“Our mission is to create a platform for budding artists to explore movement while learning the benefits and discipline of self growth through competition”
DOWNLOAD THE FEATURED SONG
All video submissions must use the track above to qualify for the contest.
Click here to Download ADAA theme song.
Record a video of dance team dancing to the downloaded theme song.
SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO
Log in to your
africadanceawards.com/schoolchampionships page and submit your video.
CREATE YOUR DANCE VIDEO
Produce your video and publish it on Youtube with Hashtags #SCHOOLCHAMPIONSHIPS #ADAACONTEST #DANCEYESYOUCAN in the video title or description.
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For your entry to be valid you must use hashtags in the video title, video description and displayed within the video.
TYPES OF ENTRIES
Duet/Trio (Duets/Trios compete against each other)
Small Groups (4-9 dancers)
Large Group (10-15 dancers)
Line (16+ dancers)
Production (16+ dancers)
Although we do not penalize for exceeding the suggested time limitations, we encourage choreographers to stay within them.
Small Groups- 3:00
Large Groups- 3:00
Entry fees are available for all categories. The list can be viewed by logging into your account, once one is created. Entry fees can also be make by either calling or emailing The ADAA Project office.
Dancers’ ages are determined by their age per January 1st of the competition year. To determine the age division per piece entered, the average age will be taken, dropping the decimal point. Performers will be responsible to provide proof of age if the occasion should arise. Approved age the contes is: Age 13 – up
Official Music for the championship can be downloaded electronically. Please log into your account to download music files.
Acro/Gymnastics: Movement should be composed of 50% or more tumbling/contortion elements and should incorporate dance technique.
Ballet: Movement must be that of either classical or contemporary ballet styles. Acro elements are not permitted.
Character: Movement can be of any style as long as the character is easily recognizable and they are telling a story. Ex) A super hero, an angel, Dorothy etc.
Clogging: Movement should execute clogging technique in a lively, rhythmic fashion. The majority of the choreography for each piece MUST be clogging technique and the students MUST wear clogging shoes.
Contemporary: Movement should consist of a combination of ballet, jazz & modern techniques, as well as other movement techniques, textures and choreographer’s/dancer’s personal style. Dancers should express themselves emotionally while interpreting the music. Their movement should tell a story to the audience.
Folk/Ethnic: Movement should portray that of an ethnic/folk style. Ex) Chinese, Latin, Russian, Irish Dance etc.
Hip hop: Movement must be Urban, Street, and Underground techniques. Including but not limited to- breaking, popping, locking, tutting, waving, old school (80s/90s), tipping, whacking, vogueing…
Jazz: Movement must consist of jazz technique ranging from Katherine Dunham, Gus Giordino, Fosse, Burlesque and Jazz Funk styles.
Lyrical: Movement should consist of a combination of ballet, jazz techniques. Performers should express themselves emotionally while interpreting the music. Their movement should tell a story to the audience.
Modern: Movement should contain interpretive & abstract choreography, while maintaining a balletic foundation. Movement should reflect styles of those such as dance legends Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp…
Musical Theater: Movement should incorporate any style reflecting that of a Broadway Show, Musical Motion Picture or Television Show.
Pointe: Movement must be that of either classical or contemporary pointe techniques. Performers must wear pointe shoes. Acro elements are not permitted. This style is only permitted for Prestige & Elite levels.
Pom-Pom/Drill: Movement should reflect that of cheer/drill technique. Routines should be precise, crisp and clean. Multiple creative formation changes and patterns are encouraged. Pom-poms are not required.
Tap: Movement may comprise of Classical Tap, Soft Shoe, and Hoofing styles. The majority of the choreography for each piece MUST be tap technique and the students MUST wear tap shoes. No recorded tap sounds are allowed in the music.
Twirling: Movement should reflect that of rhythmic gymnastics and color guard, incorporating dancing and gymnastics while twirling a baton.
