Rules Of The Competition

  1. This competition is for amateurs and students who do not derive the main part of their income from the teaching or performance of dance. Entries arising from Novice, County or other Championship classes are not eligible.
  2. The age of competitors is taken as on 1st September 2021. Accuracy in birth dates is essential. Incorrect age may lead to disqualification and, in cases of doubt, a birth certificate may have to be produced. No dancer in a solo section may dance in a higher age category.
  3. The Committee may combine Sections or Classes when entries are small, divide a class when entries are large, and have the power to make any other regulations or interpret or qualify any of these rules as the occasion may arise. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entries without assigning a reason, and to move entries to another regional final where operational reasons make this necessary.
  4. The Competition does not accept liability for the infringement of copyright, recording or performing rights arising out of any competitor’s accompaniment, choreography or performance. It contributes to a Group Licence to cover payment of fees for the use of recorded music at its events. Teachers and choreographers using music created from commercial recordings are advised that they are responsible for seeking permission to re-record from the recording companies concerned.
  5. According to the British and International Federation of Festivals that All England Dance are not covered by the blanket copyright agreement in respect of music/songs from shows and that as a result, teachers/performers need to obtain their own license for such items from Phonographic Performance Ltd. Teachers should ring the office, 07380 350080, with any queries on this matter.
  6. Photography, filming, video or tape recording, and the use of mobile phones during any performance are prohibited. However, by entry to the Competition, competitors agree to perform before the cameras of the media or agents of the Competition.
  7. The Adjudicators’ decision is final and no discussion or correspondence concerning such decision may ensue. The Adjudicators reserve the right not to award any place when, in their opinion, the standard of dance is insufficiently high, or to individuals who infringe these rules.
  8. Communication with the Adjudicators concerning any matters relating to the Competition by competitors, teachers or other interested parties prior or during the Competition is strictly prohibited.
  9. The stage and stage wings are out of bounds to all except authorised persons and competitors about to perform. Competitors who have danced may be asked to leave the wings and return three numbers before the end of the class. Authorised persons include one assistant from each school who may accompany children in Pre-Junior class (under 7 years). One authorised person may also accompany older competitors for the sole purpose of wardrobe or properties.
  10. Competitors must dance in correct programme order, report to the stage steward thirty minutes before they are due to dance and be ready in the wings before their number is announced: absentees risk disqualification.
  11. Music must be uploaded via the entry system housed on the AED Portal. It is the responsibility of the dance teacher to upload the correct music.  All uploaded music can be checked within the teacher portal.
  12. Dancers will not be permitted to dance again except in Pre-Junior sections or unless a technical issue occurs.
  13. It is not permitted to enter the same dance class in more than one Regional Final, even if different dances in that technique have been qualified.
  14. The age of the eldest competitor in a Duet, Trio/Quartet or Group determines the correct age group. A minimum of 8 and maximum of 24 dancers constitutes a Group. A School with a Group placed 1st at the National Finals may enter a Group with the same choreography in the next competition, but thereafter not for the subsequent two competitions, regardless of the placing achieved on the second occasion. Competitors may perform in only five Solos, four Duets and four Trio/Quartet Sections overall. Schools may enter twice in their age group for each dance technique in a Group Section. 
  15. SUBSTITUTION – Every dance routine performed in the Competition must be the same one that qualified at a Nominated Festival, in an ordinary section. Solo dancers may not be substituted, but in the event of the unavoidable absence of a partner, one substitute will be allowed in a Duet, Trio or Quartet and up to 40% in a Group. In Duets, Trios or Quartets where a substitution from local festival to Regional Final has been made, a further substitution from Regional Final to National Final can only be made by reverting to the original dance formation. The Administrator must be notified in writing before the commencement of the Final. Group entries for the National Finals must be submitted with a list of all dancers on the form provided.
  16. Time limits for dances must not be exceeded. Times will be checked from the first note or word of the accompaniment, or – if it should occur first – the first movement of the dancer, to the dancer’s last movement at the completion of the dance. Overtime dances at Regional Finals will be ineligible for an Honours mark. A musical exit may be included on the recording, provided it falls within the time limit. Scenery, sets and staging are not allowed. Props are allowed but any prop that needs assembling side of stage, and any glass or breakable props will not be permitted. The weight limit is 10kg. All props to be brought at the start of the session for which they are required and removed at the end of the same session. We have no facilities for storage. The stage management will be responsible for setting and striking the stage – the time allowed is 20 seconds and this will be rigorously enforced. All props are the responsibility of the teacher or parent and are used at their own risk. AED will not accept any responsibility for accidents caused by props both on and off stage.
  17. When requested in advance, the steward will announce the title of the dance and a short synopsis not exceeding 30 words is permitted. Words over that amount may be edited by the Regional Director. Spoken or recorded narratives after the steward’s announcement will be included within the time limit for the dance.
  18. The Adjudicators take into account the whole performance including the choice and interpretation of the accompaniment, the quality of recordings and suitability of recorded vocals.
  19. Pre-recorded music used in any Song & Dance performance must not include any singing or chanting. Pre-recorded music used in any tap sections must not include any recorded tap or similar sound effect.
  20. Pointe work is not allowed for any competitor under 13 years old. Fixed tap (single sound) only may be used for tap dancing. Acrobatic, gymnastic, hip hop and street dance are acceptable when combined with a strong dance technique. Contortion is not permitted.
  21. The use of strobe lighting, smoke, pyro and naked flame during any performance is not allowed. All props must be rendered fire-resistant before arrival at the theatre. The use of talc and/or oil anywhere on the body compromises safety and is prohibited.
  22. Within the National Finals, the winners of the Young Ballet Dancer of the Year, Young Tap Dancer of the Year and Young Modern Dancer of the Year will not be eligible to compete for the same title in subsequent competitions.
  23. Any complaint arising out of the Regional or National Finals should be made in writing by email to the Administrator within 30 days of the conclusion of the final concerned. The decision of the Board in all matters arising out of, or not specifically covered in these Rules and Regulations, is final.