Festival du Ballet is based out of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. We are committed to providing an ideal format for ballet dancers with appropriate venues and a qualified judging panel.

Performing should give each dancer a higher level of self-esteem, achievement and accomplishment. We feel that all dancers deserve recognition and acknowledgement, whether they take one hour of classes per week or fifteen.

Come and participate in Western Canada’s favourite ballet only dance events! We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

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GENERAL RULES

ENTRY INFORMATION


CATEGORIES


LEVELS

AGE DIVISIONS

ADJUDICATION / AWARDS

MUSIC / TIME LIMITS


AUDIENCE + DANCER INFO  

STUDIO DIRECTOR / TEACHER INFO


 



•   Dancers must be registered with a studio. No independent entries will be accepted.
•   Entries will not be processed until full payment is received.
•   Soloists may enter themselves only once per category (except for the Variation category).  A second solo in the same category will be for adjudication only and must be specified at time of registration. 

•   Duo and trio dancers must have a change of partners to compete twice in the same category.

•   Solo, duos and trios are all eligible for high score awards without having to be in a group.
•   Levels are calculated based hours of all ballet instruction per week - all ballet class time to be included.
•   Re-dances are permitted in Novice and Intermediate categories only. Re-dances are permitted in all categories due to technical problems or anything not of the dancer’s fault.
•   Categories may be combined or separated based on entries received and at the discretion of event management
.
•   It is the responsibility of the studio to ensure that pieces are entered into the appropriate category. Variations/Repertoire must only be entered into those categories.
•   Pointe work is recommended for Advanced & Accelerated dancers. At the discretion of the teacher, dancers in Novice & Intermediate may enter into the Pointe categories. 


•   Entry deadline is December 15th, 2018
•   Entry fees are non-refundable.
•   We reserve the right to refuse entries.
•   Studios must pay by certified cheque or money order. Studio cheques will not be accepted - strictly enforced.
•   Entries will not be processed until full payment is received.
•   Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We welcome all early submissions.
•   Each late entry is to pay a $15 surcharge and will be accepted only if the schedule permits.
•   Entry fees do not include GST.
•   Schedule sent to email provided on registration forms at least 4 weeks prior to event. Please 

....ensure email provided is correct.
•   Thank you in advance for ensuring all entries are accurate.  Inaccurate entries may be subject 

....to penalties.

 


•  Classical

•  Interpretive

•  Classical – Pointe 

•  Modern

•  Demi – Character

•  Repertoire

•  Contemporary Ballet

•  Contemporary Ballet Pointe

 

•  Variation

•  Pas de Deux 

•  Adult 19-29 years and 30+ years
 

 

All categories:

•   Pointe work is recommended for Advanced and Accelerated dancers. At the discretion of the teacher, dancers in Novice and Intermediate may enter into the Pointe categories. 
•   Choreography may contain props, touching, lip syncing, acro/gymnastics moves and floor work in all categories.
•   Soloists may enter themselves only once per category (except for the Variation category).  A second solo in the same category will be for adjudication only and must be specified at time of registration.  Duo and trio dancers must have a change of partners to compete twice in the same category.

•   Categories may be combined or separated based on entries received and at the discretion of event management.
•   Adult: Any routine where the average age of all dancers is 19-29 or 30+. Routines may be any ballet dance form.  Solo/Duo/Trios – ONE or more dancers aged 19 and over.  Groups - TWO or more dancers aged 19 and over. Categories will be split depending on number of entries.

CLASSICAL • Routine uses any specific ballet technique (R.A.D., Cecchetti, Vaganova, etc.) and classical steps. Ballet slippers only. No variations/repertoire allowed.

CLASSICAL –POINTE • Routine uses any specific ballet technique (R.A.D., Cecchetti, Vaganova, etc.) and classical steps. Pointe shoes only. No variations/repertoire allowed.

DEMI-CHARACTER • Routine has a strong classical ballet base while portraying a character throughout. Pointe shoes or ballet slippers may be worn. Category will not be separated based on shoe style. No variations/repertoire allowed.

CONTEMPORARY BALLET • Routine is based on an unstructured dance form influenced by ballet technique. It draws from alternative or newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical techniques. It is ever changing and evolving and should involve emotion. All styles of footwear are accepted, including bare feet (excluding pointe shoes)

CONTEMPORARY BALLET POINTE • Routine is based on an unstructured dance form influenced by ballet technique. It draws from alternative or newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical techniques. It is ever changing and evolving and should involve emotion. Pointe shoes only.

INTERPRETIVE • Any ballet technique may be used as long as the body is used to translate and interpret an idea or mood, feeling or emotion, human condition or dramatic expression combined with dance movement. All styles of footwear are accepted, including bare feet.

MODERN • Routine is a free, expressive style of dance style that includes contract and release, floor work and fall and recovery. Style is based on the methods of Graham, Limon, Horton, Hawkins, Humphrey etc. Title needs to be submitted on the entry. All styles of footwear are accepted, including bare feet. 


REPERTOIRE  Groups only. Performing authentic sections or variations from the classical repertoire of a ballet. Open to all levels. Please state name of selection, composer and choreographer on entry form. Applicable footwear to the selection.

VARIATION • Solos only. Performing authentic selections or variations from the classical repertoire of a ballet. Open to all levels. Dancers may enter more than once in this category. All entries are eligible for placement and recognition. Please state name of selection, composer and choreographer on entry form. Applicable footwear to the selection.

PAS DE DEUX • A dance for two people; typically a man and a woman.

