This is a novice level balboa and bal-swing competition and is $10 per person. Competitors do not need a full weekend pass to participate. This is a fun and friendly competition; those who have never competed before are encouraged to participate. Dancers will be paired randomly and will dance to music selected by a DJ.
Who is a “novice?”
Novice dancers must not have made finals in balboa contests at All Balboa Weekend, California Balboa Classic, or ILHC. (Semifinalists who did not make finals at All Balboa Weekend may still compete in the novice level). In addition, those who have been invited to the Master level tracks at All Balboa Weekend or California Balboa Classic may not compete at the novice level. Competitors may compete in the opposite role if these conditions still apply. Those who place first, second, or third in this contest must move up to the advanced level at the following years event.
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 8:00pm on Saturday August 18 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 dual 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 Saturday night dance. Finals will occur during the Second Band Break (11:30-12:15). Finalists must check in with the Competition Coordinator (Jennifer Reed) at 11:30pm 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 Lollies and Lemonade, Sparx, and Rhythm Shuffle.