Contest rules

Dance Grand Prix Sofia (DGPS) is organised by THOUSAND SMILES EOOD, registered in Sofia, Bulgaria, with number 200943490.

1. Participants

1.1 All nationalities are welcome to apply to participate in the DGPS contest.

1.2 Entries must be submitted by the principal of a dance school/club/ association or by independent dancers. In case the independent dancer is minor according to the Bulgarian Law (18 years), their entries should be submitted by an adult legal representative.

1.3. Dancers with special needs or a disability which are in need of a wheelchair are permitted at the DGPS contest. This information must be reported to the DGPS team as soon as possible, so that we can allow appropriate access to and from the stage. We do not at present have a dedicated category for dancers with any disabilities.

2. Application

2.1 For details of DGPS application process please visit our website or contact us via email: contest@thousand-smiles.com.

2.2 DGPS participants must register on the event's website and qualify for the competition via photos and video submitted through an application form published on our website. All registrations must be submitted by December 31st 2023. Applications must be submitted by March 15th 2024. These deadlines do not apply for participants and schools with special invitations and/or scholarships. For details on how to submit an application, please visit our website.

2.3 The qualification mark at a DGPS qualifier is 60 marks or above. Please refer to the DGPS scoring system detailed in APPENDIX 2.

2.4 DGPS reserves the right to invite any dancer to participate in the DGPS contest even after the deadline in art. 2.2.

3. Country representation at DGPS

3.1 For 2024 there are no limitations on the countries whose representatives can apply at DGPS.

4. Age

4.1 A competitor’s age is taken on 1 January 2024.

4.2 In duets, trios, quartets, small groups and large formations the class age category is determined by the average age of the competitors. It is possible that up to 30% of the group members are up to one year older or younger than the category age limits in Appendix 1.

4.3 The maximum age of competitors is 25 years as of 01 January 2024.

4.4 DGPS reserves the right to ask for proof of age by means of a passport or an identity card at either an application or a contest.

4.5 In all solo classes, competitors must dance in the class for their age.

5. Entry

5.1 Entry information for the DGPS contest, including fees and deadlines, is available on the DGPS website (www.contest.thousand-smiles.com).

5.2 The principal/teacher or the participant (or their legal representative) is responsible for submitting the correct information on the DGPS entry system.

5.3 Information submitted to DGPS will be used for all competition documents, i.e. programming, certificates, etc.

5.4 By entering a DGPS competition, all dancers consent to DGPS and its partners videoing, photographing and recording them at any time during the DGPS contest, including during their performances, at DGPS events and in and around the venue. Videos/photos may be used by DGPS and its partners, including but not limited to in advertising and promotional materials, the DGPS website, social media and distributed to the press.

6. Entry and closing date

6.1 For 2024 the DGPS registration closing date is December 31st 2023. This deadline may not apply in case the applicant has received exclusive invitation (see art. 2.4).

6.2 For 2024 the DGPS applications entry closing date is March 15th 2024, unless a special invitation with exclusive entry closing date is provided by DGPS.

7. Fees

7.1 The DGPS website (contest.thousand-smiles.com) will confirm all fees and details of payment for the DGPS contest each year. All fees must be paid after registration to the DGPS website and confirmation from DGPS, according to the instructions sent to each applicant. The entry fee per dancer is a compulsory fee. Participation fees are applied per registered dancer and are calculated after the qualification round (see art. 8). Any additional fees published on www.contest.thousand-smiles.com are compulsatory and due as described on the DGPS website and/or explicitly provided by DGPS in written.

FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.

8. Restrictions in participation

8.1 Each participant has to register on DGPS website and has to submit qualification video. This video application for the qualification round should be of the dance that will be performed on the stage of DGPS contest.

8.2 It is possible DGPS to accept qualification video with a dance different from the one to be performed at the contest, only if the following conditions are met:

8.2.a The qualification dance is in the same category as the application entry (for example, if you are applying for KSBR, the qualification video must be of a dance from Ballet Repertoire) and;

8.2.b The video is made no earlier than 6 months prior the application date.

8.3 Only qualified applications will be admitted to DGPS.

8.4 Participants in the previous edition of DGPS may not send qualification videos or photos for DGPS 2024. These participants will be qualified for DGPS 2024 based on their performance at the previous edition of the contest and still have to pay registration fees as well as all other fees each dancer is due.

8.5 You cannot perform the same dance with the same dancers at the DGPS contest two years in a row.

8.6 Plagiarism of other dances is not permitted. Action will be taken if a complaint is made.

8.7 Soloists can perform in a maximum of 3 solos at the 2024 competition, unless DGPS gives exclusive permission for additional solo to a dancer.

8.8 Soloists cannot perform in the same solo category twice. For example, a soloist cannot dance in KSB twice.

8.9 Dancers can perform in more than one duet/trio/quartet in a particular category at the DGPS contest.

8.10 Dancers can enter a duet/trio or quartet in more than one genre. For example, a dancer can enter JDB and JDA.

8.11 Dancers can perform in multiple small and large formations in a particular category at the DGPS contest.

8.12 Small groups (e.g. KGSM) must contain a minimum of 4 dancers and a maximum or 10 dancers. Except in ballet categories: BabyGSB, MiniGSB, KGSB, JGSB and SnGSB where the minimum number of dancers is 5. Ballet groups with 4 dancers (quartets) must be entered in BabyQB, MiniQB, KQB, JQB or SnQB.

8.13 Large formations (e.g. KLLB) must contain a minimum of 11 dancers.

8.14 Categories KDB (Children Duet/Trio Ballet), JDB (Junior Duet/Trio Ballet) and SNB (Senior Duet/Trio Ballet) (non – repertoire), DGPS will accept duets formed by girl/girl or boy/boy, as well as boy/girl.

9. Categories

9.1 For a list of available DGPS categories, please refer to APPENDIX 1.

9.2 DGPS reserves the right to merge two or more classes together or divide a class into multiple sections, depending on the entries received.

9.3 Categories order will run with the youngest competitor dancing first and the oldest dancing last.

9.4 DGPS reserve the right to change the running order of a category in case this will be beneficial to the event schedule or to the dancers.

