Terms and Conditions for competing – rules and regulations
Pole Performer & Burlesque Beauty
AAPC CONTACTS and MEDIA
2 Initial criteria
4 Entry videos
5 Stipulations on film and photography
6 Details for competing
7 The titles
8 Live events
9 Presentation and props
10 Division breakdowns, movement rules and compulsory
* Note to competitors
1) “AAPC” refers to the Australian Amateur Performer Competition on a whole, inclusive of all territories, sections, video heats, live state semi final and live finals.
“The performer or entrant” refers to the person making this application, intending on competing in the AAPC’s.
“The organiser” refers to Delerium Emporium, The facilitators of this event.
The Organiser or authorized representative is not liable for injury or damage to persons or property resulting from participation in the competition. This includes any transportation to and from the event.
The Organiser reserve the right to change the rules contained herein without notice.
All decisions not addressed in this document will be made by the Organiser. A decision by the Organiser is binding and final.
2) Initial Selection Criteria (via video entry)
a. The Performer must have at least 6 months of training and experience
b. The Performer must be at least 18 years of age OR have guardian sign-off
c. The Performer must be an Australian citizen or Australian resident.
d. Competitors can be studio trained or self taught.
e. It is assumed that the performer is skilled in dancing and ready for performance.
3) Applications may only be submitted by the Performer.
i) For an application to be deemed successful, receipt of all components is required. A completed and signed application form accompanied with registration fee, promotional photograph and copy of video entry prior to competition closure dates.
ii) Participation in the live competitions (semi-finals and/or finals) requires receipt of the completed and signed registration pack with all components and close adherence to all the conditions outlined within the rules and regulations.
iii) A successful finalist will receive a registration pack and be notified of further details of the semi and grand final details closer to the date of event.
iv) The Performer declares that he/she has no contracts of obligations by other organisations or persons related to dancing or performance and entering AAPC will not be a conflict of interest
v) A non refundable registration fee of $40 will be charged to every person ($60 for a duo) submitting an entry. If this fee is not received with receipt of registration forms and video link prior to closure dates, application will be deemed unsuccessful.
4) Entry Videos
Competitor entry videos will be considered your pre-qualifying heats section. The video must be well lit, with the performer and stage area/pole easily visible. Video must not include nor show any other person than the applicant. The video may not be edited in any way. It must show a continuous performance of the applicant for a minimum of 2.5 minutes with music played in the background, not dubbed. Videos must not exceed 5 mins; any remaining footage will not be viewed. Video entry must be clearly labelled with performer name, state and division competing. Videos may be uploaded to youtube or vimeo, and link sent to organiser; or you can burn to a disc/USB and post.
Videos may be studio or previous performance.
Video entries (heats) will be judged in the first instance by the Organiser and a panel of judges. Upto 15 top ranking competitors from each division will be invited to compete in SA for the live finals competition. If you are a successful finalist you will receive a registration pack and you will be notified of further details closer to the date.
5) Stipulations on Film & Photography
Any images or footage submitted to the competition for promotions must have photographer permission to use. This is the responsibility of the performer to ensure no copyright infringement.
i) All photography and any other footage taken at events and live competitions remain the property of the Organiser and photographer. The Performer has no rights to compensation for photography and other footage made before, during and after the competition.
ii) The Performer explicitly and irrevocably agrees that all footage and photography can be used by the Organiser for promotional, advertising and commercial purposes.
iii) It is preferred that any photos provided for use will have a watermark of the photographer’s logo. The Organiser reserves the right to publish said photos for the purposes of promoting the AAPCs’.
