FESTIVAL DU BALLET

RULES AND GUIDELINES

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MAY 14-19, 2022

SURREY ARTS CENTRE,
SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Registration online opens December 1, 2021. 
BCDEA Members receive preferred pricing!
 

General Rules

• All Dancers must be registered with a studio. No independent entries will be accepted.
• Entries will not be processed until full payment is received, no exceptions.
• Each solo, duo or trio dancer must be entered into at least one group to qualify for high score awards.

• Levels are calculated based on hours of all dance training including classes, choreography rehearsals, private/semi private/coaching lessons in ballet syllabus, ballet open/unset, pointe, repertoire, contemporary ballet, contemporary, modern, or ballet related conditioning- eg Pilates or PBT. Do not include hours of jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, tap, hip hop or acrobatics or other non ballet/contemporary/modern dance style.

• Re-dances are permitted in Novice and Intermediate categories only. Re-dances are permitted in all categories due to technical problems or anything not of the dancer’s fault.
• Categories may be combined or separated based on entries received and at the discretion of the Committee.
• Choreography may contain props, touching, acro/gymnastics moves and floor work in all categories.
• Each solo, duo or trio dancer must be entered into at least one group to qualify for high score awards.
• Dance offs must be requested in advance and will be approved at the discretion of the committee.


 

Entry Information

• Entry deadline is January 15, 2022.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.  Entry fees do not include GST.  The Committee reserves the right to refuse entries.
• Studios may pay by certified cheque, or e-transfer to info.bcdea@gmail.com.  Studio cheques will not be
  accepted. 
• Entries will not be processed until full payment is received.
• Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please enter early!
• Each late entry is to pay a $15 surcharge and will be accepted only if the schedule permits.
• Schedule sent to email provided on registration forms at least 4 weeks prior to event. Please ensure email provided is correct.
• Thank you in advance for ensuring all entries are accurate.  Inaccurate entries may be subject to penalties.

 

*Any changes to entries after the 2nd draft has been sent are subject to a $10 change fee. This includes incorrect levels, categories, dancers, titles etc.

 

Please note:  Confirmation email from online submission does not guarantee entry. Email from the Committee confirming space and payment received secures your place.


 

Categories
 

•  Classical- Demi pointe

•  Interpretive

•  Classical – Pointe

•  Modern

•  Demi – Character

•  Repertoire (Intermediate, Advanced and Accelerated only)

•  Contemporary Ballet

•  Student Choreography (not eligible for overall high score awards- Top 3 will be recognized

•  Contemporary Pointe

•  Adult 19-29 years and 30+ years (not eligible for high score awards)


Category Descriptions
 

CLASSICAL • Routine uses traditional ballet technique and classical steps in ballet slippers only.

CLASSICAL – POINTE • Routine uses traditional ballet technique and classical steps. Pointe shoes only.

DEMI-CHARACTER • Routine has a strong classical Ballet base while portraying a character throughout. Pointe shoes or Ballet slippers may be worn. Category will not be separated based on shoe style. *Title must be on entry form.

CONTEMPORARY • Routine that has an ever changing style of dance, drawing from, but not limited to, classical ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Any type of footwear is permitted except for ballet slippers (enter contemporary ballet) and pointe shoes (enter contemporary pointe).

CONTEMPORARY BALLET • Routine is a combination of unstructured dance form and classical ballet technique. It is ever changing and evolving and should involve emotion.  All styles of footwear are accepted except for pointe shoes (enter contemporary pointe). Category will not be separated based on footwear.

 

CONTEMPORARY BALLET - POINTE • Routine is a combination of unstructured dance form and classical ballet technique performed en pointe
 

INTERPRETIVE • Ballet technique may be used if the body is used to translate and interpret an idea or mood, feeling or emotion, human condition or dramatic expression combined with dance movement. *Title must be included on entry form

MODERN • Routine is a free, expressive style of dance that includes contract and release, floor work and fall and recovery. Style is based on the methods of Graham, Limon, Horton, Hawkins, Humphrey etc. 

REPERTOIRE • Intermediate, Advanced and Accelerated duos, trios and groups only. Must be traditional choreography from a known Classical Ballet. To be identified on registration form.

 

VARIATIONS - Intermediate, Advanced and Accelerated soloists only. Must be traditional choreography from a known Classical Ballet.  To be identified on registration form.


ADULT DANCE - 19-29 years or 30+ years • Any routine where the average age of all dancers is 19-29 or 30+. Routines may be any dance form. Dances with 2 or more dancers aged 19 and over must be entered into Adult Dance.  Categories will be split depending on number of entries and at the discretion of event management.

*Need help with category placement? Please ask before entering!



