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Our Vision

The aim of Dance Off Challenge is to create a wider range of performance opportunities for dancers to challenge and extend their dance capabilities, in a safe and positive environment. The dance world is evolving at such a fast rate with so many external influences available, that it is important for today’s dancer to keep on the pulse with dance trends. The Dance Off Challenge concept is designed to help nurture the student in a friendly competition environment, that they can relate to and that will help to build confidence and keep their passion for dance alive.

Our competition has two components:


Dance Off Audition Challenge

In our fast paced lifestyles, students often miss out on the many benefits of attending freelance classes or experiencing guest teachers. Many students head off to auditions for the first time, without having had any opportunity to experience a different style of teaching other than what they have learnt in their regular dance classes. This can be a daunting experience and performers are often not able to put their ‘best foot forward’ as they are struggling with the new environment, different choreography and speed in which they are expected to pick up dance steps.

This unique competition has been developed to give students the opportunity to experience the audition environment first hand. Set on a stage, just like a real audition, dancers will learn a short dance combination (approximately 1 minute) which will be broken down and rehearsed in groups. Dancers will then perform the choreography in groups of approximately 4-5 dancers for a panel of judges who are current industry professionals. Each performer will receive a written critique so that they know what areas need to be improved. The judges will be looking at 4 major elements:

  • speed in picking up steps
  • ability to absorb the style
  • dance technique
  • presentation

An elimination process will then be made to establish the Top 10 dancers in their age category. Students will be encouraged to remain in the auditorium to support those dancers remaining in the competition. From the Top 10 competitors, our judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd  places in an awards ceremony at the end of the session where all dancers will also receive their participation awards.

Date & Venue

5th - 6th  April 2017
Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre
Cnr Bell St. & George Rd. Preston, Victoria
Session times will be allocated once all entries have been received.

Closing Date for Audition Challenge Entries

 Closing date for entries is Sunday 12th March 2017

Age Categories

Minimum age for entry is 10 yrs as at 1st January.
There is no maximum age for entry.
Performers will be grouped by age depending on entries received.

Performance Categories

  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop

Judges

There will be a panel of 2 judges for each section. Both judges will contribute to a written critique that outlines strengths and gives positive feedback.

Awards

All performers will receive a Dance Off Challenge participation award at the Presentation Ceremony at the end of each session. 1st, 2nd & 3rd  places will receive an award.

What to Wear:

Clothing and footwear should be appropriate for each performance style.  With the exception of Hip Hop, dancewear should allow clear view of body lines.  Performers should aim to wear dance clothing that is distinct and draws the judge's attention, helping them to stand out in the crowd.
 
Recommended dancewear:
 
Girls - Leotard, fitted crop top, fitted T-Shirt, Dance Off Challenge T-Shirt/Singlet, Bike Shorts, Leggings, Dance/Sport Pants, fitted Track Pants.
 
Boys - Fitted T-Shirt/Singlet, fitted Track Suit/Dance pants, bike shorts.

Registration

Registration can be made online.
Dancers can independently register for Dance off Audition Challenge.

Cost

$35 per style

Payment Methods

  • PayPal or Credit Card (you must register on-line)

Tickets

To capture the true audition experience, Dance Off Audition Challenge has been designed as a non audience event.  Audience will be invited in, free of charge, at the end of the session to view the Awards Ceremony.  Parents will drop off and pick up competitors from the theatre foyer.

Rules

Please click on the Rules Tab for a full break down of the Terms and Conditions for entry into Dance Off Audition Challenge.

Merchandise

Dance Off Challenge merchandise will be available for purchase on the day of the event. T-shirts may be worn at the Audition Challenge.


Dance Off Troupe Challenge

The Dance Off Troupe Challenge streamlines the traditional competition format by allowing troupes to compete in smaller sections with grouping into performance levels; recreational (under 3 hours training per week by all troupe members) or experienced (over 3 hours training per week by one or more troupe members). We believe that this will create a more balanced competition and encourage new troupes to enter. Our aim is to award 1st, 2nd & 3rd places as well as special prizes, acknowledging other important aspects of performance. By providing a large auditorium and ample dressing room space, we are able to accommodate many troupes and condense everything into an exciting, one day event, that will provide entertainment for the whole family.

