Bust a Groove 13 will take over the City campus during May 2018, providing the chance for RMIT students to battle it out for dancing glory.

The competition will culminate in the grand finale on Wednesday, 9 May to determine the final winner.

Open to all dance styles, Bust a Groove will showcase both solo, duo and 1vs 1 Battle Division, with the winners walking away with awesome cash prizes.

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

Image credit: Sarah Lay

Key information

Registration closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018
Heat: 12.30–1.30pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018
Final: 12.30–2pm, Wednesday 9 May 2018
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
Duo - 1st prize: $500
1 vs 1 Battle Division: $250

How to enter

  1. Complete the online registration form. If you don't already have an RMIT Link account, you will be prompted to create one. Registrations close 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018.
  2. Each contestant will be contacted via email after the closing date to advise if they gained a spot in the competition.
  3. If selected, the heat date and confirmation of song will also be emailed to you (song choice only applies to solo and duo division)

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

Solo / Duo / Battle Division

There are three divisions in the competition: solos, duos and 1 vs 1 Battle Division..

  • A solo is one dancer who performs on their own.*
  • A duo is comprised of two dancers. The duo may have one non-RMIT student, but there must be at least one RMIT student as part of the duo.*
  • The 1 vs 1 Battle Division must have at least 50% sign-ups as RMIT students. If you're a non-RMIT student, you must be currently studying to enter. 

*The solo and duo divisions are pre-choreographed (or can be freestyled by artistic choice) divisions. The Battle Division is freestyled according to the music and rounds offered. 

Music for heats

When competing in the heats in the solo and duo divisions 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. Battle Division will be provided music mixed on the day – you are not required to select a music track.

If you are a soloist, you have 1 minute 30 seconds to perform. Duos 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. Duos 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 3 May 2018. 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. Battle Division will be provided music mixed on the day – you are not required to select a music track. The Battle division is only part of the final and are not required to compete on the heat date. 

Additional rules

  • No props are allowed on stage.
  • No disrobing in a suggestive manner. No excessively revealing clothing. No destroying clothing on stage.
  • Duo members cannot change between heats and finals; only the dancers originally registered for the competition can compete and all duo 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.