BOOK 3 RULES FOR IDO DANCE DISCIPLINES
1.1.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS – PERFORMING ARTS
Each dance discipline has some rules specific to that particular discipline. Such information is provided under the specific heading for the discipline in question. In general, the following rules apply to all Performing Arts Disciplines. Any exceptions are noted in each rule.
||7 and under
||12 and under
||13 – 16
||17 and over
||31 and over
||50 and over (Belly Dance /Oriental)
In the Modern Dance Discipline, Mini Kids are not allowed. (AGM 2015, Implementation January 1st, 2016) Competitors in all dance disciplines dance to their own music. No dancer shall compete against him or herself.
Permitted in many Performing Arts disciplines. However, Stage Props must be carried by the dancer(s) in one trip. Stagehands/assistants are not allowed to carry props for the dancer(s).
NOTE: Cumbersome scenic props are not permitted in any dance, category, style or division at any IDO Event.
Hand Props are anything carried with the hands and not part of the costume (bells, flags, cane, umbrella, etc.).Floor Props are the same, objects set on the floor (chairs, stairs, ladders, tables, etc.).Scenic Backgrounds and Backdrops (scenic curtains or flats – scenery).Liquids or other substances that can litter, damage, or make the dance floor/stage unsafe may not be used in any category or discipline. Using electrical devices, such as personal light effects and music which the dancer plugs into an electric socket – props may be used but must be powered by a battery.
SCENIC SET UP AND BREAK DOWN
Scenic backgrounds and floor props must take no longer than 15 seconds to set up and 15 seconds to carry it away in Solo, Duo, Trio and 25 seconds in Small Group entries. Formations will be allowed 45 seconds to set up and 45 seconds to take it off the stage. Time will begin as soon as the first piece of scenic material touches the stage and in taking it off, as soon as the last piece is off the stage. This rule applies to all Performing Arts disciplines. The rule regarding dancers carrying the props in one trip, on and off, will remain the same.
DURATION OF PERFORMANCE
|| MINIMUM Time Duration
|| MAXIMUM Time Duration
|Solos, Duos, Trio (Tap only)
|| 1 minute & 45 seconds (1:45)
|| 2 minutes & 15 seconds (2:15)
|| 1 minute in Ballet solo
|| 2 minutes & 30 seconds (2:30)
|| 3 minutes (3:00)
|| 2 minutes & 30 seconds (2:30)
|| 4 minutes (4:00)
|| 5 minutes
|| 8 minutes
Set-up time is explained below
Children’s Formation will be 2:30 minimum and 3:00 maximum in Performing Arts, except Belly Dance and Flamenco Dance.
The time limit for all Productions is 8 minutes maximum, which will allow the opportunity to have a final with 3, including an open marking.
Lifts are defined as movements/figures in which both feet of one dancer are off the floor and such figures/movements are performed with the help / physical support of another person.
Lifts are permitted in some, but not all dance disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question.
Lifts are NOT permitted in Children’s divisions, except in Production and Mini Production.
Acrobatics are those movements, in which body overturns round sagittal or frontal axis, such as somersaults, hand wheeling, and similar figures.
These movements are permitted in some, but not all disciplines. Please refer to specific rules for the discipline in question. If permitted, acrobatic movements will not always enhance the dancer’s score, and could even detract from the score if they are not performed in a technically correct manner.
In all disciplines where applicable, in Children, age division acrobatics are allowed if a body part is touching the floor.
Acrobatics must not dominate the routine.
In Children age division, all acrobatics must be performed without any physical support of a dancer, dancers.
(AGM 2017, Implementation 1.1.2018, no change possible before 2021)
SPECIAL NOTE FOR ROUTINE RESTRICTIONS
No dance routine shall be performed in more than one discipline.
Example: The same routine cannot be performed in both a Jazz and Show Dance, nor can a Modern piece be performed in both a Modern and Ballet event.
SPECIAL RULE FOR COSTUMES
In Jazz/Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Tap Dance and Show Dance disciplines dancers will not be allowed to change their costume during a performance or competition unless it is ordered because of an infraction of the Costume Rules. It will also not be allowed to change the music or choreography in the next or final round.
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE CHILDREN AGE DIVISION
Dark themes, costumes, and music are not permitted in the Children Age Division