ADULT DANCE  • 19-29 years or 30+ years • Any routine where the average age of all dancers is 19-29 or 30+. Routines may be any ballet dance form. Solo/Duo/Trio with ONE or more and Groups with TWO or more dancers aged 19 and over must be entered into Adult Dance. Categories will be split depending on number of entries and at the discretion of event management.

Trophies and monetary awards will be given according to the following in the Adult Dance Categories:
5 or less entries – 1st high score trophy is awarded.
6-10 entries – 1st high score trophy and $100 is awarded to highest scoring performance.
11+ entries - Top 10 list, 1st – 4th high score trophies, and monetary prizes are awarded ($50 - $100).


Novice                 0 – 3.0 hours of ballet instruction per week.

Intermediate      3.25 – 6.0 hours of ballet instruction per week.

Advanced           6.25 – 9.75 hours of ballet instruction per week.

Accelerated       10.0 or more hours of ballet instruction per week.


PLEASE NOTE:  All ballet class time to be included: technical, syllabus, ballet based
choreography, modern and contemporary ballet.


MORE INFO
•   Please calculate level by averaging the hours of instruction per duo, trio or group

....member. (0.5 is rounded to the higher level).
•   Dancers may not enter a lesser level than previously danced in at Festival Du Ballet.
•   Example of calculating level: 1.5 hours ballet technique, 1 hour modern, 1 hour contemporary 

....ballet and 1.5 hours ballet choreography per week =  5 hours of ballet based dancing = Intermediate

 



•   Calculate division using dancer’s age as of December 31, 2018.
•   Duos, trios, and groups - add and average the age of all the dancers (0.5 is rounded to the

....higher age).
•   Age Divisions may be combined or separated based on entries received and at the discretion

....of event management.
•   If two or more dancers in a routine are aged 19 years and over they must enter and perform

....in the Adult Category.

 



• Three qualified, experienced adjudicators specializing in the art of ballet.
• Final marks are the average of the adjudicators’ scores.
• Each routine will receive typed comment sheets from the adjudicators with their scores. Adjudication sheets are provided electronically to studio owners at the end of each level via Dropbox.
• 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Performance placements are given in each category. In Novice and Intermediate levels, medals are awarded on stage to all dancers. In Advanced and Accelerated levels, medals are awarded on stage to dancers placing 1st – 3rd. Performance medals are available after award sessions to all dancers.
• Awards Sessions to be held at least 3 times per day.
• High Score Awards will be presented at the completion of each level. Trophies and cash awarded.
• Top Tens – Top 10s are announced (in order of score) once 10 numbers in the high score category have performed. Updates are announced throughout the event. Final Top 10s are announced at the end of each level and receive a certificate for their studio.
• Choreography Awards – One per award session from the adjudicators to recognize outstanding choreography. All winners are entered into a draw to win cash prizes at the end of the event.
• Spirit Awards – Three dancers are chosen by the adjudicators at each award session that show amazing energy, excitement and enthusiasm for dance. All Spirit Award winners are entered into a draw to win a $200 Pizza Party for their studio.
• Judges’ Pick Award – One performer per session is chosen by the adjudicators to give more recognition to more dancers. Performer is selected based on something special seen in them – such as “sharing your passion”, “amazing facial expressions”, “fantastic unique style” and more. Dancers receive a special Judge’s Pick t-shirt and a certificate signed by the judges!
• The Rose Gala Finale held at the end of the event featuring the highest scoring numbers of the competition to compete for more awards!

• Novice/Intermediate and Advanced/Accelerated have their own sections in The Rose Gala Finale with their own sets of awards and trophies placing 1st - 4th.
• The top 2 winners of The Rose Gala Finale Advanced/Accelerated section, are then invited to perform at the Provincial Honours Performance in May at the Hard Rock Casino Theatre in Coquitlam, BC.

 



MUSIC
•   Teachers or a studio representative are responsible for playing music on equipment provided by the competition.
•   Please be sure to carry backup copies of all music.
•   CD and iPod connection will be available.



TIME LIMITS
SOLOS, DUOS, TRIOS - 3 minutes            GROUPS - 5 minutes 

•   Dancers are timed from the first note of the music until the last dancer exits the stage.
•   All dances are timed by a Festival Du Ballet timer.
•   Overtime entries may be subject to penalties and will not be eligible for High score awards.
•   Please ensure prop set-up and take-down is prompt.

 


•   Admission for audience is $3 per day. Programs are $5.
•   Dancers are FREE for the entire event (must sign in each day).
•   At the request of event choreographers there is absolutely NO camera or video equipment 

....of any kind used in the theatre. No exceptions to this rule.
•   Professional photographers and/or videographers will be at the event if possible.
•   Doors to theatre will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each day.
•   Doors to the dressing rooms and lobby will open one hour prior to the start of each day.

 


•   A green room with coffee and light meals will be provided to all registered teachers and studio 
....directors.
•   If possible, we will provide a monitor of the stage in the green room.
•   Please sign in at the front desk upon arrival at the event. If your name is not found on the list 

....please find your studio director.
•   Admission and program complimentary for all registered teachers and studio directors.
•   Teachers are responsible for playing their own music on equipment provided by the competition. 

....Both CD and iPod connections available. Please be sure to carry backup copies of all music.
•   Event directors are always on site to answer your questions.
•   Adjudication sheet are provided to studios only after each high score award session via shared Dropbox folders (with the exception of the performers advancing to the Rose Gala Finale). Studio directors may authorize (in writing only) more representatives to receive adjudication sheets.


Questions?  Please contact us anytime!  
Email > info@festivalduballet.ca  or call 604.469.6434


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