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Introduction

The Australian Rock'n'Roll Dancesport Council Inc. (ARRDC) is a registered Australian organisation with representation in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, as well as TAS.As the only Rock'n'Roll body in Australia recognised as a sport.

The ARRDC was previously a member of the WWRDC, however, we now have recognition in our own country. We are a member body of the Sports Industry of Australia (Formally The Confederation of Australian Sport). ARRDC also has the dancing contract for the Australian Masters Games along with the Asian Pacific Masters Games. Our State branches combine to ensure the success of Australian Masters Games dance events which have been held in Adelaide (1999), Newcastle (2001) and Canberra (2003). The event returned to Adelaide in 2005 with many styles of dance including Street Latin, Ballroom, Latin, New Vogue, Theatre Arts and Showdance being introduced.In 2007 The Australasian Masters Games will be held in Adelaide at the Campania Ballroom on October 7 introducing even more dance styles to the program. This event will run back to back with the Australasian Rock'n'Roll Dancesport Championships which is scheduled to be held the day before at the same venueThe Australian Dancing Board of Control has also recognised the ARRDC as a society. NSW Branch is a member of Sport NSW and as such we able to participate in Young Australian of the Year Awards.Competitions are conducted for many styles of dance under the Rock 'n' Roll umbrella, embracing a wide age group.All forms of dance - Street, Ballroom, Latin, New Vogue, Rock'n'Roll, Swing Theatre and Belly DanceAlso set down are examinations to gain accreditation for coaches, teachers, adjudicators and examiners, along with volunteer involvement programmes and sports management programmes.All additional forms of dance are welcome to join

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Competitions

The major Competitions recognized by the ARRDC are as follows: for further information please contact the relevant state Chairperson.

  1. The Australasian Masters Games, (held every 4 years) next event Oct 7, 2007 - Adelaide
  2. The Australasian R'n'R Dance Championships (Annual) 25 and 26 Nov 2006 in Qld Oct 6,2007 in Adelaide
  3. The Australian Masters Games (held every 2 years) Date -TBA
  4. The N.S.W., Western Australia, Victorian, Queensland & South Australian State Titles
  5. New England Regional R'n'R and Swing Dance Championships 25 and 26 August 2007 Glen Innes N.S.W.
  6. World Freestyle Championship 2nd and 3rd June 2007

The following upcoming events/championships will be considered elevating events

  1. D.A.S.A 49th State Title September 10 2006 Adelaide
  2. The Australasian Rock'n'Roll Dance Championships (Annual) 25 and 26 Nov 2006 in Queensland
  3. New England Regional R'n'R and Swing Dance Championships 25 and 26 August 2007 Glen Innes N.S.W.
  4. The Australasian Rock'n'Roll Dance Championships October 6 2007 Adelaide
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REGISTRAION OF CHAMPIONSHIPS/COMPETITIONS

All Applications for Championships or Competitions must be completed on the official ARRDC forms.All applications for Championships/Competitions will include a Registration Fee which will be determined by the board.Applications granted, will be on the conditions as laid out by the ARRDC. (refer Rule 1.12)

At the completion of the Championship/Competition and not more than 30 days post Championship/Competition, a list of winners, copy of endorsed application form and a program of the conducted events, must be forwarded to the ARRDC National body.

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ARRDC Officials and Board Members
National Council
Head Office
C/- Dendi.Pty Ltd
12 Virginia Avenue Baulkham Hills Sydney 2153
PO Box 863 Baulkham Hills 1755
Phone (02)9688 7000 Mob 0410 082 345
President Denis Blackburn
Po Box 863 Baulkham Hills Sydney 1755
Phone (02)9688 7000 Mob 0410 082 345

National Secretary Dianne Kirsten
12 Virginia Avenue Baulkham Hills Sydney 2153
Phone (02)9688 7000

National CEO Dennis Foley
15 Brookland Court Mulgrave East Victoria 3170
Phone (03) 97903555 Mobile 0412 347 755
c/- Dancesurance Australia

National Vice President Sue Heinrich
27 Goodall Crescent Salisbury SA 5108
Phone (08) 8281 6170

National Assistant Secretary Anna Ocello
C/- Head Office PO Box 863 Baulkham Hills 1755
Mobile 0416 165 966
All of the above form the National Council

