Participation at any one of the Northern Lights Freedom to Dance International Series events will earn you points to determine your Northern Lights Freedom to Dance International Series Ranking.
Points are given to the participating couples in the following
Northern Lights Freedom to Dance International Series:
30.03.2019 Jurmala Dance Festival
13.04.2019 Gothenburg Spring Ball
02.6.2019 Vilnius Dance Festival
2.11.2019 Elevent Star Pro-Am
Northern Lights Freedom to Dance International Series points calculation:
1st - 100 points
2nd - 95 points
3rd - 90 points
4th - 85 points
5th - 80 points
6th - 75 points
7th - 70 points
8th - 65 points
9th - 60 points
10th- 55 points
11th- 50 points
Prize money in the amount of 200 EURO will be awarded to the winners of Scholarship categories A, B and C in the Ballroom/Latin divisions and in the amount 400 EURO to the winners of Amateur Ballroom/Latin divisions. In case of a tie at the end of the series year, couples tied for the first place will share the prize money equally.
Winners will be awarded after the last event of the Northern Lights Series of 2019 (Elevent Star Helsinki)
There is only one official list of events, the one on the official website www.northernlightsseries.com . If an event is cancelled or does not send in their scores the Northern Lights Freedom to Dance International Series can not be held responsible.
AGE CATEGORIES: All Pro Am students may enter in two age categories. Their true age division and one lower.
SYLLABUS: Material used in closed competition should be based on the current NDCA, Fred Astaire, Arthur Murray, or equivalent American step list and the ISTD or IDTA Syllabus for International style. Open divisions are not material restricted. Closed One Dance Division - Restricted To Syllabus
DANCE LEVEL CATEGORIES: The students level is determined by the single dances entered. A student may only dance up in level, never down. That means if you enter Full Gold (or Beginner or Intermediate Gold) in single dances you can only dance in Gold level Multi Dances. You still have a choice between Open or Closed. Scholarships are Open and not restricted by the level entered in single or multi dances.
Beginner Bronze Intermediate Bronze Full Bronze
Beginner Silver Intermediate Silver Full Silver
Beginner Gold Intermediate Gold Full Gold
RESTRICTED CATEGORIES: A panel of invigilators may be used for all restricted categories/closed divisions. The categories will be strictly supervised and competitors committing infractions may be disqualified.
LIMITS: There is no limit on student entries in Open or Closed Freestyle Divisions. No teacher will be permitted to compete with one of his/her students against another of his/her students - it is not possible to compete in the same heat with two people! In any category with three entries or less, the organizer reserves the right to eliminate the age and sex divisions and merge competitors into one category.
DRESS CODE: Evening wear is suggested for Newcomers. Beginning and above levels are open for ball gowns, Latin dresses or matching costumes, but are not mandatory.
SOLOS/SHOWCASES are limited to 3 minutes. Music must be on an individual CD or USB drive. Critique Sheets will be given on Solo Showcases only.
ADJUDICATING: You have the option of being judged Contested or Uncontested. Contested entries: Are marked against other dancers in your category. Uncontested Entries: Are scored against the standard of the level, in which you are entered, the score is then converted to a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placement. Please send us email with your entry form, if you wish to be judged uncontested. If you wish to be judged in contested events, just send your entry. There's no need to notify us by e-mail that you wish to be contested. The decision of the judges shall be final. Our judges are highly qualified and are not to be harassed or questioned about their reasons for markings. The Chairman of Judges shall be responsible for decisions concerning ties or any problems arising over marks. The skating system of judging shall be used.
ON DECK AREA: Dancers are required to be in the "On Deck" area two heats prior to their scheduled heat. Any competitor not on the floor when the Master of Ceremonies calls, is subject to disqualification for that heat. Please be advised that changes may be made from the original program and all dancers should be in the ballroom at least 30 minutes prior to the time they are scheduled to dance.
CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS: The deadline for cancellation refunds is four weeks prior to the event. If the organizers are notified after the deadline, credit towards next year will be considered only in case of an emergency. Any cancelled entries are subject to a cancellation fee. No refunds will be made at the event.
NOTE. You can take part in more than one set of competitions above your level (eg Bronze -> Silver or Newcomer -> Bronze).
In the Scholarship class you will need to dance all five dances.
If you have previously participated in a Pro Am contest and have won that class twice in the same year (or single dance singles), you will need to attend the higher level class next time.
Newcomer -> Bronze,
Bronze -> Silver,
Silver -> Gold.