2018 RULES + GUIDELINES
Peak Invitational Dance Competition is based out of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. We are committed to providing a format that where every dancer feels that they belong when they are at our events.
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 one of Western Canada’s favourite dance events! We look forward to seeing you.
PLEASE NOTE DEADLINES FOR 2018!
Confirmation email from online submission does not guarantee entry.
Email from our team confirming space and payment received secures your place.
If you have any questions please contact us.
Please note: Due to high demand our deadline for all events is December 15, 2017.
Entries will be accepted after deadline if the event is not full.
Early deadline for Peak Whistler is November 15, 2017. Groups take priority.
Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime
NEW + NOTEWORTHY
ADJUDICATION + AWARDS
MUSIC + TIME LIMITS
BACK IN 2018
Take convention classes with the Adjudicators. A one hour class during the event with one of the adjudicators.
Sign up here 2 weeks prior to each event.
Peak Challenge revamped!! LEVEL 1 + 2 will have their own section with their own awards and trophies.
More awards for more dancers. Just how we like it.
Spirit Awards, Passion Passes, Judges' Choice Awards and Choreography Awards +
Discussions with the Adjudicators and Q+A with the Directors!
GENERAL RULES + INFO
• Dancers must be registered with a studio. No independent entries will be accepted.
• Each solo, duo or trio dancer must be entered into at least one group to qualify for any high score awards.
• Soloists may enter themselves only once per category. Duo and trio dancers must have a change of partners to compete twice in the same category.
• Re-dances are permitted in Level 1 and Level 2 categories only. Re-dances are permitted in all categories due to technical problems or anything not of the dancer’s fault.
• All numbers must be appropriate for family viewing or may be subject to penalties at management discretion.
Entries in each category must be at least 90% of that type of dance (Jazz, Tap, etc.). Props, touching, floor work and lip synching is permitted in all categories. We reserve the right to combine or separate categories.
||• VARIETY/MUSICAL THEATRE
|| - Classical
|| - Variety/Stage
|| - Classical Pointe
|| - Song & Dance
|| - Demi-Character
|• STREET DANCE
||• ADULT DANCE
|| - 19-29 Years
|| - 30+ Years
||• STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY
JAZZ • Routine follows specific Jazz technique including jumps, leaps, turns and kicks.
LYRICAL • Routine is a combination of Jazz and Ballet techniques utilizing the lyrics/music to tell a story through choreography, incorporating emotion and controlled, fluid movement.
CONTEMPORARY • Routine is based on an unstructured dance form influenced by Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern 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 work is recommended for levels 3-5.
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.
STREET DANCE • Routines can be entirely or a combination of Hip Hop, Breaking, House, Waacking, Locking, Popping styles.
TAP/CLOGGING • Routine consists primarily of Tap movements and technique.
ACROBATICS • Routine consist of controlled acrobatic movements such as limbers, walkovers and back bends, danced to music and contains primarily acro and/or gymnastic moves and tricks.
PRODUCTION • Minimum 20 dancers of any age incorporating any style of dance. A theme or story is portrayed throughout the entire dance. Productions have a time limit of 15 minutes with a maximum of 5 minutes for setup and take down.
• Variety Stage - Routine has a strong dance base in combination with acting or characterization. It uses and idea or theme and any form of dance can be incorporated.
• Song & Dance - A strong dance base combined with live vocals. 50% singing and 50% dancing is a good guideline. Microphones are not permitted. A vocal track is not permitted while performers are singing. Please Note: Lip syncing should be entered in the Variety Stage category.
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 dance form. Solo/Duo/Trios – ONE or more dancers aged 19 and over. Groups - TWO or more dancers aged 19 and over - NEW in 2016. 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 in ballet slippers only.
• Classical – Pointe - Routine uses any specific ballet technique and classical steps. Pointe shoes only. Pointe work is recommended for levels 3-5.
• Demi – Character - Routine has a strong classical Ballet base while portraying a character throughout. Pointe shoes or ballet slippers may be worn.
NATIONAL • Routine is any form of National Dance including; Chinese, Irish, Bollywood, Belly dance, Scottish, etc.
INTERPRETIVE • Any 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.
STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY • Dancer performs routine consisting of their own choreography. All dance styles accepted. Dancers must submit their choreography notes one month prior to event date. Scores and comments from adjudicators will be based on these choreography notes. Category will be separated by age division and may be combined or separated based on entries received and at the discretion of event management. Student choreography entries are not eligible for high score awards because the scoring is based on the choreography/story telling not the level of dancing. Solos only.
LEVEL 1 • Began dancing Sept 2016 or 2017 • 0-1 years of dance training completed AND/OR group average is LESS than 1.5 hours of dance training per week. No minimum age.
