High Desert Dance Classic
March 10-12, 2017
World Swing Dance Council Registry Event
|Ballroom||Latin||West Coast Swing||Salsa|
|Pro-Am||Country Two Step||Jack 'n Jill Events||Strictly Swing|
West Cost Swing & Salsa Jack & Jill Competitions
Enter by yourself and be randomly paired with different partners. Try your luck; there's little pressure and lots of fun! Jack & Jill competitions have been designed to showcase competitors' skills in spontaneous swing and salsa dancing and their abilities to dance well with a variety of partners. Competitor's fees: $15.00/per person.
All dancing in Jack & Jill competitions is to be "lead/follow". Side-by-sides & breakaways are allowed. Note that the common requirements apply. Costumes are prohibited, but appropriate attire is required.
West Coast Swing: No routines, lift, aerials, planned entrances or exits are allowed. Breakaways (12 count maximum) and drops are permitted. See registration packet for the Jack and Jill events.
Salsa: No routines, planned exits or entrances allowed. Lifts and aerials are not permitted. Breakaways (12 count maximum) and drops are permitted but not required.
There is no restriction on drawing one's previous partner, regular partner, or "worst nightmare" - it's the luck of the draw.
The number of couples in the contest will determine the length of the contest. There may be a preliminary round with a minimum of 2 songs and 2 partner changes with dancers being called back individually for a final round. Alternatively there may be a "one-shot" final contest (without a preliminary round) in which partners stay together and dance to a minimum of 2 songs.
JUDGING CRITERIA: (Swing, Ballroom, Latin)
Competitions will be judged using the Relative Placement Scoring System based on the following criteria:
Timing - Swing and salsa 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 syncopations of the music.
Teamwork – Swing and Salsa are connected, partner dances. The demonstration of this connection and the appearance of "lead/follow" or "action/reaction" 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.
Technique - How well the competitors execute movements encompassing their dance represents 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 cannot substitute for good dancing. Good sporting conduct before, during, and after the dance is also an element of good presentation.
WSDC Rules will be followed.
CTST Rules will be followed.
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