Compete

Guide to Competitions Terminology:

All Skate All competitors in that division share the floor and dance, a bit like social dancing
Spotlights Each competitor or competing couple take it in turns to shine in the middle, a bit like a jam circle
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, Shagg 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

Strictly Competition Information

Categories ~ £15-20 per couple

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

PRIZES

Up & Comers
Lindy Hop
£15 per couple
This is for new dancers who started from 1 August 2017! Register with a couple, dance to one song and that’s it 🙂 Simple! (140-170bpm) Swing Patrol Class Cards
Rising Stars
Lindy Hop
£20 per couple
Anyone can enter this competition, except those who have placed in a Strictly or Mix and Match Lindy competition before. If you placed in Up & Comers at London Throwdown 2017 you can enter this division. See full rules below (115-190bpm) Free Passes to Crossover Istanbul 2019
All Stars
Lindy Hop
£20 per couple
For dancers who have placed in a Strictly or Mix and Match Lindy competition before. See full rules below (110-220bpm) Free Passes to Crep’ Swing Festival 2019
Invitational
Lindy Hop
For dancers who are judges at the festival or who placed 1 2 or 3rd in the All Star division 2017, or anyone who is invited by the organisers. See full rules below (110 – 240bpm) Cash Prizes
Blues
£15 per couple
Anyone can enter this competition and should dance blues (60-100bpm) Free passes to Blues Baby Blues 2019
Balboa
£20 per couple
Anyone can enter this competition and should dance Balboa (190-240bpm) TBC
Fast & Furious
£15 per couple
Open to all vintage dance styles – Balboa, Lindy, Shag…! (210-290bpm) Free Full Passes to Swing Paradise 2019

Strictly Formats

  • Prelims: 3 short songs of different tempos in all skate format
  • Finals: Each couple will get 2 spotlights, 8 eights for each, followed by an all skate.
  • Up & Comers: dance to one mid-tempo tune in all skate format.

Mix & Match Competition Information

Categories ~ £10 per person

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

PRIZES

Rising Stars
Lindy Hop
Anyone can enter this competition, except those who have placed in a Strictly or Mix and Match Lindy competition before. See full rules below. (115-190bpm) Free Passes to Bristol New Year’s 2018
All Stars
Lindy Hop
For dancers who have placed in a Strictly or Mix and Match Lindy competition before. See full rules below (110-220bpm) Free Passes to London Swing Festival 2019
Invitational
Lindy Hop
 For dancers who are judges at the festival or who placed 1 2 or 3rd in the All Star division 2017, or anyone who is invited by the organisers. See full rules below (110 – 240bpm) Cash Prizes
Blues

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance blues (60-100bpm) Free passes to Blues Baby Blues 2019

Mix & Match Formats

  • Prelims: 3 short songs of different tempos in all skate format
  • Finals: Each couple will get 2 spotlights, 8 eights for each, followed by an all skate.

Solo Competition Information

Categories ~ £10 per person

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

PRIZES

Solo Jazz and Charleston

Open to all levels of solo dancer

(160-220bpm)

Free Pass to London Jump 2019

Solo Formats

  • Prelims: Each dancer will dance in an all skate format to 3 songs of varying styles
  • Finals: Each dancer will get 2 spotlights, 8 eights for each, followed by an all skate.

60 Second Showcase Competition Information

Categories ~ £5 per person

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

PRIZES

Rising Stars
60 Sec Showcase
Open to anyone, except those who have placed in a competition before! This is a competition for solo dancers, pairs, couples, and teams to showcase any vintage dance style. At least 80% of your group must be Rising Star dancers and have never placed in a competition before.

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

Trophies & Cash Prizes
All Stars
60 Sec Showcase
For dancers who have placed in a competition before. This is a competition for solo dancers, pairs, couples, and teams to showcase any vintage dance style.

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

Trophies & Cash Prizes

Showcase Formats

  • Your team will perform the routine prepared in the finals only. You are welcome to use the daytime sessions to run a floor trial.

Crazy Random Competition Information

Categories ~ £0-£15

 

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

PRIZES

Jedi Mix and Match
£10 per person

This is a M&M with a twist. As with all M&M’s you sign up as either a lead or a follow and not in a partnership. It will play out like a normal M&Mwith the only difference being that you will be blind folded. This competition is open to anyone and everyone brave enough!

