Competition Rules

Upstate Dance Challenge Contest Rules

UDC General rules for all competitions as of 16/09/16

It is each competitors’ responsibility to read and understand the following rules, as well as the World Swing Dance Council Rules.

Policies for all attendees

  • Your wristband must be worn at all times. Do not remove it.
  • You will be charged full price for a replacement.
  • Video recording is welcome during all contests.
  • No tripods or extension cords allowed in the ballroom.
  • Outside beverages are not allowed in the ballroom. This is a hotel regulation

 Eligibility Requirements

To compete at our event, you must:

  • Have a full weekend pass.
  • Register for each competition by the official entry deadline. (See the weekend schedule)
  • Pay any required entry fees.
  • Sign a legal waiver. (If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign for you)
  • Meet all other specific entry requirements outlined in these rules.

 Responsibilities of Competitors

  • There is no competitors meeting so be prepared for the weekend by checking all weekend schedules.
  • Competitors must be present in the ballroom 15 minutes prior to their competition. Event schedule is subject to change at any time so listen or look for announcements regarding changes.
  • Read and adhere to the rules for your specific competition.
  • Demonstrate good sportsman like conduct.

Scoring Review

Competitors dance scores will be available for review immediately after the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.  No cameras will be allowed in the scoring room. The head judge will be available for questions.

Multiple Registrations

Multiple registrations are allowed. You may choose to enter any competitions for which you meet the specific entry requirements, pursuant to the additional divisional rules below.

Submitting a Petition

It is our goal to encourage you to compete with your peers. If you are unclear about which competition or division is right for you, check with our competition director or chief judge before you register. If you want to enter a competition for which you do not meet the entry requirements, or want to change divisions, you should submit a petition. Petitioning should only be to dance one level up or down only, or to stay in current division. When you register, write a brief explanation describing the reason(s) for your request and submit it before the registration deadline. Include contact information (such as your cell phone number or hotel room number) so staff may reach you during the event. Our competition director and chief judge (along with other competition staff, if appropriate) will review your petition and approve or deny your request. Our competition staff will notify you as soon as possible of the decision. You should be prepared to compete in the original division if your petition is denied.

Our verification of your eligibility

We will verify that you are eligible for the competitions you enter by checking the World Swing Dance Council (WSDC) Points Registry and other sources of information, if applicable. In some cases (for example, if you submit a petition or do not have the required WSDC points), we may reassign you to a different division. (See http://www.swingdancecouncil.com/ for details about WSDC points.) If you have concerns that other contestants are entered in an incorrect division or are ineligible, please inform our competition director or chief judge privately, as soon as possible. We will investigate and take appropriate action, if necessary. If we determine before or during a competition that you have registered for the wrong division or are not eligible, we will reassign you to the correct division (if possible) or allow you to withdraw. If we discover your error after the finals, we may drop you (and your partner) out of awards. If we made the error and assigned you incorrectly, no penalty will be applied.

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Upstate Dance Challenge Jack & Jill

The Upstate Dance Challenge Jack & Jill is based on the rules of All-American style Jack & Jill competitions.

In this contest, all competitors compete in a single division, regardless of WSDC points or age. Thus, a pro could draw someone from Novice, and/or any other combinations may result.  You may enter this division in addition to a WSDC division. After preliminaries, the top couples will advance to finals as partnerships.

Jack and Jill Division Rules

To enter our Jack & Jill competitions, you must be at least 13 years old (except Sophisticated and Masters, where you must be at least 35 and 50 retrospectively). If you are under 18, you must have the consent of your parent or guardian to compete and you should be comfortable social dancing with adults on a regular basis.

WSDC Divisions

Each competitor may enter only one (1) WSDC skill level Jack and Jill (i.e. Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, All-Star). Each competitor may enter as either a Leader or a Follower (this is a gender role-neutral event) within his or her qualified WSDC Registry.

*Competitors dancing in one division as a Leader and also in one division as a Follower are not allowed according to the new WSDC rules as of 07-01-15

Also as per to the WSDC rules, you must compete at the level you have acquired points in as a Leader or as a Follower no matter which role you choose to compete in at this event. For example, if the WSDC registry has you listed as an Intermediate Leader and you choose to follow at this event, you must register as a Follower in the Intermediate Jack and Jill. You may petition one level up or down regardless of role.

Non-WSDC Divisions

Upstate Dance Challenge also offers Jack & Jill divisions that are not tracked by the WSDC Registry. In these competitions, you may enter in either role, and you may enter any or all of these divisions IN ADDITION TO one non-WSDC Division. These include:

Age divisions (Sophisticated & Masters)
Special divisions (Swing 16, Upstate Dance Challenge Jack & Jill)
Pro-am Jack & Jills (if offered)

Jack and Jill Division Entry Criteria:

  • Newcomer: dancers who have never competed or have not earned any points in the WSDC registry.
  • Novice: dancers who have fewer than 15 Novice points in the WSDC registry.
  • Intermediate: dancers who have earned 15 or more Novice points; and less than 30 Intermediate points in the WSDC registry.
  • Advanced: dancers who have earned 30 or more Intermediate points in the WSDC registry.
  • All-Star: dancers who have earned 45 or more Advance points within 3 years prior to this event WSDC registry.
  • Sophisticated (35+): This division is intended for competitors who are at least 35 years old. It is open to all skill levels. You may not compete in Sophisticated and Masters as only one (1) age level is allowed.
  • Masters (50+): This division is intended for competitors who are at least 50 years old. It is open to all skill levels. You may not compete in Sophisticated and Masters as only one (1) age level is allowed.

Strictly Swing Division Rules

To enter our Strictly competitions, you must be at least 13 years old. If you are under 18, you must have the consent of your parent or guardian to compete and you should be comfortable social dancing with adults on a regular basis.

  • You may choose to enter the Strictly Swing as either a leader or follower (this is a gender role-neutral event).
  • You may enter only one Strictly Swing skill level division (Novice/Intermediate or Advanced/All-Star) per role.
  • You and your partner must enter at the highest division for which either one of you qualifies.
  • You and your partner must remain in the same roles throughout the competition (prelims, semifinals, and finals); switching roles is not allowed.
  • Costumes and props are not allowed
  • Coordinating attire is acceptable.
  • Couples must remain in contact unless executing a spin.
  • No lifts or drops.
  • Dancers must maintain physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves.
  • You may not enter the same level dancing both roles.
  • You may compete in a second Strictly Swing skill level division in the opposite role (with a different partner) only if your second partnership qualifies for a different division than your first partnership.

For example, if you qualify as a Novice/Intermediate Jack & Jill competitor, you could compete as a leader in Novice/Intermediate Strictly Swing (with a Novice/Intermediate follower), and also could compete as a follower in Advanced/All-Star Strictly Swing with a leader who qualifies as an Advanced/All-Star Jack & Jill competitor, bringing your second Strictly Swing partnership up to the Advanced/All-Star level.

Note: Competing or placing in a higher level Strictly Swing doesn’t qualify you to compete at that level in a Jack & Jill competition.

Strictly Swing Division Entry Guidelines:

  • Novice/Intermediate Strictly Swing: This division is intended for dancers with limited or some previous competition experience and success. You may enter this division if you or your partner qualifies for our Novice or Intermediate Jack & Jill division and neither partner qualifies for our Advanced/All-Star Jack & Jill division.
  • dvanced/All-Star Strictly Swing: This division is intended for dancers with significant previous competition experience and success at the Advanced level and above. You may enter this division if you or your partner qualifies for our Advanced or All-Star Jack & Jill division. No Champions allowed.

Pro-Am Strictly Open Division Rules

To enter our Pro-Am Strictly Open competition (if offered), you must be at least 13 years old. If you are under 18, you must have the consent of your parent or guardian to compete and you should be comfortable social dancing with adults on a regular basis.

Students enter with their teacher. For this contest, amateurs are defined as anyone who does not teach dancing on a regular, ongoing basis or earn a significant amount of income teaching dance. A professional is defined as someone who earns a significant amount of income teaching or performing dance. Anyone who has previously competed in open or professional level competition must be considered a Pro for this purpose. Couples entering Pro-Am divisions must have a prior student/teacher relationship. Only the amateur is evaluated. This is an open division of all skill levels.

  • Costumes and props are not allowed.
  • Coordinating attire is acceptable.
  • Couples must remain in contact unless executing a spin.
  • No lifts, drops or partner supported moves allowed.
  • No choreographed entrances or exits.
  • Non traditional gender roles are welcome in this division.

Definitions

Acrobatic Movement – Any move where either partner independently or in partnership passes his/her foot, leg or torso above and across the vertical plane of either partner’s head, or passes their head through the legs of the standing partner even if contact with the floor is maintained.

Aerial – A movement where one partner is lifted by an assisting partner and the waist of the lifted partner is above the shoulders of the other partner.

Breakaway – A set of symmetric or complementary movements or footwork executed by a couple who intentionally break contact (except for spins and turns), which is not a clearly leadable derivative of a recognizable swing pattern.

Costumes – Attire that in the opinion of the judges is specifically designed or selected for couples competition and would not generally be worn for social dancing.

Drop – Movement in which either partner’s head and torso go below knee level of the other partner.

Entrance – Pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors formally enter the floor and prepare to dance. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an entrance.

Exit – Pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors leave the floor. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an exit.

Lifts – Any movement lasting longer than a full beat of music where the feet of one partner are clearly off the floor and the other partner supports the lifted partner’s weight.

Props – Throw away skirts, shirts, scarfs, etc. are considered props in this context and are not allowed. Anything other than what would be considered acceptable clothing. •

Routine – Any segment, which, in the opinion of the judges, consists of prearranged choreography including symmetric or complementary movements or footwork.

Swing Content – includes West Coast, Hustle, Hand Dance, Lindy hop and Shag.

Relative Placement Scoring

This system used to determine winners in final rounds. It was adapted from the figure skating system and is now widely used at major dance competitions. It minimizes the impact of a rouge judge’s mark and recognizes the most consistently scored entry. An equal numerical value is assigned to each Judge’s raw scores, so that each Judge has an equal vote in the final outcome. A very detailed explanation of this system with examples can be found here: http://www.swingdancecouncil.com/

Disclaimer and copyright notice

Vermont Swing Dance Championship will make every effort to conduct all competitions in accordance with these rules. However, we reserve the right to make any changes that we deem necessary for any competition. If we need to make any changes to our competitions or to these rules, we will post them on our website (if possible) or announce them at the event.

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