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INTERNATIONAL DANCE ORGANIZATION

 

DANCE SPORT RULES & REGULATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDO

 

Amended by the IDO Extraordinary Meeting

Dunajuvaros, Hungary 6th December 1998

Amended by the IDO Annual General meeting

Portoroze, Slovenia 27th June 1999

Approved August 1999 by the IDO President

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Section One

Regulations

General Regulations 6

Fees 7

Section Two

Organizers Rules

IDO Events. 8

Granting of Events 9

Titles 9

Requests for IDO Events 10

The Organizer 10

IDO Event Contract 11

Payment Schedule 11

Planning 11

Supervising 12

Scrutineering 12

Expenses 12

Competition Entries 13

Supervisor 14

Scrutineers 15

Section Three

Protocol and Scrutineering

Rules for Protocol and Scrutineering 16

Section Four

Rules Governing Competitions and Championships

Qualifying National Entries 17

Age Divisions 18

Categories of IDO Events 19

Dance Disciplines 19

Entry Conditions 20

Entry Accreditation of Competitors and Officials 20

Award Presentations at International Competitions 21

Transportation for International Competitors 22

Meals for International Competitors 22

Accommodations for International Competitors 23

Section Five

Competition Rules and Regulations

Music 23

Dancers on Stage using Compulsory Music 23

Dance or Stage Flooring 24

Rehearsals 24

Stage Lighting 24

Section Six

Rules for Adjudicators and Adjudication

General Provisions 25

Organizational Structure 25

Adjudication Committee 25

Adjudicators Examinations 26

Process 26 Categories of Adjudicators 26

VIP Adjudicators License 27

Rights and Duties of Adjudicators 27

Disciplinary Action 28

Supplementary Adjudicators 28

Nomination of Adjudicators 28

Required Adjudicators per Competition 31

Staging the Competition 31

Final Provision 31

Section Seven

Competition Rules

Performing Arts

Tap Dance 32

Dance Show 33

Exhibition Dance (to be inserted) 34

Ballet 34

Modern 35

Acrobatic/Gymnastic 35

Character – Folk – Ethnic 36

Lip-Sync 36

Street Dance – Pop

Disco Dance 37

Disco Dance Small group 38

Disco Dance Formation 39

Disco Freestyle 39

Hip Hop 40

Hip Hop Small group 41

Hip Hop Formation 42

Break Dance 42

Electric Boogie 43

Disco Show 44

Disco Show Formation 44

 

 

Special Couple Dance

Argentine Tango 45

Mambo 46

Salsa 46

Merengue 47

Swing Dance 47

Bugg 48

The Double Bugg 49

Mixing Blues 50

Acro mixing Blues 50

Hot Blues 50

Slow Blues 51

Other Dance Forms

Lisco 1 and 2 51

New Vogue (to be inserted)

Old Time (to be inserted)

Country Western (to be inserted)

American Ballroom (to be inserted)

Sequence / Round (to be inserted)

Section Eight

The new three Dimensional System

The new three dimensional system 52

Section Nine

Rules for Video-rights, TV-rights and sponsoring agreements

Rules for TV-rights 53

Rights of the organizer 53

Video agreement 53

Rights of the IDO 54

Rights of the participants attending IDO events 55

TV-rights 55

TV contracts and terms 55

Sponsor agreements 56

Section Ten

Leisure dancing and showcase. Dance schools and education of dance teachers

(To be inserted)

Section Eleven

Registration of Competitors, Trainers and Coaches, Judges, Dance teachers, Dance schools, Dance Clubs, Leisure and Showcase Dancers, Organizers, Supervisors, Scrutineers (To be inserted)

Section Twelve

Interpretation

(To be inserted)

Section Thirteen

IDO forms

Application form for IDO competition recognition 57

Application form for individual registration and IDO license 58

Application form for national IDO membership 59

Form for national secretariat 61

IDO license application form for School/Club/Formation 63

Form for the report of the Chairman of adjudicators 64

IDO Championship Supervisor’s report form 66

Enrolment form for solo competitors 69

Enrolment form for duos and couples 70

Enrolment form for duos and couples dance- and disco show 71

Enrolment form for small groups 72

Enrolment form for formations 73

Form for competition details 74

Form for proxy voting 78

Poll form for voting at IDO meetings 79

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DANCE ORGANIZATION IDO

DANCE SPORT RULES

Section One

GENERAL REGULATIONS

These rules can be altered or amended by the presidium and ratified by the IDO General Meeting.

The IDO will send a complete competition calendar, including all dates, to each IDO member, in accordance with its statutes. It will also include information on refresher courses, seminars for Judges, Organizers, and Scrutineers, and also make available all new and future disciplines, pertaining The IDO, to the entire dance industry.

The rules for Dance competitions and championships will be found within this Official IDO Dance Sport Rules Book.

IDO members referred to are the National IDO member Organizations.

It is the IDO’s responsibility to inform all National Federations of any changes in the competition calendar as soon as they are made.

The IDO will license all dancers, judges, scrutineers, supervisors, chairmen of judges, clubs, dance schools and all formations. Each license will have printed on it the duration and fee of the license. The licensing fee will be per person, per calendar year and will be collected for two years, unless otherwise decided and published by the IDO presidium. In IDO competitions, only competitors who present a valid IDO license, to the organizer, may compete.

Upon payment of all fees, IDO licensees will receive an IDO license, competition book, and an IDO pin.

The IDO gives the right to run IDO events to individuals or organizations. Please refer to IDO rules for Organizers, Supervisors and Scrutineers.

9. For the Organizers rights to TV and Sponsorship Agreements,

please refer to IDO Rules for TV and Sponsoring Agreements.

FEES

All fees are listed in CHF, but may be paid in equivalent EURO or $US.

ANNUAL AFFILIATION FEE FOR NATIONAL FEDERATIONS

The annual affiliation fee for National Federations or

National Organizations is 500 CHF.

 

FEES FOR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

a. Dancers, Adult & Senior......................... 10. CHF., per dancer

b. Dancers, Children & Juniors.................. 5. CHF., per dancer

c. Judges & Chairman of Judges................ 50. CHF.

d. Supervisors............................................. 50. CHF.

e. Scrutineers.............................................. 50. CHF.

f. Organizers.............................................. 50. CHF.

g. Clubs and Dance Schools..................…. 50. CHF.

h. Adult formations...............................…. 50. CHF.

i. Children & Junior Formations........…... 25. CHF.

The license fee will be per person, per year and will be collected every two years, in advance.

The duration of the license and the license fee must be printed clearly on the license.

The IDO Presidium, with the consent of the general meeting may change the license fee.

All participants at IDO Events, must have a valid IDO License.

If a formation takes part:

A/ Each formation team must hold a valid license to be able to take part in different disciplines within the same age group. They will be charged 100% for the first discipline and 50% for each additional discipline.

B/ To encourage formations to participate in many disciplines, no formation have to pay more than 100 SFr per year, regardless how many disciplines the formation will take part in.

C/ The license holder cold also be a dance school or a dance club. The license will include a specified name that will be protected within the IDO and all formations coming from that school or club must have that name within the formation name. This would enable that school or club to hold a licence for more than one formation also in different age groups and different disciplines. The school or club will be charged 100% for the first formation and 50% for each additional formation regardless if it is the same dancers in the formations.

D/ To encourage schools and clubs to participate in many disciplines with many formations, no school or club have to pay more than 100 SFr per year, regardless how many licenses that will be issued to the same school or club.

FEES FOR IDO EVENTS

1. International Championships per category

a. World Championship 1.500. CHF.

b. Continental Championship 1.000. CHF.

c. Cups 1.000. CHF.

d. Masters 1.000. CHF.

e. Grand Prix 1.000. CHF.

2. National Championship

a. Closed national Championships no IDO fee

b. Team matches with two countries no IDO fee

c. Open National Championship and

Invitation Competitions with 3-5

Participating countries 200. CHF.

d. Six or more participating countries 1.000 CHF.

Section 2

ORGANIZERS RULES

IDO EVENTS

According to IDO Statutes, the IDO creates rules for all events, competitions, showcases, shows, etc., which are specified below and may grant the rights to its members, in written form, at least 2 years ahead of the scheduled event. The IDO, in turn, then negotiates with the organizer directly and prepares all requests for the next IDO Competition meeting, which is presided over by the President, Vice President – Judges and the Vice President – Competitions. At this meeting, it will be decided by majority the granting of IDO Events along with naming the IDO Supervisor. If the President or one of the Vice Presidents is requesting an IDO Event for his Country, the Vice President, Sport Rules, should replace him.

All press, TV, film, video or other rights of the event belong to IDO, which in turn may grant these rights, totally or in part, to the organizer, by written permission. Refer to “IDO Rules for TV Rights and Sponsoring Agreements.” Unless otherwise decided by the presidium, in the “IDO Event Contract,” the Organizer must submit, to the IDO, at least 21 days after the competition:

A press summary in copy

One copy of the licensed video, if there was one.

One copy of any TV Broadcast, if there was one.

 

 

GRANTING OF EVENTS

International Championships

World Championships

Continental Championships

Cups

World Cups

Continental Cups

International Cups

Masters

Grand Prix

National Championships:

IDO does not regulate National Championships

In the case of open National Championships

1-2 participation countries, no IDO regulation

3-5 participating countries will be governed by National Rules and Regulations, but be published by the IDO

6 and more participating countries will be run under IDO rules and regulations

TITLES

The title of each competition or championship must include the name of its age group. For example:

World Junior Disco Championship 1998

World Children’s Tap Championship 1998

However, in the Adult division, no age specification is necessary.

All titles must contain the year of victory as shown above.

 

REQUESTS FOR IDO EVENTS

The IDO national member (national federation) must send a written request for the IDO Event that they are applying for at least 1 ? years before the date of the event. To avoid misunderstanding, it will be stated that any request for IDO Events may only be made in writing. Any oral or spoken agreement between IDO Officials and individuals or organizations will not be official or binding.

This request must be made on an Official IDO Application Form and include the following:

The level of the competition disciplines and age.

The dates and schedule of the event, including preparations, rehearsals, preliminaries, etc., and possible alternative dates.

The Country and City along with accessibility of various transportation methods (car, bus, train, air).

The facility of the event, including photographs.

The type of facility, theatre, congress center, sports hall, must be specified.

The area of the auditorium, size of stage, including the number of seats, along with a diagram of the entire facility.

An initial financial plan, including means of financing, etc.

A check for 25% of the license fee, which will be held in escrow and returned if the organizer is not granted the rights to run the event.

THE ORGANIZER

Once the National IDO member has sanctioned an Organizer to run an IDO Event, the Organizer assumes full financial responsibility and in no way will put any financial responsibility or burden on either IDO or the National Federation. It is the responsibility of the National Federation to make certain of the moral and financial background of the Organizer.

The interest of the Organizer includes income from tickets, merchandising, catering, etc. Sponsoring and/or TV licenses or rights are negotiable at the time of signing the contract. Please refer to “Rules for TV Rights and Sponsoring Agreements.”

