Competition Rules


Please read the following rules carefully, change in placement may occur if the chief judge determines a violation.

* A minimum of 5 entries for Jack n Jill and Strictly Swing divisions in order to be held, with a minimum of 3 entries in any pro-am, or routine division. Time slots set aside for cancelled divisions will become social dance time. (This includes the elimination of any preliminary or semi-final round)

General Eligibility

In order to compete in any/all division(s) offered at 5280 Westival, a competitor must:

  • Hold a competitor’s weekend pass (full or basic).
  • Complete and sign the waiver form.
  • Pay the required entry fee(s).

Multiple Registrations

An eligible competitor may register in any/all divisions that they are qualified for, with a few exceptions.

  • Competitors may enter in both Showcase and Classic as long as they enter each division with a different partner.
  • Competitors that are dancing in either Showcase or Classic are not permitted to dance with the same partner in Strictly Swing, 3 for All Strictly, Bookends Strictly, or any Pro-Am division.
  • Masters competitors may enter more than one Jack and Jill Division as well as more than one Strictly Swing Division. These competitors will be eligible to dance in the level in which they are qualified for as well as the Masters division.

Waiver Forms

All competitors must sign a contest waiver form to be eligible to dance in any/all competitions. In the event that the contestant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will be required to sign the form on the minor's behalf.

Responsibilities of Competitors

Competitors are responsible for adhering to these rules whether they have read them or not. Questions about the rules should be addressed in advance to the Chief Judge.

Competitors should be present in the ballroom at least 10 minutes prior to the start of their competition. Competitors are responsible for their bib numbers. Any cancellation by a competitor or couple after the registration deadline will result in the loss of the entry fee.

Petitions

In the event that competitors feel uncomfortable with their assigned classification, they may petition for reclassification for either one level above or below their WSDC classification by providing a brief, written explanation of the reason(s) for their request.

Competitors must submit such petitions at the contest registration desk prior to the earliest registration deadline for the competition(s) in question. The Chief Judge will review petitions for reclassification, and contestants will be notified as quickly as possible of the outcome. The Organizer reserves the right to reclassify any contestant for any reason.

Changes to These Rules

The Organizer will make every effort to conduct all competitions in accordance with these rules. However, the Organizer reserves the right to make any changes in schedule or format deemed necessary for any competition.

Definitions

"Points" - means points listed in the World Swing Dance Council Competitors Registry.

"Swing Content" - Swing is an American Rhythm Dance based on a foundation of 6-beat and 8-beat patterns that incorporate a wide variety of rhythms built on 2-beat single, delayed, double, triple, and blank rhythm units. The 6-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, passes, underarm turns, push- breaks, open-to-closed, and closed-to-open position patterns. The 8-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, whips, swing- outs, Lindy circles, and Shag pivots. Although they are not part of the foundation of the dance as stated above, 2- beat and 4-beat extension rhythm breaks may\be incorporated to extend a pattern, to phrase the music, and/or to accent breaks.

Division Rules

Pro-Am Division Strictly Swing

General

  • Amateurs may enter in one Pro-am Strictly Swing Division Level and one Pro-am Night Club Two Step Division: Open.

Specific

  • Length of performance is at the Organizer's discretion. The Organizer will choose music.
  • Costumes are not allowed. However, matching or complementary outfits suitable for social dancing are acceptable.
  • This division will be danced in heats.
  • Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries.
  • Pre-choreographed routines are not allowed.
  • Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight supported moves.
  • At most five partner weight supported moves are permitted.

Jack and Jill Division

The Jack & Jill competitions are designed to highlight social dance skills in spontaneous swing dancing and the ability to dance well with a variety of partners. A bit of "luck of the draw" comes into play as well.

Format

Competitors enter as individuals, are randomly assigned partners, and dance to music selected in advance by the Competition DJ. Depending on the number of entries, preliminary and semi-final rounds may be held and will be danced in a heated format. Finals may or may not be danced in spotlight format. Each division must have at least 5 leaders and 5 followers. There is no maximum number of competitors.

General

Each competitor may enter only one skill level Jack & Jill competition (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, & All -Star). No change in division will be permitted without a petition process. Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a- ways, and recoveries. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight supported moves.

Division Qualifications

Our qualifications for entries promote fairness and competitor enjoyment by grouping dancers of similar ability in the same division. Our rules are based on the World Swing Dance Council (WSDC) recommendations. The Organizers will verify that all competitors are dancing in the division that they are qualified for according to the WSDC. If you are not comfortable dancing in the division where these qualifications place you and would like to dance in a different division, please petition for a division change (see "Petitions").

Juniors

Competitors who are 18 years old or younger by the end of the event. Juniors competitors may also dance in any skill level Jack & Jill (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced & All Star).

Novice
  • Competitors with fewer than 15 novice points should dance in this division.
  • Competitors with 15 or more novice points AND a win in novice must dance in a higher division.
Intermediate
  • Competitors with 15 or more novice points, but fewer than 30 intermediate points should dance in this division.
  • Competitors with 30 or more intermediate points AND a win in intermediate must dance in a higher division.
Sophisticated

Competitors who are at least 35 years old by the end of the event.

