Lindy Bout XIV


Matches

Lindy Bout has moved online! See the details: https://lindybout.ca/online-2021/.

The information below is from previous years.

At Lindy Bout, we celebrate the spirit of Lindy Hop by throwing down on the dance floor and affirming the kinship and solidarity of our community through African-American vernacular jazz dance. The Lindy Bout Event Directors hope to create a supportive competition environment animated by the music that is inspiring to competitors and spectators alike.

All competitors are responsible for reading, understanding and adhering to our general rules.

*New*

As of December 30th, 2019 we’ve updated all our match descriptions.

Please pay special attention to the description for the Interregional Partner Draw.

Mapleweight (Team Battle)

This match is only open to Canadian dancers. You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to dance in this match. The intent of this competition is to showcase Canadian dancers and Canadian Lindy Hop communities. In that spirit, we invite you to please use your judgement to determine whether or not to participate in this match. If you have any questions, please contact us (lindybout@vernacularjazzdancesociety.ca).

Register as a team of 10-30 dancers, representing your region, province/territory, or city. Teams that represent more than one geographically adjacent province/territory are allowed. Teams that include dancers from more than one city in a region or province/territory are strongly encouraged. Your team name must make reference to its geographic representation.

You must have a team captain, who is responsible for your registration and all correspondence with the organizers. We have extremely limited space in this match and will only permit one team per region, province/territory, or city to register.

You must submit names of at least 10 dancers in your team at the time of registration (i.e. TBD is not allowed, substitutions will be permitted within reason). You can add more dancers to your team after registering. Once you have registered your team, all team participants must register for Lindy Bout no later than March 5, 2020 or your team registration will be cancelled.

Teams will dance battle style to live music. The music played will be between 190 & 240bpm and will be in 32-bar form.

All forms of dancing are permitted. Note that tap shoes are not permitted directly on the Performance Works floor; please see our FAQ about tap shoes. Choreography and prepared sequences are allowed.

All teams will dance in a preliminary battle and may advance to the second/final battle. The precise format of each battle will depend on the number of entries, and will be announced to the teams in early March. In each battle, teams will trade-off choruses and half-choruses, followed by all-skates. In total, all teams will spotlight for at least 10 phrases and up to a maximum of 24 phrases.

Judges and the audience will determine the Champion team.

entry fee: $100 per team The Mapleweight is now closed.

Strictly Matches

You may complete in either the Bare-Knuckle or the Uppercut Bout; you cannot compete in both. Please read the descriptions for the Bouts carefully and register you and your partner in the appropriate level. If you and your partner register for the Bare-Knuckle or Uppercut Bout and are not suited to the level, the organizers reserve the right to switch you to the appropriate level. If you have any questions about which Bout you and your partner should register for, please contact us.

Bare-Knuckle Bout (Advanced Strictly)

Register as a couple. The music played will be between 130bpm & 240bpm.

The Bare-Knuckle is for dancing partnerships who are more comfortable on the dance floor than off it, be it through dancing, teaching, performing, or competing. If you or your partner have been a Lindy Bout Barnburner or Bare-Knuckle Finalist you must register in this Bout. If you or your partner 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)

Register as a couple. The music played will be between 130bpm & 220bpm.

If you and your partner have been a Lindy Bout Barnburner or Bare-Knuckle Finalist, you are not permitted to register in this Bout. If you or your partner 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.

The Featherweight is open to all levels of dancers. If you are competing in either the Uppercut or Bare-Knuckle and the Featherweight matches, you must have different partners in each match. I.e. You cannot compete with the same partner in the Featherweight and either the Uppercut or Bare-Knuckle.

entry fee: $30 per couple

Partner Draw Matches

In Partner Draw 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 Partner Draws (Haymaker, Knockdown, Barnburner) and one open-level Partner Draw (Interregional). Please read the descriptions carefully and register yourself in the appropriate level.

If you register for a Partner Draw and are not suited to its level the organizers reserve the right to switch you to the appropriate level.

You may only register for each Partner Draw in one role (i.e. a lead or a follow). You are welcome to enter up to two of the three leveled Partner Draw matches, but you can only enter once as a lead and once as a follow. Please note the restrictions for the Haymaker Partner Draw: dancers who are registered in the Knockdown or Barnburner are not permitted to register in the Haymaker.

