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MAY 12, 2012 CELEBRATION 7am-12am

OFFICIAL 2012 NATIONAL TRAIN DAY STORE

May 8, 2010
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Competitive Dance:
"Is a popular, widespread activity in which competitors perform dances in any of several permitted dance styles. Defined as acro, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, and tap—before a common group of judges. This is in contrast with other activities that involve competition among dancers based on purpose, or specific dance style, such as pom squad, ballroom, sequence, latin, ceremonial, and highland dance."

The couples contest will have four (4) divisions of Classic Format Competition:

Division II
Division III
Division IV

The Classic format should demonstrate the basic character of the specified dance:

Division I

The Showcase format should establish the basic character of the dance.

Division I music is pre–released no later than six (6) months prior to the competition. This will allow for pre–planned choreography and embellishment of “signature” aspects of the song.

Couples may enter the division of their choice within the following guidelines:

  • Couples whose partners have different divisional levels may dance no lower than one division below the highest “rated” partner.

  • Any individual dancer who is the first place overall winner at "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" competing against at least two (2) other couples (for a total of three (3) couples) must dance at the next higher level in future "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" competition.

    Dancers are not required to progress to the next divisional level if they win overall with two (2) or fewer couples competing; however, they may progress to the next level if they choose. If a dancer chooses to advance to the next divisional level, they may not go back to the previous division.





  • Contestants are reminded to stay away from tracks, moving trains, yards, railroad structures as in: bridges, trestles, towers, signals, wires, rail equipment and the railroad right-of-way.

    Contestants must not trespass on railroad property or on private property adjacent to the railroad. Obtain permission first.

    Stay in public access areas such as stations,rail crossings, sidewalks, buildings. highway bridges, parking lots, highways, overpasses, national forest & parks, state/city public parks and public waterfront area. Obtain permission if accessins private property.

    All participants agree to assume the risk of harm and release Amtrak, Amtrak Cascades, Sound Transit, ATD LINES, National Train Day Assocation and All Operating Railways from all liability for personal injury and loss of property.

    Contestants are reminded that railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property and that trespassers are subject to arrest and fines.

    Some stations served by Amtrak, Amtrak Cascades, Sound Transit Trains and Operating Railways require advance permission for Contestants.

    Always obey all contest, railway rules and Federal-Regional-State-Local Laws.

    Always be safe and use common sense. As much of railroad property is not fenced, nor are property lines marked, thus difficult to determine where railroad property begins & ends.




    ELIGIBILITY

    DIVISION I: ADVANCED
    a. Division I will be a Showcase format.

    DIVISION II: INTERMEDIATE
    a. Cannot be or have been a professional dancer.

    DIVISION III: BEGINNER
    a. May not have taught anything above basic jazz couple dancing. Basic is defined as beginning footwork or patterns.
    b. Cannot be or have been a professional dancer.
    c. Cannot have been a judge in an "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" qualifying couples dance competition more than three times.

    DIVISION IV: FIRST TIME
    a. Cannot have taught jazz couple dancing.
    b. Cannot be or have been a professional dancer.
    c. Cannot have been a judge in an "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" qualifying couples dance competition more than three times.
    d. Prior "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" competitors cannot compete in this division.

    BEGINNER DIVISION
    a. Cannot have taught jazz dancing.
    b. Cannot be or have been a professional dancer.
    c. Cannot be or have been a judge in an "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" qualifying dance competition more than three times.

    INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
    a. May have taught jazz dancing.
    b. Cannot be or have been a professional dancer.
    c. May have been a judge in an "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" qualifying dance competition more than three times.

    ADVANCED DIVISION
    a. May have taught jazz dancing.
    b. May have been a professional dancer.
    c. May have been a judge in an "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" qualifying dance competition more than three times.





    DANCE TEAMS

    This category is to be considered “Open” for teams, consisting of at least three (3) members, desiring to perform routines.

    Teams will be judged based on originality, choreography, execution and entertainment value.





    HOW TO ENTER
    COMPLETE APPLICATION REGISTRATION FORM

    Provide all requested information in the required fields contained in the entry registration form, submit email entry form, and attach at least one(1) current Dancer's Photograph.

    Any improperly submitted registrations will be RETURNED VOID.

  • Submitted Washington State Dancer's photograph may not be digitally altered, otherwise enhanced or altered.

  • Any Dancer's photograph found to be altered will be disqualified from winning.

