IMPORTANT RULE CHANGES FOR 2017
Freestyle or Choreography Categories
This year, Competitors may choose whether to compete in the choreography or freestyle categories. Pro-Am and Pro Couple Competitors will not be required to compete in both freestyle and choreography categories in 2017.
Styles that are included in the Freestyle category in 2017:
Cabaret is a new category that will be included in the competition this year, which enables Couples Competitors to perform a maximum of 5 lifts within their choreography. Cabaret divisions are choreography only; there are no freestyle Cabaret divisions.
Styles that are included in the Cabaret category in 2017:
- Cha Cha
FUSION SOLOISTS, COUPLES & TEAMS
Fusion is an open and creative category combining both Latin and Non-Latin styles within a single routine. An example of a Fusion routine could be a combination of Bachata and Burlesque styles, or Samba and Contemporary styles, etc. There is no specified percentage of Latin component needed within the routine, but there does need to be a Latin component.
SAME SEX COUPLES
We are excited that same sex couples will be competing across all divisions and styles for ALDC 2017.
WHAT IS MY COMPETITOR STATUS?
There are 5 different criteria to determine whether a Competitor is an Amateur*, Semi-Pro or Professional. Please note that your Competitor definition must be consistent across all categories, divisions and styles (i.e. a Competitor cannot compete as an Amateur for Bachata, but a Semi-Pro for Salsa).
Competitor status may be verified by a studio director who has completed the ALDC adjudication.
*Please note that there is a new status referred to as Amateur Masters. Amateur Masters includes Competitors aged 40 years or over who meet the 5 criteria for Amateur status.
The following five criteria must be met for a Competitor to be classed as being of Amateur status:
Teaching: An amateur may have up to 12 months of unpaid teaching experience as a demonstrator or as an assistant instructor;
Performing: An amateur is a novice dancer, who has been dancing for less than 4 years in any Latin dance style;
Competing: An amateur must have only ever competed in an Amateur category;
Judging: An amateur must have never judged a Latin dance competition; and
Income: An amateur must have never earned any income as a result of dancing (this includes both Latin and non-Latin dance styles).
Competitors aged 40 years or over and who meet the above 5 criteria for Amateur status are classed as Amateur Masters. Competitors who are of Amateur Masters status may compete in the Amateur Masters divisions of the competition (Pro-Am Masters; Solo Am Masters; Am Masters Couples).
The following five criteria must be met for a Competitor to be classed as being of Semi-Pro status:
Teaching: A semi-pro may have up to 3 years of teaching experience, but must not have had more than 12 months of experience as a lead instructor;
Performing: A semi-pro has never been invited to a latin dance event as a guest professional artist or instructor;
Competing: A semi-pro has never competed in a professional category;
Judging: A semi-pro has never judged a latin dance competition; and
Income: A semi-pro must have never earned income that exceeds $8000 per annum as a result of dancing (this includes both latin and non-latin dance styles).
The following five criteria are allowable of a Competitor of Professional status:
Teaching: A professional may have teaching experience of any level and duration;
Performing: A professional may have been invited to a latin dance event as a guest professional artist or instructor;
Competing: A professional may have competed previously as a professional;
Judging: A professional may have judged a latin dance competition; and
Income: A professional may earn income from dance or have dance as their main livelihood.
* Please note that the '4 year rule' for Amateur dancers and reference to 'any dance style' relates specifically to latin styles. You can find more information in our Competitor FAQ.
The Youth division is for Competitors under 18 years of age. Youth Competitors can compete in Solo, Couple and Team categories, but if wanting to compete as a Pro-Am, they will need to purchase a Pro-Am Competitor pass, as opposed to the Youth pass.
This year we will be continuing the 'limitless' division, for teams which feature competitors who have a physical or mental disability. This will be an open showcase division, and competitors can enter either as a Shines team or Partnered team.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE CATEGORIES INCLUDED WITHIN ALDC 2017
FULL LIST OF CATEGORIES BY STATUS
Please note that whilst these are all the possibilities for Competitors of each status to compete with, in many cases multiple categories will be combined within divisions to ensure the effective running order of the competition.
What are my options for competing as an Amateur?
What are my options for competing as a SEMI-PROFESSIONAL?
What are my options for competing as a PROFESSIONAL?
Cabaret (Lifts): Cabaret is a choreography category that will be included in the competition this year, which enables Couples Competitors to perform a maximum of 5 lifts within their choreography. Cabaret divisions are choreography only; there are no freestyle Cabaret divisions.
