Dancer's Annual National Competition Extravaganza

September 1st  -  September 3rd, 2017
Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
Dallas, Texas

Dallas D*A*N*C*E* Labor Day Weekend is sponsored by
the Dallas Push Club


2017 Dallas D.A.N.C.E. Contest Guidelines


General
  1. This is a swing dance event. "Swing" includes Push, Whip, West and East Coast Swing, Lindy, Carolina Shag, Jitterbug, Jamaica, Bop, Hand Dancing, Steppin´ and Swing Out.
  2. Jack & Jills are limited to West Coast Swing/Push/Whip. All other divisions are open to all forms of swing.
  3. Dancers must have a weekend ticket to compete in any division.
  4. All  contests are gender neutral except for Jack & Jill’s, Novice Strictly & Intermediate Strictly.
  5. Dancers may enter each division only once per contest, except for Pros in Pro/Am Strictly Swing and Mixed Pro/Am (Routines) Contests.
  6. Dancers may compete in multiple divisions. However, dancers may enter only one Jack & Jill division, except dancers in Masters Jack & Jill which may enter another Jack & Jill division
  7. Dancers may enter only one Strictly Swing division except for Pros in Pro/Am Strictly Swing and Mixed Pro/Am (Routines) Contests. The Pro may dance with the same partner in these contests.
  8. To the extent they are appropriate for the music and may be performed safely, lifts and drops are allowed in any contest.
  9. A minium of 3 entries per division is required to run a contest. If less than 3 entries are received, the division will be canceled and entry fees returned. Entrants may dance an exhibition in a canceled routine division if approved by the event director.

  10. Eligibility
  11. Competitors should choose divisions appropriate to their skill levels and dance styles. In choosing attire, please remember there will be children in the audience. We reserve the right to move entries to more appropriate divisions or to reject entries inappropriate for any of our divisions.
  12. The following are not eligible to compete in the Novice Jack & Jill or Novice Strictly Swing divisions, or as the Am in a Pro/Am routines: Anyone who has (a) danced in an "Open Class" competition at a multi-club association sponsored state or regional competition or equivalent, excluding invitational events, (b) danced as the "Pro" in any swing competition Pro/Am division, (c) won any NASDE division at any NASDE competition, or (d) won Masters (routines) at Dallas D.A.N.C.E.  Novice Jack & Jill contestants should follow WSDC guidelines.
  13. A winner of Novice Strictly Swing or a Pro/Am (as the Am) at a past Dallas D.A.N.C.E. may compete again in that division only with a different partner and is no longer eligible to compete in that division after having won it twice.    
  14. Entry Fees
  15. The entry fee is $25 per person for all divisions.
  16. For the Friday competition, late entrants must submit waivers and entry fees in the Jackson Room by the following time, when draws for remaining dance positions will be conducted: 7:00pm - Masters
  17. There will be a Single Dancers meeting Saturday morning in the Jackson Room. The meeting will start at 10:00am SHARP!! and covers both Saturday´s competitions (except Jack & Jills) AND Sunday´s competitions. This dancers meeting is the final deadline to submit late waivers and entry fees, the dancers will draw for the remaining dance positions.The meeting is mandatory for at least one representative of each late entry competing on the day covered by that meeting.  If you PRE-REGISTER for your contest at www.SwingDirector.com you DO NOT have to attend the dancers meeting. Select Dallas D.A.N.C.E. 2017. We STRONGLY recommend that you pre-register.
  18. Please remember that several divisions have limits on the number of entries permitted. Therefore, waivers/entry fees for these divisions should be submitted as soon as possible and will be accepted in the order received.

  19. Age Limits
  20. Dancers must be 50 years of age by December 31st, 2017 to dance in Masters, Masters J&J, or Masters Strictly Swing.

  21. COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS
    Mixed Pro/Am (Routines)
  22. There are no limits on the number of entries.
  23. Pro must be advanced or above. Limit 5 Am’s per gender.
  24. If there is a minimum of 5 Male Pro/Am entries and 5 Female Pro/Am entries, they will have separate contests.
  25. Apart dancing will be permitted only during the first 10 seconds, after which couples must maintain contact at all times except during free spins and within a single pattern.
  26. Contestants provide their music and dance a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 minutes.

