Music Submission

Please send your music to :irina@nzlatindancechampionships.co.nz by Thursday 7th Nov midnight, labelled with your name OR team name and category. We will send you a confirmation that your song has been received, but we will not be checking to see if your song meets the music rules.

** If submitted after the deadline, it is competitors responsibility to make sure the DJ has the correct music.
**We recommend having a copy of your music with you on the day as well

How many times you can compete?

You can compete in as many divisions as you are eligible to compete in, but you only compete once in each division, with the exception of Professional competitors in Pro/Am divisions, who can each compete multiple times in the Pro/Am division with different partners. 2019 rules will also permit competitors to be part of multiple teams IF THEY are representing multiple schools.

Each school can have 1 team in each category or 2 or more teams with a completely different cast (team members).

Competitor definition

In 2019 there are 4 different criteria to determine whether a competitor is Youth, Novice, Amateur  or Professional. You only need to meet 1 criteria to move up in your status. Please note that your competitor definition must be consistent across all categories, divisions and styles (i.e. a competitor cannot compete as an Amateur for Bachata, but a Novice for Salsa).  Youth competitors may move up to Novice or Amateur by choice.

You must maintain the same level in Freestyle and Jack and Jill. E.g.: you cannot be an Intermediate in Salsa Freestyle, but a Beginner in Jack and Jill.  You must choose one level for both.

Masters:
Masters categories require for the age of 40yo + for each dancer

Youth: 
Age: Up to and including 16 y.o. You are an adult from 17y.o and can chose to enter a Novice or an Amateur
Performing/ Competing: No restriction
Income: Has never had any financial compensation for dance related activities such as teaching, performing, competing, judging etc with an exemption of fundraising specifically for the purposes of attending a dance event as a competitor, performer or a student.
Judging: Has never judged a Latin Dance competition

Novice: 
Age: 17+ years old.
Performing/ Competing:May have up to 2 years performing/ competing experience as an adult
Income: Has never had any financial compensation for dance related activities such as teaching, performing, competing, judging etc with an exemption of fundraising specifically for the purposes of attending a dance event as a competitor, performer or a student.
Judging: Has never judged a Latin Dance competition

Amateur: 
Age: 17+ years old.
Performing/ Competing: No Restriction
Income: Has never had any financial compensation for dance related activities such as teaching, performing, competing, judging etc with an exemption of fundraising specifically for the purposes of attending a dance event as a competitor, performer or a student.
Judging: Has never judged a Latin Dance competition

Professional: 
Age: 17+ years old.
Performing/ Competing: No Restriction
Income: May have had  financial compensation for dance related activities such as teaching, performing, competing, judging etc
Judging: May have judged a Latin Dance competition

Divisions

Youth: Must consist entirely of Youth dancers.
Novice:
Must consist entirely of Novice dancers.
Amateur: Must consist entirely of Amateur dancers
Professional: Must consist entirely of Professional dancers
Pro-Am: An Instructor/Student couple, where the Amateur or Novice Student is the only dancer being assessed – however, the Professional Instructor can still incur infractions for any errors. May be  a combination of Professional and Amateur or Professional and Novice.
Open : Can consist of a mix of Novice, Amateur, Masters and Professional dancers but excludes Youth.
Masters: May consist of a mix of Novice, Amateur and Professional dancers with each competitor age of 40+ yo

Couples

Couples must consist of one male and one female dancer for the purpose of the NZ Latin Dance Championships 2019

Length of Music for 2019

The length of music across all styles:
Solos, Couples and Duets: 1m15s-2m00s
Teams: 1m45s-2m30s

Definitions of Freestyle 

Salsa  and Bachata Freestyle – applicable to the SOCIAL categories including Jack and Jill. Freestyle is judged on the ability to interpret the music using the social Salsa/ Bachata dance moves.  NO lifts, tricks or flares are allowed, but dips are permitted where appropriate.  Shines may be danced facing each other and must be clearly un-choreographed. The focus of freestyle is on lead/follow and connection with the partner as well as timing and music interpretation. Marks will be deducted for clearly choreographed sections. Costumes are NOT REQUIRED for these categories. Dress code : Smart-casual.