Freestyle (Social): Freestyle refers to our social component. Freestyle divisions are non-choreographed and therefore involve the Competitor dancing in their chosen style to music that is allocated by the Competition operators. Competitors will be blinded as to the music that will be allocated to them on the day of competition. Competitors will compete alongside one another in these divisions. This means that two or more Soloists or Couples will compete on the stage simultaneously to the same piece of music.
Fusion Teams: Fusion is an open and creative category combining both latin and non-latin styles. An example of a Fusion Team routine could be a combination of Bachata and Burlesque styles, or Samba and Contemporary styles, etc.
Open: An open category refers to duets, couples, and couples teams where the partners within the duet or couple or team are of different status*. Specifically, an open duet could comprise of an Am and a Semi-Pro, or a Semi-Pro and a Pro. The open category enables Competitors to compete across different statuses, without their status changing for future competition.
*Please note that an Am coupled with a Pro comes under its own specific category called Pro-Am.
2017 Rules and Regulations
QUALIFICATION FOR FINALS
Competitors must first qualify at their local State Championships in order to gain entry to the Semi Finals and Finals of the 2017 Australian Latin Dance Championship.
Only the top 4 Competitors from each state championship will be eligible to compete in the National Finals.
In an instance where not all members of a couple or team are from the same State, they must choose which State they will represent – Competitors may not attempt qualification in more than one State for the same category or division.
For NSW, VIC, QLD and ACT, in order to compete in the Semi-Finals and Finals, you first need to qualify in your local State Championship round.
If, for any reason, you find that you're unable to attend your local State Championship round, you will need to travel to the next available State Qualifier in another location. There are no last minute qualifiers.
For SA, WA, TAS, NT or NZ competitors, there is no qualification round, so they will be entered directly into the Semi-Finals.
The schedule for the National Finals weekend will be released prior to the Competition dates. However, all scheduling is tentative and Competitors must therefore be available to attend the full duration of the National Finals weekend.
Competitors who have competed in their state championships, and did not place in the top 3, may be eligible to compete for a Wild Card place at the National Finals.
- This is a separate registration category, and competitors are only eligible to compete upon payment of the registration fee for each entry.
Competitors need to provide their music in mp3 file format via email, prior to the State Championships before the closing date of registrations to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the file named as follows:
CATEGORY/STYLE – DIVISION - TYPE – STUDIO NAME – COMPETITOR NAME/S
E.g. Salsa – ProAm – Couple – Latin Dance Studio – Joe Bloggs Jane Doe
E.g. Samba – SemiPro – Solo – Independent – Janet Smith
E.g. Zouk - Open - Partnered Teams - Brazilian Dance Studio
Competitors must also bring their music on a back-up USB.
All songs must be recognisable as the chosen style and must have the distinctive rhythm of that style, with the exception of the Latin Fusion division.*
*NOTE: This EXCLUDES remixes of Western Pop or other songs that have been mixed to incorporate a latin beat, e.g. 'John Legend’s All of Me - Bachata Version' is not appropriate. If you are unsure of whether your music is appropriate, please contact us 8 weeks before competitor registration closes so we can review your selection. Inappropriate music will result in disqualification. *This does not apply to the styles of Zouk, Reggaeton or Fusion.
- Soloist/Shines, Duets between 1.10 and 2 mins
- Couples, and Teams Categories between 1.30 and 2.30 mins
Please ensure you keep to the routine and music length specified for your category. For every 5 seconds over the time limit for the division, there will be an additional 5% penalty deduction off the final mark.
SHINES & DUETS
Shines are permitted and encouraged in partnered routines, however no more than 30% shines are permitted in either the Choreography or Freestyle (Social) categories.
Dancers in shines team categories are restricted to a maximum of 3 instances in which two or more dancers establish a physical connection with one another – the total maximum duration for all instances is not to exceed 10% of the total choreography
Only permitted in Cabaret* divisions.
Competitors are restricted to a maximum of 5 lifts in Cabaret.
A Lift is defined as any movement in which the dancer has both feet off the ground at the same time and is assisted in doing so.
No lifts will be permitted in any other divisions, including the Freestyle divisions.
*Please note that there is no Freestyle Cabaret. Cabaret is included in the choreography category only.
At least 90% of the routine must be danced in the chosen style.
Competitors will be judged on their appearance and visual presentation as part of the judging criteria, and may be marked down for costume malfunctions.
Props are not permitted.
