Judging Criteria

At Fevah we're passionate about our dance community and we also enjoy how competitions support social dancing:

  • Competition categories promote skills that make us better social dancers
  • We compete to push ourselves and pursue self-development along with others to make us better social dancers

In 2019, Deb and I (Matt) danced in Australia, NZ, England, Wales and Bali with dancers from many countries and studios. We could dance with anyone from anywhere to any music. It made little difference:

  • What foot our partner used
  • What type of lead: body, arm or whether moving with or moving away from our partner
  • Alignment of the dance, whether linear or circular (linear has been popular over the last 10 years due to slower music, circular works well with fast music)

What did make a difference was:

  • Listening to the music
  • Partnering skills
  • Being fully present and committed

We have 3 groups of criteria that support the aims of social partner dancing: Musicality, Synergy and Spirit.

All dancers should show some of all of these elements. We have represented the three groups in a pyramid to suggest Musicality, including timing and interpretation, is an important base and must exist in some measure or the other tiers will topple.

Synergy includes partnership and technique, vital elements for two people creating a dance that is greater than what either of them could do on their own.

Spirit emphasises the attitude that the dancers bring and being fully present in the moment.

Criteria in Detail
Not Included in the Judging Criteria
Specific Footwork

With the number of dancers able to both lead and follow there is even less reason to demand a specific footwork for each role.

We welcome various patterns such as triple steps as such are not penalised by judges.

Orientation / Presentation

Higher level dancers will naturally present their moves and line of dance for maximum effect to an audience. However dancing in a slot or specific orientation is not part of the judging criteria.

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