New WSDC Rules regarding Gender-Neutral Competitions

As of February 1, 2015, the WSDC will enforce rules that address how gender-neutral Jack & Jill competitions are conducted.  There are two key pieces of information which are:

  • Each competitor must choose ONE role to compete in (Leader or Follower) in leveled Jack and Jill competitions.  Leveled J&J comps are Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and All-Star.  You may not compete in both roles in leveled Jack and Jill comps at one event.  However, you may compete in strictly competitions and age restricted divisions in a different gender role than you competed in leveled J&Js.  For instance, you may compete in Jack and Jills as an intermediate follower and in the masters division as a leader or follower.  Additionally, you are able to continue to compete in one division of strictly in one gender role and compete in another division in the opposite gender role.
  • Competitors must compete at their current competitive level in either role — Leader or Follower.  You may petition to compete at a different level (one level up or down).

Jack & Jill competitions are designed to showcase a competitor’s skills in spontaneous swing dancing and their ability to dance well with a variety of partners. Competitors enter individually and are randomly assigned to several partners.

  • All dancing in Jack & Jill competitions is to be lead/follow.
  • Partner selection is luck of the draw.
  • During the preliminaries, couples will be judged in heats and will rotate partners as many times as deemed necessary
    by the judges.
  • Should there be an imbalance in the number of leaders and followers entered in the contest, some contestants may be required to dance twice.
  • If semi-finals are required, an announcement will be made regarding the time and number of dancers chosen to advance. Couples will be judged in heats and will rotate partners as many times as deemed necessary by the judges.
  • In the finals, dancers will be randomly paired with one partner. The dancers will not rotate and will be judged as a couple.
  • All finals will be judged in heats.
  • Contest music and the order in which it is played will be selected by the Head DJ’s.

 West Coast Swing

  • No routines, lifts, aerials, planned entrances or exits are allowed.
  • Breakaways and drops are permitted.
  • There are five levels and one age restricted division:
  1. Newcomer
  2. Novice
  3. Intermediate
  4. Advanced
  5. All-Star
  6. Masters (50+ years of age)

Lindy Hop

  • No routines, planned exits or entrances are allowed.
  • Lifts, drops and aerials are allowed (Advanced Division Only).
  • Breakaways are permitted, but not required.
  • There are four  levels:
  1. Newcomer
  2. Novice
  3. Intermediate
  4. Advanced

Balboa

  • No routines, planned exits or entrances are allowed
  • Lifts, drops and aerials are not allowed
  • Breakaways are permitted, but not required
  • There are two divisions:
  1. Novice/Intermediate
  2. Advanced

 

Crossover Comps

Last year this was a late night comp but everyone liked it so much that we brought it to prime time!  In this division one WCS dancer will be paired with one Lindy Hop dancer for a Jack and Jill style competition.  You’ve seen the pros do it in our Crossover Jack and Jill, now you can join the fun!

  • No routines, planned exits or entrances are allowed
  • Lifts, drops and aerials are not allowed
  • Breakaways are permitted, but not required
  • There is one level open to all who would like to compete.

Contest Eligibility

  • Competitors must purchase a full weekend pass to compete in all competitions.
  • Competitors must register for each competition by the entry deadline.
  • Competitors may enter only one level of a Jack & Jill competition for West Coast Swing.  Lindy and Balboa may enter more than one level of competition, if they are choosing to compete in the opposite gender role in the second division.
  • Competitors may compete in West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Balboa.
  • Competitors must pay the required entry fees.
  • Competitors must sign the appropriate waivers before competing.
  • Competitors must wear assigned numbers on their backs during all competitions.
  • During the Strictly Swing contests and Jack & Jill finals, only leaders are required to wear numbers.
  • There is no age restriction on the competitions.
  • Competitors under eighteen years of age must have a parent or guardian sign a permission waiver and any other event forms that may be required.

 

Invitational Eligibility

Participants in the invitational strictly swing will be determined by the event directors.  In order to participate in the invitational strictly you must be invited or contracted by the event directors.

Responsibilities

Competitor’s Responsibilities

  • Competitors must demonstrate good sportsmanship, both on and off the competition floor.
  • Competitors should read the competition rules prior to attending the competitors meetings. Competitors are responsible for adhering to these rules, regardless of whether they have read them or not.
  • Each competitor must sign the appropriate waiver before competing. No competitor will be permitted to compete without a signed waiver.
  • Competitors should be in the ballroom at least 15 minutes prior to the start of a competition.  If a competitor is not in the ballroom ready to line up at the start of competition, they will be scratched from that division and his or her entry fee will not be refunded.
  • Competitors may attend a scoring review after the awards ceremony to examine their scores and discuss the event with the Contest Coordinator.

Organizer’s Responsibilities

  • The organizer will select a panel of judges.
  • The organizer will appoint a Contest Coordinator as the official representative of the organizer.
  • The Contest Coordinator will resolve all waiver requests and clarify any competition-related questions that arise during the event.
  • Results will be posted after the awards ceremony.
  • Should any significant changes in the schedule be required, these changes will be announced and clearly posted.
  • The organizer will award all trophies and prizes for each of the competitions.
  • The organizer may, at its discretion, cancel any competition for which it feels insufficient entries have been received.

Judging Criteria

  • Teamwork — Swing is a connected, partner dance. The demonstration of this connection and the appearance of lead/follow between the partners is an expected part of any competition dance. One partner ignoring or out-dancing the other, or jeopardizing the safety of the other, indicates poor teamwork.
  • Timing — Swing is danced beginning on the downbeat. Timing extends to much finer distinctions than a single beat. It includes whether a competitor is fractionally ahead or behind the beat as well as matching the syncopated “swing” of the music.
  • Technique — How well the competitors execute the movements comprising their dance constitutes technique. This includes control of balance and weight, foot placement, body lines, and spins.
  • Presentation — Creating an atmosphere of excitement by inviting and generating interest in a performance is the desired effect of good presentation. While showmanship is one aspect of presentation, it is not a substitute for good dancing.
  • Error — An apparently unintentional breach of the rules. Each error shall be penalized at the discretion of the judge observing the error. An example of an error might be a brief, unintended loss of contact between the partners.
  • Violation — An apparently intentional breach of the rules. Each violation shall be penalized by a drop of one or more positions in the final placement of the competition or disqualification from the event. Each violation shall be penalized at the discretion of the judge observing the violation. Examples of violations include, but are not limited to, a lift during a West Coast Swing Jack & Jill competition, the use of an apparent routine during the Strictly Swing competition, or breach of good sportsmanship.

Definitions

  • Aerials — An aerial is any move where one partner is lifted with the assistance of the other partner and the head and torso of the lifted partner is in a position higher than the waist of the supporting partner.
  • Breakaway — A breakaway is a set of symmetric or complementary movements or footwork executed by a couple who intentionally break contact (except for spins and turns), which is not a clearly leadable derivative of a recognizable swing pattern.
  • Costumes — Attire which, in the opinion of the judges, is specifically designed or selected for couples competition and would not generally be worn for social dancing is considered a costume.
  • Entrance — An an entrance is the initial, pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors formally enter the floor and prepare to dance. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an entrance.
  • Exit — An exit is the final, pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors leave the floor. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an exit.
  • Lifts — A lift is any move lasting longer than a full beat of music where the feet of one partner are clearly off the floor and the other partner supports the lifted partner’s weight.
  • Routine — Any segment which, in the opinion of the judges, consists of prearranged choreography (to include symmetric or complementary movements or footwork) is considered a routine.