City of Plymouth Festival

2018 Festival of Dance, Speech & Drama, and Music.

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City of Plymouth Dance Festival Performer

The 104th City of Plymouth Dance Festival will take place from 21st to 29th July 2018 at the Muse Theatre, Lipson Co-operative Academy, Bernice Terrace, PL4 7PG.

We are pleased to announce that our Dance Adjudicator for 2018 is:

Geoff Lucas

Over the past 30 years Geoff has had a varied career with highlights being in the musicals Cats, Heathcliff, A Chorus Line, Godspell, Divorce Me Darling and many more! As a singer he was a member of the international harmony group Stutz Bear Cats for several years! He regularly guest lectures for major dance associations and also runs the school Elwick Academy started by his mother 62 years ago!

As an adjudicator he works for both The British and International Federation of Festivals and All England Dance. He is based in London but also works in the North East on a weekly basis.

The Festival Experience

The festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers participants the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.
The adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance which includes: technique; presentation; musicality; costume; make up and entrances and exits.

A Second Performance Area

The City of Plymouth Festival is very lucky to have the use of a second performance area and are committed to offering all entries a chance to perform at our festival.
Having received so many entries last year, it was necessary for the festival to engage a second adjudicator and provide performers with a second performance area. The only alternative to this was to cancel nearly a quarter of all entries. This was something we were not prepared to do.

Should the number of entries received this year be as high at last year we will not turn dancers away but will engage a second adjudicator and use the dance studio as a second performance area.

We are proud that the City of Plymouth is a festival for all and will take every step to ensure everyone enjoys their experience.

The 2018 Dance Syllabus

The 2018 syllabus can be accessed from this page. A quick reference to the key points regarding the 2018 Dance Festival are outlined below and can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the syllabus.

Age to Determine Class

Over the last few years we have worked to make classes age specific for the majority of dancers. Not only does this reduce the size of classes but also enables children to dance in their age group and for more individuals to have the satisfaction of being placed and winning a medal.

If the age limit should cause any issues, for a particular child performing in a group dance, please contact the festival organiser Cheryl Pyner, with details of your particular concern.

Time Limits

To make it easier for Teachers, we have adopted the All England Dance required time limits for dances. The new timings will also bring Plymouth in line with both the Exeter Festival and The Torbay and South West of England Festival. Time limits can be found on page 11 of the syllabus.

Time limits for dances will be timed and should not be exceeded. As last year, times will be checked from the first note or word of the music, or – if it should occur first – the first movement of the dancer to the dancer’s last movement at the completion of the dance. A musical exit may be included on the recording, provided it falls within the time limit.

The 2018 Syllabus

2017 saw the introduction of age group classes for Tap Duets, Tap Groups and a combined class for Contemporary and Lyrical Groups. Novice Lyrical Classes for dancers from 7 years of age were also introduced.

Apart from the reintroduction of Scottish Dance and Mime Classes there are no new classes for the 2018 Dance Festival.
However, we are open to discuss the possibility of additional classes that are not already included. Please contact our dance festival organiser Cheryl Pyner to discuss the possibility no later than Sunday 22nd April 2018.


May we remind you that music needs to be on a CD that is ready to play. Only one track should be on the CD and tracks must be MP3 format. It should be marked with the competitor’s name, class and the number they are dancing (permanent marker pen is best for doing this).

Please remember that CDs should be of a high quality and that it is highly recommended a spare copy is available, just in case!
More information regarding music can be found on page 11 of the Syllabus.