Category Information

CATEGORY INFORMATION AND EVENT RULES

Modern Jive competition is about being open, honest and fair in your decision to compete at a particular level. You should know what level you are – if in doubt, ask your teacher/director. It may not be possible to squeeze you into a lower level at the last minute so make sure you register at the correct level.

  • You must compete at the highest level of the couple.
  • In keeping the Championships fair and ethical, the organisers of this event reserve the right to change dancers’ level at their discretion.
  • Competitors may compete at one level of Freestyle only.
  • Competitors may compete at one level of DWAS only eg: you may not compete in Intermediate DWAS,and in Advanced DWAS.
  • Competitors can compete at a different level for different categories subject to you fitting the criteria for each level eg: You may compete at Advanced DWAS and Intermediate Plus Freestyle.
  • As long as they qualify, dancers may compete at one level lower than the highest level at which they have previously competed eg: If a competitor was forced to moved up a level last year because their partner at that time was in a higher level, they do not have to compete at the higher level again this year if they: 1. Did not place 2. Still qualify for a level one lower than the one at which they competed.
  • Competitors are to dance in a pre-determined lead/follow configuration for freestyle events and must not change rolls for the entirety of the category, any gender combination is permitted.
  • Competitors are to dance in a traditional lead and follow with the male as the lead and female as the follow in DWAS and Lucky Dip events.

Champions (Masters)

You can progress from Advanced to Champions if you have placed 1st in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, New Zealand & / or Perth in Advanced Freestyle.

Special Dispensation - if you have not placed in Champions and have not competed in the last four years you are eligible to apply for dispensation to compete at Advanced at the discretion of the Directors.

Teachers

In all levels the Modern Jive teacher is eligible to dance one level higher than their current Modern Jive teaching level:

  • Beginner Progression Teachers can dance at Intermediate Plus level or above.
  • Bridging / Intromediate Teachers can dance at Intermediate Plus level or above.
  • Beginner Mainstream Teachers can dance at Intermediate Plus level or above.
  • Intermediate Mainstream Teachers can dance at Advanced level or above.
  • Advanced Mainstream / Specialised Workshops Teachers can dance at Advanced or above.
  • Directors / Professional Dancers can dance at a minimum of Advanced unless they are a winning Champions level dancer.
  • Hosts of the Championship are eligible to enter Teams only.

Freestyle

The Freestyle category will test the social dance skills of pre-arranged couples who will compete on the dance floor at one time, except for the spotlight dances.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.


Levels

Beginners: Danced Modern Jive for 12 months or less.

Intermediate: Danced Modern Jive for 2 years or less.

Intermediate Plus: Danced Modern Jive for over 2 years.

Advanced: Placed 1st or 2nd in Intermediate Plus more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Champions: Placed 1st at Advanced level more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Over 40s: Each dancer must be aged 40 years or older.

Dancing With A Stranger (DWAS)

The DWAS category will test individual social dance skills whilst being paired with random partners. Females must dance as "followers" and males must dance as "leaders".  In all other categories any gender combination is permitted, with the understanding that this is NOT a Battle of the Sexes style competition and all competitors must execute moves and dress in costumes appropriate to the nature of the event. Any competitors not respecting this basic etiquette may be disqualified from the competition.

There will be continuous partner changes approximately every 45 seconds so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.


This category is judged and awarded as an individual.


Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male at Beginner, Intermediate, Intermediate Plus and Advanced levels.

Champion’s trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd couples.

Levels

Beginners: Danced Modern Jive for 12 months or less.

Intermediate : Danced Modern Jive for 2 years or less.

Intermediate Plus: Danced Modern Jive for over 2 years.

Advanced: Placed 1st or 2nd in Intermediate Plus more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Champions: Placed 1st at Advanced level more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Lucky Dip

The Lucky Dip category will consist of pairing up a female partner to a male partner by random allocation on the day of the competition.

Names will be drawn in a ‘lucky dip’ manner, which means you could end up being drawn with a partner of your own level, above or lower.

This category is open to all levels from Beginner to Champion.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Mix n Match

The Mix and Match category consists of couples comprising of a Mainstream Teacher partnered with an Intermediate or Beginner Student.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd to Mainstream Male Teacher and Intermediate or Beginner Female Student.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Mainstream Female Teacher and Intermediate or Beginner Male Student.

