Competition Rules

In Order to Compete...

1. You must have a FULL weekend pass 

2. Registered by the scheduled deadline(s). See the weekend schedule  

3. Paid by the deadline and signed any associated forms 

4. Meet the requirements to compete in any specific division

Multiple Registrations..

1. Each competitor can enter ONE JnJ division and ONE Strictly division 

2. Masters competitors can compete in their JnJ leveled divisions as well as masters divisions

3. Classic, Showcase and Rising Star competitors cannot compete with their routine parter in Strictly Swing competitions. 

Waiver/Age Requirements

1. All contestants must sign the appropriate waiver form. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent signature 

2. As outlined in the specific qualification for each leveled division, anyone under the age of 6 cannot compete at this event.  

3. All individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them at all times. 

Behavior/Dress Code

It is the desire of this event to encourage expressive and exciting dance performances without sacrificing quality of dancing and good taste. To encourage this balance, any action that the judges believe would make them uncomfortable in a social dance setting (such as wearing inappropriate attire or showing disrespect) is prohibited. Comedy routines and props are not allowed. Competitors should check with the organizer or Chief Judge in advance is they have any questions regarding the acceptability of their routine or competition attire. 

Responsibilities of the Competitors

1. It is your responsibility to know registration deadlines and competition meetings/line ups 

2. You are responsible to checking in at the event for any changes in scheduling, which are always subject to change. 

3. Competitors are responsible for knowing and following the rules.  Questions about the rules should be asked at the contestant meeting, or addressed in advance with the Organizer or the Chief Judge. 

4. Competitors are responsible to be in the ballroom 15 minutes prior to competition ready to compete. Replacement bib numbers are $10 if lost. Any cancelation by the competitor o couple after the registration deadline will result in loss of the entry fee. 

5. Competitors must exhibit good sportsmanlike conduct. Competitors are prohibited to speaking with any judges prior to the award ceremony. Failure to adhere to this could result in disqualification.

Petitions for Reclassification

In the event that a competitor feels the need to compete in a different classification, they may petition on their entry form 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 in question. Petitions will be reviewed at the earliest time possible and the competitor will be notified as quickly as possible. 

Pro-Am JnJ

Amateurs may enter in one division level (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced). 

Couples must maintain physical contact with each other except for short breakaways, spins, turns, and recoveries. 

Couples must maintain contact with the floor during any weight supported moves not exceeding 5. 

Pre-choreographed routines are not allowed. 

Strictly Swing

Costumes are not allowed, however complementary/matching outfits are suitable. 

Couples must maintain physical contact with each other except for short breakaways, spins, turns, and recoveries. 

Couples must maintain contact with the floor during any weight supported moves not exceeding 5. 

Pre-choreographed routines are not allowed. 

Jack and Jill

JnJ Competitors can only enter 1 division except for competitors 50 years of age or older who can also compete in Masters.

Competitors must be 14 years of age or older to compete in the JnJ Divisions  

Couples must maintain physical contact with each other except for short breakaways, spins, turns, and recoveries. 

Couples must maintain contact with the floor during any weight supported moves not exceeding 5. 

Jack and Jill Division Qualifications

Our rules are based on the World Swing Dance Council recommendations. 

Masters: Competitors  must be 50 years or older to compete in Masters. Competitors  are also allowed to compete in your designated JnJ leveled division. 

Novice: Competitors with less than 15 points in this division. Competitors with more than 15 points and a WIN must compete in Intermediate. 

Intermediate: Competitors with less than 30 points in this division. Competitors with more than 30 points and a WIN must compete in Advanced. 

Advanced: Competitors with less than 45 advanced points in this division. Competitors with more than 45 points in advanced and a WIN should compete in All-Star. 

AllStar: Competitors with 45 or more advanced points. Competitors who have placed 1st-5th in a Champions or  Invitational JnJ, must compete in Champions. 

Champion: Competitors who have placed 1st-5th in a Champions or  Invitational JnJ, must compete in this division. 

NASDE

Sportsmanship is a fundamental aspect of our competition. Competing for the NASDE prize fund is privilege, not a right. The event director may flag a competitor’s behavior as un-sportsman like. Said behavior will be reviewed by the NASDE board at the next schedule NASDE Board meeting. Redress for violations can include but are not limited to deduction of points, dropping in level in the over all standing, or removal of competitor from the NASDE list.

CLASSIC

Swing dancing that allows choreography with an “on the ground” approach to the dance. Drops, leans, circular movements and other partner weight support moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor. NASDE rules apply. If any Event rule conflicts with published NASDE rules, the NASDE rules take precedence.

1.  Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the event to participate.

2.  Competitors will be one Male Leader and one Female Follower.

3.  The maximum number of entries in each division is at the Event’s discretion. There is no minimum number of entries. If fewer than ten couples enter a division, NASDE points will still be awarded.

4.  Guidelines for expected swing content are: at 80% in Classic. It is at the judges’ discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.

5.  An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.

6.  Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes. (remove – The clock begins when the performance starts as determine by the chief judge) – this is already covered/addressed with #4. Time and judging starts at the first movement of performance with or without music.

7.  Competitors select their own music.

8.  Costumes are allowed and encouraged.

9.  Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music.

10.  Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.

 

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

12.  Break-away in Classic Division to be no more than 8 beats effective January 1, 2009.

13.  Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves.

14.  At most five partner weight support moves are permitted.

SHOWCASE

 

Swing dancing that allows choreography with flair toward lifts and other partner weight support moves. NASDE rules apply. If any Event rule conflicts with published NASDE rules, the NASDE rules take precedence.

 

1.  Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the event to participate.

2.  Competitors will be one Male Leader and one Female Follower.

3.  The maximum number of entries in each division is at the Event’s discretion. There is no minimum number of entries. If fewer than ten couples enter a division, NASDE points will still be awarded.

4.  Guidelines for expected swing content are: at 60% in Showcase. It is at the judges’ discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.

5.  An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division

6.  Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes. (remove – The clock begins when the performance starts as determine by the chief judge) – this is already covered/addressed with #4. Time and judging starts at the first movement of performance with or without music.

7.  Competitors select their own music.

8.  Costumes are allowed and encouraged.

9.  Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music.

10.  Separate entrances are permitted.

11.  Break-a-ways and side-by-side patterns are permitted.

12.  At least three partner weight support moves are required with the partner at knee level or above.

13.  At least one partner weight support move is required with the partner above the waist.

 14. .  There are no lift maximums.

Rising Star

Judging criteria for this routine division will follow the rules of the Showcase Division, for all aspects except the lift requirement. In Rising Star, lifts, drops, & leans are allowed, but not required, with no limit on occurrences, as long as swing content minimum is met. Minimum number of entries is 5 couples.

Definitions

Points: Points listed in the World Swing Dance Council competitors registry

NASDE: National Association of Swing Dance Events

Swing Content: The NASDE statement of swing is a guide to assist the judges in determining 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, swingouts, 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. 

 

Changes to the 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