South Island Salsa Competition

SOUTH ISLAND SALSA COMPETITION 2016

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Below are details of past competitions

SOUTH ISLAND SALSA COMPETITION 2013

South Island Salsa and Latin Dance Competition

Saturday, 28th September

Venue:
St Margarets College, Christchurch

Spectator Entry Prices:
$20 (full price)

Times:
Doors open: 7:00pm
Youth section: starts 7:30pm
Adult section: starts 8:00 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO; www.southislandsalsacomp.com

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Proudly supported by The Body Festival / Latin Fire / Salsa Latina / Star Dance / LFF / Dance Addiction / Salsa Movez / Dance Essentials / Bachatearoa

Proudly sponsored by: The Body Festival / Dance Addiction
My Shoetopia / Dance With Me / Latin Fire / Salsa Latina /
Latin Addiction / Annies Food you Trust

Photographs by Ron Thow Photography

Who can participate: The South Island Salsa Competition is open to anyone who has resided in the South Island within the last year!!

Categories:

Salsa Freestyle Divisions

Salsa Performance Divisions

SALSA FREESTYLE

The Salsa Freestyle category divisions are:

Monika and Chase - South Island Salsa Champions 2009Who is eligible for the Salsa Freestyle category?

  • The Salsa Freestyle divisions are restricted to Amateur Salsa dancers.  Amateur means a student or dancer who has never received any money from teaching or performing Salsa or a related Latin dance.
  • If you are uncertain about whether you qualify as an Amateur Salsa dancer, please contact the organisers to seek clarification.  If you have received any money for teaching or performing Salsa or a related dance, then please register in the Choreographed Performance divisions.

Basic Rules - What to expect

  • Dancers in the Freestyle divisions will compete on the dance floor together to DJ selected Salsa music
  • Depending on number of entries competitors may be grouped into Heats + Final.
  • If there are enough numbers for Heats, each Heat will have 1 piece of Salsa music of medium tempo approximately 3 minutes in length.
  • The top 5 couples in each division will progress to a Final.
  • Excessive choreography is discouraged.
  • The Finals will both have 2 pieces of Salsa music of slow/medium and then medium/fast tempo - each approximately 2 minutes in length.

What are the Judges' criteria?

  • Dancers will be judged on their ability dance Salsa in a lead / follow format.  Shines (dancing individually) are allowed.
  • Division specific judging rules are listed below.

Division Details

YOUTH DIVISION
   This division is for Amateur Salsa dancers who are under the age of 17 years 
        at the time of competition. All dancers must be training with a Salsa Studio         
Guidelines:

 BEGINNERS DIVISION (Less than 6 months)

IMPROVERS DIVISION (Less than 12 months)Monika Dombay - South Island New Zealand Salsa Champion 2010

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DIVISION (1 year or more)

  • Go to www.southislandsalsacomp.com for updated information
  • Dancers cannot enter more than one Freestyle category. Please ensure both dancers in the couple meet the criteria for the category.  If you are uncertain please contact the organisers to seek clarification
    • Please read the judging guidelines below.

Freestyle Salsa Judging Guidelines

Couples will be judged on the following criteria for each song:

  • TIMING
    • Do the dancers exhibit an understanding of recognisable Salsa rhythm and timing?
    • Do they consistently maintain their rhythm and timing?
    • Do they use the music appropriately?
    • Couples can dance ‘On 1’ or ‘On 2’, but must maintain consistency throughout the competition.
      • Note: competitors should not be interchanging 1 and 5 if dancing ‘On 1’, or interchanging 2 and 6 if dancing ‘On 2’.
  • EXECUTION
    • Do the dancers execute their dance moves with good technique and fluidity?
    • Do the dancers exhibit complementary and consistent partnering and connection in the lead/follow format.?
    • Are the basic level Salsa moves exhibited and mastered?
  • PERFORMANCE
    • Do the dancers present themselves with confidence, energy and stage presence?
    • Is their dancing aesthetically pleasing?
    • Do the dancers project to the audience where appropriate and capture their attention?
    • Do dancers use the breaks, hits of the song and present good musicality?
  • For the Intermediate/Advanced and Open Couples divisions only:
    • Do the dancers successfully execute movements of increased difficulty??
    • How effortlessly are these movements performed?

