Dance Rules & Regulations – 2020

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.
  • During competitions or performances, photography of any type is strictly prohibited. This includes video recorders and cell phones. Please do not bring any electronic equipment into the sessions.


  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
  • Duet/Trio $25.00 per person
  • Small Groups (4-9) $25.00 per person
  • Large Groups (10-15) $225.00 flat fee
  • Line (16 or more) $275.00 flat fee
  • Production Number $325.00 flat fee
6b: Studio Entries
  • Solos $63.00
  • Duet/Trio $45.00 per person
  • Small Groups (4-9) $40.00 per person
  • Large Groups (10-15) $40.00 per person
  • Line (16 or more) $35.00 per person
  • Production Number $525.00 flat 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 Monday, January 20, 2020.  Late entries will not be accepted.Early Bird Registration: You may apply a 5% discount if we receive your entries prior to Friday, December 11, 2019.
  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.
    Should competition dates conflict with any religious holidays competitors are asked to provide details on the application form and efforts will be made to accommodate such conflicts.
  3. AGE GUIDELINES: Competitors must be no older than the prescribed age on January 1, 2020. 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.  There are three group categories: small groups (4 to 9 members); large groups (10-16 members); and line (17 members or more). 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, 2020). 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 entries, the Association will decide the schedule of the classes and reserves the right to alter such schedule, if necessary.
  2. The Association may, at its sole discretion, combine classes if it considers the number of entries in any one class to be insufficient. In addition, the Association reserves the right to subdivide any class into two or more competitions under circumstances where the number or character of the entries would justify such a subdivision.
  3. The Association reserves the right to sub-stitute or appoint additional adjudicators.
  4. No competitor may approach the adjudicator. This may result in disqualification. No teacher or member of the public may speak to the adjudicator. Necessary questions from a competitor must be directed to the adjudicator’s secretary or to some member of the competition staff.
  5. The marks awarded by the adjudicator are final. Only the top mark in each class will be announced.
  6. The same routine or music cannot be used in more than one class by the same competitor.
  7. Music must be emailed to the venue (attn. a minimum of one week before the start of the competition (Thursday, March 26, 2020). The playing of each piece will be supervised by the house technician.
  8. Competitors MUST bring a back-up of their own music on USB key or CD. If you choose to use CD’s, only one musical selection per CD is permitted.
  9. The Association reserves the right to disqualify any competitor or group who is not ready to perform when called.
  10. Only children ages 8 and under will be allowed to be assisted onto the stage by a teacher, parent or assistant. Otherwise, only Festival representatives are allowed backstage. Teachers may not demonstrate or cue students of any age from on or off stage.
  11. 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.
  12. A competitor requiring “second start” due to a lapse of memory or illness will receive an adjudication but will not receive a mark, except in novice categories.
  13. No strobe or theatrical lighting will be allowed. Only hand-held props that can be put in place by the dancers may be used. Props cannot be stored in the wings but must be in the backstage area immediately before and removed immediately after the performance. Breakable props or props that could pose a danger (i.e. knives, swords, fire, etc.) are PROHIBITED. No liquid substances, glitter or confetti or permitted in any routine.
  14. 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. The maximum time allowable for Production Numbers is 10 minutes and must have a minimum of 12 dancers.
  15. All competitors should be in costume, warmed up and prepared to dance one-half hour prior to stated class time.
  16. It is the responsibility of the teacher/student to check in.
  17. Proper conduct in the auditorium and back stage must be followed at all times. Excessive noise or disruptions will not be tolerated and may result in the disqualification of entrants and/or ejection of audience members from the auditorium. Front of House and Backstage Managers will enforce this rule strictly.
  18. During the competition, photography of any kind (including video cameras and cell phones) is strictly prohibited. Any electronic equipment brought into the theatre will be confiscated.


  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 $15,000.

Syllabus & Entry Form

  • Early Bird Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Final Deadline: Monday, January 21, 2019

Download the Syllabus and Entry Form.