RULES & GUIDELINES

General Rules

This competition is open to any South Island dancer (someone who has resided in the South Island for at least 6 of the past 12 months). Please note for 2020 we are allowing entries from North Island Dancers for ALL Categories.

 

Competitors can only enter once in each category.
 

There must be a minimum of 3 registered entries in any given category for the category to take place. If the category has less than 3 entries, the organization reserves the right to merge that category with another. Notice will be given to the team leader/competitor about this where applicable.
 

Competitors cannot compete in a given category using the same choreography as previous years of the South Island Salsa Competition in that same category.

 

Competitor Definitions

 

Youth

17 years or less.

 

NOTE: Youth dancers aged 17 years may choose to compete in either youth or adult categories but not both. Youth dancers may compete on the Open Salsa and Latin Shine teams as per the category rules.

 

Youth/Adult

17 years or less / 17+ years
Defined as a partnership between a youth dancer (17-) and an adult dancer (17+). In these categories only the youth dancer is judged.

 

Amateur

17+ years

Defined as a student/person who does not make have any financial gain from any type of Latin and/or Brazilian dance related activities and does not meet any of the Semi-Professional criteria described below.

Semi-Professional (Semi-Pro)

17+ years
Defined as a person who meets one or more of the following criteria: 
- Individuals who have taught Latin and/or Brazilian dance regardless of whether paid or not. This applies to both advertised classes and private lessons. This does not apply to those who assist or demonstrate along with a teacher provided they are not actively teaching.
- Individuals who have choreographed a team routine which has been performed at a national or international level event.
- Individuals who have judged at a regional, national or international level event regardless of whether paid or not.
- Individuals who have previously competed as a Semi-Professional in this competition or any other competition with a similar definition of Semi-Pro.

Professional

17+ years
Defined as a person who has previously received or currently receives financial compensation from Latin and/or Brazilian dance related activities including teaching, performing, judging, etc. Please note that this competition does not differentiate between a dancer who does these activities on a part time/casual basis and makes the majority of their income in another profession or one who makes the majority or entirety of their income from these activities.

Pro-Am

17+ years
Defined as a partnership between an amateur dancer and a professional level dancer as defined above. In these categories only the amateur dancer is judged.

 

 

Music Guidelines

A maximum of 3 songs can be used in the music cut of any given choreography. The music lengths for 2018 are below. Please do not include your entrance and/or exit in your music cut.

 

Youth
- All youth choreos (1.15 - 1.45mins)

Adult

- All adult solos (1.10 - 1.50mins)

- All adult duets (1.10 - 1.50mins)
- All adult couples (1.30 - 2.00mins)
- All adult teams (1.30 - 2.30mins)

 

All Salsa routines must be 100% recognizable Salsa dancing and music.

Latin routines may be Latin OR Non-Latin music (which is compatible with a recognisable Latin Dance i.e. Bachata, Merengue, Zouk, Cha Cha, Kizomba).

Competitors will need to send a copy of their competition music to the organisers by the closing of registration date. Please note that once you have submitted your music, we will not accept any re-submissions of music. Competitors also need to bring with them as a backup ready-to-play on CD with only one track per CD and/or your music on USB. The DJ will not slow down or speed up your music for you.

Division Rules

 

For All Categories:

** The term “tricks” includes dips, drops and leverage moves. These are defined as movements that requires the support of the other partner to maintain, even if the feet remain on the floor.
** The term "lift" refers to any movement where both feet leave the floor with the assistance of one's partner.

** For back-to-back tricks to be considered only one trick they need to flow seamlessly and purposefully from one element to the other, and they should not occupy more than 2 counts of 8.

 

All Salsa routines must be 100% recognizable Salsa dancing. For partnered categories, shines are permitted and encouraged, but must not exceed 30%.

Latin routines must be 70% recognizable Latin dancing however a mix of styles is permitted. For partnered categories, shines are permitted and encouraged, but must not exceed 30%. For Latin Styles that have various interpretations, the traditional style must be 70% represented.

 

Freestyle Categories

The freestyle category is a lead/follow category (not choreographed), designed to show one’s ability to connect and improvise with one's partner and display connection, timing, technique and musicality to the music that is played. This is a JUST DANCING category. Lifts are not allowed. Please refer to the specific section rules for guidance on dips, tricks and shines.

