Some categories such as DWAS, Tuakana-Teina Lucky Dip, Follows Blind and Lucky Dip Steals you do not need a partner.
For other categories you do need a partner and there are a number of ways of finding one:
Until you do find a partner you can still enter and just put "tbc" for the time being until you know for sure.
The sum of the levels of each partner is what counts.
Applies to: Music Mashup, Break The Dial, Masters Freestyle
You need to join the MJPI both as a Lead and as a Follow in order to compete using either role. You'll then be able to select the role you want for each category.
Yes, "Although there is a leader and a follower it doesn't matter who leads or follows nor if you switch roles during the dance." - see,
There is no footwork requirement for any role in any category - see Local Variations under,
Anything you like! The judges do not judge you on what you wear.
Some people like to coordinate clothing / costume but this is more to get into a particular theme or character and can help with confidence and letting go of any fears about dancing in front of people.
From 2018 we have a new award open to couples in all levels who reach the Level 1-4 freestyle finals. The award will given to the best presented couple according to a small group of judges including Maria Dillon who is the sponsor of this award.
It's common in the Sunday Masters categories to add a bit of sparkle and flair. People really enjoy the opportunity to dress up once in a while - don't dress to impress, dress up for the sheer fun of it.
Competitions are about having fun and getting in on the action. For Levels 1 & 2 attending social dance classes, workshops and freestyles is sufficient practice for a social dance competition!
Dance with lots of different people as this will make you a better leader or follower overall. Don't get stuck into thinking that you must dance with your partner as much as possible.
If you are a more experienced / advanced dancer (Level 3 and above) then private lessons or attending specific competition training sessions may help but remember to always keep in mind the original spirit of social partner dancing.
No, the splits is an example of a Supported Move see Allowable Moves under
A dancer shares their first competition experience:
My first comp was like, out of this world. I'd never done anything like it before and it was during a time I was very much struggling with self esteem.
I was a nervous wreck. Mostly because I had 'no freaking clue' what to expect. But when I got there, I finally understood what everyone was saying. You can be told what a picture looks like, but until you actually look at it, you have little idea, I feel.
Everyone was just so friendly! So welcoming and so encouraging. I felt like I was accepted by people (where I've never had this feeling before). Watching the people I looked up to dancing, and then seeing some others that others look up to as well was just amazing.
So, the moment I stepped foot onto that dance floor, for my first ever heat in something, I understood a little better how it worked, and I was gutted I didn't listen to everyone's advice of "enter as many events as you can! TRUST US!".
Anything new is scary. But once I did it, I was addicted and never looked back.