PARTICIPATION RULES

General information

INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN BULGARIA is family friendly dance competitions for dancers of all levels and all ages in all dance styles. The goal of the organization is to bring young, talented dancers together during the competitions. Winners get promoted via social media. It is the perfect way to put yourself in the spotlight! Everyone can participate groups, dance schools, and individual dancers.

Rules & Regulations

By submitting data on a request / registration for participation, you consent to all personal data being filled in this registration portal to be processed and used for organizational purposes in connection with the dance format. By registering for a competition in INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN BULGARIA all participants agree to the rules and regulations published on the website of www.internationaldanceopenbulgaria.com.

If already registered participant does not attend the competition for reasons beyond the control of the organizer, the participation fee is non-refundable.

INSURANCE & ACCIDENT

Any performer competing in a dance competition takes certain inherent risks. These include, but are not limited to sprains, bruises, pulled muscles, and broken bones. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by performers. Therefore by virtue of entering this event, it is agreed that participants will not hold International Dance Open, its officers, directors, officials, staff or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance and/or participating in any activity related to International Dance Open. International Dance Open and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury or property loss to either contestants or spectators.

Insurance costs for participants, companions or the audience are not covered by the organizer.

The organizer does not assume any responsibility for accidents, injuries or the health of the participants, coaches or their relatives and etc. during the competition days.

The organizer is not responsible for any loss of costumes, props and personal belongings of the participants, relatives, coaches or the audience.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN BULGARIA, dance organizer represented by ( INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN 33 LTD ) reserves the right for any type of documentation, broadcast, filming, promotion and distribution of material from the event without paying rights and compensations to the participants, coaches and parents of the participants. Video recording and taking pictures with corresponding equipment including DSLR is strictly forbidden unless authorized by the Event Organizer INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN 33 LTD.

REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION FEE

All registrations must be made by 30.10.2022. All interested dance clubs/studios/choreography schools/independent/individual participants can take a part of the competition. Registration entries are processed in the order in which they are received and places are limited, so please enter your entries into our system early to avoid possible disappointment!
All participants are allowed to compete in as many categories as they wish, but unfortunately the same participant(s) will not be allowed to compete in the same dance discipline with two performances.

  • Solo - BGN 45 per dance
  • Duet/Trio – BGN 25 per dance participant
  • Group, Formation / Production – BGN 20 per dance participant
  • BGN 5 Entrance fee for spectators (entrance fee does not guarantee availability of seats in the hall)

DANCE LEAGUES

А League - in this dance league, competitors who are actively engaged in dance art, regardless of the style of performance, must be registered. These are dancers who practice 4 and over astronomical hours a week, study in a choreographic school, actively train in dance studios, etc. The league may register participants who train for fewer hours, but whose technical level is considered to be good and suitable for this league.

B League - in this dance league, competitors who are amateurs/ hobby dancers and have a weekly practice of up to 4 astronomical hours can be registered. These may be children who study in schools, community centers, school groups, dance studios, etc.
*Please be correct in submitting requests. Let all children have the opportunity to compete against competition that is supposed to be at their competitive level. Thank you.

AGE CATEGORIES

Baby 3 - 5
Mini 6 - 8
Kids 9 - 11
Junior 12 - 14
Youth 15 - 17
Senior 18 - 25

The age of each participant is calculated as of the date of the competition. INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN BULGARIA has the right to request a document to certify the age of the participant/s.

Age category for groups, formations and productions

To be able to calculate the average age of the participants in a group performance, add the ages of all the dancers participating in it and divide by the total number of participants in a duo / trio / group / formation / production. All averages should be rounded down to the nearest whole number. The average age of each entry cannot fall more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the choreography, regardless of the actual average age.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN BULGARIA reserves the right to terminate the acceptance of applications earlier than the announced initial registration deadline. This will only happen if both competition days are filled with the maximum number of dances earlier than the announced deadline!

A representative of a routine must be available backstage at least five routines before the routine is scheduled to go on stage. Entrance on stage should occur directly after the routine’s announcement. Participants should leave the stage immediately after taking their bows.

Directors and/or coaches are not allowed to come on stage nor to hold up signs or give signals to dancers on stage during a performance unless the participants are in the youngest age categories ( Baby & Mini ).
Any persons in the audience exhibiting unruly behaviour during the competition will be reprimanded and may be escorted from the venue. Participating dance school, academy, crew, or individual can be disqualified in case of unruly behaviour with no right to a refund of the entry fee or payment of any benefits.

