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NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL OF CREATIVE ARTS (NIFCA) 2019

*Please note that the NCF will not share this information without your permission.
Entrant Information (All participants must fill this section) 
ENTRY FORM - DANCE BATTLES

Participant / School / Group Information

Name of Participant: (Individual/Group/School)Please separate names with a comma(,).
Business No:/Charity No:/ National Registration No:
Address:Individual/ Group/ School

Telephone Number: Individual / group / school

(Home)
(Mobile)
(Work)

Representative Information

Name of Representative:
Address of Representative
Tel #: (Home)
Tel #: (Mobile)
Tel #: (Work)
Name on Certificates:Please indicate the name to be placed on certificates awarded.
Biography
0 / 6500

Payee Information

Please indicate recipient to which any payments are to be made:
Name of Person:
National Registration #:
Name of Organization:
Tamis #:Payee's Tamis Number
Organization Registration #:
Address of Payee
Home Phone:
Mobile Phone
Work Phone
Please indicate the name to be placed on the NIFCA certificate

General Entry Information

Are you entering the competition for the first time?
If yes, how did you hear about NIFCA?
if no, how many years have you been entering the competition?

                                                                                                                            

NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL OF CREATIVE ARTS (NIFCA)

PERFORMING ARTS – DANCE – ALL STYLES BATTLE RULES 2019



1. NAME OF THE COMPETITION


  1. The name of the competition shall be the NIFCA Performing Arts Dance – All Styles Battle (the Competition) which comprises Preliminaries and Finals and is organized and administered by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).


  1. These Rules apply to those persons wishing to enter the Competition in the solo or team category.


2. ELIGIBILITY


  1. Persons wishing to enter the Competition must be:

      1. A citizen of Barbados or

      2. Legally resident in Barbados


  1. If the artiste is not a citizen or legal resident of Barbados he/she must present evidence to show he/she is actively pursuing legal residence.


  1. To enter, persons must be at least 18 years old at September 1st in the year of the Competition. 


  1. The following are eligible to participate in the Competition:  

  • Individuals

  • Community (individuals and groups)

  • Dance Companies

  • Dance Schools

  • Other


  1. Participants should note that NIFCA Performances will be held on weekdays and also Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Registration in the competition therefore indicates your availability to perform on these days. 


3. ENTRY TO THE COMPETITION

      1. Persons must enter directly with the NCF by properly filling out the relevant registration form and submit it to the NCF on or before Friday October 6th, 2019 accordingly:

  • by or before 4.30 pm for hand delivered entries, or 

  • by or before 11:59 p.m. for online entries via the NCF website: www.ncf.bb

Entries should wherever possible be accompanied by links to videos showing completed dances with costume, props, stage setting and lights.


      1. Participants whose registration has not been received by the NCF by the deadline indicated at 3 (a) above shall not be eligible for participation in the Competition.


      1. The NCF shall dispatch a notice by letter or email to the participant within seven (7) working days of receipt of his/her request for entry advising him/her whether the request for entry has been approved or refused.


      1. A participant's duly appointed representative may register, as set out in 3 (a) above, on behalf of the participant. 


      1. All team entries must be signed by the designated leader of the team. 


      1. Teams must have a minimum of two (2) persons and a maximum of five (5) persons. The names, ages, national registration numbers and dance experience of all performers MUST be attached to the registration form. Failure to supply all information requested may render applicant ineligible for participation.


      1. All entrants are expected to attend an orientation exercise as advised by the NCF before the start of Preliminaries.


      1. Participants should indicate on their registration forms whether there are any social, religious or other arrangements that will affect their scheduling of their adjudications on any specific day(s) of the week.



4.  ARBITRATION

                        

  1. Prior to the deadline for submission of Entry Forms, the NCF shall 

Appoint an Arbiter to decide and adjudicate on any appeals, complaints and matters in dispute or requiring clarification arising from these Rules. 


  1. All complaints related to the Competition shall be submitted, in writing, to the Arbiter in a sealed envelope addressed as follows: 


The Arbiter

National Cultural Foundation

West Terrace

St. James


  1. All decisions made by the Arbiter shall be final and binding on the competitors and the NCF.




5. ADJUDICATION

 

a)  The Competition shall be judged in two (2) stages – Preliminaries and Finals.