The Organizer may engage an announcer, speaker or moderator, making sure that they are familiar with common terms of a well-run competition. Every effort must be made to ensure that no damaging comments or remarks are made against good sportsmanship, dance technique or IDO, nor to embarrass the contestants, coaches, judges, audience or dance in general, and keep all topics within good taste. They must cooperate with the IDO, Supervisor, Scrutineer and the Chairman of Judges, etc. They must cooperate with the IDO secretariat, the IDO press manager or Company, to promote IDO and its aims, in the best way possible.

The Organizer must observe the following rules regarding the Official IDO Logo:

It must be printed on all material concerning the competition, including all text, announcements, advertisements, publicity, program books, etc.

It must be visually present at the competition site to promote the IDO according to the IDO Statutes, Article 2.

IDO EVENT CONTRACT OR AGREEMENT

The Official “IDO Event Contract” shall be used for all IDO Events.

In the case where the Organizer is unable to run the event, he is obliged to find a replacement. If he is unable to find another organizer, acceptable to IDO, to run the event, the following penalties will apply. Special consideration may be handled on a one to one basis, as required. Penalties are as follows:

Cancellation up to twelve months before: 25% of the competition fee.

Cancellation up to eight months before: 50% of the competition fee.

Cancellation up to six months before: 75% of the competition fee.

Cancellation after six months before: 100% of the competition fee.

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

25% with official application (see 5. Requests for IDO Events)

75% fourteen days after invoice of the IDO secretariat by bank transfer, not earlier than 9 months and no later than 6 months before the competition.

PLANNING

The Organizer must make every effort to run the competition on the highest level possible, according to IDO Rules and former traditions. He must inform the IDO, as soon as possible about all relevant changes, such as dates, country, city, facility, including stage dimension and surface, travel arrangements, hotels, restaurants, availability of tickets to the event, expenses, etc.

IDO will then inform all IDO National Members of the pertinent information. All information must be published in the English language, and may be published in other international languages, if possible. The Organizer must provide sufficient translators to guarantee correct information to all participants.

SUPERVISING

The IDO, Vice President of Competitions, will approve a supervisor for the event as soon as possible. He will assist the organizer and help to insure the proper running of the event. The duties of the Supervisor are specified in Rule 13.

SCRUTINEERING

The IDO, Vice President of Competitions, will approve a Scrutineer for the event as soon as possible. The duties of the Scrutineer are specified in Rule 14.

EXPENSES

The Organizer must pay the expenses of all IDO Officials, appointed by IDO, that perform duties at their competition. This includes, supervisors, chairmen of judges, judges, and scrutineers, etc. The expenses shall include:

Hotel, single room, including breakfast for the day/s of the competition.

In the case of necessary early arrival, such as that of the supervisor, at least one additional day must be paid.

Two suitable meals, per person, per day.

Each official, including supervisor, chairman of judges, judges and scrutineer will be paid a “per diem” of 150. SFr., or equivalent in EURO/$US

Travel – at the recommendation of the Organizer, the

Following means of transportation may be used:

a. Automobile or bus, per km, 0.50 SFr. or

equivalent in EURO / $US.

b. Train, second class.

c. Air, weekend ticket, as inexpensive as possible.

d. Additional expenses, such as airport transfers,

parking fees, etc., will be paid upon approval.

Transportation costs and expected reimbursement should be negotiated at the inception of the contract and no later than one week before the event, between the Organizer and the Official/s, by fax or telephone, and confirmed.

If the Organizer has been informed, in writing, at least one week before the event that the Official will be accompanied by another person, the Organizer must provide, without cost, one VIP ticket for each event. A double room will also be provided.

All expenses must be paid or reimbursed before the start of the event.

COMPETITION ENTRIES

a. All entries for IDO Events must be made on an Official Form IDO Form, issued by the IDO Office, through the IDO Members. All competition entries must be made with the terms indicated on the Official Entry Form. Once the entries have been submitted, cancellation may only be made through both the IDO Head Office and the Organizer. However, no cancellations will be accepted after the official deadline, as specified, unless the organizer gives a written permission. However, the organizer must publish a deadline for Hotel reservations and cancellations. After this deadline, all fees are payable upon demand. The Disciplinary Committee will handle all disputes.

b. The organizer may extend the deadline for entries in accordance with the Supervisor and the IDO Secretariat.

c. The National Secretaries may change, in written form only, the names of the dancers up to four days before the event. The IDO office verifies the validity of the entrant’s lDO license, and returns the list to the organizer after this deadline, no further change is possible.

d. These changes are only possible with the approval of the organizer, but may not be made later than four days before the competition, unless the organizer approves otherwise.

e. If one or more dancers fail to arrive at the check in counter at the published time, a penalty of 50 SFr. or equivalent in EURO / $US, must be paid to the Organizer, by the IDO member. These penalties will be shared with the IDO for expenses incurred. Special requests will be handled on an individual basis, in written form.

f. It is the IDO member’s responsibility to pay for all hotels rooms, booked in writing through the organizer, if the dancer/s fail to attend the event, unless the organizer releases the member from that duty.

g. If the organizer releases one member in such a case, he must release all other members with similar circumstances.

h. Upon check-in, all dancers have to present their IDO License. This information must always be published in the competition Invitation. If there is a problem, the Supervisor will make the final decision, and include it in his report.

i. After the competition, the Organizer will return the recorded Competition Book, with the event’s title, to all participants, (dancers and officials) and the results and ranking of all dancing participants.

j. Unless the IDO Presidium has decided it otherwise, the Organizer must not charge the IDO competitors, coaches or IDO Officials for any published material, which will be used within the competition, such as name sheets, timetables, order of performance, or results.

Programs may be offered to the public, for a charge.

SUPERVISOR

The IDO will name a “Supervisor” for every IDO Competition.

The Supervisor will assist the Organizer, make decisions where the rules are not clear and ensure that the competition is run in a fair and professional manner. In severe cases, the Supervisor will discuss the matter with the Organizer, the Chairman of Judges along with the Scrutineer, to resolve and find a majority decision.

This decision should be based on the Official Rules and traditional procedure of the IDO Competitions. This decision is binding. In the case of any complaints brought against the Supervisor regarding his behavior, actions or decisions, all complaints shall be brought before the IDO Presidium for review.

The Supervisor will make a written report on an Official Competition Report Form, and forward it to the IDO Office within one week of the event.

The Supervisor is responsible for the following duties:

To arrive at least two days before the event or earlier if necessary.

To review and approve the competition schedule.

To review and approve the competition papers.

To review the location, including dance floor, dressing rooms, etc.

To review the proper promotion of IDO in all forms.

To assist the Organizer’s work with the media.

To insure that the competition will be run according to the IDO Event Contract.

To insure TV Contracts making sure they are in accordance with “IDO Rules for TV Rights and Sponsoring Agreements.”

To supervise the check in of all competitors and officials.

To supervise the music and ensure that it is of the quality expected at an IDO Event.

To supervise the rehearsals seeing that all time requirements and restrictions are met.

To supervise the drawing of “order of appearance”.

To supervise and assist the Scrutineer and/or Chairman of Judges.

To supervise departure, check ups and financial transfers to IDO.

To make his report on an Official IDO Competition Report Form and send it to the IDO Office within one week of the end of the event.

The Supervisor must be an experienced Organizer and must take at least one IDO Supervising Seminar within the past two years. He must also be able to speak, read and write the English language. The Supervisor may not be selected from the country where the competition takes place.

14. SCRUTINEERS

The IDO will approve a Scrutineer, appointed by the Organizer for every competition. This person must have knowledge of all judging and scrutineering systems used by the IDO and must hold a valid IDO Scrutineering License.

It is the duty of the Scrutineer to compile the judge’s results, using Official IDO Scrutineering Forms, inform the competitors of the results, including the qualifying numbers for the next round and their ranking.

The Organizer must also select at least two additional people to help and assist the Scrutineer. These people must know the IDO Scrutineering and judging system and be able to speak, read and write the English language.

The Scrutineers duties are as follows:

To arrive at least three hours prior to the start of the event.

To review the protocol and Official Scrutineering Forms.

To assist the Supervisor in the drawing and recording of the “order of appearance”.

To check the scrutineering location for easy communication between the Organizer, Officials and Judges.

To assist the Supervisor in ensuring that the competition will be run in accordance with the IDO Event Contract.

To assist the Supervisor and/or Chairman of Judges in any way possible to help the event run smoothly in the highest professional manner.

At the conclusion of the competition, the Scrutineer must ensure that all Scrutineering Forms are in proper order, and give them to the Supervisor to forward to the IDO Office.

The Scrutineer must be of strong moral character and speak English.

Section Three

 

 

RULES FOR PROTOCOL AND SCRUTINEERING

Before the start of each Competition: Also refer to “Entry Conditions”

1. The starting order will be drawn by computer or by random selection. This is at the discretion of the Organizer and shall be done by the Supervisor with the assistance of the Scrutineer, who will record the result

2. The starting order must be printed by the Scrutineer and posted in a minimum of three places including backstage and in the warm-up areas, etc., so that it is clearly visible for all participants to see.

During the Competition

1. New rounds must be published as above.

Qualifying dancers or teams will be selected by the following manner for the next rounds.

Not less than 50% of the highest scoring contestants will qualify for the next round.

The same will apply for quarter, semi and finals. When the occasion arises where out of fairness to all dancers it is necessary to go slightly above or slightly below these figures, the Organizer, Supervisor, Chairman of Judges and the Scrutineer may suggest such a change, with the Organizer making the final decision.

In the final round, there should be at least six and not more than eight competitors or teams, unless otherwise decided by the Organizer, Supervisor, Chairman of Judges and the Scrutineer.

NOTE: As an example:

Preliminaries 48, quarter finals 24, semi finals 12, finals 6.

At all IDO Competitions, the “3-D” system of judging will be used in all rounds except the finals where the skating system will be used. This system is explained in Section 8.

The scrutineer will inform the judges, on the Official Judging Form, how many crosses will be used. The number of crosses is equal to the number of competitors that has to be qualified for the next round. The judge must follow this ruling exactly and without exception.

When using the "3-D" system, "X" (crosses ) and POINTS will be used. The total number of crosses is decisive. In the case that the number of crosses are equal, the "3-D" system will prevail and determine the qualifying winner. Therefore, the Scrutineer must check very carefully to see that the judges have used this system exactly and have given the exact number of crosses as printed on the Official Score Sheet. If the judge has not given the exact number of "X" as prescribed, it is the duty of the Chairman of Judges to make it known to the judge, therefore requiring the judge to make adjustments. If then all is equal, it will result in a tie.

The result of this information must be provided to the contestants and coaches immediately following each round in the same manner as in posting starting order listed above.

In the final round, it is compulsory to use the International “Skating” System. Rules governing this system may be found in the International Skating System Rule Book by Arthur Dawson.

Final scores and ranking of all competitors, using Official IDO Judging Forms, will be made available to the contestants and coaches immediately following each competition.

Section Four

RULES GOVERNING COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS

QUALIFYING NATIONAL ENTRIES

Representation for a country

Solo dancers taking part in an International IDO competition representing a country must be situated in that country and also being a citizen of that country. Regarding duos and couples at least one in the duo or couple must be situated in that country and also being a citizen of that country. Regarding small groups and formations at least two/thirds of the group or formation must be situated in that country and also be citizens of that country. Unless the Presidium together with the organizer from time to time so decides, each country may submit the following number of entries, according with their rank to IDO.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Solo............................................ 3 – 5

Duo/Couples.............................. 3 – 5

Small Group............................... 2 – 3

Formations................................. 2 – 3

Should competitions be organized with new dance styles, the number of participants shall be decided from time to time in agreement with the IDO Presidium and the organizer.

