1. The Festival is for amateurs; for the purposes of the Festival an amateur is one who is considered not to: 

  • derive his/her/their main income from performing. 

  1. The age of the competitor is taken from the 1st Sept 2021. Entry into the incorrect      age group may lead to disqualification. In cases of doubt, the competitor may be required to produce a birth certificate to confirm their age. 

  1. The organisers reserve the right to divide, combine or split classes, should the occasion arise, and have the power to interpret or qualify any of these rules should they deem it appropriate. 

  1. The Festival does not accept liability for the infringement of copyright recording or performing rights arising out of any competitor’s accompaniment or performance. The Festival contributes to a Group Licence to cover payment of fees for the use of recorded music at its events. Teachers and Choreographers using recordings created from commercial recordings are advised that they are themselves responsible for seeking permission to re-record from the recording companies concerned. 

  1. Photography, filming, video or tape recording is prohibited. However, competitors must be prepared to perform before cameras of the media and/or agents of the competition. 

  1. The Adjudicator’s decision is final and no discussion or correspondence concerning such a decision will be entered into. The Adjudicator reserves the right not to award any place when, in their opinion, the standard of dance is insufficiently high, or to individuals who infringe these rules. 

  1. Communication with the Adjudicator concerning any matters relating to the competition by the competitors, teachers or other parties during the competition is prohibited. 

  1. The stage and stage wings are out of bounds to all except authorised personnel and persons about to perform. Competitors who have danced must leave the area and only return for adjudication. Authorised persons include one assistant from each school who may accompany children aged 7 years and under or older competitors for the sole purpose of props. 

  1. Competitors must report to the stage steward at least 15 minutes before the class is due to start and present their music at least 30 minutes before the class commences. Competitors must dance in the correct order and be ready in the wings two dances before their own. Absentees and late music submission risk disqualification. 

  1.  Recorded accompaniment must be on audio CD and have nothing else but a single recording of the accompaniment; other media is no longer permitted. CDs must be clearly marked with the performers name and dance. A back-up CD MUST be available, in the event that the first copy does not play. All CDs must be handed in at the collection point located backstage at the bottom of the stairs at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the class. Failure to hand in the accompaniment on time, or in the event that both original and back-up CDs fail to play, the competitor will not be allowed to compete.

  1. Competitors aged 11 years or over may not be allowed to re-dance except for a technical reason determined by the stage steward. Competitors aged under 11 years may be allowed to re-dance, at the discretion of the adjudicator. 

  1. Entrance to the auditorium will only be allowed between performances and not whilst Adjudication is taking place. Competitors may be allowed into the auditorium provided their Costumes are covered up and appropriate protective footwear is worn. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and fully supervised. 

  1. Members of the public and competitors will not be allowed entry to the venue before 8.45am on any morning of the Festival, in compliance with Health & Safety regulations. Children will only be allowed to play or rehearse in the appointed area(s). 

  1. Time limits for dances must not be exceeded. Times will be checked from the first note or word of the accompaniment or the first movement of the dancer, whichever is the sooner.

  1. Marks may be lost if the time limit is exceeded. 

  1. When requested, the steward will announce the title of the dance and, if appropriate, a short synopsis not exceeding thirty words. 

  1. The choice and interpretation of the accompaniment, as well as the quality of the recording, will be taken into account by the Adjudicator. 

  1. Pre-recorded music used in any song and dance section must not include any singing or chanting on the CD. Pre-recorded music used in tap sections must not use any recorded tap or similar effect. 

  1. Pointe work is not allowed for any competitor under the age of 13 years. 

  1. Acrobatic work is not allowed in the Stage Modern Section but gymnastic work is allowed as long as this is in keeping with the choreography. Acrobatic and gymnastic work will not be allowed in the Lyrical Modern Section.

  1. Competitors may perform not more than: 

    1. Once in their own age group for each solo technique (classical or stage)

    2. Once in each technique in a duet class with the same partner 

    3. Once in each technique in a trio/quartet class with the same dancers

NB dancers are permitted to dance more than once with different partners 

  1. Solo techniques are defined as follows: 

    1. Classical: Ballet, Greek, Contemporary, National and Character

    2. Stage: Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Song & Dance (Musical Theatre), Choreographic & Vocal.

  1. The age of the eldest competitor determines the correct class of entry. 

  1. The competition may make awards to performers in categories of its choice. These awards must be returned to the designated representative of the competition by 1st day of the following years competition. 

  1. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry or stop performance of unsuitable dance, props or costumes. 

  1. The organisers are not liable for any loss of or damage to any articles, clothing or any personal injury during the Festival unless proven negligent. 

  1. Parents, relatives or friends who attend the Festival with a dancer must pay the appropriate entry money at the time of entering the venue. Competitors who are dancing on the day will not be required to pay the appropriate entry money.

  1. In the event that they are unable to attend their class, competitors are invited to call the Festival representative to let them know. The Festival programme will include a telephone number to call, which will be available during Festival hours. 

  1. Entries will be allocated on a first come/first served basis if necessary. 

  1. The Festival carries public liability insurance and a certificate to that effect will be displayed at the venue during the Festival. 

  1. A responsible adult must supervise all children. Parents and teachers are reminded that the safety of young people and their belongings are their responsibility during the Festival. A separate dressing room will be provided for males and females and also a family dressing room for both sexes, should it be required. No men will be allowed entry to any female dressing room. 

  1. Appropriate Festival volunteers will carry out regular checks of all dressing rooms, back stage areas and toilet areas. Appropriate Festival volunteers will supervise performance areas. The Festival reserves the right to question any person within the backstage area and, where deemed appropriate, request them to leave.

  1. The Festival accepts no responsibility for the personal effects of entrants or their helpers. 


34.  A Novice is a dancer who has never gained more than 83 marks in a discipline regardless of any previous placings at a LIVE festival. Virtual or online festival scores will not be counted. 

35.  A dancer who is not classed as a Novice in one section will not be restricted from entering other sections in a novice competition, provided they meet the above criteria. All Novice dancers are permitted to enter the Open festival regardless of ability.

36.  No Pointe work is permitted in any Novice Section regardless of age.

Marking system 

  • 75 – 77 marks Fair 

  • 78 – 80 marks Moderate 

  • 81 – 83 marks Merit 

  • 84 – 86 marks Commended 

  • 87 – 89 marks Distinction 

  • 90 marks and over Outstanding 

NB: Medals will be given according to standard and at the adjudicator’s discretion 

Stage/Classical Duets, Trios & Quartets

The committee reserves the right to amalgamate techniques into the groupings of stage and classical should there not be sufficient entries to adjudicated techniques separately.  

Class sizes

Classes will be restricted and entries allocated on a first come, first served basis. In the event that a particular class is grossly oversubscribed, the organisers reserve the right to hold an additional class with a dance off between the first three in each part for a first, second and third place.