PROGRAM / SCHEDULE

The schedule / Start list will be sent by email no later than 10.11.2022. Please remember to provide us with an active email address. Once received, you will have 48 hours to review and make final adjustments, after which the schedule cannot be changed. We will try to accommodate if you have the same / same dancers not performing back to back so they have time to prepare for their next performance on stage.

All applicants must be in the hall where it is announced that the event will take place and be prepared for their performance one hour before the scheduled time from the already sent timetable.

If necessary, INTERNATIONAL DANCE OPEN BULGARIA reserves the right to change the schedule or cancel any competition due to reasons beyond the control of the organizer (national quarantine, sudden bans, power outages or similar things)!

JUDGMENT

The judging panel consists of 3 persons who are specialists in the field of dance art. The judges evaluate each performance, and the maximum total number of points that a performance can receive is 30 points.

The jury evaluates according to a point system, with the highest total determining the winner of the respective dance league, age group and discipline. The point system is from 1-10 for each criteria group. The total number of points received is divided by 4 (the four main criteria) and thus the maximum that can be awarded by one judge is a total of 10 points, respectively for the entire performance one performance can receive a maximum total number of 30 points.

  • Technique 40% (technical qualities of the dancer/s) from 1-10 points
  • Choreography 30% (composition, vocabulary of choreography, correspondence of music with dance) from 1-10 points
  • Performance 15% (quality of performance and musicality of the dancer) from 1-10 points
  • Show 15% (costume, image, artistry, interpretation) from 1-10 points

Example:

Judge 1: Technique 10p + Choreography 10p + Performance 10p + Show 10p = 40p :4 = 10p
Judge 2: Technique 10p + Choreography 10p + Performance 10p + Show 10p = 40p :4 = 10p
Judge 3: Technique 10p + Choreography 10p + Performance 1pt + Show 10p = 40p :4 = 10p

Total points for one performance:
Judge 1 + Judge 2 + Judge 3 = 10p + 10p +10p= 30p

In case of an equal number of points, it is possible to have two ranked in the same position.

Scores from the choreographies of all dances entered in the competition will be processed and sent to a file to all club managers no later than 7 working days after the end of the competition.

MUSIC

Please refrain from using music with profanity and/or that is not age-appropriate.
All music files must be in mp3. format. Every music number must be provided on USB also as a backup in case of technical difficulties. Our DJ will not adjust the speed of the music or make cuts in the music. International Dance Open Bulgaria is not responsible for USB with music left at the event.

Props and Costumes

General Props are allowed if used as part of the routine. The maximum prop height allowed depends on the venue. There is a total of 2 minutes maximum for setting up/breaking down all props on the stage. The studio is responsible for cleaning the stage after the performance in less than 1 minute. No dangerous props may be used such as fire or knives. Live animals are strictly prohibited. Props or objects of any kind mustn't leave any residue on the stage such as liquids, gels, aerosols, glitters, confetti, paint, sand, powders, etc. International Dance Open is not responsible for props used at the event.

Costumes must cover the intimate parts of the dancer’s body during the whole performance. Intimate parts: buttocks, bust, and pubic areas. Make-up and costume must be age and gender-appropriate, and they must suit the discipline in which they are used. Make-up and costume may never be offensive to the public or other competitors. Music must also be appropriate for the age division of the dancer/s. If religious or political symbols are used as decoration and/or costume, they must suit the theme and choreography in which they are used. Such symbols must always be in good taste, and they may never be offensive to the public or other competitors. Personal jewellery should not be worn unless it is a part of the costume. The total image that a dancer creates should be within the limits of good taste and not be offensive to anyone in the audience.

SPORTMANSHIP

International Dance Open Bulgaria is a family event. There will be no tolerance for inappropriate language, songs, costumes, or gestures. All choreographies and content must be appropriate for family audiences and any content considered to be in poor taste or failure to comply with any of the above will result in performance or studio disqualification. All competitors, teachers, studio owners, family members, and audience members are required to show respect, courtesy, and sportsman-like behaviour to all competitors, staff, teachers, etc. at all times during the competition. We aim to create a healthy competitive environment in which dancers can enjoy themselves while gaining valuable performance experience as well as learning the nature of healthy competition and enjoying their experience. We reserve the right to remove anyone from an event if he/she is hindering the achievement of any of the above goals.