Date & Venue

15th - 16th July 2017
The Besen Centre
87/89 Station Street, Burwood, Victoria

Closing Date for Troupe Challenge Entries

 Closing date for entries is Sunday 28th May 2017

Age Categories

  • 6 yrs & under
  • 8 yrs & under
  • 10 yrs & under
  • 12 yrs & under
  • 14 yrs & under
  • 16 yrs & under
  • Open Age
Age Averaging will apply (see Rules for information)
DOC reserves the right to combine age categories or performance categories depending on entries received.

Performance Levels

  • There will be 2 levels of performance available for the following age categories 12 yrs & Under, 14, yrs & Under and 16 yrs & Under,  (with the exception of Hip Hop which is separated into crews only and dance schools)
    Recreational: Represents a troupe consisting of dancers who all train for less than 3 hours per week in their overall dance education.
    Experienced: Represents a troupe that has one or more dancers who train for more than 3 hours per week in their overall dance education.
  • DOC reserves the right to move a troupe up to a higher Performance Level if their standard is deemed higher than the level registered in.
  • These levels have been designed to encourage less experienced troupes.
  • Studio directors must nominate the performance level by placing (R) or (E) in the correct column on the Troupe Registration Form.

Performance Categories

Jazz

A routine that utilises jazz technique. Teachers can choose to use modern or broadway styles.

Classical

A routine that consists of classical steps & ballet technique. Ballet Shoes must be worn.

Tap

A routine utilising tap technique. Tap shoes must be worn.

Song & Dance / Tap

A routine that combines singing and dancing. No backing vocals will be allowed.

Neo Classical

A routine performed to music with or without lyrics. Steps are strongly based around classical technique with the incorporation of non-traditional, more modern influences (parallel leg lines, inverted arm lines etc.) Neo classical can be performed with or without ballet shoes. Some storyline elements may be involved, but is not necessarily the driving force behind the choreography.

Lyrical

A routine that Is a fusion of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance techniques. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics that inspire the choreography and that are used to express strong emotions or cover a clear theme.

Contemporary

A routine utilising a contemporary style of movement, which may be abstract or fluid. Non traditional lines and shapes can be used and choreography may incorporate a storyline, theme or mood.

Hip Hop

A dance that consists of street styles of dance.

Tickets

Tickets for Dance Off Troupe Challenge will be available to purchase at the venue on the day of the event. There are 3 sessions available:

  • Morning Session
  • Afternoon Session
  • Evening Session

Prices are as follows:

Ticket Type


Per Session


Adult


$12.00

*Student / *Pensioner


$10.00

Child (12yrs & under)


$10.00

* Children under 4 are free to enter.
* Students - must be a holder of a valid student card
* Pensioners - must be a holder of a valid pension card

Cash only will be accepted on the day for ticket and merchandise purchases.
Credit card facilities are not currently available. The nearest ATM facilities are located within walking distance at 110 Burwood Hwy at the United Petrol Garage.

Registration

Registrations will only be accepted by Studio Directors and can be made on-line by creating a login and following the links. Alternatively, forms can be downloaded by clicking on the Entries or Enter Competition Tabs. Online registration provides the advantage of information being retained for future events.

Cost

$27 per troupe
$10 per head Performer Registration Fee *
* This fee contributes to theatre hire and participation medals for all performers.

Payment Methods

There are 2 methods for payment.
  • PayPal or Credit Card (you must register on-line to access this payment method)
  • Bank Account Transfer
    Account Name: Dance Off Challenge
    BSB : 063 498 Account No: 1047 1658
    Reference should list performers initial and surname

Time Limits

  • The maximum time limit for each troupe is 5 minutes.
  • Items exceeding the time limit will be disqualified and not eligible for a placing.

Judges

There will be a panel of 2 judges for each session. Both judges will be industry professionals and experts in the field of competitions. Both will contribute to a written critique that outlines strengths and gives positive advice for improvement. Assessment will be made on the following areas:
Technique 40%
Unison 20%
Presentation 20%
Choreography/Staging 10%
Entertainment Value 10%
  100%
Both judges will score individually and points will be combined for a total out of 200.

Awards Presentations

All prizes will be announced and distributed in a special awards ceremony at the end of each session. All participating students will be invited onto the stage in their studio groups and will receive a participation award. Participation awards will only be presented to those performers who appear on stage at this awards ceremony. Ribbons will be provided for all winning troupe members (including those who are not able to attend the ceremony). One representative from each school should be nominated to accept the ribbons on behalf of the troupe.

