Rules and Regulations


A panel of judges will undertake the judging of events. Everyone is welcome to compete and will be judged fairly. To encourage a fair environment and ensure that all competitors are judged solely on their dancing skills, performance ability and repertoire of moves, a team of judges from a variety of dance styles have been selected.

Dancing with correct Modern Jive timing is integral to the foundations of Modern Jive and is an essential part of the dance. Particularly at Advanced and Champions Levels timing will be carefully scrutinized before other elements are considered.

It is important to understand that the level at which you dance will indicate how much of each skill the judges are looking for e.g. at Beginner level the emphasis is on having FUN!

The triple "T’s" form a broad overview but it can be useful to consider choreography and performance separately;

1. Timing - Modern Jive timing will be considered before other elements of the dance.

2. Teamwork – (Partnership) Connection with partner, the music (musicality) and the audience (showmanship/performance).

3. Technique – Balance, lead/follow, active/passive lead/follow, frame, arm leads/body leads.

4. Choreography –This includes a range of moves, variations, difficulty, innovation/creativity, style, use of lines/extensions and use of space. Furthermore choreography consists of musical interpretation, flow of dance/routines, clean execution of moves including dips/drops and aerials and the ability to genuinely freestyle in Freestyle and DWAS events. Combos are allowed but there should be evidence of true freestyling. Choreography of the overall routine is of high importance for Cabaret/Showcase and Team events. *** Judges will be looking for Modern Jive above all else - notwithstanding this there is no a minimal percentage of modern jive has set.

*** All other categories must consist of 90% Modern Jive.

5. Performance – Showmanship, chemistry between the couple, animation, costuming/outfit and X factor.


Points to remember:

1. Modern Jive is a "double rhythm" dance (2 steps to two straight counts).

2. Whilst it is not essential to take two steps every two counts, an understanding of core fundamentals should be visible.

3. Modern Jive is danced on the downbeat. In a ‘Modern Jive count’ (and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 etc.) each ‘position’ of the move happens on a number.

4. Transitioning - moving between the positions of moves or moving between moves happens on the "and" count (unless syncopated).

5. Modern Jive is a beat-based dance. It is not a rhythm-based dance such as cha cha. However, interpreting the rhythm of the music with flourishes are totally acceptable so long as you demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of the dance (i.e. dance on a downbeat).

6. At the higher levels of competition it is expect to see flourishes, rhythmic interpretation, lyrical interpretation and syncopations but not to the expense of the fundamentals of the dance.


DWAS includes all the above skills but in DWAS a lot of emphasis is placed on fun and on teamwork with your partner.  Dancers should complement each other and work to expose their partner’s skill set. 


Under this category, a minimum of 3 to 5 couples perform a pre-choreographed routine to a song of their choosing, where the group dances in synchronization and into different formations. This division is also judged using the three "T’s" and choreography and showmanship, however the criteria now apply to the team as a whole.

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.



Determination of Breach of Rules

- Three independent judges must report the incident to the head judge; when 3 judges flag a disqualification event a meeting is required.

- The head judge will review the situation with the three or more judges reporting the incident.

- Together, they will decide (by majority vote if necessary) to either;

a) Take action as per the process for breaches of rules are listed below or;

b) In the event of a "borderline or debatable infringement", may request the involvement of the Judging Panel in determining if there was a clear breach of rules before deciding (by majority vote) to proceed with the process outlined below.

Breach of Rules in Heats, Repechage and Semi-Finals

- The Head Judge will explain the breach of rules to the couple concerned

- In the event of a first breach of rules during the qualification rounds the offending parties will be warned verbally and the competitor(s) who would have proceeded to the next round due to the disqualification will also be promoted to the next round.

Right, only by a minimum 2/3 majority vote, to disqualify the offending couple immediately.

Vote Procedure

In all cases where decisions need to be put to a vote;

- The Head Judge and other judges will avoid (where possible) mentioning the couple’s names and simply speak about the incident.

- The vote will come from the entire judging panel for that heat/final.

- Judges who did not actually witness the incident may choose to abstain from voting.

- The head judge will not vote unless the head judge is part of the judging panel for that event.

- The directors/organisers of the event will not vote, but must be consulted as to the implementation of the outcome.

Policy for informing the other competitors and spectators

Our aim is not to embarrass any competitors who may breach the rules but it is only fair to other competitors and spectators that they are informed of; any penalty or disqualification imposed, including the specific category and level of competition in which this occurred.

Informing everyone immediately will also help educate the other competitors that the judges are prepared to enforce the rules of this competition and thereby act as an incentive to reading the rules and as a deterrent to flouting the rules.

As soon as practically possible the Head Judge will;

- notify the couple concerned that they were disqualified for a breach of the rules and explain why.

The M.C. will;

- announce that there was a penalty imposed and/or subsequent disqualification due to a further breach in the rules.

- mention the Category and Level of Competition in which the breach occurred.

The M.C. will NOT;

- mention the couples name.

Again, immediately prior to the overall presentation of Championship Awards;

The M.C. will;

- announce that there was a penalty imposed and/or subsequent disqualification due to a further breach in the rules.

- mention the Category and Level of Competition in which the breach occurred.

The M.C. will NOT;

- mention the couple’s name.


Baby Aerial - The move is aerial by nature and the majority of either partner’s weight is below chest height of their partner

Full Aerial - The move is aerial by nature and the majority of either partner’s weight is above chest height of their partner

An aerial move will be deemed to have finished when at least one foot of the lifted partner touches the floor. As much as aerials are impressive to watch, couples performing a lot of aerials and little floor dancing will be marked lower. Be careful with aerials (this includes entries and exits) as if they are not performed cleanly and seamlessly they will be marked down.



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 Entry to the Venue Conditions



Management reserves the right to prohibit entry and evict persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol, who are disorderly, or engage in inappropriate behaviour, vandalism or evade admission charges. Management has the right to refuse entry to patrons carrying prohibited items, or confiscate those items. Breaches of the rules constituting offences may see you disqualified from entry and any competition events you have entered., By entering the Gold Coast Champs you agree to: - Retain your ticket at all times; and - Follow any lawful staff instruction. Management reserves the right to refuse entry to any person who does not comply with the conditions of entry. Management, through the venue's nominated security contractor or its staff, reserves the right to conduct bag and body searches. To ensure both participant and spectator safety, unauthorized entry to the stage and judging areas is prohibited (penalties apply).

Offensive, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in offending patrons being evicted Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld) smoking is prohibited in all areas of the venue. Patrons who smoke within the venue commit an offence under that Act, to which fines apply, and may be evicted from the venue. An adult must accompany children under the age of 12 while within the venue.


Security personnel will be deployed at all public entry points from the time they are open, and assigned specific bag searching roles. Security personnel will request that all patrons carrying bags into the venue open them for inspection. Patrons refusing to consent to a bag search may be refused entry into the venue. Items confiscated at the door may be collected from the door staff when the patron exits the venue. No alcohol confiscated will be returned to patrons. Patrons lodging items that have been confiscated will be issued with a ticket that they are required to present when collecting their items on their departure from the venue.


Patrons may bring homemade food items to the venue if they are packaged appropriately, and the items can be viewed by security if requested. Deliveries and product from external caterers and commercial outlets are not permitted and will be confiscated and disposed of upon entry to the venue.


It is an offence for minors to purchase or consume alcohol or for persons to supply alcohol to minors. Alcohol may only be consumed in clearly marked areas of the venue.  

BEVERAGES - OTHER for sale at Canteen.









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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