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The Festival Jovem Internacional de dança de São Domingos-Cascais is a democratic and
motivating space for 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 the Parish Council of São Domingos de
Rana. The Festival has the full support of the Municipality of Cascais and Jovem Cascais. The
Festival will be divided into three parts:

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

These three phases will take place in sequence, and the fulfillment of the first phase will be a prerequisite for participation in the following phases.

The classification of participants will take place 90 (ninety) days prior to the event. The Festivaln will last for 2 days, this year it will be on the 26th and 27th, and on the 26th there will be the workshops at the Massapés Sports Pavilion and on the 27th there will be the Contest and Prize Giving Gala sessions at Salão Preto e Prata do Estoril Casino. Registration will begin shortly after the selection of candidates via video. The Final Phase will take place at the end of the second day (prize gala).

Those interested in participating can send the videos to the email: from September 1 to 30, 2022.

Each participant must pay a single fee of €20 regardless of the number of choreographies in which they participate. Each participant can only present one solo choreography. This year the Festival offers each participant 1 of the 4 workshops that will be given. Each extra workshop that students want to attend is worth €10

Each participant can register representing their neighborhood or school. There is a limit of registrations for this year (8 choreographies for each 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.

Entries can be made in one of three (3) categories: (1) Adult, (2) Youth and (3) Children. In these 3 (three) categories, entries from solos, duets, trios or groups that are or are not part of dance academies or are or are not in dance courses will be accepted. The maximum number of members will be 30 (thirty) students for the groups. Thus, we hope to count on the participation of the largest number of dancers, whether they are professionals, dance students or amateurs.

Participants in the Children's category must be at most 11 years old by the date of registration. The Youth category includes participants who are between 12 and 17 years old. Participants who are over 18 years old must register in the Adult category. The registration of participants of different ages will be accepted, and the registration in the respective category will always be done considering the age of the oldest dancer, that is, if a member is old enough to register in
the Children's category and their dance partner has the age of the Juvenile category following the criterion of greater age, the pair must register in this last category (Youth). And so in the same way for the Adult category.

Presentations using: (1) animals, (2) water, (3) fire, (4) objects that could damage or dirty the stage, or that may reach the audience will not be allowed. If a participant uses any object or effect about which the Festival organization is not duly informed, such participant will be automatically disqualified.

The event's stage will measure 20 x 10 meters, with black linoleum and 4 entrance aisles flanking the stage.

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

Each solo, duo, trio or group will have 2 (two) minutes to set the stage. Participants who exceed this time will be disqualified. At the time of registration, dancers must present 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 dance, contemporary dance, among many others).

Participants must ensure that their work has free age classification, as works that propose or make apology for any type of criminal act or negatively explore prejudice, pornography and intolerance, as well as those that imply or threaten or damage public, private or natural and legal persons.

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

The jury will be formed by 4 renowned professionals of the dance, the jury will award trophies to the best classified in each category (Infantile, Juvenile and Adult). The evaluation criteria of

the Festival will be: creativity, performance, choreography, rhythm, harmony and stage posture.
The 6th edition of the Festival has a fantastic partnership. The largest dance Festival in the world associated with ours to be able to provide 5 awards:
1- Best qualifying Solos among all categories
2-Best Qualifying Duets among all categories
3-Best Qualifying Trios among all categories
4-Best Qualifying Group Across all categories
5-Best group selection by the jury.
All these prizes have a guaranteed entry in All Dance Portugal 2023.

There will be several competition sessions which are always publicised on the Festival's social networks. Tickets to access the sessions will be available on ticketline for a price of 10€. The entrance to the prize giving gala will have a cost of 10€, however all members of each school can enter for free. The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the second day of the Festival, Sunday 27 at (21:30) and will include the presentation of the winners. There will be 3 awards for each category and level.

Dance is the language of the body, an activity that is as old as humanity. It is one of the most abstract arts and, like music, is the most popular for 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, at the same time, as entertainment and fun.

The São Domingos - Cascais Dance Festival 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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