COMPETITION GUIDELINES AND JUDGING CRITERIA
REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPETITION
- All competitors must hold a full weekend pass to #MWF2017 and pay all competition fees.
- All competitors must report to registration prior to competition and have a Bib Number assigned to them.
- All competitors must sign a waiver and are responsible for reading these guidelines.
- Staff members may compete in the division they qualify for, with prior approval.
- All contests must have a minimum of five (5) couples to be a valid contest.
CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION
I) JACK & JILL DIVISIONS (PLEASE USE YOUR WSDC COMPETITOR ID#, WHERE APPLICABLE, ON REGISTRATION FORM)
- Invitational: Based on event director invitation.
- Sophisticated: Must be at least 35 years of age. You may also dance in one “level” J&J.
- All-Star Level: Recognized as an All-Star dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
- Advanced Level: Recognized as an Advanced dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
- Intermediate Level: Recognized as an Intermediate level dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
- Novice Level: Recognized as a Novice level dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
- Newcomer Level: Beginner or new competitor; must never have placed in Novice.
- Pro-Am Jack and Jill: Recognized as Newcomer/Novice dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry or “Open” (anyone who is not paid to teach) and will randomly be paired with an on-staff professional.
II) COUPLES DIVISIONS (Pro-Am Spotlight, Strictly Swing)
- If one partner qualifies for a higher division, the couple must dance in the higher division.
- Strictly Swing Advanced/All-Star: For the competitors who qualify for either division based on WSDC points
- Strictly Swing Intermediate: For competitors lacking the points needed to dance in the Advanced.
- Strictly Swing Novice : For competitors lacking the points needed to dance in the Intermediate level.
- Strictly Swing Sophisticated: Open to all levels of dancer aged 35 and above.
- Pro-Am Spotlight: Open to all contestants and all levels of skill.
CONTEST SIGN-UP CLOSING TIMES
2 hours before each contest starts.
- #MWF2017 will not be holding contestants meetings.
- If you have any questions regarding the competition, you may ask the Chief Judge.
- You may also petition for change of dance level. The purpose of check-in is to ensure you are in the correct division and to confirm names/spelling.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE BALLROOM WHEN YOUR NAME AND NUMBER ARE CALLED FOR YOUR COMPETITION, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DANCE. PLEASE BE AWARE OF SCHEDULED COMPETITION TIMES AND BE PREPARED (WITH YOUR BIB NUMBER) TO DANCE.
- There will be a minimum of five Judges for all competitions. In addition, #MWF2017 will have a Chief Judge and Alternate Judges available.
- Contests are scored by computer and relative placements.
- Contestants will be judged in the preliminaries and/or semi-finals as an individual and as a couple in any finals.
MUSIC AND VIDEO
- Music for the Strictly Swing, Pro-Am Strictly and Jack & Jill competitions will be the responsibility of #MWF2017 and its DJs.
- Pro-Am Spotlight:
- Couples are responsible for their own music selection.
- Music must be on CD or a thumb drive, identified with the contestant’s name, and must be given to the DJ at least 2 hours prior to their competition.You may video tape all prelims and finals, and if offered by the Pros, you may tape a recap of any workshop.
- Saturday 9:00am to 9:50am and 7:00pm to 7:50pm
All routine couples are welcomed
- #MWF2017 will provide a DJ during all floor tryout times
POSTING OF RESULTS
- The results of all the competitions will be posted each evening following Awards. The location for the posting will be announced.
- The results of all the competitions will be posted on the website as soon as possible.
PROCEDURE FOR COMPETITIONS
I) IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE BALLROOM WHEN YOUR NAME AND NUMBER ARE CALLED FOR YOUR COMPETITION, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DANCE. PLEASE BE AWARE OF SCHEDULED COMPETITION TIMES AND BE PREPARED (WITH YOUR BIB NUMBER) TO DANCE.
JACK & JILL COMPETITIONS
I) Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Sophisticated, Advanced and All Star:
- There will be Preliminaries, Semi-finals and Finals as needed depending on the number of dance entries.
- Contests are judged by relative placement.
- For Preliminaries and Semi-finals, contestants will be judged individually; in the Finals you will be judged as a couple.
- You will be dancing for a period of 1½ -2 minutes. The number of contestants brought back for the finals will be determined in advance or where a natural break occurs when possible.
- All Star dancers must compete in the Jack & Jill in order to receive a discounted pass.
- This division is intended for those competitors that the event directors choose.
- You will be notified if the event directors would like you to dance in this division.
