WHAT THE JUDGES LOOK FOR:
Timing & Rhythm: “On 1” or “On 2”; Musicality & Consistency with the beat – Strict Tempo.
Partnering: Lead & follow; unity / synchronization between partners.
Dance Ability & Music Interpretation: Style, control and execution of the dance or choreography.
Appearance/ Stage presence: Connection, Costumes, confidence and presentation.
PANEL OF JUDGES: The judges will be aware of all judging criteria for each category (see “What the judges look for” above). To maintain fair judgement, if there is a big difference in allocation of points from one judge compared to the other four, then that judge will be asked to explain his/ her decision to the other judges, This is to avoid a judge being “biased” towards some competitors. A head judge will also be present to ensure fairness is executed at all times. The judges will appreciate the diversity of salsa dancing; therefore any style of salsa will be permitted i.e. Cuban, LA, New York, on1 or on2 etc. The head judge and WLDC committee will have final say on all discrepancies, equal scores, etc all decisions are final.
TIMING (20%): Salsa Timing for all divisions of this competition has been defined as
“Quick-Quick-Slow” as designated by the counts “1-2-3” of each bar or music. Dancers can choose to break on the “1” or the “2”. The timing score asks: Was correct rhythm maintained throughout the routine? Were syncopations deliberate and within the acceptable deviations of timing for the dance?
We, the producers of the World Latin Dance Cup, Inc have decided with the support of our head judge, Billy Fajardo , not to deduct points, if you are dancing "On 1" and return by breaking "On 5". The same if you are dancing on " 2" and return by breaking on "6 ". If your timing is not consistent to your selected division, you will be deducted points off your total score. Every judge will decide alone what percentage to be deducted from the score depending on how many times the infraction happened. If you were to return on any other beat than that mentioned you will have be points deducted. Men and women must maintain at least 25% salsa timing steps in full 8 counts during the routine marking only 1 and 5 or 2 or 6 is not considered as a full 8 counts of salsa timing. If this is not the case points will be deducted in timing by the judges according to how many times you are doing this. Recognized salsa timing is designated for this competition as 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Competitors can choose to break on 1 or on 2, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine. The direction of the break step can be either to the front or the back, as is consistently maintained (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). Competitors in all divisions must demonstrate routines that are 80% salsa. Dancing couples in any of the cabaret divisions must also demonstrate basic timing for a minimum of 50% of their routine. This can be reflected in turn patterns, shines, etc… failure to demonstrate basic salsa rhythm for the duration of the routine will result in a timing score of “0”.
Note: if any of the participants dance on other timing, different from the specified in their application, they are disqualified with no refund.
MUSICALITY 20%): Couples will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including patterns, footwork,” hits”, tricks, etc…Judges will evaluate the level of interpretation of the music chosen, the different nuance, breaks and accents the overall synchronization of the dancers with the music. How effectively did the couple utilize the breaks and nuances of their chosen piece of music. Were they rhythmically in sync with the piece? 20% of the overall score will be reflected by Musicality.
TECHNIQUE (10%): Reflected through balance, placement and line. Partners must reflect adequate “Latin” / “salsa motion” and “isolations” as designated by the dance style. Movement should appear to be effortless. These are reflections of good dance technique.
Minor infractions as balance error and major balance error points deducted will be determined by each judge.
DIFFICULTY (10%): What was the level of the turns, patterns, intricacy of shine movements, level of tricks, dips, drops, and flares? The amount of turns on both double and single feet? By both dancers or only one? Any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? Were all movements attempted successfully executed?
Example: in the cabaret divisions, what was the difficulty of the lift work? Was it properly executed? How about jumps, kicks, extensions? In Order to get credit for any of these, the movements must be successfully executed.
PARTNERING / CONNECTION (10%): This is reflected in the lead / follow aspect of the dance. Are partners truly connected, or are they merely executing choreography while holding hands? Synchronicity during side by side or shines will also help determine the score in this category. Minor and major mis-connects deduction in points will be determined by each individual Judge.
CHOREOGRAPHY / ORIGINALITY (10%): The choreography is the couple or teams interpretation of the music. Did the routine flow easily from one movement to the next? Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. For the On 1 and on 2, team divisions although not required, a few creative tricks will help with your score. For the cabaret divisions, dancers should creatively demonstrate lifts and tricks, and also smooth transitions. All choreography should be musical, and dancers should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here. How well put together was the performance? Did the routine flow easily from one movement to the next? Was there something clever or new that was part of the routine? How musical was it?