  • Entrant must be the owner of the photograph, or the right to submit the photograph.
  • Emailed entries will be accepted, a hard print must be entered by dealine date.
  • All entries must be received by announced deadlines.
  • Postal Mail: enter deadline date.

    (b) Six(6) valid Dancer's Photographs maybe submited,

    (c) Included check or a money order made payable to National Train Day Association,"SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", in the amount of $100 per photograph entered or Maxium of $600 for six valid photographs.

    Mail-in processing to:
    National Train Day Association, "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST"
    (Mailing Address: Will Be announce later)

    NOTE: Any Dancer's Photographs submitted by "Postal Mail or Email" will NOT be returned.

    In the event that you do not:

    (i) Provide full registration information;
    (ii) Provide a valid Dancer's Photograph; or
    (iii) Submit check or a money order Payment of $100.00 per photograph entered or Maxium of $600 for Six valid photographs processing fee with a valid form, your entry will be VOID and you will not be entered into the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST". All entries must be received by the deadline date to be eligible to win the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST".

    Each entrant will be entered into the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" in which he or she submits his or her registration information, unless otherwise notified.





  • PROFESSIONAL DANCER

    . A professional dancer shall be defined as an individual earning 50% or more of their income from dance.





    AWARDS

    Computation of scores in each dance category and for overall score will be determined by the total score of all judges.

    Ribbons will be presented to the first three (3) places in each division of competition.

    In the event of a tie, equal ribbons shall be presented (e.g. if there is a tie for first (1st) place, two (2) first places shall be awarded; second (2nd) place shall be dropped, and third (3) place shall be awarded).

    Likewise, for second (2nd) place, dropping third (3rd) place; if there is a tie for third (3rd) place, two (2) third places shall be presented.

    Buckles will be presented to each member of the couple for overall best score in each couples division. Buckles will be presented for overall best score in Individual Line Dance Divisions.

    One trophy will be presented to best scoring Dance Team, and individual awards will be presented to each winning team member (i.e. certificates, ribbons, etc.).

    The announcement of awards shall be as soon as possible after the last dance of the competition.

    Final awards shall be delivered to the winners no later than 60 days after the contest.





    PROMOTION

    From time to time, "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" may run a promotion with respect to Event Promotions and "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Marketing.





    WINNER PROMOTIONS

    From time to time, "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" may run a winner promotion with respect to promote the contest winner. This promotion is limited to first place contest winner, regardless of the Contest Year.





    PUBLISHING

    Contestants who reach the finalist stage of the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" may have their photos selected for publishing in various railway, photography, jazz or dance magizines, other railway publications and collection. This selection in no way affects your chances of winning the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", or means that you have won the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST". There will be no royalties paid to dancers whose photos are published. "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Committe reserve the right not to publish a dancer's photograph for any reason.





    DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" may use demographic information to increase promotions of the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page to the interests of its contestants, sponsors, advertisers and railway publications, railway photograpy and jazz dance publications. Demographic information is shared with the appropriate railway industry audience.





    ANNUAL COMPETITION

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" is an annual event starting the first weekend in May. "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" begins on the first day after the event ends, with a winning dancers selected.





    WINNING ODDS

    The winning odds in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" are governed by:

    A panel of five (5) judges consisting of either dance instructors, professional dancers, or dancers with competition experience shall be used.

    All judges agree to judge in an impartial manner. Any conflict of interest shall be reported to and resolved by the contest coordinator.





    CONTEST FORMAT

    There shall be a contestants meeting held prior to the beginning of the dance competition for the purposes of reviewing contest format and rules, drawing of running order, approval of dance floor, and announcement of music selections. Music selections shall be played at the contestants’ meeting. A majority ruling of dance contestants shall validate use of the existing surface and the compliance to the rules of the selected music. In the event a music selection is found to violate the rules, a suitable replacement will be located. The Dance Contest Coordinator shall have the final decision to continue the dance competition after all possible efforts on the part of the hosting association and facility have been made to correct any/all objectionable portions of the surface and/or replace objectionable music. Warm up time shall be scheduled on the competition floor no later than the day of the contest.

    The dance floor shall be made of wood with a size no less than 20 feet by 20 feet. If a dance floor of an appropriate size cannot be found, the hosting association may apply for a variance. All contestants will be informed of the variance upon application for the contest.

    No more than three (3) couples at a time competing on the dance floor.

    Couples must dance a two–step, waltz, and free–style to qualify for placement overall. Line dancers must dance all three line dances to qualify for placement overall. Competitors may enter fewer events; however, by doing so, they will not be considered for placement in the overall competition.

