Regional Solo Rules & Awards

REGIONAL: FOR SOLOS ONLY ©

(DANCE SOLOIST & TRIPLE THREAT SOLOIST)

CATEGORY DIVISIONS

DANCE SOLOS
All dance solos will be separated by Competitive or Recreational Title Divisions and within Minis (4 – 5 years of age), Tiny Dancers(6 – 8 years of age), Juniors (9 – 11 years of age), Teens (12 – 14 years of age), Seniors (15 – 20 years of age), and Adults (21 and older). Only 1 entry per style per dancer. Each will receive our special N.Y.L.A. Dance ribbon and medal which will serve as their ticket to the Nationals event.

All solos are entered into overall high score soloist title.

T3 SOLOS (TRIPLE THREAT)
For those of you N.Y.L.A. DANCERS who are up for the challenge to be our T3 here it goes. You must compete with 3 solos with one in each of the categories of dance, vocals, & acting. Your highest scores in each category are then totaled to give your your N.Y.L.A. T3 score. Only 1 T3 entry per dancer/ performer.

T3 solos will be separated into Minis (4 – 5 years of age), Tiny Dancers(6 – 8 years of age), Juniors (9 – 11 years of age), Teens(12 – 14 years of age), Seniors(15 – 20 years of age), and Adults (21 and older).

IMAGE CONSULTING/ MODELING
Our top winner in our Commercial Focus Image Consulting category (11 & under) and (12 & over) will receive a trophy and ribbon of distinction and everyone who enters will receive a medal & ribbon. Each contestant must also be registered and perform a dance/acting/or vocal solo for this title, submit up to 2 photos, and will have 1 minute to answer 2 questions on-stage while wearing something that bests describes who you really are…so be yourself. *Remember this category should be taken seriously, from the choice of outfit, hair & make-up, quality of picture, and presentational style they all mean a great deal. Would you present this photo to the casting director of a major film, video, or TV program? You will enter & exit the stage via catwalk style in the shape of an “L”.

JUDGES INFO
At Regionals, 2 professional judges currently working in the field of dance, one representing the East Coast styles of dance and one representing the West Coast styles of dance, will judge the contestants based on the following criteria. In the event of a tie, highest performance scores will break tie. If still tied then judges will make any final tie breaking decisions. At Nationals, 3 professional judges will be critiquing.

TIME LIMITS
DANCE, VOCAL, & ACTING SOLOS
2:45 minutes to show your moves (REGIONAL LEVEL).

IMAGE CONSULTING/ MODELING
Judges will view & complete written critiques of all photos within this category.


BREAKDOWN OF 100 TOTAL POINTS

DANCE SOLOS
35PTS TECHNICAL EXECUTION
35PTS PERFORMANCE
20PTS CHOREOGRAPHY
10PTS COSTUMES/MAKE-UP/STYLE

VOCAL SOLOS
35PTS TECHNICAL EXECUTION
35PTS PERFORMANCE
20PTS STAGING
10PTS COSTUMES/MAKE-UP/STYLE

ACTING SOLOS
35PTS TECHNICAL EXECUTION
35PTS PERFORMANCE
20PTS STAGING
10PTS COSTUMES/MAKE-UP/STYLE

IMAGE CONSULTING/ MODELING
50PTS PRESENTATION & MARKETING
(choice of pose, facial expressions, mood, b&w or color photo, and catwalk stage entrance & exit.)
35PTS STYLE (choice of outfit, hair, make-up)
15PTS dance, acting or vocal solo

*Judges will review all photos and give written critiques. All contestants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contest shall be solely within the discretion of the directors and producers of N.Y.L.A. Dance Conventions & Competitions and that all decisions of the judges are final. Judges Score Sheets must be picked up at the event following our final awards ceremony. All awards will take place at the end of our convention/competition. They will not be available for mailing afterward.

Scores are broken down and awarded as follows:
Platinum 97-100
High Triple Gold 94-96.9
Triple Gold 91-93.99
Double Gold 85-90.99
Gold 84.99 & below

If a tie occurs, then the tie will be broken by the highest performance scores. If a tie still occurs, then the judges will break the tie.

DEDUCTIONS
10 points will be deducted for going over the time limit.
5 points will be deducted for any routine being videotaped or photographed
5 points will be deducted for taps on your CD’s.

Incomplete or run-off dances will be allowed to perform for a second time but their score will be lowered to the next placement level in our adjudicated scoring system. The performances will not be eligible for Overall High Scores. If during the second time they perform the dance remains incomplete or a run-off, then they will receive the lowest placement level in our adjudicated scoring system.

