ENERGETIKS DANCE COMPETITION
VENUE: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat
Adjudicators: Yet to be determined
SECTION CHAIR: Karen George
Sub Committee: Dr Anthony Cole, Ray Pezzutti, Kerryn Gledhill, Sharon Richardson
& Ben Brown
Our appreciation is extended to Energetiks for their support. Energetiks show bags to be awarded to all soloists who receive an Honourable Mention or Highly Commended.
A) SOLO AGGREGATE winners of each age group.
B) GRAND AGGREGATE Solo winner will be awarded a trophy, and the Connell Perpetual Trophy.
C) TEACHERS AGGREGATE TROPHY will be awarded to the teacher of the winning school with the highest aggregate points in group sections; also $150 donated by Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Theatrical Dance Festival Victoria.
In sections where perpetual trophies are presented annually, the trophies will be held by the winner for 11 months, when they must be returned to the RSSS office. All holders of trophies will be held responsible for their safe custody, engraving and return at their own expense.
WAIGHT BALLET CHAMPIONSHIP PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Courier Classical Ballet Solo section 384.
CAROL TRENFIELD PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Courier Classical Ballet Solo section 384.
PALMER PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Senior Tap Championship section 395.
PIROUETTE PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Modern Solo section 386.
GRAEME COOMBS MEMORIAL PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Song and Dance Troupe section 977.
MICHELLE SLATER-COYNE PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Song and Tap Troupe section 976.
BALLARAT TROPHIES AND GIFTS TROPHIES
For Modern Solo section 362.
JUNE PLATER TROPHY
For Tap Championship section 394
MARQUIS FAMILY PERPETUAL TROPHY
For overall winner of Song and Dance Solo section 367.
YVONNE BARRETT PERPETUAL TROPHY
For overall winner of Song and Tap Solo section 366.
ROBYN PASCOE MEMORIAL PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Jazz Troupe section 964.
ANITA COUTTS SCHOOL OF DANCE TROPHY
For Intermediate Ballet Championship section 381.
MRS EVA HARRINGTON TROPHY
For Junior Tap (section 390) and Intermediate Tap (section 391) Championships.
DANCE SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION BALLARAT TROPHY
Junior Ballet Championship section 380.
JASMINE CARPENTER ENCOURAGEMENT TROPHY
For Jazz Solo section 344.
LILY PIPER PERPETUAL TROPHY
For Classical Group section 940.
ADJUDICATORS ENCOURAGEMENT TROPHY
Selected from over the whole competitions.
To be read in conjunction with General Conditions
1. AGE. The age of the competitor shall be taken as that on 31st of December of the preceding year.Birth certificate or proof of age may be requested at any time. See General Conditions 2.“Open” means any age.
2. AGGREGATE AWARDS. Points for aggregate will be awarded thus - First Place 6, Second 4, Third 2, and HM 1. (See General Conditions 6).
For solo aggregates - All solo sections are scored.,
For school aggregate - only groups and troupes are scored.
3. ASSISTANCE. Teachers or non-members of groups, who are not on stage, are not to give assistance in singing to groups or solos performing on stage.
4.1 Front curtain will only be used for Demi-Character solos and Demi-Character duos/trios, and all group work. No curtain for under 6 solos.
4.2 No curtain for Novice sections including Novice Character or Novice Demi-Character solos.
4.2 Mid curtain may only be used for group work.
4.3 Scrim curtain may only be used for group work
5.1 NUMBERS OF ENTRIES. Where entries in a section are excessive, extra divisions or heats and finals may be arranged at the committee's discretion. Where numbers are inadequate sections may be combined or cancelled.
5.2 CHANGING DIVISIONS. Once the current guide book is prepared, competitors are not permitted to change between divisions of a section or their order within a division, except in exceptional circumstances.Requests for changes must be made in writing, and if allowed and accepted, the competitor will dance for a critique only. However, the dance will still allow the competitor eligibility for a championship section.
