TOSHC COMPETITION RULES
Competitors are responsible for adhering to Event Rules, regardless of whether or not they have read them… SO PLEASE READ THEM.
COMPETITOR’S MEETING – There will be no Competitor’s Meeting. All competitors must check in with the marshall (the person with the clipboard at the side of the main ballroom dance floor) 15 minutes before their division is to compete. Do not leave the ballroom once you have checked in. You may want to converse with your fellow competitors, indeed friendliness is encouraged, but it is important to listen to the MC for direction.
You should stay in the ballroom after your preliminary heat in case there will be a subsequent semi-final or final heat.
ALL COMPETITIONS – Prizes will be awarded in all divisions that have at least 5 leaders and 5 followers. Should any significant changes in the schedule be required, these changes will be announced and clearly posted. The organizer may, at its discretion, cancel or combine any competition for which it feels insufficient entries have been received. If a competition is cancelled, it’s competition fees will be refunded.
PETITIONS – To request to compete in a different division than you’re allowed, please fill out the Petition Form and submit it to Registration or email@example.com 24 hours before your competition. Please provide a telephone number where you can be contacted in order for us to let you know the committee’s decision after your petition is reviewed.
AGE RESTRICTIONS – TOSHC is following the WSDC recommendation that persons under the age of 18 by the close of the event may enter only Jack and Jill Junior competitions. Persons under 18 may enter competitions where partners have previously agreed to dance together, such as Strictly competitions, Pro-Am Strictlies, or Pro-Am Routines, but not for example Swing 16. They may also social dance, perform, and attend workshops and must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.
Masters Competitions may only be entered by persons that are 50 years of age by the close of the event.
GENDER ROLES – TOSHC does not restrict competitors to Male Lead and Female Follow roles, however we do adhere to the WSDC rules for Jack and Jill West Coast Swing competitions, which are that a competitor may not dance in both roles in a WSDC Jack and Jill at the event. TOSHC will allow competitors to dance in both roles for Hustle or Strictly competitions as long as they are in different skill level divisions in each role.
Jack & Jill Competitions
Jack & Jill competitions are designed to showcase a competitor’s skills in spontaneous swing dancing and their ability to dance well with a variety of partners. Competitors enter individually and are randomly assigned to several partners.
Preliminaries – Each dancer will be judged individually as a leader or a follower.
Finals – You will be judged and scored as a couple.
- For West Coast Swing, you may choose to Lead or Follow regardless of your gender, however you may not dance in the other role in a WSDC J&J for this weekend event.
- You may only dance in just one skill level division plus one age level division.
- For Hustle, you may choose to lead or follow regardless of your gender and may enter different divisions in either role. You may not enter the same division as both a lead and a follow.
- Partner selection is luck of the draw.
- During the preliminaries, couples will be judged in heats and will rotate partners as many times as deemed necessary by the judges.
- Should there be an imbalance in the number of leaders and followers entered in the contest, some contestants may be required to dance in more than one heat.
- If semi-finals are required, an announcement will be made regarding the time and number of dancers chosen to advance. Couples will be judged in heats and will rotate partners as many times as deemed necessary by the judges.
- Contest music and the order in which it is played will be selected by the DJs.
- Lifts, Breakaways or Routines are not permitted in Jack & Jill competitions. Drops will be permitted only in Intermediate, Advanced, and Open divisions.
- This is a Hustle Dance Tour event for Hustle. See the Hustle Dance Tour page for complete information on the Hustle rules.
- This is a World Swing Dance Council Registry Event for West Coast Swing. We will be using the WSDC Jack & Jill Points Registry to determine your division. The registry provides the points resulting from participation in national swing dance competitions. Please refer to the WSDC Points Registry Rules found on the WSDC website to determine where you should compete.
- If you have less than 5 Newcomer points and no Novice points, you must dance in Newcomer. If you have 5 or more Newcomer points or any Novice points, you must dance in Novice.
Strictly Swing Competitions
Strictly Swing – you pick your partner, we pick the music.
- Competitors enter as a couple.
- All dancing in the Strictly Swing competitions is to be lead/follow.
- Contest music and the order in which it is played will be selected by the DJ’s.
- Costumes are prohibited, though coordinating attire is acceptable.
- All scheduled preliminary competitions may be run as finals if the head judge deems it appropriate.
- All rounds will be danced in heats.
- Partners do not have to adhere to Male lead/Female follow roles.
