Dance Category

The Dance section provides for a variety of dance styles, ranging from acrobatics, classical ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, belly dancing to full dance productions. There is no limit to the number of dancers that can participate in a item and includes solo dances, duos, trios, up to large groups for all age groups starting with the pre-school section (5 years and younger).

For more information about the Dance category REGISTER online in order to gain access to the complete National Eisteddfod Prospectus 2018 – 2019.



In order to be aligned with the educational policy and an outcomes-based approach to education, learners are to be entered according to school grades, and not age.


Entries are the responsibility of the Teachers and Competitors.

  • The NEA is not responsible for incorrect entries  and participants must make sure that they enter in the correct category of dance style. 
    • The dance style should correspond with the dance category according to the entry.


  • The choice of music should be appropriate to suit the genre, relevant to the age group and should receive careful attention, especially where lyrics are involved. Foul or abusive language is not acceptable.
  • The music should be provided on CD or on a memory stick only as cassette recorders are not available for playback purposes.
  • The editing of the selected music is important and should have an appropriate ending. The mere fading out of the music is not acceptable.
  • Adhere to the time limit at all times.
  • Great care should be taken in handling CD’s as scratched and dirty CD’s often fail to play.  It is advisable to have a backup copy available at all times. 
  • Only use Writeable CD’s (CD-R) for this purpose.  Rewritable CD’s (CD-RW) are not always reliable.
  • The necessary music equipment and an operator will be provided.
  • Backing track CD’s should be handed to the sound technician at the beginning  of a particular session.
  • PLEASE NOTE: A separate CD must be provided for EACH item of EACH participant. It should be CLEARLY marked and the following detail must be provided on the CD  & CD-cover:
    • Name of participant.
    • Item number.
    • Indicate whether the candidate will start on or off stage.
    • Track number.
    • It is the responsibility of the participant to collect CD’s at the end of each session.  CD’s that were not collected will eventually be destroyed by the sound technician once adjudication in a particular region has been completed.


  • Participants and teachers are reminded that dances that are too long could lose their impact, while dances that are too short can leave the onlooker (adjudicator) surprised and wishing for more (or puzzled – not having had enough to understand the meaning!).
  • Please note that performances that exceed the TIME LIMIT could be terminated.


  • Competitors must be ready to perform 20 minutes prior to the time as stated on the participant’s slip. Participants should be ready at the stage door 10 minutes before performance.
  • No parents will be allowed backstage under any circumstances. No teacher/parent is allowed to give assistance to a dancer from the wings.
  • Competitors must participate in the order as arranged by the NEA Office. Request regarding the impact of costume changes should be submitted to the NEA Office as soon as the participant schedule is available.
  • No practicing will be allowed on stage during intervals.
  • The dancer should inform the adjudicator / assistant when the dance is to start off stage.
  • Competitors will be penalized if, for any reason of their own, they are unable to complete the dance.
  • Dance titles may be announced. If a synopsis is to be used it must be as brief and clear as possible and a written copy of the synopsis must be given to the announcer as well as the Adjudicator before commencement of the session.


  • Costumes are not prescribed by the NEA and are by no means rigid, BUT not studio attire with or without logo may be worn on stage (No studio uniform). (The names of studios are also not printed on the adjudicator’s documentation).
  • Any suitable costume may be worn that suits both the dancer and compliments the dance and music.
  • Poor judgement in the choice of costume and grooming will inevitably impact on the overall effect of a dance. (In wearing an unsuitable costume, a participant is penalizing her/himself.) 


  • Props may be used where specified.
  • Be as swift as possible in moving props on and off stage. Ensure that props are ready and available prior to start of section.
  • Special lighting, curtains and tabs may be used when available.
  • Private equipment backstage must be arranged well in advance with the Stage Manager.
  • Solo, duet, trios and quartets may utilise tabs but only if the time limit for the piece is not exceeded.


  • Always know the requisite discipline, technique and criteria of the required dance form.
  • A performance should never be just a piece of music with undisciplined (style) movements.
  • Apply your dance skills to the best of your ability.
  • A performance should always contain an element of achievement as well.
  • A performance should be artistic sensitive.
  • Spontaneity is encouraged.
  • Acknowledge your audience at the end of your performance.


  • No eating or drinking whilst competitors are performing.
  • All cell phones to be switched off.
  • No flashing cameras.
  • No moving around whilst participants are dancing.
  • All spectators to remain seated and quiet during a performance.

Please note that the dance item numbers has changed.  It now comprises of the following three elements:

  • A code that indicates the number of participants involved
  • Descriptive name of the dance style
  • School grade of participants (where applicable)

For more information about the Dance category REGISTER online in order to gain access to the complete National Eisteddfod Prospectus 2018 – 2019.