The music for all freestyle categories is selected by the organizers.

All couples dance on the floor at the same time. In case of more than 6 couples in the category, they Qualifier round will run in heats with 6 winning couples moving onto the finals.

For Zouk and Kizomba specifics, please scroll down

Teams

Amateur (Student): Must consist entirely of Amateur and Novice dancers
Open: Can consist of a mixture of Novice, Amateur, Masters and Professional dancers.
Partnered Teams must consist of a minimum of 2 (two) couples.
Shines Teams must consist of a minimum of 3 (three) dancers.
NOTE: In case of low number of Amateur teams entering this year, the category will be combined with the OPEN Teams.

Adult Social Salsa Freestyle

This category is for the existing dance couples,i.e. no changing partners throughout this category. You need to enter this category with your own partner.

Judging: Ranked only, no individual scoring is done for any Freestyle sections.
Dress: smart casual / semi formal, no costume required
Shoes: heels are optional

Beginner
A Beginner definition for the purposes of the NZ Latin Dance Championships is a NOVICE dancer with less than 6 months of Salsa Dance experience.  The following rules must be followed:

  • Up to 1.5 in line turns allowed
  • Un-Choreographed shines are accepted but not expected
  • No dips, lifts, tricks or flares
  • 2 songs will be danced of different tempos

Intermediate
An Intermediate definition for the purposes of the NZ Latin Dance Championships is an Amateur or Novice dancer that has up to 2 years of experience only. If you have social danced for more than 2 years you need to move up to Advanced level.   A couple can be a mix of Amateur and Novice dancers for this category only. The following rules must be followed:

    • Up to 2.5 in line turns and check/NY spins allowed
    • Un-choreographed shines are encouraged
    • Dips allowed as long as they compliment the music and fit with timing
    • No lifts, tricks or flares are allowed
    • 2 songs will be danced of different tempos

Advanced
An Advanced definition for the purposes of the NZ Latin Dance Championships is an Amateur or Professional dancer. A couple can be a mix of Amateur and  Professional dancers for this category only. The following rules must be followed:

  • Any number of in-line turns and check spins allowed
  • Un-choreographed shines are expected
  • Dips allowed as long as they compliment the music and fit with timing
  • No lifts, tricks or flares are allowed
  • 2 songs will be danced of different tempos

    Pro-Am
    An Instructor/Student couple, where the Novice or Amateur Student is the only dancer being assessed – however, the Professional Instructor can still incur infractions for any errors. May be  a combination of Professional and Novice or Amateur.

  • Up to 2.5 in line turns and check/NY spins allowed
  • Un-choreographed shines are encouraged
  • Dips allowed as long as they compliment the music and fit with timing
  • No lifts, tricks or flares are allowed
  • 2 songs will be danced of different tempos

Jack and Jill Competition

This category can be entered without a partner, as partners will be rotated.  Salsa Only.

The same limitations/ rules apply for this category as for the Freestyle categories above, with an exemption of Advanced level being closed to Professionals and a separate division for Professionals is created, where anything goes .

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Professionals (anything goes including flares)

Bachata Open Freestyle

Social Bachata Freestyle – Open Level.  Freestyle is judged on the ability to interpret the music using the social Bachata dance moves.  NO lifts, tricks or flares are allowed, but dips are permitted where appropriate.  Shines may be danced facing each other and must be clearly un-choreographed. The focus of freestyle is on lead/follow and connection with the partner as well as timing and music interpretation.  Marks will be deducted for clearly choreographed sections. Costumes are NOT REQUIRED for these categories. Heels are optional. Dress code: Smart Casual

Choreographed Salsa Specifics: Couples, Solos, Duets and all Teams

Choreography Style
These rules are applicable to ALL Salsa Choreography categories, including couples, shines, duets and teams. 90% of the routine must be recognizable salsa. All trick, lifts and flares must fit into the remaining 10% of the choreography.

Music selection
All songs must be recognizable salsa with a traditional salsa rhythm.

