RULES + REGS

GET THE BEAT RULES AND REGULATIONS (ALSO APPLY FOR SUPREME DANCE EXCELLENCE)

NOTE: Competition Director(s) can over-rule any of the below rules and guidelines at any time where they see fit. Especially if it is a matter of safety.

GENERAL

  • Competitors Enter at OWN RISK, GTB Pty Ltd and its Directors/Staff accept no responsibility for any accidents or injury to any dancer, audience member or anyone else at any time.
  • For Age Cut off dates, ALL GROUP AGES ARE AS AT JANUARY 1 of the competition year. SOLO/DUO/TRIO Ages are as at the the first day of the competition you are attending. Exact age cut offs are on the entry form specific to the competition you are entering.
  • Get the Beat is a Dance competition for Amateur dancers only* (definition – competitor is not working full time as a dance teacher or performer)
  • ENTRIES CLOSE WHEN COMPETITION IS FULL. To assist the office, please submit entries as early as possible online. Online payment will be by paypal, credit card, or direct debit.
  • If we decide to accept late entries, these will incur a $5 surcharge on top of the normal entry fee. The competition organizer has full discretion whether or not to accept late entries.
  • Enter online at www.getthebeat.com.au. For assistance in entering contact the Get The Beat office via accounts@getthebeat.com.au.
  • Submissions will not qualify or be recognized as an “entry” until PAID IN FULL by verified funds (particular to Bank Transfer entries) and ALL necessary information is provided, including: Full Name of competitor, Date of birth, contact information.
  • Please let us know if entries are incorrect before the event. We will do our best to correct any mistakes made by entrants.
  • No refunds, unless the section is cancelled by the Management Team. We can, however combine sections due to lack of numbers. We DO NOT provide refunds for change of mind, or clash with another competition or commitment. If you have made a mistake (e.g. double entries) or the dancer is injured (with proof) we may be able to transfer to another regional – if a refund is accepted we will provide this at the event ONLY.
  • The Management Team has the right to amend the program at any time.
  • Competitors Passes are compulsory for all entrants and must be visible at all times. Competitors will not be admitted to the auditorium without a visible Competitor Pass.
  • Bullying during the competition is not acceptable and any evidence of such bullying will result in instant dismissal from the competition. Sportsmanlike behaviour is expected at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification. This includes attempting to recruit students from other studios to attend yours at one of our events.
  • CHOREOGRAPHY OWNERSHIP – Parents, Dancers and Teachers/Choreographers must all be aware of what routines are being performing on GTB Stages. If a student has left a Dance studio please ensure you have permission from past choreographers/teachers to be able to continue to perform routines whose ownership may be in question at GTB events. Disputes in regards to this must be mediated and handled with class (outside of social media or the event itself) by the parties involved – but not involving any GTB staff or Directors – we will not get involved in this, we simply ask that you do the right thing.

2019/20 REGIONAL VIEWING FEES

  • All solo sessions there will be NO CHARGE for spectator viewing
  • All group or special event sessions there will be a small door charge for viewing

DIGITAL PROGRAMS ONLY FOR 2019/20 REGIONALS

  • In 2019/20 we will be printing less paper and doing our bit for the environment. All Regional programs will be digital! We will still email out a draft copy (for checking and alterations), a final version, and also posting a final version on our monitored app “GTB Dance”. The Finals Program will still be printed in A4 size.

FIRST AID

  • BE SAFE and come prepared! Not all venues have the facilities for ice-packs etc
  • Each Studio (entered in groups) MUST provide their own first aid person, ice, and first aid kit. GTB Staff are not responsible for providing any first aid equipment or ice/heat products.

ENTRIES

  • No mail in, phone, or fax entries will be accepted, unless authorised by the competition organiser. All entries must be registered online.
  • Late entries will be considered at the organiser’s discretion.
  • Entry fees are non refundable.
  • Groups must consist of at least four competitors.
  • ‘Age’ of a competitor is defined on entry page.
  • The competition is open to ‘Amateur’ competitors (definition – competitor is not working full time as a dance teacher or performer)
  • Music, lyrics, costumes and dance content must be age and event appropriate.
  • Any one item may be performed once only during the duration of the Competition, unless otherwise asked by the event organizer, eg Championships.
  • If a style is not available for the age group of the competitor, he/she may dance up an age group.
  • The definition of ‘FULL TIME DANCE STUDENTS’ for the purpose of competing in dance groups in this Eisteddfod will be any 
dancer who is enrolled in a dance course offering full time education in any dance discipline regardless of actual hours involved. These students are not paid professionals and still classed as amateur, therefore are still able to compete at our competitions.
  • If you enter or part enter, you may be subject to email campaigns (newsletters etc) until you unsubscribe (if necessary)

