AFRICAN DANCE AWARD CATEGORIES 2018 | NOMINEES
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Call for awards applications: 16th July-17th August, 2018.
Award Committee Review and Shortlisting: 17th August -17th September, 2018
Announcement and online voting :20th October – 30th November, 2018
Press Conference 14th December, 2018
Awards and Gala Night: 16th December,2018
ABOUT THE ADAA
The ADAA, also known as the African Dance Academy Awards, are a set of 30 awards for artistic and technical merit in the dance industry, given annually by the African Dance Academy (ADA), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.
Before You Nominate
Before you nominate, please read the selection criteria. Try to say in 2–3 sentences why you think the dancer/choreography/company was outstanding, exceptional, innovative etc., and therefore worthy of recognition and reward from the professional dance community.
These comments help convince the selection panel who may, or may not, have seen the performance. Please note: the number of times a work or person is nominated is not a deciding factor.
All nominees must be working in the professional dance sector.
All nominees must be making innovative and exceptional work of national significance OR making an outstanding and enduring contribution to the dance industry through their work as a dancer, teacher, writer, designer, researcher etc.
To be eligible for an award for new work (i.e. choreography, film, independent work), the piece must have premiered between 1 January and 31 November the previous year. If a work was not a premiere in this period, you can still nominate a dancer or company for an outstanding performance award.
To be eligible for a lifetime achievement or service award, nominees must have a long-standing national, and perhaps international, profile.
Rules & Regulations
There will be no self-nomination. The committee will discard entries for self-nomination when found.
An open call for nominations for the various categories would be put out for a period of 4 weeks.
We reserve the right to move an entry to a different category from the category entered if the entry is better suited to that category.
All nominations must be submitted using the Online Nominating Process. Nominations and supporting materials must be received not later than 31st October, 2018. Extensions to this date will be granted if the need be.
All Entries should be accompanied by a high-resolution colour photograph of the individual nominated. These files can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Each category would consist of not more than 6 finalists
Nominations may be made by any persons or groups who have considerable knowledge of the individual or institution and can attest to their qualification for such award.
Winners will NOT be notified before the ADAA 2018 Dinner; however, all nominations must be accompanied by the name of the person who will be accepting the award if the nominee is chosen as the winner.
Each winner is expected to accept their award on stage at the awards ceremony on 16th December, 2018.
It should be assumed and noted that all events will be filmed for distribution and promotion purposes. By attending any of our events, you acknowledge awareness of this statement and release ADAA Project, African Dance Academy, its owner, operators, officers, and duly designated representatives operating in either an official or unofficial capacity free from any liability regarding your image, including use and distribution.
All entries become the permanent property of the ADAA Project, ADAA organizers. Entrants may be contacted occasionally by the organizers via email, unless the entrant notifies the organizers otherwise, for the purpose of informing the entrant of promotional opportunities and follow ups on nominee’s entries.
At any point in the Contest, an entrant may be disqualified at the discretion of the Award Committee if the entrant is unable to meet the requirements in a timely manner. This may include being unavailable for interviews or fact checking. Entrants may also be disqualified or Award will be retrieved if it is determined that the nomination form misrepresents the entrant’s achievements in any way.
African Dance Academy Awards 2018
The annual African Dance Academy Awards recognise and honour professional African dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to African dance.
acknowledge the depth and diversity of the dance profession in our society. reward those whose achievements raise the standards, profile and prestige of dance in Africa. present a performance program representing the excellence and diversity of both innovative and established dance in Africa.
Who can I nominate?
You can nominate any professional choreographer, dancer, company, teacher or a person who has made a significant contribution to the art form through their designs or compositions for dance.
You can nominate professional performance that has premiered (or been remounted or recast) between 1 January and 31 November the previous year.
Is the performance eligible?
Check the eligible works list. (This list is compiled throughout the year by ADAA staff and is intended simply to serve as a reminder. Sometimes a work or an artist slips through the system and does not make it onto this list. Please email the Nominations Coordinator if you think a work is missing.)
Before you nominate, please read the selection criteria for each award category.
How are the awards decided?
- Public nominations
You nominate examples of the year’s best professional dance. Anyone can nominate online or by emailing the Nominations Coordinator.
Our team makes sure all eligible work has a chance of being nominated. We contact Australia’s dance companies and independent artists, consult with the ADAA network and advertise the nominations process.
We contact the people you nominate and collect their DVDs and reviews. We combine this with your nomination comments for the Awards selection panel to review.
- The selection panel chooses their shortlist
The selection panel first considers the supporting comments received with each nomination. They also watch recorded versions of performances they have not seen.
Each panel member shortlists and rates their top four in each award category, giving:
4 points for first place
3 points for second place
2 points for third place
1 point for fourth place
- The final shortlist and winners
We add up these points, and in each award category, the four nominees with the highest scores become this year’s African Dance Academy Awards shortlist. The nominee with the highest score in each award category is the winner.
How do I get my work nominated?
Are you a professional dance company or independent dance artist?
Here are some ideas to help you get your work nominated for an ADAA.
Invite ADAA panel members to your performances via the Nominations Coordinator
Invite your audience and your friends to nominate your work for the ADAA (remember, the number of nominations is not important – it is the comment that accompanies the nomination that the panel considers)
Include the ‘ADAA– you can nominate!’ invitation in your programs and on your website
Include this invitation in your programs and on your website:
ADAA – you can nominate!
Were you excited or moved by the performance this evening? Did a particular dancer deliver a stunning performance?
You can nominate a choreographer, a dancer, a company or a piece of choreography for an African Dance Academy Awards. Nominate now while your memory is fresh! Visit the ADAA website.
