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Furnal Equinox 2018 Fursuit Dance Competition

Hosted By: Ronnie

Judges: Ace Shep, Lumen, Ronnie

Time (prelims): Friday Mar 16th, 2 PM

Time (finals): Sunday Mar 18th, 2 PM

Location: Main Ballroom (Metro East)

Event Type: Performance


        We’re back once again for the 6th annual Fursuit Dance Competition at Furnal Equinox 2018: Livin’ Large! Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of Furnal Equinox, you do not want to miss this event!



1 - There will be a "preliminaries" panel for those that are interested in competing. This is a closed panel with no spectators. This will be held in the Main Ballroom (Metro East). Attendance is mandatory for those wishing to participate in the fursuit dance competition. All interested competitors must arrive at least 15 minutes before panel start time (2 PM). THERE ARE NO AT-THE-DOOR SIGN-UPS - YOU MUST SIGN UP ONLINE IN ADVANCE HERE. Due to the increasing number of competitors, the preliminaries may involve cuts. We apologize for this, but due to time constraints we simply cannot have everyone compete in the final show, as much as we’d like to. This event also serves as the hand-in for all music/media.

2 - This is a FURSUIT dance competition. Competitors must attend both the preliminaries and the Finals on Sunday in their performing suit. 

Acceptable entries are:

Non-acceptable entries are:

Props MUST be cleared by the organizer. You can do so be e-mailing ronnie@furnalequinox.com. A guideline on acceptable props:

3 - This event is rated PG-13, so please minimize all profanity, suggestive content, and/or racial/religion/hate slurs that may be part of your character/attire/music. The event host will screen every finalist’s song for profanity, and may censor any found offences.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS FOR THIS RULE - FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. 

4 - Interested competitors must come to the preliminaries with their desired music that they will perform to. Songs will have a maximum time of 2 minutes 30 seconds, but competitors may choose to perform to shorter tracks. You MUST bring your music in MP3, WAV or WMA format (others will not be accepted), and on a portable device such as a USB Key, CD/DVD drive, etc. We will not download music for you - please do not ask us to.

5 - The preliminaries will take about an hour long, depending on the number of competitors. Please make sure you are able to stay the ENTIRE panel! (There will be water and quick access to the headless lounge for fursuiters). You must be in attendance at the panel before the start time in the schedule - we will do roll call, and those not in attendance will not be able to compete.


Preliminaries: The preliminaries panel will consist of ALL COMPETITORS DANCING TO THE FIRST MINUTE OF THEIR SONG. This is mainly to warm you up and also for the judges to be able to give feedback on your performance before Sunday. Make sure you have something to show in that one-minute, as we will be judging you based on that. Callbacks/elimination rounds will only be done if there are an excess of competitors - we want to include as many dancers as possible, of all skill levels and dance styles. Group auditions will be counted in the same bracket as solo auditions, in terms of determining how many groups and soloists make it to Sunday’s finals. As stated before, you must bring your prepared “final” music into this panel for your preliminary.

Finals: The finals will consist of all competitors, which we will put together in a list, putting on their performances one-by-one. Your performance must not exceed 2 minutes 30 seconds in length; if so, we will manually fade it out. Each performer will then receive brief commentary and feedback from the judging panel.

Judging: Furnal Equinox 2018, we will be experimenting with a newer, more simple judging system. We will be ranking the dancers each round based on a lowest-score system, rather than by highest score. This allows for the judges to easily rank their top performers without wasting time on specific numbers.

As a reference, here are some of the things that judges may be looking for:

-Originality: Unique and/or interesting moves, avoiding repetition

-Musicality: Movements/groove matches with music, moving with the beat/rhythm

-Execution: Clean movements, no stumbling or sloppy moves, moves flow together

-Character: Adds character/flavour to movements, brings life to the dance

After every performance, the judges will re-rank the dancers. When the competition is over, the scores will be added up - the Top 3 dancers with the lowest scores will be the winners. The judging system will look like this:






















(names are used only for example - not actual data)

At the end of the competition, the judges will tally up the points and announce the Top 3, along with any honourable mentions.

Important note to competitors: While this is a dance competition, remember to enter with a mindset of having fun and sharing positive vibes with the crowd and your fellow dancers. Even if you don’t make it to the top 3 or an honourable mention, everyone's a winner in the end and we’re all here to have a good time and make the crowd roar with delight!


        If you’ve made it this far in the document, chances are you’re dying to register for the dance competition. You can register for Furnal Equinox’s dance competition by visiting this page! We will be sending out a confirmation e-mail closer to the convention with instructions on how to hand-in your music online before the convention. You may also hand-in your music at the con, but it’s much easier to do it beforehand!


If you’re not sure whether or not you can make it to the competition but still are interested in competing, fear not! You can sign up at the panel as well, but make sure you have your song ready to hand in and your performing suit on. THERE ARE NO AT-THE-DOOR SIGN UPS BEING TAKEN FOR 2018 - YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE. 

Remember, the maximum time for your song must not exceed 2:30, unless you are performing in a group, otherwise we will manually cut it!


        In case of any questions, comments, or emergencies regarding the dance competition, please feel free to contact:

E-mail: ronnie@furnalequinox.com

For the A/V staff, should you have any concerns about music or lighting at this event. Although we had no incidents in the past, if you have a question don’t hesitate to ask!

E-mail: av@furnalequinox.com  


        On behalf of all who have poured their time and efforts into this dance competition, we hope to see you there!