Wild Card – One Wild Card may be chosen, at the Organizers discretion.

Defending Champions, as long as they are in the same discipline and age group.

CUP No Restrictions

The Presidium has the right to alter, amend or qualify changes when they deem necessary. These changes must be announced to all members at least six months prior to each event.

2. AGE DIVISIONS

The following age divisions will be used in all IDO Events:

Children........................ 11 and under

Juniors.......................... 12 – 15

Adults............................ 16 – 49

Seniors.......................... 50 and over

The dancer’s age is determined by year of birth when it falls within the calendar year of the competition. In the case of duos and couples, the elderly partner counts the age division. A partner no more than two years younger than the lower age limit, may dance in an older division. Example: One dancer is 10 and one is 14, they may dance in the junior division but if the younger is only 9 they can not dance. In Small Groups and Formations, the Average age of the dancers will prevail. To determine the average age, add all ages in the Group or Formation together and divide by number of dancers in the Group or Formation, to reach an average age. In the case of decimals in the average age, .0 to .4 shall result in the lower age division, .5 to .9 will result in the higher age division. However, no dancer who is two years older or younger than the average age may perform with the Group or Formation if it falls outside the age division. Example 1: the average age in a Junior team is 12. They may have dancers that are 11 but not 10, and they can not have anybody over the higher age limit for Juniors, which is 15. Example 2: the average age in a Junior team is 15. They may have dancers that are 16 but not 17, and they can not have anybody under the lower age limit for Juniors, which is 12.

For Seniors the average age of the team members must be over 5o years of age and at least 50% of the team members must be 50 years of age or more and all the other team members must be over 40 years of age.

The organizer reserves the right to establish Children’s divisions under age 7, as long as it runs in conjunction with a Children’s competition ages 11 and under.

 

3. CATEGORIES OF IDO EVENTS

Solo........................... Male and/or Female (if divided, it must

be specified in the title of the event)

Duo........................... Two Females or two Males

Couple...................... Male and Female

Small Group............. 3 – 7 Dancers

Formations............... 8 – 24 Dancers

4. DANCE DISCIPLINES

Performing Arts

Tap Dance

Dance Show

Ballet

Modern

Acrobatic

Character – Ethnic – Folk

Lipsync

Street Dance / Pop

Disco Dance

Disco Dance Freestyle

Hip Hop

Break Dance

Electric Boogie

Disco Show

Special Couple Dances

Tango Argentine

Mambo

Salsa

Merengue

Swing Dance

Bugg

Mixing Blues

Acro mixing Blues

Hot Blues

Slow Blues

Others

Liscio 1 – Liscio 2

Dances to be inserted

New Vogue

Old Time

Country Western

American Ballroom

Sequence / Round

Possible other dances

5. ENTRY CONDITIONS

At least three months before the competition, the IDO Office will send invitations to all IDO National Federations. These invitations will include preliminary information regarding all events to be held, along with the age categories, the Official IDO Entry Form and the deadline for all entries.

No application will be accepted after the deadline, unless it meets with the Organizers approval.

All entries for IDO Competitions must be made on Official IDO Entry Forms.

The Official Entry Form must be sent by the IDO National Member to the IDO Office and not to the Organizer

The IDO Office will then check the name, age and license of each entrant and forward it to the Organizer.

In the case of changes and/or replacements, validity requirements will be checked as above. These changes may be made only on the Official Entry Form, until the deadline.

After the deadline, changes will only be accepted with the approval of the Organizer, no later than 4 days before the competition. Special requests may be granted with the Organizer’s approval.

 

6. ENTRY ACCREDITATION OF COMPETITORS AND OFFICIALS

The following procedures will be followed before the start of all IDO Events.

Presentation of IDO Licenses to IDO Officials, and the collection of Competition Books.

Presentation of your music, when necessary, to IDO Officials.

Acceptance of starting numbers and all necessary competition material.

Completion of necessary arrangements regarding accommodations, meals, tickets, vouchers, and the finalization of payments due.

To arrange special requests regarding music, entrance, etc.

If provided by the Organizer, identification badges, banners, VIP Cards, must be presented upon request and must be respected by all participants.

Complimentary passes will be allocated and issued in the following manner:

For Solo, Duo, Couple or Small Group:

The Organizer must give one entrance pass to the event, for every ten participants in the competition, from each Nation. In the case where there are less than ten participants from a Country, one pass will be given. The names of all complimentary pass recipients will be clearly specified on the Official Entry Form. All others, accompanying each Country’s team must purchase a ticket at the normal price. All passes will be issued to the team leaders.

For Formations:

The Organizer must make four complimentary passes available to each Formation, which may be used for reserve dancers, staff, bus drivers, etc. Each recipient’s name must be clearly specified on the Official Entry Form. All passes will be issued to the team leaders.

VIP Passes:

Presidents of IDO National Members, who are not officially participating in the competition, will receive the courtesy of a free ticket, or if provided by the Organizer, a free pass to all events. If a partner or guest accompanies courtesy will be extended. At the discretion of the Organizer, other VIP passes may be issued when the need arises. One official representative from each country must be given a free pass to all areas of the event, except restricted areas, such as judges briefing, scrutineer’s office, etc.

When the dancers have finished their performance, every effort must be made to make it possible for all competitors to view the remainder of the competition in the auditorium or via television.

7. AWARDS PRESENTATION AT INTERNATIONAL

COMPETITIONS

All dancers participating in International Competitions will receive a certificate, which will include the dancer or teams placement in the competition.

At all IDO Competitions, except World Championships and Children and Junior Divisions, the Organizer must provide Cups, Trophies or similar awards to the finalists (maximum 8).

At World Championships, the Organizer will award an Official IDO World Championship Trophy to the first place solo, duo, couple, small group and formation. Second through sixth place winners will be presented with smaller awards. In addition, all first place winners will be presented with a gold medal, second place winners, with a silver medal, and third place winners, with a bronze medal. Certificates will be presented to all participants, which will include their placement.

At the Children and Junior World Championship, winners in all categories will be presented with an Official IDO World Championship Trophy. Each winning performer will receive a gold medal, second place winners will receive a silver medal, and third place winners will receive a bronze medal. Certificates will be presented to all participants, which will include their placement.

The Organizer of each IDO Event may present special prizes offered by sponsors, etc., such as “Outstanding Choreography,” “Best Costume,” and “Extraordinary Stage Presence.” All prizes, including cash awards, which are promoted through advertisements or announcements, must be awarded. These awards shall be presented at the event.

8. TRANSPORTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

All participant travel to check in at their own expense.

The Organizer will provide transportation between the check in, the accommodations facility and the competition site if the participants do not have their own transportation.

For those who have their own bus transportation, the Organizer must reimburse actual costs if the accommodations are located more than 10 kilometers from the competition site.

9. MEALS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

The Organizer must provide one suitable main meal for each competitor each competition day. Please note that this rule does not apply to Children and Junior events. For Children and Junior events, the Organizer must make available a list of suitable, nearby establishments, where reasonably priced youth meals are served. If it is possible, meals should be made available on the premises.

 

10. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

The organizer has to find suitable accommodations for all competitors. It is at the discretion of the Organizer whether he handles and books reservations or allows self-booking at recommended hotels. The Organizer must exert every effort to make sure all competitors have been accommodated. If transfer is required to and from the hotel and airport, train or bus station, at least ten-day notice must be given to the Organizer. The expense of this service will be that of the competitor.

 

Section Five

COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. MUSIC

In the case where the dancer must supply their own music, it must be on tape, CD or MD. Before the contest the organizer must make sure that the musical tape complies with the rules. In not, the entry shall be excluded from the competition.

In all cases, the music must be of first class quality, with clean editing and cuts. It must bear the name of the dancer or title of the act, the country and the title of the music. The tape must contain only one competition piece.

The music must be given to the Organizer at registration. The competitors must inform the Organizer if they enter the stage with music or before the music begins, and also if the music stops and starts, or has tag or tacit.

IDO compulsory music will be supplied by IDO, according to the standards of the dance discipline.

The Organizers music must be approved by IDO at least six months prior to the event.

All music must be of first class quality and loud enough for all dancers to hear.

2. DANCERS ON STAGE USING COMPULSORY MUSIC

In dance disciplines requiring IDO compulsory or Organizers music, the following rule will apply as to how may dancers or routines may be on stage at one time.

Preliminaries: No more than three solo, duo, couples or small groups.

Semi-final: No more than two solo, duo, couples or small groups.

Finals: Each act appears alone.

 

3. DANCE OR STAGE FLOORS

Measurement:

For solo, duo or couples – 8X8m, (24’X24’) minimum.

For group or formations – 12X14m (36’X42’) minimum.

Quality:

The floor (stage) should be of high quality and free from obstruction.

For tap, the floor must be wooden.

Balletizol, marley or other synthetic material may be used for all other dance disciplines, as long as it is of good quality

Acrobatic mat may be used for Disco Free Style.

4. REHEARSALS

The following rules will apply to rehearsals for all competitions:

IDO compulsory music disciplines

Ten minute time limit. All dancers on stage at the same time.

Solo, duo, couple routines

Twenty minute time limit. All dancers on stage at the same time without music. This will be referred to as “dry rehearsal.”

Small Groups and Formations

Each group or formation will rehearse, with their own music, for no longer than five minutes each.

If the Organizer provides longer periods of time for rehearsals warm-ups, it must be of equal time for all.

5. STAGE LIGHTING

Stage lighting must be full stage and set at the beginning of the competition and not changed throughout the entire event. However, in Disco, Argentine Tango, Break, Electric Boogie, Hip-Hop and other similar disciplines, lighting dramatics may be used as long as it is the same for all performances. In the case where video and television are involved, all lighting will be at their discretion. All technical and other equipment must be arranged so that it creates no hindrance on stage and guarantees full safety to all dancers. The installation must be in accordance with the safety regulations.

Section Six

RULES FOR ADJUDICATORS AND ADJUDICATION

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

The Adjudicators Rules determine the principles and organization of adjudicators, as well as the conditions and procedures of their qualification.

The Statutes, registration, and Dance Sport Rules for disciplinary actions of the IDO determine the principles that are not included in these rules.

2. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Dance adjudicators shall be a member of a National IDO Member Organization. The National IDO Member will send a list of five of their International Adjudicators to IDO, which includes their qualifications and disciplines that they are qualified to adjudicate

3. THE ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE

The Adjudication Committee consists of a Chairman who is the Vice President- Adjudicators and at least two other adjudicators. The IDO Presidium appoints the Committee members.

The duties of the IDO Adjudication Committee are as follows:

To carry out the program and the resolutions of the IDO General Meeting and the IDO Presidium.

To operate in accordance with these Rules and other IDO resolutions.

To develop the general policy in adjudicating, in all disciplines at IDO Competitions.

To formulate and conduct adjudicators’ advanced study courses and license seminars, to improve the level of adjudicating in all disciplines at IDO, at least once a year.

