Education Rules

2019 INFORMATION
EDUCATION GROUPS

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The venue for the education groups is  The Events Centre, Caloundra

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VENUE FOR 2019
The Events Centre, Caloundra 
20 Minchinton St, Caloundra, Qld 4551
Box Office Ph (07) 5491 4240 
www.theeventscentre.com.au

COMPETITION DATES FOR 2019
Educational School Groups (4 Sessions):  Friday 10th May 2019

The committee will advise you as soon as humanly possible of the scheduling, so you may proceed with your transport etc via the email information listed on Stardom. We understand how important this is for schools and do our very best for you.

ENTRY COSTS (NON-REFUNDABLE)
Groups – $20 per dance

AGE REQUIREMENTS
Please be advised that the section you enter is determined by the oldest Competitor, younger dancers may participate in older sections. e.g. A student in Grade 8 but may compete in Secondary Sections Grade 10 to 12. Please advise parents of this rule as we had some feedback regarding this in 2018. In dance it is normal to dance-up as long as the total team does not have a dancer who is in a higher school grade than specified. 

CLOSING DATE – EDUCATION GROUPS
Monday 1st March 2019.  

Late entries will be accepted up until 11.00pm on Friday 8th March however a late-fee will be applicable. We will not accept any late entries after these advertised dates, sorry!

All entries and payments are to be submitted online via Stardom – www.stardom.com.au . To avoid errors, only entries made online will be accepted.

EDUCATIONAL SCHOOLS TICKETS/PASSES 
Tickets to watch the performances are to be purchased through the box-office at The Events Centre, Caloundra. Usually this is a sold-out event. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 9th April 2019. These can be purchased from the Events Centre, Caloundra. Times for the sessions cannot be determined until entries close. 

Prices-: 

Morning Session A – commencing 8am: Child/Student/Concession $5;  Adults $15  
Section GO37A Primary School – DIV 1 Grade 3 & Under Any Dance  
(As of 21st February there has been no entries in GO37A. Should thereby insufficient entries the Committe may combine with Section GO37B) 
Section GO37B Primary School – DIV 2 Primary School Any Dance

Morning Session B – commencing 10.15am: Child/Student/Concession $5;  Adults $15
Section GO38 Junior Secondary (Grade 7-9) Jazz/Hip Hop Group
Section GO39 Junior Secondary (Grade 7-9) Any Other Dance

Afternoon Session – commencing 1.30pm: Child/Student/Concession $5;  Adults $15
Section GO40 Junior Secondary (Grade 7-9) Lyrical/Contemporary
Section GO41 Senior Secondary (Grade 10-12) Jazz/Hip Hop Group

Evening Session – commencing 6pm :Child/Student/Concession $10;  Adults $15
Section GO42 Senior Secondary (Grade 10-12) Lyrical/Contemporary
Section GO43 Senior Secondary (Grade 10-12) Any Other Dance

Nb. Performers MUST purchase a ticket if they wish to enter the audience     

TEACHERS PASSES 
Two (2) Teachers passes per school are available free of charge with any pre-purchase of tickets of 20 students or more through the box-office. 

PROGRAMMES
Teachers will be emailed the programme as it becomes available! Schools will be given one free copy with subsequent copies available to purchase for $15. 

Prior to the event you may purchase hard copies of the group programme at Showtime Dancewear at their Kuluin or Warana stores. We regret that we cannot post any programmes.  

STARDOM ONLINE ENTRIES www.stardom.com.au
At the time of checkout and payment you need to print & have a copy of your Stardom invoice as proof of payment. Should this not be generated then the payment did not go through but can be easily rectified through Stardom. We regret that entries/invoices not paid for in full via Stardom by the 8th March will not be included in the competition or the programme.

Please ensure the Stardom entry includes the contact email address and phone number for the Teacher in charge of your dance department. This will avoid the communication problems we have encountered in the past. Failing that all communications will come to you via the stardom listed information so please check these sources for information before contacting the committee.

SECTIONS FOR 2019
Section GO37A Primary School – DIV 1 Grade 3 & Under Any Dance
Section GO37B Primary School – DIV 2 Primary School Any Dance
Section GO38 Junior Secondary (Grade 7-9) Jazz/Hip Hop Group
Section GO39 Junior Secondary (Grade 7-9) Any Other Dance
Section GO40 Junior Secondary (Grade 7-9) Lyrical/Contemporary
Section GO41 Senior Secondary (Grade 10-12) Jazz/Hip Hop Group
Section GO42 Senior Secondary (Grade 10-12) Lyrical/Contemporary
Section GO43 Senior Secondary (Grade 10-12) Any Other Dance

NOTE-: ‘Any Dance’ may include genres such as musical theatre, acrobatic, novelty item. ANY dance style will be acceptable

LOST PROPERTY
This is held at the Events Centre Caloundra for 1 month following this event. Please contact them with your enquiries.

