Dance

New and revised syllabus rules and classes for 2018 are highlighted in yellow.

THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE DOES NOT WISH TO DISQUALIFY ANY PERFORMER, AND SINCERELY ADVISES ALL COMPETITORS, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS TO CAREFULLY REVIEW AND ABIDE BY THE REGULATIONS AND SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL SO THAT INFRACTIONS DO NOT OCCUR.

Please review the main Syllabus page and the General Rules & Regulations as well as this syllabus for more information.

Fees

Solos $11.00 per entry
Young Choreographers (All) $11.00 per entry
Duets $11.00 per entry
Groups $6.00 per person
Academic Schools Elementary $17.00 per entry, Secondary/College University $20.00 per entry

Rules and Regulations

“Dancing is an Art Because it Has Rules” – Voltaire

THE USE OF CAMERAS, VIDEO CAMERAS, TAPES OR RECORDERS OF ANY TYPE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN THE AUDITORIUM DURING THE ENTIRE DANCE FESTIVAL AND AT ANY PERFORMANCES SPONSORED BY THE UPPER ISLAND MUSICAL FESTIVAL. PLEASE READ OPENING STATEMENT IN GENERAL RULES. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE AUTHORIZED MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA

All classes in the dance section are open to non-professional dancers. Please see rule #2 in the General Rules.

Dance schools are responsible to make sure all dances entered under their school name meet the rules and regulations set out in this syllabus.

Entries

  • Dance entries are not limited to residents of Vancouver Island. (See General Rules – Eligibility 1(a) does not apply to dance,1(b) does apply to dance)
  • ENTRIES – ONLINE ONLY. All information must be provided including phone numbers of dancers performing two or more solos in each section as they may be eligible for provincial representation or bursaries.
  • Correct spelling of competitor’s name is required.
  • No individual (solo, groups, duets, trios) is allowed more than one entry in an age class/category.
  • Solos must be in the same age group for all entries. If a solo class is not available in a selected category, then the dancer may move up to the next age group.
  • Dances used in past festivals must not be entered again by the same competitor – including Young Choreographers.
  • Once a piece/selection has been performed in the “Song and Dance” class of the dance section, it may not ever be performed by that student in the vocal section of the festival in any format whatsoever.
  • Competitive Highland (e.g. fling, sword dance etc.) may not be used in the National category.
  • Duets – age class entered is that of the oldest dancer.
  • Groups: See chart in dance category section
    Small 3 to 7 dancers
    Large 8 or more dancers

    No member of a group may be more than 2 years older than the dance age group entered.

  • The dance section of the UIMF has 2 parts – Ballet and Stage. (see dance class/category section for details)

Entries from Independent Dancers

  • Solos, duets entries only.
  • Cheque, money order or PayPal will be accepted.

Choreographer/Dance Teacher

  • No substitution of any performer in any class without permission of Dance Committee Chairs.
  • Only performers listed on entry form will be allowed on stage once the adjudicator rings the bell.
  • Costumes are optional. School identification is not to be worn on stage by anyone at anytime including adjudication. This includes any markers that could identify schools.
  • All music and performancemust be:
    • edited for inappropriate language/content.
    • age appropriate – lyrics, dance moves and costume.
    • appropriate for a family audience.
  • Only students 13 years and older on December 31 prior may perform on pointe. This applies to all competitors in all dance categories.
  • Dance teachers are responsible for playing their music. If a teacher is not available, a sound sheet should be completed (available at recording desk) and the dancer may ask the backstage dance committee volunteer to play their music (if a volunteer is available).
  • Music errors are not the responsibility of the UIMF volunteers.
  • Groups and Productions are an intermingling and working together of students to form patterns – not a number of students performing in a straight line.