 

b)  The NCF shall appoint a judging panel headed by a Chief Judge who                              shall adjudicate at each stage of the Competition.

 

c)   The NCF shall determine the composition of the judging panel at

each stage of the Competition.

 

d)   The names of the judges shall be publicly announced before the      commencement of the Preliminaries.


e)   Any act or behaviour which is found to be indecent, obscene, and defamatory or in excess of the bounds of good taste may result in the disqualification of the participant from the competition.  The judges shall determine whether behaviour is indecent, obscene, and defamatory or in excess of the bounds of good taste. 


6.   PRELIMINARIES 


  1. Judging at the Preliminaries shall not be open to the public. 


b.) Only entries received by the closing date indicated at Rule 3 (b) above shall be eligible to be judged in the competition. 


c.) Each participant (solo or Team) shall enter and perform one work, no longer than two (2) minutes length in any genre of dance at the Preliminaries. 


d.) Participants performing to recorded music or their duly appointed representatives shall present a recording to the NCF designated officer no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the commencement of the Preliminaries. 


e.) At the Preliminaries, the maximum points awarded to each participant by the judging panel shall be as follows: 


Presentation 10 

Choreography 35

Execution 35 

Creativity 20 

Total100 


f)  An average score for each work entered shall be taken. An average score for each work entered shall be taken and the Sixteen (16) highest scoring participants in the Solo category and the eight highest scoring participants in the Team Category will move forward to the Finals


       

       

7. FINALS


SOLO FINALS


  1. For each round of competition, finalist will draw for battle positions and battle opponents. The draw will be supervised by assigned NCF officials.


  1. Finalists will battle one on one according to positions drawn facing each other.


  1. Finalists will be expected to dance impromptu to any style and beat of music selected by the Battle DJ.


Battle competition will take the following format:


Round 1


  1. This round will consist of 16 soloists competing in eight (8) one on one solo battles.  Each soloist will be allotted forty-five (45) seconds to compete. 


  1. At the end of each battle, designated judges will indicate the winner of battle. At the end of Round 1, eight (8) soloists will advance to Round 2.


Round 2

  1. This round will consist of eight (8) soloists competing in four (4) one on one battles. Each soloist will be allotted forty-five (45) seconds to compete. 


  1. At the end of each battle, designated judges will indicate the winner of the battle. At the end of Round 1, four (4) soloists will advance to Round 3.


Round 3

  1. This round will consist of two (2) one on one battles. Each soloist will be allotted forty-five (45) seconds to compete. 


  1. At the end of each battle, designated judges will indicate the winner of the battle. At the end of Round 1, two (2) soloists will advance to the championship Round 4.


Round 4


  1. This round is the final competition showdown battle. Two finalists will complete two (2) forty-five (45) second battle rounds at the end of which the designated judges will determine the winner.



TEAM FINALS

  1. For each round of competition, the Team Captain or an appointed representative will draw for battle positions and battle opponents. The draw will be supervised by assigned NCF officials.


  1. Finalists will battle one on one according to positions drawn facing each other.


  1. Finalists will be expected to dance impromptu to any style and beat of music selected by the Battle DJ.


  1. Battle competition will take the following format:


Round 1

  1. This round will consist of four (4) one on one team battles.  Each team will be allotted forty-five (45) seconds to compete. 


  1. At the end of each battle, designated judges will indicate the winner of the battle. At the end of Round 1, four (4) teams will advance to Round 2.


Round 2

  1. This round will consist of two (2) one on one team battles. Each team will be allotted forty-five (45) seconds to compete. 


  1. At the end of each battle, designated judges will indicate the winner of the battle. At the end of Round 1, two (2) teams will advance to Round 3.



Round 3

  1. This round is the final competition showdown battle. Two finalists will complete two (2) forty-five (45) second battle rounds at the end of which the designated judges will determine the winner.

Judging Criteria

    1. At the Finals, the maximum points awarded to each participant by the   judging panel shall be as follows:  


Creativity

Musicality 5  

Execution

Crowd Appeal        5  

Total   20  




8. GENERAL


         Conduct

  1. A participant shall be held accountable for the actions of those individuals whom he or she brings on stage during the Competition.


