Competitions

Over $16,000 in prize money!

 

General Lindy Competitions

note: Competitors please bring  high quality audio for your competitions, it would be to your benefit.  CD quality is best.  Low quality sound will  detract from your performance!

Lindy Hop Pro-Showcase Invitational

Routines must be a minimum of two-minutes and a maximum of four-minutes in length. Competitors select their own music. This is a no-holds barred competition. All lifts, drops, aerials, airsteps and acrobatics are allowed. This will be an Invitational social dance competition open to dancers determined by the organizers.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $700
2nd – $300
3rd – $150


Lindy Hop Showcase

Routines must be a minimum of two-minutes and a maximum of four-minutes in length. Competitors select their own music. This is a no-holds barred competition. All lifts, drops, aerials, airsteps and acrobatics are allowed.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $600
2nd – $300
3rd – $100

Lindy Hop Classic (non-showcase)

Competitors will display their choreographed creativity without aerials, air-steps, acrobatics and lifts in this division. “On the ground” moves (such as drops, slides, and splits) are allowed. Competitors will select their own music. Routines must be a minimum of two-minutes and a maximum of four minutes in length.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $600
2nd – $300
3rd – $100

Lindy Hop Pro-Classic Invitational (non-showcase)

Competitors will display their choreographed creativity without aerials, air-steps, acrobatics and lifts in this division. “On the ground” moves (such as drops, slides, and splits) are allowed. Competitors will select their own music. Routines must be a minimum of two-minutes and a maximum of four minutes in length. This will be an Invitational social dance competition open to dancers determined by the organizers.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $700
2nd – $300
3rd – $150

Lindy Pro-Am

Pro Leaders will dance with their Amateur follows. Pro Follows will dance with their amateur Leaders. Only the amateur will be judged. Routines must be a minimum of two-minutes and a maximum of four minutes in length. Music to be selected by competitors.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $300
2nd – $200
3rd – $100

 

Solo Charleston

This is a solo American vernacular jazz dance contest. Dancers must include Charleston variations and may also include black bottom and vernacular jazz movements. Dancers will dance to music selected by ILHC in the preliminary rounds. The finals will be danced in a jam format to a live band.

Entry Fee: $20/individual

Prizes:
1st – $250
2nd – $150
3rd – $100

Team

This division will be for Lindy Hop routines of 3 or more couples. Competitors will select their own music. Routines must be a minimum of three-minutes and a maximum of four-minutes in length.

Entry Fee: $200/per team

Prizes:
1st – $1000
2nd – $500
3rd – $300

 

Strictly Lindy – You may compete in only one Level of Strictly

Strictly Lindy-Open

This will be a social dance competition open to all levels. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ILHC. The finals will be danced in a jam format to a live band.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

Strictly Lindy- Advanced

This will be a social dance competition open to advanced dancers who compete at a high national/international level. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ILHC.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

All-Star Strictly Lindy

This will be a social dance competition open to anyone that has placed in the top five at the following qualifying events

Qualifying Events:

ILHC Champions Strictly, Showcase, Classic and Invitational  OR

Camp Hollywood, Pro Lindy Division
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Hop Battle
Boston Tea Party, Invitational Lindy Division
Camp Jitterbug, CJ Couples Division

European Swing Dance Championship, Invitational Strictly Lindy

or other competitions determined by the organizers. Dancers register as couples.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

Invitational Strictly Lindy

This will be an Invitational social dance competition open to dancers determined by the organizers.

 Entry Fee: All entry fees will be donated to The Frankie Manning Foundation

Prizes:
1st – $700
2nd – $300
3rd – $150

 

Juniors

 

Competitors 17 and under. Competitors will display their choreographed creativity in this division. Although allowed, aerials are NOT required and will be judged on difficulty, execution and timing to the music. Judging focus will be on dancing. Competitors will select their own music. Routines must be a minimum of two-minutes and a maximum of four minutes in length.No entry fee.Prizes:
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SPECIAL NOTE:
CALL TO ACTION!!!
As part of ILHC’s work with the Frankie Manning Foundation and the Lindy Hopper’s Fund, we are sponsoring several groups of youth to attend and compete at ILHC. Many of these kids are from economically disadvantaged communities and as part of the Fund’s mission we want to help spread and continue Lindy Hop in these communities. Several of the ILHC instructors have offered to donate their time to give the Junior Division their own special track of classes at ILHC so that they can get to know, interact and inspire each other.This year we will have Juniors from several US cities participating in the program. Expenses for tuition, travel, accomodations and meal costs are either partially or fully sponsored based on need.If you would like to help sponsor please contact Tena Morales at info@ilhc.comIf you are interested in donating to the fund directly you may do so by submitting a payment through paypal to the Frankie Manning Fund at info@frankie95.com Money donated to the Fund is tax deductible.

 

 

The Frankie Manning Foundation is a project of the Houston Swing Dance Society (HSDS), a 501 ( c)(3) non profit public charity dedicated to the promotion of swing music and dance in Houston and beyond. The Fund is directed and governed by a separate and independent advisory board.The advisory board consists of Chazz Young (Frankie’s eldest son), Judy Pritchett (Frankie’s long time companion), and Cynthia Millman (Frankie’s Biographer).

Frankie Manning Foundation

 

 

Jack & Jills – You may compete in only one Level of J&J

J&J Open

This will be a social dance competition open to everyone. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos, but will be judged as individuals in the preliminary rounds. Dancers selected to dance in the finals will be randomly assigned a partner again, but will be judged as a couple as they dance in a spotlight format.

Entry Fee: $20/individual

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

J&J Advanced

This will be a social dance competition open to advanced dancers. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos, but will be judged as individuals in the preliminary rounds. Dancers selected to dance in the finals will be randomly assigned a partner again, but will be judged as a couple as they dance in a spotlight format.

Entry Fee: $20/individual

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

J&J All-Star

This will be a social dance competition open to dancers who compete at a high national/international level. Dancers have consistently placed in the top 5 at national or international level competitions. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos and judged as a couple as they compete in spotlight format.

Competitors are not allowed to dance with “regular” partner (one that they dance and/or have competed with in a choreographed routine in the last 4 years, Team routines do not count) Social dance partners are accepted and will be considered “luck of the draw”.

Entry Fee: $20/individual

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

Invitational J&J

This will be an Invitational social dance competition open to dancers determined by the organizers. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos and judged as a couple as they compete in spotlight format.

Competitors are not allowed to dance with “regular” partner (one that they dance and/or have competed with in a choreographed routine in the last 4 years, Team routines do not count) Social dance partners are accepted and will be considered “luck of the draw”.

Prizes:
1st – $700
2nd – $300
3rd – $150

 Slow Dance

Slow Dance

This will be a social Slow Dance competition open to all levels. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ILHC and will be between 80-110 BPM.  The finals will be danced in a spotlight format.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

Balboa

Strictly Balboa

This will be a social Balboa/Balswing competition open to all levels. Dancers register as couples and will dance to music selected by ILHC. The finals will be danced in a spotlight format.

Entry Fee: $50/couple

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

J&J Balboa

This will be a social dance competition open to anyone. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos, but will be judged as individuals in the preliminary rounds. Dancers selected to dance in the finals will be randomly assigned a partner again, but will be judged as a couple as they dance in a spotlight format.

Entry Fee: $20/individual

Prizes:
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100