• The Competition is for amateurs and students who do not derive the main part of their income from the teaching or performance of dance.
  • The age of entrants is taken as on 1st September of the year preceding the Festival. In Duets, Trios, Quartets and Groups the age of the oldest competitor determines the age group.
  • The Committee may combine Sections or Classes when entry numbers are small, divide when large, and make other regulations or interpret or qualify any rules as occasion may arise.
  • The Competition does not accept liability for the infringement of copyright, recording or performing rights arising out of any entrant's accompaniment or performance. It contributes to a Group Licence to cover payment of fees for the use of recorded music at its events. Teachers and choreographers using tapes or CDs created from commercial recordings are advised that they are responsible for seeking permission to re-record from the recording companies concerned.
  • The Adjudicator's decision is final. No discussion or correspondence concerning any decision may ensue. The Adjudicator may not award a place when in his or her opinion the standard is not sufficiently high, or when individuals infringe rules.
  • Communication with the Adjudicator concerning any matters relating to the Competition by entrants, teachers or other interested parties prior to or during the competition is prohibited and may lead to disqualification.
  • The stage and wings are out of bounds to all except authorised persons and competitors about to perform. Entrants who have danced must leave and only return to the wings three numbers before the end of their class. Authorised persons include one assistant from each school who may accompany children under 8 years, and other ages for the purpose of wardrobe or props.
  • Entrants must dance in the correct programme order, report to the stage officials ten minutes before they are due to dance, and be ready in the wings before their number is announced. Absentees risk disqualification.
  • When accompaniment is recorded it must be on cassette tape or CD. Tapes must have nothing else but a single recording at the beginning of the appropriate side, and must be clearly marked with name and entry number. If a CD is used it must be clearly marked with the name, entry number and track number. See the link to “Use of Recorded Media” for more detail. Tapes and CDs must be present and handed in before the start of a class.
  • Entrants may perform not more than once in their own age group for each Solo, and may enter a maximum of five solos, not counting Improvisation and Choreography. These are not included in the limit of five solos.
  • When requested in advance, the Official will announce the title of the dance and, if requested when a story is obscure, give a short synopsis not exceeding 30 words.
  • The quality of recordings and suitability of recorded vocals may be taken into account by the Adjudicator.
  • Pre-recorded music used in Song and Dance Sections must not include any singing or chanting. Pre-recorded music used in Tap Sections must not include any recorded tap or similar sound effect.
  • Point work is not allowed for any entrant under 13 years old. Fixed-tap, single-sound only shoes are to be used for Tap.
  • For Choreography Classes the arrangement must be the unaided work of the entrant. A file on the project is essential.
  • No food, drink or smoking are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Audience entry to the auditorium must not occur during a performance or adjudication, and is at the discretion of the doorkeeper.
  • Audiences should show their appreciation of a performance by clapping. Cheering is not encouraged.
  • All forms of visual or audio recording of performances are prohibited. This prohibition also applies to the use of mobile phones for such purposes. Mobile phones must be turned off in the auditorium during performances. An official photographer appointed by the Festival organisers will photograph performers on stage, and these photos will be available for purchase during the Festival.

All-England Rule Changes

The organisers would like to draw your attention to the following All-England rule changes for their 2022 competition, which our Festival will follow:

  • Baby classes (6 years and under) will now be known as Pre-Junior.
  • Senior solo entries will now be permitted up to and including the age of 19 years.
  • Classical, Stylised and Modern Ballet will be combined into one section.
  • Competitors may dance a maximum of five solos.
  • For the All-England competition, Modern and Lyrical will be combined into one section.
  • All-England qualifying mark for 6 years and under (pre-Juniors) is 84. For all other ages it is 86.
  • There will be no Contemporary under the age of 13 years.

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