Competition Rules

Competitor Eligibility:

  • Must purchase a weekend pass.

  • Must sign a waiver (if you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian
    must sign for you).

  • Must register by entry deadlines.

  • Must follow individual division guidelines as outlined in this document.

  • Levels may be combined if there are not enough entries.

    For example:  Newcomer/Nov and Int/Adv.

  • We support dancing in non-traditional roles.  (Details below).

  • See Schedule for competition registration  deadlines.
     

Age Requirements:

  • Are outlined in the specific qualification for each division.

  • Competitors must meet age requirement by the event date.

  • Competitors under the age of 13 are not allowed to compete at this event - All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
     

Waiver Forms:

  • Every competitor must sign the appropriate waiver before being allowed to compete.

  • Competitors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign any required forms.

 

General Info:

  • There will be no dancers meeting. All competitors must attend the mandatory roll call 15 minutes before their division. No proxies allowed, though one member of a team may check in for the team division. 


  • A minimum number of 5 entries are required to run a division for full prize money to be awarded. If 3- 4 entries are registered, the division may run, but the prize money may be adjusted. Two entries or less, the division will be combined or cancelled. If cancelled, entry fees will be refunded. 


  • All competitors must wear their assigned bib number during all contests (unless otherwise told by the Head Judge). Leaders must wear their bib numbers in the upper back section (between their shoulders); and Followers must wear their bib numbers in their lower back section (at approximately hip level). 


Jack & Jills:

  • The Jack & Jill competitions are designed to highlight social dance skills in spontaneous dancing and the ability to dance well with a variety of partners.

Format:

  • Competitors enter as individuals, are randomly assigned partners, and dance to music selected by the Competition DJ. Depending on the number of entries, preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds may be held and will be danced in a heated format. Each division must have at least 5 leaders and 5 followers. There is no maximum number of competitors.
     

Swing Jack and Jill Divisions (leveled)

  • World Swing Dance Council – Event Rules Effective January 3, 2018 

  • Each competitor must enter his or her appropriate skill level.  Please refer to the WSDC rules and points registry to determine your level.

  • CHECK YOUR WSDC POINTS FOR CORRECT LEVEL PLACEMENT BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THE JACK & JILL COMPETITION. 


  • PETITIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CHIEF JUDGE BEFORE OR AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. ALL DECISIONS BY THE HEAD JUDGE WILL BE FINAL. 


  • A competitor may enter only one WSDC skill level, as either leader OR follower.

  • Masters J&J, an age category, may dance in Masters AND one other Skill level.

  • 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 support moves, (one foot on the ground).

  • All Swing Jack & Jills will follow World Swing Dance Council rules.  Please refer to https://www.worldsdc.com/library

  • Please also note that as of January 2018 there have been some changes to the levels so please refer to the chart (at the bottom).

 

Hustle Jack & Jills (Leveled):

  • Each competitor must enter his or her appropriate skill level. (Ask if you have any questions on your level). 


  • A competitor may enter only one level per role. You may compete as a leader AND 
follower, but not in the same skill or age division (i.e. leader in novice & follower in int., or leader in novice & follower in masters, or leader in sophisticated and follower in masters). 


  • Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries. 


  • No lifts allowed. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves, (one foot on the ground). 
Sophisticated & Masters Jack & Jill: 


  • These are age levels and all competitors may compete in one or both of these in addition to their skill level Jack& Jill. These will be offered in West Coast Swing as well as Hustle. 


  • Sophisticated age level will be 35+ and Masters age level will be 50+.
A competitor may dance in both (if age permits) but must only do one role per division. 


  • Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries. 


  • No lifts allowed. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves (one foot on the ground). 

     

Sophisticated & Masters Jack & Jill:

  • These are age levels and all competitors may compete in one or both of these in addition to their skill level Jack& Jill.  These will be offered in West Coast Swing as well as Hustle.

  • Sophisticated age level will be 35+ and Masters age level will be 50+.
    A competitor may dance in both (if age permits) but must only do one role per division.

  • 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 support moves (one foot on the ground).
     

Crossover Jack & Jill:

  • This contest is designed to highlight social dance skills in lead/follow dancing in both Hustle and West Coast Swing  and the ability to dance well with a variety of partners. This contest is open to all skill levels!

  • Each competitor must compete in one role as leader or follower.

  • Competitors will be expected to dance one song of West Coast Swing and one song of Hustle, or alternate dances (50/50) mid-song on both songs!  

  • Competitors will be judged on their ability to dance as a team and ability to maintain the characteristics of each dance.

  • Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves (one foot on the ground).

 

Team Routine Competition:

  • This division consists of teams of 3 or more dancers comprised of any combination of gender and/or skill level.  They will be judged as a group.  A minimum number of 3 entries are required to run a division for full prize money to be awarded. Two or less the division will be cancelled and entry fees refunded. An opportunity to perform an exhibition may be offered at the discretion of the event directors.

  • This division requires Team Routines to be based on Hustle or any style of Swing

  • Lifts, aerials, acrobatic moves, drops, slides, breakaways, switching of partners and reverse lead/follow are allowed, but not required.

  • Routines must be a minimum of 3 minutes but no more than 5 minutes in length.

  • Teams select their own music and have choreographed routines.

  • Costumes are required.

  • Any individual is only allowed to compete on one team, unless there are extenuating circumstances, which must be approved by event director.

WSDC Level Chart:

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