  27. Masters
  28. Dancers may compete in both Masters (Routines) and Masters Strictly Swing but only with different partners.
  29. For the Masters (Routines), contestants provide their music and dance a minimum of two (maximum of three) minutes.

  30. Strictly(s):  Leader Pro/Novice; Leader Pro/Intermediate;
    Follower Pro/Novice; Follower Pro/Intermediate
  31. In Pro/Am Strictly Swing Divisions:
    1. Any Dancer that qualifies may enter this category.
    2. This is a Swing category and dance content must be 90% that style.
    3. This is a lead/follow category and no choreographed routines are allowed.
    4. No planned entrances or exits are allowed.
    5. Couples will dance approximately two (2) minutes to music provided by Dallas D.A.N.C.E. This music will be selected at random and the couples will be given no prior music information.
    6. No costumes are allowed.
    7. Pro must be Advanced or above. Limit 5 Ams per level per gender.
    8. FINALS: The top five highest scoring Ams will dance spotlight with their Pros in each of the four divisions.

  32. Strictly Swing Divisions
  33. There are no limits to the number of entries for the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Masters, or Champions Strictly Swing divisions. In all Strictly Swing Divisions:
    1. Any dancer that qualifies may enter this category.
    2. This is a swing category and content must be 90% that style.
    3. This is a lead/follow category and no choreographed routines are allowed.
    4. No planned entrances or exists allowed.
    5. Couples will dance approximately two (2) minutes to music provided by Dallas D.A.N.C.E. The music will be selected at random and the couples will be given no prior music information.
    6. No costumes are allowed.
  34. Approximately 5 Masters couples, 8 each Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and 10 Champions Strictly Swing couples will be called back for the final, where each will dance spotlight.                                                                                   
  35. Jack & Jill Divisions   
  36. There are no limits to the number of entries. Late entrants will sign up at Ticket Sales outside the Lincoln Ballroom until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sign up for Jack & Jills in advance online at www.SwingDirector.com.
  37. Competitors will dance as male leaders and female followers in preliminary (and, if necessary semi-final) heats, each dancer rotating among partners and being judged as individuals.
  38. Approximately 8 to 10 each of leaders and followers will be called back for the final round in each division, where they will draw for partners, dance spotlight, and be judged as couples.
  39. To assist dancers in deciding which J & J division they with to enter, guidelines based on the WSDC´s registry of points will be available for review at  WSDC and at the registration table. Jack & Jill sign-up is available online at:  www.SwingDirector.com

  40. MUSIC
  41. All contestants (except those in Strictly Swings and Jack & Jills) must provide a CD with the location of their music clearly labeled.

  42. JUDGING
  43. Judging panels will be selected from a cross-section of experienced judges and accomplished dancers. Scoring for all contests (except preliminaries) will utilize the Relative Placement System. Scores will be posted after the awards ceremonies.
  44. Best wins.  Judges will have the freedom to judge the overall performance of the dancers based upon the following criteria:
PRESENTATION AND MUSICAL INTERPRETATION: Dancing with confidence and charisma, creating interest in the performance, regardless of the style. Responding to the music by taking the dance beyond a mere combination of patterns.

TEAMWORK/CONNECTION: An appropriate and confident lead combined with response without fault or hesitation; the attractive give-and-take of a couple dancing as a balanced partnership.

TECHNIQUE: The command of the fundamental elements of dance; the evident ease and clear execution of the performance (especially of more difficult elements).

TIMING/RHYTHM:  The appropriate matching of body motions and footwork to the meters and rhythms of the music.

Video
  1. Video is allowed in the ballroom but only from the audience area.

  2. Still Photographer
  3. Various Photographers will be making their photo´s available after Dallas D.A.N.C.E. weekend via Facebook and other personal websites.

