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19th Season





Solos/Duos/Trios, Championship, Scholarships: Monday 15 April – Saturday 20 April 2024

Groups: Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April 2024

Entries Close: 11 March 2024


Erindale Theatre 

McBride Cres Wanniassa A.C.T


Kristy Mansfield


ENTRY FEES             

Solos $32.00

Improvisation Solos $15.00

Duo/Trios $40.00 per entry

Groups $35.00

Championship $55.00                         

Scholarship $65.00

Administration Fee - $17.00 per person

Prize Money Awarded for each section.

Electronic Program - will be emailed to competitors. 


Solo/Duo/Trio/Championship/Scholarship sections – FREE!

Group Sessions – Adults $17.00, Child/Pensioner/Senior $13.00 per session

Purchased from


Entries online via:


Kathryne Eden

0410 303 916


1. AGE                     

(a) Age is taken from 1 January 2024

(b) Troupe and Duo/Trio- strictly the age of the eldest competitor.                                 

(c) Competitors are permitted to compete up one age group in solos and duos but may not repeat any routines (Except Championships & Scholarships)

(d) Competitors must always carry a copy of their Birth Certificate.


2. ADJUDICATOR        

(a) The Adjudicator’s decision is final

(b) With the exception of Riverside Dance Festival, no person shall be allowed to approach the Adjudicator or the Adjudicator’s table throughout the competition.

(c) At no time during the Eisteddfod shall the Adjudicator have access to the competitor’s or studio names and any person who has been a student of the Adjudicator in the last 12 months must withdraw immediately


3. PROTESTS               

(a) Protests must be made in writing immediately to the report desk at a cost of $30.00. The

fee will be returned if the protest is found valid.


4. COMMITTEE           

(a) Riverside Dance Festival reserves the right to cancel, join or split sections

(b) Riverside Dance Festival can appoint a substitute adjudicator.

(c) Riverside Dance Festival can alter the program running order without notice.  

(d) Any decision on issues not covered in the rules will be final.


5. ENTRIES                  

(a) All entries must be received by 11 March 2024

(b) Late entries will not be accepted.

(c) Full payment must be sent with entries.

(d) Refunds will not be given once entries are received unless Riverside Dance Festival cancels a section. 

(e) Online Entries only


6. MUSIC                     

(a) Electronic music upload for all entries. Instructions will be sent to competitors with the


(b) Backing vocals are not permitted for Song & Dance (song part only) Classical or Demi

sections but will be allowed for Tap sections.

(c) All music is submitted electronically before the event to


7. GROUPS               

(a) A minimum number of 4 dancers in a Troupe

(b) Age of Troupe competitors is taken as of 1 January 2024

(c) Studios may enter as many times as they like in a group section.


8. TIME LIMITS           

(a) Solos 3mins, Duo/Trio 3mins, Groups 5mins


9. PRIZES                     

(a) Audio Critiques are uploaded to Music Uploads

(b) Prizes:

1-5 competitors 2 prizes

6-10 competitors 3 prizes

11-14 competitors 4 prizes

15 or more competitors 5 prizes 

(Prizes may be reduced if dropouts occur)

(c) The Adjudicator may withhold any placing if he/she feels that a suitable standard has not been achieved.


10. CATAGORIES         

(a) Restricted sections are for those who have never been placed 1st in that category in any age

group except 6/u up to the closing date of entries for this Eisteddfod.

(b) Open sections are for those who have been placed first in that category in any age group

except 6/u up to the closing date of entries for this Eisteddfod.

(c) A restricted competitor may also compete in open if they have more than one dance in that

category but must not repeat any routine. A change of costume or music does not constitute a

change of routine.

(d) National Character must comprise of traditional dance movement from one specified



11. ADMISSION          

(a) Admission is free during solo, duo/trio, championship, and scholarship events.  

(b) Group Day admission is as follows:

All session Adults $17.00, all other tickets $13.00

Tickets can be purchased through Sticky Tickets prior to the event. All tickets must be purchased before the event to allow RDF to control numbers in accordance with current COVID-19 Safety Regulations.

(c) Free admission during Solo, Duo/Trio, Championships and Scholarship Events



(a) Competitors perform at their own risk. No responsibility will be accepted for any injury,

damage, or loss of property during the Eisteddfod. This also applies to


(b) No rehearsing in the hall or on stage at any time.

(c) Competitors must be ready to compete in the order stated in the program. Dancing out of

order will only be permitted if there is a quick change and only with permission of the

Backstage Manager.

(d) Dancing en pointe is not permitted for competitors aged 10/u and competitors older who

choose to dance en pointe will be expected to have the ability to do so. The adjudicator may at

any stage in the dance ring the bell and dancers will be asked to change their shoes and

perform at the end of the section.

