2022 will be Torbay Festival’s All England Dance qualifying year (not 2021) and the dates are Monday 11th – Thursday 14th April, then a break for Easter and we will recommence on Monday/Tuesday 18/19 to Thursday 21st April ( this second week start and finish will depend on entries).


Karen Walker

Entry enquiries for 2022:
Debbie Harding

Trophy Secretary:
Sarah Smith
13, Knapp Park Road,
Paignton. TQ4 7LA
Tel: 01803 528278



Dance Committee:
Dee Beale, Kathryn Bestwick, Carolyne Clarke, Ken Dowell, Rosemary Dowell, Debbie Harding, Russell Hulme, Vanessa Martin, Wendy Penning, Georgena Pole, Sarah Smith, Karen Walker, Alison Witherley

Please read our general festival rules on our GENERAL RULES page.

General Supplementary Rules for Dance:

1   The Festival does not accept liability for the infringements of copyright, recording or performing rights arising out of an entrants accompaniment or performance. It contributes to a group License to cover payment of fees for the use of recorded music at its events. Teachers and choreographers using music created from commercial recordings are advised that they are themselves responsible for seeking permission to re-record from the Recording Companies concerned.

D2   No performer may present more than one dance in any solo class but may appear twice in one class in duet, trio and up to 3 times in different genre group classes.

D3  Performers may only enter solo dances in their own age group.

D4   Pointe work is not allowed in any section under 13 years or in any Novice Class.

D5   A performer may not perform a dance more than once during the course of the Festival with the exception of performances in the Championships. A performer may repeat a winning dance for a maximum of three years.

D6  The following time limits are the maximum allowed and must be observed.   All dances will be timed.  Marks will be deducted if timings are exceeded.        

**  For song & dance/ musical theatre classes an extra ½ minute is allowed.

Solos (10 & u / novice)1.5 mins
Solos (11 & over)2 mins   **
All novice classes1.5 mins
Duets2.5 mins   **
Trios / Quartets2.5 mins   **
Groups4 mins   **
Championship Solos1.5 / 2 mins   **

D7  Dancing out of Class can only take place before the allotted class time (not after the class has taken place) and will only be allowed at the discretion of the Committee and Adjudicator, if time is available.  Any performer who cannot dance at a specified time must apply with a valid reason to the Committee, and if agreed, a convenient time will be found for them to dance. Dancing out of section will result in a report sheet only. No trophy will be awarded (for a 1st place), however a medal for a placing maybe given and a championship place maybe awarded both at the discretion of the adjudicator.

NB in an All England year a qualifying mark may be awarded.

D8  Alterations to the programme will only be accepted prior to the commencement of the festival. No scheduling requests will be considered from individuals, only from Teachers for Groups. 

D9  Where a competitor is the only entrant in a class and the whole class is moved, then marks, certificates and trophies can be awarded

D10  In an All England qualifying year a decision on qualification shall be at the Adjudicator’s discretion. Novice Classes do not qualify for All England Dance.

D11  Unless a valid reason is given, a performer not ready to dance in the order of the programme may be disqualified. All performers should be ready to dance at least 30 minutes prior to the approximate class start time.  

D12  A re-dance will not be permitted in any class of aged 8 and over (excluding novice classes) unless there is a technical failure. In Baby, 6 and 7 years a re-dance may only be permitted at the discretion of the Adjudicator.

D13  During improvisation classes, no-one except performers in the current class will be allowed  backstage or in the dressing rooms. (This includes teachers)

D14   Novice Classes: These are for performers who have never been placed First at any Festival in the section they are entering. Entrants in Novices Classes are not eligible to enter the ordinary class in the same genre. Winners of Novice Classes are not eligible for Championships.

D15  May we remind Teachers they must inform the Entries Secretary if a performer has entered a Novice section at Torbay Festival but subsequently wins a Novice Section at another Festival, as they must be moved out of the Novice Class.

D16  Novice Group Classes are open to any School that has never been placed first in any  Group Section at any Festival.

D17  Lyrical/Contemporary Classes – Lyrical dances will not be accepted in the Contemporary Section. The Contemporary Section has been introduced into the syllabus as a contrast to the Modern & Lyrical style to show the performer’s versatility. 

D18  Open Sections: These sections are for Groups only.

D19 There is an official sound system for the use of all performers – this is the only recording equipment allowed side-stage and all music must be on CD. Discs should have 1 track only and  must be in a case or sleeve, clean and clearly labelled with the name of the performer and the number of the class. The CD must be handed to the appropriate person before the start of the class and collected from the appropriate collection point at the end of the class.  The teacher is responsible for the quality of the recording which will be taken into account by the adjudicator. No responsibility will be accepted for discs not reading or playing if dirty or scratched and if not collected. 

*** IT IS SUGGESTED THAT COMPETITORS ALWAYS HAVE BACK UP MUSIC AVAILABLE.***  (on a different brand of CD or a different source).

D20  CDs used for Song & Dance classes may not contain any vocal.  Accompaniment for these classes must be purely instrumental.

D21  Teachers are responsible for any changes of volume required during a dance. Backstage committee members will not be responsible for the volume of the music. Teachers please take particular note in Song & Dance and Tap Classes.

D22  Teachers are requested to be present with their Groups backstage. If this is not possible would they please put an adult in charge of the group. This is to keep the children/students quiet and to maintain good manners and discipline.

D23  Tabs: Teachers requiring tabs for any item, including groups, are personally responsible for opening and closing. Nothing may be attached to back cloths or curtains unless with the expressed permission of the theatre management.

D24 Teachers Passes  –  If no pass is presented free admission to the auditorium will not be permitted. 

D25  Due to Health & Safety, Insurance and Fire Regulations the stage and stage wings are out of bounds to all except Torbay Festival personnel and one parent/teacher/carer for children under 7 years, no other parents are allowed side-stage. If a child has a specific medical reason why they need a parent to stay with them, an explanatory letter to the Committee must be emailed to the committee at the time of entry. The only exceptions are for any large props that the child cannot manage by themself.

D26  Due to Health & Safety Regulations, Stage rehearsals will be allowed for Groups only and must follow (as far as possible) the Stage Booking Timetable. Children must always be accompanied by a Teacher/Adult.

D27  Certificates and Adjudication sheets are to be collected by teachers only. These will not be ready until the end of the following day. If a teacher is not attending the festival please allocate a person to collect them or supply an SAE.  Any uncollected Certificates, will be destroyed at the end of the Festival, unless a SAE is provided.

D28   Highest mark trophies – If there is a tie for any trophy at the end of the festival, the adjudicators decision on the winner of the award will be final.

D29  Individual Winners and Dance Studios are responsible for the return of all cups, cleaned and undamaged. The Dance Committee reserves the right NOT to award any trophy to a school or performer.

D30   Special Needs/Safety of Performers -The Festival welcomes entries from candidates who have special needs but notification of the nature of any condition must be made by email to the committee when entries are submitted, in order that adequate provision may be made. To be most beneficial to the performer a full explanation of the nature of the condition would be appreciated, together with documentary evidence if appropriate. It is necessary for parents and teachers to be aware of their responsibilities of entering any performers with limited physical capabilities or special needs, bearing in mind the limitations imposed by the stage and surrounding environment.