All ladies are also required to wear a heeled shoe with a minimum height of 2 inches in competition routines for the styles of Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha and Samba, the exceptions are for Zouk, Reggaeton or any Latin Fusion style.
SAMBA: We recognise that there are different styles of Samba and therefore Samba Competitors who wear head wear may attain an extra 1-2 marks on difficulty in comparison to those who do not wear head wear. However, those who do not wear head wear will not be penalised otherwise.
Entrants can compete in as many divisions as they are eligible to compete in, but can only compete once in each division, with the exception of Professional Competitors in Pro-Am divisions, who can each compete up to 2 times in a single dance style/division.
Competition Organisers reserve the right to cancel or alter the conditions or prizes of any category that does not receive a minimum of 6 entrants.
Any category that has less than 6 entrants (in any Latin style) may be combined with other categories and styles in that division for both States and Finals.
This is at the discretion of the Competition Organisers and Competitors will be informed of the decision. Categories will be combined if they do not receive the minimum number of entries.
At least 1 Competitor from a Professional couple or 50% of an Open team, must have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Australian or New Zealand residency.
Each Competitor is required to register for the competition and pay their individual registration fees before the closing date.
Any purchases or payments made for tickets or passes to the Australian Latin Dance Championships are completely non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances, and are valid only for the terms that are offered and chosen at the time of registration.
In case of injury or unavailability to/of you, your partner or team member, it is at the discretion of the competition director to approve the potential conversion of your Competitor Pass to a full Spectator Pass, based on documented proof of injury or a legitimate reason for unavailability.
The schedule for the State Championships and National Finals Weekend will be released prior to the Competition dates. Whilst the Competition organisers and operators will do their best to keep to the schedule, there may be delays or changes to the schedule due to a number of factors. Therefore, Competitors must therefore be available to attend the full duration of their State Qualifier and the National Finals weekend.
Judges will be appointed at the sole discretion of Competition Director.
Any Competitor that does not adhere to the terms and procedures of these Rules and Regulations or the Competitors Code of Conduct will be subject to disqualification from the competition and will automatically forfeit any right to any prizes or awards presented by the competition.
Dependent on the severity of the infringement, competitors may even be restricted or banned from entering the competition in future years.
Competitors will be disqualified if they are not in attendance at the time of their Division. Whilst the Competition organisers and operators will do their best to keep to the schedule, there may be delays or changes to the schedule due to a number of factors.
In the event of any dispute, final decision will be made by the Competition Director and the Head Judge of the Panel.
Competitors agree that if they win a section or category of the competition, they will take part in various promotional or marketing exercises as requested by Competition Organisers, after the completion of the 2017 Competition and before the 2018 competition.
Marketing and promotion includes but is not limited to photographic, video or written commentary regarding the competition experience and any subsequent ventures as a result of qualifying for the World Latin Dance Cup or from the benefits of winning and holding a National title, on various online platforms including Competition or Studio websites or Social Media outlets such as Facebook.
ALDC 2017 Judging Criteria
ABOUT ALDC 2017 ADJUDICATION
Judges Code of Conduct
- All Judges must conduct themselves in a manner that portrays positive role modelling, and must exhibit ethical and sportsmanlike behaviour before, during and after the Competition. Foremost, this involves exhibiting respect and courtesy towards all.
- All Judges must adhere to the ‘Compete with Class’ policy and conduct themselves within the Australian Latin Dance Championships (‘ALDC’) Terms of Conduct in every aspect of their involvement in the competition.
“Judge It as You See It”
- All Judges must judge each performance individually, as they see it at the time, and without ranking. This means that judging is performed without comparison to any other performances (of that Competitor or of any other Competitor) viewed prior to or after that performance.
- All Judges must judge all competitors fairly, consistently and without bias. This means that any prior knowledge a Judge has of a Competitor must not be taken into account during their judging of the Competitor's performance.
Please note that the following applies to all adjudications:
- No paper/pens may be used whilst on the panel;
- No mobile phones may be used whilst on the panel;
- We ask that Judges do not converse with one another whilst judging;
- We ask that Judges be consistent in their presentation/demeanour towards all Competitors; and
- No paper to rank Competitors will be provided.
- Judging is based upon the status of the Competitor. Hence, we do not use the same scaling system to judge an amateur as we would a professional. Rather, the scaling is adapted to the standards that we would hold for each status (amateur, semi-professional, professional).
Feedback for Competitors
- Competitors will receive their scores via email after the Competition;
- It is up to all Competitors to present their filmed performance when asking for feedback from Judges as Judges will not be taking notes whilst judging performances.