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COMPETITION

The morning and early afternoon section of Dance Caper is a dance competition.  Judged by experienced dance professionals, the competition is open to any dance school who meet our entry criteria.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Dance Caper 2020, your school must meet the following criteria

  • Schools (not teams) entering must have entered 3 or less competitions of any kind in the last 12 months and consider themselves to be of a novice/beginners level.

  • Schools (not teams) entering must not be planning to enter any more than 3 competitions of any kind in the next 12 months

  • Schools (not teams) entering must not have competed in ANY national finals within the last 2 years.

  • We discourage auditioning dancers to take part - we want Dance Caper to be as inclusive as possible!

  • Schools entering should consider themselves as a non-competition focused school
     

GENERAL COMPETITION INFORMATION
The morning and early afternoon section of Dance Caper is a dance competition. NEW FOR 2020: Judged by 4 seasoned festival adjudicators/experienced dance professionals from a breadth of dancing backgounds, the competition is open to any dance school who considers the group that they are entering competition beginners. There are 8 categories within the competition (each with Junior and Senior sections): Tap, Ballet, Modern & Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Street & HipHop, Acrobatic and Theme. In addition, this year there is also a Mini's category. Entries Mini's category can be any genre of dance or a mixture of genres.

  • The Mini's category is aimed at groups with an average age of between 5 and 7 years.

  • The Junior sections are aimed at groups with an average age of between 7 and 12 years (MAXIMUM AGE 14)

  • The Seniors for groups with an average age between 12 and 18 years.

  • Theme can be any genre of dance or a mixture of genres, the dance just has to follow the selected theme. The theme this year is WELCOME TO THE 20'S. The theme can be interpreted any way you like - however it must be clear how you are adhering to the Theme. No spoken or written introductions allowed.

Each competition entry will be marked out of 20 by each judge and added together to make a total score. The marks are broken down as follows.

  • 6 marks for performance

  • 6 marks for technique

  • 5 marks for choreography

  • 3 marks for costume

  • Theme will also have an a maximum of 5 extra marks per entry awarded based on how well the theme has been applied to the dance awarded by this year's VIP.

COMPETITION RULES

  • Schools (not teams) entering must have entered 3 or less competitions of any kind in the last 12 months and consider themselves to be of a novice/beginners level

  • Schools (not teams) entering must not be planning to enter any more than 3 competitions of any kind in the next 12 months

  • Schools (not teams) entering must not have competed in ANY national finals within the last 2 years.

  • We discourage auditioning dancers to take part - we want Dance Caper to be as inclusive as possible!

  • Schools entering should consider themselves as a non-competition focused school

  • Each school can enter a total of 4 categories if there are 20 or less participants in attendance or 8 categories within the competition if they are bringing above 20 participants.

  • You must have between 4 and 20 dancers in each dance entry. Any more or less will result in 2 points being deducted.

  • Each pupil can only be registered to 1 dance school for the full day.

  • For the Senior categories, the average age of your dance entry must fall between 12 and 18 (when we add all the ages together and then divide between the number of dancers). You are allowed dancers outside this age bracket as long as your age average meets the criteria and the vast majority of dancers' ages should be between 12 and 18.

  • For the Junior categories, the average age of your dance entry must fall between 7 and 12 (when we add all the ages together and then divide between the number of dancers). You are allowed dancers outside this age bracket up to a maximum age of 14, as long as your age average and vast majority of dancers falls between 7 and 12.

  • For the Mini's category, the average age of your dance entry must fall between 5 and 7 (when we add all the ages together and then divide between the number of dancers). You are allowed dancers outside this age bracket up to a maximum age of 8, as long as your age average and vast majority of dancers falls between 5 and 7.

  • The stage size is approximately 14 metres wide by 6 metres deep and has no backstage run-around to swap sides.

  • There are no rules on the genre of music you use

  • No explicit or parental advisory songs are allowed

  • Competition dances are to be no longer than 2 minutes for the mini's and junior sections and 2 minutes 30 seconds for the senior sections. There is a 10% over-time allowance (up to 12 seconds over for Juniors, 18 seconds seniors) Any longer and your competition entry will lose 10 marks

  • Music must be sent either by email or post by 1st May 2020

  • Props are allowed but your group must be responsible for them

  • A list of ages in each dance will be supplied to the judges to take into account when marking each entry.

  • No special announcements, sound or lighting arrangements can be made for your competition entries.

  • Participant wristbands MUST be worn for the entirety for the competition and day

THE AWARDS

  • 1st Place Awards and 2nd & 3rd Place Certificates for Each Competition Category

  • Best Choreography Award
    The entry which the judges consider to have the best choreography from the whole competition will be awarded the title of Best Choreography. 

 

  • Best Costumes Award
    The entry which the judges consider to have the best costumes from the whole competition will be awarded the title of Best Costumes.  This is open to all clubs who take part in the Competition and/or Showcase.

 

  • Team Spirit Award
    One of the awards available at the event is for team spirit.  Supporters are invited to watch your club perform in the competition. Make some noise and show your support!  Your group can also earn points towards this leading up      to the event by being active in our Facebook group and by Tweeting about us!  This is open to all clubs no matter which/how many parts of the event they take part in and the winner will be chosen by the Dance Caper Crew!

 

  • Best Small School
    Competitions are always a little more scary when there's less of you! This award will be presented to an outstanding dance with 6 or less dancers or a smaller school who excels across the day

 

  • Best Newcomer 
    This award is for an outstanding school both performance and attitude wise who are attending Dance Caper for the first time.

 

  • Friendliest Dance School 
    A very important award! This will go to the school considered to have been the friendliest and most supportive to Dance Caper staff and other dance schools across the day.  The winner will be chosen by the Dance Caper Crew!

 

  • Dance Caper Club of the Year Award
    The biggest award of the day.  This will be based on the performances, achievements, enthusiasm, attitude towards staff and other schools plus achievements across the day. As well as dancing their socks off, make sure your team is polite, engages with other dance schools and keeps their area spotless to be in with a chance of winning this award. This is open to all clubs no matter which/how many parts of the event they take part in. The winner will     be chosen by the Head Judge and Dance Caper Crew!

 

Results

All the competition results will be announced at the end of the Showcase evening show. All clubs will be sitting in the audience at this time. You will need to nominate someone in advance to collect your prize in case your club wins an award. 

Cheesy we know, but it really is the taking part that counts! It’s supposed to be a fun day for all so please don’t put too much pressure on yourself or your dancers!