Board Of Examiners NSW
Denis Blackburn Fellow
Dianne Kersten Fellow
Robert Field Fellow
Anna Ocello Fellow
Marcia Summers Fellow
John MacMahon Licentiate
VIC
Dennis Foley Fellow SA
Sue Heinrich Fellow
WA
Jacquie Brigden Licentiate
Others by invitation or appointment
Honorary Members
ENGLAND Derek Young Fellow
NSW Neville Boyd Fellow
NSW Robert Field Fellow
Life Members
NSW Denis Blackburn
NSW Anna Ocello
NSW Dianne Kirsten
NSW Robert Field
VIC Denis Foley
SA Sue Heinrich
National Events Committee
Co-ordinator Marcia Summers
phone (02)672 11537 Mobile 0417 184 644
Email Marcia
Secretary Anna Ocello
Mobile 0416 165 966
Email Anna
Assistant Co-ordinator
Sue Heinrich(08)8281 6170
Email Sue
Australian and New Zealand Co-ordinator
John Watson
Phone (07)382 48711 Mobile 0407 147 181
Email John
Committee Members QLD Gold Coast
John Watson
ACT Greg Smith & Sue Smith
(02)6255 5524 FAX (02)62555534 Mobile 0418627683
WA Craig Harle (08)93544814 Mobile0415190751
TAS Dennis Klumpp
Phone (03)646 31151 Mobile 0427631147
Email Dennis or Peta WebSite
State Committees 2005
NSW
Chairperson Denis Blackburn
Vice Chairperson Anna Ocello
Secretary/Treasurer Dianne Kersten
Registration Officer Anna Ocello
National Registration Officer Marcia Summers NSW
NSW REGIONAL
Chairperson Marcia Summers
Vice Chairperson Tracey Symons
Secretary/Treasurer Debbie Offer
Social Secretary Kerry Baker
Registration Officer Debbie Offer
QLD
Chairperson John Watson
Vice Chairperson Mathew Cochrane
Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Molloy
Registration Officer Sheree Braun
Committee- Cookie Spierenburg
SA
Chairperson/Secretary Sue Heinrich
Deputy Chairperson/Registration Officer Shain Kratil
Treasurer Julie Kairl
Competition Committee Di Tregeagle,Lyn Ashby, Keith Willshire.
Australasian Masters Games Committee 2007
Chairperson Sue Heinrich
Deputy Chairperson Graham Pike
Secretary Ray Kairl
Treasurer Julie Kairl
Committee Shain Kratil, Keith Willshire,Di Tregeagle, Lyn Ashby
WA
Chairperson / Registration Officer Geoff Tuke
Secretary/Treasurer Craig Harle
TAS
Chairperson/Secretary Dennis Klumpp
Treasurer/ Registration Officer Peta Klumpp
ACT
Chairperson/Secretary Greg Smith
Treasurer/Registration Officer Sue Smith
VIC
National CEO Dennis Foley
State Branches with voting rights
NSW
Denis Blackburn
Po box 863 Baulkham Hills Sydney 1755
Phone (02)9688 7000 Mob 0410 082 345
Email Dennis WebSite
NSW
Country Marcia Summers
9 Coggan Place Inverell 2360
phone (02)672 11537 Mobile 0417184644
Email Marcia WebSite
Vic
Dennis Foley
15 Brookland Court Mulgrave East Victoria 3170
Phone (03) 97903555 Mobile 0412 347 755
c/- Dancesurance Australia
Fax (03) 97903553
SA
Sue Heinrich
27 Goodall Crescent Salisbury SA 5108
Phone (08) 8281 6170
Email Sue TAS
Dennis Klumpp
PO Box 280 Currie King Island TAS 7256
Phone (03)646 311 51 Mobile 0427 631 147
Email Dennis or Peta
QLD
John Watson
PO Box 1416 Capalaba QLD 4157
Phone (07)382 48711 Mobile 0407 147 181
Email John
National Registration Officers
N.S.W Anna OcelloMobile 0416 165 966
N.S.W. Marcia Summers(02)672 11537 Mobile 0439 932 709
N.S.W. Country Debbie OfferMobile 0417 184 644
VIC Dennis FoleyMobile 0412 347 755
SA Shain Kratil
Mobile 0414 248 471
TAS Peta Klumpp(03)646 31151
ACT Sue Smith
Ph (02)625 55 524 fax (02)625 55 534
QLD Alison Morris(07) 389 32743 fax (07) 334 83145
WA Geoff Tuke(08)924 524 16 Mobile 0419 790 799
Associated Links
Department of Sport and Recreation
Sydney Olympic Authority
Australian Masters Games
Member of Confederation of Australian Sport (Sport Industry of Australia)
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Levels of Professionals Coaching Levels

Professional Dancer -Holds no formal qualification, However-participates in activities considered to be that of a professional including but not limited to - competing in Professional events, conducting lessons (whether or not an income is derived from the sport is irrelevant) Participating in public performances and demonstrations for the purpose of advertising business or self.

