The judges will be aware of all judging criteria for each division. 

To maintain fair judgement, if there is a big difference in allocation of points from one judge compared to the others, 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 judges will appreciate the diversity of salsa dancing; therefore any style of salsa will be permitted i.e. Cuban, LA, New York, on1 or on2 etc.

The Head Judge and Panel will have final say on all discrepancies, equal scores, etc.. all decisions are final.

OPENBoth Amateurs & Professionals are welcome to enter this category.

AMATEURThis category applies to any individual that enjoys any forms of dance as a `hobby` and does not earn a living or works part time in the dance industry. You cannot be classed as an Amateur if you have been paid for performing or teaching in the past but have now chosen to treat dancing just as a hobby. Also cannot be an amateur and dance in a pro team. Non-Acrobatic.

PRO – AM:  One Professional Dancer dancing with One Amateur Dancer to form a partnership.

The Pro can dance up to 5 times with different partners in each Pro Am division, and the amateur dancer can dance with different partners, different routines and different registered music, up to 5 times in each pro am division they qualified for. The Amateur must be minimum 12 years old.

NO ACROBATICS / LIFTS WILL BE PERMITTED. A lift is considered when any of the two dancers both feet are off the ground at the same time and any part of their bodies are touching each other. Tricks / Up to 5 tricks with at least one foot always on the floor is allowed. Tricks are any steps or position that partners cannot execute without the assistance of their partner.

PROFESSIONAL: Professional is defined as any individual who has or is receiving financial compensation for teaching or performing in Salsa or Latin dances. If teaching in other genre like ballet or jazz, hip hop etc but not teaching salsa or Latin dance, they will not be considered a professional for the New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup

CHILDREN: Any individual between the ages of 3 and 11 years old. Need to show proof of age.  Acrobatics are allowed.

JUNIORS: Any individual between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. Need to show proof of age.  Acrobatics are allowed.

ROUNDS: Each round is considered a “fresh start” for competitors. Example: All participants qualifying for the finals will not bring their semi final score to the finals. The best couple or team during the finals will be the winner.

PRELIMINARY ROUND (Friday): All soloists, couples or teams. 3 soloists, couples and teams from each city will progress through to the FINALS

FINALS (Saturday): Final 6 soloists, couples or teams per division will compete in the final round.

EVENT POLICY DIVISION CANCELLATION: If there are fewer than 3 soloists, or 3 couples or 3 teams in any of the divisions, New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup reserves the right to cancel the competition for that division.

SPECIFIC RULES FOR EACH DIVISION ARE LISTED BELOW:

CUP DIVISIONS: OPEN COUPLES

1. OPEN LATIN COUPLES:

Definition: This is an Open couple partnership. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Any style of Latin dance can be chosen for this division, however you must advise upon registration. You cannot change your style after registering and you cannot mix styles.

Performance must be at least 70% of your chosen style.  Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation and partnering. Lifts, cartwheels and aerials are allowed. Up to 5 tricks with at least one foot always on the floor is allowed. Tricks are any step or position that partner cannot execute without the assistance of their partner. Points will be deducted for any incomplete lifts or tricks.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

2. TANGO COUPLES – Argentine style (excl. Milonga or Vals):

Definition: This is an Open couple partnership. Division is judged as choreographed performances. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation and partnering. 70% Tango choreography is required and shines are allowed.  Lifts and tricks are allowed. Tango essence must be shown in all lifts & tricks

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

3. MASTERS OPEN LATIN COUPLES OVER 75:

Definition: Combination Of Age must add to a minimum of 75 years. Can be either Professional or Amateur dancers. Any style of Latin dance can be chosen for this division, however you must advise upon registration. You cannot change your style after registering and you cannot mix styles. Performance must be at least 70% of your chosen style.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

4. SAME GENDER SALSA COUPLES – LADIES:

DEFINITION – This category is open to all FEMALE couple partnership. Professionals are welcome to enter this category. Individual choreography is required. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation, partnering, performance. Up to 5 lifts / tricks permitted.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

5. SAME GENDER SALSA COUPLES – MEN:

DEFINITION – This category is open to all MALE couple partnership. Professionals are welcome to enter this category. Individual choreography is required. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation, partnering, performance. Up to 5 lifts / tricks permitted.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

CUP DIVISIONS: PRO-AM COUPLES

6. OPEN LATIN PRO-AM MAN/LADY LEAD:

DEFINITION – This is a pro am couple partnership. One professional dancer dancing with one amateur dancer to form a partnership. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. In this division only the amateur is judged. Competitors must be at least 12 years old.

