Lindy Bout XII


Matches

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 Bossies 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.

Strictly Matches

Please read the descriptions for the Bare-Knuckle and Uppercut Bouts carefully and register yourself and your partner in the appropriate level. You may only compete in one Bout. If you 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)

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

The Bare-Knuckle is for dancers who are more comfortable on the dance floor than off it, be it through dancing, teaching, performing, or competing. 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 Featherweight is open to all levels of dancers. The music played will be between 130 & 180bpm.

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” on the spot when the Match starts.

entry fee: Free

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, you may be disqualified by the judges.  In addition, 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 please note the new 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

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 Partner Draw finals twice. Dancers who are registered in the Knockdown or Barnburner are not permitted to register in the Haymaker. The music played will be between 130 & 190bpm. Register as a lead or a follow.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Knockdown Partner Draw

Dancers in this division should be 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. 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). The music played will be between 140 & 210bpm. Register as a lead or a follow.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Barnburner Partner Draw

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 in the finals (i.e. the dancer that they regularly train, perform, or compete with). The music played will be between 120 & 230bpm. Register as a lead or a follow.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

Interregional Partner Draw

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 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. 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 

More Jazz Matches

Solo Jazz

Register as an individual. Dancers are judged as individual dancers. Music played will be suitable for solo African-American vernacular jazz dances such as Jazz, Charleston, Blues, and Big Apple.

entry fee: $15 per dancer

All That Jazz

New this year! 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.).

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

Choreography Matches

Registration for choreography Matches closes on March 23.

Your choreography music must be submitted to the Match DJ by March 23. 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

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 45 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.

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

Team

Register as a group of three or more dancers and perform an original choreographed vernacular jazz (e.g. Lindy Hop, Charleston) routine between 2.5 and 4 minutes in length. Bring your own pre-recorded music. All team members must hold a weekend pass to Lindy Bout XII.

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