6. LIMITED COMPETITION.
6.1 ONE APPEARANCE. A competitor or group can only appear once in any one section. A dancer cannot enter twice under different schools, or re-appear in different groups of the same school in the one section.
6.2 NO REPEAT. An item by any competitor, specifically the choreography, is not to be performed again by that competitor in any other section. See General Conditions 1.
6.3 DANCE COPYRIGHT. Competitors must be aware of copyright responsibilities. The Royal South Street Eisteddfod is in no way responsible for personal breach of copyright. If in doubt, APRA & AMCOS may be contacted directly.
7. MUSICIANS. Please note the piano is no longer available
8. PROPS AND SCENERY.
All props for use in Her Majesty’s Theatre must comply with safety regulations as stated in the RSSS website under “Props”. Failure to comply will result in the props being banned.
8.1 These must be made to stand safely on a stage sloping at 37mm per metre length. They must not be attached to theatre curtains, and must not damage the stage floor. See 16.5.
8.2 Props and scenic items should be kept to a minimum. All items should be labelled with competitor’s name or school and age group.
8.3 The society can provide a small table, chair, 3 boxes (90cm x 60cm x 31cm high), steps are no longer avaiable, and a ballet barrè 1.8 metres long.
8.4 Scenery/back drops may be hung from fly bars prior to the section, by arrangement with the duty technician. (Scene cloths should be 6.5 – 7 metres in height). Intention to fly scenery must be notified on the teacher’s “lighting cue sheet”. Choice of fly bar will be determined by order of request & operational limitations. Scenery must comply with safety standards such as anchor points and fire proofing, or will not be hung.
8.5 All props, back drops etc must be removed from the stage area after the time of use, and not stored back stage except with special permission from the stage manager.
8.6 Internal combustion engines are not to be operated on stage. If present as part of a prop, it must be drained of all fuel and oil before entering the theatre.
8.7 WEAPONS. Guns for use as props, must NOT be or look authentic. Swords, knives etc used as props, must be blunt and made of wood or plastic.
8.8 CHEMICALS Aerosol cans must not be used on stage unless prior approval is obtained from HMT tech or RSSS. Talcum powder or similar is not to be used in props, costumes, or hair. Rosin is not to be used on the stage. The stage must not be sprayed with any paint, lacquer, glue or similar.
8.9 Glass or ceramic items are not allowed on stage.
9.1 REHEARSALS. No practice is allowed on stage during the dance competitions, except for Championship sections, subject to prior arrangements.
9.2 STAGE CHECK. Any dancer unfamiliar with the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre may walk on and view the stage prior to the morning and afternoon session, as directed by the stage manager. There shall be no warming up, no practice, no marking through, and no setting of formations during a “stage check”.
9.3 REGISTRATION. Dancers should book in with the registrar before the start of the morning or afternoon or evening session. Absolute deadline is 5 minutes before the start of their section! Beyond that, competitors may not be allowed to perform. See General Rule 4.7 re withdrawals.
9.4 HELPERS. For assistance with props, a dancer is only allowed up to 2 helpers (in addition to teachers). Helpers must leave the stage area after the item.
9.5 WARM UP. During sessions, students waiting to perform may warm up quietly back stage behind the black curtain. Never on OP side stage (stage right).
9.6 TROUPE STARTS. When called on stage prior to starting performance, troupe members must go straight to their start positions. There shall be NO marking, blocking of troupes, or rehearsal whilst waiting on stage.
9.7 TROUPE NUMBERS. In under 17 and open age troupe sections, the maximum number of dancers on the performance area of the stage in any one item shall be 30.
A competitor who commences performing an item and stops, and is allowed to re-start the item, will receive a critique but no official marks.Except as follows; Commencing with the wrong music may be tolerated, provided the fault is quickly corrected, and the dance has not begun. If serious interference with, or premature cessation of a performance is caused by a fault of the society’s management or equipment, or by an accident beyond any onesreasonable control, then that item may be repeated and adjudicated accordingly.See also Safety Rule 16 and General Rule, Safety 8.
