West Coast Swing IDO 2015
3.14 WEST COAST SWING
Age Divisions: see in General Provisions, Book 2, 3.4 Age Division.
1. Music: Organizer's music in all rounds except the final round of West Coast Swing Solo Show, where dancers may use their own choice of music.
3. Duration of Performance: 1:30 minutes long, to conform to the end of the musical phrase, in all rounds except the final round of West Coast Swing Solo Show. Music chosen for West Coast Swing Solo Show final round performances must not exceed 2 minutes 15 seconds.
4. Tempo: 28-32 bars per minute (112-128); Organizer's music. Free in the West Coast Swing Solo Show (own music or Organizer's music).
5. Lifts: Not permitted. Only in the final solo performance in Adults and Junior’s category are allowed.
6. Hold: The main part of the performance should be danced with a hold.
7. Characteristics and Movement: West Coast Swing is a social dance that falls into the Swing dance family. West coast swing is a "slot" dance, which means that the woman travels forward and back along a single straight line on the floor, with the man moving off and onto her line.
Although there are turning figures, they still keep the woman on her line. As done in the West
Coast Swing community the end of patters typically use an "Anchor step" and not a "Coaster step". The follower is discouraged from moving forward under her own power at the end of the pattern. Instead, she hangs out until the leader remembers to lead.
Depending on the style lots of turns or lots of footwork. Syncopations are common. The man stays pretty much in one place while the woman moves back and forth in a slot. Therefore, it's the woman's movements that are emphasized. West Coast Swing is developed from the Lindy
Hop. West Coast Swing is a living dance, still evolving. It follows the music trends of each decade, and adjusts to accommodate new dance styles. In the 1970s it adopted some of the styles of Disco and the Hustle. Now, it can be danced to most of the music played on the radio today, and incorporates many dance elements of Hip Hop and Jazz. Figures begin with two walking steps, followed by two triple steps (or a triple step, two walks and another triple, in 8- count figures). The second triple step is generally danced in place ("anchor step") its main purpose is to re-establish physical tension between the partners, generally achieved by leaning slightly back. Dancers should avoid using obvious choreography but rather improvisation, which is the true heart of the West Coast Swing so that it is possible to adjust the steps to the music.
8. Format Qualifying Rounds:
a. In the opening round all couples shall be seen by the Judges in a presentation dance for
1 minute. In the event of many entries and therefore the floor will be too crowded, the presentation dance could be divided in two or more groups.
b. The couples will thereafter be divided into heats. Number of couples or duos in the same heat is depending of the size of the dance floor but should not exceed 6 couples. The Chairperson of Judges gives a signal when allJudges are ready but each heat will never last longer than 1 minute 30 seconds.
c. In the opening round, all couples shall than be seen by the judges in a closing dance for 30 seconds according to the same rules as for the presentation dance.
9. Final Round: Couples will dance all together 1 minute 30 seconds. In the West Coast Swing
Solo Show each couple will perform alone 2 minutes to 2 minutes 14 seconds. All couples will than dance 1 last minute all together.
The Judges give one final placing for the final performance all together.