Competition Rules

ARCCDF 12-14 of October 2018, Final Scores

Judges

The winners of the Australia Rueda de Casino Championship and Cuban Dance Festival 2018 will be decided by a panel of expert judges, all of whom are highly accomplished and respected. All of the judges are neutral and not affiliated with any of the schools involved in the competition.

 

Competition Rules

Australian Rueda de Casino Competition Rules - 2018

 

A.    Application Requirements 

To keep the competition attractive for our audience, we try to avoid the same title song of a choreography being used by another team.  Participating teams need to declare an application the title of the song as well as the performing artist's name.  Songs are allocated on first come, first serve basis.

As part of the team registration, all Rueda teams need to send a recent high-quality photo of the entire team, as part of the team registration.

All team members must be mentioned in the application, as well as the caller and the choreographer.

Every team can also declare one extra couple to replace a couple or an injured group member.  You can’t just add the couple, only replace one.

Every team must email a copy of their music to the organisers in mp3 format prior to the closing of registrations Monday 3rd September 2018.  Each team must also provide two copies of their music on CD on the day of the competition (one track per CD).  

 

B.    Team & Choreography Requirements  

It’s obligatory that any Rueda team must have a minimum of four couples

The choreography must be between 3:00 minutes and 3:30 minutes in length for the Rueda de Casino competition, and maximum 3:00 for the Cuban Open competition;

The choreography must contain at least 75 percent Cuban salsa music;

All competitors entering in the Amateur division must meet the following definition of an amateur dancer:

A person who engages in dancing mainly as a social activity  

All competitors entering in the Professional division must meet the following definition of a professional dancer:

A person who frequently engages in dance performances, competing and/or teaching dance   

 

C.    Judging Terms   

Judges are giving marks from 0 (not at all) to 10 (excellent) in each criteria;

 

TIMING (worth 20% of total score): 

The timing score asks: Was correct rhythm maintained throughout the routine? Were syncopations deliberate and within the acceptable deviations of timing for the dance?

Every judge will decide alone what percentage to be deducted from the score depending on how many times an infraction happened.  

Competitors must demonstrate routines that are 70% Cuban routines. Failure to demonstrate basic Cuban salsa rhythm for this duration of the routine will result in a timing score of “0”.  

 

MUSICALITY (worth 20% of total score):

Teams will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including Rueda patterns, footwork,” hits”, tricks, etc… Judges will evaluate the level of interpretation of the music chosen, the different nuances, breaks and accents the overall synchronization of the dancers with the music. How effectively did the team utilise the breaks and nuances of their chosen piece of music. Were they rhythmically in sync with the piece?

TECHNIQUE (worth 10% of total score):

Teams must reflect adequate Cuban Rueda de Casino motion and body movement as designated by the dance style. A movement should appear to be effortless. These are reflections of good dance technique. Minor infractions as balance error and major balance error point deducted will be determined by each judge. 

 

DIFFICULTY (worth 10% of total score):

What was the level of the Rueda de Casino patterns, turns and intricacy of movements, level of tricks, dips, drops, and flares? Were all movements attempted successfully executed? 

In Order to get credit for any of these, the movements must be successfully executed.

 

PARTNERING / CONNECTION (worth 10% of total score):

This is reflected in the lead/follow aspect of the dance. 

Are partners truly connected, or are they merely executing choreography while holding hands? Synchronicity during side by side or shines will also help determine the score in this category. 

Minor and major misconnects deduction in points will be determined by each individual Judge.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY / ORIGINALITY (worth 10% of total score):

The choreography is the team’s interpretation of the music. Did the routine flow easily from one movement to the next? Good choreography should contain clever Rueda de Casino patterns and shines. 

Although not required, a few creative tricks will help with your score. 

All choreography should be musical, and dancers should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here. 

Routines must ideally reflect the following: How well put together was the performance? Did the routine flow easily from one movement to the next? Was there something clever or new that was part of the routine? How musical was it?  

In the freestyle round, competitors will be judged on their creativity and freedom in social dancing and the interaction between the team and the music.

 

APPEARANCE / ARTISTIC / COSTUMES & DANCE ETIQUETTE (worth 10% of total score):

How professional and polished did the team appear to be?

