Rock ‘n’ Roll Dancing Criteria & Conditions of Entry

Please note that the following conditions must be adhered to by all 2020 McDonald’s Rock’n’Roll Dancing participants. Failure to do so may result in removal from the competition.

Rules of the Competition

    1. The 2020 McDonald’s Rock’n’Roll Dancing Competition will be held on Saturday 11 January 2020, beginning at 4pm.
    2. Only registered dancers for the Competition may enter the stage area.
    3. All general category dances are improvisation. No dancers will be given the music prior to the competition.
    4. Entry fees are as follows:
      • General Categories- $10 per pair
      • Showcase- $20 per entrant/group
    5. No refund will be made for any entry fee, unless the category is cancelled.
    6. The age of competitors will be determined by the age of the oldest competitor in the pair/group. The age shall be taken as at the 1st January 2020. The Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator reserves the right to call upon any entrant at any time to provide, at his or her own expense, proof of age. If the entrant has been found to enter the wrong section they may be disqualified.
    7. Early registration is encouraged. Limited spaces are available. Enter online here.
    8. The closing date for all categories is Friday 10 January 2020 at 6pm. Entries for General Categories will be accepted on the day of competition if there are available spaces. Entries after Friday 10 January 6pm can be submitted with the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator by:
      • Visiting the Registration Desk in Cooke Park
      • Calling the Rock’n’Roll Portfolio Holder, Kristen Barrass between 9am and 3pm on 0427 562 471
    9. Entries for the Showcase category must be submitted prior to 6pm on Friday 10 January 2020. NO Showcase entries will be accepted on the day of competition.
    10. Registered participants are advised that during the course of this event they may be photographed or filmed by official Parkes Elvis Festival photographers or by officially accredited media. It is a condition of entry to the competition that participants consent to the use of any photos or film containing their image, by media outlets, and/or by the Parkes Elvis Festival and/or by related parties in pursuit of Parkes Elvis Festival objectives.

Entry Categories

  • Under 10’s
    • Oldest dancer must not turn 11 before 1 January 2020
    • Duo competition
    • Set songs (1 fast & 1 slow song will be played)
  • Under 14’s
    • Oldest dancer must not turn 15 before 1 January 2020
    • Duo competition
    • Set songs (1 fast & 1 slow song will be played)
  • Under 20’s
    • Oldest dancer must not turn 21 before 1 January 2020
    • Duo competition
    • Set songs (1 fast & 1 slow song will be played)
  • 21-39 Years
    • Oldest dancer must not turn 40 before 1 January 2020
    • Duo competition
    • Set songs (1 fast & 1 slow song will be played)
  • Masters (40+)
    • Oldest dancer must be over the age of 40 as at 1 January 2020
    • Duo competition
    • Set songs (1 fast & 1 slow song will be played)
  • Open Showcase
    • Dancers of all ages
    • Groups of 4-20 dancers
    • Dancers can enter the Showcase up to 3 times
    • Own choice song (Music must be supplied on CD or USB to the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator on arrival at competition)
    • 4 min time limit (must be one continuous music track)
    • Music must be from the Elvis genre (i.e. 60’s Rock’n’roll)

Judging Criteria

    1. Judges will be placed at each corner of the dance floor. Entrants will be judged on the following four points:
      • Enthusiasm and attitude
      • Eye contact with their partner and enjoyment
      • Rock’n’roll skills, steps and timing to the music
      • Costuming appropriate to the theme and matching costumes
    2. Entrants scores will be collated by the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator and a composite score will be recorded.
    3. Points will not be released to dancers. Points and scores can not be requested at any time.

Costumes

    1. Rock’n’roll costumes should complement their partner’s costume.
    2. There will be no penalty for wardrobe malfunctions whilst on stage (i.e. buttons popping, belts untying, shoes falling off etc.)

General Criteria

    1. The judges must not be approached. All inquiries are to be directed to the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator.
    2. All rock’n’roll styles of dance are permitted, however more points will be given to the entrants who dance according to the given theme. You can use your creativity and mix different steps into one routine.
    3. If there are insufficient entrants in a category, the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator may combine sections at their discretion.
    4. Lift and dips are acceptable, however no dancers (either leaders or followers) are to be lifted so that a competitor’s head is perpendicular to the ground. Failure to comply may result in immediate disqualification. This is at the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator’s discretion.
    5. No candles, death dives or dangerous throws are permitted. Failure to comply may result in immediate disqualification. This is at the Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator’s discretion.
    6. The Rock’n’Roll Dancing Coordinator (or their appointed delegate) has the right to remove any dancers from the stage who are acting inappropriately or irresponsibly.
    7. Prompting (from off the stage) is not permitted at any time.
    8. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Competition on Saturday 11th January 2020.
    9. The judges decision is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.
    10. Competition Feedback is appreciated. This can be submitted by emailing [email protected]

Competition inquiries

Kristen Barrass, Rock’n Roll Dancing Coordinator
P: 0427 562 471
E: [email protected]

Or alternatively, contact the Festival team on (02) 6862 6000 or via [email protected]

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