CHOREOGRAPHED PERFORMANCE

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The Choreographed Performance divisions are:

Who is eligible for the Choreographed Performance category?

This Category is open to all dancers Amateur and Professional Salsa / Latin dancers alike.

Please see the Division details for eligibility information for each division.

Basic Rules - What to expect

  • Music for each choreography should be supplied on CD format (2 copies) with only one music track per CD, at least 1 week before the competition.
    • CDs must be labelled with the Division, name of Team/Couple & Track duration.
    • Note: If not received before this time you may be disqualified!
  • Technical Rehearsals can be provided. Contact the organisers for a rehearsal time.

Open Couples Division of the Latin Dance Salsa Competition in ChristchurchDivision Details

OPEN COUPLES DIVISION

This division is open to any dancer (ie, both Amateur and professional Salsa/Latin dancers).

The division consists of both a Salsa Freestyle component and Salsa Choreography component.

Freestyle component (20%):

  • Dancers will be judged on their ability dance Salsa in a lead / follow format.
  • Shines (dancing individually) are allowed.
  • Excessive choreography is discouraged.
  • All couples will dance will compete on the dance floor together to DJ selected Salsa music.
  • Couples will freestyle to 2 pieces of Salsa music of slow/medium and then medium/fast tempo - each approximately 2 minutes in length.
  • No lifts are allowed during the Freestyle component!!!
    Drops and dips (where dancers keep at least 1 foot on the ground) are allowed. Dancers are advised to use these sparingly and to fit with the music.
  • In the Freestyle component dancers will be judged in accordance with Freestyle judging guidelines above.

Choreography component (80%):

Following the Freestyle component, dance Couples will each perform their choreography, one at a time, to their own Salsa music.

  • Style rules
    • A maximum of 5 lifts and drops (together) allowed.
    • Any number of dips are permitted.
    • Routines can only have a maximum of 30% shines (dancing individually).
    • No props are allowed.
    • NOTE: While dancing and performing lifts, jumps etc. dancers need to exhibit good understanding of salsa rhythms, footwork and partner connection.
    • Judging Criteria details below
  • Music Guidelines (please read carefully as points will be deducted if these are not followed)
    • Music to be between 1.5 to 2.5 minutes.
    • Music to be 100% salsa music.
    • Mixing: A maximum of 3 songs can be mixed for one routine.

TEAMS DIVISIONLatin Fire Salsa Dance Team

This division is open to all Salsa Teams with a minimum of SIX dancers

  • Style rules
    • Groups perform one at a time to their own music.
    • Minimum of 6 dancers in each team.
    • Teams must perform as couples in a lead/follow format. Routines can only have a maximum of 30% shines (dance individually). (‘Shines’ teams: Please enter the Shines.)
    • No props are allowed.
    • Dancers may compete in only 1 Salsa Team only.
    • Judging Criteria details below
  • Music Guidelines (please read carefully as points will be deducted if these are not followed)
    • Music to be between 1.5 - 2.5 minutes.
    • Music to be 100% Salsa music.
    • Mixing: A maximum of 3 songs can be mixed for one routine.

STREET LATIN TEAMS

SHOWCASE TEAMS DIVISION

Open to any genre of 'Street Latin' (Bachata, Salsa, Zouk, Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Merengue). Music to suit the style of dance you are performing.

  • Style rules
    • Teams must perform as couples in a lead/follow format. Routines can only have a maximum of 30% shines.
    • Minimum of 6 dancers in each team.
    • No props are allowed.
    • Competitors may compete in only 1 Showcase Team (However dancers may also compete in the Salsa Teams & Shines Teams dvisions).
    • Judging Criteria details below
  • MUSIC GUIDELINES (please read carefully as points will be deducted if these are not followed)
    • Music to be between 1.5 - 2.5 minutes.
    • Music should be at least 80% in the genre of their style of Street Latin, with the other 20% being available for any style of music.
    • Mixing: A maximum of 3 songs can be mixed for one routine.

