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Competition Scheduling

Please note that ALL Categories are subject to being combined into Open Categories if at least 3 competitors have not registered to compete.


ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 



Competitor Requirements

All competitors MUST have a full event pass or a performer pass. 

Competition Registrations

Each competition needs a separate registration. If you have any problem please email SDESCAPE4@gmail.com with each entry that you would like to participate in. 

Please note that ALL Categories are subject to being combined into Open Categories if at least 3 competitors have not registered to compete. 

Some Rules

Music Time

All Couples & Solo Showcase Routines should be no less than 1.5 minutes and no more than 2.5 minutes long. This includes optional entrance and/or exit music.


All Team Showcase Routines should be no less than 2 minutes and no more than 3 minutes long. This includes optional entrance and/or exit music.


MUSIC

Music for all divisions must be 80% music in each category.

  • Salsa - 80% Salsa music
  • Bachata - 80% Bachata music
  • Cha Cha - 80% Cha Cha music
  • Hustle - 80% hustle music

Performer Set Up:

Competitors will have no more than 20 seconds to get into place for performance. Any choreography prior to the beginning of the music will be counted toward the overall timing of the performance. Likewise, dancers will have a maximum of 20 seconds at the conclusion of their routines to bow and leave the stage. 

Props

Props may be used however Competitors will have no more than 30 seconds to get into place for performance including props. Any choreography prior to the beginning of the music will be counted toward the overall timing of the performance. Likewise, dancers will have a maximum of 30 seconds at the conclusion of their routines to bow and leave the stage. 

Music Rules

Music for competition to be supplied via email BEFORE the event uploaded with registration on this site or emailed to POCONOS.MUSIC@aol.com BEFORE the competition. It should also be taken in CD in case of any issue in format to the disc jockey, or designated deck captain, and must be provided at the competitor meeting. 


ALL music must be in .mp3 format.

Music Submission

Each song shall be emailed SEPARATELY with detailed information:

  1. Competition Category
  2. Competitor Name
  3. Representing
  4. Contact Information
  5. ALL Category details

Emergency CD’s should have the names of the competitors clearly marked on the CD.


Failure to comply with this requirement could result in a penalty of 10% off of the final score. 

Scoring:

20%

 20% Timing:

Recognized Salsa Timing is designated for this competition as 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Competitors can choose to break ON 1, ON 2 or Colombian Style, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine. The direction of the break step can be either to the front or the back, as long as the timing of the break is consistently maintained (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). The majority of the routine should show recognizable Salsa Timing.  

15%

15% Musicality:

Competitors will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including patterns, footwork, “hits”, tricks, etc.  

15%

15% Technique:

Technique is reflected through balance, placement and line. This refers also to general techinique for partner dance, where the movement is “grounded”, and there is clarity of proper weight changes from foot to foot. Technique and/or body styling that is specific to Salsa Dance. Movement should appear to be both clear and effortless. 

15%

15% Difficulty:

Reflected by difficulty of patterns, turns, intricacy of shine movements, and level of tricks, dips, drops and flares. Examples: The amount of turns done on both double and single foot. How intricate were the shines? In the cabaret division, what was the difficulty of the lift-work? Was it properly executed? How about jumps, kicks, extensions? Any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? In order to get credit for any of these things, the movement must be successfully executed.  

15%

15% Partnering/Connection:

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 sides or shines will also help determine the score in this category. 


10% & 10%

10% Choreography:

The interpretation of the music. Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. All choreography should be musical, and competitors should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here.   


10% Overall Presentation:

You Will Be Judged By Your Overall Presentation. This includes costuming, showmanship, and also good sportsmanship.  

Competitor Requirements and Policies:

All competitors must possess A Performers Pass to be eligible to compete. 


ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

ALL competitions must be registered on the proper page or request a form to fill out with sdescape4@gmail.com or call 973-489-3321 to pay via telephone at Smiling David's Dance School. 

REGISTRATION MUST BE

FILLED OUT HERE. 

Late or on site entries will be subject to a late fee per entry. 


ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The organizer has the right to cancel or combine categories for any division with less than 3 entries. 


ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Competitors must adhere to the definitions and choose their status (Amateur or Professional) and are not permitted to change status from one entry to another. 

ALL SCHEDULES ARE

SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


Please note that ALL Categories are subject to being combined into Open Categories if at least 3 competitors have not registered to compete. 

Definitions

Semi-Pro:

Defined as a person who receives financial compensation as a Dance Instructor, Performer, Dance Competitor or Dance Adjudicator, but who does these activities on a part time basis and makes the majority of their income in another profession. 

