TULSA SPRING RULES
Rules Updated
 3/28/17

New changes for 2017 are in Green. Most Notable changes from previous years are in Blue.)

The Tulsa Spring Swing (TSS) dance event is an invitational event, open to all eligible contestants.  If you feel the rules do not accurately define your level of dancing due to extraordinary circumstance, you may petition to the Event Director or Head Judge to change your classification.

GENERAL Information

Weekend Pass: All Contestants must purchase a Weekend Pass with the entry form, or provide verification of previous purchase.

NO Refunds:  NO REFUNDS on Weekend, Day Passes, Dances or Contest Fees.  Weekend Passes may be transferred upon request made prior to 4 days before the event begins. Contest fees are not transferable.

Entry Deadline: You may pre-register by mail or sign up at the Event Registration desk. You must sign up no later than the posted cut-off time. Each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.

Early Bird Discount Entries: Discounted entries must be submitted and postmarked no later than the appropriate “early bird” date to: TSS Registration, 6308 South Birch Ave, Broken Arrow, OK 74011. Entrants that have not paid the appropriate amount will be held for full payment.

Competitors Meetings/Check In: NO Competitors Meetings, but posted check-in times are MANDATORY. Late competitors, called after the alternates are called, will not be allowed to dance. See the Final contest schedule for times.

Music: The Routine contestants must turn in their music (on a standard music CD) at the Competitors Meeting or Floor Tryouts.

Contest Limits: There is no limit to the number of entries to any contest with the exception of deadline regulations. If there are fewer than three (3) couples in any division, TSS reserves the right to combine or cancel that division. TSS reserves the right to run any or all preliminary or final contests in a heated or spotlight format.

Sportsmanlike Conduct:  A supportive and positive attitude toward competitors and all officials is expected of all dancers, but especially from competitors.  Unsportsmanlike conduct or harassment of other individuals may be cause for disqualification or event suspension.

Partner/Gender:

  • ALL contests are gender neutral, (females may lead or males may follow), however, only one dancer may lead. Dancers must remain in their role throughout the dance.
  • ProAms may also be role-switched, but dancers must remain in  the same role (leader or follower throughout the dance.)
  • Dancers may compete in multiple swing contests, during the weekend, however: 1. may compete in a single contest only once, & 2. may register to compete with the same partner only once.  (Exception: An Am may dance with the same Pro in both the Strictly Swing and Routine contests.

STRICTLY SWING CONTESTS 

Strictly Swing contests are gender neutral. However a dancer who dances opposite their traditional role may only dance their qualified level and may not dance down.

Contestants: For Strictly Swing Divisions, there is no minimum age.

…Dancers may one compete in only ONE Strictly Swing contest and must meet the requirements for the entered class (See below) Exceptions to competing in multiple SSs:

1. Dancers may also compete in Pro-Am Strictly Swing, as qualified.

2. Masters dancers may also dance in another division for which they are qualified.

…Dancers may not dance with the same partner in a Strictly Swing and a Routine contest, but must have different partners for each.

…Dancing UP (or having danced up) a level in Strictly Swing does NOT penalize a dancer for Jack and Jill qualification. Dancers may dance only ONE level above their Jack & Jill entry.

…Dancers may NOT compete in a Strictly Swing contest below the level of their Jack & Jill entry or eligibility.

Swing Content: Recognizable Lead/Follow Swing must be present throughout the dance.

Restrictions: No Lifts or Aerials allowed. Leveraged and weight-supported moves ARE allowed. Drops are not allowed in Newcomer JJ or SS.

Format: All prelims will be run in Heats.  Finals may be Heated or Spotlight.

Costumes: Costumes are not allowed, but matching colors and complimentary attire are encouraged.

Choreography: Spontaneous choreography is expected. Pre-arranged choreography will be penalized at the discretion of the judges.

Time/Music: Dancers will dance approximately to music provided by TSS.