General Information

  • Upper Island Musical Festival and its volunteers are not responsible for lost items.
  • During festival, UIMF dance festival does notpermit the following in their rented building space:
    • Subletting
    • Rehearsals (quiet warm up only in dressing rooms – no music).
  • During dance festival, an entry in duets, large or small groups that no longer fits into thecategory entered may, atthe discretion of the Dance Committee Chairs:
    • move to category/class they now fit into as long as that category/class has not performed.
    • may dance in the original category/class for adjudication only.
  • For solo classes with over 15 dance entries:
    • entries will be split into 2 classes by age (e.g. 11 years of age and 12 years of age).
    • each class will be adjudicated and awarded as separate classes.
  • The auditorium will open 1/2 hour before the start of each session and close immediately following each session.
  • During the dates of the Upper Island Musical Festival, rehearsals in the areas rented by the festival committee are not permitted. Warm up WITHOUT AUDIBLE MUSIC is permitted in Lounge C.
  • No rehearsal or warm up is allowed in the lobby at all. This is a public space and is not rented by the UIMF.

Stage and Performance Rules

  • Parents are not allowed backstage.
  • Stage is not to be used by anyone except performing dancers during our dance sessions.
  • Backstage barres will open for warm up 1/2 hour before each session starts.
  • All tap shoes must be covered or removed before and after each performance.
  • Use of hair spray, powder, or any substance on feet/shoes may result in disqualification.
  • Use of resin on dance floor will result in disqualification.
  • Wings are not to be handled by dancers during their performance on stage.
  • Dancers must access stage from stage right or stage left—no entry through the back curtain.
  • Stage lights are preset and will remain the same for all dance entries.
  • Music system provided by the venue/Upper Island Musical Festivalmust be the system used and
    • May not be used for cueing music or sound checks
    • CDs or MP3/iPods are required with our music system.
    • NOTE: At the Provincial level – MP3 files are also required with CDs as backup.
  • Hand Props:
    • Must be kept off the dance floor. Once a hand prop is placed on the dance floor it becomes a floor prop.
  • Floor Props:
    • Must be used sparingly and be integral to the dance – not just scenery.
    • Must be simple, lightweight & fit through side stage doors.
    • Dance schools are responsible for ensuring props do not damage dance floor.
    • No dragging/sliding across the dance floor. Please be careful of chair feet.
    • Must be removed from backstage by the end of the session.
    • Dancer / dance teacher are responsible for set up and take down.
    • Senior students or backstage volunteers may help but volunteers are not required to assist with props. Please note: Performing Arts B.C. (Provincials) requires the dancer to set their own props.
    • CHECK DANCE CATEGORY/CLASS SECTION OF THIS SYLLABUS FOR INFORMATION REGARDING FLOOR AND HAND HELD PROP USE.

Role of Adjudicator/Adjudication

  • The adjudicator will offer general comments to the class as a whole during adjudications.
  • Specific comments to the competitor will be on the their adjudication sheet and are meant for the dance teacher and competitor to discuss
  • The option to repeat a dance – whether it was completed or not – will be at the discretion of the Adjudicator and the dance committee chairs. A dance that is repeated will be for adjudication only except if the reason is beyond the dancer’s control.
  • If the adjudicator believes a particular performance has been entered in the wrong category, the entry will be for adjudication only. The adjudicator is not required to comment publicly but will give written feedback.
  • Inappropriate language/content
    • Adjudicator will decide if the language/content is inappropriate.
    • Adjudicator will ring the bell – the music will stop and the dance will not be completed.
    • No mark or adjudication will be given.
    • Performers/performer will not be allowed on stage for adjudication
  • If syllabus rules have not been followed, the adjudicator may in consultation with Dance Committee Chairs decide a dance entry will not receive an adjudication or mark.
  • Competitors should not begin before the adjudicator indicates he/she is ready.
  • The adjudicator may at his/her discretion stop a performance at any time and is not required to give an adjudication or mark if it would be detrimental to the competitor.
  • To qualify for a:
    • First Place Certificate – a minimum mark of 85% must be achieved.
    • Second & Third Place Certificates – may be awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator when there are 8 or more entries in a class.
  • Third place certificates may be awarded to the SOLO, DUET, or GROUP dancers in the age categories 10 and under even if there are less than 8 entries in a class. A third place is possible when there are only 3 entries in this age category.
  • The name and standing of the winners may be announced by the adjudicator at the completion of the class.
  • No marks will be provided for entries in the 6 and 8 and under age categories. Participation certificates will be awarded to soloists, duets and to each group entry.