To nominate and oversee the Examination Committee

To compile annually the Official IDO roster of Adjudicators.

To keep a record of all adjudicators.

To nominate adjudicators for all IDO Competitions.

To send not later than three month before each competition to the head office, a list of those countries that are entitled to nominate judges according to the rules how to select the judges.

To carry out other tasks and duties as assigned by the IDO Presidium

 

4. DANCE ADJUDICATORS EXAMINATIONS

The title of an International Adjudicator shall be acquired by examination. Exception: All adjudicators registered with the IDO prior to December 31, 1999, will be grandfathered and recognized as Official IDO Adjudicators. Beginning January 1, 2000, in order to be licensed, examinations must be taken in the disciplines of the applied license.

Persons may take the Adjudication examination who have been proposed by their IDO National Member Organization. Active dancers may also be examined. Probationary adjudicators who have passed the examination, but still compete, cannot adjudicate at IDO Competitions. Their right to adjudicate becomes valid when they stop competing. No one may take an IDO Adjudicators Examination if they are not a registered adjudicator of their IDO National Member Organization.

The written examination consists of dance sport regulations, judging criteria and knowledge of individual dance styles and techniques, as well as knowledge of both the “3-D” and “Skating” System of scoring and scrutineering.

The practical examination consists of judging a competition in person or on videotape, with an oral explanation of the candidate’s decision.

5. PROCESS

All National IDO Members, may nominate their candidates to be examined, by sending an Official Examination Application form, available from the IDO Office, to the Adjudication Committee.

The IDO Examination Committee shall be obliged to conduct examinations at least once a year, and submit a full report on all candidates to the Adjudication Committee within fifteen days.

6. CATEGORIES OF ADJUDICATORS

The following divisions will be used to classify Dance

Adjudicators.

National Adjudicators

Probationary International Adjudicators

International Adjudicators

An adjudicator can be promoted into another category or remain in the same category. However he can not be moved down unless disciplinary action has been taken for unethical conduct. The categorization shall be in force from the day of successfully passing the examination or from the day of issuing the decision on categorization.

The Terms and conditions of acquisition of classification are:

National Adjudicator:

according to the rules of The National IDO Member.

Probationary International Adjudicator:

a person who successfully passed their examinations but has not yet adjudicated five IDO Competitions, none of which may be a Championship.

International Adjudicator:

a person who has adjudicated at least five non-championship events and has had no disciplinary actions or rulings against him for the past three years.

The IDO Adjudication Committee on the basis of the criteria determined above shall decide the promotion of adjudicators into a higher category.

7. VIP ADJUDICATORS LICENSE

At the discretion of the IDO Presidium, through the request of Organizers, National IDO Member Organizations or members of the Adjudicators and Examining Committee, special Honorary Licenses may be granted to famous or celebrity Dance Artists without examination. These requests will be handled on a one to one basis, as the need arises.

 

8. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF ADJUDICATORS

The rights and duties of adjudicators are as follows:

To adjudicate, without interference or harassment dance competitions according to his license.

To take part in license seminars and other educational activities for a nominal fee.

To be reimbursed the costs of these duties that are performed for IDO in accordance with the standards set under the rules Competition Rules for Organizers, Supervisors and Scrutineers.

The duties of International Adjudicators are as follows, in addition to the rights and duties above are:

To adjudicate dance competitions in accordance with the Official IDO Rules, Statutes and Regulations, and to strive to elevate the continued growth and development of dance sport.

To renew and keep valid their annual license

To present a valid IDO License and Competition Book to the Organizer

The rights and duties of the Chairman of Adjudicators are as follows, in addition to the rights and duties above are:

The Chairman of Adjudicators shall be obliged to ensure that the competition is carried out in accordance with the Official IDO Rules. The results of the competition become final with his signature. It is the Chairman’s duty to submit, within ten days, the Official Adjudicators Report to the IDO Office. In the case of a nominated adjudicator not being present at the competition, he has the right to appoint a substitute adjudicator, who will be approved by the Supervisor.

All adjudicators must excuse him from the adjudicating panel on any occasion when he has a member of his immediate family or any member of the same household dancing in the competition. Immediate Family is defined as first cousin or above.

Each year the Adjudicating Committee shall be obliged to publish a list of approved adjudicators who are currently licensed to adjudicate, along with the disciplines that they are currently qualified to adjudicate. Each listed adjudicator shall have the right and duty to adjudicate at the competitions he has been appointed to.

9. DISCIPLINARY ACTION

An adjudicator may loose his license for one year for the following reasons:

After being appointed to adjudicate a competition, he fails to be present, without just cause.

If, after being appointed to adjudicate a competition, he fails to notify the Organizer, that he will be unable to adjudicate that event.

If he behaves in an unethical, unprofessional or nonconforming manner, conducive to an IDO Official or Competition

If he has not taken part in a License Seminar at least once in three years.

If the IDO Disciplinary Committee so determines.

Appeals regarding disciplinary rulings may be made through the General Assembly

When merited or justified, the IDO Disciplinary Committee may issue, in writing, a lifetime license suspension.

10. SUPPLEMENTARY ADJUDICATORS

A supplementary adjudicator is a judge who is appointed by the Adjudication Committee to judge specific disciplines, without receiving travel costs and fees. However, the organizer will provide accommodations and meals.

11. NOMINATION OF ADJUDICATORS

RANKING LIST

The Adjudication committee will handle the ranking list. The ranking list is a rolling list where the results of last three competitions in all disciplines is recorded. Every discipline should be recorded separately. The points received should be counted as follows.

1 point for every competitor taking part in the competition, solos and duos.

2 points for every small group taking part in the competition.

5 points for every formation taking part in the competition.

1 point for every entry placed in the semi-final

1 point additional for every entry also placed in the final

1 point additional for the entry placed 5th in the final

2 points additional for the entry placed 4th in the final

3 points additional for the entry placed 3rd in the final

4 points additional for the entry placed 2nd in the final

5 points additional for the entry placed 1st in the final

The countries that are entitled to be invited are the countries highest placed on the ranking list in respectively discipline. If there is more than one discipline on the competition in question, all disciplines will be taken into account and the placings in the joint ranking list will be found by using the skating system in the same way as it is done in a normal competition. The majority will be accordingly to how many disciplines that are involved.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD CUPS ORGANIZED WITHIN EUROPE

The Supervisor and the Chairman of judges will be appointed directly by the Presidium.

Judges A, B, C,

Three ordinary judges are elected from the countries that have the most points in the ranking list.

Judge D

One ordinary judge is elected from the organizing country.

Judge E, F,

The adjudication committee in co-operation with the Presidium elects two ordinary judges from any other IDO national member country. All the above standing officials is ordinary and will be reimbursed for travel costs and shall be provided with meals and hotel and a fee according to the rules. They must hold a valid IDO judging license.

Judge G-I.

The organizer invites in co-operation with the adjudication committee a number of supplementary judges that is suitable for the occasion. The supplementary judges are appointed directly and will preferably be experts in respectively disciplines but could also be experts in other kinds of dancing or/and VIPs, famous personalities or artists not necessarily holding an IDO judging license. Supplementary judges shall be provided with meals and hotel. Any fee or other reimbursements will be at the organizer’s discretion.

At least two continents must be represented and preferably three continents if possible, in any World Championships adjudication panel. One country can not have more than one representative at the same panel of judges.

CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ORGANIZED WITHIN EUROPE

(European Championships with more than one IDO discipline at the same competition)

The same criteria as above will be used. European countries must be represented but preferably should judges from at least two continents be elected, if possible.

CONTINENTAL “ONE DISCIPLINE” CHAMPIONSHIPS ORGANIZED WITHIN EUROPE

(European Championships with only one IDO discipline at the same competition)

Judges A, B,

The Supervisor and the Chairman of judges will be appointed directly by the Presidium and will also act as voting judges.

Judges C, D,

Two ordinary judges are elected from the countries that have the most points in the ranking list.

Judge E,

One ordinary judge is elected from the organizing country.

Judge F,

The adjudication committee in co-operation with the Presidium elects one ordinary judge from any other IDO national member country. All the above standing officials is ordinary and will be reimbursed for travel costs and shall be provided with meals and hotel and a fee according to the rules. They must hold a valid IDO judging license. Except for the two judges that are elected from the ranking list, all judges must accept to serve on any additional judging panel that might be used at the same competition, if invited by the organizer.

Judge G.

The organizer invites in co-operation with the Supervisor a number of supplementary judges that is suitable for the occasion. The supplementary judges are appointed directly and will preferably be experts in respectively disciplines but could also be experts in other kinds of dancing or/and VIPs, famous personalities or artists not necessarily holding an IDO judging license. Supplementary judges shall be provided with meals and hotel. Any fee or other reimbursements will be at the organizer’s discretion.

One country can not have more than one representative at the same panel of judges.

WORLD AND CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD CUPS ORGANIZED OUTSIDE EUROPE

Judges A, B,

The Supervisor and the Chairman of judges will be appointed directly by the Presidium and will also act as voting judges.

Judges C, D,

Two ordinary judges are elected from the countries that have the highest points in the ranking list.

Judge E,

One ordinary judge is elected from the organizing country. All the above standing officials is ordinary and will be reimbursed for travel costs and shall be provided with meals and hotel and a fee according to the rules. They must hold a valid IDO judging license. All judges must accept to serve on any additional judging panel that might be used at the same competition, if invited by the organizer.

Judge F, G,

The organizer invites in co-operation with the supervisor a number of supplementary judges that is suitable for the occasion. The supplementary judges are appointed directly and will preferably be experts in respectively disciplines but could also be experts in other kinds of dancing or/and VIPs, famous personalities or artists not necessarily holding an IDO judging license. Supplementary judges shall be provided with meals and hotel. Any fee or other reimbursements will be at the organizer’s discretion.

At least two continents must be represented and preferably three continents if possible, in any World Championships adjudication panel. One country can not have more than one representative at the same panel of judges.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS ORGANIZED WITHIN EUROPE

The Supervisor will be appointed directly by the Presidium

Judges A,

The Chairman of judges will be appointed directly by the Presidium and will also act as a voting judge.

Judges B,

One ordinary judge is elected from the country that has the most points in the ranking list.

Judge C,

One ordinary judge is elected from the organizing country.

Judge D,

The adjudication committee in co-operation with the Presidium elects one ordinary judge from any other IDO national member country. All the above standing officials is ordinary and will be reimbursed for travel costs and shall be provided with meals and hotel and a fee according to the rules. They must hold a valid IDO judging license. Except for the judge that is elected from the ranking list, all judges must accept to serve on any additional judging panel that might be used at the same competition, if invited by the organizer.

Judge E.

The organizer invites in co-operation with the Supervisor a number of supplementary judges that is suitable for the occasion. The supplementary judges are appointed directly and will preferably be experts in respectively disciplines but could also be experts in other kinds of dancing or/and VIPs, famous personalities or artists not necessarily holding an IDO judging license. Supplementary judges shall be provided with meals and hotel. Any fee or other reimbursements will be at the organizer’s discretion.

One country can not have more than one representative at the same panel of judges.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS ORGANIZED OUTSIDE EUROPE

Judges A, B,

The Supervisor and the Chairman of judges will be appointed directly by the Presidium and will also act as voting judges.

