Sayaw Kadayawan all set August 18

The Sayaw Kadayawan 2022, an Indigenous-inspired dance competition of theatrical tribal suites depicting indigenous epic, folklore, and traditions of Davao City’s 11 tribes, offers a total cash prize of P1,290,000 to winners of the open and children’s categories on August 18, 2022 at the Bantawan Stage in Magsaysay Park.

In the guidelines and mechanics posted on the Kadayawan sa Davao Facebook page, the event is open to all dance groups consisting of students, out-of-school youth and community-based performers in Mindanao.

The open category is for adults and youth dance groups with performers above 12 years old or if in school are grade 7 and above. But young performers of 12 years old and not younger than seven years old who wish to compete with more experienced groups are also allowed to join.

However, the children’s category is exclusive for children aged seven to 12 years old or if in school, the equivalent of Grade 1 to Grade 6. Grade 1 pupils below seven years old on August 19 are not allowed, but Grade 6 students above 12 years old but below 15 are still allowed to join as long as they do not exceed one-fifth of the total performers.

Interested entrants should submit a video of their production for the preliminary judging with complete uniform and props. It comprises five percent of the total average score for judging.

The top seven open and first five children’s entries will receive cash prizes. The open champion will claim P200,000, a trophy, and medals, while the next two placers will take home P150,000 and P100,000 and trophies. The fourth to seventh placers will settle for P40,000 each.

Meanwhile, the children’s top prize is P150,000. The runner-up will win P100,000, and the third placer will pocket P70,000. The fourth and fifth placers will have P30,000 each, while the next 20 entries will not go home empty-handed with a consolation prize of P15,000 per group.

Entries must be submitted on August 14, with one or two copies of accomplished official sayaw entry forms, 10 copies of the storyline/synopsis of the dance presentation with the tribe-in-focus, the source of material and a brief description of the process of research; two to three copies of the list of participants with respective ages; children’s entry form must include a certification of age compliance signed by the school principal or the mayor; and four copies of the list of props and sets with specified description accompanied by visual illustration and dimension.

Each participating group is required to designate one representative who will coordinate with the Sayaw Kadayawan Committee.

Out-of-town participants will be provided by the Kadayawan sa Davao Sayaw Committee with modest accommodation and five meals, inclusive of dinner on August 17 until breakfast on August 19, good for 25 participants, one choreographer, and one official representative per group.