III) Pro-Am (for Newcomer, Novice or Intermediate/Advanced level dancers.)
- Multiple on-staff professionals will be assigned randomly.
- You will be dancing for a period of 1½ -2 minutes.
JUDGING CRITERIA (FIRST LOOKING FOR THE THREE T’S) !
Timing points are determined by the ability of the dancer to dance on the down beat of the music and to include syncopations that are also on the beats of the music.
“How Well You Do What You Do”: We are looking for good footwork, balance, control, frame and line and how well turns & spins are executed. Well controlled arms and hands.
– The ability of the partners to work together as a team. One person should not be obviously “out dancing” the other.
– TEAMWORK with action-reaction is essential in good dancing.
“What You Do”: the content is the CHOREOGRAPHY, planned or spontaneous, and musical interpretation through physical movement. Showing variety and contrast will enhance your dance performance.
“How Well You Sell What You Do”: showmanship/presentation is the ability of the dancers to keep the audience’s attention for the entire length of the performance.
SCHEDULED COMPETITION TIMES
- Check out event schedule on website (start times are flexible – always SUBJECT TO CHANGE based on number of contestants, etc)
- Changes in competition start times will be posted near registration, at the entrance of the ballroom, the entrance to the workshop area and will be announced in the main ballroom, and on Facebook
#MWF2017 COMPETITION RULES
- #MWF2017 Statement of Swing:
- “Swing is an American Rhythm Dance that is identified primarily by 6-beat and 8-beat patterns that incorporate a wide variety of rhythms. 6-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, passes, underarm turns, push-breaks, and open-to-closed/closed-to-open position patterns. 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 rhythm breaks may be incorporated to phrase the music, to extend a pattern, and/or to accent breaks.” This statement will be used only to identify the presence of Swing content in a performance. It is not intended to be a full definition of Swing, or to be used to evaluate the quality of the performance. Each Judge will evaluate the presence of Swing content, which will be one of the criteria that determines a final score.
- #MWF2017 Sportsmanship Expectations:
- Sportsmanship is a fundamental aspect of our competition. Competing at #MWF2016 is a privilege, not a right. The event director may flag a competitor’s behavior as un-sportsman like. Said behavior will be reviewed by the Chief Judge. Redress for violations can include but are not limited to dropping in placement, or removal from competition.Pro-Am Spotlight Division:
- This division is offered for all styles of Swing: West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Hustle, Shag and Hand Dance or any other style of popular swing dance. Students enter with their teacher and perform a choreographed routine to music they choose. Couples dance in a solo format. Both the teacher and amateur’s performance is considered by the judges. Dance order will be chosen at random and posted prior to the division start time. Music provided by the competitors must be a single track on a clearly labeled CD at least 2 minutes long and no longer than 3½ minutes.
- Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
- Lifts, drops, tricks and stunts are allowed but not required.
- Choreographed entrances will count towards time limits.
- No props are allowed.
- Routines must be at least 75% recognizable of the style of the performance.
- Strictly Swing Division:
- This division consists of 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. Strictly Swing division is not meant for long and extended pre-choreographed phrases. Choreography “on the fly” is the objective.
- To dance in the Professional Strictly Swing one of the partners must be considered a professional. Professional is defined as a dancer that makes a sizable portion of their income from performing or teaching dance. Sizable is a relative term; over a percentage of 50% is suggested to be a professional status.
- Drops, leans and other partner weight support moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor.
- Length of performance is at the promoter’s discretion.
- Costumes are not allowed. However, matching or complementary outfits suitable for social dancing are acceptable.
- This division will be danced in heats and/or spotlight at the promoter’s discretion.
- 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 support moves.Points Allotment
- See www.swingdancecouncil.com
- Petitions: All events should offer petitions and it can be on the sign-up form. We suggest that a committee, including the Chief Judge, consider the requested reclassification/petition after reviewing the dancer’s record. We recommend that the Event Director will select this committee prior to the Event. For competitors, please note that if you have petitioned to dance in a higher/lower division at one event, this does not “carry over” to the next Event. You may need to petition at the next Event as well. Petitioning should only be to dance one level up or down only, or to stay in current division. Once you have competed/earned (current) points in a higher division, you should stay in that division!
- Some valid petitioning reasons:
- points earned in a very small or very large competition (i.e. recognized by the Tiers)
- points are old (perhaps over 7 years)
- accomplished dancer who has not competed at many Registry events to earn points
- qualified instructor, but without competition points, who should not be competing against their own students
- Saturday 9:00am to 9:50am and 7:00pm to 7:50pm