RULES AND POLICIES

NDCA Rulebook and syllabus

DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2019 applies the National Dance Council of America’s Rulebook, which can be downloaded at https://ndca.org/pages/ndca_rule_book/Default.asp, as well as its list of approved figures, elements and restrictions, which can be downloaded at https://ndca.org/pages/invigilation_figures_elements_and_restrictions/Default.asp.

 

Entry guide and restrictions

Age categories:

Dancers in the Adult 2, Senior and Masters age categories may enter in two age categories – their current age category (mandatory) and one category below (optional). These dancers may not enter in an age category above their current age. Dancers in the Youth age category may enter in the Adult age category as well as their Youth age category.

Dance levels:

Dancers may enter at their current level of dance training and up to two levels above, but may not enter below their current level of dance training. The current level may differ between the genres of standard, smooth, international Latin and rhythm.

Dancers may only enter a newcomer/beginner level if they have had less than 50 hours of instruction at the time of entering the event. Bronze figures and styling must be adhered to. Newcomers are not expected to wear full dance costumes.

Competitors on the bronze, silver and gold levels must adhere to the NDCA’s list of approved figures, elements and restrictions. On silver and gold levels, continuity styling is expected.

Competitors wishing to enter multiple levels and/or age groups must complete a separate entry for each level and/or age group and clearly mark levels, ages, sections and single dances.

Contested judging:

Dancers will be judged contested, i.e. marked against other dancers in the same category. The organisers reserve the right to combine age groups and certain levels in the case of insufficient entries, in which case all dancers in the combined events will contest against each other.

Restrictions on instructors in pro-am:

In pro-am events, a professional may compete with a maximum of two (2) amateur partners per level and age group in all multi-dance sections and single dances.

In pro-am scholarships, a professional may compete with only one (1) amateur partner in each event and may not have multiple partners.

Gender-neutral dancing:

DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES welcomes all same-sex and gender-neutral couples in Pro-Am, Amateur and Professional events. They will be judged against male/female couples. In Pro-Am events, male and female student dancers may take the role of leader or follower regardless of their sex. Couples are restricted from switching leading and following roles during the course of an event.

Dress and costuming rules:

No costume restrictions apply for pro-am divisions. Competitors may wear full dance costumes at all levels. Full dance costumes are not expected at beginner/newcomer levels. Professionals must be appropriately dressed in dance attire and dance shoes.

Costumes in the amateur couple syllabus sections (bronze, silver and gold) are restricted by the same rules that are applied by the local South African dance federations. This includes that no bling, rhinestones, sequins, glitter or shiny fabric may be worn at these levels.

For bronze and silver amateur couple sections: Men must wear black trousers and white lounge shirts with a black bow tie or black tie for ballroom and may wear the same or a fitted body shirt (no patterned or shiny fabric) in black or white for Latin. Women must wear a dress or tight-fitting top and skirt in plain fabric. The costume may consist of two plain colours. The skirt may be slanted at the back or side. No see-through fabric such as lace or mesh is allowed. No layered frills and no frills around the neck, back or sleeves.

For gold amateur couple sections: Full dance costumes may be worn by men and women but no bling, rhinestones, sequins, glitter or shiny fabric is allowed.

The restrictions do not apply to amateur couples performing a showcase or exhibition dance.

For amateur couple novice, pre-championship and championship sections and professional sections, no costuming restrictions apply.

All costumes must be tasteful and appropriate underwear must be worn. Men may not dance without a shirt. A person wearing a costume considered by the chairperson of adjudicators or the organisers to be distasteful may be asked to change. By entering DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2020, a competitor agrees to be bound by these rules and to abide by any decision of the chairperson of adjudicators or the organisers in respect of costuming.

 

Event guide

Single dances:

  • These are events involving several couples (pro-am or amateur), dancing one type of dance on the floor at the same time.
  • The events are unisex.
  • The music will be played at standard tempos in accordance with NDCA rules and regulations.
  • Placements are determined using the skating system of scrutineering.

Sections:

  • These are multi-dance events where couples (pro-am or amateur) dance 2, 3, 4 or 5 dances consecutively.
  • The categories are unisex.
  • The sections are open to the age categories as stipulated on the entry form.
  • On bronze, silver and gold levels, competitors must adhere to the NDCA’s list of approved figures, elements and restrictions.
  • The music will be played at standard tempos in accordance with NDCA rules and regulations.
  • Placements are determined using the skating system of scrutineering.

Scholarship sections:

  • These are multi-dance events where pro-am couples dance either 3, 4 or 5 dances consecutively.
  • The categories are unisex.
  • There is only one age group in each dance level (bronze, silver or gold/open gold).
  • Competitors must be 18 years or older.
  • A competitor must have a minimum of 10 paid single dance entries to qualify to enter a scholarship event.
  • The bronze and silver level scholarships are restricted to the NDCA’s list of approved figures, elements and restrictions. In the Gold/Open Gold scholarship events, closed and open choreography may be danced.
  • The music will be played at standard tempos in accordance with NDCA rules and regulations.
  • Placements are determined using the skating system of scrutineering.
  • See the section “Prize money” below 7 for details of the prize money in these sections.
  • The organisers reserve the right to cancel scholarship events with less than 3 entries in consultation with the pro-am couples entered for the event.

