Midlands ‘Open' Jive Champs’ 2017 – Category Rules


Please ensure that you are fully conversant with the rules of your particular

Category or Categories before booking as the Judges rulings will be final

 

Lucky Dip

Competition Rules;

Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could be anything from the 40's to date.

All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.

 

Points will be awarded for style, innovation, musical interpretation, quality of dancing and synchronisation of dancers rather than the number/difficulty of moves.

 

Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.

 

Airsteps, (lifts, jumps and acrobatic moves), will not be permitted. Disqualification from the competition will be automatic should a couple attempt these moves.

 

No extra points will be awarded for drops but they will be permitted provided that the ball of one of the lady's feet remains in contact with the ground. Otherwise the move will be defined as an airstep.

 

Partners must not release hand hold or break contact for more than eight beats.

 

The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.

 

The dance must be recognisable as a modern jive like Ceroc. Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, 50s style Rock 'n' Roll, Ballroom Jive etc are not modern jives and therefore are not permitted.

 

This section is open to everyone including teachers/professionals.

 

Partners will be allocated on the day. Any attempt to circumvent the concept of ‘dancing with a stranger’ will result
in disqualification

This event is for over 16's only.

 

Competitor numbers are strictly limited so places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

Ceroc Midlands reserves the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without

 

consultation.

 

The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.

 

The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.

 


Intermediate Freestyle Trophy

These sections are recommended for those who have danced for six months or more but do not wish to competewith the Advanced Dancers

Competition Rules;

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Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could be anything from the 40's to date.

 

All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

 

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.

 

Points will be awarded for style, innovation, musical interpretation, quality of dancing and synchronisation of dancers rather than the number/difficulty of moves.

 

Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.

 

Airsteps, (lifts, jumps and acrobatic moves), will not be permitted. Disqualification from the competition will be automatic should a couple attempt these moves.

 

No extra points will be awarded for drops but they will be permitted provided that the ball of one of the

 

lady's feet remains in contact with the ground. Otherwise the move will be defined as an airstep.

 

Partners must not release hand hold or break contact for more than eight beats.

 

The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.

 

The dance must be recognisable as a modern jive like Ceroc. (Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing,

 

East Coast Swing, 50s style Rock 'n' Roll, Ballroom Jive etc are not modern jives and therefore are not permitted.)

 

Dance Teachers/professionals are not allowed to enter this section.

 

Competitor couples or partnerships from the Advanced or Open Categories are not permitted to enter this section.

 

Seniors


This category is for couples over 45 years of age. Both partners MUST be 45 years of age or older.

Competition Rules;

Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could be anything from the 40's to date.


All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.


Points will be awarded for style, innovation, musical interpretation, quality of dancing and synchronisation of dancers rather than the number/difficulty of moves.


Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.


Airsteps, (lifts, jumps and acrobatic moves), will not be permitted. Disqualification from the competition will be automatic should a couple attempt these moves.


No extra points will be awarded for drops but they will be permitted provided that the ball of one of the lady's feet remains in contact with the ground. Otherwise the move will be defined as an airstep.


Partners must not release hand hold or break contact for more than eight beats.


The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.


The dance must be recognisable as a modern jive like Ceroc. (Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing,
East Coast Swing, 50s style Rock 'n' Roll, Ballroom Jive etc are not modern jives and therefore are not permitted.)


Dance Teachers/professionals are not allowed to enter this section.


This event is for dancer's over 45 years of age only.


Competitor numbers are strictly limited so places are allocated on a first come first served basis.


Ceroc Midlands reserves the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation.


The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.


The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.

 

Beginners 'X' Trophy

This section is open to all dancers, except Teachers and Professionals, who know or can learn the below-listed basic 'beginners' moves and feel that they can dance them with style and flair.

If you do not have the time or inclination to learn and practise new moves or choreography required for some of the other categories, but would like to compete with your chosen partner, then this is the category for you! The judges will be looking for musicality and style expressed by strong adroit dancers who can make the most basic moves look amazing. The winners of this trophy will really be just great dancers.

Competition Rules;

Your dancing in all the heats and finals must consist of some or all of the below Basic Beginners moves ONLY in any combination and with no variations, adaptions, modifications, innovations or additions.

 

The permitted moves which can be danced in this category are;

First Move *                                                   Comb Mambo

Armjive **                                                      Basic Cradle

Armjive Swizzle                                             High First

Manspin                                                        Shoulderspring

Shoulderslide                                                 Sling-shot

Step Across                                                  Spot Turn

Octopus                                                        Travelling return

Basket                                                          Short Neckbreak

Side to Side Shoulders

In and Out (Double Handed)

Yoyo

Comb

Cerocspin
Catapult

Backpass

Shoulder Drop

Competitors who dance even one move that is not permitted will be penalised. There are no exceptions to this rule whether you do a move accidentally or not.

'Freezes' , or dancing at either half-time or double time is permitted providing the move still maintains the correct structure and content. For example, freezing in a Shoulder Drop or adding rocks to a Comb will be permitted.

Please refer to these rules closer to the Competition as this is a new category and the rules may change slightly if we receive appropriate feedback from our judging panel.


All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.


Points will be awarded for style, musical interpretation, quality of dancing, execution and synchronisation of dancers.


Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.


Airsteps, (lifts, jumps and acrobatic moves), will not be permitted. Disqualification from the competition will be automatic should a couple attempt these moves.


No drops, dips or leans are permitted.


This is a freestyle category and consequentially points will be deducted for obvious choreography of moves.


Partners must not release hand hold or break contact for more than four beats.


Single and double spins are allowed.


Double under-arm turns are also allowed.


The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.


Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could be anything from the 40's to 00's.


Dance Teachers and/or dance professionals are not allowed to enter this section.


Competitor couples from all other categories including the Intermediate, Advanced and Open Freestyle Trophy sections are permitted to enter this section.


This event is for over 16's only.


Competitor numbers are strictly limited to 40 couples so places are allocated on a first come first served basis.


We reserve the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation


The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.


The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.

 

Advanced Freestyle Trophy


These sections are recommended for those who have danced for 12 months or more but do not wish to compete with the Open Category Dancers

The Format of this Category is that all entrants* will take part in a two-part final with tracks
chosen from the following categories;

1. Jive
2. Latin


The Judges scores will be aggregated over the two sections and placings determined by the overall
scores.

*In the event of more than 12 Couples entering this category then all entrants will take part in semi finals
to achieve the appropriate number of finalists.

Competition Rules;

Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could be anything from the 40's to date.

 

All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.


Points will be awarded for style, innovation, musical interpretation, quality of dancing and synchronisation of dancers rather than the number/difficulty of moves.


Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.


One major airstep, (lift, jump and acrobatic move) per track plus drops, leans and baby aerials of any kind will be permitted. (Please see definitions at the end of this section).


The major airstep should last no longer than 7 seconds, i.e. the ladies feet should not be off the floor for more than 7 second from the beginning to the end of the move.


Partners must not release hand hold or break contact for more than eight beats.


The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.


The dance must be recognisable as a modern jive like Ceroc. (Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, 50s style Rock 'n' Roll, Ballroom Jive etc are not modern jives and therefore are not permitted.)


Dance Teachers/professionals are not allowed to enter this section.


Competitor couples or partnerships from the Pro –Am or Open Categories are not permitted to enter this section.


Open Trophy

The Format of this Category is that all entrants* will take part in a three-part final with tracks
chosen from the following categories;

1. Jive
2. Latin

3. Blues or Swing

The Judges scores will be aggregated over the three sections and placings determined by the overall
scores.

*In the event of more than 12 Couples entering this category then all entrants will take part in semi finals to achieve the appropriate number of finalists

Competition Rules;

.

Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could be anything from the 40's to date.

All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.


Points will be awarded for style, musical interpretation, innovation, synchronisation of dancers, quality of dancing as well as the variety and complexity of moves.


Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.


One major airstep, (lift, jump and acrobatic move) per track plus drops, leans and baby aerials of any kind will be permitted. (Please see definitions at the end of this section).


The major airstep should last no longer than 7 seconds.


That is the ladies feet should not be off the floor for more than 7 second from the beginning to the end of the move.


Partners must not release hand hold or break contact for more than eight beats.


The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.


The dance must be recognisable as a modern jive like Ceroc. (Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, 50s style Rock 'n' Roll, Ballroom Jive etc are not modern jives and therefore are not permitted).


Dance Teachers/professionals are allowed to enter this section.


Competitor couples or partnerships from the Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Freestyle Trophy sections are not permitted to enter this section.


This event is for over 18s only.


A maximum of 20 couples will be able to compete in this section.


We reserve the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation

 

The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.

The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.

There will be no refund for entrants who pull out of this category either before or during the event.

 

 

Pro -Am

The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.

There will be no refund for entrants who pull out of this category either before or during the event.


Competition Rules;


This category is only open to partnerships consisting of one dance professional and one amateur.

Dance Professional definition:
Anyone who has taught a partner dance more than 6 times in the previous 6 months for payment.
Anyone who is intending to teach a partner dance more than 6 times in the next 6 months for payment.


Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers. This could include anything from the 40's to present day.


All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of their heat.

Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round.


Judges decisions are final.


Points will be awarded for style, musical interpretation, innovation, synchronisation of dancers, quality of dancing as well as the variety and complexity of moves.


Judges WILL award points for dress and presentation.


1 major airstep or inverted move per track will be permitted plus drops, leans and baby aerials of any kind.


Definition of a major airstep:


A major airstep is defined by both of the lady’s feet travelling above the man’s waist level.


Baby aerials are not considered to be major airsteps, providing at least one of the lady’s feet are below the man’s waist level. Any number of baby aerials are permitted


During any aerial (baby or major), both the lady’s feet should never be off the floor for more than 7 beats.


The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.


The dance must be recognisable as a modern jive like Ceroc. (Dances such as Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West

Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, 50s style Rock 'n' Roll, Ballroom Jive etc are not modern jives and therefore are not permitted).


This event is for over 16s only. • A maximum of 20 couples will be able to compete in this section.


We reserve the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation


The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.


The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.


There will be no refund for entrants who pull out of this category either before or during the event.

 

Showcase

In this section competitors choose their own piece of music and perform their own choreography.

This category is intended as a platform to showcase any genre of dance eg: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Flamenco, Ballroom, Latin, Lindy Hop, Tango, Salsa, African, Indian, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Rock'n'Roll etc.

 

Competition Rules;

At least one entrant, per team is required to wear their allocated competitor number

Any dance style is acceptable in this category.


Each team should consist of one couple only. Couples may be single-gendered.


Each couple must dance to their own music which must be provided to the organisers on the day

Friday, 8th April, on a CD or memory stick of between 3 - 5 minutes in length. (Please note that we cannot accept tapes or minidiscs).


Any performance which is either under 3 minutes or over 5 minutes will mean automatic disqualification.


Judges decisions are final.


Points will be awarded for style, musical interpretation, innovative choreography, quality of dancing, synchronisation of dancers and entertainment value.


Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.


This section is open to everyone including teachers and dance professionals.


A maximum of 6 couples will be able to compete in this section.


This event is for over 18s only.


Competitor numbers are strictly limited so places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

We reserve the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation


The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.


The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.


There will be no refund for couples who pull out of this category either before or during the event.

 

Team Cabaret

Revised Rules - Please read carefully.
Open to Amateurs and Professionals: Teachers and Dance Professionals can take part.


At least one entrant, per team is required to wear their allocated competitor number

Competitors choose their own piece of music and perform their own choreography.

This year we have not restricted the number of hold-breaks or drops/lifts in order to allow more artistic freedom. However, all Team Cabaret routines must consist predominantly of Modern Jivemoves.


Anyone who does not adhere to the spirit of the rules will jeopardise their chances of winning.


Competition Rules;


This category is open to all, amateur and professional.


A team must be between three and twenty couples.


Each team must nominate a Representative (Team Leader) or Choreographer through whom all discussions will take place.


Each team must dance to their own music that must be provided to the organisers in advance
.

(Format: Audio CD or MP3 and Between 3 - 6 minutes in length)


Team leaders must submit a definitive list of all team members and the final name of the Team at least 10 days prior to the event.


All team members must purchase a Day Entry ticket to the event to be able to take part in this competition.

Any performance which is either under 3 minutes or over 6 minutes will be penalised.


Routines, whilst judged for their entertainment value hence the "cabaret" element, must be (in the opinions of the judges) predominantly Ceroc-based (see definition*). No matter how entertaining, if the routine is not sufficiently Ceroc-based, it will be penalised.


Points will be awarded for style, musical interpretation, innovative choreography, quality of dancing, synchronisation of dancers and entertainment value.


Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.


Judges decisions are final.


The lead and follow aspect of the dance must clearly be demonstrated.


This section is open to everyone including teachers/professionals.


A maximum of 5 teams will be able to compete in this section.


This event is for over 16s only.


Competitor numbers are strictly limited so places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

We reserve the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation


The event will be recorded by film, video and photography; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.


Double Trouble

In this section you need to make up a threesome. Your group can consist of any gender configuration.

This category is a 'freestyle' category.

The music will be chosen at random by the organisers and the entrants are expected to dance to the chosen track.
Note below what the judges will award marks for.

The Category will be contested as a two-part final during the afternoon with all entrants taking part;

Part I will be one 'Mid to Uptempo' Track
Part II will be one 'Slow to Midtempo' Track



Competition Rules;

Each team must consist of three people in any combination of male/female dancers.

The dancing must be continuous but the lead is allowed to change from one dancer to another

Entrants will dance to the music chosen by the organisers.

All judging will be by a points system. Dancers are encouraged to dance to the end of the track. Qualifying dancers will be asked back to the next round. Judges decisions are final.

Points will be awarded for style, innovation, musical interpretation, quality of dancing, synchronisation of dancers as well as the variety of moves.

Any number of major aerials or airsteps, (lifts, jumps and acrobatic moves) per track plus drops and leans of any kind will be permitted.

Judges will also award points for dress and presentation.

No member of the trio can completely release hand hold or break contact for more than eight beats.

This section is open to everyone including teachers/professionals.

This event is for 16 years old and over only.

Competitor numbers are strictly limited so places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

We reserve the right to change the programme and competition if necessary without consultation

The event will be recorded by film, video and photograph; these may be used for Ceroc promotional purposes without any obligation.

The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.