MUSIC

  • Music is via our Dropbox system from 2019, We do not accept CD’s at our events anymore, If you cannot supply music via the dropbox system please bring USB’s early in your session so we can add to the music playlist.
  • All music must be uploaded before the event cut of time.
  • All music must be age appropriate and free of any apparent profanity or vulgar language. Disqualification may occur if it is deemed the music is of this nature.
  • Time limits stated are maximum allowed. A solo performance is 3 minutes, song and dance is 3.30 minutes, duos/trios are 3 minutes, groups are 5 minutes.
  • Copyright Laws must be adhered to at all times. Entrants must be aware of their copyright responsibilities. Get The Beat is in no way responsible for personal breach of copyright. If in doubt contact APRA & AMCOS. Entrants are responsible for royalty payments if any.
  • Get the Beat is not responsible for any music that is not reclaimed at the completion of an event (we basically chuck it out).

PERFORMANCE

  • A competitor cannot compete against her/himself in any solo category. If a contestant has two routines of the same style, they are permitted to dance up an age group, but not in an age group below.
  • Dancers under the age of 13 (as at January 1 of the year competing) are NOT ABLE to dance in Open Age Group categories EXCEPT for Acro and EXCEPT if prior approval by GTB Management – this is mainly for Senior routines that are “senior” in style – just contact us, most acts will be fine…
  • The decision of the adjudicator(s)/judge(s) is final.
  • While a dancer is eligible to dance up an age group, the dancer is only eligible to receive overall awards (top 10, Top 5, runner up, winner, dream jr etc) for their own age group, if they are competing in their own age group at the same competition (i.e. in the program).
  • Prompting, except by adjudicator(s)/judge(s), is not be permitted.
  • Please respect the adjudicator(s)/judge(s) and refrain from speaking to him/her/them during the competition. If you need help with anything related to the adjudicator(s)/judge(s) please see the competition organisers in the first instance.
  • Should a competitor leave the stage as a result of having forgotten their routine or the music is corrupted, they will be asked to perform again just once.
  • No microphones to be used in any section, unless Directors decide to use them at a particular event.
  • All performances must be on the stage provided. No jumping off the stage or audience participation is allowed. Points/Placings may be deducted/lowered if the adjudicator feels the song choice or the movements are inappropriate for the category.
  • All competitors must be ready to perform at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, they are expected to be ready earlier.
  • Studios may compete “against each other” in group sections – e.g. have more than 1 routine in any particular section.

BACKSTAGE

  • Competitors must check in with the backstage stage manager prior to dancing.
  • Competitors must change in dressing rooms. Public areas are not be utilised as change rooms.
  • Absolutely no rehearsing in corridors or passageways.
  • All backstage personnel will be required to carry a current Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian’s bluecard.
  • Please use glitter and hairspray outside and not in a closed area where it could be a health hazard to other competitors.

PARENT/CARE GIVER RESPONSIBILITY

  • GTB is in no way any form of care / child care facility
  • Every under age competitor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who accepts full responsibility for the child at all times
  • Any child seen to be without a guardian will result in GTB contacting authorities to respond.

DRESSING ROOMS

  • Groups must be supervised at all time.
  • You must adhere to the venues policies and procedures at all times (eg Smoking, alcohol etc)
  • Dressing rooms will be allocated on the day and is discretion of the competition organisers.
  • In shared dressing rooms all competitors and associated parties are expected to demonstrate respect for the space, 
costumes and belongings of others at all times.
  • All electrical equipment used must be tagged and tested by a certified electrician.
  • Please be mindful of what you bring into a dressing room, hot drinks etc will be not allowed backstage.
  • Music/vocal volumes for rehearsals must be kept to a minimum at all times in all areas.
  • Please be mindful of rubbish and any mess created by a studio/school backstage or in any dressing rooms. Any excess cleaning required could result in a fine to the studio up to $200.
  • Any individual/studio/school found to have caused damage to their dressing space will be charged relevant repair costs. If preexisting damage is noted when you arrive in your dressing area the convener must be advised immediately.

PROPS

Get the Beat welcomes the use of props. Please be aware the transportation, set-up and tear-down of props are the sole responsibility of the studio or individual utilizing these props. For the dancers safety please ensure that any props used during our events are non-dangerous and not likely to injure/harm or potentially end anyones life. Get the Beat will not be held responsible for any potential injury or death resulting from a prop or props. It is the Studio or individuals responsibility to clean up after any prop use and ensure the stage is ready for the next act. Any props left at the completion of the event will be disposed of.