Routines must ideally reflect the following: Turn Patterns (which will be judged on level of difficulty and/or originality), Open Shines, Footwork, Floorcraft (proper usage of the stage space), and Tricks or Trick Combinations that are appropriate for this divison. Routines should show originality, or something unique to showcase the couple
APPEARANCE / ARTISTIC / COSTUMES & DANCE ETIQUETTE (10%): How professional and polished did the team / couple appear to be? How did they project to the audience and capture their attention? Contestants will show etiquette during the competition by refraining from distracting others while competing couple is dancing. If this is not the case the judges will deduct points. Costumes or matching outfits are required. All costumes should be in good taste with all private parts covered by non-transparent material. We strongly suggest that jeans are not used as costumes and ladies wear dresses or skirts with nylons or fishnets. Also recommended that men not wear sleeveless tops. If you decide not to do this no points will be automatically deducted. Be aware that judges might be looking at this as a personal preference.
FREE STYLING (10%): All divisions except teams) No dips, drops or flares are permitted during the free style round. The main goal is for competitors to show that they truly possess knowledge of the dance without the tricks, dips and flares. The score will reflect how they performed in a pure lead / follow heated format. ensurring that dancers truly possess knowledge of the dance. You will be judged by your overall presentation. Includes costuming, showmanship and good sportsmanship.
SYNCHRONIZATION (10%): Teams only) Teams must be synchronized when parts are choreographed to be synchronized. How synchronized was the team during side by side movement or shines, combinations, lines, hands & feet and body movement?
Infractions: if a team loses synchronicity points will be deducted each time. How well did the team work together? Was there a lead / follow relationship established? How synchronized was the team during side-by-side movement or shines?
ULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Final competition! Only the final three in each division, qualify for the Ultimate Championship World Latin Dance Cup. For the second year in a row the audience has a voice and for the second time they will decide who they feel is the best couple in the world. Only if you were part of the final three in your division can you enter this final competition. If your team is in the final three of your division each team can select one couple to represent the team. In this division everything goes. This means cabaret will be competing on the same floor with on 1 or on 2 or cumbia, cha cha cha, etc etc etc. We will have a meter to measure the crowd’s applause and screams. This will determine who passes to the next round and eventually to see who are the final three couples recognized by the attendees as the best in the World. Then they will decide who are the Ultimate Champions of the World Latin Dance Cup.
DISQUALIFYING INFRACTIONS: In the "On 1" & "On 2" categories, no move in which both feet leave the ground at the same time will be permitted, including any move above the shoulder will not be allowed. If at any time for eitherdancer, if both feet leave the ground, points will be deducted. Amount of deduction for each infraction will be 10% of the overall final score. If ANY part of the body of either dancer goes above the partner’s shoulders, the couple will be disqualified with no refund. Participants will also be disqualified if any portion of their routine in the finals uses unauthorized music Couple or team will be disqualified if any contestant is under the age of 14 years old on dates of competitions. Each participant will need to bring proof of age upon request. They will also not be allowed to re-enter under this or any other division during this particular qualifying contest. They can enter another qualifying contest in the future by registering and paying the entry fee for that particular event.
RULES & JUDGING CRITERIA
All the information will be provided to the competitors at the registration / info desk at the hotel. Each round is considered a fresh start for competitors. Order of performance will be based on a Lot, before each of the rounds. All competitors have the opportunity to conduct their rehearsal on the stage, where the competition is to be held as long as time allows. No competitor will be allowed on stage to rehearse without permission.
All decisions are final and are to be determined by the head judge. However if there are too many complaints on decisions after the competition, only the head judge after meeting with the other judges has the right to change the score. The producers of the event need to be informed before the final decision. After the competition and only after the final competition judges will be allowed to communicate his or her decisions with the competitors.
Judges should always maintain neutral and professional. Competitors will be allowed to see their scores after they have been eliminated but not allowed to talk to judges until after the Saturday finals of all the competitions. Competitors in no way will be allowed to raise their voice or be unprofessional to any judge or member of the organization. If this is to occur this person will be disqualified for any future events worldwide of ATP and the World Latin Dance Cup. All Scores will be published on the internet. All parties should respect each other’s opinion.
A. Partnerships in couple divisions will be designated as one male and one female partner unless specifically designated as a Same Gender division. The couples will present consecutively, dancing “freestyle” and their own show performance. Team divisions will only present their shows
B. All couple divisions will dance a 1.5-2.0 minute warm up round. The Warm up round also know as freestyle or the heated part of the Competition. The warm up round will be danced in a heated format, and will be designated as a “lead / follow” or “just dance” round.
