— Update 8/30/16 — We’ve finalized the information below, please note that the Jill Competition Finals will be taking place at the Friday Late Night Dance!
The Jill competition has long been a highlight of Blues Muse- a competition where follows are judged on their following, their expressiveness, their musicality- and most especially, their active voice in a collaborative dance. In the spirit of all that Blues Muse stands for, particularly the opportunity for expression follows have, we’ll also have a Solo Blues element in the competition. Additionally, in order to open the Jack and Jill up to more up-and-coming dancers, the Jill competition will be an invitational, and Jill competitors will not be eligible to compete in the Jack and Jill competition.
Format: Competitors will be selected by the judges from the follows who have registered for the weekend on or before September 22nd, 2016 (if you’re signing up for the weekend as a lead, but would like to be considered as a follow for this competition, please email us at Muse(at)LindyAndBlues(dot)com; they will be invited before the event, and will able to accept or decline. Finals will take place at the beginning of the Friday Late Night Dance. Competitors will receive one all skate (partnered), will rotate and have one partnered spotlight, one solo dance spotlight, and one all-skate at the end (with a new partner). Follows will be judged individually on their partnered connection, musicality, movement, and contribution to the dance as well their solo musicality, movement, and composition.
– Jill finalists (chosen ahead of time from follows who are signed up for the weekend) will NOT be competing in the Jack and Jill- so we can showcase more of our up-and-coming dancers. – Jill finalists will be dancing with high-level stand-in leads for most of the competition, as in previous years, but… – Our Jill finalists will now be doing a solo blues spotlight, in addition to a partnered spotlight. Blues Muse has always placed a value on connection, on contribution, and on solo movement- now the Jill Invitational reflects these values.
The Jack and Jill is a chance for both leads and follows to showcase the skills that the blues dance community values, and especially those championed by Blues Muse. It pairs dancers at random, and judges them on not only their individual skills, but their abilities to work with and support their partner in an improvised setting.
Format: The Jack and Jill competition is open to any dancer not competing in the Jill Invitational who has registered for the weekend. Preliminary rounds of competition will be held at the beginning of the lunch period on Saturday, and will have a number of heats, as determined by the number of competitors. Each heat will consist of three songs, and competitors will rotate to a new partner between each song. Finalists will be posted as soon as the results have been tabulated. Finals will take place at the Saturday Night Main Dance. In finals, leads and follows will be paired up and judged as a couple. They will receive one all-skate, one or two spotlights (as determined by our DJ), and one final all-skate. Leads will be judged on their connection, musicality, and movement, as well as their receptivity and collaborative partnering. Follows will likewise be judged on their connection, musicality, and movement, plus their contribution to the dance and overall collaborative partnering. Cost of the competition is $5 per competitor.
If you would like to sign-up for the Jack & Jill Comp, it will be $5 for entry, please visit our general registration page here and select Blues Muse 2016 from the dropdown, and select a Jack or Jill Competition Entry!
Jill Competitors will be selected by the judges from the follows who have registered for the weekend on or before October 10th (if you’re signing up for the weekend as a lead, but would like to be considered as a follow for this competition, please email us at Muse(at)LindyAndBlues(dot)com; they will be invited before the event, and will able to accept or decline
Please note- Only Full Weekend and Saturday Class Pass-Holders are eligible to compete. We hope you join us for the weekend and come strut your stuff!
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