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 that borrows from many dance styles but has no specific footwork.

  • 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).

Well travelled dancers know that each country and region has its own 'dance accent' that adds to the variety and appeal of Modern Jive. There are local preferences that are neither better nor worse compared to what they may be used to - they are just different.

In Christchurch we have four class nights a week with anything from 40 to over 100 dancers attending each night. We emphasise being safe, being creative and having fun - learning to dance takes time and we like people to feel good at every stage of their journey of learning to dance. As a result we have a vibrant dance community who enjoy dancing socially in the city and trying a variety of dance styles.

If anything, we try to have as few rules as possible that allows us to dance socially with a partner to any music. Have a look at our frequently asked questions (FAQ's)

Enter as a Lead and/or 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 as there is a limit of 3 events on each day.

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 as a lead or as a follow or both (provided your lead and follow levels are different)
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
Freestyle ❌
Lucky Dip ❌
Music Mashup ❌
Battle of the Themes ✔️
Allowable Moves

Remember - simpler moves done well is better than complex moves done not so well πŸ˜‰

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

* except Leans

Fun / Specialty
Moves *
Lucky Dip ✔️ ✔️ ❌ ❌
Music Mashup ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ❌
Battle of the Themes ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ❌
Partner Blind ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ❌
Prepared Freestyle ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

* except Leans

Move Definitions
Supported Moves
Floor Moves