WE'LL BE BACK IN 2021

2020 EDITION POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

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Show Australia your talent! Make all those hours of classes and training pay off. Feel the adrenaline as you step on stage and compete against the very best in Australia. 

And there is more! Qualify to the World Latin Dance Cup – WLDC and join Team Australia to represent our beautiful country at the world’s largest and most prestigious Latin Dance competition happening in Colombia later in the year.

What does Team Australia represent?

More than a placing, more than a trophy, more than any prize, to be part of Team Australia means you have earned your spot amongst the elite competitors of the Australian Latin Dance scene.

The SSMC Australian Selections judging panel will nominate the top competitors to be publicly recognised and promoted as members of Team Australia until SSMC 2020.

As a member of Team Australia you will also be allocated a spot in the semi-finals of the WLDC 2019 – World Latin Dance Cup – taking place in Medellin, Colombia, later in the year.

Be recognised for your hard work and be part of the official team representing Australia around the world!

 

General Info

REGISTRATION

Secure your spot

All competitors are expected to:
  • Have a Competitor Pass to SSMC 2021
  • Register on the link below

WHERE & WHEN

Save the date

  • 2021 dates tbc
  • Registration 8:30am
  • Comp starts 10:30am

  • Venue: tbc

STYLES

Choose yours

Register for as many styles as you wish
  • Salsa On1
  • Salsa On2
  • Bachata
  • Samba
  • Kizomba
  • Zouk
  • Urban Latin
  • Tango
Some styles may not be available at the WLDC and will be for SSMC Australian Selections only.

DIVISIONS

Compete in as many divisions as you wish

Each of the categories (professionals, amateurs, pro-am or master) will be organised in the following divisions:

  • Couples/Duets (2 min time limit)

  • Teams (2 min time limit)

  • Soloists (1 min 30 secs time limit)

  • Pro-Ams (Couples/Duets) (2 min time limit)

CATEGORies

Pick yours

PROFESSIONALS
Dancers that get paid and make partial or most their income from dance.
PRO-AM COUPLES
One professional dancing with one amateur.
PRO-AM TEAMS
Teams can have more than 50% of amateur dancers, but if at least one dancer is a professional, the team is classified as Pro-Am.
AMATEURS
Dancers who do not make money or get paid for teaching classes or performing in shows etc. Amateur dancers also cannot be hired or be teaching at any National or International event as a guest instructor regardless of whether remuneration is done through payment, free passes, reimbursements or any other benefits.
MASTERS COUPLES AND SOLOISTS
Open for Amateur, ProAm, Couples and Soloist.
Soloists must be over 50 years old. Couples must have a combined age of 75+.

HOW IT WORKS

The Selections format

The selections format will be run by combining all styles within a given division competing against each other.

For example: Pro-Am division.

All styles of Pro-Am, whether couples or duets, will compete against each other.

E.g. Pro-Am Salsa On1 couple male instructor, Pro-Am Bachata couple female teacher and Pro-Am Samba duet will all compete against each other.

You will be judged by the international guests to find the top 3 in each selected style and to find one overall winner.

The top 3 from each selected division will be invited to join Team Australia, which means qualifying for the semi-finals of the WLDC 2021.

Prizes & WLDC

One (or more) could be yours

We'll find 5 winners for each of the divisions below accordind to the 5 judging criteria. The winners of each of the 5 judging criteria will be given trophies in recognition of their achievement. In addition to the trophies, the winners of the Best Overall criteria will win:

  • Pro Couples: tbc

  • Pro Teams: tbc

  • Pro Soloist: tbc

  • Pro-Am Couples: tbc

  • Pro-Am Teams: tbc

  • Amateur Couples: tbc

  • Amateur Teams: tbc

  • Amateur Soloist: tbc
And it doesn't stop there. The top 3 from each division will be invited to join Team Australia, which means qualifying for the semi-finals of the WLDC 2020.

