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PERFORMING ART

       BOOK 3  RULES FOR IDO DANCE DISCIPLINES

SECTION 1 PERFORMING ARTS

 PERFORMING  ARTS  DISCIPLINES  
TAP DANCE PRODUCTION ( World Cup) BOLLYWOOD
SHOW DANCE ACROBATIC DANCE FLAMENCO 
MODERN and CONTEMPORARY DANCE ORIENTAL / Belly Dance CHARACTER / ETHNIC/ FOLK 
JAZZ DANCE / LYRICAL DANCE ORIENTAL / Belly Dance Folk  
BALLET / POINTE ORIENTAL/ Belly Dance Show   

 

Unless stated otherwise under the specific rules for a particular discipline, the following categories are available in the Performing Arts Disciplines listed above:  
SOLO MALE
SOLO FEMALE
DUO two females, two males or one male and one female
DUO female / female and DUO male/ female or male/ male in Show Dance Adults only 
TRIO (Tap Dance and Bollywood only) - any combination of three dancers 
GROUP  3 – 7 dancers (4 – 7 dancers in TAP and BOLLYWOOD only)
FORMATION  8 – 24 dancers
PRODUCTION  25 dancers and more 

 

1.1.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS – PERFORMING ARTS
Each dance discipline has some rules specific to that particular discipline. Such information is provided under the specific heading for the discipline in question. In general, the following rules apply to all Performing Arts Disciplines. Any exceptions are noted in each rule.

 

AGE DIVISIONS
AGE DIVISION 
AGE RANGE
Mini Kids 
7 and under
Children  
12 and under
Junior 
13 – 16
Adult 1
17 and over
Adult 2
31 and over
Senior
50 and over (Belly Dance /Oriental)
In the Modern Dance Discipline, Mini Kids are not allowed. (AGM 2015, Implementation January 1st, 2016) Competitors in all dance disciplines dance to their own music. No dancer shall compete against him or herself.

 

STAGE PROPS:
Permitted in many Performing Arts disciplines. However, Stage Props must be carried by the dancer(s) in one trip. Stagehands/assistants are not allowed to carry props for the dancer(s).
NOTE: Cumbersome scenic props are not permitted in any dance, category, style or division at any IDO Event. 
Hand Props are anything carried with the hands and not part of the costume (bells, flags, cane, umbrella, etc.).Floor Props are the same, objects set on the floor (chairs, stairs, ladders, tables, etc.).Scenic Backgrounds and Backdrops (scenic curtains or flats – scenery).Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor/stage unsafe may not be used in any category or discipline. Using electrical devices, such as personal light effects and music which the dancer plugs into an electric socket – props may be used but must be powered by a battery.

 

SCENIC SET UP AND BREAK DOWN
Scenic backgrounds and floor props must take no longer than 15 seconds to set up and 15 seconds to carry it away in Solo, Duo, Trio and 25 seconds in Small Group entries. Formations will be allowed 45 seconds to set up and 45 seconds to take it off the stage. Time will begin as soon as the first piece of scenic material touches the stage and in taking it off, as soon as the last piece is off the stage. This rule applies to all Performing Arts disciplines. The rule regarding dancers carrying the props in one trip, on and off, will remain the same.

 

DURATION OF PERFORMANCE
CATEGORY  
 MINIMUM Time Duration   
 MAXIMUM Time Duration
Solos, Duos, Trio (Tap only)
 1 minute & 45 seconds (1:45)
 2 minutes & 15 seconds (2:15)
 
 1 minute in Ballet solo
 
Small Groups  
 2 minutes & 30 seconds (2:30) 
 3 minutes (3:00)
Formations  
 2  minutes & 30 seconds (2:30) 
 4 minutes (4:00)
Large Production   
 5 minutes 
 8 minutes
                               
Set-up time is explained below
Children’s Formation will be 2:30 minimum and 3:00 maximum in Performing Arts, except Belly Dance and Flamenco Dance.
The time limit for all Productions is 8 minutes maximum, which will allow the opportunity to have a final with 3, including an open marking.

 

LIFTS  Lifts are defined as movements/ figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures/ movements are performed with the help/ physical support of another person. Lifts are permitted in some, but not all dance disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question. Lifts are NOT permitted in Children’s divisions.
Exception: Jumps in one hand-hold are not considered as a lift.
Forbidden elements for Mini kids and Children age divisions:
- Elements, stands on head are not allowed.
- Movements, where most of weight is carried by another dancer are not allowed.
- Any kind of jumps from the props at the height of more than 1 meter is not allowed.
- Toe work in Tap Dance, all IDO disciplines.
- Pointe work in Ballet, all IDO disciplines. 
Special NOTE for Productions: For Mini kids and Children the rules above are not applicable when competing in Productions. All elements carried out/performed are on their own risk. (AGM 2019, Implementation 1.1.2020) 
Special NOTE for Productions: No dance routine shall be performed in more than one discipline. Example: The same routine cannot be performed in both a Jazz and Show Dance, nor can a Modern piece be performed in both a Modern and Ballet event. (AGM 2019, Implementation 1.1.2020)
ACROBATIC MOVEMENTS:
LIFTS: Lifts are defined as movements/figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures/movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person.  Lifts are permitted in some, but not all dance disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.
Lifts are NOT permitted in Children’s divisions.     
Exception:   Jumps in one hand-hold are not considered as a lift.      
 Forbidden elements for Mini kids and Children age divisions:                   
- Elements, stands on head are not allowed.                   
- Movements where most of weight is carried by another dancer are not allowed.                 
- Any kind of jumps from the props at the height of more than 1 meter are not allowed.                   
- Toe work in Tap Dance, all IDO disciplines.                   
- Pointe work in Ballet, all IDO disciplines.
Special NOTE for Productions:  For Mini kids and Children the rules above are not applicable when competing in Productions. All elements carried out/performed are on their own risk. (AGM 2019, Implementation 1.1.2020) 
ACROBATIC MOVEMENTS: 
Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling and similar figures. These movements are permitted in some, but not all disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.
If permitted, acrobatic movements will not always enhance the dancer’s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner. In all disciplines where applicable, in Children and Mini Kids age divisions acrobatics are allowed if a body part is touching the floor. Acrobatics must not dominate the routine. In Children and Mini age division, all acrobatics must be performed without any physical support of a dancer, dancer  (AGM 2017, Implementation 1.1.2018, no change possible before 2021) 
SPECIAL NOTE FOR ROUTINE RESTRICTIONS  No dance routine shall be performed in more than one discipline. Example: The same routine cannot be performed in both a Jazz and Show Dance, nor can a Modern piece be performed in both a Modern and Ballet event. 
SPECIAL RULE FOR COSTUMES  In Jazz/Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Tap Dance and Show Dance disciplines dancers will not be allowed to change their costume during a performance or competition, unless it is ordered because of an infraction of the Costume Rules. It will also not be allowed to change the music or choreography in the next or final round. 
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE CHILDREN AGE DIVISION  Dark themes, costumes, and music are not permitted in the Children and Mini Kids Age Divisions 
OTHER RULES - Competitors who are not present on stage to dance following the starting order, without a valid reason, will be disqualified by the Chairperson of the Adjudicators. (AGM 2019, Implementation with immediate effect)