RULE CHANGES 2017
Please note the following rule changes for 2017:
1. Constitution and Rules January 2016, Page 23, Competition Sections
There will be no general “Pre-Premier” events – they will all be one of the following classifications:
1. PRIMARY: This category is designed to assist the introduction of the youngest dancers to competitive dancing. A competitor under seven years of age may compete in this section until the seventh birthday is reached after which that competitor is classified as a Beginner dancer and is not eligible to enter a Primary event. A Primary dancer may elect to compete in more advanced category at any time before reaching the age of seven years but thereafter must continue in this new category and/or advance in accordance with the Pre-Premier Registration Scheme.
Note: Only four events may be provided for the Primary category:
a) Pas de Basques b) Pas de Basques and High Cuts c) Highland Fling d) Sword Dance
In view of the basic level of ability and technique expected in this category, it is not appropriate that trophies be presented and organizers must NOT therefore award trophies either as individual prizes or for most points overall.
2. BEGINNERS: This status is held until the competitor either a) gains first, second or third prize in SIX separate Beginner’s competitions, or b) until 12 months following the first Beginners stamp whichever a or b is the later, after which that competitor is classified as a Novice dancer and is not eligible to enter a Beginner’s event.
3. NOVICE: This status is held until the competitor either a) gains first, second or third prize in SIX separate Novice competitions, or b) until 12 months following the first Novice stamp whichever a or b is the later, after which that competitor is classified as an Intermediate dancer and is not eligible to enter a Novice event.
Beginner and Novice categories are restricted to:
a) Highland Fling b) Sword Dance c) Seann Triubhas d) Reel e) Flora Macdonald’s Fancy f) Scottish Lilt g) Special Fling or Trophy Fling.
***In respect to a “Special” or “Trophy Fling”, 1st place should be awarded a trophy or special award of some description. The trophy should be a “KEEPER” style or a perpetual trophy. All awards following 1st place can be at the Organisers’ discretion. No other dances are competed as a trophy or special dance in the Beginner or Novice category.
In respect of the Beginner category, their card will be stamped at every competition where they win a first, second or third prize in ANY of the Highland dances – Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas, Reel or Special or Trophy Fling.
In respect of the Novice category, their card will be stamped at every competition where they win a first, second or third prize in any dance.
2. Constitution and Rules January 2016, page 25, AUTOMATIC ADVANCE
A competitor entering and dancing in a Premier event automatically becomes a Premier dancer.
An event not advertised to be a “Pre-Premier” event is automatically a “Premier” event. Events confined to an area, or confined to Boys are “Premier” events, unless otherwise stated.
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***This also applies to a Pre-Premier competitor entering and dancing in any Pre-Premier category higher than their current category, i.e. a Beginner entering and dancing in an Intermediate event automatically becomes an Intermediate dancer.
For any dancers choosing to enter and dance in a higher category, the organizer of the competition in which the dancer competed must issue a temporary card to the dancer. The Organiser must also notify the competitor’s Registration Agent who will issue the competitor a new card for the higher category.
***In Canada, organizes should issue a temporary card to any competitor who enters and dances in a category higher than their current category. They should record the name of the dancer and the category change (ex. currently Beginner dancer; competed as an Intermediate dancer) on Form 14 and submit the form to the provincial competition organizer registrar immediately after the event. The CO registrar will forward the information to the provincial dancer registrar.
3. Constitution and Rules January 2016, page 41, C – RECOMMENDATIONS
4. Maximum number of dancers on platform
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***4. The organizer in consultation with the judge(s) may determine the maximum number (3 or 4) on a platform in all Highland and national dances, except the Strathspey and/or Reel, taking into consideration the available space on the platform and the safety and optimum performance of the dancers.
In the Fling, if 5 dancers are recalled for a final, all may dance together provided there is ample platform space.
Strathspey and/or Reels: one set only