How did they project to the audience and capture their attention? 

Contestants will show etiquette during the competition by refraining from distracting others while competing teams are dancing. If this is not the case the judges will deduct points. 

Costumes or matching outfits are required. All costumes should be in good taste with all private parts covered by non-transparent material. 

We strongly suggest that jeans are not used as costumes and ladies wear dresses or skirts with nylons or fishnets. 

If you decide not to do this no points will be automatically deducted. However, be aware that judges might be looking at this as a personal preference. 

 

Special note:  For the Open Category, matching costumes are not required and will not be part of the judging criteria. However, teams will be judged on their overall appearance and must be presentable.

 

SYNCHRONIZATION (worth 10% of total score):

Teams must be synchronized when parts are choreographed to be synchronized. 

How synchronized was the team during side by side movement or shines, combinations, lines, hands & feet and body movement? 

Infractions: if a team loses synchronicity points will be deducted each time. 

How well did the team work together? Was there a lead / follow relationship established? 

The final three teams are to be decided by the judges and the head judge’s decision is final;  

 

WHAT THE JUDGES LOOK FOR

Musicality & Consistency with the beat

Partnering: Lead & follow; unity/synchronization within the teams

DanceAbility & Music Interpretation: Style, control and execution of the dance or choreography. Appearance/ Stage presence: Connection, Costumes, confidence and presentation.  

 

PANEL OF JUDGES: The judges will be aware of all judging criteria for each category 

To maintain fair judgment, if there is a big difference in allocation of points from one judge compared to the other four, then that judge will be asked to explain his/ her decision to the other judges, This is to avoid a judge being “biased” towards some competitors.  A head judge will also be present to ensure fairness is executed at all times. 

The head judge will have final say on all discrepancies, equal scores, etc all decisions are final.

No ARCC competition judge can be affiliated with a competing Rueda team. 

 

D.   Disqualification  

Any inappropriate misconduct of any team member will result in disqualification of the entire Rueda team;

Any individual misconduct against any judge will lead to disqualification of the entire Rueda team.  

 

E.    Public Relations   

To make this project known to everybody we need to communicate it to the press, media agents and VIPs.  In order to promote it, we are videotaping, or possibly broadcasting the entire championship on TV and the Internet.  By entering into the Rueda de Casino Championship you are authorizing the organisers of the event to have free use of any video material for promotional or merchandising purposes.

 

RULES & JUDGING CRITERIA  

All the information will be provided to the competitors at the registration/info desk upon arrival. 

Each round is considered a fresh start for competitors.  

All competing teams have the opportunity to conduct their rehearsal on the stage, where the competition is to be held as long as time allows. No competitor will be allowed on stage to rehearse without permission.  

All decisions are final and are to be determined by the head judge. However, if there are too many complaints on decisions after the competition, only the head judge after meeting with the other judges have the right to change the score. The Directors of the event need to be informed before the final decision. 

After the competition and ONLY AFTER the final competition, judges will be allowed to communicate his or her decisions with the competitors and/or coaches.  

Judges should always maintain neutrality and professionalism. 

Competitors will be allowed to see their scores after they have been eliminated but not allowed to talk to judges until after the finals of all the competitions.

Competitors will in no way be allowed to raise their voice or be unprofessional to any judge or member of the organization.  If this occurs the person will be disqualified along with their team. 

All Scores will be published online. 

All parties should respect each other’s opinion.  

 

IMPORTANT: 

Props are not allowed. Extra costume pieces such as hats or jackets are permitted if they are a part of the costume, and are not Discarded (taken off and thrown away) at any time during the performance. Failure to follow this rule will result in points being deducted from the final score by the head judge and lower the score by the judges also. Hairpieces, jewelry or clothing pieces that fall on the stage during routine can also result in lower scores to be given by the judges. NO PROPS Allowed other than those worn by dancers (hats, Glasses, etc) NO Chairs, Canes, Guns, Knives, Fire effects, or any other carry on to stage props allowed!

 

F.    Prizes

The prize money for the professional competition will be paid only if a minimum of 6 teams are competing in this category. Trophies will be presented to the winning teams.

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