Newcomer SS You may not dance if you have ever competed in Novice JJ in a WSDC or Invitational event contest. All local and Club-Association contests are excluded. You must have never placed 1st in any Newcomer contest in any WSDC contest more than 1 time. -You may not have more than 10 Newcomer points.

Novice SS You may not dance if you have competed in Intermediate JJ  in a WSDC or Invitational event contest. All local and Club-Association contests are excluded. -You must not teach any style of partner dancing professionally (as your primary source of income).

Intermediate SS – You may not dance if you have competed in Advanced JJ  in a WSDC or Invitational event contest. All local and Club-Association contests are excluded. You must have never danced  in NASDE  Classic, NASDE Showcase, NASDE Strictly Swing style or equivalent categories.

*ProAm Exception–you MAY dance as an am if you: have danced as a Pro in a Pro-Am at an invitational Swing event but have not placed in the top half in more than 7 years; OR have danced as a Pro in the beginner levels of a country Pro-Am; OR have only danced as a Pro in a Club or local contest.

Advanced SSYou may not dance if you have competed in All Star JJ in a WSDC  event contest. All local and Club-Association contests are excluded.

Masters SS – All dancers must be a minimum age of 50 years by the first day of the event.

Open SS – For SS, this division is open to all dancers, but is considered for All Star level and up. Champion level dancers and All Stars with 50+ points must dance with an All Star with fewer than 50 points or lower dancer.

PRO-AM STRICTLY SWING

6 Divisions: Leader Am (Newcomer, Novice & Intermediate) and Follower Am (Newcomer, Novice & Intermediate)

ALL CONTESTS are GENDER Neutral. Ams may dance as a LEADER and/or FOLLOWER, but must remain in that role for the the entire dance. The am may only dance once per division. So a Novice dancer can dance as a Novice leader and a Novice Follower with 2 different pros.  The judging emphasis is placed on the Am’s execution of the judges’ criteria. PLEASE NOTE: The contests have changed from previous years. All Novice followers compete against each other, regardless of gender. All Novice Leaders compete against each other regardless of gender. Same for Intermediate. 

Pros may dance as a leader and/or follower, and are limited to 4 Ams per contest, not to exceed a total of 14 Ams for all contests.  (Pros may dance with the same am in both the Mixed Pro-Am and a Pro-Am Strictly Swing Contest.)

2nd Win Limit – If a Pro-Am Strictly Swing Couple has placed first 2 times at Tulsa Spring Swing in a specific division, the Am may enter the contest/division, however must dance with a different pro.

PRO – Any level dancer who teaches for income may dance as a Pro. Dancing ProAm will not affect your JJ or SS qualifications.

AM – An “Am” in the Pro-Am contests must qualify in the Newcomer, Novice or Intermediate class.

JACK & JILL CONTESTS

GENERAL …For Jack & Jill Divisions, all contestants must be at least 12 years old by the first day of the event.  Dancers may only enter one level of WSDC Jack & Jill.  Regarding age-defined contests, Masters and Juniors dancers may also dance in another division for which they are qualified.

…All contestants must meet the World Swing Dance Council minimum points and wins requirement for the contest they enter. Dancing UP (or having danced up) a level in Strictly Swing does NOT qualify a dancer to compete at that same level in Jack & Jill–the WSDC guidelines and the additional TSS ceiling restrictions will be used for Jack & Jill qualification.  (See WSDC Points Registry at: http://www.swingdancecouncil.com)

The WSDC points registry will be used for all point verifications, and will be available at the event. Dancers may petition to the  Head Judge to dance up or down a level prior to the registration deadline. Registration in the inappropriate class could result in not dancing in any contest.

Swing Content: Recognizable Lead/Follow Swing must be present throughout the dance.

Restrictions: No Lifts or Aerials allowed. Leveraged  and weight-supported moves ARE allowed. Drops are not allowed in Newcomer JJ or SS.