10. Exchange of dancers / substitute dancers

10.1 Dancers may be exchanged in the following circumstances:

10.1.a Duet or Trio – one dancer can be exchanged from the dancers who applied.

10.1.b Small groups, quartets and large formations – up to 50% of dancers can be exchanged from the dancers who applied.

10.2 You cannot exchange/substitute any solo entry dancer at the DGPS contest. If a solo dancer who has been admitted to the contest cannot perform for whatever reason, this dancer cannot be replaced by another dancer with the same routine.

11. Time limits

11.1 Time limits apply to all dances at the DGPS contest.

11.2 DGPS will not permit music to be submitted which is over the time limit.

CLASSESTIME LIMITS
BABY, MINI AND CHILDREN SOLO, DUET AND TRIO*2 MIN 10 SEC
BABY, MINI AND CHILDREN SMALL GROUP AND QUARTET2 MIN 40 SEC
BABY, MINI AND CHILDREN LARGE FORMATIONS3 MIN 10 SEC
JUNIOR AND SENIOR SOLO*2 MIN 10 SEC
JUNIOR AND SENIOR DUET AND TRIO2 MIN 40 SEC
JUNIOR AND SENIOR SMALL GROUP AND QUARTET3 MIN 10 SEC
JUNIOR AND SENIOR LARGE FORMATIONS3 MIN 40 SEC
DGPS Time Limits

* The time limit for the following classes is 2 MIN 40 SEC:

KSBR – Children Solo Ballet Repertoire

KSPBR – Children Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes for Girls aged 12-13 only

JSBR – Junior Solo Ballet Repertoire

SnSBR – Senior Solo Ballet Repertoire

KDPDD – Children Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois

SnDPDD – Junior and Senior Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trios

11.3 Extra time is permitted to all entries to take into account any silence before or after the music on the track. The following extra time is allowed on the music tracks that are submitted on the DGPS entries system:

- Solo, duet/trio and quartet classes - 5 seconds

- Small groups and large formations - 10 seconds

11.4 Dances must not exceed the time limit, but may be shorter.

11.5 Performances in large formation categories could exceed the time limit if there is an explicit consent from DGPS.

12. Time penalties

12.1 The start of the timing of the dance is determined either by the first movement of the dancer(s) or the beginning of the music, whichever is first, up to the last movement of the dancer(s) or the ending of the music, whichever is last.

12.2 The following time penalties will be applied if a dance overruns:

TIME LIMITPENALTY APPLIED ATPENALTY
Solo, Duet/Trio and Quartet ClassesOver 5 seconds5 points
Group ClassesOver 10 seconds5 points
Solo Repertoire BalletOver 5 seconds5 points
DGPS Time penalties

12.3 Any dances more than 30 seconds over the time limit will be immediately disqualified.

12.4 There will be a 25 second time limit for any prop to be placed on stage and removed from the stage. Failure to comply with this will result in a 5 point penalty for each violation.

13. Pointe shoes

13.1 Dancers under the age of 12 years (on 1 January of the year of the competition) are NOT permitted to wear pointe shoes at the DGPS contest in any circumstances.

13.2 Pointe shoes are not allowed in CHILDREN’s categories for participants 13 years and under.

13.3 Dancers aged 12-13 years can wear pointe shoes in:

- KSPBR - Children Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes (age 12-13 years only) and/or KSPB - Children Solo Ballet (any style – not repertoire) (age 12-13 years only). Please note that in KSPBR pointe shoes are compulsory but in KSPB they are optional.

- KDPDD - Children Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois (age 12-13 only). Pointe shoes are compulsory for girls in KDPDD.

13.4 Only 10 – 12 year olds can enter KSB and KSBR. 13 year olds are not permitted to enter KSB or KSBR.

13.5 If a dancer(s) aged 12-13 years wears pointe shoes in a duet, trio, small group or large group dance then the dance must be entered in the relevant JUNIOR category.

14. Music

14.1 If music contains swearing or offensive language the dance may be disqualified or points may be deducted. Dance teachers/representatives can email contest@thousand-smiles.com for guidance on what words will be considered swearing or offensive language.

14.2 Music must be submitted to the DGPS online entry system by the date specified by DGPS.

14.3 DGPS may ask a participant to resend a music file if it does not comply with DGPS requirements for length, quality or file format.

14.4 In case a participant fails to submit a correct music file on time, DGPS may exclude the entry from the contest line-up. In this case DGPS does not owe any compensations or refund to the participant.

14.5 Dance teachers or dancers must have a backup USB for all dances and this must be brought with them to the contest. For further instructions, please email DGPS at contest@thousand-smiles.com.

15. Costumes

15.1 Costumes worn at the DGPS contest competition do not have to be the same as the ones worn in the application video.

15.2 Costumes at the DGPS contest should underline the character of the dance.

15.3 Costumes must be age appropriate.

16. Conditions of performance

16.1 Special lighting effects are not permitted for any performance at DGPS.

16.2 No live props can be used during a performance at DGPS.

16.3 No glass props (e.g. mirrors, vases, windows) can be used at DGPS.

16.4 No flames or lit candles can be used at DGPS.

16.5 No liquids or any other substances are allowed on stage at any time, this includes bubbles, water or other substances that may affect the stage.

16.6 No confetti or any item that requires the stage to be cleaned/swept may be used during a performance at DGPS.

16.7 Props must be simple and be able to be carried on stage by the competitors (excluding BABY and MINI who may have help from a dance teacher).

16.8 DGPS will not be responsible for the safekeeping of any props at the DGPS contest.

16.9 DGPS will not be responsible for any injuries/accidents to a competitor/teacher whilst transferring a prop on or off the stage and in or out of the backstage area. All props are used at the risk of the dancer and the teacher.

16.10 Props must be integral to the performance and the judging panel reserves the right to deduct points if the prop is deemed unsuitable.

16.11 If the music stops during a performance due to a technical issue in the theatre the dancer will be allowed to dance again. However, dancers cannot dance again if they forget their dance.

16.12 If a dancer’s music will not play at the time of the performance due to a technical issue, then the dancer(s) is/are able to perform without music at the DGPS contest.