Challenge of Champions sections:

  • These are multi-dance events open to amateur couples only.
  • The sections will consist of 5 dances and open choreography may be danced.
  • There is only one age group and competitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Competitors must have entered a section in their relevant age group and level before they are allowed to enter a Challenge of Champions section, at an additional cost (i.e. if they have entered their relevant Standard Ballroom section, they may also enter the Standard Ballroom Challenge of Champions; if they have entered their relevant Latin section, they may also enter the Latin Challenge of Champions).
  • The music will be played at standard tempos in accordance with NDCA rules and regulations.
  • Placements are determined using the skating system of scrutineering.
  • See the section “Prize money” below for details of the prize money in these sections.
  • The organisers reserve the right to cancel Challenge of Champions sections with less than 3 entries in consultation with the couples entered for the event.

Professional sections:

  • There is one open professional section for Standard Ballroom, American Smooth Ballroom, International Latin and American Rhythm Latin, respectively, and they are open to professional couples only.
  • The sections will consist of 5 dances (4 in the case of American Smooth Ballroom) and open choreography may be danced.
  • There is only one age group.
  • The music will be played at standard tempos in accordance with NDCA rules and regulations.
  • Placements are determined using the skating system of scrutineering.
  • See the section “Prize money” below for details of the prize money in these sections.
  • The organisers reserve the right to cancel professional sections with less than 3 entries in consultation with the couples entered for the event.

Showcases or exhibitions:

  • These are choreographed routines performed by couples to individual music.
  • Dances can be of any style (i.e. smooth, standard, rhythm, Latin or cabaret).
  • The routines may not exceed a time limit of 2 minutes for bronze level (including entrance and walk-off), 2½ minutes for silver level (including entrance and walk-off) and 3 minutes for gold level (including entrance and walk-off). Any routine exceeding 3 minutes may be charged as an additional solo entry.
  • Only competitors who have entered and paid for a minimum of 10 single entries may enter to dance a showcase or exhibition. A competitor may enter more than one showcase or exhibition subject to scheduling availability and at an additional cost.
  • Music is to be provided by dancers in the form of mp3 – no mp4, iPhone or iPod.
  • Appropriate costuming is allowed but needs to be in keeping with the elegance of the competition.

 

Instructor incentives

Instructors with 75 to 120 single dance entries will receive $5 per entry (for example, 75 entries = $375). Instructors with more than 120 single dance entries receive $10 per entry (for example 121 entries = $1210).

Instructors with 120 or more single dance entries qualify for the top instructor award for the instructor with the most single dance entries. The prize money is: 1st – $1000, 2nd – $750, 3rd – $500.

Instructors will receive $5 for each multi-dance section and scholarship section danced (minimum of 10 sections to qualify). This section incentive is a separate bonus and the number of sections will not be added to the single dance tally to determine the top instructor award or eligibility.

All incentives will be paid out at the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 4 September (entry closing date) or the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 2 October, the choice depending on when the South African Rand is trading at the higher level.

 

Prize money

Pro-Am scholarship purses: The top three placings in each Pro-Am Scholarship events will receive the following cash prizes: 1st – $700, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $300. A minimum of 10 single dance entries is required to enter a Scholarship event.

  • Full prize money will be paid out if an event has at least 6 entries. If a scholarship event has 3-5 entries, 50% of the prize money will be paid out. If a scholarship event has less than 3 entries, 25% of the prize money will be paid out.

Professional section purses: The top three placings in the Professional Smooth, Standard, Rhythm and Latin American multi-dance sections will receive the following cash prizes: 1st – $750, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $300.

  • Full prize money will be paid out if an event has at least 6 entries. If a professional section has 3-5 entries, 50% of the prize money will be paid out. If a professional section has less than 3 entries, 25% of the prize money will be paid out.

Amateur competitive couple purses: The winning couple in each amateur couple Challenge of Champions section will receive two-thirds of the total entry fee received for that section (i.e if there are 10 entries, the total entry fees will be ZAR3000 and the winning couple will receive ZAR2000).

All prize money will be paid out at the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 4 September (entry closing date) or the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 2 October, the choice depending on when the South African Rand is trading at the higher level.

 

Cancellation policy

Entries are non-refundable. No cancellations will be accepted, except in the event of an emergency, in which case it will be at the discretion of the organisers. Refunds, if granted, will take 6-8 weeks to process once all correct paperwork has been received.

 

Disclaimer

By entering DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2020, all competitors, the parents or guardians of minor competitors, studios and studio representatives agree to be bound by these rules and to abide by any decision of the chairperson of adjudicators or the organisers.

The adjudicators’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into in this regard.

Dancing Under African Skies (Pty.) Ltd., its contractors, sub-contractors, sponsors and employees do not accept responsibility for any injuries, loss or damage which may be sustained by any person participating in or attending DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2020 at any time during the duration of the event. Entry and participation in this event is undertaken solely at each participant’s discretion.

No competitor will be allowed to participate in DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2020 without signing an indemnity form, either before the event or upon registration at the event.