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Rules & Regulations

Here are the rules & regulations for the AmsterDans International Competition. Please read with attention. Only apply if you can comply.


Children, Juniors, and Young Adults


Children: 8-11 years old*

Juniors: 12-15 years old

Young Adults: 16-26 years old

*Dancers in the children's age group are not allowed to compete en pointe.

Emerging Choreographers: 18+ (no limit)


These categories are for students of regular dance schools and (independent) advanced amateur dancers.

For each genre (ballet and/or contemporary modern):

Solos – max 2.5 minutes max
Duets – max 2.5 minutes max
Groups (min. 3 pax, max 18 pax) – max 4 minutes


In the category for duets, both participants must be in the same age group. In group pieces, a maximum of 25% of dancers older than the age group entry is allowed. If more than 25% of the dancers are older than the age group for which was applied, the submitted piece will be moved to the higher age group. Each dancer/group may compete twice maximum in the same category.


The participation fees in all categories are as follows:

Solo: €55- (2 solos by the same dancer €90)

Duet: €90

Groups: €35,- per dancer, for each piece

Emerging Choreographers €35,- per dancer participating in submitted piece

Participation in competition is only confirmed after proof of payment has been provided and all outstanding balances have been paid.


Information about your arrival to the theater and checking in for the competition will be sent after the registration deadline has been closed and all the participants are confirmed. Be prepared for an early check in (usually around 9am) and long competition days. Schedule your travel itinerary accordingly.


AmsterDans does not require costumes for pieces, though AmsterDans does recommend them as it enhances the dancers’ performance. If the dancer is not able to use costumes, AmsterDans asks the dancer to wear clean practice clothes (e.g. black leotard, clean tights, and ballet shoes). The use of equipment, props (no glitter allowed), tools, or objects must be requested before registration and must be authorized by the organizers. Any equipment or props that could damage the stage or make it slippery are not allowed and can be a reason for disqualification.


Medals and Trophies will be awarded to the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. Special prizes such as scholarships, cash prizes, gift certificates, apprenticeships/traineeships, invitations to perform, and free registrations for programs and competitions may be awarded by the judges.


AmsterDans reserves the right, if circumstances require, to modify or cancel the event, to change -at any time- the schedules, awards, events, age groups, categories, sections, places and activities mentioned in  without any obligation towards participants, who will be promptly informed. It is necessary that participants check the website, Instagram and Facebook page of AmsterDans (before and during the competition weekend) to see if any schedule changes have been made. In case of cancellation of the competition on the part of the organizers because of force majeure, registration fees will be refunded to the participants. Any travel or accommodation costs made by participants cannot be refunded.


The registration fees for the competition and masterclasses will not be refunded in case of cancellation on the part of the participants. The organizers cannot be held responsible for damages or injuries that may occur during the event to objects or people. The leader of each group, under their sole responsibility, declares that all participants have a sufficiently good state of health for physical fitness and that the minor participants have obtained permission from their parents or legal guardians to participate in this event. The leader of the group ensures that all participants and the parents of any participants who are minors have read and agree to the Liability waiver. The leader of each group who signs this application form declares under their own responsibility that students, parents, tutors, or guardians have been informed about and have approved each point and rule/regulation, and the terms and conditions for participation as stated here.


All Children, Juniors, and Young Adults may compete in genres ballet and/or contemporary modern dance. (Awards go to dancers).

Emerging Choreographers may compete with their work in any dance genre (awards go to the choreographic piece, and not the dancers).


Choreographers 18+ (no age limit)

Length: max 5 minutes

Participating dancers can be of any age.

This separate category is for choreographic works (with 2 or more dancers, no solos) in any proposed dance genre. Max. 18 dancers.


The pieces will principally be judged  on the quality of the choreography (clarity of concept, originality of dance; and some artistic choices such as music and costumes will be taken into account as well). 

The prizes (medals/trophies, cash. performance opportunities, etc.) will be awarded to the choreographer of the submitted work.


Music should be an MP3 or .wav  file – renamed with “name of the school  – title of piece” (example: Tendu School – Kitri), or in case of an independent entry or choreographer's piece "name of choreographer - title of piece".


Please use a good quality track. Don't send a transformed YouTube to MP3 track (due to poor quality).

Teachers/choreographers must bring a USB Drive to the theater with the music of the group as a backup to the files that were sent in advance. Properly titled.


Access to the stage, backstage, and dressing rooms will be allowed only to dancers and choreographers, and 1 teacher per group, A wristband will be provided during check-in,, which should be worn at all times during the competition.


Tickets to watch the performances will be on sale (the competition is open to watch for the public). Info TBA.


Scores are made exclusively by a mathematical sum of technical votes. The Jury is composed of renowned international dance professionals.


The jury reserves the right to not award certain prizes or awards if the levels are not reached.


Every evaluation and decision are absolutely irrevocable.


Making videos and photos during the competition is not permitted, except by the photographers authorized by the organization to do so. Pictures and videos will be available for purchase online after the event. In submitting registration forms, each subject authorizes Stichting AmsterDans to use images taken during the event in perpetuity.


Failure to respect or only partially respect the regulations may lead to exclusion or a disqualification from the competition. Dancers, teachers, choreographers and audience members are obligated to respect all of the AmsterDans, venue and government obligations if there are any (in terms of health crises, i.e.)


The format and the logo of the competition AmsterDans are a trademark. Abuses or unauthorized copies are prohibited. For any legal dispute, the jurisdiction is the Dutch Court of Law only. By registering for participating in the AmsterDans competition, Stichting AmsterDans is waived of accidents and liability in the broadest sense of the term in relation to participation at the competition. This clause is in reference to the acceptance of all the rules and regulations of this event as well as the accident waiver and release of liability.

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