TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms & Conditions:

Rules, regulations and guidelines: DanceLife Unite takes pride in being a fair and professional competition. Please read all rules, regulations and guidelines carefully, making sure that you and /or everyone in your dance studio/group, including parents, understand and accept them. Failure to adhere to these rules and regulations may result in disqualification.

General Entry Conditions – all DanceLife Unite Events

  1. DanceLife Unite is a member of the Australian National Dance Competition Alliance (ANDCA). All competitors understand and agree to the ANDCA National codes of conduct.
  2. The Directors of DanceLife Unite reserve the right to determine appropriate action and procedures where necessary if not covered in written Terms, Conditions or advertised information.
  3. All participants grant permission for DanceLife Unite, to use their images/video snippets to promote the event.
  4. All entries must be completed ONLINE at dancelifeunite.com.au and paid in full via PayPal or credit card.
  5. By entering our competition/s you confirm all Terms, Conditions and other provided Information has been read and accepted.
  6. Entry fees are non-refundable; entries are transferable to another section only if received before the close of entry date.
  7. A current ‘Working with Children Check’ or equivalent must be supplied with all troupe entries by the dance director.
  8. Sportsman-like behaviour is expected at all times. DanceLife Unite promotes ethical, positive and respectful industry practices. Therefore, at our events, the following will not be tolerated: poaching, plagiarism (copying of choreography/concept/costuming etc), intimidation or any other unsportsmanlike or derogatory comments or behaviour. Judges, staff, directors and other studio personnel are to be respected at all times. Please also see ANDCA ruling for National anti-bullying policy.
  9. Social media positive promotion of our events is welcomed however DanceLife Unite will not tolerate social media ‘slurring’ of any kind. Please also see ANDCA ruling for National Social Media code of conduct.
  10. Junior or assistant teaching staff may perform in Open Age Troupe sections up until the age of 25yrs. Studio Directors, senior teaching staff, pro-dancers & choreographers (whose main income is drawn from teaching, choreographing or performing) are not eligible to compete in Open Age Troupes, – these troupes must be entered in the new ‘PRO-AM SERIES’ section. PRO-AM SERIES is for troupes that have any of the following: senior teachers aged 25yrs or over as at 1st January of the current year, studio directors, choreographers, other dance professionals included in the troupe.
  11. DanceLife Unite reserves the right to add or delete competition days or move competition location, due to unforeseen circumstances and entries will not be refunded if DanceLife Unite extends dates.
  12. The Judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Any person approaching a judge during the course of competition will render their school disqualified – this includes any online approach prior to the event or during the event.
  13. DanceLife Unite reserves the right to cancel or combine any section where less than six entries are received. The Director may place the competitor in the next higher age group section, combine with closest genre, or refund entry fee. Updated for 2018: At Nationals, in the split Junior & Teen age groups of 9yrs, 11yrs, 13yrs & 15yrs for solos, entries will be combined into 10yrs, 12yrs, 14yrs & 16yrs respectively if less than 10 entries are received for the split age categories.
  14. If a Judge is unable to perform his or her duties, DanceLife Unite reserves the right to appoint a substitute without notice.
  15. All entries are taken on first come basis; we also reserve the right to refuse any entry at the Director’s discretion.
  16. All troupe entries must be submitted together to avoid any confusion.
  17. Correct category entry is essential – a $25.00 fee for each change will automatically apply.
  18. Incorrect acts in a category may result in a 5-point deduction at judges’ discretion.
  19. Updated for 2018: All acts must be done with absolute safety and with age appropriateness and family audience viewing in mind. Acts deemed as unsafe or inappropriate will risk a 5-point deduction at judges’ discretion.
  20. DanceLife Unite reserves the right to reduce an advertised prize pool where minimum entries have not been met.

