Competitions

Below you will find information about the ESDC 2015 competitions. Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions page.
More questions? Email contests@europeanswing.com

All competitors must read & agree to the 2015 General Rules:




Solo Divisions

Open Jazz Roots Battle

This is a solo jazz dancing contest (see ESDC definition of Jazz Roots). Dancers register as individuals and will dance to music selected by ESDC. Slow, medium and fast tempos, and different musical styles of swing, hot jazz and blues will be played, to test dancers across the range of this genre.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 dancers will be selected for Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: Open to all levels below Advanced

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £100
2nd – £75
3rd – £50

Advanced Jazz Roots Battle

This is a solo jazz dancing contest (see ESDC definition of Jazz Roots). Dancers register as individuals and will dance to music selected by ESDC. Slow, medium and fast tempos, and different musical styles of swing, hot jazz and blues will be played, to test dancers across the range of this genre.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 dancers will be selected for Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: For Advanced and Masters

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £100
2nd – £75
3rd – £50

Solo Blues Battle

This is a solo blues and slow dancing contest. Dancers register as individuals and will dance to slow music selected by ESDC, in a variety of styles of slow jazz, swing and blues.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 dancers will be selected for Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £100
2nd – £75
3rd – £50


Social Divisions

Open Lindy Hop Jack & Jill

This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition. Dancers register as individuals, and will be randomly matched with multiple partners.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format, and dancers will be judged individually. Five leaders and five followers will be selected for Finals. NEW IN 2015: Finals will also be danced in all-skate format (no jam or spotlights). Dancers will rotate partners in the Finals (every leader will dance with every follower). There will be no Finals judges. The finalists themselves will score their partners after they have danced. These scores will be published anonymously.

Level: Open to all levels below Advanced

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

UPDATE: This division is now FULL. Click here to sign up to the Followers waiting list or the Leaders waiting list.

Advanced Lindy Hop Jack & Jill

This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition. Dancers register as individuals, and will be randomly matched with multiple partners.

Rounds:
Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format, and dancers will be judged individually. Five leaders and five followers will be selected for Finals. NEW IN 2015: Finals will also be danced in all-skate format (no jam or spotlights). Dancers will rotate partners in the Finals (every leader will dance with every follower). There will be no Finals judges. The finalists themselves will score their partners after they have danced. These scores will be published anonymously.

Level: Advanced

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

UPDATE: Followers spaces in this division are now FULL. Click here to sign up to the Followers waiting list.

Masters Lindy Hop Jack & Jill

This competition division is designed to showcase the social dancing skills of our master dancers, champions and legends! This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition. Dancers register as individuals and will be randomly matched with multiple partners. Dancers in this division are not allowed to dance with someone generally recognised as their dance partner (past or present).

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Dancers will be randomly matched with multiple partners in the preliminary round. Preliminaries will be in an all-skate format, and dancers will be judged individually. For the Finals, dancers will be randomly assigned a single partner, and will be judged as a couple in a spotlight format.

Level: Masters

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Balboa Jack & Jill

This is a social dancing Balboa and Bal-Swing competition. Dancers register as individuals, and will be randomly matched with multiple partners.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format, and dancers will be judged individually. Five leaders and five followers will be selected for Finals. NEW IN 2015: Finals will also be danced in all-skate format (no jam or spotlights). Dancers will rotate partners in the Finals (every leader will dance with every follower). There will be no Finals judges. The finalists themselves will score their partners after they have danced. These scores will be published anonymously.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100




Couples Divisions

Open Lindy Hop Couples

This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ESDC.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 couples will be selected for the Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: Open to all levels below Advanced

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Advanced Lindy Hop Couples

This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ESDC.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 couples will be selected for the Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: Advanced

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Masters Lindy Hop Couples

This competition division is designed to showcase our master dancers, champions and legends! This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ESDC.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 couples will be selected for the Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: Masters

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Balboa Couples

This is a social dancing Balboa and Bal-Swing competition, open to all levels. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ESDC.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 couples will be selected for the Finals, which will be danced in a spotlight format.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Slow Swing & Blues Couples

This is a social dancing slow Lindy Hop, Swing and Blues Dance contest. Dancers register as couples and will dance to slow music selected by ESDC, in a variety of styles of slow jazz, swing and blues.

Rounds: Preliminaries and Finals. Preliminaries will be danced in an all-skate format. 5 couples will be selected for the Finals, which will be danced in a phrase battle format.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee: £15 per person

Prizes:
1st – £200
2nd – £150
3rd – £100


Showcase Divisions

Open Lindy Hop Classic Showcase

This is a showcase division, for a couple to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute Lindy Hop routine. No aerials, airsteps or lifts are allowed in this division.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level:
Open to all levels below Advanced

Entry Fee: £20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £250
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

UPDATE: This division is now full. Click here to join the waiting list.

Advanced Lindy Hop Classic Showcase

This is a showcase division, for a couple to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute Lindy Hop routine. No aerials, airsteps or lifts are allowed in this division.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level: for Advanced and Masters

Entry Fee: £20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £250
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Open All Swing Showcase

This is a showcase division, for a couple to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute routine, in any partnered swing dance style. Acrobatics are permitted. Accepted styles include: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Bal-Swing, Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag, Blues and Slow Lindy.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level: Open to all levels below Advanced

Entry Fee: £20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £250
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

UPDATE: This division is now FULL. Click here to join the waiting list.

Advanced All Swing Showcase

This is a showcase division, for a couple to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute routine, in any partnered swing dance style. Acrobatics are permitted. Accepted styles include: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Bal-Swing, Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag, Blues and Slow Lindy.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level: for Advanced and Masters

Entry Fee: £20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £250
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Jazz Roots Showcase

This is a showcase division, for an individual, duo or trio to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute Jazz Roots routine. This division is for original routines of solo dancing styles fitting the ESDC definition of Jazz Roots. This is not a cabaret division. Acts can have up to 3 performers only.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee: £20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £250
2nd – £150
3rd – £100

UPDATE: This division is now full. Click here to join the waiting list.

Jazz Roots Team Showcase

This is a showcase division, for a team of 4 or more people, to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute jazz roots routine. This division is for original routines of solo dancing styles fitting the ESDC definition of Jazz Roots. This is not a cabaret division. Open to all levels.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee:
£20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £350
2nd – £250
3rd – £150

Swing Team Showcase

This is a showcase division, for a team of 6 or more people, to perform a choreographed 2-4 minute routine in any partnered swing dance style. Acrobatics are permitted. Accepted styles include: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Bal-Swing, Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag, Blues and Slow Lindy.

Rounds: NEW IN 2015 there will be two rounds, Preliminaries and Finals. 5 showcases will be selected from the Preliminary round to perform again in the Finals.

Level: Open to all levels

Entry Fee: £20 per person

Prizes:
1st – £350
2nd – £250
3rd – £150

UPDATE: This division is now FULL. Click here to join the waiting list.



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People’s Choice Awards


We will again be running a People’s Choice Awards to find out if the audience agrees with the judges’ scores! On the night we will seek a random selection of audience members to judge each final round, simultaneously with the official ESDC judges. These scores will be tabulated separately and the People’s Choice Awards will be announced on the website in the week following the event. There will be no additional prizes for the People’s Choice Awards, but we’re hoping they will provide an interesting counterpoint to the official scores, and help keep the competitions fair and impartial.