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London Throwdown 2017: Competitions

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Bishopsgate Institute

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EC2M 4QH

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An epic weekend dedicated to throwing down hard and fast. This weekend is all about the art of competing, featuring the London Jitterbug Championships and also the slightly more informal (but just as heated!) London Throwdown Championships.

We’re also hosting a mini array of workshops from our all-star London teaching team with a later start so you have the chance to party til the early hours. There will be plenty of time for social dancing to the live bands as we’ll be using two of the fantastic halls at the Bishopsgate Institute, so if you don’t fancy watching all the competitions there’ll always be somewhere you can swing out! We also have two rehearsal spaces you can use at certain times each night, and there'll be some time for you to test the floor and the space when doors open too.

COMPETE

London Throw Down will play host to two very different styles of competitions with the competition categories either falling under the London Jitterbug Championships (LJC) or the London Throwdown Championships (LTC) banner. LJC will include all your traditional style of comps while LTC will explore some fun new and crazy competition formats.

London Jitterbug Championships

Strictly Lindy Categories ~ £20 per couple

  • Up and Comers – for dancers who started dancing after January 2016
  • Rising Stars Lindy Hop– anyone can enter this competition, except those who have placed in a competition before!
  • All Stars – for dancers who have placed in a competition before

Prizes:
Winners: Medals and Free Passes to some top Swing Events in 2018

Jack and Jill Lindy Categories ~ £10 per person

  • Rising Stars Lindy Hop – anyone can enter this competition, except those who have placed in a competition before!
  • All Stars Lindy Hop – for dancers who have placed in a competition before

Prizes:
Winners: Medals and Free Passes to some top Swing Events in 2018

Vintage Dance Categories ~ £15 per couple

  • Balboa Jack and Jill – open to all levels of Balboa dancer, no partner required
  • Blues Strictly – open to all levels of dancer, sign up with a partner
  • Fast and Furious – open to all vintage dance styles – Balboa, Lindy, Shag…!

Prizes:
Winners: Medals and Free Passes to some top Swing Events in 2018

Solo Dance Category ~ £10 per person for Solo

  • Solo Jazz and Charleston – open to all levels of solo dancer

Prizes:
Winners: Medals and Free Passes to some top Swing Events in 2018

Showcase Categories ~ £5 per person

  • Rising Star 60 Second Showcase – open to anyone, except those who have placed in a competition before! This is a competition for solo dancers, pairs, couples, and teams to showcase any vintage dance style. At least 80% of your group must be Rising Star dancers and have never placed in a competition before.
  • All Star 60 Second Showcase – for dancers who have placed in a competition before. This is a competition for solo dancers, pairs, couples, and teams to showcase any vintage dance style. If you were overqualified for the Rising Star division then this is the division for you!
  • Teams Showcase – open to all teams and all vintage dance styles, this is a chance to showcase your team routine! Songs are a maximum of 4 minutes, minimum 3 dancers to comprise your team (no maximum).

Prizes:
Winners: Trophies and Cash prizes!

London Throwdown Championships


Jedi Jack and Jill ~ £10 per person

This is a J&J with a twist. As with all J&J’s you sign up as either a lead or a follow and not in a partnership. It will play out like a normal J&J with the only difference being that you will be blind folded. This competition is open to anyone and everyone brave enough!

Prizes:
Winners: Jedi Jack and Jill Trophy 2017

Longest Heel Slide ~ FREE

This pretty well does what it says on the tin. This comp is open to absolutely anyone and everyone and is usually a lot of fun.

Prizes:
Winner: Longest Heel Slide Champion 2017 (medal)

Big Apple Contest ~ FREE

Just like back in the day, our MC will call out some classic solo jazz moves and competitors have to dance them! This is a bit more like the traditional Big Apple Contest, rather than the Big Apple routine. If you don’t know the moves you can make it up or take inspiration from those around you. This round is all about repertoire, confidence and panache, and judges will tap you out if you don’t make it to the next round. Competitors dance to one song, approx 200-240 bpm – three rounds of Big Apple Contest, with tap outs through each round.

Prizes:
Winner: Big Apple Contest Champion 2017 (medal)

Teams Battle ~ £5 per person

Made up up teams of between 4 and 6 each team will battle the others dancing to a few different songs and throwing down their most impressive moves. Each battle will be to a song chosen by the Throwdown Comp DJ. Each team will face off against their opposition 2 or 3 times (depending on the number of teams who enter) for no longer than 30 seconds . At the end of each round the judges will point to the team they have selected to win that battle who will then head up to the next round.

Prizes:
Winners: Teams Battle Trophy 2017 and £50 bar tab!

Refund Policy

We will refund you if:

  • the competition division or event is cancelled

We will not refund you if:

  • you can no longer compete
  • you do not wish to compete

If you would like to transfer your competition entry to another person please let us know before the 9th June and we can process that for you. Contact festivals@swingpatrol.co.uk to make any changes

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