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A panel of judges which may include judges from Australia, NZ, the UK or elsewhere will undertake the judging of events. Everyone is welcome to compete and will be judged fairly.

To encourage a fair environment & ensure that all competitors are judged solely on their dancing skills, performance ability and repertoire of moves, a team of judges from a variety of dance styles have been selected. Judges will take the following into consideration:

Dancing with correct Modern Jive timing is integral to the foundations of Modern Jive and is an essential part of the dance. Particularly at Advanced and Champions Levels timing will be carefully scrutinized before other elements are considered.

Some criteria easily rest under different headings but never-the-less the judges are looking for all these things.  Headings simply help to get your ideas together.

Before going further, it is important to understand that the level at which you dance will indicate how much of each skill the judges are looking for. eg At beginner level the emphasis is on having FUN!

The triple "T's" form a broad overview but it can be useful to consider choreography and performance separately;

1. Timing - modern jive timing will be considered before other elements of the dance
2. Teamwork – (Partnership) Connection with partner, the music (musicality) and the audience (showmanship/performance).
3. Technique – Balance, Lead/Follow, Active/Passive lead/follow, Frame, Arm Leads/Body Leads,
4. Choreography –Moves are part of choreo and can include: range of moves, variations, difficulty, innovation/creativity, style, use of lines/extensions,  use of space, Furthermore choreo consists of musical interpretation, flow of dance/routines,  clean execution of moves including dips/drops & aerials and the ability to genuinely freestyle in freestyle and DWAS events Combos are ok but there should be evidence of true freestyling. Choreography of the overall routine is of high importance for Cabaret/Showcase & Team events.  
5. Performance – Showmanship, chemistry between the couple, animation, costuming/outfit and X-Factor

Further break down of things judges are looking for;

TIMING

Points to remember:
1. Modern Jive is a “double rhythm” dance (2 steps to two straight counts)
2. Whilst it is not essential to take two steps every two counts, an understanding of core fundamentals that should be visible.
3. Modern Jive is danced on the downbeat. In a ‘Modern Jive Count’ (& 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &1 &2 etc) each ‘position’ of the move happens on a number.
4. Transitioning (moving between the positions of moves or moving between moves happens on the “&” count (unless syncopated).
5. Modern Jive is a beat based dance. It is not a rhythm based dance such as cha cha. However, interpreting the rhythm of the music with flourishes are totally acceptable so long as you demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of the dance (ie dance on a downbeat)
6. At the higher levels of competition we would expect to see flourishes, rhythmic interpretation, lyrical interpretation and syncopations but not to the expense of the fundamentals of the dance.

DWAS
DWAS includes all the above skills but In DWAS as lot of emphasis is placed fun and on teamwork with your partner. Dancers should complement each other and work to expose their partner’s skill set.

TEAMS
Under this category, a minimum of 3 to 5 couples (depending on individual competition rules) perform a pre-choreographed routine to a song of their choosing, where the group dances in synchronization and into different formations. This division is also judged using the three "T's" and choreography and showmanship; however the criteria now apply to the team as a whole.