Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
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Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
Dance With A Stranger (DWAS)

Dance with a Stranger, commonly called DWAS (dee-woz), is about dancing with someone you may not have danced with before. DWAS in some ways reflects how our classes work: strangers turn up to a dance class and rotate round the class and dance with people they haven't danced with before.

DWAS is a great opportunity to meet dancers from other dance studios.

  • No need to enter with a partner
  • Dancers may only enter one DWAS category level per role.

Dancers enter DWAS as individuals and enter at their own personal competition Level - you cannot dance up. A competitor may be competing in different levels for Freestyle and DWAS if their Freestyle partner is in a higher Level.

Enter as a Lead and as a Follow

You can enter one level as a lead and a different level as a follow provided you have joined the MJPI for both roles.

Each entry counts as a separate event.

How DWAS Works

Leads and follows are judged separately. However, the judges will still be looking for how well you dance with each partner i.e. synergy and partnership.

Follows move around partners on the dance floor at intervals of between 30 - 45 seconds announced by the MC until they have danced with all the partners in that heat.

Allowable Moves

Remember - simpler moves done well is better than complex moves done not so well - lead to your partner's ability 😉

  • Supported moves are allowed in Level 2 and above.
  • Baby aerials are allowed in Level 3 and above.

See rules for more information,

Judging Criteria

Please refer to the general section on judging criteria.


Here is the BPM (Beats Per Minute) range of songs that will be played at each level:

CategoryBPM Range
Level 1100 - 130
Level 290 - 140
Level 370 - 150
Level 460 - 160