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The São Domingos de Rana International Youth Dance Festival is a democratic and motivating space of culture and citizenship, where companies, associations, public institutions and independent groups can demonstrate their arts to the community and their families.

This event is organized by Academia Sulydance and by the Freguesia de São Domingos de Rana. The Festival has the full support of the Câmara Municipal de Cascais and Cascais Jovem. The Festival will be divided into three parts:

  1. Classification phase (through video)
  2. Registration phase
  3. Final Phase

These three phases will take place in sequence, with the completion of the first phase being a prerequisite for participation in subsequent phases.

The classification of participants will take place in 90 (ninety) days prior to the event. The Festival will last for 2 days, from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm, this year it will be on the 27th and 28th of November at the Criate Auditorium in Carcavelos. Registration will start right after the selection of candidates through video. The Final Phase will take place at the end of the second day (awards show).

Those interested in participating may send the videos to the email: from September 6th to 30th, 2021.

Each participant must pay a one-time fee of €10 regardless of the number of choreographies in which they participate. Each participant can only present one solo choreography.

Each participant may sign up representing their neighborhood or school. There is a limit for registration (10 choreographies per school), however the intention of this Festival is to allow the largest number of participants, whether they are adults from neighborhoods, students from the Schools, or people from other locations.

Registration can be made in one of three (3) categories: (1) Adult, (2) Youth, and (3) Children. In these 3 (three) categories will be accepted inscriptions of solos, duets, trios or groups that are or are not part of dance academies or are or are not in dance courses. The maximum number of members will be seven (7) for the groups. Thus, we expect the participation of the largest number of dancers, whether professional, dance students or amateurs.

Participants in the Children's category must be a maximum of 11 years old by the date of registration. The Youth category includes participants who are between 12 and 17 years old. Participants over the age of 18 must register in the Adult category. The registration of participants with different ages will be accepted, and the registration in the respective category will always be made considering the age of the oldest dancer, that is, if a member has the age to register in the Children's category and their dance partner has the age of the youth category following the criteria of higher age the pair must register in the latter category (youth). And so, in the same way for the Adult category.

All those interested in participating in the International Dance Festival of São Domingos de Rana, under 18 years of age, i.e., minors, will be required to submit a declaration of acceptance of participation, signed by their parents or guardians.

Not presentations will be allowed with the use of: (1) animals, (2) water, (3) fire, (4) objects that may damage or dirty the stage, or that may reach the audience. If a participant uses any object or effect on which the Festival organization is not properly informed, such member will be automatically disqualified.

The stage of the event will have the dimension of 8 x 6 meters, with black linoleum and two hall ways to flank the stage.

Each choreography cannot exceed 3 minutes and 10 seconds and must have a minimum of 2 minutes.

Each solo,duet, trio or group will have 2 (two) minutes for stage marking. Participants who exceed this time will be disqualified. At the time of registration, dancers must submit an MP3 copy containing the songs chosen to be performed during the performance. Thus, the musical rhythm for each performance will be freely chosen by the participants (street dance, ballet, ballroom dance, Latin dances, contemporary dance, among many others).

Participants must ensure that their works have a free age classification, as no works will be accepted that propose or make apology for any type of criminal act or negatively exploit prejudice, pornography and intolerance, as well as those that imply or threaten or damage public, private or natural persons and companies.

Any participant or supporter who is responsible for the disorder will be automatically disqualified.

The jury will be formed by 3 renowned dance professionals, the jury will award trophies to the best classified in each category (Children, Youth and Adult). The evaluation criteria of the Festival will be: creativity, performance, choreography, rhythm, harmony and stage posture.

There will be several contest sessions that are always advertised on the Festival's social networks. Tickets to access the sessions will be available on the ticketline. The prize giving show will be free of charge, however only 3 members from each school can enter.

The awards will take place at the end of the second day of the Festival, Sunday, (19:00), and will include the presentation of the winners. There will be 3 prizes per category

This year we have a new regulation because of Covid 19. Competitors and teachers must read carefully and comply with all the indications in order to hold the event safely.


Dance is the language of the body, an activity that is as old as humanity.

It is one of the most abstract arts and it is the same as music with the greatest consumption due to its power of communication and expression; it serves as a vehicle to help in the aesthetic formation of society, in the creation of national identity, in the sense of belonging to customs and traditions, in cultural knowledge and serves, at the same time, as entertainment and fun.

The São Domingos de Rana International Dance Festival (FIDSDR) is a platform to promote new talents, dancers, choreographers and dance movements.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

Martha Graham

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