Rules, Definitions & Judging Criteria ~ 2017


DEFINITIONS

Professional Showcase Divisions
One or both dancers have been paid to teach or to perform dance. A couple is defined as one male and one female dancer.

Professional Just Dance Heated Divisions
One or both dancers have been paid to teach or to perform dance. A couple is defined as one male and one female dancer.

Amateur Showcase Divisions
Neither dancer has been paid to teach or to perform. A couple is defined as one male and one female dancer.

Pro-Am Showcase Division
One dancer has been paid to teach or to perform, the other dancer is an amateur or student. A couple is defined as one male and one female dancer.

Pro-Am Heated Divisions
One dancer has been paid to teach or to perform, the other dancer is an amateur or student. A couple is defined as one lead and one follow (ie. a female instructor can lead a female student).   

Am-Am Heated Divisions
Neither dancer has been paid to teach or to perform. A couple is defined as one lead and one follow.

Team Showcase Divisions
Dancers can be professional, semi-pro, or amateur or a combination of the three. A team must consist of a minimum of 4 dancers.  No maximum number of dancers.

Same Gender Shines Showcase Division
Must be 2 to 6 dancers. Dancers can be professional, semi-pro, or amateur or a combination of the three. 

Pro-Am Over 40 Division and Over 50 Division
Amateur partner must be 40 years of age or older (or 50 years of age or older in the Over 50 Division). One dancer has been paid to teach or to perform, the other dancer is an amateur or student. A couple is defined as one lead and one follow (ie. a female instructor can lead a female student).  

Am-Am Over 40 Heated Divisions
Defined as an amateur couple whose partners are BOTH at least 40 years of age. Neither dancer has been paid to teach or to perform. A couple is defined as one lead and one follow.

Am-Am Over 50 Heated Divisions
Defined as an amateur couple whose partners are BOTH at least 50 years of age. Neither dancer has been paid to teach or to perform. A couple is defined as one lead and one follow.

Role Neutral Heated Divisions
Am-Am Role Neutral Salsa Heat - can be a male leading a male, a female leading a female or a female leading a male.

Salsa
All styles of Salsa are accepted. Couples can choose to dance either On-1 or On-2 but must maintain consistent to that timing for the duration of the routine or heat. Recognized timing for this competition is 1-2-3/5-6-7.  Pro-Am & Am-Am Heated Divisions will have separate categories for Salsa on 1 and for Salsa on 2.

 

CANCELLATIONS

If there are fewer than 3 entries in any division, the CSBC reserves the right to cancel or combine that division. If a division is cancelled, the entry fee will be refunded. If a division is combined, entry fee will apply to the combined division.

 

COSTUMES

Competitors are encouraged to wear costumes or matching outfits. We strongly suggest that jeans not be used as costumes. One person from each couple will be asked to wear a fabric number sign pinned to their back. In any Professional or Amateur Division, the male will wear the number sign. In any Pro-Am Division, the Amateur will wear the number sign. In showcase divisions, costumes will be judged as part of Presentation.

 

PROPS

No props are allowed in any division. A prop is defined as any item that is not part of their regular costume worn by the dancers, and that is not attached to the dancer or their costume for the full duration of their routine.

 

DISPUTES

The head judge will have final say on all discrepancies. All questions and/or disputes should be brought to the attention of the head judge that evening.

 


SHOWCASE DIVISIONS

These competitions will be a “one-shot” deal, meaning that in the Professional, Amateur and Pro-Am Showcase Divisions, each couple will present a maximum 2:30 minute choreographed routine using their choice of music. The panel of judges will judge each couple. Top 3 in each division will receive prizes.   

OFFICIAL QUALIFIERS & TITLES:

  • The 1st place winners in the Professional Salsa Showcase Division and 1st place winners in the Professional Bachata Showcase Division will represent the Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress at the Global Salsa Championships in Miami January 2018.  
  • Top scoring Canadian couple in the Professional Salsa Showcase Division will win the title of Canadian Salsa Champions.
  • Top scoring Canadian couple in the Professional Bachata Showcase Division will win the title of Canadian Bachata Champions.  
  • Top scoring Canadian couple in the Amateur Salsa Showcase Division will win the title of Canadian Amateur Salsa Champions.
  • Top scoring Canadian couple in the Amateur Bachata Showcase Division will win the title of Canadian Amateur Bachata Champions.

A Canadian couple is defined as two dancers that both live in Canada and have lived in Canada for a minimum of 5 years. Please note these divisions are open to all competitors - local, national and international.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.  The top scoring Canadian couple will win the title of Canadian Salsa or Bachata Champions regardless of where they placed amongst the international group of competitors.

Rules

Length of Routine:
Professional Divisions & Amateur Divisions - Must be 2:30 minutes or less, including entrance and exit.
Pro-Am Divisions: Must be 2:30 minutes or less, including entrance and exit.

