About us

International Dance Open is one of the biggest dance competitions in Europe for dancers of all levels and all ages in dance styles. We are now set to take the competition to another level and invite dancers from all over the world to compete, learn, and be internationally recognized! The goal of the organization is to bring young, talented dancers together during the competitions. Winners get promoted via social media. It is the perfect way to put yourself in the spotlight! Everyone can participate groups, dance schools, and individual dancers.

Our previous events drew a significant number of dancers from all over the world.

Rules and Regulations

General Information

 

International Dance Open is a competitive dance sport event for all ages and style groups, amateur and professional dancers. All clubs, unions, studios, or individuals have the right to participate (*International Dance Open has its representative in Hungary authorized to promote and administer local qualifying events in order to select dancers who can participate in International Dance Open events. For more information please contact us through our official email address). 

Registration and Participation Fee

All entries must be made online. We do accept independent entries. All entries will be assigned a starting number. Entries are processed in the order they are received and are limited to the amount of available performance time, so please enter early to avoid disappointment! Contestants are free to enter as many categories as they want. All contestants' names and ages must be included in all entries.
Fees can be paid by bank transfer or in cash at the check-in on the day of the competition. If you want to pay via bank account, please email us your club information so we can generate an invoice for you. Payment must be received at least three days before the event.

Venue and Timetable

The timetable will be made available to participants a few days after the registration deadline. This will be delivered via e-mail. Please provide us with an active email address. After the first version of the timetable is published, all registered contestants will have 48 hours to make changes. The final timetable cannot be changed once it has been published. All entries must be ready to perform up to one hour before their scheduled performance time.
If necessary, International Dance Open reserves the right to change the schedule or cancel any competition.

Sportsmanship

International Dance Open is a family event. There will be no tolerance for inappropriate language, songs, costuming, or gestures. All choreographies and content must be appropriate for family audiences and any content considered to be in poor taste or failure to comply with any of the above will result in performance or studio disqualification. All competitors, teachers, studios owners, family members, and audience members are required to show respect, courtesy, and sportsman-like behavior to all competitors, staff, teachers, etc. at all times during the competition. We aim to create a healthy competitive environment in which dancers can enjoy themselves while gaining valuable performance experience as well as learning the nature of healthy competition and enjoying their experience. We reserve the right to remove anyone from an event if he/she is hindering the achievement of any of the above goals.

Age Categories

Baby        3-5
Mini Kids  5-8
Kids         9-11
Junior       12-14
Youth       15-17
Senior      18+

To determine the average age of an entry (groups), add together the ages of all the dancers in the routine and divide by the total number of dancers in the entry. All averages are to be rounded down to the nearest whole number. The average age of each entry may not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry regardless of the actual average age. 

Age category is determined by the birth year and current year.

Dance Categories

Solo | 1 participant

Duo | 2 participants

Trio | 3 participans

Group | 4-10 participants

Formation | 11-15 participants

Production | 16+ participants

Dance Disciplines

Cheerleading | Pom Pom | Majorette | Disco Dance | Folk/Ethnic | Belly Dance | Latin Show | Lyrical | Ballet | Tap Dance | Musical Theatre

Fit Kids | Fitness | Acrobatic | Pole Dance | Showdance | K-pop Cover | Jazz Dance | Modern | Contemporary | Breaking | Open

Hip Hop (Solo/Duo Battle) | Hip Hop Show | MTV Commercial | Street Jazz/Fusion | Sing&Dance 

Music 

Time limits - Solo 2.30mins | Duo/Trio 3.00mins | Group 5.00mins | Formation 6.00mins | Production 8.00 mins

Music is uploaded electronically on the registration site. Please log into your account to upload your music files. All music files must be in mp3. format. Every music number must be provided on USB also as a backup in case of technical difficulties. Our DJ will not adjust the speed of the music or make cuts in the music. Please refrain from using music with profanity and/or that is not age-appropriate. International Dance Open is not responsible for USB with music left at the event.

Props and Costumes

General Props are allowed if used as part of the routine. The maximum prop height allowed depends on the venue. There is a total of 2 minutes maximum for setting up/breaking down all props on the stage. The studio is responsible for cleaning the stage after the performance in less than 1 minute. No dangerous props may be used such as fire or knives. Live animals are strictly prohibited. Props or objects of any kind mustn't leave any residue on the stage such as liquids, gels, aerosols, glitters, confetti, paint, sand, powders, etc. International Dance Open is not responsible for props used at the event.