2019 RULES AND CONDITIONS – EDUCATION GROUPS

1. Dancers/Studios enter and participate in this eisteddfod according to all rules and guidelines listed. Lack of knowledge will not be accepted as a reason for the infringement of any rule. May we bring your attention to rule 4 & 4A if this is the first time you have entered this competition.

2 This Eisteddfod is open to amateurs only who have not or are not receiving income is derived from the particular class for which they entered.

3.. This is a family-oriented dance eisteddfod; therefore costumes, routines and lyrics must be suitable.

4. ALL COMPETITORS MUST AVOID THE OVER-EXTENDED (TURNED-IN/INVERTED) LEG MOUNT/KICK WITH THE CROTCH
FACING THE AUDIENCE. PENALITIES MAY BE APPLICABLE. HOSIERY MUST BE WORN.

4A. HOSIERY
The Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfod Committee sees that our most important duty is as guardians of the Competitors who enter this dance competition. We take our job very seriously therefore we adopt the ‘No Tights, No Dance’ policy. We take great pride in providing a venue for all Competitors to develop their craft and performance in dance, in a safe, family orientated environment and we hope you will support our decision as we are sincere in our actions. To clarify this rule to participate -: the dancer, Female and Male are to wear ‘dance tights’ and should be to the knee (knee length) in all genres of dance. We thank you for your attention and support in this delicate matter.

5. COPYRIGHT
The Eisteddfod Committee is not responsible for any infringement of copyright or royalty by performers or those associated with the performances. Copied music and choreography is used at their own risk. We assume that all studios/schools hold the relevant licences.

6. THE ADJUDICATORS DECISION WILL BE FINAL
No prize will be awarded unless there is sufficient merit.  The Adjudicator has the power to withhold or divide prizes according to merit of performance.  Communication with the Adjudicator either by competitors, teachers or other interested parties during the Eisteddfod is forbidden. All inquiries or requests are to be directed to the Committee or Conductor of session not the Adjudicator.

7. ALTERATIONS; CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMME OR ADJUDICATORThe Committee reserves the right to make any alterations or additions to the programme when they become necessary and to appoint a Substitute Adjudicator at any time without notice.  Competitors dance in all sections AT THEIR OWN RISK & in the ORDER ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAMME. 

8. NO PUBLIC PROTEST WILL BE PERMITTED AT THE SESSION
Protests must be made in writing and handed to the Secretary within half an hour of the cause of the protest arising, accompanied by a fee of $50.00, which will be forfeited if the protest is considered frivolous. The decision of the Eisteddfod Protest Committee will be final.

9. TIME LIMITS
Time limits will be strictly adhered to otherwise penalties will apply.   
Maximum Time limits for Education Groups: Up to 5 Minutes

10. AGE LIMITS
Competitors must be prepared to provide Proof of Age/Grade if required.

Please be advised that the section you enter is determined by the oldest Competitor, younger dancers may participate in older sections. e.g. A student in Grade 8 but may compete in Secondary Sections Grade 10 to 12. Please advise parents of this rule as we had some feedback regarding this in 2018. In dance it is normal to dance-up as long as the total team does not have a dancer who is in a higher school grade than specified. 

11. GROUPS
A maximum of two groups only per School are permitted to enter in any one section.  Except for section GO37B Primary School Any Dance where 3 groups will be accepted per school. Group sections are determined by the age of the eldest competitor in the group.  The minimum number in any group is 4 dancers; the maximum number is 50 Dancers. Competitors are permitted to appear in both groups. The Teacher has the responsibility of checking in their groups and seeing they are marshalled ready to dance in turn (in the order of the programme). 

There will be no official marshalling and failure to appear in turn will not be the responsibility of the Eisteddfod Committee and you will forfeit your entry. On competition day and if the organisers are advised prior, if possible, we will adjust the programme to suit to allow costume changes on the day.

        Note: NO LIGHTING BLACKOUTS.  
        Note: NO ROSIN ever to be used on the stage.

12. SONG AND DANCE SECTIONS
NO VOCAL BACKING IS ALLOWED WHILST SINGING, however, vocals are allowed whilst dancing. 

13. TAP SECTION
No pre-recorded tapping during dance sections is permitted.  Tap shoes must not be worn in the auditorium and tap shoes must be removed or covered backstage. Great care is needed on the polished wooden floor, if you are Tapping (Tap Dancing) you must not tap or rehearse on the wooden floors.

