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VERY IMPORTANT

The Last day to register for the Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59PM

PLEASE NOTE: Space in each Competition Division is on a “first come, first served basis”. Your spot in a division is not guaranteed until you are fully paid.

* Space in each division is limited. Spots in your division may sell out.


Jennifer Silvas and BB answer some of your questions… SEE BELOW for more Video answers :-)


Dance Competition Coordinator

Jennifer Silvas

Jennifer Silvas


Salsa Judges

Osmar Perrones

Osmar Perrones

Sekou McMiller

Sekou McMiller

To be announced soon…

To be announced soon…


Bachata Judges

Sergio Jasso

Sergio Jasso

Clo Ferreira

Clo Ferreira

Jo Quiñones

Jo Quiñones


GENERAL RULES and REQUIREMENTS

Reno Latin Dance Fest - Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup 

All COMPETITORS must be knowledgeable of all rules.

A full understanding of the competition rules is expected and required. A lack of understanding the rules will not exempt the competitor of fulfillment of the rules.

In addition to these competition rules and requirements all competitors, team directors and attendees will be expected to know and accept the Terms and Conditions for the Reno Latin Dance Fest. CLICK HERE for Terms and Conditions

The Reno Latin Dance Fest, In Step LLC and the organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup, abbreviated as RLDF SBAC, have the right of organization of all rules, regulations and development of the event. Nevertheless, the RLDF SBAC remains disengaged from all decision matters regarding any and all division winners.



COMMUNICATION

The ONLY channels of communication for the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Comp are:

Website: www.RenoLatinDanceFest.com

Email Address: RLDFComp@gmail.com



Social Media Fun (Do NOT use for important communication)

Facebook: @RenoLatinDanceFest

Instagram: @RenoLatinDanceFest



Our definition of an AMATEUR DANCER

1. An amateur dancer participant is a dancer that does not teach or perform for financial compensation on a regular basis. Regular basis defined as less than once every 3 months or taught full time over 5 years ago (see FAQ’s below for more).

2. You may be a part of a dance company, as long as you’re categorized as an amateur on the team.

3. If the dancer has participated in competitions inside or outside of the USA as a professional or semi-pro dancer, the dancer will be disqualified. 



DIVISIONS and Prize Money:

Soloists

  • Soloists will Compete on Friday

Bachata “Lead Style” - $250 First Place

Salsa “Lead Style” - $250 First Place

Bachata “Follow Style” - $250 First Place

Salsa “Follow Style” - $250 First Place


Couples (1 Lead and 1 Follow)

  • Couples will Compete on Sunday

Bachata Couple - $500 First Place

Salsa Couple - $500 First Place


Teams

  • Teams will Compete on Saturday

Bachata Team Couples - $500 First Place

Salsa Team Couples - $500 First Place

Bachata Teams “Leads Style” - $500 First Place

Salsa Teams “Leads Style” - $500 First Place

Bachata Teams “Follows Style” - $500 First Place

Salsa Teams “Follows Style” - $500 First Place


DEFINITIONS OF DIVISIONS


Soloist

Soloist “Lead Style”

One person performing choreography on stage. All Genders are welcome to compete in any footwork division.

Soloist Follow Style

One person performing choreography on stage. All Genders are welcome to compete in any footwork division. A minimum of 2 ½ inch heels must be worn at all times by Follows in all Divisions. Heels cannot have laces and no “Cuban Heels” are allowed to be worn by Follows. 

Couples (one lead and one follow)

Must be one designated Lead and one designated Follow during the entire choreography. A minimum of 2 ½ inch heels must be worn at all times by the Follow in all Divisions. Heels cannot have laces and no “Cuban Heels” are allowed to be worn by Follows. The Lead will be designated by having the couples competition number on their back. No switching of Lead and Follow will be allowed.


Team Couples (3 to 10 couples. Leads and Follows):

Must be designated Leads and Follows throughout the entire choreography. A minimum of 2 ½ inch heels must be worn at all times by Follows in all Divisions. Heels cannot have laces and no “Cuban Heels” are allowed to be worn by Follows. No Lead and Follow switching is allowed for teams competing in the Team Couples divisions. 

