Comp Rules & Regos

Before signing up for the competitions please read all the information available on this page. Have fun and don’t be afraid to give it a go. Best of luck!

Competition registrations are open! Click here to enter.

Note: Showcase entries must be received by Friday 18th May 2018. All other entries must be received by 25th May (some exceptions may apply). We reserve the right to cancel any categories where insufficient entries are received to run the competition.

Categories

Mix & Match (Lindy Hop)

  • Enter as an individual, specifying follow or lead
  • Finals will include shines and an all-skate

Strictly Lindy

  • Enter as a partnership
  • Finals will include shines and an all-skate

Novice Lindy

  • Enter as a partnership
  • Must have been dancing for less than 1 year
  • Finals will consist only of an all-skate

Solo Charleston

  • Enter as an individual
  • Finals will include shines and an all-skate

Fast & Furious (Lindy Hop)

  • Enter as a partnership
  • Finals will include shines and an all-skate

Balboa

  • Enter as a partnership
  • Finals will consist only of an all-skate

Blues

  • Enter as a partnership
  • Finals will consist only of an all-skate (two songs in different styles)

Showcase (solo/pair)

  • Enter as an individual or a partnership
  • Limit of three minutes for performance
  • Limit of two showcases (solo/pair) per individual – pick your best!

Showcase (group)

  • Enter as a team (use a previously agreed name before registering your piece)
  • Limit of three minutes for performance

Heats

Heats will take place from 3pm on Saturday 2nd June. Heats will only run when the number of competition entries warrant it. Heat categories will be confirmed Friday 1st June.

General Rules

  1. Moves, music and styling in all events should fall under the appropriate swing umbrella (e.g. Lindy Hop, Shag, 30s Partnered Charleston, Bal). Note these exceptions:
    • Solo Charleston competition should mostly be Charleston and solo jazz
    • Balboa competition should mostly be Balboa or Bal-swing
    • Blues competition should mostly conform to the wider Blues aesthetic
  2. Moves, music and styling for Showcases will be relaxed slightly, with the judgement of the relative merits of each routine left to the judges’ discretion.
  3. Aerials are permitted in all categories but dangerous behaviour (e.g. carrying out an aerial that lands on or dangerously near another couple) may get you disqualified.
  4. Heats will consist of all-skates when run.
  5. Dancers in categories with shines should be prepared to do two shines of 8 bars each.
  6. Judges’ decisions are final.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Technique: The ability of the dancers to use core dance and movement technique to precisely execute swing dance steps.
  2. Lead & Follow: The skill of clear leading and following techniques that enable the flow, individual expression, moves, musicality and execution of the dance.
  3. Timing: How well the partnership stays in time with the music and each other. Flow and connection.
  4. Entertainment: Showmanship and entertainment value of the performance, ability of the competitors to engage with the crowd.
  5. Level of Difficulty: The complexity of the moves and interaction between the couple, lead and follow ability in the context of the moves and musicality. Innovation will also be considered under this criterion, being the ability of the couple to execute moves to the music that are clearly not scripted/choreographed moves (excluding the team showcase division).
  6. Musicality: How the music is interpreted by a couple, suitable expression of the music, use of musical highlights. Interpretation and understanding of phrasings.

These criteria will be adapted for individual assessment under the Solo Charleston category.

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