Lindy Bout XI


Matches

All competitors must be familiar with our general rules.

Strictly Matches

For these matches, you will register with a partner. In the preliminary round you will dance to music chosen by the Match DJs. The finals will be danced to a live band.

Bare-Knuckle Bout (Advanced Strictly)

All the tempos! All the Lindy hop! Register as a couple. The music played will be between 130bpm & 240bpm.

Lindy Bout Barnburner and Bare-Knuckle Champions must register in this division. If you have placed or been a finalist in a major swing dance competition, you should probably be in this division.

entry fee: $30 per couple

Uppercut Bout (Open Strictly)

All the tempos! All the Lindy hop! Register as a couple. The music played will be between 130bpm & 220bpm.

Lindy Bout Barnburner and Bare-Knuckle Champions are not permitted to register in this division. If you have placed or been a finalist in a major swing dance competition, you should probably not be in this division.

entry fee: $30 per couple

Featherweight (Medium Tempo Strictly)

Register as a couple. The music played will be between 130bpm & 180bpm.

entry fee: $30 per couple

So You Think You Can Lindy Bout

Otherwise known as our “Ultimate Versatility Match”. Get ready to Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and Blues your way to the final round! Dancers will dance each dance to appropriate music, and will be judged on how well they accomplish this feat. Each dance will be weighted equally in scoring this Match.

entry fee: $30 per couple

Endurance Match

Find a partner and get ready to leave it all on the dance floor. How long can you stay dancing as the music gets faster and faster? The winners will be the last couple swingin’ out. Register with a partner at the door.

entry fee: Free

Jack & Jill Matches

Important note!  Starting at Lindy Bout XII, we will no longer be using the term "Jack & Jill."  The new name for these Matches will be announced in fall 2017.

Jack & Jills are awesome and a great way to start your competition journey. 

In Jack & Jill preliminary rounds, dancers dance to several songs and are randomly paired with a different partner each time. Dancers are judged as an individual dancer in the preliminary rounds. 

In the final round, finalists are randomly paired with a partner and judged as a couple. 

There are three leveled Jack & Jills and one open-level Jack & Jill. Please read the descriptions carefully and register yourself in the appropriate Match.

If you register for a Jack & Jill and are not suited to its level we reserve the right to switch you to the appropriate Match, or be disqualified by the judges. 

You may only register for each Jack & Jill in one role (i.e. a lead or a follow), but you are welcome to enter up to two of the three leveled Jack & Jill matches. Most dancers that register for the Barnburner Jack & Jill in their primary dance role should register for the Knockdown Jack & Jill in their secondary role. 

If you have any questions about which Jack & Jill you should register in for either your primary or secondary dance role please contact us.

Haymaker Jack & Jill

If you are new to Lindy Hop, this is the place to start your competition journey! This division is designed for dancers new to competing and new to Lindy Hop. The following dancers are usually not permitted to register in this division: dancers who regularly teach swing dance lessons, and dancers who have been in the Lindy Bout Haymaker Jack & Jill finals twice. The music played will be between 120 & 190bpm. Register as a lead or a follow.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Haymaker is now closed for follows, but you can add your name to the waitlist.

Knockdown Jack & Jill

Dancers in this division should be considered Advanced-Intermediate or Advanced dancers. You are comfortable with a wide variety of tempos and likely have some competition or performance experience. Lindy Bout Featherweight and Bare-Knuckle champions are not permitted to register in this division. If you have placed or been a finalist in a major swing dance competition, you should probably not be in this division. The music played will be between 140 & 210bpm. Register as a lead or a follow.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Knockdown is now closed for follows, but you can add your name to the waitlist.

Barnburner Jack & Jill

This is for dancers who are more comfortable on the dance floor than off it, be it through dancing, teaching, performing, or competing. If you have placed or been a finalist in a major swing dance competition, you should probably be in this division. If you are a former Lindy Bout Featherweight or Bare-Knuckle champion you must enter this division. Finalists in this Match will not be allowed to compete with their “regular” partner (i.e. the dancer that they regularly train, perform, or compete with). The music played will be between 130 & 230bpm. Register as a lead or a follow.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Interregional Jack & Jill

This Match focuses on how well dancers can make a dancing partnership work, regardless of the musical style. In the preliminary round you will be randomly paired with partners from different geographical regions than yourself. You will be judged as an individual dancer. Finalists will be randomly paired with a partner and judged as a couple. Be prepared for any type of dancin’ music. Register as a lead or a follow. Finals will be to djed music.

entry fee: $15 per dancer 

Interregional is now closed for follows, but you can add your name to the waitlist.

Solo Matches

Solo Jazz

Register as an individual. Music played will be suitable for solo vernacular jazz dances such as Jazz, Charleston, Blues and Big Apple.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Solo jazz is now closed, but you can add your name to the waitlist.

Choreography Matches

You choreography music is required to be submitted to the Match DJ by April 14th. It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your music. Please email your music as an MP3 or M4A file to lindybout@vernacularjazzdancesociety.ca. You must label your file with the competition name, dancer or team name, and song title using the conventions below. We will not accept files that do not follow the naming conventions.

  • For Short & Sweet — SS_FirstnameLastname_SongTitle.mp3 where “FirstnameLastname” are the first and last names of the person that registered your entry and “SongTitle” is the name of your song. Example: SS_NormaMiller_ShinyStockings.mp3
  • For Team — team_Teamname_SongTitle.mp3 where “Teamname” is the name of your team and “SongTitle” is the name of your song. Example: team_HotKoko_KeepOnJumping.mp3 

Short & Sweet

Register as a solo dancer or as a couple and perform an original choreographed vernacular jazz (e.g. Lindy Hop, Charleston) routine to a selection of pre-recorded music between 30 and 60 seconds in length. You must edit your music to cut or fade. Bring your own pre-recorded pre-edited music. You can choose any part of a song to perform to.

entry fee: $15 per solo dancer or $30 per couple

Short & Sweet is now closed.

Team

Register as a group of three or more dancers and perform an original choreographed vernacular jazz (e.g. Lindy Hop, Charleston) routine between 2 and 4 minutes in length. Bring your own pre-recorded music. All team members must hold a weekend pass to Lindy Bout XI.

entry fee: $20 per couple (e.g. a team of 2 couples is $30, a team of 3 couples is $60 etc.)

Team is now closed.