There’s a level for everyone to have fun and feel good competing.  

Open each tab for information about each level of dance.

Modern Jive competition is about being open, honest and fair in your decision to compete at a particular level. If in doubt, ask your teacher/director. It may not be possible to squeeze you into a lower level at the last minute so make sure you register at the correct level.

BEGINNER (0 – 12 months)

  • This level is for novices so they can have fun competing against others with little or no experience.
  • No significant ‘Other Dance Experience’ allowed.
    • eg. If you have done Ballroom Medals or have learned another style of dance for more than say 3 months then this section is most probably not for you.
  • May include ‘Taxi Dancers’ and welcoming/door crew.
  • May NOT include any teachers.
  • Demo/Performance Crew members and those who have done paid performances may not dance at the beginner level.

INTERMEDIATE (Under 2 years)  

  • Over 12 months but under 2 year’s experience.
  • May include demonstrators or Intro/Recap/Consolidation teachers.
  • May NOT include regular ‘Mainstream Teachers’ or regular ‘Beginner Class Teachers’. Beginner Recap teachers can enter at this level.
  • If you have previously placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a national championship, you must move up one level if that placing was more than 12 months prior to these championships. Placing in freestyle does not move you up in DWAS or vice-versa.

INTERMEDIATE PLUS

  • Over 2 years but not classified as Advanced or Champions (Masters).
  • May include ‘Crew’ and Recap/Consolidation/Intro-Mediate/Bridging Class Teachers, ‘Taxi Dancers’, Demonstrators and regular Beginner class teachers.
  • If you have previously placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Intermediate Plus in a national championship, you must move up to Advanced but only if that placing was more than 12 months prior to these championships. Placing in freestyle does not move you up in DWAS or vice versa.

OVER 45s (Both dancers must be at least 45 years of age.)

  • This is considered a level of our freestyle category.
  • However, dancers may compete at this level and another level of freestyle but conditional on them competing with a different partner in the two categories.
  • Over 40’s may also compete in DWAS at the level for which they qualify.
  • Directors and Champion dancers are encouraged to not compete at this level if they are competitive in other levels. Directors and Champions dancers not competing in this level allow room for other over 40’s to compete in this category if they feel they are not competitive in other levels of freestyle.

ADVANCED

  • Includes advanced dancers as well as current ‘Regular Teachers’ (sometimes referred to as ‘Mainstream Teachers’) of dance unless they qualify for ‘Champions’.
  • Intermediate & Advanced Modern Jive Teachers can also enter at this level.
  • ‘Regular Teachers’ refers to those who have taught on more than 5 nights/sessions.

o This rule applies regardless of the reason for teaching and regardless of the time period during which these classes were taught.

o Furthermore, the term ‘regular teacher’ applies to those who have taught more than five ‘workshops’, ‘private classes’ and/or school classes, ‘routine sessions’ and/or other classes for which they personally and/or the dance group/business/company has received payment.

  • Includes dancers who have choreographed routines which have been taught to fee-paying clients.
  • If you have previously won 1st place in Advanced in a national championship, you must move up to Champions but only if that placing was more than 12 months prior to these championships. Placing in freestyle does not move you up in DWAS or vice versa.

CHAMPIONS (Previously called Masters)

  • Recognized as a Champions (Masters) Dancer.
  • If you have won 1st in a national championship at Advanced level or higher more than 12 months prior to this competition.
  • You only progress from Advanced to Champions if you have Placed 1st in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, New Zealand &/or Perth in advanced freestyle.
  • If the couples are multi-levels, one member must be eligible for Champions and one can be Intermediate Plus or above if dancing up.
  • At the discretion of the Directors, an advanced couple can be invited to dance up. In the case that they do not place they have the right to drop back down.
  • Special dispensation – If you have never placed in Champions (Masters) & have not competed in Champions (Masters) for last 3 years, you are eligible to apply for dispensation to compete at advanced at the discretion of the Directors.

DWAS & Freestyle category notes

At each LEVEL of competition there are a   
variety of CATEGORIES of competition.

The main categories are called “Freestyle”
and “DWAS” (Dance With A Stranger).

Click each tab to find out more – including notes for recap, bridging, intro-mediate, freestyle and mainstream class teachers.

 

Important notes:

  • Competitors may compete at one level of Freestyle only.
  • Competitors may compete at one level of DWAS only.
    • eg You may not compete in Int Freestyle and in Advanced Freestyle.
  • Exception: Over 45s can compete at both ‘Over 45s’ and another level of freestyle as long as it is not with the same partner.
  •  Competitors can compete at a different level for different categories.
    • eg You can compete at Intermediate Plus DWAS and Advanced Freestyle subject to you fitting the criteria for each level.
  •  As long as dancers qualify, they may compete at one level lower than the highest level at which they have previously competed.
    • eg If a competitor was forced to moved up a level last year because their partner at that time was competing at a higher level, they do not have to compete at the higher level again this year if they still qualify for a level one lower than the one at which they competed. (ie They did not place.) But, they may not move down two levels.

