Derby City Swing Contest Rules

General Rules

You must have an event weekend pass to compete in all contests.
For all contests, dancers can choose their role (leader or follower) regardless of their gender. Derby City Swing is gender neutral. We follow WSDC Rules for Jack & Jills.

Professional Classification

A dancer that, on a consistent basis, charges money to teach classes and private lessons whereas their income from swing dancing meets or exceeds 40% of their total income.
WSDC Jack N Jills

World Swing Dance Council Definitions will be enforced. At the event, you may petition to dance a division other that what the WSDC defines you as. The petition will be reviewed by a committee of at least 3 judges, respected head judges and/or event directors. 

Jack & Jill Rules – WSDC Rules will be enforced

Dancers can choose their role (leader or follower) regardless of their gender. Derby City Swing is gender neutral. 

1) The WSDC only tracks and records points for Jack & Jill contests. Points will only be recorded for those who danced in the final round only.
2) Each Competitor may only dance/compete in one skill level division.
3) Points are tracked and recorded for either Leader or Follower role. Only points from ONE skill level
competition per Event will be recorded. Each competitor has only one WSDC Competitor ID number and
is only listed once in the Registry, but will have their earned points separated between Leader and
Follower. The competitor’s total points will included points earned in both roles, for the total earned points
needed to advance to the next level.
4) Contests where the leader or follower dances and places twice in that division, that individual will only be awarded points in the highest of the two placements.
5) For Events that combine divisions (i.e. Novice/Intermediate), points will be tracked for all contestants in
the lower of the two divisions.
6) For Events that have different category names per division, we may not record them. Note what divisions
are recognized by the WSDC (see the table on page one).
7) For Events that are held over New Years’ holiday, points will show as of December-end of that year
(versus using January of the New Year).
8) Points received prior to the last five (5) current years will not show on the Event Director’s copy of
Registry Books. They will be archived and available to see on the website (in other words, they are not
“taken away”).

Level Classifications

Newcomer WCS J&J

You are eligible for Newcomer J&J if you have been in 5 or fewer WCS competitions and have not placed top 5 in a Newcomer J&J or made finals in a Novice J&J.

Novice WCS J&J

A Competitor must stay in Novice until they have earned at least 15 points in Novice

Intermediate WCS J&J

A Competitor must stay in Intermediate until they have earned at least 30 points in Intermediate.

Advanced WCS J&J

You must have at least 30 points in Intermediate in order to move into Advanced.

All-Star WCS J&J:

To be considered All-Star you must have at least 45 advanced /All-star points.

WSDC Points description

Tiers / points Awarded

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TIER 1 – 5 to 15 Competitors (Could be run as a “finals only”, or perhaps semi and final)
TIER 2 – 16 to 39 Competitors (Should at least be run as a semi/final, but could be prelim / semi / final)
TIER 3 – 40+ Competitors (With this number of competitors, should be 3 rounds – prelim / semi / final)

When number of competitors is “uneven”, points will be recorded (Tiered) separately by
leader/follower. The minimum number of couples (even leaders & followers) to make a contest eligible for recording/tracking is five (5). Should a Tier 2 contest have more than 10 finalists or a Tier 3 contest have more than 15 finalists, those contestants placing beyond 10th/15th place (respectively) in the final results will not receive a finalist point.

WSDC Jack & Jill Petitions

All Events should offer petitions and it can be on the sign-up form. We suggest that a committee, including the Chief Judge, consider the requested reclassification/petition after reviewing the dancer’s record. The Event Director will select this committee prior to the Event. For competitors, please note that if you have petitioned to dance in a higher/lower division at one Event, this does not “carry over” to the next Event. You may need to petition at the next Event as well. Petitioning should only be to dance one level up or down only, or to stay in current division. Once you have competed/earned (current) points in a higher division, you should stay in that division!

Some valid petitioning reasons:
– points earned in a very small or very large competition (i.e. recognized by the Tiers)
– points are old (perhaps over 7 years)
– accomplished dancer who has not competed at many Registry events to earn points
– qualified instructor, but without competition points, who should not be competing against their own students.

Please contact us at DanceLouisville@gmail.com or onsite at Derby City Swing with petition questions.

Strictly Swings

Dancers can choose their role (leader or follower) regardless of their gender.

Where you choose to dance in the J&J (or where the director or head judge places you) determines your level for Strictly Swing for your traditional role. When determining the division of the couple, use the guidelines for the J&J. The division is determined by the highest level of the partnership. For example if you dance Intermediate Jack & Jill you can not dance Novice Strictly Swing regardless of your partners level.

Swing Content MUST be 90% swing. Any style of swing is allowed, but the music will be West Coast Swing.

No costumes allowed, but matching outfits are acceptable.

Pro Am Strictly

You can dance either role. Referring to your WSDC JJ Classification, you may dance up in any level you or your teacher wish, but you may not dance down unless dancing you non-traditional role. In your non-traditional role, your instructor can determine your level.
Teachers and Students can lead and/or follow.
Teachers can dance with up to 5 ams per contest.

Rising Star Routines

Please see RISING STAR PAGE for details on our ‘audience choses the winner’ contest for $1000 in cash prizes!

Swing Content MUST be at least 80% swing. Any style of swing is allowed.
Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes.
Costumes are required. If you could/would wear it for Strictly Swing, it is not a costume.
Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music.
Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.

Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries. Short breakaways happen in 8 beats or less. Lifts Allowed but Not Required.

This contest is open to any couple where both dancers in the partnership have not competed in an Open classic division or did not place in the top 80% of that Open category. No professionals allowed in this division. See definition of professional at the beginning of the rules document.

Pro-Am Routines

Levels: Novice, Intermediate (we may have separate mens and woman division depending on entries)

Swing Content MUST be at least 70% swing. Any style of swing is allowed.
Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes.
Costumes are required. If you could/would wear it for Strictly Swing, it is not a costume.
Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music.
Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.

Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries. Short breakaways happen in 8 beats or less.At most five partner weight support moves are permitted. Lifts Allowed but Not Required.

A teacher in this category can be an advanced or higher level dancer and does not necessarily mean that they are a professional. Therefore dancing as a teacher in this division does not automatically exclude the dancer from any division where “Professionals” are not allowed.

Please contact us at DanceLouisville@gmail.com with any questions.

Thanks,

Brian B (Derby City Swing)