Girls Blind Beginners to Intermediate Plus

The Girls Blind category comprises of couples whereby the "leader" partners a blindfolded "follower".

Open to Beginners and Intermediate plus Beginner Recap, Bridging / Intromediate Teachers can enter here.

*Note: This will be determined by the highest level dancer of the couple.

Trophies will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Girls Blind Advanced to Champions

The Girls Blind category comprises of couples whereby the "leader" partners a blindfolded "follower".

Open to Advanced or Champion Dancer plus Beginner Recap, Bridging / Intromediate Teachers can enter here.

*Note: This is determined by the highest level dancer in the couple.

Trophies will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Girl Battle and Guy Battle - Please note this event will not be held 2018

Both members of the couple must be the same gender.

Girl only heats / finals and Guy only heats / finals.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Girl Battle and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Guy Battle.

Cabaret

The Cabaret category will showcase one couple at a time who will perform a choreographed routine to a song of their choice.

Not open to Beginner level dancers.

Song choices must be no less than 2.5 minutes and no more than 4 minutes.

Timing starts from when the act commences.

Steals are allowed.

However a maximum of 3 people with only 2 people performing at any one time.

*Note. The main 2 entrants must perform 90% of the dance performance and the third person will not receive any medal should the main entrants place in this category.

Aerials are allowed and costumes are essential.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Teams

The Teams division is open to all levels and will feature a minimum of 3 couples in a choreographed routine to a song of their choice.

Song choices must be no less than 2.5 minutes and no more than 4 minutes.

Timing starts from when the act commences.

Aerials are allowed and costumes are essential.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

 

DANCING WITH A STRANGER DWAS

DWAS Beginner

Eligibility

Danced Modern Jive for a period of 0 to 12mths

To be eligible you must have little or no previous dance experience. This level is judged on individual merit.

Dancers Excluded

If you placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at a higher level prior to these championships.

Modern Jive Dance Teachers of any level.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: not allowed

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 1 song

Music Tempo

Current Top 40

Music Length

2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes

Continuous partner changes occur approximately every 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage and final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male.

DWAS Intermediate

Eligibility

Danced Modern Jive for a period of 1 to 2 Years

If you have won DWAS in a lower level you must move up a level if that win is more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: 2 per song

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 1 song

Music Tempo

Current Top 40

Music Length

2.5 – 4mins

Other Notes

Continuous partner changes occur approx every 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage in this division and final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male.

DWAS Intermediate Plus

Eligibility

Danced Modern Jive for a period over 2 years

Beginner Recap, Bridging / Intromediate Teachers can enter at this level.

If you won DWAS in a lower level you must move up to a level if that win is more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Dancers Excluded

If you teach Intermediate or higher Modern Jive classes and /or have placed 1st, 2nd, (not 3rd) in a National DWAS Championship at Intermediate Plus level or higher in the previous 12 months.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 1 song

Music Tempo

Current Top 40

Music Length

2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes

Continuous partner changes occur approx every 45 seconds therefore competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage in this division, a semi final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Female.

DWAS Advanced

Eligibility

Recognised as an Advanced Dancer

Intermediate and Advanced Modern Jive Teachers can enter at this level also.

If you won DWAS in a lower level you must move up to a level if that win is more than 12 months prior to this competition.

Dancers Excluded

If you have placed 1st (not 2nd or 3rd) in a National  DWAS Championship at Advanced level or higher in the previous 12 months prior to this competition.

Recognised as a Champion Dancer

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 1 song

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

3 – 4 mins

Other Notes

Continuous partner changes occur approx every 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a reperchage in this division, a semi-final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Female.

DWAS Champions

Eligibility

Recognised as a Champions Dancer

If you have placed 1st in a National DWAS Championships at Advanced level or higher more than 12 months prior to this competition.

At the discretion of the Directors an Advanced couple can be invited to dance up.

In the event they do not place they have the right to drop back down.

Dancers Excluded

Dancers of a Beginner or Intermediate level.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

Heats: 2.5 - 4 mins

Final: 2 songs- 1-2 mins each song (see notes below)

The Final

Will consist of 2 songs. There will be 1 group song and one spotlight song chosen at random by event director for each couple.

Other Notes

Continuous partner changes occur approx every 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage in this division and a final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual throughout the heats and repechage and as a couple in the finals.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

DWAS Open Gender / Open Level

Eligibility

This category is open to all levels.

