Competitions

Times subject to change! We are still putting together the final schedule for this year's competitions.

Social Follow & Lead

FormatPreliminaries: HAVE FUN throughout the night of social dancing, you never know who might be a judge. Judges may or may not be competitors.
Finals: All skate, Spotlight, Spotlight, All skate to DJ music selection with one randomly assigned partner. DJ'd Songs will be selected in advance. Emcee will pull the song title and announce if the song is appropriate for the Jookin' family of dances or Ballroomin' family of dances prior to each All Skate, Spotlight, Spotlight, and All skate.
Who can enterAnyone who has not taken 1st-3rd place in a qualifying competition. Dancers who have placed in Novice/New Comer divisions at listed events can still enter this competition. See Expert Mix & Match for a complete list.
JudgesPreliminaries: Judging is open to all attendees! Mark your interest during registration. Judges will make all judgments based on dancing with competitors.
Finals: A panel of judges selected by the Snowbound Blues Team.
CriteriaPreliminaries: You will be expected to dance freely combining various blues dances as you would socially. Have fun. Judging Categories: Blues Aesthetic, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, partnership and overall FUN! Judges will select yes, no or maybe to go forward into finals.
Finals: You will be judged as a couple. Judging Categories: Blues Aesthetic, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, Partnership and Creativity.
List of Blues Dances.
Fee$10.00 per competitor
When Preliminaries: Friday 10pm-1am
Finals: Saturday 1am (Late Night Venue)

Solo Blues

FormatPreliminaries: Three DJ'd All Skate songs
Finals: All Skate, Spotlight, Spotlight, All Skate to two songs Live Music.
Who can enterThis contest is open to all dancers not teaching at Snowbound Blues.
JudgesA panel of judges selected by the Snowbound Blues Team.
CriteriaBlues Aesthetic, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, and Creativity
Fee$10.00 per competitor (Registration will close December 5th at 11:59pm)
WhenPreliminaries: Saturday 2:30 pm
Finals: Saturday roughly 10:40 pm to live music at the start of the 3rd set.

Expert Mix & Match

FormatPreliminaries: Three DJ'd All Skate songs with randomly assigned partners
Finals: Individual song spotlights. Judged as a couple. DJ will pre-select songs. Couple will draw the song and read its blues music genre and preferred dance options aloud.
Who can enterQualifiers for Expert Mix & Match at SnowBound Blues have either instructed at Blues Blaze 2009-2011, SnowBound Blues 2012-2017 or Placed 1st-3rd in a qualifying competition within the last 3 years. Qualifying partnered blues competitions include: Austin Blues Party, BluesSHOUT!, Blues Muse, BamBLOOZled, Enter The Blues, Mean Old Blues, Mile High Blues, Nocturne Blues, North Star Blues, Rose City Blues, Rain City Blues, SnowBound Blues, Sweet Molasses Blues, Steel City Blues, and Winter Blues.
JudgesPreliminaries: Judges approved by the SnowBound Team. (All Star Level dancers that are not competing)
Finals: This contest is peer reviewed. Peer reviewed ranking of all couples other than themselves.
CriteriaYou will be expected to dance identifiable blues idiom dances and correlate them properly with the genre of blues music. Failure to dance specific identifiable blues idiom dances could result in disqualification. Judging Categories: Blues Aesthetic, Connection, Musicality, Individual Quality of Movement, and Creativity
List of Blues Dances.
Fee$10.00 per competitor
WhenPreliminaries: Saturday 3:00 pm
Finals: Saturday roughly 10:20 pm during 2nd band break

Sponsors

We are grateful to the other dance events around the US and Canada that sponsor our contests. We would like to thank North Star Blues, Mile High Blues, Steel City Blues, Austin Blues Party, Sweet Molasses Blues, Canadian Swing Dance Championships, and Dance St. Lou Blue for supporting us.