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RULES & REGULATIONS

 
1. ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to all dancers from all age groups and levels of experience. This is strictly a traditional Mexican folk dance competition.
 
2. ENTRY FORMS
Entry forms may be duplicated as needed. Be sure to keep a copy for your records. Make sure that all entry information is accurate. Mail all entry forms, fees, photos, logos and release forms in one packet. Forms and fees must be postmarked by registration deadline. Payment Method: Cashier’s Check, Money Order. NEW FOR 2017 - ONLINE REGISTRATION
 
3. IMPORTANT DATES
Competition: April 28-29, 2017
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017 (Received by)
“Director of the Year” Nomination Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017

 
4. CATEGORIES & FEES
SOLOS: Anyone registering for a solo must be available to perform on Friday after 2pm. All soloists will be separated by age category, not division; i.e. soloist ages 11-14 will compete against one another regardless if registered with a public school or private studio. Only one solo per dancer. 

DUETS: Only male and female duets are eligible to compete.

Participation Fee  |  $30 per competitor/dancer
Solo (1 per dance ONLY)  |  $90 per entry
Duet (2 dancers m/f only)  | $50 per entry
Ensemble (3-6 dancers)  |  $60 per entry
Small Group (7-10 dancers)  |  $75 per entry
Large Group (11+ dancers)  |  $85 per entry
Cuadro Costumbrista (6+ couples)  |  $150 per entry

Dance studios may apply their own additional administrative fees.
 
5. TIME LIMITS
There will be a 15 second "grace period" allowed for each routine. After a routine is 15 seconds over the time limit, 5 point will be deducted after the "grace period." After 30 seconds over the time limit, your entry will be disqualified. Time and classification limitations will be strictly enforced.

Solo (3 mins max)
Duet (3 mins max)
Ensemble (5 mins max)
Small Group (8 mins max)
Large Group (12 mins max)
Cuadro Costumbrista (20 mins max)
 
6. DIVISIONS
Middle School
High School
Elite – The High School Elite (Varsity) division is targeted towards folklórico dance programs with students who have significant competition experience and are performing at an intermediate-advanced level. 

JV – The High School JV (Junior Varsity) division is targeted towards folklórico dance programs with students who have little to no competition experiences and are performing at beginner to moderate intermediate level.

NOTE: A single high school may be entered in both divisions. For mixed level entries, the level of the routine is based on the level of the majority of the dancers. Judges can adjust the level of a routine at their discretion. Since no competition can possibly know how many hours a student dances, how many years they have danced, or the degree of competition experience, Directors are left to their own judgment when choosing a level for their entries.
University/Jr. College
Private (average age of students in  entry)
          Mini (3-6 years of age)
          Pre-Junior (7-10 years of age)
          Junior (11-14 years of age)
          Senior (15-18 years of age)
          Adult (19 years of age and above)

ALL AGES ARE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017.
Averaging of Ages: To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. When averaging ages always DROP THE DECIMAL POINT. For example, if a routine averages to an age of 14.7, you would drop the decimal; therefore the routine would compete in the Junior Category (ages 11-14).


 
7. AWARDS
High Score Awards (High Point Trophies)
The three highest scores (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each division will be awarded high point trophies.  

Cuadro Costumbrista (High Point Trophies)
1st Place ($500 scholarship), 2nd Place, 3rd Place

Mejor Pareja (Best Duet)
This award will be given to the highest scoring duet entry of the entire competition.

Overall Division High Score
The highest scoring ensemble, small group, or large group entry in each division (age level) will be awarded a “Best of the Best” trophy/recognition.
          Best Middle School Entry
          Best High School Elite Entry
          Best High School JV Entry
          Best College/University Entry
          Best Mini Entry
          Best Pre-Jr. Entry
          Best Junior Entry
          Best Senior Entry
          Best Adult Entry  

Overall Best Entry
This award, along with a $500 scholarship, will be given to the highest scoring ensemble, small group or large group of the entire competition.

Judge’s Choice Award
This award is hand selected by the judges (does not take into account scores). It is awarded to a single entry of the entire competition that the judges feel embodies the essence of the traditions and customs of Mexico. 

