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competition's rules

amateur team showcase

Choreography

- This is a division meant for dancers who consider themselves as amateur dancers, as such it has no prize money as a reward for placement, please act accordingly to your best ability.
- Teams consisting of mostly professional dancers should not compete in this division.
- Same rules as team showcase.
- CSC reserves the right to require that a team competes instead in the team showcase division.
- Music is at discretion of the competitors. CSC recommends that you remain on the dance floor and keep routines between 2–4 minutes.

Team showcase

Choreography

- Open to all teams (Professional and Amateur wishing to compete against the best)
- Choreographed Swing, any style.
- Teams must consist of at least 2 couples (4 dancers)
- 70% swing content required.
- Competitors supply their own music, between 2 and 4 minutes
- All dancers must be dancing at all times (reasonable breaks and freezes allowed)
- Costumes and/or matching or themed clothes are allowed and encouraged.
- Break-a-ways, lifts, drops, side-by-side patterns, aerials, and air steps are permitted.
- Music is at discretion of the competitors. CSC recommends that you remain on the dance floor and keep routines between 2–4 minutes.

classic swing couples

Choreography

- Choreographed Swing: 70% Swing, any style
- Partners only, no solos.
- Competitors supply their own music, between 2 and 4 min. Music is at the discretion of the competitors.

- Costumes and/or matching or themed clothes are allowed and encouraged.
- Break-aways, drops and side-by-side patterns are permitted.
- Partner-supported lifts, aerials and air steps are NOT permitted.
- Danced as a spotlight performance.

SHOWCASE swing couples

Choreography

- Same rules as Classic Swing, except partner-supported lifts, aerials and air steps are permitted and encouraged

pro-am

Choreography

- Amateur dancers dancing with professional dancers.
- The pro dancer must dance, teach or perform swing dance as a source of regular (every month throughout the year) revenue; by extension the amateur can not teach, perform or dance any style of dance for regular revenue.

- Fee for the competition is to be paid by the amateur.
- Pros may dance up to 3 times with different amateurs during the competition.
- Showcase rules apply except that it is permitted to dance a routine partially or completely made up of  solo dancing.

short showcase

Choreography

- Choreographed routines.  

- Showcase rules apply except that Partnered Swing or Solo Routines are permitted with no more than 2 participants.

- Maximum length of 90 seconds.

rising star

Choreography

-  A couple may consist of opposite or same-sex dance partners.
- Minimum number of entries = three (3). If there are less than 3 couples,  the event shall offer the competitors the opportunity to perform an exhibition, with judges’ feedback.
- Expected swing content of any style is 70%. It is at the judges’ discretion to determine that the swing content has been met
- Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes.
- Competitors select their own music.
- Costumes are required.
- Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music
- Separate entrances are permitted.
- Break-a-ways and side-by-side patterns are permitted, not longer than 8 beats.
- Lifts are optional but not required
- Maximum 5 partner weight support moves are allowed with the partner at knee level or below.

cabaret (crazy & solo)

Choreography

- 3 entries are required in each sub category for the sub categories to be judged separately

- Choreographies  are recommended and will be given preference..
- Music is at discretion of the competitors. CSC recommends that you remain on the dance floor and keep routines between one and four minutes.

- Cabaret Crazy - Anything goes!  Total freedom is given to competitors as to the content of the performance.

- Cabaret Solo - the performance will be entirely solo swing dancing.

canadian showcase

Lindy Hop

- The object of this category is to highlight the best all-around Lindy Hop dancers in Canada, with strong emphasis on improvisation and choreography set on the music. Competitors must register with a partner.
- Proof of Canadian residency is required.
- 70% swing content required (ECS, Various forms of Shag, Balboa, Charleston, traditional jazz steps and of course Lindy Hop).
- Pre-choreographed sequences are allowed.
- Music is chosen by the organizers.
- Costumes and/or matching or themed clothes are allowed and encouraged.
- Break-a-ways, side-by-side patterns and partner support (aerials, lifts, drops, etc.) are encouraged.
- Prelims may or may not take place.  If the number of competitors registered is too high, the prelims may not contain spotlight format component.
- Finals will be conducted in a spotlight jam format.

Strictly lindy hop

Lindy Hop

(Just Do It)
- Music chosen by organizers
- Prelims will be danced in all-skate heats, finals in spotlight/jam format
- Competitors must register with a partner.

newcomer lindy hop

mix & match

Lindy Hop

- CSC is committed to its original mission of giving future dance talent their first podium opportunity.
- Same rules as Intermediate Lindy Hop Mix & Match. Except:
- Participants should be new-to-dancing and competing, likely having danced less than one year.
- Participants must dance in their primary dance roles learned (lead/follow).

