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Jack & Jill – New Competitors
Designed for newer lindy hoppers who have not yet competed. Competitors register as a lead or follow. Competitors will dance to several songs (between 140-180 beats per minute), dancing with a new partner each time. Multiple couples will be on the floor at all times; i.e. there will be no spotlights. Dancers will be judged individually. NOTE: An individual can enter only one of the three lindy hop Jack & Jill divisions.
Jack & Jill – Open
Intended for lindy hoppers with range of skill from beginning-intermediate advanced level who also have some (limited to regular) competition experience. Competitors register as a lead or follow. In the preliminary round, competitors will dance to several songs, dancing with a new partner each time. Multiple couples will be on the floor at all times during the prelims. In the final round, dancers will be randomly paired with a partner, and be judged with that partner. Couples in the finals will dance in all-skates and phrase spotlights (two couples at a time), and all songs will be between 160-220 beats per minute. For spotlights, the number of phrases each couple has will not be determined prior to the competition. NOTE: An individual can enter only one of the three lindy hop Jack & Jill divisions.
Strictly Lindy – Open Classic
The Strictly Lindy competition is open to competitors of all skills levels. Competitors will register as a couple. In the preliminary round, couples will dance in an all-skate to several songs. The final round will be in “battle” format: two couples will dance at the same time for one minute, with judges selecting the battle winner immediately, who then advances to the next round. This pattern continues until the final winner is selected. All songs will be between 160-220 beats per minute for the finals. Choreographed sequences are allowed but not required. Air steps, aerials, and lifts are not allowed. On the ground moves, such drops, slides, and splits are allowed.
If a Jack & Jill and a Strictly had a baby, it would be this new type of competition! Dancers at all levels are eligible for this division. Competitors will enter as individuals. On the weekend prior to Savoy Swing Jam, entrants will be paired by the event organizers and notified of their partner for this division. Competitors should plan to meet one or two times prior to the competition to practice and develop material as desired. Savoy Swing Jam will both suggest practice times/locations as well as sponsor a competitor practice session. In the preliminary round, couples will dance in an all-skate to several songs. In the finals, competitors will dance in individual spotlights, approximately 45 seconds in length. All songs will be between 140-190 beats per minute. NOTE: Competitors unable to practice with the assigned partner the week prior to the event—whether because of time conflicts or place of residence—should refrain from entering this division. A limited number of couples can participate in this division and a few waitlisted competitors will be taken to fill-in for last minute individual cancellations.
This division is open to dancers of all skill levels, but those with limited to no choreographed performance experience are strongly encouraged to enter. Competitors may enter as individuals, couples or teams; there may be no more than six individuals per entry. There are no gender-based requirements. Individuals are limited to one entry in this division. Competitors will perform an original-choreographed routine to approximately 30 seconds (not to exceed 45 seconds) of pre-recorded jazz-era or modern swing music of their choosing. Dancing must be lindy hop and/or from the jazz era. Dancers are required to edit their music (either to cut or fade) and submit it in advance. Competitors may choose any part of their song to perform to; i.e. it need not be the first 30-45 seconds. Originality and new material encouraged, although not required. Costumes are not required, but overall presentation will be considered by the judges.