Prelims: 4 short songs, with leads and follows taking it in turns to be blindfolded each time you have a new partner

Finals: Both dancers in the couple will be blindfolded! Each couple will have 2 spotlights of 8x8s.
(130-180bpm)

Crossover Istanbull 2019 Social Pass
and
Jedi Mix and Match Trophy 2018
Trio Challenge
£15 per team

Dancers enter as a team of 3 and should prepare to dance in battle style against other teams with a mixture of solo and partnered dancing. You should prepare at least 2x choruses of dancing (whether totally choreographed or improvised) per round.

Maximum of 3 possible rounds (160-190bpm)

Cash Prize
Longest Heel Slide
* FREE
any charity donation welcome!
This pretty well does what it says on the tin. This competition is open to absolutely anyone and everyone and is usually a lot of fun. Simply line up, take a run up if you need and slide! Slides on the heels or flat foot are all permitted Longest Heel Slide Champion 2018 Trophy
Big Apple Contest
* FREE
any charity donation welcome!
Just like back in the day, our MC will call out some classic solo jazz moves and competitors have to dance them! This is a bit more like the traditional Big Apple Contest, rather than the Big Apple routine. If you don’t know the moves you can make it up or take inspiration from those around you. This round is all about repertoire, confidence and panache, and judges will tap you out if you don’t make it to the next round.

Competitors dance to one song, approx 200-240 bpm – two rounds of Big Apple Contest, with tap outs each round.

Big Apple Contest Champion 2018 Trophy
Day at the Races
*£5 per couple
(please bring cash payment on the night)
Get ready for the Day at the Races, a competition where you race other partnerships to the finish line in a variety of swing styles!

Enter as a couple – charity donation entry fee of £5 per couple
Rounds:

  1. Boogie Back/ Boogie Forward (relay)
  2. Shorty George (relay)
  3. 3-Legged Break A Leg
  4. Drag Race
  5. Cave Man
  6. Boat Race

Some rounds require you to pass the baton in relay style to your partner and some rounds require you to race with your partner to the finish line in one stretch. At each round couples will be awarded points according to the position they finish the race in, the couples with the highest points at the end will win the Day at the Races trophy! You can see what the competition might look like in each round on our handy video playlist here

THE RULES

This is a race so we are looking for first person/couple across the line.

You may be disqualified if:

  1. You are not recognisably dancing the    move required. For example if it is a Shorty George leg, we need to see Shortly George for the entire race.
  2. Your actions could potentially hurt yourself, your partner or other competitors
  3.  If you start before the signal.
Day at the Races 2018 trophy!

The All Important RULES!

  1. You must have entry to the parties in order to be able to compete. This means that you will need to purchase either a Ballroom pass or a Party pass for the night the comp you are entering to be able to compete.
  2. To enter the Up and Comers Strictly you must have started dancing swing from 1st August 2017 or 12 months in total.
  3. You can enter the Rising Star Showcase if you have never placed in a competition of any kind before.
  4. If you are entering a solo routine in the Showcase but you have placed in a Lindy Hop competition you will need to enter the All Star Showcase and vise versa.
  5. You can choose Rising Star if you have never placed in a partnered Lindy Hop competition before, including Strictly, Mix and Match or a partnered couple or team Showcase. You can enter this division if you placed in Up & Comers in 2017.
  6. You have to choose the All Star division if you placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Rising Star Strictly or Mix and Match the previous year.
  7. If you’ve placed in any Strictly, Mix and Match Lindy Hop or partnered couple or team Showcase competition you need to compete in All Star (or invitational as appropriate)
  8. If you’ve placed in any Solo or Solo Showcase competition you can compete in whichever level partnered division you prefer if none of the above rules apply to you
  9. If you are a teacher of Lindy Hop or are a Troupe member who has never placed in any competition as per the above rules as an individual or as a team member you can compete in whichever level partnered lindy hop division you prefer.
  10. You are invited into invitational if you are a judge, invited by the organisers, if you placed in All Star Strictly or Mix and Match previous year or Fast and Furious 1st place.
  11. If you don’t place in invitational this year you can compete in all star following year, unless you’re invited again.
  12. Invitational contestants will judge each other.
  13. Judges can compete in any invitational competitions as well as in the following competitions: All Star 60s Showcase, Heel Slide, Trio Challenge, Blues, Balboa
  14. The criteria for ‘placing in a competition’ includes any regional, international or semi-informal lindy hop competition.

Ticket Sale Timings

Social ticket sales for Saturday evening will close at 2pm on Friday 7 September. After this time tickets will only be available on the door at Limehouse Town Hall, cash only.

Social ticket sales for Sunday evening will close at 2pm on Saturday 8 September. After this time tickets will only be available on the door at Limehouse Town Hall, cash only.