31 Jul - 2 Aug 2020


Entry Requirements & Eligibility

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

  • Participants' age is determined as of 1 January 2020.

  • Professional dancers are not permitted to compete in this competition. Professional dancers are defined as persons who are currently, or has 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 both dance genres, and in all segments.

  • Each solo participant may be admitted for the competition in the appropriate age category or one age 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.


Classical Ballet

  • Participants can perform either classical repertoire variation or choreographed dance.

  • Maximum duration:

    • Solo : 2.5 minutes

    • Duo : 3 minutes

    • Trio : 3 minutes

    • Ensemble : 5 minutes

    • Group : 5 minutes

  • 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. SDA encourages all candidates to practice safe and correct technique if performing in pointe shoes.

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


  • Maximum duration:

    • Solo : 2.5 minutes

    • Duo : 3 minutes

    • Trio : 3 minutes

    • Ensemble : 5 minutes

    • Group : 5 minutes

  • Contemporary participants will be judged based on contemporary technique, including floor work, control and off balance, use of spine, performance and musicality.


  • The jury is comprised of 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).


  • Best school : School with the highest average score

  • Grand Awards : Overall highest score​

    • Grand Award (Ballet Solo)

    • Grand Award (Contemporary Solo)

    • Grand Award (Duo/Trio)

    • Grand Award (Ensemble/Group)

  • For all age categories and segments:

    • Gold : Score 90 and above

    • Sliver : Score 80 and above

    • Bronze : Score 70 and above

  • Potential award : For participants that show potential to develop further

  • Encouragement award : For participants that show confidence in their performance


  • Anglo-Chinese Junior College (Mrs Lee Choon Guan Theatre)

25 Dover Close East, Singapore 139745

  • Stage dimension : 13.5m (width) by 9.3m (depth)


  • 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 1 Jun 2020, 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 S$20 and may not be reflected in the competition program booklet.

  • Registration is only confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Access to competition venue

  • Viewing of the competition from the stall level of the auditorium requires a theatre admission ticket. This applies to all audience.

  • All participants and teachers with YAF Participant ID can view the competition from the circle level of the auditorium at no charge.

  • Only participants and teachers with YAF Participant ID are allowed to enter the backstage area.

Photography & Recordings

  • Photography, filming and sound recordings are strictly forbidden by the audience.

  • SDA reserves the right, and to engage third parties, to carry out general photography, filming and sound recording at any time during YAF. This includes, but is not limited to all other activities at the event venue. 

  • SDA owns the right to all photographs, videos and sound recordings taken throughout the course of the event. 

  • By registering for YAF, participants, or participants’ parents / legal guardians, give their permission for SDA, and/or SDA’s authorised third parties to use such photographs, videos and sound recordings for promotional and commercial purposes without any payment.

Health & Safety

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


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

  • Failure to comply with the SDA Rules and Regulations will lead to disqualification from YAF.

  • Registration constitutes acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.

Reg no. : 201815047Z


Crawford Post Office

P.O. Box 712 Singapore 911908