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Freestyle is dancing with a partner of your choice to a song we provide. Couples often practice to improve their skills and chances of progressing through to the next round.

A key point is that freestyle dancing must not have any choreographed component, the sequence of moves is created on the fly. Choreographed sequences can result in a lower ranking.

We usually run a repechage to give everyone a second chance and in the case of a large competition we may invite a group of top competitors from Level 4 into a separate event if it appears this will enhance the competition.


Freestyle is subdivided into levels according to the points of the competitors. Dancers enter as a couple with their own chosen partner in the level of the highest level dancer in the partnership.

You must stick to your role - lead or follow - for the duration of the dance. Dancers may enter one level i.e. Level 1, 2, 3 or 4

  • Level 1: both partners must be Level 1.
  • Level 2: the highest level partner must be Level 2.
  • Level 3: the highest level partner must be Level 3.
  • Level 4: the highest level partner must be Level 4.
Enter as a Lead and as a Follow

You can enter one level as a lead and a different level as a follow provided you have joined the MJPI for both roles.

You must have a different partner for each level.

Each entry counts as a separate event.

Allowable Moves

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

  • Supported moves are allowed in Level 2 and above.
  • Baby aerials are allowed in Level 3 and above.

See rules for more information,

Judging Criteria

Please refer to the general section on judging criteria.


In all rounds competitors will get to dance to two songs which will be different in style and potentially 'fast' and 'slow'. As a result there is no repechage as the judges will be scoring across the round and looking for the best partnerships overall.

Tempo / BPM

Here is the BPM (Beats Per Minute) range of songs that will be played at each level:

CategoryBPM Range
Level 1100 - 130
Level 290 - 140
Level 370 - 150
Level 460 - 160
  • Levels 1 & 2: finals will have two songs within the specified speed range.
  • Level 3: finals will comprise two songs and a clustered spotlight where three couples will be on the floor at the same time.
  • Level 4: finals will comprise two songs and a spotlight.