2:30 – 4

min.

10. Evaluation: 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 Caribbean Show Team performances.

SOLO MALE / SOLO FEMALE24
1. Duration of Performance: 1 minute minimum to 2 minutes & 15 seconds maximum. In the first round it is 1

minute minimum to 1 minute & 15 seconds maximum.

2. Number of Dancers: 1
3. All other rules as outlined under Caribbean Show above.

DUOS / COUPLES25
1. Duration of Performance: 1 minute minimum to 2 minutes & 15 seconds maximum. In the first round it is 1

minute minimum to 1 minute & 15 seconds maximum.

2. Number of Dancers: 2
3. All other rules as outlined under Caribbean Show above.
SMALL GROUPS
1. Length of Exhibition: 2 minutes & 30 seconds minimum to 3 minutes maximum 2. Number of Dancers: 3 – 7
3. All other rules as outlined under Caribbean Show above.

24 Only in the semifinal and the final the duration of the performance will be 1 min to 2:15 min. In all other rounds it is limited to 1:15 min.
25 Only in the semifinal and the final the duration of the performance will be 1 min to 2:15 min. In all other rounds it is limited to 1:15 min.

FORMATIONS
1. Length of Exhibition: 2 minutes & 30 seconds minimum to 4 minutes maximum. 2. Number of Dancers: 8 – 24
3. All other rules as outlined under Caribbean Show above.

Categories: Teams

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions,

Book 2, 3.4 Age Division.

1. Number of Dancers: 4 – 8. (2-4 couples)

2. Music: Of the Team ́s own choice.

3. Duration of Performance: 150 – 180 seconds (2:30 to 3 minutes).

4. Tempo: No restrictions.

5. Characteristics and Movement: Choreographies of couple dances. Competitors can perform any dance style or dance technique of IDO couple dance disciplines – Salsa, Merengue, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, Disco Fox, Salsa Rueda de Casino, Latino show, Bachata, Argentine Tango, Milonga and Tango Vals. The use of space on the floor, choreography, total image, and stay in time with the music, interpretation of the music, performed movements and patterns will all be evaluated as a whole. Permitted and recommended figures and movements are in accordance with description of IDO couple dance disciplines.

6. Lifts: Forbidden in Children ́s age divisions.

7. Hold: The Majority of the performance must be in some kind of dance hold, couple wise.
8. Forbidden Figures: It is not allowed to dance more than 4 bars, choreography or figures that are recognized

as figures which could be used at International Latin American, Ballroom or Rock ́n ́Roll dance competitions. 9. Stage Props: hand and floor props are allowed, scenic backgrounds not.

Categories: Couples

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions, Book 2, 3.4 Age Division. Slow round only Adult and Adults2.

1. Music: Organizer ́s music in all rounds EXCEPT the final round of Jitterbug Solo Show, where dancers may use their own choice of music. Music and style for Jitterbug must be from the time 1930’s to 1960’s.

16 All together 1 min Salsa, then Salsa 1:30 each heat, then Bachata each heat, then Merengue each heat.
17 1:30 min all together Salsa, 1:30 min all together Bachata, 1:30 min all together Merengue followed by Caribbean Show one by one.

2. Duration of Performance: 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase, in all rounds EXCEPT the final round of Jitterbug Solo Show. Music chosen for Jitterbug Solo Show final round performances must be 2 minutes but not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.

1. Tempo Adult I and Juniors: 46 – 48 bars per minute (184 – 192 bpm) in the Fast Jitterbug Tempo Adult II: 42 – 44 bars per minute (168 – 176 bpm) in the Fast Jitterbug
2. Tempo: 27 – 28 bars per minute (108 – 112 bpm) in the Slow Jitterbug, Organizer’s music. 3. Tempo: Free in the Jitterbug Solo Show. Music of the couples own choice.

3. Characteristics and Movement: Jitterbug is a social dance that falls into the Swing dance family. It has a long tradition and is originated in America. There is a well-documented literature how to perform the dance. Acrobatics, lifts, separations and jumps are allowed and encouraged but should if possible be connected to the musical phrase.

4. Typical Movements: A mix of steps and movements taken from other Swing dances such as

Boogie-Woogie, Be Bop, Lindy Hop, Bugg, West and East Coast Swing, etc. Dancers should avoid using obvious choreography but rather improvisation, which is the true heart of the Jitterbug so that it is possible to adjust the steps to the music.

5. Lifts: Lifts permitted only in the final solo performance. Lifts are forbidden in Children’s age divisions. 6. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold.

