Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
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Christchurch Modern Jive Championships

Freestyle is dancing with a partner of your choice to a song we provide. Couples often practice to improve their skills and chances of progressing through to the next round.

A key point is that freestyle dancing must not have any choreographed component, the sequence of moves is created on the fly. Choreographed sequences can result in a lower ranking.

We usually run a repechage to give everyone a second chance and in the case of a large competition we may invite a group of top competitors from Level 4 into a separate event if it appears this will enhance the competition.

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.

You must have a different partner for each level.

Split Levels

Freestyle is subdivided into levels according to the points of the competitors. Dancers enter as a couple with their own chosen partner in the level of the highest level dancer in the partnership.

You must stick to your role - lead or follow - for the duration of the dance. Dancers may enter one level i.e. Level 1, 2, 3 or 4

  • Level 1: both partners must be Level 1
  • Level 2: the highest level partner must be Level 2
  • Level 3: the highest level partner must be Level 3
  • Level 4: the highest level partner must be Level 4
Allowable Moves

Remember - simpler moves done well is better than complex moves done not so well 😉

  • 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.

Tempo / BPM

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
  • Levels 1 & 2: finals may have one song within the specified speed range.
  • Level 3: finals may have a slow song, fast song and clustered spotlight (3 couples on the floor at a time)
  • Level 4: finals may have a slow song, fast song and a spotlight.