General Rules

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 should stay in proximity of their allocated position throughout the dance, we do ask that you be mindful of other dancers around you and do not encroach on another dancer’s 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 are choreographed to a known predefined piece of music.
In all other events couples / triples will dance to an undisclosed piece of music chosen by the competition organisers. In some finals couples will get two songs. 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.

Dancing up
A dancer may dance higher level if they are competing with a dancer of that higher level. Dancers are not eligible to dance below their level.
For each category dancers can only compete in one level (e.g. if a level 2 dancer competes in Freestyle Level 3 they are not eligible to compete in Freestyle Level 2 at the same competition). However a dancer may compete in one level for a category and a different level for another (e.g. dance up with a higher level dancer for Freestyle and dance at their level for DWAS).

Same sex couples, male follows, and female leads are permitted in all pre-partnered events (i.e. all events except DWAS and Lucky Dip). The important thing is to make sure 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.

Category Definitions

Dancers enter as a couple, with a lead and a follow. A couple must dance in the level of the highest level dancer in the partnership. Level 4 finals will have a combination of two songs, and a spotlight. Level 3 finals will have a combination of two songs, and a rapid-fire.

Dancers enter this event as an individual at their own personal competition level. Follows will change partners at intervals of 30 seconds until they have danced with all of the leads in that heat. Leads and follows are judged separately, however the judges will be looking at how you interact as a partnership. Switching roles between lead and follow is not permitted.

Lucky Dip
Dancers enter this event as an individual, and will be randomly paired by the event organisers with a dancer in the opposite role. Dancers will remain in this couple of the duration of the event.

X Factor
The following beginners moves are allowed in X Factor:

BasketMan’s Spin
Break ThruNew Yorker
First MoveStep Across
Loop ThrusWurlitzer
Man’s / Short Comb

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 – so long as they are part of one of the above moves. Dancers may be disqualified for moves not listed here.

Swaps & Steals
A team of three dancers enter this event, but only two dance together for the majority of the 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. All three dancers can change roles (from lead to follow and vice-versa), so long as there is always a clear lead and follow. There may be a connection between all three dancers during a swap or steal but it shouldn’t last any longer than required for the transition. Note that all three dancers will be judged as a unit; i.e. the third ‘spare’ dancer is also included.

A team of three dancers enter this event as one lead and two follows, with all three dancing together for the duration of the song. Dancers may change roles (from lead to follow and vice-versa), so long as there is always one clear lead and two follows.

BOTS (Battle of the Sexes)
One lead and one follow of the same sex enter together and dance freestyle. Dancers may swap lead and follow roles during a dance.

Open Freestyle / 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. Note that you are signed off as a partnership and not as individuals.

A choreographed dance for 2-3 dancers to a predefined piece of music. At least one of the dancers must be level 3 or higher, and the music should be between 2.5 to 4 minutes long. The event organisers reserve the right to preview performances before an entry may be accepted.

A choreographed dance for a minimum of 3 couples (or triples) to a predefined piece of music.

Allowable Moves

Classic Events – Freestyle / DWAS

CategoryLeansSupported MovesBaby AerialsFull AerialsDeath Spirals
Level 1 ✔︎
Level 2 ✔︎ ✔︎
Level 3 ✔︎ ✔︎✔︎
Level 4 ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎

Fun Events

CategoryLeansSupported MovesBaby AerialsFull AerialsDeath Spirals
Lucky Dip* ✔︎ ✔︎
X Factor
Swaps n Steals ✔︎ ✔︎
Triples ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
BOTS ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎

Leans, supported moves, and baby aerials should only be attempted in Lucky Dip if the skill level of both dancers allows for it.

Specialty Events

CategoryLeansSupported MovesBaby AerialsFull AerialsDeath Spirals
Open Freestyle ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Showcase ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎
Teams ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎

Move Definitions


A lean is the simplest and safest form of a supported move where a dancer is supported along the whole body of their partner. As such, leans are allowed in all categories. A lead should still ask for permission before performing a lean on their partner, especially in events entered as an individual (e.g. DWAS and Lucky Dip).

Supported Moves (excluding leans)

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.