7. Format Qualifying Rounds: One tempo only, the Fast Jitterbug.

a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. Each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

8. Format Quarter-final Round: As for above, plus: Couples will be qualified to the semi-final by dancing also the Slow Jitterbug. The Cross – System in both dances combined, will be used to determine which couples qualify for the final round.

9. Format Semi-final Round: As for above.

10. Final Round: Couples will dance three dances in the final. Slow Jitterbug all together for 1 minute 30 seconds. All couples will than dance the Fast Jitterbug together for 1.30. In the Jitterbug Solo Show each couple will perform alone 2 minutes to 2 minutes 15 seconds. All three dances are judged separately and the SKATING SYSTEM will be used to determine the order of merit over all three (3) dances.

11. Stage Props and Scenic Background: forbidden

Final round Children and Juniors: is danced according to the one dance system.

a. All couples in the final dance 1 minute overview.

b. All couples dance their solo performance one by one and can chose their own music not exceeding 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

c. All couples in the final dance 1 minute closing overview.
d. The Judges will place the couples in order of merit.
e. The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.

The categories of Latin Show are: Solo male, solo female, duo, groups, and formations. Age Divisions: see in General Provisions, Book 2, 3.4 Age Division. 1. Tempo: not defined2. Characteristics and Movement: We are looking for some of the many Latin style performances to any type of Latin music such as Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble or any other type of Latin-inspired music of the competitor’s choice. Costumes may be Carnival, African, Futuristic, Street, Caribbean, or any combination of those styles and other styles suitable to the dance or dances being performed. Exhibitions may be in any one form, or a combination of two or more different styles, and may include theatrical movements.

3. Forbidden Movements: No.
4. Forbidden Figures: No
5. Lifts: Lifts permitted, but forbidden in Children age division.
6. Acrobatic Movements: Permitted
7. Stage Props: Permitted if the dancers can bring it to the stage in one go.

8. Format Qualifying Rounds: In the Solo male, Solo Female and the Duo competition, the duration of Performance will be 1 min to 1 min 15 sec. In small group 2:30 min – 3 min and in formation 2:30 – 4 min.

9. Format Final Round: In the Solo male, Solo Female and the Duo competition, the duration of Performance will be 1 min 45 sec to 2 min 15 sec. In small group 2:30 min – 3 min and in formation 2:30 – 4

min.

10. Evaluation: 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 Latin Show Team performances.

SOLO MALE / SOLO FEMALE27
1. Duration of Performance: 1 minute minimum to 2 minutes & 15 seconds maximum. In the first round it is 1

minute minimum to 1 minute & 15 seconds maximum. 2. Number of Dancers: 1
3. All other rules as outlined under Latin Show above.

DUOS / COUPLES28
1. Duration of Performance: 1 minute minimum to 2 minutes & 15 seconds maximum. In the first round it is 1

minute minimum to 1 minute & 15 seconds maximum. 2. Number of Dancers: 2
3. All other rules as outlined under Latin Show above. SMALL GROUPS

1. Length of Exhibition: 2 minutes & 30 seconds minimum to 3 minutes maximum 2. Number of Dancers: 3 – 7

27 Only in the semifinal and the final the duration of the performance will be 1 min to 2:15 min. In all other rounds it is limited to 1:15 min.
28 Only in the semifinal and the final the duration of the performance will be 1 min to 2:15 min. In all other rounds it is limited to 1:15 min.

3. All other rules as outlined under Latin Show above.

FORMATIONS
1. Length of Exhibition: 2 minutes & 30 seconds minimum to 4 minutes maximum. 2. Number of Dancers: 8 – 24
3. All other rules as outlined under Latin Show above.

Categories: Couples. Age Divisions: See in General Provisions Book 2, 3.4. Age Division. 1. Music: Organizer ́s music in preliminaries and semi-final, Organizer ́s music OR music of the dancers‟ choice in the final.2. Duration of Performance: In all rounds except the final, the length of performance should be 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase. In the final round, the couple may use music of their choice or the Organizer’s music, which must be 2 minutes of music to the end of the musical phrase, but must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.

3. Tempo: 30 – 34 bars per minute in 4/4 time signature / 60 – 68 bars per minute in 2/4 time signature.

4. Characteristics and Movement: Merengue is a Latin-American Spot Dance, and does not move along the Line of Dance (LOD). Steps are quite compact, and Latin hip movement, at times quite staccato, is used throughout. A slight counter sway is often used to compliment the Latin hip movement. The basic action is similar to a marching rhythm, but many other rhythms, including syncopations, slows, etc., may be used in interpreting the music. Merengue is a club dance, and the couples should focus on one another to create an earthy and sensual feeling through the use of close, intricate rotational movements coupled with an almost playful teasing interaction with one another.

5. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold.

6. Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final in the solo performance in Adults and Junior Division they are allowed14. Lifts and acrobatic figures are forbidden in Children ́s divisions.

7. Format Qualifying Rounds:
a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for

1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. Each heat will last 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the Judges in a closing dance for 60 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

8. Final Round: is danced according to the one dance system a. All couples in the final dance 1 minute overview.

b. All couples dance their solo performance one by one and can chose their own music not exceeding 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

c. All couples in the final dance 1 minute closing overview.
d. The Judges will place the couples in order of merit.
e. The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.

9. Forbidden Figures: Acrobatics. Only in the final round, when couples perform alone, it is proposed to allow an acrobatic figure. Forbidden in Children ́s age division.

10. Stage Props and Scenic Background: forbidden.

14 Also acrobatic figures are forbidden in Adults and Junior division only allowed in the final when the couples are dancing alone. See pt. 9.

The categories of Rueda de Casino Formation is: Teams and Formations dancing together.

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions,

Book 2, 3.4 Age Division.

1. Number of Dancers: 4 – 24.

2. Music: Organizer’s or own music is used in all rounds. Either the same music or 2/3 different tracks, and then shuffled around.

3. Duration of Performance: 150 – 180 seconds (2 minutes & 30 seconds to 3 minutes).
4. Tempo: No restrictions, but the character of the music must be in the typical Salsa rhythm marked by the

“claves”.

5. Characteristics and Movements: The caller of the Rueda teams and formations must call out the figures. Musicality (rhythm / breaks, etc.), dance variety and originality, performance of stage and individual choreography, use of space, etc. will all be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of music, dance and costume, which should all work together to emphasize the special Salsa Rueda de Casino character.

6. Lifts: Lifts permitted, but forbidden in Children age division
7. Hold: The majority of the performance must be in some kind of dance hold, couple wise.

Groups will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed, but must not dominate. 8. Format Qualifying Rounds: not defined21
9. Format Final Round: not defined22

21 The Rueda teams are dancing one by one.
22 The same as in all rounds, the teams are dancing one by one.

10. Forbidden Figures: Acrobatic Movements are permitted, but movements where body turns / pivots on its horizontal axis are not allowed. Splits, kicks and other flashy tricks are permitted, but must not dominate.

Each group consists of 2 – 12 couples that dance together in one or more circles. Other types of formation work may be used, such as lines, stationary dancing and dividing the Rueda circle into smaller groups, but must not dominate the performance.

11. Stage Props: not Permitted.

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

  1. Characteristics and Movement: Although the primary emphasis should be on the harmonious blend of the dancer’s footwork (sound), many variables exist. All forms of tap will compete against each other, such as: Rhythm, Hoofing, Buck and Wing, Waltz Clog, Military, Precision Kick Line, Latin and Musical Theater.
  2. Jingle taps, double taps or double claques are not permitted.
  3. The music must not contain prerecorded taps.
  4. Personal amplification devices are not permitted.
  5. No more than 30 seconds of a cappella or tacet (silence) may be used in any one routine. The absence of music must occur within the music and not at the beginning or end. “Stop Time” is an open part of a measure of music, not played but silent, with some notes being played. “A Capella” is an open phrase of multiple measures in length, but completely absent (silent) of any/all music. 
NOTE: Music must be played at the beginning and end of the music and the A Capella must be no longer than 30 seconds. A Capella can also be defined as “Tacit.”
  6. The dancer’s taps and the music must be clearly audible to the audience and adjudicators. 
NOTE: The Organizer must make sure the stage has adequate floor microphones and speakers to make this possible.
  7. Acrobatic Movements that are an integral part of the routine are permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts, but will not enhance the dancer’s score.
  8. Regarding health and safety issues in Tap dance, it is not allowed to dance or perform toe work (dancing on pointe) in the Children’s age division for longer than one beat of music. The definition of this being dancing or standing on the tips of the toes in weight-bearing steps on one or both feet.

Toe work/dancing on pointe will be for no longer than one beat of the music on one or both feet in Children’s Division.

