Category Information

Modern Jive competition is about being open, honest and fair in your decision to compete at a particular level. You should know what level you are – if in doubt, ask your teacher/director. It may not be possible to squeeze you into a lower level at the last minute so make sure you register at the correct level.

Modern Jive Points Index
Please register for MJPI at https://fevah.dance/mjpi and quote your MJPI code when registering
To see what level to register as please see below

Level 1
a) I have never competed before.
b) Beginner - I have competed once or twice but didn't make it to a final.
c) Beginner - I have competed three or more times or progressed to a final.
d) Intermediate - I have competed but did not make it to semi-finals.

Level 2
e) Intermediate - I have progressed to semi-final or final.
f) Intermediate - I have placed in a final.
g) Intermediate - I have competed but did not make it to a final.

Level 3
h) Intermediate Plus - I have made it to a final but didn't place.
i) Intermediate Plus - I have placed in a final.
j) Advanced - I have competed but did not make it to a final.
k) Advanced - I have made it to a final but didn't place.

Level 4
l) Advanced - I have placed in a final.
m) Champion

Level 5 – This is an Invitational only level

• You must compete at the highest level of the couple.
• In keeping the Championships fair and ethical, the organisers of this event reserve the right to change dancers’ level at their discretion.
• Competitors may compete at one level of Freestyle only.
• Competitors may compete at one level of DWAS only
• Competitors can compete at a different level for different categories subject to you fitting the criteria
for each level eg: You may compete at Level 4 DWAS and Level 3 Freestyle.
• As long as they qualify, dancers may compete at one level lower than the highest level at which they have previously competed eg: If a competitor was forced to moved up a level last year because their partner at that time was in a higher level, they do not have to compete at the higher level again this year if they: 1. Did not place 2. Still qualify for a level one lower than the one at which they competed.
• Competitors are to dance in a pre-determined lead/follow configuration for all events and must not change rolls for the entirety of the category, any gender combination is permitted.

TEACHERS

  • Host of the Championship are eligible to enter Teams only


DANCING WITH A STRANGER DWAS

DWAS Level 1
Judging
This level is judged on individual merit.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: not allowed
Full Aerials: not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 1 song

Music Length
2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes
Continuous partner changes occur approx. every 30 - 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be repechage and final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male.

DWAS Level 2

Judging
This level is judged on individual merit.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: 2 per song
Full Aerials: not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 1 song

Music Length
2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes
Continuous partner changes occur approx. every 3- - 45 seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be repechage and final.

This category is judged and awarded as an individual.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male

DWAS Level 3

Judging
This level is judged on individual merit.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 1 song

Music Length
2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes
Continuous partner changes occur approx. every 60 seconds therefore competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage, a semi-final and final.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Female

DWAS Level 4

Judging
This level is judged on individual merit.

Aerials:
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 1 song

Music Length
3 – 4 mins

Other Notes
Continuous partner changes occur approx. every 30 - 45  seconds, so competitors get to dance with most, if not all, the possible DWAS partners in each heat.

There will be a repechage in this division, a semi final and final.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Female

DWAS Level 5 *** Invitational ONLY

Judging
In finals judged as a couple

Aerials:
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
Final: 2 songs, 1 – 2 mins each song (see notes below)

The Final
Will consist of 2 songs. There will be 1 group song and one spotlight song chosen at random by event director for each couple.

Other Notes

There will be only a final in this division.

Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd

FREESTYLE

Level 1 Freestyle

Aerials:
Baby Aerials: 1 per song
Full Aerials: not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 songs
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
1.5 – 3 mins per song

Other Notes
There will be repechage and a final.
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Level 2 Freestyle

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 songs
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
1.5 – 3 mins per song

Other Notes There will be repechage in this division, semi-final and final.
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Level 3 Freestyle

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed Full Aerials: 1 per song

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 songs
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
1.5 – 3 mins per song

Other Notes
There will be repechage, semi-final and final.
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Level 4 Freestyle

Aerials
Baby and Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 songs
Final: 1 group song, 1 spotlight song and 1 song Rapid Fire Spotlight dance (see notes below).

