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Wrexham Dance Festival Rules


  • All music to be played at a central music player.

  • Music to be on a separate cd or USB stick per dance. USB must be MP3 format.

  • Entrant qualifies for Open section if they have won first place in corresponding Novice section

  • Entrant’s section is determined by age at date of competition

    • Baby:   5 & under

    • A:        6 – 7

    • B:        8 – 9

    • C:        10 – 11

    • D:        12 – 13

    • E:         14 – 15

    • F:         16 and over


  • Age bands for duets, trios, quartets, to be determined by the oldest member of the group

    • Junior: 9 yrs and under

    • Inter:   10 – 13 years

    • Senior: 14 years and above


  • Challenge sections:

    • Classical and Cabaret for:

    • Junior: 9 years and under

    • Inter: 10-13 years

    • Senior  14 years and over

    • 6 places will be awarded in section.

  • ALL dancers should have proof of age with them on the day and we will be doing spot checks. If you cannot prove your age you or your will be disqualified from the competition. Proof is via passport or TDCI card or similar. Photograph ID only accepted.

  • Each school MUST provide at least one licensed chaperone.

  • Organiser’s reserve the right to amalgamate sections if low number of entrants warrants this action

  • Entrants to arrive and be ready 30 minutes before time of section. Competitions will not be held up for late arrivals.

  • Adjudicator’s decision is final.

  • Trophies are the property of the winner for one year and must be returned ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE FESTIVAL.

  • No Competitor can re-dance through lapse of memory except in Baby sections

  • Dancer can only compete once in each solo section, unless organisers have amalgamated.

  • Dancing out of section is not permitted

  • Vocals are allowed on music except in the song section of song and dance routines.

  • Time limits:

      Baby, A & B – 1 ½ minutes, an extra half minute is allowed for song & dance

      C, D, E & F – 2 minutes, an extra half minute is allowed for song & dance

      Duets & trios – 2 ½ minutes, an extra half minute is allowed for song & dance

CLOSING DATE 10TH JANUARY 2024. Payment confirms entry.

Category definitions:

Ballet – classical traditional ballet.

Tap – danced in tap shoes.

Modern – jazz / cabaret style dance that is entertaining and has strong musicality. Acro and tricks should be minimal in this category.

Character – dance clearly depicts a story told through dance

Lyrical – the dance clearly represents the lyrics of the song they are dancing to

Contemporary - “Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements”

Commercial – a more funky style, with elements of street style, jazz, hip hop.

Song and dance – must include singing and dance related to the song content. The music is not allowed to have lyrics on it.

National – clearly reflects a traditional dance style of a nation in both costume and content. Ideally dancers should have a knowledge of the theory behind the national dance they are performing.

Greek – traditional Greek technique must be adhered to in this style. Often tells a story.

Musical comedy – this is a soft, flowing form of dance related to the Fred and Ginger era of dance style.

Acro – this category allows the dancer to show off their acrobatic ability with tricks and flexibility in a dance routine. Musicality, flow and dance content is still important.


The Challenge allows each competitor to re-dance their favourite routine they have already competed with in a second chance to impress the judge.

For the troupes, duets, trios, quartets and the challenges Classical is ballet / national or balletic character dance, all other dances are in the cabaret section.

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