Team Showcase Divisions: Must be between 1:45 minutes and 3.5 minutes.

Warmup: All of the couples in one showcase division will dance together to a warm-up song chosen by the DJ (not to exceed 1:00 minute).  If there are more than 6 couples in a showcase division, then first 6 couples will warmup and then second batch of 6 couples will warm up.  The warm up round is not judged.  There will be no warm-up round for the Team divisions.

Music: A maximum of 3 songs can be mixed into your routine. Bring 2 USB's with their pre-recorded music (ie. in case one USB does not work). One track on each USB only. Song must be edited to end where you chose (it is not the DJ’s responsibility to fade out or cut music at specific mark). The DJ will not slow down or speed up your track. Each USB must be identified with your name, competitor number and the division that you are competing in.

Order: Order of competitors in each showcase division will be determined the night of the competition by lotto.    If you are not present, the stage manager will choose for you.  However, if you are not backstage and checked in at least 1 hour before the competition, you will be disqualified; the entry fee will not be refunded.

Professional Salsa Showcase Division: Rhythm must be maintained consistently throughout the performance. Dips and drops are allowed.  For these skills, at least 1 foot must remain on the floor at all times. No lifts allowed (in accordance with Global Salsa Championship rules; see definitions below). Shines are permitted although not more than 30% of the performance may consist of shines or side by sides. Routine must consist of at least 95% recognizable salsa dancing.

Professional Bachata Showcase & Hustle Showcase Divisions: Rhythm must be maintained consistently throughout the performance. Dips, drops & lifts allowed Shines are permitted although not more than 30% of the performance may consist of shines or side by sides.

Amateur Salsa, Bachata & Hustle Showcase Division & Team Salsa & Team Bachata Division: Rhythm must be maintained consistently throughout the performance. Dips, drops and lifts are allowed.  Shines are permitted although not more than 30% of the performance may consist of shines or side by sides. Routine must consist of at least 95% recognizable Salsa, Bachata or Hustle dancing.

Pro-Am Salsa & Pro-Am Bachata Showcase Division: Rhythm must be maintained consistently throughout the performance. Dips, drops and lifts are allowed.  Shines are permitted although not more than 30% of the performance may consist of shines or side by sides. Routine must consist of at least 95% recognizable salsa or bachata dancing.

Lifts: A lift is defined as any movement during which one of the dancers has both feet off the floor at the same time with the assistance or support of their partner. Whether the feet are 2 inches off the floor or 10 feet off the floor, this type of assisted movement will still be considered a lift or trick. In the Professional Salsa Showcase Division, no move in which both feet leave the ground at the same time with the assistance or support of their partner will be permitted.  If both feet of either dancer leave the ground, points will be deducted.  If any part of the body of either dancer is lifted above the partners’ shoulders, the couple will be disqualified with no refund.


Judging Criteria (all showcase divisions):

20% TIMING The majority of the routine should show recognizable Timing in that dance genre (ie. Salsa, Bachata, Hustle*)

15% MUSICALITY Couples will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including patterns, footwork, “hits”, tricks, etc.

15% GENERAL DANCE TECHNIQUE & DANCE SPECIFIC TECHNIQUE Dance technique is reflected through balance, placement and line. This refers also to general technique for partner dance, where the movement is “grounded”, and there is clarity of proper weight changes from foot to foot. Movement should appear to be both clear and effortless.  Dance specific technique is sometimes referred to as "latin motion" or "sabor"

15% DIFFICULTY Reflected by difficulty of patterns, turns, intricacy of shine movements, and level of tricks, dips, drops and flares. Examples: The amount of turns done on both double and single foot. How intricate were the shines? Were moves properly executed? How about jumps, kicks, extensions? Any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? In order to get credit for any of these things, the movement must be successfully executed.

15% PARTNERING/CONNECTION This is reflected in the lead/follow aspect of the dance. Are partners truly connected, or are they merely executing choreography while holding hands? Synchronicity during side by sides or shines will also help determine the score in this category.

10% CHOREOGRAPHY The couple’s interpretation of the music. Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. All choreography should be musical, and couples should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here.

10% OVERALL PRESENTATION/SHOWMANSHIP Overall Presentation score includes costuming, showmanship, and also good sportsmanship.

* Recognized Salsa Timing is designated for this competition as 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Competitors can choose to break ON 1 or ON 2, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine. The direction of the break step can be either to the front or the back, as long as the timing of the break is consistently maintained (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). The majority of the routine should show recognizable Salsa Timing.


HEATED DIVISIONS

A heated division is a lead/follow division, rather than a choreographed routine.  Several couples dance on the floor at the same time.    Contestants may dance up to two levels (their own level, plus one level up).   No entrances or exits, lifts or tricks. A panel of judges will assign a score to each couple.


Rules:

Rhythm of dance must be maintained consistently throughout the performance.