17. Genre specific rules

17.1 BALLET

17.1.a The solo ballet classes are as follows:

Class CodeClass TitleAgeShoes Permitted
*(C) = Compulsory
Style
BabySBBaby Solo Ballet
(any style)
4-6 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Classical
Neoclassical
Repertoire
Any other ballet style
MiniSBMini Solo Ballet
(any style)
6–9 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
MiniSBRMini Solo Ballet Repertoire6-9 YEARSSoft ballet shoesRepertoire
KSBChildren Solo Ballet
(any style, not repertoire), (age 10 – 12 years only)
10–12 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
KSBRChildren Solo Ballet Repertoire
(age 10 – 12 years only)
10–12 YEARSSoft ballet shoesRepertoire
KSPBChildren Solo Ballet (any style –not repertoire) (age 12-13 years only) 12–13 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Pointe shoes
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
KSPBR Children Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes (age 12-13 only)12–13 YEARSPointe shoes (C)*Repertoire
JSBJunior Solo Ballet (any style – not repertoire)14-17 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Pointe shoes
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
JSBRJunior Solo Ballet Repertoire14-17 YEARSPointe shoes (C)Repertoire
SnSBSenior Solo Ballet (any style – not repertoire)18-25 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Pointe shoes
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
SnSBRSenior Solo Ballet Repertoire18-25 YEARSPointe shoes (C)Repertoire
DGPS Ballet Specific Rules

17.1.b The duet ballet classes are as follows:

BabyDBBaby Duet/Trio Ballet - any style4-6 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Classical
Neoclassical
Repertoire
Any other ballet style
MiniDBMini Duet/Trio Ballet - any style6-9 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Classical
Neoclassical
Repertoire
Any other ballet style
KDBChildren Duet/Trio Ballet – any style (not repertoire)10-13 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
NOT Repertoire
Can also enter KDPDD
KDPDDChildren Duet/Trio
Pas de Deux/Trois
(age 12-13 only)
12-13 YEARSPointe shoes (C) for girlsRepertoireCan also enter KDB
JDBJunior Duet/Trio Ballet – any style14-17 YEARS Soft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Pointe shoes
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
NOT Repertoire
Can also enter SnDPDD
SnDBSenior Duet/Trio Ballet – any style18-25 YEARSSoft ballet shoes
Bare feet
Pointe shoes
Classical
Neoclassical
Any other ballet style
NOT Repertoire
Can also enter SnDPDD
SnDPDDJunior and Senior Duet/Trio
Pas de Deux/Trois
14-25 YEARSPointe shoes (C) for girlsRepertoireCan also enter SnDB/JDB
DGPS Duet Ballet Specific Rules

17.1.c Soft ballet shoes, pointe shoes and bare feet are permitted in ballet classes at DGPS. Please see the table above.

17.1.d In classes JSBR and SnSBR, all female dancers aged 14 or over must wear pointe shoes.

17.1.e In the JUNIOR and SENIOR ballet group classes it is recommended but not compulsory that some of the female dancers wear pointe shoes. The judging panel may take this into account in their scoring. Please note rule 18.1 applies.

17.1.f Dancers are allowed to enter a solo in both a ballet repertoire class (eg JSBR) and a ballet - any style class (eg JSB) with respects of rule 8.4.

17.1.g It’s strictly prohibited to use any kind of protected original choreographies, unless the dance teacher or the dancer sends DGPS the written permission from the designated organization.

17.1.h Repertoire dances are allowed in Solo Ballet, but the choreographic mark will be based on the original steps.

17.1.i Dancers are allowed to enter a duet in both a duet ballet class (eg KDB) and a pas de deux class (eg KDPDD). Note rule 8.6)

17.2 NATIONAL AND FOLKLORE

17.2.a National or folklore dances from any country may be presented by dance students from any country.

17.2.b A traditional dance wearing traditional shoes should be entered into the national and folklore sections.

17.2.c Due to the variety of interpretations in the national classes, no marks are awarded for authenticity of the dance.

17.3 LYRICAL, JAZZ, SHOW DANCE, CONTEMPORARY AND ACRO

17.3.a Please see APPENDIX 3 for a description of these classes.

17.3.b Pointe shoes can be worn in the Lyrical, Jazz, Show Dance, Contemporart and Acro sections if the choreography is enhanced by the wearing of pointe shoes and the dancer is 12 years old and above by January 1st. Please note rule 13.

17.3.c Acrobatic moves in the Lyrical, Jazz Show Dance and Contemporary classes should be kept to a minimum and only used if they enhance the choreography. Excessive use of acrobatic moves in these categories may be penalised.

18. Scores

18.1 First, second and third place will be awarded a gold, silver and bronze medal accordingly, regardless of the number of points received.

18.2 If two dances receive the same number of marks at the DGPS contest then a tied place is awarded.

18.3 The rules for the special awards will be released in April of the competition year.

19. Judging

19.1 The judging panel at the DGPS contest will consist of internationally acclaimed dancers, dance teachers or registered adjudicators. Each class will be judged by 3 members of this judging panel.

19.2 Points are given to every dance. The maximum score at the DGPS application and contest is 100.

19.3 The following judging criteria will be applied (for a breakdown of the scoring please see APPENDIX 2):

CRITERIAPOINTS
Technical level of the dance20 points maximum
Quality in executing the dance and the showing harmony in the group in technique20 points maximum
Artistic interpretation and musicality of the dancer(s) 20 points maximum
Choreographic variety to include suitability to the dancer(s) and/or originality and innovative work20 points maximum
Expression and personality of the dancers and the entertainment value of the performance20 points maximum
Judging criteria DGPS

19.4 The decision of the judging panel is final and cannot be changed, there will be no discussions.

20. Stage

20.1 The Stage dimensions information will be available on the DGPS website (www.contest.thousand-smiles.com) in due course.

20.2 These dimensions are advised by the venue to DGPS and may be subject to change. DGPS cannot be held responsible for any changes.