The following styles of latin dance can be chosen for this division – Bachata, Cha cha, Salsa, Merengue & Zouk.

Lifts, cartwheels are not allowed. This will be at the discretion of the judges.

NO ACROBATICS / LIFTS WILL BE PERMITTED. A lift is considered when any of the two dancers both feet are off the ground at the same time and any part of their bodies are touching each other. Tricks / Up to 5 tricks with at least one foot always on the floor is allowed. Tricks are any steps or position that partners cannot execute without the assistance of their partner.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

CUP DIVISIONS: AMATEUR COUPLES

7. SALSA COUPLE:

DEFINITION – This is an amateur couple partnership. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be at least 70% Salsa. Performances must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Also over 70% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are not allowed. Up to 5 tricks are allowed, (please read the definition for tricks).

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

8. BACHATA COUPLE:

DEFINITION – This is an amateur couple partnership. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be at least 70% bachata. Performances must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Also over 70% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are not allowed. Up to 5 tricks are allowed, (please read the definition for tricks).

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

9. TANGO COUPLE – Argentine style (excl. Milonga or Vals): 

DEFINITION – This is an amateur couple partnership. Division is judged as choreographed performances. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation and partnering. 70% Tango choreography is required and shines are allowed.  Lifts and tricks are allowed. Tango essence must be shown in all lifts & tricks

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

10. LATIN SAME GENDER COUPLES – LADIES: 

DEFINITION – This is an all FEMALE amateur couple partnership. Individual choreography is required. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation, partnering, performance. Any style of Latin dance can be chosen for this division, however you must advise upon registration. You cannot change your style after registering and you cannot mix styles.  Performance must be at least 70% of your chosen style. Also over 70% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are not allowed. Up to 5 tricks are allowed, (please read the definition for tricks).

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min & 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

11. LATIN SAME GENDER COUPLES – MENS:

DEFINITION – This is an all MALE amateur couple partnership. Individual choreography is required. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation, partnering, performance. Any style of Latin dance can be chosen for this division, however you must advise upon registration. You cannot change your style after registering and you cannot mix styles.  Performance must be at least 70% of your chosen style. Also over 70% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are not allowed. Up to 5 tricks are allowed, (please read the definition for tricks).

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

CUP DIVISIONS: TEAMS

12. SALSA TEAM (CABARET): 

DEFINITION – This is an Open team partnership. Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be 70% Salsa. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, cartwheels and aerials are allowed. Up to 5 tricks with at least one foot always on the floor is allowed. Tricks are any step or position that partner cannot execute without the assistance of their partner. Points will be deducted for any incomplete lifts or tricks.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

13. SALSA TEAM (NON CABARET): 

DEFINITION – This is an Open team partnership. Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be 70% Salsa. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. No Lifts, cartwheels and aerials are allowed. Up to 5 tricks with at least one foot always on the floor is allowed. Tricks are any step or position that partner cannot execute without the assistance of their partner.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

14. BACHATA TEAM: 

DEFINITION – This is an Open team partnership. Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be 70% Bachata. Performances must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Also over 70% of the performance needs to be dancing. Up to 5 lifts and tricks are allowed.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

15. SALSA LADIES TEAM: 

DEFINITIONThis is an all FEMALE partnership.  Defined as a team of 3 to 20. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be at least 70% Salsa. Performances can be On1 or On2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Also over 70% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are NOT allowed. Up to 5 lifts and tricks are allowed (please read the definition for tricks).

