Competitions:

Competitions bring the whole dance floor together for a few moments to celebrate the awesome dance our community is throwing down! We host them to celebrate blues, blues movement, the individual ways each of ya'll are expressing it, and to inspire dancers to the possibilities that this dance has to offer.

How are we judging this celebration of our blues community? Our amazing staff of teachers, who have been dancing, judging, and competing for decades, challenge you to meet this criteria:

First and foremost!

  • Blues Aesthetic – dancing the blues is the only way you'll make it to finals.

Next, our other values:

  • Musicality – how does your dance match the music?
  • Personal Expression – where are you in this dance? What are you bringing, feeling, and saying?
  • Movement Quality and Technique – make it look good; make it look easy.
  • Partnership – what are you co-creating with your partner?

Another factor to keep in mind: This is not a standardized test. This is short answer, but with your body. Meaning, yes, the judging is subjective. The best way to get a sense of what the judges are looking for? Take their classes!

Strictly Blues

Friday, 9/13

Venue: Fremont Abbey

This competition is on the first night of the event because we expect you to come prepared to BRING IT. Bring your partner and bring your BLUES.

20 couples max in prelims. 6 couples move on to finals. Top 3 win cash prizes.

Prelims: 7 pm on Friday at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, before the start of the event. Finalists posted at 9 pm.

Finals: 11:15 pm on Friday.

$10 entry fee per person ($20 per couple). Please register in advance.

Mix N Match

Prelims on Saturday 9/14; Finals on Sunday 9/15

Venue: Prelims at Phinney Ridge Community Center; Finals at Greenlake Great Hall

Get ready to stretch your connection skills! Mix and match means you’ll be paired with other competitors at random -- no need to bring a partner.

You'll be paired up with a different lead/follow each round. You will be judged on the role you sign up for (this is not a switch competition).

20 spots for leads and 20 spots for follows. 6 leads and 6 follows move on to finals. During finals, you’re matched with one partner for the remainder of the competition. Top 3 matched couples win cash prizes.

Prelims: 5 pm on Saturday at the Phinney Ridge Community Center immediately following the workshops. Finalists posted at the Saturday evening and late night dances.

Finals: 10:15 pm on SUNDAY.

$10 entry fee per person. Please register in advance.

Solo Blues

Sunday, 9/15

Venue: Prelims at Phinney Ridge Community Center; Finals at Greenlake Great Hall

Put yourself in the spotlight and bring down the house with your amazing solo blues moves! No partner: it's just you, the music, and the floor at your feet.

25 spots for competitors at prelims. 6 finalists move on. Top 3 win cash prizes.

Prelims: 5 pm on Sunday at the Phinney Ridge Community Center immediately following the workshops. Finalists posted at the Sunday evening dance.

Finals: 11:30 on Sunday.

$10 entry fee per person. Please register in advance.