Dance Rules & Regulations – 2021

The Festival relies on the integrity of entrants to comply with all rules regarding age, membership, etc. in entering specific classes.


In these rules and regulations:

  • “Association” means The Kiwanis Festival Association of Greater Toronto.
  • “Festival Office” means The Kiwanis Festival Office.
  • “Amateur” means any person who, up to the date of closing of entries for the forthcoming Festival, has not received remuneration forming the major portion of his/her livelihood from the profession or practice of dance.
  • “Professional” means any person who, up to the date of closing of entries for the forthcoming Festival, has received remuneration forming the major portion of his/her livelihood from the profession or practice of dance.
  • The Association will not be responsible for personal injury or the loss of or damage to any personal property.


  1. The competitions will be under the management of the Association. All matters not dealt with in these rules will be referred to the Association whose decisions on such matters will be final and binding upon all concerned. Complaints or protests will not be considered unless made in writing to the Festival Office. Under no circumstances are such protests to be made to the adjudicator.


  1. All competitions, unless otherwise stated, will be open to amateurs only, as defined above.
  2. All competitions, unless otherwise stated in these rules and regulations and the category definitions, will be open to any competitor without regard to residence or domicile.
  3. The Festival is divided into two categories. All entrants are to indicate their affiliation on the entry form. The two classifications are:

a. Community Groups and Schools
i. Schools and Community Centres – students attend between 1 and 3 classes a week (this section includes Fine Arts Schools).

b. Studios
i. Students participate in four (4) or fewer hours of classes per week (Recreational competitive)
ii. Students participate in five (5) or more hours of classes per week (Competitive.)

Community participants may, if they wish, participate in the Studio classes (i.e. to enter a solo). Studio competitors may not, however, apply for Community classes.

Entries and Entry Fees

  1. Copies of the Syllabus and entry forms may be obtained from The Kiwanis Festival Office or by visiting the website Additional entry forms may be obtained by photocopying a blank form.

Fee Schedule

6a: Community Groups
  • Solos – $45.00 per person
  • Duet/Trio – $25.00 per person
  • Small Groups (4-9) – $25.00 per person
6b: Studio Entries
  • Solos $45.00
  • Duet/Trio $35.00 per person
  • Small Groups (4-9) $35.00 per person

Due to current pandemic restrictions and guidelines, we will not be offering Large Groups, Lines or Production Numbers for the 2021 Festival.

A $10.00 administration fee will be added to all entries.
In case of cancellation of the Festival, all entry fees will be refunded except for the $10.00 administration fee.

The Association will levy a $50.00 administration charge for N.S.F. cheques.


  1. The entry form must be signed by the competitor or a person authorized to sign on the competitor’s behalf and forwarded to the Kiwanis Festival Office accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entries must be received at the Festival Office postmarked no later than Thursday, June 10, 2021. Late entries will not be accepted.Video submissions must also be received no later than Thursday, June 10, 2021.
  2. Entry fees cannot be refunded except under circumstances where the entry is rejected by the Association. Competitors desiring to withdraw their entry must do so in writing to the Festival Office as early as possible. The Association reserves the right to change venues if necessary.
  3. AGE GUIDELINES: Competitors must be no older than the prescribed age on January 1, 2021. Contestants may enter their own age category or any age level above, duets and trios included. A competitor may NOT enter an age category which is lower than his/her own age. Duets, Trios and Group entries should be averaged. Add the ages of all competitors and divide by the number in the group. (Where the average age is not a whole number – use the whole number i.e. 10.4 = 10, 10.8 – 10).
  4.  All entries must be properly completed with the names, ages and dates of birth of the competitors. Please bring copies of birth certificates to the competition in the event that proof of date of birth is required. Entries without the foregoing information will not be accepted.
  5. For the 2021 Festival year, there will be only one group category: Small Groups (4 to 9 members). All group entries must be identified in the appropriate space, by the name of the selection to be danced. An individual competitor cannot compete in more than one group in each class.
  6. Please indicate on the entry form if the competitor(s) are of novice standing (have never competed in any dance competition prior to January 1, 2021). A student who has competed in groups but has never danced a solo, duet or trio is still a novice competitor for solos, duets and trios. Once a dancer has done a solo in ANY DISCIPLINE, they are no longer considered a novice. Duets must be 100% novice. Trios or groups must be at least 75% novice (2 out of 3 in trio).
    Competitors are urged to exercise care in entering the category information on the entry form since transfers to other classes are not possible following the closing date for entries.
  7. Please notify the Festival Office of any change of address following submission of entry form(s).
  8. The Association reserves the right to reject any entry for any reason.

Programme Procedure

  1. Following the closing date for video submissions, the URL links will be sent to the adjudicators for their judging.
  2. The Association reserves the right to substitute or appoint additional adjudicators.
  3. No competitor may contact the adjudicator. This may result in disqualification. No teacher or member of the public may contact to the adjudicator. Necessary questions from a competitor must be directed to the festival office at:
  4. The marks awarded by the adjudicator are final. Only the top mark in each class will be announced.
  5. The same routine or music cannot be used in more than one class by the same competitor.
  6. Teachers may not demonstrate or cue students of any age from on or off screen.
  7. No substitutes will be allowed in solo classes. In the event of illness, one substitute will be allowed in duets or trios on notice to the Festival Office. The person substituting must be eligible with respect to age and other requirements to perform in that class.
  8. The maximum time allowed for all solo performances is 3 minutes, for duets and trios 3 minutes and for groups 3 1/2 minutes. There is no time minimum. A penalty of 1 mark for every 10 seconds over the allotted time will be imposed.


  1. Marks and pins will be presented during the competitions and in accordance with the following classifications and marks. Platinum minimum of 92, Gold minimum of 86; Silver minimum of 81; Bronze minimum of 75. All competitors reaching these marks will be awarded the appropriate pins. If there is a first place tie,  it will be at the adjudicators discretion as to who will be the trophy winner.
  2. Adjudicator’s marks will be available to competitors at the conclusion of each competition.
  3. Scholarships: All entrants are eligible. Trophy winners will automatically receive a scholarship. Adjudicators will make recom-mendations for additional scholarship recipients. Scholarship cheques will be mailed after the competition. Total scholarship pool will be approximately $10,000.

Syllabus & Entry Form

  • Final Deadline: Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Download the Syllabus and Entry Form.