Dance Writing Contest – 2014 Spring

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Callers & Choreographers

Deadline: May 15, 2014

First Prize: $100 Donation

2014 Spring Dance Writing Contest


Update: Judging is now underway. A winner will be announced soon!


$100 will be given to the Country Song and Dance Society (CDSS) in the name of the person that writes the best dance for the following tunes from the dance adventure Tales from the Red Book of Tunes.

All entrants have a chance to have their dances published in a forthcoming collection.

Contest sponsored by Wild Musette publishing.

Please download and print the flyer and distribute it at your local dance event!

About the Contest

There are some very talented people writing original folk dances in traditional styles. Some of these individuals are long-time choreographers and some are new callers. This contest aims to feature them all.

Having a dance matched perfectly to a piece of music can result in a thrilling dance experience. It was common in the past to have specific dances written for specific tunes, and this continues to be popular in some traditions today. This contest aims to develop dances specifically written for music from the book Tales from the Red Book of Tunes.

This contest is one in a planned series. Wild Musette hopes to publish the full set of dances and tunes as a complete work.

Dance writers of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

You can listen to the tunes on the individual story pages. Please note that these versions are played a little slow to aid musicians learning the tunes. They are normally played at dance tempo.

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Entry Form

To enter, copy the entire form below, fill in the details, and paste it in an email to contest@TylerJohnson.com.

You must include two dances, one for each tune.


Name:

Email:

Address:

Country:

Telephone:

Website (optional):

By submitting these dances I assert the following:

1. This is my original work.

2. I hereby grant to Wild Musette, LLC the non-exclusive, permanent, transferable, royalty-free right to publish this dance in any form, including print and electronic. I understand that I will receive no royalties, fees or payments.

Dance 1: A Carriage Works ——————————————————————

Style (contra, ECD, square, circle, other-please specify):

The dance:

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Notes about the dance:

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Dance 2: Bluets ——————————————————————

Style (contra, ECD, square, circle, other-please specify):

The dance:

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Contest Rules

  1. Entries will be judged on the following criteria
    • Overall fit of dance with the music
    • Danceability
    • Creativity
  2. Entrants should indicate the tradition/style of their dance:
    • Contra
    • English Country Dance
    • Square
    • Circle
    • Other
  3. Entrants may enter only once per contest.
  4. Previous contest winners and entrants are eligible to participate in this contest.
  5. No prize will be awarded if there are no entries.
  6. The winner will have $100 donated to the Country Dance and Song Society in their name. The winner will not receive any direct payment or prize money.
  7. No purchase is necessary to participate.
  8. The winner will be announced on www.TylerJohnson.com and related social media.
  9. Tyler Johnson will serve as the Final Judge for all submissions and will select the winner and winning dance. The Final Judge may consult with experts on technical issues. The Final Judge reserves the right to award no winners if entries are deemed insufficient.
  10. The Final Judge, consulted experts, and employees of Wild Musette publishing company are not eligible.
  11. Entrants retain copyright to their work and can publish it elsewhere. Entrants agree to allow their dances to be published by Wild Musette, through the publishing venue of its choice. Entrants understand that they will receive no royalties or compensation for publication.
  12. This contest is void where prohibited.

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