Each performance will be critiqued on the following 6 elements:
Quality of Movement – 30
Technique – 30
Stage Presence – 15
Precision – 10
Choreography – 10
Costume – 5
At each competition there is a panel of 3 judges. Each judge can award to 100 points. All adjudications are final. Score sheets will be emailed at the conclusion of the competition weekend.
The combine scores of the distinct judges shall determine the placement of each performance. The scoring system is as follows:
High Gold: 260-269.9
High Silver: 0-249.9
Ties will not be broken in the general competition, but shall be broken for high score, overall and other special awards. In the event of a tie, the highest technique score, of the routines in consideration, will be the tie breaker. If there is a tie within the technique scores, the tie will be broken by the judges discretion. All tie breaks are final.
Each act will be awarded a plaque. For all performances having more then one dancer, each student will receive an individual pin.
The ADAA Project will present 4 Specialty Awards during the awards ceremony. Those honors are: 1. Movement Quality, 2. Technique, 3. Costume, 4. Choreography.
All adjudications by judges are final.
At every regional competition The ADAA Judges will recognize the top 3 studios competing in each city we host. To qualify for the THE CASH AWARD a School must compete at least 5 non-solo routines. For all Schools that qualify, The ADAA Judges will determine the 3 top Schools by figuring the average of each qualifying studios top 5 non-solo routines, across the entire weekend of competition. From this we will rank them from 3rd-1st and award them substantial cash prizes!
3rd place will be awarded a $250.00 Cash Prize
2nd place will be awarded a $500.00 Cash Prize
1st place, being named the ADAA School Champion, will be awarded a $750.00 Cash Prize
1) Secondary School students who have just completed their GCE ‘O’ Levels Examination
If posting results have not been released upon ADAA Interschool Championship date, you can only represent your secondary School.
If posting results have been released, you are only able to represent your posted school & not your previous school.
2) Overseas students who are currently studying in other African Countries
You can only participate if you have been OR are going to studying for at least 1 year or more.
3) University/Poly Graduates
If graduation ceremony happens after ADAA Interschool Championship, you can still represent your university/poly.
If graduation ceremony happens before ADAA Interschool Championship, you cannot represent your previous institution of education.
Videos must meet the following criteria:
- Video must feature Entrants showcasing dance moves by entrants
- Video must be a minimum of five (5) seconds in length and a maximum of four (4) minutes and fifty-nine (59) seconds in length, including any introduction, lead-in or tag;
- Video must include the Required Hashtags as specified above; and
- Video must be submitted in accordance with Section 3 below.
Videos are subject to the following Content Restrictions:
- Video must NOT include third parties/people, who have not expressly authorized in writing for the Entrant to feature their name, image, likeness or voice in the Video or otherwise use such name, image, likeness or voice in accordance with these Official Contest Rules. If requested, an Entrant may be required to verify such authorization in the form of a written release before being considered as a potential winner;
- Video must NOT verbally reference or include prominent third party logos, products, taglines, insignia, trademarks, signage or slogans other than references to Sponsor;
- Video must NOT contain subject matter which is, or could be considered, in the sole discretion of Contest Entities, obscene, pornographic, violent (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), defamatory, libelous, discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g., illegal gambling, underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, hateful, degrading, harassing, or otherwise unlawful, tortious or objectionable;
- Video should NOT contain any content that is protected by copyright unless the Entrant has obtained a proper copyright license to use such content in connection with the Contest, or include any recognizable locations or include names and/or descriptions of any copyrighted media production, including, without limitation, films, books, television programming, etc., other than references to Sponsor; and
Video must NOT contain any derogatory references regarding any of the Contest Entities; and
Sponsor reserves the right to edit the Video to comply with the Official Contest Rules (inclusive of the foregoing Content Restrictions) and allow Sponsor to exercise its rights in the Video as described in these Official Contest Rules or request that an Entrant edit or completely remove any content that may intentionally or unintentionally violate the Official Contest Rules. Sponsor will determine in its sole discretion which Videos have satisfied the eligibility requirements.