Masters

Competitors who are at least 50 years old by the end of the event.

Advanced
  • Competitors with 30 or more intermediate points should dance in this division.
  • Competitors with 45 or more advanced points within the last three years may continue to dance in this division but are not required to do so.
All-Star

Competitors with 45 or more advanced points within the last three years may dance in this division.

Champions

Competitors may, but are not required to, dance in this division if they have any earned Professional (PRO), Champions (CHMP), Invitational (INV) or Teachers (TCH) points. Competitors who have placed 1st-5th in a Champions or Invitational J&J held at a qualifying major event should dance in this division.

All American

This division is open to anyone; pros could draw someone from novice and or any other combinations. The music will be from a specific era of soulful music. You may enter this division in addition to a WSDC division. The partnership will advance to finals NOT the individual, and then new partners will be selected for the final round.

Pro-Am Jack n Jill

This division is open to anyone in the novice, intermediate or advanced division for their opportunity to dance with a randomly selected professional. A professional for this division will be anyone that is an All-Star or part of the teaching staff.

 

Strictly Swing Division

Swing dancing that encourages lead and follow partner dancing at its best. Although swing includes amalgamations and patterns that are familiar to many dancers, the essence of lead and follow must be maintained in and out of these patterns. The Strictly Swing division is not meant for long and extended pre-choreographed phrases. Choreography "on the fly" is the objective.

Drops, leans, circular movements and other partner weight supported moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor.

General

  • There are 5 levels of Strictly Swing available to the dancers (Novice, Intermediate, Masters, Advanced and All Star/Champions).
  • Guidelines for expected swing content are 90% in Strictly Swing. It is at the judge’s discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
  • Competitors that qualify for Master, may dance Masters and the skill level in which they qualify for provided it is with a different partner.

Specific

  • Length of performance is at the Event Organizer’s discretion.
  • Costumes are not allowed. However, matching or complementary outfits suitable for social dancing are acceptable.
  • This division will be danced in heats for preliminaries, semi-finals (if needed) and finals.
  • Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries.
  • Pre-choreographed routines are not allowed.
  • Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight supported moves.
  • At most five partner weight support moves are permitted.

3 for All Strictly

This is a "for fun" competition which can involve all levels of dancers. Teams consist of 3 dancers with any combination of lead/follow male and female. Costumes are encouraged. Teams may consist of any level of dancer but can only have a maximum of one All-Star/Champion per team. There must be recognizable swing content in the dance, but other than that anything goes.

Bookends Strictly

This division is a "for fun" competition that allows dancers to reverse roles from lead to follow and vice-versa. This division must have two people of the same gender with one pre-determined leader and one pre-determined follow. Costumes are encouraged. There must be recognizable swing content in the dance, but other than that anything goes.

Division Qualifications

The level to dance in a Strictly Swing couple should be per J&J qualifications to determine the appropriate division. If one partner is a higher division than the other the level will be danced to the highest division of the couple. (i.e. If one person is advanced and the other is novice the couple must dance in advanced.)

Routine Divisions

Classic Division

Swing dancing that allows choreography with an "on the ground" approach to the dance. Drops, leans, circular movements and other partner weight supported moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor.

General

  • Guidelines for expected swing content in the Classic Division is at 80%. It is at the judge’s discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
  • An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.

Specific

  • Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes (Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music).
  • Competitors select their own music.
  • Costumes are allowed and encouraged.
  • Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.
  • Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries.
  • Break-away in Classic Division to be no more than 8 beats of music.
  • Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight supported moves.
  • At most five partner weight supported moves are permitted throughout the performance.

Showcase Division

Swing dancing that allows choreography with flair toward lifts and other partner weight support moves.

General

  • Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the event to participate.
  • The maximum number of entries in each division is at the Event Organizer’s discretion. There is no minimum number of entries.
  • Guidelines for expected swing content are: at 60% in Showcase. It is at the judge’s discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
  • An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.

Specific

  • Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes. The clock begins when movement starts as determined by the Chief Judge.
  • Competitors select their own music.
  • Costumes are allowed and encouraged.
  • Separate entrances are permitted.
  • Break-a-ways and side-by-side patterns are permitted.
  • At least three partner weight support moves are required with the partner at knee level or above.
  • At least one partner weight support move is required with the partner above the waist
  • There are no lift maximums.

Rising Star Division

This division is designed for new routine dancers making their way to the floor. Anyone that has not placed top 5 at a NASDE event in the routine divisions may dance in this level. If one partner has placed in the above category the partnership cannot dance in the Rising Star division. Classic Rules apply with the exception that lifts are allowed.

Pro-Am Routine Division

This division is designed for new routine dancers to dance with their Professional partner. Anyone that has not placed top 5 at a NASDE event in the routine divisions may dance in this level as the Amateur. Each Professional may dance with up to 3 different Amateurs in this division. Classic Rules apply with the exception that lifts are allowed.