Grand Champion
This award, along with a $1,000 scholarship, will be given to the group showcasing the highest level of excellence during the entirety of the Competencia Folklórica De Tejas.
 
8. PARTICIPATION
All dancers must be enrolled with the participating school or organization. If an ineligible participant is found, the group will be disqualified. Backstage access is restricted to dancers, instructors and directors. A performing group MUST always have an adult supervisor with them backstage. Groups will be responsible for any damages incurred while they are backstage.
 
9. MUSIC
Accompaniment MUST be on CD. EACH ENTRY MUST BE ON A SEPARATE CD AND CLEARLY LABELED. You MUST bring a back up copy of your music.
All music must be labeled with the following:
Name of School or Group
Entry Number
Name of Dance/Entry
Category (Duet, Ensemble…)
Division / Level

***ALL MUSIC IS DUE AT REGISTRATION***
 
10. STAGE PREP TIME
There will be NO designated stage preparation time.
 
11. PROPS
Hats, canes and other props maybe used as it pertains to the represented dances. Scenery, special lighting, knives and fire are NOT allowed. Machetes must have “filo” removed. Use miniature lights in place of candles.
 
12. SCHEDULE/PERFORMANCE TIMES
A competition schedule will be sent out no later than two weeks before the event. Read the schedule carefully. Competition times might run fast, so groups should arrive an hour prior to their scheduled times. Please be prepared.
 
13. DRESSING ROOMS
Please use assigned dressing rooms and locations. DO NOT USE PUBLIC AREAS AS CHANGING LOCATIONS.
 
14. VIDEO CAMERAS
A $20 video recording permit must be purchased for each recoding device (camera, cellphone, iPad, etc.) and must be visible to theater staff. Tripods must be placed in only designated areas and not in seating rows or aisle. Professional videos will NOT be sold.
 
15. WAVIER & RELEASE FORM
The release form(s) must be submitted for contestants with the registration forms and fees. No dancers will be allowed to participate without a signed form on file.
 
16. TICKETS
Tickets for spectators will be on sale via Ticketmaster or at the Selena Auditorium Box Office for $10 per day (Friday and Saturday). Registered participants do not need tickets to enter.
 
17. Parking:
The American Bank Center charges $5 parking per day.

18. Hotel:
The Emerald Beach Hotel (1102 S Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401) is holding a special room block for the 2017 competition. Call 361-883-5731 or visit www.hotelemeraldbeach.com to make your reservation. This block will sell out.
Group Code: FOL | Room Rate: $99, Plus 15% Occupancy Tax


19. COMPETITION SITE
SELENA AUDITORIUM (AMERICAN BANK CENTER)
1901 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Stage Dimensions: 40’ wide x 48’ deep


20.    Competing dancers may compete for one studio only, unless dancer is part of both a private studio and public school program.  

21.    All CFT attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and video.


COMPETENCIA DE CUADROS COSTUMBRISTAS
RULES and REGULATIONS 

Cuadro Costumbrista: A group of songs and dances from the one state representing the customs and traditions of the people of that specific state. This representation can be portrayed as a boda, bautizo, fiesta patronal, etc.  

PLEASE NOTE:
THIS IS A HIGH CALIBER SECTION OF COMPETITION.
THERE ARE NO SEPARATE CHILD OR ADULT ENTRIES. 
ALL CUADROS WILL COMPETE HEAD-TO-HEAD REGARDLESS OF AGES. 

ALL PERFORMING GROUPS MUST: 
1.    Show professional or semiprofessional dance level. 
2.    Have a minimum of 6 couples (M/F) to participate.
3.    Represent only one state. (More than one dance style from that state may be presented)
4.    Use the same stage backdrop and lighting for evaluation purposes. No exceptions.
5.    Perform within the allotted time limit of 20 minutes maximum (from entry to exit from stage). No exceptions. Violation of allotted time will result in point deductions.
6.    Have music recorded on one (1) CD, clearly identified with the name of cuadro, region and group. Music is due upon registration at competition site. 

GROUPS ALSO HAVE THE OPTION TO:
1.    Submit a monografía for their entry. 
2.    Use standing, hand, and/or head props.
3.    Use live music. Judges will take into consideration the originality of the interpretation, not the fact that the music is live or recorded. Please advise if you will be using this option.