Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
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Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
Break The Dial

Break The Dial is dancers are challenged with increasingly slower and faster music. The way we dance often varies with the speed or tempo of the song and so this category is a great opportunity to showcase dancer's ability to dance to a range of speeds.

The challenge is to stick to the basic timing of each song, in the slow songs to keep it slow and in the fast song to pull your finger out. and dance to a fast piece of music that will have a tempo of over 140 beats per min (bpm).

Modern Jive is a very adaptable dance style capable of handling a very wide range of tempo, but in the fast songs we are NOT looking for half-timing!

We'll have two groups based on the sum of the levels of the competitors,

  • lower group: sum range is 2 - 5
  • upper group: sum range is 6 - 8

So in the lower group a Level 3 competitor can dance with a Level 2, a Level 4 can dance with a Level 1.


The music for Break The Dial will have a 4/4 time signature (i.e. standard pop music). Songs will have a clear consistent beat and melody with less variation in terms of musicality to allow dancers to focus on dancing to the beat.

  • Slow songs will have a maximum tempo of 100bpm, the minimum will be 50bpm
  • Fast songs will have a minimum tempo of 140bpm, the maximum will be 190bpm

The song tempo in each round will get progressively slower and faster respectively.

Lose You To Love MeSelena Gomez51
Close (feat. Tove Lo)Nick Jonas62
Let Me Down SlowlyAlec Benjamin75
Slow HandsNiall Horan87
Before I GoGuy Sebastian89
Ex's & Oh'sElle King140
Shake ItMetro Station152
I Said Never AgainRachel Stevens162
Blinding LightsThe Weeknd171
Mambo Number 5Lou Bega176
I'm So ExcitedThe Pointer Sisters185
Accordion BoogieMojo Blues Band189
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