Young Choreographers

  • Young Choreographer notes must be received at the recording desk no later than the first day of the section entered (Ballet or Stage) for the adjudicator to review the notes before the competition. See complete rules for Young Choreographers in the Dance Classes section of this syllabus.

Bursaries: See general rules.

A competitor must enter a minimum of two (2) solo classes in either the Ballet section or Stage section to be eligible. Bursary awards are at the sole discretion of the adjudicator.

In the dance section, a Rose Bursary (if available) may be awarded to dancers up to 10 years of age and under who perform a minimum of one solo in either ballet or stage.

Young Choreographers bursary (if available) – must enter one solo entry in Young Choreographers to be eligible. For this bursary ‘SOLO’ refers to the number of choreographers in an entry – not dancers

Provincial Information

Please check the current Provincial syllabus at www.bcprovincials.com

The Provincial syllabus has a list of definitions that describe the various styles that are appropriate and outlines the need for contrasting solos.

Representatives may be chosen from the following three sections: Ballet, Modern and Stage.

A competitor must enter a minimum of two solos in the specific category to be eligible.

Age Categories are as follows:
Level I – Age 10-12, Level II – Age 13 to 15, Level III – Age 16-20

Ballet Representative: Open to all the above Levels.

The participant must perform two contrasting solos based on Ballet technique including but not limited to: Cecchetti, R.A.D., Vaganova, etc.
Hand-held props only may be used if integral to the dance, except in Interpretive where no props are allowed. Ballet shoes must be worn. No lyrics; vocalization is permitted.
Stage Representative: Open to all the above Levels.

The participant must perform two contrasting solos in two of the following styles: Jazz or Lyrical Jazz, Variety, Song and Dance and Tap.
Hip Hop/Street Dance may be used as a second solo only.
Modern Representative: Open to all the above Levels.

The participant must perform two contrasting modern or contemporary solos, the basis of which will be modern technique including but not limited to Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Humphrey and Horton.

Previous winners at the Provincial festival are required to move up to the next level when next going to the Provincials. For example – a Provincial winner in Level I Ballet would next compete at Level II Ballet.

For more information, contact our Provincial Liaison Representative.

Dance Classes/Categories

Ballet section: Ballet – Demi Pointe, *Neo-Classical Ballet, Pointe, Demi-Character, Character, National, Interpretive, *Contemporary Ballet, Lyrical Ballet, Modern, *Interpretive Modern, Contemporary, *Interpretive Contemporary, Young Choreographer, and Production.

Stage section: Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Street Dancing, Tap, Variety (replacing Modern Stage), Song and Dance, Young Choreographers, Production, *Street Dance Production

Available for adjudication only: Adult Group (Tap & Street Dancing), Academic School groups, For the Love of Dance

*two year trial period

Group Information

TITLE OF DANCE IS REQUIRED ON ALL GROUP ENTRIES.

Groups with dancers who are over the category/age group entered must use chart below.
No member of a group may be more than 2 years older than the category/age group entered.

Number in Group Number Allowed Over
Age of Class Entered
Number in Group Number Allowed Over
Age of Class Entered
3,4,5 1 22,23,24,25 6
6,7,8,9 2 26,27,28,29 7
10,11,12,13 3 30,31,32,33 8
14,15,16,17 4 34,35,36,37 9
18,19,20,21 5 38,39,40,41 10
  • Small groups consist of: 3 – 7 dancers.
  • Large groups consist of: 8 or more dancers.

