Dance Competitions

Category C: Dance

*Applications for Dance groups have now closed for 2017*

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 (Saturday 8 July)

Groups of no more than 30 dancers, with a total number of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are allowed in addition. Groups should present a programme of folk dances representative of their cultural tradition and presented on stage in a traditional manner (versus stylized or inventive choreography). The presentation should focus on the dance tradition and not instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many dances to include however, the total performance must be a maximum of 8 minutes. 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 7 July)

Groups of no more than 30 dancers, with a total number of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are allowed in addition. Groups will present engaging and entertaining choreography based on their traditional folk dance. Innovation, originality and inventiveness are encouraged. The total duration must be a maximum of 8 minutes. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted.

Prizes: 1st: International Trophy and £750, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250

 

C3. Open Floor Dance (Friday 7 July)

Groups should be made up of 6-30 dancers. Within the performance you may include solos or duets.  Any combination of dancers is allowed with a total number of 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers in addition. Groups can present a programme of any dance form; traditional, modern, ballroom, street, tap, jazz etc. The presentation should focus on the entertainment and talent. Innovation and inventiveness are highly encouraged. Groups may choose how many dancers to include however, the total performance must be a maximum of 8 minutes. Instrumental accompaniment is a big plus but not limited. Pre-recorded music is allowed for this category.

Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £750, 2nd £500, 3rd £250

Winners of dance categories C1 to C3 go forward to compete in the Lucille Armstrong Dance Award competition

Any number of dancers between 6 and 30 Dancers. Within the performance you may include solos duets.

 

LUCILLE ARMSTRONG DANCE AWARD

Three groups will be invited to compete for this prestigious prize. The winners of C1, C2 and C3 compete against each other on Saturday evening and therefore it is important that all dance groups stay at the event until Sunday 9 July. Each group must present an entertaining programme of folk dance lasting up to 8 minutes. The groups should have no more than 30 dancers, 8 musicians and 2 flag-bearers are allowed in addition. If a group wins more than one category the highest scoring group from all three competitions will go on to the final.

Prizes: The Lucille Armstrong Trophy and £500

 

C4. Children’s Folk Dance Group (Wednesday 5 July)

Groups will present a programme of folk dances representative of their cultural tradition. The presentation should focus on the dance tradition and not instrumental numbers or dramatics. Groups may choose how many dances to include however, the total performance must not exceed 8 minutes. There should be no more than 30 dancers, who must all be under the age of 16 (on the competition day). A total number of 8 musicians and 2 flag bearers are also allowed. Traditional instrumental accompaniment must be live; pre-recorded music is not permitted. *A costume change is allowed at the discretion of the group. However, dancing must be continuous on stage.

Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100

 

C5. Cultural Showcase (Wednesday 5 July)

A maximum of 50 performers (any combination of dancers, singers or musicians). Groups should present a well-balanced spectacle of traditional music, song, and dance representing the cultural heritage of their country. Engaging the audience, creative costuming and staging should be important considerations. The total duration of the performance must be a maximum of 8 minutes. *A costume change is allowed at the discretion of the group. However, the entertainment should be continuous. The stage should never be empty.

Prizes: 1st International Trophy and £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100

 

C6. Dancing in the Street (Saturday 8 July)

A 15-20 minute programme of dances; to be performed at informal outside areas or stages. There should be no more than 24 dancers and a maximum of 8 additional musicians; all of which should be 15 years of age and older (on the competition day). 2 Flag bearers are also allowed. Originality of presentation, variety of programme and overall artistic standard will be taken into account as well as the overall response of the audience. Engaging the audience is encouraged, and brief explanations describing the program are appropriate throughout the program if the group so desires. The watching public 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