Format: All prelims will be run in Heats.  Finals may be Heated or Spotlight. ·

Choreography: Spontaneous choreography is expected. Pre-arranged choreography will be penalized at the discretion of the judges.

Time/Music: Dancers will dance approximately to music provided by TSS, which will be approximately 105-120 bpm. Finalists will dance to 2 different songs provided by TSS—one slow and one fast, which will be approximately 90-110 and 116-130 bpm. The music will be selected at random and the couples will have no prior music information.

  • Newcomer JJ  – You may NOT dance Newcomer if you have: – any Novice points. – more than 10 newcomer points. – have placed 1st in a WSDC Newcomer  Contest.
  • Novice JJ –  You may NOT dance Novice if you have earned more than 15 Novice points within the last 5 years, regardless of wins.
  • Masters JJ – All dancers must be a minimum age of 50 years by the first day of the event. Masters dancers may also dance in another division for which they are qualified. Masters Dancers MUST have verifiable previous competition experience–most notably a WSDC ID.  – You may not dance Masters Jack & Jill if you are a Newcomer dancer with no points. -Petitions may be filed with the event director or head judge prior to the registration deadline.
  • Intermediate JJ – You must have earned at least 15 Novice points.   You may NOT dance Intermediate if you have earned more than 30 Intermediate points within the last 5 years, regardless of wins.
  • Advanced JJ – You must have earned at least 30 Novice points.   You may NOT dance Advanced if you have earned more than 45 Advanced points within the last 5 years, regardless of wins.
  • OPEN  JJ – You MUST have earned at least 45 Advanced points.
  • Please note, TSS reserves the right to combine divisions, if necessary, based on discretion of Event Director and/or Head Judge.
MIXED PRO-AM ROUTINE
  • Contestants: Ams must meet the requirements for a Newcomer, Novice or Intermediate dancer. (See Qualification for Strictly Swing Contests) Pros may dance with a maximum of 4 ams in this contest (only the highest placement points will count toward “Top Pro”). (Pros may dance with the same am in both the Mixed Pro-Am and Pro-Am Strictly Swing Contest.)
  • Swing Content: 65% traditional Swing Content.
  • Restrictions: A maximum of 5 partner weight support moves (lifts and/or drops) is allowed, but not require. No Aerials allowed.
  • Costumes: Costumes are strongly encouraged, as a portion of the “showmanship” score.
  • Choreography: Pre-Choreographed routines are required.
  • Format: All couples will dance Spotlight.  Dance Order will be randomly assigned.
  • Time/Music: Contestants will dance 2 to 3 minutes and must provide their own music on a CD, preferably with a single track. Time (and judging) begins with first choreographed movement (with or without music) and ends when movement ends (with or without music)
  • Judging: The judging emphasis is placed on the Am’s execution of the judges’ criteria.
NOVICE & RISING STAR ROUTINES
  • NOVICE Dancers may not have ever danced above Novice in any Inviitationl event or as a Pro in a Pro-Am.
  • RISING STAR Dancers may not have ever danced in NASDE-Classic, -Showcase, -Strictly Swing, or as a Pro in a Pro-Am at a NASDE Event. You may have never made finals or placed in All-Star, Pro or Invitational WSDC Jack & Jill.
  • Swing Content: 65% traditional Swing Content.
  • Restrictions: A maximum of 5 partner weight support moves (lifts and/or drops) is allowed, but not required.  
  • Costumes: Costumes are required.
  • Choreography: Pre-Choreographed routines are required.
  • Format: All couples will dance Spotlight. Dance Order will be randomly assigned.
  • Time/Music: Contestants will dance 2 to 3 minutes and must provide their own music on a CD, preferably with a single track. Time (and judging) begins with first choreographed movement (with or without music) and ends when movement ends (with or without music).

For questions about the rules or petitions, please contact the event director or head judge as soon as possible.