2017 Dance Category Rules & Conditions

The following rules and conditions are specific to the DANCE category. Please ensure you also read the General Rules & Conditions of Entry.

1.   Performances are for soloists unless an event indicates otherwise.

2.   Registration and performance rules are strictly enforced (see the General Rules & Conditions of Entry Items 17 to 28).

3.   COMPULSORY FESTIVAL e-PROGRAM: Purchase of an Festival e-Program is compulsory for all entrants. Teachers submitting entries for individual students MUST PURCHASE a Festival e-Program for each soloist, except where they share the same family address. As the online entry form only allows for one compulsory Festival e-Program on checkout, teachers who enter multiple students on the SAME online entry form are requested to email: entries@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au to complete their compulsory Festival e-Program purchase requirements.

4.   TEACHER’S PASS: 

a)   SOLOS/DUOS/TRIOS/QUARTETS: Teachers who have submitted 10 or more students in SOLO events OR 20 or more students if including ‘Duo/Trio/Quartet’ events will be eligible for ONE Festival Pass. To claim, they should email: frontdesk@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au giving student names and event number details. Please allow 10 working days to receive this Pass in the mail. An administrative charge of $10 needs to be paid, so please be sure to make arrangements for this payment at the same time as when applying.

b)   GROUPS (5-30 & 10-30 dancers): One Free Admission ticket PER GROUP will be issued by the Session Manager when registering. Normal admission charges apply to all other helpers/supervisors with the group should they wish to see the performance.

5.   Time limits allow for the presentation of ONE ITEM except in scholarships and championships as indicated. Limits are strictly monitored and entrants exceeding them will be eligible for ‘comments only’ - not for a placing.

6.   A different item is required for each event unless repeats are specifically allowed. Items performed in a Heat must be repeated in the Final unless otherwise stipulated.

7.   If it is specifically indicated that an item may be repeated, it may be repeated ONLY ONCE except when progressing to a Final. An entrant found repeating an item other than where allowed will be disqualified.

8.   Costumes for Classical Solos:

-   14 & Over Solo Classical Dance Events: Traditional Classical costume which suits the repertoire e.g. Giselle dress Act 1, Kitri dress Act 1 or Juliet style dress relating to those variations either short or long options (except in Event 400: Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarships)- unless otherwise stipulated. Please see each event condition.

-   13 & Under Solo Classical Dance Events: Short tutu must be worn by girls in all solo classical dances.

9.   TARKETT: No tarkett floor provided for tap. Tarkett may also not be provided for Song & Dance and Musical Theatre. For all other events, including School Dance Events, tarkett will be provided and therefore no tap shoes or footwear with metal will be allowed

10.   FINALS: In solo events with 35 or more entries, ‘Final if required’ will be scheduled as close to the heats as possible. If fewer than 35 actually perform, or if the adjudicator decides the final will not be required, the result will be announced. Finalists to repeat their item(s) from the heats in the same costume, unless otherwise indicated.

 11.   There is no backstage crossover at the Science Theatre, Shore School or at the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House and, in the interests of safety, dance choreography must allow (once dancers are positioned either side) for entry and exit from the same side. Under-stage access at the Science Theatre and behind-stage at Shore School & the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House is only to be used at the start of the performance. Dancers may be penalised if found running under-stage or behind the stage to gain access to the other side during performance at any of the venues.

12.   MUSIC:

a)   Choreography from the traditional/professional classical repertoire (or modifications to the choreography) are not to be used except in Event 400: Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarships.

b)   RECORDED BACKING TRACK: Please ensure the CDs are burned properly, as per the guidelines given, and tested in a music system (not on a computer or Car music player). In case of CD failure, subject to the venue, USB or phone can be used, as a backup. Do not use labels on CD as this may cause CD player failure.  See Entrant Corner for CD Policy.

c)   The CD must be handed to the Session Manager when registering at least 15 minutes before the start of the session or event ‘EST’ time. CD will not be returned.

d)   No person, unless authorised, may sit with the sound operator.

e)   Vocals optional on backing CD unless otherwise excluded (e.g. Song & Dance, etc).