You may choose to lead or follow regardless of your gender however there are exceptions: Advanced and Champion Dancers must dance as: female - lead | male - follow.

Please entre this section in the spirit in which it is intended.

You may participate in this category as well as another DWAS category.

Dancers Excluded

NIL.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials:  not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 1 songs

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

Heats: 3 - 4 mins

Final: 3 - 4

The Final

Will consist of  1 song only. 

Other Notes

Continuous partner changes occur approx every 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage in this division and a final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual throughout the heats and repechage and as a couple in the finals.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

FREESTYLE

Beginner Freestyle

Eligibility

Danced Modern Jive for a period of 0 to 12 Months

No or Little dance experience

Dancers Excluded

Modern Jive Teachers of any level

Aerials

Baby Aerials: 1 per song

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 2 songs

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

Current Top 40

 

Music Length

1.5 – 2.5 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be a repechage in this division and a final.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Intermediate Freestyle

Eligibility

Danced Modern Jive for a period of 1 to 2 years

Dancers Excluded

Dancers who teach Modern Jive Classes and / or if you have placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, in a National Championship at Intermediate level or higher more than 12 months prior to these championships.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 2 song

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

Current Top 40

Music Length

1.5 – 2.5 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be a repechage in this division, a semi final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Intermediate Plus Freestyle

Eligibility

Danced Modern Jive for a period of 2 years plus dancing

Beginner Recap, Bridging / Intromediate Teachers are to enter at this level.

Dancers Excluded

Dancers who teach Intermediate or higher Modern Jive Classes and / or if you have placed 1st, 2nd (not 3rd) in a National Freestyle Championship at Intermediate Plus level or higher more than 12 months prior to these championships.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: 1 per song

Number of Songs

Heats: 2 songs

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

Current Top 40

Music Length

1.5 – 2.5 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be a repercharge in this division, a semi final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Advanced Freestyle

Eligibility

Recognised as an Advanced Dancer.

Intermediate and Advanced Dance Teachers are to enter at this level

Dancers Excluded

If you have placed 1st (not 2nd, or 3rd) in a National Freestyle Championship at Advanced level or higher more than 12 months prior to these championships.

Recognised as a Champion Dancer

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 2 songs

Final: 1 group song and a 1 song Rapid Fire Spotlight Dance (see notes below).

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

1.5 – 2.5 mins per song

Other Notes

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

There will be a repechage in this division, a semi final and final.

The Rapid Fire Spotlight Dance will be danced to one song. All couples will remain on the dance floor for the duration of the Rapid Fire Spotlight, forming a semi-circle around each couple as they dance. Each couple will dance for 1 major phrase of the song (16 Modern Jive counts or 32 straight counts), after which they will return to the semi-circle as another couple moves into the middle to dance. This format will continue throughout the song until ALL couples have danced once.

Champions Freestyle

Eligibility

Recognised as a Champions Dancer

If you have placed 1st in a National Freestyle Championships at Advanced level or higher more than 12months prior to this competition.

If the couples are multi levels, one member must be eligible for Champions and one can be Intermediate Plus or above if dancing up.

At the discretion of the Directors an Advanced couples can be invited to dance up.

In the event they do not place they have the right to drop back down.

Dancers Excluded

Dancers of a Beginner or Intermediate level. *This event does not exclude Intermediate Plus Level

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 2 songs

Final: See Below

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

1.5 – 2.5 mins per song

Finals: 1 group song 45 sec -1.5 mins, 2 director choice songs 30 sec – 1.5 mins per song and

1 own choice 30 sec - 1.5 mins. (refer notes below)

The Final

There will be 1 group song, 2 Directors Choice songs and 1 Own song chosen from 3 songs provided by competitors before the event.

Other Notes

There will be a repechage in his division, a semi final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Mix n Match

Eligibility

One competitor must be a Beginner or Intermediate (not Intermediate Plus) dancer. Their partner must be a Director and / or a Teacher (not a Demo Teacher) of Modern Jive or a Champions or Advanced Dancer.

Dancers Excluded

Partners cannot be life/regular partners or performance dance partner.

Partners cannot compete together in another category together in the Championships.