Style Divisions

“It’s all about the dance style….not the style of music” *

*To make it easy for you please note that each dance is allowed 3 acro moves or Passes. All other N.Y.L.A. Dances containing more than 3 gymnastics or Acro moves must to be entered in Acro Dance or Contemporary Fusion.

Acro Dance
Any gym/Acro move or tumbling passes combined with choreography. Does not include frontward rolls, backward rolls, or cartwheels.

Acting
Any Dramatic or Comedic interpretation which emphasizes method, interpretation, staging, and control.
Sub Style Divisions will be divided into Drama emphasis and Comedy emphasis.

Ballet
Either Classic in Ballet style & terminology OR contemporary use of new Ballet techniques

Character
Any style of dance portraying a recognizable character with dance, costume, and music.

Clogging
Use of all clogging techniques & styles.

Contemporary
Incorporates Release Technique, COREmovement styles, or fused modern with lyrical & jazz styles.

Contemporary Fusion©
A fusion of 2 or more different styles of dance within your choreography.
All entries which are mailed in with OPEN CATEGORY on their entries will be placed into this style division.

International Dance
All forms of world culture dance styles. Few examples : Spanish, Korean, African, Irish.

Jazz
EEither Classic in Jazz style &terminology &choreography OR contemporary use of new Jazz Techniques (CONTEMPORARY, BROADWAY, & THEATER DANCE STYLE welcomed).

Lyrical
Musicality & dynamics emphasized. Added use of emotions, balance, stories, & control.

Modern
Center Contractions, shapes, and body lines used to form abstract ideas.

Poms/Drill
Any dance using Poms or Drill combined with line formations.

Pointe
Any style of dance done with toe shoes.

Production
Must have a minimum of 10 dancers incorporating any number of styles.

Hip Hop
Choreography for street or video dance. Includes pop & lock or breakdance.

Song & Dance
Any style of dance combined with live or recorded singing .

Tap
Either Classic in tap style & terminology OR contemporary styles of Heavy Strike rhythms. No tape on taps.

Theater Dance
Any style of dance which includes aspects of Theater Dance, Musical Theater, Song & Dance, or Musical Theater songs.

T33 (TRIPLE THREAT to the 3rd DEGREE)
Combining any style of dance, any style of song, & any style of acting monologue to make-up the required 3 minute performance.

Vocal
Any type of vocal presentation which emphasizes musical range, pitch, style, and timing.

Sub Style Divisions will be divided into ROCK Music emphasis, POP Music emphasis, and Stage Screen & Classic Music emphasis.


IMAGE CONSULTING/ MODELING
Commercial – Video, Stage, TV, Soaps, Film potential. Headshot required. Black/White or Color.
8 x 10 only. Each N.Y.L.A. Dancer can submit 2 pictures to be consider and the price will not change.
They must also be registered and perform a dance/acting/or vocal solo as part of this title.
Only 1 entry per dancer/ performer.

SCHEDULE
Competition schedules, which are subject to change, will be emailed to studio owners or competition directors 7 days before the event. All entries must be received 35 days before the event. After 35 days, groups will be placed on a waiting list and charged an additional 10% per dance to compete. Any changes made in age or style division at the regional location will be charged a $20 fee per dance therefore you must call or email us ahead of time.

VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPHY & MUSIC POLICY
Video taping and flash photography are strictly prohibited during the entire convention & competition weekend (Disqualification could result). 5pts will automatically be deducted from that dance if caught illegally taking photos or video. All dancers authorize the use of their image in photos and video for publicity and advertisement purposes with N.Y.L.A.Dance Conventions & Competitions. CD’s will only be accepted this year and should be turned in at registration desk.

On each new CD please please label your music with Title of Dance, Age Division, Style Division, Studio Name/Teacher, and Choreographer. Please have all music cued to beginning of the CD. You can pickup your CD’s at the end of the event. Please bring an additional CD just in case there are problems. Please be aware that downloaded digital CD’s do not often work with all cd players/stereos.

PROTESTS
Must be submitted in writing within 30 minutes of the incident by studio owner or teacher. Please sign your request and give it to the On-Site Director at your regional location. Your request must also list your dance or dances which are within the same age group category. Studios must provide copies of birth certificates in order to avoid disqualification of that particular dance.

GENERAL INFO & REMINDERS
Program info & Entry fees must be received 35 days in advance of the Regional location in order for us to guarantee our program publication. Late entries will be listed together on a separate sheet. Each entry needs to have an entry form. Payment is made by check or money order. No Refunds. No Cancellations. Registrations are nonrefundable.