20.3 DGPS reserves the right to change the venue of the competition or to use multiple venues if necessary.

21. Dressing room / back stage

21.1 Competitors and registered dance teachers of participating schools will have access to the dressing rooms area during the DGPS contest. More information on this will be sent to the dance schools nearer to the competition date.

21.2 Parents have no access to the dressing rooms or backstage unless they are registered as legal representatives of minor dancers who are applying independently. In this case, the parent will be registered as a dancer assistant.

21.3 All minor dancers must be accompanied by a teacher/assistant to the side of the stage who is responsible for this dancer to be in time for their performance. The backstage manager on duty has the right to ask the teacher/assistant to leave the stage area if the space is not suitable.

21.4 Every minor (under 18 years old) independent participant should be accompanied by ONE adult at the back stage area. Every school/group with up to 10 participants should be accompanied by ONE adult (teacher/choreographer/representative) at the backstage area. In case, there is need for additional assistants backstage, additional charges for backstage passes may apply.

21.5 All dancers and companions should respect the order, should not disturb other participants, keep quiet during performances and keep the backstage are clean. Littering and damaging is not allowed. Food consumption in the backstage are and in the theater hall is not allowed.

21.6 If a competitor needs assistance during a performance with props on and off the stage, then details must be emailed to contest@thousand-smiles.com no later than a month before the start of the DGPS contest.

21.7 Dressing or preparation in the theater hall is NOT allowed.

22. Theater admission

22.1 Details on theatre admissions for teachers and parents will be confirmed in due course. All participants will be notified by email of this information.

22.2 The DGPS contest is open to the general public. Ticket prices and where to purchase them, will be available on the DGPS website in due course.

22.3 All participants, teachers, assistants, parents, audience should follow DGPS rules and venue access schedule. In case a participant arrives earlier than the provided schedule, DGPS reserves the right to ask this participant to wait outside of the event venue until suitable.

22.4 In case of a misconduct, disrespect of DGPS rules or disturbance of others, DGPS has the right to ask the disturber to leave and/or the ban a participant from performing. No refunds will be made in this case.

23. Insurance

23.1 THOUSAND SMILES is not responsible for any injuries that may occur to any person including a participant, teacher or audience member whilst in the theatre, dressing rooms, back stage or on the stage, or anywhere else.

23.2 It is the dance school’s or the accompanying legal representative's responsibility to take out their own insurance(s) for their school/dancer to attend DGPS contest.

24. Travel and accommodation

24.1 DGPS is not responsible for any travel and accommodation costs in relation to the DGPS contest.

24.2 DGPS cannot assist in the organisation of any visa applications, it is the responsibility of the dance school/parent to arrange these if needed.

24.3 DGPS shall not be liable to any parent or other members, teachers, students competitors or any other party (a Third Party) for any loss that may suffer as a result of the occurrence of an event or a series of events (including but not limited to Acts of God, Government intervention or advise against organized social gatherings or the undertaking of sporting events, political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, natural disasters, fire epidemic or pandemic) which results in:a) the Third Party being unable or unwilling to travel to and or attend the event; orb) the event having to be postponed or cancelled by DGPS; orc) the hosting of the event by DGPS being rendered impossible, impractical or illegal.

25. Refunds and cancellations

25.1 By registering for DGPS, you are confirming that you have read and understood our no cash refunds policy.

25.2 Registration fee is non refundable.

25.3 There will be no cash refunds made to participants for a cancellation of an entry, for any other reason other than a medical reason or personal circumstances (ie: family bereavement or similar).

25.4 In the event that a dancer cannot compete either for a medical reason or for a personal circumstance (ie: family bereavement), a request for a compensation will be considered on presentation of such supporting evidence as DGPS may at their discretion request. Compensation may be vaucher for participation in a next edition of DGPS and in terms, explicitly defined by DGPS for each case.

25.5 Should DGPS have to cancel an event for whatever reason, a credit note will be issued to each dancer for 100% of the entries paid and their entries will automatically be transferred to the next DGPS contest competition. This credit note can be used at future DGPS contest competitions towards entry fees.

Any disputes that arise against the company will be under the laws of Bulgarian Court of Law.


APPENDIX 1 - CLASSES AVAILABLE AT DGPS CONTEST

BABY – 6 AND UNDER

CLASS CODECLASS TITLENUMBER OF DANCERSMAX TIME
BabySBBaby Solo Ballet - any style12 min 10 sec
BabySNBaby Solo National and Folklore12 min 10 sec
BabySLBaby Solo Lyrical and Contemporary12 min 10 sec
BabySWBaby Solo Jazz and Show Dance12 min 10 sec
BabySABaby Solo Acro12 min 10 sec
BabySHBaby Solo Street Dance and Commercial12 min 10 sec
BabyDBBaby Duet/Trio Ballet – any style2 or 32 min 10 sec
BabyDNBaby Duet/Trio National and Folklore2 or 32 min 10 sec
BabyDLBaby Duet/Trio Lyrical and Contemporary2 or 32 min 10 sec
BabyDWBaby Duet/Trio Jazz and Show Dance2 or 32 min 10 sec
BabyDABaby Duet/Trio Acro2 or 32 min 10 sec
BabyDHBaby Duet/Trio Street Dance2 or 32 min 10 sec
BabyQBBaby Quartet Ballet – any style42 min 40 sec
BabyGSBBaby Small Group Ballet – any style5-102 min 40 sec
BabyGSNBaby Small Group National and Folklore4 - 102 min 40 sec
BabyGSLBaby Small Group Lyrical and Contemporary4 - 102 min 40 sec
BabyGSWBaby Small Group Jazz and Show Dance4 - 102 min 40 sec
BabyGSABaby Small Group Acro4 - 102 min 40 sec
BabyGSHBaby Small Group Street Dance and Commercial4 - 102 min 40 sec
BabyFLBBaby Large Formation Ballet – any style11+3 min 10 sec
BabyFLNBaby Large Formation National and Folklore11+3 min 10 sec
BabyFLLBaby Large Formation Lyrical and Contemporary11+3 min 10 sec
BabyFLWBaby Large Formation Jazz and Show Dance11+3 min 10 sec
BabyFLABaby Large Formation Acro11+3 min 10 sec
BabyFLHBaby Large Formation Street Dance and Commercial11+3 min 10 sec
DGPS BABY Classes

