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

This event is organized by Academia Sulydance and by the Parish Council of São Domingos de Rana and will be divided into three parts:

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

These three phases will occur in sequence, with the fulfillment of the first phase being a prerequisite for participation in the following phases.

The classification of the participants will occur in 120 (one hundred and twenty) days before the event. The Festival will last for 2 days, from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm, this year it will be on July 11 and 12 at the Auditorium of the Marista of Carcavelos. Registration will begin after selecting candidates through video. The Final Phase will take place at the end of the second day: Sunday, july 12. (awards).


Those interested in participating can register at the Academia Sulydance Headquarters or by email:

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


Each participant will be able to register representing their neighborhood or school. There is a limit to the number of registrations (10 choreographies per school), however the intention of this Festival is to enable the largest number of participants, whether they are adults from neighborhoods, students from the Schools, or people from other locations.

Entries can be made in one of 3 (three) categories: (1) Adult, (2), Youth and (3) Children. In these 3 (three) categories, inscriptions for solos, duets, trios or groups will be accepted whether they are part of dance academies or are or are not in dance courses. The maximum number of members will be 25 (twenty-five) for the groups. Thus, we hope to count on the participation of the largest number of dancers, whether professionals, dance students or amateurs.

Children category participants must be at most 11 years old, until the registration date. The Youth category fits participants who are 12 to 17 years old. Participants who are over 18 years old must register in the Adult category. It will be accepted the registration of participants with different ages, and the registration in the respective category will always be done considering the age of the oldest dancer, that is, if a member is of the age to enroll in the Child category and his dance partner has the age of the youth category following the criterion of greater age the pair must enroll in this last category (Youth). And so, in the same way for the Adult category.

Anyone interested in participating in the International Dance Festival of São Domingos de Rana, under the age of 18, minors, will be required to declare their acceptance of participation, signed by their parents or guardians.

Presentations 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 will not be allowed. If a participant uses an object or effect about which the Festival organization is not properly informed, will be automatically disqualified.

The stage of the event will have the dimension of 8 x 12 meters, with black linoleum and two entrance halls flanking the stage. On the days of the Festival, the morning and afternoon periods will be used for workshops (workshops will be possible or not depending on the number of registrations)

Each coreography can not 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 to mark the stage. Participants who exceed this time will be disqualified. At the time of registration, the dancers must present a copy of CD or MP3 containing the songs chosen to be performed during the performance. In this way, 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 work has a free age rating, under penalty, as works that propose any type of criminal act or exploit prejudice, pornography and intolerance negatively, as well as those that involve or threaten or damage public, private or natural and legal assets.


 Any participant or supporter who is responsible for the disorder will have their participation automatically disqualified.

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

The judge members will be the professors for the workshops in this international Festival. The registration for each workshop has a cost of 10€.

The award will take place at the end of the second day of the Festival, Sunday, (18:00), and will feature the presentation of the winners. 3 prizes will be awarded for each category and level.

The schools from other provinces in Portugal or from other countries will be at Pavilhão Gimnodesportivo de São Domingos de Rana whith bagbeds for a night free of payment.


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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