6) Details for competing
i) The Performer may choose the music for his/her show
ii) The Performer may enter multiple categories but only one skill based division. A separate application must be received for each category.
iii) It is permitted to remove articles of clothing /costume. A Pole Performer may NOT perform nude or partially nude.
iv) Burlesque Performers are permitted to perform in pasties and g-string, but full underwear preferred.
v) Male and female entrants permitted. In the event of there being Boylesque competitors they will be required to perform on the same platform as the Burlesque performers, adhering to the same rules and standards.
vi) Competitors will not be paid for any part of the competition.
vii) Both Burlesque Beauty and Pole Performer grand final competitions will be open to the general public by ticketing.
viii) An expert judging panel from the industries will score the competitors performance, their decision is final.
ix) The Organiser reserves the right to expel a performer from participation or to disqualify any individual at any time from participation in any stage of the program with reason, including, without limitation, any threatening behaviour or harming another person, violating the official rules or other rules in effect or the standards and practices and policies of the Organiser. Disqualification may result in, amongst other things, immediate forfeiture of any prize otherwise awarded or award-able.
x) During the competition, the performer must abide by the rules and arrive in advance as stated by the Competition Organizer. Any failure to abide by the above mentioned rules will result in immediate disqualification.
7) The title of “Australian Amateur Performer” (shortened to AAPC with division) Burlesque Beauty and Pole Performer is an official title valid for one year commencing from the date of the Competition.
i) An AAPC Burlesque or Pole winner is considered to be an ambassador of that style of dance in Australia and in your winning state.
ii) It is expected the prize winners will co-operate with the promotion of the competition and activities. This may include pre, during and post competition media interviews, performances and photographs; to take on several promotional activities. This occurs in consultation with the Organisers and may be financially remunerated for such activities.
iii) The Organiser reserves the right to retract the title if the Performer causes any damages to the Competition. In the case of retraction, the runner up becomes the new title holder
8) Live events, semi finals and the grand final
i) The poles used in the live competition will announced prior to the competition date.
ii) The Performers may join the audience after their show provided they have purchased a reserved seat.
iii) Performers may not communicate with members of the judging panel before, during or after the designated times of Heats, Semi-finals or the Grand Final Competition;
iv) Dressing rooms are for competitors and staff only – they are off limits to family members or friends of the Performers.
v) Performers are not permitted to drink alcohol (or take drugs) before or during the night of the Competition.
vi) Music must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the live event dates on CD, USB or electronically in MP3 format only. All media must be clearly labeled or attached with note of performer name & division, length of music and title of show/song where possible.
9) Presentation / Costume & Props
i) Footwear is optional. You may wear heels, boots, sneakers or have bare feet.
ii) A competitor may use props. They must be able to be carried on and off stage by the performer. There is to be NO fire/flames, liquids or live animals. No exceptions.
iii) Performers are not permitted to use members of the crowd, or leave the stage and join the audience during their show.
iv) Back up dancers or other people are permitted on stage during the performer’s show. This does not include using people from the crowd. Crowd participation is not permitted.
10) Division breakdowns, stipulations and limitations of movement and compulsory routine components.
- Execution of cornerstone movements
- Originality of choreography
- Lines and Extensions
- Individual style
- Consistency of routine and performance
- Under/Over time
- Overall performance
Burlesque will be judged on costuming, dance ability, technical knowledge, stage presence and overall performance.
Amateur – beginner ‘Baby Burlesque Beauty’
Minimum 6 months training. Must not have competed in any competitions or performed nor taught for profit previously.
Routine lengths: upto 3 mins CLASSIC routine + upto 5 mins NEO routine
Semi-pro – advanced (Title will read ‘Burlesque Beauty apprentice’)
Previously competed in an amateur or semi professional, state or national competition. Paid performers allowed. During a classic routine you may not use props other than clothing, boas or fans.
Routine lengths: upto 5 mins CLASSIC + upto 7 mins NEO routine
Professional – open (Title will read ‘Burlesque Beauty’)
Previously competed in a professional state or national competition. Paid performers allowed. During a classic routine you may not use props other than clothing, boas or fans.
Routine lengths: upto 5 mins CLASSIC + upto 7 mins NEO routine
First place in each division will be awarded to the competitor who demonstrates the highest level of poise, sound knowledge of technical skill and ability, the basic fundamentals, fluidity and dynamic movement; combined with performance value, musicality, costuming, stage presence, showmanship and overall performance what ever style or genre they choose to perform.
Classic routines must contain the basic 4 elements of burlesque.
(Strut, Shimmy/Shake, Bump and Grind)
It is preferred that this translates into their neo/modern routines also.
Although it can be considered a main part of burlesque, full clothing removal is optional. Infact, we prefer to see your skill, and NOT just your assets!