Music is to be managed by an assigned person from each school to play off a laptop, tablet or similar. We do recommend a back up device. CD's are not accepted and are not able to be played. 


  1. This competition is for amateurs and students who do not derive the main part of their income from the teaching or performance of dance. 

  2. The age of competitors is taken as on the day of dancing. Accuracy in birth dates is essential. Incorrect age may lead to disqualification and, in cases of doubt, a birth certificate may have to be produced. No dancer in a solo section may dance in a higher age category.

  3. The Committee may combine Sections or Classes when entries are small, divide a class when entries are large, and have the power to make any other regulations or interpret or qualify any of these rules as the occasion may arise. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entries without assigning a reason.

  4. The Competition does not accept liability for the infringement of copyright, recording or performing rights arising out of any competitor’s accompaniment, choreography or performance. It contributes to a Group Licence to cover payment of fees for the use of recorded music at its events. Teachers and choreographers using music created from commercial recordings are advised that they are responsible for seeking permission to re- record from the recording companies concerned.

  5. Michael Neri Theatrical are not covered by the blanket copyright agreement in respect of music/songs from shows and that as a result, teachers/performers need to obtain their own license for such items from Phonographic Performance Ltd. Teachers should ring the office, 07380 350080, with any queries on this matter.

  6. Photography, filming, video or tape recording, and the use of mobile phones during any performance are prohibited. However, by entry to the Competition, competitors agree to perform before the cameras of the media or agents of the Competition and content to its use in publicity.

  7. The Adjudicators’ decision is final and no discussion or correspondence concerning such decision may ensue. The Adjudicators reserve the right not to award any place when, in their opinion, the standard of dance is insufficiently high, or to individuals who infringe these rules.

  8. Communication with the Adjudicators concerning any matters relating to the Competition by competitors, teachers or other interested parties prior or during the Competition is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification without refund.

  9. The stage and stage wings are out of bounds to all except authorised persons and competitors about to perform. Competitors who have danced may be asked to leave the wings and return three numbers before the end of the class. Authorised persons include one assistant from each school who may accompany children in Pre-Junior class (under 7 years). One authorised person may also accompany older competitors for the sole purpose of wardrobe or properties.

  10. Competitors must dance in correct programme order, report to the stage steward thirty minutes before they are due to dance and be ready in the wings before their number is announced: absentees risk disqualification.

  11. Music is to be managed by an assigned person from each school to play off a laptop, tablet or similar. We do recommend a back up device. CD's are not accepted and will not be able to be played. 

  12. Dancers will not be permitted to redance except in Pre-Junior sections or unless a technical issue occurs. Handing in incorrect music does not constitute a technical issue.

  13. It is not permitted to enter the same dance class in more than one competition.

  14. The age of the eldest competitor in a Duet, Trio or Group determines the correct age group. 

  15. Time limits for dances must not be exceeded. Times will be checked from the first note or word of the accompaniment, or - if it should occur first - the first movement of the dancer, to the dancer’s last movement at the completion of the dance. Overtime dances will be stopped after 10 seconds. A musical exit may be included on the recording, provided it falls within the time limit.

  16. Scenery, sets and staging are not allowed. Props are allowed but any prop that needs assembling side of stage, and any glass or breakable props will not be permitted. The weight limit is 10kg. All props to be brought at the start of the session for which they are required and removed at the end of the same session. We have no facilities for storage. The dance studio will be responsible for setting and striking the stage – the time allowed is 20 seconds and this will be rigorously enforced.

  17. When requested in advance, the steward will announce the title of the dance and a short synopsis not exceeding 30 words is permitted. Words over that amount may be edited by the Regional Director. Spoken or recorded narratives after the steward’s announcement will be included within the time limit for the dance.

  18. The Adjudicators take into account the whole performance including the choice and interpretation of the accompaniment, the quality of recordings and suitability of recorded vocals.

  19. Pre-recorded music used in any Musical Theatre performance must not include lead vocals, backing is permitted. Pre-recorded music used in any tap sections must not include any recorded tap or similar sound effect.

  20. Pointe work is not allowed for any competitor under 13 years old. Fixed tap (single sound) only may be used for tap dancing. Acrobatic, gymnastic, hip hop and street dance are acceptable when combined with a strong dance technique. Contortion is not permitted.

  21. The use of strobe lighting, smoke, pyro and naked flame during any performance is not allowed. All props must be rendered fire-resistant before arrival at the theatre. The use of talc and/or oil anywhere on the body compromises safety and is prohibited.

  22. Any complaint arising should be made in writing by email to the Administrator within 30 days of the conclusion of the competition concerned. The decision of the management in all matters arising out of, or not specifically covered in these Rules and Regulations, is final.


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