Aerial Lyra & Aerial Silks Competition

Competition Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Johannesburg South Africa.

Competition Date: Sunday 19th May 2019.

Event times are to be confirmed.
‘Organiser(s)’ refer to the organisers of Pole & Aerial at Arnold Classic Africa 2019. ‘Competitor(s)’ refer to those entering this competition.

Competitor Entry Information

Entry fee varies according to when you enter by.

Aerial Lyra/Hoop and Aerial Silks Competition Video Entry and Payment Deadlines:
Early bird video entries due 5th April 2019 – R300 Solos / R450 Duets.
Final video entries due 19th April 2019 – R350 Solos / R500 Duets.

Entries are open now!
Entry forms are online here.

Aerial at the Arnolds strives to provide a platform for aerial artists from beginner to advanced level to showcase their talent, ability, and passion for the art form. The goal of this competition is to promote healthy competition and bring more awareness to aerial as a sporting discipline.

Who can take part in the Aerial at the Arnolds Competition?
Solos (Aerial Lyra/Hoop or Aerial Silks)
and
Duets (Aerial Lyra/Hoop only), same gender or mixed pairs.
Aerial Lyra/Hoop Duets will perform together in one hoop.

Age groups, in years old, on the day of the final for the aerial competitions include:
10-14 Girls.
10-14 Boys.
15-17 Girls.
15-17 Boys.
18-39 Women.
18-39 Men.
40+ Women.
40+ Men.

Levels / ‘Divisions’ for Aerial Lyra/Hoop & Aerial Silks include;
Bronze / Beginner
Silver / Intermediate
Gold / Advanced

How do I know which level I am and which division I should enter?
Please read the Division Descriptions and see which one suits you best. Please apply the Level Limitations listed below and also refer to Scorecard and Scorecard Breakdown to understand the competition requirements.
You can contact us if you have any questions.

Division Descriptions

Bronze / Beginner Division
Competitors who have basic experience may compete in the Bronze / Beginner Division.
There are limitations to the types of moves that can be performed in this division, see ‘Level Limitations’.

No competitor is allowed to enter the Bronze / Beginner Division if they;
-have been an instructor/ teacher/ trainer in aerial sport/ aerial dance/ aerial acrobatics and/or
-have received financial compensation for aerial performances or promotions.

Silver / Intermediate Division
Competitors who have a good amount of experience in the discipline, and who are able to choose elements with a higher technical value may apply to compete in the Silver / Intermediate Division.
Silver / Intermediate Division competitors need to be able to meet the requirements listed in Level Limitations.
There are limitations to the types of moves that can be performed in this division, see Level Limitations.

Silver / Intermediate Division Competitors can be;
-students of intermediate/advanced classes and/or
-instructors, teachers or trainers

Gold / Advanced Division
The Gold / Advanced Division is for high level competitors who can meet the requirements listed in Level Limitations.

Gold / Advanced Division competitors are typically;
-students of advanced classes and/or
-instructors/ teachers/ trainers, both past and present and/or
-are paid for performing aerial arts.

Competitors will also have to send a recent video to enter this competition. Our panel will watch all of the videos and change a competitor’s division if necessary. Competitors will be contacted directly by the organisers to discuss any division changes.

Can I enter from another country?
Yes, both local and international competitors are invited to take part. International competitors are responsible for their own visa, travel and accommodation requirements. We can offer guidance on where to stay in the area.

Does is matter which studio I train at and what if I do not belong to a studio?
Everyone is welcome to enter on behalf of themselves or any studio.

What are the video entry requirements?
Videos are due by the specified deadline and no later.
Videos may be up to two minutes long.
Videos do not have to be the performance proposed for the final competition.
Videos should not be more than 12-months old as the organisers need to see ‘recent’ footage.
Videos should display some of the elements on the scorecard, as seen under Scoring information.
Videos should adhere to Level Limitations according to the the Division being entered for, but do not have to include all of the required movements. Videos must clearly show the competitor at all times.
Videos must be uploaded to Youtube ‘Unlisted’ URL or Vimeo or Google Drive or WeTransfer on or before the entry deadline.
You will be asked to enter your video URL on your entry form, please only enter when you have this.
Videos will not be displayed publicly by the organisers.
Videos will only be considered if the full entry form has been completed including payment, by the specified deadline.

