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Video Submission Fee
$25.00 (see Submission Form - USTD and Acrobatic Arts maintain a strict "No Refund" policy on all video submission payments.)
Group (3-7 dancers - Trios are considered Groups under IDO Rules)
Formations (8-24 dancers - 24 dancers maximum for any Formation Routine)
Production (25 dancers or more)
Solos & Duos
2:15 (2 minutes and 15 seconds maximum)
2:30 - 3:00 (2 minutes and 30 seconds to 3 minutes maximum)
2:30 - 4:00 (2 minutes and 30 seconds to 4 minutes maximum)
5:00 - 8:00 (5 minutes to 8 minutes maximum)
Age Divisions (Solos and Duos - a competitor's age division is determined by his or her year of birth as it falls within the calendar year of the competition)
Ages 7 & Under
Ages 12 & Under
Ages 17 & Over
Ages 31 & Over
Ages 50 & Over
Age Divisions (Trios, Groups and Formations - a competitor's age division is determined by his or her year of birth as it falls within the calendar year of the competition - dancers are not permitted to compete in both Junior and Adult Group or Formation Routines)
Ages 7 & Under
Ages 12 & Under
Ages 17 & Over
Ages 50 & Over
DETERMINING ONE’S AGE DIVISION
A competitor’s age division is determined by his or her year of birth as it falls within the calendar year of the competition.
a. For Duos or Couples, the eldest partner’s date of birth determines the age division. A partner no more than two years younger than the lower age limit may dance in an older division, but the age span cannot exceed two years. Example: One dancer is 12 and one is 14, they may dance in the Junior 1 Division but if the younger dancer is only 11 they may not. One dancer is 14 and one is 16 they may dance in the Junior 2 Division, but if the younger dancer is only 13 they may not. (AGM 2019, Implementation 1.1.2020) NOTE 1: While younger dancers may dance ‘up’ a division, the reverse is not possible and older dancers may not dance ‘down’ a division. NOTE 2: A younger dancer who dances ‘up’ a division as outlined under the rules, such as a child of 12 dancing in the Junior 1 Duo division, MUST dance in that age division in that category for the remainder of the competition year. He or she may NOT dance in the Children’s division with a different partner, but he or she COULD dance in the younger (children’s) division in Trios, Crew, Groups, Teams, or Formations. Once a dancer has chosen to move up an age level in a specific category, such as Tap Duo or Jazz Duo, he/she must remain in that age division until the end of year and not move back. Dancers are permitted to dance in two specific age divisions only under the following conditions: A dancer cannot dance in both Junior 2 Show Dance Duo and Adult Show Dance Duo, i.e. two different age divisions of the same discipline and category. However, he/she may remain in the same age division of all other specific categories, until they reach their next age level. Example: A child age 12 or 11 may dance in Junior 1 Show Dance Duo and still participate in all Children categories Show Dance Solo, Disco Dance Duo, Hip Hop Group, Tap Formation but NOT CHILDREN Show Dance Duo.
b. In Trio, Groups, Teams, Crews and Formations a dancer no more than two years younger than the lower age limit may dance in an older division. This rule shall apply to all Age Divisions of Trio, Groups, Teams, Crews or Formations, except the Adult 2 and Senior Division, with the following restriction: Not more than 50% of the dancers in the Trio, Group, Team, page 23 BOOK 2 ORGANIZATION AND CONDUCTION OF IDO EVENTS Crew or Formation can be two (2) years or less, younger than the actual age division. The age of all other dancers in the Trio, Group, Team, Crew or Formation must fall within the specified age range. NOTE 1: While younger dancers may dance ‘up’ a division, the reverse is not possible and older dancers may not dance ‘down’ a division. Once a dancer has chosen to move up an age level in a specific category, he/she must remain in that age division until the end of year and not move back. Dancers are permitted to dance in two specific age divisions only under the following conditions: A dancer cannot dance in both the Junior Show Dance Group and in the Adult Show Dance Group, a dancer may not dance in both Junior Hip Hop Formation and Adult Hip Hop Formations, i.e. two different age divisions of the same discipline and category. However, he/she may remain in the same age division of all other specific categories, until they reach their next age level. Example: A child age 12 or 11, may dance in JUNIOR Show Dance Small Group and still participate in all Children categories Show Dance Solo, Disco Dance Duo, Hip Hop Group, Tap Formation but NOT CHILDREN Show Dance Group. The Organizer has the right to establish a Children’s Divisions under age 7, as long as it runs in conjunction with a Children’s Competition ages 12 and under. This will be called “Mini Kids”
Team USA Selection Notification
Dancers, studio directors, teachers and/or anyone that has submitted a routine for the 2023 IDO Team USA (Acrobatic Dance) will be notified if selected via email on or about April 30, 2023.
Routine Registration for Team USA
Routines selected to represent Team USA in the 2023 IDO World Acrobatic Championships will be registered and paid for through an online registration system and a link to register will be provided upon selection notification.
$250.00 per dancer (This fee is per dancer, not per routine. Therefore, the $250.00 is a flat fee despite the number of routines any one dancer may be competing in). Registration fee includes all IDO entry fees as well as administrative and operational expenses for Team USA Coaching Staff.
The IDO/IDO Event Organizer/USTD and Acrobatic Arts maintains a strict "No Refund" policy on registration fees.
Registration Fee Due Date
May 26, 2023
Team USA Rules & Regulations
All Team USA members will be responsible for booking and paying for their own travel arrangements including but not limited to: airfare, hotel, transfers, rental cars, ground transportation, etc.
