GENERAL INFORMATION ON COMPETITION GUIDELINES AND JUDGING CRITERIA

Please note that these WSDC rules take precedence over anything below.

Competition Requirements

1. All competitors must hold a weekend pass/ticket to The Event and pay the registration fee. Dance in a Jack & Jill division level is recognized by the World Swing Dance Council Points Registry.
2. All competitors must check-in prior to competition and have Bib Number assigned to you at the time of registration.
3. All competitors must sign a waiver and are responsible for reading these guidelines. You are also responsible for checking postings or attending any scheduled meetings to assure you are placed in the correct dance/division.
4. All contests must have a minimum of five (5) couples to be considered a valid contest.

Competition Categories

 

Jack & Jill

Must use your WSDC Competitor ID# on Registration Form
1. Advanced/All-Star Level: Recognized as an Advanced or All-Star dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
2. Intermediate Level: Recognized as an Intermediate level dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
3. Novice Level: Recognized as a Novice level dancer by the World Swing Dance Council Point Registry.
4. Newcomer Level: (a) Anyone knowing the basic patterns of Swing dancing, and (b) have not placed in a Novice division at any competition (local or national).
5. Master’s Level (not a WSDC registry division): Age 50 and above.

You may lead or follow in a competition regardless of gender, but not both in the same WSDC Jack & Jill division. Please note it remains true that WSDC will only accept point reports for male leads and female follows.

Strictly Swing

Note: If one partner qualifies for a higher division, the couple must dance in the higher division.
1. Strictly Swing Advanced: For the Advanced and All-Star dancers.
2. Strictly Swing Intermediate: For competitors below points needed to dance in the Advanced/All-Star level.
3. Strictly Swing Novice: For competitors below points needed to dance in the Intermediate level.
4. Strictly Swing Master’s: Both partners age 50 and above.

You may lead in one Strictly Swing division and follow in another Strictly Swing division, regardless of gender, but not both in the same Strictly Swing division.

Rising Star

This routine division includes all styles of Swing: West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Hustle, Shag and any other style of popular swing dance. It is for couples that have limited experience with chorography and do not want to compete against professionals in an open classic division. Routines are danced in a solo format. Dance order is chosen at random andposted prior to the division start time. Music provided by each couple must be a single track on a clearly labeled CD at least 2 minutes but no longer than 3 ½ minutes. If either partner has previously placed 5th or higher in a NASDE Classic or Showcase event they are no longer eligible to compete in Rising Star. If a couple has a total of 3 first place wins together in any Rising Star division they cannot dance in Rising Star.

Contestant Sign-ups

All contestants can register online or at the event.  See the event schedule for on-site sign-up deadlines.

Contestant Meetings

Jack & Jill: There will be “NO” contestant meetings, however you must check-in with your Bib number at the scheduled times and location.
Strictly Swing: There will be “NO” contestant meeting, however you must check-in with your Bib number at the scheduled times and location.
Rising Star: There will be “NO” contestant meeting, however you must be familiar with the rules of the contest. Be sure to read the rule/guidelines package.
If you have any questions regarding the competition, you may ask the Chief Judge/Contestants’ Representative. You may also petition for change of dance level. Purpose of check-in is to ensure you are in the correct division, confirmation of names/spelling, and to draw for dance order for Rising Star.

Judges

There will be a minimum of five Judges for all competitions. In addition, PSC will have a Contestants’ Representative/Chief Judge and Alternate Judges available.

Scoring System

Scored by relative placement. Contestants will be judged in the preliminaries and/or semi-finals as an individual and as a couple in any and all finals.

Music and Video

Music for the Strictly Swing, and Jack & Jill competitions will be the responsibility of PSC and DJs. Competitors may video their competitons.

Rising Star

Music and Floor Tryouts

Music: Couples are responsible for their own music selection. Music must be on CD, identified with the contestant’s name, and must be given to the DJ at least 2 hours prior to their competition on Saturday.
Practices: You are welcome to use the Ballroom on Saturday morning between the hours of 8 to 9am for practice. PSC will provide a DJ during tryout times.

Posting of Results

The results of all the competitions will be posted on the night of the awards after awards are given out. The location for the posting will be announced.