  1. If, during the Competition period, a participant or any of his/her supporting acts makes any gesture or action that exceeds the bounds of good taste, the participant may be disqualified from the Competition.


  1. Participants or their associates who behave in a disruptive manner, which interferes with the performance of other individuals or groups or the smooth running of the Competition, may be disqualified from further participation in the Competition.


Venues

  1. The NCF will choose the venue for the staging of the Finals.


  1. Participants shall report to the NCF Stage Manager or NCF designated Officer at the venues selected for the staging of the Finals no later than one (1) hour before the scheduled start time of the event.


  1. Failure to comply with Rule 10 e) may result in the reduction of one (1) point by each judge up to a maximum of five (5) points.


Staging


  1. Performance in the Competition shall not exceed forty -five (45) seconds for Solo and Team presentations and will be timed by the official time-keeper from the start of the performance (first musical note played and/or first movement on stage).


  1. Each participant shall appear and perform in his/her correct position as determined and notified by the NCF. 


  1. Failure by any participant to comply with the reasonable instructions of the NCF designated officer may result in his/her disqualification from the Competition.


Musical Accompaniment

  1. The participant shall submit a copy of the details of the music inclusive of include the title of the music, the performer and composer and the length of the music at the preliminaries to the NCF on the Entry Form. The details of the music to be used, whether live or recorded, must also be indicated. Participants not submitting this information shall not be considered for participation in the Competition. 


  1. All recorded music must be presented on high quality CDs or MP3 format, clearly labeled showing the name of the participant, the title of the person that mixed the music.


Special Performances

  1. Award-winning participants in the Competition may be required to perform at the NIFCA Awards Ceremony. Entry in the Competition, therefore, implies an acceptance to perform at the NIFCA Awards Ceremony, if chosen.


9.  PROMOTION /BROADCAST OF PERFORMANCE


  1. The participant agrees that the NCF shall be entitled to use his/her performance or part thereof or his/her image or likeness in the promotion of the competition and other related NIFCA events.


  1. The NCF shall have the following rights in the performance:


  1. The right to a live broadcast, within Barbados, of the whole or any substantial part of the performance;


  1. The right to use excerpts of the performance for promotional or marketing purposes within Barbados and outside of Barbados;



  1. The right to copy the performance or a recording of the performance for the purposes of teaching, research, news reporting, review, instruction or education;


  1. The right to record the performance for archival purposes,


  1. The right to include the performance in any Pay Per View or subscription programming provided there is an agreement between the producer and any performing rights organization of which the Performer may be a member;



  1. The right to include the performance in any Pay Per View or    subscription programming for the agreed upon rate of two hundred and fifty Barbados Dollars (Bds. $250.00) between the producer and the performer if the performer is not a member any performing rights organization.



APPENDIX “A”

NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL OF CREATIVE ARTS (NIFCA)

AWARDS FOR DANCE – ALL STYLES BATTLE



NIFCA ALL STYLES SOLO CHAMPION


The NIFCA All Styles solo competition winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize $1000.00.


NIFCA ALL STYLES TEAM CHAMPION


The NIFCA All Styles Team competition winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize $3000.00.



APPENDIX “B”

NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL OF CREATIVE ARTS (NIFCA)

GENERAL GUIDELINES – DANCE – PROFESSIONAL


DANCE CATEGORIES


African Dance 

Dances that carry references traditionally associated with the African continent are often characterized by specific instruments led by the drum and other rhythms, for specific functional purposes (e.g. dances for births, deaths, rites, harvest, and marriage), specific costumes, masquerade and chants. They are dances attributed to particular groups of African peoples. 

African dance movement can also function as communication. These dances may utilize symbolic gestures, mime, props, masks, costumes, body painting, and other visual devices. Basic movements may be simple or complex, involving polyrhythmic use of different body parts and intricate actions including rotation, ripples, contraction and release, as well as variations in dynamics, levels, and use of space. The dance may be open to all, or it may be an activity in which one, two, three, or four individuals (regardless of sex) take turns in the dancing ring. Team dances also occur.