General Entry Conditions applicable to Live Events

  1. Entrants perform at their own risk. Entrants agree they are of good health and fitness and physically able to participate.
  2. A schedule will be emailed to each participating studio 4 weeks prior to the event, listing section times and events.
  3. Programs will either be posted prior to the event or available at the event. You are requested to order a program with your entries; limited copies will be on sale at the event. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of your performance schedule and times.
  4. No teachers, parents or other persons are allowed to be or coach from side stage (except for 4/U, 6/U & 8/U sections where 2 helpers are allowed).  Side stage areas must remain clear until staff have directed entry or exit.
  5. DanceLife Unite and the competition venue are not responsible for any property loss or injury to any persons attending the event and lost property will be left at the venue for your collection.

 Age Groups

  1. Age of competitors will be taken from 1st January of the current year.
  2. Age limits are NOT based on the average age of a troupe. Troupe age is based on the oldest troupe member’s age as at 1st January.
  3. Updated for 2018: Solo, Duo/Trio dancers must bring Proof of Age to Nationals and Troupe’s oldest member must also provide Proof of Age at Nationals where random checks will occur.
  4. Pointe work may only be performed in sections from 12 years.
  5. Updated for 2018: We reserve the right to confirm age rules have been complied with to ensure fairness to all competitors in the spirit of ethical competition.

 Time Limits – all Events

  1. Updated for 2018: Groups of 4/U have a time limit of 3 minutes. Groups of 6/U and 8/U have a time limit of 4 minutes.

Groups of 10/U, 12/U, 14/U, 16/U and Open Age have a time limit of 5 minutes.

  1. Updated for 2018: Primary school dance groups have a 4 minute time limit. High school dance groups have a 5 minute time limit.
  2. Solos, Duo/Trios: 6/U and 8/U have a time limit of 2.5 mins; 10/U, 12/U, 14/U and 16/U and 17-25years have a time limit of 3 mins.
  3. A 5-point deduction applies to acts that run overtime.
  4. No correspondence will be entered into for any act that has points deducted for overtime or for any other reason. Please check music and routine length from first to last movement.

Performances at Live Events

  1. House curtains are not drawn between items and stage lights are not dimmed. Please rehearse stage entrances and exits accordingly.
  2. There is limited crossover backstage at selected venues. For safety, choreography should limit or omit backstage crossovers.
  3. 5 Points will be deducted if competitors do not perform in scheduled sequence except where DanceLife Unite management deem it necessary in advance for well-being of performers. If you have any scheduling queries please contact us six weeks prior to event.
  4. You must be ready to perform at least 3 acts before yours, unless you have permission from Directors prior to day of competition.
  5. Competitors are responsible for preparing and removing all props in a timely manner. A 30 second time limit applies. Prop assistants must not wear any studio-identifying clothing when on stage. Please minimise use of large props wherever possible.
  6. Simple hand held props are allowed but no props that need assembly on site including scenery are permitted without prior written approval from a DanceLife Staff Member. A 5 point deduction applies for overtime set-ups or dismantling of large props.
  7. Any discrepancy in score sheets must be brought to the attention of DanceLife Unite Staff on the day of competition. No protest will be accepted after this. Only Studio Directors or one authorised representative will be permitted to approach our Staff with a problem relating to a troupe or individual in their care. For soloists a parent may approach in the absence of the Studio Director.
  8. Any dispute must be accompanied with a $50 non-refundable fee regardless of the outcome.

 Performances – Online Heats

  1. Soloists may enter as many categories within their age group as desired but only once per genre category per heat.
  2. Duo & Trio competitors may enter more than once in relevant age category for Heats but must choose their best (i.e. ONE) act for Nationals to compete with.

 Submitting Your Music at Live Events (including Nationals)

*Please note we are currently upgrading our entry system to trial the upload of audio tracks digitally however until this system is successfully underway we will continue to use the original system of CD playback at events. You will be notified once the new audio upload system is available.