Affiliate Level 1-1 Style
Level 2-2 Styles
Level 3-3 Styles
Level 4-4 Styles
Level 5-5 Styles
Level 6 6 Styles
Associate
Level 1-1 Style
Level 2-2 Styles
Level 3-3 Styles
Level 4-4 Styles
Level 5-5 Styles
Level 6 6 Styles
Level 1 Freestyle
Licentiate
Level 2-2 styles
Level 3-3 Styles
Level 4-4 Styles
Level 5-5 Styles
Level 6 6 Styles
Level 7 7 Styles
Level 2 Freestyle
Fellow
Level 3-3 Styles
Level 4-4 Styles
Level 5-5 Styles
Level 6 6 Styles
Level 7 7 Styles
Level 3 Freestyle
Fellow & Examiner Level 3-3 Styles
Level 4-4 Styles
Level 5-5 Styles
Level 6 6 Styles
Level 7 7 Styles
Level 4 Freestyle

Levels under each category are determined by the number of styles a Professional is competent in eg; Professional is competent in 3 styles no previous examination -Level to undertake is Level 3 Affiliate.

Professional holds affiliate in 3 Styles but has since become accomplished in 4th style and would like to sit Associate- Must first obtain Level of 4th style in Affiliate - Affiliate level 1 Permission may be obtained from the board to allow the examiner to combine the 1 style Affiliate with the 4 style Associate - all must be examined at Associate Level. Application for permission to have additional style examined at higher level must be in writing and attached to application for examination to be received by the National Board no less than 60 days prior to the proposed examination date. The boards decision will be final and not correspondence will be entered into

Each Main level is required to be held for a minimum time prior to obtaining higher levels. Those times are as follows.


Affiliate - 12 Months
Associate - 24 Months
Licentiate - 48 months
Fellow - Must remain current and up to date on all National and where necessary International requirements for all aspects of the sport.All professional coaches are required to hold a current insurance policy.Membership must be current to uphold category level.
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Grade Restrictions

Grade restrictions apply to all competitors. If a competition combines two or more, grades then the highest grade rules apply.

Novice/Social This is a restricted Dance section. No slides, drops or lifts are allowed.

E Grade All E Grade sections are Dance only - there are no slides, drops or Lifts permitted in any category of E Grade. Each partner must support their own weight and not be supported by their partner.

D Grade In all D Grade sections, drops and slides are permitted unless otherwise stated. Restricted Lifts: apply to the freestyle section of this grade (see definitions of styles)

C Grade In all C Grade sections, drops and slides are permitted in the dance only section unless otherwise stated

B Grade As per C Grade.Open As per C Grade. This section is open to all registered competitors excluding professionals.

Pro-Ams This section is where a Professional Teacher/Dancer dances with an Amateur in competition with other Professional teachers/dancers and Amateurs. This event is independent of all other events and may be listed as follows -Professional & E, D, C or B grade Amateur Professional & Social Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Amateur Pro- am Any level of Amateur with a Professional

Open Invitational This section is open to any Professional competitor. Amateurs by invitation only. Amateurs may enter to dance this section in addition to their own section, however, the event organiser will determine if the event will invite Amateurs to compete.

Professional Open to registered Professionals Only

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OTHER GRADE LISTINGS

Social and Competition Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Open and Open to All

Where an event lists Grades or levels as Social and Competition Dancer Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and no grades are stipulated anywhere in the program, the following will apply

Social Beginner will consist of Social Dancers who have been dancing less than 12 months

Social Intermediate will consist of Social Dancers who have been dancing less than 2 yearsSocial Advanced will consist of Social Dancers who have been dancing for more than 2 years

Social Open is open to all Social levelsCompetition Beginner will consist of E Grade dancers

Competition Intermediate will consist of D grade dancers

Competition Advanced will consist of all other Registered dancers excluding Professionals where they must dance in events titled Open Invitational/Professional or Open to All.

Competition Open is open to all Registered levels and excludes Professionals.

Competition Open to All is open to all registered levels and includes Professionals

Beginner Intermediate Advanced Open and Open to AllWhere sections have not been broken down between a competition dancer and a social dancer and no grades are stipulated anywhere in the program, the following will apply.

