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MEMBERSHIP & COMPETITION RULES

MEMBERSHIP

All dancers must be a member of SDI Dance Events to take part in competitions. The pricing for memberships is as follows:

€10 annual fee: If you are part of a SDI registered dance school/studio

€20 annual fee: If you are an independant dancer

Our annual memberships run from January - December each year, and will automatically be renewed unless you cancel in your account. If you register with a registered dance school/studio and transfer/change clubs during the duration of your membership, your membership will become void until you re-register with your new school/studio

GENERAL

All dancers, spectators and dance teachers must have their wristbands on before entering the competition hall. Forgotten/Lost wristbands will be charged at full price. Competitors numbers and wristbands will be given to the studio director/school teacher.

Registrations for all events must be finalised at least 14 days before an event. It is the responsibility of the parent, dancer or dance teacher to ensure that dancers are registered for the correct events before registration closes.

If a dancer is not in the hall at the time of their section or recall then we will continue the rounds and they will miss their opportunity to dance. Seating is for spectators only.

CONDUCT

Only teachers or school officials should approach the event staff with questions during the competition. Event staff can be identified by their uniform. Costumes and dance moves performed should be appropriate for all age groups and should not include any inappropriate, sexual or explicit movements. Dancers should not touch any member of the public or judges during their performance. Props are permitted, however you must be able to clear them immediately after your performance, therefore glitter, water etc.. must not be used. Bags and other items should not obstruct walkways or cause any hazards which could cause injury to others. You must not approach our crew of judges, MC or DJ during the event while they are working. Any questions should be directed towards our event staff. SDI Dance Events is an organisation that focuses on creating a positive environment for everyone while providing a fun and friendly event. We encourage all dancers and spectators to support all competitors and maintain a good level of sportsmanship between one and other.

TICKET INFORMATION

For our general street dance competitions for 2023, wristbands are priced at €20 per person for both dancers and spectators. We offer complimentary wristbands to dance teachers. These are offered on a basis of 1 teacher wristband per 10 dancers participating. We have a strict no refund policy on wristbands. An order can be amended up to 14 days before an event. After this mark all wristbands ordered must be paid for. Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

GENERAL RULES

Dance teachers & professional dancers must dance in the pro category.
Each dancer can only compete in one solo & one duo. If you enter more than once then you will be disqualified.

DANCERS AGE

A dancers age is based on the age they were on 1st January 2023

SOLOS

Music will be provided by the DJ for solos. All styles of Hip Hop and Street Dance are welcome in the SDI Dance Events Solos. There is NO rule for what your solo should be at SDI, just do YOU! Whether it's hip hop freestyle, locking, choreo, Bring whatever you do best! For Solos dancers must stay in their own space. You may move within reason, but there should be no “GRAND PRIX” dancing (around the dance floor) The following levels and age categories are offered at our events.

MINI/KID FIRST TIMER | Dancers aged 0-8 years who have never competed before

JUNIOR FIRST TIMER | Dancers aged 9-12 years who have never competed before

TEEN/SENIOR FIRST TIMER | Dancers aged 13+ years who have never competed before

MINI BEGINNER | Dancers aged 0-5 years who compete at Beginner Level

KID BEGINNER | Dancers aged 6-8 years who compete at Beginner Level

JUNIOR BEGINNER | Dancers aged 9-12 years who compete at Beginner Level

TEEN BEGINNER | Dancers aged 13-15 years who compete at Beginner Level

SENIOR BEGINNER | Dancers aged 16+ years who compete at Beginner Level

KID PRO | Dancers aged 0-8 years who compete at Pro Level

JUNIOR PRO | Dancers aged 9-12 years who compete at Pro Level

TEEN PRO | Dancers aged 13-15 years who compete at Pro Level

SENIOR PRO | Dancers aged 16+ years who compete at Pro Level

Some categories may be amalgamated at certain events at the discretion of SDI Dance Events. We feel it is important to provide competitive rounds for dancers.

DUOS

Music will be provided by the DJ for duos. All styles of Hip Hop and Street Dance are welcome in the SDI Dance Events Duos. For duos, you must dance in the age of the oldest dancer, for example, if one dancer is 12 and the second dancer is 15 they must dance in the Teen Duo category. The following levels and age categories are offered at our events.

KID DUOS | Dancers aged 6-8 years

JUNIOR DUOS | Dancers aged 9-12 years

TEEN DUOS | Dancers aged 13-15 years

SENIOR DUOS | Dancers aged 16+ years

Some categories may be amalgamated at certain events at the discretion of SDI Dance Events. We feel it is important to provide competitive rounds for dancers.

MOVING UP A LEVEL

At every competition each dancers is awarded points for call backs, placements. At the end of each year these points are calculated and the highest ranking dancers will move up levels for the following year. Dancers can request to move down a level when they move up an age group.

COMPETITION PROCEDURE

The MC will call dancers to the holding area by their age & their ability. All dance teachers will receive a running order of the whole competition. Depending on the number of dancers in each category they may be split into heats by the event staff. Dancers will dance together on the dance floor at the same time and the judges will select the numbers which they wish to progress to the following round. The judges will move around the floor if necessary, if they are unable to see a dancer. Dancers should wear their numbers on the front of their outfit and ensure they are secured and fully visible at all times. Safety pins will be made available by event staff. The MC will announce recalls by the age division and category and the successful dancers will dance again. These recalls will continue until we are down to the final 5* , who will then dance again and be placed by our judges. Please ensure you do not miss your category. If you do miss your category, then you will be unable to dance. Event staff will check the correct category and if you are in the incorrect category you will not be allowed to dance. The final 5 in the pro categories will perform solo spots. Our computer algorithm may bring back more than 5 for a final on occasion.

