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November 8, 2013

Sayaw Pinoy 2013 - The NCCA National Dance Competition

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, neo-classical/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 as a team towards 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.

Date and Venue:
December 7: (2:00pm) Folkdance (6:00pm) Neo-classical/Contemporary
December 8: (2:00pm) Ballroom (6:00pm) Hip-hop
Venue: SM MALL IN METRO MANILA (exact venue to be announced)

General Guidelines
1. The Competition is open to all Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines.
2. Dance categories for the 2013 competition are the following: Folk Dance, Neoclassical/Contemporary, Ballroom and Hip Hop.
3. Official Entry Form only shall be submitted to the NCCA Arts Section, 5th Floor, NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila on or before the closing date, November 22, 2013 at 5:00pm. Entries may also be emailed to,,, or or faxed to 5272198.
4. All participants must be at least 13 years old as of November 22, 2013 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: Neo-classical/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 (1) 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:
a.) The use of real fighting armor (e.g. sword, knife, guns, arrow, spears, etc…)
b) The use of any form of liquid (e.g. blood, oil, water, etc.)
c.) The use of fire, candles and any pyrotechnic materials.
d.) The use of confetti either drop or bomb.
e.) Breaking of glass, pots, etc…
f.) Audio visual presentation or screen projection.

Competition Prizes (All prizes are subject to 13% withholding tax)
Prizes Folkdance Ballroom Neo-classical/ Contemporary Hip Hop
First Prize 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000
Second Prize 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
Third Prize 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000
2 consolation Prize 10,000 (each) 10,000 (each) 10,000 (each) 10,000 (each)

Specific Guidelines
The folk dance category is strictly traditional and folk-based dances of the Philippines.
Specific Guidelines:
1. The dance material for the 2013 SAYAW PINOY: The NCCA National Dance Competition is on RURAL DANCES (skill dances).
2. The dance must be taken from any published Philippine folk dance book listed below:
a. Philippine Folk Dances, Volume 1-6 by Francisca Reyes Tolentino
b. Philippine National Dances by Francisca Reyes Aquino
c. Visayan Folk Dances, Volumes 1-2 by Libertad Fajardo
d. Pangasinan Folk Dances by Jovita Sison Friese
e. Samar Folk Dances by Juan C. Miel
f. Handumanan by Jose Balcena
g. Philippine Folk Dances and Songs by the Bureau of Public Schools 1965
h. Sayaw: Dances of the Philippine Islands Volume 1-7 by the Philippine Folk Dance Society
3. Costume is based on the description of the literature.
4. No medley (combination) of different dances is allowed.
5. In dances where the author does not specify or describe the entrance/exit, the trainer may arrange one; however, it must not exceed one minute.
6. The dance must be accompanied by recorded music or CD prescribed by the book. Live accompaniment is not allowed. (general guideline)
7. Group composition is from a minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 which could be all males, all females or a combination of males and females. (general guideline)
8. Five photocopies of the literature of the dance shall be submitted to the Organizer together with the application form on the set deadline.
9. Criteria for Judging: Performance 30%, Correct Interpretation of Written Instruction (20%), Staging (20%), Costume (15%) and Audience Impact (15%)

Specific Guidelines
1. The contest piece must be at least four (4) minutes but not more than five (5)
2. The dance piece should be an original choreography in neo-classical/contemporary
3. Soft ballet shoes or pointe shoes may be worn (optional)
4. Sets are not allowed (e.g. risers, back drop, tables, etc.). Hand props may
be used (e.g. stick, fan, ring, umbrella, etc.). Bamboo, wood, steel or plastic pole may be used but must not be more than 3 meters long.
The following are strictly not allowed in the performance:
a.) The use of real fighting armor (e.g. sword, knife, guns, arrow, spears, etc…)
b) The use of any form of liquid (e.g. blood, oil, water, etc.)
c.) The use of fire, candles and any pyrotechnic materials.
d.) The use of confetti either drop or bomb.
e.) Breaking of glass, pots, etc…
f.) Audio visual presentation or screen projection.