    Music for Division I will be selected by the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Dance Committee and will be released no later than six (6) months prior to the competition. Music for Divisions II, III, and IV will be selected by the Dance Chair from a list of possible songs prepared in advance by the Dance Committee. The music for Divisions II, III, and IV will be released the day of the contest no later than the contestant meeting.

    The style must be two–step. Variations in the dance are allowed as long as the character of the dance remains intact.

    No lifts, drops, aerials, or acrobatic moves are allowed.

    The same selection of music shall be played for all heats of the same division. Judges’ choice of music shall be of the appropriate music style and adhere to the following beats per minutes (BPM) guidelines: 160–200 BPM.

    Music will be played for a maximum of 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Music may be faded out anytime after 2 minutes.





    TAXATION

    Any United States federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of each winner.

    The determination of liability for United States federal, state and/or local taxes that may arise out of the contestant's participation in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", the contestant's receipt of any prizes, and the payment of any such tax liability, shall be the sole responsibility of the contestant.

    However, United States federal, state and/or local law impose any tax reporting or filing obligations on "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" arising out of the contestant's participation in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", the contestant's receipt of any prizes, the contestant agrees to timely provide "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" with any information that is reasonably necessary for Seattle National Train Day, Golden Spike Photo Contest to comply with any such reporting or filing obligations.

    In addition, should United States federal, state or local law impose any tax withholding obligation on "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" with respect to contestan's receipt of any prizes, the contestant agrees to such withholding and shall timely provide any information to "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" as may be required for "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" to accomplish such withholding.





    TERMS

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any dancer.

    No inappropriate, indecent or obscene dancing may be preformed to "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" for entry into the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" or submitted for display on the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page.

    Visitors to the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page may notify "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" through the "Email Us" button of any dancer's photographs or captions that appear to violate these Official Rules.

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" will use its best efforts to exclude any such dancer's photographs or captions; however, "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" is not a publisher of the dancer's photographs; it is merely providing a forum for the display of these dancer's photographs for public viewing of performers purposes and, therefore, "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" expressly disclaims any and all liability associated with the display of any of the dancer's photographs on the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page.

    There must be at least four hundred(200) entries for a "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" to be valid. (Prize To Be Announced At Later Date) and will not be increased.

    If an contestant's entry has expired but dancer's photograph remains on the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page, the photograph and the entrant is not eligible to win the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" for that event year unless the contestant reenters the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" by reactivating his/her account.





    PRIVACY STATEMENT





    REPRESENTATIONS-WARRANTIES

    Contestant represents and warrants to "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its affiliates, advertising and sponsors that:

    (a). Contestant is over eighteen(18) years of age and a legal resident of the U.S. or the District of Columbia;
    (b). Contestant is the parent, legal guardian or a grandparent with consent from the parent or legal guardian of a person under the age eighteen(18) whom is participating in "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST";
    (c). Contestant has all of the rights and authority necessary to submit the dancer's photograph(s) for entry in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" in compliance with these Official Rules, including the right to publish the photograph, and the right to grant the Promotion Release set forth herein below;
    (d). The publication of the dancer's photograph(s) will not infringe on the rights of any third party;
    (e). The dancer's photograph submitted has not been digitally, or otherwise, altered;
    (f). Contestant has read the Privacy Policy and agrees to its terms and conditions in their entirety.





    WINNERS LIST

    List of winners, will be posted on "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page Archives.





    CHAPTER CONTEST & RELEASE

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" excluding residents of other States, where otherwise prohibited by law, by submitting an entry, submitting a dancer's photograph(s) and participating in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", contestant, for him/herself and on behalf of the another, irrevocably transfers, grants and assigns to "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its affiliates and its respective successors, assigns, and licensees, the right National Train Day Association and in perpetuity, to use the name, likeness, image and photographs, including any reproductions of same, in any and all media including, without limitation, use on the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Page in connection with the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" or other promotions and for any advertising or promotional purposes, without additional compensation,and releases "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" and any entity acting on behalf of "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" from any liability with respect thereto.

    Each State in Unitied State, has established a National Train Day Association Chapter, to which each Charpter and it affiliate local rail line community Charpter's has its own "NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" within that State's Chapter or affiliate local rail line community city or town participating in National Train Day Events or Celebrations. As such National Train Day Association hold the rights to establish, organize and administrate each Chapters National Train Day Photographic Contest.