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

16. SALSA MENS TEAM: 

DEFINITIONThis is an all MALE partnership.  Defined as a team of 3 to 20. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be at least 70% Salsa. Performances can be On1 or On2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Also over 70% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are NOT allowed. Up to 5 lifts and tricks are allowed (please read the definition for tricks).

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes

17. SAMBA LADIES TEAM: 

DEFINITION – This is an all FEMALE open partnership. Defined as a team of 3 to 20. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Shines are permitted. Performance must be at least 70% Samba. Performances must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are allowed. Up to 5 lifts and tricks are allowed.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

18. TANGO TEAM: 

DEFINITION – This is Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers. This division is judged as choreographed performances. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation and partnering. 70% Tango choreography is required and shines are allowed.  Lifts and tricks are allowed. Tango essence must be shown in all lifts & tricks

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

19. CASINO RUEDA TEAM: 

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 Dancers. Performance must be at least 70% recognized as Casino Rueda. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Also over 50% of the performance must be dancing. Lifts, cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks are allowed, (please read the definition of lifts and tricks above). Points will be deducted if any lifts / tricks are not executed correctly. This will be at the discretion of the judges

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

CUP DIVISIONS: SOLO ADULTS

20. SALSA SOLOIST LADY PRO: 

DEFINITION – This is a ladies solo salsa pro division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

21. SALSA SOLOIST MAN PRO: 

DEFINITION – This is a male solo salsa pro division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

22. MASTER SALSA SOLOIST LADY OVER 50 OPEN: 

DEFINITION – This is a ladies salsa solo pro division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Competitor must have celebrated their 50th birthday by date of competition. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

23. MASTER SALSA SOLOIST MAN OVER 50 OPEN: 

DEFINITION – This is a mens salsa solo division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Competitor must have celebrated their 50th birthday by date of competition. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

24. SAMBA SOLOIST LADY PRO: 

DEFINITION – This is a ladies solo pro division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

CUP DIVISIONS: SOLO ADULTS AMATEUR

25. SALSA SOLOIST AMATEUR LADY: 

DEFINITION – This is an all ladies salsa solo amateur division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography and musical interpretation during their performance. Tricks cartwheels and aerials are permitted. Up to 5 tricks permitted.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

26. SALSA SOLOIST AMATEUR MAN: 

DEFINITION – This is an all mens salsa solo amateur division. Emphasis will be on timing, technique, choreography and musical interpretation during their performance. Tricks cartwheels and aerials are permitted. Up to 5 tricks permitted.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

CUP DIVISIONS: CHILDREN & JUNIORS

27. SALSA CHILDREN COUPLE (3-11 YEARS OLD): 

DEFINITION – Defined as a couple who are between the ages of 3 years old and 11 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

28. SALSA JUNIOR COUPLE (11-17 YEARS OLD): 

DEFINITION – Defined as a couple who are between the ages of 12 years old and 18 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each couple will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

29. SALSA CHILDREN & JUNIOR TEAMS (3-17 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers who are between the ages of 3 years old and 17 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

30. SALSA CHILDREN TEAM (3-11 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers who are between the ages of 3 years old and 11 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

31. SALSA JUNIOR TEAM (11-17 YEARS OLD): 

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers who are between the ages of 11 years old and 17 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

32. SALSA CHILDREN BOYS TEAM (3-11 YEARS OLD): 

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers of salsa children boys team who are between the ages of 3 years old and 11 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

33. SALSA CHILDREN GIRLS TEAM (3-11 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers of salsa children girls team who are between the ages of 3 years old and 11 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

34. SALSA JUNIOR BOYS TEAM (11-17 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers of salsa junior boys team who are between the ages of 11 years old and 17 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

35. SALSA JUNIOR GIRLS TEAM (11-17 YEARS OLD): 

DEFINITION – Defined as a team of 3 to 20 dancers of salsa junior girls team who are between the ages of 11 years old and 17 years old. This division is judged on choreographed performances. Performances can be On 1 or On 2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance. Lifts, tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks allowed.