5. Costume must be appropriate to the concept of the dance. Nudity is strictly
6. Obscene choreography/ indecent movements and killing of animals are strictly
7. Violation of any of these contest guidelines will result to disqualification of the
participating group.
8. Criteria for judging: Choreography/composition (30%), performance (30%), technique (20%) and over-all impact (20%)

The Hip hop dance is a fusion of street dance disciplines and cultural interpretations from around the country. The dance routine incorporates the look, music, attitude, posture and street dance style. The most real routine showcase is a variety of hip hop dance styles, signature moves and choreography conveying the character and energy of the street.
Specific Guidelines:
1. Groups are permitted to mix and bring music of their choice on a standard CD.
2. The Routine must be performed, in its entirety to the music selected, prepared and submitted by the group.
3. The contest piece must be three (3) minutes but not more than five (5) minutes
4. Groups should include in their performance a broad selection of street dance styles without excessive use of the same move or pattern. A varied range of styles should be shown in the choreography of arm, leg and body movement.
5. Attire may include accessories such hats, caps, gloves, scarves, jewelries, etc. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is allowed provided it is not offensive or out of character. Appropriate clothing should be observed in the competition.
6. Movements that are categorized under break dance are permitted, but should not control/ dominate the performance.
7. Any move where the competitors’ weight is solely on the neck/ head i.e. head spins, head stands, etc. is not allowed.
8. Criteria for Judging: Choreography (20%), rhythm and timing (20%), costume (10%), technique (25%) and performance (25%)
Specific Guidelines
1. Sub-category for Ballroom Team Formation. Formation dancing shall be either
in the following:
a. Standard
Teams in the Standard will base their routines on the International Style
Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. No dances other than the ones
listed will be allowed.
b. Latin American
Teams in the Latin American will base their routines on the International Style Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba and Paso Doble. No dances other than the ones listed will be allowed.
The composition of dance routines for either Standard or Latin American shall conform to 70% syllabus technique and 30% highlight. Emphasis shall be given on over-all synchronization of the team.
2. Age groupings. The Team Formation competition shall be open to 12 years old and
3. Size of Formation Teams. Teams of 3 couples to a maximum of 8 couples shall
compose a competing team. A couple is a male and female pair.
4. No person may dance in more than one team in each style in any given dance
5. Solo (Open) Work – Standard Category
5.1 Solo (Open) work is defined as when any couple in the formation team has less than two (2) points of contact between the two (2) partners. Even though a couple may not be in a traditional closed hold, they will be considered to be in “closed” position if there are at least two points of contact between the two partners.
5.2 If a couple is in open position at the end of a bar is counted as a solo. If a couple is in a closed position at the end of a bar of music, then that bar is not counted as
5.3 Regardless of how many “open bars” of music are danced, every team shall have at least 50% of their bars in the routine proper danced in the traditional competitive ballroom hold (which includes the lady’s left hand being placed on the man’s right shoulder).
5.4 Solo work in the Standard Category shall be restricted to eight (8) bars in any one dance, with a maximum of 24 bars over the whole presentation.
This does not apply to the Latin dances in which solo work is normally a part of.
6. Time Restrictions
6.1 Formation teams shall dance for a minimum of 3 minutes, but shall be limited to a maximum of 5 minutes of music for their routine including entrance and exit.
6.2 The timing of the formation team routine begins when the first person sets foot onto the dance floor. The timing ends when the last person on the team steps off the dance floor.
7. Music. Teams are allowed to use music for their entrance and exits if desired. When music is used for the entrance and/or exit, there must be a complete break in the music for a space of at least two seconds that separates the entrance/exit from the routine music proper. The formation team must remain motionless during this break both before and after the routine proper.
8. Lifts and Properties
No Lifts are allowed.
No props are allowed at any time in any competitive category for formation
teams. This includes the teams’ entrance and exit.
A prop is defined as any item that is not part of the regular costume worn by the dancers and is not attached to the dancer or their costume for the full duration of time that the dancers are on the floor.
. A hat will be considered a prop if it is removed at any time from the dancer’s head, including entrance and exit.
9. Dress Code
9.1 The dresses and costumes shall follow the dress code prescribed in international competitions. Dresses/costumes have to create characteristic shape for the dance.
9.2 Dresses/costumes have to cover the intimate parts of the dancers’ bodies.
9.3 Dresses/costumes and make-up have to respect age and level of dancers.
9.4 No change of clothing/costume is permitted once the competition begins
B. Criteria for Judging: Performance (30%), interpretation (30%), costume (20%), and over-all impact (20%.)

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