General Conditions: Dance Competitions

Nelson Performing Arts Competitions Inc. 87th Annual Festival 2021

Affiliated to the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand

Dates: 6th to 8th August 2021

Venue: NCMA Nile Street, Nelson (Nelson Centre of Musical Arts)

Closing date for entry: 2nd July 2021

No late entries accepted

All entries must be submitted online

For More information see the individual section conveners or see or Contact page

DisciplineContact NamePhoneEmail
DanceNicola Berthelsen021 277
Speech and DramaJo Price021 547


General Conditions

Who can enter

  1. Amateur Status: (unless otherwise stated.) These competitions are open to amateurs whose regular income is not derived from the exercise of their talents.
  2. Age Limits: Any age specified in this syllabus means the competitor’s age at the commencement of the festival – midnight before the opening session.
  3. Beginner: A beginner is defined as a competitor in vocal or instrumental classes who, at the beginning of the Festival, has had less than two years tuition or, in speech, has had less than one year tuition.
  4. Competitors compete at their own risk

Entries: complete the online entry form in the syllabus.

Entries, accompanied by the necessary fees, must reach the Secretary by post or website form on or before 2nd July 2021.
Titles of each item are to be entered on the entry form


Entry fees – Absolutely non-refundable)

Administration fee (includes NPAC Year membership) $12.00
Championship Solos$15.00
Teams over 6 people$18.00

There will be no admission fee charged at the door.

Competition entry fees can be paid by cheque of direct credit.  See entry form details.

Performance Items

No competitor may enter more than one item in any class.


Championship dances may not be repeated in solo classes except for Ballet – which may repeat a dance.
Dancers must compete in two other dances within the same art form to be eligible to enter.
Championship Tap dances must include the rhythms specified and may be danced in any order.



The committee reserves the right to merge or split classes.


It is essential to have a programme

Emailed (in PDF)   $2.00


  1. All Competitors are required to report at least 10 minutes before the beginning of their competition session.
  2.  No prompting  (verbal or with signing) will be permitted except by the Adjudicator or his/her assistant. The committee reserves the right to disqualify a competitor in breach of this rule.
  3. Electronic Music: Competitors are advised to prepare their own disc (one piece of music per CD). NPAC will provide the equipment. – back-up CDs are suggested.
  4. Leaving the stage: If the competitor has been marked by the adjudicator then they shall keep the marks given. If a report sheet has been partially marked then it is the duty of the adjudicator to finish marking on what they have seen.


Adjudicator report sheets will be available daily.
Communications with the judges, either by competitors, parents or teachers prior to or during the Competitions is prohibited, and the Committee reserves the right to disqualify a competitor for any breach of this rule

Prizes and Trophies

  1. Certificates will be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion.
  2. The adjudicators have the power to withhold, at their discretion, the first or any prize.
  3. (a) Cups: Cups are for annual competitions and will remain the property of the Society. Cups and trophies must be returned – clean – to the receiving depot by the closing of entries on 8th June 2019 to:

The Emporium,
55 Montgomery Square


The Engraving & Trophy Centre
5 McGlashen Avenue

Engraving of cups before they are returned is the responsibility of the holder.
Cup holders will be responsible for any loss or damage incurred to a cup while in their possession.
(b) MEDALS or SASHES: Are retained by the winning contestants.


  1. Any competitor wishing to protest a decision by the adjudicator must do so in writing, setting out the grounds, and lodge same with the Secretary, together with $5.00 as a guarantee of bona fides. Should the committee, after investigation, deem any protest to be frivolous or unfounded, this deposit may be forfeited, in whole or part. No protest will be entertained unless lodged as specified above, within 15 minutes of the adjudicator’s award in the event to which the protest relates. The decision of the Committee will be final.
  2. The Committee shall have the right to enforce the rules and condition of the Society upon its own initiative, without protest. No protest can be entertained against the decision of the Committee.

Specific Notes

Dancers are to allow for warm up time before their class.

Duos, Trios and Team

a) If both competitors are not of the same class e.g. Novice, Open, the duo must dance in the higher section.
b) Competitors under 12 years of age may compete in Duos/Trios 12 and over with different partners and not more than twice in the one age group with a different partner. They may also compete in teams 12 and over section.


NPAC would like to thank its sponsors

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