Questions asked by YOU!
WHERE CAN I FIND THE REGISTRATION FORMS TO ENTER?
WHAT IS THE PRO-AM DIVISION?
As in previous years, Pro-Am comprises Instructor/Student couples. Amateur-Amateur couples will be judged separately.
Why is there a sEmi-pro division?
The reason we have a separate category for Semi-Pro soloists and couples is that we felt there was a step missing in Australian competitive dance, for anyone who felt that they were ready to progress above the Amateur division, but didn’t yet feel ready to go into the Professional division.
WHY IS THERE AN OPEN DIVISION?
We introduced the Open Couples division based on feedback from competitors who wanted to compete together however were were a different Status, e.g. an Amateur and a Semi-Pro. Rather than the Amateur having to step up to Semi-Pro level early and compete in this division, we introduced the Open Couples division.
I've been dancing since I was a child but only in school shows. Am I no longer an amateur?
The question of whether someone falls outside of Amateur status is a delicate one. Our criteria once stated that anyone who has been dancing for more than four years would automatically fall outside of Amateur status. Based on feedback from everyone, we realised this would hinder those who, for example, danced ballet when they were in pre-school or danced occasionally at school. The rule has since been amended to cover anyone who has been dancing LATIN styles for 4 years or less.
We have only one semi-pro dancer in our amateur team. Can we compete as amateurs?
Only Amateur dancers can compete in Amateur divisions. Even if you only have one Semi-Pro dancer in your team, you would need to compete in the equivalent Open division.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY PASS ONLINE?
You will need to first register for your Competitors Pass by clicking here. Every competitor must complete our online form and then progress to pay through PayPal. If you are unable to pay online, please contact us and we will provide you with details to arrange a bank transfer.
I DON'T WANT TO PURCHASE THE PASS JUST YET. CAN I STILL REGISTER?
We can only confirm your registration for the competition if your pass is also purchased at the same time. If you are unable to pay online or cannot pay through PayPal, please contact us and we will provide you with details to arrange a bank transfer.
I CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE STATE QUALIFIERS. CAN I STILL COMPETE?
Yes, so long as you register before your states qualifiers and have a legitimate reason as to why you can’t attend, i.e. documented evidence from employer, copy of flights etc. You must submit your case to us and seek approval. In 2017 we do not have Latin Minute Qualifiers - as such, you will need to arrange to qualify at another State Championship.
Can we expect the competition going to run exactly to schedule?
Based on your feedback and our efforts to continually improve the competition, we have changed the entire structure of the competition to ensure that it runs as close to schedule as possible. As always with events of this scale and with so many competitors, the competition organisers will do their best so the schedule stays as close as possible to what is advertised, however this can never be guaranteed. We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.
If I make the Finals, do I need to pay another competitor fee for the Finals?
The Competitor Registration fee is a one-off fee, If a competitor qualifies at the State Championships they will not be required to pay any additional fees to compete in the National Finals.
How do I know if the song I have chosen is appropriate as I think it may be a remix?
It’s important to understand the difference between a remix, a remaster and a cover.
If a Western song has been remixed or remastered, and the only difference is the addition of an overlaid Bachata or Salsa beat (where original melodies, structure and vocals remain the same), this remix or remaster is not appropriate for the purposes of ALDC. Examples of these songs include: Coldplay - Clocks, Adele - Someone like you and David Guetta - Titanium (click each song to listen)
As for covers, where a different artist sings the vocals and the structure of the song is different (e.g. there are melody changes) and the song has the correct instruments for either Salsa/Bachata, then these covers are appropriate. Examples of these songs include: Prince Royce - Stand by me and Massimo Scalicci - Roxanne
If you are unsure, contact us and include a link to your music and we will let you know.
In the Open Division, Can I enter two different styles with two different partners, e.g Zouk and Bachata?
In the Open Division, all Latin styles will be combined. You can however compete in two different styles with two different partners.
Of course, we will do our best to try to ensure you have enough time in between your routines, however this is entirely dependent on the number of entries into the Open Division, and also how many others are doing more than one routine. You will need to be prepared that you may not have sufficient time to change full costume.
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