All props backstage must be labeled with studio name for identification purposes.

VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Absolutely no cameras, camcorders, or any other recording devices are permitted to use within the performance or dressing areas unless otherwise specified by the event organisers. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the venue. The purpose of this guideline is to protect the dancers and the intellectual property of the choreographers/studios.

All contestants grant permission to the directors of Get the Beat to use their photographs or to appear on local and/or national television to promote its competitions.

SAFETY

Every care will be taken for competitors’ safety, but the Management Team will not be responsible for any injuries sustained by any competitor or to property during the competition. Any performing dancer in these competitions takes certain risks in order to perform, these may include Strains, Sprains, Bruises, Broken Bones, Pulled muscles, and more. Participation in any Get the Beat competition indicates acceptance of such risks by performers. By accepting our terms and conditions every entrant will not hold Get the Beat, Shannon Cliff, Felicity Cliff, or any other staff members or volunteers responsible for illnesses, injuries, damages sustained by participating in any activity relating to Get the Beat dance competition, workshop, or related.
GTB competitions are NOT a baby-sitting service, every dancer attending must be in the full care of a parent or legal guardian who accepts all responsibility for the dancer.

CATEGORIES & DESCRIPTIONS

CAN ONLY PERFORM ONE SOLO PER SECTION

  • BALLET – Routine which must include classical steps and ballet technique. Ballet or pointe shoes only. THIS IS CLASSED AS “CLASSICAL” FOR ENTRY PURPOSES.
  • CONTEMPORARY – A routine which combines both lyrical and modern movements. Routine must show balance and control
  • MUSICAL THEATRE – Routine is theatrical in nature and is choreographed to music from broadway or a cinematic musical. Singing and/or lipsyncing is permitted, but not compulsory. Can be a Cabaret Dance
  • MUSICAL THEATRE (VOCALS ONLY) – Singing and/or Characterisation/Acting only, dance is NOT permitted in this section. THIS STYLE CAN BE PERFORMED IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE OR THE OPEN SECTION
  • SONG & DANCE – Routine must contain both singing & dancing. Singing or vocals not permitted on backing track. However, we do allow for some backing vocals and full vocals on the dance section only.
  • HIP HOP – A dance which consists of the latest street or break dance style, as seen in current dance videos.
  • SLOW MODERN/LYRICAL – Routine is choreographed utilising lyrical technique and maintains the theme of the music in a slow, controlled movement that demonstrates a close connection to the musical piece. Dancers must display balance, flexibility and control.
  • TAP – Routine is choreographed utilizing traditional or contemporary techniques/steps and/or rhythm patterns. No tap sounds are permitted in the music to aide the dancer. Dancers must wear tap shoes. Any style or tempo is permitted.
  • STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY – Must be produced by the student with no teacher assistance.
  • SPEED TAP –  A Tap routine with a very fast tempo. No tap sounds are permitted in the music to aide the dancer. Dancers must wear tap shoes. THIS CAN BE PERFORMED IN THE OPEN SECTION
  • SONG & TAP – Routine must contain both singing & dancing. Singing or vocals not permitted on backing track. However, we do allow for some backing vocals and full vocals on the dance section only. Dance style must be Tap. THIS CAN BE PERFORMED IN THE SONG & DANCE OR THE OPEN SECTION
  • MODERN EXPRESSIVE EN POINTE –  A modern routine to commercial music, combining modern dance elements and the classical ballet elements. Pointe shoes must be worn. THIS CAN BE PERFORMED IN THE OPEN SECTION
  • BROADWAY JAZZ – A broadway themed jazz routine to a song from a Broadway or Cinematic Musical THIS STYLE CAN BE PERFORMED IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE OR THE OPEN SECTION
  • DEMI CHARACTER – Routine portraying an easily recognizable character throughout, such as a cat, clown, etc. with music, costume and dance. Can incorporate any form of dance or gymnastics/acrobatics. Routine may include 50% acrobatics/gymnastics. THIS STYLE CAN BE PERFORMED IN THE CLASSICAL OR THE OPEN SECTION
  • JAZZ (also known as MODERN) – Routine is choreographed utilizing jazz technique and movement. This involves moves such as splits, kicks and isolations.
  • ACRO – Routine is comprised of gymnastic and/or acrobatic work with any amount of dance choreography.
  • PRODUCTION – Studio’s choice, normally the opening group number to a concert or end of year performance. Time limit is up to 10 minutes and can encompass many different songs or mixes or ages. FOR GROUPS ONLY, PERFORM IN THE ANY STYLE SECTION
  • IMPROV – Get the Beat hosts an improv competition at selected regionals! The Improv competition is divided up by age category where possible. Formatted much like an audition, the dancers are each assigned a number and perform their improv for the adjudicators in groups as large as 30. Following the preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds, the adjudicators determine the top 3 competitors and they are awarded the prizes. This style of Improv is quite ruthless and we advise that competitors enter at their own risk, parents be advised of the nature of “being cut” on stage – although this can be similar to real world audition processes.
  • OPEN – Can be a 2nd routine in the same genre already performed or to be performed. Cannot just do it in this section If we have the style available in other sections. Can be a routine we don’t have a section for also.

