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.
Certain exceptions are applied, namely in the definition of a couple and dress and costuming rules.
Definition of a couple
In Pro-Am divisions, two dancers of the same gender may compete as a couple. Male Pro-Am student dancers may only dance as leader when dancing with a male professional. Female Pro-Am student dancers may only dance as follower when dancing with a female professional.
DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2019 includes a same-sex open adult amateur section, where couples consisting of two men or two women may enter. The section is open to all ages and levels, and open choreography may be danced. A dancer may enter the competition as part of a mixed-sex couple as well as part of a same-sex couple, as the same-sex section will be run separately. Should there not be enough entrants to justify a separate same-sex section, the entries will be combined with existing sections and any dancers entered into both will be consulted.
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.
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.
Professionals must be appropriately dressed in dance attire and dance shoes.
Amateur competitive and professional:
Costumes in the amateur 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 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 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 novice, pre-championship and championship sections and professional sections, no costuming restrictions apply. Costumes must be tasteful and appropriate underwear must be worn. 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 2019, 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.
Entry guide and restrictions
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 correct Youth age category.
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 20 hours of instruction at the time of entering the event.
Competitors wishing to enter multiple levels and/or age groups are required to complete one entry form per level and/or age group and to clearly mark levels, ages, sections and single dances.
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 (such as novice and pre-championship into rising star level) in the case of insufficient entries.
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.
Single dances are events involving several couples (pro-am or amateur), dancing one type of dance on the floor at the same time. You can expect 10 to 12 couples on the floor. The music will be played at standard tempos in accordance with NDCA rules and regulations.
Sections are multi-dance events where couples (pro-am or amateur) dance 2, 3, 4 or 5 dances consecutively. The categories are unisex and open to the age categories as stipulated on the entry form. 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 are multi-dance events where pro-am couples dance either 3, 4 or 5 dances consecutively. The categories are unisex and there is only one age group in each dance level (bronze, silver or gold). No competitors under 21 years of age may compete in scholarship events. Placements are determined using the skating system of scrutineering. Scholarship prize money is awarded as follows: 1st place – $750, 2nd place – $500 and 3rd place – $300. Prize money will be halved if a scholarship event has less than 6 entries. A competitor must attend the event on a competition package and have a minimum of 10 paid single dance entries to be eligible to win prize money.
Showcases or exhibitions are choreographed routines performed by couples to individual music that shall 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 reserve an exhibition spot. 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 and dances can be of any style (i.e. smooth, standard, rhythm, Latin or cabaret).
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.
Instructors with 75 to 119 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 also receive $5 for each multi-dance section and scholarship section danced (minimum of 10 sections required to qualify). This section incentive is a separate bonus and the number of sections will not be added to the single dance tally to calculate the single dance number for incentive or top instructor award purposes.
All incentives will be paid out at the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 6 September (entry closing date) or the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 11 October, the choice depending on when the South African Rand is trading at the higher level.
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. Prize money will be halved if a scholarship event has less than 6 entries. A minimum of 10 single dance entries is required to enter a Scholarship event.
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. Prize money will be halved if a section has less than 6 entries.
Amateur competitive couple purses: The winners in each Amateur Couple multi-dance section in every level in the Smooth, Standard, Rhythm and Latin American will receive the following cash prize: 1st – $200. Prize money is subject to a minimum entry of 6 couples; events not meeting these criteria will be combined and participants notified.
All prize money will be paid out at the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 6 September (entry closing date) or the exchange rate at close of business on Friday 11 October, the choice depending on when the South African Rand is trading at the higher level.
By entering DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2019, a competitor agrees 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. No competitor will be allowed to participate in DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2019 without signing an indemnity form. If this is not submitted prior to the event, the competitor will be expected to sign an indemnity form when registering at the event, before being allowed to compete.
Terms and conditions: Lucky draw prize
Each pro-am student dancer or amateur competitor residing within South Africa who submits an entry and payment for DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES 2019 before or on 6 September 2019 receives one entry into a lucky draw to win a two-night stay for two people, including dinner and breakfast, at the Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa, located in the Cradle of Humankind (Muldersdrift). The prize is sponsored by Event Synthesis and is valued at R4800.
The prize is only valid until 7 December 2019. Bookings are subject to availability. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
The winner will be determined by a lucky draw which will take place in the presence of the organisers and two independent witnesses. If the winner cannot be reached within a reasonable time or the winner declines the prize, another winner will be drawn in the same manner.
Employees, service providers and consultants of DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES, Fred Astaire Dance Studios South Africa, Event Synthesis and Starball Events and their immediate family members are not eligible to win this prize.
DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES, Fred Astaire Dance Studios South Africa and Event Synthesis reserve the right to use the name and/or pictures of the winner in marketing material.