Procedure for Competitions

Competitors may compete in one Jack & Jill contest, and two other couples contests (with different partners), i.e., Strictly Swing and/or Rising Star. Competitors may compete as a lead or a follower regardless of gender, but may only compete as one or the other within the same contest.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE BALLROOM WHEN YOUR NAME AND NUMBER IS 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

Individuals enter without a partner and demonstrate skills in spontaneous dancing with a variety of partners. This is a luck of the draw contest. Leaders and followers are randomly paired. There will be several partner changes during the preliminary (and semi final rounds if needed).

Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced /All Star: There will be Preliminaries, Semi-finals and Finals depending on number of dance entries. Contest 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 and where a natural break occurs when possible. The clock often makes some of the decisions.

Couples Competition

Strictly Swing Levels: Self-explanatory based on dance skill level of highest relative placement and as a couple. Your dance time will be for 1½ – 2 minutes approximately (depending on couples participating). You may dance to more than one song depending on number of contestants. Competition will be in heats. Swing dancing 90% – no lifts, aerials or acrobatic moves. Penalties will be assessed for lack of swing content and any other infraction of these rules.

Strictly Swing competitors please note: NO COSTUMES and/or CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINES – JUST DANCE! Similar clothing is acceptable.

Sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship and proper behavior is expected. If a contestant should have a cause that needs to be discussed, speak only with the Chief Judge or the Contestants’ Representative. Poor sportsmanship could be penalized or restricted from future
participation.

Judging Criteria (first looking for “the Three T’s”)

Timing: 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.
Technique: “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.
Teamwork: 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.
Content: “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.
Showmanship: “How Well You Sell What You Do”: showmanship/presentation is the ability of the dancers to keep the audience attention for the entire length of the performance.

SCHEDULED COMPETITION & AWARDS TIMES

1. Times are flexible and always SUBJECT TO CHANGE based on contestant numbers, etc
2. Please see the Event Schedule for times

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & FURTHER CLARIFICATIONS

We hope to answer some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how points are recorded/tracked in the Points Registry. It’s the responsibility of the Event Director and Competitor to be aware of these rules.
1. The WSDC only tracks and records points for Jack & Jill contests. Points will only be tracked or recorded for those who danced in the final round only.
2. Points are tracked and recorded for female-followers and male-leaders.
3. Contests where the leader or follower dances and places twice in that division (Tier 2), that individual will only be awarded points in the highest of the two placements.
4. For events that combine divisions (i.e. Novice/Intermediate), points will be tracked for all contestants in the lower of the two divisions.
5. For events that offer only one division (i.e. “Open”), points will be tracked in Advanced.
6. For events that have different category names per division, please verify with the Event Director as to how points will be tracked/recorded within the WSDC Points Registry guidelines. We recommend that Event
Directors cover this terminology in their competition rule package. Note what divisions are recognized by the WSDC.
8. Points received prior to the last five (5) current years will not show on the Event Director’s copy of Registry Books. They will be archived and available to see on the website (in other words, they are not “taken away”).

Recommendations:

Newcomer:  A competitor must stay in Newcomer until they have earned at least 4 points in Newcomer. This division is intended for those with little or no competition experience.
Novice: To compete in Novice you must have earned 4 Newcomer points and less than 15 Novice points.
Intermediate: To compete in Intermediate you must have earned 15 or more Novice points and less than 30 Intermediate points.
Advanced: To compete in Advanced you must have earned 30 or more Intermediate points..
All Stars: Not all events offer this division. Must have earned 45 points or more Advanced points within three years prior to this event. However, this is at the event’s discretion.

Petitions

If an event offers petitions, 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 division at one event, this does not “carry over” to the next Event. You may need to petition at the next Event as well. In addition to the above recommendations, the WSDC also recommends that a competitor only be allowed to dance in one Jack & Jill division/category per event.

Please remember to check every individual event’s rules/guidelines regarding their competitions and their requirement. Sometimes they will vary from the WSDC recommended rules/guidelines.
The Points Registry is available at http://www.swingdancecouncil.com/registry_search.asp. A published version (hard copy or soft copy), detailing the individual results up to 60 points and showing the past five (5) years of competing, is given to the Event Director (WSDC Members only) just prior to their Event.

 

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