South African Talent Championship

Genre Descriptions

Acting Genres


The judging in the acting section will be based projection, articulation, characterisation, wit, confidence, believability and stage usage.

 All items can be performed in Afrikaans and/or English and participants can enter as many genres as they wish.  

All acting performances and routines must be in good taste and suitable for families. Kindly avoid themes such as Harry Potter/witches/dragons/Halloween/corruption/Aids/Rape/Drugs/Suicide/Abuse/Retrenchments/Fear Factor/Terrorism/Bombings. These topics will result in disqualification by our panel of judges. Keep in mind that there are young children in the audience.

Where props are used, participants must be able to carry it on/off performance space themselves.  The following genres are available to choose from:

Biblical Prose

Individual presentation of a memorised passage with religious
themes from the Holy Bible (any version).

The extract selected should be understood and appreciated, phrasing and pause should clarify the meaning. The speaker should modulate effectively to make the passage lively and interesting. Paint the picture of what you are communicating by using your voice, body and face.

Broadway / Musical theatre

A genre of drama in which singing play an essential part. This genre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting,
and movement.

The performance must be from a known Broadway show or Musical. It must consist of 50% - 70% spoken dialogue. The balance
must be singing.

No backtrack/backing music is allowed. Costumes and makeup must be suitable for the chosen play.

Classical Monolugue

This is the presentation of one character from a book or a play
using functional movement, gesture and speech.

The performance should include gesture and speech and nature of the extract should be from a classical play or story (i.e. Shakespear, Cinderella etc).

Props and costume may be used,
but it must be motivated and functional.

Comical Monologue

This is the presentation of one character from a book or a play
using functional movement, gesture and speech.

The performance should include gesture and speech and nature of the extract should be humorous.

Props and costume may be used,
but it must be motivated and functional.


Commercial Scripts

Participants perform a 20 second commercial, chosen from our online selection of pre-written commercials.  Performers perform the script as if advertising the specific product.

Performers can make use of light hand gestures and clothing should be kept plain and natural. Denims and plain T-shirts work really well!

Click here to download the pre-written commercial scripts if you are 12 years old or younger (children).

Click here to download the pre-written commercial scripts if you are 13 years old or older (teens and adults).

This catergory can only be performed in English.

Contemporary Monologue

This is the presentation of one character from a book or a play
using functional movement, gesture and speech.

The performance should include gesture and speech.  It is a modern day monologue and while there are no specific dates for time frames that are inclusive of the term, this genre is typically understood to be from the current century, depicting modern themes and story lines. The nature of the play could be dramatic or comic.

Props and costume may be used,
but it must be motivated and functional.


Dramatical Monologue

This is the presentation of one character from a book or a play
using functional movement, gesture and speech.

The performance should include gesture and speech and nature of the extract should be dramatic (serious).

Props and costume may be used,
but it must be motivated and functional.


Dramatised Poetry

Any type of poem may be performed as long as it is age appropriate and of a suitable length.

The written word is dramatised using motivated gestures and movement.   The use of movement, voice and facial expression should always be motivated and should always enhance the poem and the overall presentation of the poem.

Props and costumes can be used, or alternatively comfortable black outfit.

Undramatised Poetry

Any type of poem may be performed as long as it is age appropriate and of a suitable length.

Formal interpretation by making use of vocal and facial expression only. No gestures.

No props or costumes (Comfortable black outfit).

Dramatised Prose

Prose is an extract from a written piece.  The written word is dramatized using motivated gestures and movement. Dialogue must be strongly characterised.

The selected passage should contain a narrator and one/more characters that will be characterized by using a special voice and different body movements. The use of movements should be motivated and natural.  

Improve

Participants perform a 20 second improv on a topic chosen for them by the adjudicators.

Participants have 5 minutes to prepare before the start of the item. The participant is requested to portray an original act/situation with the use of speech, movement and gestures.

Participants are judged on the use of space, movement, sound effects and vocabulary.  

Stand-Up Comedy

An individual performance of a comic routine, consisting of jokes, one liners, etc. which includes interaction with the audience.

