Updated July 2014
STREET DANCE INTERNATIONAL RULES FOR STREET DANCE COMPETITIONS & CHAMPIONSHIPS
Street dance International (SDI) are affiliate members of the BDC. The BDC recognise the SDI as the official governing body of Streetdance in the UK and have given the SDI the sole rights to grant all street dance championships throughout the UK.
These Rules are effective from 1st January 2014.
1. DANCERS may only dance in one grade category at any event.
2. AGE GROUPS.... Organisers are requested to use age ranges as below but are free to add or omit age ranges as they deem fit.
UNDER 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and over 18 years.
Over 16 OPEN events are open to amateurs and student professionals.
Over 18 OPEN events are open to amateurs and professionals. A professional dancer is someone who has a professional qualification and or has been paid for teaching. Professionals who have been judging competitions or have been employed giving workshops are deemed to have lost their amateur competition status.
3. GRADES FOR SOLOS & PAIRS.
In Solos and Pairs events no status is lost when there are 6 entries or less in an event.
a) BEGINNERS EVENTS
Dancers may dance in beginners events but upon achieving 3 first three places or winning a beginner event they will automatically move up to the INTERMEDIATE EVENTS section. Once having danced in a higher grade dancers are not entitled to enter beginners ever again.
b) INTERMEDIATE EVENTS
Open to all competitors that have only ever danced in beginners events and the following dancers: This grade is only open to dancers who have not made a final of an OPEN Street dance event i.e. at an SDI rules Street dance competition OPEN event. Dancers may remain competing in the CLOSED event section until they win a CLOSED event, or finish in first three on three occasions or alternatively make the final of an open competition, when they will automatically move up to OPEN events.
c) OPEN EVENTS
OPEN TO ALL COMPETITORS.. Any dancer making an Open final must remain in Open grade.
d) An Open dancer may move down to intermediate status upon moving up an age group, but this totally at the discretion of the teacher/trainer.
e) Open dancers may be required to perform a spotlight performance of 8 bars for SDI events.
f) Solo grades have no effect on pairs grade nor do pairs grades have an effect on solos.
4. GRADES & RULES FOR TEAMS & GROUPS
Group Grades Beginners, Intermediate & Open.
Team Grades Beginners, Intermediate and Open.
Promoter may combine beginner & intermediate teams please check your program prior to event.
a)A group may consist of any number of dancers from 4 to 8 and may dance for a maximum time of 90 seconds to their own music. Open groups dance 2 minutes to own music.
b) A team may consist of a minimum of 9 to 24 dancers and may dance up to two minutes. Open teams may dance a max 3 minutes.
c) Music will be stopped should a team or group dance overtime.
d)All groups and teams may dance to their own music.
e) Status is not lost in either Teams or Groups if there are less than three in an event.
f) Please note dancers can only dance with one team, group or pairs during the day. i.e someone can not dance in U16 closed group with 5 others then in an U16 open group with different members.
g) Teams & Groups May not use any props.
Music should not contain abusive or emotive words. For team & groups, music should be on CDR not CDRW this format will not play. If you have your music on Ipod or similar, you must check with the promoter that they have a system in place that can play said music format prior to event.
6. COSTUME RESTRICTIONS
a) All outfits must be age appropriate and in keeping with Street/Hip Hop Clothing style and personal names and team/group names are allowed on all costumes.
b) All dancers must wear suitable footwear to be securely fastened.
7. DANCE RESTRICTIONS
Street dance should be a mix of styles Hip Hop, Popping, Locking, Breaking and House etc and routines should not be dominated by any one of these styles.
Dancers are not restricted from performing any move or style but they must be aware that it is their own responsibility to ensure that they do not perform dangerous moves that could injure themselves or others.
Dance moves should be age appropriate and that moves should not be distasteful or crude.
Dancers are not allowed to run, skip or travel round the floor and any movements off the spot must be danced with a hip hop or street action.
Promoters have the right to bring in further safety restrictions.
a) No videoing and photography is allowed of any competitor whilst competing. Photography is permitted during the presentation of results.
b) Official photographers may apply for special permission from the promoter.
c) A nominated representative of each school is able to film their own team or group at the promoter’s discretion.
d) Any parent/spectator caught repeatedly filming an event may be asked to leave the venue.
9. COMPETITION ETIQUETTE.
a) Judges decision is final at any competition and no judge should be approached either by competitor or trainer for explanations.
b) At competitions only teachers and or school representatives are allowed on the stage area. No one must not approach compere there will be an SDI official available to answer questions.
c) SDI will not tolerate threatening or aggressive behavior from parents, competitors, spectators or trainers.
d) Dancers and parents should be aware that they should sit in their designated seating area and that they should not block the views of other schools. Banners are permitted but again must not restrict view of others.
e) Gangways should be kept clear at all times for safety reasons and to give free access to the floor for dancers.
f) Competitors, teachers & parents will always act in a dignified manner with good sportsman-like behavior. Must treat other competitors in a manner to which they wish to be treated themselves. Language should be appropriate at all times.
g) Competitors and their fans should refrain from loud noises such as compressed air horns, which can be distracting to the judges, audience and the competitors.
H) If creating a new group/team of new dancers, they are permitted to dance in beginners. However if 50% of these dancers usually compete in Intermediate or Open events, the group must be placed accordingly.
a) By becoming an SDI member, you are agreeing to adhere our rules & code of conduct.
b) The SDI committee has the authority and ability to add, change and remove rules on a temporary basis until the following AGM where the membership can vote if necessary.
c) Active coaching of dancers during performance is not encouraged and could lead to disqualification at the promoters discretion.
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