AWARDS

Absolutely all participants will receive a medal (7cm) personally prepared for the dance format as a sign of respect for the hard work and desire to perform
– Large distinctive medals (10 cm), personally prepared for the dance format and diploma, for the prize trio in SOLO, DUO & TRIO in the two dance leagues A & B
– Trophey / Plaque and diploma for the dancers in the top three in Groups, Formations and Productions in the two dance leagues
– 15 SPECIAL AWARDS plaques and diplom
As example: MINI BEST TALENT, SHINING STAR, BEST CHOREOGRAPHER, BEST COSTUME, etc.
– 3 Big tropheys for the most prominent clubs with the most first places won.

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Dances Detailed Explanation

BALLET Classical Ballet is the most formal of the ballet styles; it adheres to traditional ballet technique. There are variations relating to area of origin, such as Russian ballet, French ballet, British ballet and Italian ballet. Classical ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work, turnout ofthe legs, and high extensions; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities. This discipline must be performed using the Classical Ballet Technique and style and may be performed in soft ballet slippers or Pointe shoes. Although choreography may be of a modern nature, it may not deviate from what is commonly known as Classical Ballet. Lyric, Modern and Modern Jazz pieces may not be performed in this discipline. Lifts are permitted and encouraged. Any lifts used must remain in the Classical Ballet tradition, and may include drop-falls, supported turns and jumps resulting in catches. However, all dances are in a constant evolution and growth, so experimental and original choreography is encouraged. Stage props are allowed.

FOLK / ETHNIC / CHARACTER A routine using ethnic style of dance, such as Spanish, Hawaiian, polkas, gumboots, belly dance, etc. Folk dances are dances that are developed by people that reflect the life of the people of a certai n country or region. Original choreography is allowed but not necessary. The folkloric dance tradition must be preserved. The costumes and music must reflect the tradition of the country of origin. Character Dance pertains to dances portraying characters from traditional Ballets, Opera, Broadway style Musical Theatre, TV or Video. The range of characters is very broad and may include: The Wolf from Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, a Bird, Dog, Cat, Flower, Butterfly, Animal, Sailor, Nurse, Religious Preacher, Pauper, Prince or Shirley Temple. Costuming, music and dance movements must be appropriate to the character being presented. Acrobatic movements are allowed but should only be used to enhance the routine. Gymnastic lines are not allowed (multiple gymnastic moves, going from corner to corner). Lifts are permitted (except for Mini Kids). Stage props are allowed and encouraged.

ACROBATIC DANCE: A routine showing controlled acrobatic moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. It may also contain gymnastic passes. All acrobatic elements should be linked with dance steps. A clear dance choreography must be present throughout the whole routine. Acrobatics and gymnastics should only be used if they are properly integrated and do not dominate the routine Acrobatic Dance may contain flexibility moves or contortionist moves while it must contain dance moves, steps and choreography. Acrobatics are defined as typically gymnastic and not dancing elements (salt, flick-flack), jumps and lifts are not included in this definition.

MODERN Modern dance is an artistic form with many styles that has undergone development over a relatively long period of time. Modern dance is a more relaxed, free style of dance in which choreographer’s uses emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to ballet’s structured code ofsteps. It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet strives to be light and airy. This particular dance discipline concerns using modern dancing techniques that were created for the most part during the first half of the 20th century by renowned dance teachers and choreographers, /e.g. Martha Graham, José Limon, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Lester Horton, Kurt Jooss, Mary Wigman, Hanya Holm and others. Acrobatic movements are allowed but should only be used to enhance the routine. Gymnastic lines are not allowed (multiple gymnastic moves, going from corner to corner). Lifts are permitted (except for Mini Kids). Stage props are allowed.

CONTEMPORARY Contemporary dance brings new information about body and how the body works, offers new quality of movement, new shapes of body in area, brings new composition process and space for experiment. It can be performed barefoot, en pointe or in socks on stage. It may or may not be performed to music, sounds or nothing at all except the counts or breath of the dancers. This category will also include the new commercial American contemporary styles, as seen in works by Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh and Erica Sobol. Acrobatic movements are allowed but should only be used to enhance the routine. Gymnastic lines are not allowed (multiple gymnastic moves, going from corner to corner). Lifts are permitted (except for Mini Kids). Stage props are allowed.

