Dance Section: Rules
Please also see the General Regulations.
*SPECIAL OFFER - FIVE CLASSES FOR THE PRICE OF FOUR*
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CHANGES IN THE ALL ENGLAND DANCE SYLLABUS, OUR AGE LIMITS AND DANCE TIMINGS HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO COMPLY. For the Dancing Section only, a competitor's age is reckoned as their age on 1st September prior to the Festival. PLEASE CHECK YOUR ENTRIES CAREFULLY.
Ballet: No pointe work is permitted for competitors under 13.
In these Medal classes, the Ballet and Character items must be those danced in the qualifying classes.
This is not a qualifying class. A Prize of £150 will now be awarded to the winner of the class if a mark of 87 or over has been obtained. If the adjudicator considers that the winning performance is sufficiently exceptional to be awarded a mark of 90, then a Gold medal will also be awarded. Please see Medal Section for full details and requirements.
The age of the eldest competitor in Duets, Trios, Quartets and groups determines the correct age group. Age is taken as from 1st September of the previous year. (See General Rule 2) In medal classes, performers will not be allowed to dance if they are under the minimum age.
Competitors may perform ONCE only in their age group in each dance technique in any section apart from groups-where they may dance in a maximum of two (2) groups within each dance class. A maximum of 3 groups per school.
No furniture or properties are allowed, except those that can be carried and quickly set in place by performers or helpers. Construction of scenery or props on the side of the stage is prohibited. No real flowers or leaves will be allowed or confetti, or talcum powder or similar. Disregard for this rule may result in the disqualification of the item.
Entries in all classes which exceed the time limit will be penalised. Time will be checked from the 1st note or word of the accompaniment, or if it should occur first-the first movement of the dancer and until the dancer’s last movement at the completion of the dance.
In group dancing, Tap and Modern are not allowed
No re-dance is allowed at 10 years or over. At under 10 years, when a re-dance is requested, this will be allowed only at the discretion of the adjudicator.
No singing is allowed except in Song and Dance and Cabaret Classes.
All chaperones must be over 18 years of age and must wear their badges at all times. Failure to wear a badge may result in the chaperone not being allowed backstage. Please note that children must be accompanied at all times in the auditorium, in the dressing rooms and at the side of the stage, preferably by a licensed chaperone or in exceptional circumstances by a parent or guardian.
Footwear, Makeup and Changing
Footwear must be worn in all areas of the theatre at all times. Extreme care must be taken backstage and whenever possible have a covering on your feet to avoid accidents.
The Theatre also remind you that changing, applying makeup etc is not allowed in the front of house, toilets, auditorium and restaurant.
You are advised that drinks backstage must have a lid or be in a secure container.
Movement behind the back curtain is not allowed during a performance.
The festival reserve the right, that should they deem the entries in Solos, Duets, Trios , Quartets and Groups to be oversubscribed then the class will be divided, likewise if the classes are undersubscribed, age groups may be linked.