8 Hour Royston WCS Intensive

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Event

The weekend kicks off with the opening party on Thursday evening

We're back at the fabulous 4-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, a fantastic location with an incredible ballroom for the competitions as well as plenty of facilities to keep you going throughout the weekend.

Party passes are available at £20 (pay on the door). This is the ONLY party pass being sold during the weekend. The dress theme for Thursday is 'NEON', so if you're there for this please 'GLOW'.

Royston 8-hour Intensive 

A BRAND NEW intensive from Robert Royston and he's bringing in to the UK Champs for the FIRST time in Europe!

PLACES ARE LIMITED!
See prices below.

Levels

We want EVERYONE to enjoy and get the most out of the workshops this weekend. This means being realistic and ONLY attending workshops that are appropriate to your current level of WCS dance experience. Please respect and be fair to your fellow dancers. If you are struggling in a workshop you are NOT at the right level for your current experience.  

Competition Categories and Rules

Competitors must ensure they read and understand the RULES before competing.

Competing is not compulsory and there will be social dancing inbetween competition.

A Weekend Pass allows you to participate in all the WCS workshops and Social dancing as well as watch shows, Competitions / Finals and Presentations throughout the weekend.

It's not just for the glory of the win

With Trophies, Medals or Cash Prizes on offer in all categories, as well as points for your WSDC profiles for most of the competitions, there could well be a prize for you at this year's Annual UK & European WCS Championships.

Take a look at the rules and see also what you could win this year!

2016 Prize Structure

 
Classic Division
1st place: Trophy + £300
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd place: Trophy + £100

Champions JnJ
1st place: Trophy + £500
2nd place: Trophy + £300
3rd place: Trophy + £200

Premier Strictly Swing
1st place: Trophy + £300
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd Place: Trophy + £100

Advanced JnJ
1st place: Trophy +  £300
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd Place: Trophy + £100

Open Strictly Swing
1st place: Trophy + £300
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd Place: Trophy + £100
Intermediate JnJ
1st place: Trophy + £300
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd Place: Trophy + £100

Sophisticated Strictly Swing
1st place: Trophy
2nd place: Trophy
3rd Place: Trophy

Novice JnJ
1st place: Trophy + £300   
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd Place: Trophy + £100
4th Place: Trophy
5th Place: Trophy

European Invitational JnJ
1st place: Trophy + £300
2nd place: Trophy + £200
3rd Place: Trophy + £100
Sophisticated JnJ
1st place: Trophy        
2nd place: Trophy
3rd Place: Trophy

WSDC Points will be awarded for  all JnJ Divisions except European Invitational JnJ and Sophisticated

 

Jack & Jill Divisions

Newcomer - Sophisticated – 40+ - Novice - Intermediate - Advanced

Champions

£10 per person

£20 per person

Strictly Swing Divisions

Premier – Advanced/All Star
Open – Novice/Intermediate
Sophisticated – Age 40+

£30 per couple

Classic Division

Category Entry

£50 per couple

Knowing the Rules:  All competitors should read these rules carefully prior to participating in the competition. The Information for Competitors published in the Event Programme is an integral part of the Rules. Competitors are responsible for adhering to these rules whether they have read them or not. The Event Director’s decision on all matters is final.

Eligibility

Each competition is open to all competitors who:

  1. hold a full event pass;
  2. register by the official entry deadline[s] as detailed in the event programme;
  3. pay the required entry fee[s] and complete the required entry forms;
  4. meet all other specific entry requirements as outlined in these rules.

Multiple Registrations

Each eligible competitor may choose to enter one Jack & Jill level. Competitors may compete in both Classic and Showcase, so long as they have different partners per division. Any Classic or Showcase contestant who also enters Strictly Swing must compete with a different partner in each division.

Swing Content Definition

To identify the presence of swing the judges will use the following USA NASDE
‘Statement of Swing’.

'Swing is an American Rhythm Dance based on a foundation of 6-beat and 8-beat patterns that incorporate a wide variety of rhythms built on 2-beat single, delayed, double, triple, and blank rhythm units. The 6-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, passes, underarm turns, push-breaks, open-to-closed, and closed-to-open position patterns. The 8-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, whips, swing-outs, Lindy circles, and shag pivots. Although they are not part of the foundation of the dance as stated above, 2-beat and 4-beat extension rhythm breaks may be incorporated to extend a pattern, to phrase the music, and/or to accent breaks.'

Judging Criteria

The Relative Placement System is used to judge all Championship competitions.