Beginner will consist of social dancer to 12 months and E Grade Dancers

Intermediate will consist of Social Dancer to 2 years and D Grade Dancers

Advanced will consist of all other dancers excluding professionals where they must dance in events Titled Open Invitational, Professional or Open to All

Open will consist of all levels excluding professionals.

Open to All will consist of all levels including Professionals. Grade rules will apply to each of these Levels, unless otherwise stated as part of the Conditions and Rules of entry as specified by the event organiser.

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Different Grades For Different Styles Of Dance

A competitor may be graded different grades for different styles of dances eg. an E Grade dancer does not have to be graded E Grade for all styles of dance - they may be E Grade for 50s Styles Rock 'n' Roll but be D Grade for Swing.

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Grade Elevations

Grade elevations are applied to Championships only. To elevate to the next grade, there must be at least six couples of that grade dancing in the competition. If there are less than six couples of that grade competing, then the competition may still be deemed to be elevating by the organizers. However couples must be advised before they commence to dance and therefore they may elect not to dance in that event. Furthermore, the Board of the ARRDC may elevate a couple that has won a Championship or State Title on more than one occasion where there have been less than six competitors.

Small competitions and festivals are non-elevating unless otherwise advised.No Elevation is permitted when a Competition dancer contests against a Social dancer with the exception of Open to All.

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Dancing Up A Grade Or Category

Unless otherwise stated by event organisers who have had their event registered with the ARRDC, all competitors are restricted to dancing in their own grade. Event organisers may allow competitors to dance in the next grade up. Unless otherwise stated All competitors are permitted to dance in the 'Open' section.Unless otherwise stated competitors are restricted to dancing in their own age category. Event organisers reserve the right to combine age categories. Mixed age group couples may apply to the National Council for approval to dance outside of their normal age group due to age, medical condition or other reason.

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Age Categories and Restrictions
As at the day of the relevant competitions, the following age restrictions apply:
  • Minors Both partners must be nine years or younger. If you have turned ten (10) years of age, then you are not eligible to dance in this category.
  • Juvenile Both partners must be twelve years or younger. If you have turned thirteen (13) years of age, then you are not eligible to dance in this category.
  • Junior Both partners must be fifteen years or younger. If you have turned sixteen (16) years of age, you are not eligible to dance in this category.
  • Youth Both partners must be aged eighteen or younger. If you have turned nineteen (19) years of age, you are not eligible to dance in this category.
  • Adult If you are eighteen (18) years old or older, then you are eligible to dance in this category. If one person in a permanent dance partnership has turned 19 years of age and the second partner is still under 18, then special permission may be granted for the under-aged partner to dance in this category. Permission must be sought in writing, addressed to the ARRDC. If you are under 18 years of age and have been dancing, as an 'Adult' as per the age guidelines explained above, then you may continue to do so, or choose to dance in your actual age category.
  • Seniors Both partners in this section must be thirty-five years of age or older. If you have not turned 35 years of age, then you are not eligible to dance in this category. Masters Both partners in this section must be forty-five years of age or older. If you have not turned 45 years of age, then you are not eligible to dance in this category.
  • Masters Games Age 30+
  • Masters Games - All dancers must dance in the age grouping of the youngest in the partnership or team.
  • Other Age groups as may from time to time be deemed necessary and approved by the National Council.
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Definition of Classification and Dance Styles

Dance onlyNo liftwork/Freestyle is permitted in an event marked Dance Only. Drops and slides are permitted unless otherwise stated. Refer to grade restrictions.

Dance Only (No Lifts Drops or Slides) Only floor craft is permitted in an event marked Dance Only no lifts Drops or slidesLifts, Drops and Slides

Liftwork relates to one partner being lifted or held with feet off of the ground and is executed in the freestyle section onlyDrops relate to one partner supporting the other in a low level action and are permitted from D grade upwards in a dance section excluding where event specific rules apply.Slides are defined as where one or both partners slide feet or body across the dance surface and ARE permitted from D grade upwards in a dance section excluding where event specific rules apply.

Restricted Lifts This section is applicable to all D grade Freestyle dancers. In this section, a minimum of five (5) Lifts must be performed. Of these lifts, at least three must be different. The following lifts are the only ones permitted in this section - Straddle, Hip-Hip, Hanger, Knee Jump, Cradle or Baby, Flip/Roll over the arm or Catherine Wheel and Throw-away.Any Lifts being performed in this section which are not stated above will result in the couple being disqualified. If you are unable to perform at least 3 of the above Lifts, then you are not eligible to compete in this section.

