OTB Street Dance Competition July 2024 – Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

Date

06 - 07 Jul 2024

Location

Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tower, Blackpool, UK

Time

All Day

This competition will be held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July at the amazing Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Saturday Programme- https://www.onthebeat.dance/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/WEEKENDER-SATURDAY-6TH-JULY.pdf

Sunday Programme- https://www.onthebeat.dance/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/WEEKENDER-SUNDAY-7TH-JULY-.pdf

Saturdays events are expected to start around late morning/lunch time with workshops first. Events will finish around 8.30pm to take us into the party night. This is a family friendly disco suitable for all ages.

Sundays events will start around 8.30am again with workshops first. The competitions on Sunday are expected to finish no later than 8.30pm.

Tickets are £25 per day or £46.50 for a weekend pass. Attendees must purchase their own pass and please note that bands cannot be shared across the weekend.

https://www.onthebeat.dance/wristband-prices/

Please see the weekend schedule below for both days. Access to all events including workshops and disco/ party night is included. Accommodation is not included however there are lots of options in Blackpool

Over the weekend dancers can enter/ take part in the following
Workshops on both days
X 1 team event
X 1 set routine event
X 1 freestyle solo event
X 1 duo event
X 1 fun duo on the Saturday (either little & large or parent & child)
X fun duo on the Sunday (either mixed dance school duo or teacher/ child duo)
X 1 trio OR quad event
X 1 house battle event

Plus access to the party night

Then subject to winning their set routine/ freestyle solo, a chance to compete again in ‘tops of’ as shown below.

Please see below more info on the events over the 2 days and relevant guidelines.

Saturday 6th July

Workshops
Workshops are included for anyone to take part in. More info will be released on what workshops will be available as we get closer to the event. There will be something for all ages and abilities.

Trios/ Quad
Dancers can only be part of 1 (either a trio or a quad). Depending on entries, the trios/ quads may be combined within 1 age category (meaning the under 10 trios may be against the under 10 quads, and so on) or if there are a lot of entries, split into a separate trio event/ quad event. There must be 4 dancers to make up a quad and 3 dancers to make up a trio. The age the group enters goes off the eldest person in the group (not a 75% rule). As there is no split level for this, a teacher is not permitted to take part in either event. Please see the event programme for quad/trio age categories and set music. Tricks/ freezes are permitted in any round however please take extreme care and consider the safety of other dancers on the floor. Music is set for each age group so please look out for the confirmed tracks on here.

New for 2024 includes a teacher trio/ quad! All members of this group must be teachers either from the same or different schools.

Solos
Freestyle solos- rules as shown on website

Tops of Solos/ Elite All Stars
Winners of all class member sections compete for ‘tops of class member’ title. Winners of all beginner sections compete for ‘tops of beginner’ title. Winners of all intermediate sections compete for ‘tops of intermediate’ title. All these events will be run as a normal Street Dance ‘freestyle’ solo final with the judges immediately awarding the winner on the spot once the music has stopped playing based on a joint decision made whilst the dancers perform their solo. Elite All Stars will be included in this for advanced winners but with their own choreo as rules shown on the website.

Mum/ Dad Freestyle Battle
Winner of mum/ dad freestyle events will go head to head in a battle style freestyle here to be crowned top parent freestyler of the year! Judges will immediately award the winner on the spot once the music has stopped playing based on a joint decision.

Little & Large/ Parent & Child
These are both fun events. Please note that dancers are only permitted to enter 1 of these events (not both). As there is no split level for this, a teacher is not permitted to take part in either event (including if the teacher happens to also be a parent).

There is no guidelines on freezes/ tricks however please take extreme care with anything you are doing near other competitors and also for the safety of your own partnership.

Parent & child duo event should be one dancer and one adult. The ‘parent’ can not be a teacher (including a teacher who is a parent of a competitor) or a competitive dancer. The parent does not have to be the parent of the child they are dancing with.

Little and large is a duo event suitable for 2 dancers with a minimum age difference of 4 years (and ideally a height difference). There is no age category for little & large (all combined).

Older Teams
Team rules as shown on website

Parent Teams
Team rules as shown on website. We would love all schools to put forward a parent team for this event. It is great fun and sets the party vibe for the night.

Party Night
Definitely a highlight of the weekend. Join us for a family style disco. We will be having a fancy dress theme (to be confirmed soon!)

Sunday 7th July

Workshops
Workshops are included for anyone to take part in. More info will be released on what workshops will be available as we get closer to the event. There will be something for all ages and abilities.

Set Routine Solos
Our extremely popular set routine solo eventsrules as shown on website.