No dips, lifts or tricks allowed.

Shines are permitted although not more than 20% of the performance may consist of shines or side by sides.

Must be recognizable Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, Merengue, Hustle or West Coast Swing dancing according to the division.

Callbacks: If there are fewer than 10 entries in a division, there will be no callbacks (ie couples dance just one time).  If there are 11-20 entries in a division, then between 6 and 10 couples will be called back to dance one more time to determine final placing.  If there are more than 20 entries in a division, then competitors could be called back once or twice to determine final placing. This is up to the discretion of the head judge and the competition managers.

Music: In the Pro-Am and Am-Am Heated Divisions, the competitors will dance to music selected by the DJ.  One song will be played in each heat for 1:20-1:30 minutes. For novice divisions, music will be a bit slower and easier to hear the beats.  Music will be mid-tempo for Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels and fast music will be played for Advanced divisions.

In the Professional Just Salsa, Just Hustle, Just Cha Cha and Just Bachata heated divisions, 2 songs will be played, each for 1:30 seconds with a short pause in between the two songs.  

Lifts: A lift is defined as any movement during which one of the dancers has both feet off the floor at the same time with the assistance or support of their partner. Whether the feet are 2 inches off the floor or 10 feet off the floor, this type of assisted movement will still be considered a lift or trick. In all heated divisions, no move in which both feet leave the ground at the same time with the assistance or support of their partner will be permitted.  If both feet of either dancer leave the ground, points will be deducted.  If any part of the body of either dancer is lifted above the partners’ shoulders, the couple will be disqualified with no refund.


Novice Level
This Novice level supports good basic dancing and is designed for the beginner dancer/competitor. This level is comprised of basic foundation elements. Must maintain connection at all times (ie. no shines), no traveling across the room Single and 1 ½ left turns allowed (ie Cross Body Lead) No double turns or multiple spins allowed. No consecutive 1 1/2 turns.
Suggested Patterns*: Salsa: Single underarm turns, traveling 1 ½ turns (ie. cross body leads), in and out, cross body lead to check position Hustle: Cross Body Lead, Wheel, Hesitations, Underarm Turn Combination, New York Walk, Las Vegas, Grapevine, Shadow with Comb, Sliding Door, Cross Body Lead with Underarm Turn, Leader’s Behind the Back Pass, Open Breaks; Any pattern in the IHDA Bronze Manual. Bachata: Single turns right and left, traveling sideways and forward and back, sweetheart, etc.

*Patterns are suggestions only. You may use any pattern of your own as long as the guidelines are maintained.
Guideline: will usually be students who have been dancing for less than a year and/or have never competed in a heated competition before.

Pre-Intermediate Level
The Pre-Intermediate level is for those dancers who are advanced beginners or taking Intermediate level classes and newer to competition.  This level shows more rhythmic diversity and dancers can add more elements than tjust the basic foundations.   Single and 1 1/2 turns allowed.  Can include consecutive 1 1/2 turns (ie cross body lead). No multiple spins.  No free spins allowed.
Suggested Patterns:  Salsa: single or consecutive 1 1/2 turns (ie cross body leads), traveling turns, wrap turns, Around the World (natural top), Bridge, cross body lead to check position, waiter turn, etc.
Guideline: will usually be students who have been dancing for at least a year and may or may not have competed before.  

Intermediate Level
This level adds free spins, double turns, traveling in a straight line and everything that most dancers at a nightclub are doing. This level is normal, good, social hustle or salsa or bachata.  The Intermediate level adds rhythmic diversity with syncopations and more body movement and styling. Intermediate level patterns allowed including double turns, syncopations and shines Multiple spins not allowed (ie more than a double).
Suggested Patterns: Salsa:  Cross body leads with 1 ½ turns, Coca Cola, Around the World (Natural Top), Double outside turns, Double spot turns Hustle:  Swivels, Diva Walks, Wrap Turn Variations, New York Walk with Release, Progressive Circular Basic, Double Outside Turns and Variations, T-Turns and Variations, Diamond Turns, Double Syncopated Elements, Double Illusion Turn. Bachata: Coming soon *Patterns are suggestions only. You may use any pattern of your own as long as the guidelines are maintained.
Guideline: will usually be students who have been dancing at least 1-2 years, may or may not have competed before

Advanced Level
The Advanced level is for the more serious competitor.  A dancer should be proficient in intermediate level material before advancing to the advanced level.  The advanced level goes beyond good social dancing and is designed for dancers with strong technical skills, timing, musical interpretation and partnering skills. Anything goes – partnerwork, multiple spins, traveling, shines, intricate hand changes in patterns, multiple touch and go spot turns, etc.  Must still be lead follow but styling and musicality can be incorporated. No dips, lifts or tricks allowed. 
Guideline: will usually be students who have been dancing at least 2 years or may have competed before or been on a student performance team or amateur team.