LEVEL 2 • Began dancing Sept 2014 or 2015 • 2-3 years of dance training completed. Minimum age 7.
LEVEL 3 • Began dancing Sept 2012 or 2013 • 4-5 years of dance training completed. Minimum age 10.
LEVEL 4 • Began dancing Sept 2011 or before • 6 or more years of dance training completed. Minimum age 12.
Average training LESS THAN 10 hours per week. All styles included.
LEVEL 5 • Began dancing Sept 2011 or before • 6 or more years of dance training completed. Minimum age 12.
Average training 10 OR MORE hours per week. All styles included.
ADULT DANCE • Solo/Duo/Trios – ONE or more dancers aged 19 and over. Groups - TWO or more dancers aged 19 and over.
• Calculate the level by adding and averaging all years of dance training (all forms) for duos, trios and groups.
• Inaccurate entries may be subject to penalties.
• Training received before age 5 is not included.
• Dancers may not enter a lower level than they have previously danced in.
• Acrobatics - include gymnastics training.
• Calculate division using dancer’s age as of DECEMBER 31, 2017
• 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 depending on number of entries.
• Adult Dance - Solo/Duo/Trios – ONE or more dancers aged 19 and over. Groups - TWO or more dancers aged 19
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• Fees do not include GST.
• Studios must pay by certified cheque or money order. Studio cheques will not be accepted **strictly enforced
• Entries received by electronic entry form will not be processed until payment is received.
• Each late entry is to pay a $15 surcharge and will be accepted only if the schedule permits.
• We reserve the right to refuse entries.
• Entries accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Draft schedule sent to studio by email at least 4 weeks prior to event dates. (12 weeks for Whistler events).
• Please Note: Confirmation email from online submission does not guarantee entry. Email from our team confirming space
and payment received secures your place.
ADJUDICATION + AWARDS
• 3 qualified, experienced adjudicators - different at each event.
• Scores are out of a total of 300.
• Each routine will receive 3 comment sheets with their scores.
• 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Performance placements given - every dancer receives a medal.
• Awards Sessions to be held at least 3 times per day.
• High Score Awards will be presented at the completion of each level.
• Choreography Awards - 1 at every awards session
• Spirit Awards chosen by the adjudicators and given out at each award session to a number that shows amazing energy, excitement and enthusiasm for dance!
• Judges' Choice Awards chosen by the adjudicators and given out at each award session to a dance showing something special!
• The Ultimate Peak Challenge held at the end of EVERY event - regardless of number of entries.
• Levels 1 +2 have their own section in the Challenge with their own awards and trophies!
• Results are posted LIVE throughout all events where internet is available.
MUSIC + TIME LIMITS
SOLOS, DUOS, TRIOS 3 minutes
GROUPS 5 minutes
PRODUCTIONS* 15 minutes
*Maximum of 5 min for set-up + take-down for productions
• Dancers are timed from the first note of the music until the last dancer exits the stage.
• All dances are timed by a Peak Invitational timer.
• Overtime penalties will be levied.
• Overtime entries will not be eligible for highscore awards.
• Please ensure prop set-up and take-down is prompt.
• Teacher or studio representative to play music on equipment provided by the competition.
• Please be sure to carry backup copies.
• CD and iPod connection will be available at all events.
• Admission $3 per day.
• Dancers are FREE at events they are participating in (please sign in each day).
• Registered choreographers and studio directors are FREE at events they are participating in (please sign in at the beginning of each event).
• Programs $5
• At the request of event choreographers there is to be NO camera or video equipment of any kind used in the theatre, including cell phones.
• Doors to the theatre or ballroom will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each day.
• Awards will be posted online live from any event where wireless internet is available.
• Professional photographers and-or videographers will be onsite whenever possible.
• Admission to theatre for dancers is FREE during the event you are participating in (please sign in each day).
• Please encourage and support all dancers.
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TEACHER + DIRECTOR INFORMATION
• No one takes care of teachers like we do at Peak Invitational!
• Green room with coffee snacks and catered meals at all events are provided for all registered choreographers and studio directors.
• If the venue permits we provide a monitor of the stage in the green room.
• Please sign in at the front desk upon arrival at the event.
• Admission and program complimentary for all registered choreographers and studio directors.
• Teachers are responsible for playing their own music on equipment provided by the competition - both CD and iPod connections available.
• Event directors are always on site to answer your questions.
• Adjudication sheets are available through electronic Dropbox to Teachers or an authorized studio representative only after each High score Award Session (with the exception of the high score winners in each level). Studio Directors may authorize (in writing only) additional representatives to receive adjudication sheets.
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