This is an “advanced” level balboa and bal-swing competition and is $10 per person. Competitors do not need a full weekend pass to participate. Dancers will be paired randomly and will dance to music selected by a DJ.
Who is a “advanced?”
Full-time professional balboa dancers including teachers at Great Lakes Balboa Escape are not allowed to compete in this division. Anyone who has placed first, second or third in the open division at California Balboa Classic or All Balboa Weekend is not allowed to compete in this level. Advanced dancers may only compete in the Novice Contest in the opposite role, if Novice eligibility for the opposite role still apply.
Contestants will be randomly paired with 3-4 partners and will dance in “all-skate” format to 1 minute 30 second songs chosen by the competition DJ. Leads and followers will be judged separately and chosen for finals based on call back format.
The competitors meeting will occur at 10:00pm on Friday August 17 at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N Knox Ave). Prelims will occur immediately after the meeting.
Contestants will be randomly paired with three partners. They will dance in “all-skate” format with two partners and spotlights with the third partner. Leaders and followers will be judged separately and chosen for finals based on call back format.
Finalists will be announced during the Friday night dance. Finals will occur after the third band set. Finalists must check in with the Competition Coordinator (Jennifer Reed) at 1:00am at the Registration Desk.
Contestants will be judged on:
- Connection: As this is a social dance competition, judges will be look for your skill in listening to and reacting to a variety of partners. Competitors are expected to demonstrate teamwork with each partnership.
- Musicality: Judges will assess both your general timing (ability to stay on rhythm) as well as your macro and micro musicality skills.
- Technique: Contestants are assessed on their ability to cleanly execute Balboa and Bal-swing movements along with the technique and skills that are specifically required for lead or follow roles.
- Creativity: Competitors are encouraged to add personality to the dance by adding their own innovative movement choices, structure, and footwork. However, the dance should still remain in the format of Balboa and Bal-swing.
First, second, and third place winners receive a hand-crafted art glass trophy. In addition, winners will receive passes to one of our sponsoring events including Hot Rhythm Holiday, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, or California Balboa Classic.