Competitions

Competitions are a great way to strut your stuff and win amazing prizes! We’ll have competition sign up at the cashbox during dances and classes but it’s first come first served, so head on over sooner rather than later to put your blood, sweat, and awesome grooves through the gauntlet.

Intermediate Jack & Jill  |  Free!

This division is for those of you taking either of the Intermediate Intensive tracks during the workshops. It is not open to those who have placed in the final round of a blues competition before. The preliminary round will follow the end of classes on Sunday (around 6:15pm) and contestants will rotate partners for a few all-skates. The final round will be immediately following. Judges will be looking for partner connection, musicality, creativity, and blues aesthetic. The winning couple will receive passes to national dance events.

Advanced Jack & Jill  |  $5 per person

This division is for anyone in the Advanced Intensive track or those who have placed in the final round of a blues competition at least once before. The preliminary round will be immediately following the workshops on Saturday (around 6:15pm) and contestants will rotate partners for a few all-skates. The final round will be during the Saturday main dance and contestants will rotate through partners in an all-skate, spotlights, and a final all-skate. Judges will be scoring competitors individually on partner connection, musicality, creativity, and blues aesthetic. First place couple will receive $50 and passes to national dance events. Second and third place couples will receive passes to national dance events.

Solo Blues Riffin’  |  $5 per person

Riffing is an exchange of movement between dancers used to inspire new and creative expressions of movement. Competitors will be solo dancing and playing back and forth to create something new together. The preliminary round will be immediately following the workshops on Saturday (around 6:15pm) and will consist of a few all-skates, where competitors will move around the floor solo dancing and interacting with different dancers. The final round will be during the late night dance on Saturday, similar to the style of a jam/cuttin’ circle where contestants regulate entering and leaving the circle on their own, keeping two contestants solo dancing together at a time. Judges will be looking for musicality, creativity, blues aesthetic, and quality of movement in individual dancers, as well as the ability to collaborate with fellow dancers and take turns adding and listening to the exchange. First place will receive $25; first and second place will receive passes to national dance events.

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Pssssst! Curious about competitions in general (structure, judging criteria, DJs, etc) or what makes a great Solo Comp? Mike Legenthal: Instructor, DJ, and Event Organizer who travels nationally with her vast ocean of experience runs a great blog with insights to all of these things and much more! Check it owowout.