    NATIONAL TRAIN DAY ASSOCIATION MEMBERS, May participate in any "NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST"





    RELEASE OF LIABILITY

    To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, contestant, for him/herself, agrees that "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its affiliates, chapters employees, members, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, its respective successors, assigns, agencies and licensees shall not be liable for any personal injury, death, loss or damage of any kind or any other causes of action or claims related to contestant's participation in this "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" or acceptance or use of the prizes awarded including, without limitation, any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.

    If, for any reason, the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" or any portion thereof is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by virus, bugs, worms, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", S"SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend any Annual "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" or any part of any monthly Contest, and select the winner for the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" from the entries received prior to the action taken or in other such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST".





    GENERAL CONDITIONS

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its affiliates and its Chapters, employees, members, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, its respective successors, assigns, gencies and licensees are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified, or for other problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human or electronic, whatever the cause.

    Only fully completed entry forms actually received by "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" are eligible for "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" entry. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST". "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" sole responsibility for any irregular entry is replacement with another entry in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST".

    If a potential winning entry is made by Internet, that potential winner may be required to provide "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the registration information associated with the potential winning entry.





    GOVERNING LAW

    To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, these Official Rules shall be interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to conflicts of law principles.

    To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, should a dispute arise concerning the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" and/or terms and conditions of these Official Rules, or the breach of same by any party hereto, the parties agree to submit their dispute for resolution by arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in Seattle, Washington State, in accordance with the then current Commercial Arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association.

    Any award rendered shall be final and conclusive to the parties and a judgment thereon may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

    Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude any party from seeking injunctive relief in order to protect its rights pending an outcome in arbitration.

    To the extent permitted by law, Contestant agree that you will not bring, join or participate in any class action lawsuit as to any claim, dispute or controversy that you may have against "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", as well as its legal representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, chapters, agencies and their respective members, officers, directors, employees and agents with respect to the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST".

    Contestant agree to the entry of injunctive relief to stop such a lawsuit or to remove you as a participant in the suit. Contestant agree to pay the attorney's fees and court costs that "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" incurs in seeking such relief.

    This provision preventing you from bringing, joining or participating in class action lawsuits:

    (a). Does not constitute a waiver of any of your rights and remedies to pursue a claim individually and not as a class action in binding arbitration as provided above;
    (b). Is an independent agreement.

    Should any part of these Official Rules be held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed consistent with applicable law and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.





    DISQUALIFICATION

    "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its legal representatives, chapters, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies and its members, officers, directors, employees and agents, are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer transmissions or technical failure, lost online entries, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic.

    Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", as solely determined by "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", will be disqualified.

    If disqualified for any of the above reasons, "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" reserves the right to terminate conteatant's eligibility to participate in the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST".





    INDEMNIFICATION

    Contestant's agree to release, indemnify and hold "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its chapters, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective members, officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, licensors, suppliers, co-branders, attorneys and/or other partners, harmless from and against any and all claims,expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees, costs and settlement costs), damages, suits, costs, demands and/or judgments whatsoever, made by any third party due to or arising out of:

    (a) Contestant's use of the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" and/or the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Pages;
    (b). Contestant's breach of these Official Rules;
    (c). Contestant violation of any rights of another individual and/or entity.

    The provisions of this paragraph are for the benefit of "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", its charpters, subsidiaries and/or affiliates, and each of their respective members, officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, licensors, suppliers, co-branders, attorneys and/or other partners.

    Each of these individuals and entities shall have the right to assert and enforce these provisions directly against Contestant on its own behalf.





    LEGAL WARNING

    Any attempt by any individual, whether or not an contestant, to damage, destroy, tamper with or vandalize the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" or "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Web-Pages, or otherwise interfere with the operation of the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST", is a violation of criminal and civil law and "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" and National Train Day Association will diligently pursue any and all remedies in this regard against any offending individual or entity to the fullest extent permissible by law and in equity.





    STOMPS & RAGS
    Music for Division I will be selected by the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Committee and will be released no later than six (6) months prior to the competition.

    Music for Divisions II, III, and IV will be selected by the Dance Chair from a list of possible songs prepared in advance by the Dance Committee.

    The music for Divisions II, III, and IV will be released the day of the contest no later than the contestant meeting.

    Variations in the dance are allowed as long as the character of the dance remains intact.

    No lifts, drops, aerials, or acrobatic moves are allowed.

    The same selection of music shall be played for all heats of the same division. Judges’ choice of music for Divisions II, III, and IV shall be of the appropriate music style and adhere to the following beats per minute (BPM) guidelines: 88–102 BPM.

