Salsa IDO 2015



Categories: Couples


Age Divisions: see in General Provisions (Book 2, 3.4. Age Division).


1.  Music: Organizer's music in preliminaries and semi-final, Organizer´s music OR music of the dancers choice in the final solo performance.


2.  Duration of Performance: In all rounds except the final, the length of performance should be 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase. In the final round, the couple may use music of their choice or the Organizer´s music, which must be 2 minutes of music to the end of the musical phrase, but must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.


3.  Tempo: Salsa 50 - 52 bars per minute (200 - 208 beats per minute)


4.  Characteristics and Movement: Salsa is of Latin-American origin but has been developing in different ways the last 10 years. There are four main styles of Salsa. The Salsa Cuban style, the Salsa Puerto Rico/New York style (Street Mambo), the L-A style and the Columbian (Cali) style.


The Cuban style of Salsa is more rotating than the Puerto Rico/New York style (Street Mambo) and the L-A style is known to include more show figures. All three styles are ac- accepted. Salsa basic is a two times three-step pattern taken during 8 beats of music, in a quick, quick, slow – quick, quick, slow rhythm. It is allowed to break on the 1st and 3rd beat in the bar or the 2nd and 4th beat in the bar. What is important is to keep the consistence of the breaking. If one starts on breaking on 1 or 3 one must continue to break on 1 or 3 and not travel on to break on 2 and 4 suddenly. Salsa is a very popular club dance in that it allows the dancers much freedom to interpret the music using movements and elements from many different Latino dances. Salsa means, “Sauce”, and the dancers should depict a very hot and spicy interaction with each other.


The Salsa basics involve clever hand and arm movements as well as changes of handhold while maintaining the flowing movements and which are all typical of the dance.


5.  Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final in the solo performance in Adults and Junior Division they are allowed13.  NOTE 13: Also acrobatic figures are forbidden in Adults and Junior division only allowed in the final when the couples are dancing alone. See pt. 9.

 Lifts and acrobatic figures are forbidden in Children’s divisions.


6.  Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold.


7.  Format Qualifying Rounds:


a.     In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for 1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.


b.     The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. Each heat will last 1 minute 30 seconds.


c.     In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 60 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.


d.     In all following qualifying rounds, including the semi-final there will be no presentation dance in the beginning or closing dance at the end of the round.


8. Format Final Round: In the Final the Show is added

a.     All couples will dance together for 1 minute Salsa.

b.     Each couple will dance the solo Show number with organizer´s music or music of their own choice, not exceeding 2 minutes 15 seconds.


c.  All couples in the final dance 1 minute closing overview.

d. The Judges will place the couples in order of merit.

e.  The SKATING SYSTEM will be used to find the places of the couples.


9.     Forbidden Figures: Acrobatics. Only in the final round, when couples perform alone, it is proposed to allow an acrobatic figure.


10.   Stage Props and Scenic Background: forbidden



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