Terms and Conditions
- Attendance and Participation: The organiser accepts no responsibility for any loss or injury to persons or possessions as a result of, attendance at, or participation in the event.
- Contract conditions: The booking form is a contract between CD Training Ltd and the lead name only, and they as group leader are responsible for advising their guests on all issues relating to the booking.
- Late Bookings: Do not send any postal bookings within a week of the event. After this date, book on line or telephone the Champs Hotline mobile number 07914 224 799.
- On-line Bookings: All on-line bookings are processed by Barclaycard Merchant Services for your security.
- Confirmation: An automated confirmation of your booking will be forwarded to you as a receipt by email.
- Changes to the Event Content and Format: The organisers reserve the right to amend or alter any information they have published or may publish from time to time in the future, in connection with this event. The actual schedule and heats listings will be uploaded onto the website just a couple of days before the event if possible. Otherwise the schedule for the event will be handed to you at the event when you arrive and the heats listings will be displayed in the dance arena.
- Category Entry: Entry to most categories will be closed 2 days before the event. Entries received after this date may be refused however where there is capacity in any category, entry to that will be accepted on the day of competition as long as entry is made and accepted BEFORE the start of any heat of that category. Any categories under subscribed at the two day before the event point may be cancelled, in which case all entries for that category will be contacted and refunded.
- Judging: The judges’ decision is final. Score sheets or other evidence of marks is not made available for review.
- Competition Participation: It is the competitors responsibility to check the competition category rules, the heats listings and schedule for the timings of your heats and be ready on the dance floor with your partner, dance numbers fixed securely in position, on time to partake in your heat. The organisers cannot be held responsible if you miss your heat. If you have any queries about the timings of the event, the schedule or the heats please clarify your queries at the information desk.
- Disclaimer: Dancing is an aerobic activity and all attendees at this event participate at their own risk. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury resulting from participation at this event.
- Pets: Animals are not allowed at this event.
- Age Limit: This event is open to anyone over the age of 12 years of age. Any one under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who acting as their chaperone will be held responsible for the propriety of the minor. Competition entry ages are as per the individual competition category rules.
- Filming and Photographs:
Anyone attending this event agrees that they can be filmed or may appear in photographs which may be used for promotional purposes. There will be an official DVD produced by the organizers that can be pre-purchased at the event or purchased on-line after the event by visiting www.ceroc.com/dvd. No other filming is allowed at this event. There is not an official photographer at the event apart for the winners photos for the website. Attendees are allowed to take photos but any personal photographs taken are for your own use and cannot be sold or distributed for profit. No one is allowed on the competition dance floor apart from competitors during their heat, judges and officials.
- Security: The event is supervised by SIA qualified security personnel and by attending the event you agree to comply with any reasonable request from official security personnel.
- Cancellations: 80% refund if cancelled up to 3 months before the event. 50% refund if cancelled up to 2 months before the event. 25% refund if cancelled up to a month before the event. No refunds available within a month of the event. There are no exceptional arrangements for special circumstances such as illness, bereavement, emergencies or accidents etc. Please note that all cancellations will be subject to a minimum £10 administration fee.
What is the difference between a Day Ticket and a Party Ticket?
A 'Day Ticket' allow entry from '10.30am until 2am'. In other words... from the very start of the event to the very end. This year, they are £25 each. If you are a competitor, then this is the ticket you require. If you want to spectate for the full 15+ hours, then this is the ticket you require. (You also are allowed in and out of the venue all day).
A 'Party Ticket' allows entry from '7.30pm until 2am'. This year, they are £15 each. If you want to see the Finals of all the days competitions, then this is the ticket you require. If you want to join in the evening freestyle, then this is the ticket you require. You cannot enter any competitions if you have only purchased a Party Ticket. Note that if you purchase an evening ticket, you will not be allowed entry before 7:30pm.
How do I buy tickets and competition places?
You can purchase tickets in 2 ways:
- You can download a postal application from the website, complete that form in hard copy and forward by post to Ceroc Champs, 77 Fernhead Road, London W9 3EA.. Postal bookings are subject to availability at time of receipt of application.
- Complete your purchase online. Booking online guarentees your place, is quicker, easier and more efficient (and probably more environmentally friendly) Decide how many tickets you require; whether you want to spectate or compete; if you fancy a posh chair at a table; and if competing in what categories. Then have your debit or credit card to hand and follow the booking wizard to complete your purchase. You will be finally transferred to BarclayCard Merchant Services ePDQ process for payment thereafter follow their instructions.
