Competitions


Mix & Match SHOWDOWN (Saturday)

Sponsored by Blues Muse, Blues Bump, Canadian Swing Championships

1st place – Blues Muse (Philadelphia) – 2 x Full Passes
2nd place – Blues Bump (Montreal) – 2 x Full Passes
3rd place – Canadian Swing Championships (Montreal) – 2 x Full Passes

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 heat. 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.


Strictly Blues – Newcomer (Friday).

Sponsored by O-Town Showdown, Cats Corner Exchange, Studio 88 Swing

1st place – O-Town Showdown – 2 x Full Passes
2nd place – Cats Corner Lindy Exchange 2019 – 2 x Full Passes
3rd place – Studio 88 Swing – 2 x Slow Dance Course

Improvised blues dancing.

Competitors register as a couple.

Music will be chosen by the event. Finals will be to DJ’d 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.


Strictly Blues – Open (Friday)

Sponsored by North Star Blues Exchange, Dirt Cheap Blues Exchange, Canadian Swing Championships

1st place – North Star Blues Exchange (Minneapolis) – 2 x Full Passes
2nd place – Dirt Cheap Blues Exchange (Virginia Beach) – 2 x Full Passes
3rd place – Canadian Swing Championships (Montreal) – 2 x Full Passes

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.


Solo Blues (Sunday)

Sponsored by Followlogie, Canadian Swing Championships, and Blues Bump

1st place – Followlogie (Montreal) – 1 x Full Pass
2nd place – Canadian Swing Championships (Montreal) – 1 x Full Pass
3rd place – Blues Bump – 1 x Dance Pass

Competitors register individually.

Prelims consist of three songs in all-skate format.

There will be 4 dancers chosen for the finals.

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.


OTHER PRIZES

BLUES BUMP “SOOOO DARN CLOSE” AWARD – Choice of any event pass from our sponsors. This award is for a competitor who displayed the most “heart” but just couldn’t edge it out by placing in any competition.

“TO THE BAR” AWARD (sponsored by Pub L’ile Noire) – 2 x $25 gift certificates to our favourite blues pub in Montreal – Pub L’ile Noire. We don’t know yet what the criterias are for the winners, but it’ll be fun and wacky.