Competition

Competition Dates:

August 7th, 2018 – August 15th, 2018

Venue:

Semi Finals: Monday August 13th, 2018 & Tuesday August 14th 2018
Location: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Address: 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1

Finals: Wednesday August 15th, 2018
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Address: 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6

Registration Deadline:

Friday July 6th, 2018

Entrance Qualification:

Interested in competing for the Global Dance Challenge Awards? Check the competition eligibility criteria below.

Am I Eligible To Enter?

The Global Dance Challenge is open to pre-professional dancers and students from all around the world ages 6-22, of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.

Candidates pay a set fee for a unique creative experience inclusive of competing and coaching from world-renowned master teachers and choreographers.

Rules & Regulations

Participants may enter the competition in the following categories:

Ballet (Categories A & B) including Neoclassical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet (On Pointe)

Candidates will be divided into Category A and Category B depending on the number of hours per week that the dancer trains. If the candidate trains for more than 20 hours a week, they should enter in Category A, otherwise they should enter in Category B.

Types

- Neoclassical Ballet welcomes original choreography or most creations of the late 20th or 21st century. For example, A W. Forsythe or J. Kylian style choreography would be considered neoclassical.
*Candidates must clear the right to perform original choreographic repertoire prior to entry

- Classical Ballet Solo should be choreographed in the style of 18th to 20th century. Dancers in the A-1 JUNIOR BALLET , B-1 JUNIOR BALLET and B-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET may present a classical variation or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.

- Contemporary Ballet Solo (on pointe) For females, this should be original choreography set with contemporary movement but executed on pointe. For males, original choreography should be set with contemporary and ballet vocabulary. If the solos are not on pointe, the participant should be placed in the Open Category.

- All competitors in A-1 JUNIOR BALLET, A-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET and A-3 SENIOR BALLET competing in the Ballet Solo category must prepare two variations in classical, neoclassical or contemporary ballet; one in the Semi-Finals round and an alternate one in the Final round of the competition.

- All competitors in B-1 JUNIOR BALLET, B-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET and B-3 SENIOR BALLET competing in the Ballet Solo category have the option of bringing one or two solos in classical or neoclassical or contemporary ballet to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.

- A-2 SENIOR BALLET and B-2 SENIOR BALLET may choose from the list of example classical variations below or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.

See Examples for variations on classical variations.

* For those who train over 20 hours but cannot qualify for Category A-1 due to age discrepancies, GDC reserves the right to make exceptions based on letter of reference(s) from school of training and/or instructor with brief summary of dance experiences of the competitor.

**Original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated.

***GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.


Chinese Dance (Category C)

The Chinese Dance category includes Chinese traditional and Chinese minzu dances. Participants are welcome to perform various representations of Chinese Cultural dances with choreography suited to the candidate’s age and capability.

*The right to perform original choreographic repertoire must be cleared by choreographers prior to entering. original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated

Types

- All competitors in C-1 CHINESE or C-2 CHINESE category have the option of bringing one or two pieces to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.

*GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.


Open (Category D)

Open Category welcomes Contemporary (no pointe shoes allowed) and Jazz Dance. It is important that the choreography is suited to the candidate’s age and capability. Original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated!

Sub-Categories:

  1. Contemporary (must not be on pointe)
  2. Jazz

Types

  • Solo
  • Duet
  • Group (3 -6 dancers)
  • Ensemble (7+ dancers)

- All competitors in D-1 OPEN, D-2 OPEN or D-3 OPEN category have the option of bringing one or two pieces to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.

*GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.

Time Limitations

Scoring

The scoring system is evaluated on a 100-point system.
Points will be given in the following areas:

The mark given for each participant is the average of scores given by all judges - usually three to five of them from different backgrounds. In addition to providing a numerical score to each participant, judges may offer comments on the score sheet, to help guide participants.

For the Semi Finals, 20% of participants marks will come from designated Masterclasses between Thursday August 9, 2018 – Saturday August 11, 2018. For Duet’s, groups and ensembles the Masterclass mark will be an average between all the participants. Participants will be marked for all categories that they are entered in.

Music

Awards & Scholarships

Global Dance Challenge Awards

Ballet

Chinese Dance

Open

*Awards will be given within the Solo, Duet, Group and Ensemble sub categories that are in Category A, B, C, & D


GDC Prix D'Or Trophy

Will be given to the dancer's (inclusive of solo, duo, group or ensemble) who receive the top Marks in All of A category, B category, C Category and D category

Category A (Solos, Pas de deux, Pas de trois, Group & Ensembles)

Category B (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

Category C (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

Category D (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

*All Solo, Duo, Pas de deux, Pas de trois, Groups or Ensembles within the A/B/C/D category are eligible. The 3 highest/top marks receive the trophy within category A & B & C & D


Special Mentions

Awards Policy:

Prizes & Scholarships

Total Prize and Scholarship Amount: $50,000 CAD

Event Calendar

DateEvent
Monday August 6th, 2018Arrival, Check-in and General Registration at Goh Oakridge Center: 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Tuesday August 7th, 2018
  • 9am to 7pm: Masterclasses/Workshops at Goh Ballet Academy (Goh Main), 2345 Main Street & at Goh Oakridge, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
  • 6:30pm Welcome Reception (Location: TBA)
Wednesday August 8th, 20189am to 7:00pm: Masterclasses/Workshops at Goh Main, 2345 Main Street & at Goh Oakridge, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Thursday August 9th – Saturday August 11th, 20189am to 7:00pm: Marked Masterclasses at Goh Main, 2345 Main Street & at Goh Oakridge, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Sunday August 12th, 2018
  • Day off
  • Rehearsal studios available for rent
Monday August 13th, 201811am to 8pm Semi-Finals for Category A & Category C & Category B (duets, groups & ensembles) at The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
Tuesday August 14th, 201811am to 8pm Semi-Finals for Category B (solos) & Category D at The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
Wednesday August 15th, 2018
  • 11am to 2pm Finals at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • 7:30pm GALA Performance (all involved) at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6

GALA Program:

Intermission

Master Class Instructors:

2017 Winners

We applaud all contestants and their instructors on their hard work and beautiful presentations, and congratulate the following Global Dance Challenge 2017 winners on their accomplishments!

Category Awards & Medals

Category A (training over 20 hours)

Category B - Novice Ballet

Category C - Open Category

Outstanding Performance Awards