Levels

Novice : 0 – 3.25 hours of ballet instruction per week.
Intermediate : 3.5 – 6.0 hours of ballet instruction per week.
Advanced : 6.25 – 9.5 hours of ballet instruction per week.
Accelerated : 9.75 or more hours of ballet instruction per week.

IMPORTANT • Levels are calculated based on hours of all dance training including classes, choreography rehearsals, private/semi private/coaching lessons in ballet syllabus, ballet open/unset, pointe, repertoire, contemporary ballet, contemporary, modern, pas de deux or ballet related conditioning- eg Pilates or PBT. Do not include hours of jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, tap, hip hop or acrobatics or other non ballet/contemporary/modern dance style.

More Info:
• Please calculate level by averaging the hours of instruction per duo, trio or group member. (0.5 is rounded to the higher level).
• Dancers may not enter a lesser level than previously danced in at Festival Du Ballet.
• Example of calculating level: 1.5 hours ballet technique, 1 hour modern, 1 hour contemporary ballet  and 1.5 hours ballet choreography per week =  5 hours of ballet based dancing = Intermediate

 


Age Divisions

• The system will calculate age division using dancer’s age as of December 31, 2021.
• Duos, trios, and groups - add and average the age of all the dancers (0.5 is rounded to the higher age).
• Age Divisions may be combined or separated based on entries received and at the discretion of event management.
• Adult Category:  Solo/Duo/Trios - If ONE or more dancers are aged 19 and over they must enter the Adult Category.  Groups – If TWO or more dancers in a routine are aged 19 years and over they must enter and perform in the Adult Category.


Adjudication/Awards

• Three experienced adjudicator specializing in the art of ballet. Performances receive video adjudications.
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd certificates given - every dancer receives a performance medal .
• Awards Sessions to be held at least 3 times per day.
• High Score Awards will be presented at the completion of each level.
• The Rose Gala Finale held at the end of the event.

 


Awards Breakdown


Novice
All categories combined

Top Ten Solos/duos/trios- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten groups- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

 

Intermediate

Top Ten dancers (not individual performances) in Contemporary/Modern- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten dancers (not individual performances) in Ballet (all styles included)- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Tope Ten Duos/Trios- all categories combined- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten Groups in Contemporary/Modern- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten Groups in Ballet (all styles included)- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala
(The committee reserves the right to combine or further separate disciplines or routines based on entries)

 

Advanced

Top Ten dancers (not individual performances) in Contemporary/Modern- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten dancers (not individual performances) in Ballet (all styles included)- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Tope Ten Duos/Trios- all categories combined- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten Groups in Contemporary/Modern- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten Groups in Ballet (all styles included)- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala
(The committee reserves the right to combine or further separate disciplines or routines based on entries)

 

Accelerated

Top Ten dancers (not individual performances) in Contemporary/Modern- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten dancers (not individual performances) in Ballet (all styles included)- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Tope Ten Duos/Trios- all categories combined- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten Groups in Contemporary/Modern- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala

Top Ten Groups in Ballet (all styles included)- 1st overall advances to the Rose Gala
(The committee reserves the right to combine or further separate disciplines or routines based on entries)


*Three Wild Card entries will also be chosen to advance to the Rose Gala - one per judge!!

 


Music

• Teachers or a studio representative are responsible for playing music on equipment provided by the competition.
• Please be sure to carry backup copies of all music.
• CD and iPod connection will be available.


Time Limits

 

SOLOS, DUOS, TRIOS - 3 minutes
GROUPS - 5 minutes

• Dancers are timed from the first note of the music until the last dancer exits the stage.
• All dances are timed by a Festival Du Ballet timer.
• Overtime entries are subject to a $25 penalty

 Please ensure prop set-up and take-down is prompt.


Audience/Dancer Information

• Admission for audience is $3 per day. Programs are $5.
• Dancers are FREE for the entire event (must sign in each day).
• At the request of event choreographers there is to be NO camera or video equipment of any kind used in the theatre.
• Professional photographers and-or videographers will be at the event if possible.
• Doors to theatre will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each day.
• Doors to the change rooms and lobby will open one hour prior to the start of each day.

 

Studio Directors/Teachers
 

• A green room with coffee and snacks will be provided to all registered teachers and studio directors.
• Please sign in at the front desk upon arrival at the event. If your name is not found on the list please find your studio director.
• Admission and program complimentary for all registered teachers and studio directors.
• Teachers are responsible for playing their own music on equipment provided by the competition - both CD and iPod connections
available. Please be sure to carry backup copies of all music.

 


Entry Fees - Non-BCDEA Members
 

Solos - $90 + GST
Duos/Trios - $60 + GST per dancer

Groups - $35 + GST per dancer

 

Studios may pay by certified cheque or e-transfer to info.bcdea@gmail.com.  Studio cheques will not be accepted.