Bust a Groove 12 will take over the City campus during September and October 2017, providing the chance for RMIT students to battle it out for dancing glory.

The competition will culminate in the grand finale on Wednesday, 4 October to determine the final winner.

Open to all dance styles, Bust a Groove will showcase both solo and group entries, seeing the winners walk away with awesome cash prizes.

All students, staff, friends and fans are welcome to watch!

Come along and cheer on your favourite dancer as they shimmy, pop and lock their way to ultimate street cred.

Image credit: Sarah Lay

Key information

Registration closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017
Heat: 12.30–1.30pm, Wednesday 27 September 2017
Final: 12.30–2pm, Wednesday 4 October 2017
Location: Media Portal, ground floor on the corner of Swanston Street and Franklin Street, City campus.
Styles: The competition is open to all dance styles.


Solo - 1st prize: $500
Group - 1st prize: $500

How to enter

  1. Complete the online registration form. If you haven’t already got an RMIT Link account you will be prompted to create one. Registrations close 5pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017.
  2. Each contestant will be contacted via email after the closing date to advise if they have been selected.
  3. If selected, the heat date and confirmation of song will also be emailed to you

Note: Ideally all entrants will be chosen to compete, however, in the event of too many entrants, a selected number will be chosen on a first serve basis i.e. the first eligible people to register will compete.

Competition rules

Solos and groups

There are two divisions in the competition: solos and groups.

  • A solo is one dancer who performs on their own.
  • A group is comprised of two or more dancers; the maximum number of dancers is eight. A group may contain non-RMIT students, but this number must not exceed more than 50% of the total number of dancers in the group.

Music for heats

When competing in the heats you must perform to one of the ten pre-selected tracks (radio edit version). The ten pre-selected tracks are different styles. You may choose a certain point for the track to be played from. The DJ provides these tracks on the day of the event. You are not allowed to edit the song and must select the part you want the DJ to play from.

If you are a soloist you have 1 minute 30 seconds to perform. Groups have 2 minutes to perform. The DJ is instructed to play the full duration of this time period. If your performance stops before the full duration of the competition time limit, the DJ will continue to play your music. You do not have to begin your performance at the beginning of the track. If you choose not to commence your performance at the beginning of the track you must advise via email your selected starting point prior to the heat.

Music for the final

If you are a soloist you must perform for a minimum of 1 minute 40 seconds up to a maximum of 2 minutes. Groups must perform for a minimum of 2 minutes 10 seconds up to a maximum of 2 minutes 30 seconds.

You must supply your own music (no swearing or offensive content is permitted). Music must be emailed as an MP3 file by 5pm, Thursday 28 September. No other music forms (USB, phone, iPod etc.) will be accepted on the day. Failure to submit music by this time will result in either a 10 point deduction from your overall score or disqualification from the competition.

Additional rules

  • No props are allowed on stage.
  • No disrobing in a suggestive manner. No excessively revealing clothing. No destroying clothing on stage.
  • Group members cannot change between heats and finals; only the dancers originally registered for the competition can compete and all group members must perform for both the heat and the final.
  • Must have fun! This is a competition that celebrates dance at RMIT.

Failure to abide by the competition rules will result in consequences to be determined by the event management.