Christchurch Modern Jive Championships

On The Day

It's going to be an awesome day and we are thrilled to have you as part of our competition and look forward to an exciting weekend.

Deb's Rules require everyone to pay attention to the following briefing carefully even if you compete with us regularly.

You'll find other handy information on the menu tab at the top to the left. Please check your main baggage into the change rooms, only one small item may be brought into the hall as there will be no space under the seat in front of you. Should we experience ground turbulence (aka earthquake) please drop, cover and hold.

Most importantly - have fun and don't forget your:

Dance shoes and clothing

Phone charger (labelled with your name)

Competitor Numbers

Your competitor number (also called Back Number as it's sometimes worn on the back) is the number judges use to rank you in each heat. Numbers are allocated after entries close but not everyone will need one. The following people will need a number:

  • Anyone entering Dance With A Stranger (DWAS)
  • Otherwise for partnerships, the first competitor listed on the marshalling sheets (usually the one dancing the lead role) wears the number
  • Team and Showcase entries do not need to wear a number

Points to bear in mind:

  • Dancers requiring a competition number will receive one when they register on Saturday or Sunday morning
  • You can find out your competition number by checking your registration on our website
  • Must be returned after you have finished competing
  • Please pin your number in such a way that it is easy for the judges to see

Changing Rooms

  • Women's and Men’s change rooms with mirrors and power points will be accessible on the same floor as entry to the hall
  • There will be a hanging rack provided in case you need to hang anything
  • Toilets, although small, are located on the ground floor near the bottom of the stairs
  • Not sure? Ask the friendly Crew 🙂


  • There will be a screen in the main hall displaying the call to the marshalling area
  • Dancers are required to report to the marshalling area approximately 1 or 2 events before their event. There you will be given your position on the floor
  • Names of competitors will only be announced as you enter the floor for finals
  • "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) i.e. if you are late you may miss out. Our schedule is tight and we cannot delay events otherwise we'll all be kicked out at midnight and have to hold the finals in the car park

A detailed running order will be available a few days before the start of the competition.


  • Heat sheets and Recall sheets will be posted in the main hall
  • Dancers will be allocated a position on the floor and are required to remain in that area while they dance. Please be considerate of other dancers and do not encroach upon their space. This skill is called floorcraft and poor use of it may result in a lower rank
  • There will be space available in a studio downstairs to warm up after 10am on Saturday. Anyone dancing before 10am Saturday is advised to arrive early and warm up on the competition floor

Dance Etiquette

  • We think this stuff is important, we hope you do too. It applies to both social dancing and competing (especially DWAS)
  • You get more brownie points by getting to know your partners' names
  • Try not to bump others while social dancing on a crowded floor. The least experienced dancers are allowed right of way. If an accidental bump occurs please pause and check the other party are OK
  • Please thank your DWAS partners before moving on to the next one
  • At the end of a dance please leave the floor with your partner