Competitors will be judged using the following criteria:-

  1. TimingHow your body connects to the music. Swing is a dance beginning on the downbeat. Timing extends to much more finer distinctions than a single beat. It includes fractionally ahead or behind, as well as matching the syncopated ‘swing’ of the music.
  2. TechniqueHow well you do what you do. How well competitors execute the movements comprising their dance, constitutes technique. Judges are looking for good footwork, balance, control, frame, how well turns and spins are executed, and control of arms and hands.
  3. TeamworkHow well you work together. Swing is a connected, partner dance. The demonstration of this connection and the appearance of lead/follow or action/reaction between the partners is an expected part of any competition. It is the ability to work together as a team. One partner ignoring or out-dancing the other, or jeopardising the safety of the other (or other competitors), indicates poor teamwork.
  4. Content/ChoreographyWhat you do. The selection and order of movements and transitions executed during a dance comprises choreography. Good choreography demonstrates an intimate connection with the music and its phrasing, as well as variety and contrast of movements.
  5. Presentation/ShowmanshipHow well you sell what you do. To create an atmosphere of excitement by inviting and generating interest in a performance is the desired effect of good presentation. While providing a good show is one aspect of presentation, a good show is not a substitute for good dancing.

Division Qualifications

Our aim is to encourage all competitors to assign themselves to a fair and appropriate classification using the honour system. If you have any doubt please contact the Event Director who will give guidance. The Event Director’s decision is final.

Jack & Jill Divisions

The Jack & Jill competitions are designed to highlight social dance skills in spontaneous swing dancing and the ability to dance well with a variety of partners. Some ‘luck of the draw’ comes into play as well.

Format

Competitors enter as individuals, are randomly assigned partners, and dance to music selected in advance by the competition DJ. The number of entries in each division will determine the number of rounds that may be held and will be danced in a heated format. In preliminary rounds competitors are judged as individuals and in Finals as a couple. Each competition must have a minimum of 5 leaders and 5 followers. The maximum number of entries will be determined by the Event Director.

General

Male competitors must enter as ‘leaders’ and female competitors must enter as ‘followers’. Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short breakaways, and recoveries. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves.

Division Qualifications

Our qualifications for entries promote fairness and competitor enjoyment by grouping dancers of similar ability in the same division. Our rules are based on World Swing Dance Council recommendations. It is the Organiser’s goal to encourage all competitors to assign themselves to the appropriate classification using the honour system. If you are not comfortable dancing in the division where these qualifications place you and would like to dance up or down, please petition the organiser. Most reasonable petitions will be approved.

Newcomer Division

Open to any competitor who has been dancing West Coast Swing for less than 12 months prior to the competition and who has not competed previously in a higher division. Minimum age is at the Event Director’s discretion. Teachers of WCS are ineligible to compete in this category.

Sophisticated

For Amateur competitors only who are aged 40+ years

•Competitors in this Division may also dance in a skill level Jack & Jill (Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced or All Star).

Novice

•Competitors with fewer than 15 WSDC novice points should dance in this division.

Competitors with 15 or more novice points and/or a win in novice must dance in a higher division.

Intermediate

Competitors with 15 or more WSDC novice points, but fewer than 30 intermediate points should dance in this division.

•Competitors with 30 or more intermediate points and/or a win in intermediate must dance in a higher division.

Advanced

•Competitors with 30 or more WSDC intermediate points should dance in this division.

•Competitors with fewer than 30 intermediate points or who have any advanced points may following successful petition dance in this division.

Champions

  • Open to competitors eligible to compete at All Star level.
  • Professional teaching staff engaged at this event on a fee basis are not eligible to compete in this Division.

European Invitational

This Division is to showcase European talents and professionals that have been major actors in the growth of our west coast swing community. Participation is by invitation of the organisers who may also invite a ‘wild card entry’ (rising stars) whom they perceive to be an emerging talent.

Strictly Swing Divisions

Swing dancing that encourages lead and follow partner dancing at its best. Although swing includes amalgamations and patterns that are familiar to many dancers, the essence of lead and follow must be maintained in and out of these patterns. Strictly Swing Division is not meant for long and extended pre-choreographed phrases. Improvised choreography is the objective. Drops, leans, circular movements and other partner weight support moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor.

General

  1. The ‘Lead’ and ‘Follow’ roles are not gender specific. All dancers, regardless of the role they are dancing, must dance in the level they would dance in a JnJ.
  2. Minimum number of entries will be determined by the organisers.
  3. Guidelines for expected swing content are 90% in Strictly Swing. It is at the judge’s discretion to determine that the required swing content has been met.
  4. An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division level.
  5. Amateur competitors only who are aged 40+ years may compete in the Sophisticated Division as well as an appropriate division to their dance level.

Specific

  1. Length of performance is at the organiser’s discretion.
  2. Costumes are not allowed. However, matching or complementary outfits suitable for social dancing are acceptable.
  3. This division will be danced in heats, semi-finals and final as deemed appropriate by the organiser.
  4. Dancers must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short breakaways, and recoveries.
  5. Pre-choreographed routines are not allowed.
  6. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves.
  7. At most, 5 partner weight support moves are permitted.

Division Qualifications

Our aim is to encourage all competitors to assign themselves to a fair and appropriate classification using the honour system. If you have any doubt please contact the Event Director who will give guidance. The Event Director’s decision is final.

Sophisticated Division

  • For Amateur competitors only who are aged 40+ years

Open Division

  • Open to all Novice and Intermediate level dancers.
    Novice can dance with Novice and Intermediate with Intermediate, or
    mix it up, Novice dancing with an Intermediate. Your choice.