Special awards will also be presented for the following categories:
  • Best Unison
  • Best Personalities
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Crowd Pleaser
  • Best Costumes

Rules

Please click on the Rules Tab for a full break down of the rules and categories available for Dance Off Troupe Challenge.

Merchandise

Dance Off Challenge merchandise will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Section Numbers


Section No

Section Name

Age Category

 

Section No

Section Name

Age Category

01

Jazz

6 yrs & under

 

42

Neo Classical
8 yrs & under

02

Jazz

8 yrs & under

 

43

Neo Classical
10 yrs & under

03

Jazz

10 yrs & under 

 

44

Neo Classical
12 yrs & under Rec.

04

Jazz

12 yrs & under Rec.

 

45

Neo Classical
12 yrs & under Exp.

05

Jazz

12 yrs & under Exp.

 

46

Neo Classical
14 yrs & under Rec.

06

Jazz
14 yrs & under Rec.
 

47

Neo Classical
14 yrs & under Exp.

07

Jazz
14 yrs & under Exp.  

48

Neo Classical
16 yrs & under Rec.

08

Jazz
16 yrs & under Rec.  

49

Neo Classical
16 yrs & under Exp.

09

Jazz

16 yrs & under Exp.
 

50

Neo Classical
Open Age

10

Jazz

Open Age

51

Lyrical
6 yrs & under

11

Classical
6 yrs & under

52

Lyrical
8 yrs & under 

12

Classical
8 yrs & under  

53

Lyrical
10 yrs & under 

13

Classical
10 yrs & under  

54

Lyrical
12 yrs & under Rec.

14

Classical
12 yrs & under Rec.
 

55

Lyrical
12 yrs & under Exp.

15

Classical
12 yrs & under Exp.  

56

Lyrical
14 yrs & under Rec.

16

Classical
14 yrs & under Rec.  

57

Lyrical
14 yrs & under Exp.

17

Classical 14 yrs & under Exp.

58

Lyrical
16 yrs & under Rec.

18

Classical 16 yrs & under Rec.  

59

Lyrical
16 yrs & under Exp.
19
Classical 16 yrs & under Exp.  

60

Lyrical
Open Age
20
Classical Open Age   61
Song & Dance/Tap
6 yrs & under 
21
Tap
6 yrs & under  

62

Song & Dance/Tap
8 yrs & under 

22

Tap
8 yrs & under  

63

Song & Dance/Tap
10 yrs & under

23

Tap
10 yrs & under  

64

Song & Dance/Tap
12 yrs & under Rec.

24

Tap
12 yrs & under Rec.  

65

Song & Dance/Tap
12 yrs & under Exp.

25

Tap 12 yrs & under Exp.

66

Song & Dance/Tap
14 yrs & under Rec.

26

Tap 14 yrs & under Rec.  

67

Song & Dance/Tap 14 yrs & under Exp.

27

Tap 14 yrs & under Exp.  

68

Song & Dance/Tap 16 yrs & under Rec.

28

Tap 16 yrs & under Rec.

69

Song & Dance/Tap 16 yrs & under Exp.

29

Tap 16 yrs & under Exp.

70

Song & Dance/Tap Open Age

30

Tap Open Age
 

71

Hip Hop
6 yrs & under

31

Contemporary

6 yrs & under  

72

Hip Hop
8 yrs & under

32

Contemporary

8 yrs & under  

73

Hip Hop
10 yrs/u Dance Sch.

33

Contemporary

10 yrs & under  

74

Hip Hop
10 yrs/u Crews Only

34

Contemporary

12 yrs & under Rec.  

75

Hip Hop
12 yrs/u Dance Sch.

35

Contemporary

12 yrs & under Exp.  

76

Hip Hop
12 yrs/u Crews Only

36

Contemporary

14 yrs & under Rec.  

77

Hip Hop
14 yrs/u Dance Sch.

37

Contemporary

14 yrs & under Exp.  

78

Hip Hop
14 yrs/u Crews Only

38

Contemporary

16 yrs & under Rec.  

79

Hip Hop
16 yrs/u Dance Sch.

39

Contemporary

16 yrs & under Exp.  

80

Hip Hop
16 yrs/u Crews Only

40

Contemporary

Open Age
 

81

Hip Hop
Open Age Dance Sch.

41

Neo Classical

6 yrs & under
 

82

Hip Hop
Open Age Crews Only
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