Onsite enrollment in not guaranteed due to space limitations. Enrollment in the convention is not required to compete. Please note that the workshops give us a chance to know you better and to see you dance, learn, & have an awesome time!! Also, you get to make new friends by meeting other N.Y.L.A. Dancers. Please register with official form. Photocopies are permitted. Forms must be mailed not faxed. One entry form per dance. Stage size will be approximately 30″ x 30″ at most locations. Size will vary.

Dancers must be completely ready 30 minutes before their scheduled time. Should the competition run ahead of schedule then you will be asked to perform. Their will be no changes made to the performance sequence. If you mess up the stage with excess from props please make sure you clean it up immediately following your performance. Prohibited onstage use of anything hazardous or things which could possibly create a safety issue: including glass, knives, fire, helium balloons, or fog/smoke on stage. Dancers can only compete for 1 studio. No independent entries allowed.


ADDITIONAL INFO

Recreational divisions will receive awards only, follow same guidelines, and will qualify for their own overall high score of the day.

Studio names cannot be listed as the name of your dance or as a song title.

Overall High Score of the day at any regional will not be allowed to compete at another regional with the same dance within the same Tour season.

Incomplete or run-off dances will be allowed to perform for a second time but their score will be lowered to the next placement level in our adjudicated scoring system. The performances will not be eligible for Overall High Scores. If during the second time they perform the dance remains incomplete or a run-off, then they will receive the lowest placement level in our adjudicated scoring system.

Each regional location will give out special distinction awards recognizing outstanding performance, choreography, and dedication.

All NYLA rewards will be awarded to the teacher or studio director only.

All groups competing will receive 1 group plaque and others receive N.Y.L.A. Ribbons.

All entries received after the 35 day deadline must be accompanied by a certified check or money order. No exceptions.

DISCLAIMER
Contestants and teachers by virtue of entering a N.Y.L.A. Dance Convention & Competition Event give their permission and consent to the directors of N.Y.L.A.Dance to use their images or photographs to appear on videos, television, or any other media for advertising, news coverage or any other commercial use of our events. Further more, I understand and recognize the risks of physical injury inherent in dance and dance performances such as, but not limited to, sprains, pulled muscles and broken bones. I am willing to assume those risks. I agree that I will not hold N.Y.L.A. Dance Conventions & Competitions, its director Skip Costa, agents and employees, nor the facility liable for damages, illnesses, or injuries sustained or contracted by me or my children or students while in attendance and/or participating in any activity connected with a N.Y.L.A. Dance Conventions & Competition. N.Y.L.A Dance will not tolerate rude or disruptive behavior from its participants. This is enforced during the entire convention/competition facility which includes classroom, dressing room, ballrooms, auditoriums, on/off stage, hallways, and lobbies just to name a few. I agree to accept the Judges Decision as final for this competition number. Should the judges move this number from one category to another, I understand that there will be no penalties nor deductions.

AWARDS: Everyone receives an award for entering.
NYLA DANCE SOLOIST TITLE
NYLA DANCE TRIPLE THREAT SOLOIST TITLE
MISS OR MR NYLA DANCE TITLE
IMAGE CONSULTING TITLE
PHOTOGENIC TITLE
STEVE BIELECKI EMOTIONAL PERFORMANCE AWARD (Soloist nominated for Nationals TITLE)
JUDGE’S AWARDS
$25 in NYLA Rewards overall high score soloist

*Each Division must have at least 5 entries in order to be awarded Rewards.

***BOTH Competitive & Recreational SOLOIST will receive an OHS Trophy and be included in a special dance at Nationals!!!

***ALL MISS NYLA, MR NYLA, & T3 TITLE AWARDS will receive their special title sash, and a tiara (female) or a trophy (male). No cash awards for titles.

SPECIAL NATIONAL AWARD NOMINATIONS
Dance Hero of the Year – A special award given to honor an amazing student, teacher, guest artist, or dance lover for the amazing love, hard work, & sacrifices that go into making dance possible for everyone. This award also Includes a specially designed plaque. Please nominate your Dance HERO of the YEAR by bringing a personal letter to your REGIONALS and telling us why you believe that your HERO should be recognized. That’s all it takes to make someone feel very special. Final decisions will be made by N.Y.L.A. Dance Director SKIP COSTA at NATIONALS. Also, Rita Hewitt Award for Inspired Choreography & Steve Bielecki Emotional Performance Award Nominees
(SEE MISSION STATEMENT FOR THESE AWARD DESCRIPTIONS).

CERTIFICATES OF DISTINCTION
Certificates of distinction from our JUDGES will be awarded at both Regional & National levels.

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