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New Updated Rules and Information for the 2018 Season Coming July 2018!




The SA Dance School Championships (SADSC) is managed and organised by SA Dance Talent and held at various regions throughout South Africa. The current regions for 2017 is Johannesburg, Vaal Triangle and Pretoria. Theatres and venues of a high standard and decent quality are used to ensure dancers and dance schools have the best facilities available to compete and showcase their talent and for their families and the audience to enjoy the event.

Dancers may only enter one regional competition. Dance schools can enter more than one regional competition, but not with the same dancers.


Only entries from pre-registered dance schools are accepted and no individual entries are allowed. Entries are only done by the school director of a dance school via the online system provided. There are no affiliation fees for dance schools. There is a R50 dance school registration fee for each dancer participating.


Solo - R150 per solo per entry
Duet / Trio - R125 per student per entry
Group / Formations - R100 per student per entry

Closing dates of online entries are specified on the SA Dance School Championships website and no additional entries will be allowed thereafter. Entry fees not paid by the specified cut-of date will automatically be removed from the system.

Dance schools must enter at least 15 students and a mix of solo and/or group/formation entries as the Championships are aimed at dance schools and all its dancers from beginners to advance and not only the top dancers. For the Pretoria regionals, dance schools need to enter atleast 30 students.

Dance schools entering for their first year may send in a request to be exempt from this rule.


Admission fees for spectators are as follows:

Adults - R60 per person per day
Children under 12 - R30 per child per day
Pensioners - R30 per person per day

Dancers competing on the day do not have to pay admission fees. If the theatre is full during any session then dancers will be asked to vacate the theatre to make space for paying spectators.

Admission fees for the Showcase & Awards event:

Adults - R100 per person
Children under 12 - R50 per child
Pensioners - R50 per person


School directors will receive the provisional programme of the Championships for their region by the specific date listed on the SADSC website. Any requests for changes in a section of the programme that is required due to costume changes must be done on or before listed date. After this date no variations to the programme will be made.

The full and final programme will be released to school directors on the specific date as listed on the SADSC website for their region. Student will also receive through their dance school or through email their specific dates and times when they will be performing as well as the time of the Prize Giving ceremony for their section.


The following are the disciplines for the 2017 season:

Acrobatics: Routine shall consist primarily of acrobatic moves incorporated with the rhythm of the music but also include dance elements. The routine will be judged as a dance and not as a gymnastic number.

Ballet: Routine shall consist primarily of ballet technique and include classical steps and movements. No national routines are allowed in this discipline.

Disco Dance: Routine can consist of impulses, high kicks, basic acrobatic elements, jumps and arms swings on high impact techno and disco music.

Hip Hop: Routine shall consist primarily of hip hop or street style techniques such as popping, locking, krumpin, wacking and voguing. Aim for down in the ground style with flat feet and lots of attitude.

Contemporary: Routine consist of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet and strives to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Dancers should focus on floor work using gravity to pull them down.

Minimum age of 9 years for dancers to compete in this discipline for solos.

Lyrical: Routine shall consist of ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques and should be inspired by the lyrics and the musical content and the use of emotion to express the dance.

Modern Jazz: Routine shall consist of bent knees, open fingers, pointed feet, big steps, leaps and turns.

Tap: Routine shall contain clear tap technique and consist primarily of tap work with the use of arms. No pre-recorded tap sounds are permitted on the music. Single or double taps are allowed.

Show Dance: Any routine consisting of show dance, musical theatre or a character dance which tells a story with a beginning and an end. Costumes depicting the story and particular to show and character dance are an integral part of this discipline.

Open: Any routine that does not apply to the above listed disciplines including, but not limited to, National and Folklore Dance, Song & Dance, Spanish, etc. Routines that cannot compete against themselves in other sections may compete here.

There will be normal prize giving but not any special awards for the solo category for the open discipline. Group/Formation routines under the open discipline will still be considered for special awards.

A routine may be moved by the judges to another discipline if it is the opinion of the judges that the routine was entered into the incorrect discipline. The judges will announce during the Prize Giving ceremony if a routine has been moved. No points will be deducted if a routine is moved.


There are four categories namely Solo, Duet / Trio , Group and Formations.

A dancer may only compete once in a solo in the same discipline.

Duet / Trio (DT) are a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 dancers of the same or mixed gender.

Group is 4 to 9 dancers.

Formation is 10 and more dancers.

Duet / Trio Groups and Formations have the following sections with their average age limits:

Beginner & Novice DT / Group / Formation: Average Age from 4 to 18 Years

Amateur & Advanced DT / Group / Formation: Minimum Average Age of 9

A dancer may only compete once in the same DT discipline for a particular age division, but may compete in the same DT discipline in a higher age division again. Dancers may compete in multiple Group or Formation routines in the same section.


