2020 Dance Competitions

 

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2020 group applications close 29 November 2019

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Category C: Dance

  • Closing date for all group applications: Friday 29 November 2019
  • Successful applicants will be notified by: Friday 13 December 2019
  • First day of the competitions: Tuesday 7 July 2020

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 10 July)

Groups of 6 to 30 dancers to perform a programme of up to 8 minutes showcasing the folk dance traditions of the group’s culture. Dancers must be aged 16 or over on the first day of 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 10 July)

Groups of 6 to 30 dancers to perform a programme of up to 8 minutes showcasing the folk dance traditions of the group’s culture. Dancers must be aged 16 or over on the first day of 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

C3. Contemporary Dance Group (Saturday 11 July)

Groups of no more than 25 dancers are required to prepare a contemporary performance in any genre currently classified as contemporary (this can include all sub genres of ‘street’, fusion, concert, revisionism etc) lasting no more than 4 minutes, to a pre-recorded music track. The track may be original or commercial in nature but any commercial track used should be by permission from the copyright holders. There is no upper or lower age limit in this category. Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100.

LUCILLE ARMSTRONG DANCE AWARD

Three groups will be invited to compete for this prestigious prize. The winners of C1, C2 and C3 will compete against each other on Saturday 11 July evening and therefore it is important that all dance groups stay at the Eisteddfod until Sunday 12 July. Groups from C1 and C2 are required to present an entertaining programme of dance lasting up to 8 minutes. The Group from C3 are required to present an entertaining programme of dance lasting up to 4 minutes. If a group wins categories C1, C2 and C3 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.

C4. Children’s Traditional Folk Dance Group (Wednesday 8 July)

Groups of 6 to 30 dancers to perform a programme of up to 8 minutes showcasing the folk dance traditions of the group’s culture. Dancers must be under the age of 16 on the first day of 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 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

C5. Cultural Showcase (Thursday 9 July)

A showcase performance of up to 8 minutes of 6 to 50 dancers 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

C6. Dancing in the Street (Saturday 11 July)

Groups of no more than 24 dancers aged 15 or over on the first 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