This is a popular category that originated here in Christchurch back in 2013 and has been taken up by other competitions both here in NZ and abroad.
Music Mashup is about throwing different genres, speeds and moods of music at competitors to see who can best adapt their style and dancing to match the music.
We 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.
We'll play about two and a half minutes of music comprised of 4 - 5 different song clips, each roughly lasting between 30 and 40 seconds.
The Music of Music Mashup
You'll dance to a wider variety of music in this category than in any other: R&B, Pop, Acoustic, Latin, Rock, Tango, Blues, Jazz, Electro-swing, Disco and so on.
Modern Jive music is usually danced to songs with a time signature of 4/4, but you can also dance to other time signatures such as 6/8. So for one round, we may throw in the odd 6/8 song.
Songs for other categories are usually cut short of their full length, so in Music Mashup we occasionally have a round where we focus on song endings otherwise there will be a controlled fade and small cross-over between clips, this is to test how quickly dancers can respond to a change in the music.