Timing of Dance Numbers

From the start of the performance whether it is the music or movement first; same for the end of the performance whether the movement or music is last—includes bow. Time limits must be adhered to or the competitor may be disqualified. (Selections do not need to be the maximum length)

Categories/Classes Up to and Including 12 Years of Age

Solos, duets Not to exceed three (3) minutes
NOTE: 3 minutes at Provincial level (Song & Dance – 4 minutes)
Small and Large Groups Not to exceed five (5) minutes
Production Minimum six (6) minutes – Maximum ten (10) minutes

Categories/Classes 14 Years of Age and Over

Solos, duets Not to exceed four (4) minutes.
NOTE: 3 minutes at Provincial level (Song & Dance – 4 minutes)
Small and Large Groups Not to exceed six (6) minutes
Production Minimum six (6) minutes – Maximum ten (10) minutes

The title of a dance is required on the entry forms for all group dances plus solos & duets entries in some categories. Please carefully read rules given with each category.

Ballet Section

LYRICS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN ANY CATEGORY EXCEPT LYRICAL BALLET, MODERN, INTERPRETIVE MODERN, CONTEMPORARY, INTERPRETIVE CONTEMPORARY, AND NATIONAL. VOCALIZATION IS PERMITTED.

Ballet Demi-Pointe

Dance based on any method of classical ballet technique (Russian, Cecchetti, R.A.D. etc). The dance tells no story. HAND HELD PROPS MAY BE USED IF THEY ARE INTEGRAL TO THE DANCE. NO FLOOR PROPS. NO LYRICS IN MUSIC.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Ballet Demi-Pointe Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 100 200 300 400
8 years and under 101 201 301 401
10 years and under 102 202 302 402
12 years and under 103 203 303 403
14 years and under 104 204 304 404
16 years and under 105 205 305 405
18 years and under 106 206 306 406
20 years and under 107 207 307 407

Neo-Classical Ballet

Dance based on any method of classical ballet technique in the style of the 20th and 21st century. Original choreography should be plotless and musically driven without narrative or mime. Dancer’s movements should be the main artistic medium. No lyrics in music.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
NEO-CLASSICAL Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
10 years and under 102-1 202-1 302-1 402-1
12 years and under 103-1 203-1 303-1 403-1
14 years and under 104-1 204-1 304-1 404-1
16 years and under 105-1 205-1 305-1 405-1
18 years and under 106-1 206-1 306-1 406-1
20 years and under 107-1 207-1 307-1 407-1

Pointe

To be adjudicated on the pointe work of the competitor. Pure Classical ballet, or may borrow from other disciplines in the ballet section. Only students 13 years old and over by December 31 prior may perform on pointe. This rule applies to solos, groups, and duets IN ALL DANCE CATEGORIES. HAND HELD PROPS MAY BE USED IF THEY ARE INTEGRAL TO THE DANCE. NO FLOOR PROPS. NO LYRICS IN MUSIC.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Ballet-Pointe Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
14 years and under 108 208 308 408
16 years and under 109 209 309 409
18 years and under 110 210 310 410
20 years and under 111 211 311 411

Demi-Character

Story must be portrayed classically through mime and the use of the upper body. Dancer must perform ballet enchainments from the waist down and character from the waist up. Character must be stated on the entry form. Title of Dance required please. No lyrics in music EXCEPT 6 years and under age category – lyrics are permitted.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Demi-Character Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 112 212 312 412
8 years and under 113 213 313 413
10 years and under 114 214 314 414
12 years and under 115 215 315 415
14 years and under 116 216 316 416
16 years and under 117 217 317 417
18 years and under 118 218 318 418
20 years and under 119 219 319 419

Character

A definite character must be portrayed whereby the dancer becomes the whole character using any stylized movement with occasional use of isolated ballet steps. Character must be stated on the entry form. Title of Dance required please. No lyrics in music.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Character Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 120 220 320 420
8 years and under 121 221 321 421
10 years and under 122 222 322 422
12 years and under 123 223 323 423
14 years and under 124 224 324 424
16 years and under 125 225 325 425
18 years and under 126 226 326 426
20 years and under 127 227 327 427

