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


2903 Cornell Road

Agoura Hills, CA 91301




T: 818 382-4819


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Dance Competition



  • This is a solo, percussive folk dance competition with music provided by a live band.

  • Competition registration categories are as follows: Youth (up to 12yrs) Young Adult (13-30) Adult (31-65) and Senior (66 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.

  • 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.

    1. Golden Slippers

    2. Arkansas Traveler

    3. Sugar Hill

  • 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.

  • The competition will take place on the wooden floor in the dance barn (pictured below). No dancing on portable boards or plywood sheets will be necessary.


Difficulty and Variety of Steps: 25 Points

Timing: 25 Points

Natural Overall Presentation:25 Points

Authenticity of Style: 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.

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

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

Authenticity of style:
Is your dance style consistent with the standards and norms of the tradition you are presenting?



Cash and Gift Awards!

CategoryPrizes 1st / 2nd/ 3rd

Young Adult (13-30)$85 / $50 / $30

Adult (31-65)$85 / $50 / $30

Youth (12 and under)$85 / $50 / $30

Senior:66 and up)$85 / $50 / $30


Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the Compete page to register


  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