13.   SCENERY, PROPS & COSTUMES: Entrants will be penalised with marks deducted or disqualified if any of the following are not adhered to:

a)   Entrants, particularly in the Demi-Character events, are requested to note that NO FREE-STANDING SCENERY ALLOWED. Simple hand-held props (basket, scarf, doll, flowers, etc) are permitted only if actually used in the routine. Each entrant is responsible for placing and removing their items on stage. Parents or teachers are not allowed to assist with this set-up.

b)   Props may not be assembled on site. Props must be easily carried backstage by the entrant themselves WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE.

c)   Performers must not use fire, sharp or sharp-edged implements, live animals or props of polystyrene components on stage at any time. 

d)   Props of a height of 1 metre or more that will be performed on in any manner (e.g. for standing, walking, etc) MUST include a hand-rail. This is a safety and insurance requirement and CANNOT be waived. All such props must not exceed a height of 1.7 metres.

 e)   Props on wheels or those mobile during the performance may not be permitted if their use is deemed dangerous. NOTE: The Sydney Opera House has strict regulations that override any safety-related decisions at other venues.

 f)   There must be no debris, residue or substance from an entrant’s performance or costume requiring the stage to be cleaned and causing delay to the session. Penalty applies. No liquids, soap bubbles or excessive body talc should be used and the surface of the stage must not be coated.

g)   ROSIN IS NOT TO BE USED in any part of the venue, dressing room or stage area.

14.   The use of house curtains is not allowed unless authorised by Sydney Eisteddfod Officials in special cases.

15.   PROPRIETY: Make-up, costumes and choreography should be suitable to the age of the dancers and sexually explicit actions avoided.

16.   DRESSING ROOM: Dressing Room facilities are very limited at the Science Theatre and at the Sydney Opera House and are shared. Entrants are therefore requested to come as pre-prepared as possible - especially make-up. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

 17.   TERMS:

a)   Demi-Character: Must be based on classical technique and have a strong story line or characterisation clearly transmitting an emotion. Title only (not a synopsis) MUST BE PROVIDED when registering. Please be aware of what are considered suitable ‘props’ - Item 13 above.

b)   Tap: Tap music accompaniment can include vocals. Recorded tap routines are not allowed. Stage will be mic’d for all tap events.

c)   Jazz: This may include lyrical jazz and musical theatre. Choreographers should be aware of jazz techniques. Acrobatic actions are performed at own risk. Selection of music should be suited to age of dancer.

d)   Song & Dance: No microphones provided. Dance tarkett will NOT be provided. May include pop/rock/jazz/tap. Selection of song should be suited to age of dancer. CD accompaniment must be music only without any vocals.

e)   Musical Theatre Solos: Title only (not a synopsis) MUST BE PROVIDED when registering. Musical Theatre Declaration form available from Entrant CornerDance tarkett will NOT be provided.

18.   No parents OR teachers allowed backstage except for ONE nominated supervisor for group events.

19.   SCHOOL DANCE GROUPS: Events 512-520

A person is permitted to perform only ONCE in an event. No tap shoes allowed or footwear with metal in events 512-520. Cross elevation of advanced juniors is allowed. These events are restricted to Infant, Primary & Secondary Schools only. A group may represent one school or two schools combined. Participants must be bonafide students of either school. A group comprising students from three or more schools is not allowed. However, other combinations may be allowed, especially for regional and certain interstate schools, at the discretion of Sydney Eisteddfod. Different combinations need to make written application to Sydney Eisteddfod for special consideration and the decision of the Eisteddfod will be final. For equitable adjudication, professional dance academies and specialist performing arts schools with accreditation are excluded. Pointe work is not compulsory. Schools may also enter any of the other dance events.