Igor Litvinov & Renata Shvarts

welcome you to the

2021 BOXSTEP

ONLINE FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 5, 2021

We offer 2 great options to choose from:

Pre-record your dancing OR compete live on Zoom!

All submissions will be professionally edited and live-streamed for free in high definition and in perfect time with the music and the other couples!

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PRE-RECORDED EVENTS

If you prefer to compete by pre-recording your videos:

 

Pre-record your dancing or compete live on Zoom! All videos will be professionally edited, in perfect time with the music & the other couples, and live-streamed in high definition - for free! The entire competition will be judged in real time and curated by our Master of Ceremonies!

 

Pre-Recorded Events

  1. Register - For pre-recorded entries, submit your entry forms (via email) and payments by Friday, May 14th, 2021.

  2. Music - We have developed a portal for you to easily access your music and upload your videos straight from your phone. Once we receive your entries, you will receive an email with your studio invoice and instructions to access your unique competitor’s page on our portal. On this page, you will see a list of all the dances you’ve entered. Each dance contains the song you will dance to and an option to upload your video for that dance.

  3. Videos - Upload your videos directly to the portal by Friday, May 21st, 2021. We must receive your videos by this deadline to give our professional editing team time to process and format them.

GUIDELINES FOR

PRE-RECORDED EVENTS

Video Submission Deadline:

Friday, May 21st, 2021

 

We must receive your videos by this deadline to give our professional editing team time to process and format them. 

 

Instructions: 

 

  1. Submit your entry forms via email to boxstepapp@gmail.com. Your instructor will then receive an invoice via email. Submit your payment for the balance due.

  2. We have developed a portal for you to easily access your music and upload your videos straight from your phone.

  3. In your invoice email, you will receive instructions to access your unique competitor’s page on our portal. On this page, you will see a list of all the dances you’ve entered. Each dance contains the song you will dance to and an option to upload your video for that dance.

  4. You must record your videos using the music we provide. All of our music is set to official competition tempo and contains “audio markers” at the beginning and end of each track consisting of three drum taps and a beep. Your pre-recorded videos MUST include the full audio markers at both the beginning AND end of every track.

  5. For Single Dances, you will receive individual tracks per single dance entry. Record your dances one at a time to the music files provided. For example, if you are competing in all five (5) of the Bronze Standard dances, you will submit five (5) separate videos, one for each dance. For Multi-Dances, Scholarships, and Championships, you will receive one track which will include all of the dances within that event. Record and submit your dances in one continuous take. 

 

 

How To Film Your Dancing:

 

  • Ask a friend or colleague to film your dancing. Have them follow you around the space to ensure you are always front and center in the shot. DO NOT use a tripod as it will be too difficult for the judges to see your dancing when you are far away.

  • In addition to the phone you will use to record your videos, you will need a separate device (for example, a second phone) to play your music. We recommend you connect your second device directly to your studio sound system and play the music from there.

  • Record your videos horizontally with your smart phone set to 1080p at 30 frames per second. This is usually the default setting on most smart phones. (To check, open your “Settings” then go to “Camera” to make sure your phone camera is set to 1080p).

  • When you are in position, the person filming should start recording BEFORE the person playing your music starts the audio track. This will ensure that the full audio marker in included in the recording. Each track contains a couple of seconds of lag time before the audio marker (three drum taps and a beep) to give both the dancers and the camera operator time to get in position before the dance begins.

  • For Single Dances, each track contains one minute and 10 seconds (1:10) of music to dance to. After 1:10, the music will fade out. When you hear the music fade out, bow like you would at a traditional competition. After the music fades to silence, you will hear an audio marker: three drum taps and a beep. The person filming should continue recording until you are finished bowing AND until the ending audio marker has stopped. For Multi-Dances, Scholarships, and Championships, there will be one audio marker before the first dance and a final audio marker after the last dance. Please fully include both audio markers in the recording you submit.

  • DO NOT edit your videos in any way. Please submit the original video files for our professional editing team to edit.

 

 

How To Upload Your Final Videos:

 

  1. Once you have recorded your videos, upload each video directly to our online portal. If you upload the wrong video by mistake, you can replace the incorrect video with the correct one.

LIVE ZOOM EVENTS

If you prefer to compete Live online: 

If you are competing live on Zoom, submit your entry forms (via email) and payments by Friday, May 21st, 2021.  During the competition, you will connect your phone to your studio sound system to hear our MC announce your events live as well as the music for your heats!

GUIDELINES FOR

LIVE EVENTS

During the week of the competition, we will send out an email with your competition number a Zoom link to the virtual competition. All couples must print their numbers and wear them, just like at a traditional competition.

 

During the competition, every couple competing must join the Zoom competition on two different devices. There is no passcode to join the meeting. Your video and audio will be automatically muted when you enter. When logging into the Zoom meeting, please use your studio wi-fi if possible as wi-fi networks can often be more reliable than cell phone data.

 

Device 1: Connect one of your devices to your studio sound system. Keep the device muted with video off. You will use this device to hear the MC announcements of each heat as well as the music for all events. Name this device with your NUMBER followed by "AUDIO". For example: "123 AUDIO".

 

Device 2: Your second device will serve as your camera. Do not turn on your video until your heat is about to begin. Turn the video off when you are finished dancing. Name this device with your NUMBER ONLY. For Example "123".

 

Zoom Training: We will hold a Zoom training session for all competitors a few days before the competition. All competitors are welcome to attend to test your Zoom connections and ensure your studio is ready to compete.

 

Large Studios: If you have multiple competitors dancing from your studio in a given style, you will need three devices on the Zoom call. One device to connect to the studio sound system, and two devices for filming the couples. We require one camera per couple even if both couples are on the floor at the same time. If you have two couples on the floor at once, you will name your two cameras "CAMERA A - STUDIO NAME" and "CAMERA B - STUDIO NAME". In some heats, you will only have one couple on the floor at a time. Please use "CAMERA A" to film couples when they are the only ones on the floor at your studio. 

 

Please email us at boxstepapp@gmail.com

with any questions.

ADJUDICATORS

ANNA BEZIKOVA (United Kingdom)

EDITA DANIUTE (Lithuania)

JOSE DECAMPS (United States)

ALAIN DOUCET (Canada)

DOMEN KRAPEZ (Germany)

CHARLOTTE JORGENSON (United States)

MELANIE LAPATIN (United States)

BEATA ONEFATER (United States)

BRYAN WATSON (United Kingdom)

SLAWEK SOCHACKI (United States)

ARTUR ADAMSKI (Canada)

JOHN WOOD (United Kingdom)

ARTEM PLAKHOTNYI (United States)

We are thrilled to present our international panel of distinguished adjudicators!  

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WATCH THIS TUTORIAL!

Watch our tutorial video and learn everything you need to know to record and upload your videos online, including how to record your Show Dances using multiple camera angles!

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