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LIVE Competition Registration

Victoria Day Weekend May 21-22 at
Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Downtown Montreal

Open to Amateurs and Professionals

Participate in this World Class Latin Dance Competition open to everyone from beginner to advanced. Amateurs and Professionals alike can demonstrate their talent by competing in front of a live audience and judged by world renown dancers and compete for this year’s bragging rights for the best Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba dancer. See below for the complete list of dances, categories and levels.

Can’t be there in person?

No problem, you can send your video and compete virtually.

OUTLINE

PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, TEAM, PRO-AM & JUNIOR CATEGORIES

Welcome to the 2022 Montreal Salsa Convention Competitions! 

The competitions are open to all national and international artists.

*All competitors must purchase Competitor Pass to access Montreal Salsa Convention activities – Click here

The competition will be held the weekend of May 21-22, 2022 and will be open to the  public. Judges will be present and final results will be presented at the end of each day. 

Make sure to follow and be on time for the competition’s deadlines: 

February 14th: Early bird registrations open

March 15th: Registrations at regular price

May 21st-22nd: Schedule will be announced soon

  • In order to register to an online competition, an entry fee must be paid in advance on the registration portal – click here
  • THERE WILL BE LIMITED SPOTS so make sure to register early! 
  • Competition/entry fees are non refundable
  • It is a live event and no refund will be accepted after the purchase
  • If you have any question or if you need help in order to register, please contact us via the email address : info@montrealsalsaconvention.com

Upload your music in this Google Drive. The file will be handed directly to DJ for your competition showcase Saturday May 21st. Suggested file type should be mp3 format. Please identify your file as follows:
[PerformerName – SongName.mp3]

⇒Upload Here⇐

GENERAL RULES

Competition/entry fees are non refundable

It is a live event and no refund will be accepted after the purchase

If there are fewer than 3 entries in any division, the MSC reserves the right to cancel or combine that division. If a division is cancelled, the entry fee will be refunded. If a division is combined, the entry fee will apply to the combined division.

Competitors must wear a costume and shoes regardless of the environment in which they choose to film. Competitors are encouraged to wear costumes or matching outfits. We strongly suggest that jeans not be used as costumes. Costumes will be judged as part of Presentation.

All circumstances will be taken into consideration. (i.e. space and floor limitations and other restrictions related to current world circumstances). These circumstances will not affect your score. 

NO PROPS are allowed in any category. What is considered a prop is an item which is not part of a dancer’s costume and is not attached for the entire duration of the choreography

Length of Routine:

  • Solo showcases: 1:15 – 2:15 minutes
  • Amateur Salsa & Bachata Showcases: 2:30 minutes or less
  • Pro-Am Salsa & Bachata Showcases: 2:30 minutes or less
  • Team Showcases (Mixed Gender, Same Gender, Juniors): 1:45 minutes to 3.5 minutes

For all couple and team divisions: Rhythm must be maintained consistently throughout the performance. Dips, drops & lifts allowed. Shines are permitted although not more than 30% of the performance may consist of shines or side by sides. Routine must consist of at least 95% recognizable Salsa or Bachata dancing.

Music: A maximum of 3 songs can be mixed into your routine. Songs must be edited to end where you choose. 

The head judge will have final say on all discrepancies. All questions and/or disputes should be brought to the attention of the head judge.

By registering, competitors release the Montreal Salsa Conventions and judges of all liabilities. The dancer further acknowledges that the scores assigned to their submission will be publicly broadcasted. The dancer releases the rights for their submission for (but not limited to) public and promotional purposes.

Please follow current health recommendations

CATEGORIES

Professional

Professional Salsa Showcase

Professional Salsa Solo Showcase, Female

Professional Salsa Solo Showcase, Male

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Professional Bachata Showcase

Professional Bachata Solo Showcase, Female

Professional Bachata Solo Showcase, Male

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Professional Cha Cha Showcase

Professional Cha Cha Solo Showcase, Female

Professional Cha Cha Solo Showcase, Male

Amateur

Amateur Salsa Showcase, Female

Amateur Salsa showcase, Male

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Amateur Bachata Showcase, Female

Amateur Bachata Showcase, Male

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Amateur Cha Cha Showcase, Female

Amateur Cha Cha Showcase, Male

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Am-Am Salsa Showcase

Am-Am Bachata Showcase

Am-Am Cha Cha Showcase

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Amateur team Salsa Showcase

Amateur Team Bachata Showcase

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Amateur Open Ladies Styling Team

