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PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

  • Studio Solo  (more than one competitor may do the same dance that the teacher choreographs)

  • Competition Solo (only one competitor may do the same dance)

  • Duet (2 competitors)

  • Trio (3 competitors)

  •  Quartet (4 competitors) 

  • Groups

  • Any Age Groups

  • Adult Groups (30years+)

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When entering MOVE, all competitors are dancing to achieve their status for that particular year of the competition. Upon entering no one has status. In the Regionals there will be NO COMPARING of competitors. They are all dancing for the highest mark possible and will earn their status with the mark that they receive for their performance. Status will come into play at Nationals.

 

As we are striving to keep every dancers competition experience positive and inspirational, we have 3 competitive divisions to aspire to and to ultimately level the playing field. Each routine that performs will receive a score from each of the 3 judges at Regional level. Competitors at Regional level are competing against criteria related to a point system for status at Nationals.  

Depending on what mark they are awarded at Regionals, competitors will become one of the following for Nationals in that particular year only:

 

 

  • BRONZE QUALIFIER

  • SILVER QUALIFIER

  • GOLD QUALIFIER

 

At Nationals all competitors will compete against each other and will be  compared for the overall awards within their divisions and age categories

JUDGING

AGE DIVISIONS

 

MINI

6 years & Under

7 - 8 years 
JUNIOR   

9 - 10 years

11 - 12 years
TEEN  

 13 - 14 years

15 - 16 year
SENIOR

17 years & over

ADULT

30 years & over

 

Ages are determined based on the dancer’s age on January 1st of the competition year.

 

DETERMINING AGE DIVISION:  

Duets/Trios/Quartets/Groups will compete at the average age division determined by averaging the age of all members in the routine.  
Example: If the average age comes to 11.8 they will compete in the 11- 12 year old age division; if the average age comes to 12.4 they will compete in the 11- 12 year old age division & if the average age comes to 12.5 they will compete in the 13 - 14 year old age division.


ANY AGE GROUPS:

Must have a combination of a minimum of 3 age divisions and will compete in the 12 & under or 13 & over section of the competition

 

PROOF OF AGE:

All performers are required to have proof of ages on hand at every competition.  Failure to provide a birth certificate or driver’s license, if an age division is challenged, will result in disqualification of that routine. 
 

DANCE GENRES

DANCE DISCIPLINE CATEGORIES

 

1. BALLET

A routine consisting of classical steps & Ballet technique:

This category covers various dance styles
Dancers may enter them all:
Classical Ballet, & Neo-Classical Ballet same section. Demi Character & Ballet Repertoire separate sections.

2. NATIONAL

THIS CATEGORY WILL PERFORM IN THE BALLET SECTION OF THE COMPETITION
Any dance style specific to a country and representative of their culture
Example: Irish, Solo Latin, Spanish, Greek, African, Tribal, Indian, Belly Dancing, etc – Performances are, to a significant degree, bound by tradition with strong cultural roots, costuming and music.

3. STAGE BRANCH

This category covers various dance styles
Dancers may enter them all.
In REGIONALS, the dancers compete separately, in solos, in each of the Style categories and are placed separately, in each of the Style categories. They do not compete against each other.
In NATIONALS the different Style categories all compete in the same category under the title Stage Branch, irrespective of the style they are performing, EXCEPT FOR CHARACTERS. Characters dance separately – NO STATUS

(a) MODERN

A routine that is performed in this category that is not a LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY or JAZZ piece.

(b) LYRICAL

A routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music. Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations, and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Lyrical dance is a literal representation of the music using a combination of ballet and jazz with a little bit of modern thrown in for good measure. It is usually performed in foot undies and tends to be romantic and emotional in approach. Music with vocals and lyrics is preferred but not a rule

(c) CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary dance can be almost anything. It can be performed barefoot, en pointe or even in socks on stage. It may or may not be performed to music, sounds or nothing at all except the counts or breath of the dancers. This category will also include the new commercial American contemporary styles, as seen in works by Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh and Alvin Ailey. Inventive movements incorporating different styles with classical foundation; Martha Graham, Horton and Cunningham are the major styles.

(d) JAZZ

Jazz is an energetic dance style, consisting of unique moves depending on specific style and era of jazz. The moves must reflect the jazz dance technique (layouts, jazz pirouettes, fan-kicks, jazz walks, splits, isolation, leaps etc.) which are based on the technique from classical ballet training. As long as the jazz dance vocabulary is used, the music can vary from classic jazz, theatre jazz, Latin jazz to modern day music. Jazz dance encourages individual expression and the development of personal style

N.B. FUSION

Where a piece of choreography has a combination of dance styles, all within one piece of choreography:
NO SEPARATE “FUSION” category. Fusion routines must be entered in the categories available.

