The 2017 Miami Latin Dance Championships

The Miami Latin Dance Championships - Rules and Regulations

The Miami Latin Dance Championships was created by UV Latin Dance Academy as a way to provide another local competitive opportunity for the amateur dancers of the Florida Latin Dance scene. Of course, dancers from all over are welcome to participate as well, in what we promise to be a well organized and high caliber experience for all competitors. 

**Important Note: All competitors must purchase a competitors Pass ($125). If you are a performer and have already purchased a performers pass ($100), you may upgrade to the competitors pass by paying the difference ($25). Each category that you choose to compete in is an additional charge per dancer.  There will be no refunds once registration closes one week prior to the competition on Sunday March 26th, 2017. Once Registration closes,  NO ONE will be able to register online or on site. Also, no competitor will be able to register for more categories or heats once registration is closed. Please make sure that you review and enter all desired categories before the closing of registration on March 26th, 2017. 

Categories:

•    Pro-Am Beginner on1 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Intermediate on1 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Advanced on1 Salsa Just Dance Heat

•    Pro-Am Beginner on2 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Intermediate on2 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Advanced on2 Salsa Just Dance Heat

•    Pro-Am Beginner Bachata Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Intermediate Bachata Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Advanced Bachata Just Dance Heat

•    Pro-Am Beginner Cha Cha Cha Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Intermediate Cha Cha Cha Just Dance Heat
•    Pro-Am Advanced Cha Cha Cha Just Dance Heat

•    Am-Am Beginner On1 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Intermediate On1 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Advanced On1 Salsa Just Dance Heat

•    Am-Am Beginner On2 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Intermediate On2 Salsa Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Advanced On2 Salsa Just Dance Heat

•    Am-Am Beginner Bachata Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Intermediate Bachata Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Advanced Bachata Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Beginner Cha Cha Cha Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Intermediate Cha Cha Cha Just Dance Heat
•    Am-Am Advanced Cha Cha Cha Just Dance Heat

•    Amateur Team Showcase Open
•    Amateur Solo Showcase Open
•    Amateur Couple Showcase Open
•    Pro-Am Couple Showcase Open 


•  Junior Team Showcase
•  Junior Solo Showcase
•  Junior Pro-Am Showcase

•  Teen Pro-Am Showcase​


Rules and Definitions:

An “Amateur Dancer” is defined as a person who does not make 100% of their living from dance. They may receive none or some compensation for their dancing but it does not make up 100% of their income. 

A “Professional Dancer” is a dancer who makes their living solely off of their dance ability, whether it be instruction, performance, etc.

A “Professional Team” is defined as a team made up of all professional dancers. 

An “Amateur Team” is made up of all student or part time dancers and may have some professional team members as well. 

A “Pro-Am” couple is a team made up of a professional instructor and an amateur student. 

An “Am-Am” couple is a team made up of two amateur dancers. 

In all “on1 salsa” categories your timing must show a forward break on the 1 count and a back break on the 5 count or visa-versa. This timing must be maintained throughout the entire dance. 

In all “on2 salsa” categories your timing must show a break forward on the 2 count and a back break on the 6 count or visa-versa. This timing must be maintained throughout the entire dance.

“Just Dance” means that a category is strictly a lead - follow dance during a minute and a half time frame where the DJ will play a song of his choice to reflect the genre and level of the dance. In these categories dips are allowed, however lifts and tricks are not allowed and competitors will be disqualified immediately.  

A “showcase category” is a choreography round where dancers execute a pre-choreographed routine to a song they have chosen and cut to fit the correct time frame. All showcase divisions may use any type or number of tricks lifts or dips.

Category Time Length

Heated categories 1:30
Soloist Showcase 1:30 – 1:45
Couple Showcase 2:00 – 2:30
Team Showcase 2:00 – 3:00

Judging Criteria

Just Dance Categories:

40% Timing – Do the dancers show and maintain proper timing through out the entire dance.  

30% Latin Dance Technique – Do the dancers demonstrate the true essence and feel of the genre they are dancing?  Judges will look at body movement, hip rotation, groundedness, etc.

30% Presentation – How well put together are the dancers? Judges will look at costume, hair, makeup, and presence on stage. Are the dancers projecting to the judges and to their partners or are they introverted and looking down?


Showcase Categories:

20% Timing – Do the dancers show and maintain proper timing through out the entire dance.  

20% Latin Dance Technique – Do the dancers demonstrate the true essence and feel of the genre they are dancing?  Judges will look at body movement, hip rotation, groundedness, etc.

20% General Dance Technique – Do the dancers demonstrate proper dance training such as pointed toes, turned out feet, proper use of Port De Bras, etc?

20% Musicality – How do the dancers interpret the music? Does the dance reflect the music?

10% Difficulty Level – Are the dancers executing a high level of turn patterns, spins, extensions, etc?

10% Presentation – How well put together are the dancers? Judges will look at costume, hair, makeup, and presence on stage. Are the dancers projecting to the judges and to their partners or are they introverted and looking down?



Competitive Level
The category level that the amateur dancer will compete at will be chosen appropriately by their instructor. All dancers are allowed to compete in as many heats and divisions as they would like. 

Costumes
Appropriate costumes are required by all competitors. Ladies must wear fishnet stockings and high heel lain dance shoes. Men must wear a jazz shoe (not sneaker) or Cuban heel.