*Rules and terminology

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, Shag or Blues. You dance with a partner of your own choosing. 
Mix & Match Mix & Match The partnerships are selected randomly on the day and at the time of the competition

CHOOSING LEVEL

Up and comers

You have started dancing (any role) on or after April 2019.

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 

Examples:

-You want to enter a Lindy Hop M&M: You can enter if you have placed in a solo jazz competition but not if you have placed in a Lindy Hop competition (even as part of a troupe)
-You want to enter Solo 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. 
Note: with the exception of 60 second showcases, where placing in any type of competition would require you to apply for this level. 

 

Invitational

You have been personally invited by the organisers.

If you are unsure of what level you should join, please email us at londonthrowdown@swingpatrol.co.uk and we will happily answer any questions you may have

 

FORMAT OF DIVISIONS

MIX AND MATCH

 

 

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRIZES

Up and comers Lindy hop M&M

This is for new dancers who started from 1 April 2019! Register, dance to three songs and that’s it 🙂

You will be judged individually.
(140-170bpm)

 

Rising Stars Lindy hop M&M

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

Prelims subject to popularity. 
Finals will consist of an All Skate, spotlights of two couples at a time and a final All Skate. Example HERE

You will be judged individually. 
(115-190bpm)

 

All stars Lindy hop M&M

For dancers who have placed in a Lindy Hop competition before. More details on choosing your level can be found above.

Finals will consist of an All Skate, spotlights of two couples at a time and a final All Skate. Example HERE

You will be judged as a pair.
(115-220bpm)

 

Invitational Lindy Hop M&M

For dancers invited by the organisers: previous All Stars winners, judges and scene leaders. More details on choosing your level can be found above.

You will be judged as a pair.
(110 – 240bpm)

 

Switch M&M

Prelims are subject to popularity
Dancers will be assessed on their ability to lead follow and swap roles mid dance. 

Finals will consist of an all skate, spotlights and a final all skate. 

You will be judged individually. 

 

Shag M&M

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance Shag.
(190-240bpm)

 

Blues M&M

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance Blues. 
(40-100bpm)

 

Balboa M&M

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance Balboa. 
(190-240bpm)

 


STRICTLY

 

 

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRIZES

Rising Stars Lindy hop Strictly

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

Prelims subject to popularity. 
Finals will consist of an All Skate, spotlights of one couple at a time and a final All Skate.

Spotlights will be 8×8 done twice. 
(115-190bpm)

 

All stars Lindy hop Strictly

For dancers who have placed in a Lindy Hop competition before. More details on choosing your level can be found above.

Finals will consist of an All Skate, spotlights of one couple at a time and a final All Skate.

Spotlights will be 8×8 done twice. 
(115-220bpm)

 

Pro Am Lindy Hop Strictly

For dancers invited by the organisers and a student of their choice. 

Finals will consist of an All skate, a social dance of about 1 minute per couple and a final All Skate

(115-220bpm)

 

Harvest Moon Battle

Prelims subject to popularity. 
Any swing dance allowed: solo jazz, Lindy hop, Balboa…
For people who just want to throw it down! 

 

Finals will consist of battles between two entries at a time. Each battle will have two rounds of 8×8. Winner of each battle goes into the next stage. Stages will be quarter finals, semi-finals and finals. 

 

Shag Strictly

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance St Louis and/or Collegiate Shag (190-240bpm)

 

Blues Strictly

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance blues (40-100bpm)

 

Balboa Strictly

Anyone can enter this competition and should dance Balboa (190-240bpm)

 

SHOWCASE AND TEAMS

 

 

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRIZES

60 second showcase Rising stars

Open to anyone, except those who have placed in a competition before! This is a competition for solo, pairs, and groups of 3-4 people maximum. 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 4- at least 3 of you have to be rising stars. 

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

 

60 second showcase all stars

For dancers who have placed in a competition before. This is a competition for solo, pairs, and groups of 3-4 people maximum. You can showcase any vintage dance style.

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

 

Aerials

Do you love aerials? This one’s for you!
Prelims subject to popularity. 
Enter as a pair.
Finals will consist of three rounds: precision round, highest A frame and showcase round. 
Precision round:
Highest A-frame:
Showcase round: 

In the precision round you will be asked to perform a specific aerial as well as you can.
Highest frog jump is self explanatory!
And the showcase round will consist of 16×8 where you can show your best stuff!

 

Visitors City Battle

If you are visiting London why not join a competition as a scene?
Battle format, 16×8 each of either choreography or dancing of your choice. Any style welcome. 

 

Prelims subject to popularity. 

 
Team Showcase For teams of 5 people and above. You will bring a choreography to a full song (minimum 2′ and 3′ maximum).

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

 
showcase and teams ADDITIONAL RULES

-For team and 60 second showcases your team will perform the same routine in the prelims and in the finals.
-Visitors City Battle will require a minimum of 8 dancers and a maximum of 16.

-All 60 Second Routines must be 60 to 66 seconds of performing. If there is a non-performance intro to your track this is not included in your time allowance. You must either cut the track before you submit it to us, or indicated the time code that the track must be paused.

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

 

SOLO jazz

 

 

 

CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRIZES

Solo Rising Stars

Prelims subject to popularity. 
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.

Finals will consist of spotlights with two dancers at a time and a final All Skate. 

Spotlights will be 16×8 done twice. 
(115-220bpm)

 

Solo All Stars

For solo dancers that have placed in a competition involving solo jazz before. 

Finals will consist of an initial All Skate, spotlights and a final All Skate. 

Spotlights will be 8×8 done twice. 
(115-220bpm)

 


FUN COMPETITIONS

 

 

 

CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

PRIZES

Jedi- Padawans

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

Prelims subject to popularity. 
Finals will consist of an All Skate, spotlights of two couples at a time and a final All Skate.

Spotlights will be 16×8 done twice. 
You will be judged individually. 
(115-190bpm)

 

Jedi- Masters

For dancers who have placed in a Lindy Hop competition before.

Prelims subject to popularity. 
Finals will consist of an All Skate, spotlights of two couples at a time and a final All Skate.

Spotlights will be 16×8 done twice. 
You will be judged individually. 
(115-190bpm)

 

Spinny Turny

Open to anyone and usually a lot of fun. Simply line up, prep, and spin! Your spins will be calculated until you stop the momentum, so you can’t use your leg or arms to get more momentum while already spinning! 
Examples:
This is not allowed 
This is allowed

 

OTHER IMPORTANT RULES

-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.

-If you don’t place in invitational this year you can compete in all star following year, unless you’re invited again.

-Invitational contestants will judge each other.

-Judges can compete in any invitational competitions as well as in the following competitions: All Star 60s Showcase, Heel Slide, Trio Challenge. They can also compete in Shag, Blues, Balboa depending on their background and specialism

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