EUROPEAN DANCE COMPETITION BRNO 2023
Competition rules and conditions
The competition is open to students of dance conservatories and professional ballet schools from all over Europe from 12 years of age up to graduation.
The aim of the competition is to become a platform for discovering, supporting and promoting the artistic potential of each participant far beyond the competition itself. With an equal opportunity for talent and diligence to be recognised, all contestants can gain valuable experience, contacts and friendships, as well as an engagement with the NdB2 company, in addition to competition prizes.
Participants compete in front of an international jury.
1st category 12–13,99 years
2nd category 14–16,99 years
3rd category 17 – until graduation
The age of each contestant as of the 1st day of the competition is decisive for the classification of each category.
A – classical dance – girls
B – classical dance – boys
C – modern dance – girls
D – modern dance – boys
E – classic pas de deux – girls (only for 3rd category)
F – classic pas de deux – boys (only for 3rd category)
Each competitor can perform only 1 time in each dance subcategory.
The competition takes place in two rounds and one decisive final evening with a self-selected variation from the first two rounds. All rounds will take place on the stage of the National Theatre Brno.
In the 1st round all contestants will perform a selected variation. They perform in leotard, ballerina, skirt, leggings, shorts, pants. All contestants will use the same light setup.
In categories C and D, it is possible to compete with a solo choreography or with a duet (2 girls, 2 boys, a girl and a boy), where each dancer will be evaluated by the jury separately.
Competitors advancing to the 2nd round in subcategories A and B will perform a second variation/second modern choreography, different from the first round. They perform in costumes, the lights can be adjusted by arrangement.
Competitors advancing to the 2nd round in categories C, D, E and F can perform the same variation as in the 1st round or different variation. They perform in costumes, the lights can be adjusted by arrangement.
The contestants advancing to the final round will perform a variation from the 1st or or 2nd round of their choice after the results of the 2nd round are announced. They perform in costumes, the lights can be adjusted by arrangement.
Contestants will provide their choice to the organizers no later than the evening before the final round.
Stage size is 16 x 16 meters.
Contestants will have the opportunity to space test before their category starts.
Functional props used during the dance are allowed, such as a chair, bow, hat, jacket… Props that may put the performance of other contestants in disadvantage are not allowed – water, spilled powder, sequins on stage…
The repertoire of classical and contemporary dance is the free choice of each participant (or their tutor). We highly recommend choosing an age-appropriate type of variation. Contestants are responsible for the selection of variations and their copyrights.
Classic Pas de deux must include adagio, variations and coda.
The time limit for the variation in the classical dance subcategory is 4 minutes.
Selection of variations for the 1st age category – without restrictions, using elements of classical dance with emphasis on purity of performance.
Selection of variations for the 2nd age category – classic variation (free of choice)
Selection of variations for the 3rd age category – classical variation or pas de deux (free of choice)
Selection of variations for the dance subcategory modern dance – without restrictions with emphasis on technique and style.
The time limit for the variation in the modern dance subcategory is 4 minutes.
Each participant is responsible for any inaccurate information provided in the registration form.
The expert jury evaluates separately in each age category and dance subcategory, separately for girls and boys.
The scoring system is based on a 100 point system and includes points for technical skill, artistic experience and potential for each participant. The total score for a participant is the average of all the judges’ scores. Contestants with a score of 75 points or more will advance from the first round. Contestants with a score of 80 points or more will advance to the third round.
In subcategories C a D and Pas de deux, each participant will be judged separately. It is possible to have a partner outside the competition.
The jury vote is simultaneous and non-negotiable.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The order of participants in each category will be available on the competition website.
There will also be a special Mario Radačovský Award for the universal dancer. This is a prize for the best contestant taking part in the classic variation or pas de deux as well as the modern subcategory.
After the 1st round of the competition of all categories, the contestants will be informed about the results of the competition on the competition website.
After the end of the 2nd round of the competition of all categories, the contestants will be informed about the results of the competition on the competition website.
After the final round of the competition of all categories, the winners of the competition will be announced on the stage of the Janáček Theatre and rewarded by an honorary jury.
The application deadline is of June 2023.
Please send the music by e-mail in MP3 format to the address firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 9th of June 2023.
Each recording must be labeled: Category_Subcategory_Description of entry (N,H)_Name of dance_School_ Name (N=entry and then music, H=music and then entry)
After submitting the music, the participant will be notified by the sound engineer of any irregularities in the music (pauses, sudden volume changes, etc.) if necessary
The entry fee and registration fee in one dance subcategory is 80 euros (2000 CZK), the entry fee for a dance in another dance subcategory is 40 euros (1000 CZK).
In case of cancelling the participation in the competition, the registration fee of 40 euros is non-refundable.
Registrations will be approved and confirmed by e-mail.
Further instructions and information
Participants take out their own health insurance.
They will enter the competition at their own risk and will not make any claims against the NdB in the event of injury. An adult (legal representative or teacher) is responsible for the behavior or damage caused by children under 18 years of age.
During the competition, tutors cannot give instructions to their students from the edge of the stage.
The organizer of the competition makes a video recording of the competition, which is intended for presentation of the competition on the website of the competition and on the Facebook profile of the competition.
It will not be possible to take your own photos or videos during the competition. A professional photographer will be available to take photographs as previously arranged.
We process your personal data in accordance with applicable Czech and EU legislation and in particular in accordance with the GDPR.
Entrance to the theatre will be free for the participants and their tutors/supervisors for the entire duration of the competition.
No public access is allowed to the 1st round of the competition.
The 2nd round and the final performances will be open to the public by purchasing tickets at the NdB customer centres on Dvořákova Street, online or directly at the Janáček Theatre box office.