Floor Play Swing Vacation Rules

COMPETITION RULES & DEADLINES

Available Contests:

Rising Star Routines

Pro Am Routines:  Novice and Intermediate

Jack and Jill contests:  Pro-Am, Newcomer, Novice, Masters, Intermediate, Advanced, and All-Star

Strictly Swing contests:  Novice, Masters, Intermediate/Advanced, All Star/Pro

Pro Am Strictly Swing contests:  Novice and Intermediate

ENTRY DEADLINES:

7 PM Friday of the event weekend:  All Strictly Swings divisions

Entry deadlines are FIRM.  There will be no exceptions.  (You’re cute.  We love you.  Those deadlines still apply to you, too.)

All competitors must purchase a weekend pass.  The weekend pass gives you access to all competitions, open dancing, shows, and most workshops.

Official policies governing all Floor Play Swing Vacation’s competitions.  All competitors are responsible for reading and following the rules below.

Floor Play Swing Vacation –  2017 CONTEST RULES

General

ALL CONTESTS ARE DEGENDERED

1. Waivers:

Each competitor must sign an entry/waiver form and pay in full BEFORE competing.

2. Weekend Pass:

All Entrants are required to purchase a weekend ticket and may be asked verify event pass purchase.

3. Age:

Strictly swing, rising star, and pro-am are open to all ages.  Jack and Jill contests are open to ages 18 and above.  Competitors between ages 11 and 17 may petition to compete in Jack and Jill contests.

4. Costumes:

Costume are not allowed in any category except Rising Star and Pro-Am Routines. Strictly swing partners may choose to coordinate outfits.

5. Swing Definition:

This is a ‘Swing Dance’ competition and all recognized swing styles are allowed, including Whip, Push, West Coast, Swing, Shag, Lindy Hop, Imperial, Swingout, Jitterbug, Stepping and others.

6. Entry Limits and Requirements:

Dancers may compete in multiple swing contest categories, during the weekend. However, NO dancer may compete or enter a particular contest more than once with the exception of dancing an alternate role in strictly swing or pro-am strictly swing.  See Strictly Swing and Pro-Am Rules.

There is no limit to entries to any division with the exception of pro-am routines and pro-am strictly swing. A professional may dance with up to five (5) amateurs at each level of pro-am strictly swing or pro-am routines.

If there are fewer than five (5) entries in any routine division or less than 7 couples in any strictly or jack and jill division, Floor Play Swing Vacation reserves the right to combine or cancel that division.  Floor Play Swing Vacation also reserves the right to have any and all lead/follow categories run in a heated format in lieu of prelims or spotlight format to facilitate event schedule constraints.

7. WSDC Jack and Jill Contents:

WSDC points will be used to determine the level for all Jack & Jill competitors. Masters will compete in the appropriate WSDC level.  All competitions are gender neutral but you may not compete in more than one jack and jill level.  (you must dance as either a lead or a follow but not both).

8. Qualification for Newcomer Dancers:

Designed for the dancer that is BRAND NEW to competition. This division is not open to all levels.

9. Lifts, Drops, and Aerials:

Lifts, drops and aerials are allowed in Floor Play Swing Vacation’s routine divisions (rising star and pro-am routines). Drops that are considered ‘safe’ and that work within the realm of ‘lead/follow’ are allowed in the Advanced, All-Star and Masters Divisions or jack and jill and strictly swing ONLY.

Definition of a LIFT: That point when both feet are off the ground, and weight is not self supported.

Definition of an AERIAL: The point at which one partner is off the ground due to the other partner and not maintaining contact with their partner.

Definition of a DROP: The point at which the head goes below your partner’s waist and weight is not self supported.

10. All rules will be strictly enforced:

Scoring and penalties will be at the discretion of each individual judge.

Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, and Masters J&J Divisions

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories. (See General Rules)

2. These are Swing categories and dance content must be 90% swing. It is a lead/follow category and no choreographed

routines are allowed.

