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The 60th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival is Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the Paramount Ranch

Address: 

2903 Cornell Road

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

USA

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T: 818 382-4819

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Step Dance Competition

Flatfooting/Buckdancing/Clogging/Irish Step/Jig/Zapateado/etc.

 

  • This is a solo, percussive folk dance competition based on the old-time fiddle contest model, with music provided by a live band. Common types of dance done to old- time fiddle music are flatfoot, buck, clogging and jig, but other percussive dance forms such as flamenco, tap, Irish step dance (contemporary competition styles and sean nos) zapateado, malambo, legenyes, gaucho and others are also welcome in this contest. In other words, all percussive step dance styles are acceptable. If you don't see your dance style listed here, please contact the registrar with any questions.

  • Competition registration categories are as follows: Youth (up to 14yrs) Adult (14--59) and Senior (60 and up).

  • Shoes must be worn on dancer's feet, with or without taps.

  • All dancers will be required to dance either once or twice through a standard, old-time fiddle tune (approximately 30-60 seconds) with an introduction and a tag. Contestants will have the option to set the tempo, if they wish and let the musicians know if they prefer to dance once or twice through the tune. Dancers will also be given the option to dance a cappella (without music). a cappella dancers will be required to dance between 30-60 30 seconds.

  • All dancers will have the opportunity to choose the tune they will dance to in the competition from one of three tunes listed below. No other tune may be requested.  

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Photo by Dee Farnsworth
  • All dancers will have the opportunity to hear and dance to the selected contest tunes onstage, as a group, before the competition begins. This provides a nice warm-up for the dancers while giving the judges the opportunity to see all the varieties of skill level before the competition commences.

  • First place winners from each category will dance together on the main stage in the afternoon.

  • Contestants who win first place in their respective age category for three consecutive years, will be asked to retire from this competition until they are eligible for the next age category.

 

SCORING GRID / DANCE NUMBERS:

Variety of Steps: 25 Points

Timing: 25 Points

Musicality: 25 Points

Natural Overall Presentation:25 Points

Dancing Considerations:

  • Difficulty and variety of steps:
    No matter how difficult or varied your steps are, they will not impress the judges if they are not performed in time with the music. A single step performed beautifully and consistently in time with the music will be given higher consideration than a variety of difficult, yet poorly executed steps.

  • Timing:
    Are your percussive steps in time with the music?
    The judges will look for even, consistent rhythm.

  • Musicality: Do your steps reflect the dynamics of the music? Are you dancing the tune?  Does your overall performance reflect the emotion of the music?

  • Natural overall presentation:
    Are you relaxed, holding your body and tapping your feet in a way that is comfortable to you?

PRIZES!

Cash and Gift Awards!

Category Prizes 1st / 2nd/ 3rd

Youth (17 and under) $85 / $50 / $30

Adult (18-59) $85 / $50 / $30

Senior:(60 and up) $85 / $50 / $30

Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the Compete page to register 

  2. PRACTICE - PRACTICE - PRACTICE

  3. Await your confirmation from the Topanga Registrar the first week in May

  4. Come win prizes and have fun on Sunday, May 21st, 2017!!

If you have questions, click HERE to send the Registrar an email.

The TBFC Board is grateful for the assistance of Ira Bernstein in organizing the dance competition.