Most dance studios have not been working on competition choreographies because of the Covid-19 lock downs. After the lock downs dancers wanted social connection, lots of parties and to have fun with dancing. This year we will focus on social dancing and will only run freestyle type, fun competitions.
If you have worked on a choreographed routine we would love to offer you performance spots in our showcase section. Amateur and Pro-Am couples and duos can perform in our afternoon, 2pm Stargate section. Semi-Pro, Pro and team performances will be featured in our evening shows, 7pm. Stargate shows also gives Amateur dances the opportunity to preform alongside with the best professionals at the evening shows.
⦁ The freestyle divisions are designed to show one’s ability to connect and improvise with one’s partner and display lead and follow, connection, timing, technique and musicality to the music that is played.
⦁ Tricks and lifts are not permitted, whilst dips are allowed.
⦁ The approximate length of each song will be 1.00-1.30 mins and will be selected at random from a list of songs with the appropriate BPM for the division.
⦁ Multiple couples will dance on the floor at the same time.
⦁ Couples will get an opportunity to dance to two songs within their heat: one slow and one faster (or in the case of bachata: one sensual, one dominican)
⦁ Scoring Criteria:
⦁ Timing & musicality 35%
⦁ Flavour & Connection 35%
⦁ Technique & Difficulty30%
⦁ Costumes are encouraged for these divisions.
⦁ Participants will dance as a soloist freestyle for 1 minute slow and 1 minute songs.
⦁ Scoring criteria:
⦁ MUSICALITY and EXPRESSION: 20 points total
⦁ POWER and ENERGY: 20 points
⦁ COSTUME and PRESENTATION: 10 points total
⦁ TECHNIQUE and DIFFICULTY: 30 points total
⦁ AUTHENTICITY: 20 points
⦁ The premise of a Jack ‘n’ Jill competition is that it is a 100% freestyle competition with dancers partnered up at random.
⦁ Jack & Jill competitions are designed to highlight skills in social dancing and the ability to dance well with a variety of partners.
⦁ Competitors enter as individuals and randomly assigned partners and dance 3 times with different partners.
⦁ Male competitors must enter as “leaders” and female competitors must enter as “followers”.
⦁ Salsa shines competition, designed to feature competitor’s creativity and musicality in a 1 on 1 solo battle format.
⦁ All Competitors will be paired up by a random draw for the qualifying rounds.
⦁ From each round the winner will go through to the next heat until we get to the finals where the judges will select the winner of the competition.
⦁ The dancers in each round will have 2 x 30 sec to win over the judges and the crowd. No dance shoes or costume are required.
Competitor Classification is required to remain consistent across all styles and divisions (eg. It is not possible to be Professional for Salsa, but Amateur for Bachata etc.) For the purposes of the Australian Dance Cup, the following competitor definitions will apply:
To qualify as a Novice, you may not have competed consecutively for 2 years (i.e. in both 2018 and 2019). If you have competed in both 2018 and 2019, you must compete as an Amateur or above.
Defined as a student or person who does not make a professional living as a Latin Dance Instructor, Latin Performer, Latin Dance Competitor or Latin Dance Adjudicator.
Defined as a person who receives financial compensation as a Latin Dance Instructor, Latin Performer, Latin Dance Competitor or Latin Dance Adjudicator, but who does these activities on a part time basis and makes the majority of their income in another profession.
Defined as a person who receives financial compensation as a Latin Dance Instructor, Latin Performer, Latin Dance Competitor or Latin Dance Adjudicator, and who makes the majority or entirety of their income from these activities.
Competitors aged 17 or less at the time of the competition.
Adult competitors of 40 years of age or over.
N.B. Masters competitors and Youths over the age of 16 may also compete in any other division outside of their classification, provided they consistently stay within the constraints of the status they best identify with, be it Amateur, Semi-Pro or Professional.
Please select the tickets carefully. As is the policy with all major festivals and concerts, Australian Dance Cup will not issue refunds for festival passes/tickets. Transfers are permitted at the discretion of the event organisers, and an administration fee may apply.