Freestyle In this section, a minimum of five (5) Lifts must be performed. Of these lifts, at least three must be different. There are no restrictions on lifts in this section, any lift or lift combination may be performed.Freestyle sections are unrestricted except for the restricted section of D grade.

50's Rock'n'Roll - Basic footwork being-Rock step, Single step, Pressure step Tap step or Flick Step.

Mixed Styles Rock 'n' Roll - Any style under the Rock 'n' Roll umbrella may be danced eg 50s Rock 'n' Roll, Lindy Hop, Rockabilly and includes club style Rock'n'Roll. There are no restrictions on which footwork is used, or the types/qty of variations used, however, at least of the dance presentation should reflect footwork and technique of the style adopted.

Continental - The basic action for this section must include what is known as a 9-step basic in a 6 beat framework. A high knee action with a kick ball change. Directional kicking and shadow are recommended.

Continental Acrobatic - Footwork technique (see above). For Acrobatic work (see freestyle for definitions). Attention to safety and execution of neat entrance and exit will form the basis of adjudication. Continental acrobatic must also be danced according to any grade restrictions.

Continental Combined - This section consists of 1 minute of dance time and 1 minute 30 seconds of liftwork as per ARRDC Rules.

East Coast Swing - This dance is frequently referred to as Triple Step Swing due to the rhythm of the basic triple step. This dance consists of 6 and 8 count patterns which require a rock step back for the man and woman. A circular dance that is danced with a bounce and is very grounded and not high in the legs. This action requires the dancer to stay very smooth and not jump around much. East Coast swing is the base for all swing dances.

Flick Basic - (See tap Step) the tap is replaced with flicks.

Jive In its basic form, this figure of three steps in which the first step moves to the side on count "1" (3/4 beat) and the second step half closes on count "a" (1/4 beat) and the third step continues to the side on count "2" (1 beat). The Jive Chasse may however be danced in a forward backward or sideways direction or remaining on the spot. In an advanced form a slight locking action may be used by the man or lady on count "a" when moving forward or backward and when moving away her partner the lady may even pass her feet and use a slight running action. At times the Jive chasse (count QaQ) may be replaced by a single step count (S); step-tap (count QQ) or tap- step (count QQ), but at all times it is desirable that the basic rhythm of QaQ is felt in the knees. Very sharp kicks and flicks are part of the dance style.

Lindy Hop - The basic action in this section must include 4, 6 and 8 count constructed dance steps to characterise the music. Swing Out, Lindy Circle and Charleston are basic requirements.

Pressure Step -(see single time swing) emphasis on the placement of the ball of the foot on counts 1 2 and 3 4 characterises this style.

Rockabilly - The basic action in this section must be danced anti-clockwise and have one bar construction. Hand and upper-body work is necessary with a lay back or upright style. 'Living the dance' to portray it as different to all other styles is recommended. Footwork is a tap and 3 full transfers through a turn, no spins. An exception to this is the man's figure 8 where he dances 1 turn over 2 beats commencing on count two and completed on count 3.

Single Time/Step - East coast swing without the triple step.

Slow Swing The basic action for this section must include either Triple Step, 4-Step, East or West Coast Swing. Please refer to dance definitions and tempo for slow swing.

Swing Jive A dance section developed to allow similar styles to compete together. East coast swing/West Coast Swing and Jive are acceptable in this section. See definitions of styles for each classification.

Tap Step - The traditional hall style of Rock'n'Roll with emphasis placed on counts 1 and 3 as both partners tap the floor before taking a step in any direction.

West Coast Swing 6 and 8 count patterns danced in a slot. The woman no longer rocks back as in East Coast but instead she walks forward on count One. Usually danced to medium tempo swing music, frequently those songs slower than those used for East Coast. However those who achieve a higher skill level can and do dance it to faster tempo music. This dance has no bounce and a smooth feel to it. Rarely will you see high kicks or moves that require the dancer to leave the floor.

Cabaret The length of each cabaret must be a minimum of 2.5 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes, have at least three tempo changes and must contain a theme, tell a story or be a comedy. It must also include an entry and exit.

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Team Events

Non-progressive Teams: Teams must consist of three couples with no progression i.e. couples who begin the event must remain with the same partner throughout the event.

Progressive Teams Teams must consist of a minimum of four couples and partners must progress regularly.

Formation Teams Teams must consist of four to eight couples and must form 3 different and distinct formation changes eg; a circle, a V and a square.

Team Event Masters Games Unless otherwise stated by the eventCo-ordinator, Teams will consist of a Minimum of 5 persons and a maximum of 20 persons.