Amateur Open Mens Styling Team

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Amateur Duo Shines Showcase

Pro-Am

Pro-Am Duo Shines Showcase

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Pro-Am Female Salsa Showcase

Pro-Am Female Salsa Showcase, Over 40

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Pro-Am Female Bachata Showcase

Pro-Am Female Bachata Showcase, Over 40

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Pro-Am Male Salsa Showcase

Pro-Am Male Salsa Showcase, Over 40

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Pro-Am Male Bachata Showcase

Pro-Am Male Bachata Showcase, Over 40

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Pro-Am team Salsa Showcase

Pro-Am Team Bachata Showcase

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Pro-Am Open Ladies Styling Team

Pro-Am Open Mens Styling Team

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Pro-Am Open Ladies Styling Team

Pro-Am Open Mens Styling Team

Same Gender

Same Gender Am-Am Salsa Showcase

Same Gender Am-Am Bachata Showcase

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Same Gender Pro-Am Salsa Showcase

Same Gender Pro-Am Bachata Showcase

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Same Gender Pro-Pro Salsa Showcase

Same Gender Pro-Pro Bachata Showcase

Teams

Open Team Shines Showcase

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Junior

Junior Salsa Solo Showcase, 8 yrs & under, Female

Junior Salsa Solo Showcase, 8 yrs & under, Male

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Junior Pro-Am Female Salsa Showcase, 8 yrs & under

Junior Pro-Am Male Salsa Showcase, 8 yrs & under

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Junior Pro-Am Female Bachata Showcase, 8 yrs & under

Junior Pro-Am Male Bachata Showcase, 8 yrs & under

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Junior Female Bachata Solo Showcase, 8 yrs & under

Junior Male Bachata Solo Showcase, 8 yrs & under

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Junior Team Open Showcase, 8 yrs & under

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Junior Salsa Solo Showcase, 9-16 yrs, Female

Junior Salsa Solo Showcase, 9-16 yrs, Male

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Junior Bachata Solo Showcase, 9-16 yrs, Female

Junior Male Bachata Solo Showcase, 9-16 yrs

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Junior Pro-Am Female Salsa Showcase, 9-16 yrs

Junior Pro-Am Male Salsa Showcase, 9-16 yrs

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Junior Pro-Am Female Bachata Showcase, 9-16 yrs

Junior Pro-Am Male Bachata Showcase, 9-16 yrs

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Junior Team Open Showcase, 9-16 yrs

JUDGING CRITERIA

20% TIMING The majority of the routine should show recognizable Timing in that dance genre (ie. Salsa, Bachata, Hustle*)

15% MUSICALITY Couples will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including patterns, footwork, “hits”, tricks, etc.

15% GENERAL DANCE TECHNIQUE & DANCE SPECIFIC TECHNIQUE Dance technique is reflected through balance, placement and line. This refers also to general technique for partner dance, where the movement is “grounded”, and there is clarity of proper weight changes from foot to foot. Movement should appear to be both clear and effortless.  Dance specific technique is sometimes referred to as “latin motion” or “sabor”

15% DIFFICULTY Reflected by difficulty of patterns, turns, intricacy of shine movements, and level of tricks, dips, drops and flares. Examples: The amount of turns done on both double and single foot. How intricate were the shines? Were moves properly executed? How about jumps, kicks, extensions? Any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? In order to get credit for any of these things, the movement must be successfully executed.

15% PARTNERING/CONNECTION This is reflected in the lead/follow aspect of the dance. Are partners truly connected, or are they merely executing choreography while holding hands? Synchronicity during side by sides or shines will also help determine the score in this category.

10% CHOREOGRAPHY The couple’s interpretation of the music. Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. All choreography should be musical, and couples should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here.

10% OVERALL PRESENTATION/SHOWMANSHIP Overall Presentation score includes costuming, showmanship, and also good sportsmanship.

* Recognized Salsa Timing is designated for this competition as 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Competitors can choose to break ON 1 or ON 2, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine. The direction of the break step can be either to the front or the back, as long as the timing of the break is consistently maintained (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). The majority of the routine should show recognizable Salsa Timing.

MUSIC UPLOAD LINK

Upload your music in this Google Drive. The file will be handed directly to DJ for your competition showcase Saturday May 21st.

Suggested file type should be mp3 format. Please identify your file as follows:
[PerformerName – SongName.mp3]

⇒Upload Here⇐