No Dips, tricks, flares or choreographed moves will be permitted during the warm up round. The deejay will select the music. This is to give the judges a general look at the couples.
The competitors are able to show the judges that they truly posses knowledge of the dance without additional support, acrobatics, etc and to show the judges their creativity and freedom in social dancing and the interaction between partners and the music. 10% of the
couples score will reflect how they performed in a pure lead/follow heated format. Contestants will show etiquette during contest by refraining from distracting others while competing couple is dancing. Points will be deducted by the judges in the freestyle division, If during the round any of these rules are not followed. Team divisions will not dance a warm up round.
C. Showcase or choreographed routines should be no more than 2 minutes long, starting from the beginning of the song, echoes and name calling Included. The main judge will deduct every 5 seconds above 2 minutes 0.1 point. It is not allowed that you record your company or team name as part of the recording on the CD. Judges at their discretion can deduct points for this.
D. Music for only the final showcase routines in the following divisions are to be chosen from the pre-approved list of songs as designated by the World Latin Dance Cup. On1, On2, Cabaret, teams with & without acrobatics. If music is used that is not from pre approved list competitors will be disqualified. All divisions are able to use any music approved or not approved for the non-qualified rounds and the semi final rounds. Music for the following divisions do not have to be chosen from the pre approved list of songs even in their final
Routines: bachata couples, bachata teams, cha cha cha, casino rueda, over 65+, children division, junior division, junior teams, pro-am division, amateur and amateur teams, same gender & cumbia division.
E. Music for all divisions must be 80% salsa music. You are allowed to mix no more than three different songs in one routine. The 20% of your routine, that you are allowed to have other music besides salsa, can be any music of your choice unless it is in the finals of the following divisions: on one, on two, cabaret, teams with or without acrobatics. In these divisions the additional 20% in the finals also needs to be taken from the pre approved list of music.
F. Music for performances to be supplied in CD format. No exceptions! Have these CD’s available at the midday meeting. Only the music of the actual performance to be on the CD, if any other music is on the CD it will be rejected and the competitor will have five minutes to get the corrected CD to the person in charge. If five minutes pass and the corrected CD is not available the competitors will be disqualified and their registration and full event pass fees will be forfeited. The CD will have the names or team name of the competitors and their WLDC number. This must be clearly be marked on the CD. Also each CD has to have on the CD the following information, name of song, name of artist and the distributing company. Failure to comply will result in a reduction as a penalty off the final score. All CD’s must be delivered in a protected case. Judges will take in consideration competitors that choose music that is not commonly used by the other competitors. We ask that all competitors not add to their CD’s recording the name of their dance teams, couples names or sponsors. Prepare at least two CD’s with your music for each routine on its own. Each CD should be a different brand because some professional deejay equipments do not play certain CD’s. There should be only the music for the routine on each CD. The CD’s should be ready to be played as is. The deejay will not slow down or speed up your CD. For each round, the competitors must present new CD’s with their music. It is your responsibility to pick up your music after each round. Music must be consistent the style of category.
Example: No merengue, hip hop, or any other Intro will be allowed for over 20% of the salsa Category.
CHOSEN MUSIC & ROUTINE:
For the final round each couple must dance to the pre approved music found on the WLDC website www.worldlatindancecup.com
Music, which must be provided on a readable CD (no minidisk or cassette tape will be accepted) of between 1.5 – 2 minutes in length. The chosen CD must be submitted no later than the morning meeting on the day of the event. (Please note that the track you have chosen to dance to cannot be any less than 1.5minutes or any more than 2mns. Any competitors who do not comply with the maximum stated timescale will have their music automatically stopped at 2 minutes).
MUSIC & CD: Please see our list of approved music for the 2011 World Latin Dance Cup. Music must be at least 80% salsa. You are allowed to mix no more than 3 different songs or 3 mixes in one routine. We strongly suggest to use one or two songs at the most. The 20% of your routine that you are allowed to have other music besides salsa can be any music of your choice as long it is on the pre selected song list for the finals.
Reminder: A maximum of 3 songs per routine can be mixed Into your routine.
We encourage you to prepare more than one choreographed routine for the various qualifying rounds in case you qualify for the finals.