Interpretive

Expressing an idea or mood, not a story: often an interpretation of the music. The theme of the dance must be explicit in the title. No notes permitted. Title of Dance required, please. No lyrics in music.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Interpretive Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 128 228 328 428
10 years and under 129 229 329 429
12 years and under 130 230 330 430
14 years and under 131 231 331 431
16 years and under 132 232 332 432
18 years and under 133 233 333 433
20 years and under 134 234 334 434

Contemporary Ballet

Incorporates classical ballet techniques with greater range of movements which may not adhere to strict body lines for classical ballet. This style includes non-traditional movements, such as more relaxed steps, floor work and turned in legs, etc. to portray the concept of being more innovative, free and earth bound. The physical interpretation of the theme that the choreographer envisioned allows for more expressive emotions and feelings. No lyrics in music.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
CONTEMPORARY Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
10 years and under 129-1 229-1 329-1 429-1
12 years and under 130-1 230-1 330-1 430-1
14 years and under 131-1 231-1 331-1 431-1
16 years and under 132-1 232-1 332-1 432-1
18 years and under 133-1 233-1 333-1 433-1
20 years and under 134-1 234-1 334-1 434-1

Lyrical Ballet

Lyrical ballet places emphasis on flowing lyrical movements. Solid ballet technique/content is required to be shown. Title of Dance required please.

Please note: There is not a section for Lyrical Ballet at the Provincial level. In our dance section we permit lyrics in this class. Lyrics would not be permitted if the dance was performed at the Provincials.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Lyrical Ballet Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 135 235 335 435
10 years and under 136 236 336 436
12 years and under 137 237 337 437
14 years and under 138 238 338 438
16 years and under 139 239 339 439
18 years and under 140 240 340 440
20 years and under 141 241 341 441

Modern

A stylized dance form with its foundation of a technically based discipline such as Duncan, Graham, Ailey Horton etc. Dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet and which favors movement derived from the expression of inner feeling, free dance, contraction, release, fall and recovery and dynamism – a constantly evolving style of movement. Title of Dance required please.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Modern Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 142 242 342 442
10 years and under 143 243 343 443
12 years and under 144 244 344 444
14 years and under 145 245 345 445
16 years and under 146 246 346 446
18 years and under 147 247 347 447
20 years and under 148 248 348 448
22 years and under 149-2 249-2 349-2 449-2*

* two-year trial

Interpretive Modern

Dance that uses a recognized/codified modern technique to tell a story, express a feeling, interpret a character, behavior, or emotional state. Movement should be related to the intent of the music. Title of dance is required.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
INTERPRETIVE MODERN Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
12 years and under 144-1 244-1 344-1 444-1
14 years and under 145-1 245-1 345-1 445-1
16 years and under 146-1 246-1 346-1 446-1
18 years and under 147-1 247-1 347-1 447-1
20 years and under 148-1 248-1 348-1 448-1

Contemporary

As in contemporary or abstract art and music, contemporary dance expresses ideas that are current, fresh and innovative. It could be described as fusing modern, ballet and athletic movement principles, but is not exclusively one over another. It is inventive, creative and open to new concepts. Props and costumes may be used to illustrate the tone of the choreography. Title of Dance required please.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Contemporary Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 156 256 356 456
10 years and under 157 257 357 457
12 years and under 158 258 358 458
14 years and under 159 259 359 459
16 years and under 160 260 360 460
18 years and under 161 261 361 461
20 years and under 162 262 362 462
22 years and under 163 263 363 463*

* two-year trial

Interpretive Contemporary

Dance that uses contemporary movement vocabulary from stylized to pedestrian (with modern technique as its basis) to tell a story, express a feeling, interpret a character, behavior, or emotional state: e.g., Pina Bausch (Tanztheater Wuppertal). Movement should be related to the intent of the music while the choreography must engage the whole body. Title of dance is required.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
INTERPRETIVE CONTEMPORARY Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
12 years and under 158-1 258-1 358-1 458-1
14 years and under 159-1 259-1 359-1 459-1
16 years and under 160-1 260-1 360-1 460-1
18 years and under 161-1 261-1 361-1 461-1
20 years and under 162-1 262-1 362-1 462-1

