Video recording requirements for the Finals

  • No dance titles, dancers’ names, school name or any text should be visible or added to the video. 
  • No video recordings from any other competition may be used if the name or branding of the competition is visible, except videos from an official DWC qualifier may be used.
  • Videos must be filmed continuously, without stopping, editing or cutting. Edited videos or videos with any special effects will not be accepted. 
  • Videos must be recorded in a studio, hall or in a theatre.
  • The background shall be as neutral as possible, without any logos, name of the school, posters, banners, etc. Except where recorded at an official DWC qualifier. 
  • Videos must be filmed in landscape (horizontal).
  • The video must be filmed from the front, preferably with a camera on a tripod that can follow the dancer’s movements (panning left or right).
  • The camera may zoom in and out to have the dancers in full shot. Having a closer full frame shot of the dancers while not cutting them off is preferred compared to a wide angle shot with the dancers far away and difficult to see. No special effects are allowed.
  • The full body view of the dancer from beginning to end of filming must be seen, dancer’s feet must be visible at all times. Ensure that all dancers in a duet/trio, quartet or group are always visible. 
  • Recording should be done in a well-lit area so that the dancer’s facial expression, feet, hands and all movements can be clearly seen.
  • White light is preffered and the best for judges to see the dancers clearly. No moving lights or lights changing colour with effects may be used.
  • The use of a tripod is strongly recommended to ensure a stable image.
  • Filming in front of an open window during daylight must be avoided so there are no shades on the dancers. Lights shining from the back of the dancers to be avoided. 
  • Teachers or any voices should not be heard during the recording, and no one should be visible in the video except the dancer who is performing. 
  • Dancer to wear costume or adequate dance wear with light stage makeup. 
  • Ensure the sound/music is close enough to the camera so that it is clear. Adding of the music to the recording afterwards is allowed and preferred.
  • Videos must be in MPEG-4 (MP4) format and no larger than 500MB. Video resolution of 1080p is recommended, minimum is 720p.
  • No intro or outros should be added to the video.
  • Please adhere to the time limits allowed for each dance as per the DWC rules 2021. Videos over the time limit will not be accepted.