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!

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomDancer's Studio - Sterling BallroomDancer's Studio - Donor BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 27th
3:45pmShowcase Floor Trials
  
Showcase Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 135 Minutes
6:00pm M&M Competitor's Meeting
 
M&M Competitor's Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom 30 Minutes
6:45pmNewcomer and Open M&M Prelims
  
Newcomer and Open M&M Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 60 Minutes
7:45pmShowcase Competition
  
Showcase Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 60 Minutes
9:45pm  Newcomer M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
Newcomer M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
10:00pmNewcomer M&M Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
  
Newcomer M&M Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo 15 Minutes
10:45pmOpen M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
  
Open M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 15 Minutes
11:00pmOpen M&M Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
  
Open M&M Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo 15 Minutes
11:45pmFriday Award Ceremony
Newcomer MnM, Open MnM, and Showcase Awards
  
Friday Award Ceremony
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
Newcomer MnM, Open MnM, and Showcase Awards 15 Minutes
12:15am  Slow Groove Competitors' Meeting
Slow Groove Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
12:30amSlow Groove Competition
  
Slow Groove Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 30 Minutes
Saturday, Apr 28th
1:00pmTeam Floor Trials
  
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 45 Minutes
5:15pm  Strictly Prelims Competitors' Meeting
Strictly Prelims Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
5:30pmNewcomer and Open Strictly Prelims
  
Newcomer and Open Strictly Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 30 Minutes
6:00pmTeam Floor Trials
  
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 90 Minutes
8:00pmTeam Competition
  
Team Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 60 Minutes
9:45pm  Newcomer Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
Newcomer Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
10:00pmNewcomer Strictly Finals
with Hot Baked Goods
  
Newcomer Strictly Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods 15 Minutes
10:45pm  Open Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
Open Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
11:00pmOpen Strictly Finals
with Hot Baked Goods
  
Open Strictly Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods 15 Minutes
11:45pmSaturday Award Ceremony
Newcomer Strictly, Open Strictly, and Team Awards
  
Saturday Award Ceremony
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
Newcomer Strictly, Open Strictly, and Team Awards 75 Minutes
12:15am  Solo Jazz Competitors' Meeting
Solo Jazz Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
12:30amSolo Jazz Competition
  
Solo Jazz Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom -15 Minutes
Sunday, Apr 29th
10:00pmInvitational Mix and Match
with Ann Mony, Ryan Calloway, Nick Williams, Laura Keat, Joshua Mclean, Dee Daniels Locke, Jamin Jackson, Grace Durant, Mandy Hogan, Danny Beyrer, Anthony Chen and Twin Cities Hot Club
  
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

Showcase

Couples showcase is full. If your partner has not yet registered, have them sign up for the waitlist and then email us to complete the contest registration

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.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 27th
3:45pmShowcase Floor Trials
Showcase Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 135 Minutes
7:45pmShowcase Competition
Showcase Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 60 Minutes
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomEvents
Saturday, Apr 28th
12:30amSolo Jazz Competition
Solo Jazz Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom -15 Minutes
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomDancer's Studio - Donor BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 27th
12:15am Slow Groove Competitors' Meeting
Slow Groove Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
12:30amSlow Groove Competition
 
Slow Groove Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 30 Minutes
Saturday, Apr 28th
12:15am Solo Jazz Competitors' Meeting
Solo Jazz Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomEvents
Saturday, Apr 28th
1:00pmTeam Floor Trials
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 45 Minutes
6:00pmTeam Floor Trials
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 90 Minutes
8:00pmTeam Competition
Team Competition
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 60 Minutes
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

Mix & Match

Both Mix and Match divisions are selling out. The registration page will show waitlist tickets when the competitions sell out.

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.

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomDancer's Studio - Sterling BallroomDancer's Studio - Donor BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 27th
6:00pm M&M Competitor's Meeting
 
M&M Competitor's Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom 30 Minutes
6:45pmNewcomer and Open M&M Prelims
  
Newcomer and Open M&M Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 60 Minutes
9:45pm  Newcomer M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
Newcomer M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
10:00pmNewcomer M&M Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
  
Newcomer M&M Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo 15 Minutes
10:45pmOpen M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
  
Open M&M Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 15 Minutes
11:00pmOpen M&M Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
  
Open M&M Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo 15 Minutes
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomDancer's Studio - Donor BallroomEvents
Saturday, Apr 28th
5:15pm Strictly Prelims Competitors' Meeting
Strictly Prelims Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
5:30pmNewcomer and Open Strictly Prelims
 
Newcomer and Open Strictly Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom 30 Minutes
9:45pm Newcomer Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
Newcomer Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
10:00pmNewcomer Strictly Finals
with Hot Baked Goods
 
Newcomer Strictly Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods 15 Minutes
10:45pm Open Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
Open Strictly Finalist Competitors' Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom 15 Minutes
11:00pmOpen Strictly Finals
with Hot Baked Goods
 
Open Strictly Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods 15 Minutes
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.