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52. Show Dance Committee

A Showdance Committee will be selected by the Technical Rule Committee to take care of the matters concerning Showdance. This committee will be reviewed every second year and must be reviewed by the Dance Sport Executive Board.

53 Showdance Rules

53.1 Dances

In Classic Show Dance events the dances must be selected from one up to all of the five regular Standard dances, and in the South American Showdance events from one up to all of the five regular Latin-American competition dances. Elements from other dances may be used to enrich and complete the choreography, as long as the chosen competition dances cover a minimum of 75% of the entire show. Dancers must show the same show and chorography throughout the rehearsal and the competition.

53.2 Music

The invitation for a Showdance Competition must advise the couples of possible sound carriers. The sound carriers for a Showdance Competition will always be:

  1. Cassette.
  2. Compact Disc

For use of other sound carriers such as DAT, MINI Disk, Reel-to-Reel and records, the organiser must be contacted well in advance of a competition, to check which of the sound systems can be provided.

If there is a band/orchestra at the event, the couples may choose to use this facility under the discretion of the organiser. The music must show the rhythms of the dance to be performed and should be clearly recognisable to the adjudicators. Music must be the same throughout the rehearsal and the competition.

For music rights a list of credits should be given to the organizer at the rehearsal. The list should include: Arranger, composer, lyricist, publisher and CD or record-number.

53.3 Time

The time of the show music must be between 2.45 and 3.30 minutes. The time limit must not be exceeded under any circumstances. A time limit exceeding leads to direct disqualification.

53.4 Hold

In the Classic Show Dance Section following minimum of a hold is required:

  • The man holds with his left hand the lady’s right hand.
  • The man places his right hand on the lady’s back.

Any deviation from the hold is only allowed for 20 seconds for any one time. Once a couple has deviated from the normal hold, the dancers must maintain the retaken hold for at least fifteen seconds, before they can deviate again. The maximum amount of possible deviations during a Classic Show Dance is four times, excluding the beginning and the end. Due to the normal build-up of music, a piece of 20 seconds is allowed, before they have to take the hold. The same applies to the end of the show, where they can release the hold from 20 seconds prior to the finish.

53.5 Lifts

Three lifts are permitted for the whole performance. These can be performed anywhere in the show. Each lift must not exceed fifteen seconds. Rule 53.4 is also in full use in case of any lift being fulfilled.

53.6 Props and Dresses

No props are permitted during entrance, performance and exit. Choice of dress for man and lady can suit and complement the theme of the show, but must be in Ballroom or Latin Style.

54. The Showdance Competitions

54.1 Invigilator:

For every Showdance Competition or any competition where Showdance is a part of a competition there must be two invigilators. One that has the task to watch over the rules in relation to the couples, and has the right and the duty to disqualify couples violating the rules, and one technical picked from the showdance committee to watch that the rules for the competition are followed. The Showdance Committee must approve all invigilators for international Showdance Competitions. To assist the invigilator a videoman equipped with a camera, videoscreen and a video with slow and still picture must be provided.

54.2 The Competition

Conditions including lighting must be the same for all couples throughout the show including entrance and exit. Preceding every Showdance Competition or those, where Showdance is involved, there must be an official rehearsal, where all the couples have a reasonable time to test their show on the actual floor, where the competition is taking place. For the rehearsal to music the sound engineer of the competition must be present and helpful. To attend the rehearsal is an obligation for all couples, the chairman of adjudicators, the invigilator and the videoman. All shows will be filmed under rehearsal and during the show to be used only as information/proof of rule violations. In the case of this, under the rehearsal, the invigilator must give the respective couple notice, so they have a chance to adjust their show for the competition. Violation of the rules in the actual competition leads to direct disqualification. Performances that are against common moral taste or on religious subjects in any other than the original religious idea have to be banned from performing in the competition through the invigilator.

There must be 1 hour from the rehearsal ends and the first round starts. The rehearsal can be done in the evening the day before if needed.

Order of dancing shall be drawn by ballot, at which all the competitors or chosen representatives have a right to be present. The rehearsal order will be the same as first rounds ballots result. In competitions where the show is an additional dance, the order will be drawn in two sections:

1. Between the couples being placed 4.5.6. and lower in the preceding five dances.

2. Between the couples being placed 1.2.3 in the preceding five dances.

The couples will walk onto the floor with the period not to exceed fifteen seconds. At the conclusion of the actual performance, the couples may take their bows, and walk off the floor with a period not to exceed 30 seconds. For the exit the couples can use music. The time length of the exit music is strictly limited to the same 30 seconds.

During entrance, performance and exit the couple must be alone on the floor.

54.3 Marking system:

Two marks will be given for each show throughout the whole competition, and will be based on adjudicating each performing couple individually and not to be judged by comparison:

A Technical merit

  • The technical quality of the dancing.

B Artistic impression

  • Choreography:
    Is it used to express the music to its fullest extent?
    Is it using the theme of the music if there is any?
    Are there clever and musically related ideas used in the choreography?
  • Originality of the idea:
    Related to music
    Related to choreography to the particular music.
    Related to theme ideas (choreographically, performance, choice of dress).
  • Entertainment related to the public.

The range of the marks must be from 5.0 up to 6.0 as the best mark. Two couples can have the same marking. The two sets of marks will be added together and a placing allocated to each couple from each adjudicator with the highest total receiving first place, etc., i.e. each adjudicator's combined marks converted into first to sixth place respectively or recall marks in the earlier rounds. In the event of a tie on the adjudicator’s marking sheet, the better A-Note decides the result. In case of visual marking, only the A and B-Notes will be shown. After the individual adjudicators results have been allocated the Skating System must be used.

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