Ballet 

A highly standardized dance form which demonstrates classical ballet vocabulary, techniques and styles. Whether narrative, lyrical or abstract, there is a special emphasis is on line (clarity of the body positions); lightness in the quality of movement; elevation (especially Pointe work for females) and virtuosity (ability to execute tremendous physical feats with apparent ease) more so in the case of the male dancer. 


Ballroom and Latin Dance 


Any of various social dances in which couples perform set moves. Any number of couples may dance in these settings. Important factors include male/female role-play and interaction, and synchronizing couple’s movement with the music. 


Sub-categories include: 

Classics: - Waltz - Tango - Quickstep - Viennese Waltz - Foxtrot 

Latin American: - Cha-Cha-Cha - Samba - Rhumba - Paso doble - Jive

Alternate: - Salsa - Meringue – Mambo – Kizomba - Bachata 


Caribbean Dance


Dance movement that is inspired by and references traditions from the Caribbean. These include dance forms that developed in the Caribbean whose routes are traced to traditional African, Amerindian, Asian, and European origins that became indigenous to their present location. Whether celebratory, ceremonial, sensual or spiritual, most are characterized by: strong community spirit, role-play, individual improvisation, and the indivisible partnership between music and dance. 


Jazz Dance 


This traditionally refers to all dances arising out of jazz music, which has a syncopated beat, for example: the 'Cakewalk', 'Swing', 'Lindy Hop'. It is usually recognized for use of isolated sequential body movements, high energy and sensuous dynamic quality. Jazz dance has evolved, and may be divided, but not limited to, certain sub-categories. 


  1. Lyrical Jazz -fluid extended movements that sometimes evoke a sensual quality. 


b.) Funky Jazz - performing polyrhythmic, angular disjointed movements, hip isolations, shoulder shrugs, head rolls. Other aesthetics include timed isolations, finger-snapping, handclapping and walking. 


c.) Musical Theatre Jazz - performed on Broadway or in the cabaret setting. Movements assist in presenting a story through song and dance. Props e.g. canes, hats, chairs etc. maybe used to advance the storyline. 


Modern (Contemporary) Dance 

Creative use of dance vocabulary used to interpret and communicate an idea with a theme or movement motif. Movement may be sourced from a range of experiences, conditions and activities. The dance may be abstract, narrative, based on variations of an existing movement pattern or inspired by various stimuli, including music, words, sound, nature, emotions and colours among many. Contemporary dance involves experimentation and improvisation, not only with finding new ways of moving, but also finding new ways to use stimuli to relate to the movement. 


Open Category 

This category recognizes a growing mixed discipline trend in specific acts entered in NIFCA Performing Arts. Entries in this category should register in the predominant discipline and will be judged accordingly. Examples can include a mixture of mime, sign language, performance poetry etc. within established disciplines of Dance. 


Square Dance 

A country dance that starts with four couples facing one another in a square, with the steps and movements shouted out by a caller. Sometimes called American Folk Dance, is a social form of dance where couples are a part of the team. 


Street Dance/ Urban Dance

These dance movement genres are significantly influenced by music and music-videos arising out of Caribbean and international dance halls, popular music and hip-hop culture. Aesthetics include lively, bouncy movement: breaking, pop-locking, waving, beep bop, and krumping among others, as well as influences from Caribbean popular dance forms. These dances are sometimes complemented with rapping, graffiti art, and particular ways of wearing clothes, talking and communicating with other people. 


Tap Dance 

A dance form in which the rhythm is audible by the clicking of taps located on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes. Early influences of tap dance came with the enslaved and would have developed in the early stages without shoes. Today it incorporates many other forms. 


JUDGING

The two (2) stages of the 2019 NIFCA Dance Battle All styles Competition will be judged on the following dates: 

  • Preliminaries  October 11- 21, 2019

 

  • Finals November 16, 2019 

General queries should be directed to the Cultural Officer - Dance, at the National Cultural Foundation telephone number 417-6633 or 

Email alicia-payne-hurley@ncf.bb

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRY FORM: Entry Forms shall be submitted online to the NCF no later than 11:59p.m. on October 6 th 2019.

I confirm that I have read and accept the Rules governing the NIFCA Dance Competition and that the work(s) I/we am/are offering to be judged in the Competition has/have never been judged in any previous NCF competition in Barbados.
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