European Samba Queen Championships in London 2020
A panel of judges will judge each entry based on the criteria of each category. Judges panel consists of independent and creditable professionals from the commercial dance industry, teachers, choreographers, adjudicators to remain unbiased non political.
The judging of each entry will be based on the corresponding
criteria for their category.
The European Samba Chamionships pride itself on a fair and unbiased marking system, where nationality, color, size, political orientation, religion, background does not pay any role.
The Judging panel will score each entry out of 100 points
In the event of a tie, the highest technical score will win.
Minimum 1 year Samba experience (unpaid performance experience)
Currently working (or has previously worked) as a Samba instructor and/or paid performer
SOLO DANCER - 1 dancer only
SMALL GROUPS: 2-4 dancers
LARGE GROUPS: 5+ dancers
In case of not more then 2 groups sign up for each category ( small or large group category), all groups will be combined into 1 group category only.
Solo Entry Judging Criteria:
Solo participants will have to get ready for 2 entries:
1. Freestyle to Live batucada : 1 minute slow, 1 minute fast
2. Present their own choreography to their own music, up to 2 min long. ( this can be to a medley music, any music, but at least 30 seconds samba drums in it. Or a remix of samba. Here you get a chance to show your UNIQUNESS, your own style and creativity. your own interpretation )
MUSICALITY and EXPRESSION:
Total 20 points
emphasis of accents,
control of movement.
Mastery of basic samba no pe steps, clear demonstration with elegance, clean elegant footwork, body work, hip action, isolation and arms. Core stability, posture, balance, strength, control of movement, arms, hip movement, body movement, lines, timing.
CREATIVITY : 20 points
Overall footwork variation, body movement, fluidity, sharpness, stability, creativity, originality, uniqueness
ENTERTAINING /AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT FACTOR, STAGE PRESENCE: 20 points
Lots of charisma, stage ownership and audience engagement, confidence, playfulness, excitement
COSTUME and PRESENTATION:
Please note! : as we would like to promote fairness globally, including fighting against animal cruelty, we would like to introduce a NON FEATHER competition. Therefore costumes with feathers will be not accepted.
Group Entry Judging Criteria:
Choreography to own (recorded) music (between 3-4min choreo)
CREATIVITY OF CHOREOGRAPHY: 20 points
display of clear basic samba steps within a creative music and movements, footwork, showcase originality and unique flavor in music as well as in choreography, creativity in formation.
MUSICALITY: 20 points
Ability to interpret the chosen music, phrases, accents, sections and beats of the song.
SYNCHRONIZATION/TEAMWORK/FORMATION: 30 points
Ability to work and connect as a team, including cleanliness and being in sync to the music, formations,
transitions and choreography.
TECHNIQUE and DIFFICULTY: 20 points
Mastery of the basic Samba No Pe step, arms, hip movements and
Timing, posture, stability, accuracy of positions
Footwork combos, lines, cleanliness, balance and body
COSTUMES* and PRESENTATION
Visual effect in line with choreography, overall group presence, energy, entertainment factor. NON FEATHER COMPETITION
please note: We are promoters of the samba dance and art however we are also strongly against ANIMAL CRUELTY.
We understand this might be difficult to understand as samba is closely related to feathers in the minds of many.
Brazilian Carnival contributes to animal cruelty due to the feather industry more then any other real fur industry, therefore we would like to promote stopping animal cruelty and promote samba purely as an art, joy and peaceful , happy activity. It is about the dance and birds do not need to suffer to make our costumes outstanding.
"WE DON't NEED TO STEEL OTHERS FEATHERS FOR US TO SHINE. WE ARE UNIQUE AND WE ARE ENOUGH"