Regulation for Young Soloists


  1. Composition

The contest will consist of 3 distinct phases: Film Selection, Semifinals and Final.


  1. To whom it is intended

It is intended for dancers from 6 years old to 23.


  1. Ranks

There are 5 (five) age groups:


1st – 6 years old at 8 years old

2nd -9 years old at 11 years old

3rd -12 years old at 14 years old

4th -15 years old at 17 years old

5th -18 years old at 23 years old


The age of the candidate at the date of the day before of the 1st day of the Competition. In Group Categories, is taken in to account the age of the oldest competitor to be placed in their rank.


4- Styles and Categories


– Classical Dance

– Neoclassical

 – Contemporary dance

– Character dance

– Jazz / Musical

-Hip hop


Variations of Adapted Classic repertoire or Free Classical Variations for age levels 1 and 2.

Classic repertoire variations for ages levels 3, 4 and 5




1) The use of point shoes is not allowed in level 1 and is mandatory from level 4 (classic style). At level 2 the use of point shoes is optional (any style)          

2) In the Classical category, only repertoire choreographies from level 3 are required, level 1 and 2 can choose  for a free classical variation if they wish.          

3) The organization reserves the right to change the levels according to the number of candidates and may join two levels into one or divide a group containing a large number of participants in two groups.   

5. Choreographies

– Duration and Number The maximum duration of the choreographies is:


Level 1 and 2 – 2´00´´

Level 3, 4 and 5 – 3´00´´ 

The presentation of repeated choreography should be avoided. Each school may not perform the same choreography more than twice throughout the contest, regardless of rank and category.  

6. Filming Selection

The Young Soloist’s first evaluation will be done through the filming of the choreography to take to the contest, which is mandatory to be sent by email to the organization, accompanied by the MP3 file of the candidate’s music and information. Please note that after the deadline for Submissions and submission of their videos, the Schools will receive an email informing the verified soloists for the next phase.


The selection of the choreographies submitted is made by the Festival Artistic Direction, with the support of invited professionals to evaluate specific styles.Confirmation of the presence of selected soloists via email is required.  

7. Stage / spacing rehearsals

The spacing will take place in the morning and early afternoon in the auditorium on the first day (Saturday, December 7th), and their order will be sent in advance. During spacing the responsible teacher can and should accompany the students in to the stage entrance and cannot stay there when their student’s spacing is over.The person in charge is required to be at least 18 years old at the date of the event.   

8. Semifinals 

It is mandatory for all candidates to present themselves punctually in the auditorium. Entry dates and times will be sent via email during the two weeks prior to the Contest. It is reported that from the semifinals will only pass approximately 35% of the number of candidates of each level. Selection is made according to the average of the scores of the various judges. 

9. Circumstances of declassification or prohibition to keep on participating

1) Non-compliance with the established times.

2) Choreographies that exceed the regulatory time limits.

3) Lack of Confirmation of Presence.

4) Lack of proof of identity.

5) Inappropriate wardrobe.

6) Non-compliance with operating rules behind the scenes.

7) Disrespect for others: such as candidates, staff, teachers, jury, organization, etc.

8) Failure to comply with any rule contained in the regulation. 

* Choreographic moments that take place without music are counted as choreography duration.


10. Presentation in Finals

All Finalists of the 1,2,3,4 and 5 levels of all Styles must participate in the Final selection, which will take place on the last day according to this order:

1) Final selection of the Classical and neoclassical Finalists of the levels 1,2,3,4 and 5

2) Final selection of the Contemporary Finalists of the 1,2,3,4 and 5

3) Final selection of the remaining styles of the levels 1,2,3,4 and 5 

11. GALA

It is up to the jury and the Artistic Coordination to decide which participating choreographies, as well as their order of presentation, will be presented at the Gala.In the program of the Gala performance will also be presented pieces by invited professional Dancers, or Dance Companies. 

12. Entrance, Performances and OthersEntrance

Entry will be controlled by the Organization, participants and support staff, via the ID badge of participant.Dressing rooms should be vacated shortly after the presentations so that they can be used immediately by the subsequent school / group, maintaining the order and cleanliness of the dressing rooms for good use throughout the event. The order of entry into the dressing room shall follow the order of entry into the scene as defined by the Organization. 