A performance-in-crisis may be stopped by the adjudicator, teacher, theatre technician, or stage manager. A repeat performance will be allowed, subject to adjudicator, safety and practical considerations. Adjudication will be made on the first performance up to the point of disaster, and on any work after that point, in the repeat performance.Once a performance has commenced and the music is faulty or ceases to play the dancer must continue. At the discretion of the Stage Manager, the performance may be repeated for critique only.
11.1 Ballet - shall be based on classical techniques. In solos, short ballet tutus or short skirts to be worn by girls; properties and hand held accessories NOT to be used.
11.2 Demi-Character - a clear portrayal of a character or story by acting ability and expressive dancing using classical technique.
11.3 Modern Dance - shall include neo-classical and contemporary. Not jazz, disco, musical comedy. Note: In under 14 years and up, contemporary styles are separated to an individual section.
11.4 Song and Dance - any dance style can be used, but no tapping allowed.
11.5 Song and Tap - dance style shall be tapping only.
11.6 Song & Dance and Song & Tap - All vocal work must be performed live by members of the item. If recorded music is used, it must NOT contain any vocalization (e.g. singing, speaking, shouts, harmony backing etc). No assistance with singing (see 3).
11.7 Tap - No tapping in background music
11.8 Jazz - shall include jazz, disco, cabaret, and musical comedy (musical theatre) styles.
11.9 Groups and Troupes - minimum number of 6 performers. See 9.7
11.10 Novice – a competitor who at the time of entry has never won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize in any solo event, in any age group at any competition anywhere. A novice may enter the Classical and/or the Theatrical section and one only other Section within the age group.The ‘novice dance’ cannot be repeated in another section.If a competitor appears in a novice section, they must not compete in the same style in the open section equivalent. (eg – Novice Classical entered, must enter in either a Demi Character or Modern solo open section) A student considering entering a Championship section, must not enter a novice section with a same style of dance (eg Classicial Championship entered – cannot perform a Classical solo in a classical novice section) NO ITEM CAN BE REPEATED
12 SPECIAL EFFECTS
12.1 Special lighting, scrim curtain, or other effects only to be used for troupes or groups.
12.2 Special lighting by theatre technician must have prior arrangement by way of lighting forms or plotting sessions, organised within guidelines set out with lighting information to teachers. If a lighting form is not submitted only standard lighting (as per solos) will be provided.
12.3 Protected lights may be attached to competitors’ scenery and backdrops, but not to theatre curtains.
12.4 Naked flames, fuel lamps, lighted cigarettes, fireworks or apparatus capable of causing fire or smoke are NOT permitted. Approved smoke machines excepted. See 12.5.
12.5 Smoke/fog may be used, but only if modern, safe, water-based "fog fluid" is used. Smoke machine may be hired from RSSS. Safety is paramount in whatever you do.
12.6 Bubble or snow generators are not allowed
12.7 DATA PROJECTOR is available for use in troupe sections. Hired from RSSS. Teachers must provide their own operator. The RSSS pc computer must be used. Images to be provided on a dedicated CD, DVD or USB memory stick, and must be programmed to play as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Only one item on each CD etc., presented. Audio may also be submitted on the same device as the PowerPoint presentation; CD, DVD or USB; but must be checked by a theatre technician during a pre booked plotting session. In addition, a separate copy of the music must be provided as a backup.
13. STAGE AREA
13.1 AREA: The performing area of the stage is approximately 8.5m wide by 9.28 m deep (for Solos) or 10.81m deep (for Troupes).Stage slopes towards the audience at 37mm per metre length.Height to below borders (top curtains) is 5 metres; to middle positions of fly bar is 6 metres.
13.2 ORCHESTRA PIT: The area from the front curtain to the edge of the stage is 800mm.An orchestra pit lies across the front of the stage and it has a drop of 900mm to a solid surface.There shall be NO jumping into the orchestra pit as part of any performance.The pit may be covered by an extended stage.This extension is not suitable for performance.