On1 or On2 or Cuban?
In Salsa categories dancers can compete either on1 or on2 or Cuban, but must stay on their chosen beat and in the chosen linear/ Cuban style throughout the entire routine

Qualifying Rounds For Couples :
100% choreography and will run in case there are 7+ couples registered. For 6 or less couples the categories will go straight to Final round.

Choreographed Latin Specifics: Couples, Solos, Duets and Teams

Choreography Style
These rules are applicable to ALL Salsa Choreography categories, including couples, shines, duets and teams. You can choose one style between the options of Zouk, Bachata or Cha Cha   – at least 90% of the routine must be danced in 1 chosen style. All trick, lifts and flares must fit into the remaining 10% of the choreography.

Music selection
All songs must be recognizable as either Zouk, Bachata or Cha Cha, having the distinctive rhythm of the style being danced.
Qualifying Rounds For Couples :
100% choreography and will run in case there are 7+ couples registered. For 6 or less couples the categories will go straight to Final round.

Connection for Duets and Shines Teams in all styles

Dancers in duets and shines team categories are permitted to have some instances in which two or more dancers establish a physical connection with one another, however at least 80% of the routine must consist of solo (non-partner work) dancing.

Open Showcase Couples, Duets and Teams

In this category – anything goes as long as 50% of the choreography has clear Latin Flavor through music or dance.
Props are accepted as long as it takes no longer than 30 seconds to set up and remove them. Glitter, individual feathers and other small decorative items that may affect the performance of the next competitor are not allowed. If in doubt, please ask the organizers in advance
Modern and pop remixes of Latin music are acceptable, the length of music must be between 1m30s and 2m30s long.

This category is open to all divisions and levels and couples may be mixed (opposite and same sex couples are accepted).For the 2019 competition we will have 2 categories:

Couples and Duets: 2 people
Teams: 3+ people
These may be split further in 2020 depending on the number of 2019 registrations.

Kizomba Freestyle – Open Level

This is a fun freestyle category that will be ranked. No LIFTS are allowed, dips and flairs are permitted where appropriate to the style of dance and music.   NO COSTUMES necessary, HEELS are OPTIONAL. This category is judged on timing, musicality, connection with your partner and technique. If you would like to enter a choreography, please look up our showcase categories

Zouk Freestyle 

This category is split into 2 levels. This is a freestyle section only and is closed to Professionals. If you would like to compete with a choreography, please enter Open Latin Categories or Showcase Categories.

Beginner
Cambres, head / frame movement, timing changes and spins will not be allowed and will encourage point deductions.

Permitted moves:

  • Basic
  • Viradinha
  • Left turn into Closed Hold
  • Lateral
  • Exit with a Turn
  • Yoyo
  • Lunge
  • Lunge with Turns
  • Bonus / Boomerang  variations
  • Solthino
  • Caminadas / walks
  • Elastico / Rau

Intermediate 

Intermediate level will be judged on on timing, technique, partner-work connection and musicality.

Permitted moves:

  • All Beginner moves
  • Balao apagado
  • Tilted turns
  • Frame movements and head movementsThe complexity of movements will be rewarded or penalized depending on execution of the moves.

General Rules, Code of Condct T&Cs

Code of conduct
* If you are a regular student at a school or more than one schools and you choose to represent yourself or only one of the schools you are attending, please have a conversation with your instructor in private well before the competition in order to avoid any confusion and public arguments.  It is YOUR responsibility to sort out any issues with your instructors and school directors prior to the competition. The NZ Latin Dance Championship organizers will not get involved and will add your representation as per your application email.
* We had a request from ALL 2019 judges to add the following rule in 2020: moves implying or suggesting violence or degrading to the opposite sex will be penalised as per the judges decision ( from penalty to disqualification).  Acting out sexual acts, acting our hitting your partner.throwing them to the ground or pulling of the partner’s hair is not permitted.
* When requesting scores, please specify the team names and categories you would like scores for.
* When asking for feedback – approach judges directly the competition organizers will not do that for you.

Shines
Shines are permitted and encouraged in partnered routines, however no more then 30% shines are permitted in either the choreography or freestyle.  Please check specific rules for Social Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Salsa categories.

