The 2016 Sayaw Pinoy aims to promote artistic excellence in the different dance forms in the spirit of friendly competition.

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The National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the leadership of Josefina B. Guillen has organized the 2016 Sayaw Pinoy: The NCCA National Dance Competition as part of its efforts to promote dance in its various forms. It aims to promote artistic excellence in the different dance forms in the spirit of friendly competition. This year, the competition is on FOLK DANCE, CONTEMPORARY, and HIP HOP.

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Sayaw Pinoy 2015 (Marvin Alcaraz-PAIO)

The program also aims to stress the importance of the competition as it raises the artists’ consciousness on the value of artistic excellence. It provides opportunities for artists to exploit and maximize their true potential. It also hopes to develop emotional fitness through teamwork as the group experience will bring about dependability, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship, discipline, creativity and awareness of the value of the art of dance, consequently, acquiring the value of working together as a team towards common goals which will extend to daily undertakings beyond the competition.

The competition will be held on December 1-3, 2016 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

Date Dec. 1, 2016 Dec. 2, 2016 Dec. 3, 2016
10:00 am-10:30 am Registration Registration Registration
10:00 am-2:30 pm Blocking & Rehearsal Blocking & Rehearsal Blocking & Rehearsal
2:30 pm -3:00 pm Briefing & Drawing of Lots Briefing & Drawing of Lots Briefing & Drawing of Lots
4:00 pm Competition Competition Competition
6:00 pm Awarding Ceremonies Awarding Ceremonies Awarding Ceremonies


  1. The Competition is open to all Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines
  2. Dance categories for the competition are the following:  Folk Dance, Contemporary and Hip Hop
  3. For Hip Hop and Contemporary dance categories, all groups should focus on any of the following themes: environmental awareness and pride of being Filipino
  4. Official Entry Form only shall be submitted to the NCCA Arts Section, 5th Floor, NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila on or before the deadline.
  5. Entries may also be emailed to,, or faxed to 5272198.
  6. Deadline for the submission of entries is October 30, 2016
  7. All participants must be at least 13 years old as of October 30, 2016.
  8. Each group shall be composed of a minimum of 6 dancers and a maximum of 20 dancers.
  9. Dance groups and dancers directly or indirectly associated with judges, National Dance Committee members and organizing committee will not be allowed to participate in the competition.
  10. All expenses in joining the competition shall be shouldered by the participating groups.
  11. No registration fees will be charged to participants in the competition.
  12. No group/dancer may appear more than once in the same dance category. (A folk dance group or a folk dancer cannot appear twice in the folk dance category)
  13. A group/ dancer may participate in more than one dance category. (Example: a folk dance group or a folk dancer may have entries in the other dance categories: Contemporary or Hip hop)
  14. A time limit of 5 minutes will be enforced and corresponding one point from each judge’s total score shall be deducted in the event the time limit is exceeded. The time of the performance starts with the first note of the music or the first movement, whichever comes first.
  15. The committee reserves the right to amend these guidelines or refuse any entry on any grounds with proper advice to the parties concerned.
  16. All music must be recorded on CD ONLY and must be properly labeled. There should be only one (1) music in one CD. Cassette tapes and live band/music are not allowed.
  17. No lighting design/special lights will be allowed.
  18. All competitors will be assigned numbers for the competition through drawing of lots.
  19. Prompting of competitors from the backstage or from the audience is not allowed.
  20. Personal photography and video-taping will be strictly prohibited during the competition proper. Official photographers and videographers will be provided by the organizers for documentation purposes.
    • The following are strictly not allowed in the performance:
  • Sets (e.g. Risers, backdrop, tables, etc.).
  • Performance of dangerous choreography/routine
  • Use of live animals
  • Use of real fighting armor (e.g. sword, knife, guns, arrow, spears, etc.
  • Use of any form of liquid (e.g. blood, oil, water, etc.)
  • Use of fire, candles and any pyrotechnic materials.
  • Use of confetti either drop or bomb.
  • Breaking of glass, pots, etc.
  • Audio visual presentation or screen projection
  • Hand props may be used (e.g. stick, fan, ring, umbrella, etc.). Bamboo, wood, steel or plastic pole may be used but must not be more than 3 meters long.
  • Failure to comply with any of the foregoing guidelines will result to disqualification.
  • The judges’ decision is final and unappealable.

COMPETITION PRIZES (All prizes are subject to 13% withholding tax)

Prizes Folk dance Contemporary Hip Hop
First Prize 70,000 70,000 70,000
Second  Prize 40,000 40,000 40,000
Third Prize 25,000 25,000 25,000
Fourth Prize 15,000 15,000 15,000
Fifth Prize 10,000 10,000 10,000



  1. The contest piece is on WESTERN INFLUENCE.
  2. The dance must be from any of the following published Philippine folk dance books:
    1. Philippine Folk Dances, Volumes 1-6 by Francisca Reyes Tolentino
    2. Philippine National Dances by Francisca Reyes Aquino
    3. Visayan Folk Dances, Volumes 1-3 by Libertad Fajardo
    4. Pangasinan Folk Dances by Jovita Sison Friese
    5. Samar Folk Dances by Juan C. Miel
    6. Handumanan by Jose Balcena
    7. Philippine Folk Dances and Songs by the Bureau of Public Schools 1965
    8. Sayaw: Dances of the Philippine Islands Volume 1-8 by the Philippine Folk Dance Society
    9. Classic Collection of Philippine Folk Dances by the Philippine Folk Dance Society
  3. No medley (combination) of different dances is allowed.
  4. In dances where the literature does not specify or describe the entrance/exit, the trainer may arrange one, however, it must not exceed sixteen (16)
  5. Five photocopies of the literature of the dance shall be submitted to the Organizer together with the application form on the set deadline.
  6. Criteria for Judging: Performance 30%, Correct Interpretation of Written Instruction (20%), Staging (20%), Costume (15%) and Overall Impact (15%)


  1. The contest piece must be at least four (4) minutes but not more than five (5) minutes.
  2. The dance piece should be an original choreography in contemporary form
  3. Soft ballet shoes or pointe shoes may be worn (optional)
  4. Costume must be appropriate to the concept of the dance. Nudity is strictly prohibited.
  5. Obscene choreography, indecent movements and killing of animals are strictly prohibited.
  6. Criteria for judging: Choreography/Composition (30%), Performance (30%), Technique (20%) and Overall Impact (20%)


  1. The contest piece must be at least three (3) minutes but not more than five (5) minutes
  2. Groups are permitted to mix and use music of their choice.
  3. The Routine must be performed in its entirety to the music selected, prepared and submitted by the group.
  4. Groups should include in their performance a broad selection of street dance styles without excessive use of the same move or pattern.
  5. A varied range of styles should be shown in the choreography of arm, leg and body movement.
  6. Appropriate attire should be observed in the competition. It may include accessories such as hats, caps, gloves, scarves, jewelries, etc.
  7. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is allowed provided it is not offensive or out of character.
  8. Movements that are categorized under Break Dance are permitted, but should not control/ dominate the performance.
  9. Any move where the competitors’ weight is solely on the neck/ head i.e. head spins, head stands, etc. is not allowed.
  10. Routine must consist primarily of hip-hop technique. May include street dance, free-style, funk, ‘pop-n-lock’, break dancing. NO ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
  11. Criteria for Judging: Choreography and Style (35%), Performance (35%), Costume (15%) and Overall Impact (15%).

Download the Sayaw Pinoy Competition Entry Form