 

Modern Jive competition is about being open, honest and fair in your decision to compete at a particular level.

Where previous placements are considered to determine progression to a higher level, progression will only occur if there were a minimum of 6 entries in the category in which the competitor/s placed.  For example, an Intermediate Plus (previously named Intermediate A) couple placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an event with only five entries in that category – this placing will not contribute towards their progression to Advanced.  It is the responsibility of the competitor to advise the event organiser at the time of submitting their entry if this is applicable to their situation.

 


Notes for all ‘Teachers’ who are competing:  
In all categories, a Modern Jive teacher must compete at the level for which they qualify, and as a minimum requirement, compete at one level higher than their current Modern Jive teaching level.

  • Introductory/Beginner Recap/Progression Teacher – May dance at Intermediate Level or above.
  • Intro-mediate/Bridging Teacher – May dance at Intermediate Level or above.
  • Beginner Mainstream Teacher – May dance at Intermediate Level or above.
  • Intermediate Mainstream Teacher – May dance at Advanced Level or above.
  • Advanced Mainstream/Specialised workshops – May dance at Adv or above.
  • Directors/Professional Dancers – May dance at a minimum of Advanced unless they qualify as a Champions level dancer.
  • Hosts – Directors of the host company (or significant event organizers acting on behalf of the director/s) are eligible to enter Mix n Match & Teams only.
 

Dance With A Stranger:

  • Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to check with your partner and tell your partner if you do not want to do baby aerials, aerial moves, ‘up close and personal’ moves or other moves that may not suit you for whatever reason.
  • Modern Jive is about being able to lead and follow. Therefore, the DWAS section is seen as a very important, yet fun, section of the QMJC.
  • The DWAS format will allow you to dance with a variety of different partners in each heat.
  • You will meet each DWAS partner on the dance floor as the music is playing.
  • As you start your dance together you should check with your partner, which moves they are capable of doing. Tell your partner if you do not feel comfortable doing some moves.
  • Aerials are permitted in some levels only.
    Mick French (Le Step BNE) & Deb Cantoni (Le Bop Melb) competing in their first DWAS comp.

    Mick French (Le Step BNE) & Deb Cantoni (Le Bop Melb) competing in their first DWAS comp.

    • A reminder that all aerials are subject to suitable practice and training and there are to be no moves where there is total loss of contact.
  • Couples will dance to music as listed in the quick guide to events.
  • In the heats, repechages, semi-finals and final for Beginners, Intermediate, Intermediate Plus and Advanced, DWAS, dancers will be judged separately as males and females (leads/follows). Medals awarded as 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both genders.
  • For the Champions (previously called Masters), dancers will be judged as lead/follow in the heats, repechages, and semi-finals. In the final they will be partnered with a mystery partner and be judged as a COUPLE.
  • It is our aim to have all dancers dance at least twice in DWAS. That is, couples who don’t get through in heat 1 will usually go into a repechage event. With lots of competitors, time restraints mean this may not be possible at every level of this category.

During the DWAS Final:

  • Timing for the music will be as per our quick reference page.
  • At Beginner through to Advanced, couples will be judged individually.
  • Champion couples will dance with one allocated mystery partner (that will be determined at random at the event) and will be judged as a couple.

Beginner – Freestyle & DWAS

  • For safety reasons Aerial manoeuvres are not permitted at these levels of competition and attempting such moves will lead to disqualification.
  • At least one foot of both partners must remain below waist height at all times.
  • Drops and dips are allowed if you have received appropriate instruction and have rehearsed them sufficiently.

Intermediate Under 2 Years, Intermediate Plus & Advanced – Freestyle & DWAS

  • Some moves at these levels are restricted. You should check the ‘quick reference table’ at the end of this document. You must have rehearsed and feel confident doing all aerial moves (including baby aerials) and only do them in sections where they are permitted.

Be very aware that you may have to avoid some moves (eg Super-girl, Death Spin) due to space restraints. You must be absolutely sure you have enough space to safely do ‘large’ moves without creating a hazard to others. If in any doubt – abort the move!

Freestyle:

  • Couples will dance to music as listed in the quick guide page.   
  • Some newer competition couples will choose to put together a routine and dance their set routine to each piece of music. This can be a good technique for newer dancers to remember moves this format but does not always reflect the music. Therefore, the higher the level of competition the less appropriate this strategy becomes and the more the judges want to see real ‘freestyle’.