Competitors should please note about video entries:
Video judges and organisers may change the competitor’s division having watched the video entry.No feedback or scores will be given on video entries. An organiser will be in direct contact with the competitor in case of a division alternation.No refunds will be given in any circumstances.

Final Competitor Information

How many winners will there be and what are the prizes?
The top three places in each age group and each division will be awarded with Arnold Classic Africa 2019 medals – Gold Medal/First Place, Silver Medal/Second Place, Bronze medal/Third Place.

Aerial Lyra and Aerial Silks are judged separately.

Aerial Lyra/Hoop Competition Equipment

The Competition Aerial Hoop aka ‘Lyra’ will be a metal tube with a diameter of 32cm.
There will be four diameters available on a SINGLE TAB LYRA/HOOP;
80cm, 90cm, 95cm and a 100cm.
The Lyra surface will be powder-coated and no grip tape is allowed.
The Lyra will be cleaned before every competitor.
There will be a static rigging point at least 4m from the floor with various spanset lengths available to choose from.
A swivel will be attached to the rigging point.
Mats will be available for all competitors. Using a mat will not affect the scoring.
Mats are compulsory for Bronze/Beginner Level, Silver/Intermediate Level and all minor (under 18 year old) competitors.

Aerial Silks Competition Equipment

A 14m royal blue 270cm wide 100% Nylon Tricot (med stretch) Aerial Silk will be used.
The rigging point is approximately 6.2m from the floor.
Silks may not be tied together to form a hammock.
Mats will be available for all competitors. Using a mat will not affect the scoring.
Mats are compulsory for Bronze/Beginner Level, Silver/Intermediate Level and all minor (under 18 year old) competitors.

Aerial Hoop/Lyra Level Limitations
Compulsory Requirements & Prohibited Moves

Aerial Lyra Bronze / Beginner Level Limitations
Competitors in the Aerial Lyra Bronze / Beginner Division;
-must keep two hands on the aerial Lyra during all inverts (fully upside down moves).
-are not permitted to do any movement on the top of the aerial Lyra with the exception of only holding it with the hands and hanging below. For example, no leg hooks, sitting or standing on the top of the aerial Lyra. The competitor must remain in the middle, sides and under the aerial Lyra.
-cannot orbit or swing (definition: running or walking the aerial Lyra in a large circle on the floor in order to create a wide spiral off the floor).
-cannot intentionally walk or run the Lyra to swing.
Floor mats are compulsory.

Maximum length of performance music for Aerial Lyra Bronze / Beginner Division is 2:30 minutes for minor (under 18) competitors and 3:00 minutes for competitors over 18.
Music will be stopped at the maximum time limit.
See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

Aerial Lyra Silver / Intermediate Level Limitations
Competitors in the Aerial Lyra Silver / Intermediate Division;
-can use the top bar of the Lyra including any spansets or ropes attached.
-must have at least one spinning combination using the Lyra.
-must invert at least once while body is off the floor on the Lyra.
-can orbit (definition: running or walking the Lyra in a large circle on the floor in order to create a wide spiral off the floor).
-cannot intentionally walk or run the Lyra to swing.
-must complete at least one 160 degree split with the legs while on the Lyra.

Maximum length of performance music for Aerial Lyra Silver / Intermediate Division is 2:30 minutes for minor (under 18) competitors and 3:00 minutes for competitors over 18.
Music will be stopped at the maximum time limit.

See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

Aerial Lyra Gold / Advanced Level Limitations
Competitors in the Aerial Lyra Gold / Advanced Division;
-must invert at least once while body is off the floor on the Lyra.
-must have at least one spinning combination using the Lyra .
-must complete at least one Lyra roll (spiraling at least one full revolution while on the Lyra)
-can orbit or swing (definition: running or walking the Lyra in a large circle on the floor in order to create a wide spiral off the floor).
-must complete at least one 180 degree split with the legs while on the Lyra.

Maximum length of performance music for Aerial Lyra Gold / Advanced Division is 3:00 minutes for minor (under 18) competitors and 4:00 minutes for competitors over 18.
Music will be stopped at the maximum time limit.

