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. This year we celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Crystal Blues - and we're celebrating out return to the dancefloor. Because we've all been away from dance for a while, we've made a few changes this year to ensure a level competition for all. Take a look at our challenge lineup below.
NOTE: Please check eligibility criteria before entering (below) - 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.
Doors open for dancing (and lunch!) at 12:00pm
Rough and Rusty - NEW! (1:00pm) This challenge is open to anyone who maybe wasn’t practising every minute of every day during lockdown! If our enforced absence from the dance floor has left you feeling a little less Cool and Confident, and a little more Rough and Rusty – then this is for you. As an entry level category, judges will be looking for a good awareness of musicality, close hold techniques and connection between partners. Add a dash of flair and a splash of panache and you’ll really catch the judges' eye. (No Teachers/DJs/Competition Winners…. (anyone who has won a first place in any previous competition, CBC or elsewhere))
Blues is Blues Is Blues (2:30pm) - For us, Modern Blues is all about letting the music guide your dance... What is happening in this particular moment of the music that encourages you to move..?
It is usual in a competition for you to get two pieces of music to dance to, in order to show your connection, your range, your technique, your style etc - but for this challenge, we are going to give you three pieces of music!
There'll be a shorter time for each piece, but each selection of music will require a clearly different response from you and your partner. (An ‘open-to-all’ category)
It Takes Two - NEW! (4:00pm)
When you book in for the ‘It Takes Two’ challenge you will be sent a link to the two pieces of music that you will be dancing to – so you have time to practice and prepare. (Everyone will receive the same music.) Whether you choose to fully or partially choreograph your dances is completely up to you. Maybe you prefer to live life on the edge and just wing it. Again – up to you. Our judges will be looking for a clear connection between you, your partner and the music. As well as a good demonstration of close-hold techniques, lead and follow connection, and musical interpretation. And remember - the earlier you book, the longer you have to practice! (Open to all)
Best-of-Luck (5:15pm (ish)) – 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. (Open to all).
Doors open for dancing (and lunch!) at 12:00pm
Funkified Blues (1pm) - 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 - Previous winners and competitors welcome.)
Bluest Blues (2:30pm) - 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. You can transition from close-hold, to reverse hold and back again - 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 (4:00pm) – 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 and is designed to focus on the challenge aspect of the category! (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.)
Freestyle time: Wrapped around and threaded through the individual challenges will be loads of time for dancing - if there's not a competition on, then the dance floor will be open! And of course we have freestyle time on Friday and Saturday through til 1am (in two rooms!), and on Sunday through til 11pm.
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.
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.
There's more information on what the judges are looking for HERE - remember that each member of the audience can influence the outcome through their voting crystal, so pay attention!
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. We've made things a lot simpler this year so most of the challenges are 'open to all'.
You can book on line for the weekend and the individual challenges HERE!