A minimum 6 dancers and a maximum of no more than 20 dancers per team required and/or allowed.

Team Footwork (5 to 20 Dancers): 

All Genders are welcome to compete in any of our footwork divisions. 

A minimum of 5 dancers and a maximum of no more that 20 dancers per team required and/or allowed. *A minimum of 2 ½ inch heels must be worn at all times by Bachata Follows & Salsa Follows in all Divisions. Heels cannot have laces and no “Cuban Heels” are allowed to be worn by Follows. 

Age Requirement

SOLOIST, COUPLES & TEAMS: 10 and older. PLEASE NOTE: Participants in the comp MUST have a consent form from a legal guardian in order to compete.


DECLARATION OF DESERTED DIVISION

If a division has five (5) or less entrants (soloist, couples or teams) the entry will be declared a “non-competing division”. This means that any prize money offered and any declaration of winner will be rescinded. The prize money in a “deserted division” will be distributed evenly amongst all other divisions. Soloists, couples and teams that entered in a division that has been declared a “non-competing” division will be allowed to run their choreography in the division for video feedback from the judges and to receive an unofficial score however no official placement will be made or announced. In addition, if a division is declared deserted, all entrants of that division will have the option for a refund of their division fees thereby forfeiting their right to compete. Please note, competitor passes will stay non-refundable yet they are transferrable. Please see requirements for pass transfers in the “Terms and Conditions” of the Reno Latin Dance Fest www.RenoLatinDanceFest.com.

PRICES & REGISTRATION

• What should each competitor purchase?

1. "Event Pass"

Each competitor must purchase one (1) of the following passes to the Reno Latin Dance Fest: Competitor Pass, Performer Pass, All Access Pass, Salsa Bachata Pass or Zouk Urban Kiz Pass. (Please speak with your team director. You may already be purchasing a Performer Pass for the Reno Latin Dance Fest.)

PLEASE NOTE: You may NOT compete with a single day pass, evening pass or late nite pass.

2. "Division Entry Fee"

In addition to the Event Pass each competitor must pay for, or be a part of a group paying for, the "Division Entry Fees" they plan to compete in.

3. Team Directors must have one of the following passes: Competitor Pass, Performer Pass, All Access Pass, Salsa Bachata Pass, Zouk Urban Kiz Pass or Staff Pass to the Reno Latin Dance Fest. PLEASE NOTE: Team Directors may not enter the comp with a single day pass, evening pass or late nite pass.


Entry Fee per Division:

Soloists: $80 per dancer per (Last day to register is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59PM)

Couples Division (1 lead and 1 follow): $50 per dancer per (Last day to register is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59PM)

Team Divisions: $25 per dancer per (Last day to register is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59PM)


IMPORTANT

Please check with your team directors before purchasing passes. You do NOT need to buy a “Competitor Pass” for the RSBAC If you are already buying a “Performer Pass” for the Reno Latin Dance Fest.

COMPETITOR PASS

If you are not already purchasing a Performer Pass, All Access Pass, Salsa Bachata Pass or Zouk/Urban Kiz Pass you will need to purchase a Competitor Pass in addition to your “Division Entry Fee” for the RSBAC.

COMPETITOR PASS PRICING

$130 plus tax and fees until November 7, 2019 at 11:59PM 

$150 plus tax and fees until December 5, 2019 at 11:59PM

$170 plus tax and fees until December 30, 2019 at 11:59PM

$200 plus tax and fees until January 6, 2019 at 11:59PM

***YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AS A COMPETITOR IN THE RENO SALSA BACHATA AMATEUR CUP FOR THIS PASS.

***WE WILL BE CROSS CHECKING.




RESPONSIBILITIES

During the online registration, competitors should read and accept the “Terms and Conditions” of the Reno Latin Dance Fest which includes a liability waiver in which it states that the competitor assumes all responsibilities for any injuries caused to the participant or by the participant during the event. The competitor also releases the Reno Latin Dance Fest, In Step LLC and the organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup from all responsibility should any injury arise during the event.