See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

Aerial Lyra Duets Division

Apply the Level Limitations as per Aerial Lyra (noted above), according to the division entered. Only one partner is required to perform the required moves according to the division entered. For example, if a duet pair are competing in Aerial Lyra Silver / Intermediate Division, only one of the partners is required to perform a 160° split to fulfil the 160° split requirement. Only one of the partners will have to perform an invert while their body is off the floor, in order to fulfil the invert requirement. Neither partner in a duet performance may perform any moves that are not allowed according to the Level Limitations of the chosen level. A deduction will be received per partner when a prohibited move is performed.

See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

Aerial Silks Level Limitations
Compulsory Requirements & Prohibited Moves

 Aerial Silks Bronze / Beginner Level Limitations
Competitors in the Aerial Silks Bronze / Beginner Division;
-must keep two hands on silks in all inverts (fully upside-down position).
-cannot orbit (definition: running or walking the silks in a large circle on the floor in order to create a wide spiral off the floor).
-cannot intentionally walk or run the silks to swing.
-are not allowed to perform drops. Drops combine aspects of free fall, or rotating oneself upside-down before landing in a new pose.

Maximum length of performance music for Aerial Silks Bronze / Beginner Division is 2:30 minutes for minor (under 18) competitors and 3:00 minutes for competitors over 18.
Music will be stopped at the maximum time limit.

See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

Aerial Silks Silver / Intermediate Level Limitations
Competitors in the Aerial Silks Silver / Intermediate Division;
-can orbit (definition: running or walking the silks in a large circle on the floor in order to create a wide spiral off the floor).
-cannot intentionally walk or run the silks to swing.
-must invert at least once while body is off the floor in/on the silks.
-must complete at least one 160 degree split with the legs while on the silks.

Maximum length of performance music for Aerial Silks Silver / Intermediate Division is 2:30 minutes for minor (under 18) competitors and 3:00 minutes for competitors over 18.
Music will be stopped at the maximum time limit.

See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

Aerial Silks Gold / Advanced Level Limitations
Competitors in the Aerial Silks Gold / Advanced Division;
-must invert at least once while body is off the floor in/on the silks.
-an orbit or swing (definition: running or walking the silks in a large circle on the floor in order to create a wide spiral off the floor).
-must complete at least one 180 degree split with the legs while on the silks.

Maximum length of performance music for Aerial Silks Gold / Advanced Division is 3:00 minutes for minor (under 18) competitors and 4:00 minutes for competitors over 18. Music will be stopped at the maximum time limit.

See ‘Scorecard Breakdown’ for the full overview of how each competitor and each performance is judged.

There will be no Aerial Silks Duet category this year!

Judging

Judges will award competitors from 1-10 points per section on the scorecard.
Errors are deducted for per time or overall, as per the scorecard.
The winner is the competitor in their division with the highest score.
In the case of a tie, the winner will be the competitor with the least Errors, or the highest Artistic score.
Judges and organisers have the right to stop a performance at any time for breach of Rules and Regulations, health and safety concerns or for any other reason.
Lyra Duets are judged using the same scorecard as Lyra Solos, with the additional requirements being; Synchronicity and Partner Moves.
See Scorecard and Scorecard Breakdown for details.
In the interest of fairness, at least two judges will judge each section of the Scorecard, excluding Errors (deductions), where there will be one judge.
Whenever possible judges will not judge their own students, friends or family members.
The judges’ decision is final and may not be entered into.
The winners will be announced at the end of the event, all competitors must be present at prize-giving in their performance costume.
Before and during the competition the competitors may not be in contact with the judges. Any queries must be directed to the organisers or the person assigned by organisers.
Competitors may request to receive a copy of their Scorecard after the competition.
The overall ranking may be made public at the discretion of the organisers.

Aerial Lyra/Hoop & Aerial Silks Scorecard

This scorecard will be used by the judges at the final competition. Competitors should use this as a guide to help prepare for the competition.

