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IFDPA, The International Festival of Dance and Performing Arts

Group Championships
IFDPA Group Championships
With group categories in the classic dance genres including Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre/Variety plus an Open category; dance schools can compete in as many of their favourite categories as they like with multiple entries allowed from each school in a category. Dancers can compete to win our IFDPA Primary, Juniors, and Seniors titles.

Each school can have unlimited entries. However, a dancer cannot compete against themselves in any category (for example a school may enter several group entries into one age category, but no dancer can feature in more than one group per age category).

Group Championships

IFDPA Group Championships Age/Category Definitions

Primary - Ages 3 to 7 Years
• Primary Group Jazz
• Primary Group Contemporary
• Primary Group Ballet
• Primary Group Tap
• Primary Group Musical Theatre, Variety
• Primary Group Open Dance

Junior Ages - 8 to 12 Years
• Junior Group Jazz
• Junior Group Contemporary
• Junior Group Ballet
• Junior Group Tap
• Junior Group Musical Theatre, Variety
• Junior Group Open Dance

Senior Ages 13 Years and above
• Senior Group Jazz
• Senior Group Contemporary
• Senior Group Ballet
• Senior Group Tap
• Senior Group Musical Theatre, Variety
• Senior Group Open Dance

All Ages 3 Years and above
• All Age Group Open Musical Theatre
• All Age Group Open Dance

Click HERE to download the IFDPA Guide to Competing

Click HERE to download the IFDPA Group Championships rules and entry form

Ballet

Ballet Definition
Ballet is a type of performance dance, that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music and has been influential as a form of dance globally.

• Routine must consist of ballet technique.
• Must include classical steps and movements.
• No pointe shoes/technique allowed in Primary and Junior Section, they can only be worn in the Senior Section and by dancers aged 13 years and over (cannot be worn by dancers who are dancing to higher age category whose age is less than 13 years).
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.

Contemporary

Contemporary Definition
Originally developed in a rebellion against the hierarchy and restrictions of classical dance styles. Contemporary is now an ever developing genre used as a “umbrella” term, letting a dancer express themselves using all their traditional skills (including styles like jazz and ballet), but with freedom outside their strict rules and music styles. Experimenting with and fusing genres, styles and influences. A fresh, music and choreography led, perspective on moving giving a dancer the liberty to determine his or her own creative path. Dances need to be expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement.

• Routine must consist of a combination of various styles, incorporating balance, control, and musical interpretation
• No pointe shoes/technique allowed in Primary and Junior Section, they can only be worn in the Senior Section and by dancers aged 13 years and over (cannot be worn by dancers who are dancing to higher age category whose age is less than 13 years).
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will be judged – see form C for full details.

Jazz

Jazz Definition
Traditional and modern jazz techniques and performance. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse's work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago and Cabaret.

• Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique.
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.

Tap

Tap Definition
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance, and is widely performed as a part of musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition.

• Routine must consist of tap technique and primarily tap work.
• Tap sounds are not allowed on the musical backing track.
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre and Variety Definition
Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humour, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.

• Routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a Broadway show or movie musical
• All routines should have live singing on the day microphones will be provided in line with your requested microphones on the entry form.
• Microphones cannot be requested on the day they must be ordered in advance.
• Any routine without live singing will be disqualified from the category
• Gymnastic/acrobatic tricks will not be judged/scored.

Open

Open Dance Definition
The Open Dance group section is designed to cover all styles in addition to the 5 genres of Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre Variety. IFDPA would like to invite dancers from all styles to compete in a magical, friendly environment. The 'Open Dance' section has been designed to welcome dancers from styles that are usually restricted to their own competitions or struggle to fit into regular dance categories. Be it Scottish Highland Dance, Irish Dancing, Freestyle, Sequence, Jive or Latin, Fusion Gymnastics. Following in the footsteps of popular TV style competitions bringing together all forms of dance IFDPA now offers this unique 'Open Dance' category to give everyone the chance to compete.
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