Costumes must cover the intimate parts of the dancer’s body during the whole performance. Intimate parts: buttocks, bust, and pubic areas. Make-up and costume must be age and gender-appropriate, and they must suit the discipline in which they are used. Make-up and costume may never be offensive to the public or other competitors. Music must also be appropriate for the age division of the dancer/s. If religious or political symbols are used as decoration and/or costume, they must suit the theme and choreography in which they are used. Such symbols must always be in good taste, and they may never be offensive to the public or other competitors. Personal jewelry should not be worn unless it is a part of the costume. The total image that a dancer creates should be within the limits of good taste and not be offensive to anyone in the audience.

Adjudication and Scoring

The technique is 40% of the routine’s final score. The judges will evaluate the synchronization, timing, mobility and stabilization, skills, execution of the movements performed, the quality of movement throughout the routine, including head, arm, leg, and body placement, footwork, standing and air, and synchronization of the dancers depending on the technical requirements of routine’s discipline. Dancer(s) must maintain control of the speed, direction, momentum, and body placement throughout the routine. Choreography is 30% of the routine’s final score. Choreographing and presenting a routine in a unique and one-of-a-kind way with innovative elements as well as creative ways of expressing and the transformation of choreographer’s ideas into a routine are highly appreciated by the judges. However, original choreography is allowed in all disciplines. Elements such as full and creative usage of the stage and the floor, innovative movements, transitions, and interpretation of the music (if used) are considered essential parts of an outstanding choreography. Choreography should be appropriate for the ability and age of the performers. The level of performance (also referred as Difficulty of Execution) is 15% of the routine’s final score. The level of performance is measured by the difficulty of the demonstrated movements by all the dancers in a routine and the variety of styles performed where such variety is considered as a part of discipline. The level of performance should match the technical abilities of the dancers. The overall impression is 15% of the routine’s final score. The level of authentic and uninhibited presentation of a routine consisting of individual attitude, energy, posture, uninterrupted display of confidence measured by facial expression, eye contact and body movement, enthusiasm, passion, connection with the audience that generates an emotional response (excitement, joy, laughter, melancholy, sadness) relative to the discipline and story presented will be judged. Clothing and accessories worn should represent and reflect the story presented. Innovative and creative selection of costumes is encouraged. Performance and choreography should correlate with routine music. Also, the dancer’s ability to perform simultaneously to the music is considered by judges. Movements and patterns performed to the simulated sounds of the dancers in the absence of recorded music (e.g., foot-stomping, hand-clapping, vocals, etc.) will also be considered musically and judged. Dancers should perform in sync where the same is part of choreography i.e. dancers’ range of movement, speed, timing, and execution of moves should be performed by all dancers in unison. The routine should leave a memorable and lasting impression. Approaching judges is forbidden! Only the dance club directors can come to the judges' table to talk only with supervisor and not with judges (only in breaks between choreographies)!

Awards

Every contestant is going to receive a medal and a diploma. The first three places in group, production, and formation get a trophy. At chosen International Dance Open events, solo categories also receive trophies for the first three places. There will be special awards for the best performances; money awards, scholarships, free entry for other international competitions and qualifications for big international competitions.

Competition Guidelines

By registering for the International Dance Open event, participants agree to the Rules and Regulations of International Dance Open.

A representative of a routine must be available backstage at least five routines before the routine is scheduled to go on stage. Entrance on stage should occur directly after the routine’s announcement. Participants should leave the stage immediately after taking their bows.

Directors and/or trainers are not allowed to come on stage nor to hold up signs or give signals to dancers on stage during a performance

Any persons in the audience exhibiting unruly behavior during the competition will be reprimanded and may be escorted from the venue. Participating dance school, academy, crew, or individual can be disqualified in case of unruly behavior.

Video recording and taking pictures with corresponding equipment including DSLR is strictly forbidden unless authorized by the Event Organizer.

Directors, trainers, and dancers are encouraged to take part in the official opening.

Participants should share the dressing room space and rehearsal space.

In some cities, professional photos and videos taken during the competition may be available for purchase. Contact the organizer for more information.

Starting Fee is charged per dancer per routine. Depending on the International Dance Open event location, the Starting Fees may vary

International Dance Open Gala Event is the most challenging and glamorous competition within International Dance Open. The top 20 selected choreographies are competing in front of a panel of world-famous dance professionals and judges for prestige and money prizes.