GENERAL RULES | WORLD LATIN DANCE CUP
Approval | World Latin Dance Cup Organization
| COMPETITORS |
Assure the full understanding of the competition rules. The lack of knowledge won't exempt the competitor of fulfillment the rules.
The World Latin Dance Cup organization, abbreviated as WLDC, have the right as the organization on all rules, regulations and development of the event. Nevertheless, it remains disengage from all decision matters retaining to soloist, couples and team division winners.
INDEX OF CONTENT
Musical genres accepted in the divisions of Urban Dances
Videos and Photos
Definitions of terms
Allowance of tricks, lifts and acrobatics
Criteria definition | Judging system
Winners of the last WLDC
List of criteria per division
Winners of the world qualifiers
Conformation of couples, trios and teams
Declaration of deserted division
Ages allowed by division
Duration allowed by division
Points to consider
• What should each competitor purchase? Each competitor should purchase the competitor pass plus their division pass he or she will be participating in. Please visit www.wldc.co to view prices for all passes.
• Competitor pass: Each competitor must pay for his/her own pass. Competitors who have qualified at a WLDC qualifier or who wish to qualify in Orlando for the 2018 WLDC should purchase competitor pass. The competitor pass DOES NOT include division passes. The director of any team, couple or soloist should also purchase the competitor pass.
• Division Pass: Each soloist, couple or team should buy a pass for each division he/she will compete in. The value of division passes are one per team, one per couple and one for soloist.
- Please consider, the purchasing process of both passes is a final purchase; in other words, once the passes are purchased and the competitor won't be able to attend to the WLDC, it is not possible the return of the money, it is not possible to transfer the passes to other competitor and it is not possible to any exchange either.
WLDC offer these communication channels in order to offer updated information to competitors and attendees. Each of these channels will publish and announce all information before, during and after the event.
- Official web page www.wldc.co
- Official Facebook page: World Latin Dance Cup
- Official Instagram account: World Latin Dance Cup
- Official YouTube Channel: World Latin Dance Cup
- Official cellphone number and Whatsapp: +57 314 772 24 50 (Working hours from Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm Eastern Standard time | GMT-4 / New York, U.S.A).
VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
- The WLDC organization, reserves the right to take and use any videos or photos during and after the event. The WLDC organization may use the videos or photos for commercial use. The rights of this material can also be granted to other persons or entities.
- Once the registration form has been completed, all competitors acknowledge the understanding and fulfillment of all rules.
- During online registration. A wavier form will be issued to all competitors, which will grant the organization permission to use all videos and photos of competitors. The competitors should read and agree with this waver.
- Any video or photo taken by an entity or person not authorized by the WLDC organization is strictly prohibited.
- The organization reserves the right to exclusivity broadcast or rebroadcast the WLDC event. Competitors will not receive any compensation for this.
- During the online registration, competitors should read and accept the liability waiver form in which it states that the competitor assumes all responsibilities for any lessons or injuries caused to the participant or by the participant in the event. The competitor also releases the organization from all responsibility that should any injury or lesson arise during the event.
The organization highly recommends all competitors to stay at the official WLDC hotel, Wyndham Orlando Resort”. Benefits for staying at the official WLDC hotel are:
- Priority access line for registration and credentials
- Exclusive priority access to all ballrooms
- 10% discount at the stores, restaurants and kiosks of the hotel
- 10% discount at the WLDC store
- Full hotel rate includes taxes and resort fees without paying extra during the check-in
- Access VIP area in front of the stage during competition
- All competitors should check-in or pick up their credentials on the established dates according to the official program of the event.
- During registration check-in, competitor’s information will be confirmed, payments will be checked and also confirmation of divisions they will participate in. Credentials will be handed over together with detailed information of the event.
- Competitors who do not register will not be able to compete.
- The information of the hours and dates of the registration will be posted on the official websites www.wldc.co and all its social media pages.
WINNERS OF PREVIOUS WLDC
- The winners of the previous year can compete again in the same division.
- All competitors should pay the competitors pass and division pass.
- Winners of the first place of previous WLDC, may enter directly to the final round in the division in which they won.
- During online registration, competitors should check YES in the box asking about their previous win at last year’s WLDC. The organization will confirm this information with our list of winners from the previous WLDC.
WINNERS OF THE QUALIFIERS
- All competitors should purchase competitors pass and division pass or passes.
- All winners of WLDC qualifiers around the world go directly to semi-finals of their respective division.
- During online registration, competitors should check YES in the box when asked if they’ve won a WLDC qualifier. Competitors should write which country/event they qualified in. The organization will confirm this information with our list of winners from all WLDC qualifiers.
