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Euroson Competition

Division’s Qualifications and Rules

LOCATION: Westin Hotel Memorial City – Azalea Ballroom
ADDRESS: 945 Gessner Road Houston TX 77024
DATE: Sunday – January 14, 2018
TIME: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

  1. Couples-Pro Salsa On 1/On 2 (Age Limit Not Applicable)
    A professional dancer is a person that can fulfill any of the following characteristics:

    •  This person is the director of a dancing company and has experience in national and
      international competitions as a professional.
    • Makes a profit from dancing as his/her profession, receives financial contribution for
      his/her work by teaching, performing and teaching.
    • They have a professional dancing career in salsa, bachata, kizomba, jazz, ballet, hip-hop or any other Latin dances.
  2. Couples Pro-Am Salsa (Age Limit Not Applicable)
    This division is formed by two dancers; one of them being the Professional dancer (as
    described above) and the other person the Amateur (as described below).
  3. Couples Amateur Salsa (Age Limit Not Applicable)
    An Amateur dancer is a person that can fulfill any of the following characteristics:

    1. A person who is a dance enthusiast, decides to perform solo, with a partner, and/or
      becomes part of dance company to improved his/her skills. This person does not teach
      and therefore does not benefit financially from any performances.
    2. A person who is part of a dance company and needs to exclusively belong to their
      Amateur category of such dance company.If this person has participated in national and international competitions in the couples or group division as professional or semi-pro, this person will not be allowed to compete under the Amateur division. This person must advise the organizer or otherwise they will be disqualified. Therefore, this person will not be able participate under this division. The organizer will open an investigation and can automatically disqualify the individual. ELWSC (Euroson Latino World Salsa Championship) will 100% prove that the participant has infringed with the rules described above before making a final decision.
  4. Soloist Male or Female Adults (Age Limit Not Applicable)
    A male or female dancer who has developed a salsa choreography showing footwork,
    musicality and technique in a clear and excellent manner.
  5. Couples Junior Salsa (Age Limit 12-17 years old)
    This division is formed by two dancers in the age range of 12 to 17 years old.

COUPLES:
The couples must present their choreography with a minimum time of 1.40 minutes and maximum time of 2.10 minutes (including introduction). The couple must meet a minimum of 80% of the musical genre that they will dance to. Couples are allowed to mix several songs during their presentation, but they must fall under the same genre. It is not allowed to mix genres that are not the category under which they are competing. Salsa songs that include the genre of Cha-cha-cha are permitted with a maximum 20 seconds in the routine. The dancers should keep the musical time that they have chosen from the beginning to the end of their performance.

SOLOISTS:
The soloist dancer must present their choreography with a minimum time of 1.10 minutes and maximum time of 1.30 minutes (including introduction). The soloist dancer must meet a minimum of 80% of the musical genre that they will dance. Soloist dancers are allowed to mix several songs during their presentation, but they must fall under the same genre. It is not allowed to mix genres that are not the category under which they are competing. Salsa songs that include the genre of Cha-cha-cha are permitted with a maximum 20 seconds in the routine. The dancer should keep the musical time that they have chosen from the beginning to the end of their performance.

*No Acrobatics, Carousel, or Lifts for Couples and Soloists*

There is a maximum of 5 tricks allowed where at least one foot must remain on the floor at all times while executing the trick. If competitors do not follow this rule a deduction of points will be given by the judges. The deduction will be equivalent to a 10% deduction of the total and final score. A trick is considered a step or movement that is executed with the help and support of your dancing partner.

POINTS TO BE CALCULATED
• Time = 25%. Couples or dancers may decide to dance on On1 or On2. The time chosen must be kept throughout the entire performance of their choreography.
• Musicality = 15%. The Dancers will demonstrate their skill, creativity and dexterity in the musical performance. They will do this by means of tricks and musical accents according to the synchronization of the chosen music.
• Technique = 15%. Technique is referring to the perfect execution of the movements throughout the choreography. Movements done clearly and without effort that allows the judges to see lines of the body perfectly defined with naturalness and balance when executing the routine.
• Difficulty = 15%. The movement needed and effort alone or together that is done in order to execute a move. For example: the degree and difficulty of a trick. To be evaluated successfully by the judges, these movements must be well executed.
• Connectivity = 10%. This portion is the complicity of the couple or dancer that reflects a uniform development and connection with the public throughout their performance.
• Choreography and Originality = 10%. Development, evolution of the dance, style, complexity, movements, synchronization of the dancers, originality, creativity, and usage of resources will be looked at.
• Scenic and general presence = 10%. The Dancer and or partner will be evaluated by their presentation overall. Aesthetics, hairstyles, costumes, makeup, and their attitude displayed on stage to the audience and/or each other.

The panel of judges will be made up of professional dancers and qualified personnel. It is worth mentioning that judges are chosen for their career and recognition, with the objective of generating the best verdict and creating a competition in which the competitor is backed by a team of experts. Expressions of displeasure towards judges, organizers, public, sponsors and/or any person or entity related to the competition is not allowed.
The decision and vote of the judges is not appealable.

COSTUMES/OUTFITS
All dancers must wear a professional wardrobe and professional shoes. In addition, female dancers must wear performance tights/professional stockings. Jeans, t-shirts and / or tennis shoes are not permitted: unless it is known by the jury this is the professional costume for the couple or group. This will be in accordance with the genre that is being performed.

PERFORMING/COMPETITION SONGS
As a REQUIREMENT, competitors’ tracks will have to be given to Mily Ramos or Lilli Rodriguez at the event on or before the deadline of Sunday January 14th at 11 am. The song needs to be in a USB format. No CD’s will be accepted. E-mailed songs will NOT be accepted. All USBs need to be labeled with Names/Group Name, Division of Competition, and the Song’s Name.

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