Contests

All competitions will be held at Tango Cafe in the upstairs ballroom. Click here for the full competition schedule.

Social Follow and Lead

FormatIn the Preliminaries All qualified competitors wear a bib number with a number representative of their chosen dance role for the competition for 3 hours of social dancing. Dance with as many partners as possible. You are not supposed to know who is judging. Have Fun! For the Finals, 6 leads and 6 follows will be selected and partnered randomly. You will be judged as a partnership as you dance All Skate 3 couples at a time to 2 songs pre-selected by our DJ. Then a 3rd song will be played in which all 6 couples are on the floor together for a final All Skate.
Who can enterAll dancers that do not qualify for All Star Jack and Jill-Because dancers are judging the opposite role- secret judges in preliminaries can make finals.
JudgesThis contest is judged by 30 social dance ninjas of all levels (15 judging leads and 15 judging follows)who may or may not be wearing a contest number. The judges will be revealed at the end of the competition.
CriteriaBlues Aesthetic, Connection, Musicality, Dance Etiquette, Quality of Movement and Overall Enjoy-ability
Fee$10.00 per competitor
WhenPreliminaries-During the Social Dancing Friday, December 4th, from 10 pm-1 am. Finals-Saturday, December 5th at roughly 10:15 pm (First band break)

Solo Blues

FormatAll qualified competitors wear a bib number for the competition. In preliminaries, all competitors will go on the floor together and will dance All Skate to 2 songs selected by our DJ in which the judges will be tapping competitors out of the competition. Then there will be 1 more song in which 4 or 5 competitors will be tapped into the final round. Final Round will be to live music and will be All Skate, Spotlight, Spotlight, All Skate.
Who can enter?This contest is open to all dancers not teaching at Snow Bound Blues 2015.
JudgesInstructors from this and previous Snow Bound Blues Events.
CriteriaBlues Aesthetic, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, and Creativity
Fee$10.00 per competitor
WhenPrelims-Friday, December 4th, on the second band break roughly 11:45 pm. Finals- Friday, December 4th at the start of the 3rd set to live music at roughly 12:00 am.

Novice/Expert Lead and Follow

FormatPreliminaries-All qualified competitors wear a bib number for the competition. In preliminaries,competitors will be paired randomly with 3 partners in the expert division if you are Novice- or Novice division if you are expert. All competitors will select a spot on the floor, dance one song, get paired with a new partner, and repeat. All Skate to 3 songs per heat selected by our DJ. Finals-4 to 6 couples will be selected. You will draw numbers for order- and names before the competition. To the first 2 live music songs of the 2nd Band Set on Saturday at roughly 10:30 pm you will be judged as a partnership while dancing All Skate, Spotlight, Spotlight, All Skate format.
Who can enter?This contest is open to all dancers not teaching at Snow Bound Blues 2015 and not qualifying for All Star Jack and Jill. Expert is defined as having made finals in other blues competitions but never winning first-(or not 1st in the last 3 years.) Novice for this competition is being defined as never having made finals in a blues competition.
JudgesInstructors from this and previous Snow Bound Blues Events.
CriteriaBlues Aesthetic ,Connection, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, and Creativity
Fee$10.00 per competitor
WhenPreliminaries-Saturday, December 5th, at Lunch 2:00 pm. Finals- Saturday, December 5th at the start of the 2nd set to live music at roughly 10:30 pm.

90 Second Team Choreography Contest

FormatThis contest goes straight to Finals. All entries will draw for a number for competition order. Each team of 3 or more dancers will prepare and perform a blues or soul routine that is 90 seconds in length. Should not go over. (4 or 5 seconds in either direction is accepted)
Who can enter?This contest is open to EVERYONE!
JudgesInstructors from this and previous Snow Bound Blues Events, and the entire audience with one ballot vote each.
CriteriaBlues Aesthetic, Connection (if partnered), Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, Showmanship and Creativity
Fee$10.00 per competitor
WhenSaturday, December 5th at 1:00 am when the band finishes.

All Star Jack and Jill

FormatSeveral songs will be pre-selected by DJ and Drawn from a hat- 90 seconds per couple..then All Skate just for Fun.
Who can enter?Qualifiers for All Star at Snow Bound Blues have either instructed at Blues Blaze 2009, 2010, 2011, Snow Bound Blues 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 or Placed 1st in a qualifying competition within the last 3 years. Qualifying partnered blues competitions from 2013 to present include: Austin Blues Party, BluesSHOUT, Blues Muse, BamBLOOZled, Enter The Blues, Mile High Blues, Nocturne Blues, Rose City Blues, Rain City Blues, Snow Bound Blues, Sweet Molasses Blues, Steel City Blues, and Winter Blues.
JudgesThis contest is judged by the competitors. Peer reviewed ranking of 1-5 of all couples other than themselves.
CriteriaBlues Aesthetic ,Connection, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, Showmanship and Creativity
Fee$10.00 per competitor
WhenFinals- Saturday, December 5th at 11:15 pm on the second band break.