MINI – BETWEEN 6 AND 9 YEARS

CLASS CODECLASS TITLENUMBER OF DANCERSMAX TIME
MiniSBMini Solo Ballet - any style12 min 10 sec
MiniSBmMini Solo Ballet - any style (Boys)12 min 10 sec
MiniSBRMini Solo Ballet Repertoire12 min 10 sec
MiniSBRmMini Solo Ballet Repertoire (Boys)12 min 10 sec
MiniSNMini Solo National and Folklore12 min 10 sec
MiniSLMini Solo Lyrical and Contemporary12 min 10 sec
MiniSLmMini Solo Lyrical and Contemporary (Boys)12 min 10 sec
MiniSWMini Solo Jazz and Show Dance12 min 10 sec
MinSWmMini Solo Jazz and Show Dance (Boys)12 min 10 sec
MiniSAMini Solo Acro12 min 10 sec
MiniSHMini Solo Street Dance and Commercial12 min 10 sec
MiniDBMini Duet/Trio Ballet – any style2 or 32 min 10 sec
MiniDNMini Duet/Trio National and Folklore2 or 32 min 10 sec
MiniDLMini Duet/Trio Lyrical and Contemporary2 or 32 min 10 sec
MiniDWMini Duet/Trio Jazz and Show Dance2 or 32 min 10 sec
MiniDAMini Duet/Trio Acro2 or 32 min 10 sec
MiniDHMini Duet/Trio Street Dance2 or 32 min 10 sec
MiniQBMini Quartet Ballet – any style42 min 40 sec
MiniGSBMini Small Group Ballet – any style5-102 min 40 sec
MiniGSNMini Small Group National and Folklore4 - 102 min 40 sec
MiniGSLMini Small Group Lyrical and Contemporary4 - 102 min 40 sec
MiniGSWMini Small Group Jazz and Show Dance4 - 102 min 40 sec
MiniGSAMini Small Group Acro4 - 102 min 40 sec
MiniGSHMini Small Group Street Dance and Commercial4 - 102 min 40 sec
MiniFLBMini Large Formation Ballet – any style11+3 min 10 sec
MiniFLNMini Large Formation National and Folklore11+3 min 10 sec
MiniFLLMini Large Formation Lyrical and Contemporary11+3 min 10 sec
MiniFLWMini Large Formation Jazz and Show Dance11+3 min 10 sec
MiniFLAMini Large Formation Acro11+3 min 10 sec
MiniFLHMini Large Formation Street Dance and Commercial11+3 min 10 sec
DGPS MINI Classes

CHILDREN – 13 YEARS AND UNDER

CLASS CODECLASS TITLENUMBER OF DANCERSMAX TIME
KSBChildren Solo Ballet – any style (not repertoire) (age 10 – 12 years)12 min 10 sec
KSBmChildren Solo Ballet (Boys) – any style (not repertoire)12 min 10 sec
KSBRChildren Solo Ballet Repertoire (age 10 – 12 years)12 min 40 sec
KSBRmChildren Solo Ballet Repertoire (Boys)12 min 40 sec
KSPBChildren Solo Ballet - any style (not repertoire) with pointe shoes optional ( age 12 – 13 years only)12 min 10 sec
KSPBRChildren Solo Ballet Repertoire with pointe shoes(age 12 – 13 only)12 min 40 sec
KSNChildren Solo National and Folklore12 min 10 sec
KSLChildren Solo Lyrical12 min 10 sec
KSLmChildren Solo Lyrical (Boys)12 min 10 sec
KSWChildren Solo Show Dance12 min 10 sec
KSWmChildren Solo Show Dance (boys)12 min 10 sec
KSZChildren Solo Jazz12 min 10 sec
KSZmChildren Solo Jazz (Boys)12 min 10 sec
KSEChildren Solo Contemporaray12 min 10 sec
KSEmChildren Solo Contemporary (Boys)12 min 10 sec
KSAChildren Solo Acro12 min 10 sec
KSHChildren Solo Street Dance12 min 10 sec
KSCChildren Solo Commercial12 min 10 sec
KDBChildren Duet/Trio Ballet – any style (not repertoire)
PLEASE SEE NOTES: 8.11 FOR APPENDIX
2 or 32 min 10 sec
KDPDDChildren Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois (age 12-13 only)
PLEASE SEE NOTES: 8.12 FOR APPENDIX
2 or 32 min 40 sec
KDNChildren Duet/Trio National and Folklore2 or 32 min 10 sec
KDLChildren Duet/Trio Lyrical and Contemporary2 or 32 min 10 sec
KDWChildren Duet/Trio Jazz and Show Dance2 or 32 min 10 sec
KDAChildren Duet/Trio Acro2 or 32 min 10 sec
KDHChildren Duet/Trio Street Dance and Commercial2 or 32 min 10 sec
KQBChildren Quartet Ballet – any style42 min 40 sec
KGSBCChildren Small Group Classical Ballet and Repertoire5 - 102 min 40 sec
KGSBChildren Small Group Ballet– any style (not classical or repertoire)5 - 102 min 40 sec
KGSNChildren Small Group National and Folklore4-102 min 40 sec
KGSLChildren Small Group Lyrical4-102 min 40 sec
KGSEChildren Small Group Contemporary4 -102 min 40 sec
KGSWChildren Small Group Jazz and Show Dance4 -102 min 40 sec
KGSAChildren Small Group Acro4 -102 min 40 sec
KGSHChildren Small Group Street Dance and Commercial4 -102 min 40 sec
KFLBCChildren Large Formation Classical Ballet and Repertoire11+3 min 10 sec
KFLBChildren Large Formation Ballet – any style (not classical or repertoire)11+3 min 10 sec
KFLNChildren Large Formation National and Folklore11+3 min 10 sec
KFLLChildren Large Formation Lyrical11+3 min 10 sec
KFLWChildren Large Formation Show Dance11+3 min 10 sec
KFLZChildren Large Formation Jazz11+3 min 10 sec
KFLEChildren Large Formation Contemporary11+3 min 10 sec
KFLAChildren Large Formation Acro11+3 min 10 sec
KFLHChildren Large Formation Street Dance11+3 min 10 sec
KFLCChildren Large Formation Commercial11+3 min 10 sec
DGPS Children Classes