Professional:

Defined as a person who receives financial compensation as a Dance Instructor, Performer, Dance Competitor or Dance Adjudicator, and who makes the majority or entirety of their income from these activities. 

Pro-Am:

Defined as one Professional Dancer (Instructor) dancing with one Amateur Dancer (Student) to form a partnership, or a group of Amateur and Professional dancers performing together to form a team. 

Amateur Division:

Defined as two Amateur dancers or students dancing together to form a partnership, or a group of Amateur dancers performing together to form a team 

Professional Divison:

Defined as two Professional dancers performing together to form a partnership, or a group of Professional dancers performing together to form a team. 

Same Sex Divisions:

Defined as an all Male or all Female Partnership or Team. 

Junior Division:

Defined as a couple whose partners are under 18 years of age. 

Children's Division:

Defined as a couple whose partners are 11 years of age and under. 

45+ Division:

Defined as a couple whose partners are both over 45 years of age. 

Heated Divisions:

Defined as a category where all partners or couples dance together on the stage or floor to music that is selected by the organization or deejay. Heats generally last 1.5 minutes and are Just Dance divisions. All Heated Divisions for this competition are Just Dance divisions (see below). 

Showcase Divisions:

Defined as a category whereby the partnership or team showcases choreography, and dances to the music of their choice. Showcase divisions mean the competing couple or team will do a solo performance. 

Just Dance:

Defined as dance only. No lifts, tricks, flares or drops permitted whatsoever. This is a lead/follow division, rather than choreographed, designed to show the ability to connect with one's partner and display timing, musicality and creativity to whatever music is played. 

Tricks, Dips, Drops, Leverage Moves and Flares

A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the floor or not. 

Additional Rules

  1. Partnerships in all Showcase Divisions will be designated as one male and one female partner unless specifically designated as a same-gender division.
  2. All Pro-Am and Amateur Showcase Divisions will dance a 1.5-minute warm-up round. This warm-up round will be danced in a heated format and will be designated as a “lead/follow”, “just dance” round. No dips, tricks, flares or choreographed side by side shines permitted during the warm-up round. Deejay to select the music. This is to give the judges a general look at the couples, but will not be scored.
  3. All Showcase Routines (ProAm, Amateur or Professional) should be no less than 1.5 minutes and no more than 2.5 minutes long. This includes optional entrance and/or exit music.
  4. Music for all divisions must be 80% Salsa music.
  5. Couples will have no more than 20 seconds to get into place for performance. Any choreography prior to the beginning of the music will be counted toward the overall timing of the performance. Likewise, dancers will have a maximum of 20 seconds at the conclusion of their routines to bow and leave the stage.
  6. Props may be used however Competitors will have no more than 30 seconds to get into place for performance including props. Any choreography prior to the beginning of the music will be counted toward the overall timing of the performance. Likewise, dancers will have a maximum of 30 seconds at the conclusion of their routines to bow and leave the stage.
  7. Cabaret Division: This is an Open Division, meaning all styles of Salsa are accepted. Tricks are allowed. Couples can choose to dance either On1, On2 or Colombian but must maintain consistent to that timing for the duration of the routine. The recognized timing for this competition is 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Routines must be 50% recognizable salsa. The remaining 50% can be made up of tricks, flares, dips, and side by sides (shines).
  8. "On1" & "On2" Showcase Divisions: One foot must remain on the floor at all times even during tricks. If both feet of either partner leave the floor via the assistance of the other partner, it will be considered a lift and there will be a 10% deduction from the final score. A maximum of 3 tricks/dips or flares are permitted for the routine. A maximum of 4 bars/16 Beats/2 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns. More than this will result in a penalty of 10% off of the final score.
  9. Team Divisions: May utilize actual lifts and overheads. The same rules apply to this division as the Cabaret Division. Routines must be 50% Salsa Dancing.
  10. Music for performances to be supplied in CD format to the disc jockey, or designated deck captain, and must be provided no less than 1 hour prior to the start of the competition. Song for the actual performance to be the ONLY song on that CD. CD’s should have the names of the competitors clearly marked on the CD. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in a penalty of 10% off of the final score.
  11. Tricks, Dips, Drops, Leverage Moves and Flares: A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the floor or not.
  12. Costumes: Costumes are not required, but are highly recommended. All costumes should be in good taste with all private parts covered by non-transparent material.

 

Select winners at Smiling David's Dance Extravaganza qualify to compete at the World Salsa Summit inMiami, FL.