Please note that most of stand-up comedy is prepared and only occasional interaction with the audience will be impromptu.

Props, items of costume, etc., may be used but are not compulsory. Alternatively comfortable black outfit.  

Mime

A person using gestures and movement should portray an original situation.

No speech and props may be used. Multi-media like background music may be used
to create a mood.

Participants will be adjudicated on the use of movement and
space.

Mime attire should be worn if possible. Advisable to ‘announce’ topic by using an A4 white cardboard with the topic written on it.

This entry will fall under the English section.

Open

For those performers who are a little indecisive on what to choose, as anything may be performed under the Open genre.

Dance Genres


The judging in the dancing section  will be based on dancing ability, audience appeal, stage presence, and appropriateness of costume.

The following genres are available to choose from:

Acrobatics

Acrobatics is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context, dispaying balance and flexibility. Routine must include choreography, dance technique and fluent movement.

Ballet

A classical style of expressive dancing based on an elaborate formal technique and precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace, precision and fluidity.

Routine must display strong technique, athleticism, and grace.

Can be performed in ballet slippers or Pointe shoes.

Ballroom / Latin

Ballroom dancing is
a routine with partners and include various styles:
• Waltz
• Foxtrot
• Tango
• Quickstep
• Viennese Waltz
• Rumba
• Cha Cha Cha 
• Samba
• Jive
 

Broadway/Musical Theatre

A routine interpreting a song from a “Broadway” or movie musical,
through any style of dance.

This routine must be story-focused and include character-driven movement, exaggeration, quirkiness and athleticism.

Character

This is a dance routine
portraying a character from a play, movie, television show or a stereotype (i.e. doctor, policeman, etc.) 

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is an expressive style of dance that abandons the rigid, centered aspect of classical forms of dance, and utilizes unconventional movements from styles around the world. It incorporates certain elements of ballet, modern dance, and jazz.

Basic Contemporary styles such as Horton & Graham techniques are accepted.

Disco

Disco dance is a style of dance highly dependent on disco music.

Disco dance is a fusion of Classical dance (spins and jumps), Jazz (isolations, core and connecting steps, spins and jumps), Modern, Rock'n'Roll (footwork, mostly kicks), Aerobics (footwork) and gymnastics and acrobatics

Dancers build their choreography with the focus on their interpretation of music, their dancing technique and expressiveness. 

Ethnic / Folk

This routine must consist of dance styles that is characteristic of a particular cultural / ethnic group.  

Freestyle

Freestyle dance incorporates many genres of dance, which evolve with the current music trends. It can be very physical and high enegry or slow and expressive.

Steps and movements most associated with Freestyle are spins, kicks, leaps, runs and slick arm and head actions.

Your routine must demonstrate self expression combined with flexilbility and stamina.

Hip-Hop/Funk

Hip-hop is a dance style that combine funky dance movements usually perfomed to trendy
hip-hop music.  

Fusion of street moves and Jazz dance technique. It can include a combination of different techniques like, popping, locking, breaking, rotations and jumps .

It is a high-energy dance routine, incorporating challenging routines and beats. 

Jazz

Jazz dance key features include using feet, arm, and hand positions, isolations (head, shoulder, hips), timing, shape, and movements including body rolls, jazz walks, swings, and kicks.

While the routine incorporates
some classical moves, its fast pace with a high level of improvisation, and uses upbeat music. 

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is defined as a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics, modern, and hip hop, while still maintaining its autonomy.

Lyrical dance is usually emotionally charged and expressive and give dancers a chance to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. Their movements attempt to show the meaning of the music. It is very passionate and can tell a story through movement.  

Modern

Modern Dance is a routine that is
related to both Ballet and Jazz and which develops different movements and styles to a varied choice of music.

The dancers must create “lines” and dance with breadth, freedom of movement and emotion. The danceis based upon the use of contraction and relaxation, lots of “accents” and the dimensions of dance. 