National

Folk dancing, which portrays the traditional style of a specific country. Instrumental and vocal arrangements permitted. No competitive Highland dance. Please state country on the entry form. Title of Dance required, please.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
National Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 149 249 349 449
10 years and under 150 250 350 450
12 years and under 151 251 351 451
14 years and under 152 252 352 452
16 years and under 153 253 353 453
18 years and under 154 254 354 454
20 years and under 155 255 355 455

Stage Section

Tap

Entries will be judged on footwork, rhythm, style and presentation. Tap sounds on music are NOT permitted. Please remember this is TAP DANCING, NOT MODERN STAGE.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Tap Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 500 600 700 800
8 years and under 501 601 701 801
10 years and under 502 602 702 802
12 years and under 503 603 703 803
14 years and under 504 604 704 804
16 years and under 505 605 705 805
18 years and under 506 606 706 806
20 years and under 507 607 707 807

Jazz

Free movement using recognized jazz technique showing strong sense of rhythm and co-ordination. Adjudication may be based on the suitability of the music and movements being appropriate to the age of the dancer. All music must be edited for inappropriate language/content. FLOOR PROPS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Jazz Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 499 599 699 799
8 years and under 508 608 708 808
10 years and under 509 609 709 809
12 years and under 510 610 710 810
14 years and under 511 611 711 811
16 years and under 512 612 712 812
18 years and under 513 613 713 813
20 years and under 514 614 714 814

Street Dancing

All music must be edited for inappropriate language/content – see Dance Rules and Regulations. Street Dancing includes hip hop, street dance, break dancing, stomp funk etc.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Street Dancing Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 515 615 715 815
10 years and under 516 616 716 816
12 years and under 517 617 717 817
14 years and under 518 618 718 818
16 years and under 519 619 719 819
18 years and under 520 620 720 820
20 years and under 521 621 721 821

Lyrical Jazz

Lyrical jazz places emphasis on flowing lyrical movements. Solid jazz technique/content required to be shown. Title of Dance required please.

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Lyrical Jazz Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
8 years and under 522 622 722 822
10 years and under 523 623 723 823
12 years and under 524 624 724 824
14 years and under 525 625 725 825
16 years and under 526 626 726 826
18 years and under 527 627 727 827
20 years and under 528 628 728 828

Variety (formerly known as Modern Stage)

Dance suitable for a stage or musical production, cabaret, a review, live theatre, etc. Contents must be predominantly dance, choreography should have a character base to it without straight line work; must be composed of a diversified vocabulary of steps and may utilize any dance genre. Live voice is not permitted; lip synching is permitted. Minimum use of simple props, please. Title of Dance is required. 

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
VARIETY Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 529 629 729 829
8 years and under 530 630 730 830
10 years and under 531 631 731 831
12 years and under 532 632 732 832
14 years and under 533 633 733 833
16 years and under 534 634 734 834
18 years and under 535 635 735 835
20 years and under 536 636 736 836

Song and Dance

Own voice — no voice on cd of any kind, including spoken voice. Routine suited to stage or musical theatre production; it must be choreographed to provide interest and entertainment beyond straight-line work. Routine must consist of 50% voice and 50% dance and will be adjudicated on both. Title of Dance required please. 

Category/Age Group Class/Class Numbers
Song and Dance Solo Duet Small Group Large Group
6 years and under 537 637 737 837
10 years and under 539 639 739 839
12 years and under 540 640 740 840
14 years and under 541 641 741 841
16 years and under 542 642 742 842
18 years and under 543 643 743 843
20 years and under 544 644 744 844

Adjudication Only

Entries in the adjudication only section will receive a special “adjudication only” certificate to recognize their participation in the UIMF dance section. Adjudication only group entries are eligible to be selected for Dance Gala for a two-year trial.