The annual African Dance Academy Awards recognise and honour professional African dance artists.
The long list
Nominations are open to the public
The selection panel considers all eligible nominations and your supporting comments.
- The selection panel reads biographies of nominees for lifetime achievement, services to dance and services to education to make a well informed decision about who makes it into the shortlist.
- They view video excerpts of nominated works.
- Each panel member rates their top four in each category by allocating 4 points for first place, 3 points for second place etc.
- If the scores for the winners are even or very close, the panel consults with the advisors until there is a majority agreement.
Are you eligible for an award?
All nominees must be:
- working in the professional dance sector and making innovative and exceptional work of national significance OR
- have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the dance industry through their work as a teacher, writer, designer etc.
For an award for outstanding achievement in choreography, film, musical or physical theatre, or a youth, community or independent project, the work must have premiered between 1 January and 31 December the previous year.
If a work was not a premiere in this period, you can still nominate a dancer or company for an outstanding performance award.
For lifetime achievement, services or education award, nominees must have a long-standing national or international profile.
Please read the selection criteria for each award category and include a thoughtful, descriptive and concise explanation about why you think the nominee was outstanding, exceptional or innovative. These comments help convince the selection panel who may not have seen the performance.
The panel is made up of 13 dance professionals.
Members represent the dance sector and include teachers, independent artists, dance company directors, writers/critics, administrators and youth dance specialists.
Panel members serve a 3–4 year term. If a member of the selection panel is nominated for an award, they are excluded from voting in that category and excluded from any discussion about that category.
African Dance Academy manages the nominations and the selection panel, and is responsible for maintaining award categories, selection criteria and a transparent voting process.
The African Dance Academy Awards are carefully managed to guard the credibility and ensure its sustainability. A committee of professionals drawn from different sectors will be appointed to provide oversight over the awards process. The Awards committee are eminent professionals comprising of the UN System, Government, Diplomatic Missions, Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations.
The 2018 Awards Committee members are:
The African Dance Academy Awards are presented annually in Africa by The ADAA Project and are awarded to recognise excellence in professional dance. They are widely regarded as the most prestigious award presented for dance in Africa.
- BEST EMERGING MALE
This category celebrates male dancers who are ranked by their level of prominence as new acts in their field, who regularly dazzle audiences with their talents. We are also interested in new dancers who stared as backup dancers
There are thousands of males working as dancers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable emerging male dancers.
- BEST EMERGING FEMALE
This category celebrates female dancers who are ranked by their level of prominence as new acts in their field, who regularly dazzle audiences with their talents. We are also interested in new dancers who stared as backup dancers
There are thousands of female working as dancers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable emerging male dancers.
- BEST MALE DANCER
This category celebrates exceptional male dancers who are ranked by their level of prominence as best acts in their field, they bring the moves to the stage and regularly dazzle audiences with their talents.
Famous men dancers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, they light up the stage with their moves and bring the show to the fans
There are thousands of males working as dancers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable emerging male dancer.
- BEST FEMALE DANCER
This category celebrates exceptional female dancers who are ranked by their level of prominence as best acts in their field, they bring the moves to the stage and regularly dazzle audiences with their talents.
Famous female dancers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, they light up the stage with their moves and bring the show to the fans
There are thousands of males working as dancers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable emerging male dancer.
- BEST FREESTYLER
This category celebrates exceptional male/female dancers who are ranked by their level of dance, performance, or compete in an improvised or unrestricted fashion.
- BEST DANCE COMPANY
This category celebrates best dance schools in Africa with a disagree of phenomenal teaching. As school gives great opportunities for young dancers with high potential to succeed and become world renowned dancers in the future.
- BEST STAGE PRODUCTION
This category celebrates stage productions that fuses African theatre presentations with outstanding productions in Africa with a disagree of phenomenal performance.
- BEST CHOREOGRAPHER IN A MUSIC VIDEO
This category celebrates the creativity and exceptionality in a choreographer’s skills, the male/female creates dance compositions and plans and arranges dancemovements and patterns for dances.
BEST CHOREOGRAPHER IN A STAGE PRODUCTION
This category celebrates the most skilful male/female in planning, creating and realizing the dance or movement design concept for Directors, Producers and Designers, that best trains Dancers and Actors in dance routines and movement.
He or She must possess research skills, prepare and adapt styles of dancing based on the requirements of a production.
- BEST VIDEO VIXEN/DANCE WORKOUT
This category though can be classified and understood in different ways, but for the purpose of this event, we classify in the category of dance, music fitness. This category celebrates a woman of a different and astonishing nature, with beautiful, sexy, and probably endowed with enough skills to provide the audience with entertainment and fitness.
- BEST DANCE CREW
This category celebrates the most skilful dance troupe or group of dancers and associated personnel who work together to perform dances as a spectacle or entertainment.
- BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
This category celebrates exceptional personalities who have revolutionized dance moves, and some of them continue to revolutionize the different forms of dance that we have today. We have found these individuals in greater depths.
- BEST ONLINE SENSATION
The advent of social media has helped people increase their outreach to a global audience.
In the context of present celebrity culture, an Internet celebrity, blogebrity, cyberstar, online celebrity, micro-celebrity or Internet personality, in this category, the ADAA celebrates a dancer who has become famous by means of the Internet.
- BEST CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE MUSIC VIDEO
Busting moves, throwing shapes and getting down have always been what makes a good music video great. In this category ADAA celebrates a music video with special dance routines that we’ll never be able to forget.
- MOST FIERCE DANCER UNDER 18
There is something about dance that disrupts tension, and channels it into a new, galvanizing energy. It’s a form that is able to make audacious and timely points, often when we least expect it. This category celebrates a versatile dancer who is under 18.