Premier Division

  • Open to all Advanced and All Star dancers.
    Advanced can dance with Advanced and All Star with All Star, or
    mix it up, Advanced dancing with an All Star. Your choice.

Classic Division

Swing dancing that allows choreography with an “on the ground” approach to the dance. Drops, leans, Circular movements and other partner weight support moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor.

General

1. Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the event to participate.
2. Competitors will be one Male Leader and one Female Follower.
3. Minimum number of entries will be determined by the organisers. Cash prize may be adjusted accordingly or not awarded at all and is dependent upon number of entries.
4. Guidelines for expected swing content are 80% in Classic. It is at the judge’s discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
5. An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.

Specific

1. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 3 minutes.
2. Competitors select their own music.
3. Costumes are allowed and encouraged.
4. Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without music.
5. Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.
6. Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short breakaways, and recoveries.
7. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves.
8. At most five partner weight support moves are permitted

Showcase Division

Swing dancing that allows choreography with a flair toward lifts and other partner weight support moves.

General

1. Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the event to participate.
2. Competitors will be one Male Leader and one Female Follower.
3. Minimum number of entries will be determined by the organisers. Cash prize may be adjusted accordingly or not awarded at all and is dependent upon number of entries.
4. Guidelines for expected swing content are 60% in Showcase. It is at the judge’s discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
5. An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.

Specific

1. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 3 minutes.
2. Competitors select their own music.
3. Costumes are allowed and encouraged.
4. Time and judging starts at first movement of performance with or without   music.
5. Separate entrances are permitted.
6. Breakaways and side by side patterns are permitted.
7. At least three partner weight support moves are required with the partner at knee level or above.
8. At least one partner weight support move is required with the partner above the waist.
9. At most five partner weight support moves are permitted with a partner not maintaining floor contact.

Team Cabaret

1. This is not a Couples Swing Division. It is a category for Swing Teams containing a minimum of 5 leaders and 5 followers. Minimum swing content required is 20%, but swing couples are encouraged to compete in the appropriate couples division.
2. Lifts, aerials, acrobatic moves, drops, slides, breakaways, switching of partners, and reverse lead/follow are allowed.
3. Competitors must be 16 years or older by the end of the event to participate.
4. Routines must be a minimum of 3 minutes and/or a maximum of 4 minutes in length.
5. Competitors select their own music.
6. Costumes are required.
7. Minimum number of entries is at the organiser’s discretion. Cash prizes may be adjusted accordingly or not awarded at all and is dependant upon number of entries.

Teachers & DJs

Head Judge

Gary Jobst

World Class Teachers and Pro WCS Dancers

Jordan Frisbee
Tatiana Mollmann
Gary McIntyre
Susan Kirklin
Robert Royston
Nicola Royston
Maxence Martin
Virginie Grondin
Pj Turner
Tashina Beckmann
Stephen White
Sonya White
Greg Scott
Lemery Rollins

Top International DJs to keep the energy high

Peter Flood – Head DJ
Nicolas Handschuh
Nick Stephens
Emeline Rochefeuille
Lucy Webster
Neil Mayes
Justin Petersen
Richard Johnson
Phill Denham

Venue

4-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel
Bath Road
Heathrow
Hayes
Middx
UB3 5AW

A SHUTTLE BUS OPERATES FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT TO THE RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN HOTEL.

Located approximately 5 minutes by car from Heathrow airport, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow is the perfect location for our prestigeous event.

Map of the Venue

Pricing

PAYMENT: By Debit Card (free) or Credit Card (2% charge applies): Telephone +44(0)115 841 0439 (UK).

If you intend to pay by Bank Transfer BACS (please email john@jiveaddiction.com for REFERENCE first)

HOTEL PACKAGE - INCLUDING EVENT PASS
Includes 4 Nights Accommodation + Breakfast, Whole Event Pass, 4 Nights Social DancingUK ResidentsOverseas Residents
Twin (2 sharing) per person£299£279
Double (2 sharing) per person£299£279
Triple (3 persons sharing) per person£269£249
Single£385£375
FULL PAYMENT NOW REQUIRED WHEN BOOKING
Hotel Package - Including Event Pass
Includes 3 Nights Accommodation + Breakfast, Whole Event Pass, 3 Nights Social DancingUK ResidentsOverseas Residents
Twin (2 sharing) per person£269£249
Double (2 sharing) per person£269£249
Tripple (3 persons sharing) per person£245£229
Single£340£320
FULL PAYMENT REQUIRED WHEN BOOKING
Event Pass Only
Includes Event Pass ONLY (No Accommodation)
Includes Workshops and 3 Nights Social Dancing
UK ResidentsOverseas Residents
Full Payment Required When Booking£155£145
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Royston Intensive
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8 Hour Intensive

This intensive has limited numbers, and will be gender balanced. The price stated does not include accommodation or an event pass for the Championships.

Please refer to Schedule for Times.

£150