2nd edition: Rainbows

KOFFIECUP

A Leidance ballroom competition

Save the date: Saturday September 21, 2024 @ DSA Aalsmeer

Welcome to the page of the Koffiecup! A beginners ballroom competition – by Leidance members with a love for coffee. We’re so excited to announce the second edition will be on the 21st of September 2024.

Practical information

Date: Saturday September 21, 2024
Time: 9.00 – 18.00 (indicative)
Location: Dancesport Academy NL
Address: Oosteinderweg 287f, 1432 AW Aalsmeer
Parking: Free parking at the surrounding terrain
Food and drinks: You can buy drinks at the bar, but bring your own lunch and snacks.
Competition regulations and dress code:
Scroll down to ‘More information
House rules:
– Heelprotectors are required if you wear high heels.
– Please do not use paraffine or water on your shoes or the dance floor. Suitable options will be provided at the venue.

All clear? Go to register.

Important dates

Sign-up opening: Wednesday May 15, 2024
Sign-up deadline: Saturday September 14, 2024
Guided practice + blinddate opportunity: September 7 (subject to change)

NEW in 2024:

Open class for high level dancers. Read about the specifics under ‘More information

No partner?

No problem! We offer you a few options:
– You can find a partner during our blinddate opportunity on September 7.

– We can assign you a partner, although we cannot guarantee to be able to find everyone a partner.

Preliminary planning

9.00 – hall open
10.00 – start ballroom competition
14.00 – start latin competition

Contact

If you have any questions left and you can’t find the answer on the website, don’t hesitate to mail us:
koffiecupsdaleidance@gmail.com

Please do not try contacting us through Leidance, as we are working independently.

Location

Public transport: Bus stop Aalsmeer Machineweg, about 10-minute walk from the venue.
Car: Free parking at the terrain around the venue.

The location can be a little difficult to find. Maps doesn’t quite guide you all the way to the end, so here’s some pictures to help you out.

Internet

Network: DanceSport Academy NL gast
Password: DSA-gast

Visitors

Would you like to invite people to watch? They can join for €5,- (students) or €7,50 (non-students), paid with a QR code at the entrance. So invite all your friends, family and that one person you’re especially trying to impress. 😉

Heats and results

During the competition, find the heats at koffiecup.sdaleidance.nl. Afterwards, you will find the results here as well. If you’ve participated in ‘TDS’s or similar student cups before, you’ll probably be familiar with it. If not, and you find yourself having difficulties, don’t hesitate to ask the organisation – or anyone else – to help you out.

Register

Registration deadline: September 14

NOTE: do you have a partner already? They also need to sign up individually

Or get some more detailed information below first

More information

Koffiecup?

Welcome to the page of the very first edition of the Koffiecup! A beginners ballroom competition – by Leidance members with a love for coffee.

Welcome to the page of the very first edition of the Koffiecup! A beginners ballroom competition – by Leidance members with a love for coffee.

When: Saturday September 2, 2023 | 11:00 – 18:00
Where: DanceSport Academy Aalsmeer
Oosteinderweg 287f – 1432 AW

For who?

The Koffiecup is open to dancers of any level, but focuses especially on (beginning) dancers with little or no competition experience, who would like to become acquainted with competition dancing in an accessible way. Fun is at the center of this competition. 

Preliminary planning

11:00 – Hall open
12:00 – Start Ballroom competition
14:30 – Start Latin competition
18:00 – End of the competition day

Sign up

The sign-up form will open on this page on Friday May 26. You will be asked to pay your participation fee at the end of the form. The sign-up deadline is Saturday August 19.

Questions?
Mail us: koffiecupsdaleidance@gmail.com

More detailed information about signing up, different levels and more van be found in the Competition Regulations here.

Entrance fee

Anyone can participate for:

  • €10,00 – Members of a student dance association
  • €12,50 – Everyone else

Anyone can visit for €5,00

Blinddating and practice

There will be blinddate and practice sessions during the summer. Signing up is not required.

    • Saturday July 15 | 13:00 – 16:00 | @USC*
    • Saturday July 22 | 13:00 – 16:00 | @USC*
    • Saturday August 26 | 13:00 – 16:00 | @USC*

*USC: Einsteinweg 6, Leiden.
Note that a USC subscription or an entrance fee of €7,70 is required. Here for the first time? Ask for the free inspiration pass.

No partner?

No problem! We offer two ways to help you find a partner:

  1. You can sign in solo and have us assign you a partner. Beware that we cannot guarantee to find everyone a partner, but we try to let as many people join as possible. If not everyone can join, we will follow the principle of first come, first serve.
  2. We will organise practice and blinddate sessions at the USC in Leiden, see ‘Important data’ for more information. Wanna find a partner at our blinddate sessions? You can still sign up solo to guarantee your place and mail us with the details of your newfound partner by August 19.

Sign-up form

The sign-up is now open. You will be asked to pay your participation fee at the end of the form. The sign-up deadline is Saturday August 19.

What competitions are there?
There will be two competitions: one for Ballroom and one for Latin. Both disciplines consist of 3 basic dances and 2 advanced dances. The advanced dances may be introduced at higher levels, so if you have little or no experience in these dances, not to worry!

