Floor Play Swing Vacation Rules

COMPETITION RULES & DEADLINES

Available Contests:

Pro Am Routines:  Novice and Intermediate

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

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

Pro Am Strictly Swing contests:  Novice and Intermediate

ENTRY DEADLINES:

Friday at 7:00 PM for all Friday’s contests

Saturday at 11 AM for all Saturday contests

Sunday at 10 AM for all Sunday contests.

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 –  2021 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 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. A  dancer may compete or enter a particular contest more than once but not in the same level.

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 (10) 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: NEW- YOU CAN DANCE IN MORE THAN ONE J&J!

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 and you may compete in your appropriate leader and follower level as determined by your WSDC points for that role.  You can enter more than one jack & jill but you may not dance twice in the same level.  Please see current WSDC rules for more information.

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 Open 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 Open 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 dance in two levels plus masters (if you qualify for masters).   No masters WSDC points will be awarded for the masters novice division but will be awarded for masters open.  WSDC points are used to determine your dancing level in the masters division.

Masters Open, 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 and or the opposite gender role for their appropriate WSDC division.

7. Competitors may dance in two levels plus masters (if you qualify for masters).   WSDC points are used to determine your dancing level in the masters division.

Generational Strictly Swing

1. Any dancer who qualifies may enter these categories except champions. (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 have at least 20 years in age between them (example:  If I am 20 years old my partner must be at least 40).

7. Competitors may only dance in one level except plus masters and generational.

Pro Am Jack & Jill

1. This is an Open Jack & Jill contest where Amateur dancers have the opportunity to dance with multiple pros and only the Amateur is scored.

2.  You can enter as a leader or follower but not both.

3.  This is a lead/follow category and no choreographed routines are allowed.

4.  Each judge will score the am from 70 to 100.  Judges scores are then averaged for the final score.

5. The amateur must be at the intermediate level or below.

Strictly Swing Novice & Strictly Swing 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 dance in more than one level as dictated by their WSDC points but must be in the opposite role to do so.  Masters may dance in their pointed divisions 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 dance in more than one level as dictated by their WSDC points but must be in the opposite role to do so.  Masters may dance in their pointed divisions 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 in the opposite gender role in the same level or the opposite role as dictated by their WSDC points.

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.

5. We reserve the right to combine Novice and Intermediate if less than 5 entries per level.

The Blues Tournament

It’s all blues music!

Anyone can enter including champions.

Prelims will be in jack and jill format.

Finals will be run tournament style.