30-Second Choreography

What Is This?

          Each spring, during one of our fundraiser dances here in Minneapolis, we host a contest to determine an outstanding 30 Second Choreography. The winner(s) of the 2017 competition earn(s) the opportunity to present their piece during the weekend.

This coveted opportunity brings out many great ideas. From common to zany, jazz to Sexyback, it makes a fun night of social dancing and showcases.


2017 Competition

          The contest will be on April 2nd at Four Seasons Dance Studio, at 7pm with contest around 830pm.

Contest Rules

  • The contest is hosted during our Spring Fundraiser dance, in the Twin Cities on April 2nd, 2017.
  • Competitors must be present at the contest to be considered.
  • The choreography must be between 30 seconds and 45 seconds in length.
  • The choreography can be in any style.
  • Group pieces are great.
  • Solo pieces are also great
  • For the winners, the same performers who present the choreography will perform it (an expanded version! or something else entirely? you'll talk to the MWLF Board about it) on the weekend of MWLF. 
  • Judging is conducted by the MWLF Board.
  • Please direct questions and submissions to 30sec@midwestlindyfest.com

Song Submissions

  • Email song submissions to 30sec@midwestlindyfest.com with the subject line beginning “30 Second Choreo Entrant: …”
  • Please email us if you intend to present a choreography, in person, at the dance so that we can be prepared with the same info, music, etc. Last minute entrants at the dance will not be allowed unless you make it really, really easy for the organizers.
  • Include your name, preferred email address, and phone number in your email so that we may contact you.
  • Include the names of your performers, the song being used (which portion of it), arrangement and composer.
  • Arrange to submit your music to MWLF Board no later than March 15th.

Why 30 seconds?

          Preparing choreography requires an enormous amount of practice, innovation, knowledge, memorization and well just lots of time. The effort required for working on this form of competing or performance is often a hurdle great dancers never overcome. By lowering the bar, from the amount of time perspective, we hope to increase the number of performances out there. The time required to prepare for a 3 minutes performance piece compared to the preparation for only a 30 second piece is vastly different.  The Midwest Lindy Fest 30 second choreography challenge  encourages more dancers to work at this form of dancing.  This contest makes it easier for all dancers to participate in performance choreography.