Music Length
1.5 – 3 mins per song

Other Notes
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
There will be a repechage in this division, a semi final and final.

Spotlight Song
1 Own song chosen from 3 songs provided by competitors before the event. If competitors do not provide a spotlight song for final then one will be provided by the event organizational team (This will be a punishment song)

The Rapid Fire Spotlight Dance will be danced to one song. All couples will remain on the dance floor for the duration of the Rapid Fire Spotlight, forming a semi-circle around each couple as they dance. Each couple will dance for 1 major phrase of the song (16 Modern Jive counts or 32 straight counts), after which they will return to the semi-circle as another couple moves into the middle to dance. This format will continue throughout the song until ALL couples have danced once.


Level 5 Freestyle *** Invitational ONLY

Aerials
Baby and Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs Final: See Below

Music Length
Finals: 1 group song 45 sec -1.5 mins, 2 director choice songs 30 sec – 1.5 mins per song and
1 own choice 30 sec - 1.5 mins. (refer notes below)

The Final
There will be 1 group song, 2 Directors Choice songs and 1 Own song chosen from 3 songs provided by competitors before the event. If competitors do not provide a spotlight song for the final then one will be provided by the event organization team. ( This will be a punishment song).

Other Notes
There will be only a final in this division
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Mix n Match

Eligibility
One competitor must be a Level 1 or Level 2 (not Level 3) dancer. Their partner must be a Director and / or a teacher (not a demo teacher) of Modern Jive or a Level 4 dancer.

Dancers Excluded
Partners cannot be life/regular partners or performance dance partner.
Partners cannot compete together in another category together in the Championships.
Partners cannot compete together if they have previously competed together and placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at any Modern Jive Championship.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
Heats: 2 – 3.5 mins
Final: 1 – 2 mins per song

Other Notes
There will be no repechage in this division, only heats, semi final and final. This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Level 1 / 2 Follow with Lead teacher and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Level 1 / 2 Lead with Follow teacher.

Over 40's

Eligibility
Both dancers must be over 40 years of age.

Dancers Excluded
The age of either partner is less than 40 years
Partners cannot compete together in another category together in the Championships.
Level 4 dancers can only partner with dancers at level 3 or below.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
Heats 2 – 3.5 mins
Final: 1.5 mins per song

Other Notes
There will be no repechage in this division, only a semi final and final.
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.


Lucky Dip

The Lucky Dip category will consist of pairing up a follow partner to a lead partner by random allocation on the day of the competition. Names will be drawn in a ‘lucky dip’ manner, which means you could end up being drawn with a partner of your own level, above or lower.

Lucky Dip Eligibility
Open to all levels of dancers from Level 1 to Level 4.

Dancers Excluded
None.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: Not allowed
Full Aerials: Not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Finals: 2 songs

Music Length
Heats: 2 – 3.5 mins
Finals: 1 – 2 mins per song

Other Notes
There will be no repechage, only heats, semi-finals and final. This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Competitor numbers will be strictly limited in this category. Partners will not be determined until the day of the event.


Follow Blind Level 1 to Level 2

Eligibility
Level 1 and Level 2 can enter here. Note: This will be determined by the highest level dancer of the couple.

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
Heats: 2 – 3.5 mins
Final: 1.5 mins per song

Other Notes
The follow must be blindfolded.
There will be no repercharge, only heats, semi-finals and final.
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.


Follow Blind Level 3 and Level 4

Eligibility
Recognised as a Level 3 or Level 4 dancer.
Note: This is determined by the highest level dancer in the couple

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: not allowed

Number of Songs
Heats: 1 song
Final: 2 songs

Music Length
Heats: 2 – 3.5 mins
Final: 1.5 mins per song

Other Notes
The follow must be blindfolded.
There will be no repechage in this division, only heats, semi finals and final.
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Throw Down *** Lucky Dip Style Event

Eligibility
One randomly selected couple recognised as a Level 3 to Level 4 dancers.
Note: This is determined by the lowest level dancer in the couple

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
1 song

Music Length
1.5 - 2 mins per song

Other Notes

Places are strictly limited to 12 couples.