- Information about WLDC qualifiers around the world can be found at www.wldc.co
CONFORMATION OF COUPLES, TRIOS AND TEAMS
- Can I compete in different divisions? Yes, all competitors can participate in different divisions as long as each division pass is paid for. This value of each division pass is one per team, one per couple and one per soloist. It is not allowed to compete more than once in the same division
- Can I compete in more than one team? Yes, all competitors can participate in different teams as long as it is in a different division. It’s not allowed for a dancer to participate in more than one team on the same division.
- Can a dance school compete with more than one team? Yes, dance schools can participate with as many teams as they wish in the same division or in different divisions. If the teams of the same school are competing in the same division, then the teams should be named differently. If a school has more than one team competing in different divisions, then they can keep the same name for the teams.
- Can I replace one or more dancers after the registration or after the competition? Couples who won a WLDC qualifier must remain with the same partner. Changes on the members are not allowed in couples or soloist. For teams, changes are allowed only before the team registers. New member must register and pay for both competitor pass and division pass.
- Qualifying rounds: The championship will consist in these parts: qualifiers, semifinals, finals and ultimate championship. During qualifiers, all competitors who have not qualified should participate. Competitors that go directly to semifinals (winners of qualifiers) or in the finals (winners of past WLDC), will start their score from zero.
- Team Divisions: Teams of minimum 6 dancers and maximum of 20 dancers per team are allowed.
- Team Same Gender Divisions: It must be at least 3 dancers, there is not maximum number.
- Trios Divisions: It must be 6 dancers in total.
DECLARATION OF DESERTED DIVISION
If a division has three or less entrants (soloist, couples or teams) there should be a minimum score noted next to each entry for placing.
- 65-74 total points for third place
- 75-84 total points for second place
- 85- 100 for first place
The WLDC organization has mandatory activities for its competitors. Competitors should view the event program and find out which activities are mandatory. All activities mentioned below are mandatory for all competitors without exception. Points will be deducted to any competitor in the absence of any mandatory activity.
- Mandatory meetings for competitors
- Opening Ceremony
- Meeting for finalists
AGES ALLOWED BY DIVISION
- PROFESSIONALS: 16 years of age or older
- AMATEUR: Without restrictions (Except the divisions with specific age range)
- PRO AM: Without restrictions (Except the divisions with specific age range)
- JUNIOR: From 12 to 17 years of age
- CHILDREN: From 3 to 11 years of age
- FAMILY: Without restrictions
- LIMITLESS: Without restrictions
TOTAL DURATION ALLOWED BY DIVISION
Maximum duration of the choreography.
- SOLOIST: 1 minute and 30 seconds
- COUPLES AND TEAMS: 2 minutes
- IMPROVISATION: For all improvisational divisions, the organization will have a list of songs. From this list, judges may choose the song that will be used for each competitor. Each song will last between 60 to 90 seconds.
- Music fusions are only allowed based on the music genre of the division. For example: if it’s salsa, it can be mixed with salsa choque or salsaton. If it’s bachata, it can be mixed with bacha-tango, among others.
- For COUPLES AND TEAMS, it’s allowed a maximum of 20 seconds for music fusions.
- For SOLOIST, it’s allowed a maximum of 15 seconds for music fusions.
MUSICAL GENRES ACCEPTED IN THE DIVISIONS OF URBAN DANCES
- Reggaeton | Latin Trap | Spanish Reggae | Dembow
DEFINITIONS OF TERMS
- TRICKS: Any movement in which the couple has at least one foot in contact with the floor, being assisted by the other dancer. (It will not be considered a trick if the dancer performs the movement without the assistance of his or her partner).
- LIFT: An elevation is when both feet are off the floor at the same time, and any part of the body of the dancer touches each other to assist. (It will not be considered as raised when the dancer raises both feet on their own without being in contact with the other).
- ACROBATICS: The acrobatics are defined as any movement where one of the dancers throws the other, or the dancer throws himself with the support of the other, and / or where the entire body of the released dancer exceeds the height of the other. (Any throw that does not exceed the height of the other dancer, will be considered as a figure).
- COMBINATIONS OF TRICKS, LIFTS AND ACROBATICS: For the Organization, a combination of tricks, lifts and acrobatics will be considered as a single one.
- SPECIAL MUSICAL EFFECTS: Are artificially generated or modified sounds to set or recreate artistic or musical scenarios. They can also be used to narrate or describe scenes without resorting to the use of words, appealing directly to the senses of the viewer. Examples: Voice-over, starting a car, steps, slamming, shooting, explosions, etc.
ALLOWANCE OF TRICKS, LIFTS AND ACROBATICS
- CABARET: A maximum of 10 tricks, lifts and acrobatics are allowed.
- NON CABARET /AMATEUR/ PRO AM: No lifts or acrobatics will be allowed. A maximum of 5 tricks are allowed.
- JUNIOR AND CHILDREN: A maximum of 10 tricks, lifts and acrobatics are allowed.
- SOLOIST: Without restrictions.
