Competition Categories

Beginner Lindy

This category is only for beginners. To enter, you must have started swing dancing on or after 1 January 2018, and you may only enter this category once. You must enter as a couple. You don’t need to worry about spotlights or phrase formats – all couples will dance at the same time for 90sec – 2mins. All your favourite dancers started here!

Format: All-skate
No heats: Instant final
Tempo: 130 – 170bpm

Open Strictly Lindy

You’ve probably been dancing for 2 – 5 years and have started venturing into the world of comps. You might be a member of a performance troupe. Being an “Open”, there are no restrictions on experience to enter this category, however you can only enter one of the Open Strictly, or the Lindy Royale – you cannot enter both. You must enter as a couple.

Heats: All-skate
Finals: Shines
Tempo: 130 – 200bpm

The Lindy Royale

Our headline event! This is the big one: the advanced strictly lindy! The ultimate challenge. If you love fast dancing and high-flying aerials (optional, but encouraged) this would be the place for you! Note that you can only enter one of the Open Strictly, or the Lindy Royale – you cannot enter both. You must enter as a couple.

Heats: All-skate
Semi-finals: Battle
Finals: Shines
Tempo: 200 – 265bpm
(Think your favourite jam songs)

Strictly Balboa

Balboa lovers, this is your chance to showcase this beloved vintage swing dance. You can dazzle us with your power moves or entrance us with your subtlety. All levels of experience are welcome. You must enter as a couple and dance Balboa (Pure Bal and/or Bal-swing).

Heats: All-skate
Finals: Spotlights
Tempo: 200 – 250bpm

Strictly Shag

Shag Cats, now’s your time to shine! It can be sharp and energetic or graceful and floaty. Whatever your style, it’s quite possibly the fastest-growing swing dance around. All levels of experience are welcome. You must enter as a couple and dance Collegiate Shag.

Heats: All-skate
Finals: Spotlights
Tempos: 190 – 230bpm

Solo Jazz

Strut your stuff solo, from 1920s charleston to 1940s vernacular jazz. Be ready for a wide variety of tunes, anything from cruisy to wild. Enter solo and duel to the finish line with the electrifying battle format. This one’s always a favourite, so register quickly.

Heats: All-skate
Final: Battle
Tempo: 100 – 250bpm

Open Mix & Match

Enter as an individual – lead or follow – and be randomly assigned 3 different partners in the heats, dancing to 3 different speeds. In the heats, competitors are judged separately on their ability to lead or follow. In the finals competitors are randomly assigned 1 partner and are judged as a couple. The Open Mix & Match is open to anyone to enter, but you can only enter one of Open Mix & Match or Advanced Mix & Match.

Heats: All-skate
Finals: Shines
Tempos: 130 – 200bpm

Advanced Mix & Match

If you’ve placed in an Open Mix & Match before (or J&J/Merry-go-round) we’d say the Advanced Mix & Match is the place for you. Enter as a lead or follow and be randomly assigned 3 partners in the heats, dancing to 3 different speeds. In the heats, competitors are judged separately. In the semi-finals and finals competitors are randomly assigned 1 partner and are judged as a couple. You may only enter one of Open M&M or Advanced M&M.

Heats: All-skate
Semi-finals: Battle
Finals: Shines
Tempo: 140 – 230bpm

Showcase

Choreograph your own routine to the music of your choosing. Swing styles are assumed and may include lindy hop, balboa, shag, solo jazz, charleston and blues. The Showcase division is for performances featuring one couple or up to two solo dancers, i.e. two people maximum. Maximum routine length of 4 minutes.

The Showcase category will be held on Sunday afternoon 18th August, at the dedicated Teams & Showcase event.

Teams

Choreograph your own routine to the music of your choosing. Swing styles are assumed and may include lindy hop, balboa, shag, solo jazz, charleston and blues. The Teams division is for performances featuring multiple couples or groups larger than two people (no limit on team numbers). Maximum routine length of 4 minutes. 

The Teams category will be held on Sunday afternoon 18th August, at the dedicated Teams & Showcase event.