- CSC reserves the right to require participants to compete in the Intermediate Lindy Hop Mix and Match in the event of a doubt of a participants status as a newcomer to dancing.

intermediate lindy hop

mix & match

Lindy Hop

- Improvised Lindy Hop.
- Competitors register individually

- Music will be chosen by the event..
- Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing Lindy Hop, and cannot have placed in an Intermediate level Lindy Hop competition at a major contest event.

advanced lindy hop

mix & match

Lindy Hop

- Same rules as Intermediate Lindy Hop except:
Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have placed in a Mix & Match competition.

big money lindy hop

mix & match

Lindy Hop

- Same rules as Advanced Lindy Mix & Match, Except:
This division is open to all participants and will offer a big money prize.

strictly west coast swing

West Coast Swing

- They will be separated according to the levels of the competitors in:
 -Novice
 -Intermediate
 -Advanced
 -All-Star
- This division is divided into Novice/ Intermediate and Advanced/All-Star. The couple has to dance at the level of the highest rated partner in WSDC points.
- Partners only, no solos. Competitors must register with a partner.
- Costumes and/or matching or themed clothes are allowed and encouraged.
- Break-aways, drops and side by side patterns are permitted.

Mix & Match

west coast swing

West Coast Swing

They will be separated according to the levels of the WSDC:
-Newcomer
-Novice
-Intermediate
-Advanced
-All-Star
- Improvised West Coast Swing.
- Competitors register independently according to their WSDC points. Partners are chosen at random and competitors will have to dance with more than one partner.
- Music chosen by the event
- This division will be limited to 30 couples per division.
- Individuals may be chosen to dance in a final if need be.

intermediate Mix & Match

balboa

Balboa

- Improvised Balboa
- Competitors register as individuals.
- Music will be chosen by the event.
- Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing Balboa and cannot have placed in an Intermediate level Balboa competition at a major contest event.

advanced Mix & Match

balboa

Balboa

- Same rules as Intermediate Balboa except:
Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have placed in a Mix & Match competition.

strictly balboa

Balboa

- Improvised Swing: only Balboa and Bal-Swing are allowed
- Competitors must register with a partner.
- Music is chosen by the event.
- Finals may be conducted in Spotlight fashion

strictly intermediate

rockabilly jive

Rockabilly

Jive

- Improvised Rockabilly Jive possibly with some pre-choreographed sequences.
- Competitors register with a partner.
- 70% of Rockabilly Jive content required
- Music provided by the event will be Rockabilly/Rock & Roll/Jump Blues.
- Finals may be conducted in Spotlight fashion

- Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing Rockabilly Jive, and cannot have placed in an Intermediate strictly Jive competition at a major contest event.

strictly advanced

rockabilly jive

Rockabilly

Jive

- Same rules as Strictly Intermediate Rockabilly Jive except:
Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have placed in a Strictly competition.

Newcomer mix & match

rockabilly jive

Rockabilly

Jive

CSC is committed its original mission of giving future dance talent their first podium opportunity.
Same rules as Intermediate Jive Mix & Match. Except:
- Participants should be new-to-dancing and competing, likely having danced less than one year.
- Participants must dance in their primary dance roles.
- CSC reserves the right to require participants to compete in the Intermediate Rockabilly Jive Mix and Match in the event of a doubt of a participants status as a newcomer to dancing.

intermediate mix & match

rockabilly jive

Rockabilly

Jive

- Improvised Jive.
- Competitors register individually.
- Music will be chosen by the event.
- Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing Jive, and cannot have placed in an Intermediate level Jive competition at a major contest event.

advanced mix & match

rockabilly jive

Rockabilly

Jive

- Same rules as Intermediate Jive except:
Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have placed in a Mix & Match competition.

strictly boogie woogie

Boogie Woogie

- Competitors register in couple.
- Music will be chosen by the event.
- Competition format will be inspired by WRRC contest formats.

intermediate solo jazz

Solo 

- Competitors register individually.
- Improvised solo vintage jazz dancing: 70% of vintage solo dance content is required (Charleston, Jazz, Soft Shoe, etc)
- Music provided by the event.
Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing dance.

advanced solo jazz

Solo 

- Same rules as Intermediate Solo Jazz except:
Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization.

solo blues

Solo 

- Competitors register individually.
- Prelims consist of three songs in all-skate format.
- Music provided by the event for prelim: 1 Jukin, 1 Ballroom, 1 Blues/Jazz
- Finals will be in spotlight jam format on live music.
- Judging is based on: blues aesthetic, respect of tempo, styling and originality of movement, and performance.

intermediate mix & match blues

Blues &

Slow Dance

- Competitors register individually.

- Prelims consist of three songs in an all-skate format.
- Music provided by the event for prelims: 1 Jukin, 1 Ballroom, 1 Blues/Jazz
- Prelims consist of randomly matched partnering.
- Final will be in a spotlight jam format on live music.
- Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing Blues, and cannot have placed in an Intermediate level Blues competition at a major contest event.

- Judging is based on: 25% connection and partnership, 25% blues vocabulary and technique (use of idioms),  25% musicality and styling, 25% blues aesthetic.

advanced mix & match

blues

Blues &

Slow Dance

- Same rules as Intermediate Blues Mix and Match except:

Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have placed in a Mix & Match competition

intermediate strictly

slow dance

Blues &

Slow Dance

- Competitors must register with a partner.
- Improvised dance on slow jazz music.
- Music will be chosen by the event, under 120 bpm.
- Participants cannot receive regular revenue from teaching or performing dance.

advanced strictly

slow dance

Blues &

Slow Dance

- Same rules as Intermediate Strictly Slow Dance except:

Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization.

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