- IMPROVISATION: No lifts or acrobatics will be allowed; only tricks are allowed (no restrictions of tricks quantity).
CRITERIA DEFINITION | JUDGING ITEMS
- MUSICALITY: Time used to perform the dance and its constancy. How effectively do the contestants interpret the different nuances of the piece of music? Are they rhythmically in sync with the piece of music?
- TECHNIQUE OF THE SPECIFIC GENRE: Knowledge and correct execution of the movements that make up the musical genre.
- DANCE TECHNIQUE: Correct postures, proper lines and the level of training of the dancers.
- STAGE PRESENCE: Attitude, energy and charisma from the competitors on stage.
- VISUAL PRESENTATION: Competitors visual look as a whole; hairstyle, wardrobe, makeup, etc. How professional does each competitor look on stage?
- CHOREOGRAPHY: How much did the choreography impact the audience and judges? Was there fluidity in the movements? Were the movements used in accordance with the music? How well did competitors use the stage in their choreography?
- ORIGINALITY: New and creative resources used within the choreography.
- SYNCHRONIZATION: Coordination in the movements of competitors. How much synchronization did competitors have? (Both in team and couple divisions).
- DIFFICULTY: Level of difficulty and expertise used by competitors when executing each of the movements, figures lifts, tricks and acrobatics. How difficult was the choreography without losing the quality of the routine? Did members of a team or couples equally demonstrate the level of difficulty? (The difficulty will only be taken into account if done in a clean way, and with the necessary technique to preserve the quality of the routine).
- CONNECTION OF COUPLE AND TEAMS: How well couples & teams connected with each other and the audience. Or are they just performing the choreography with no emotion and passion amongst each other?
- TIME: It refers to the TIMING with which the dance is performed and the constancy of it in each musical genre.
- SALSA ON1 TIMING: The timing of the salsa is recognized as 1-2-3 5-6-7 (4 & 8 being silent). Competitors must break on the 1 beat of the music (Leaders break forward with their left foot on 1 and followers breaking back on 1 with right foot. Soloist breaking on the 1 beat with left foot). No points will be deducted if leader breaks forward on 5 with left foot or follower breaks forward on 1 with their left foot in the same routine. No points will be deducted if soloist breaks forward on 5 with left foot and on 1 with left foot in the same routine. If the timing is not consistent to it’s division or the start of a team/solo choreography, points will be deducted from the final score.
- SALSA ON2 TIMING: The timing of salsa/mambo is recognized as 1-2-3 5-6-7 (4 & 8 being silent). Competitors must break on the 2 beat of the music (Follower breaking forward on 2 with left foot or leader breaking forward on 6 with left foot. Soloist breaking on the 2 beat with left foot). No points will be deducted if leader breaks forward on 2 with left foot and follower breaks forward on 6 with their left foot in the same routine. No points will be deducted if soloist breaks forward on 2 with left foot and on 6 with left foot in the same routine. If timing is not consistent to it’s specific division or the start of a team/solo choreography, points will be deducted from the final score. Failure to demonstrate the rhythm of the basic sauce will lead to deduction of points.
- BACHATA: The rhythm of bachata is formed by two measures of 4 times each. In bachata, there is not a pause on the fourth count as it is done in salsa. If the timing is not consistent with the division (on 1 and 5), points from the final score will be deducted
- CHA CHA CHA: The timing of cha cha chá is recognized as 2-3 cha cha chá 6-7 or 1,2 cha cha cha 5,6. Competitors can break on the 2 beat of the music (Follower breaking forward on 2 with left foot or leader breaking forward on 6 with left foot. Soloist breaking on the 2 beat with left foot). No points will be deducted if leader breaks forward on 2 with left foot or follower breaks forward on 6 with their left foot in the same routine. No points will be deducted if soloist breaks forward on 2 with left foot and on 6 with left foot in the same routine. Competitors can also break on the 1 beat of the music (Leaders break forward with their left foot on 1 and followers breaking back on 1 with right foot. Soloist breaking on the 1 beat with left foot). No points will be deducted if leader breaks forward on 5 with left foot or follower breaks forward on 1 with their left foot in the same routine. No points will be deducted if soloist breaks forward on 5 with left foot and on 1 with left foot in the same routine. If the timing is not consistent to it’s division, points will be deducted from the final score.
- COLOMBIAN STYLE: The timing of the Colombian style can be marked in odd counts: 1-3-5 and 7.
- KIZOMBA, URBAN AND SAMBA: They do not have a specific time, therefore, in these musical genres this item is not rated.
LIST OF CRITERIA PER DIVISION
- SOLOIST: All criteria except synchronization and connection.