How do I cancel the application and payment process once I have started it?
I'm having problems when I get transferred to the Barclays Merchant Services Website!
Which organisation is processing my payment?
Is the on-line payment process safe?
How do I get my tickets and dance numbers?
If you purchase your tickets late then you have to pick them up at the venue on the day. There will be a Pre Purchased Tickets pick up point in the front lobby when you arrive.
Do I need to bring the numbered ticket with me on the day?
Friends & Family
Redemptions will be made during the afternoon approximately between 4pm- 5pm at the Information desk in the front foyer.
The precise time will be advertised on the day to coincide with a freestyle section on the schedule of the day.
Please tick the ‘Friends & Family’ box at time of booking to indicate your intention to claim a discount.
Is there a Cloakroom on at the venue?
Is there a Changing Room?
Can I bring food and drink into the Venue?
The management of the venue does not allow food or drink, including bottled water, to be brought into the venue. The venue management has security on the front doors and they will stop you if they think that you are bringing your own food and /or drink into the venue. A wide selection of food and drink is available all day at the venue. The venue has committed to serving a range good value, nutritious, hot food buffet style from a servery which will be located at the back of the cafe bar area. Tap water will be available all day. You can also leave and re-enter the venue at any time during the day which allows you to eat and drink in any of the many pubs, cafes and coffee shops within easy walking distance of the venue.
Can I leave and re-enter the venue during the day?
Where do I pin the Dance Numbers?
I am competing in Lucky Dip, what do I do?
All Competitors taking part in the Lucky Dip need to be down on the main dance floor at 1100hrs (11.00am) where you will be allocated a partner! The first heat will start at approx. 1130hrs (11.30am). Please be there on time, men with your numbers pinned with 4 pins on your back... no numbers on front or on trousers please, and Ladies make sure you have your Pink Slip with your name filled out correctly. The Compare and Judges will sort you all into rows and into pairs, then move you around a random amount of times to mix you all up. Once you are allocated a final partner the Judges will take the pink slip from the Ladies and fill out her partner's number on it, thus confirming that partnership for this competition. Each row will then be allocated a Heat number and that will determine when you get on the dance floor to compete. You will then need to check the Results Wall (which is on the back of the partitions on the ground floor at the back of the main auditorium by the double entrance to the foyer), so that you know at what time to be on the floor for your category heat.
As you have combined the Intermediate and Advanced into the All Stars does that mean if I have won the Intermediate category at another competition that I have to compete in the Open category at this event?
No, what you have done in other competitions has no relevance to this competition. Also whether or not you have been PLACED (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in the Intermediate category in this Competition you are still fine to compete in new All-Stars category.
If I have previously won the Intermediate category at the Ceroc Champs does it mean I have to compete in the Advanced category at this event?
Obviously this question is irrelevant now as we have combined the intermediate and advanced into the All Stars. Due to the changes, even if you have been PLACED (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in the Intermediate competition or Advanced then you are still OK to complete in the All Stars category.
I am a Lady competing in Lucky Dip and I do not have a number?
How do I get to be on the Lucky Dip Waiting List?
There are 100 places for Ladies and 100 places for men available in the Lucky Dip Competition Category. Once the allocation for Lucky Dip is full, the next 5 applicants for each sex are placed on the waiting list. These applicants are contacted by email or telephone to confirm their interest in going on the list. If they do not want to go on the list the next applicant is given the opportunity. We do not guarantee a place will become available. What we do guarantee is that should a place become available then someone from the waiting list will fill it.
I am on the Lucky Dip Waiting List what do I do?
The Waiting List normally consists of 5 men and 5 women. Each dancer on the List is given a place number in the List. Each dancer on the List is sent a slip with their name and place number on it. 'Ladies Lucky Dip Waiting List Competitor number 1', will be the first dancer to be included in the allocation of partners for the competition if there is a shortage of women, and so on. All dancers on the Waiting List must meet at the Information Point at 1115hrs. (11.15am) sharp to register with a judge. They should all have their numbered slip with them. The Ladies will be given their pink Lucky Dip slips with their names in full as required. The men must have their white dance number pinned to their backs. A judge will meet them there and take them to the side of the main stage. As the Compere requires dancers to make up the numbers in each row, he will ask the judge to provide someone from the Waiting List. The Judge will ask someone by name to join the competition. If you are not asked to join the competition then you are free to rejoin the audience. Your payment will be refunded after the event if you are not asked to join the competitors.