ARTISTIC MAX.
POINTS
Choreography, originality, transitions on and off ‘the
equipment’. Synchronicity of Duets.
10 points
Interpretation. 10 points
Costume, hair & make-up. 10 points
Stage presence and X-factor Bonus Star. ‘Star’
EXECUTION MAX.
POINTS
Clean movement, posture, lines and feet. 10 points
Overall strength. 10 points
Flexibility. 10 points
Difficulty level of Partner Moves (Lyra duet
requirement only).
10 points 
ERRORS LESS
POINTS
Costume malfunction (per time). -3 points
Fall (per time). -5 points
Slip/loss of balance (per time). -2 points
Sloppy feet (majority of performance). -5 points
Hand wiping during the performance (per time). -3 points
Stopping to ask for applause (per time). -3 Points 
Explicit sexual moves or inappropriate exposure. Disqualification
Failing to Performing the Moves Required  in Division
Limitations
-10 Per
Time
Performing Moves that are not allowed in the
Division Limitations
-10 Per
Time
TOTAL POINTS

Scorecard Breakdown

Choreography, originality, transitions on and off ‘the equipment’ (either the Aerial Lyra/Hoop or Aerial Silks).
Synchronicity of Duets (Aerial Lyra/Hoop only).

The performance should appear balanced in terms of movements and transitions between movements.
Originality relates to the competitors’ unique interpretation and expression of movements.
Competitors should avoid repetition of the same moves and transitions, unless repetition itself specifically relates to the story being told within the piece. Competitors are encouraged to seek unique ways of presenting movements, to create original movements and surprise the judges with their innovation.
Lyra duets must present some elements of choreography in synchronicity. If there is no synchronicity or it appears like the duet should be in synchronicity and they are not, it will result in a lower score.

Interpretation.
Interpretation refers to the competitor’s ability to interpret the music. Judges take into account the competitor’s facial expressions, their emotions and the creation of a character, story or theme portrayal. The performance should reflect the light, shade and emotion of the music. There should be a connection between the performer and the music. The choreography should work with the beat and phrase of the music.

Costume, hair & make-up.
Costume, hair and make-up must show thought and effort.
Competitors must choose an appropriate costume while taking into consideration the style, cut and decoration suitable for an aerial competition at an international sporting event.
Costume, hair and make-up must be age appropriate for minor competitors. Costume, hair and make-up is reflective of the performance, theme/story/character and music.

Stage presence and X-Factor ‘Bonus Star’.
The Bonus Star will only be given out by a judge who is truly moved by a competitor’s performance.
Judges will go by their feeling!
Competitors should project confidence, charisma and authority while being poised, engaging and captivating. In the event of a tie, the Bonus Star contributes to the overall Artistic Score and will help the judges deliberate upon the final winner.

Clean movement, posture, lines and feet.
Movements should appear clean and effortless from start to finish. Extension, alignment, body positioning and placement of the limbs are technically and aesthetically correct.Arms, legs, hands, feet, toes or fingers must not appear clenched, or out of correct alignment. Lower scores shall be awarded in Execution for poor lines, lack of extension and sloppy feet. Competitors must note that ‘Sloppy feet’ also falls under Errors on the Scorecard and will therefore be deducted for by the Errors judge.

Overall strength.
Overall strength refers to the power of the arms, core and legs. In order to display the highest level of difficulty to the judges, the athlete should perform upper body, core and lower body strength tricks and combinations. Lifting with control into positions will contribute to higher strength scores. Holding and controlling strength moves for three or more seconds will display a higher level of difficulty.

Flexibility.
Flexibility refers to the range of motion of the legs, back and shoulders. In order to display the highest level of difficulty to the judges, the competitor should perform tricks, combinations and transitions with full extension and mobility.

Difficulty level of Partner Moves (Lyra Duet requirement only).
Partner Moves refer to tricks, transitions and skills that could not be executed without the partners physically relying on each other. Timing, flow and ease of Partner Moves will be taken into consideration by the judges. Partners should equally ‘base’ (be the lifting partner) and ‘fly’(be the lifted partner).

Additional Duet Guidelines
Duets must consider their overall synchronicity throughout the whole routine to achieve the highest scores. This can include synchronicity of moves on the Lyra or on the floor. Duet performances may include identically timed tricks and movements or similar/different tricks and movements that complement each other visually. Duets must be able to move and transition around each other in a fluid way to react accordingly to each other’s movements.

Errors
Errors will be deducted for by the Errors judge. Errors are per time or overall as stated on the scorecard.