Judge C,

One ordinary judge is elected from the country that has the most points in the ranking list.

Judge D,

One ordinary judge is elected from the organizing country.

All the above standing officials is ordinary and will be reimbursed for travel costs and shall be provided with meals and hotel and a fee according to the rules. They must hold a valid IDO judging license. Except for the judge that is elected from the ranking list, all judges must accept to serve on any additional judging panel that might be used at the same competition, if invited by the organizer.

Judge E.

The organizer invites in co-operation with the Supervisor a number of supplementary judges that is suitable for the occasion. The supplementary judges are appointed directly and will preferably be experts in respectively disciplines but could also be experts in other kinds of dancing or/and VIPs, famous personalities or artists not necessarily holding an IDO judging license. Supplementary judges shall be provided with meals and hotel. Any fee or other reimbursements will be at the organizer’s discretion.

One country can not have more than one representative at the same panel of judges.

12. REQUIRED ADJUDICATORS PER COMPETITION

Adjudicators are selected by IDO National Federations and in turn

invited by IDO to adjudicate.

International Competitions...............….. 5 – 7 judges

Continental Cups.............................…... 5 – 7 judges

Continental Championships.................... 7 judges

World Cups............................................. 7 judges

World Championships......................….. 7 – 9 judges

The number of adjudicators must always be an uneven number.

The replacement of adjudicators and supplementary adjudicators must be made by the enrollment closing date, even if the deadline has been postponed.

13. STAGING THE COMPETITION

Rules governing the operation of the competition, such as starting times, rounds, announcing placements, scoring, scrutineering, may be found in “Rules for Protocol and Scrutineering,” which may be found in section Three.

14. FINAL PROVISION

If an IDO National Member does not agree with the decisions of either the Supervisor, Chairman of Judges, or Scrutineer, he should bring this discrepancy to the IDO Presidium for review.

 

Section Seven

DANCE SPORT RULES

NOTE: Rules regarding qualifying National entries, such as number of contestants, age divisions, categories (solo, duo, couple, group or formation), music, number of dancers on stage, using compulsory music, dance or stage floor, including measurements and quality, rehearsals, stage lighting, can be found in IDO Dance Sport Rules, Section four and Section five.

I. PERFORMING ARTS

TAP DANCE, DANCE SHOW, BALLET, MODERN, ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS, CHARACTER/FOLK/ETHNIC,

LIP-SYNC.

1. TAP DANCE

1.1. TAP DANCE SOLO MALE

1.2. TAP DANCE SOLO FEMALE

1.3. TAP DANCE DUO OR COUPLE

1.4. TAP DANCE SMALL GROUP

1.5. TAP DANCE FORMATION

A. All categories shall dance to their own music.

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against himself.

Characteristics and movement.

D. Although the primary emphasis should be the harmonious blend of the dancers footwork (sound), many variables exist. All forms of tap will compete against each other, such as, Rhythm, Hoofing, Buck and Wing, Waltz Clog, Military, Precision Kick Line, Latin and Musical Theater.

E. Jingle taps, double taps or double claques are not permitted.

F. Taps are not allowed at any time in the music or recording.

G. Personal amplification devices are not permitted.

H. No more than 30 seconds of a cappella or tacit (no music) may be used in any one routine. The absence of music must be during the music and not at the beginning or end.

I. The dancer’s taps and the music must be clearly audible to the dancer, audience and adjudicators. It is the Organizers duty to make sure the stage has adequate floor microphones and speakers to make this possible.

J. Acrobatic tricks that are an integral part of the routine are permitted but will not enhance the dancers score. These tricks could detract from the score if they are not performed technically correct.

K. Lip-Sync in any form is not permissible, however, personal interpretation of feeling or emotion is permitted.

L. Stage props are permissible when carried by the dancer/s in one trip. Stagehands are not allowed to carry props for the dancers.

2. DANCE SHOW

2.1. DANCE SHOW SOLO MALE

2.2. DANCE SHOW SOLO FEMALE

2.3. DANCE SHOW DUO OR COUPLE

2.4. DANCE SHOW SMALL GROUP

2.5. DANCE SHOW FORMATION

A. All categories shall dance to their own music

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against himself.

D. Competitors may perform all existing styles of dance or dance techniques. These may include Modern, Jazz, Classical Ballet, Ballroom, Ethnic, Folk and Character. They may be performed in pure form or as a combination of two or more different styles and may include acrobatics, lifts and other theatrical movements. All dance disciplines may be performed with the dancers own personal interpretation. Movements and elements of other IDO dance disciplines such as Disco Dance, Hip-Hop, Electric Boogie, Break Dance and Tap may be used in the performance but should not dominate.

E. Rock’n’Roll is excluded.

F. During the performance dancers cannot use cumbersome scenic material. They may only perform with what they are wearing and holding

G. Musicality, variety of dance and patterns, originality, along with 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 the performance.

H. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

I. In Children’s category, lifts are forbidden. Lifts are defined as those figures performed with the help of another dancer or person when the dancer’s both feet leave the dance floor.

The dancers of each Group or Formation dance together.

Stage props are permissible when carried by the dancer/s in one trip. Stagehands are not allowed to carry props for the dancers.

2. 6 EXHIBITION DANCING

(To be inserted)

3. BALLET

3.1. BALLET SOLO MALE

3.2. BALLET SOLO FEMALE

3.3. BALLET DUO OR COUPLE

3.4. BALLET SMALL GROUP

3.5. BALLET FORMATION

A. All categories shall dance to their own music.

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against himself.

Characteristics and movement:

D. This discipline must be in the Classical 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.

E. Acrobatic tricks are not permitted in the Ballet discipline.

In Duo, Couple, Small Group and Formation, lifts, drop falls, jumps resulting in catches and supported turns are encouraged, as long as they remain in the classic tradition. However, all dance is in a constant evolution and growth, so experimental and original choreography is encouraged.

4. MODERN

4.1. MODERN SOLO MALE

4.2. MODERN SOLO FEMALE

4.3. MODERN DUO OR COUPLE

4.4. MODERN SMALL GROUP

4.5. MODERN FORMATION

A. All categories shall dance to their own music.

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against himself.

Characteristics and movement:

D. The same rules apply as in Ballet, only substituting Classical Ballet with traditional Modern technique. However, Modern Dance was originally a rebellion against classical technique. Therefore, experimental or original techniques and choreography are encouraged.

5. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS

5.1. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS SOLO MALE

5.2. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS SOLO FEMALE

5.3. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS DUO OR COUPLE

5.4. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS SMALL GROUP

5.5. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS FORMATION

A. All categories shall dance to their own music.

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against himself.

D. This dance discipline may consist of many techniques. Namely, tumbling, balancing, contortion, aerial tricks without hands and controlled movement, which should be connected with dance movement.

E. The emphasis is on strength, stretch, control and ease of movement, no matter what technique is being used.

 

6. CHARACTER / FOLK / ETHNIC

6.1. CHARACTER / FOLK / ETHNIC SOLO MALE

6.2. CHARACTER / FOLK / ETHNIC SOLO FEMALE

6.3. CHARACTER / FOLK / ETHNIC DUO OR COUPLE

6.4. CHARACTER / FOLK / ETHNIC SMALL GROUP

6.5. CHARACTER / FOLK / ETHNIC FORMATION

A. All categories shall dance to their own music.

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against himself.

Characteristics and movement:

D. 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. Costume, music and dance movement must be appropriate to the character being presented.

E. Folk and Ethnic Dance. These disciplines must be Traditional Dances of any Nationality, passed down from generation to generation, and may include: Polonaise, Polynesian, American Indian, Highland Fling, Flamenco, Japanese Candle Dance, Hindu, Tarantella, African, etc. Traditional costume and music should be used, and will be used in the total evaluation.

7. LIP-SYNC (Pantomime)

7.1. LIP-SYNC SOLO MALE

7.2. LIP-SYNC SOLO FEMALE

7.3. LIP-SYNC DUO OR COUPLE

7.4. LIP-SYNC SMALL GROUP

7.5. LIP-SYNC FORMATION

A. Performers Lip-Sync to their own music. Full playback is necessary. Every participant is responsible for getting official authorization to use the music they are performing to.

B. Length of exhibition: Solo, Duo or Couple – 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes

maximum.

Groups – 2:30 minutes minimum to 3:00 minutes maximum.

Formations – 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. Lip-Sync is a style of pantomime or mime; whereas the performer mouths the lyrics to a piece of music and portrays those lyrics to the audience with lip, facial and body movements, expressed through dance movements, to the audience. The lips have to be in exact synchronization with speech and music. Mime and gesture should fit the theme and be animated.

D. The performance may be humorous, dramatic, happy, sad, and should provoke emotion from the audience.

E. Originality, creativity, together with precise lip-synchronization, mime, along with well-done and well-performed choreography will be highly evaluated. It is very important to present harmony of idea, music, choreography, costume and props.

F. Stage props are permissible when carried by the dancer/s in one trip. Stagehands are not allowed to carry props for the dancers.

G. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

 

II. STREET DANCE / POP

DISCO DANCE, DISCO FREE STYLE, HIP HOP, BREAK DANCE, ELECTRIC BOOGIE, DISCO SHOW

1. DISCO DANCE TRADITIONAL

1.1. DISCO DANCE SOLO MALE

1.2. DISCO DANCE SOLO FEMALE

1.3. DISCO DANCE DUO OR COUPLE

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1 minute. Tempo: 33/35 bpm, which is 132-140 bpm.

Characteristics and movement:

C. Disco dancing without acrobatic figures. Modern trends (example, Hip-Hop) are allowed but must not dominate.

D. Acrobatic figures are not permitted. Acrobatics are those figures in which the body turns in its length direction, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures. In duo or couple lifts are not permitted. Lifts are those figures performed with help of one or more persons and when the dancer’s both feet leave the dance floor.

E. Allowed figures and movements: Slides, leaps, jumps, kicks, spins and pirouettes are allowed. Floor figures: 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.

F. Musicality (rhythm, breaks), dance variety and originality will be highly evaluated.

G. Clothing is of ones own choice but must always be in good taste and fit properly.

H. Duos or Couples: Both dancers should dance together, not only for themselves or one by one. Their performance should include synchronized steps such as: Follow the leader, shadow and mirror designs, as well as pattern work and dancing as one. A mixture of all possibilities is important.

I. Each group of competitors begins with a one-minute performance dancing together in each round. They then dance three, two or one by one (see IDO Rules, section 5, point 2. Dancers on stage using compulsory music), during their one minute performance. Each group will then dance a final minute together, in each round. Both opening and final performances are to give the judges an opportunity to compare dancers. To avoid any risk of injuries judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations.

1.4 DISCO DANCE SMALL GROUP

A. Organizer’s music. Length of exhibition: 2 minutes. Tempo: 33-35 bpm, (132-140 bpm Disco, and Dance floor music).

B. No dancer may compete against him self.

C. Disco dancing without acrobatic figures. Modern trends (example: Hip-Hop) are allowed but must not dominate.

D. Acrobatic figures and lifts are not permitted. Acrobatics are those figures in which the body turns in its length direction, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures. Lifts are those figures performed with help of one or more persons and when the dancer’s both feet leave the dance floor.

