Music Mashup is about throwing different genres, speeds and moods of music at competitors to see who can best adapt their style and dancing to match the music.
We play about two and a half minutes of music comprised of 4 - 5 different song clips, each clip lasting between 30 and 50 seconds.
This is a popular category that originated here in Christchurch back in 2013 and has since been included by other competitions both here in New Zealand and abroad.
We have two groups based on the sum of the levels of the competitors,
- lower group: sum range is 2 - 4
- upper group: sum range is 5 - 8
For example, in the lower group a Level 3 competitor can dance with a Level 1. Level 4 dancers have to dance in the upper group.
The song clips will come from a wide range of music.
You'll dance to a wider variety of music in this category than in any other: R&B, Pop, Acoustic, Latin, Rock, Tango, Blues, Jazz, Electro-swing, Disco and so on.
Songs for other categories are usually cut short of their full length, so in Music Mashup we occasionally have a round where we focus on song endings otherwise there will be a controlled fade and small cross-over between clips, this is to test how quickly dancers can respond to a change in the music.
Modern Jive music is usually danced to songs with a time signature of 4/4, but you can also dance to other time signatures such as 6/8. So for one round, we may throw in the odd 6/8 song.
The bridge (a part of a song about three-quarters of the way through where there is a change from the standard verse and chorus) of some 4/4 songs can also change time signature, dancers are advised to listen out for such changes.