Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
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Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
Lucky Dip

Lucky Dip is open to all dancers including teachers and embodies the true nature of social partner dancing.

  • No need to enter with a partner
  • Christchurch Champs is an Any Gender Any Role (AGAR) event and so your partner could be male / female / other, they'll just be dancing the opposite role.
Three Events

Competitors enter Lucky Dip and are then put into one of three events (each with their own trophies) according to their role and level.

  • Tuakana-Teina Lead (experienced lead with less experienced follow)
  • Tuakana-Teina Follow (experienced follow with less experienced lead)
  • Ngā Teina (unmatched Level 1 & 2 competitors who do not make it into the Tuakana-Teina events)

The tuakana-teina relationship is an integral part of traditional Māori society providing a model for buddy systems where an older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina.


Our version of Lucky Dip is sort of semi-lucky in that we do have some say over who you might be paired with.

We form pools of similar level dancers (e.g. Level 4 follow from Chch and Level 1 lead from around the country) and randomly pair within these smaller pools.

This is to ensure that two top dancers do not get paired with each other and that we all get to meet and mingle with dancers from a different location as much as possible.

There are usually more Level 1 & 2 dancers than Level 3 & 4 dancers, this means that lower level dancers who cannot be paired with a Tuakana dancer will be put into the Ngā Teina event.

Partnerships will be revealed at the Friday dance party.

Allowable Moves

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

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Judging Criteria

Lucky Dip is about how well the dancers bring out the best of the partnership - this is why synergy is an important part of the judging criteria.