February 1–3 • 2019
Paris — France

Eligibility

Jack'n'Jill and Strictly Swing contests

All dancers are welcome to compete in these contests provided they

  • are more than 14 years old
  • hold a Week-End Pass or a Day Pass or a Competition Pass for the Paris Westie Fest event
  • register by the contest entry deadline specified in the official schedule of the event
  • pay the contest entry fee for the division(s) in which they wish to compete
  • meet the various criteria required for the division(s) in which they wish to compete

Degendered competitions:

  • you are allowed to register as either gender
  • if you have not validated any points, you must compete in your original division
  • you must choose your gender and you may not compete in one division as a follower and in another one as a leader

Rising Star

In order to compete in Rising Star a dancer must:

  • be 18 years old or older by the end of the event
  • hold an Event Pass or a Competition Pass for the Paris Westie Fest event
  • never have placed or made a qualifying final of a NASDE Classic or Showcase division (no NASDE points)
  • never have won the Rising Star Tour or US Open Rising Star division
  • All Stars are eligible for one full tour year after they start competing in Rising Star or All Star
  • A couple may consist of opposite or same-sex dance partners

General Organization

Jack'n'Jill and Strictly Swing Contests

Contest entries

For each division, the competition will be run with a minimum of five couples. The organizers reserve the right to modify the schedule based on the number of competitors by running preliminary and/or semi-final heats, or by canceling a division. If a division is canceled, the contest entry fee will be refunded. Competitors may cancel their registration or make a change of name (for couples competitions) only until the official contest entry deadline stipulated on the event schedule. No refunds will be made past the deadline.

Judges

At least 5 judges will be present for each division, as well as a Chief Judge and substitute judges if necessary. For Jack’n’Jill competitions, contestants will be judged individually in the preliminary and semi-final rounds, and as couples in the finals. The Chief Judge will decide on the number of heats, spotlights, the calling of numbers, the number of alternates and the number of semi-finalists and finalists. These numbers may vary according to the number of competitors registered in each division and according to the natural cut in the results. 

Results

The results will be determined electronically using a relative placing system. They will be available after the Awards ceremony. The top three places in each division will receive a trophy. Additionally, the first-place winners in each division will receive a free Pass to a WSDC registry event.

Rising Star 

Contest entries

The minimum number of entries is 3. If there are fewer 3 couples, the competitors will perform an exhibition, with judges' feedback.

Judges

At least 5 judges will be present, as well as a Chief Judge and substitute judges if necessary. Judges' scores will take into consideration the wide variety of regional expressions of Swing dance, the appropriateness of the song and choreography choices for the skill level of the dancers and the difficulty level and complexity of the dance skills. 

Results

The results will be determined electronically using a relative placing system. They will be available after the Awards ceremony. All the dancers will earn points, starting with 1 point for last place. This ensures every couple's result is registered, and points increase with the size of the contest. No points when fewer 3 couples are entered. If 3-10 couples compete, the top three places will receive a trophy, event pass and prize money. If more than 10 couples compete, the top five places will be rewarded.

Appropriate behavior

Know the contest rules

It is the responsibility of each competitor to be familiar with the General Rules of the competition as well as the specific rules of each division. Any questions shall be submitted in advance of the competitions to the organizers or the Chief Judge.

Be on time

It is the responsibility of each competitor to check the times of the various competitions and to be aware of any changes. Competitors shall be present in the main ballroom 15 minutes prior to the official start time of the competitions for which they have registered.

Prepare for the competitions

All competitors must be dressed decently and appropriately. Competitors are also responsible for their bibs, which must be attached and worn on their backs when required.

Have a good attitude

Competitors must demonstrate a positive attitude throughout the weekend, during the competitions as well as on and off the dance floor. Bothering a judge to argue about a placing is not appreciated. Any behavior deemed inappropriate may lead to a competitor being excluded from the competition, in which case no refunds will be granted.