Each team will perform a routine no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

36. SALSA CHILDREN SOLOIST BOY (3-11 YEARS OLD)

DEFINITION – Defined as a Boy solo dancer who is between the ages of 3 years old and 11 years old. Emphasis on children solo divisions will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

37. SALSA CHILDREN SOLOIST GIRL (3-11 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a Girl solo dancer who is between the ages of 3 years old and 11 years old. Emphasis on children solo divisions will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

38. SALSA JUNIOR SOLOIST BOY (11-17 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a Boy solo dancer who is between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. Emphasis on junior solo divisions will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

39. SALSA JUNIOR SOLOIST GIRL (11-17 YEARS OLD):

DEFINITION – Defined as a Girl solo dancer who is between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. Emphasis on junior solo divisions will be on timing, technique, choreography, musical interpretation & performance. Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted. This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 tricks allowed.

Each individual will perform a routine no less than 1 min and no longer than 1 min 30 sec

CUP DIVISIONS: SPECIAL DANCE DIVISIONS

40. FAMILIA – FAMILY COUPLE:

DEFINITION – Child or adult dance with parents or grandparents.

The division is for family members to dance among each other and keep the spirit of the music and dance alive for generations to come.  Children will be able to dance with their parents or grandparents.  A variety of music chosen by the DJ will be dance to by the participants.

Winners will be chosen by the audience and all participants will dance on stage at the same time.

DJ’s and Producers will decide how long the participants will dance.  Open freestyle division.

41. LIMITLESS:

DEFINITION – This division is designed for physically and mentally challenged dancers.

We will see that music and Latin dance is limitless. One or both of the dancer need to be physically and mentally challenged.  One of the dancer is allowed to not be physically and mentally challenged.

Each couple will preform a routine no less than 90sec and no longer than 2mins.  Acrobatics are allowed.  Tricks, cartwheels and aerials are permitted.  This will be at the discretion of the judges. Up to 5 lifts or tricks are allowed.

Each performance will be no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

42. SALSA DUO TEAM (NON CABARET):

DEFINITION – This division consists of two(2) couples, 2 x ladies and 2 x men.  This division is judged on choreographed performances.  Shines are permitted. Performances must be 70% salsa. Performances can be On1 or On2 but must maintain a consistency in their timing, synchronization, formations and presentation for the duration of the performance.  No lifts, cartwheels or aerials are allowed (please read the definition for tricks).

Each performance will be no less than 1 min 30 secs and no longer than 2 minutes.

JUDGES PANEL: The judges will be aware of all judging criteria for each category. To maintain fair judgement, if there is a big difference in allocation of points from one judge compared to the others, 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 judges will appreciate the diversity of salsa dancing; therefore any style of salsa will be permitted i.e. Cuban, LA, New York, on1 or on2 etc. The Head Judge and Panel will have final say on all discrepancies, equal scores, etc.. all decisions are final.

WHAT THE JUDGES LOOK FOR: Timing & Rhythm: “On 1” or “On 2”; Musicality & Consistency with the beat – Strict Tempo.

Partnering: Lead & follow; unity / synchronization between partners.

Dance Ability & Music Interpretation: Style, control and execution of the dance or choreography.

Appearance/ Stage presence: Connection, Costumes, confidence and presentation.

TIMING: Salsa Timing for all divisions of this competition has been defined as “Quick-Quick-Slow” as designated by the counts “1-2-3” of each bar of music. Dancers can choose to break on the “1” or the “2”.

The timing score asks:

• Was correct rhythm maintained throughout the routine?

• Were syncopations deliberate and within the acceptable deviations of timing for the dance?

If your timing is not consistent to your selected division, you will be deducted points off your total score. If you were to return on any other beat than that mentioned you will have points deducted.

Men and women must maintain at least 25% salsa timing steps in full 8 counts during the routine marking only 1 and 5 or 2 or 6 is not considered as a full 8 counts of salsa timing. If this is not the case points will be deducted in timing by the judges according to how many times you are doing this.

