Age of Stage Groups, Duets, Trios & Quartets are determined by the age of the oldest competitor.
Competitors Age is taken from the 1st September of the previous year.
Pointe work is not allowed for any entrant under 13 years of age
No un-authorised person at side of stage
No re-dance unless it is at fault of the music or at adjudicators discretion
Entrants only accepted with dancing teachers written permission, by online system- payment must be made at time of entering.
Live singing is only allowed in the song & dance class. Pre-recorded singing or chanting is NOT allowed in the song & dance class.
Pre-recorded music in the tap class must NOT include any recorded tap or similar sound effect.
In all classes please ensure the costume, movement and music is appropriate for the age of the entrant.
Song and Dance does not necessarily need to be 50/50 but a good balance and characterisation sound be shown.
Please remember Modern, Lyrical & contemporary is NOT an Acro section a maximum of 2 acrobatic movements are permitted in accordance to All England Rules.
Duets, Trios, Quartets & Groups may be combined into Classical Section (Ballet, character, lyrical, contemporary, national) or Stage Section (Modern, Tap, Song & Dance) dependant upon entry numbers.
Novice & Open sections may be combined dependant upon entry numbers
Novice – A participant that has NOT placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd Position at a British & International Federation of Festivals festival. Ideal for first time festival participants.
Open – Any participant who HAS placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a specific genre EVER at a British & International Federation of Festivals, however, any participant can enter into the open section regardless of previous placing.Example – Florence has won her ballet section in 2017 at Portsmouth dance festival this means her ballet will forever more be in the open section, regardless of if the music/costume/age changes, However as she hasn’t placed her jazz or tap solos they remain in the Novice section. The aim is to get all solos in the open section by age 13 when all sections become open.