Ballroom

Basic dances Advanced dance
Slow Waltz
Tango
Quickstep
Viennese Waltz
Slow foxtrot

Latin

Basic dances Advanced dance
Cha cha cha
Rumba
Jive
Samba
Paso Doble

What classes are there?

There will be two main classes this year: Breitensport and Open class. Breitensport will start with a qualification round, after which the participants will be divided over three subclasses based on level.

When should I dance in the Open class?
Participants will qualify for – and are required to participate in – Open class, if they made it to one or more of the following levels:

NADB: B, A or Main (hoofd) class
NDO: Amateurs or Masterclass
Previous ‘TDS’s…
…with CloseD: CloseD finals or Open class
…without CloseD: Highest Breitensport subclass finals or Open class
…ETDS Seesen: Hellraisers finals or Devils

In addition, coupling in Open class will take place through lottery. If not enough people sign up for the Open class, they will be merged with the Breitensport.

How does a Ballroom competition work?
If you are in the Breitensport competition, both the Ballroom and the Latin competition will consist of a few steps:

1) First everyone dances the 3 basic dances in the qualification round. The judges will then divide all couples over different classes based on their level.
2) In your class, you will compete the rest of the competition against couples of similar level, starting with the first round.
3) After the first round, you will either do a redance or be placed to the next round immediately.
4) In every next round, the best couples will be selected to move on, until a few couples will be left standing in the finale, where they will compete for their final ranking.
5) During the award ceremony, the final rankings will be announced and all finalists will receive their award accordingly.

If you are in the Open class competition, step 1 does not apply.

I just started dancing. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! The Koffiecup has the main goal of offering an accessible competition for beginning dancers to get acquainted with competition dancing. Fun is the main priority at this competition. Dancers of all levels are welcome to participate, but the focus is on beginning dancers with little to no competition experience.

What dances can I expect when?
Ballroom

Class First rounds Added in (semi-)finals
Latte Macchiato Slow Waltz
Tango
Quickstep
 
Flat white Slow Waltz
Tango
Quickstep
Viennese Waltz
Café Lungo Slow Waltz
Tango
Quickstep
Viennese Waltz
Slow foxtrot
Espresso Doppio
(Open class)
Slow Waltz
Tango
Viennese Waltz
Slow foxtrot
Quickstep
 

Latin

Class First rounds Added in (semi-)finals
Latte Macchiato Cha cha cha
Rumba
Jive
 
Flat white Cha cha cha
Rumba
Jive
Samba
Café Lungo Cha cha cha
Rumba
Jive
Samba
Paso Doble
Espresso Doppio
(Open class)
Samba
Cha cha cha
Rumba
Paso Doble
Jive
 

The organization reserves the right to deviate from the below written rules by exception in case of conflict, and will have the final say in decisions.

Participation

  • In case there are more registrations than available spots, beginning dancers will have priority.
  • Dancers may sign themselves up together with a partner for each competition, or without a partner. Dancers may select different partners for the Ballroom and the Latin competition.
  • Both dancers of a couple need to register individually.
  • Dancers signing up without a partner, will be coupled up semi randomly, while keeping the height-difference in Ballroom to a limit.
    Note: when signing up without a partner, we cannot guarantee your participation, as there needs to be a 50/50 balance in leads and follows. When signing up, you can choose to switch roles in the case this is necessary.
  • Sign-up deadline is September 14.

Competitions

  • The tournament consists of two competitions: Ballroom and Latin
  • The basic Ballroom dances are Slow Waltz, Tango, and Quickstep.
    • At the 2nd level, Slow foxtrot will be introduced in the semi-final
    • At the 3rd level, Slow foxtrot and Viennese Waltz will be introduced in the semi-final
    • In the open class, all 5 dances will be introduced from the start.
  • The basic Latin dances are Cha cha cha, Rumba and Jive.
    • At the 2nd level, Samba will be introduced in the semi-final
    • At the 3rd level, Samba and Paso Doble will be introduced in the semi-final
    • In the open class, all 5 dances will be introduced from the start.

Clothing and shoes

    • Competitive dance clothes are not allowed, e.g. tailcoats, tailored dance dresses, latin dresses for competitions or dance suits. Excessive feathers, glitter and rhinestones are not allowed on clothing, on accessories or on hair.
  • Debutant or training dance clothing is allowed
  • If you wear ladies’ shoes, heel protectors are mandatory
  • Rubber soles and outdoor shoes are not allowed on the dance floor.
  • Using paraffin, water or your own oil under your shoes is forbidden. Suitable oil will be provided at the venue.
  • Any damage costs caused by violation of the above-mentioned rules, will be recovered from the respective participant.

Payment

  • Student participation fee will amount to €10,-, and non-student participation fee will amount €12,50.
  • If you wish to cancel, you can do so by sending an email to koffiecupsdaleidance@gmail.com.
  • The refund deadline for cancellation is September 14, 2024.

Do you have any remaining questions? Don’t hesitate to mail to koffiecupsdaleidance@gmail.com.