JUNIOR – 17 YEARS AND UNDER

CLASS CODECLASS TITLENUMBER OF DANCERSMAX TIME
JSBJunior Solo Ballet - any style (not repertoire) 1 2 min 10 sec
JSBmJunior Solo Ballet (Boys) - any style (not repertoire)12 min 10 sec
JSBRJunior Solo Ballet Repertoire12 min 40 sec
JSBRmJunior Solo Ballet Repertoire (Boys)12 min 40 sec
JSNJunior Solo National and Folklore12 min 10 sec
JSLJunior Solo Lyrical12 min 10 sec
JSLmJunior Solo Lyrical (Boys) 12 min 10 sec
JSWJunior Solo Show Dance12 min 10 sec
JSWmJunior Solo Show Dance (Boys)12 min 10 sec
JSZJunior Solo Jazz12 min 10 sec
JSZmJunior Solo Jazz (Boys) 12 min 10 sec
JSEJunior Solo Contemporary12 min 10 sec
JSEmJunior Solo Contemporary (Boys) 12 min 10 sec
JSAJunior Solo Acro12 min 10 sec
JSHJunior Solo Street Dance12 min 10 sec
JSCJunior Solo Commercial12 min 10 sec
JDBJunior Duet/Trio Ballet – any style (not repertoire) PLEASE SEE RULE 8.112 or 32 min 40 sec
JDNJunior Duet/Trio National and Folklore2 or 32 min 40 sec
JDLJunior Duet/Trio Lyrical and Contemporary2 or 32
min
40 sec
JDWJunior Duet/Trio Jazz and Show Dance2 or 32 min 40 sec
JDAJunior Duet/Trio Acro2 or 32 min 40 sec
JDHJunior Duet/Trio Street Dance and Commercial2 or 32 min 40 sec
JQBJunior Quartet Ballet43 min 10 sec
JGSBCJunior Small Group Classical Ballet and Repertoire5 – 103 min 10 sec
JGSBJunior Small Group Ballet – any style (not classical or repertoire)5 - 103 min 10 sec
JGSNJunior Small Group National and Folklore4 - 103 min 10 sec
JGSLJunior Small Group Lyrical4 -103 min 10 sec
JGSEJunior Small Group Contemporary 4 - 103 min 10 sec
JGSWJunior Small Group Jazz and Show Dance4 - 103 min 10 sec
JGSHJunior Small Group Street Dance and Commercial4 - 103 min 10 sec
JFLBCJunior Large Formation Classical Ballet and Repertoire11+3 min 40 sec
JFLBJunior Large Formation Ballet - any style (not classical or repertoire) 11+3 min 40 sec
JFLNJunior Large Formation National and Folklore11+3 min 40 sec
JFLLJunior Large Formation Lyrical11+3 min 40 sec
JFLWJunior Large Formation Show Dance11+3 min 40 sec
JFLZJunior Large Formation Jazz11+3 min 40 sec
JFLEJunior Large Formation Contemporary11+3 min 40 sec
JFLAJunior Large Formation Acro11+3 min 40 sec
JFLHJunior Large Formation Street Dance11+3 min 40 sec
JFLCJunior Large Formation Commercial11+3 min 40 sec
DGPS Junior Classes

SENIOR– 25 YEARS AND UNDER

CLASS CODECLASS TITLENUMBER OF DANCERSMAX TIME
SnSBSenior Solo Ballet – any style (not repertoire)12 min 10 sec
SnSBRSenior Solo Ballet repertoire12 min 40 sec
SnSNSenior Solo National and Folklore12 min 10 sec
SnSLSenior Solo Lyrical12 min 10 sec
SnSLmSenior Solo Lyrical (Boys)12 min 10 sec
SnSWSenior Solo Showdance12 min 10 sec
SnSWmSenior Solo Showdance (Boys)12 min 10 sec
SnSZSenior Solo Jazz12 min 10 sec
SnSZmSenior Solo Jazz (boys)12 min 10 sec
SnSESenior Solo Contemporary12 min 10 sec
SnSEmSenior Solo Contemporary (boys)12 min 10 sec
SnSASenior Solo Acro12 min 10 sec
SnSHSenior Solo Street Dance12 min 10 sec
SnSCSenior Solo Commercial12 min 10 sec
SnDBSenior Duet/Trio Ballet – any style (not repertoire) PLEASE SEE RULE 8.112 or 32 min 40 sec
SnDPDDJunior and Senior Duet/Trio Pas de Deux/Trois 2 or 32 min 40 sec
SnDNSenior Duet/Trio National and Folklore Dance2 or 32 min 40 sec
SnDLSenior Duet/Trio Lyrical and Contemporary2 or 32 min 40 sec
SnDWSenior Duet/Trio Jazz and Show Dance2 or 32 min 40 sec
SnDASenior Duet Acro2 or 32 min 40 sec
SnDHSenior Duet/Trio Street Dance and Commercial2 or 32 min 40 sec
SnQBSenior Quartet Ballet – any style43 min 10 sec
SnGSBCSenior Small Classical Ballet and Repertoire5 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSBSenior Small Group Ballet – any style (not classical or repertoire)5 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSNSenior Small Group National and Folklore4 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSLSenior Small Group Lyrical4 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSESenior Small Group Contemporary4 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSWSenior Small Group Jazz and Show Dance4 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSAJunior and Senior Small Group Acro4 - 103 min 10 sec
SnGSHSenior Small Group Street Dance and Commercial 4 - 103 min 10 sec
SnFLBCSenior Large Formation Classical Ballet and Repertoire11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLBSenior Large Formation Ballet - any style (not classical and repertoire)11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLNSenior Large Formation National and Folklore11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLLSenior Large Formation Lyrical11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLWSenior Large Formation Show Dance11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLZSenior Large Formation Jazz11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLESenior Large Formation Contemporary11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLASenior Large Formation Acro11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLHSenior Large Formation Street Dance11+3 min 40 sec
SnFLCSenior Large Formation Commercial11+3 min 40 sec
DGPS Senior Classes