13) Performance

The presentations will take place in the morning and afternoon of the 7th and in the morning and afternoon of the 8th in the auditorium, and their order will be sent in advance, with the semifinals schedule.During the presentations the responsible Students and Teachers should remain in the dressing room until they are called onstage. After the presentations, no one can stay in the auditorium. 

14) Music, Filming and Copyright 

The filming and music for the choreographies must be sent to the organization email in the stipulated period, and the rights to use the music and choreography are the sole responsibility of the representative school.Only music that come in MP3 format are accepted. Music in other formats will not be considered and the dancer will be unsubscribed.It is recommended that each school brings to the selections a backup CD with the songs to be presented.Music sent by email must be properly identified.

The subject of the email should include:

School / Music / Candidate Name / Choreography Name / Group/ Style 

The title of the music must contain:

School / Candidate Name / Choreography Name / Group/ Style. 

15) Scenery and Light

The lights will be the same for all applicants and there will be no scenario. Any extra props are the responsibility of the school. The use of props is subject to prior approval by the organization upon registration. Only props that may be carried by competitors themselves and which are no larger than one cubic meter are allowed. Identification props / wardrobes from the school of provenance are not allowed. 

16) Evaluation Criteria 

Candidates will be assessed for their technical, artistic and musical ability. 

17) Jury 

The jury of the contest is composed of renowned elements in the different areas of dance. The Jury’s decisions are final and without appeal. The members of the Jury undertake to be impartial, demanding and fair in their decisions. 

17) Awards and Grants

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each rank and category.

Annual monetary scholarship (year 2020) worth € 2.500, paid monthly to the best female soloist.

Annual monetary scholarship (year 2020) worth € 2.500, paid monthly to the best male soloist.

Best School Prize worth € 2.500.

Registration fee for the workshop and audition, in Lisbon, for CODARTS ROTTERDAM University of the Arts – Netherlands

Registration fee for workshop and audition in Lisbon or Porto, for PERA Shcool of Performing Arts – GAU – Girne American Universaty – Cyprus

Registration fee for Spring Dance Intensive of the National Conservatory School of Dance Lisbon (workshop duration one week)

Registration fee for Summer Dance Intensive of the National Conservatory School of Dance Lisbon (workshop duration 2 weeks)

18) Registration  

Entries must be made through our website using the registration form.   

In parallel to the registration, the following elements must be sent via email:       

• Proof of transfer of total registration fee 

19) Registration Fee    

40 € per solo 

 a) Returns and withdrawals 

The organization does not return 100% of the amount paid in any case. 

You will be refunded the amount only in the following cases:

– 40% refund of registration fee for unselected candidates.

– Refund of 25% of the registration fee for withdrawals only, and only, until November 17, 2019. 

After November 18, 2019, there will be no reimbursement, except in cases of illness or accident, which, upon medical certificate, will be refunded only 30% of the registration fee.  

20. Responsible Teachers and School Directors 

Only one (1) responsible for every 5 applicants from each school is accepted.

Teachers can and should accompany students until they enter the stage and cannot stay there when their student’s performance is over.

The person in charge is required to be at least 18 years old at the date of the event.

The Responsible is the only person who can change the cast, according to the rules of the regulation.Only the person in charge may have access to the judges’ opinions.

The person in charge should accompany the school / group in the stage rehearsal, warming room, dressing rooms, entrance and exit during the presentation. 

21. Personal Accident Insurance 

All participants must have valid personal, or individual, or school / group personal accident insurance, otherwise they will not be able to participate. 

If they wish, the School may request from the Organization a budget for Personal Accident Insurance. 

Please note that Personal Accident insurance does not cover, nor is the Organization responsible for the disappearance of property. 

22. Contacts 


Data for bank transfer: Will be sent timely by email. 

23. Advertising and Marketing, Websites and Social Networks 

Please be advised that images are not allowed during the Contest. The organization has the right to use any image of the Contest participants for the promotional purpose.  

24. Disclosure of Results of Competitive Shows

Finalists will be announced on the second day of the morning after the previous day’s selection.  

25. Cases not present in this Regulation 

It is the responsibility of the Organization to decide on any matter not contained in this Regulation.​