Includes dips, drops and leverage moves. These are defined as movements that requires the support of the other partner to maintain, even if the feet remain on the floor. One foot must remain on the floor at all times even during tricks. If both feet of either partner leave the floor via the assistance of the other partner, it will be considered a lift. For back-to-back tricks to be considered only one trick they need to flow seamlessly and purposefully from one element to the other, cannot change direction, and they should not occupy more than 2 counts of 8. A maximum of 4 bars/16 Beats/2 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns.
Refers to any movement where both feet leave the floor with the assistance of one’s partner. A lift can be a sequence of acrobatic movements in which one dancer lifts, and in many cases, holds their dance partner above the floor. A lift is considered an elevation in which both feet are off the floor at some point during the move, and any part of the body of the dancer touches each other to assist. For back-to-back lifts to be considered only one trick they need to flow seamlessly and purposefully from one element to the other, and they should not occupy more than 2 counts of 8. It will not be considered as a lift when the dancer raises both feet on their own without contact with the other dancer.
Can be defined as a trick, but when one or both feet on the floor where it would be impossible to do a movement without the support of a partner.
A flare is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the floor or not. For example, it can be an extension away from each other from a point of connection where the balance of the performer is very interdependent on the other. If the balance of the dancer is compromised without the support of the other dancer, it is defined as a flare. A flare is NOT categorised as a lift or a dip.
Defined as any movement where one of the dancers throws the other, or the dancer throws himself/herself with the support of the other to execute an aerial move. An acrobatic move can also be defined when the entire body of the released dancer exceeds the height of the other. Any throw that does not exceed the height of the other dancer will be considered as a figure.
COSTUMING AND SHOES –
Competitors will be judged on their appearance as part of the judging criteria, and may be marked down for costume malfunctions. Selected clothing must cover all personal anatomy and be of an appropriate and suitable style as not to cause offence, regardless of personal tastes.
For the Youth category, we encourage appropriate dress as children and youth and not as adults. We encourage modestly, and tastefully covered costumes that will not cause offence, or hinder the child’s / youth’s movement or performance.
All ladies are also required to wear a minimum of a 2.5 inch heeled shoe in competition routines for the styles of Salsa, Bachata and Zouk – 2 points will be deducted from the final score if this requirement is breached.This rule does not apply to Youth, Showcase and Social categories ( Freestyle and Jack and Jill). Any shoes may be worn in the Youth Divisions, however, lower heels may affect judges marks on presentation and/or difficulty
No costume or proper dance shoes are required for Social and Jack and Jill categories, however smart-casual / semi-formal dress is preferred. Please do not wear clothing so revealing that it becomes distracting to your dancing, you will get marked down.
The NZ Latin Dance Championship is open to competitors with any visa or passport. ie. non NZ residents and competitors from other countries are welcome!