Entry is conditional upon acceptance of the competition rules of Perth Dance Challenge. Please read them carefully;

Sections are open to amateurs only (apart from full time section).
Entrants may perform more than 1 routine in each event.

Age for BUNBURY: is determined by the age at / on 1st July, 2018, ie: The age the child is on our compeition dates.
This goes up by two years each time, ie; 6/U, 8/U, 10/U and so on.
BUNBURY TROUPES are determined by the age of the ELDEST competitor.

Age for PERTH: is determined by AVERAGE age of the troupe as of the compeititon day.
This goes up by two years each time, ie; 6/U, 8/U, 10/U and so on.

A troupe is comprised of 5 or more dancers. Troupes will be placed into sections according to the above Age ruling.

Confined to competitors who have never been placed 1st in any age group, at any Competition or Eisteddfod (including specially restricted and restricted) in that particular dance section ie. Jazz

Confined to competitors who have won a 1st Place in the novice section (including restricted) in any age group, at any Competition or Eisteddfod in that particular dance section ie. Jazz

Is any troupes above the age of 14 or a large troupe of mixed ages wishing to compete at a higher level (depending on ages, please contact us for verification on this).

Is a section solely for primary and secondary school dance troupes.

A section for full time dance studio’s to compete in. All students performing must be studying with that particular school and be able to provide school ID if necessary.

Only Teachers need to check in to pick up Teacher ID. Students should not check in, but be prepared to meet teacher at a prearranged spot. Two teachers passes only will be issued, please advise admin of these names ahead of the event.

You must be prepared to perform 1 hour before your time. Costume change issues of 3 or less numbers will be accommodated. PDC will move up or back routines to keep the competition running on time. Routines are expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. In case of insufficient entries in any event they may be combined with similar events. Schedule will be sent to all studios well ahead of the competition.

Please take care to select costumes, music and routine for general audience appeal. Inappropriate choreography or costumes too revealing may have deductions per discretion of the judges. Our audience is made up of parents and impressionable young students.

Merchandise will be available to purchase over the two day PDC event. If any sizes are unavailable, PDC will be taking orders in which the item will be posted within four weeks.

CLASSICAL BALLET: execute ballet technique. Majority of entrants in ballet shoes (flats or pointe shoes).

NEO-CLASSICAL: Slow controlled ballet movements, set to slow music or ballad. Routine must demonstrate balance, flexibility and control utilizing the mood of the music.

DEMI-CHARACTER: Classical dance elements combined with telling a story through the dance / choreography.

NATIONAL CHARACTER: the stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance performed with authentic national costuming.

CONTEMPORARY: such as Graham, Tharp, Horton. Dance can demonstrate balance, isolation, extension, based on space, force, weight and time, can be characterized to reflect the choreographers vision.

COMMERCIAL JAZZ: Commercial Jazz combines many styles of jazz and a bit of hip hop to produce a fun, energetic style and would be seen in video clips and commercial performances. It is a great fusion of technique and personal style.

JAZZ: dancers execute free form movement, and may wear jazz shoes, character shoes, half soles bare feet, executing controlled moves that involve balance, flexibility and technique.

HIP HOP: routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique – Inappropriate lyrics should be cut out or voiced over along with inappropriate gestures.

LYRICAL: interpretation of lyrics using a combination of ballet or jazz, showing legwork, balance, body emotion.

BROADWAY JAZZ: dance interpreting a song from a Movie, Musical or Broadway Show.

SONG & DANCE: Routine must contain both singing & dancing. Singing or vocals not permitted on backing track. However, we do allow for some backing vocals and full vocals on the dance section only. 

TAP: executing tap technique in tap shoes. No Tap sounds on music. Tap music accompaniment can include vocals. Recorded tap routines are not allowed.

ACRO DANCE: A fusion of acrobatics and dance technique displayed in a routine.  An even variety of acrobatic technique and tricks is essential along with dance technique (ballet, jazz, contemporary, etc).
* In case of insufficient entries in any event they may be combined with similar events, ie; Musical Theatre will compete in Jazz section. All entrants will be notified if this change or any change is made.

POM: Pom troupes emphasize precise, synchronized motions along with technical dance skills (such as jumps, turns and leaps). Their routines encompass a variety of styles of dance styles and genres. A key feature of the routine is the ability to change formations very smoothly and seamlessly with great energy, dynamics and explosive power. These routines are performed whilst holding both pom-poms for 80% of the routine.

Is Any style of dance and musical performance that covers all age groups and any number of performers. Front of House curtain allowed if performing on stage. Please take note that a large group of students should represent their item in this section.  Duos/Trios/Quartets would not be deemed to be a production.
** Production has an increased time limit of 10minutes.

COLLABORATION - ANYTHING GOES: We invite studios and friends to collaborate! Any genre, any dancers, any age, fusion styles to boot! 

TROUPES: 5 minutes. Routines exceeding maximum allowed length will receive a “written report only” and will not be eligible for a placing and/or score, THIS IS ALSO AT ADJUDICATORS DISCRESSION. All entrants and exits from the dance floor must not exceed 10 seconds. Note: Entrances/exits are not judged.