  1. Music must be submitted on CD. All CD’s must be of good quality, clearly labelled (dance studio name, section, competitor number, start ‘on’ or ‘off’ stage). Only one track of music per CD. No other media accepted due to the length of time it takes to switch from one media source to another. Tracks should be recorded as AUDIO CD – NOT iTunes or Data files as these do not play in all theatre sound systems. Updated for 2018: You are requested to bring a back-up copy of your edited music on an Ipod or USB in the event that your CD does not play correctly. We endeavour to ensure all dancers have equal opportunity so PLEASE CHECK your CD’s in multiple players prior to competition day to ensure your dancers have a fair and equitable opportunity to perform at their best.
  2. You are requested to submit a back-up CD with your original on the day of your event.
  3. Music is to be submitted a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the competition SESSION starting time (not your section) by handing your CD’s to the Registration Desk and supplying all relevant details. A 5 point deduction applies to late submission of music unless prior authority has been granted by the Directors.

 Dressing Rooms at Live Events

  1. Dressing Room facilities are limited. Entrants are therefore requested to come as pre-prepared as possible, with make-up done.
  2. All ‘chaperones’ in dressing rooms responsible for children other than their own must hold a current Working With Children Check or their state equivalent. Updated for 2018: In Dressing areas, chaperones must be mindful of dancers’ privacy and vacate if/when deemed necessary or requested by staff, especially when such spaces are shared between more than one studio.
  3. Dressing rooms are for dressing only. No parents, extra teachers or additional students are allowed to congregate, as there is simply not enough room to socialise. Please dress and exit quickly to allow others to use dressing space.
  4. No food or drink other than water allowed in dressing rooms.
  5. Any studio or student that abuses dressing rooms will be disqualified.
  6. A cleaning fee of $200 minimum will be charged to any studio leaving dressing rooms/areas untidy.

Awards at Regional Live Events

  1. At Regional competitions, Troupes win Cash and Prizes rather than trophies.
  2. Major Awards are presented at the end of Event for Choreography, Entertainment, Technique, Highest Point-Score and more.
  3. The total prize pool for each Regional is between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of Cash and Prizes depending upon the level of entries.
  4. Written reports can be collected after each session from Registration. Reports can only be collected by the studio director/teacher or authorised delegate. We do not post out awards or score sheets after the event.
  5. Updated for 2018: Wherever possible, Cash Prizes are delivered in CASH at the Event at Award Ceremonies. On rare occasions we may seek banking details to deposit prizes if Cash is not available for prize delivery at the event.
  6. Ribbons are supplied to all placing junior troupe members only (6/U – 12/U) for Live Regionals and Online Events. Ribbons can be purchased if required for troupes of older age groups either at the event or post-event.

Online Solo, Duo/Trio & ModelStudio Director/Parent Guarantees

  1. Studio Directors and/or Parents entering their solo students/child fully accept the process of our Online Competition.
  2. Any competitor found to falsify any detail will be disqualified from the Online competition and from entering our National Finals.

 Online Troupe, Crew & School Group – Studio Director/Coordinator’s Guarantees

  1. Studio Directors and Dance Coordinators entering troupes fully accept the process of our Online Competition.
  2. Any studio found to falsify any detail will be disqualified from the Online competition and from entering our National Finals.

 Online Heats – Score Sheets, Awards & Prizes

  1. Each competitor receives an Adjudication report by mail from the relevant judge/s of their section/s.
  2. Sponsored gift vouchers are awarded for 1st Place. Ribbons and/or dog tags are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & Highly Commended.
  3. Graded certificates – either ‘Celebrity’ or ‘Rising Star’ – are mailed with reports to the address indicated on the PayPal entry form.

