Rules

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Contents          

1 – Competitor Entry Registration

2 – MJPI Levels

3 – Competing with Other Level Dancers

4 – Categories

5 – Aerials

6 – Judging and Scoring

7 – Judging Criteria

8 – Other Information

                   

Please note that all competitions vary in terms of their qualification requirements and rules, so please read these rules carefully.

COMPETITOR ENTRY AND REGISTRATION

1.1    Competitor entries open on 1 July 2019 and STRICTLY close on 1 November 2019. All team entries need to be submitted by October 2019 to ensure there are enough entries for this category to go ahead and to be fair to all those entering this category. The Event Directors reserve the right to cancel this category if there are insufficient entries.

1.2    Every competitor must submit an online entry via the DanceMAD Modern Jive Championships Website.

1.3    Spaces in some categories are limited so entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Pro Am Lucky Dip and Swaps and Steals Lucky Dip categories will close for leads and/or follows if an imbalance occurs. Once the imbalance is rectified, the categories will reopen. Teams will only go ahead when a minimum of 3 teams are entered. For all other categories, the minimum number is 5 couples/triples.

1.4    There will be no refund for competitors who withdraw either before or during the event.                                           

MJPI LEVELS

2.1    DanceMAD has chosen to align with the Modern Jive Points Index (MJPI) that is currently used in Australia and New Zealand. More detailed information on how MJPI points are determined can be found on the MJPI website.

2.2    If you have competed in an MJPI affiliated event before, you will compete at your registered level.

2.3    The Event directors reserve the right to adjust a competitor’s level in line with the MJPI.

2.4    If you have not competed at an MJPI affiliated event before, you will need to determine your starting level  and register online with MJPI.

2.5    Progression through the levels is outlined in detail on the MJPI website.

2.6    The categories at DanceMAD are divided into the following tiers:

  1. Freestyle and DWAS
  2. NA
  3. Pro Am Lucky Dip, Swaps and Steals Lucky Dip, Break the Dial, Teams

COMPETING WITH OTHER LEVEL DANCERS            

3.1    Freestyle: When one partner qualifies for a higher level than the other, the Freestyle partnership must compete at the level appropriate to the highest ranked member. The lower ranked partner may only dance one level up from their registered level. If this partnership results in a placing, the points earned will be added to the individual’s total. This may or may not result in progression to the next level.

3.2    DWAS:  Competitors must dance at their individual level for DWAS.

3.3    Dancers may not compete in two levels of the same category.

3.4    Level 4 dancers may not compete with another level 4 dancer in break the Dial and are encouraged to dance with a level 1 or 2 dancer where possible.

CATEGORIES

4.1    Levels 1-3 Dance with a Stranger (DWAS)

Heats, semi-finals (when applicable) and finals will be danced to one song with rotations occurring every 30-45 seconds. 

4.2    Level 4 Dance with a Stranger (DWAS)

Heats and semi-finals (when applicable) will be danced to one song with rotations occurring every 30-45 seconds. Finals will danced in 2 phases with a randomly allocated partner:

  1. Each couple will dance for two minutes to a song of the Event Director’s choice.
  2. All couples will dance in a rapid fire for one song.

4.3    Level 1 Freestyle

    Heats and semi-finals (when applicable) will be danced to two songs. Finals will danced in 3 phases:

  1. Three couples to dance for one minute in a shared spotlight.
  2. Remaining three couples to dance for one minute in a shared spotlight.
  3. All couples dance in a rapid fire for one song. Couples will rotate every 30-45 seconds.

4.4    Level 2 Freestyle

Heats and semi-finals (when applicable) will be danced to two songs. Finals will danced in four phases:

  1. Two couples to dance for one minute in a shared spotlight.
  2. A further two couples to dance for one minute in a shared spotlight.
  3. Remaining two couples to dance for one minute in a shared spotlight.
  4. All couples dance in a rapid fire for one song. Couples will rotate every 30-45 seconds.

