Championships

NSW Ceroc Modern Jive & West Coast Swing Dance Championships

Champs Logo 2017Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017

The Grand Ballroom at Bankstown Sports Club
8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown, Sydney

 

With over 200 competitors across two days of competitions, plus two great dance parties open to both social and competitive dancers alike, our annual championships weekend is one of the highlights of the year!

Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, this amazing entertainment spectacular of dance talent is sure to inspire you all weekend long! With impressive dancing and choreography from all over Australia and New Zealand, it’s an event not to be missed!

The Venue

The Grand Ballroom at Bankstown Sports Club will boast our BIGGEST EVER DANCE FLOOR at over 300sqm, lots of space for competitor seating, competitor changing rooms worthy of concert stars such as Marcia Hines who performed there on New Years Eve, hundreds of free undercover parking spaces, and 13 restaurants and bars open until 6am.

In addition there’s the Travelodge Hotel right above the Ballroom, so why not make a weekend of it?

See Getting There and Accommodation for more details.

The Date

Be aware that the date this year is ONE WEEK EARLIER than normal, which means it’s not a long weekend – so get your annual leave requests in for Monday 5th June and, if you’re a CMJ Champs regular, get ready to enjoy your first June long weekend off in years!

The Schedule

We’re kicking off on Friday night at 7.30pm with our Pre Champs Dance Party, with 4 hours of non-stop music to get you used to the comp dance floor and give you the opportunity to meet and dance with all the out of town visitors.  Everyone is of course welcome at the dance party, not just the competitors. Tickets available on the door.  Competitor Check In open from 6pm til 10pm.

Saturday Competitions:

Competitor Check In from 8am til 9.30am
Doors Open – 9.30am
Dance With A Stranger Heats and Semi Finals commencing at 10am
Freestyle and Mix n Match Heats commencing at approx 1.45pm
Dance With A Stranger Finals commencing at approx 6pm
All Other Finals commencing at approx 7.15pm
Showcases commencing at approx 9.20pm
Teams commencing at approx 10pm
Close – midnight

Sunday Competitions:

Competitor Check In from 9am til 10am
Doors Open – 10am
Strictly Swing Heats commencing at 10.30am
Jack n Hill Heats and Semi Finals commencing at approx 11.10am
Pro Am Finals commencing at approx 1.10pm
Strictly Swing Finals commencing at approx 1.55pm
Jack n Jill Finals commencing at approx 3.20pm
People’s Choice Routines commencing at approx 5pm
Close – 6.15pm

Sunday Night Party

After the West Coast Swing competitions and award ceremony we will be closing the Ballroom for a dinner break, and will be open again at 7.30pm for our Post Champs Dance Party and Performance Night, with freestyle music going right through until shortly before midnight, and some fabulous performances at 9pm. Tickets available on the door.

The Tickets

Competitor entries are NOW CLOSED.

Spectator and Dance Party tickets will be available on the door, or you can pre pay for a Social Pass up until 31st May which will get you access for the whole weekend at a discounted price.  Click here for details.

The Competition Categories

Below is a summary of categories across the two days of competitions.  For full explanations, qualification criteria and rules, see our Competitor Information page.

SATURDAY (MODERN JIVE):

FreestyleBeginner / Intermediate / Intermediate Plus / Advanced / Champions
Dance With A StrangerLevels as above, judged as individuals until the final when matched with a randomly selected partner
Over 40s FreestyleBoth halves of the partnership must be Intermediate Plus level and over 40 years young (and may also enter Intermediate Plus Freestyle but with a different partner)
TriplesOpen level, any gender combination of one leader and two followers
Mix n MatchOne Teacher or Champions qualified dancer plus one student no higher than 2 years experience. Partnerships must not have competed together before.
ShowcaseOne couple with their chosen music and choreography (min 2.5 mins, max 4 mins)
Team CabaretMinimum 3 couples, maximum 10 couples with their chosen music and choreography (min 2.5 mins, max 4 mins)

SUNDAY (WEST COAST SWING):

Strictly SwingNovice – Intermediate – Advanced/All Star
Jack n JillLevels as above, judged as individuals until the final when matched with a partner (WSDC points applicable)
Pro Am Strictly SwingOne Teacher plus one student no higher than Novice level.  Partnerships must not have competed together before.
Pro Am RoutineOne Teacher plus one student (open level) with their chosen music and choreography (min 2 mins, max 4 mins)
Classic RoutineOne couple (open level) with their chosen music and choreography (min 2 mins, max 4 mins)

The Judges

We pride ourselves on selecting the finest judges and taking care to ensure there is no conflict of interest on the panel at any time in terms of judging family members or entries choreographed by judges etc.  Click here to see our two judging panels.

The Sponsors

We can’t run this event without the help of our fabulous sponsors.  Click here to see our list of supporters and make sure you visit their website and give them some business!

The Music

Our Competition DJs for the weekend are Nicky Haslam for Modern Jive and Ian Lee for West Coast Swing.  Your Dance Party DJ is Julie Gunn.

Usually, most people at this event are Ceroc / Modern Jive dancers (as indicated by the Modern Jive competition day being about six hours longer than the West Coast Swing day!).  All music played at the dance parties will therefore be suitable for Modern Jive dancers, however be prepared that there will be more songs than usual played at the slower end of your Modern Jive scale, to allow West Coast Swing dancers to enjoy them too.

Likewise West Coast Swing dancers, you will find that there will be more songs at the faster end of your scale, so the Modern Jivers are not excluded.  Just trying to keep everyone happy!

The Really Important Stuff

The venue has 13 reasonably priced bars and restaurants downstairs, plus there is a bar right outside our ballroom that will be open each evening.

Please be reminded that drinking and dancing is generally not a good combination.  Anyone considered to be behaving inappropriately or to be under the influence of alcohol or other substance which may cause harm or offence will be asked to leave the venue, and in the case of competitors, will be disqualified from the competition.

The History

This is our 27th Ceroc Championships event in Sydney and we’re super excited to be moving to our new venue this year.  Click here to see last year’s results, check out the video montage below, and this year get out of the house, away from the YouTube screen, and come and see it all live!