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10-13 September, 2015

Competitions

Torino Swing Festival - Lindy Hop Competition

The Challenge

The third edition of Torino Swing Festival offers three big prizes for the winners of the three divisions: Jack and Jill Open, Jack and Jill Advanced and Invitational Strictly Lindy. Past editions have seen famous competitors and winners in all of the categories. Don’t keep waiting, enter our Hall of Fame!

2013

Lindy Hop Clash

Fabien Vrillon & Lisa Clarke

Lindy Hop Showcase

Michele Felizzi & Ilaria Pancetti

Solo Charleston

JB Mino

Jack&Jill Advanced

Fabien Vrillon & Mihanta Rakotoarisoa

Jack&Jill Open

Fred Caputo & Sara Cattani

2014

Showcase

Melanie Ohl & Hugo Marty

Solo Charleston

John Tigert

Jack&Jill Advanced

Matteo De Stefano & Lucille Pinteaux

Jack&Jill Open

Emanuele Margiotta & Dasha Kuzmenko

Jack’n’Jill Open

1st prize: Pass for Prague Spring Swing Festival

2nd prize: Pass for Swing’n’Milan

This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition, open to all levels. Dancers register as individuals, and will be randomly matched with multiple partners in the preliminary rounds. Preliminaries will be in all-skate format, and dancers will be judged individually; for the final round dancers will be randomly assigned a single partner and will be judged as a couple in a phrase battle format.

Friday – Le Roi Music Hall

Jack’n’Jill Advanced

1st prize: Pass for Swing and Swim

2nd prize: Pass for La Jam

This is a social dancing Lindy Hop competition, open to advanced dancers. Dancers register as individuals, and will be randomly matched with multiple partners in the preliminary rounds. Preliminaries will be in all-skate format, and dancers will be judged individually; for the final round dancers will be randomly assigned a single partner and will be judged as a couple in a phrase battle format.

Saturday – Le Roi Music Hall

Invitational Strictly Lindy

1st prize: Party Pass for Swing Août

This is an invitational competition. Participants are invited by Torino Swing Festival organizers and the winners of Jack&Jill Advanced will be admitted too. Even if choreographed sequences are not prohibited, the judges will evaluate according to spontaneity, creativity and musicality. You think you should be invited to this competition but you didn’t receive an invitation? Write to info@torinoswingfestival.com

Sunday – Jazz Club Torino

Torino Swing Festival 2014 Winners

The Rules

FAQ

Questions? Check this page first, the answer might be here!

What formats are used in the competitions?
Showcase

Competitors perform a choreo with their music.

All-Skate

Social dance format. All competitors dance on the dance floor at the same time.

Phrase-Battle

Jam session format. Competitors take turns, one at the time, in an a ssigned order, for on or two phrases each, until the song ends.

Spotlight

Couples take over the dance floor, one couple at a time, and do their best to impress the audience and the judges. They will dance at least on 8 eighths each, at the end of which they will leave the dance floor to another couple.

How do prelims work?
There are preliminary rounds for all competitions. For all other contests there will be a preliminary round to decide which competitors go to the finals. For preliminaries, all the competitors will be divided into heats, to have a fair number of dancers on the dancefloor at any one time. All the preliminary heats for one given contest division will be run back-to-back. During your heat you will dance in an all-skate format. For the Solo Charleston contest, the finalists will be decided on the spot (you will be tapped on the shoulder if you are in) and the finals will follow shortly after.
What levels are the competitions and what is the difference between Open and Advanced?
There are three levels for the competitions: open, advanced and invitational. All dancers, regardless of their level or experience are welcome in the Open divisions. The advanced divisions are for advanced dancers, but as this is a relative idea, there are no criteria and there won’t be auditions. It is your choice whether to compete in the Open or Advanced. Invitational level is or the best dancers and you can partecipate only by invitation. If you think you should be in this competition but you didn’t receive an invitation please write to staff@torinoswingfestival.com
What contest suits me better?
If you enjoy social dancing, enter a Jack and Jill. No partner needed!If dancing alone is your thing, then enter the Solo Charleston contest. If you love the challenges and to enchant your audience, and you are brave enough to face-off any other couple, then the Strictly Lindy is your contest! But if you love to create choreos and to entertain the audience, Showcase is for you!
What will we be judged on?
The Judges will be looking at a range of criteria: how well you improvise and respond to the music, how you work as a partnership, your repertoire, your creativity, your connection, if you can recognise phrasing in the music, and how the audience responds. The value placed on each of these criteria is at discretion of individual judge. The judges decisions are final. Swing dancing is about having fun social dancing, connecting with your partner and engaging with the music and judges will be looking for couples that embody these values.
What are the rules?
The only rules are to dance safely and to respect the Judges and other competitors. There are no rules about “Swing Contents” and there will be no disqualifications.
Do we need to wear costumes?
There is no requirement for costumes. For the appreciation of the judges and audience, we encourage you to dress you in a vintage style (1920s to 1940s) but it is not mandatory. We just ask you to be neatly and appropriately dressed.

Rules

Prima di partecipare a una gara.

1. Organiser

Torino Swing Festival organizes this event. Final decisions on all matters pertaining to these competitions rest solely with the Organiser.

2. Responsibilities of the Organiser
Schedule

The Organiser will determine the date, time and location for each competition, and will announce this information prior to the event. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel a division if the number of competitors is below the minimum of two (2) couples or six (6) dancers, and to rearrange the schedule if necessary. Cancellation of a division would result in the refund of any applicable competitor entry fees. Any schedule or location changes will be noted on the website (torinoswingfestival.com) if they occur prior to the event. If the changes occur during the event, they will be publicly announced and/or posted on noticeboards at the event.

Awards

The Organiser will determine and award all prizes and money. Monetary awards will be given in cash, in the Euro currency, at the Awards Ceremony. No other form of payment can be provided.

Posting of scores

The results of the competitions will be posted for review after the Awards Ceremony, at the event and on the webiste (www.torinoswingfestival.com).

Competition Format

The Organiser reserves the right to determine the format of each competition division, including whether it consists of preliminary heats and/or finals, and whether the competition is danced in all-skate, phrase-battle or spotlight formats. These decisions will be communicated on the website before the event, and any changes will be announced as soon as possible on the website or though announcements at the event.

3. Age requirements
Competitions are open to dancers of all nationalities, worldwide. A “couple” consists of one”leader” and one “follower”. Leaders and Followers may be of any gender.
4. Requirements
In order to be eligible to compete, each coompetitor must meet ALL of the following requirements:

    1. Hold one of the festival passes
    2. Have paid the required competition entry fees
    3. Have signed a Competition Waiver form. No Competitor will be allowed to compete without a signed Waiver and every member of a Team must sign the Competition Waiver
    4. Competitors under 18-years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their Waiver and any other required forms. Competition Waivers forms will be available at the registration desk when you arrive at the event, and also at the daily Competitor Meetings
    5. Register by the official entry deadline, using the official registration system at www.torinoswingfestival.com
    6. Meet the entry requirements of each individual competition division (eg: as regards to dance level, length of routine, etc.)
    7. Meet all the specific requirements outlined in these rules
5. Responsibilities of Competitors
Rules

All Competitors are responsible for reading and understanding the rules prior to the competitions. Competitors are responsible for adhering to these rules whether or not they have been read.

Behavior

All Competitors must demonstrate safe, respectful and courteous behavior at all time at the event, both on and off the competition floor. Failure to adhere to these standards, could cause disciplinary action by the Organiser, or penalties from the Judges.

Dance order di ballo

Drawing for dance order will take place at the desk and will be posted on the Competitors’s noticeboards. Competitors are required to be familiar with their assigned dance order and be prepared to be announced and to compete in this order.

Punctuality

Competitors are required to be in attendance at the competition venue, and ready to compete, 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of each competition division. Competitors must check-in with the competition staff for each competition division, and failure to do so may result in disqualification from competing in that division, without a refund of entry fee.

Deadlines

Failure to comply with deadlines and attendance at mandatory meetings may result in disqualification from competing in the event without a refund of entry fee. These decisions will be made solely at the discretion on the Organizer.

6. Costumes
Costumes are not mandatory, however tasteful, neat and appropriate clothing and safe footwear is required. For the appreciation of the audience and judges, we encourage you to dress in a vintage (from 20s to 40s) style, or in colorful or dramatic dance attire, but this is not compulsory.
7. Competition music

Music played during all competition divisions (except for showcase divisions), will be selected by the official Competition Dj, appointed by the event Organisers. Music will be swinging jazz music, predominantly from the 20s, 30s and 40s, in a variety of tempos. Musical phrasing may be 32-bar swing phrasing or 12-bar blues phrasing.

8. Judging criteria
The judges will be looking at a range of criteria:

  1. How well you improvise and respond to the music
  2. How you work as a partnership
  3. Repertoire
  4. Creativity and connection
  5. If you can recognize phrasing in the music
  6. How the audience responds

The value placed on each of these criteria is at the discretion if individual judges. The judges decision are final. Swing dancing is about having fun social dancing, connecting with your partner and engaging with the music, and our judges will be looking for couples that embody these values.

9. Competition Cancellations and Withdrawals
Entry fees will only be refunded to a competitor who withdraws, if a replacement competitor registers in that competition division. If no replacement competitor registers in that competition division, then you will receive the amount of your entry fees as a credit towards the following year’s TSF, but no refund will be given.
10-13 September, 2015