APPENDIX 2 - Marking system

The maximum score at a DGPS event is 100 points.The following judging criteria will be applied with a maximum of 20 points being awarded in each section:

Technical level of the dance – 20 points maximum

20-15 pointsThere is an excellent level of technical requirement within the performance and the dancer(s) execute this with precision.
The dancer(s) shows excellent body awareness and placement throughout the performance.
15-10 pointsThere is a good level of technical requirement within the performance and the dancer(s) execute this well.
The dancer(s) shows good body awareness and placement throughout the performance.
10-5 pointsThere is an average level of technical requirement within the performance and the dancer(s) execute this averagely.
The dancer(s) shows average body awareness and placement throughout the performance.
5-0 pointsThere is a poor level of technical requirement within the performance.
The dancer(s) are showing poor body awareness and placement throughout the performance.

Quality in executing the dance and showing harmony in the group in technique –maximum of 20 points

20-15 pointsThe dancer(s) show excellent quality in their execution of the technique given to them throughout the performance.
The dancer(s) excel in the precision and sharpness throughout the performance.
There is superior strength in movement which is consistent throughout the performance.
There is excellent harmony shown throughout the performance.
15-10 pointsThe dancer(s) show good quality in their execution of the technique given to them throughout the performance.
The dancer(s) show good precision and sharpness throughout the performance.
There is a good level of strength in movement which is fairly consistent throughout the performance.
There is good harmony shown throughout the performance.
10-5 pointsThe dancer(s) shows a developing quality in their execution of the technique given to them throughout the performance.
The dancer(s) show an applying level of precision and sharpness throughout the performance.
There is a developing level of strength in movement which appears at times throughout the performance.
There is a developing level of harmony shown throughout the performance.
5-0 pointsThe dancer(s) is/are inconsistent in the quality of the execution of the technique given to them throughout the performance.
The dancer(s) is/are not showing precision and sharpness during the performance.
The performance is lacking in harmony throughout the performance.

Artistic interpretation and musicality of the dancer(s) – maximum of 20 points

20-15 pointsThe dancer(s) show an exceptional use of music to emphasise the choreography given to them.The dancer(s) have an excellent understanding of the artistic interpretation.
The dancer(s) show excellent synchronization throughout the performance.
15-10 pointsThe dancer(s) show a good use of music to emphasise the choreography given to them.
The dancer(s) have a good understanding of the artistic interpretation.
The dancer(s) show good synchronization throughout the performance.
10-5 pointsThe dancer(s) show minimal musicality throughout the performance.
The dancer(s) have an average understanding of artistic interpretation.
The dancer(s) show average synchronization throughout the performance.
5-0 pointsThe dancer(s) do not enhance the choreography and they are lacking in musicality.
The dancers(s) do not understand or show any artistic interpretation.
The dancer(s) show poor synchronization throughout the performance.

Choreographic variety to include suitability to the dancers and or originality and innovative work. – maximum of 20 points.

20-15 pointsThe dance shows excellent choreographic variety and the performance shows memorable highlights throughout.
There is an exceptional use of unique material.
The dance is an excellent choice and completely suitable for the dancer(s).
Repertoire/Variation – the dance is presented excellently by the dancer(s) and it is an excellent choice.
The dance is adapted excellent for the dancer(s) technical ability.
15-10 pointsThe dance shows a good use of choreographic variety throughout with some good highlights.
There is a good use of unique material.
The dance is a good choice and is suitable for the dancer(s).
Repertoire/Variation – the dance is presented well by the dancer(s) and it is a good choice.
The dance is adapted well for the dancer(s) technical ability but at times it is too difficult for the dancer(s).
10-5 pointsThe dance is developing in the use of choreographic variety and there is a minimal unique material.
The dance is not a good choice and for the dancer(s), but they performed to the best of their ability.
Repertoire/Variation – the dance is presented well by the dancer(s) but it is not a good choice.
The dance is not adapted well for the dancer(s) technical ability and it is clearly too difficult for the dancer(s).
5-0 pointsLacking in choreographic variety with a standard/basic use of material used in the dance.
There is little creativity within the performance.
The dance is not a good choice and they did not cope with the technical level required.
Repertoire/Variation – the dance is lacking in presentation of the original choreography and it is not a good choice.
The dance is not adapted well for the dancer(s) technical ability and it is completely unsuitable.

Expression and personality of the dancers and the entertainment value of the performance - maximum of 20 points.

20-15 pointsExcellent use of presentation / feeling throughout the performance.
An excellent understanding of movement and effect required for the performance.
There is an excellent entertainment value gained from this performance.
Excellent grooming is shown.
15-10 pointsApplying a good level of presentation and feeling throughout the performance.
Apply a good level of understanding to the movement and effect required for the performance.
There is a good entertainment value gained from this performance.
Good grooming is shown.
10-5 pointsThe level of presentation is acceptable but could be improved throughout the performance.The dancer(s) need to understand the movement and effect that is required for the performance.The performance is moderately entertaining.Grooming is acceptable but could be improved.
5-0 pointsThe dancer(s) is lacking in their presentation throughout the performance.
The dancer(s) is not currently showing an acceptable understanding for the movement and effect that is required for the performance.
There is no entertainment value gained from this performance.
The grooming is generally poor.

NOTE: The judging panel are permitted to award decimal marks (i.e.16.8) in their scoring.


Appendix 3 - Class descriptions

Repertoire Ballet 

Any piece coming from recognised Ballet Repertoire.

In the mini repertoire solos, the teachers are allowed to slightly simplify the variations to fit the technical level of the children.

In the Mini category we strongly advise the teachers to choose age appropriate variations.

It is strictly prohibited to use any kind of protected original choreography, unless the dance teacher sends DGPS the written permission from the designated organisation. This includes all Balanchine, Lacotte and Mat’s Ek works, as well as any other choreographer which requires formal permission to be danced in a competition environment. 

