The National Commission for Culture and the Arts through the National Committee on Dance headed by Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz has organized this year’s 2017 Sayaw Pinoy: NCCA National Dance Competition as part of its objective to promote dance in its various forms. This year’s competition will be on Folk Dance, Contemporary, Ballroom, and Hip-Hop.

Poster- Sayaw Pinoy 2017

The program 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.

Venue: SM City Cebu North Wing, Cebu City
Date / Categories: 
December 16, 2017: Folk Dance & Contemporary | December 17, 2017: Ballroom & Hip-Hop

9:00am – 10:00am Registration & Drawing of Lots
10:00am – 3:00pm Blocking & Rehearsal
3:30pm Final Briefing
8:00pm 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, Ballroom and Hip Hop
  3. For Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Ballroom dance categories, all groups should focus on any of the following core values of the NCCA: Marangal, Mapagbago, Malikhain, at Pilipino
  4. Entry Form 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 [email protected], or fax to 527-2198.
  6. Deadline for the submission of entries is on November 30, 2017
  7. All participants must be at least 13 years old as of December 15, 2017.
  8. All participating group should secure their own waiver and permit to travel.
  9. Each group shall be composed of a minimum of 6 dancers and a maximum of 20 dancers. Stage size is 24ft x 40ft / height is 3ft.
  10. Dance groups and dancers directly associated with judges, National Dance Committee members and organizing committee will not be allowed to participate in the competition.
  11. All expenses in joining the competition shall be shouldered by the participating groups.
  12. No registration fees will be charged to participants in the competition.
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. If more than 40 competing groups will join a category, there will be an elimination round which will require the group to perform 2min dance piece (this can be another piece depending on the discretion of the competing group).
  17. In the event that competitors are less than 5, the organizers will only declare 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placers.
  18. The committee reserves the right to amend these guidelines and to refuse any entry on any grounds with proper advice to the parties concerned.
  19. All music must be recorded on HIGH-QUALITY CD ONLY and must be properly labeled. There should be only one (1) music on one CD. Cassette tapes, flash drives, cell phones and live band/music are not allowed.
  20. No lighting design/special lights will be allowed.
  21. All competitors will be assigned numbers for the competition through drawing of lots.
  22. Prompting of competitors from the backstage or from the audience is not allowed.
  23. Personal photography and videotaping will be strictly prohibited during the competition proper. Official photographers and videographers will be provided by the organizers for documentation purposes.
  24. 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.
    • Audiovisual 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 in disqualification.
    • The judges’ decision is final and unappealable.

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

First Prize P 50,000 P 50,000 P 50,000 P 50,000
Second Prize P 40,000 P 40,000 P 40,000 P 40,000
Third Prize P 30,000 P 30,000 P 30,000 P 30,000
Fourth Prize P 20,000 P 20,000 P 20,000 P 20,000
Fifth Prize P 12,500 P 12,500 P 12,500 P 12,500


Download: Sayaw Pinoy National Dance Competition Guidelines  | Sayaw Pinoy Entry Form