Recognized salsa timing is designated for this competition as 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Competitors can choose to break on 1 or on 2, 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 is consistently maintained (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6).

Competitors in all divisions must demonstrate routines that are 70% salsa.

Couples in any of the cabaret divisions must also demonstrate basic timing for a minimum of 50% of their routine. This can be reflected in turn patterns, shines, etc… failure to demonstrate basic salsa rhythm for the duration of the routine will result in a deduction of points.

Note: if any of the participants dance on other timing, different from the specified in their application, they are disqualified with no refund.

MUSICALITY: Couples 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…

Judges will evaluate the level of interpretation of the music chosen, the different nuances, breaks and accents and the overall synchronization of the dancers with the music. How effectively did the couple utilize the breaks and nuances of their chosen piece of music?

Were they rhythmically in sync with the piece?

TECHNIQUE: Reflected through balance, placement and line. Partners must reflect adequate “Latin” / “salsa motion” and “isolations” as designated by the dance style. Movement should appear to be effortless. These are reflections of good dance technique.

DIFFICULTY: What was the level of the turns, patterns, intricacy of shine movements, level of tricks, dips, drops, and flares? The amount of turns on both double and single feet? By both dancers or only one? Any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? Were all movements attempted successfully executed? Example: in the cabaret divisions, what was the difficulty of the lift work? Was it properly executed? How about jumps, kicks, extensions? In order to get credit for any of these, the movements must be successfully executed

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

CHOREOGRAPHY / ORIGINALITY: The choreography is the couple or teams interpretation of the music. Did the routine flow easily from one movement to the next? Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. For the On 1 and on 2, team divisions although not required, a few creative tricks will help with your score. For the cabaret divisions, dancers should creatively demonstrate lifts and tricks, and also smooth transitions. All choreography should be musical, and dancers should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here. 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? Routines must ideally reflect the following: Turn Patterns (which will be judged on level of difficulty and/or originality), Open Shines, Footwork, Floorcraft (proper usage of the stage space), and Tricks or Trick Combinations that are appropriate for this division. Routines should show originality, or something unique to showcase the team/couple.

APPEARANCE / ARTISTIC / COSTUMES & DANCE ETIQUETTE: How professional and polished did the team / couple 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 whilst a competing couple is 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. Also recommended that men not wear sleeveless tops. 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.

SYNCHRONIZATION: Teams/couples must be synchronized when parts are choreographed to be synchronized. How synchronized was the team/couple during side by side movement or shines, combinations, lines, hands & feet and body movement? Infractions: if a team/couple loses synchronicity points will be deducted each time. How well did the team/couple work together? Was there a lead / follow relationship established? How synchronized was the team/couple during side-by-side movement or shines?

DISQUALIFYING INFRACTIONS: In all non acrobatic divisions no move in which both feet leave the ground at the same time will be permitted, including any move above the shoulder. If at any time for either dancer, if both feet leave the ground, points will be deducted. If ANY part of the body of either dancer goes above the partner’s shoulders, the couple will be disqualified with no refund. Each participant will need to bring proof of age upon request.

RULES & JUDGING SCORING DECISIONS: ALL DIVISIONS: All the information will be provided to the competitors at the registration desk at the venues. Each round is considered a fresh start for competitors. Order of performance will be based on a Lot, before each of the rounds. All competitors 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 judges.

RECAP: A. Partnerships in couple divisions will be designated as one male and one female partner unless specifically designated as a Same Gender division. The couples will present consecutively, dancing their own show performance. Team divisions will only present their shows

B. Showcase or choreographed routines should be no more than 2 minutes long. Solo divisions will be no longer than 1.5 minutes. It is not allowed that you record your company or team name as part of the recording on the MP3 or CD. Judges at their discretion can deduct points for this.

C. All divisions are able to use any music

D. Music for all salsa divisions must be 70% salsa music and the same for bachata, cha cha, tango and zouk. You are allowed to mix no more than three different songs in one routine. The remaining 30% of your routine can be any music of your choice.

