cbc-2017

ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES

We want to make Crystal Blues a simple, straightforward transparent competition that celebrates the dance that we love. We do feel it's helpful to give you some idea of what we're looking for in each challenge: so here are a few guidelines.

NOTE: Please check eligibility criteria before entering - we want to help Crystal Blues remain a friendly and fun competition, but we do need to have one or two rules to ensure a good balance of accessible competition.

Funkified Blues (Sunday) - A new competition for 2017. A chance for us to really celebrate and enjoy a beautiful merging of the funkier side of music and the joy of lead/follow partner dancing.  (An ‘open-to-all’ category)

Beginner Blues (Saturday) – For those in the early stages of transition into Modern Blues. (For example, it would be very suitable for those who have recently participated in New-2-Blues workshops, BootCamp or courses), or who have been dancing Modern Blues for less than a year. To keep the spirit of the competition, this category is NOT open to DJs, Demonstrators or Teachers involved in any form of adult partner dance. Those who have entered this category in previous years will also not be eligible. Please also note that competitors cannot enter both Beginner Blues and Cool 'N' Confident in the same year.

Beat-up Blues (over 45’s)  (Saturday) - Both partners must be aged 45 or over at the time of competing. Beyond that, it's up to you to find your musical expression in the shared dance. Dips, drops leans etc are allowed here.

Best-of-Luck – Leads and follows are randomly paired - open to all as individual entries. No partner required to enter this category as we'll match you up during the competition. (Note that the Saturday and Sunday competitions are separate - you can enter either, or both).

Cool ‘N’ Confident (Sunday) – An Intermediate level category designed for those who have been dancing Blues a while. Dips, drops leans etc are allowed here, and judges will be looking for an emphasis on letting the music guide the dance, and a clear demonstration of the basics of Modern Blues dancing. This category is NOT open to DJs, Demonstrators or Teachers involved in any form of adult partner dance - previous winners of this category are not eligible for entry.

All-comers (Saturday) – This category allows all dancers to enter (ie it is open to DJs, teachers, demonstrators and all). This category celebrates the joy of everything that is Modern Blues dance with dips, drops, leans etc allowed. Judges will be looking for interesting musical interpretation as well as effective technique and a clear utilisation of lead and follow in both close-hold and at extension. (An ‘open-to-all’ category -Previous winners and competitors welcome.)

Bluest Blues (Saturday)- this category is designed to bring us back to the core of our dancing. In Bluest Blues our attention will be focused on the heart of Modern Blues - movement and musicality in close hold and intimate close hold, finding the soul of the dance and allowing the partnership of lead and follow to be fully expressed. Some dance at extension will be allowed, but the greatest proportion of the dance must be in close hold. Expect the music for this category to be sultry, sexy, fluid and sensuous. (An ‘open-to-all’ category -Previous winners and competitors welcome.)

Ultimate Challenge (Sunday) – This category is all about musical challenge. The music is selected to test and stretch you and is likely to be music previously unheard in most dance venues. (Please be aware that the music for this category may not be exclusively ‘Blues’) Being able to respond spontaneously to new music as it unveils is the key to success in this category. (An ‘open-to-all’ category - Previous winners and competitors welcome.)

Centre Stage - Take centre stage on our dance floor to allow us all to enjoy your moment of dance - choreographed or freestyle to your own choice of music. Each couple will have the floor to themselves as they showcase an entire track of their choice. This category is perfect for those who like to time to rehearse and prepare in advance, with a view to presenting a polished and pleasing performance. (An ‘open-to-all’ category). It is up to you to decide whether you prefer to dance a fully choreographed routine, a partially choreographed routine supplemented with freestyle interpretation, or entirely spontaneous freestyle. A track consisting of one or two pieces of music not exceeding four minutes in total length must be submitted to Sara on CD not less than one week before the competition begins (to allow the DJs to check for sound quality) (and please remember when choosing your music that this is first and foremost a Blues event).

Audience voting

The audience are hugely important throughout the weekend. Not only do the competitors get a massive boost from your support, but, collectively, you are one of the all-important judges.

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

For us, Modern Blues dancing is a music-led, lead/follow partner dance that incorporates and includes movement in both close-hold and at extension.

We celebrate the joy that is to be found in spontaneously choreographing the dance to the music as it plays, focussing on the interplay between lead and follow and music.

We feel that Modern Blues dancing isn't constrained by the style of music or by the style of dance but becomes a glorious amalgamation of all aspects of partner dance.

We've included some guidelines for us all to consider as we watch the individual challenges HERE - remember that each member of the audience can influence the outcome through their voting crystal, so pay attention!

ELIGIBILITY

Please check eligibility criteria before entering - we want to make sure that Crystal Blues remains a friendly and fun competition, but we do need to have one or two rules to ensure a good balance of accessible competition.

Beginner Blues – This category is designed to be an easy access category for those just setting out on their journey in Modern Blues dance. Both partners must have been dancing Modern Blues for less than a year. The category is perfect for those who have recently participated in New-2-Blues workshops, BootCamps or introductory events. To keep the spirit of this category, it is NOT open to DJs, Demonstrators or Teachers involved in any form of adult partner dance. Please also note that competitors cannot enter both Beginner Blues and Cool 'N' Confident in the same year.

Gritty Blues –An ‘open-to-all’ category. Previous winners and competitors welcome.

Funkified Blues –An ‘open-to-all’ category.

Beat-up Blues(over 45’s (TBC)) - An ‘open-to-all’ category. Previous winners and competitors welcome. Both partners must be aged 45 or over at the time of competing.

Best-of-Luck – Open to all as individual entries. No partner is required to enter this category as leads and follows are randomly paired during the competition.

Cool ‘N’ Confident – This is an intermediate level category and is NOT open to DJs, Demonstrators or Teachers currently involved in any form of adult partner dance. (Demos and DJs who have not been involved for over six months may enter) C'n'C is designed as an easy access category for intermediate dancers, and previous winners (in any challenge apart from Beginners Blues) are not eligible to compete (although you might consider that if you've entered and been placed in other challenges before, then the intermediate Cool 'n' Confident might not be the right place to compete!). Please also note that competitors cannot enter both Beginner Blues and Cool 'N' Confident in the same year.

All-comers – An ‘open-to-all’ category. Previous winners and competitors welcome.

Bluest Blues – An ‘open-to-all’ category.

Ultimate Challenge–An ‘open-to-all’ category. Previous winners and competitors welcome.

Centre Stage -An ‘open-to-all’ category. Previous winners and competitors welcome. It is up to you to decide whether you prefer to dance a fully choreographed routine, a partially choreographed routine supplemented with freestyle interpretation, or entirely spontaneous freestyle. A track consisting of one or two pieces of music not exceeding four minutes in total length must be submitted to Sara on CD not less than one week before the competition begins (to allow the DJs to check for sound quality) (and please remember when choosing your music that this is first and foremost a Blues event).