    Music will be played for a maximum of 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Music may be faded out anytime after 2 minutes.





    FREE STYLE

    Each couple will dance to a free–style selection of their choice any jazz dance and anything goes. Lifts, drops, aerials, and acrobatic moves are allowed in this routine.

  • Couples selection of chosen routines should be MP3 or compact disc (CD/CDR) format.

  • Couples selection maximum length is four (4) minutes. Couples will receive zero (0) points if selection length exceeds time limit.

  • Individual dancers shall be selected by the "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Committee and will be released no later than six (6) months prior to the competition and said information shall be communicated to all Associations.





  • DANCE TEAMS

  • Each team shall have 4 to 10 minutes, entrance and exit inclusive, to execute their routine.

  • Neither alteration of house lights nor use of non–dance personnel is allowed.

  • flirtatious moves are acceptable, overt sexual, vulgar or crude dance positions are inappropriate.

  • Props are allowed. They are defined as small handheld or worn objects that can be appropriately revealed, utilized, and retained.

  • In other words, start with an empty floor, leave with an empty floor.





  • JAZZ DRESS STYLE

    Contestants will compete in Jazz Dress or Costume Style of Fashions:

  • Footwear will be Jazz style Shoes.

  • A Jazz Style hat is required to be worn by at least one (1) partner of each couple.

  • Loss of hat during competition shall result in no scoring until the hat is retrieved.

    a. Other couples on the dance floor will not be penalized during the time the obstruction is on the floor.

    b. If the obstruction severely affects the other couples, the judges may call a rerun of the heat.





  • DANCE STYLE

    Universally understood jazz dance floor etiquette should be adhered to at all times during the competition, respective to the particular dance category. Categories include the “smooth” dances of two–step and the “rhythm” dances consisting of various types of swing.

    Progression in “smooth” dances should be counter– clockwise around the periphery of the specified “dance arena” strictly adhering to the rules of etiquette regarding the “fast–lane”, “slow–lane”, and “spotlight” areas of the competition floor.

    Progression in “rhythm” dances must be directed so as not to flagrantly interfere with the dance “space” of other couples, as determined by their starting positions within the “dance arena”.

    Each flagrant infraction of dance floor etiquette (one that causes a collision of couples or one that severely interferes with another couple’s performance) may be cause to be dropped one placement point on all judges’ ballots for the offending couple for that particular dance category in which the infraction occurs.

    Lifts, drops, aerials, and acrobatic moves are not allowed except in the free–style category. Any such move will be cause for scoring one placement drop on all judges’ ballots for the offending couple for that particular dance category:

    a. A LIFT shall be described as any move where both feet of one partner are off the floor and the other partner supports the weight.

    b. A DROP will be described as any move where the head and torso of one partner is entirely below the waist level of the other partner and the other partner supports weight.

    c. An AERIAL will be described as any move where one partner independently brings both feet off the floor and one foot is above either partner’s shoulder level or booth feet are above either partner’s waist level.

    d. An ACROBATIC will be described as any move where one person independently passes his/her foot, leg, or body over and across the plane of one’s own partner’s head, or passes his/her body under or through the legs of the other partner.

    e. Exaggerated moves that marginally approach the parameters of the above criteria may be subject to severe point loss at the judge’s discretion.

    Allowable moves are defined as:

    a. Leans, dips or leverage moves where one partner supports some, but not all of the partner and the partner is not “lifted” or “dropped”.

    b. Develop leg lifts or kicks where one partner’s foot rises above the level his/her partner’s head.

    Re–Runs. Dance contestants will be allowed to begin their dance routine again in any category because of equipment failure.

  • It is the responsibility of the dance couple to ensure that their media is not defective. No repeat performance will be allowed for defective media.

  • In the event of a re–run, the re–run will occur at the end of that division heat. If there is only one couple competing in that heat, then the re–run will take place at the end of the next division heat.

    The following categories are intended to outline basic step patterns and do not include the many possible variations created by rhythm breaks and syncopations.

  • A rhythm break or variation occurs when basic rhythm pattern is altered by extending or changing the basic rhythm count.

  • A syncopation occurs when any step places the accent between beats of the music. Rhythm breaks and syncopations of appropriate duration will be allowed to accomplish turns and movements as long as basic styling, appropriate to the dance category, is maintained throughout all variations. All dances, including rhythm breaks and syncopations, should include identifiable lead and follow technique with continuity of movement, variety of dance positions and appropriate footwork in joined partnership (except for a specific move such as a free spin) throughout the entire routine. Two Step. Must be two–step. Any two–step pattern using six counts of music (slow– hold–slow–hold–quick–quick, counted as 1–3–5–6; or quick–quick–slow–hold–slow–hold, counted as 1–2–3–5).