 Online Heats – Submitting Video & Photographic Entries

  1. All Video entries for dancers must be of good quality and filmed in either a concert or competition setting on stage with white light to be eligible for prizes. Items with theatrical lighting or special EFX including multiple edits will be adjudicated for potential qualification only i.e. not a mark or potential prizes.
  2. Pre-recorded student vocals are permitted on the backing track for items entered as ‘Musical Theatre’.
  3. Pre-recorded tap sounds will not be permitted in Tap Dance categories
  4. All entries must be loaded to a YouTube channel and the link correctly copied to your entry. The YouTube upload should be set to ‘Unlisted’ and must remain active until the end of the National Competition.
  5. All Video recordings must be taken within the 12 months prior to the relevant Heat start date.
  6. ‘Face of Capezio’ competition entrants please provide ONE headshot and ONE full-length shot in JPG format of the entrant (no larger than 500KB each). Entries will not be accepted where more photos have been provided than required. No over edits please!
  7. All entrants into the Model competition must be dancer and provide information regarding training.
  8. Model entrants must NOT be contracted to any other brand past the date of potential contract for the 2018 National Title winners. The 2018 winners will be contracted from January 2019 to January 2020 to Capezio & DanceLife Unite. Any current contract that a competitor may have must be concluded prior to the commencement of the DanceLife Unite ‘Face of Capezio’ contract.

To Qualify for Nationals

  1. All acts scoring 80 points or above from either Live or Online Events are eligible to compete at DanceLife Unite National Finals.
  2. For every 5 qualified troupes, a studio, crew or school may enter one additional un-qualified troupe routine.
  3. A studio may change the genre & age group of any qualified routine from Regionals to Nationals.
  4. Model entrants must disclose any current contracts to other brands or companies including the contract completion date.
  5. Any person or group entering Nationals who is found to have not qualified correctly, will forfeit entry fees and be disqualified

 Performances at Nationals

  1. Qualified dance studios and groups can enter a maximum of TWO GROUPS PER SECTION at Nationals.
  2. Qualified Duos/Trios and Model contestants can enter ONE CATEGORY at Nationals.
  3. Qualified Soloists can enter as many different genres within their age group as desired at Nationals however these items MUST ALL HAVE QUALIFIED through our Heats. Routines can be different from those qualified to allow for updated choreography.
  4. Places are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in all categories.
  5. All competitors MUST wear a well fitted wristband on their right wrist at Nationals. Loose wrist-bands will be replaced by our staff.
  6. Entrants first compete in the DanceLife Unite National Finals. Updated for 2018: Those wishing to compete for Major Prizes must compete in 3x Final sections at Nationals and the new ‘DanceLife Unite National Protege Titles’. Highest point-scorers then compete in our National GRAND FINAL.
  7. You must be ready to perform at least 3 acts before yours, unless you have permission from the Directors prior to competition.
  8. Students are advised not to sit in the audience preceding their event and to stay with their studio group so our staff can locate.
  9. 5 Points will be deducted if groups do not perform in scheduled sequence except at the Director’s discretion. If you have any scheduling queries please contact us 6 weeks prior to event.
  10. All routines and costumes must be appropriate for family viewing. 5 Points will be deducted if inappropriate at judges’ discretion.
  11. Competitors are responsible for preparing and removing all props in a timely manner. A 30 second time limit applies. Prop assistants must not wear any studio-identifying clothing. A 5 point deduction applies for overtime set-ups or dismantling of large props.
  12. Simple hand held props are allowed but no props that need assembly on site including scenery are permitted without prior written approval from a DanceLife Staff Member.
  13. House curtains are not drawn between items and stage lights are not dimmed. Please rehearse stage entrances and exits accordingly.
  14. There is limited crossover backstage. In the interests of safety, choreography should limit or omit backstage crossovers.
  15. Any discrepancy in score sheets must be brought to the attention of a DanceLife Unite Staff member on that day of competition. No protest will be accepted after this. Only Studio Directors or one authorised representative will be permitted to approach DLU Staff with problems relating to a troupe or individual in their care. For soloists a parent may approach in the absence of the Studio Director.
  16. Any dispute must be accompanied with a $50 non-refundable fee regardless of the outcome.
  17. All participants grant permission to DanceLife Unite, to use their photographs/video snippets* or to appear on/in local and/or national media to promote the event. (*Note: snippets are small grabs of video for promotion only.)