Dancers will compete on the dance floor together to DJ selected music of their chosen style of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba or Zouk. The approximate length of each song will be 1.30 - 2.00 mins and will be selected by the organization. Dancers will be asked to rotate from front to rear of stage between songs to ensure all competitors are given time at front of stage. Dancers who fail to change or move positions during the song to the detriment of other couples will be penalised.

Depending on the number of entries, competitors may be grouped into Heats + Final. Heats will contain a maximum of 5 couples, if the category has less than 5 registered couples the category will only have a final. If there are enough numbers for Heats, each Heat will have 2 pieces of music of approximately 1.30 - 2.00 minutes in length. The top 5 couples in each division will progress to a Final.

Music tempo’s for freestyle sections will be as follows:

The freestyle heats is a formal competition, and as such costumes are encouraged.

Team Categories
Team categories for shines and partnered entries are:
- Youth Salsa Shine Teams
- Youth Latin Shine Teams

- Youth Couples Teams
- Open Salsa Shine Teams
- Open Latin Shine Teams
- Open Salsa Couples Teams
- Open Latin Showcase Teams

Solo/Shines Teams

Solo/Shines Teams must consist of a minimum of 3 dancers.


Solo/Shines Teams are permitted up to 3 connected/assisted moves (these are moves that require physical connection between 2 or more individuals). Connection time between individuals for these moves should not exceed two counts of eight. More than this will result in a 2-point deduction of the final score. Any such moves executed simultaneously or as a group will only be counted as one connected/assisted move, so long as it is executed within the allowable two counts of eight.
 

Partnered Teams

Partnered Teams must consist of a minimum of 3 couples (a couple is defined as 1 leader & 1 follower and these positions must be continuous throughout the choreography). Teams must perform as couples in a lead/follow format.
 

Props are allowed when used as part of your costume (eg. hats, removable skirts, etc).


Salsa Teams may utilize up to 6 lifts/tricks**. For Solo/Shines, Teams lifts/tricks will be counted as connected/assisted moves.
 
Partnered Categories
Salsa On1 & On2 categories (couples)
Competitor’s chosen Salsa rhythm (e.g. On1 or On2) must be maintained throughout the routine.
Competitors can choose to break forward or back, as long as this is consistent throughout the routine. Competitors will not be penalized if they change their break step to accent musicality, as long as it is purposeful and returns to their main break step.
Routines can use up to 3 lifts and 3 tricks**.
A maximum of 4 bars/16 Beats/2 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns. More than this will result in a 2-point deduction of the final score. 
Shines are permitted and encouraged, but must not exceed 30%.

 

Solos Categories
Salsa On1 & On2 Solos categories
Competitor’s chosen Salsa rhythm (e.g. On1 or On2) must be maintained throughout the routine.
Competitors can choose to break forward or back, as long as this is consistent throughout the routine. Competitors will not be penalized if they change their break step to accent musicality, as long as it is purposeful and returns to their main break step.

 

Open Latin Solos categories
Routines must be 70% recognizable Latin dancing.

 

Duet Categories
Duet couples are permitted up to 3 connected/assisted moves (these are moves that require physical connection between 2 or more individuals). Connection time between individuals for these moves should not exceed two counts of eight. More than this will result in a 2-point deduction of the final score. Any such moves executed simultaneously will only be counted as one connected/assisted move, so long as it is executed within the allowable two counts of eight.

Salsa On1 & On2 Duets
Competitor’s chosen Salsa rhythm (e.g. On1 or On2) must be maintained throughout the routine.
Competitors can choose to break forward or back, as long as this is consistent throughout the routine. Competitors will not be penalized if they change their break step to accent musicality, as long as it is purposeful and returns to their main break step.
 
Latin Duets
Routines must be 70% recognizable Latin dancing.


Additional Rules
Salsa Categories
Competitor’s chosen Salsa rhythm (e.g. On1 or On2) must be maintained throughout the routine.


Competitors can choose to break forward or back, as long as this is consistent throughout the routine.

Competitors will not be penalized if they change their break step to accent musicality, as long as it is purposeful and returns to their main break step.

Costumes
Costumes are permitted and encouraged, as they contribute to presentation marks. Costumes should be appropriate for the style of dance being performed. The head judge may make scoring deductions for costume failures.

 

Youth costumes must be age appropriate. Youth are not to wear g string costumes!