IMPORTANT: Prepare at least 3 CDs on different CD brands with the music for each
routine. Example: Two routines equal 6 CD’s. The CDs should be ready to be played as is. There should only be music for one routine on each CD. The DJ will not slow down or speed up your CD. Please protect your CD ' s by having covers for each one. CD’s will not be accepted without covers. Also please identify your CD by putting your name, name of song, artist name, name of record company and author of song and length of each song on the CD. This is a MUST!
G. Props are not allowed. Extra costume pieces such as hats or jackets are permitted if they are a part of the costume, and are not Discarded (taken off and thrown away) at any time during the performance. Failure to follow this rule will result in points being deducted off the final score by the main judge and lower the score by the judges also. Hairpieces, jewelry or clothing pieces that fall on the stage during routine can also result in lower scores to be given by the judges. NO PROPS Allowed other than those worn by dancers (hats, Glasses, etc) NO Chairs, Canes, Guns, Knives, Fire effects, or any other carry on to stage props allowed.
H. Tricks, dips, drops, leverage moves & flares. A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to Maintain balance. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the Floor or not. On 1 & on 2 showcase divisions and team divisions that do not include acrobatics: one foot must always remain on the floor even during tricks. If both feet of any competitor in these divisions leave the floor via the assistance of the other
partner, it will be considered a lift and there will be a major deduction from the final Score. A maximum of three tricks / dips or flares are permitted for the routine. Any lift above the shoulder is subject for couple or team to be disqualified. All other couples or team divisions may utilize Lifts and overheads. Routines in the cabaret and teams with acrobatics need to be at least 50% salsa dancing. Multiple positions are okay in Trick combinations but no more than three total positions may be achieved in any combination. However there cannot be any stops during the combinations. Positions must consistently flow from one to the Next, with no stops. If there is a stop, each position will be counted As a separate trick, and will account toward the three trick limit. No Trick or trick combination can last more than two 8 counts.
TRICKS, LIFTS, DIPS AND DROPS:
Definition of a LIFT:
That point when both feet are off the ground, and weight is not self supported.
Definition of a DROP:
The point at which the head goes below your partner’s waist and weight is not self supported.
Definition of an AERIAL:.
The point at which both feet of one partner are off the ground due to the other partner and not maintaining contact with their partner.
LIFTS: Cartwheels Or Any Similar Lifts or Tricks are permitted. Lifts are defined as any assisted movement whereby any partner is carried off the floor. Whether the feet are 2 inches off the floor or 10 feet, this type of assisted movement will still be considered a lift or trick. Tricks and trick combinations are expected to remain within the confines of salsa timing and or musicality of the routine.
TRICKS: Any assisted movement whereby the movement cannot be balanced or
performed without the assistance of the partner is considered to be a TRICK.
TRICK COMBINATIONS: Multiple Positions (Non Cabaret Divisions):
Are okay in trick combinations but no more than 3 total positions may be achieved in any
combination. However, there cannot be any stops during the combinations. Positions much consistently flow from one to the next, with no stops. If there is a stop, each position will be counted as a separate trick, and will count toward the 3 trick limit. No trick or trick combination can last more than two 8-counts (4 measures). One foot must remain on the floor at all times.
TURNS: For all divisions: a maximum of four bars / 16 beats / 2 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns. More than this will result in a penalty off the final score. All preparations for turns and or checks must maintain basic timing. For the on 1 style, preps must occur on The 1-2 or the 5-6. For the on 2 style, preps must occur on the 2-3 or 6-7. Coming out of a turn sometimes preps can also start on 1 style: On 8 or on 4, and on 2 style- on 1 and on 5.
CONTINUOUS TURNS: Multiple / Continuous turns such as multiple turns in one spot, touch and go style turns, or pot stirrers / corkscrews cannot last longer than two 8 counts and cannot happen more than two times in the routine. If this is not the case points will be deducted by the main judge.
Stops / freezes, What is a stop? A full stop of the legs but movements in the body.
WHAT IS A FREEZE?:
A full stop of the legs and no body movement (like a pause). Dancers cannot maintain an extended stop or freeze position for more Than one 8 count. Extended stops or freezes cannot happen more than Two times in the routine. So as its only allowed to stop or freeze two Times in the routine from 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. You can do this only two times during the whole routine. If you do this more than two times, points will be deducted by the head judge. If you decide to stop or freeze for less than a 8 count it’s still counted as a freeze or stop. But there will be no point deduction by the head judge but the other judges might give you a lesser score in choreography if he or she thinks that there were to many stops or freezes in the routine. Dancers cannot maintain an extended stop or freeze position for more than one 8-count (2 measures). Extended stops or freeze’s cannot happen more than two times in the routine.
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