Competitions

We have our competition winners for Steel City 2019:

Newcomer Mix & Match

  1. Deborah Osakue and Aaron Jones
  2. Daniel Verdon and Doug Bae
  3. Cathy Detroia and Hansen Pei

Open Mix & Match

  1. Shoshi Krieger-Joven and Zack Brass
  2. Shira Hoffman and Christi Jay Wells
  3. Lauren Fosnight and Brian Richard

Solo Cuttin’

  1. Olivia Hillmer
  2. Christi Jay Wells

You can review the judges scores for all of our competitions here.


 

Steel City offers three competitions, based on particular level and brand of mojo: a Newcomer M & M, an Open M & M, and a Solo Cuttin’ Contest.


MnM LineMix & Match (n) — A style of dance competition in which competitors are paired lead-follow at random, and dance to music selected by a DJ. Participants are judged as individuals during preliminaries, and as a couple during finals. Once referred to as a Jack and Jill. FYI – You are not eligible to enter this competition if you compete in the Newcomer M & M.

The Newcomer M & M is open to anyone who has never competed in a blues dance J & J before. The prelims will take place as soon as the Friday bands ends the main dance and the Late Night dance starts (~12:15am). The Finals will take place after a short break from the end of the prelims. It’s completely free, and you don’t even have to sign up – just come onto the floor when we announce that the M & M is happening! This M & M will be tapout-style until we narrow it down to our finalists, who will then pair up and have a spotlight dance and at least one all-skate. Our Newcomer finalists will have the chance to show off their skills during the instructor demo after lessons on Saturday!

The Open M & M is, well, open to anyone who is not a weekend instructor.  Just sign up at the registration table at any time before the com

petition, pay $5, and you will receive your very own competitor number and complimentary safety pins!

You can also register online via the registration site to make it nice and easy. Preliminaries are Saturday afternoon at 5:15pm, immediately following the Blues Clinic. Please be there by 5:00 pm to check in and receive your number. Finals will be Saturday during the Main Dance, at approximately 10:30pm.


Cuttin (n) — A style of competition where contestants show each other up.

During the Solo Cuttin’ Contest, participants trade off solo dancing while continually upping the bar. You can sign up during online registration or at the registration table with $5. Preliminaries and Finals will be

 

 during the Sunday evening dance, at approximately 9:30pm.

Solo Cuttin’ prelims will be all skate cuttin’ and the finals will share their format with Blues Shout–check out the graphic on the left!


Dan And JulieCompetition Criteria
In order of importance and curated by our competition coordinator:  Jenny Sowden

Open M & M

  • Blues Aesthetic: Is your dancing recognizable as blues? Better, does it exemplify it? Is there a presence of pulse, grounding, relaxation, the follow lagging behind the lead, the lead lagging behind the beat, and vernacular movement?
  • Musicality: Do you look like you are dancing to the music that is playing?
  • Teamwork: Are you and your partner connecting well? Do you seem to have complementary ideas about what to do with the music?
  • Quality of Movement: Does what you’re doing look ‘good?’ Is there purpose in the way you execute your movement? Is there variety in how you move in space?
  • Showmanship: Are you engaging to watch?

Newcomer M & M 

  • Blues Aesthetic: Is your dancing recognizable as blues? Better, does it exemplify it? Is there a presence of pulse, grounding, relaxation, the follow lagging behind the lead, the lead lagging behind the beat, and vernacular movement?
  • Teamwork: Are you able to connect well with a partner, can you compliment one another?
  • Is your dancing fun / enjoyable: Are you and your partner enjoying your dance? Will this raise your Amazon rating via good reviews?
  • Consistency: Is the dancer consistently able to execute the previous criteria?

Solo Cuttin’ 

  • Are you Cuttin’: Cuttin’, found mostly in Black American Street dances is a form of Dance Battle. Cuttin specifically is a respectful form of one-up·man·ship between 2 teams (often 1 on 1). The concept includes giving each other time to show their dance and challenge the opposing party. Focus being higher valued in the cut than the dance ability. One could think of Cuttin’ as upping the bar/quality by throwing down one’s skills/style/timing. Note this is a Blues Solo Cuttin’ competition so your movement will be expected to be in this genre and there is no physical contact allowed between teams.
  • Showmanship: Are you engaging to watch?
  • Teamwork: Are you and your partner connecting / playing off one another? Do you seem to have complementary ideas about what to do with the music?
  • Blues Aesthetic: Is your dancing recognizable as blues? Better, does it exemplify it? Is there a presence of pulse, grounding, relaxation, the follow lagging behind the lead, the lead lagging behind the beat, and vernacular movement?
  • Musicality: Do you look like you are dancing to the music that is playing?
  • Quality of Movement: Does what you’re doing look ‘good?’ Is there purpose in the way you execute your movement? Is there variety in how you move in space?

Winners of this year’s competitions will get to choose from a selection of passes to the following events: