Full guidelines and terminology

!! Please find all the deadlines for video submissions at the end of the page !!

TERMINOLOGY

Below is an explanation of what each term used will mean within the context of the online event. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us through the contact form.

Note: these guidelines are subject to change up until the 1st August when all guidelines will be final. Please make sure you double check any deadlines or requirements below. For any major changes we will post on social media but you will be required to keep checking this page to verify the details of the competitions you are joining.

 

LIVE You will be dancing through zoom and will be judged on what you present live at the time of the competition.
VIDEO / PRE- RECORDED  You will have the opportunity to record yourself beforehand in a location of your choice* and send us the recording. The recording will then be screened and judged as it is shown at the time of the competition.
*for the Household Jazz Routine you will be required to record yourself in your home.
BPM Beats Per Minute, indicating the tempo of a song. For example 140 BPM is quite slow while 315 BPM is super fast
Prelims Preliminary Rounds or Heats, the first stage of the division from which finalists are picked
Finals The Final Round or last stage of the division from which 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are picked.
8 Eights 8 lots of 8 counts, for example the time it takes to dance 8 swing outs in a row. 
Strictly Means that you can only dance strictly the type of dance. For example a Strictly Lindy is for Lindy Hop only. You cannot dance Balboa, Shag or Blues. You dance with a partner of your own choosing. 
Mix & Match The partnerships are selected randomly on the day and at the time of the competition

CHOOSING LEVEL

lockdown stars

You have only started practicing Solo Vernacular Jazz after lockdown has started. 

Rising Stars

-You have placed in the Up and Comers division the previous year
-You have never placed in a competition relevant to the division 
-If you regularly teach swing dance despite not having entered competitions, we strongly suggest you enter the All Stars level

Examples:

-You want to enter Solo Vernacular Jazz: You can enter if you have never placed in a Solo Jazz competition but not if you have placed in a Solo Jazz competition (even as part of a troupe)
-You want to enter Rising Star Showcase: You can enter if you have never placed in ANY kind of competition, as an individual, couple or group. 

ALL STARS

-You have placed in a competition relevant to the division you are entering.

FORMAT OF DIVISIONS

LINDY HOP

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION

Strictly Lindy Hop Open Level

Live prelims and finals.

For dancers of all levels who live together or that can meet up to compete.

Prelims: You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance for about 1 minute of three different songs. All contestants will be dancing at the same time and judges will look through the grid to choose the finalists.

Finals:  You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance to a spotlight of 12x8s, followed by a final all skate.

Ghost Dancing M&M

Live prelims and finals.

For dancers of all levels.

This competition will have a “call and response” style, where the leader will lead something and the follow will interpret and respond.
 
Prelims: You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance for about 30 seconds of two songs. You will sign up as either a leader or a follower and will be assigned a partner. 1 or 2 couples at a time will be shown on the screen. 

You will be required to pin your own partner to the screen, leading/following through zoom. Video examples to follow soon.

Finals:  You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance a warmup song, a spotlight of 12×8 and an all skate.

 


Showcase categories

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION

60 Second Showcase- Rising Stars

Video prelims and video finals (with option of performing live)

Open to anyone, except those who have placed in a competition before! This is a competition for solo, pairs, and groups. You can showcase any vintage dance style. More than half your group must be Rising Star dancers and have never placed in a competition before.

Examples: 

Entering as a solo- you have to fall under Rising Star category

Entering as a pair- you both have to fall under Rising Star category

Entering as a trio- at least two of you have to be Rising Stars

Entering as a group of 10- at least 6 of you have to be Rising Stars. 

For this competition you will provide your own music and choreography of your choice.

Guidelines on length of music found below.

60 Second Showcase- All Stars

Video prelims and video finals (with option of performing live)

For dancers who have placed in a competition before. This is a competition for solo, pairs, and groups. You can showcase any vintage dance style.

For this competition you will provide your own music and choreography of your choice.

Guidelines on length of music found below.

Household Jazz Routine

Video prelims and video finals. 

Open Level Competition. 

This competition is centred around creativity and inventiveness. Anything goes! 

Guidelines on length of music found below.

Vintage Routine

Video prelims and finals.

Open Level Competition. 

Choose a vintage clip and replicate it. No fancy editing needed, we just want YOU doing the routine. You will be judged on accuracy of details and quality of clip. You can attempt to replicate costumes and makeup but it is not necessary. It is important that participants keep in mind that using cultural clothing as costumes will not be tolerated. Please make sure you send it to us before you start practicing to make sure it does not show problematic content and avoid disqualification.

Guidelines on length of music found below.

SHOWCASE CATEGORY ADDITIONAL RULES

-In video submissions you will not be allowed any cuts in editing. Editing of other nature, such as piecing different dancers’ clips together are allowed. 

-In all video submissions, fancy editing will not be given extra credit. 

-For all showcases your team will perform the same routine in the prelims and in the finals (if applicable).

-For Vintage Routine and Household Jazz, your routine will be no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 3 minutes. 

-All 60 Second Routines must be between 55 to 65 seconds of performing. If there is a non-performance intro to your track this is not included in your time allowance.

-Overall your track should never be longer than 75 seconds. 


Examples:

– Permitted: The Jammers – 5 second intro (with no dancing/acting), 62 seconds of dancing – total 67 second long track
– Not permitted: Philip & Joe – 15 second intro with dancing/acting, 60 seconds of main part of the song – total 75 second long track
– Not permitted: Harlem Crew – 10 second intro (with no dancing/acting), 70 seconds of dancing 

 

SOLO jazz

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION

Big Apple Contest

Live competition.

One song will be played and moves will be shouted out by the MC. 
People will be “tapped out” by the judges: if your videos gets turned off you are tapped out. 

The last people with the video on will represent the finalists who will dance to another song.  

 

Tea Dance

Live competition. 

Fill your cup with water or a beverage of your choosing (please no scolding hot drinks!). You will be asked to dance solo jazz for a chorus of two songs as an all skate. The top three chosen by the judges and the audience will be asked to show the cup. The dancer that spills the least amount of liquid, whilst doing the fanciest moves, wins!

Solo Vernacular Jazz- Lockdown Stars

Video competition. 

For dancers who have first started practicing Solo Jazz during lockdown. More details on choosing your level can be found above.

You will be given 3 songs you have to dance to a few days before competition. You will be required to film yourself dancing Solo Vernacular Jazz for about 1 minute. These videos should then be uploaded to YouTube unlisted, and the link shared to London Throwdown for viewing. Please make sure the upload is “shareable”.

Solo Vernacular Jazz- Rising Stars

Video prelims and live finals.

For dancers who have never placed in a Solo Jazz competition before (even in a troupe). More details on choosing your level can be found above.

Prelims: You will be given 3 songs you have to dance to a few days before competition. You will be required to film yourself dancing Solo Vernacular Jazz for about 1 minute. These videos should then be uploaded to YouTube unlisted, and the link shared to London Throwdown for viewing. Please make sure the upload is “shareable”.

Finals:  You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance to 1 minute of three different songs as an all skate. 

Solo Vernacular Jazz- All Stars

Video prelims and live finals.

For dancers who have placed in a Solo Jazz competition before.

Prelims: You will be given 3 songs you have to dance to a few days before competition. You will be required to film yourself dancing Solo Vernacular Jazz for about 1 minute. These videos should then be uploaded to YouTube unlisted, and the link shared to London Throwdown for viewing. Please make sure the upload is “shareable”.

Finals:  You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance to an all skate, followed by a spotlight of 12x8s , followed by a final all skate. 

Solo Blues open level

Live competition no prelims. 

You will join the zoom call at the allocated time slot and will be dancing in a location of your choice. You will be required to dance to 1 minute of three different songs as an all skate. 

 

 

Footwork COMPETITIONS

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION

Turny Spinny competition

Live competition no prelims.

Each contestant will have two goes at showing how many spins you can do with one prep. 

Only hard soled shoes allowed, no tap shoes or skates!

Fancy Swivel variation

Video prelims and live finals.

Send us a video of 4x eights of footwork including your fanciest swivel variations. You are only allowed a partner in the form of radiators, doors, etc… No human partners!

Finals will consist of two spotlights of 4x eights where you show off your swivels!

OTHER RULES

-Judges can compete in any divisions they are not judging in.

-The criteria for ‘placing in a competition’ includes any regional, international or semi-informal competition.

-The number of finalists for any division will be between 5 and 7 depending on the judges’ discretion and the number of total entries

 

UPLOADING YOUR VIDEOS

Please make sure you send us the LINK to your video submission. We require that you upload your video to youtube as “unlisted” and “not child friendly” and share the link through email. If you are having difficulties with this please don’t hesitate to email us at londonthrowdown@swingpatrol.co.uk

Deadline for 60 Second Showcase and Household Jazz Routine videos is Wednesday 9th September 23:59.
Deadline for Solo Vernacular Jazz is Thursday 10th September 23:59 and music is sent to you on Thursday at 00:00. 
Deadline for Vintage Routine is Friday 11th September 23:59.
Deadline for Fancy Swivel Variation Prelims is Saturday 12th September 20:00.