Christchurch Modern Jive Championships
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Christchurch Modern Jive Championships

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

Rules that are category specific are detailed in the description of each category.

Modern Jive Content

This is a Modern Jive competition so we expect to see Modern Jive dancing which is a social partner dance often but not always with an underlying concertina (in and out) type of movement. Modern Jive borrows from many dance styles and so we are likely to see an influence from other styles on the competition dance floor.

  • When connection with your partner is broken for break away / non-contact dancing it should be regained within 8 Modern Jive counts (16 beats of music).
Enter as a Lead and as a Follow

For Freestyle & DWAS, you can enter one level as a lead and a different level as a follow provided you have joined the MJPI for both roles.

For Freestyle, you must have a different partner for each level.

Each entry counts as a separate event.

Any Gender Any Role

Christchurch Champs is an Any Gender Any Role (AGAR) event which means that there's no restriction on who can enter which categories.

  • You can lead in one category and follow in another
  • In categories where your partner is supplied your partner could be anyone - they'll just be dancing the opposite role
  • For DWAS, competitors can enter either as a lead or as a follow
Changing / Switching Role

If you have entered a lower level because you are dancing your weaker role then you must stick to that role for the duration of the dance.

Category Switch Roles Willy-nilly
Follows Blind
Lucky Dip
Steals ✔️
Masters Lucky Dip ✔️
Music Mashup
Break The Dial
Big Moves ✔️
Allowable Moves

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

Freestyle / DWAS
Moves *
Level 1 ✔️
Level 2 ✔️ ✔️
Level 3 ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Level 4 ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Masters ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

* except Leans

Fun / Specialty
Moves *
Follows Blind ✔️
Lucky Dip ✔️ ✔️
Masters Lucky Dip ✔️ ✔️
Steals ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Music Mashup ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Break The Dial ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Big Moves ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

* except Leans

Move Definitions
Supported Moves
Floor Moves