IMPORTANT: E. 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 off the final score by the judges. Hairpieces, jewellery 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. Tricks, dips, drops, leverage moves & flares. A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain balance. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the floor or not. On 1 & On 2 showcase divisions and team divisions that do not include acrobatics: one foot must always remain on the floor even during tricks. If both feet of any competitor in these divisions leave the floor via the assistance of the other partner, it will be considered a lift and there will be a major deduction from the final score. A maximum of five tricks / dips or flares are permitted for the routine.

Routines in the cabaret and teams with acrobatics need to be at least 50% salsa dancing or other latin dance. Multiple positions are okay in trick combinations but no more than three total positions may be achieved in any combination. However there cannot be any stops during the combinations. Positions must consistently flow from one to the next, with no stops. If there is a stop, each position will be counted as a separate trick, and will account toward the five trick limit. No Trick or trick combination can last more than two 8 counts.

LIFTS & TRICKS COMBINATION ALLOWANCE: Cartwheels or any similar lifts or tricks. Lifts are defined as any assisted movement whereby any partner is carried off the floor. Whether the feet are 2 inches off the floor or 10 feet, this type of assisted movement will still be considered a lift or trick. LIFTS and TRICKS combinations are expected to remain within the confines of salsa timing and or musicality of the routine.

COMMON DEFINITION: TRICK COMBINATIONS: Multiple Positions (Non Cabaret Divisions): Are okay in trick combinations but no more than 3 total positions may be achieved in any combination. However, there cannot be any stops during the combinations. Positions must consistently flow from one to the next, with no stops. If there is a stop, each position will be counted as a separate trick, and will count toward the 5 trick limit. No trick or trick combination can last more than two 8-counts (4 measures). One foot must remain on the floor at all times.

LIFTS: A lift is considered when any dancer has both feet are off the ground at the same time whilst any part of their bodies are touching each other.

TRICKS: Tricks / Up to 5 tricks with at least one foot always on the floor is allowed. Tricks are any step or position that partner cannot execute without the assistance of their partner. Any assisted movement whereby the movement cannot be balanced or performed without the assistance of the partner is considered to be a trick.

AERIAL: The point at which both feet of one partner are off the ground due to the other partner, however not maintaining contact with their partner.

DROP: The point at which the head goes below your partner’s waist and weight is not self supported.

TURNS: Turns / Maximum allowed is up to four eight counts.

For all divisions: a maximum of 32 beats / 4 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns. More than this will result in a penalty off the final score.

All preparations for turns and or checks must maintain basic timing. For the on 1 style, preps must occur on the 1-2 or the 5-6.

For the on 2 style, preps must occur on the 2-3 or 6-7.

Coming out of a turn sometimes preps can also start on 1 style: On 8 or on 4, and on 2 style- on 1 and on 5.

CONTINUOUS TURNS: Multiple / Continuous turns such as multiple turns in one spot, touch and go style turns, or pot stirrers / corkscrews cannot last longer than four 8 counts and cannot happen more than two times in the routine.

If this is not the case points will be deducted.

Stops / freezes, What is a stop? A full stop of the legs but movements in the body.

FREEZE: A full stop of the legs and no body movement (like a pause). Dancers cannot maintain an extended stop or freeze position for more than one 8 count. Extended stops or freezes cannot happen more than two times in the routine. So as it’s only allowed to stop or freeze two times in the routine from 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. You can do this only two times during the whole routine. If you do this more than twice, points will be deducted.

If you decide to stop or freeze for less than an 8 count it’s still counted as a freeze or stop. But there will be no point deduction by the judges. However a judge might give you a lesser score in choreography if he or she thinks that there were too many stops or freezes in the routine.

A. ELIGIBILITY: The New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup is open to New Zealand citizens and holders of New Zealand residence visas

B. REGISTRATIONS: All Participants no exceptions need to purchase their full event pass at time of register the divisions you will compete in. Registrations will open 1 November.

All competitors must check in with registration desk upon arrival at venue to update their entry forms or take care of remaining balance and pick up their competition number as well as supply us contact details for the weekend.