All Sales are FINAL

VERY IMPORTANT: Division Passes are non-refundable and non-transferrable. If a competitor purchases a division pass and can no longer compete they will forfeit all entry fees, taxes, etc associated with the "Division Entry Fees”.

Competitor Passes are non-refundable but may be transferred. No transfers allowed after January 6, 2020 at 11:59PM.

REGISTRATION AT THE HOTEL DURING THE EVENT

PLEASE NOTE: All competitors MUST pre-pay for their “Division Entry Fees”. Registration for a Division at the event will NOT be permitted.

All competitors and team directors that have per-registered will get their “Event Pass” wrist band at the registration desk for the Reno Latin Dance Fest inside the Silver Legacy Hotel near the “Silver Baron Ballrooms”

All competitors should check-in or pick up their credentials on the established dates according to the official program of the event. Please refer to our website www.RenoLatinDanceFest.com

During competition check-in (Division Passes), competitor’s information will be confirmed, payments will be checked and also confirmation of divisions they will participate in. Credentials will be handed over together with detailed information of the event.

Competitors who do not register will not be able to compete.

The information of the hours and dates of the registration will be posted on the official website www.RenoLatinDanceFest.com

MANDATORY ACTIVITIES

The organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup has mandatory activities for its competitors. All Competitors will be emailed a list of mandatory activities 4 weeks before the competition. In addition there will be a list of mandatory activities on the website www.RenoLatinDanceFest.com. All activities mentioned below are mandatory for all competitors without exception. Points will be deducted to any competitor in the absence of any mandatory activity.

  • Mandatory pre-meetings for competitors

  • Registration for the event and registration for the divisions

  • The organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup reserves the right to add “points enforced” mandatory activities up to 2 weeks before the beginning of the competition.

RULES and REGULATIONS

The organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup reserves the right to add “points enforced” mandatory activities up to 4 weeks before the beginning of the competition.


JUDGES

The panel of judges will be made up of professional dancers and qualified people. It is worth mentioning that the judges are chosen for their career and recognition, with the aim of generating the best verdict and creating a competition in which the competitor is backed by a team of experts.

The expressions of displeasure towards the judges, organizers, public, sponsors and / or any person or entity related to the competition are totally forbidden. The decision and vote of the judges is unappealable.

Minimum and Maximum Time Requirement

SOLOIST: minimum time of 1.10 minutes  and maximum 1 minute and 30 seconds

COUPLES: Minimum 1.30 minutes and maximum 2.10 minutes

TEAMS: Minimum 1:30 and maximum of 2.30 minutes



Music Fusion Allowance

For COUPLES AND TEAMS, it’s allowed a maximum of 20 seconds for music fusions.

For SOLOIST, it’s allowed a maximum of 15 seconds for music fusions.

Definition of Terms for Point Deductions

TRICKS: Any movement in which the couple has at least one foot in contact with the floor, being assisted by the other dancer. (It will not be considered a trick if the dancer can perform the movement without their partner’s assistance).

LIFT: An elevation is when both feet are off the floor at the same time, and any part of the body of the dancer touches each other to assist. (It will not be considered as raised when the dancer raises both feet on their own without being in contact with the other).

ACROBATICS: The acrobatics are defined as any movement where one of the dancers throws the other, or the dancer throws himself with the support of the other, and / or where the entire body of the released dancer exceeds the height of the other. (Any throw that does not exceed the height of the other dancer, will be considered as a figure).

COMBINATIONS OF TRICKS, LIFTS AND ACROBATICS: For the Organization, a combination of tricks, lifts and acrobatics will be considered as a single one.

SPECIAL MUSICAL EFFECTS: Are artificially generated or modified sounds to set or recreate artistic or musical scenarios. They can also be used to narrate or describe scenes without resorting to the use of words, appealing directly to the senses of the viewer. Examples: Voice-over, starting a car, steps, slamming, shooting, explosions, etc

Allotted Number of Tricks, Lifts and Acrobatics

There is NO minimum requirement on the amount of tricks, lifts or acrobatics a soloist, a couple or a team must execute in their routine. They will not be deducted points if they do not have these techniques in their routine. However, there is a maximum of 5 tricks, lifts and acrobatics that are allotted per routine.