(e) No parents are to remain back-stage except to put on props. Parents must leave backstage.

once the child has finished.

(f) Solo competitors may only dance once in a section and Duo/Trio may appear only twice but

with different partners



(a) Ballet, Tap, Lyrical & Cotemporary- a plain coloured leotard and tights are to be worn. No

dance pants or skirts. No sequins. Matching hair ribbon or flower is fine. No Jewellery or


(b) Jazz & Hip Hop- Plain Leotard is to be worn (Crop top for Hip Hop is allowed). Dance Pants

or bike shorts permitted. No jewellery or accessories.

(c) Male competitors must wear plain dance clothes.

(d) Improvisations CAN NOT be used to qualify for RDF Scholarships


14. DONATIONS         

(a) All donations are gratefully appreciated and will be acknowledged in the program.


15. PROGRAMS         

(a) Are only available electronically and will be distributed as follows:

* Programs will be emailed to the contact email of each competitor

* Online: via the website

* During the event: Airdrop available from the canteen


16. AGGREGATES       

(a) Competitors are awarded points for places. The points are accumulated and the performer with the most points for their age group wins the aggregate.

(b) Championships and Scholarships are not counted in the aggregate.

(c) Duo & Trio events are not counted in the aggregate.



As always, we are guided by ACT Government legislation and restrictions. If RDF is affected by

COVID-19 lockdown, closures, or increased restrictions, we will assess the situation as needed.

If we are required to lockdown we will go through the following options:

Step 1. Reschedule the competition if a lockdown end date is provided by the ACT Government - subject to theatre availability.

Step 2. If we cannot reschedule the event, we will provide a refund to all competitors (minus an administration fee $15.00)



To qualify

  • Compete in open solo sections.

  • Compete in relevant sections e.g., Jazz Championship students must compete in two of the following Jazz, Broadway Jazz and/or Hip Hop.

  • Compete in at least one relevant improvisation section. E.g., Lyrical/Contemporary Championship students must compete in the age-appropriate Lyrical/Lyrical and Contemporary sections.


Performance in Championship

Students who participate in the Championship will perform TWO routines as stated within the Championship guidelines below. Students may repeat ONE routine previously performed in the Solo Section. The SECOND routine must only be performed in the Championship.


Entry Example:

Junior Jazz Championship 12 & Under

Qualifying routines

Section 34 10/U Open Jazz

Section 60 12/U Open Hip Hop

Section 129 10/U Jazz Improvisation

Performance Routines

Broadway Jazz – new only performed in Championship.

Jazz – Repeat from Section 34



The purpose of the Riverside Dance Festival Scholarships is to encourage students that show potential to continue their dance education.


To qualify

  • Compete in restricted and/or open sections.

  • Compete in relevant sections e.g., Classical Scholarship students must compete in three of the following Classical Ballet, Demi Character, Lyrical and/or Contemporary.

  • Improvisation sections do not qualify the competitor for RDF Scholarships


Performance in Scholarship

  • Competitors who participate in an RDF Scholarship will perform one style appropriate routine.

  • Competitors can repeat a routine. However, you cannot repeat a routine a third time. i.e., competitors cannot do the same lyrical in the lyrical section, Lyrical/Contemporary Championship, and the Lyrical/Contemporary Scholarship.

  • Competitors in the 10/U Any Style Scholarship are not allowed to repeat a routine.


We are looking for businesses that are interested in sponsoring this Festival. Your sponsorship will go towards increasing the prizes and prize money awarded to competitors. Sponsorship is divided into 3 categories.

1. Premium

Cost $175 you receive a full-page (A4) advertisement in the program, acknowledgment at the

beginning of each session for duration of the Festival and priority listing on the Donations and

Sponsorship page in the program.

2. Major

Cost $100 you receive a half (A4) page advertisement. In the program, acknowledgment at the

beginning of each session for

the duration of the Festival and primary listing on the Donations and Sponsorship page in the


3. Donation

We gratefully accept all donations big and small. This money will help to provide great prizes.


Closing date for sponsorship is 18 March 2024 and we will then contact you to arrange advertisement details. 




12 & Under

Highest Scoring Junior Routine


13 & Over

Highest Scoring Senior Routine


Aggregate Awards

6 & Under

10 & Under

12 & Under

14 & Under

15 & Over




12 & Under 

Highest Scoring Junior Rouitne


13 & Over

Highest Scroring Senior Routine


All Ages

Adjudicator’s Choice Encouragement Award



12 & Under

Highest Scoring Junior Routine

Adjudicator’s Choice Best Junior Costume

Adjudicator’s Choice Best Choreography Junior Routine


13 & Over

Highest Scoring Senior Routine

Adjudicator’s Choice Best Senior Costume

Adjudicator’s Choice Best Choreography Senior Routine

Group Aggregate

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