The Swing 16 Competitions are designed to showcase a competitor's social dance skills with a chosen partner. Competitors enter as a couple.
Cost is 100 nok to enter at each qualifier
80% of all entry fees go back to the competitors
30% to winners at the qualifier
50% into the final prize fund
20% of all entry fees go to the hosting event to cover costs for judging
Qualifier Prelims (Stage 1)
Depending on the number of competitors this may be run in one or two heats
Dancers will get one partner in the prelims and will be scored as a couple
Couples will receive a raw score based on a consistent scale that all judges will abide by. Every couple is scored.
Each heat will have 3 songs at approximately 2 minutes each.
Top 16 couples will advance to the qualifier finals (Stage 2)
In the event a dancer needs to dance in both heats and advances to the finals with both partners, the dancer in position 17+ is awarded finals position. This typically happens when there are more leaders OR more followers.
Qualifier Finals (Stage 2)
Each dancer is given a point value based on their placement in the Prelims.
1st gets 1 point
2nd gets 2 points
3rd gets 3 points
Partnerships are randomized and the dancers individual scores are combined
1st place Leader draws 12th place follower = 13 points
3rd place leader draws 7th place follower = 10 points
Tournament bracket is seeded with lowest combined score in top seed
Bracket is built as a traditional tournament bracket
1st seed against 16th seed
2nd seed against 15th seed
2 tier bracket system sets the stage that 1st seed and 2nd seed could meet in final round of qualifier barring no upsets
Tournament starts with a round of 16.
2 couples dance against each other for approximately 1 min
After dancing the couple turn their backs to the judges and the judges vote who advances
The Tournament format consists of multiple rounds
1 Couple will win the qualifier
Finals at the End of the Tournament Tour
The winners from each qualifier compete in the finals
If a winner cannot make it to the finals, the next dancer in line from the qualifying event earns the spot
The Finals will have a prelim and a final like each of the qualifiers
Winners get jackets and tickets to each fo the qualifying events
Open to all levels
Leaders must be male, followers must be female.
Winners (1st place) at a qualifying event can not particpate in any other qualifiers until after the finals
Scoring will be based on solid swing content and technique. Musicality and showmanship will be used as tie-breakers at each judges discretion