There will be no repecharge, semi final only a final.

A song is provided at random on the Friday night of the competition for competitors to choreograph a routine for presentation on the Saturday of the competition.

This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Cabaret

Eligibility
One couple performing a choreographed piece to their choice of music.
Level 2 dancers must be endorsed via their company Director(s). We encourage these dancers to submit their routines early in order to receive appropriate feedback.

The Aim
The aim is to the move your audience through a journey with layering throughout the beginner, middle & end. The intent is that the dancers and their routine have a connection with the audience (costumes are essential).

Dancers Excluded
Dancers of Level 1

Aerials
Baby and Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Open choice

Music Length
2.5 – 4 mins of dancing time

Other Notes
This category is judged and awarded as a couple. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.


Teams

Eligibility
Minimum three couple performing a choreographed piece to their choice of music. Open to all levels Teams are encouraged to be endorsed via their company Director(s). We encourage these dancers to submit their routines early in order to receive appropriate feedback.

The Aim
The aim is to the move your audience through a journey with layering throughout the beginner, middle & end. The intent is that the dancers and their routine have a connection with the audience (costumes are essential).

Dancers Excluded
Teams of less than 3 couples

Aerials
Baby Aerials: allowed
Full Aerials: allowed

Number of Songs
Open choice

Music Length
2.5 – 4 mins

Other Notes
This category is judged and awarded as a team. Trophies awarded as 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Extended Notes for choreographed routines *** Acknowledgement to Julie Gunn from CMJ Sydney for clarification and guidance of this event rulings.

Choreographed routines must show clear demonstration of a combination of the Modern Jive fundamentals the majority of the time during the dance. Modern Jive fundamentals include:

- connection to a partner
- concertina motion
- consistent timing based on directional lead/movement on the upbeat

These fundamentals must be demonstrated by all participants in the routine and are encouraged to be enhanced by, not overtaken by, other elements such as breakaway dancing and other movement/styling that may or may not be borrowed from other dance styles, as long as these elements are used to show good interpretation of the chosen music, and sufficient evidence of the listed fundamentals are present for the majority of the routine in the judge’s opinion. Examples of elements choreographers are encouraged to incorporate to provide variety and entertainment in their routine include:

- Dips/Drops
- Aerials (Baby and/or Full)
- a limited amount of Breakaway Movement
- Formation Changes (Teams)
- Partner Swaps (Teams)

While there is no fixed percentage of Modern Jive content required, judges will essentially be scoring routines highest that are a combination of the following (in no particular order):

- overall recognizable as Modern Jive for a Modern Jive dance competition
- showing evidence of a combination of the fundamentals the majority of the time
- well choreographed
- well executed
- using music with a time signature that allows the fundamentals to be easily identifiable

Choreographers should consider that routines including any of the following elements may not be scored as highly as routines that demonstrate a higher quota of Modern Jive dancing:

- use of non musical narrative
- choreography for dancers to remain still and/or enter/exit the floor mid routine
- breakaway dancing for more than two consecutive minor phrases
- routines at the minimum allowable duration

These rules are designed to encourage creativity in choreography however it must be stressed that this is a Modern Jive competition and evidence of the listed Modern Jive fundamentals must be demonstrated the majority of the time.

In addition competitors are advised to understand that judges will have different opinions and may place higher importance on some elements than others. Hence the recommendation for variety in routines and the existence of an entire panel of judges to arrive at a final combined result.

Countdown to Gold Coast Champs 2019

When & Where

12 - 14 July 2019 Albert Waterways Community Centre 61 Sunshine Blvd Broadbeach Q.

 

 

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