  4. Contact
  5. Mail any/all of the following to Terry Rippa (502 Lakeside, Mesquite, TX 75149. Telephone (214) 526-8889:
  • All Entry/Waiver Forms for contestants unless you have registered online.
  • All check for Pre-Sale Weekend Tickets with return address.
  • All spectator ticket requests.
  • Make all checks payable to "Dallas Push Club". Credit cards accepted. NO cash accepted by mail.

Hilton Hotel
  1. All events will be held in the Lincoln Ballroom. BRING YOUR FAVORITE CLUB JACKET:  the ballroom will be as cold as we can get it.

  2. DALLAS D.A.N.C.E. Committee
  3. All preparations and operations will be made by the Dallas D.A.N.C.E Committee.
  • All decisions made by the directors are final.

Private Lessons
  1. All workshop instructors will be available throughout the Labor Day Weekend to teach private lessons. Contact the instructor of our choice at the hotel or by email using the links on the "Workshops and Private Lessons" page.
  2.                     
Will Call List
  1. Pick up your ticket in the lobby at the Will Call/Ticket Sales table.
  2. The "Will Call" list will be available for review beginning approximately August 1st and will be updated periodically thereafter.
  3.                    
    Jack & Jill Divisional Eligibility Guidelines

These Guidelines ( which are based on the World Swing Dance Councils ("WSDC") registry of points) are meant to help you decide which Jack & Jill division is most appropriate for you. They are intended to help - Not to Dictate - and also will be available for review at the Registration Desk at the event.


Search your WSDC Points at this LINK


Review the WSDC Points registry document at this LINK


You may request an exemption to these Guidelines if you believe they will place you in an inappropriate division. Such requests should be made as soon as possible, and in no event later than 12 pm Saturday afternoon at the event. Prior to the event, you may submit questions concerning these Guidelines to us via the Contact Us form on the front page.  During the event, you should contact the contest coordinators (usually in the Jackson Room of the hotel).


We reserve the right ( on our own initiative) to assign a dancer to a different division than the one suggested by these Guidelines in order to avoid an inappropriate division placement.


If you would like to petition the head judge to dance in a division that is higher or lower than the points guidelines set forth by WSDC please print the document at this link: JackJillPetition. Fill it out, and bring it to the Jackson Room which is also known as the Tally Room. You must submit the form to the Head Judge Mike Topel  PRIOR to 12 pm on Saturday.

Novice J & J Division

Generally, this division will be appropriate for you if:

  1. you are proficient in the basics of West Coast Swing/Push/Whip dancing, and
  2. you do not normally compete in Intermediate or higher level Jack & Jill divisions at events reporting points in the WSDC registry, and you have not earned Intermediate or higher level WSDC points.
Generally, you may continue to compete in this Novice division until you have earned 15 or more WSDC Novice points at events reporting points in the WSDC registry.

Intermediate J & J Division

Generally, this division will be appropriate for you if:

  1. you do not typically compete in Advanced or higher level Jack & Jill divisions at events reporting points in the WSDC registry and have not earned Advanced or higher level WSDC points, and 
  2. you have earned 15 or more Novice WSDC points and are ready to compete at this level or you have earned Intermediate level WSDC points and typically compete at the Intermediate Jack & Jill level at events reporting points in the WSDC registry.
Generally, you may continue to compete in this Intermediate division until you have earned 30 or more Intermediate level WSDC points.

Advanced J & J Divsion

Generally, this division will be appropriate for you if you typically compete in Advanced or higher level Jack & Jill divsions at events reporting points in the WSDC registry, and you have earned Advanced or higher level WSDC points. You may compete in this division if you have accumulated 30 or more Intermediate divsion WSDC points and are ready to compete at this level.

All-Star J & J Divsion

This division is for dancers with significant competition experience and success at the national level. Dancers who win or place in this division will earn WSDC points. You may compete in this division if ANY of the following apply:

  1. You already compete at the All-Stars level and have earned All-Star points in the past five years: OR,
  2. You have earned 45 or more Advanced points and are ready to move up to the All-Stars level;
  3. You submit a successful petition to compete at this level

Relative Placement Scoring

Dallas D.A.N.C.E. uses Relative Placement:  here is a link describing the Relative Placement Scoring method    LINK



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