The routine must be placed into the prominent dance style available

(e) CHARACTERS NO STATUS
Candidates performing SOLO CHARACTERS compete in their own section under

“CHARACTERS” in all the dance styles – in all age categories. Candidates may lip sync.

4. URBAN DANCE STYLE / HIP HOP

Deriving from Urban Dance culture, the choreography can combine different dance styles of Hip Hop e.g., Oldschool and Newschool. Oldschool includes: Pop, Lock, Jazzrock, Hype. Newschool includes: Newstyle, Krumping, Dance Hall. Housedance (footwork, jacking and lofting) is considered as part of this category. Also includes waacking, lyrical, voguing and experimental. Creativity is essential as Hip Hop is a personal expression of emotions or situations and experiences. Abusive language / violent expressions forbidden in music and performance.

5. BATTLE: URBAN DANCE STYLE / HIP HOP
12& under & 13& over.
LIVE REGIONALS ONLY. Not available to ONLINE entrants

Winners are announced after the section is completed.

All Style / Freestyle Solo Section
A preliminary round will be held where all dancers, in their age categories perform together and the Judges select who battles who when the BATTLES begin.

  • R500 cash award for SENIOR solo winner

  • R250 cash award for JUNIOR solo 

    winner. NB. 12& 

    UNDER Competitors younger than 10 years old will be accepted in this section, but they and their parents must be made aware that it is a 12& under section.

6. MUSICAL THEATRE NO STATUS
Musical theatre is a form of performance that should combine singing, lip syncing, acting and dance. The story and the emotional content of a musical – humour, pathos, love, anger, should be communicated through the choreography. All styles are permitted including both classical and contemporary musicals. Examples: from the 1930 (Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, Cabaret, and Sweet Charity) up to the present day (Mamma Mia, Producers, Chicago, Wicked, etc.) Storyline, characterization and costume must reflect the chosen musical. Musical character/s must be recognizable This Dance Category is divided into 3 sections:

(a) Lip Sync

A routine from a Musical that mimics voices on pre-recorded music and includes dance.

(b) Song and Dance

A routine that combines dancing and live singing.
This is a vocal/dance section...lead vocals may not be lip synced - may have back up vocal accompaniment. A handheld, wireless microphones will be available. If candidate requires personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. these must be provided and set up by the teacher/candidate. TDA will not be responsible for this.

(c) Tap Musical Theatre 

THIS category competes in the TAP section of the competition at REGIONALS and with the other MUSICAL THEATRE sections at NATIONALS.

7. TAP

A routine utilizing tap technique performed with tap shoes only, creating syncopated rhythms. The routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. It is preferred for tap sounds not to be pre-recorded in music.

8. ACROBATIC DANCE

This dance discipline offers 3 options.  Dancers may enter them all.  At Regionals and Nationals they remain 3 different section and do not compete against each other

  •  ACROBATIC SOLO

A routine showing controlled acrobatic moves such as walkovers, front/back limbers, handstands, chest rolls, including, but not limited to headstands, cartwheels, etc. There should be a blend of acrobatics and dance together. All acrobatic elements should be linked with dance steps. Acrobatic Dance may contain flexibility moves or contortionist moves AND it must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.  

  • PROP ROUTINE

The same criteria as for an acrobatic solo but using a prop e.g. handstand canes, box cubes, chair, table etc.

  • CONTORTION

Contortion is a performance art in which performers called contortionists showcase their skills of extreme back flexibility.

9. SOLO LATIN DANCE

THIS CATEGORY WILL PERFROM IN THE BALLET SECTION OF THE COMPETITION WITH THE NATIONAL SOLOS.

Choice of dancing Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Rumba or Jive in all sections, in all age categories.

PLEASE NOTE: In Duets, trios, quartet, all groups:
Should there be a mix of female and male dancers, no more than 20% of the choreography may be taken in a closed hold with a partner as in couples dancing, This applies to same sex partnering as well.

 

MOVE! Dance Competition Regional Judges are skilled in the dance genre that they judge. At National level combinations of championship calibre competition studio directors, teachers affiliated with major dance studios and currently performing dance professionals will be on the judging panel. These Judges are all well trained in multiple genres of dance and are sensitive to the various skill levels represented by the dancers' differing ages. This mixture of age, breadth of dance experience and extensive background in performing arts contributes to the diverse range of feedback Judges can offer all our competitors.

Each performance will be evaluated on the following five judging elements:

 

1) TECHNIQUE – 45 POINTS TOTAL
The judges will evaluate the synchronization, timing, mobility and stabilization, skills, execution of the movements performed, the quality of movement throughout the routine, including head, arm, leg and body placement, footwork, standing and air and synchronization of the dancers depending on the technical requirements of routine’s discipline. Dancer(s) must maintain control of the speed, direction, momentum and body placement throughout the routine. Dancers must also demonstrate awareness of spacing between dancers through a full range of unique, complicated and challenging formations and interactive partner moves and patterns.