LYRICAL DANCE Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Lyrical dance exists only in competition dance and in dance studios. It is a literal representation of the music using a combination of ballet and jazz with a little bit of modern thrown in for good measure. It is usually performed in foot undies and tends to be romantic and emotional in approach. Music with vocals and lyrics is preferred but not a rule. Acrobatic movements are allowed but should only be used to enhance the routine (not over two ). Gymnastic lines are not allowed (multiple gymnastic moves, going from corner to corner). Lifts are permitted (except for Mini Kids). Stage props are allowed.

OPEN A choreography combined of more dance disciplines mentioned above. Emphasis should be placed on originality when combining different dance styles and techniques. Clear and pure dance technique.

SHOW DANCE Show Dance in the broadest sense is based either on any Jazz/Lyrical, Ballet and/or Modern and Contemporary dance technique. Other dance disciplines can also be incorporated but cannot dominate. Ballroom, Latin or Rock ’n’ Roll are excluded and cannot be performed. Show Dance allowsthe use of lifts (except for Mini Kids), acrobatics, props, lip-sync and other theatrical effects. A Show Dance number always must have a guideline, story or visible concept to entertain the audience. Musicality, variety of dance and patterns, originality, total performance and individual choreography will be evaluated. All Show Dance presentations shall be based on a concept, story, theme or idea. There must be a title of the Show. The concept, story, theme or idea must be fully understandable and will be expressed by means of dance movements that adhere to the piece being presented, along with being creative, imaginative and original. Stage props are permitted. Acrobatic Movements are permitted.

LATIN SHOW Many international Latin American dance style performances to Latin music such as Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive or any other type of Latin-inspired music ofthe competitor’s choice. Costumes may be Carnival, African, Futuristic, Street, Caribbean. Exhibitions may be in any one form, or a combination of two or more different styles, and may include theatrical movements. Musicality, variety of dance and patterns, originality, total performance and individual choreography will be evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance, choreography, costume and props in the presentation, as the entire image will be used in evaluating Latin Show Team performances. Lifts are permitted (except for Mini Kids)

POM POM Routine demonstrating precision marching and sharp, definitive choreography. Must use pom ponsfor atleast 75% of routine. Acrobatic elements and lifts (except for Mini Kids) are allowed. Stage props are allowed.

MAJORETTE Coming to the competition flooris performed without music accompaniment. Itshould be short, quick and simple – it serves only for taking up the starting position for performance. After entering the competition floor, competitor must salute the judges and take a start position. The choreographic composition must include majorette step. Different kind of dance steps can be included if they correspond with the character of music. Lifts and acrobatics are not permitted. One baton per competitor is allowed. Other props are not allowed. The competitor must finish the choreography by holding the baton or be in contact with it some part of the body.

DISCO DANCE Allowable Figures and Movements: Slides, leaps, jumps, kicks, spins and pirouettes. Floor figures such as splits, back and bump spins are allowed but should be kept to a minimum. Long running jumps moving across the floor must not exceed four steps at a time. Musicality, dance variety and originality, synchronization, together with well-done and well performed, stage and individual choreography, will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, dance and costume. Disco Dance Solo: In first round all competitor in the category dance together on the stage (6 max) to organizer's music for 1 minute. In the round two, each competitor dances alone for 1 minute.

MTV COMMERCIAL A fusion of different dance styles with newly created choreographies inspired by the MTV’s impact, variety shows and popular singers, party dances or club dances (popular or trendy dances). It is a commercial style of Jazz, a fusion of Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop or other styles, which are performed both live and in video clips alike. The accent is on presentation, style, expression, and performance.

HIP HOP/Different dance styles of hip hop such as e.g. popping, locking, jazz rock, hype, krumping, dance hall, house dance is considered in this category. As Hip-Hop is a personal expression of emotions or situations and experiences. Abusive language and violent expressions are forbidden in music and performance. Acrobatic/Break movements are allowed but dancing must dominate. Includes hip-hop category, Eastern and Western styles such as: bounce, shake, (Harlem style), hype, funky stiles (Locking, Popping, Boogaloo, Waving, Floating, Tutting, Ticking, Snaking, Air Posing, Sleepy style…), New style, Krumping, Dynamic Dance Styles (Uprock, toprock, downrock), Freezes, Foot and Floorwork. HIP HOP – solo/duo: Organizer’s music 3x1min. All the contestants dance for 1 minute together, then 1 minute each of the contestants alone, and again all the contestants together for 1 minute. HIP HOP SHOW – solo/duo: Contestants dance to their own music.