DRAFT Schedule

Competition Day Schedule
8:00 AM
Registration OPENS
8:30 AM
BRIEFING
9:30 AM
SIDE OF STAGE
10:00 AM
COMP STARTS
Please note that the running order below is subject to change
Amateur TEAMS, COUPLES/DUETS AND SOLOISTS
Judging panel #1
Time
Order
Style
Amateur TeamS
10:00 AM
1
STYLE
TBC
10:05 AM
2
STYLE
TBC
10:10 AM
3
STYLE
TBC
10:15 AM
4
STYLE
TBC
Time
Order
Style
Amateur COUPLES/DUETS
10:20 AM
1
STYLE
TBC
10:25 AM
2
STYLE
TBC
10:30 AM
3
Salsa
TBC
Time
Order
Style
Amateur SOLOISTS
10:40 AM
1
STYLE
TBC
10:43 AM
2
STYLE
TBC
10:46 AM
3
STYLE
TBC
10:49 AM
4
STYLE
TBC
10:52 AM
5
STYLE
TBC
10:55 AM
6
STYLE
TBC
10:58 AM
7
STYLE
TBC
11:01 AM
8
STYLE
TBC
11:04 AM
9
STYLE
TBC
11:07 AM
10
STYLE
TBC
Pro-Am TEAMS AND COUPLES/DUETS
Judging panel #2
Time
Order
Style
Pro-Am Teams
11:20 AM
1
STYLE
TBC
11:25 AM
2
STYLE
TBC
11:30 AM
3
STYLE
TBC
11:35 AM
4
STYLE
TBC
11:40 AM
5
STYLE
TBC
11:45 AM
6
STYLE
TBC
Time
Order
Style
PRO-AM COUPLES/DUETS
11:50 AM
1
STYLE
TBC
11:55 AM
2
STYLE
TBC
12:00 PM
3
STYLE
TBC
12:05 PM
4
STYLE
TBC
12:10 PM
5
STYLE
TBC
12:15 PM
6
STYLE
TBC
12:20 PM
7
STYLE
TBC
12:25 PM
8
STYLE
TBC
12:30 PM
9
STYLE
TBC
12:35 PM
10
STYLE
TBC
12:40 PM
11
STYLE
TBC
12:45 PM
12
STYLE
TBC
12:50 PM
13
STYLE
TBC
12:55 PM
14
STYLE
TBC
1:00 PM
15
STYLE
TBC
1:05 PM
16
STYLE
TBC
1:10 PM
17
STYLE
TBC
1:15 PM
18
STYLE
TBC
1:20 PM
19
STYLE
TBC
1:25 PM
20
STYLE
TBC
1:30 PM
21
STYLE
TBC
1:35 PM
22
STYLE
TBC
1:40 PM
23
STYLE
TBC
1:45 PM
24
STYLE
TBC
Professional TEAMS AND SOLOISTS
Judging panel #3
Time
Order
Style
professional Teams
1:55 PM
1
STYLE
TBC
2:00 PM
2
STYLE
TBC
Time
Order
Style
professional Soloists
2:15 PM
1
STYLE
TBC
2:18 PM
2
STYLE
TBC
2:21 PM
3
STYLE
TBC
2:24 PM
4
STYLE
TBC
2:27 PM
5
STYLE
TBC
2:30 PM
6
STYLE
TBC
2:33 PM
7
STYLE
TBC
2:36 PM
8
STYLE
TBC
2:39 PM
9
STYLE
TBC
2:42 PM
10
STYLE
TBC
2:45 PM
11
STYLE
TBC
Masters pro-am
Judging panel #4
Time
Order
Style
Masters Pro-Am
3:00 PM
1
STYLE
TBC
3:05 PM
2
STYLE
TBC
3:10 PM
3
STYLE
TBC
3:15 PM
4
STYLE
TBC
3:20 PM
5
STYLE
TBC
3:25 PM
6
STYLE
TBC
3:30 PM
7
STYLE
TBC
3:35 PM
8
STYLE
TBC
3:40 PM
9
STYLE
TBC
3:45 PM
10
STYLE
TBC
3:50 PM
11
STYLE
TBC
Professional couples/duets
Judging panel #4
Time
Order
Style
professional couples/duets
4:00 PM
1
STYLE
TBC
4:05 PM
2
STYLE
TBC
4:10 PM
3
STYLE
TBC
4:15 PM
4
STYLE
TBC
4:20 PM
5
STYLE
TBC
4:25 PM
6
STYLE
TBC
4:30 PM
7
STYLE
TBC
4:35 PM
8
STYLE
TBC

Judges

the 5 JUDGING CRITERIA

How the comp works

Judges will be looking for the best competitors in the following criteria:

  • Best Choreography: most creative and entertaining show while still displaying the chosen dance style
  • Most Sabor: flavour and authenticity that represents the chosen dance style
  • X Factor: based on crowd reaction throughout the routine and judges choice combined
  • Most Technical: dancers that best represent the dance technique true to the chosen dance style
  • Best Overall: dancers that best represent the chosen style in all above criteria combined.

JUDGES

Meet the judging panel

The international judging panel will collectively choose the overall winner in each division.

The national judging panel will then collectively choose the best representatives for Team Australia.

Judging participants of the judging panel will be announced closer to the event date.

Judges
Judging Panel 1
Judging Panel 2
Judging Panel 3
Judging Panel 4
10:00 AM
11:20 AM
1:55 PM
3:10 PM
Best Choreography
Best Choreography
Best Choreography
Best Choreography
KEVIN (ADELAIDE)
EMILY (NEW ZEALAND)
SHERYLANNE (SYDNEY)
YASIM (CUBA)
GRAEME (SYDNEY)
ARTIA (MELBOURNE)
FEDERICO (SYDNEY)
SURPRISE INTERNATIONAL GUEST
Most Sabor
Most Sabor
Most Sabor
Most Sabor
VALI (SYDNEY)
FELIX (SYDNEY)
GRAEME (SYDNEY)
JOSIE (SYDNEY)
DEBRALEE (SYDNEY)
JUAN RUIZ (SYDNEY)
JUAN RUIZ (SYDNEY)
CHELSEA (ADELAIDE)
X Factor
X Factor
X Factor
X Factor
MITCH (SYDNEY)
ULYSSES (SYDNEY)
SHERYLANNE (SYDNEY)
FELIX (SYDNEY)
CHELSEA (ADELAIDE)
FRANCISCO (USA)
AMIT (CANBERRA)
KEVIN (ADELAIDE)
Most Technical
Most Technical
Most Technical
Most Technical
MARIO (CANADA)
vali (SYDNEY)
ALEX (MELBOURNE)
CARLOS (BRISBANE)
mary-grace (sydney)
ELYSIA (MELBOURNE)
francisco (usa)
ENZO (CANADA)
Best Overall
Best Overall
Best Overall
Best Overall
GABRIEL (ARGENTINA)
GABRIEL (ARGENTINA)
SURPRISE INTERNATIONAL GUEST
TITO (PUERTO RICO)
LETICIA (ARGENTINA)
LETICIA (ARGENTINA)
yasim (cuba)
TAMARA (PUERTO RICO)

WLDC 2020

LEARN MORE

The World Latin Dance Cup is the largest and most prestigious Latin Dance competition in the world with over 35 countries represented. By being part of the SSMC Australian Selections, you now have the chance to join Team Australia and represent our country at the WLDC in Colombia later in the year.

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