Competition Rules

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DANCE DISCIPLINES

- TAP - BALLET - JAZZ - MODERN/CONTEMPORARY - LYRICAL - SHOWDANCE 

- HIP HOP - ACRO DANCE - STREETDANCE SHOW - ETHNIC -


AGE DIVISIONS

CHILDREN

6 & under

7-8

9-10


JUNIOR

11-12 

13-14


ADULT

15-16 

17& over

Adults 2


**Categories with less than 5 entries will be combined within their age division

**Categories with 20 or more entries will be split

HOW TO OBTAIN AGE

The age of the dancer will be as of December 31, 2019

HOW TO AVERAGE AGE FOR GROUPS

If the age is .5 or higher - you round up

If the age is .4 or lower  - you would round down


Example 1:    12 + 11 + 13 + 14 + 11 = 61,     divide by 5  (number of dancers) = 12. 2 

(they would dance in the 11-12 age division because you would round down from 12. 2 to 12) 


Example 2:    13 + 13 + 13 + 14 + 11 = 64,   divide by 5  (number of dancers) = 12. 8 

(they would dance in the 13-14 age division because you would round up the 12. 8 to 13)

TIME LIMITS

Solo1 dancer  -  1:45-2:15  mins

Duet/Trio2 – 3 dancers -  1:45-2:15  mins 

Small Group4-7 Dancers - 2:30-3:00 mins  

Large Group8-16 Dancers-  2:30-3:30  mins

Line17-24 Dancers - 2:30 – 4:00  mins

Production: 25 or more dancers - 4:00-8:00 mins.

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW

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DANCE FLOORS

The dance floor will be divided into two for certain sections where appropriate for that section / heat.  

Sun Arena:  20m wide X 26.2m long

Warrior Hall:  12m X 10m

DRESSING ROOMS

Are situated in the “CHAIR STORE ROOM” for Ladies & “MANICA ROOM” for all Males. The onus is on you to take care not to leave valuable items in the change rooms. Commonwealth Cup & Sun City organizers accept no responsibility for any loss of items.

MUSIC

All Music is to be submitted electronically along with your entries.  The entry system will remain open for you to adjust or change music as needed.  If you require any assistance, please contact Alison@cdo-online.org .  Please ensure you bring your own music back-up on USB, CD or Ipod. Please note NO laptops or any other devices will be accepted. If you need to upload or change music in person, this may only be done at check-in.

PROPS

Kindly ensure that all props are well protected with rubber covers that no part of the prop will cause damage or scratch the dance floor.

SCRATCHINGS

Please trainers kindly advise us of any scratchings as soon as possible as this has a huge impact on the program and affects the time schedule tremendously. This impact on all dancers including your own when the schedule starts to run ahead of time.

MARSHAL AREA

Dancers to be in the Marshal area 90 minutes before the starting time of your section: Dancers must be ready to perform 1½ hours before the scheduled start of the category. We will seriously try to keep to the posted schedule in the program and in the Marshalling Area. But according to the numerous dancers participating there could be some delays or a faster running time of the event. The onus is on the dancers to make sure that they are in the marshalling area 1½ hour before start of their section, we will not be constantly announcing for dancer(s) to come to the marshalling area. The Marshalling area for dancers to wait to be lined up is situated at the entrance of Door 6.

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NEXT ROUND ANNOUNCEMENT

Please do not leave the Sun City Super Bowl before the next round has been announced and/or published and you know if your dancer(s) are in the next round - or a re-dance needs to take place.

NO SHOW

When a dancer/group is announced and they are not ready to go on stage to compete, they will only be called three times in total. If they are still not available then they will be taken out of the start list and will not be allowed to dance. We cannot wait for dancers who are late.

CHAMPIONS PARADE

This parade is for ALL dancers who participated in the competition.


We would kindly request that dancers wear their Team Jackets or Team Tracksuits to represent their countries.

HIP HOP DANCERS

Please note that should any of your dancers make the finals for the Thursday – the music will be the ORGANISERS music for solos, duos and small groups. 


Your OWN music will be required for Large Groups and Lines.

TAP DANCERS

IMPORTANT NOTE: While the competition is in progress, NO tap shoes can be worn in the warm up area. You may warm up with your tap shoes on in the “CHAIR STORE” dressing room. 


