2019 Dance Competitions

 

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Category C: Dance

Closing date for all dance applications: 23 November 2018. Successful applicants will be notified before 14 December 2018

Each group is expected to undertake an additional exhibition performance on either our main stage, outside stages on the Eisteddfod field or at other local venues.

C1. Traditional Folk Dance Group (Friday 5 July)

A programme of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 30 dancers showcasing the folk dance traditions of the group’s culture. Dancers must be aged 16 and over on the last day of the competitions. A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. The presentation must focus on the dance tradition and not on instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many traditional dances to include, and costumes changes are allowed at the discretion of the group so long as the dancing on stage is continuous.  Staging and transitions must be carefully considered. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted. Prizes: 1st: International Trophy and £750, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250

 C2. Choreographed/Stylized Folk Dance Group (Friday 5 July)

A programme of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 30 dancers showcasing the folk dance of the group’s culture. Dancers must be aged 16 and over on the last day of the competitions. A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. Groups are required to present creative, entertaining choreography based on their folk dance traditions. The presentation must focus on the dance and not on instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many dances to include, and costume changes are allowed at the discretion of the group so long as the dancing on stage is continuous. Originality and inventiveness are encouraged. Creative, innovative staging and transitions must be carefully considered. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted. Prizes: 1st: International Trophy and £750, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250

LUCILLE ARMSTRONG DANCE AWARD

Two groups will be invited to compete for this prestigious prize. The winners of C1 and C2 will compete against each other on Saturday evening and therefore it is important that all dance groups stay at the Eisteddfod until Sunday 7 July. Groups are required to present an entertaining programme of dance lasting up to 8 minutes. Groups must consist of no more than 30 dancers. A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. If a group wins both categories C1 and C2, it must perform in the Final in the style for which it obtained the higher mark in which case the second highest scoring group from the other category will go to the Final. The winner will receive the Lucille Armstrong Trophy and £500. 

C3. Children’s Traditional Folk Dance Group (Wednesday 3 July)

A programme of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 30 dancers under the age of 16 on the last day of the competitions showcasing the folk dance traditions of the group’s culture. A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. The presentation must focus on the dance tradition and not on instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many dances to include, and costume changes are allowed at the discretion of the group so long as the dancing on stage is continuous. Staging and transitions must be carefully considered. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted. Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100

C4. Cultural Showcase (Saturday 6 July)

A showcase performance of maximum 8 minutes and no more than 50 performers presenting the group’s culture in instrumental music, singing and dancing, balancing all three disciplines. One discipline (instrumental, singing and dancing) must not be more important than the other. Groups are encouraged to highlight the varied talents of every performer on stage and showcase the variety of instrumental music, song and dance to create a well-balanced cultural spectacle that celebrates all three disciplines. Creative staging, cultural costuming and audience engagement must be important considerations. The performance must be continuous, never leaving the stage empty and transitioning well from one selection to another. Instrumentalists are not expected to just accompany dancers and singers. Dancers can sing, singers can dance. Staging must differ from other choir or dance competitions. Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100

C5. Dancing in the Street (Saturday 6 July)

Groups of no more than 24 dancers aged 15 and over on the last day of the competitions. A total of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are also allowed. Groups are required to prepare a dance programme lasting 15-20 minutes to be performed at informal outside areas or stages. Originality of presentation, variety of programme and overall artistic standard will be taken into consideration, as well as the overall response of the audience. Engaging the audience is encouraged, and brief explanations describing the programme are appropriate if the group so desires. The audience will be able to indicate their favourite group and this ‘vote’ will be noted by the Eisteddfod adjudicator. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted.Prizes: 1st: International Trophy + £300, 2nd: £150, 3rd: £75