JUDGING CRITERIA 

The judges will be looking for the following during solos & duos

- Interpretation of the music

- Musicality

- Execution and movement quality

- Performance quality

- Knowledge & understanding of foundational movements

In addition to the above criteria, when judging duos, the judges will also be looking for the following:
- Connection & interaction with dance partner
- Synchronicity of routine

- Creativity & Choreography

ABILITY LEVELS

Dancers who have never competed before will begin at Beginner level. If dancers have competed before or have previous experience it is at the dancers’ discretion which section to compete in. You are unable to move back to a lower ability after first competing at a higher level, for example if you enter Kid Pro the only way to move back down to Beginner would be once you move up an age level - our system will track the incorrect category and automatically disqualify the dancer

CREW/TEAM SECTION RULES

Teachers/Choreographers create their own music for crews. All styles of Hip Hop and Street Dance are welcome in the SDI Dance Events Crews. Crews must have a minimum of 3 dancers and a maximum of 10 dancers. 

The following levels and age categories are offered at our events.

KIDS OPEN | Dancers aged 0-8 years

JUNIOR BEGINNER | Dancers aged 9-12 years who compete at Beginner Level

TEEN BEGINNER | Dancers aged 13-15 years who compete at Beginner Level

SENIOR BEGINNER | Dancers aged 16+ years who compete at Beginner Level

JUNIOR PRO | Dancers aged 9-12 years who compete at Pro Level

TEEN PRO | Dancers aged 13-15 years who compete at Pro Level

SENIOR PRO | Dancers aged 16+ years who compete at Pro Level

Performance order of crews is randomly computer generated before the event. 1st Place winners of each division from the previous competition will be marked as 'defending champions' and get to go last. 

 

Some categories may be amalgamated at certain events at the discretion of SDI Dance Events. We feel it is important to provide competitive rounds for dancers. 

 

A crew member may not compete in more than one (1) crew per age division per competition. However, a crew member whose age overlaps 2 categories can join in the 2 different age categories Each crew must have a minimum of 75% of its dancers in the age division they have entered, 25% of dancers may be 1 age division higher. The dance teacher / crew leader is responsible for registering the crew into the correct age division and section.

CREW MUSIC

Teachers/Choreographers create their own music for crews SDI does offer a service where we have collaborated with DJ’s to create crew music for dance crews. This can be purchased through our website Music must be sent to SDI Dance Events 14 days before the competition. Failure to upload your music could result in your crew being unable to dance. Please ensure a backup is brought with you on the day. We accept no responsibility if you do not bring a backup and your uploaded track will not play. SDI Street Dance will accept no responsibility if music is not set at the correct sound level for playing. Our DJ’s will not adjust the sound levels in any way. Your music should include the clean edits of tracks and should not include any inappropriate language or swearing. The music should be cut to the correct time limit for the category, we allow a 5 second buffer plus and minus. 

TIME LIMITS FOR EACH DIVISION: 

KIDS OPEN | 1:00 - 2:00min

JUNIOR BEGINNER | 1:30 - 2:00min

TEEN BEGINNER | 1:30 - 2:00min

SENIOR BEGINNER | 1:30 - 2:30min

JUNIOR PRO | 1:30 - 3:00min

TEEN PRO | 1:55 - 3:00min 

SENIOR PRO | 1:55 - 3:00min

MEGACREWS

Teachers/Choreographers create their own music for megacrews SDI does offer a service where we have collaborated with DJ’s to create crew music for dance crews. This can be purchased through our website Megacrews must have a minimum of 10 dancers and a maximum of 40 dancers.

The following levels and age categories are offered at our events.

MEGAKIDZ | Dancers under 12 - Open level

MEGAYOUTH | Dancers aged under 18 - Open Level

MEGACREW | Dancers of all ages - Open level

 

TIME LIMITS FOR EACH DIVISION

MEGAKIDZ | 1:30 - 4:00 

MEGAYOUTH | 2:00 - 4:00

MEGACREW | 2:00 - 5:00

Performance order of crews is randomly computer generated before the event Defending champions from the previous competition will be permitted to dance last in their category A dancer under 12 can compete in one megakidz crew and one megacrew, one megayouth once both crews are 50% different members and different choreography.

THEMED CREWS

Teachers/Choreographers create their own music for themed crews. SDI does offer a service where we have collaborated with DJ’s to create crew music for dance crews. This can be purchased through our website

Themed Crews must have a minimum of 5 dancers and a maximum of 50 dancers. Themed Crews should have a clear theme or story throughout the Routine. There is no limit to what the theme or story can be The story/theme should engage the audience, entertain and evoke emotions from the crowd from laughter, to emotional to a movie theme - anything goes! Performance order of crews is randomly computer generated before the event Defending champions from the previous competition will be permitted to dance last in their category Themed crew dancers can range from all ages Dancers can be in maximum (2) themed crews once both crews are 50% different members and different choreography. There is limited availability in the themed crews category. Availability is based on a first come first served basis.

TIME LIMITS FOR EACH DIVISION

THEMED CREW | 2:00 - 5:00

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