Previous year’s champions in each division go directly to Finals. Everyone including past year’s champions still pay registration fees. All competitors can enter and compete in as many divisions they choose to as long as they qualify for the division and pay the appropriate fees.

 

COMPETITORS REGISTRATION FEE

Opening 15 August 2016 til midnight 16 October 2016

ADULT:

$65 – 1 x category

$95 – 2 x categories

$115 – +3 x categories

 

JUNIOR AND CHILDREN REGISTRATION FEE

$20 – 1 x category

$30 – 2 x categories

$40 – +3 x categories

 

SPECTATOR TICKETS

PER SESSION

$15 – Adult Saturday AM Session Only Door Sale – $20

$15 – Adult Saturday PM Session Only Door Sale – $20

$10 – Saturday Night Party Door Sale – $15

PER DAY

$50 – Family (2 x Adults & 2 x Chld)

$25 – Adult

$10 – Senior Citizen or Child/Junior under 18yrs tickets all day or part day

Free – Under 5yrs

C. AVAILABILITY RELIABILITY REQUEST INFO VENUES: All competitors must be available to compete by 5PM on the FRIDAY evening through to the latest on the SATURDAY of the Competition.

All changes will be updated on the Website & FaceBook Page of New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup.

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2016 Venues

Auckland: NZLiveTV Studio – Studio 4 60 Stanley St Parnell Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Christchurch: The Piano – 156 Armagh Street, PO Box 40019, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

D. SCHEDULE: SCHEDULE of EVENT will be published soon

E. MUSIC: Dancers are allowed to use any music they choose, within the definitions of the chosen dance genre. Please see Specific Rules of each division

F. MUSIC TIMING: All dancers will be expected to perform a choreographed routine in the time given each division.

Music allowance for Couple and Team Divisions (Adults, Children & Juniors) is a minimum of 1 minute and 30 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes.

Points will be deducted if the music is longer than 2 minutes and you will be disqualified with no refunds if routine is longer than 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

Music allowance for the Soloist Division (Adults, Children & Juniors) is a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Points will be deducted if the music is longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds and you will be disqualified with no refunds if routine is longer than 1 minute and 45 seconds .

No speaking intro allowed mentioning dancers names or dance school or anything similar. If this occurs points will be deducted. No bowing music allowed. This will count towards your allowed time.

G. MUSIC FORMAT & INFORMATION: The following are IMPORTANT POINTS.

Specific instructions coming soon

H. CHOREOGRAPHY: NO routine previously performed in past years at the New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup can be used again.

I. PARTNERS QUALIFIED: No changing of partners can occur after you have entered the qualifying rounds.

J. CATEGORIES DIVISIONS CLARITY: Read definitions of each division

K. DISQUALIFICATION CAUTION: If we are unable to inform you of any changes and you are missing in action or late, we regret to inform you that your partner and you or your team will be disqualified with no refund. (No Exceptions).

We will not accept ANYONE being late for meetings, rehearsals or competition time. If someone is missing from your team or partnership, judges will be notified with a warning but also points can be deducted or you can even be disqualified.

L. SCORING DEBATE: The judges and NZWLDC committee will have final say on ALL discrepancies, equal scores, etc… ALL Decisions Are Final!

M. MEDIA VISUALS, PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING: New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup permits PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING during the full event including qualifiers and finals. However, we also remind you that you will receive as part of your registration, a Media Kit

N. LIABILITY: New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup will not accept responsibility for loss or injury to persons or loss of possessions in relation to this event.

New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup cannot be held liable for injury sustained by dancers or anyone else attending the event. All dancers will sign a Release Of Liability Form, if not they will not be allowed to dance.

There will be NO refunds for dancers that pull out of this event or are disqualified.

New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup does not take any responsibility for loss or theft of any personal items or articles.

O. EVENT POLICY DIVISION CANCELLATION: If there are fewer than 3 soloists, or 3 couples or 3 teams in any of the divisions, New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup reserves the right to cancel/merge that division with another.

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