Collegiate Jitterbug Championships

The Collegiate Jitterbug Championships represent an important steppingstone 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 seven 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!

Full Competition Schedule

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomDancer's Studio - Sterling BallroomDancer's Studio - Donor BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 26th
3:30pm to 6:00pmCouple's Showcase Floor Trials
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed
  
Couple's Showcase Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed 150 Minutes
5:45pm  Mix n' Match Competition Meeting
There will be one meeting for both competitions. Open floor to follow.
Mix n' Match Competition Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
There will be one meeting for both competitions. Open floor to follow.
6:00pmNewcomer Mix n' Match Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
  
Newcomer Mix n' Match Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
6:30pmOpen Mix n' Match Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
  
Open Mix n' Match Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
8:00pmCouples Showcase
with DJ Nick Davis
Dee Daniel-Locke's 4th Graders kick things off!
  
Couples Showcase
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Dee Daniel-Locke's 4th Graders kick things off!
9:45pm  Newcomer Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
Meeting with be during the band break.
Newcomer Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
Meeting with be during the band break.
10:00pmNewcomer Mix n' Match Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 2nd Band Set.
  
Newcomer Mix n' Match Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 2nd Band Set.
10:45pm  Open Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
Meeting with be during the band break.
Open Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
Meeting with be during the band break.
11:00pmOpen Mix n' Match Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
  
Open Mix n' Match Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
Saturday, Apr 27th
12:00pm to 12:45pmTeam Floor Trials
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed
  
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed 45 Minutes
4:00pm to 4:10pm Strictly Competitors Meeting
 
Strictly Competitors Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom 10 Minutes
4:10pm to 4:20pm Strictly Open Floor
with DJ Nick Davis
 
Strictly Open Floor
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis 10 Minutes
4:20pm to 4:45pm Strictly Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
 
Strictly Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis 25 Minutes
5:00pm to 7:00pmTeam Floor Trials
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed
  
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed 120 Minutes
8:00pm to 9:00pmTeam Showcase
with DJ Nick Davis
  
Team Showcase
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis 60 Minutes
9:45pm  Strictly Finalists Meeting
Contest will be held at the top of the 2nd Band Set.
Strictly Finalists Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
Contest will be held at the top of the 2nd Band Set.
10:00pmStrictly Finals
with Hot Baked Goods
Meeting with be during the band break.
  
Strictly Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods
Meeting with be during the band break.
10:45pmSolo Jazz Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
Prelims lead into Live Music Finals
  
Solo Jazz Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Prelims lead into Live Music Finals
11:00pmSolo Jazz
with Hot Baked Goods
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
  
Solo Jazz
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
12:30amSlow groove
with DJ Susan Olson
Contest will start before the late night band.
  
Slow groove
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Susan Olson
Contest will start before the late night band.
Sunday, Apr 28th
10:00pmInvitational Mix and Match
with Twin Cities Hot Club
  
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomDancer's Studio - Donor BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 26th
5:45pm Mix n' Match Competition Meeting
There will be one meeting for both competitions. Open floor to follow.
Mix n' Match Competition Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
There will be one meeting for both competitions. Open floor to follow.
6:00pmNewcomer Mix n' Match Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
 
Newcomer Mix n' Match Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
6:30pmOpen Mix n' Match Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
 
Open Mix n' Match Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
9:45pm Newcomer Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
Meeting with be during the band break.
Newcomer Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
Meeting with be during the band break.
10:00pmNewcomer Mix n' Match Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 2nd Band Set.
 
Newcomer Mix n' Match Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 2nd Band Set.
10:45pm Open Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
Meeting with be during the band break.
Open Mix n' Match Finalists Meeting
at Dancer's Studio - Donor Ballroom
Meeting with be during the band break.
11:00pmOpen Mix n' Match Finals
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
 
Open Mix n' Match Finals
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Swing Combo
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
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. 

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

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Sterling BallroomEvents
Saturday, Apr 27th
4:10pm to 4:20pmStrictly Open Floor
with DJ Nick Davis
Strictly Open Floor
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis 10 Minutes
4:20pm to 4:45pmStrictly Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
Strictly Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Sterling Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis 25 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 BallroomEvents
Saturday, Apr 27th
12:30amSlow groove
with DJ Susan Olson
Contest will start before the late night band.
Slow groove
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Susan Olson
Contest will start before the late night band.
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 use 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 27th
10:45pmSolo Jazz Prelims
with DJ Nick Davis
Prelims lead into Live Music Finals
Solo Jazz Prelims
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Prelims lead into Live Music Finals
11:00pmSolo Jazz
with Hot Baked Goods
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
Solo Jazz
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with Hot Baked Goods
Contest will be held at the top of the 3rd Band Set.
Disclaimer: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomEvents
Friday, Apr 26th
3:30pm to 6:00pmCouple's Showcase Floor Trials
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed
Couple's Showcase Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed 150 Minutes
8:00pmCouples Showcase
with DJ Nick Davis
Dee Daniel-Locke's 4th Graders kick things off!
Couples Showcase
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Dee Daniel-Locke's 4th Graders kick things off!
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, 2019.
 

Details

  • All members must have a Weekend Pass: dance pass, Competitors Pass, full weekend pass, etc.
  • 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
  • Solo teams are permitted for 2019.
  • 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 questions.

 

  Team Showcase
Entry Fee None
Prizes Cutters Cup Trophy and Dance Passes TBD
Eligibility Team must consist mostly of amateur competitors.
An instructor or choreographer may be a member of the team.

 

TimeDancer's Studio - Grand BallroomEvents
Saturday, Apr 27th
12:00pm to 12:45pmTeam Floor Trials
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed 45 Minutes
5:00pm to 7:00pmTeam Floor Trials
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed
Team Floor Trials
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis
Room Closed 120 Minutes
8:00pm to 9:00pmTeam Showcase
with DJ Nick Davis
Team Showcase
at Dancer's Studio - Grand Ballroom
with DJ Nick Davis 60 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 to the musical stylings of the Twin Cities Hot Club.

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