The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Dance headed by Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz has organized this year’s 2019 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 and Hip-Hop.

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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: Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium, Manila


October 19, 2019 (Saturday): 4:00 pm Folk Dance / 6:00 pm Contemporary
October 20, 2019 (Sunday): 5:00 pm Hip-Hop

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration & Drawing of Lots
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Blocking & Rehearsal
3:30 pm Final Briefing
8:00 pm 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 Contemporary and Hip-Hop categories, all groups should focus on any of the following core values of the NCCA: Marangal, Malikhain, Mapagbago, 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
  6. Deadline for the submission of entries is on September 26, 2019, Thursday.
  7. An Official Notice of Acceptance and Non-acceptance will be sent to the applicants.
  8. All participants must be at least 13 years old as of October 18, 2019.
  9. All participating group should secure their own waiver and permit to travel.
  10. Each group shall be composed of a minimum of 6 dancers and a maximum of 20 dancers.
  11. Dance groups and dancers directly associated with judges, National Dance Committee members and organizing committee will not be allowed to participate in the competition.
  12. All expenses in joining the competition shall be shouldered by the participating groups.
  13. No registration fees will be charged to participants in the competition.
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. 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.
  17. The committee reserves the right to amend these guidelines and to refuse any entry on any grounds with proper advice to the parties concerned.
  18. All music must be recorded on HIGH-QUALITY CD in MP3 FORMAT ONLY and must be properly labeled with the name of the group. There should be only one (1) music in one CD. Cassette tapes, flash drives, cell phones and live band/music are not allowed.
  19. No lighting design/special lights will be allowed.
  20. All competitors will be assigned numbers for the competition through drawing of lots.
  21. Prompting of competitors from the backstage or from the audience is not allowed.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Failure to comply with any of the foregoing guidelines will result to disqualification.Complaints and protests on the violation on the provision of competition rules and guidelines should be addressed before the announcement of winners.
  26. The judges’ decision is final and unappealable.

COMPETITION PRIZES (All prizes are subject to withholding tax)

First Prize ₱70,000 ₱70,000 ₱70,000
Second Prize ₱50,000 ₱50,000 ₱50,000
Third Prize ₱40,000 ₱40,000 ₱40,000
Fourth Prize ₱30,000 ₱30,000 ₱30,000
Fifth Prize ₱20,000 ₱20,000 ₱20,000



  1. The contest piece is on PHILIPPINE RURAL DANCES (MIMETIC)
  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 1-9 by the Philippine Folk Dance Society
    9. Classic Collection of Philippine Folk Dances by the Philippine Folk Dance Society volume 1-11
  3. Medley (combination) of different dances is not allowed.
  4. In dances where the literature does not specify or describe the entrance/exit, the trainer may arrange one, however, both must not exceed sixteen (16) measures.
  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%, Interpretation of Written Instruction (20%), Staging (20%), Appropriate Costume (15%) and Overall Impact (15%)


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

III. HIP HOP PINOY CATEGORY (The Best Pinoy Dance Crew)

  1. The competition piece should depict the NCCA Core Values of Marangal, Malikhain, Mapagbago, Filipino, should use Pinoy music and may use digital mix.
  2. The contest piece must be at least three (3) minutes but not more than five (5) minutes
  3. Groups should include in their performance a broad selection of street dance styles such as locking, popping, krumping, vogueing, b-boying, hip-hop house, new school, urban without excessive use of the same move or pattern. NO ACROBATIC TRICKS ALLOWED.
  4. Appropriate attire should be observed in the competition. It may include accessories such as hats, caps, gloves, scarves, jewelries, etc.
  5. Removing pieces of clothing during the performance is allowed provided it is not offensive or out of character.
  6. Movements that are categorized under Break Dance are permitted, but should not control/ dominate the performance/ no toss in stunts.
  7. Any move where the competitors’ weight is solely on the neck/ head i.e. head spins, head stands, etc. is not allowed.
  8. Criteria for Judging: Choreography and Style (35%), Performance (35%), Costume (15%) and Overall Impact (15%).

DOWNLOAD: Sayaw Pinoy 2019 Entry Form

For inquiries, please contact the Arts Section at (02) 527-2192 local 517 or 0921-537-8406 or email: