The fourth edition of the Torin Swing Festival proposes three fantastic races for all levels:
SOLO CHARLESTON, JACK & JILL OPEN and JACK & JILL ADVANCED.
Past editions have seen participants and celebrated the winners in all categories .
What aspects ? Log in to be a part of the winners !!
Saturday Le Roi
This is a solo dancing contest, from Jazz roots to authentic Jazz, Charleston, Black Bottom. This contest is open to everyone. Dancers register as individuals on Saturday night.
Preliminaries will be held in all-skate format, and finals in battle/spotlight format.
Sunday asd il Fortino
This is a competition for Lindy Hop dancers who started dancing recently, where you have to dance improvising as you do during a normal night of social dancing. The dancers register individually and will be placed in pairs with multiple partners in the phase of the preliminaries. The preliminaries will be all-skate format and dancers will be judged individually. For the final round, the dancers will be assigned a single partner and the pair thus formed will be judged in “phrase-battle”.
Jack & Jill Advanced
Sunday asd il Fortino
This is a competition for more expert Lindy Hop dancers, where you have to dance improvising as you do during a normal night of social dancing. The dancers register individually and will be placed in pairs with multiple partners in the phase of the preliminaries. The preliminaries will be all-skate format and dancers will be judged individually. For the final round, the dancers will be assigned a single partner and the pair thus formed will be judged in “phrase-battle”.
Lindy Hop Clash
Fabien Vrillon & Lisa Clarke
Lindy Hop Showcase
Michele Felizzi & Ilaria Pancetti
Fabien Vrillon & Mihanta Rakotoarisoa
Fred Caputo & Sara Cattani
Melanie Ohl & Hugo Marty
Matteo De Stefano & Lucille Pinteaux
Emanuele Margiotta & Dasha Kuzmenko
Invitational Strictly Lindy
Federico Torreggiani & Agnese Montepietra
1st Place: Morris Vespignani& Valeria Bonfanti
2nd Place: Emanuele Margiotta& Barbara Cosi
1st Place: Roumany Israil & Martina Lorenzo
2nd Place: Giovanni Messina& Manuel Michel
Questions? Check this page first, the answer might be here!
What formats are used in the competitions?
Social dance format. All competitors dance on the dance floor at the same time.
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.
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 two levels for the competitions: open and advanced. Open level is usually reserved to all the competitors that normally are in Improvers and Intermediate level’s class. The advanced divisions are for advanced dancers, that normally are in Intermediate/Advanced and Advanced classes. All the dancers are welcome. Check it out your level to be sure in which division you can register.
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.
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.
Before participating in a race.
Torino Swing Festival organizes this competitions. Final decisions on all matters pertaining to these competitions rest solely with the Organiser.
2. Responsibilities of the Organiser
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.
The Organiser will determine and award all the prizes during the awards ceremony.
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)
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. Minimun age request
Competitors must at least be 14 years old to compete in all categories except for the category Solo Charleston, where the minimum age should be 18 years. The age above shall be achieved by midnight of November 18, 2016, the starting date of the festival. Competitors under 18 years of age must have a parent or a licensed guide who can sign the tender form, before having access to competitions.
- Hold one of the festival passes
- 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
- 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
- Meet the entry requirements of each individual competition division (eg: as regards to dance level, length of routine, etc.)
- Meet all the specific requirements outlined in these rules
5. Responsibilities of Competitors
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Competition music
8. Judging criteria
- How well you improvise and respond to the music
- How you work as a partnership
- Creativity and connection
- If you can recognize phrasing in the music
- 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.