Ballet – any style (excluding repertoire)

Any method of ballet, which uses an academic ballet technique. A Neoclassical ballet style may be employed in this category. This uses traditional ballet technique, but in a less rigid way. For example: 

- different or innovative use of port de bras;

- a strong use of off-balance movements or positions;

- or a mixture with more modern movements in the upper body, whilst still using a very strong classical use of the leg lines.

National and Folklore

The dance will show the typical style of dance from a certain country/countries. 

The music used in the performance must be relevant to that country. The music must be national/folklore music that shows the typical sound of music in that country.

Due to the variety of countries represented in the national classes, no marks are awarded for authenticity of the dance.

Bollywood – should be entered into the Show Dance category.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of ballet and modern. A lyrical dancer will use movements to express strong emotions such as love, joy, romance etc. The dancer often performs to music with lyrics as this serves as inspiration for the dancer’s movements and expressions. 

Movements in lyrical dance are characterised by fluidity and grace , with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one movement to another. Leaps are high and turns are fluid and continuous.

Show Dance

This category is best described as a high impact, dynamic dance with entertaining choreography, clear style, narrative and a cohesive theme. The choreographic creation must use dance techniques that bring show dance elements together to form a complete structured piece. Show dance encompasses a variety of styles that can be influenced by Show Dance Theatre, Film or Musical Concepts. The style and imagery of choreography must be appropriate for the dancers involved and executed with precision, powerful musicality and demonstrate clear creative performance values. 

(Bollywood Dance would fit into this category).

Jazz Dance

There are many ways that Jazz can be presented which are described below as a guideline.

All Jazz dance pieces must show a clear understanding and creative expression that is informed and inspired from the differing genres and styles under the Jazz dance umbrella. 

Other dance forms and styles must not override the Jazz dance elements and techniques required specifically for Jazz. The techniques for this genre are very clearly stated and are required for fair and honest judging.

Please note: ACRO dance and gymnastic tricks do not substitute for Jazz technique or choreography. 

If the choreography is using acrobatic elements, the acro movements must be integral to the main delivery of Jazz choreography and have a real relevance to the dance narrative and construction of the piece. 

Jazz Music forms an important part of Jazz choreography. Choosing the correct music will enhance the Jazz dance elements naturally required and also show an understanding of musicality, syncopation and dynamics for the overall visual delivery of the choreography.

Broadway/West End Jazz Dance styles

The dance technique and style must show the Jazz genre. It can be inspired, not totally copied by a known or recognised Broadway show or dance musical, past or present. For example: - Chicago, Pyjama Game, Sweet Charity, All That Jazz, and West Side Story; as well as other more recent shows, such as: - In the Heights, Flash Dance, Chorus Line, Motown, Memphis, Lion King, Dream Girls, American in Paris, 42nd Street, Five Guys Named Mo, Sister Act and American in Paris. There are many inspirational choreographers in this genre including Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins. 

Creative Jazz Dance Theatre

Creative Jazz Dance choreography allows for the choreography to open up and enables the teacher/choreographer to explore their own creativity and dance expression.

Creative Jazz Dance Theatre can use a theme or narrative and is original in concept.

The choreography must use the fundamental and expected Jazz Dance techniques, styles and dance elements/steps that show the dance as a fully constructed work of Jazz choreography. Originality and expression in the creativity, alongside presenting the required Jazz skills and techniques are essential. 

The dance creation should be viewed as an artistic delivery through the fusion and dialogue between the music and movement which can take the dancer and audience on a journey. 

This must be appropriate for the age and level of the dancer/s.

This style of Jazz is choreographed to Jazz music that enables a greater emotional connection. The elements and expression for Lyrical Jazz is a fusion between the dancer and the creative content of the music. Jazz dance techniques are to be the primary source of creativity in the choreography. 

Lyrical Jazz does not mean dancing to the LYRICS of the song or using the contemporary dance form in style, techniques and performance. 

There are many emotive and slower tempo pieces of Jazz music available to choose from that offer a wonderful platform and canvas to choreograph and create an original lyrical jazz dance solo or group piece. 

Contemporary

Contemporary Dance has established and recognised dance styles and techniques which are based on renowned expression of choreographers including: - Graham, Limon, Cunningham and Horton, Ailey and more in trend today Wayne McGregor or Rambert.

The Contemporary Dance class should incorporate and convey a collection of methods and techniques that are founded within the techniques of ballet, modern dance or postmodern dance. 

Contemporary dance permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines of classical ballet. The images, ideas and emotions of the dance can be set to a variety of sounds, from music to the spoken word or even silence if in keeping with the theme of the dance. 

The choreography should convey a story based on the text or a song, or possibly have a story line that conveys an emotion and specific expression. The dancer performing in the Contemporary dance class must have a high level of understanding of the physicality and techniques that are required to be viewed and judged fairly.

Please Note: Contemporary Dance is not to be confused with Lyrical Dance. The elements required for the Contemporary dance class, must be visible within the creative dance and the technique of the dancer performing.

Acro

A routine combining acrobatic elements / tricks and dance of any style with a smooth transition between the two. Acrobatic elements include gymnastic work, contortion and flexibility work, balancing work and tumbling work, e.g.; walkovers, backovers, balances (hand, head, forearm, chest), splits, aerials (side, front) and back handsprings. For duet/trio, small groups and large group numbers, partner work and group tricks should also be incorporated into the routine. Dancers should demonstrate total control of their body and the tricks they are performing.

Street Dance

Street dance includes a wide range of styles made popular in the USA and has now become an international and popular form of dance expression for the youth culture, which has now crossed over into more mainstream Commercial dance styles. This class requires the dance to express the specific dance styles, but offer an overall concept, theme and direction that expresses creative ideas, clever dance imagery and stylised choreography.

Please Note: For this class, music choices should not contain swearing or bad language, the suggestion of guns or death. The choreography and visual aspect must be age appropriate for the overall competition.

Commercial

Commercial is a highy choreographed dance form and encompasses a variety of vibrant genres. This dance style can be seen in MTV music videos, advertising campaigns, on TV and in films. It is a combination of self expression, energy and performance.