Musicality | Technique of the specific genre | Dance Technique | Stage Presence | Visual Presentation | Choreography | Originality | Difficulty | Timing
Musicality | Technique of the specific genre | Dance Technique | Stage Presence | Visual Presentation | Choreography | Originality | Synchronization | Difficulty | Timing| Connection with the partner
Musicality | Technique of the specific genre | Dance Technique | Stage Presence | Visual Presentation | Choreography | Originality | Synchronization | Difficulty | Timing | Connection
- IMPROVISATION: All criteria except choreography, synchronization and difficulty.
Musicality | Technique of the specific genre | Dance Technique | Stage Presence | Visual Presentation | Originality | Timing | Connection with the partner (Not for soloist improvisation)
- The final average score given by the judges will be shown in a range between 1 and 100. The points of deduction for faults and mistakes will be taken off after the judges final total score.
- Timing has 100% weight over all other criteria.
- Musicality has 50% weight over all other criteria.
- Choreography has 50% weight over all other criteria.
- The rest of the criteria holds equal percentage.
SEVERE DEDUCTION OF POINTS: 5 points will be deducted on the final total score.
- Each trick, lift and acrobatic additional to those allowed in each division
- Each lift and acrobatic performed in divisions that are not allowed
- Special musical effects on the tracks, except in the divisions of urban dances.
- Musical efects on the tracks, which are not based on the musical genre of the competition division.
- Exceeding the time allowed for musical fusions specified in the rules. For every 5 seconds or more a severe deduction will be given. (Extra time is counted from the first second).
- Exceed the duration of the choreographies specified in the rules. For every 5 seconds of more a severe deduction will be given. (Extra time is counted from the first second).
- If a competitor falls during the choreography, a severe deduction will be given every fall there after.
- Absence to each mandatory activity of the event.
- If competitors lose hands or physical connection with each other, a severe deduction will be given to every disconnect there after.
- During the choreography any element of the costume and / or accessory falls off the competitor, a severe deduction will be given for every piece of costume that falls thereafter.
- The use of scenography elements that are not part of the costumes
MILD DEDUCTION OF POINTS: 1 point will be deducted on the final score.
- If competitors lose hands or physical connection with each other, it will be counted as a mild deduction the first time this happens.
- If competitor falls during the choreography, it will be counted as a mild deduction the first time this happens.
- If during the choreography any element of the costume and / or accessory is falls off competitor, it will be counted as a mild deduction the first time this occurs.
- For all competitors, competing barefoot/ No shoes will be counted as a mild deduction
- All female competitors should wear tights or fish nets as part of the costume or they will be given a mild deduction.
- In case of a tie, the competitor who has fewer errors recorded in the results will win.
- If they have the same number of errors, the competitors with the highest score in timing division will win.
- If the tie continues, those who score higher on the musicality division will win.
- If the tie still persists, whoever has the highest score in the choreography division would win.
- If the tie still continues, a democratic vote by the judges will determine the winner.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
- If a competitor registers for both professional and amateur, it will result in automatic disqualification of the amateur division.
- Competitors are considered professional when they are being paid to teach and or perform. Performs with a professional team even if it’s on a non-payment agreement.
- Choreographies from well-known Latin dancers whom are part of the Latin dance scene will be allowed as long as the competitor has authorization from the original choreographer. If the original choreographer complains to the organization at any given moment during the event, the competitor will be disqualified.
- If in any of the qualifiers, the division of competition doesn’t exist in the WLDC; it can be change as long as it holds the same range. For example: Non Cabaret could be change for Cabaret or viceversa. All special exceptions should be consulted no later than 1 month before the event starts. This can be done through the communication channels listed before.
- If the music presents any error during the performance and the mistake is caused by the production team, it is up to the competitor to start over or stop and notify prodution when they are ready to start again before their división is over.
- Must: Please make sure to upload a final version of your music during online registration. The system only allows you to upload your music once. You can check your music on the backstage during the event or at registration. If you need to change your music their will be a re upload penalty fee of $15
- False information about competitor’s age will result in disqualification.
- If the competitor makes a mistake during the performance, the competitor cannot start from the beginning or start the performance over.
- The first round (eliminatory or qualifiers) will always be in alphabetical order. The semi-final and final rounds will be ordered according to the score made in previous round. The highest score will be last.
- It’s up to competitor’s judgement to use other movements or figures as long as it holds the genres essence.
- It’s not allowed to request any production features such as lighting or special effects.
- It is allowed to show the same choreography in different competition division.
- When the performance is over, the stage must be left without any obstacles. Competitors MUST NOT add oils, powder on their shoes or stage.
- WLDC Controversial and disciplinary committee: When a situation that is not in the general rules or not clear and creates a situation, the organization will appoint 5 judges whom shall take the decisions democratically to solve the situation. There will be a sign act after every decision.
- It’s not allowed the use of any props. If the judges consider an element from the costume as a prop but the dancer disagrees, the WLDC controversial and disciplinary committee will make the final decision.