*Open Age Hip Hop Groups/Troupes/Crews has no age or amateur status requirements. GTB welcomes competing Hip Hop crews that compete at HHI or similar and thus rules for this section, and this section only, have been relaxed to allow teachers/professionals to compete alongside students as they do in other Hip Hop crew competitions.

PRIZES/AWARDS (GTB ONLY)

REGIONAL AWARDS + FINALS QUALIFYING
From 2020, we are making some exciting positive changes for everybody involved. After the continued overwhelming positive feedback and gratitude from families for our finals awards system we will be implementing a similar structure for our regional tour, therefore increasing our generosity towards competitors.

NEW REGIONAL AWARDS SYSTEM
All solo sections: 1st place: Custom GTB Trophy, 2nd/3rd place: GTB Custom Mega Medal
4th place onwards (eg everyone else in the section): Custom GTB medallion to match awarded score ranking given by the judge
HIGH GOLD (0-80) PLATINUM (81-90) DBL PLATINUM (90-100) (DIAMOND AND BLACK DIAMOND AWARDS ARE EXCLUSIVE TO GTB FINALS)

  • HIGH GOLD will qualify you for Starz division at GTB Finals
  • PLATINUM will qualify you for National Finals Competition at GTB Finals
  • DBL PLATINUM will qualify you for National Finals Competition at GTB Finals plus the prestigious Champion of Champions

TOP 5: If you make the Top 5 of your age group you qualify for TOP 5 DANCE OFF at GTB Finals + Champion of Champions (if not already qualified)
TOP 10: MAY qualify for Champion of Champions also – but only under Adjudicator discretion

If a dancer receives different score rankings for different solos (eg HIGH GOLD for Lyrical and PLATINUM for Tap) it will come down to the teachers discretion and consultation with GTB Directors as to what level to compete at finals.

All CHAMPION of CHAMPION qualifiers MUST enter the top level of competing at GTB FINALS

For Solos/Duos/Trios you will compete at Finals as at the age you first qualified and entered finals in the 2020 season (irrespective of age at next regional – unless you did not enter at the time of qualifying younger)

OTHER PRIZE INFO

Get the Beat will always reward the competitors for their hard work. In the event of a major prize – such as an overseas trip, we will clearly state who is to decide this prize and the conditions involved in accepting a prize of this nature. In the event of a prize handed to an individual or group that is unwanted, it is at the sole discretion of the event organiser to either select another recipient(s), rollover the prize to another competition, or not hand out the said prize altogether.

Please understand that we often have to turn away potential sponsors due to the relevance of the prize to the competitors, and if anyone receives something that is either unwanted, offensive to them, or not age appropriate, we will do our best to swap the prize for something of equal value that will appease the competitor.

The Studio that receives the Overall Highest scoring Group act, at the National Finals, will receive an invitation directly to the next years Finals (with half price entry fees) to defend their title.  This Studio can enter any routines they wish. They do not have to qualify via regionals.

Gala night performances at Nationals may be packaged as a complete sellable DVD/Downloadable File at the commencement of the competition and sold to the general public. You give your permission for this to occur by simply entering our competition. All performances that are a part of the Gala night will be included in this DVD/Downloadable File.

GTB National Champion of Champion Winners are able to compete and win at Regionals in the following years. They can also compete in Solo/Duo/Trio and Group sections, and Top 5 Dance Off, but cannot compete in Champion of Champions at Finals the year after they win. We would like the previous year winners to perform a handover dance and present the new winner with their prize. However, if a dancer wins Champion of Champions in Asia, they are able to compete in Australia finals Champion of Champions the following year, and vice versa.

A regional winner (Highest Scoring Soloist) is eligible to win a National Finals Major Prize and vice versa.

The winners of the Major Prizes (if the trip is a flight) must be able to make it to the take-off destination the following year, eg if leaving from Brisbane you will be expected to get your own way to Brisbane for the flight. Anyone accompanying the winner(s) of the Major Prizes (if they are flights) must pay their own way there, including flights, accommodation, transfers, etc – but we will make it easy for you and combine a lot of the cost.