Moscow Westie Fest 2016

West Coast Swing Fest: November 3 – 6, 2016, Moscow, Russia



Divisions and Rules

1. West Coast Swing Jack n’ Jill (WSDC): Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, All-Star
2. Strictly Swing: Novice and Open
3. Rising Star Routines
4. Sophisticated Jack n' Jill
5. Cabaret
6. Teams


West Coast Swing Jack n’ Jill (Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced / All-Stars)

This division demonstrates social part of West Coast Swing, ability to lead and follow, improvise, dance with different partners to different music. Leaders and followers register separately.

In preliminary rounds participants dance in heats, couples are formed randomly, leaders and followers are judges separately. In final couples are formed by draw and dance spotlight or jam. There might be also allskate in the end. In final judges estimate dance of the couple.

Each participant may compete in Jack n’ Jill division in one category: Newcomer, Novice and Intermediate.

Newcomer Jack n’ Jill

Dancers with less than a year of experience and/or competing for the first time are welcome to participate in this category, as well as dancers with no Novice (or higher) points.

Novice Jack n’ Jill

This category is open for participants with no WSDC points, and for those who have under 15 points in Novice division.

Intermediate Jack n’ Jill

Dancers with 15 or more points in Novice, and less than 30 Intermediate points.

Advanced Jack n’ Jill

Dancers with 30 or more points in Intermediate.

All-Star Jack n’ Jill

Dancers with 45 or more Advanced points within 3 years prior to this event.

WSDC Points Registry

The World Swing Dance Council Points Registry is used to determine eligibility for the West Coast Swing Jack n' Jill divisions.

WSDC points will be awarded as follows:

Tier (number of competitors) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Additional
Tier 1 (5–15) 5 4 3 2 1
Tier 2 (16–39) 10 8 6 4 2 6th…10th — 1pt
Tier 3 (40 and more) 15 12 10 8 6 1pt to all Finalists

More info at swingdancecouncil.com.


Strictly Swing

This division is designed to highlight social West Coast Swing dancing skill. Pre-Choreographed routines are not allowed. Costumes are not allowed. However, matching or complementary outfits suitable for social dancing are acceptable. Music will be randomly selected by the Deejay. It will not be previewed in advance for competitors. Preliminary rounds will be heated. The Final round format will be determined by the Head Judge.

Moves such as lifts, aerials, and acrobatic moves are not allowed. Support moves, such as drops, slides, and splits are allowed (but not required) to the degree that they would be considered safe and appropriate on a social dance floor. Recognizable West Coast Swing content must be present throughout the performance.

Competitors may compete in one level of Strictly, either Open Level or Novice.

Novice Strictly Swing

Category is open for participants with no WSDC points; or for dancers with less than 15 points in Novice.

Open Strictly Swing

Category is open for all dancers.


Rising Star Routines

Competitors in this division select their own music and have choreographed routines. Dance Costumes are required. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes. Timing starts with movement with or without music.

  1. Rising Star guidelines for expected swing content are 75%. It is at the judges’ discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
  2. Participants select their own music, which should be given by them to the Deejay prior to their performance.
  3. Lifts and aerials are allowed, but not required.
  4. Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.
  5. Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-a-ways, and recoveries.
  6. Order of performances is determined by draw.


Sophisticated Jack n' Jill

The rules governing the Sophisticated Jack n' Jill Division are the same rules that govern the Jack n' Jill except both competitors must be 35 years of age or older, on or before the day of the competition.


Cabaret Division

This Division is open to any style of dance other than West Coast Swing. However, including a slight amount of WCS is permitted, subject to a maximum of 20% of the overall dance time.

  1. It is allowed to use props. If using a prop, it must be approved by judges prior to the beginning of the contest.
  2. Lifts, aerials, acrobatic moves, drops, slides, break-aways, switching of partners and reverse lead/follow are allowed, but not required.
  3. An entry may consist of a solo performer, couple or multiple performers.
  4. All Cabaret performers must have purchased a pass to the event.
  5. Cabaret acts select their own music and have choreographed routines.
  6. Dance costumes are required.
  7. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 4 minutes.
  8. The order of appearance is determined by draw.
  9. Competitors must submit their music to the DJ one day prior to the performance.


Teams (Formations) Division

Choreographed routines in West Coast Swing style performed by teams of six or more dancers of any gender and/or skill level. They will be judged as a group.

  1. Lifts, aerials, acrobatic moves, drops, slides, break-aways, switching of partners and reverse lead/follow are allowed, but not required.
  2. Dancers may dance in different Teams.
  3. All Team performers must have purchased a pass to the event.
  4. Teams select their own music and have choreographed routines.
  5. Dance costumes are required.
  6. Performance time is a minimum of 2.5 minutes and maximum of 4 minutes. Timing starts with movement with or without music.
  7. Judging criteria are: uniformity of movement, technique, change of dance pattern, keeping WCS style.
  8. The order of appearance is determined by draw.
  9. Teams must submit their music to the DJ one day prior to the performance.

If the number of entries for any of the divisions — Cabaret or Teams — is less than 3 there will be one common division Cabaret+Teams.


General Rules

Westie Fest is open for all West Coast Swing dancers; and in order to provide the best possible experience to all participants we kindly request that they abide by the following general rules:

  1. All competitors are required to purchase a Full, Weekend or Contest Pass and register in advance.
  2. Clothing and costumes should be in good taste, suitable for dancing, and flattering in all divisions. Costumes are required for the Rising Star, Teams and Cabaret division. In Strictly and Jack n' Jill divisions costumes are NOT allowed, but matching dance clothing for Strictly is encouraged.
  3. Dancers are not allowed to compete in Rising Star Routines, ProAm and Strictly divisions in the same couple.
  4. All Competitors must demonstrate courteous and professional behavior at all times, both on and off the competition floor.
  5. Lifts and aerials are not allowed in Jack n’ Jill and Strictly divisions. Dancers must maintain their own physical contact with the floor during partner weight support moves.
  6. All questionable situations should be addressed to the chief judge.
  7. Technical (interim) results will available for competitors after the competition.