If you have any questions about which Partner Draw you should compete in please contact us.

Haymaker Partner Draw

Register as a lead or a follow. The music played will be between 130bpm & 190bpm.

If you are new to Lindy Hop, this is the place to start your competition journey! This match is designed for dancers new to competing and new to Lindy Hop. The following dancers are usually not permitted to register in this Partner Draw: dancers who regularly teach swing dance lessons and dancers who have been in the Lindy Bout Haymaker Partner Draw finals twice. Dancers who are registered in the Knockdown or Barnburner are not permitted to register in the Haymaker.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Knockdown Partner Draw

Register as a lead or a follow. The music played will be between 140bpm & 210bpm.

Dancers in this match should be comfortable with a wide variety of tempos and will likely have some competition or performance experience. Lindy Bout Featherweight and Bare-Knuckle Champions are not permitted to register in this Partner Draw. If you have placed or been a finalist in a major swing dance competition, you should probably not be in this Partner Draw. Finalists in this match will not be allowed to compete with their “regular” partner in the finals (i.e. the dancer that they regularly train, perform, or compete with).

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Barnburner Partner Draw

Register as a lead or a follow. The music played will be between 120bpm & 230bpm.

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 match. If you are a former Lindy Bout Featherweight, Barnburner, or Bare-Knuckle Finalist you must enter this Partner Draw. Finalists in this match will not be allowed to compete with their “regular” partner in the finals (i.e. the dancer that they regularly train, perform, or compete with).

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Interregional Partner Draw

Now for something different! Get down on the dance floor like it’s your best friend’s small-town Canadian wedding.

This Match focuses on how well dancers can make a dancing partnership work, regardless of the musical style.

Register as a lead or a follow and dance with partners from different geographic regions. You will be judged by how you dance with your partner to the music chosen.

In the preliminary round you will be randomly paired with partners from different geographic regions than yourself. You will be judged as an individual dancer. Finalists will be randomly paired with a partner from a different geographic region and judged as a couple. Both rounds will be to djed music. Be prepared for any type of dancin’ music.

entry fee: $15 per dancer 

More Jazz Matches

Solo(ish) Jazz (Social Solo Jazz)

Register as an individual. During the preliminary round, you will be judged as an individual. You will dance in small groups to foster a spirit of competitive interplay — be sure to dance your best and inspire others to bring their best to the competition too. In the finals you will be randomly paired with another dancer and judged as a pair. Music played will be suitable for a range of African-American vernacular jazz dances.

Finalists in this match will not be allowed to compete with their “regular” partners. (i.e. the dancer that they regularly train, perform, or compete with).

entry fee: $15 per dancer  Solo(ish) Jazz is now full (but you can sign-up for the waitlist).

All That Jazz

The spirit of Montreal Swing Riot lives on at Lindy Bout – many thanks to the organizers for lending us this competition. Long live Montreal Swing Riot!

Register as an individual or a couple; everyone will be judged in the same division. Dancers will show their versatility and ability to adapt to different genres of jazz music (New Orleans trad jazz, Latin jazz, bebop, boogie woogie, etc.). Dancers will dance to live music in both the preliminary and final rounds.

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

Choreography Matches

Your choreography music must be submitted to the Match DJ by April 4, 2020. 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_DawnHampton_TheLightIsOn.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

One dancer registers as a solo dancer or on behalf of a couple. Dancer(s) will perform an original choreographed vernacular jazz (e.g. Lindy Hop, Charleston) routine to a selection of pre-recorded music between 50 and 90 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. You may compete in a maximum of two Short & Sweets.

entry fee: $15 per solo dancer or $30 per couple Short & Sweet is now full. 

Team

Register on behalf of a team of three or more dancers. The person who registers the team will be responsible for the team’s registration and all correspondence with the organizers. Dancers will perform an original choreographed vernacular jazz (e.g. Lindy Hop, Charleston) routine between 2.5 and 4 minutes in length. Bring your own pre-recorded music. All team members must hold an Event Pass to Lindy Bout XIV.

entry fee: $20 per couple (e.g. a team of 2 couples is $40, a team of 3 couples is $60 etc.) The team division is now full.