E. Allowed figures and movements: Slides, leaps, jumps (without help), kicks, spins and pirouettes are allowed. Floor figures: 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.

F. Musicality (rhythm, breaks) dance variety and originality will be highly evaluated.

G. No stage props that could not be defined as clothes, such as sticks or umbrellas may be used. When using clothing as a stage prop the dancers should wear them during the entire performance; they may turn them inside out, but not throw them away.

H. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

I. Clothing is of ones own choice but must always be in good taste and fit properly.

Groups dance two groups at a time in the first rounds and in semi-final. In the final round, each group dances alone.

 

1.5 DISCO DANCE FORMATION

A. Formations dance to their own music. (Disco and Dance floor music with a clear beat is recommended). Tempo 30 to 38 bpm. 30 seconds of music, outside the tempo limit is acceptable.

B. No dancer may compete against him self.

C. Length of exhibition: 2:30 minutes minimum, 4:00 minutes maximum.

D. Disco dancing without acrobatic figures. Modern trends (example: Hip-Hop) are allowed but must not dominate.

E. Disco Dance movements must dominate. All styles of disco dancing are permitted. The dance is free, all kinds of movements are permitted.

F. Acrobatic figures and lifts are not permitted. Acrobatics are those figures in which the body turns in its length direction, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures. Lifts are those figures performed with the help of one or more persons and when the dancer’s both feet leave the dance floor.

G. Allowed figures and movements: Slides, leaps, jumps (without help), kicks, spins and pirouettes are allowed. Floor figures: Splits, back and bump spins are allowed but should be kept to a minimum.

H. 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. It is not necessary to show any story or “show” in Formation performances.

I. During the performance dancers cannot use cumbersome scenic material. They may only perform with what they are wearing and holding

J. No stage props that could not be defined as clothes, such as sticks or umbrellas may be used. When using clothing as a stage prop the dancers should wear them during the entire performance; they may turn them inside out, but not throw them away.

K. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

L. The dancers of each Formation dance together.

M. Formations will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed, but should not dominate.

2. DISCO FREE STYLE

2.1. DISCO FREE STYLE SOLO MALE

2.2. DISCO FREE STYLE SOLO FEMALE

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1 minute. TEMPO: 33/35 bpm, which is 132-140 bpm

C. Disco Dance steps and movements must dominate and are combined with acrobatic and free elements and movements. The dance is free and all kinds of movements, including acrobatics are permitted.

D. Acrobatics should be the integral part of the performance but should not dominate the routine.

E. Compulsory elements: turning rounds, jumps, looseness and flexibility.

F. The dance and acrobatic movements performed, should be joined together smoothly, and must be in harmony with the music.

G. Disco Free Style competitions are not organized in the Children’s category

H. Each group of competitors begin with one minute performance dancing together in each round. They then dance three, two or one by one (see IDO Rules, section 5, point 2. Dancers on stage using compulsory music), during their one minute performance. Each group will then dance a final minute together in each round. Both opening and final minutes are to give the judges an opportunity to compare dancers. To avoid any risk of injuries judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations. Acrobatic figures are not permitted in the opening or final presentation in each round.

3. HIP-HOP

3.1. HIP-HOP SOLO MALE

3.2. HIP-HOP SOLO FEMALE

3.3. HIP-HOP DUO OR COUPLE

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1 minute. Tempo: 24-28 bpm; that is 96-112 bpm (downbeat, more groove).

C. Hip-Hop includes different new dance styles, in particular Hype Dance, New-Jack-swing, jamming, etc., adding creative elements such as stops, jokes, flashes, swift movements, etc. Hip-Hop is mostly danced on the eighth notes with a typical bounce, or jumping action (New-Jack-Swing).

D. Typical Break Dance acrobatics can be performed but should not dominate. Performing acrobatic tricks will not enhance the dancers score. These tricks could detract from the score if they are not performed technically correct. In children’s category acrobatics are not permitted.

E. Some Electric Boogie movements can be performed but should not dominate.

F. Duos or Couples: Both dancers should dance together, not only for themselves or one by one. Their performance should include synchronized steps such as; follow the leader, shadow and mirror design, as well as patterns and dancing the same steps. A mixture of all possibilities is important.

G. Each group of competitors begins with one-minute performance, dancing together in each round. They then dance three, two or one by one (see IDO Rules, section 5, point 2. Dancers on stage using compulsory music), during their one minute performance. Each group will then dance a final minute together in each round. Both opening and final minutes are to give the judges an opportunity to compare dancers. To avoid any risk of injuries judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations.

3.4. HIP-HOP SMALL GROUP

Organizer’s music is used in all rounds. Length of exhibition: 2 minutes. Tempo: 24-28 bpm, that is 96-112 bpm, downbeat, groove.

B. No dancer shall compete against him self.

C. Dancers of each group dance together.

D. Hip-Hop includes different new dance styles, in particular Hype Dance, New-Jack-Swing, Jamming, etc., adding creative elements such as stops, jokes, flashes, swift movements, etc. Hip-Hop is mostly danced on the eighth notes with a typical bounce, or jumping action (New-Jack-Swing).

E. Typical Break Dance acrobatics can be performed but should not dominate. Performing acrobatic tricks will not enhance the dancers score. These tricks could detract from the score if they are not performed technically correct.

F. Some Electric Boogie movements can be performed but should not dominate.

G. Musicality (rhythm, breaks), dance variety and originality, 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, which should underline the special Hip-Hop character.

H. During the performance dancers cannot us cumbersome scenic material. They may only perform with what they are wearing and holding

I. No stage props that could not be defined as clothes, such as sticks or umbrellas may be used. When using clothing as a stage prop, the dancers should wear them during the entire performance; they may turn them inside out, but not throw them away.

J. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

K. Lifts are forbidden. Lift is defined as a movement when both feet of one dancer is leaving the floor with the support of one or more dancers.

L. Groups will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed but must not dominate.

3.5. HIP HOP FORMATION

A. Formations dance with their own music. Tempo 24-28 bpm, that is 96-112 bpm, downbeat, grove. Length of exhibition: 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

B. No dancer shall compete against him self.

C. Dancers of each formation dance together.

D. Hip-Hop includes different new dance styles, in particular Hype Dance, New-Jack-Swing, Jamming, etc., adding creative elements such as stops, jokes, flashes, swift movements, etc. Hip-Hop is mostly danced on the eighth notes with a typical bounce, or jumping action (New-Jack-Swing).

E. Typical Break Dance acrobatics can be performed but should not dominate. Performing acrobatic tricks will not enhance the dancers score. These tricks could detract from the score if they are not performed technically correct.

F. Some Electric Boogie movements can be performed but should not dominate.

G. Musicality (rhythm, breaks), dance variety and originality, 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, which should underline the special Hip-Hop character.

H. During the performance dancers cannot use cumbersome scenic material. They may only perform with what they are wearing and holding

I. Stage props that cannot be defined as clothes, such as sticks or umbrellas may not be used. When using clothing as a stage prop the dancers should wear them during the entire performance; they may turn them inside out, but not throw them away.

J. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

K. Lifts are forbidden. Lift is defined as a movement when both feet of one dancer is leaving the floor with the support of one or more dancers.

L. Formations will be judged as a whole. Solo parts may be performed but must not dominate.

4. BREAK DANCE

4.1. Solo competitors

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 2 minutes divided into three times 40 seconds. Tempo: 30-40 bpm, which is 120-160 bpm

C. Typical Break elements: Crown, Headspin, Backspin, Turtle, Helicopter, Windmill, Bailey Windmill, Uprock, Freeze, Sixstep, One Hand Up, Swipe, Atomic, Munchmill, Flair, Holoback, Traxx, 99, variable footwork, etc. (including different variations of these figures). It is important to show more than two different figures and elements. Figures danced twice are only counted once. If repeated, the best attempt of the two will be marked. Technical difficulty of performed elements, joints of elements (flowing acrobatic movements interacted into one another); originality and the entire presentation will be evaluated.

D. Each group of competitors begins with one-minute performance, dancing together in each round, to warm up. Judges do not evaluate the first minute. They then dance three, two or one by one (see IDO Rules section 5., point 2. Dancers on Stage Using Compulsory Music) their first 40 seconds; when all dancers have finished, they start to perform the second 40 seconds in the same order. Each group of competitors dances final 40 seconds together in each round. To avoid any risk of injuries judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations. The final performance gives the judges an opportunity to compare the dancers.

5. ELECTRIC BOOGIE

5.1. Solo competitors

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1 minute; in final round 1.5 minutes.

C. Typical movements and techniques: sharp electric movements that flow into waves, isolations, robot, pantomime elements, waves, popping, animation, electric shock, walking, puppet, ticking, locking. It is important to show more than two different techniques and movements.

D. The performer tries to create illusions in his performance to surprise and electrify the audience.

E. Each group of competitors begins with a one-minute performance, dancing together in each round. They then dance three, two or one by one (see IDO Rules section 5., point 2. Dancers on Stage Using Compulsory Music) their one minute performance (in final 1.5 minutes) Each group dances a final minute together in each round. To avoid any risk of injuries judges shall walk around the competition floor in opening and final presentations. Both the opening and final performance give the judges an opportunity to compare the dancers.

 

6. DISCO SHOW

6.1. DISCO SHOW SOLO

6.2. DISCO SHOW DUO OR COUPLE

A. Both categories dance to their own music (Disco, Dance floor, Hip-Hop)

B. Length of exhibition: 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:15 minutes maximum.

C. Competitor can perform any style of Disco, Dance floor, Hip-Hop and similar dances; dance is free, lifts and acrobatics are permitted.

D. Musicality, variety of dance and dance patterns, originality, 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, choreography, costumes and props. Presentation and the entire image will be evaluated.

E. During the performance the individual or couple cannot use cumbersome scenic material. They can only go on the dance floor and perform with what they are wearing and holding. Stagehands are not allowed to carry props for the dancers.

F. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

G. In Children’s category, Duo or Couple, lifts are forbidden. Lift is defined as a movement when both feet of one dancer is leaving the floor, with the support of another dancer.

6.3 DISCO SHOW FORMATION

A. Formations dance with their own music which should be within character of Disco, Hip-Hop, Funky, Street, Pop, Techno, House or similar music.

B. Length of exhibition 2:30 minutes minimum to 4:00 minutes maximum.

C. No dancer shall compete against him self.

D. The dancers in the Formation dance together.

E. Disco Dance technique must dominate and is combined with acrobatic and free elements and movements. The dance is free and all kinds of movements, including acrobatics are permitted.

F. Acrobatics should be the integral part of the performance but should not dominate the routine.

G. The floor gymnastic combinations, that are composed of more than three acrobatic elements, should be kept to a minimum.

H. 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.

I. During the performance dancers cannot us cumbersome scenic material. They may only perform with what they are wearing or holding

J. Stage props are permissible when carried by the dancer/s in one trip. Stagehands are not allowed to carry props for the dancers.

