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 – Read the full WSDC Rules

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

NEW Jack & Jill Competitors may start in Newcomer or Novice

The WSDC Points Registry was developed and is maintained by the WSDC. The Points Registry is the official record used to track individual Competitors’ results in Jack and Jill competitions at WSDC Registry Member Events. Promoters and Competitors use the Points Registry data to determine a Competitor’s appropriate skill level for WSDC Jack and Jill competitions (see WSDC Jack and Jill Advancement Chart). Note: the Points Registry records skill level divisions only; it does not record age-based Jack and Jill competition placements.

Each Competitor who receives at least one WSDC point is assigned a unique ID number, which is then maintained in the Points Registry. WSDC points are awarded at WSDC Registry Member Events, as outlined in the Point Tiers below. The Points Registry is available at worldsdc.com/registry-points. It is accessible online to the general public.

POINT TIERS & POINTS AWARDED CHART
Tiers are defined only by the number of Competitors (see Tier size below) in a specific Jack and Jill division at a WSDC Registry Member Event, and not by the size of the event. The greater the number of Competitors within a division, the higher the Tier, and the greater the points potential. The Points Award per Tier chart lists the points awarded to a Competitor according to their placement in the finals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIER Minimums and Guidelines
There must be a minimum of five (5) leaders and five (5) followers in a specific Jack and Jill division for a competition to be eligible for inclusion in the Points Registry. Dancing in finals does not guarantee that a Competitor will be awarded points. The Points Award per Tier chart (see above) identifies the maximum number of finalists that may receive points, based on a Competitor’s placement in finals. Points awarded to leaders and followers may not be identical since the points are based on the Tier level. Each role (leader or follower) within a contest may have a different number of Competitors and thus be in a different tier.

Tier Size (with recommended number of rounds)
TIER 1: 5-10 Competitors (Should be a “finals only”)
TIER 2: 11-19 Competitors (Should have a semi and final)
TIER 3: 20-39 Competitors (Should have at least a semi and final)
TIER 4: 40-79 Competitors (Should have 3 rounds: prelim, semi and final)
TIER 5: 80-129 Competitors (Should have at least 3 rounds: prelim, semi and final)
TIER 6: 130+ Competitors (Should have at least 4 rounds: prelim, quarters, semi and final)

SPECIFIC RULES REGARDING COMPETITOR DIVISIONS AND POINTS

1) Each competitor has one WSDC Competitor ID number for the Points Registry, independent of their role as leader or follower.

2) Each Competitor may compete in only one skill level division. Note: Competitors may compete in an age category independent of their skill level, according to an individual Event’s rules.

3) Competitors who wish to dance “up” (i.e., in a higher division than their points would allow) must submit a formal petition (see Petition section below) or they will not receive points if they reach the final. The petition must be included with the WSDC reporting form by the Event Director.

4) Skill points are recorded only for those who place in finals, according to the Points Award per Tier Chart.

5) If a Competitor places twice in a division, the Competitor is only awarded points for the higher placement.

6) A Competitor may be awarded points as either a leader or follower. All of a Competitor’s points at a specific skill level, whether awarded as a leader or follower, count towards the total earned points needed to advance to the next skill level.

7) For Events with combined divisions (e.g., Novice/Intermediate), points will be awarded to the lower of the two divisions.

8) For Events that have different category names for their skill level divisions, WSDC may choose not to record them. Please refer to the WSDC Jack and Jill Advancement Chart for the list of WSDC skill level divisions.

9) For Events that are held over the New Year’s holiday, points will be assigned to December of the outgoing year, not January of the incoming year (e.g., points would be awarded for December 2017, not January 2018).

RECORDING POINTS RESPONSIBILITIES

The Competitor
1. Is responsible for understanding the WSDC Points Registry Rules.
2. Is responsible for using their WSDC Competitor ID number when registering for Jack and Jill competitions at WSDC Registry Member Events.
3. Is responsible for registering for Jack and Jill competitions at the appropriate skill level (see WSDC Jack and Jill Advancement Chart).
4. Is responsible for submitting a formal petition to dance “up” or “down” (see Petition section below).
5. Is responsible for correcting Competitor ID number errors, either at the event or with the WSDC (contact points@worldsdc.com)

PETITIONS
A Competitor may submit a formal petition to the Event’s Chief Judge to dance at a different skill level than they qualify for
in a Jack and Jill division.
1. All Events will offer a petition process.
2. Petitions can be submitted for one skill level up or one skill level down only.
3. A committee, which includes the Chief Judge, will consider the requested reclassification petition after reviewing
the Competitor’s WSDC Point Registry record.
4. Petitions are Event specific and not transferable. Competitors may need to submit a new petition at the next Event.
5. All petitions must be submitted by the Event Director with the WSDC reporting documentation.

 

Please contact us at DanceLouisville@gmail.com or onsite at Derby City Swing with any 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)