Adult – Adjudication Only

CATEGORIES IN TAP AND STREET DANCING AVAILABLE

All entrants in Adult Classes must be 18 years of age or older on December 31st prior. Student dance teachers and dance teachers may enter this class. The general rules applying to dance and the dance rules, regulations must be followed. Entries must be suitable for a family audience. For adult groups there will be no division of group sizes (e.g. small or large groups).

Category Class Number
Adult Tap T850
Adult Street Dancing SD850

Academic School Groups – Adjudication Only

Dancers in this category must be registered at and attending an academic school. May be danced in any form of dance accepted by the UIMF dance section. A performer may perform only once in this category. For academic school groups there will be no division of group sizes (eg. small or large groups). The general rules applying to dance and the dance rules, regulations must be followed.

Elementary and Secondary Schools: Entry must be endorsed by a school representative.

Academic School Class Number Fee
Elementary A 30 $17.00
Secondary School (Grades 8 to Grade 12) A 31 $20.00
College/University A 32 $20.00

For the Love of Dance

  • It is open to dancers who wish to enter a solo, duet, or group dance but not in a competitive category and do not have solos, duets, or groups entered in any other solo, duet, or group classes.
  • Program groupings may involve different ages (i.e. 6-year-olds with 14-year-olds) and different categories (i.e. Lyrical Ballet with National).
  • a performer may be no older than 22 years as of Dec. 31 prior.
  • Ballet/Modern/Contemporary solos, duets, and groups will be assessed by a Ballet adjudicator.
  • Stage solos, duets, and groups will be assessed by a Stage adjudicator.
  • Each dancer may dance only once in the Ballet section and/or the Stage section.
  • a dancer may perform only one solo and/or duet and/or group dance in the Ballet section and/or Stage category.
Category Class Number Type
Ballet B851
B851D
B851G
solo
duet
group
Stage S851
S851D
S851G
solo
duet
group

Production and Young Choreographers

Production

Consists of four or more AMATEUR dancers in a dance category accepted by the Upper Island Musical Festival. A Production generally tells a story or is part of a large dance or stage production – may be any combination of ages. Special lighting, explosive effects and the use of microphones are not permitted. Minimum time 6 minutes – maximum time 10 minutes.

Category Class Number
Production – Ballet Section B 10
Production – Stage Section S 20
Production – Street Dance S 30

Young Choreographers

Students choose their own music, theme, style and have the option to perform the dance themselves or set on other dancers. Dancer names and birth dates must be entered on the back of the entry form but this is to comply with our rules only. Dancers are not adjudicated—the choreographer is. Students must present written choreography and theme to the adjudicator’s secretary NO LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF THE SECTION ENTERED – BALLET OR STAGE for the adjudicator to review the notes before the competition. The adjudicator and the dance committee chairs may decide to accept notes received later than the first day of the session either ballet or stage but in this case, the dance will be performed for adjudication only. The notes will be reviewed for accuracy, neatness, appropriate floor plan, choreographic notes and costume design. Notes must be in a form that the dance can be repeated by another dancer using only the notes.

Please Note: The category entered is determined by the number (solo or duet) and age of the choreographer or in the case of a duet – the age of the older choreographer. For choreographers 8 years and under, the dance will be performed for adjudication only.

Category/Age Group – of Choreographers Class/Class Numbers (Determined by Number of Dancers)
Young Choreographers Ballet Section Solo Duet
12 years and under YCBA12 YCBA22
14 years and under YCBA14 YCBA24
16 years and under YCBA16 YCBA26
18 years and under YCBA18 YCBA28
20 years and under YCBA20 YCBA30
Young Choreographers Stage Section
12 years and under YCST12 YCST22
14 years and under YCST14 YCST24
16 years and under YCST16 YCST26
18 years and under YCST18 YCST28
20 years and under YCST20 YCST30

Young Choreographers are responsible  for picking up their notes from the recording desk before the end of the festival.

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