The Solo category has the following divisions listed below with their minimum age restriction. The divisions are also listed below from the lowest to highest order.

Beginner Solo 3 Years
Novice Solo 6 Years
Amateur Solo 9 Years
Advanced Solo 11 Years

A dancer competing for the first time in the Championships must be placed at the discretion of the school director in the correct division. Dancers that have competed in an international qualifier or national competition and have placed in the top 5, must compete in either the Amateur or Advanced divisions. Once the dancer has competed in a particular division they cannot move down to a lower division.

A routine may be moved to another division by the judges if it is the opinion of the judges that the routine was entered into the incorrect division. For example, a Novice Solo routine may be moved up to the Amateur Solo division. The judges will announce during the Prize Giving ceremony if a routine has been moved. No points will be deducted if a routine is moved.

A dancer receiving a mark of 85% or higher in a solo section during the current season will automatically move up to the next higher division for the next season if they are the required minimum age for the higher division.

Duet/Trio, Groups & Formation categories have the following divisions listed below with their minimum average age restriction.

Beginner & Novice 3 Years
Amateur & Advance 9 Years

If more than 50% of the dancers in a DT, Group or Formation are entered in an Amateur or Advanced solo section, then the DT, Group or Formation must compete in the Amateur & Advanced section.


A dance school may learn a studio solo, which means the exact same choreography to the exact same music, to students in the same class, and enter them for a beginner solo even if it is in the same section.


The following is the maximum time allowance per category/section. Routines that exceed the time limit by more than 10 seconds will have 5 percentage points deducted and the music will be faded out.

Beginner Solo - 1½ minutes
All Other Solo's - 2 Minutes
Duet/Trio - 2 Minutes
Group/Formation - 3 Minutes
Formation - 3½ Minutes


A Dancer's age as on 1 July will determine the age division for the entry/routine.

4 Years & Under Toddler
5 & 6 Years Preschool
7 & 8 Years Mini
9 & 10 Years Children
11 & 12 Years Junior
13 to 15 Years Teen
16 to 18 Years Senior
19 Years & Over Adult

The average age of all dancers as on 1 July will determine the appropriate age division for each routine of a DT, Group or Formation. When the decimal is .5 or greater rounding up will take place.

The championship director may split any age division if he/she deems there are too many entrants.

National Sections
4 Years & Under Toddler
5 & 6 Years Preschool
7 & 8 Years Mini
9 & 10 Years Children
11 & 12 Years Junior
13 to 15 Years Teen
16 to 18 Years Senior
19 Years & Over Adult

A DT, Group or Formation may enter a higher age division if required by the school director. A dancer may compete in a Group or Formation in the same section against him/herself when the majority of the dancers are different in the Group or Formation.

The age division of the DT, Group or Formation cannot be less than 4 years of the age of the oldest dancer.


Dancers shall be adjudicated by two or more qualified and competent judges. The cumulative score of the adjudicators will determine the ranking of the routine. All decisions of the adjudicators are final.

Teachers, dancers or parents will not be allowed to confer with the adjudicators.


Each routine will receive a score between 60 and 100 percentage points.

Medals will be awarded for the following scores:

Bronze 60% to 64%
High Bronze 65% to 69%
Silver 70% to 74%
High Silver 75% to 79%
Gold 80% to 84%
High Gold 85% to 89%
Ultimate Gold 90% to 94%
Diamond 95% to 100%

A Prize Giving ceremony will take place after a few sections have competed as per the programme and all dancers are requested to remain at the theatre, fully costumed until after the prize giving ceremony of the section they have just competed in.

Judges may award special recognition awards during the Prize Giving to any particular dancer, DT, Group, Formation or teacher.

Each dancer will receive a report as well as a certificate after their regional Championship which will be delivered to the school director.


Music for each entry must be loaded onto the online system by the school director. It is the school director’s responsibility to make sure the correct music is paired to the correct routine and be within the time limit as required.

The online entry system automatically checks the time duration of music that is uploaded. If the music is over the time limit the entry will not be accepted. Music must be edited so that the ending either ends naturally or is faded out. Under normal circumstances studio directors or teachers will not be allowed to request music to be faded out backstage during the performance of a routine.

Studio directors and teachers are requested to bring one USB stick with all their music on as backup to the Championship event.


The top group and formation routines of the championship chosen by the panel of adjudicators and the championship committee will perform at the prestigious Show Case evening. The top 3 routines of the Showcase evening will win trophies and prizes and the winner will receive the prestigious title of ‘Champions of the year’ for their region!

Trophies or Plaques will be presented to the top junior and senior male and female dancers as well as the best dancer in each discipline.


