Competitions

Interested in competing in Blues Bump? We have a variety of competitions, no matter where you are in your blues dance journey. Come take a look.


Mix & Match SHOWDOWN (Saturday)

This is the main event! Directly inspired by partnered dance battle competitions in Canada and Europe, the Showdown is a tournament style Mix & Match competition with capped heat sizes, so you can dance your best without worrying if the judges can see you.

Participants will be only judged in the specific dance role registered for the competition (lead or follow).

Quarter Finals – Two heats, twelve couples per heat.. The top twelve leads and follows advance.

Semi Finals – One heats. The top eight leads and follows advance.

Finals – Eight couples, one winner! This round takes place at the Saturday evening dance, with music by the Angelique Francis Band!

There is a limit of 24 leads and 24 follows that can register for this competition.

Entry Fee: $15 / individual


Strictly Blues – Newcomer (Friday)

Improvised blues dancing.

Competitors register as a couple.

Music will be chosen by the event. Finals will be to live music.

Participants should be new to dance competitions or have never placed before in any competition finals.

Judging is based on: 25% connection and partnership, 25% blues vocabulary and technique,  25% musicality and styling, 25% blues aesthetic.

Although choreographed sequences are not disallowed, the judges will be looking for spontaneity, creativity and connection to the music.

Entry Fee: $10 / pair


Strictly Blues – Open (Friday)

Improvised blues dancing.

Competitors register as a couple.

Music will be chosen by the event. Finals will be to live music.

Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have placed before in a blues competition.

Judging is based on: 25% connection and partnership, 25% blues vocabulary and technique,  25% musicality and styling, 25% blues aesthetic.

Although choreographed sequences are not disallowed, the judges will be looking for spontaneity, creativity and connection to the music.

Entry Fee: $30 / pair


Solo Blues (Sunday)

Competitors register individually.

Prelims consist of three songs in all-skate format.

There will be 4 dancers chosen for the finals and 2 alternates.

Participants may be paid members of a performing or teaching organization and/or have previously placed in a solo blues competition.

Judging is based on: blues aesthetic, respect of tempo, styling and originality of movement, and performance.

Entry Fee: $15 / individual