Modern Jive
This is a Modern Jive competition so we expect to see Modern Jive dancing with a concertina (in and out) type of movement. The beauty of Modern Jive is that it borrows from many dance styles and so we are likely to also see an influence from other styles on the move vocabulary and footwork used, but the dance should still appear to be mostly Modern Jive.

Partner Dance
Modern Jive is a partner dance and we require partners to remain in contact for most of the dance. When connection with your partner is broken it should be regained within 8 Modern Jive counts or competitors risk being penalised.

Dancers will be allocated a position(s) on the floor which corresponds to the heat sheets. Although dancers do not have to stay in their allocated position throughout the dance, we do ask that you be mindful of other dancers around you and do not encroach on another dancers space. This skill is called floorcraft and poor use of it could result in a couple being penalised.

Judging Criteria
Competitors will be judged on a number of criteria. In all events judges will be looking for Timing, Technique, Partnership, Musicality, and Moves. For teams and showcases judges will also look for Choreography, Teamwork, and Performance.

Music & Choreography
Teams and showcases should be choreographed to a known predefined piece of music. In all other events couples will dance to an undisclosed piece of music chosen by the competition organiser. Couples dancing finals at higher levels may get two tracks of different speeds. Dancing should be freestyle and judges will be looking for non-sequenced dancing. Obvious use of choreographed or repeated sequences of moves may result in a couple being penalised.

Same sex couples, male follows and female leads are permitted in all events except DWAS and Lucky Dip As long as there is a clear lead and follow in the dance (which can’t be changed and swapped around during the event) gender doesn’t matter.

Dancers enter as a couple, with lead and follow. A couple must dance in the level of the highest level dancer in the partnership. Level 4 finals will have a combination of a slow song, fast song, and either spotlights or dance-off. Competition organisers reserve the right to invite the highest level couples in Level 4 to dance in a separate event if it appears this will enhance the competition.

Dancers enter this event as an individual at their own personal competition level. Women will change partners at intervals of 30 seconds until they have danced with all of the men in that heat Men and women are judged separately. The judges will however be looking at how you interact as a partnership. Competition organisers reserve the right to invite the highest level couples in Level 4 to dance in a separate event if it appears this will enhance the competition.

X Factor
The following beginners moves are allowed in X Factor: Basket, Break Thru, First Move, Loop Thrus, Manhatten, Mans/Short Comb, Mans Spin, New Yorker, Step Across, Wurlitzer, Yoyo. We consider turns and returns, both static and travelling (also known as left side pass, and right side pass) not to be moves but just end and beginnings of moves so are 100% allowable. Also there is no limitation on the number of spins, held or free as long as they are part of one of the above moves. Dancers may be disqualified for moves not listed here.

Swaps n Steals
A team of three dancers enter this event, but only two can dance together at any one time. The spare person swaps or steals the lead or follow role from the dancing couple in a way that doesn’t interrupt the flow of the dance and you can change roles when you swap or steal a dancer. There maybe a brief connection between all three dancers during a swap or steal but it shouldn’t last any longer than required for the transition. Different level competitors may compete together. No Baby or Full aerials are allowed in this event.

BOTS (Battle of the Sexes)
One lead and one follow of the same gender enter together and dance freestyle.

Open Freestlye / Aerials
All competitor partnerships must provide confirmation from the owner of the studio they are competing under that they can execute their repertoire of aerials in a safe manner.

Classic EventsDips & DropsBaby AerialsFull AerialsDeath Spirals
Freestyle – Level 1
Freestyle – Level 2✔︎
Freestyle – Levels 3-4✔︎✔︎
DWAS – Level 1
DWAS – Levels 2-4✔︎
Fun Events
Swaps n Steals✔︎
Over 45s✔︎
Open Freestyle✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎
Teams / Beginners
Teams / Open✔︎✔︎✔︎


In a lean a dancer is supported along the whole body of their partner. Leans are considered the simplest and safest supported moves and are allowed in all categories. A lead should still ask for permission before performing a lean on their partner.

Supported Moves

The leader of a dip supports their partner using their hands or arms and often with some part of the torso in contact to lift their partner off vertical, and the partner should also be supporting their own weight as much as possible.

The leader of a drop supports their partner using hands or arms to lower their partner close to the floor, often to horizontal.

The leader of a seducer uses their hands and arms to initiate the move and their upper leg to support their partner when tilted into position.  (In some dance schools the term seducer is used interchangeably with “dip”)

Dancers in the splits parallel to the floor are assisted with the support of their partner for lowering into position and/or rising our, qualifying this as a supported move.


We consider aerials or lifts to be moves where a dancer supports the weight of their partner with the aim to take them off the floor.  These moves can vary in several ways and are often split into different types: baby aerials and full aerials.

Baby Aerial
Is a move intended to take one partner off the floor and support the majority of their weight at or below chest height of the supporting partner.

Full Aerial
Is a move intended to take one partner off the floor and support the majority of their weight above chest height of the supporting partner.