K. The dancer/s cannot use liquids or other substances that can litter the dance floor.

L. Disco Show Formation competition may not be organized in the Children’s category.

M. Formations will be judged as a whole. Solo parts can be performed, but should not dominate.

III. SPECIAL COUPLE DANCES

ARGENTINE TANGO, MAMBO, SALSA, MERENGUE, MIXING BLUES, ACRO MIXING BLUES, HOT BLUES, SLOW BLUES, SWING DANCE, BUGG

COUPLES perform all dances mentioned in this group!

Exception – Double Bugg where one man dances with two ladies, forming a trio.

1. ARGENTINE TANGO

A. Organizer’s music in preliminaries and semi-final, in final organizer’s music or music of the dancers own choice.

B. Length of exhibition in first rounds and semi-final: 2 minutes conforming to the end of the musical phrase. In final, no longer than 2:30 minutes. Tempo: 30-32 bpm, which is 120-128 bpm.

Characteristics and movement:

C. The Argentine Tango is a social dance. Steps, movements and style are based on original Tango Argentine. This dance form expresses love and passion, which is evident by the closeness of the dancers, the man’s control and the woman’s seductiveness. The dancers are trying to achieve an interesting interplay between them, which is dictated by the music. The dancers should be dancing to something in the music. One should see the melody expressed through their movement. The epitome of Argentine Tango is the man and woman dancing with good posture, good extension through the legs, and a sense of rhythm that is clear to those watching. The movements should not be run together (slow is a slow and quick is a quick).

D. Typical movements: walks, turns, ochos to the front and back, sandwiches, twists and curls, leg-wraps, drags and saccades to the front and back, Boleos that leave the floor and other decorations that allow the legs to swing.

E. The couple can separate twice for five seconds each to perform some figures. Two lifts are allowed during the performance, not to exceed 5 seconds each. A lift is when a woman’s both feet are off the dance floor, with the assistance of her partner for more than two seconds.

F. Semi-acrobatic figures are allowed. No acrobatics are allowed where the feet or the main part of the body is above the partner’s shoulders.

G. Dress changes during the performance are not permitted.

H. In the preliminary rounds and in the semi-final, two or three couples (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, each couple performs alone.

 

2. MAMBO

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:00 minutes maximum.

Characteristics and movement:

C. Mambo is a street dance; a dance in which the man and woman challenge each other for control and strength. The woman is very strong and can be just as dominating as the man. The man is trying to remain in control and impress the girl with his physical ability and speed. Steps and movements come out of the original Latin American dance styles. Dancers must break on the 2nd beat of the bar.

D. It is very important that the movements, the step combinations and the “Poses”, must be in perfect harmony with the rhythm and character of music throughout the dance. Interesting rhythms, twisty turns and wraps are characteristic of the dance.

E. 75% of the performance should be closed dance position. Lifts are not permitted. A lift is when a woman’s both feet are off the dance floor, with assistance of her partner, for more than two seconds.

F. In the preliminary rounds and in the semi-final, two or three couples (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, each couple performs alone.

3. SALSA

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:00 minutes maximum. Tempo 40-52 bpm.

Characteristics and movement:

C. This dance is of Latin-American origin and should be danced in the traditional manner. Salsa basic is a three-step pattern taken during four beats of music, in a quick, quick, slow (tap) rhythm. Unlike the Mambo, it is acceptable to begin on any beat the dancer chooses, typically “one” or “three”. This is a very popular club dance in that it allows the dancers much freedom to interpret the music using movements and elements from many different Latin dances. Salsa means, “Sauce”, and the dancers should depict a very hot and spicy interaction with each other.

D. In the preliminary rounds and in the semi-final, two or three couples (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, each couple performs alone.

4. MERENGUE

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1:45 minutes minimum to 2:00 minutes maximum. Tempo: 29-32 measures per minute in 4/4 time signature, 56 to 68 bpm in 2/4 time signature.

Characteristics and movement:

C. Merengue is a Latin American Spot Dance, not moving along the line of Dance. Steps are quite compact. Latin hip movement is used throughout. A more staccato hip movement is also characteristic of the Merengue. At times, a slight counter sway is used along with Latin hip movement. Although the basic rhythm is similar to a marching rhythm, many other syncopated, slower and varied rhythms can be used in interpreting the music. Merengue is a club dance and the couples should focus on one another creating an earthy sensual feeling through the use of close, intricate rotational movements and at times an almost playful teasing interaction with one another.

D. In the preliminary rounds and semi-final rounds, two or three couples (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, each couple performs alone.

5. SWING DANCE

A. IDO compulsory music.

B. Length of exhibition: 1:45 minutes. Tempo 54-56 bpm.

C. In the Swing Dance competition, all dance styles are allowed: Be Bop, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, East and West Coast Swing, Bugg, Boogie-Woogie, etc.

D. Rock ‘n Roll style is excluded.

E. In the preliminary rounds and semi-final rounds, two or three couples (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, each couple performs alone.

6. BUGG

6.1. BUGG

A. The music may be any type of swing music, written in 4/4 timing, and with a boogie beat in the rhythm. In the qualifying heats, semi-final and he first part of the final, the music is of the organizer’s choice and the tempo must be between 42-44 bpm.

In the second part of the final the music is of the competitors choice and can differ in tempo. All competitors must bring their own music, not less than one minute and fifteen seconds and not more than one minute and thirty seconds.

Characteristics and movement:

B. BASIC MOVEMENT MAN

The man must walk on each beat of the bar, with the left foot on the first and third beat of the bar, and with the right foot on the second and fourth beat of the bar.

C. ALTERNATIVE BASIC MOVEMENT MAN

The man can lift, kick, point or tap the feet without transferring his weight, on the first and third beat of the bar. The weight is then transferred on the second and the fourth beat of the bar. These steps have to be danced two at a time, so that when he is back again with the normal walks again, he will be in time with the music. A chassé could also be danced, but not more than one at a time. A tap, a step and a chassé could for example replace four walks.

D. BASIC MOVEMENT LADY

The lady must walk on each beat of the bar, with the right foot on the first and third beat of the bar and with the left foot on the second and the fourth beat of the bar

E. ALTERNATIVE BASIC MOVEMENT LADY

The lady can dance four steps on two beats of the bar (double tempo) count 1&2&. These steps could be repeated for one whole bar. Count 1&2&3&4. After that, she has to come back to the normal walking steps for at least two bars before the double tempo is dance again.

F. RHYTHM BREAKS (Hesitation steps)

1. Kick ball change

2. Rondé ball change

3. Hesitation close forward

The weight is taken over the right foot for man (left foot for lady) on the second beat, count 2. Drag hesitates, rondé or kicks the left foot for man (right foot for lady) on the third beat, count 3. Ball change or close forward is then taken on the &4. All the above standing could also be danced starting on the fourth beat count 4, 1, &2. The beat value is ? ? 1.

PERFORMING THE DANCE

G. GENTLEMANS PART

The man is leading the lady around the room in a counterclockwise direction, turning her to the left and spinning her to the right. He is using different types of hold, circling around her to the right or left or turning on the spot to the right or left with the lady circling around the man. He is using the basic walking movements most of the time but also making the performance more interesting by dancing the alternative basic movements and the different types of rhythm breaks. The BUGG is a dance that is performed and invented the moment it is danced. It is not choreographed as a prepared routine, making this dance unique in its kind. It is possible to dance choreographed figures, but only if the steps used consist of the basic or the alternative basic movements. The arms should follow the movements in a natural way.

H. LADIES PART

The lady walks on each beat of the bar, following the man’s lead. She can if she wants use rhythm breaks and the double tempo spins. Because the man is leading the lady, improvising all the time, it is very important that the lady is very sensitive to react quickly on his lead. To be able to accept his lead, her arms must be slightly braced at all times.

I. Acrobatic figures could only be used in the solo performance in the second half of the final. No acrobatics above the shoulders is permitted. (The lady or the man is not allowed to pass over his or her partner’s shoulders, with the whole body)

J. In the preliminary rounds and in the semi-final, two or three couples (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, all couples (not more than eight) shall first dance all at the same time for one minute and thirty seconds, to music of the organizer. This is to show how they are able to lead and follow in an improvised dance, avoiding colliding with each other and using the whole floor space in an effective way. In the second part, each couple shall perform one by one to music of their own choice, not less than one minute and fifteen seconds and not more than one minute and thirty seconds. The tempo of the music can differ and low acrobatics are allowed. The couples are placed in order of merit by the judges.

K. The clothing of the competitor is their own choice, but must always be in good taste. Shoes must be worn at all times.

 

 

6.2. THE DOUBLE BUGG (ONE MAN AND TWO LADIES)

A. Music and Tempo: See BUGG. The music should always be played exactly one minute and thirty seconds.

B. The Double Bugg is a formation dance for three people, which is know as a trio. It is performed with one man and two ladies. The man leads the ladies in different figures that could be improvised or choreographed. The dance uses the Bugg as its basic character, but any type of Jive, Jitterbug, Swing, Boogie-Woogie or Rock ‘n Roll could be used. However, the Bugg style should always be the main style.

C. Acrobatic figures could only be used in the solo performance in the second half of the final. No acrobatics above the shoulders is permitted. (The lady or the man is not allowed to pass over his or her partner’s shoulders with the whole body)

In the preliminary rounds and in the semi-final, two or three trios (according to the size of the dance floor) are dancing at the same time. In the final round, there should not be more than six trios. All trios shall first dance at the same time for one minute and thirty seconds to the organizer’s music. They have to show how they are able to lead and follow in an improvised dance, avoiding colliding with each other and using the whole dance floor in an effective way. In the second part, the trio shall perform one by one to music of their own choice, not less than one minute and fifteen seconds, and not more than one minute and thirty seconds. The tempo of the music can differ. A minimal amount of low acrobatics is allowed. All trios are placed in order of merit in the final round.

The following four dances were created by IDO’s founder, Mr. Moreno Polidori.

7. MIXING BLUES

A. IDO compulsory music.

B. Length of exhibition: 2:10 to 2:15 minutes.

C. Because of the music, the slow and fast parts follow each other.

D. The Blues steps and various kinds of movements characterize the choreography of slow parts.

E. The fast part can be mixed with the steps and movements of any other dances, such as Boogie-Woogie, Be Bop, Lindy Hop, Bugg, Jitterbug, West and East Coast Swing, etc.

8. ACRO MIXING BLUES

A. IDO compulsory music: As in mixing blues.

B. Length of exhibition: As in mixing blues.

C. It can be made more spectacular with acrobatic Blues elements.

D. In Acro Mixing Blues, because of the fast music, hard and high acrobatic elements cannot be performed.

E. In all acrobatic figures, the couple must remain in contact (hold or touch).

F. Because of this contact, it makes it possible for everybody to dance this dance without a Rock ‘n Roll base.

G. The fast part can be mixed with the steps and movements of any other dance style.

9. HOT BLUES

A. IDO compulsory music.

B. Length of exhibition: same as Mixing Blues.

C. The slow Blues music is especially written for this kind of dance.

D. Couples present the dance embraced, with the changing of slow and quick movements and sensuality.

E. Hot Blues can express, through dance, love and hate.

F. The couple can separate to perform various figures.

G. Semi-acrobatic figures are allowed.

 

10. SLOW BLUES

A. IDO compulsory music as in Hot Blues

B. Length of exhibition: As in Mixing Blues.

C. Although the music is the same as in Hot Blues, the dancers dance in a different holding position.

D. Couples must remain in closed and not open (separated) position.

E. The dance consists of basic movements and figures presented in a Blues character.

IV. OTHER DANCES

LISCIO DANCE 1, LISCIO DANCE 2

1.1. LISCIO DANCE 1 (Mazurka – Waltz – Polka)

1.2. LISCIO DANCE 2 (Tango – Slow Waltz – Fox Trot)

A. Organizer’s music.

B. Length of exhibition: 2 minutes conforming to the end of the musical phrase.

Liscio Dance 1 speed: Mazurka 46-48 bpm, Waltz 56-58 bpm, Polka 58-60 bpm.