3. No lifts, drops or aerials and no planned entrances or exits allowed.

4. Couples will dance to music provided by Floor Play Swing Vacation. The music will be selected at random and couples will

be given no prior music information.

5. No Costumes Allowed. (See General Rules)

6. Competitors must dance in their appropriate World Swing Dance Council gender role division or the opposite gender role for their appropriate WSDC division.

7. Competitors may only dance in one level except for masters.  Masters may dance in their pointed division and masters.

Advanced & All-Star J&J Divisions:

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories. (See General Rules)

2. These are Swing categories and dance content must be 90% swing. It is a lead/follow category and no choreographed routines are allowed.

3. No lifts or aerials and no planned entrances or exits allowed. Drops are allowed with restrictions. (See General Rules)

4. Couples will dance to music provided by Floor Play Swing Vacation. The music will be selected at random and couples will be given no prior music information.

5. No Costumes Allowed. (See General Rules)

6. Competitors must dance in their appropriate World Swing Dance Council gender role division or the opposite gender role for their appropriate WSDC division.

7. Competitors may only dance in one level except for masters.  Masters may dance in their pointed division and masters.

Strictly Swing Novice & Masters

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories. (See General Rules)

2. These are Swing categories and dance content must be 90% swing. It is a lead/follow category and no choreographed

routines are allowed.

3. No lifts, drops or aerials and no planned entrances or exits allowed.

4. Couples will dance to music provided by Floor Play Swing Vacation. The music will be selected at random and couples will

be given no prior music information.

5. No Costumes Allowed. (See General Rules)

6. Competitors must dance in their appropriate World Swing Dance Council gender role division or the opposite gender role for their appropriate WSDC division.

7. If two competitors are in different divisions, the lower level competitor must dance up to the division of the higher level competitor.

8. Same gender partnerships are allowed for all Strictly Swing divisions.

9. Competitors may only dance in one level except for masters.  Masters may dance in their pointed division and masters.

Strictly Swing Intermediate/Advanced, All-Star/Professional

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories. (See General Rules)

2. These are Swing categories and dance content must be 90% swing. It is a lead/follow category and no choreographed

routines are allowed.

3. No lifts or aerials and no planned entrances or exits allowed.  Drops are permitted.

4. Couples will dance to music provided by Floor Play Swing Vacation. The music will be selected at random and couples will

be given no prior music information.

5. No Costumes Allowed. (See General Rules)

6. Competitors must dance in their appropriate World Swing Dance Council gender role division or the opposite gender role for their appropriate WSDC division.

7. If two competitors are in different divisions, the lower level competitor must dance up to the division of the higher level competitor.

8. Same gender partnerships are allowed for all Strictly Swing divisions.

9. Competitors may only dance in one level except for masters.  Masters may dance in their pointed division and masters.

Pro Am Strictly Swing

1. Competitors must dance in their appropriate World Swing Dance Council gender role division or the opposite gender role for their appropriate WSDC division.  In addition to their assigned gender role, the same student may also dance one division down in the opposite gender role (A male intermediate lead may also dance as a novice follow.)

2.  If the competitor usually dances in novice in their gender role division, they may also dance in novice in the opposite gender role as there is no level to dance one division down.

2. Competitors cannot dance as a leader AND a follow in the same division level (You may dance as an all-star lead and as an advanced follow).

3. This is a lead/ follow category and choreographed routines are not allowed.

4. Costumes are not allowed. However, matching or complementary outfits are acceptable.

Pro Am Routines

1.  Costumes are required.

2. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes.

3. Competitors select their own music.

4. Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music.

Rising Star Tour

This single division includes all styles of Swing: West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Hustle, Shag and Hand Dance or any other style of popular swing dance. It is for couples that have limited experience with choreography and do not yet want to compete against professionals.

In order to compete in the 2017 Rising Star Tour, each dancer must never have placed or made a qualifying final of a NASDE Classic or Showcase division (no NASDE points). 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, no longer than 8 beats vii. Lifts are optional but not required viii. Maximum five (5) partner weight support moves (lifts are not considered weight supports)