NATIONAL SCHOOLS DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
Dates, Information & Rules can be found below.
The U DO IT! National Schools Dance Championships offer a fantastic opportunity for dancers from academic schools to showcase their talent through platforms they may not have had access to previously.
Dancers are encouraged to participate in workshops with a framework that promotes realistic and measurable goals, from a wide range of dance styles taught by industry professionals.
The National Schools Dance Championships has been successfully delivered to schools across the UK since 2008 by our partner, United Dance Organisation. As the world leaders in streetdance, they provide over 15 years of expertise and knowledge in the eld.
The Championships are presented by U DO IT! Dance Foundation, a charity that works in partnership with Sport Wales, Sport England, EMD UK, and Youth Sports Trust to provide all-inclusive dance programmes to children and young people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK.
The Championships are aligned with, and representative of, U DO IT! Dance Foundation’s mission and objectives. Recognising that dancers and potential dancers from both primary and secondary education do not have as many opportunities to showcase their personal best, express themselves and/or compete.
With the open entries growing in StreetDance and All style categories we are looking to provide qualification routes across the UK so more schools have the opportunity to access the UK final.
22nd March- Welsh Championships @ Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff
27th March- UK Qualifier @ Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke On Trent
12th March – London Youth Games (Please contact your School Games organiser if you are based in London)
2nd April- Surrey School Games (Please contact your school games organiser if you are based in Surrey)
Top 5 placing teams will qualify for the
UK Final- 27th June 2019 @ Fenton Manor Sports Complex – Stoke on Trent
RULES & INFORMATION
Any Primary / Secondary school or College can enter
Categories: Street & All Style* (Welsh Championships is Street Only)
All Style category can consist of any style ballet/tap/contemporary/ jazz/ musical theatre/cheer etc.
Age Devisions: Primary (years 3-6), Junior (years 7-9), Senior (years 10-13/college).
The day will consist of:
- Group Competition
- Workshops by industry proffesionals
- Awards Ceremony
- Each team will need to complete a team registration form, which includes dancer information, this can be found at www.udoitdance.com via the National Schools page.
- Each team MUST be named. We would encourage creativity rather than the name of the school.
- IMPORTANT: Each team will need a dedicated member of staff to supervise on the day – the details for this person must be included on the registration form.
- *NEW* In order to compete at the UK Final (27th June 2019) Your team MUST qualify from one of our qualifying events
- Teams will be split into three age categories:
PRIMARY: Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 JUNIORS: Years 7–9 SENIORS: Years 10–13 / College students
Each school can enter one team per age devision to ensure that we can get more schools represented at the event. (If you would want to enter more teams per category, please get in touch with us as, if we have enough space, we will let you know.)
- A team can consist of minimum 4 dancers, and a maximum of 26 dancers.
All dancers must be from the same academic school.
- This is a only Academic School or College competition, not for dance schools.
- A group must compete in the age category of the majority of the dancers, i.e. if there are 6 dancers in a group and 4 of them are Year 11, one Year 8 and one Year 7, then they must dance in the Senior category: Years 10–13.
- The length of the routine can be no longer than 2 minutes 30 seconds. If the music goes on longer than this the team will be penalised.
- Music can be a mix of more than one track.
- Inappropriate language is not permitted- any teams who go against this rule will be penalised.
- Music will need to be emailed in before the event – (Please bring a back up copy of your music on a memory stick/ iPad/ phone/ cd)
- Acrobatic moves may be used if you wish but, if deemed to be unsafe, groups will be penalised.
- A dancer cannot compete in more than one group of the same category, i.e. a dancer cannot dance in two streetdance teams.
- Props may be used, but must be safe and dancers must be in control when using them.
- Chalk/ Glitter/ Water or any other prop that can cause damage or inconvenience to the dance floor is not allowed, any teams including anything like this within your dance you will be penalised.
- Costumes are optional – please note that you will be judged purely on your dance, choreography, and performance.
- Age appropriate clothing is essential.
- Age appropriate movement is essential.
How to get involved:
- RECRUIT YOUR DANCERS: Sign up your teams and reserve dancer and spectator tickets for FREE on the UDOIT website. www.udoitdance.com
- READ THE RULES: Don’t be afraid to ask. We must have rules to ensure the day is fair, however, we also want to encourage participation and an enjoyable day for all. Please contact us if you have any queries.
- ASSEMBLE EACH TEAM: The event is open to Years 3–6 from primary education and Years 7–13 from secondary education. These are split into 3 categories: Primary, Junior & Senior.
- BEGIN YOUR REHEARSALS: We actively encourage pupils to choreograph their own routines to demonstrate their own abilities and work as part of a team. However, we also have expert advice available should you require any assistance.
- TALK TO US: Don’t be shy. We’re here to help you through every step of this process, and we want each person involved to receive the maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from the event. Call, email, or message us via our social media platforms.