4.5    Level 3 Freestyle

Heats and semi-finals (when applicable) will be danced to two songs. All couples in the final will dance for one minute in a spotlight followed by a raid fire for one song. Couples will rotate every 30-45 seconds.

4.6    Level 4 Freestyle

Heats and semi-finals (when applicable) will be danced to two songs. Finals will danced in 3 phases:

  1. Each couple dance for two minutes to a song of the Event Directors’ choice.
  2. The couple will be able to choose between two categories for the second song of 2 minutes.
  3. All couples dance in a rapid fire for one song. Couples will rotate every 30-45 seconds.

4.7    Break the Dial

Heats, semi-finals (when applicable) and finals will be danced to two songs. The first song will have a slow BPM and the second song will have a fast BPM. As the rounds progress, the slower songs will get slower and the fast songs will get faster. 

4.8    Pro-Am Lucky Dip 

Heats, semi-finals (when applicable) and finals will be danced to one song. Partners will be allocated at random with an emphasis on creating even partnerships,  with level 1 & 4, and 2 & 3 dancers paired where possible.  Assigned partnerships will be announced at the Friday Night Dance Party (15 November 2019) and the partnership will be maintained throughout the competition. Competitors may not compete in both Pro-am categories.

4.9    Swaps and Steals Lucky Dip

Heats, semi-finals (when applicable) and finals will be danced to one song. each team will comprise of a minimum of one lead and one follow. The third team member can be either a lead or a follow. Only one lead and one follow will dance together at a time although brief moments of triples will be permitted. The spare lead or follow will swap or steal the lead or follow. The steal or swap must be done in a way that doesn’t interrupt the flow of the dance.

Assigned teams will be announced at the Friday Night Dance Party (15 November 2019) and the teams will be maintained throughout the competition.

4.10    Team

A team comprising of a minimum of 3 couples, will dance a choreographed routine to the music of their choice. The routine must be no less than 2.5 minutes and no more than 4.5 minutes in length and must demonstrate modern jive principles. 

AERIALS              

5.1    Summary of Permitted Aerials

Category Baby Aerials Full Aeriels
Freestyle and DWAS Level 1 Yes (Freestyle)

No (DWAS)

No
Freestyle and DWAS Level 2 Yes No
Freestyle and DWAS Level 3 Yes Yes
Freestyle and DWAS Level 4 Yes Yes
Break the Dial Yes Yes
Pro-Am Lucky Dip No No
Swaps and Steals Lucky Dip Yes No
Team Yes Yes

5.2    Definitions:

  1. Baby Aerial: The majority of either partner’s weight is below the chest height of their partner.
  2. Aerial: The majority of either partner’s weight is above chest height of their partner.

5.3   Please remember that this is a dance competition, not an acrobatics competition, so while aerials can be spectacular, they must be executed safely and seamlessly be and integrated into the dance with appropriate timing and interpretation of the music.

JUDGING AND SCORING                                            

6.1.   In the heats and semi-finals, competitors will be ranked across all heats, not just their own. Judges will be asked to choose a number of ‘Definites’ and a number of first and second choice ‘Alternates’ to go through to the next round, based on the judging criteria listed in section 7 below. This callback system differs from the ranking system which will be used in the finals, in which competitors are ranked numerically from lowest to highest.

6.2    In the callback scoring method used in the heats and semi-finals, it is possible for multiple competitors to have the same score (this is not possible during the finals which use the ranking system). Therefore, the exact number of competitors who make the next round will not be determined until the scores from each round have been processed. In all cases the Event Director will have provided the Scoring Manager with an optimum number of dancers to progress. In the event of a tie, the Scoring Manager, Head Judge or Event Director will decide whether to progress more competitors or less, without looking at the competitors’ names, with a preference for progressing more dancers where possible.

6.3    In all Finals with the exception of level 4 DWAS and Freestyle, competitors will be ranked in order 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc based on the criteria and guidelines given in the Judging Criteria section below.       

6.4    Level 4 DWAS will be self-judged on a ranking system as in 6.3 above, with three extra judges also ranking the finalists.