  • Any slow pattern (1,2,3,4,5,6) may be used that has a generally forward progression and accents counts 1 and 4; any move that temporarily slows forward motion will be performed toward the center of the floor. Proper rise and fall technique should be shown t roughouth the dance.

  • Free Style jazz dance, anything goes. Music selection, because it is done by the contestants, becomes a judge able item. Couples using non–jazz music will be subject to a drop in placement at the judges’ discretion. Performance music that is jazz in arrangement or theme and is performed by a jazz artist or band is appropriate.

    Orchestrated music that is also Jazz in theme is appropriate. Top “40” pop jazz music sung by a jazz artist or band is generally accepted if it has passed from the pop charts the jazz charts. Weekly national known jazz music charts may be used as appropriate guides to music selection.

    The "SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" Committee will select dances, which will be released and posted to the"SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ TRAIN DANCE CONTEST" website no later than six (6) months prior to the competition.

    The song will be placed for six (6) rotations.

    All dancers must dance with the line dance for two (2) rotations at the beginning with no variations. After that time, they may introduce variations, as long as the direction of the dance does not change. A 5,6,7,8 (or 4,5,6 if applicable) audible countdown shall be made to count the start of the line dance.





  • JUDGING

    The following judging criteria will be used for each dance shall be scored as follows:

    CONTENT

  • Variety of dance positions, dance movements, and/or combinations as appropriate to the specific dance.

  • Difficulty of dance movements and/or combinations from one dance position or alignment to another.

  • Uniqueness or originality of dance movements and/or combinations from one dance position or alignment to another, to include presentation of dance position.

  • Continuity of dance movements and/or combinations to either interpret dance theme and music, or to demonstrate dance control. This refers to exceptional phrasing, which includes spontaneous adjustments of dance pattern for irregularly phrased musical selections.

    EXECUTION

  • Basic pattern, rhythm, timing, and initial phrasing between partners and to the selected music. For correctly phrased musical selections, phrasing may be shifted for momentary variation, but generally should be maintained throughout the specific dance.

  • Proper performance of footwork, hand, head, arm, and body movements through dance variations; to include balance and centering through executed movements.

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  • Alignment, framework, and proper presentation of dance positions; to include smoothness of follow–through from movement into position; to demonstrate properly initiated lead and follow technique from position into movement.

    STYLE

  • Artistic interpretation and choreography projected through dance movement as it relates to the selected music and the specified dance category.

  • Attentiveness, enthusiasm, enjoyment of the dance, and general good partnership as perceived through appropriate presentation of lead and follow roles.

  • Flair and accent of dance movement, generating an atmosphere and instilling a mood appropriate to the specific dance category.

  • Coordinated appearance appropriate to Country/Western competition attire and the specific dance category; posture, grooming, and use of costume as it compliments the contestants and their projected dance style.

    Contestants must be ready to perform when scheduled and/or called or shall be scored no show with zero (0) placement for that category.

    Judging Criteria. Judging will be done on a “Relative Placement System”. Each judge will issue a 1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th , etc. placement. Final placement will be determined by absolute majority of placements. For example, with a panel of five judges, the 1st place winner must have 3, 4 or 5 1st place votes. If no couple has an absolute majority of 1st place votes, the number of 1st –2nd place votes for each couple is counted. If no couple has the absolute majority of 1st –2nd place votes, the 1st –3rd place votes are counted and so on until a first place winner is selected. 2nd place is done the same way beginning with counting the number of 2 place votes and 3rd place the same.

    All video recording equipment and photographic cameras shall be registered upon entry to the dance facility and are subject to any/all restrictions placed upon the owners of such equipment by Dance Contest Coordinator.

    Contestants, in conjunction with the contest coordinator, shall designate area(s) for use of such equipment. All possible efforts shall be made by the contest coordinator to announce if a couple requests not to be photographed.






  • STAGE LAYOUT

    SEATTLE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY JAZZ PERFORMANCE STAGE DISCREPTION:

  • 2 Passnger Baggage Car make up the "Backage Stage A & B"
  • All Power requirement are managed in Backage Stage A
  • All Delveries are from Walkway-Side
  • All Performers enter from Walkway Side




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