Should any dancers be caught with tap shoes on, in any other area of the entertainment center, especially in the bathrooms and ANY tiled area, this will result in a fine/ replacement value of damaged areas from Sun City which the dancer will be responsible for. The security has been instructed by Sun City to monitor this situation very closely. Due to the recent refurbishment of the entertainment centre, Sun City has instructed us to advise all trainers and dancers and parents of this situation. As you are all aware, the tap shoes cause extensive damage to the tiles and any damage will be to the dancers account. Dancers are to wear takkies, socks over shoes, everywhere unless they are about to take the floor. 


We appreciate your full co-operation in this regard.

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JUDGES

5 official judges will be used from 5 different countries:


JUDGES FEEDBACK

Video Judge® is a proprietary, state-of-the-art video and audio recording system. Multiple audio tracks coupled with a powerful menu system allow teachers and students to listen to the judges’ comments while viewing the actual performance. 


Teachers and Studio Directors will be given a free code after the competition to view their dance numbers and comments. Parents wishing to view will be able to purchase a code to view their routines.

SCORING

Each Judge will score dancer(s) out of a possible score of 100, decimal points may be used. 

Example: (85.8 + 84.0 + 87.6 +90.2 +95.1)  ÷5 = 88.54 


What do judges consider for their final score 

  1. Technique 
  2. Variety & Difficulty 
  3. Personality/Showmanship 
  4. Dynamics/Audience Appeal/Energy Level
  5. Style and Commitment
  6. Preparation and Confidence 
  7. Costuming 
  8. Age appropriateness:   music, costume and choreography
  9. Originality / Interesting choreography
  10. General audience appeal

JUDGES SPECIAL AWARDS

Special awards will be given out throughout the week at adjudication presentation. These special awards will not be based on score but something special the judges may see in a dancer such as  (but not limited to):  “Most Potential”  or “Broadway Bound”  or “Fabulous Feet Award”

COMPETITION AWARDS

In each age division and discipline dancers will receive:

Gold Medal for 1st  place 

Silver Medal for 2nd place 

Bronze Medal for 3rd  place 

Ribbon for 4 th -6 th place  

Certificate for 7 th place – 20th place


FORMAT OF COMPETITION

Dancers will compete in the Preliminary competition where they will be awarded a placement.


FINALS

Commonwealth Dance Championship Gala  (30 routines) -  All high score disciplines will compete against each other for the Commonwealth Cup Dace Championship and for Cash Awards


The top 5 scores from all Dance Disiplines in SOLO, DUO, & TRIO will dance-off in the finals for the Commonwealth Dance Cup and Cash Awards


The top 5 scores from all Dance Disciplines in GROUPS will dance-off in the finals for the Commonwealth Dance Cup and Cash Awards

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SPECTATOR TICKETS

Computicket sales open on June 1, 2019.  


Spectators will be able to purchase entrance tickets to the IDO Grand Prix Commonwealth Cup Championships from any COmputicket outlet, as well as from the LUPITA ROOM - located on upper level on the right-hand side of the Sun Central at Sun City


Cost:  

R130 Adults

R70  Children under 12 yr

R100 for pensioners & MVG card holders

This is for a full day, irrespective of arrival times.  Sun City Central Security ill manage this process.


EXHIBITORS

Limited space is available and on a first come first serve basis.  If you are interested in exhibiting your wares at the event, please contact Carol Crawford on mobile # 082 802 2899 or Fax 0866 434528.  Sun International terms and conditions apply  in terms of where the stalls will be located. 

GAMING

There are gaming facilities at the Sun Central and Sun Soho Hotel.  Gambling for persons 18 yrs and over.  Sun International supports the national Responsible Gambling Program

PARKING

SUN CITY Main Gate entrance fee:  R75 per person which includes transfer from the main parking lot to Sun Central


If you have booked Sun City accommodations, then you go through the hotel gate.  No gate fee is then required.

COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT ORDERS

DANCERS will receive ONE commemorative T-Shirt as part of their entry fee.


T-shirts are to be ordered as follows:


Dancer ONLINE entries:  This t-shirt must be entered online along with the entry into competition