 

The level of authentic and uninhibited presentation of a routine consisting of: individual attitude, energy, posture, uninterrupted display of confidence measured by facial expression, eye contact and body movement, enthusiasm, passion, connection with the audience that generates an emotional response (excitement, joy, laughter, melancholy, sadness) relative to the discipline and story presented will be judged.


2) STAGE PRESENCE – 30 POINTS TOTAL

The level of authentic and uninhibited presentation of a routine consisting of: individual attitude, energy, posture, uninterrupted display of confidence measured by facial expression, eye contact and body movement, enthusiasm, passion, connection with the audience that generates an emotional response (excitement, joy, laughter, melancholy, sadness) relative to the discipline and story presented will be judged. Clothing and accessories worn should represent and
reflect the story presented. Innovative and creative selection of costumes is encouraged. Performance and choreography should correlate with routine’s music. Also, the dancer’s ability to perform simultaneously to the music is considered by judges. Movements and patterns performed to the simulated sounds of the dancers in the absence of recorded music (e.g., foot stomping, hand clapping, vocals, etc.) will also be considered musically and judged. The routine should leave a memorable and lasting impression

 


3) LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE – 10 POINTS TOTAL
Level of performance is measured by the difficulty of the demonstrated movements by all the dancers in a routine and the variety of styles performed where such variety is considered as a part of discipline. The level of performance should match the technical abilities of the dancers.

 

4) CHOREOGRAPHY – 10 POINTS TOTAL
Choreographing and presenting a routine in a unique and one of a kind way with innovative elements as well as creative ways of expressing and the transformation of choreographer’s ideas into a routine are highly appreciated by the judges. However, original choreography is allowed in all disciplines. Elements such as full and creative usage of the stage and the floor, innovative movements, transitions and interpretation of the music (if used) are considered an essential part of an outstanding choreography. Choreography should be appropriate for the ability and age of the performers.

 

5) OVERALL APPEARANCE – 5 POINTS TOTAL

Clothing and accessories worn should represent and reflect the routine, whilst

an innovative and creative selection of costumes is encouraged, it is not a criteria.

 

All judges’ decisions are FINAL.

 

Performance categories
Age Divisions
Performance Status
dance categories
points

PERFORMANCE

STATUS

 

POINT SYSTEM OUT OF 100

64% + below Honorary mention

65-74% Bronze Qualifier

75-84% Silver Qualifier

85-100% Gold Qualifier

In order for a routine to qualify for NATIONALS, the routine must score a minimum of 65%

 


PERFORMANCE TIME LIMITS

•  Studio Solo: Maximum 2:00 minutes
•  Competition Solo:
Maximum 3:30  minutes 
•  Duet / Trio / Quartet:
Maximum 4:00 minutes 
•  Group: 
Maximum 5:00 minutes

•  Any Age Groups : Maximum 5:00 minutes 

NOTE: It is highly advised to keep all choreography shorter 

rather than to use the maximum time allowed.

In Ballet/Acrobatics it is understood that more time might be needed

but NOT in any of the other dance disciplines.

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ENTRIES

REGIONAL entries must be entered online prior to the competition date.

Any late entries will carry a late entry fee.

NATIONAL qualifiers must be entered online within 72 hours of qualifying

Any late entries will carry a late entry fee.

REGISTRATION IS COMPLETED ON-LINE

 

Online Registration Instructions available from the TDA office.

 

Once you have read through the guide, simply

click on the link below, create your studio profile and start adding your MOVE! entries.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO CREATE YOUR STUDIO PROFILE & START ADDING ENTRIES!

http://thetda.dancecompgenie.com

OPENING DATE FOR REGISTRATION
 17 July 2024 FOR ALL PROVINCES


CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATION & ENTRIES ONLINE AND KZN 

AS WELL AS  PAYMENTS VIA EFT

2nd August 2024

CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRTION & ENTRIES CAPE TOWN

16th August 2024 

 

 

 


COMPETITION DATES - REGIONALS (HEATS)

KZN 

LIVE EVENT

23, 24 & 25 AUGUST 

VENUE: Westville Boys' High School

 

ONLINE REGIONALS

ALL PROVINCES

30 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER

CAPE TOWN

LIVE EVENT

8th SEPTEMBER - 19th SEPTEMBER 2024
VENUE:  Sea Point Civic Centre


COMPETITION DATES - NATIONALS (FINALS)

ALL PROVINCES 

21st SEPTEMBER - 25th SEPTEMBER 2024
VENUE: Sea Point Civic Centre, Cape Town

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