Song & Dance

Song & dance is a theatrical performance combining singing and dancing, where at least 50% being dance.

Tap

Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. 

Dancers wear tap shoes to
execute tap technique.

Open

A routine combining any forms of dance styles or a routine that does not fit any category.

Dance styles such as Belly Dancing, Gum Boot and Cheer leading are included here.

Instrumental Genres


The judging in the instrumental section will be based on intonation, rhythm, timbre, instrument handling overall technique and stage presence. 

Instruments are divided into four main categories: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. There are a countless number of instruments available under these categories, therefore we welcome any instruments here on our SATCH stage.

The following genres are available to choose from:

Blues

The Blues, a haunting, stylistic type of music, is based on the use of 'blue' notes or the intentional aberration or 'bending' of a scalar tone on a repetitive pattern, which is usually a twelve-bar structure. This gives the blues its characteristic melody and harmony.

Broadway

This section can only contain music from a Broadway or West End Musical and cannot contain music from Motion pictures.

Classical

Classical music describes music that is considered serious or intellectual and is usually written in a traditional or formal style.

Classical music includes music by composers from Albonini to Bach, Chopin, DeBussy, Elgar, Franck, Gerswin, Handel, Ibert, Janaceck, Kuhlau, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Palestrina, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Teleman, Verdi and Wagner.

Contemporary

Contemporary music can be described as music that is currently being written, recorded and performed.  It is distinctively modern in style and understood to be from the current century, depicting modern themes and it is musically commercial.

Jazz

Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation.


Open

This category allows the participant the freedom to enter any piece as an own choice. 

Original Works

This category creates an opportunity for the creation of your own compositions.  

An original work is one not received from others nor one copied from or based upon the work of others.

Pop

Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music.

Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.

Rock

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the 1960s and 1970s. It is based around amplified instruments, especially the electric guitar and electric bass, and is characterized by a strong bass line and driving rhythms.

There are the repetitive and catchy riffs and melodies and the steady beat and contagious energy behind everything.

Modelling Genres


Judging will be based on poise, posture, personality, projection, runway techniques, and your ability to walk and turn gracefully. Judging for the swimwear category will be based on high energy, muscle tone, and overall physical fitness. 


Fashion / Lifestyle Runway


Participants may either enter Fashion / Lifestyle Runway, but not both.

Fashion Runway is for participants who are older than 12 ad 1.75 or longer in height.

Lifestyle Runway is for participants older than 12, and applicable to all shapes and sizes.

Children's Runway


Children’s Runway is only for participants who are 12 years and younger. 

Family Runway


Family Runway is for participants of any age, shape and size, and their direct families.  

Swimwear


Models that have entered for the swimwear genre, may not wear any shoes, and must do their modeling routine barefoot. This applies to all ages.
In the swimwear genre, no two piece costumes may be worn. Only one piece costumes are allowed, and tummies may not be partially or completely revealed. Models will be disqualified if they do not adhere to this rule. Only board shorts are allowed for all male participants. No speedos and any other hot pants are allowed to be worn.

Models will walk on a T-shaped ramp and perform each of their modeling routine once, applicable to all genres. Time allowed for each of their modelling items are 30 seconds.

Each contestant will walk the length of the stage one time only. No dancing or constant posing are permitted. Standard upbeat runway music will be provided. No modelling contestant will be allowed to provide their own music. Music will be provided for all styles of modelling.

Outfits must be tasteful and age appropriate. NO open tummies allowed.

Click on the video below for an example of the modelling routine: 

Modelling Routine

Vocal Genres

Judging will be based on singing ability, audience appeal, stage presence, showmanship and appropriateness of wardrobe.

All items can be performed in Afrikaans and/or English and participants can enter as many genres as they wish.  
Singers may play a musical instrument as accompaniment to their vocal performances.

A Capella

A Cappella is technically defined as singing without instrumental accompaniment.


Broadway

A song written for the musical / broadway theatre. The song selected may be any style as long as it is from a pre-existing musical / broadway production.

Country Western

Also known as Country & Western music.  This music form is developed mostly in the southern United States of America, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals and blues.