NB For all of the above team events, there are no restrictions on style of dance, routine or Liftwork other than that specified by the event organiser.
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Music

All events consist of one track of music, which will characterise the style of dance being performed. The length of each track will be a minimum of 1 minute 45 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes and 15 seconds with the exception of the Cabaret section.

Slow/Fast Where and event is listed as Slow Track and Fast Track the event will consists of 2 tracks only, with time restrictions at a minimum of 1.45 minutes and a maximum of 2.15 minutes each.

The Slow track is dance only and grade/level restrictions apply.

The Fast track will allow Freestyle and grade/level restrictions will apply.

Freestyle/Lift work in this section (Fast Track) is not a requirement of entry. Dancers performing freestyle work must refer to the freestyle section of definitions of classification and must complete the required amount of lifts.

Dancers not dancing freestyle in this section must not do any liftwork at all, as if commenced a minimum of 5 lifts with at least 3 being different must be completed as in accordance with definitions of classification.

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Tempos
The following tempos apply in ARRDC competitions:
Bars Per Minute
  • Slow Swing 26-32
  • Swing Jive 32-44
  • Jive 40-46
  • Lindy Hop 36-48
  • 50s Rock 'n' Roll from 36 slow-48 Quick
  • Mixed Styles Rock 'n' Roll from 36 slow-48 Quick
  • Freestyle 42-48
  • Continental 42-50
  • Rockabilly 42-56
  • East Coast Swing 32-36
  • West Coast Swing 28-32
  • Cabaret own music
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Championship Content
Championships Age categories.
  1. Minors
  2. Juvenile
  3. Junior
  4. Youth
  5. Adult
  6. Seniors
Masters Championship dance styles
  1. 50s Rock'n'Roll
  2. Mixed Styles Rock'n'Roll
  3. Slow Swing
  4. Swing Jive, East Coast
  5. Continental
  6. Continental, Acrobatic
  7. Lindy Hop
  8. Rockabilly
  9. West Coast Swing
  10. Freestyle
  11. Cabaret
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State Rules for Competitions

All members and States represented by the ARRDC, and competition organisers recognised by the ARRDC must abide by the Rules and Regulations expressed in this document.

1.0. Unless otherwise stated by the ARRDC event organiser the close of entry date will be final.

1.1. Competition organisers will not be obliged to alter the structure of the competition or program in any way or for any reason.

1.2. Competition Organisers may apply for changes to the Rules and Regulations for their own State or competition in running competitions. Permission must be in writing for changes to be approved. All competitors, adjudicators and other persons, whom the changes will affect, must be made aware of any such change, in adequate time to make the necessary adjustments.

1.3. Competition organisers and their committee, reserve the right in consultation with the national body, to alter nominations of any competitor they believe has nominated in an incorrect grade.

1.4. Competition organisers and their committee, reserve the right in consultation with the national body, to cancel an event or combine one or more events due to insufficient entries.

1.5. All events conducted under the rules and regulations of the Australian Rock'n'Roll Dancesport Council Inc must be registered with the ARRDC not less than 12 weeks prior to the event being run.

1.6. All events registered with the ARRDC must display the logo and name on all correspondence relating to the event.

1.7. No Person shall alter or adjust the council logo in any way

1.8. A registered Chairman of Adjudicators must over see all events.

1.9. Where an event is run with styles outside those covered by the ARRDC,i.e.; Club Dance - attention is drawn to the ARRDC constitution and only adjudicators deemed qualified in the relevant style are to be used to adjudicate.

1.10. State Bodies are required to forward the results of competitions to the National Body.

1.12 Any promoter and or Society who does not abide by the rules in conducting a Championship and/or Competition for which AARDC recognition has been given shall be subject to disciplinary action by the ARRDC or its appointed committee.

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Rules of Competition

2.0 All competitors must abide by the age and grade restrictions set out above

2.1 All dancers must dance the style entered

2.2 All Dancers dancing in the graded section must be registered with the ARRDC - refer to registered Dancer section.

2.3 All Competitors must make themselves aware of and abide by any event specific rules apparent to the event they are entering, these will have been approved by the national Body and will be outlined by the organiser

2.4 a) All Dancers must take the floor in the event or events entered into. Failure to do so may result in disqualification for the remainder of the competition.

b) Dancers Failing to notify the organisers of alterations or changes to their ability to compete in adequate time that the organiser may impose such changes may result in suspension of registration for up to 3 months

c) No Dancer is permitted to take the floor once the event has commenced.

d) All competitors must take the floor from the designated marshalling area at the time the event is called to the floor. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification from that event and may incur disqualification for the remainder of the competition.