SHINE TEAMS DIVISION

Opne to any genre of 'Street Latin' (Bachata, Salsa, Zouk, Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Merengue). Music to suit the style of dance you are performing.

            Requiremenets

  • Groups perform one at a time to their own music.
  • Minimum of 5 dancers in each team
  • Props allowed
  • Dancers can compete in up to 2 Shine Teams only (for 2012 only). (However dancers may also compete in Salsa Teams & Showcase Teams divisions)
  • Teams are permitted up to 3 connected/assisted moves (these are moves that require physical connection between 2 or more individuals). Connection time between individuals for these moves should not exceed two counts of eight. Any such moves executed simultaneously will only be counted as one connected/assisted move.

           Music Guidelines

  • Music to be between 1.2 - 2.5 minutes
  • Music must be at least 70% in the genre of their style of Street Latin music with 30% being available for any other style of music
  • Only 3 songs, maximum, can be mixed for one routine.

Choreographed Performance Judging Criteria

Here is the breakdown of marking for each division:

Division

Timing

Musicality

Choreography

Execution

Appeal

Freestyle

Open
Couples

20%

10%

20%

20%

10%

20%

Salsa
Dance Teams

30%

10%

30%

20%

10%

-

ShowCase
Latin
 & ShineTeams

30%

10%

30%

20%

10%

-

Guidance on what the Judges will be considering:

  • Timing
    • Do the dancers exhibit an understanding of recognisable salsa and timing rhythm?
    • Do they consistently maintain their timing and rhythm?
    • Are 'highlights' on time?
    • Couples/teams can dance ‘On 1’ or ‘On 2’, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine.
      • Note: competitors will be deducted marks for interchanging 1 and 5 if dancing ‘On 1’, or interchanging 2 and 6 if dancing ‘On 2’.
    • How synchronised is the couple during their side by side movements or shines?
    • How synchronised is the team during combinations, shines, lines, hands & feet and body movement?
      • Note: This is assessed during parts of the routine that have been choreographed to be synchronised.
  • Musicality
    • Ability to interpret the music and match the dance to the music.
    • How effectively does the couple utilise the breaks and nuances of their chosen piece of music?
    • Are they rhythmically in sync with the piece?
    • Are highlights well placed?
  • Choreography
    • How well put together is the choreography?
    • What is the aesthetic and stylistic quality of the choreography?
    • Does the routine flow easily from one movement to the next?
    • How well do they use the stage space?
    • Do the dancers dance with movements and steps that match the music?
    • How original is it?
    • Any lifts/tricks, highlights and step sequences should not interrupt the flow of the dance.
    • Does the dancer's styling add to the performance?
    • What is the level of difficulty of the combinations utilised?
    • How intricate are the shines?
    • What is the difficulty of any lifts/tricks?
    • For Team divisions only:
      • Do they change and vary team formations in a way that complements the music and overall choreography?
      • Do formation transitions utilise the dance?
  • Execution
    • Do the dancers execute their dance moves with good technique?
      • As reflected through dancers' balance, placement and line.
    • Movement should be fluid and appear effortless.
    • Dancers must reflect adequate 'Latin/Salsa Motion' and body movement as designated by the dance style.
      • Do the dancers interact with, and complement, each other and dance as a couple/team?
      • How smooth is the physical lead/follow connection of couples (if applicable), do the dancers maintain connection?
  • Appeal
    • How professional and polished are the dancers?
      • – ie. entrance, exit, introduction steps, end poses, execution, stage presence and confidence.
    • Do they project to the audience and capture their attention?
    • Is the performance attractive and entertaining?

NOTE: GUIDELINES AND JUDGING CRITERIA FOR YOUTH SECTION TO BE CONFIRMED!!!!