YOUTUBE VIDEO SUBMISSION
Entrants must publish their Video on YouTube and formally submit the video for consideration on the africadanceawards.com website. The entry will be considered made by the owner of the africadanceawards.com account used to submit the video, as long as such individual is otherwise eligible and in compliance with these Official Contest Rules.
Publishing on YouTube:
The Video must include the Required Hashtags in the Video title, and should also contain the Required Hashtags either listed on a title page within the video or otherwise clearly displayed within the video.
Submitting on africadanceawards.com:
Entrant must submit their video for consideration through the CHAMPIONSHIP submission link at https://africadanceawards.com/. In order to do so, they will be required to:
- Create a new account, or log in to an existing account, on Africadanceawards.com
- Submit the link to their YouTube channel
- Submit the link to their YouTube video submission
- Acknowledge they are at least 13 years of age or older and a legal resident of the eligible African countries
- Acknowledge they will be bound by the Official Contest Rules
IMPORTANT: During the Contest Period, your Video may be posted on the Sponsor’s website located at http://www.africadanceawards.com (the “Website”). Your Video will be available for viewing by the general public; therefore, be sure that you are comfortable with your Video before submitting. If you do not want your Video to be made public on the Website, do not enter this Contest.
Limit of (1-16) entry per person for the duration of the CHAMPIONSHIP.
All entries must be received or uploaded by the Submission Deadline specified above. Entries generated by a macro, script or other automated means will be disqualified. Incomplete, unreadable, or unintelligible entries will be disqualified. Upon request, Entrants must provide all information requested to be eligible to win. All information provided by Entrants becomes the property of Sponsor. Participation in the Contest constitutes Entrant’s understanding of and full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Contest Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant that Sponsor determines to be in violation of any term contained in these Official Contest Rules. ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS MUST SUBMIT THEIR VIDEOS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES. NO OTHER METHOD OF SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED.
There will be a professional photographer/videographer on site during the show, whom you can purchase photos/videos of your performance(s) from. Personal photography or videography with ANY type of electronic device is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Please respect other choreographers and performers. The ADAA Project has the right to remove anyone from the show who does not adhere to this rule. Thank you for understanding.
Registration can be completed online or by mail.
No changes can be made to entries once the event is closed.
Acceptable Methods of Payment
Via Phone: Credit Cards.
Via Bank Transfers: ATM
Via Online: Credit Cards.
Only one check is allowed for all entries per registration.
There is a 3% processing fee for credit cards.
There is a $25 fee for all returned checks and denied credit cards.
The ADAA Project accepts late entries. After registration has closed, late fees will apply. Between 29-1 days before the show, a late fee of $25 will be added to the total amount per entry.
All entry fees are non-refundable. In the case of a dancer getting injured or sick prior to competition the entry fee will be credited to dancer for the following season of competition, as long as a doctors note is presented to The ADAA Project staff. In the unlikely event of a cancellation of competition, The ADAA Project will do everything it can to find a suitable alternative in your area for your dancers to compete, if such alternative is not found The ADAA Project will refund monies paid.
The ADAA Project will email studio owners/directors the schedule 7-10 days prior to the competition.
The schedule is always subject to change.
Please be prepared to perform routines at least 90 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.
The maximum height for all props is 10 feet.
There is a TOTAL of 5 min maximum for set up/break down of all props on the stage.
All props must be labeled with the contestant’s name.
The contestants is responsible for cleaning the stage after the performance in less then 1 minute.
If the marley is DAMAGED beyond repair by a prop, the contestant is responsible for the cost of damages incurred.
The following materials are NOT ALLOWED:
liquid, glitter, paint, gel, flammable materials, aerosols or any other hazardous materials.
If you have questions about a particular prop please call The ADAA Project home office.
Rosen is NOT ALLOWED on shoes or on the Marley.
There is NO storage of props in the wings. Performers must be able to enter/exit stage easily.
There is NO storage of props back stage if space does not permit. If space allows it is welcome.
Load in/out of props must be done the SAME DAY as the performance.
The ADAA Project is NOT responsible for any props left unattended and/or over night.
Any props left behind at the conclusion of the show at the end of the weekend will be discarded.