Nationals – Score sheets, Awards & Prizes

  1. Major Cash, Travel Vouchers, Mentoring, Workshop Programs, Contracts, Dancewear, International Tuition, Gift Vouchers, Trophies, and much more is awarded at Nationals.
  2. Written reports for all competitors can be collected after each session from the Registration area. Reports can only be collected by the studio director/teacher for troupes. A competitor’s parent or supervisor must collect for Solo, Duo/Trio performers. We do not post out awards or score sheets after the event.
  3. DanceLife Unite unique dog tags will be awarded to each troupe member – of all age groups – for placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd and ribbons for 4th or Highly Commended at Nationals.
  4. Winners of cash prizes will be awarded cash or cheques at Award Ceremonies at the event.
  5. If a soloist wins the National Grand Final they will be invited to perform as a Guest Artist in the following year’s Grand Final in the ‘DANCE OF CHAMPS’ segment. National Title winners are able to compete in the Finals of the following year’s Nationals however may only compete in the Grand Final if their age puts them into the higher age group than the category that was won the year previously. E.g. a competitor may win the ‘Junior (9-12yrs)’ category this year so they are not eligible to compete in Grand Final in Junior the following year, HOWEVER if their age puts them into the ‘Teen (13-16yrs)’ category the following year, they may compete at both Finals & Grand Final.

 Dressing Rooms at Nationals *Please also see ANDCA guidelines on Dressing Stages 1 & 2.           

  1. Dressing Room facilities are adequate and will be allocated by DanceLife Unite staff based on total number of performers listed on your entry. Entrants are requested to come as pre-prepared as possible, with make-up completed as for Regional Live Events.
  2. All ‘chaperones’ in dressing rooms responsible for children other than their own must hold a current Working With Children Check or their state equivalent.
  3. Dressing rooms are for dressing only. No teachers, parents or additional students are to congregate in these areas. Please dress and exit quickly to allow others to use dressing space.
  4. Dressing rooms are NOT to be used as holding areas for bags or costumes at times when performers are not currently competing.
  5. No food or drink other than water allowed in dressing rooms.
  6. Any studio or student that abuses dressing rooms will be disqualified.
  7. A cleaning fee of $200 minimum will be charged to any studio leaving dressing rooms/areas untidy.

ANDCA Codes of Conduct:

The Australian National Dance Competition Alliance – ANDCA – has been formed to unify National Codes of Conduct for the safety, wellbeing and protection of participants and the promotion of positive ethics within our Australian competition industry.

 ANDCA consists of the following Australian National Dance Competitions:

  • DanceLife Unite
  • Peter Oxford’s Showcase & Hollywood Bound
  • Get The Beat
  • Follow Your Dreams

 The following Codes of Conduct are applicable to all ANDCA competitions. Participants in any of the above competitions are bound by ANDCA Codes of Conduct in addition to each competition’s own Terms & Conditions. Failure to observe ANDCA Codes of Conduct may result in disqualification and/or future ban from any or all ANDCA competitions.

 Dressing Room Codes

  • Stage 1 will be a common area where NO costume changing or undressing will take place.
  • Stage 2 will be a partitioned or closed off area where ALL undressing and costume changing will take place.
  • At no point are any photos or video to be taken inside a change room.

Anti-bullying Code:            

  • We are firmly Bully Free and reward acts of kindness at our events. Please be considerate around others and support ALL competitors and Studios for the duration of the event. Any evidence of bullying from anyone at the event will be dealt with accordingly and may result in instant disqualification.

Social Media Code:

  • Positive social media promotion is welcomed using official tags and relevant links. However posts on any social media forum that are considered to be damaging in any way by Directors toward any person involved in our events will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification and/or a permanent ban from future competition among all ANDCA competitions. This includes posts prior, during or post event/s which may in any way: 1) intimidate, bully, harass or discourage another person from participating in our events; 2) which may damage valuable sponsorship arrangements; or, 3) which may cast doubt upon the integrity, professionalism and/or reputation of this competition and it’s Director/s.

Remember Social Media can be fun but must be used in a responsible way!

DanceLife Australia and DanceLife Unite are dedicated to creating positive, inspiring opportunities in a supportive environment for ALL DANCERS, EVERYWHERE!”

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