• Thursday July 25 at NärCon Sommar 2024

    NärCon Kpop Championship

  • International Championship in Kpop Cover Dance

    Produced by NärCon and the NCC

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    What is the NKC?

    With the NärCon Kpop Championship our goal is to show the word Kpop Cover Dancing at it's best. We create is a stage for our finalists to show off their skills and love for the Kpop music genre. In this championship the participants will compete against other dance troupes in performing the best Kpop dance routine as close to the original song and choreography as possible.

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    The Winners of NKC

    The winning troupe will receive, besides the glory of being this years winners of the NKC, tickets to a Kpop concert of their choice and a luxurious trophy to bring home.

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    How do we qualify?

    To qualify for the championship you can either participate in our own online qualifier, or compete in a qualifier organized by one of our international partner events. Our application for the championship is open until June 2 and you apply by filling out this form with info about your performance. More information about it below!

     

    International qualifiers:

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  • About the championship

    About the championship

    We welcome you to the Main Stage where the finals in the NärCon Kpop Championship will be held at NärCon Sommar 2024! It is a competition in Kpop cover dancing where we will select a winning dance group. The winning troupe of this year’s competition will receive, besides the glory of being this years champions, a luxurious trophy to bring home and tickets to a kpop concert of their choice. In addition, we have trophies for second and third place.

    • Performance length: Max. 5 minutes. (including intro and performance)
    • Type of song: The song selection must be from a Korean artist. Remixes are ONLY allowed if it already has an existing choreography. The remix must be an official remix and follow the other rules of the competition.
    • Dance: The dance routine MUST be the same as the original artist choreography. If the group chooses to do a cover of a remix, the remix HAS to have an existing choreography.
    • Cost: Free to enter, every member of the qualified troupes receives festival tickets to NärCon Sommar 2024.
    • Application Contact: kpop@narcon.se
    • Schedule at the event:
      • Slow Rehearsal: Thursday July 25 11:30–14:30
      • Dress Rehearsal: Thursday July 25 17:30–19:30
      • Show/Contest: Thursday July 25 20:30–22:00

    Application and rules

    Any group who wants to compete may apply. No previous experience in Kpop dancing or cover dancing is required. Each team applying for the competition will be evaluated by a pre/jury and the final participants will be selected to compete in the competition.

     

    The judging of the performance is divided into five categories:

    • Technique 0-7 points
    • Clothing and overall appearance 0-7 points
    • Synchronization, formations and uniformity 0-7 points
    • Stage charisma 0-7 points
    • Intro 0-2 points

    During the performance, the song the group has selected will be played. They will also have the possibility to have the music video, or their own animation played in the background on our LED-screens. Details regarding sound, music, graphics etc. will be provided to you if you are accepted into the competition.

    The application shall contain the following information:

    You apply here before June 2 and the application shall contain the following:

    • The name of your group
    • Contact information to the leading member of your group
    • First- and surname
    • Your pronoun
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • Information about the song you will perform (Group, song and link to music video/choreography)
    • A description of your planned performance.
    • An audition video for the pre-judges to evaluate. This needs to be uncut and a full front view facing the dancers. The audition video may be sent to us later than the other information, but must be handed to us before the application deadline.

    If your group qualifies then you will need to provide the following

    • A file with the music/song that will be played during your performance.
    • The video/animation that will be played during your performance in a standard readable format.
    • Your wishes regarding stage lightning.
    • Information about whether you are going to use props or not.
    • Information about whether you need help, from your own assistants or from our stage hands.
    • A group photo or a logo from your dance group for us to post on social media. (anyone under the age of 18 needs their guardian's permission, papers will be sent out)
  • Detailed rules

    These are the official rules for the NärCon Kpop Competition

    Group size and number of members

      • The group shall consist of between 3–8 members.
      • Group members in the online qualifier for 2024 can be from any place in the world.
      • All group members must go through the preliminary audition round, either our online video qualifier or the qualifier organized by one of our international partner events.
      • If the group proceeds, the group members cannot be switched, added or deducted. In case of emergencies like sickness or accidents, contact the championship organizers.

      Song selection / performance

        • The song selection must be from a Korean artist.
          • Allowed languages are Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English.
        • Dance: The dance routine must be the same as the original artist choreography. If the group chooses to do a cover of a remix, the remix must have an existing choreography.
        • Remixes are only allowed if it already has an existing choreography. The remix must be an official remix and follow the other rules of the competition.
        • The group is not allowed to change songs without the host's permission after submitting your material for the finals.
        • The overall performance can include an introductory part. This is recommended for extra points. Quality of the editing will not be judged since this is about its content and not about technical knowledge.
        • The maximum length of the intro part is 60 seconds / 1 minute.
        • The overall maximum length of a performance (intro + main song) is 5 minutes.
        • The group can choose to include original choreography to the intro part of the performance, but this is in no way a requirement as it will not be judged. Walking up on stage directly after the intro is enough.

        Evaluation criteria

        The judging of the performance is divided into five categories:

        • Technique 0-7 points
        • Clothing and overall appearance 0-7 points
        • Synchronization, formations and uniformity 0-7 points
        • Stage charisma 0-7 points
        • Intro 0-2 points

        During the performance, the song the group has selected will be played. They will also have the possibility to have the music video, or their own animation played in the background on our LED-screens.

        Instructions for the audition

              • The video must be taken from the front view with a single shot with a steady, fixed spot camera. No cuts or transmissions
              • All dancers must be fully visible during the entire video
              • No stage performance recordings. Take one from dance practice (With or without stage outfit).
              • The video should be as clear and simple as possible (no editing, no flashing lights etc.)
              • Maximum length 2 minutes (allowed to be exceeded by a few seconds due to editing)
              • The file format must be playable on a standard computer with no external programs needed.

              We look forward to your application and hope we’ll see you at NärCon Sommar 2024!