NOTE: No more than one beat and NO weight bearing pointe work at any time. This is stated strictly to clarify the rule already in effect

LIVE MUSIC during Junior and Adult Small Groups:

  1. This is a separate category and cannot be mixed with other categories.
  2. Musicians are not counted as participants unless they also dance in the routine. The ages of the musicians are not relevant unless they are also dancers.
  3. The Organizer must be advised by email 4 weeks prior to the event. The email must explain all necessary details. Once approved, the participant must adhere to the agreement.
  4. All equipment must be brought in and set up by the Dancers and/or musicians.
  5. Set up must be done quickly and in a quiet, non-disruptive manner.
  6. The set up and break down of the musical equipment and portable amplification must not take more than 3 minutes.
  7. 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. The entrant may supply additional portable amplification system for live music/vocals.
    3. Both systems may be mixed for live music AND recorded music
  8. Suggested live music:
Vocals, brass, woodwinds, strings, drums, percussion, bass and keyboards may be used to make 
music. Full size pianos or organs will not be allowed.

Categories: Couples

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions (Book 2, 3.4. Age Division).
1. Music: Organizer’s music in preliminaries and semi-final, Organizer ́s music OR music of the dancers choice

in the final solo performance.

2. Duration of Performance: In all rounds except the final, the length of performance should be 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase. In the final round, the couple may use music of their choice or the Organizer ́s music, which must be 2 minutes of music to the end of the musical phrase, but must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.

3. Tempo: Salsa 50 – 52 bars per minute (200 – 208 beats per minute)

4. Characteristics and Movement: Salsa is of Latin-American origin but has been developing in different ways the last 10 years. There are four main styles of Salsa. The Salsa Cuban style, the Salsa Puerto Rico/New York style (Street Mambo), the L-A style and the Columbian (Cali) style.

The Cuban style of Salsa is more rotating than the Puerto Rico/New York style (Street Mambo) and the L-A style is known to include more show figures. All three styles are ac- accepted. Salsa basic is a two times three-step pattern taken during 8 beats of music, in a quick, quick, slow – quick, quick, slow rhythm. It is allowed to break on the 1st and 3rd beat in the bar or the 2nd and 4th beat in the bar. What is important is to keep the consistence of the breaking. If one starts on breaking on 1 or 3 one must continue to break on 1 or 3 and not travel on to break on 2 and 4 suddenly. Salsa is a very popular club dance in that it allows the dancers much freedom to interpret the music using movements and elements from many different Latino dances. Salsa means, “Sauce”, and the dancers should depict a very hot and spicy interaction with each other.

The Salsa basics involve clever hand and arm movements as well as changes of handhold while maintaining the flowing movements and which are all typical of the dance.

5. Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final in the solo performance in Adults and Junior Division they are allowed13. Lifts and acrobatic figures are forbidden in Children’s divisions.

6. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold. 7. Format Qualifying Rounds:

13 Also acrobatic figures are forbidden in Adults and Junior division only allowed in the final when the couples are dancing alone. See pt. 9.

a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. Each heat will last 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 60 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

d. In all following qualifying rounds, including the semi-final there will be no presentation dance in the beginning or closing dance at the end of the round.

8. Format Final Round: In the Final the Show is added a. All couples will dance together for 1 minute Salsa.

b. Each couple will dance the solo Show number with organizer ́s music or music of their own choice, not exceeding 2 minutes 15 seconds.

c. All couples in the final dance 1 minute closing overview.
d. The Judges will place the couples in order of merit.
e. The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.

9. Forbidden Figures: Acrobatics. Only in the final round, when couples perform alone, it is proposed to allow an acrobatic figure.

10. Stage Props and Scenic Background: forbidden

The rules outlined below cover the following Couple dance Disciplines: • Argentine Tango
• Salsa
• Merengue

• Bachata

• Caribbean Dances

• Jitterbug

• Hustle/ Disco Fox / Disco Swing

• Couple dance Formations and Teams

• Salsa Rueda de Casino

• Caribbean Show

• Salsa Shines

• Couple Dance Master Showcase

• West Coast Swing

• Synchro Dancing


• Latin Show

3.1. GENERAL PROVISIONS – COUPLE DANCE DISCIPLINES Stage Props:

Hats, coats, sweaters, shawls, etc., may be used as long as they remain part of the costume and must be retained during the entire performance. Such clothing articles may be turned inside out, held in the hands, exchanged with a partner, etc., but may NOT be thrown away during the performance. Stage props which are not definable as clothing’s may NOT be used.

These are: (Hand props like) sticks, umbrellas, balloons, skateboards, bags, headsets, masks, sunglasses/image glasses, etc. and other non-clothing articles.

Duration (length) of Exhibition / Routine / Performance: Refer to the specific discipline.
Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor / stage unsafe may not be used in

any discipline.1
Costumes must follow the General rules governing costumes, make-up, movements and theme. Lifts: Please refer to specific rules for the Discipline in question.

1 This means that the use of such liquids will be punished with a warning and/or direct disqualification of a dancer/group/formation.