Can I enter more than one freestyle category if I am dancing with different partners?
The rules have changed from previous years. This was possible in the past but not now. You may NOT enter All Stars and Open with different dance partners.
I want to enter the 'RocVets' category but my partner is only 28! Is this OK?
If I have previously won the All-Stars category at the Ceroc Champs, does it mean I have to compete in the Open category at this event?
OIf you have WON the All-Stars competition previously then you are obliged to move up to the Open category. This rule applies to the individuals in the winning pairing. Once you have won the All-Stars you cannot for instance compete in the All-Stars again with a different partner. You have to move up to the Open whoever you are dancing with!
If I have won the Intermediate category at another competition, does it mean I have to compete in the advanced category at this event?
Obviously this question is irrelevant now as we have combined the intermediate and advanced into the All Stars. Due to the changes, even if you have been PLACED (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in the Intermediate competition or Advanced then you are still OK to complete in the All Stars category. Also as a general note, what you have done in other competitions has no relevance to this competition.
If I have previously won the Intermediate category at the Ceroc Champs does it mean I have to compete in the Advanced category at this event?
Obviously this question is irrelevant now as we have combined the intermediate and advanced into the All Stars. Due to the changes, even if you have been PLACED (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in the Intermediate competition or Advanced at the Ceroc Champs you are still OK to complete in the All Stars category.
What is this new TopCats category all about then?
What is a Dance Professional?
Anyone who is intending to teach more than 6 time in the next 6 months.
Is the music for the Double Trouble category specified?
I want to enter a team in the Team Cabaret Competition. What do I do?
That is great. The more teams the better as you all add to the atmosphere of the event.
What you need to do initially is book a place for your team and pay the appropriate fee to secure your team place. When you book your team place on line you are given the option of booking up to 40 team members at the same time. This applies if you are extremely organised and have collected all their monies and have the final team in place and confirmed. Otherwise just pay for yourself and the Team entry fee.
We need a definitive list of the team members from you at some point before the event but we realise that individuals may change so let us know when you know. We also need to know the name of the team and the name of the choreographer at least a week before the event. Your team members can then book their day entry tickets individually and include additional categories with their booking whenever they like, but they do need to book a Day Entry ticket to enable them to take part in the event!
Musical Interpretation & Expression
Grooming & Presentation
The following categories DO NOT receive marks for Dress. They are judge entirely on the dancing.
All-Stars Freestyle Trophy
All other categories will be judged on and awarded marks for Dress, Grooming and Presentation
Is very simple, the question is has the couple made an effort with their outfits, their hair, and make-up, their overall appearance? Do they look like they are A. entering a competition or B. would they look equally as happy out for a Sunday afternoon walk in the park? A. get marks B. doesn’t!
Quality of Dancing & Choreography
Synchronisation of Dancers / Togetherness
For the purposes of this definition Lifts, Aerials or Acrobatic moves are used as generic terms to describe partner weight-supported moves where both of one partners feet leave the dance floor due to the combined intention andwith the assistance of their partner. Any moves that the judges deem to be unsafe may earn a penalty or lead to disqualification. 'If in doubt - leave it out!'
A Baby Airstep is a lift, aerial or airstep where either one foot stays below the partner’s standing knee height, or both feet stay below the partner’s standing waist height.
A Major Airstep is a lift, aerial or airstep when one foot is above the knee, and the other foot above the waist.
Any move where either dancer has their feet higher than their head will be classed as a Major Airstep.
Duration of an Airstep
A lift, aerial or airstep starts when both feet leave the ground. It finishes when at least one foot touches the ground again and supports the majority of the weight, without the intention of immediately doing another lift, aerial or airstep.
• A solo jump is not a lift, aerial or airstep as they are not partner assisted.
• Small unintentional jumps (e.g. from a drop-kick) should not be counted. (We will not disqualify someone for being enthusiastic!)
• Rebounds (where the lady lands from one lift, aerial or airstep and immediately goes into another) are not counted as separate moves. (Please note that there can be no dancing in between. The landing must be the preparation for the next lift, aerial or airstep.)
• Specific limitations are be placed on certain moves e.g. the ‘floor sweeper’ are excluded for safety reasons. If you are in doubt, contact us or leave it out.
•‘Standing knee height’ means the height of the knee when standing up straight. It does not change if you kneel down, or lift the knee in the air.