Set Routine Rules

At our events, dancers can usually enter 2 set routine dances from each style- a total of 6 events (please check event programme for confirmation on this). Dancers will learn these routines in lessons/ classes with their dance teacher and should pick an appropriate dance for their ability level.

The routines are designed to suit a range of ages and abilities. When choosing routines, please encourage progression through the levels. We would really like to keep the early levels for dancers that have little experience. Dancers that have had experience in the competitive ballroom scene at any level including medallist, should be entering levels 3 upwards unless the choreography is too difficult for them. It is understood that there will be a slight difference in interpretation of the routines but please try to match them as closely as possible to how your teacher shows them.

All dances will be split into age categories based on the entries we receive for each dance. For example Dance 1- under 6/ under 8/ under 10/ under 12/ under 14/ under 16/ 16 & over.
Each set routine will have a category for all ages. Age splits will be confirmed for each dance around 1 week prior to the event. At the event, some sections that start with a high number of entries may be split into heats.

Our qualified scrutineer will use ‘the skating system’ to analyse the judges marks. Six dancers will be selected from preliminary rounds to make the final. Occasionally you may see between five to eight dancers in the final which is sometimes the outcome of using this system when the marks are close. All dancers making finals at our events will receive awards. There will also be awards for everyone taking part.

Judges will consider the following points when marking the set routines.  

  • Technique of any Latin, Ballroom, Classical figures used
  • Execution & movement quality of all steps & styles used
  • Musicality & Timing
  • Performance & Presentation

Teachers dancing at events- Our events are not really aimed at professional dancers or dance teachers. We understand however where there may be situations where schools have class helpers that are assisting at the studio unqualified or older students that may have taken a teaching qualification but are also still dancing for themselves. We suggest anyone in this position should enter the highest dances out of the 3 styles. We suggest that qualified experienced dance teachers that are actively teaching a lot of students, shouldn’t be entering the event. Studio owners should make a fair judgment on this when allowing any helper or teacher in their school to enter and please get in touch with us if you are unsure.

Additional Support Needs- We are delighted to offer categories for Additional Support Needs. This section is offered to those with physical, learning or mental health disability. To be eligible to compete in this section, dancers must be in receipt of an Educational Health & Care Plan (EHCP) and/or attend a SEN school. We usually suggest dancers that are additional support needs enter dance 1 or dance 2 however we can work with teachers on this and add categories on the higher dances if this works better for your students.

Just to say a big thank you for the All Nations dances! These routines have been a god send at this very difficult time and it’s helped my dancers stay engaged in classes working towards the competitions. Thanks for all you have done for my school and we will keep supporting these events.

Lisa Wood- Lisa Wood Dance
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