2011 South Island Salsa Competition Judges:

  • Masha (Latinissmo, Auckland)
  • Jacob (Wellington)  *Head Judge*
  • Serena Cuevas (Australia / USA)
  • Marie-Louise Hudson, (World Salsa Tours, Wanganui)
  • Saione Greer, (Viva Latina, Auckland)

 


Results from 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011

RESULTS 2011

Beginners Couples:

  • 1st Luke & Stacy (Latin Fire Dance Studio)
  • 2nd Tommy & Raquel (Latin Fire Dance Studio)
  • 3rd Scott & Amy (Salsa Latina)

Amateurs Couples:

  • 1st Stephen & Mya (Salsa Latina)
  • 2nd Andrei & Robyn (Salsa Latina)
  • 3rd Will & Shannon (Latin Fire Dance Studio)

Choreographed Couples:

  • 1st Reuben & Marcella (Salsa Latina)
  • 2nd Tushar & Lisa (Latin Fire Dance Studio)
  • 3rd Corwin & Tiffany (UCAN Dance)

Salsa Teams:

  • 1st LFF Dance
  • 2nd Salsa Latina
  • 3rd Latin Fire Dance Studio

Showcase Teams:

  • 1st Salsa Revolution
  • 2nd Latin Fire Ladies
  • 3rd Latin Addiction

RESULTS 2010

Youths:

  • 1st Monika & Thomas (Latin Fire)
  • 2nd Logan & Eden (Star Dance Academy)
  • 3rd Erana & Chris (Star Dance Academy)

Beginners:

  • 1st Jeremy & Mia (Salsa Latina)
  • 2nd Courtney & Julia (Latin Fire)
  • 3rd Jethro & Kate (Latin Movez)

Amateurs:

  • 1st Chris & Briar (Star Dance Academy)
  • 2nd Fetu & Kamala (Latin Fire)
  • 3rd Hamish & Robyn (Salsa Latina)

Professional Couples:

  • 1st Stayz & Hannah (Star Dance Academy)
  • 2nd Chris & Ommy (LFF)
  • 3rd Jorja & Lisa (Salsa Latina & Latin Fire)

Teams:

  • 1st Latin Fire Pro Team
  • 2nd Salsa Groove Nelson
  • 3rd LFF Dance
  • Shine Team: Salsa Revolution

RESULTS 2009

Youths:

  • 1st Monika & Chase (Latin Fire)
  • 2nd Cabie & Jack (Star Dance Academy)
  • 3rd Erana & Chris (Star Dance Academy)

Amatuer:

  • 1st Laura & Connor (Latin Fire)
  • 2nd Claire & Marcus (Star Dance Academy)
  • 3rd Kamala & Fetu (Latin Fire)

Amatuer Open:

  • 1st Sarah & Andy (Dunedin)
  • 2nd Hamish & Robyn (Salsa Latina)
  • 3rd Lisa & Scott(Latin Fire & Salsa Latina)

Professional:

  • 1st Rebecca & Tom (Dunedin)
  • 2nd Jaz & Stayz (Star Dance Academy)
  • 3rd Sonia & Paul (Salsa Latina)

Teams:

  • 1st Latin Fire Dance Studio
  • 2nd Salsa Groove Nelson
  • 3rd Soul Fuego (South Island)

Results 2008

Teams:

  • 1st Latin Fire Dance Troupe
  • 2nd Salsa Sabrosa
  • 3rd Salsa Groove Nelson

Under 1 Year:

  • 1st Sonia & Paul (Danza Latina)
  • 2nd Matt & Lisa (Latin Fire)
  • 3rd Fatima & partner (Dunedin)

Over 1 Year:

  • 1st Chloe & Dylan (Star Dance Academy, Nelson)
  • 2nd Kirk & Louisa (Danza Latina)
  • 3rd Joanna & Marty (Salsa Groove, Nelson)

Teachers/Performers:

  • 1st Larissa & Stayz (Star Dance Academy, Nelson)
  • 2nd Rebecca & Tom (Dunedin)
  • 3rd Steve & Annaleise (Dunedin)

Youth Section:

  • 1st Hannah & Max
  • 2nd Cherie & Troy
  • 3rd Ines & Jack (Salsa Groove Nelson & Blenheim)