Hotel Options and other Travel Assistance
Click to scroll through hotel options and other travel assistance on the 2023 IDO Acrobatic World Championships Official website.
IDO Acrobatic World Championship Competition Dates
July 22 - 23, 2023
Arrival Date July 21st
Departure Date July 24th
*Team USA members must arrive at least one day prior to the start of the event.
Team USA Uniform
All Team USA members will be required to purchase Team USA Jacket and Pants (team uniform) from the Official Team USA vendor. The vendor has been chosen by the United States Dancesport and Competition Federation. A link to purchase the team uniform as well as other optional Team USA gear will be sent to each team member upon selection notification.
The costume used to compete at the World Championships should be the same costume used in video submission providing that the costume meets the following IDO rules: Costumes must cover the intimate parts of the dancer’s body during the whole performance. Intimate parts: buttocks, bust and pubic areas (see picture 1) The intimate parts of the body must be covered with non-transparent material of any color except tan or flesh color. When transparent material is used to cover these areas, it must be lined with non-transparent material. a. LOWER BODY: Buttock: The buttock is defined as the area from the crease between the leg and bottom up to the hip line across the body. Hip line: panties top line (how low) Straight horizontal line, top of line between buttocks muscles (interlineal line) must not be visible. Panty Line: panties bottom line (how high) The panties’ hip line should be high enough to completely cover the vertical crease between the buttocks. The panties should cover the entire buttock in the back side (see pictures 2 and 3). In the front, the panty line should follow the line between the body and flexed leg. The distance from the hip line to the panty line should be at least 5 centimeters (2 inches) when measured from the side (see picture 1). Abbreviated bikini bottoms, thongs, thong appliqués and any shorts imitating a thong look are prohibited in both males’ and females’ costumes. The dancers should make sure their costumes fit properly, as ill-fitting shorts or panties can wedge or otherwise expose the buttock in a way that is prohibited. It is recommended that all male dancers wear a men’s dance belt underneath their costume. A costume consisting only of a men’s dance belt is prohibited. page 28 BOOK 2 ORGANIZATION AND CONDUCTION OF IDO EVENTS b. UPPER BODY Abbreviated bikini tops, tube tops and tank tops are prohibited in all age divisions (see pictures 3 and 4). Female dancers: Exposing the breasts beyond what is shown in picture 4 is prohibited. Male dancers: Male dancers are allowed to perform bare-chested. Make-up and costume have to be age and gender appropriate.
All Team USA members, including those in group routines, are expected to continue to rehearse their selected routines prior to arriving in Mexico. There will not be any formal Team USA rehearsals in the US. However, Team USA Coaching Staff will run routines prior to performances while in Mexico (rehearsal will be held at host venue and times/details for each routine will be assigned as we get closer to the event date).
Official IDO Rules for Acrobatic Dance
The categories of Acrobatic/Gymnastic Dance are: Solo Male, Solo Female, Duo, Group, Formation. Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts. Characteristics and Movement: Acrobatic dance shall include many techniques, such as tumbling, balancing, contortions, and aerial tricks without hands and controlled movement, as well as acrobatic elements, static elements, jumps, hand support elements, turns, rolls, walkovers and saltos, all of which should be connected with dance movement and dance combinations. The emphasis is on strength, stretch, control and ease of movement, no matter what technique is being used. It is forbidden to form routine on the basic Aerobic and sport Rock ’n’ Roll elements. For safety reasons it is forbidden in all age divisions: ·To perform supports/lifts higher than dancers’ height as well as different throws from hands of other dancer except in the adult division. ·To fall on the knees, stomach and back from the jumping position; ·To begin an acrobatic walkover within flight phase; -To perform any acrobatic element more than three times (variations are allowed i.e. performance of different forms of the element. For example: cartwheel, one hand cartwheel, cartwheel with transition to the floor, elbow cartwheel etc.). ·To perform headstand (head balance). Lifts, pyramids, throws: Lifts are permitted in Junior and Adult age divisions Pyramids are allowed in Junior and Adult age divisions. Pyramid is element of artistic, power and plastic acrobatics. It is a group position when dancers supporting each other form complex figures. While performing a pyramid, intended figure shall be fixed for a period of time from 3 to 5 seconds. In Junior age division high unaided pyramids are prohibited. In Children and Junior age division, different throws of one dancer by another are prohibited. Clothing and decorative elements: Costume rules and regulations see in General Rules in Section 2 of the IDO Rule Book. For safety reasons it is forbidden to wear decorative elements including earrings, piercing in nose, tongue, navel, face skin. Eye-glasses, hearing devices as well as decorations made of transparent plastic, bracelets, necklaces and pins are also forbidden. All decorations shall be taken off. (Exception: stresses on the dress and temporary tattoos). All accessories, for example hair accessories, shall be tight, and, if page 46 BOOK 3 RULES FOR IDO DANCE DISCIPLINES possible, soft and flat. Long hair shall be fastened and taken away from face. Stage Props: Permitted as outlined under General Provisions of Performing Arts. Evaluation: Musicality, variety of acrobatic elements and dance itself, originality of composition as well as harmony of concept, music, choreography and acrobatic elements will be highly evaluated.
Each Team USA Member will be required to sign a disclaimer upon registration. The disclaimer will hold harmless the IDO, IDO Event Organizer, USTD, Acrobatic Arts and all affiliates of those organizations. Disclaimer coming soon.
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