Contemporary

Contemporary music is defined as music that is currently being written, recorded and performed.


Gospel

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context.

The song has to have a gospel message.

Latin

This type of music refers to music originating from Latin America.

Due to its highly syncretic nature, Latin American music encompasses a wide variety of styles, including influential genres such as bachata, bossa nova, merengue, rumba, salsa, samba, son, and tango.  

Motion Pictures

Music from a commercially released soundtrack album.

Songs as featured in the soundtrack of a film, video, or television presentation.

Open

The Open genre is also available for singers who prefer to do a genre not offered in our selection, or for the more creative singer, who wishes to perform a vocal medley.

Opera

An aria from an opera or operetta, with a varied compositional
output.

Original Works 

An original work is one not received from others nor one copied from or based upon the work of others.

It is a work created with a unique style and substance. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers.

Pop

Pop music is a genre of popular music.  Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music.

Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music.

Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.

R&B/Soul/Jazz

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation.

R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.

Soul music combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz.

Rap

Genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment.

Rapping (or rhyming, spitting, emceeing, MCing) is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates "rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular", which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backing beat or musical accompaniment.

Rock

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the 1960s and 1970s.  It is based around amplified instruments, especially the electric guitar and electric bass, and is characterized by a strong bass line and driving rhythms.

There are the repetitive and catchy riffs and melodies and the steady beat and contagious energy behind everything.

Singer / Songwriter

Songs produced by musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Singer / Songwriters often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using a guitar or piano.

World Music

Pick a song that is associated with a specific country (a Folks tune).

FACE of SATCH

FACE of SATCH

Judging criteria for FACE of SATCH: Award winning smile/friendliness/natural beauty/cuteness/overall appeal/the ability to stand in front of a crowd without being shy (onstage presence).  

This is a natural pageant… no spray tans/fake nails/lashes.
Just be YOU!!!

Face Of SATCH Wardrobe

You are responsible for your own competition wardrobe as a contestant. Shoes required for all contestant, age appropriate please!  Inappropriate clothing will result in immediate disqualification by our panel of judges.  

Each contestant will appear on twice on stage in beauty wear of choice.  
First time will be choice wear and the second time will be dressy/formal wear.

Choice Wear

We want to see WHO YOU ARE, wear something to do with that, whatever you are most comfortable in. This will be your introduction to the judges and audience. Contestants will showcase clothes of choice to express themselves.  Show the judges your personality (sports fan, girly girls, sparkles, preppy).  Let your child pick the outfit that best represent their own unique sense of style; 

Dressy/Formal Wear

Girls: Long dress, short dress, party dress, pageant dress or gown of choice.  Any type of formal wear.
Boys: Dressy clothes; may have short or long pants.

Attire must be formal wear, with NO exposed midriffs or tummies, NO revealing or translucent attire. Keep it tasteful!  NO low necklines, revealing bust, high cut/semi g-string will be allowed.

 Public Speaking / Redenaars

The judging in the public speaking section will be based on the participant's ability to demonstrate skills in oral communication by using good speech construction and delivery technique, confidence, eye contact, as well as the content of the speech.

SATCH's main aim is to create a platform for any child between Grade 1 and Grade 12 to speak and participate in a National Competition. It is no doubt that communication plays a vital role in human life. It not only helps to facilitate the process of sharing information and knowledge, but also helps people to develop relationships with others.

Although this is a Championship and there can only be two overall winners (Junior and Senior) – our goal is to promote self-confidence and spontaneity. It is important that every child learns how to understand the logical connections between ideas and know how to identify, construct and evaluate arguments.

➢ The speaker's opinion remains important.
➢ Participants must perform age-appropriate speeches.
➢ Participants may enter for both English and Afrikaans categories.
➢ The Speaker must be confident, convincible and believable.
➢ Good use of voice and articulation in both English and Afrikaans.
➢ Gestures to be natural, meaningful and appropriate.
➢ Keep eye contact and handle notes with ease and naturally.

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