General Contest Rules
Dance contest participant must be a T.S.D.C. annual, honorary, lifetime, or junior member (see Bylaws for description).
Must sign up to dance by the stated deadline (8:45 PM).
Must dance West Coast Swing.
Must do lead and follow movements, choreographed routines are not allowed.
Separation in performance permitted on spins, turns and recognized break a ways.
Lifts and drops are not permitted.
a. Lifts: both feet leaving the floor.
b. Drops: lowering the shoulders below the partner’s waist.
In the dance performance, prohibited movements may result in the reduction of score points or disqualification, See Judges Criteria Guidelines for clarification.
Appropriate music will be by a selection and draw method explained in these rules.
All competitiors must sign consent and release forms.
Criteria for Participation in Jack & Jill Contest
Prospective contestant must pre-qualify with the Dance Committee prior to entering a contest.
Must be proficient in dancing the ten basic patterns.
A dancer who has never competed will normally begin in the Novice Division. However, a dancer may be qualified to dance in the Intermediate Division or Advanced Division at the discretion of the Dance Committee.
Any unusual circumstances will be handled at the discretion of the Dance Contest Coordinator and the Dance Director or designee.
Once a competitor has been certified into a division they will progress through the points system. It is recommended that the competitor accumulate 32 points in their division before asking the Dance Director for evaluation to be moved to the next higher division. The accumulation of 32 competition points is only a recommendation to allow the competitor to gain the skills necessary to compete in the next higher division, but is not a necessity. A competitor can ask the Dance Director for evaluation at any time they feel competent to compete in a higher division. Any other special circumstances or challenges must be submitted to the Board of Directors for review.
In person 15 minutes prior to the 9 PM contest start time.
By a friend if you cannot make the 8:45 PM deadline.
By conversation with the Dance Contest Coordinator or designee prior to the deadline.
You must be present in person by 9 PM contest start time in order to compete.
Any unusual circumstances will be handles at the discretion of the Dance Contest Coordinator or the Dance Director.
The contest music will be chosen by the Music Director or designated DJ. The Dance Contest Coordinator and the Dance Director may help in the selection of the music. The contest music shall be deemed acceptable for the level of dance and the type of contest being held. The music selected for the contest may be randomly sorted by the Dance Contest Coordinator or Head Judge, and played in the order.
Length of Contest
The number of couples in the contest will determine the length of the contest.
- When 12 or fewer couples are dancing, they will dance 1 couple at a time for approximately 1 minute and 45 seconds.
- When 13 or more couples are dancing, they will dance 2 couples at a time for approximately 2 minutes.
- When 24 or more couples are dancing, they will dance 3 couples at a time for approximately 3 minutes.
The contest will be judged by a minimum of five judges, but preferably seven.
- The Dance Director or designee will select the judges.
- Judges will be selected prior to the contest.
- Judges will report to the Dance Director or designee 1/2 hour prior to the contest for a Judge’s meeting.
- Judges, who are also competing, may not judge contest within their own division.
Jack and Jill Finals
- Finals will be held in August of each year.
- The top six male and female point scoreres in the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Division will qualify for the finals.
- Points will be accumulated in the monthly Jack & Jill Club contest from September through July. Ties for finalist will be determined by relative placement.
- No points will be awarded for the finals.
- In the finals, couples will dance one at a time.
- Couples will dance for approximately two minutes. At the end of the division competition, the couples will dance for two additional minutes to give the judges a second look.
- All other rules of the monthly Jack & Jill contest will apply.
- Any unusual circumstances will be handled at the discretion of the Jack & Jill coordinator and the Dance Director or designee.
- Points are awarded to the first through third place winners.
- If you place twice in any contest the highest score will be used for placement and points.
- No points are awarded in the finals competition.
- If less than four couples are competing half of the points will be awarded to each placing.
1st Place: 5 points
2nd Place: 3 points
3rd Place: 1 point
- Must be certified by at least three members of the dance committee to see if the dancer is able to perform the ten basic moves taught in the beginning WCS lessons.
- A dancer may ask the Dance Director to be evaluated for advancement to the Intermediate Division at any time, but it is strongly advised that the competitior accumulate 32 points in this division before requesting to be evaluated for advancement.
- When a competitor progresses into the Intermediate Division during the contest season, he/she begins at 0 points in the Intermediate Division and is ineligible to compete in the Novice Finals for that season.
- A dancer who has either been certified into the Intermediate Division by the designated Dance Committee or has accumulated a sufficient number of points while in the Novice Division.
- A dancer may ask the Dance Director to be evaluated for advancement to the Advanced Division at any time, but it is strongly advised that the competitor accumulate 32 points in this division before requesting evaluation.
- When a competitor progresses into the Advanced Division during the contest season, he/she begins at 0 points in the Advanced Division and is ineligible to compete in the Intermediated Finals for that season.
Any dancer who has been evaluated by the Dance Director and deemed qualified to successfully compete in the Advanced Division.
Note: Any dancer, who has been dancing in either the Intermediate or Advanced Division and had not accumulated any points for at least one year, may move back to the next lower level. The points begin over again at 0 at the lower level.
- Only the TSDC Photographer or designee will be allowed to photograph or videotape any of the TSDC competitions.
- TSDC will be sole owner of said photos and/or video.
- Copies of videos of competitions will be made available to contestants for purchase.
- Sale prices will be determined each year after all the overhead cost has been evaluated.
October 2, 2005
Edited: September 11, 2007
Edited: March 2009