Modern Jive Content

Even if you've competed or judged before we recommend having a good read of these rules.

Modern Jive is a social partner dance that borrows from many dance styles. Well travelled dancers know that each country and region has its own 'dance accent' that adds to the variety and appeal of Modern Jive. There are local preferences that are neither better nor worse compared to what they may be used to - they are just different.

For the Christchurch Champs the following should be noted:

  • There are no rules regarding which foot you should use
  • There is no concertina requirement as many moves no longer have this property
  • When connection with a partner is broken for non-contact dancing it should be regained within 8 Modern Jive counts (16 beats of music)
More About Footwork
Roles and Partnerships
Leading and Following

There's no restriction on who can dance which role, anyone can lead and follow.

  • You can lead in one event and follow in another
  • For a given category you cannot dance the same role in different levels
  • In Lucky Dip and DWAS your partner could be any gender

For a given category you must have a different partner if entering more than one level.

Changing Roles Mid Dance

If you have entered a lower level because you are dancing your weaker, secondary role then you must stick to that role for the duration of the dance otherise it's unfair for other competitors.

Some categories are fine for changing roles mid dance.

Flexible Categories
Allowable Moves
Supported Moves

Supported moves are allowed for all categories and levels except for Level 1 DWAS.

For Level 2 DWAS and above please communicate with each partner if they are ok with supported moves especially laybacks.

Level Supported
DWAS Level 1 ❌

Remember - simpler moves done well is better than complex moves done not so well πŸ˜‰

Move Definitions