Modern Jive
This is a Modern Jive competition so we expect to see Modern Jive dancing with a concertina (in and out) type of movement. The beauty of Modern Jive is that it borrows from many dance styles and so we are likely to also see an influence from other styles on the move vocabulary and footwork used, but the dance should still appear to be mostly Modern Jive.


Partner Dance
Modern Jive is a partner dance and we require partners to remain in contact for most of the dance. When connection with your partner is broken it should be regained within 8 Modern Jive counts or competitors risk being penalised.


Dancers will be allocated a position(s) on the floor which corresponds to the heat sheets. Although dancers do not have to stay in their allocated position throughout the dance, we do ask that you be mindful of other dancers around you and do not encroach on another dancers space. This skill is called floorcraft and poor use of it could result in a couple being penalised.


Dips, Drops, and Aerial Moves
We consider aerials (including lifts and acrobatics) to be moves where a dancer supports the weight of their partner with the aim to take them off the floor. Baby aerials are moves where the majority of the lifted partner’s weight is at or below the chest height of the supporting partner. Full aerials are moves where the majority of the lifted partners weight is above the chest height of the supporting partner. Refer to the table below what is permitted in each event.


Judging Criteria
Competitors will be judged on a number of criteria. In all events judges will be looking for Timing, Technique, Partnership, Musicality, and Moves. For teams and showcases judges will also look for Choreography, Teamwork, and Performance.


Music & Choreography
Teams and showcases should be choreographed to a known predefined piece of music. In all other events couples will dance to an undisclosed piece of music chosen by the competition organiser. Couples dancing finals at higher levels may get two tracks of different speeds. Dancing should be freestyle and judges will be looking for non-sequenced dancing. Obvious use of choreographed or repeated sequences of moves may result in a couple being penalised.


Dancing up

A level 1 or 2 dancer may dance up in level 3 and above if they are competing with a level 3 or 4 dancer. A level 3 or 4 dancer is not eligible to dance down in level 2 and below. For each category dancers can only compete in one level (e.g. if a level 2 dancer competes in music mash-up level 3 and above they are not eligible to compete in music mash-up level 2 and below at the same competition). However a level 1 or 2 dancer may compete in level 3 or above for one category and level 2 and below for another (e.g. dance up with a higher level dancer for music mash-up and dance with a level 1 or 2 partner in X-Factor level 2 and below).


Fun Events Dips &
BOTS & Infinity – level 2 & below  ✔  ✔  ✘  ✘
BOTS & Infinity – level 3 & above  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✘
Lucky Dip – all levels  ✔  ✘  ✘  ✘
Music Mashup – all levels  ✔  ✘  ✘  ✘
X-Factor – all levels  ✘  ✘  ✘  ✘


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