6.5    Level 4 DWAS will also be judged by the audience in a ‘People‘s Choice’ Award where the audience will vote for their favourite couple. Instructions on how to vote will be advised at the time. Placings will be awarded to those who receive the most votes.  

6.6    Level 4 Freestyle will be self-judged on a ranking system as in 6.3 above, with additional judges also ranking the finalists.

6.7    It is prohibited to approach any judge during the course of the competition day for advice and reasons for scores/rankings. It is a judge’s personal choice whether or not to provide feedback after the event.

6.8    All scores are final. Individual results will be made available by logging into the MJPI website. Whilst competitors will be able to see their own results, any other details will remain anonymous.

JUDGING CRITERIA

7.1    The primary judging criteria of the competition is timing. Each dancer must demonstrate the fundamental timing, footwork, and concertina body movement of Modern Jive, as well as demonstrating true lead and follow.

7.2    Floorcraft is critical. Couples may be penalised if they are deemed to perform moves irresponsibly, or in a manner which causes injury, collision, or intrusion upon the dance space of other couples.

7.3    Judging Criteria Table              

CATEGORY    JUDGING CRITERIA                   
Freestyle and DWAS
  1. Timing
  2. Evidence of Modern Jive fundamentals – footwork and concertina action
  3. Evidence of dancers settling at the end of the slot on the numbered count, and taking their first step forwards on the & count
  4. Considerate and clear lead and follow, with good connection and technique
  5. Style and flow
  6. Musical interpretation and improvisation
  7. Variety of moves
  8. Performance attitude / entertainment value / X Factor / chemistry   
  9. Judges will be looking for non-sequenced dancing; obvious use of sequences of moves is discouraged
Break the Dial All of the above with a focus on a Stylistic difference between the slow and fast songs.
Pro Am Lucky Dip    All of the above with the focus on the AM’s ability within the partnership as well as the Pro’s ability to adjust their stile to highlight the strengths of the Am. Competitors will be judged as a couple.
Swaps and Steals Lucky Dip     All of the above with the focus on seamless transition between leads and/or follows.
Team   The criteria for teams are: artistry, timing, technique, teamwork, and modern jive content. These criteria are equally weighted. In order to assess whether a routine shows modern jive content, judges are invited to consider:

– The dancers should be physically connected and using true lead and follow for the majority of the dance.

– Evidence of dancers settling at the end of the slot on the numbered count, and taking their first step forwards on the & count.

– Moves that are commonly used on the freestyle competition floor may be considered modern jive content.

OTHER INFORMATION

8.1    The Event Directors are not permitted to enter any part of the competition with the exception of Team.                                        

8.2    All participants at this event are required to act in a safe, courteous and responsible manner. Any competitors deemed by the event staff to be behaving offensively or to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances which may cause harm or offence will be disqualified from the competition and asked to leave the venue immediately.   

8.3    Parts of the event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used by DanceMAD for promotional purposes without any obligation. Copies of the videos will be made available to the competitors in a timely manner. The Event Directors reserve the right to livestream the event when appropriate.

8.4    Competitors and spectators are permitted to video or photograph the heats and/or semi finals. Professional videos of the finals will be provided to competitors free of charge after the event and as such, we would ask that spectators enjoy the performance live, rather than through a camera lens.

8.5    DanceMAD and the Event Directors accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions at the event.

8.6    The Event Directors reserve the right to change the format of any heats/semi finals/finals due to competitor numbers, time restraints, or other reasons. Competitors are advised that the running order could change at any time, and to remain vigilant throughout the day. Event staff will not be held responsible for competitors missing heats/finals etc for any reason.   

8.7    Competitors must be ready at the marshalling area in plenty of time before their heat, otherwise they could forfeit their entry. If a competitor is not ready and waiting in the marshalling area after 3 calls by the MC, they (in DWAS) and their partner/s (in Freestyle, Break the Dial, Swaps and Steals Lucky Dip, Pro Am Lucky Dip and Teams) may be disqualified from the competition.