- Couples must dance the level of their WSDC Qualifications. If partners are at different levels – they must dance the level of the higher dancer’s division. For a dancer that has a choice of what division they are dancing in, the division they choose to dance in at the TOSHC J&J determines the division they are allowed in for Strictly.
- EXCEPTION: Two teachers dancing Strictly at the same level must compete in the intermediate category or above, regardless of WSDC points
- Results in Strictly Swing have no effect on WSDC points.
- Lifts, Breakaways or Routines are not permitted in Strictly Swing Competitions. Drops will be permitted only in Intermediate, Advanced, and Open divisions.
Swing 16 is a West Coast Swing tournament that is open to any level of WCS dancer. Partnerships will be randomly assigned. Swing 16 is held at many events across North America and the prize pool builds each year and is awarded annually at one of the event venues.
Details may be found at the Swing 16 website. Prices found there are all in US Dollars; in Canada the entry fee is CAD $15.
Rising Star Routines
The Rising Star division at TOSHC is governed by the rules of the Rising Star Tour which may be seen here.
Routines will be danced in a spotlight format. Dance order is chosen at random and posted prior to the division start time. Music provided by each couple must be a single track on clearly labelled media at least 2 minutes long and no longer than 3 minutes.
For this contest, Amateurs are defined as someone who does not teach dancing.
A Professional is defined as someone who makes a significant amount of income teaching, competing in or performing dance. Couples entering the Pro-Am divisions must have a prior student/teacher relationship.
- This is a combined Swing and Hustle competition. Swing or Hustle is allowed in this competition.
- Swing Routines must include at least 60% recognizable Swing content. Any style of Swing is allowed.
- Costumes are allowed and encouraged. No props are allowed.
- Choreographed entrances will be counted towards time limits.
- Lifts, drops, tricks and stunts are allowed but not required.
- Break-away should be no more than 8 beats.
- Competitors must purchase the appropriate weekend pass.
- Competitors must register for each competition by the entry deadline.
- Competitors must pay the required entry fees.
- Competitors must sign the appropriate waivers before competing.
- Competitors must wear assigned numbers on their backs during all competitions. Leaders should attach their numbers between their shoulder blades and followers should attach their numbers at their lower back. During the Strictly Swing contests, only leaders may wear numbers.
- Results will be posted for viewing after the awards ceremony.
- Dancers that may dance in a higher level division but are not required to based on the number of points they have, must choose a level to dance in for the entirety of TOSHC. Once a dancer has a point in the higher level, they are not allowed to dance in the lower level. This rule applies for non-traditional roles as well. For example, a dancer with 19 Novice points may dance in Intermediate. If they do, they cannot dance as a Novice in a Strictly or a High-Low at TOSHC. They cannot dance as a Lead in Intermediate and a Follow in Novice. If that dancer has an Intermediate point, they cannot dance as a Novice in any competition at TOSHC.
- Competitors should wear nice clothing; jeans are not recommended.
- Competitions that are classified as Open may be entered by any level of dancer from Newcomer to All-Star.
- Competitors must demonstrate good sportsmanship, both on and off the competition floor.
- Competitors should be in the ballroom at least 15 minutes prior to the start of a competition.
- All Routine music must be provided to the DJ 15 minutes prior to the start of the competition
- Breakaway – A set of symmetric or complementary movements or footwork executed by a couple who intentionally break contact (except for spins and turns), which is not a clearly leadable derivative of a recognizable swing pattern.
- Lifts – Any move lasting longer than a full beat of music where the feet of one partner are clearly off the floor and the other partner supports the lifted partner’s weight.
- Routine – Any segment which, in the opinion of the judges, consists of prearranged choreography (to include symmetric or complementary movements or footwork).
- Violation – An apparently intentional breach of the rules. Each violation shall be penalized by a drop of one or more positions in the final placement of the competition or disqualification from the event. Each violation shall be penalized at the discretion of the judge observing the violation. Examples of violations include, but are not limited to, a lift during a West Coast Swing Jack & Jill competition, the use of an apparent routine during the Strictly Swing competition, or breach of good sportsmanship.
- Drop – Any move where one partner’s head drops below one’s own standing waistline.
- Costumes – Attire which, in the opinion of the judges, are specifically designed or selected for couples competition and would not generally be worn for social dancing.
- Entrance – Pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors formally enter the floor and prepare to dance. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an entrance.
- Exit – Pre-choreographed segment of a performance, where competitors leave the floor. Acknowledging your partner, the judges, or the audience is not considered an exit.
- Props – Throw away skirts, shirts, scarves, etc are considered props in this context and are not allowed. Anything other than what would be considered acceptable clothing.