Scoring Rubric
10-9: Superior, expert. No faults or errors.
8-7: Above average. Minimal faults or errors.
6-5: Average, passable, competent, common. Some faults or errors.
4-3. Basic, fundamental, simple, beginner. Regularly faults or errors.
2-1: Limited, reserved, restrained. Many faults or errors.

Music
Music must be non-explicit (family friendly) and be the correct length. Music must be submitted already cut. 
See Level Limitations per division and age-group for music length.

Props 
Fire, liquid, powder or other potentially dangerous props are prohibited.
Props may be used if they can be set up and cleared away in under 2 minutes, and do not leave any mess or residue on the stage or equipment.
No props are allowed that could damage the equipment, stage or cause harm to people.
No human props are allowed.
No animal props or other morally, politically or ethically questionable props are allowed.
All props must be approved by the deadline which will be the same as the music submission deadline for finalists.
For prop approval, please email a description or picture of the item(s).

Grip Aids
The following products are acceptable:
Rosin.
Chalk based grips like liquid chalk, powder chalk, Infinity Grip, Dry Hands, Mighty Grip etc.
Gloves maybe worn, but must be approved by an organiser.
Grip aids may not be applied to the equipment.

Costume
Competitors must perform without footwear. Ankle guards must be approved for aerial Lyra competitors. Ankle guards may not be worn by aerial Silk competitors.
Make-up and costume must be age appropriate for competitors under 18. Competitors may not perform in obvious underwear, lingerie or a G-string as their costume.
Female competitors may not perform topless.
Costumes may not expose the nipple (female), excessive breast/cleavage, buttocks or groin area.
Outer costumes such as jackets, capes and hats may be removed, providing that the competitor is suitably dressed underneath.
Exotic style or sexually provocative performances are prohibited. No rings are to be worn by competitors at any time while performing or competing.
No jewellery is to be worn by competitors at any time while performing or competing.
Competition costumes or props may not promote a dance studio, business or individual.
Studio advertising at the event may be arranged with an organiser.

Stage                                                                                                           
The stage will have a minimum of a 3m clearance in front, behind and on the side of the aerial equipment. See equipment for details on the Aerial Lyra/Hoops and Silks that will be used.

Photography/Filming
Competitors agree to be filmed throughout the competition at the venue before, during and after competing and any time they perform or rehearse on stage.
All photography and footage remains the property of Arnold Classic Africa and the organisers. Competitors agree that all photography and footage can be used by Arnold Classic and the organisers for promotional, advertising and commercial purposes. Individual competitor photos may be available for sale after the event.
The photographer will contact the competitors individually.

Competitor Rules and Regulations
The following Rules and Regulations form part of the agreement entered into by all competitors taking part in this aerial competition.
Any breach of Competitor Rules and Regulations results in competitor disqualification.
Competitors under 18 years old must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians must purchase tickets to enter the exhibition.
The competitor must submit a copy of a valid ID document/ Passport upon entry.
Payments must be received in order to enter the competition.
Drugs and alcohol are prohibited before and during the competition and prize-giving ceremony.
Exotic style or sexually provocative performances are prohibited.
Nudity and sexually explicit actions are prohibited during performances and at all times during the event.
Costume, hair & make-up, routines or actions must not be negatively discriminatory, ethically, politically or morally questionable.
Respectful treatment of other competitors, judges, organisers, venue staff, helpers and spectators is expected at all times.
All competitors must be present at prize-giving in their performance costume.
All competitors must be willing to represent the competition and all affiliated parties/sponsors in a positive light before, during and after the competition.
All competitors must observe Costume, Hair & Make-up and Grip Aid Rules.
The judges’ decision is final and may not be entered into.
Competitors may not be knowingly pregnant on the day of competition.
Competitors must show up on time. If late, participation may be refused.
No refunds for entry fees are given under any circumstances.

Rights of the Organisers
Organisers reserve the right to:
Change the judging criteria and division information.
Change the rules and regulations.
Change the division in which a competitor is taking part.
Record and photograph the competition and distribute the material.
Eliminate videos or photographs that are unsuitable for publication.
Change the guidelines, divisions, rules and regulations of the competition.
Changes made to Rules & Regulations and divisions can be made up until one week before the competition.
Written notice must be provided to the competitors to inform them of the changes.
The organisers do not take responsibility for any loss, damages or injury to the competitors when training for the competition, or on the day of the competition.

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