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Thailand 12 Oct - 15 Oct 2023
Singapore 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2023

Online 20 Oct - 30 Oct 2023

RULES & REGULATIONS

 

Entry Requirements & Eligibility

  • ​Youth Arts Festival  (YAF) is open to dancers of all nationalities, ages 5 and above.

  • A participant‘s age is determined as of 1 January 2023.

  • Professional dancers are not permitted to compete in this competition. Professional dancers are defined as persons who are currently, or have been, employed as a full-time dancer (apprentices included) with a professional dance company. 

  • Participants may enter representing a school or as an independent student without school affiliation. 

  • Participants are allowed to participate in multiple dance genres in the solo and group dance segments.

  • Each solo participant may be admitted for the competition in the appropriate category or one category higher under the same genre. 

  • Solo participants must perform different solo if participating in two age categories under the same genre.  

  • For duo, trio, ensemble and group dance, the age will be determined by the oldest candidate in the group. 

Registration

  • YAF reserves the right to deny any registration at its discretion. 

  • Applicants will be disqualified should there be any false information filled in the entry forms.

  • Entries are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will close when the competition has reached its maximum capacity or by the dates below, whichever comes first. 

  • All changes of registered information, must be received no later than six weeks prior to the competition. 

  • Changes of registered information will incur an administrative fee of $20 and may not be reflected in the competition programme booklet.

  • Registration is only confirmed upon receipt of payment.​

 

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Criteria (For solo, duo, trio, ensemble and group dance)

Classical Ballet

  • Ballet solo participants can perform either classical repertoire variation or choreographed solo.

  • Ballet solo participants may choose to perform in pointe shoes or soft ballet shoes. There will be no additional marks awarded for candidates who perform in pointe shoes. YAF encourages all candidates to practice safe and correct technique if performing in pointe shoes.

  • Ballet participants will be judged based on ballet technique, performance and musicality. (For solo, duo, trio, ensemble and group dance)

Contemporary

  • Contemporary participants will be judged based on contemporary technique, (including floor work, Control and off balance, use of spine), performance and musicality. (For solo, duo, trio, ensemble and group dance)

Jazz/Lyrical

  • Participants will be judged based on technique (speed and dynamics), performance (expression and strong personality), musicality, and ability to use motion to interpret music and express emotions.

Cultural Dance

  • Participants are required to perform a type of dance that is an expression of a past or present culture. These include, but are not limited to, Chinese dances, Malay dances, Indian dances, Mazurka, Spanish dances, etc.

  • Participants will be judged based on technique, performance and musicality.

Any Genre

  • For any dance genres including but not limited to Hip Hop, Street Dance etc. Genres that require a sound recording, such as tap dancing, song and dance, are not accepted.

  • Participants will be judged based on technique, performance and musicality.

Duo, Trio, Ensemble & Group dance

  • Participants will be judged based on unified technique, synchronized performance, musicality and formation change as a group.

For all genes and segments

  • Props

    • YAF allows prop that can be carried by one person. ( only for physical competition)

    • Props that require cleaning is not allowed, for example flower petals etc ( only for physical competition)

  • Maximum duration

    • Solo: 2.5 minutes

    • Duo : 3 minutes

    • Trio : 3 minutes

    • Ensemble: 5 minutes (4-10 participants)

    • Group: 5 minutes (11 or more participants)

Scoring

  • The jury comprises both male and female judges.

  • The final score for each participant/dance is the average of scores given by the jury.

  • A jury member who is associated with any participant or school will be exempted from giving marks to the participant(s).

Consent

Participants’ parents and schools are deemed to agree that the solo performance video involving your child/student will be viewed by the SDA jury members, as well as the faculty members of the schools/companies of the jury members and scholarship providers.

Announcement of YAF Competition results

  • The results of the competition will be announced on YAF website and social media.

Photography & Recordings

  • SDA reserves the right to take photographs and videos at any time throughout the competition. This includes, but is not limited to, master classes, rehearsals or performances during the competition, or any activities in the competition arena.

  • SDA owns the right to all photographs and videos taken throughout the course of the competition.

  • Participants or their parents/legal guardians give their permission for SDA, their sponsors and/or authorized third parties to use such photographs and videos for promotional and commercial purposes.

  • Photography and video recording by the audience during physical competition is strictly not permitted.

Health & Safety

  • Participants agree to indemnify SDA & YAF from any legal action and/or cost resulting from any physical injury, illness or damage, and mental stress sustained during any activity related to the competition.

  • Participants outside of Singapore are to adhere to your own country's safe measurement advisories in the process of video recording.

  • The above are subject to change according to local Government safe measurement guidelines. 

Others

  • SDA reserves the right to make amendments to the Rules and Regulations without prior notice.

  • Failure to comply with the YAF rules and regulations will lead to disqualification.

  • Registration constitutes acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.

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