Definition of Judging Categories:

MUSICALITY: The details used to express the rhythms of the music through: patterns, footwork, tricks, dips etc.

DANCE TECHNIQUE: Using correct postures, footing (placement and pointed feet), balance, and lines. Showing a general technique of the genre they are dancing. 

STAGE PRESENCE: Attitude, energy, charisma, focus from the competitors on stage.

PRESENTATION: Competitors should look professional: hairstyle, wardrobe, makeup, etc. 

CHOREOGRAPHY: Creativity, Style, Use of Stage, Use of Formations (Teams Only), Level Changes

SYNCHRONIZATION (Teams Only): The routine looks well-rehearsed, everyone in sync with heads, arm lines, footing and movement. 

DIFFICULTY: Dancers are challenging themselves in either movement, tricks, spinning, balance, extension etc.

CONNECTION (Couples and Teams Only): How well couples & teams connected with each other and the audience. This is reflected both physical and emotional. 

TIMING: 

Salsa ON 1-The timing of the salsa is recognized as 1-2-3 5-6-7 (4 & 8 being silent). Competitors must break on the 1 beat of the music (Leaders break forward with their left foot on 1 and followers breaking back on 1 with right foot. Soloist breaking on the 1 beat with left foot). No points will be deducted if leader breaks forward on 5 with left foot or follower breaks forward on 1 with their left foot in the same routine. No points will be deducted if soloist breaks forward on 5 with left foot and on 1 with left foot in the same routine. If the timing is not consistent to it’s division or the start of a team/solo choreography, points will be deducted from the final score.

SALSA ON 2-The timing of salsa/mambo is recognized as 1-2-3 5-6-7 (4 & 8 being silent). Competitors must break on the 2 beat of the music (Follower breaking forward on 2 with left foot or leader breaking forward on 6 with left foot. Soloist breaking on the 2 beat with left foot). No points will be deducted if leader breaks forward on 2 with left foot and follower breaks forward on 6 with their left foot in the same routine. No points will be deducted if soloist breaks forward on 2 with left foot and on 6 with left foot in the same routine. If timing is not consistent to it’s specific division or the start of a team/solo choreography, points will be deducted from the final score. Failure to demonstrate the rhythm of the basic sauce will lead to deduction of points.

BACHATA- The rhythm of bachata is formed by two measures of 4 times each. In bachata, there is not a pause on the fourth count as it is done in salsa. If the timing is not consistent with the division (on 1 and 5), points from the final score will be deducted


Scoring

SOLOIST: All criteria except synchronization and connection.

15% Musicality | 15% Dance Technique | 15% Stage Presence | 

10% Visual Presentation | 15% Choreography | 10% Difficulty | 20% Timing

COUPLES: All criteria except synchronization.

20% Musicality | 10% Dance Technique | 10% Stage Presence | 10% Visual Presentation | 15% Choreography | 10% Difficulty | 15% Timing | 15% Connection with the partner

TEAMS: All criteria.

15% Musicality | 10% Dance Technique | 10% Stage Presence | 5% Visual Presentation | 10% Choreography | 15% Synchronization | 10% Difficulty | 15% Timing | 10% Connection with the partner

Point Deductions

High Deduction of Points (5 points will be deducted on the total score)

* Each trick, lift or acrobatic movement over the allotted 5 (based on the rules & regulations)

*Musical effects added to your music, which are not based on the musical genre of the competition division.

* Exceeding the time allowed for musical fusions specified in the rules. For every 5 seconds or more a severe deduction will be given. (Extra time is counted from the first second).

* Exceeding the time limit allotted based on the category. For every 5 seconds of more 5 points will be deducted.

* If a competitor falls during the choreography, 5 points will be taken for each fall there after.

* Absence to each mandatory activity of the event.

*The use of props that are not part of the costumes

* Performing without proper dance shoes depending on the category

Low Deductions of Points: 1 point will be deducted on the total score.

* If the competitors loose connection with each other, 1 point will be deducted the first time this occurs.

* If  the competitor falls during the choreography, 1 point will be deducted the first time this occurs.