2.5 Applications to transfer entry to a Replacement participant must be made in writing by both participants prior to close of entry of the competition. An administration fee may apply.

2.6 Competitors who are considered to have conducted themselves in an unsportsmanlike manner will be subject to suspension from competition and or any privileges for a time agreed upon by the board and will be in accordance to the offence. Whether or not this conduct was on the dance floor or in the surroundings is considered irrelevant.

2.7 Dress is in accordance with the style danced.

2.8 No advertising is permitted on any item of clothing worn onto the dance floor. This excludes advertising pertaining to the event being run.

2.9 All numbers must be secured correctly in order to be taken into consideration.

2.10 Where an event is conducted according to age groupings and not age categories, unless otherwise stated, dancers must remain in the age grouping of the youngest in the partnership or team.

2.11 Unless otherwise stated Social Dance Sections will not be permitted any liftwork. This rule does not apply where an event is listed Intermediate or Advanced where registered dancers take the floor with Social dancers. But will apply to all events marked Social or Novice.

2.12 Unless otherwise stated Social Dance Sections will allow Drops and Slides according to grade rules under Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sections.

2.13 No Dancer is permitted to leave the floor during their event except in the case of an emergency, in which case one or both partners must raise their hand to notify the organiser of an incident.

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Masters Games

The following conditions apply to Masters Games Organisers and competitors.

3.0 Dancers must be aged 30 years and older to compete in the Masters Games

3.1 Dancers are permitted to dance their own level and the next grade up for the Masters Games.

3.2 Dancers must remain in the age grouping of the youngest in the partnership or team.

3.3 All dancers must be registered with the Masters Games.

3.4 All Adjudicators, Officials and Dancers must make themselves aware of additional event specific rules Refer to rule 2.3

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Registered Dancers

4.1 A Registered Dancer is defined as one who has been registered with the ARRDC or ARRDC recognized body, whether this registration is current or previous, at State or National Level

4.2 All Registered Dancers- Professionals or Amateurs are required to uphold the integrity of the sport and the ARRDC

4.3 Registered Dancers who allow their registration to lapse may be required to pay a reinstatement fee or pay for each year they have remained unregistered

4.4 Registered Dancers must carry a current registration card to all competitions

4.5 Registered Dancers must provide registration card on request by any Organiser or Chairman of Adjudicators

4.6 All professional teachers must be registered with the National body and are subject to all board and affiliated body rules.

4.7 All persons competing in a registered/graded event must hold a current registration card.

4.8 Dancers in a partnership or team who hold different grade levels are required to dance at the higher grade level.

4 9 Where an event is conducted according to age groupings, refer to rules of competition rule 2.0

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Title Holders

5.0 No Title can be held by Registered Dancers who have competed whilst unregistered. This is regardless of how an event has been listed eg Beginner or Open to All.

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Protest Procedures

6.0 All protests must be directed to the protest and appeals assistant and where no assistant has been appointed then the protest will be directed to the chairman of Adjudicators.

6.1 All protests must be made within 10 minutes of the event being disputed.

6.2 ALL Protests must follow protest procedure and the Chairman of Adjudicators will determine the outcome.

6.3 In the event of an appeal, where an appeals board has been appointed(Australian Masters Games & Australasian Masters Games)-The Appeals Board will hear any objections and the Appeals Board Chairman in conjunction with the Appeals Board will determine the outcome. No Further correspondence will be entered into.Where no appeals board has been appointed (all other championships) the chairman of adjudicators will determine the outcome. No Further correspondence will be entered into.

6.4 In the event of a dispute proof of age may be required.

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Objections and Complaints

7.0 Objections and / or complaints at competitions must be lodged with the Organising Committee (not the adjudicators) within 15 minutes of the completion of the event, must be in writing, including name and address of the person/s objecting etc. and accompanied by the objection fee as laid out by the event organising committee. This fee will be refunded if the objection/complaint is upheld.

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Examiners

8.0 All Examiners are appointed by the ARRDC

8.1 Examiners for student examinations will be provided by the state body where necessary.

8.2 Examiners for Professional Exams will be selected by the National Body. Application for examination must be made to the National body at least 60 days prior to the proposed examination date.