14 MUSIC PLAYER
14.1 A CD player operator will be provided for you. CDs must be named on correct side, and handed to the operator before the performance. It is recommended that there be only 1 track per CD. Multiple CDs cannot be played for one performance item. Back up music may be on CD or USB, but not a digital music device or smart phone.
14.2 Music recordings must be made with a good quality program on good quality CDs, preferably using wav, mp2, or mp3 file formats. iPods and similar devices cannot be used.
14.3 The adjudicator and the committee shall have the right to limit the volume level of the music to a safe level. (See General Rule 3.6).
15 TIME LIMITS
15.1 Performance time is taken from the start of correct music or movement of the competitor (which ever occurs first) until the competitor stops dancing, leaves the stage or the curtain falls (which ever occurs first). Timing does not include the reverence or tag.
15.2 Novice solos – 2.5 minutes maximum
15.3 Tap solo, duo and trio - 2.5 minutes maximum.
15.4 All other dance styles - solo, duo and trio - 3 minutes maximum.
15.5 Song and Dance, Song and Tap - solo, duo, trio - 4 minutes maximum.
15.6 Special Tap Solo - Championships (390, 391, 394, 395) - 4 minutes maximum.
15.7 Troupes and Groups - all styles - 5 minutes maximum.
15.8 Preparation Time: Time allowed to prepare the stage is limited to 1 minute for all solos, duos, trios and troupes. Note rule 9.6.
Song and Dance and Song and Tap Troupes have a maximum of STRICTLY 5 minutes.
All leads, appliances, lights and stage prop lighting for use on 240 volts within the Theatre, must have a current safety compliance tag. This includes any 240 volt circuit supplied by a battery inverter, and any electrical item used in the dressing rooms (e.g. Hot hair rollers, CD / tape players).
(In service safety inspections and testing to Australian Standard 3760, can be performed by your local A or B Grade Electrician). See General Rule 5.7.
Any batteries used in a performance, must be sealed and unspillable.
16.2 STAGE AWARENESS. See dance rules 8.1, and 9.2.
16.3 DANCE SAFETY. Performances should be designed to be safe for everyone.
Safety concerns will over-ride all competition rules. Performances will be stopped or disallowed if safety is deemed inadequate as determined by the theatre technician, adjudicator, or stage manager. Any potentially unsafe choreographic movement (e.g. aerials, lifts, etc) may have an on-stage practice, by request to/of, and under the supervision of the technical supervisor or the stage manager. See also dance Rule 9.7 and General Rule 8.1 through to 8.8.
16.4 DANGEROUS DANCING. Any dance requiring the use of wheels (eg bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, roller-skates, etc, mobile props), balls, ladders, throwing of items and any performance in front of the house curtain at Her Majesty’s Theatre, must have a “risk assessment” form completed and lodged with RSSS by or before 2 weeks prior to the start of the dance competition.
Non-compliance may result in these props or item being banned by Her Majesty’s Theatre Staff. Forms are available on the RSSS website
16.5 PROPS. Props must be designed for use on a sloping stage (37mm per metre), and to enable the use of sandbags for hold-down.
Glass electrical globes, and electrical wiring, must be recessed or caged or protected to prevent damage or being touched.
Ladders must be industrial and a competitor (soloist or a group/troupe member) can only climb the first two steps. The Society will provide one industrial A frame ladder.
16.6 MEDIC-ALERT.Medic-Alert bracelets, etc, may be worn during performances.
The stage manager must be advised beforehand.
16.7 THEATRE REQUIREMENTS. All competitors, whether solos or groups, performing in Her Majesty’s Theatre must read “theatre rules” and the “risk assessment checklist” onthe RSSS website competition page http://royalsouthstreet.com.au/competition/dance/ and
act where relevant.
16.8 DRESSING ROOMS. Competitors must change in their designated dressing room; no public area is to be used for changing.