Collegiate Jitterbug Championships

The Collegiate Jitterbug Championships represent an important stepping-stone on a competitor’s dance journey. Our focus on amateur competitions makes the Collegiate Jitterbug Championships like no other national competition. It is a venue where competitors can hone their skills without the pressures or distractions of professional divisions. It is a platform where amateur competitors can shine. Our goal is to encourage competition in a safe and supportive atmosphere.


Dancers from all over the nation will travel to the Twin Cities to compete in nine dance divisions in the hopes of being honored as the Overall Collegiate Jitterbug Champions. Dance teams battle it out for the coveted Cutters Cup Trophy.

You could be a Collegiate Jitterbug Champion!

The Overall Collegiate Jitterbug prize is awarded to the two competitors (one leader and one follower) who accumulate the most points across the four Open dance divisions – Open Strictly, Open Mix & Match, Open Slow Groove, and Open Solo Jazz.

All participants gain points for each contest. The two competitors with the most points at the end of the weekend are declared the Collegiate Jitterbug Champions! They will receive upgradeable weekend dance passes to Beantown Dance Camp in Massachusetts, a cash prize, and the CJC Jitterbug Trophies!

Showcase

Couples perform a routine to their own music. Limited to 10 couples, but additional couples may be added at the discretion of the Head Judge. Song length to be between 2 and 3 minutes.

  Showcase
Entry Fee $30 per couple
Prizes
  1. $200 and event passes
  2. Event passes
  3. Event passes
Eligibility Open to all competitors.

 

Solo Jazz

This is a solo American vernacular jazz dance contest. Individuals will dance to at least two songs in the prelims. Competitors will be judged on creativity, quality of movement, and authenticity. Prelims will utilize a tap-in format. The finals will be danced in a jam format immediately following the prelims. Length of performance is at the Chief Judge's discretion.

  Open
Entry Fee $15 per competitor
Prizes
  1. $100 and an event pass
  2. Event pass
  3. Event pass
Eligibility Open to all competitors.

 

Slow Groove

This is a social dance category. Couples enter together and may dance to music in a variety of genres. Prelims will utilize a tap-in format.

Finals will be danced in a jam format immediately following the prelims. Length of performance is at the Chief Judge's discretion. Lifts and drops are permitted.

  Open
Entry Fee $30 per couple
Prizes
  1. $200 and event passes
  2. Event passes
  3. Event passes
Eligibility Open to all all competitors.

 

Team Showcase

This is a partnered lindy hop contest. Teams are judged on entrance, exit, timing, teamwork, formations, music interpretation, and variety, as well as execution. Teams must have a minimum of 3 couples. Competitors select their own music.

Teams must register before April 1, 2018.
 

Details

  • All members must purchase a Full Weekend Pass or Competitors Pass
  • All routines must be original pieces
  • Music Time Limitations: No less than 2-1/2 minutes and no more than 4 minutes.
  • Any style of dance may be choreographed; however, swing dancing will be the basis of judging
  • There are NO music genre restrictions.
  • The Collegiate Jitterbug Championships values technique, but we emphasize showmanship and creativity.
  • Choreographers and instructors are be allowed to compete on a team with their students. The team must consist of a majority of amateur competitors. Please contact us with eligibility.

 

  Team Showcase
Entry Fee None
Prizes Cutters Cup Trophy and Dance Passes to Dayton Swing Smackdown in Dayton, OH.
Eligibility Team must consist mostly of newcomer competitors. An instructor or choreographer may be a member of the team.

 

Mix & Match

This is a social dance competition. This category is judged on leader and follower skill level. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying tempos.

Finalists will be randomly assigned a partner and will be judged with that partner. If by chance normal partners are put together – we will not switch partners. “Luck of the draw” will prevail*. 

  Newcomer Open
Entry Fee  $10 per person $15 per person
Prizes
  1. Event Passes
  2. Event Passes
  3. Event Passes
  1. $100 and Event Passes
  2. Event Passes
  3. Event Passes
Eligibility Prior Lindy Hop competition finalists are ineligible. Open to all amateur competitors.

* This is subject to change at the discretion of the Chief Judge.

Strictly Lindy

This is a social dance category and dancers will be evaluated on their technique, teamwork, and creativity. Couples may dance to a variety of tempos. Competitors enter and compete with the same partner throughout the competition. Lifts, air steps, drops are not permitted in the newcomer division.

The finals will be danced in jam format to a live band. 

  Newcomer Open
Entry Fee  $20 per couple $30 per couple
Prizes
  1. Event Passes
  2. Event Passes
  3. Event Passes
  1. $200 and Event Passes
  2. Event Passes
  3. Event Passes
Eligibility Prior Lindy Hop competition finalists are ineligible. Open to all amateur competitors.

 

Invitational Mix and Match

Sure, they’ve become all the rage recently, but we like to think our iteration is the tops. Join us Sunday night as we wrap another memorable weekend with the Invitational Competition A specially-selected blend of instructors and lindy hop luminaries are invited to compete for even more fame and glory in close-quarters intimacy to the live music stylings of the Twin Cities Hot Club.

  Invitational
Entry Fee None
Prizes Fame and Glory
Eligibility Any invited participant is worthy.