Rules

2019 West Gippsland Dance Festival

ALL ENTRIES ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RULES

  1. The Adjudicator’s decision is final.
  2. All competitors will dance completely at their own risk.
  3. The Committee will not accept late entries and there will be no alteration to any entry after the running sheet is made public.
  4. The Committee reserves the right to refuse entries.
  5. The Committee reserves the right to request proof of age at any time.
  6. Competitors entering solo sections shall only enter their own age group in either open or novice sections – not both
  7. Any Competitor placed 1st or 2nd or 3rd in any competition in the past 3 years (from May 2nd, 2016 until May 1st 2019) must dance in Open section.
  8. Teachers or a Parent will be allowed side stage during their student’s/child’s item.
  9. A competitor who stops and leaves the stage during an item can reappear for a “crit” only, unless it was through no fault of their own. Dancing for a crit only in a qualifying section will not achieve eligibility for championship sections. Dancers will not be permitted to reappear for crit only in Championship sections.
  10. Age of competitors participating in ALL SECTIONS (SOLOS / DUOS / TRIOS and TROUPES) to be determined as at 1st January 2019.
  11. Competitors may appear only once in any section including Duos/Trios and Troupes. Competitors participating in Duos/Trios can only enter one age group in each style of dance.
  12. Competitors are not entitled to a refund of fees in cases of non-appearance in any section.
  13. Where only one competitor presents, they will be adjudicated to such standard which the Adjudicator deems appropriate.
  14. The Committee reserves the right to disqualify any person who communicates with the adjudicator during the course of the competition.
  15. Time limits will be strictly adhered to or face disqualification – timing of dance commences from start of music or movement, whichever comes first, and finishes at end of movement, music or leaving stage. Music tags must be included in time limits.
  16. All competitors participating in Championships and Scholarship Section, are required to be present on stage for presentation, failure to appear will result in disqualification. The classical championship section will include a class chosen by the adjudicator and may include a contemporary component.
  17. Troupes must contain a minimum of 6 members.
  18. Props may be used in all sections but should be kept to a minimum. Dangerous props will not be allowed.
  19. Sections can be combined at the Committee’s discretion, if there are insufficient entries.
  20. Personal requests from individuals for specific or preferred days or times to perform during the festival WILL NOT be considered.
  21. Protests must be made in writing, signed by the protester and lodged at the Secretary’s table not more than 10 minutes after the adjudication. Protests must be accompanied with a deposit of $20.00 which will be forfeited should the Committee deem the protest frivolous.
  22. Background vocal or non-competing side stage assistance is not permitted whilst competitors are singing in Song & Dance sections  – this will result in disqualification.
  23. A CD player will be provided by the Committee. All music must be submitted in CD format or IPod: IPod only if a teacher is there to operate it. IPod’s must be cued to the exact spot, each item of music must be in a separate playlist and they are the teacher’s responsibility to play and stop through the system our venue provides us. All competitors must check in prior to the start of the section. CDs shall contain only one track per disk. CDs shall be recorded in CD audio format only cd-r or cd+r only (not re-writable). NO OTHER FORMAT e.g., mp3, wma, aac, will be accepted.
  24. Students taught by the Adjudicator, on a regular basis for greater than 10 weeks within the past 12 months, will not be eligible to enter this competition.
  25. Students must perform on stage in order as per the program.
  26. The Committee reserves the right to appoint another adjudicator should the need arise.
  27. No blackouts in Tap, National and Classical sections.
  28. (28.1) This competition is open to Amateurs Only. “Amateur” to mean one whose regular income or part thereof is not derived from dancing/teaching.  Students under the age of 17, registered in full time academic studies are exempt from this rule.

         (28.2) “Student Teachers” who are instructing no more than 4 students in private lessons, and/or who are assisting in             class with a teacher present at all times may dance as Amateurs. Teachers are not permitted to perform at this                       festival. Anyone listed on a dance school website/Facebook etc as a teacher will be deemed as that and must not take           to the stage in any section. This includes troupe sections.

