Competition Rules & Deadlines

Available Contests:

Rising Star Routines

Pro Am Routines:  Novice and Intermediate/Advanced

Jack and Jills contests:  Newcomer, Novice, Masters Novice, Masters Open, Intermediate, Advanced, and All-Star

Strictly Swing contests:  Novice, Masters, Intermediate, Advanced/All-Star

Pro Am Strictly Swing contests:  Novice and Intermediate/Advanced

Entry Deadlines:

7 PM Friday of the event weekend:  All Strictly Swings divisions and Rising Star.

10 AM Saturday:  Intermediate Pro-Am routines and all Jack and Jill divisions

9 PM Saturday:  Pro-Am Strictly, Pro-Am Novice Routines

Entry deadlines are FIRM.  There will be no exceptions.  (You’re cute.  We love you.  Those deadlines still apply to you, too.)

All competitors must purchase a weekend pass.  The weekend pass gives you access to all competitions, open dancing, shows, and most workshops.

Official policies governing all Swing City Chicago’s competitions.  All competitors are responsible for reading and following the rules below.

Swing City Chicago –  2016 Contest Rules

 

General

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR RISING STAR COMPETITORS:  You *may* compete at the Intermediate level in J&J and Strictly. If you have further questions about the rules, please contact Chief Judge, Mike Topel directly: miketopel@yahoo.com

ALL CONTESTS ARE DEGENDERED

1. Waivers:

Each competitor must sign an entry/waiver form and pay in full BEFORE competing.

2. Weekend Pass:

All Entrants are required to purchase a weekend ticket and may be asked verify event pass purchase.

3. Age:

Strictly swing, rising star, and pro-am are open to all ages.  Jack and Jill contests are open to ages 18 and above.  Competitors between ages 11 and 17 may petition to compete in Jack and Jill contests.

4. Costumes:

Costume are not allowed in any category except Rising Star and Pro-Am Routines. Strictly swing partners may choose to coordinate outfits.

5. Swing Definition:

This is a ‘Swing Dance’ competition and all recognized swing styles are allowed, including Whip, Push, West Coast, Swing, Shag, Lindy Hop, Imperial, Swingout, Jitterbug, Stepping and others.

6. Entry Limits and Requirements:

Dancers may compete in multiple swing contest categories, during the weekend. However, NO dancer may compete or enter a particular contest more than once.

There is no limit to entries to any division with the exception of pro-am routines and pro-am strictly swing. A professional may dance with up to five (5) amateurs at each level of pro-am strictly swing or pro-am routines.

If there are fewer than five (5) entries in any division, Swing City Chicago reserves the right to combine or cancel that division.  Swing City Chicago also reserves the right to have any and all lead/follow categories run in a heated format in lieu of prelims or spotlight format to facilitate event schedule constraints.

7. WSDC Jack and Jill Contents:

WSDC points will be used to determine the level for all Jack & Jill competitors. Masters will compete in the appropriate WSDC level.  All competitions are gender neutral but you may not compete in more than one jack and jill level.  (you must dance as either a lead or a follow but not both).

8. Qualification for Newcomer Dancers:

Designed for the dancer that is BRAND NEW to competition. You may enter Newcomer only once at Swing City Chicago. This division is not open to all levels.

9. Lifts, Drops, and Aerials:

Lifts, drops and aerials are only allowed in Swing City Chicago’s routine divisions (rising star and pro-am routines). Drops that are considered ‘safe’ and that work within the realm of ‘lead/follow’ are allowed in the Advanced, All-Star and Masters Divisions ONLY.

Definition of a LIFT: That point when both feet are off the ground, and weight is not self supported.

Definition of an AERIAL: The point at which one partner is off the ground due to the other partner and not maintaining contact with their partner.

Definition of a DROP: The point at which the head goes below your partner’s waist and weight is not self supported.

10. All rules will be strictly enforced:

Scoring and penalties will be at the discretion of each individual judge.

Novice & Intermediate Strictly Swing Divisions
Newcomer, Novice & Intermediate J&J Divisions

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories. (See General Rules)

2. These are Swing categories and dance content must be 90% swing. It is a lead/follow category and no choreographed

routines are allowed.

3. No lifts, drops or aerials and no planned entrances or exits allowed.

4. Couples will dance to music provided by Swing City Chicago. The music will be selected at random and couples will

be given no prior music information.

5. No Costumes Allowed. (See General Rules)

Advanced Strictly Swing
Advanced & All-Star J&J Divisions:

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories. (See General Rules)

2. These are Swing categories and dance content must be 90% swing. It is a lead/follow category and no choreographed routines are allowed.

3. No lifts or aerials and no planned entrances or exits allowed. Drops are allowed with restrictions. (See General Rules)

4. Couples will dance to music provided by Swing City Chicago. The music will be selected at random and couples will be given no prior music information.

5. No Costumes Allowed. (See General Rules)

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