Moscow Westie Fest 2017

West Coast Swing Fest: November 3 – 5, 2016, Moscow, Russia



Divisions and Rules

1. West Coast Swing Jack n’ Jill (рейтинг WSDC): Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, All Star
2. Strictly Swing: Novice, Intermediate и Open
3. Strictly Shag
4. Rising Star Routines
5. Sophisticated Jack n' Jill
6. ProAm Routines


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

Novice division open to any dancers, even if they are brave enough and going compete for the first time. Competitors with fewer than 16 Novice points should dance in this division. Competitors with 30 or more Novice points must dance in a higher division.

Intermediate Jack n’ Jill

Intermediate level is open for dancers, who have already competed at the Intermediate level and hold Intermediate points (less than 45) or they have earned 16 or more Novice points.

Advanced Jack n’ Jill

Advanced level is open for dancers, who have already competed at the Advanced level and hold Advanced points (less than 60 within last 36 month) or they have earned 30 or more Intermediate points.

All-Star Jack n’ Jill

A person should compete in All star if she/he has already competed at the All star division or she/he has earned 45 or more Advanced points within last 36 month.

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) 1th 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Additional Placements in Final
Tier 1 (5–10 competitors) 3 2 1
Tier 2 (11–19 competitors) 6 4 3 2 1
Tier 3 (20–39 competitors) 10 8 6 4 2 1 pt (up to 12th place)
Tier 4 (40–79 competitors) 15 12 10 8 6 1 pt (up to 15th place)
Tier 5 (80–129 competitors) 20 16 14 12 10 2 pts (up to 15th place)
Tier 6 (130+ competitors) 25 22 18 15 12 2 pts (up to 15th place)

More info at worldsdc.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 several levels of Strictly but not below its WSDC level.

Novice Strictly Swing

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

Intermediate Strictly Swing

The division is open for dancers with fewer than 30 Intermediate WSDC points. Competitors enter as a couple. If any of the partners have 30 or more Intermediate WSDC points, or competing at a higher level, couple should dance in Open Strictly division.

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.


ProAm 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.

Definition of a Professional

Pro is someone who has received payment for teaching group classes, teaching privates lessons or paid for a dance show or demonstration in the last three years.

Definition of an Amateur

Am is someone who has not received payment for teaching group lessons, teaching private lessons, or paid for a dance show or demonstration in the last three years.

For regional pros

If you live in other regions of Russia (except Moscow and St.Petersburg) you can enter competitions both as Pro with your students and as Am with Moscow / St.Petersburg Pro.


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 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 and ProAm Routines 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 Routines and Strictly divisions in the same couple.
  4. Each competitor may enter only one (1) WSDC skill level Jack and Jill. Each competitor may enter only one (1) age level appropriate WSDC Jack & Jill. Competitors may compete in several levels of Strictly but not below its WSDC level.
  5. All Competitors must demonstrate courteous and professional behavior at all times, both on and off the competition floor.
  6. 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.
  7. All questionable situations should be addressed to the chief judge.
  8. Technical (interim) results will available for competitors after the competition.