Partners cannot compete together if they have previously competed together and placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at any Modern Jive Championship.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 songs

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

100 – 130 bpm

Music Length

Heats: 2 - 3.5 mins

Final: 1 - 2 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be a repechage in this division, semi final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Beginner / Intermediate Female with Male Teacher and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Beginner / Intermediate  Male with Female Teacher.

Over 40's

Eligibility

Both dancers must be over 40 years of age.

Dancers Excluded

The age of either partner is less than 40 years.

* Partners cannot compete together in another category together the Championships.

Champion Dancers can only partner with dancers at Intermediate Plus level or below.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 songs

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

100 – 140 bpm

Music Length

Heats: 2 -3.5 mins

Finals: 1.5 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be no repechage in this division, only a semi final and final.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Lucky Dip

The Lucky Dip category will consist of pairing up a "follower" partner to a male "lead" partner by random allocation on the day of the competition.

Names will be drawn in a ‘lucky dip’ manner, which means you could end up being drawn with a partner of your own level, above or lower.

This category is open to all levels from Beginner to Champion.

Lucky Dip Eligibility

Open to all levels of dancers from Beginners to Champions.

Dancers Excluded

None.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: Not allowed

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Finals: 2 songs

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

Heats: 2 – 3.5 mins

Finals: 1 – 2 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be NO repechage in this division, semi final and final. You must compete on Friday Night.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Competitor numbers will be strictly limited in this category.

* Partners will not be determined until the day of the event.

Girls Blind Beginner to Intermediate Plus

Eligibility

Beginners to Intermediate Plus years as well as  Beginner Recap, Bridging / Intromediate Teachers can enter here.

*Note: This will be determined by the highest level dancer of the couple.

The "follower" must be blindfolded.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

100 – 140 bpm

Music Length

Heats: 2 - 3.5 mins

Final: 1.5 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be NO repechage in this division, only a semi final and final. You must compete Friday Night.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Girls Blind Advanced to Champions

Eligibility

Recognised as an Advanced or Champion Dancer and including Beginner Recap, Bridging / Intromediate Teachers can enter here. 

*Note: This is determined by the highest level dancer in the couple.

The "follower" must be blindfolded.

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 song

Final: 2 songs

Music Tempo

100 – 140 bpm

Music Length

Heats: 2 - 3.5 mins

Final: 1.5 mins per song

Other Notes

There will be NO repechage in this division, only a semi final and final. You must compete Friday Night.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Cabaret

Eligibility

One couple performing a choreographed piece to their choice of music.

Lower levels must be endorsed via their company Director(s). We encourage these dancers to submit their routines early in order to receive appropriate feedback.

The Aim

The aim is to the move your audience through a journey with layering throughout the beginner, middle & end. The intent is that the dancers and their routine has a connection with the audience (costumes are essential).

Dancers Excluded

Dancers of Beginner Level

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Steals

Allowed – Maximum of 3 people with only 2 people performing at any one time.

*Note. The main two entrants must complete 90% of the dance performance and the third person will not receive any medal should the main entrants place in this category.

Number of Songs

Open choice

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

*Note Trophies will not be awarded to the "Steal" person.

Teams

Eligibility

Minimum three couples performing a choreographed piece to their choice of music. Open to all levels.

Teams are encouraged to be endorsed via their company Director(s).

We encourage these dancers to submit their routines early in order to receive appropriate feedback.

The Aim

The aim is to the move your audience through a journey with layering throughout the beginner, middle & end.

The intent is that the dancers and their routine has a connection with the audience (costumes are essential).

Dancers Excluded

Teams of less than 3 couples

Aerials

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Open choice

Music Tempo

Open

Music Length

2.5 – 4 mins

Timing starts from when the act commences.

Other Notes

This category is judged and awarded as a team.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

 

******Girl Battle | Guy Battle -  This event is not running at this years champs

Eligibility

Both members of the couple must be the same gender.

Dancers Excluded

Mixed Gender Couples

Aerials (optional)

Baby Aerials: allowed

Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs

Heats: 1 songs

Finals: 1 songs

Music Tempo

100 -130 bpm

Music Length

1.5 – 3 mins

Other Notes

Girl only heat / finals & guy only heats / finals.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd & 3rd Girl Battle, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Guy Battle

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CATEGORY INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

 

 

Countdown to Gold Coast Champs 2018

When & Where

13 - 15 July 2018 Albert Waterways Community Centre 61 Sunshine Blvd Broadbeach Q.

 

 

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