*If during the choreography any element of the costume and / or accessory falls off the competitor, 1 point will be deducted the first time this occurs.

* All female competitors must wear tights or fishnets with their costume or 1 point will be deducted for each person without.

In the Event of a Tie

* In case of a tie, the competitor who has fewer point deductions recorded in the results will win.

*If they have the same number of deductions, the competitors with the highest score in the timing division will win.

* If the tie continues, those who score higher on the musicality division will win.

* If the tie still persists, whoever has the highest score in the technique division would win.

  • If the tie still continues, the judges will determine the winner.

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

The Reno Latin Dance Fest, In Step LLC and the organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup, reserves the right to take and use any videos or photos during and after the event. The Reno Latin Dance Fest, In Step LLC and the organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup may use the videos or photos for commercial use. The rights of this material can also be granted to other persons or entities.

Recording, Transmission and Exhibition. 

You agree that the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup and the Reno Latin Dance Fest for which you purchase Passes is a public event, that your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the event occurs are public in nature, and that you have no expectation of your name, image, likeness, acts, poses, plays, appearance, movements, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the event (regardless of whether before, during or after play, competition or performance) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed, without further authorization from, or compensation to, you or anyone acting on your behalf.

RIGHTS TO REBROADCAST

The Reno Latin Dance Fest, In Step LLC and the organizing body of the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup reserves the right to exclusivity broadcast or rebroadcast the Reno Latin Dance Fest and the Reno Salsa Bachata Amateur Cup event. Competitors will not receive any compensation for this.

Competition Q & A

Can I compete in different divisions?

Yes, all competitors can participate in different divisions as long as all “Division Entry Fees” are paid for. The value of each “Division Entry Fee” is one per dancer. It is not allowed to compete more than once in the same division.


Can I compete in more than one team?

Yes, all competitors can participate in different teams as long as it is in a different division. It’s not allowed for a dancer to participate in more than one team in the same division.

Can a dance school compete with more than one team?

Yes, dance schools can participate with as many teams as they wish in the same division or in different divisions. If the teams of the same school are competing in the same division, then the teams should be named differently. If a school has more than one team competing in different divisions, then they can keep the same name for the teams. Keep in mind that a team dancer can ONLY compete in one team per division.

Can I replace one or more dancers after the registration or after the competition?

Changes of the members are not allowed in couples or soloist. For teams, changes are allowed only before January 6, 2020 at 11:59PM. New members must register and pay for both a competitor pass and pay all their “Division Entry Fees” before the team is considered eligible to compete. If applicable, all transfer fees must be paid in full before the team is considered eligible to compete.

If I used to teach 5 years ago but haven’t done anything since can I compete?

Yes you may compete, If you haven’t been paid to teach for 5 years AND you’ve never competed as a Professional or Semi-Pro in any competition inside or outside the USA.

If I helped someone teach once this year and got paid do I qualify?

Yes, you qualify, If you’ve taught part time, less than once per every 3 months, and haven’t ever competed as a Professional or Semi-Pro.

Be Mindful

* Competitors are considered professional when they are being paid to teach and or perform more than once every 3 months or performs with a professional team even if it’s on a non-payment agreement.

* Choreographies from well-known Latin dancers whom are part of the Latin dance scene will be allowed as long as the competitor has authorization from the original choreographer. If the original choreographer complains to the organization at any given moment during the event, the competitor will be disqualified.

* If the music presents any error during the performance and the mistake is caused by the production team, it is up to the competitor to start over or stop and notify production when they are ready to start again before their division is over.

  • Must: Please make sure to email a final version of your music during online registration to the email address RLDFcomp@gmail.com. You can check your music with the DJ during the time of registration. If you need to change your music there will be a re upload penalty fee of $15

  • False information about competitor’s age will result in disqualification.

* If the competitor makes a mistake during the performance, the competitor cannot start from the beginning or start the performance over.

* It’s not allowed to request any production features such as lighting or special effects.

* When the performance is over, the stage must be left without any obstacles. Competitors MUST NOT add oils, powder on their shoes or stage.

  • Competitors are not allowed the use of any props.

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