Rules, terms and conditions


  1.  Age of competitors is taken as on 1st January 2020. 
  2. Novice Classes are for performers who have never placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at any affiliated federation festival in a dance of that style.
  3.  Pointe work is not permitted under 13 years.
  4. All dances should be original and not part of the RAD or ISTD syllabuses.
  5. Fixed taps (single sound) only may be used for tap dancing.
  6.  Music must be uploaded before the deadline.  CDs will not be accepted on the day.  
  7. Recorded accompaniment for Song & Dance classes must not contain a vocal accompaniment.
  8. The dance performed cannot be entered in any other class and is not eligible for All England competitions.
  9. Choreography Classes. The name and the qualifying age to be entered is that of the choreographer. The performer can be of any age.  The choreographer must not be a dance teacher.  The choreographer should be present for adjudication. 
  10. Re-dances are allowed.
  11. The use of recorded music. The Festival is affiliated to the British Federation of Festivals and participates in its Group Licence covering payment of fees for the use of recorded music. Teachers using audio created from commercial recordings are advised that they should themselves seek permission to re-record from the record companies concerned.
  12. All photography, filming, video or tape-recording is strictly prohibited during any performance.
  13. Programme Times are approximate and competitors must be prepared to perform (at the adjudicator’s discretion) up to 30 minutes earlier.
  14. Classes with a large number of entries. The Dance Secretary reserves the right to divide such classes.
  15. Parents are not permitted to remain sidestage during classes, with the exception of classes for performers under 6 years old. 
  16. Parents, Guardians or Dance Teachers are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all performers at all times in the building except for the stage area.
  17. Costumes and make up are allowed, and encouraged, however they are not compulsory.  Please ensure that they are age appropriate for the performer.
  18. Audience members will not be allowed in to the auditorium once a performance has started and will be asked to wait until the next performance before being admitted.
  19. The Festival cannot accept any responsibility for property left at the venue during the Festival. Any lost property can be collected from the venue.
  20. MODIFICATION OF RULES The Committee reserves the right to qualify or determine any of the rules; to change or supplement the Adjudicators, and to modify any provisional timetable issued, should the need arise.