Scoring Criteria
Refer to the following criteria and weighting
 
Soloists
Timing, Musicality - 30%
Choreography, Floorcraft, Presentation - 40%
Difficulty & Technique - 30%
 
Couples
Timing, Musicality - 30%
Choreography, Floorcraft, Presentation - 30%
Difficulty, Technique, Partnership - 40%
 
Teams 
Timing, Musicality, Synchronicity - 40%
Choreography, Floorcraft, Presentation - 30%
Difficulty, Technique, Partnership - 30%
 
Freestyle 
The freestyle categories will be judged based on couples’ timing, technique, partnership, and musicality.
Unlike the choreography categories, the freestyle heats will be scored using a ranking system. Judges will rank competing couples over both songs within their heats. Judges will rank competing couples again across the final songs and the average of these ranks will dictate the winning couple for that particular category.


 
Criteria Descriptions
Timing
Dancers are required to show recognisable timing for the majority of the performance. The correct and consistent use and understanding of the timing and rhythm relevant to the Latin dance (the sharpness of ‘highlights’ and the execution of appropriate syncopations) must be displayed. 


Dancers should be consistent with the timing of the chosen dance style. Competitors will be deducted marks for interchanging 1 and 5 if dancing ‘On 1’, or interchanging 2 and 6 if dancing ‘On 2’. If dancers temporarily break their timing to accent musicality or maintain the flow of a movement they will not be penalized, as long as this action is purposeful and there is an intentional effort to return to the original timing.


​For solo/shines categories, the timing of the breaking step must be consistently maintained throughout the routine (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). More specifically, if a dancer breaks on1 for most of their routine with some purposeful deviations breaking on5 they will not be penalized, as long as there is an intentional effort to return to their on1 break step. Similarly, if a dancer breaks on2 for most of their routine with some purposeful deviations breaking on6 they will not be penalized, as long as there is an intentional effort to return to their on2 break step.


For team categories, the synchronisation of the team where the choreography should/is intended to be synchronised (eg, during combinations, poses and shines, and in dancers’ lines, hands, feet and body movement) will be scrutinised in the scoring.

Musicality
Couples will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including patterns, footwork, “hits”, tricks, etc.
 
Choreography
The couple’s interpretation of the music. The creativity and originality of the choreography is a factor here. The way it utilises the elements of the chosen Latin style, the music (including the ‘hits’ and breaks), theme, the dancers and the stage space. Judges will consider the structure (from intro to finale), the variety, seamlessness of its components, the cleverness and the freshness of the choreography. Overall the choreography should showcase the dancers and create an artistically impressive and captivating work.

Floorcraft
Reflected in the utilising of the space on the dance floor while dancing.
 
Presentation
The overall presentation of the Couple/Team. Judges will consider the aesthetic qualities and professionalism exhibited in the costuming and appearance, the entrance, exit and sportsmanship. Costumes should complement the style, movement, theme and dancers to enhance the performance. 

 

Freestyle Couples will be judged on their ability in the lead/follow freestyle format. Judges will consider the overall presentation of the Couple, taking into account elements of timing, execution and performance.
 
Difficulty
The level of difficulty exhibited in the choreography and its execution. Judges will consider the complexity and intricacy of the combinations, footwork and shines, turns/spins, tricks/dips and body movement utilised in the performance and how well those elements were executed. 
 
Technique
The dance technique exhibited in the execution of the performance. Judges will consider good posture, clean footwork, balanced turns/spins, aesthetic use of lines, smooth and complementary lead/follow partner work (if applicable) and the use and mastery of appropriate Latin motion/body movement as appropriate for the chosen dance style.

 

Partnership
Partnership is the connection dancers cultivate and exhibit with the audience and their fellow performer(s). Judges will consider the X-factor, flavour/sabor brought to the performance to win over and connect with the audience and judges. (Note: this should not be done by prompting the audience to cheer or clap) Dancers should demonstrate a connection with their partner/team that elevates the energy and level of performance and complements the style and strength of their partner/team

 

Synchronicity
Refers to the unison of a team during side by side movement, partnerwork, line placement, footwork and styling. Teams will also be judged on their utilisation of formations. Judges will consider the artistic choice, clarity and variety of formations, and the transitions utilised to change between them.

Please note the results and decisions of the judges will be final, binding and conclusive on all matters!

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