Dancers and parents are not allowed to approach office staff regarding queries of a routine or other concerns. All queries and concerns must be directed to the school director who will bring it under the attention of the championship committee.

No public protest will be permitted. Protests, if any, must be made in writing and handed to the Secretary within one hour of the cause of the protest arising, accompanied by a fee of R300.00 which will be forfeited if the protest is considered frivolous. The decision of the championship committee will be final.


Any dancer, teacher or parent that shows signs of Unsportsmanlike Conduct or Ill Behaviour towards any one at the competition will be asked to leave the venue immediately. Any dancer or teacher displaying Unsportsmanlike Conduct or Ill Behaviour towards any other dancer or teacher or school/studio backstage will be asked to leave backstage immediately and risk the cancellation of their entries for that day. Should the offence continue repeatedly the competition director may disqualify the dancer or dance school from the entire competition. When a dispute arises the school directors must bring it under the attention of the competition manager or director who will deal with it appropriately.


All dancers (and their audience) must arrive at least one (1) hour prior to their scheduled performance times except during the first hour of each day, when dancers are only required to be half (½) an hour prior to their scheduled performance times.

Dancers shall report backstage three (3) sections in advance of their scheduled performance, accompanied by a school director or teacher.


Due to the limited space available, the only persons allowed backstage during the competition, except participating dancers, are studio directors and teachers and those who are needed to move props. Studio directors and teachers shall not arrive backstage more than five (5) routines in advance of the start of the section. The backstage shall remain clear for routines to enter and exit.


On stage assistance/lead by a teacher for studio solo, DT, group or formation routines aged below 6 are allowed. For example during a beginner solo of a 4 year old dancer the teacher may stand slightly in front of the dancer on stage and dance the routine. For a DT, group or formation routine where the average age is below 6 the teacher may stand in centre in front of the DT, group or formation and dance the routine. Teachers are still encouraged to train these young dancers to perform without assistance. A dancer, DT, group or formation performing without assistance and remembering their routine will most of the times score more than a dancer, DT, group or formation being assisted.

Dancers are requested not to curtsy/bow before or after their routines as this increases the time required for the schedule.


The SA Dance School Championships is not responsible for any props. The taking on and off of props and cleaning the stage after it has become littered during a routine is the sole responsibility of the school director or teacher. All props must be constructed in such a manner that they can be placed on the stage by only one person and within a time limit of 20 seconds.

The SA Dance School Championships will provide and operate adequate stage lighting and no personal lighting effects including any fire or smoke effects will be allowed.

No material like powder, water or sand may be used on the stage.

The stage curtains (if any) will remain open at all times and no opening and closing of the stage curtains will be allowed at all, not even for props or very young dancers. A group or formation of very young dancers may be assisted by a teacher on stage. Dancers must enter and leave the stage quietly and in an orderly manner.


If dance movements, lyrics or costuming is deemed too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, it shall not be scored and the routine may also be prevented from starting or stopped at any time. Such determination shall be made by the panel of judges or by the competition director.


No routines will be allowed to compete out of section. Only special request from organised groups such as “Veld School” can submit a request and in the case where I dancer has a valid medical certificate from a registered doctor.

Should a dancer or routine not be able to compete on a particular day the school director should be notified who in return must notify the competition manager so that the routine can be scratched.


Dressing room space is always limited and school directors, teachers and dancers are asked to be tolerant and co-operative. Discipline and cleanliness in the dressing rooms is of the utmost importance: please keep the noise level down and the dressing area clean.

Dancers are advised where possible to dress, make up and do their hair before coming to the venue and to only use the dressing areas if the dancer is performing more than one routine on the day.


Non-compliance will result in disqualification or removal from the competition venue. Smoking, the use of spray paints or finger-nail polish is prohibited anywhere in the buildings. No eating or drinking is allowed in the theatre and no alcohol is allowed at the competition venue.


Photography and video cameras (including digital cameras and cell phones) will not be allowed in the theatre or any hall where dancers are competing. Any spectators caught contravening the above rule will be asked to leave the theatre immediately and be imposed a fine of R500.


Any dancer competing in a dance competition takes certain inherent risks. These may include, but are not limited to, sprains, pulled muscles and broken bones. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by dancers. By virtue of entering this event, it is agreed that dancers shall not hold the SA Dance School Championships or its officers, directors or staff responsible for injuries sustained while in attendance or participating in the SA Dance School Championships event. Furthermore, the SA Dance School Championships is not responsible for personal property loss or theft to either dancers or other persons.


Participants and teachers by virtue of entering the SA Dance School Championships event, give their permission and consent to the SA Dance School Championships Directors to use their images or photographs or appear on videos, television or any other electronic media for advertising, news coverage or any other commercial use of our events.


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