Education Section: will have a time limit of 8 minutes per routine.
Solos: 6/U to 12/U = 2.5 minutes        
               13 years + = 3 minutes 

Any Solos over the time limit will have a 10 point deduction, no disqualifications will be made as that is not what we are about at PDC.

Duos / Trios:  3 minutes 
Music must be good quality, pre-recorded at appropriate volume level & pitch, completely edited, with a maximum 3 second lead in. Each Song must be on it’s own individual quality CD, your own label/marked with your Studio Name, Entrant Number & Name of Song. Do NOT stick labels directly onto CD as this may cause CD failure.
If the CD is prepared on a home computer, ensure that it plays through a domestic audio system. Please don’t use Re-Writeable CD’s, these are meant for computers and are sometimes not recognised in sensitive audio equipment.

Please bring a back up of all music on CD and/or iPod as if your CD fails to read, this will be the only way to get your song played.

Dance Studios are reminded that it is their responsibility to obtain licensing from AMOCOS for the broadcast of copyright music material.

Please ensure that your entry is in by closing date, at least 30 days ahead of time. We need this time to order & receive all awards and programs in time. Please note that events fill up well before the 30 day deadline, some fill up months prior. If there is room after closing date you will be charged a $15.00 per routine late fee.

There will be 2 adjudicators (in some cases 3) at all PDC group events. Adjudicators Reports are available only to Teachers. PDC has implemented a set marking criteria for all of their competitions. Adjudicators Reports and Scoring will be available after your last performance for the day. Reports & Music will be available for collection from the Check In desk.

All protest must be lodged in writing within 15 minutes of the completion of the event.
Each protest must be accompanied by a fee of $30.00, which will be forfeited if the protest is dismissed.

Programs must be ordered when entering the competition, either by email or postage. Limited copies will be available for sale at each event.

In all “Open Events” 14 years & over.

No Re competes. No Re performances. No second chance no matter what. Each performer is allowed one turn on stage. Once they begin dancing …that is their one and only turn. NO MATTER WHAT- they have one performance opportunity onstage. If the music skips, fails, repeats, shuts off, OUR FAULT, YOUR FAULT, NO FAULT, the dancer is expected to finish the routine to the best of her/his ability and is marked for this one performance only. Music Technician/Emcee/Stage Manager will NOT shut off the music. Sound Technician will NOT restart the music should a performer’s music skip. Dancer should not stop dancing. If dancer stops dancing for any reason, they a scored upon what they performed, without a second chance. PDC is not responsible for damaged, scratched, malfunctioning CD’s.
Music must be recorded at the correct speed. No adjustments will be made at the competition. Teachers must turn in Industry Standard, good quality, unscratched & dust free CD’s.

Props are allowed, but must be moved on and off the stage by performers (unless props are too heavy or dancers are young). Must be built off stage, carried, not dragged onto the stage. If the floor is littered during a routine from costumes or props, dancers must be prepared to clear the floor immediately after the routine is finished. Damage to the floor by props is the sole responsibility to the school.

Please contact Jodie for direction on this, as it is likely to change depending on venue. Failing to do so could result  in loss of points.

NO COACHING from anywhere by anyone during the performance.  This will be enforced and points will be deducted.

All dancers and teachers are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.

PDC reserves the right to cancel any competition due to number of entries, or any other circumstance deemed necessary.
No refund of money is allowed if the entrant is unable to attend the event on the nominated day.

PDC reserves the right to add additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of PDC and will be determined by the amount of time available at each competition.

Participating in the sport of dance competitions can be rigorous and result in injury. Upon entering the competition, parents/students hold harmless PDC for injury, damage or loss. The safety of competition dancers is paramount at all PDC events.  A backstage manager and first aid kit will be provided. PDC stresses the importance of safety and executing only those skills, techniques and practices that will not cause undue harm or injury to performers, spectators, or the stage.  Do not use or throw props on or off stage that may cause damage or leave a residue, such as glitter. No liability will be accepted for any injury sustained whilst carrying out that performance.

Photographs/recordings of participants by any of the PDC staff, contractors, or members of the press become the property of PDC and may be used for future publicity.  All entrants perform at their or risk.  PDC and its organizers are not responsible for any injuries incurred and your registration and participation means implied consent.  Third party photos are strictly prohibited, PDC reserves the right to control and mandate all venue images, the sale of any photos for profit from a PDC competition by any third parry vendor, studio or patron is strictly prohibited.


Stage Dimensions - 
Please email Jodie for the stage dimensions / layout document.

Venue Parking
Designated car parks will be open at the venue along with surrounding streets that are all fairly quiet on weekends. A map with further instructions will be emailed to all studio entrants closer to the event, along with posted on the website.

Competitors Pass
Students participating are eligible to purchase a competitors pass for $5 each - valid for both days this allows students to not only compete, to watch their fellow competitors and enjoy a wide variety of sections. This pass will also act as a “pass out.” These passes will not be for sale on the competition weekend, only in advance ordered through your studio director/teacher.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Jodie at or on 0431 994 014 if you have any questions.