Welcome to this year’s Tap Fest for 2023, incorporating the Star Tap Awards.
ISTD members and students are invited to join us live, in person, for a full day of dance featuring; workshops for students and teachers led by industry experts and faculty members, sponsored by Bird College. Followed by our Star Tap Awards event for both our UK and international members to enter their students into a showcase of performances, sponsored by International Dance Supplies.
Learn something new and test your Tap skills in two, one-hour workshops and there’s even the opportunity for students to win a scholarship to the Bird College 2024 Summer School.
Entry/Eligibility for workshops
All workshop participants MUST be registered by an ISTD teacher.
STUDENTS: will be split into three groups, depending on current working level (which must be stipulated on the booking form). Student groups will be determined once ticket sales have closed and teachers will be notified in advance. All workshop participants must be studying at Grade 3 level and above.
TEACHERS: there will be one group of teachers taking part in a practical workshop.
Bird College has kindly donated 3 scholarships for their 2024 Summer School. These will be awarded to selected students attending the workshops by the workshop lecturers. This is subject to the student being of the minimum required age for the course, as stipulated by the college. If the required age has not been met then a theatre token will be arranged for the selected winner/s.
Winners will be announced after the workshops have concluded on the day of the event.
Star Tap Awards
Get ready to perform! Participants will showcase their solo dances and prizes will be awarded to a Winner, Runner up and Special Commendations in both the Junior and Senior categories. This event is designed to showcase talented young dancers from across the globe and winning participants may be selected to represent the Tap Faculty at future events.
Thanks to sponsorship from IDS/Dance Direct, Winners, Runners up and those receiving Special Commendations for the Star Tap Awards will receive prizes in the form of credit to spend online. Teachers of the winning candidate in each category will additionally receive online credit.
Winners will be announced after each section on the day of the event.
If a winning competitor is an international entry the teacher will be informed as soon as possible, via email.
Each competitor will receive a certificate of participation.
The adjudicator's and organiser's decisions are final and no correspondence regarding their decision will be permitted.
Entry/Eligibility: Star Tap Awards (UK and international)
The selection process is divided into two age group sections:
JUNIORS: 11yrs to 14yrs on 1 September 2023
SENIORS: 15yrs to 18yrs on 1 September 2023
Competitor's dances must not exceed 2 minutes in duration.
Smart class attire is permissible for participants when performing their solos. A small prop is permissible such as a hat or a cane.
Instructions for UK entries
Teachers will need to prepare pupils solos and, in the case of live attendees, all dance music must be upload to the ISTD secure Dropbox by 23:00 GMT Sunday 1 October 2023. A backup copy on a named USB flash drive should be brought to the event.
Teachers should upload music to the ISTD secure Dropbox via the link provided in the ticket confirmation email and the file should be named in the following ways:
A JotForm link to a media consent form will also be included on the booking confirmation email. Written consent must be obtained for all participants/competitors from parents/carers/guardians or the participant themselves if they are over 18 before taking part in the event.
Instructions for online entries (International only)
Teachers will need to prepare pupils solos and should upload videos to the ISTD secure Dropbox by 23:00 GMT on Sunday 24 September 2023.
Teachers should upload videos to the ISTD secure Dropbox via the link provided in the ticket confirmation email and the file should be named in the following ways:
Once the footage is transferred, this should be deleted from the teacher’s device and not stored.
Teachers should ensure their competitors are fully warmed up before recording the video/s so as to perform in a safe manner, which will not cause injury, ensuring the area chosen to dance in is suitable and clear from any obstructions.
Competitors' bodies and feet must be clearly visible on the recording throughout and video and audio quality should remain clear and consistent, with the taps being audible throughout. Please film in landscape format.
Anyone entering this event online does so at their own risk. The ISTD will not accept any responsibility for any injury.
A JotForm link to a media consent form will be included on the booking confirmation email. Written consent must be obtained for participants/competitors from parents/carers/guardians before taking part in the event/submitting recorded footage.
Terms and Conditions
All competitors for the Star Tap Awards must be entered by an ISTD teacher and have been trained at the ISTD School entering them for a minimum of 6 months, unless written permission is given by the previous principal.
Principals must ensure all teachers involved in preparing pupils for the Star Tap Awards are fully aware and understand the competition rules.
The Adjudicators’ decision is final, individual feedback will not be provided.
There is no maximum participant limit per teacher.
A media consent form must be completed by parents/carers/guardians confirming consent for any images/video footage taken during this event to be used for marketing and publicity purposes by the ISTD. Images and video footage may be kept and used by the Society for any promotional purposes for up to two years.
The ISTD accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or damage to you, persons around, your property or your identity.
The ISTD reserves the right to cancel or amend any session within this event and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the event will be notified to participants as soon as possible by the organiser.
The integrity of the teacher is relied upon to ensure that the rules are followed by all participants to enable the smooth running of the event.
No refunds are payable once a ticket has been purchased and payment received.
Upon submission of your application on the participant’s behalf you are agreeing to the criteria set above and to adhere to health and safety regulations and the competitor rules.
This event relies on a certain number of entries being received. If insufficient entries are received the event may not be viable and in this case entry fees will be returned. Participants must be made aware of this by their teacher in advance. If the event cannot take place teachers will be advised by email.
Funds raised at ISTD events support ISTD’s charitable aims of educating the public in the art of dancing and dance education.
Early Bird Ticket Opening Date - 29 May 2023
Early Bird Ticket Closing Date - 25 June 2023
Standard Ticket Closing Date - 17 September 2023
Earlybird Student Workshop Ticket - £32.00
Standard Student Workshop Ticket - £35.00
Earlybird Teacher Workshop Ticket - £32.00
Standard Teacher Workshop Ticket - £35.00
Earlybird Star Tap Awards Junior Competitor Entry - £20.00
Standard Star Tap Awards Junior Competitor entry - £23.00
Earlybird Star Tap Awards Senior Competitor entry - £20.00
Standard Star Tap Awards Senior Competitor entry - £23.00
Earlybird Online International Competitor entry - £15.00
Standard Online International Competitor entry - £20.00
Junior Star Tap Awards Audience Ticket - £12.50
Senior Star Tap Awards Audience Ticket - £12.50