Lifts are defined as: Movements / figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures / movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person for more than one beat2. Lifts in Children’s divisions are not permitted unless stated otherwise in the specific rules governing a specific discipline.

Drops: Permitted in all disciplines. Drops are defined as: A movement in which the Lady, or the Man, drops‟ down into a pose that must be supported by her partner in some manner. This can be with the help of his or her hands and arms.3

Acrobatic Movements: Permitted in some, but not all, disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the Discipline in question. If permitted, Acrobatic Movements will not always enhance the dancer ́s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner.

Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures.4

Music: In each heat within a round, the same music must be used. The music can and should change from round to round, but the heats should have the same music.5

3.2 ARGENTINE TANGO6 (TANGO SALON, MILONGA, TANGO VALS AND TANGO ESCENARIO)

The categories of Argentine Tango are: Couples.

Argentine Tango competitions are not organized for Children and Junior age division.

Only Couples taking part in all four disciplines will compete for the Championship title Tango Argentino and the Skating system7 will be used to find the overall winner over the four dances.8

Categories: Groups and formations.

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions of Couple Dance Disciplines.

1. Music: The group itself selects the music. Any musical rhythms are accepted. All musical rhythms are allowed and will compete in the Synchro Dance competition.

2. Duration of Performance: 2:30 – 3:00 minutes for small groups and 3:00 to 4:00 minutes for formations, 4:00 to 5:00 for production.

3. Tempo: no restriction.

4. Characteristics and Movements: The fundamental element of the discipline is to dance side by side in synchronization; therefore, all dancers must execute their movements and figures at the same time and in the same direction, maintaining their alignment throughout the performance.

(The last 15-20 seconds may incorporate free alignment as a finale to the performance.) 5. Lifts / Acrobatic Movements / Contacts: Not permitted.
6. Stage Props: Not permitted.

7. Prohibitions: Removal of articles of clothing or accessories during the exhibition or while entering or exiting the floor. This discipline is not a “couple” dance, and partnering is not permitted at any time during the performance.

8. The Synchro teams are dancing one by one to their own music throughout the all rounds including the final. The Cross system is used in qualifying rounds and placing in order of merit in the final.

Categories: Couples

Age Divisions: see in General Provisions,

Book 2, 3.4 Age Division.

1. Music: Organizer’s music in all rounds except the final round of West Coast Swing Solo Show, where dancers may use their own choice of music.

3. Duration of Performance: 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase, in all rounds except the final round of West Coast Swing Solo Show. Music chosen for West Coast Swing Solo Show final round performances must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.

4. Tempo: 28-32 bars per minute (112-128); Organizer’s music. Free in the West Coast Swing Solo Show (own music or Organizer’s music).

5. Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final solo performance in Adults and Junior’s category are allowed. 6. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold.

7. Characteristics and Movement: West Coast Swing is a social dance that falls into the Swing dance family. West coast swing is a “slot” dance, which means that the woman travels forward and back along a single straight line on the floor, with the man moving off and onto her line.

Although there are turning figures, they still keep the woman on her line. As done in the West

Coast Swing community the end of patters typically use an “Anchor step” and not a “Coaster step”. The follower is discouraged from moving forward under her own power at the end of the pattern. Instead, she hangs out until the leader remembers to lead.

Depending on the style lots of turns or lots of footwork. Syncopations are common. The man stays pretty much in one place while the woman moves back and forth in a slot. Therefore, it’s the woman’s movements that are emphasized. West Coast Swing is developed from the Lindy

Hop. West Coast Swing is a living dance, still evolving. It follows the music trends of each decade, and adjusts to accommodate new dance styles. In the 1970s it adopted some of the styles of Disco and the Hustle. Now, it can be danced to most of the music played on the radio today, and incorporates many dance elements of Hip Hop and Jazz. Figures begin with two walking steps, followed by two triple steps (or a triple step, two walks and another triple, in 8- count figures). The second triple step is generally danced in place (“anchor step”) its main purpose is to re-establish physical tension between the partners, generally achieved by leaning slightly back. Dancers should avoid using obvious choreography but rather improvisation, which is the true heart of the West Coast Swing so that it is possible to adjust the steps to the music.

8. Format Qualifying Rounds:
a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for

1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.

b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairman of Judges gives a signal when all Judges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.

c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 30 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.

9. Final Round: Couples will dance all together 1 minute 30 seconds. In the West Coast Swing
Solo Show each couple will perform alone 2 minutes to 2 minutes 14 seconds. All couples will than dance 1 last

minute all together.
The Judges give one final placing for the final performance all together.

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