  1. Cameras or recording equipment will not be permitted in the auditorium whilst competitors are performing, with the exception of the video and photo personnel hired by the Committee.
  2. The Committee will not be responsible for lost items. (Lost item enquiries to be made to the Admissions Desk)
  3. Due to copyright laws – all dancers must have the permission of the choreographing teacher to perform dance/s. The Committee will not be liable for any copyright infringements.
  4. In the event of a draw occurring in an Aggregate award, a trophy will be awarded to each winner.
  5. No person under 18 years of age can assist with roster positions.
  6. Current fulltime dance students may only enter the Scholarship Section. A student is classified full time if they are enrolled and attending a certified/accredited full time course regardless of whether they attend academic school as well. They will not be eligible to enter any other section listed on the entry form with the exception of Troupes.
  7. Past full time students who have now returned to regular school and after school dance lessons are eligible to enter all sections having ceased full time dance studies as at 31st December of the previous year of the current Festival. This only applies to students aged 18 years of age and under. Competitors in this section are exempt from Rule 27.1 and 27.2.

          These sections will only be run if sufficient entries are received – subject to the committee’s discretion.

  1. A competitor who has entered under a specified school at time of entries closing may NOT perform at the festival under a different school. Students may only perform under the school as it appears on their entry form.  Please note: changes cannot be made after the closing date of entries.
  2. In the event of an accident or illness, an ambulance may be called. Any associated cost incurred will be charged to the parent. Ambulance subscription is recommended.
  3. Each competitor participating in a Championship section must have a representative complete a FULL rostered position in the days preceding this section or they will forfeit their championship eligibility/entry. No requests to change will be facilitated by the WGDF. No persons under the age of 18 can fill any rostered position.
  4. Troupe Listings. All schools entering troupes must present to the Festival Secretary a list of all troupe members (in age groups), together with the name and date of birth of each competitor. Please use info@wgdf.com.au. Complimentary competitor’s passes will not be provided unless the troupe list reaches the committee by close of entries. A competitor’s pass may not entitle entry to the theatre for all sections and competitors may be asked to vacate if insufficient seats for paying customers.
  5. Costumes, choreography and musical lyrics must be appropriate for a family audience. The adjudicator will have authority to govern what is deemed inappropriate, which will result in performing for a crit only.
  6. Any audience member whose conduct is off-putting to competitors will be asked to leave and if they are also a competitor they could face disqualification. Inappropriate behaviour will not be accepted at any time.
  7. The above rules are set at the Executive Committee’s discretion.

Genre Expectations

  1. a) Classical– The Performer focuses on their Classical Technique using formalized movements and positions 
    of their arms, feet and body, designed to enable them to move with the greatest possible agility, 
    control, speed, lightness, and grace to a piece of classical dance music.  A short Tutu and ballet shoes 
    must be worn.
  2. b) Demi Character/Character– a dance in ballet representing a character.
  3. c) Neo-Classical– allows Performers to use their Classical Ballet technique to dance to modern music in 
    flowing costumes suited to the mood.
  4. d) Lyrical – The Performer uses their dance skills, technique, expression and feeling through their body 
    movements and face to connect with and relay the story/theme and mood of the piece of music/song 
    chosen to the Audience.  They must tell the story.
  5. e) Modern– Modern Jazz style of dance which may include jazz, Broadway jazz, musical theatre/comedy, disco or hip hop (solo/duo sections). Music and costumes should be suited to style of dance chosen.
  6. f) Contemporary– Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several 
    dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect 
    the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.  Contemporary dance stresses versatility and 
    improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using 
    gravity to pull them down to the floor. 
  7. g) Song & Dance– The Performer must sing a portion of the performance to showcase their vocal ability and 
    dance in a style that suits the music chosen and costumed appropriately. Song and soft shoe or song and tap are allowed in this section.
  8. h) Tap dance–is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of 

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