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Time Limits

Mini & Children Solo, Duet/Trio.2m
Mini & Children Small Group & Quartet.2m 30s
Mini & Children Large Group.3m
Junior & Senior Solo.2m
Junior & Senior Duet/Trio.2m 30s
Junior & Senior Small Group & Quartet.3m
Junior & Senior Large Group.3m 30s

Time Penalties

The following points will be deducted if a dance overruns

TIME LIMITPENALTY APPLIED ATPENALTY
Solo, Duet/Trio and Quartet ClassesOver 5 Seconds5 Points
Group Classes Over 15 Seconds5 Points
Solo Repertoire BalletOver 1 Second5 Points

Age Calculations

A competitors age is taken as from 1 January 2020.

The age of the oldest competitor in a Duet/Trio, Quartet, Small Group or Large Group will determine the age section.

The maximum age of a competitor that can compete at the qualifier and finals is 25 years.

The competition will be divided in the following age categories :

  • Mini (5-9 Years.)
  • Children (10-13 Years).
  • Juniors (14-17 Years).
  • Seniors (18-25 Years).

Competitive Level

Although the competition is open to any dancer, the level of competition is strong and dancers should have at least 3 years dancing experience and have competed and placed in the top 5 at local competitions.

Solos

Mini
Acrobatics Dance.
Ballet – Any Style.
Ballet – Any Style (Boys).
Lyrical and Contemporary.
Lyrical and Contemporary. (Boys).
Jazz and Showdance.
Jazz and Showdance (Boys).
National and folklore.
Tap.
Street Dance and Commercial.
Chidren, Junior, Senior
Acrobatics Dance.
National and folklore.
Tap.
Street Dance and Commercial.
Modern – (including Lyrical).
Modern – (including Lyrical) (Boys).
Showdance.
Showdance (Boys).
Jazz.
Jazz (Boys).
Contemporary.
Contemporary (Boys).
Children - Ballet
Ballet – Any Style (Not Repertoire) (Age 10-12 Years Only).
Ballet – Any Style (Not Repertoire) (Boys).
Ballet - Any Style (Not Repertoire) With point shoes optional (Age 12- 13 Years Only).
Ballet – Repertoire (Age 10 -12 Years Only).
Ballet – Repertoire with point shoes (Age 12-13 Years Only).
Ballet – Repertoire (Boys).
Junior- Ballet
Ballet – Any Style (Not Repertoire).
Ballet – Any Style (Not Repertoire) (Boys).
Ballet – Repertoire.
Ballet – Repertoire (Boys).
Senior-Ballet
Ballet – Any Style (Not Repertoire).
Ballet – Repertoire.

Duet/Trio

Mini
Ballet – Any Style.
National and Folklore.
Lyrical and Contemporary.
Jazz and Show dance.
Acrobatic Dance.
Tap.
Children, Junior, Senior
Ballet – Any Style.
National and Folklore.
Lyrical and Contemporary.
Jazz and Show dance.
Acrobatic Dance.
Tap.
Street Dance.

Quartet

Mini.
Children.
Junior.
Senior.
Ballet – Any Style

Small Groups

Mini
Ballet – Any Style (5 -10 people in a group).
National and Folklore.
Lyrical and Contemporary.
Jazz and Show dance.
Tap.
Street Dance and Commercial.
Acrobatic Dance.
Junior, Senior & Children
Ballet – Any Style (5 -10 people in a group).
National and Folklore.
Lyrical and Contemporary.
Jazz and Show dance.
Tap.
Street Dance.
Commercial.
Acrobatic Dance.

Large Group

Mini
Ballet – Any Style.
National and Folklore.
Lyrical and Contemporary.
Jazz and Showdance.
Acrobatic Dance.
Tap.
Street Dance and Commercial.
Children, Junior, Senior
Classical Ballet.
Ballet – Any Style (Not Repertoire).
National and Folklore.
Modern (Including Lyrical).
Showdance.
Jazz.
Contemporary.
Acrobatic Dance.
Tap.
Street Dance.
Commercial.

Participation Restrictions

Dancers may enter multiple Solos, Duet/Trios, Quartets, Small Groups and Large Groups in different styles at the SA QUALIFIERS. Dancers are also allowed to enter multiple Solos, Duet/Trios, Quartets, Small Groups and Large Groups in the same section.
Where a dancer enters more than one Solo, Duets/Trios or Quartets in the same section, only the highest scoring routine will be placed.

FINALS Dancers are allowed to enter a maximum of 2 Solos, each from a different style category, for the DWC FINALS. Dancers can be part of numerous Duet/Trios and Quartets, however, dancers cannot be part of more than 1 duet/trio or quartet in the same STYLE CATEGORY. Dancers are allowed to be part of numerous Small and Large Groups, irrespective of the STYLE CATEGORY. Dancers are allowed to be part of numerous Large Groups, irrespective of the STYLE CATEGORY.

Dancers can perform in multiple Small and Large Groups both at the Qualifiers and Finals.

Junior/Senior Small Groups are combined in Acrobatic Dance.

Small groups must contain a minimum of 4 dancers.

Small groups must contain a minimum of 5 dancers for Mini, Children, Junior, Senior Group Ballet - Any style section.

Large Groups must contain a minimum of 11 dancers.

Music

The music for each entry must be uploaded by the teacher on the online entry system.

CD's will not be accepted.

No late music submissions will be accepted online or at the event.

Judging and Scores

The judging panel will consist of 3 international and local judges.

Scoring points are given to every dance with a maximum of 100.

The decision of the judges are final and cannot be changed.

No competitors, teachers or spectators are allowed to approach the judges.

To achieve a first place a routine must score 70% or more. If this mark is not received then no Gold Medal will be awarded for the section.

If two dances receive the same number of marks then a tied place is awarded at the qualifier, but should the tied place affect the number of dances qualifying for the finals being more than 3 for the section, the head judge will then need to determine who is eligible for a place in the team competing at the finals in the section as only a maximum of 3 routines are allowed per country for section.

To qualify for the FINALS, a routine must score 70% or more. The competition director at his/her discretion may invite a routine which scored below 70% to the FINALS.

Qualification for the Dance World Cup Finals in Italy.

Competitors from South Africa wishing to compete at the Dance World Cup finals in Italy will have to first qualify at the South Africa qualifiers.

Any qualified dancer chosen to represent South Africa at the Dance World Cup finals in Italy is obliged to pay for the special affordable team package. Dancers and supporters will have to make their own accommodation, transport and flight reservations.

Only the top 3 qualified competitors or routines in each section who are able to attend the Dance World Cup finals in Italy will tour with the South Africa team as each country is only permitted a maximum of 3 qualified dances per section.