Props
No props are allowed exempt for the Showcase Categories

Dips, Lifts tricks and Flares
In 2019, there will be no restrictions on the amount of lifts or flares that you include in  your choreography , although competitors should keep in mind that the routine must still consist of at least 90% of the chosen dance style for divisions in the partnered Latin or Partnered Salsa categories, i.e acrobatics should take up  no more than 10% of the routine.  Please check specific rules for Social Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Salsa and Showcase categories.

Routine and song length
For every 1 second over or under the time limit for the division, there will be an additional 1 point penalty deduction off the final mark

Costuming and shoes
Competitors will be judged on their appearance as part of the judging criteria, and may be marked down for costume malfunctions. 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.

Eligibility

In 2019 the NZ Latin Dance Championship is open to competitors with any visa or passport. I.e non NZ residents and competitors from other countries are welcome!

Registrations

Each competitor is required to register for the competition and pay their individual registration fees before the closing date. Any purchases or payments made for tickets or passes to the New Zealand Latin Dance Championships are completely non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances, and are valid only for the terms that are offered and chosen at the time of registration. In case of injury or unavailability to/of you, your partner or team member, it is at the discretion of the competition director to approve the potential conversion of your competitor pass to a full spectator pass, based on documented proof of injury or a legitimate reason for unavailability.

Minimum Entries

Competition Organizers reserve the right to cancel / merge or alter the conditions or prizes of any category that does not receive a minimum of  three (3) entrants.

Judges

Judges will be appointed at the sole discretion of competition organizers


Disqualification

Any competitor that does not adhere to the terms and procedures of these Rules and Regulations will be subject to disqualification from the competition and will automatically forfeit any right to any prizes or awards presented by the competition.  Any kind of harassment : verbal, physical or sexual will not be tolerated and and the competitor will be disqualified and asked to leave the premises immediately.

Disputes

In the event of any dispute, final decision will be made by the Competition Director and the Head Judge of the Panel.

Promotions, Photography and Video Recording  

Competitors agree to be photographed and filmed on behalf of the NZ Latin Dance Championships, where the media material can be used for promotion of future competitions as well as released on social media and other internet sites like Youtube etc. This includes, but not limited to photographic, video or written commentary regarding the competition experience and any subsequent ventures  from the benefits of winning and holding a National title, on various online platforms including Competition or Studio websites or Social Media outlets such as Facebook.

Agreement to the Rules & Regulations

By participating in the New Zealand Latin Dance Championships, all competitors, judges and other associated parties, agree to all of the above terms and conditions of participation.

Judging Criteria

 

  • Timing & Musicality (20%)

Dancers must be consistent with the timing of the chosen dance style. Dancers may interrupt their timing to highlight the break or accent musicality. The dancer must return to the original timing. Dancer must break consistently on the same count, according to the chosen dance style.  The timing maybe broken with clear and obvious intention. As part of musicality, the interpretation of the chosen song will also be judged.

  • Difficulty (20%) Judges will look for the complexity, intricacy and speed of footwork, spins, patterns, lifts, tricks & overall routine. Points are deducted for any routine that uses an excessive amount of tricks/lift/flares. Clean execution of the elements will contribute to the marks on difficulty.
  • Technique (20%) Judges will look for posture, clean lines, foot placement, flexibility and body movement appropriate to the chosen dance style. Dancers are expected to demonstrate clean execution of the chosen movements.
  • Originality and structure of Choreography / OR Freestyle vocabulary (20%) Freestyle categories  are judged on the vocabulary of freestyle patterns for the lead and the vocabulary of styling of the of such patterns by the follower.  Choreography is judged on such elements as: use of floor space, interpretation of music, interesting pattern and shine combinations, formation changes ( where applicable) and use of height levels ( lower, mid and upper).
  • Appearance, Connection & Synchronicity (20%)  Dancers will be judged on stage presence and visual presentation: aesthetics of the couple (hair, costumes, makeup should be appropriate and complimenting to the body and the chosen dance style and should not be distracting), 1 point will be deducted for every wardrobe malfunction.  Additionally, interaction and connection with partners is considered: coordination of movements between them, and lead/follow relationship. Synchronicity in shines for couples and overall execution of the routine for duets and teams is marked in this section.