Tops of Set Routine
All winners of each dance compete again for ‘top of dance 1/2/3/4/5/ 6 title’. Each ‘top of’ will be danced as a final with the judges immediately awarding the winner on the spot once the music has stopped playing based on a joint decision made whilst the dancers perform their routine.

Younger teams
Team rules as shown on website

Duos
Duo rules as shown on website

Mixed Dance School Duo/ Teacher & Student Duo
Mixed dance School Duo is run as a typical duo event. Dancers may pair up with a dancer from another school- this must be a different dance school completely (not a sister school in a different area etc)

The aim of this event is for dancers to make new friends through competitions and should be seen as a fun event. It should be put together at the competition and not before.

There is no guidelines on freezes/ tricks however please take extreme care with anything you are doing near other competitors and also for the safety of your own partnership.

As there is no split level for this, a teacher is not permitted to take part in this event.

Teacher student duo- New for 2024!

Teachers can pair up with any student in their school (we suggest picking names out of a hat for this as could be tricky to decide!)

House Battle
This initially runs in the same way as a normal solo event until the judges have selected some finalists to battle. Dancers should use house figures/ foundation in all parts of this event- house music will be played throughout. In the battle part of the event, competitors are each given a few bars of music 2-3 times with the judges immediately awarding the winner from each battle round until they have found the overall winner of the battle. As this isnt split level, teachers are not permitted to take part in this event

The full event schedule will be confirmed here 7-10 days prior to the event.

Saturdays events are expected to start around late morning/lunch time with workshops first then trios/quads then other events. Events will finish around 8.30pm to take us into the party night. This is a family friendly disco suitable for all ages.

Sundays events will start around 8.30am again with workshops first. The competitions on Sunday are expected to finish no later than 8.30pm.

 

Initial event programmes can be found below. Please note the solo age categories are subject to change once we have collected entries and processed the schedule.

Saturday Programme- https://www.onthebeat.dance/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/WEEKENDER-SATURDAY-6TH-JULY.pdf

Sunday Programme- https://www.onthebeat.dance/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/WEEKENDER-SUNDAY-7TH-JULY-.pdf

Speakers

A Body of Persons Approval (BOPA) has been issued for this event by the local Council. Under BOPA conditions, the priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all event participants, with particular attention to children up to school-leaving age. This should be considered a team effort between:
* Event Organisers
* Event Staff
* Licensed Chaperones
* Dance School Teachers/Leaders
* Parents/Guardians/Responsible Adults

It would be much appreciated if all attendees could take note of the following information.

Photo/ Video Policy-
As this is a private event for event participants and their family/friends, our organisation would like to be able to permit the use of cameras to capture these special memories. We would however like to bring your attention to the following:

Solos & Duos- If you are intending to upload photos/videos of your participant to social media, it is recommended that you consider your privacy settings so that you limit your audience to close friends & family. Our team may also take videos and photos to use on OTB social media pages. If anyone does have any concerns/objections to this or would like us to make adjustments for any particular event, please speak to your dance school lead who will communicate this with our events team.

Team events- One nominated person from the dance school performing their team routine may video the routine from the front. It is strictly prohibited for anyone else in the venue to take a video recording. It is then at the teachers’ discretion where that recording gets shared. This is so that the teacher can decide who has access to their choreography and also for safeguarding reasons which are considered different to a solos/duos type event. Still photographs are permitted but please consider the points highlighted in the solos/pairs sections above.

Child Supervision & Sign in/ Sign Out Procedure-Participants up to school-leaving age are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Participants of this age will not be permitted to pass our door/security team without a responsible adult accompanying them. On arrival and departure, event participants are asked to inform their teacher/group lead so that they can record attendance times at the event.

Safeguarding info- Our safeguarding policy can be found here

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for OTB is Jessica Porter, she will be in attendance for the duration of the event and will be based on the stage. Alternatively, you can email info@onthebeat.dance

Please see the venue page for information on travel, parking, changing facilities, emergency procedures and first aid.

Tickets are available to purchase via your dance teacher only.

Please have your wristbands on and fastened securely before entering the building. Lost, damaged or forgotten wristbands will not be replaced and will have to be re-purchased. Please see our full wristband policy here.

There will be a limited number of wristbands available on the door – priority access will be given to those who have a wristband in advance. Please note that bands are only available to people attending with a dance school and are not on sale to the general public.

Arrival procedure for both days will be confirmed 7-10 days before the event along with the full event schedule.

Allocated Seating- All seating will be reserved clearly with your dance school name.

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