This is the main event! The Showdown is a multi-stage Mix & Match (partnered social dance) competition with capped heat sizes, so you can dance your best without worrying if the judges can see you. There will be three rounds of competition:
- Quarter Finals - Four heats, sixteen couples maximum per heat. The top sixteen leads and follows advance.
- Semi Finals - Two heats, eight couples per heat. The top eight leads and follows advance.
- Finals - Eight couples, one winner! This round takes place at the Saturday evening dance, with music by Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
The winning couple on Saturday evening will be declared the Showdown Champions!
This division is capped at 64 couples, so register early to reserve your spot!
Newcomer Mix & Match
Are you a new dancer interested in seeing what this whole competing thing is all about? This is the division for you! In this competition dancers register individually, and are paired randomly with a new partner for each song. It's just like social dancing, but at the end you might get a prize! This division is meant for competitors who are new to swing dancing and competing, likely having danced for less than a year.
In this event competitors sign up with a partner to show off their best dancing! Dancers will be judged on their creativity, musicality, technique, and partnering. Acrobatics and pre-choreographed sequences are allowed in this division, however the music will be chosen by the organizers.
Team Short Showcase
Competitors will perform a 60-120 second team choreography in any style of swing. Airsteps are permitted (though not required), and the routine may be partnered, solo, or any combination of both.
Each entry must have a minimum of three dancers.
Dancers will be judged on the creativity of their choreography, their dance technique, and their performance quality, with extra points awarded for creative team effects. Teams should register once ($100 for teams of 3-8 people, $150 for teams of 9+ people), and music must be edited and submitted to the organizers by March 1st, 2019.
Competitors will perform a 30 to 60 second original choreography in any style of swing. Airsteps are permitted (though not required), and the routine may be partnered, solo, or any combination of both.
Each entry must have one or two dancers.
Dancers will be judged on the creativity of their choreography, their dance technique, and their performance quality. Music must be edited and submitted to the organizers by March 1st, 2018. This division is limited to 20 entries, and we expect it to fill up quickly!
Competitors will dance Charleston and other jazz vernacular dances. They will be judged on technique, presentation, and creativity. Dancers will be chosen for the final by a tap-in by judges on the dance floor (number to be determined by the judges); these dancers will compete in a final round, with spotlight performances.
Switch It Up
This is a partner-draw role switching competition! Like in a Mix and Match, competitors will be paired with a random partner, and partners will rotate in the preliminary rounds. However, in this competition each dancer is expected to dance both roles, showing off their versatility by both leading and following. Dancers are encouraged to switch roles during the dance, and may do so at any time as frequently as they wish. Judges will favor excellent dancing in both roles, smooth, interesting transitions, and good partnership.
Shake That Thing
A solo competition with a twist - this is a Mix & Match where your partner is a randomly-chosen prop. This competition is open to both leads and follows, and may involve hats, canes, brooms, scarves, furniture, vehicles, pomegranates, bells, umbrellas, and whatever else we can think of. Props will be kept as a surprise for the day of the competition. Competitors will be judged on their technique, creativity, and effective use of their prop while dancing.