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April 8, 2011

Sayaw Pinoy 2011: NCCA National Dance Competition

Sayaw Pinoy 03.30.2011
The National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the leadership of Shirley Halili-Cruz has organized the Sayaw Pinoy: The NCCA National Dance Competition as part of its efforts to promote dance in its various forms – folkdance, ballet, modern/ contemporary, hip hop and ballroom. It aims to stress the importance of the competition as a means of motivation for artistic excellence but not an end to itself. It also hopes to teach emotional fitness through teamwork as the group experience will bring about dependability, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship, discipline, creativity and awareness of the value of the art of dance. Consequently, acquiring the value of working together toward common goals will extend to daily undertakings beyond the competition.

Anchored on this belief, the NCCA-NCD launches the Sayaw Pinoy: The NCCA National Dance Competition. This competition aims to promote artistic excellence in the different dance forms in the spirit of friendly competition.

Dates and Venues:
April 25: Folkdance, Neo-classical and Ballroom
April 26: Contemporary and Hiphop
Venue: Manila (specific venue to be announced)

General Guidelines

1. The Competition is open to all Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines.
2. Dance categories for the 2011 competition are the following: Folk Dance, Neoclassical Ballet, Ballroom, Contemporary and Hip Hop.
3. Entries on the Official Form only (download entry form) should be submitted to the NCCA Arts Section, 5th Floor, NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila on or before the closing date, April 15, 2011 Entries may also be emailed to,, or or faxed to 5272198.
4. All participants must be at least 13 years old as of April 15, 2011 deadline for the submission of entries.
5. Each group shall be composed of a minimum of 6 dancers and a maximum of 20 dancers.
6. Dance groups and dancers directly or indirectly associated with judges, National Dance Committee members and organizing committee will not be allowed to participate in the competition.
7. Prompting of competitors from the backstage or from the audience is not allowed.
8. All expenses in joining the competition shall be shouldered by the participating groups.
9. No registration fees will be charged to participate in the competition.
10. No group/dancer may appear more than once in the same dance category. ( A folk dance group or a folk dancer cannot appear twice in the folk dance category)
11. A group/ dancer may participate in more than one dance category. (Example: a folk dance group or a folk dancer may have entries in the other dance categories: Neoclassical ballet, Contemporary, Ballroom or Hip hop)
12. A time limit of 5 minutes will be enforced and corresponding one point from each judge’s average score shall be deducted in the event the time limit is exceeded. The time of the performance starts with the first note of the music or the first movement, whichever comes first. Please enter the length of the performance in the Entry Form.
13. The committee reserves the right to amend these guidelines or refuse any entry on any grounds with proper advice to the parties concerned.
14. All music must be recorded on CD only – no cassette tapes allowed, no live band or musicians allowed. There shall only be one music in one CD..
15. No lighting design/special lights will be allowed.
16. All competitors will be assigned numbers for the competition through drawing of lots.
17. Personal photography and video taping will be strictly prohibited during the competition proper. Official photographers and videographers will be provided by the organizers for documentation purposes.
18. Participation in the event is entirely at the dancers' own risk. Performance of dangerous choreography is not endorsed by the competition committee (and will not be reflected favorably in the scoring).
19. Failure to comply with any of the foregoing rules and conditions will result to disqualification.
20. The judges’ decision is final and unappealable.
21. The following are strictly not allowed in the performance:
1. The use of real fighting armor (e.g. sword, knife, guns, arrow, spears, etc…)
2. The use of any form of liquid (e.g. blood, oil, water, etc.)
3. The use of fire, candles and any pyrotechnic materials.
4. The use of confetti either drop or bomb.
5. Breaking of glass, pots, etc…
6. Audio visual presentation or screen projection.

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