14. STUDENT/TEACHER EXPECTATIONS
As this is a friendly Eisteddfod that respects all who wish to take part, bad sportsmanship will not be tolerated.  Anyone who distresses a Teacher, Competitor, or a Volunteer will be subject to the Disciplinary Action Schedule. 

A select number of Committee members will be responsible for delivering a Grade of Disciplinary Action should the Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfod be compromised in any way. 

The relevant grades for this disciplinary action will be:  
          Grade 6   Verbal warning
          Grade 5   Written warning 
          Grade 4   Loss of points 
          Grade 3   Disqualification  
          Grade 2   12 Month ban 
          Grade 1   24 Months ban 

15. PROPS 
Props are to be placed on stage with a time limit of one minute. Competitors must show respect for the stage. Props must never be dragged. NO foreign substance is to be spilt on the stage and NO lit candles or naked flames are permitted. No special effects or rosin ever to be used on the stage.

17. MUSIC (EDUCATION GROUPS)

No groups will be penalised for technical difficulties beyond their control. Music will be played on your behalf by technical crew. We will accept Audio CD USB sticks or devices (on airplane mode). If on CD we will require two copies and they must be audio CDs. If USB sticks we require ONE song per stick.  All devices must be taken personally to the control room.

ALL GROUPS  MUST HAVE BACKUP COPIES OF ALL MUSIC. TWO CDs per dance MUST be submitted at the time of check-in. 

Tip: CDs used repeatedly can fail so we suggest you check the quality of your CDs prior to competition. In addition, it is advised to bring along a device such as a smartphone/iPad as another backup. 

Please label your music with the following information in BLACK. This is required on the CD itself as well as on the case it’s in.

An example:
Section Number: Section 25
Name: St. Mary’s College
Number (as per the program): Competitor No. 4
Dance Genre and age group: Jazz Group – Primary School
Starts On or OFF: Starts ON (or OFF is starting off stage) 
Tag Yes/No: TAG after dance (or NO TAG if none) 

Definition of tag: piece of music added to dance at the end that allows the dancers to bow & exit the stage to music 

Please use the information list in the programme to assist you with details

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO COLLECT YOUR MUSIC AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR SECTION!

17. BACKSTAGE SUPPORT
We ask you to be respectful of the amount of people backstage acting as support – 1 or 2 Teachers maximum per group. Backstage management has the right to remove anyone at any time and we ask that you always follow the directions of the Stage Manager or face penalties.

18. Competitors must not rehearse on stage or the polished timber floor in the ‘Glasshouse’ dressing room.

19. PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOGRAPHY
The taking of photographs by cameras, video cameras or mobile phone cameras of any performance is strictly forbidden. This is a rule of the Child Protection Act.  Professional services are provided in both photography and videography and is to be arranged with the consent of the Parent/Teacher prior to the performance. Should this rule not be adhered to then this may result in disqualification. Any device with a screen is strictly forbidden to be used by audience members during any performance.

20. DRESSING ROOMS & CARE OF THE EVENTS CENTRE
NO tapping EVER on the polished floor in the Glasshouse dressing room. In shared dressing rooms, all competitors and associated parties are expected to demonstrate respect for the space, costumes and belongings of others at all times. Each Dancer will be responsible for keeping their dressing space clean and tidy. The toilets/bathrooms cannot be used as a change roomful hair and makeup. A $200 cleaning fee will be charged to the school in question if any school leave their area unclean/untidy. It is best to bring many rugs to cover the floor area of your allocated dressing room as this helps  to avoid problems with make-up and any spills

21. AWARDS/REPORTS
A Trophy is awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Ribbon Awards for 4th, 5th and HC. Reports are given for ALL dances. It is the schools’ responsibility to collect their written reports/awards from the administration table before leaving the premises. ONLY Teachers may collect schools awards/ribbons/report sheets.

22. AUDIENCE
No person will be permitted to leave/enter the auditorium whilst any item is in progress or whilst adjudications are being given.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The doors will open 1 hour before the session starts on the morning of the 10th May 2019. It is advisable that all Schools are on the premises 1 hour before the start of the Session. 

Food will be available for purchase at the Events Centre. We aim to have a menu including prices listed on our Facebook page prior to the eisteddfod. Per rule 20, please discourage eating in the dressing rooms.

LASTLY, VERY IMPORTANT! EVERY school needs to report to the administration table prior to leaving The Events Centre to collect all reports, ribbons, music. The SCDE Committee will not post out anything after the day of the event.