Liscio Dance 2 speed: Tango 30-32 bpm, Slow Waltz 32-34 bpm, and Fox Trot 46-48 bpm.

C. The couples must dance in a counterclockwise direction.

D. It is not necessary to respect the quarters and the eighths of the dance floor.

E. The dance style is free, but the basic steps of each dance must be respected.

F. The dance style is free: it is possible to perform figures inserted into the various sequences and the musical framework of the Liscio Dance 1 and Liscio Dance 2 rules.

G. The couple can separate to perform some figures.

H. Semi-acrobatic figures are allowed.

At least two open figures must be performed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section eight

NEW THREE DIMENSIONAL “3 D” SCORING SYSTEM

Used for all solo, duo, couple, group and formation IDO competitions

 

All competitors and performances are judged and evaluated in three dimensions:

T = TECHNIQUE

C = COMPOSITION

I = IMAGE

Each dimension is of course a synthesis of more criteria:

Technique - accurate of used technique; authenticity of dance style; difficulty level; variability; originality; ability of dancers to perform special and chosen dance technique; quality; rhythm; synchronization…..)

Composition - choice and composition of movements, figures, variations; usage of dance floor; floor craft; connections; variability and originality in using different designs and patterns - lines, circles…)

Image - expression; presentation; ability of communication with audience; energy; power; costume; harmony of idea and performed dance and its composition; props; make up …)

In each dimension judge gives points from 1 to 10, where 1 is minimum and the worst evaluation and 10 is maximum and the best possible evaluation. Judge gives his evaluation in each of three dimensions - once for each. Every competitor can get in all three dimensions together minimum 3 and maximum 30 points.

EXCEPTION: in solo, couple, duo and group competitions using IDO music or organizer’s music judge gives points only once - minimum 1 to maximum 30 points without specifying points for technique, composition and image. (Reason: extremely short time - 1 or 2 minutes - and too many competitors on the stage in the same time -3 or more -does not give judges chance to evaluate in three dimensions).

At the end of each preliminary or semifinal round judge must count the total score and give prescribed number of crosses to the competitors with highest point score.

In the final judge places each competitor (a competitor with better score is placed better than the one with lower point score).

Scrutineer makes a ranking list of competitors according to number of achieved crosses “x” after each round. Summary of all judges point score is used when more than one competitor achieves the same number of crosses “x”, or to specify competitors final placing in competition after not getting to the next round.

In the final “Skating System” is used to find out the final placing and the winner. Point score is just to help the judge to decide about placing of competitor in the final.

 

Section nine

IDO RULES FOR VIDEO RIGHTS,

TV RIGHTS AND SPONSORING AGREEMENTS

“IDO Rules for Video rights, TV Rights and Sponsoring Agreements”, shall define the interest of all parties concerned with such rights.

All IDO members who participate in IDO events, including organizers, officials, adjudicators, dancers, competitors, and other participants, grant the IDO the right to govern all media agreements between concerned parties.

In order to finance the IDO organization, office, competitions, workshops and other events, IDO has the authority to grant special rights to sponsors, partners an/or any third parties to raise funds, or BATA. BATA is a mutual agreement to exchange merchandise, food, beverage, time, advertisement or prizes for publicity or other benefit.

To further finance IDO competitions and other events, the organizer has the right to other income such as admission tickets, catering, merchandising, etc., and may also find sponsors, partners and or third parties to fund or endow these events.

All sponsors and benefactors must be of reputable character whose product or concern is in the best interest of the entire IDO and dance industry. It must always be in “good taste” and in no way cast a derogatory image or destroy the good name of IDO and the entire dance industry. All advertising, product and statements must meet with IDO approval prior to release.

All TV rights and sponsor agreements will be under the control of the Vice President, Competitions. However, the IDO presidium may also name other individuals, companies, organizations or corporations to negotiate with TV production companies or sponsors to act on IDO’s behalf. This must be done in written form only.

The IDO Vice President, Competitions will negotiate with the organizer concerning all matters pertaining to sponsors or TV broadcast rights.

In the case where the IDO Vice President, Competitions cannot reach agreement on matters that arise with the organizer, disputes will be handled through the Presidium, who will make the final decision. In the case where further arbitration is necessary the matter will be ruled on by a majority vote of the General Meeting.

RIGHTS OF THE ORGANIZER

The organizer has the right to all promotion, advertising and sales within and outside the place of the event, except when the TV rights have been granted to another party. If this is the case it cannot be within the range of the TV camera.

In detail, these rights may include:

Sponsor boards, posters, logos, flags, etc., at the sidewalls, backwalls, foyers and display rooms, etc.

Oral advertisement or sponsor text prior to or during the event, when the TV cameras and microphones are not in operation.

Advertising in any form, such as printed material, souvenirs, promotional material, which is provided to the audience or participants, with or without remuneration.

Merchandise, with or without sponsorship or remuneration to the IDO Officials, participants or the audience.

Catering to the audience or participants.

Fee for video rights

The organizer will have the option to buy the video rights from the IDO for a fee of 100 SFr, for the competition he is organizing. However one first copy of the whole event must always be sent to the IDO head office not later than four weeks after the competition.

In the event the IDO shall decide to use some of the material on that video for promotion purposes, the IDO must have the right to do so.

RIGHTS OF THE IDO

The IDO will have the rights to negotiate with sponsors, partners, companies or corporations to sponsor IDO events as long as they are not in direct conflict with the organizers.

The “IDO Event Contract”, which is also known as the “IDO Agreement”, will be the binding agreement between IDO and the sponsors, partners, companies or corporations, as described above. IDO may not change or alter these contracts once signed.

In detail the IDO has the rights to:

Sponsor boards, posters, logos, flags, starting numbers, adjudicating panels, winner stairs, etc., on the stage or within the range of the TV cameras.

Oral advertising or sponsor text during the event, when the TV cameras and microphones are in operation.

IDO is entitled to two full pages, without charge, in any program book that is published by the organizer. In addition they are entitled to one additional page to promote future IDO events. All of this material must me made available to all participants and the audience.

IDO is entitled to up to four merchandising booths for sponsors or personal use, as long as it is not in direct conflict with the organizer. This includes catering, beverage, etc.

IDO may have a booth for catering and/or beverage, as long as it is included in the IDO Event Contract and be signed by the IDO Vice President, Competitions and the organizer.

The IDO must be aware of and honor different TV and media rules in other member countries, as they arise. In the event of a dispute, final ruling will be made by a majority vote of the IDO Presidium.

If there is nothing specified and agreed to in the IDO Event Contract, regarding areas within the reach of the TV cameras, these areas will be available to the organizer.

All details as specified above, must be negotiated with the organizer at least four weeks before the event.

RIGHTS OF THE PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING IDO EVENTS

Each participating competitor in an IDO event may wear or display only one sponsor logo on their costume, as long as it is not larger than

8cm X 2.5cm, or 16” X 5”.

The size, shape and design may be changed by IDO when dictated by new decisions of various sport associations or sport councils or TV production companies.

All such logos must be in “good taste” and conform to the aims and ideals of IDO, as stated in the IDO Statutes. Also they should in no way harm the image of IDO, or offend IDO officials, adjudicators, competitors or the audience.

TV RIGHTS

The organizer must request the TV Rights through IDO. This request must contain the following details:

Name and address of the TV Production Company.

The broadcasting area and/or country.

The date and time of the broadcast.

The number of expected re-plays.

The licensing fee, if any, the TV Production Company is paying.

TV CONTRACTS AND TERMS

The written TV Contract or the exchange of letters including all the above information must be received by the IDO for approval at least two weeks prior to the event.

If the decision to televise the event is made later than two weeks before the event, the competition supervisor, in writing, must approve these papers. Without this approval, the organizer does not have the rights for TV broadcast in any form.

The IDO Supervisor must grant the TV rights to the organizer, if requested. He may reject the request, if he fears that it would not be in the best interest of IDO and the Dance industry, or that it may harm the image of IDO, along with the Dance industry by not adhering to the law of “good taste”. He may also reject the request if he believes that it may in any way harm, damage or destroy the good name, ideals of the IDO Organization, National Federations or its members.

All requests for the rights to TV broadcast, whether approved or not, must be sent to the IDO Office no later than three days after the event.

IDO has the right to obtain the TV rights to any IDO event. However, it must be negotiated and agreed to in the “IDO Event Contract”.

 

SPONSOR AGREEMENTS

If the IDO or an organizer has made a contract with a sponsor and/or TV Production Company or TV station, the following procedures will be followed:

If IDO has negotiated and signed a contract, all income shall be shared equally by IDO and the organizer/s who are included in the contract.

If the organizer has negotiated and signed the contract, the organizer receives all income of this agreement, unless otherwise agreed in the “IDO Event Contract.” If the organizer has an agreement through a third party, they are free to negotiate the provisions themselves, without interference.

If any other individual, company, corporation or third party has obtained a sponsor, advertiser, or other revenue generating entrepreneur, once the contract is finalized, the following provisions will prevail:

a. 10% of the total revenue if they are only responsible for making the contact to IDO or the organizer

b. 15% of the total revenue if they have taken part in the negotiations between IDO, the organizer or the sponsor.

c. 20% of the total revenue if they are acting on behalf of IDO or the organizer in obtaining the sponsoring agreement.

National VAT, taxes, expenses such as travel, accommodations, meals and per diem, must be negotiated between all parties in writing.

All provisions, according to the signed contracts, must be transferred by the company or the IDO office to the receiver, no later than two weeks after the start of the agreement, if an invoice has been received.

All remaining funds must be divided as per the written agreement.

When the agreement between sponsor and other partnership is for non-monetary gain (BATA or similar) all parties must be in agreement as to the exchange before the contract is signed.

To protect all IDO interests, all IDO sponsor contract must be signed by the following three Presidium members: The President, The Senior Vice President and the Vice President, Competitions, regardless of who negotiates the contract.

In the case of any unresolved disputes, a final decision will be made by the full presidium, minus the Vice President, Competitions, for a ruling of the majority. However, according to the IDO Statutes, the organizer and the presidium have the right to request a hearing and final decision at the next General Meeting of the IDO Federation Representatives.

The IDO Vice President, Competitions, or the IDO President must present all IDO sponsorship and/or cooperation agreements, with or without monetary transactions or BATA, in its entirety, at the next IDO General Meeting.

Any changes, amendments, or alterations to the General Rules or Rules for TV Rights and Sponsoring Agreements will be made in the same manner set forth in the IDO Statutes, article 15 and 16 and chapter 6 under General Regulations.

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