Dance Rules



1) Performers age to be taken as on 1st March 2019. Performers may only compete in their correct age group and must be prepared to produce their birth certificate on request. Teachers are reminded that a performer’s correct age must be on all entry forms.

2) In all classes time must be strictly observed. RANDOM classes will be timed. Times will be checked from the first movement of the dance.

3) In the event of an early conclusion to any class, the committee reserves the right to commence the following class earlier but no earlier than 30 minutes before the stated time.

4) Performers must dance in programme order, report to the Stage Steward at least 30 minutes before the start of the class and be ready in the wings before their number is announced. Requests to perform at different days and times will be declined.

5) The Festival Committee have provided an amplifier and equipment for the playing of cd’s and minidiscs. To ensure the smooth running of the Festival, all recorded music must be ready to operate immediately the number is announced. Can teachers please ensure there are not long introductions before the music commences. Can music please be provided on discs with one track per disc.

Teachers using cd’s and minidiscs created from commercial recordings are advised that they should themselves seek permission for the Record Companies concerned as the Festival Committee cannot take any responsibility for this. Pre-recorded music used in any Song and Dance performance must NOT include any vocals. This includes Groups.

7) In all classes 80% marks must be gained for a 1st, 2nd or 3rd Certificate. Honours Certificates will be awarded for performers with over 80% marks and Certificates of Merit for over 75 per cent marks. Performers must be present at the adjudication to qualify for a medal place.

8) In all Group, Troupe and Production Classes entries may be used for 2 years only. Following this they may not be used for a FURTHER 2 YEARS.

9) Junior Groups, Troupes and Productions -these classes must not include performers 13 years of age and over. One older dancer is allowed in Babies Groups only (see Class 28).

10) There must be a minimum of 6 performers in all Groups, Troupes and Productions.

11) Senior Groups, Troupes and Productions -should it be necessary to include performers under 13 years of age in these classes, they may perform, providing they number less than 50% of the Group.

12) In Group, Troupe and Production classes a maximum of 3 entries per school is permitted.

13) In order to comply with theatre fire regulations, props. should be brought on the day of the performance and removed the same day.
14) A combination of pupils from different dancing schools in Groups, Troupes and Productions must be entered under one school name only.

15) Duet, Trio and Quartet Classes – No performer shall be allowed to dance more than once in the same class.

16) In Duet, Trio and Quartet Classes one substitution only may be allowed in the event of unforeseen circumstances, i.e. illness. The Secretary and Backstage Steward must be notified of changes before the commencement of the class.

17) A performer winning a Novice Class after the entries have been received and prior to the Festival, must inform the secretary and must compete in the Open Classes.

18) In all ballet classes it would be preferable if the choice of music did not include works from the better known Ballet scores.

19) The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entries in excess of number agreed by the Committee. In the event of over subscription the committee reserve the right to accept entries by geographical distance. We welcome entries from all dance schools, this will only be applied if over subscribed.
Please note that schools are allowed a maximum of 225 entries.

20) Full time students at vocational dance schools or colleges may not compete in the Festival.

21) Teachers are reminded that the Lyrics in all classes must be suitable for an audience with children. Any inappropriate lyrics may be penalised.

22) Please be mindful that props must comply with the Theatre Health and safety regulations. Particularly we will not accept glass, naked flames e.g lit candles, liquids. We reserve the right to remove any props that are considered dangerous or inappropriate/do not fall in line with Theatre Regulations.

Note:- please remember anything left on stage has to be removed before the next performer can begin. Please be mindful of this when planning.

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