8.3 All Examiners and Adjudicators must hold a current registration card.

8.4 All applications must be directed to the state body.

8.5 Student Examinations must be forwarded to the state branch to be recorded on the data base.

8.6 State bodies are required to forward results of examinations and a copy of the report to the National Body within 30 days of the examination being taken.

8.7 State bodies must correctly identify examination requirements and provide an examiner and where necessary direct the request to the National Body.

8.8 Examiners may only examine the styles qualified to the level qualified.

8.9 Only recognised Examiners from the ARRDC may Examine, unless they are otherwise invited.

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Adjudicators and Adjudication

9.0 Adjudicators may only judge the styles qualified to the level qualified.

9.1 Only recognised adjudicators from the ARRDC may adjudicate in competitions run or recognised by the ARRDC, unless they are otherwise invited.

9.2 All adjudicators must be registered with the ARRDC or ARRDC recognised dance body and are subject to all board and affiliated body rules.

9.3 Adjudicators are not permitted to dance in pro-am events conducted in the competition they are adjudicating at.

9.4 All adjudicators must follow adjudicator protocol as laid out by the ARRDC.

9.5 All couples must be marked/placed in a final.

9.6 No place shall exceed the number of competitors contesting an event.

9.7 An adjudicator's right of denial of place/disqualification will be allowed when a competitor has broken any rules including event specific rules.

9.8 In the event of an Adjudicators denial or disqualification the Adjudicator must note the rule by which the disqualification or denial should be upheld.

9.9 Upholding a Disqualification or denial of place will be at the discretion of the Chairman of Adjudicators.

9.10 The Chairman of Adjudicators must issue a warning to the competitors involved and/or make them aware of their disqualification.

9.11 Any alteration to card markings must be made by the marking card signatory and the alteration signed by the Adjudicator signatory.

9.12 In accordance with world rules 3.1 of calculation system the finals will be calculated according to the skating system.

NOTE: A "Fellow" must take precedence over all other levels of adjudicators, followed by a "Licentiate", "Associate" and "Affiliate".

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Adjudicator Protocol

10.0 All adjudicators must attend an adjudicator briefing prior to the competition/championship being run and at the time laid out by the organiser.

10.1 Adjudicators are not permitted to discuss competitor performance with the competitor concerned or any other competitor, spectator or teacher during the competition. Any discussion can only be entered into between the adjudicator and the Chairman of adjudicators.

10.2 Adjudicators are not permitted to coach competitors in any way during the duration of the competition.

10.3 Adjudicators are not permitted to make conversation with any competitor for the duration of the event. Competitors should be referred to the competitor liaison or the Chairman of Adjudicators.

10.4 Adjudicators are not permitted to shift dancers on the floor to other areas this will be done by the Chairman of Adjudicators who will determine if the dancers are positioned so as the event is safe to run/continue.

10.5 Adjudicators attention is drawn to Rule 3.4 in case of Masters Games

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Annual Membership

Amateur Memberships are due on 1st July of each year.When fees are paid, a current grading card will be issued. If your fees have not been paid, hence you do not have a current grading card, then you will be ineligible to compete in ARRDC competitions.

Professional Memberships Renewal of all Professional memberships is due on 1st July of each year: All professionals must remain financial in order to maintain recognised accreditation status with the ARRDC Inc.

Professionals All professionals competing in Professional events (including Pro-Ams and Open to All) are required to be registered with the ARRDC. Professionals may be registered with the ARRDC or the ADB as either a Professional Teacher or Professional Dancer.

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State Branches

State bodies must provide The National Body with a copy of a Current list of Members and their applications for membership as they become current.

State bodies must process the application and issue a registration card to the member within 14 days.

State bodies will forward the new/renewed applications within 28 days of application being accepted by the state body.

The state treasurer will forward an account of all financial activity and details to the National Body by the 7th of January each year.

Sponsorships approved by an ARRDC State body must be submitted for review before the National body committee for approval, before funds are allocated and agreements with 3rd party signed.

All sponsorships reviews, received by National body, will have first been passed by a state branch committee and/or it's members.

State branches are not permitted to Sponsor Events or Activities that are not in accordance with the ARRDC constitution and associated bodies and the ARRDC Aims, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines.

Sponsorship will not be grated to organisations/dance studios/dancers or Professionals where sponsorship will enhance own business or personal gain.

Any queries regarding any of the Rules and Regulations in this document may be addressed verbally to the Organising Committee at no charge.Objections and or complaints regarding matters apart from competitions must be in writing and addressed to the ARRDC Board.

A copy of the rules may be obtained from the State or National body. an Administration, Postage and Handling fee will apply.

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