NSW Ceroc Modern Jive & West Coast Swing Championships
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June 2016

Online entries are now open and spectator and party tickets are now on sale!   Click here to register online.



With more than 250 competitors across two days of competitions, the annual championships is one of the entertainment highlights of our year!

Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, this amazing 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!

This year we are back at the world-class Roundhouse entertainment venue at the University of NSW at Kensington for both days of the competitions! With a huge dance floor and state-of-the-art lighting system and only a short taxi ride from Sydney Airport it’s a great location for both the locals and our out of town visitors.

Entries open on 1st April
Registration closes on 27th May (however some categories will fill prior).

Notification of all Routine entries required by 15th April.
Spectator and Party Tickets also on sale from 1st April

The Weekend Schedule

Kick off your weekend early at our regular Willoughby class on Thursday night before it all officially starts!  Thursdays at Willoughby are always a great night anyway, but this is one not to be missed with the excitement of Championships Fever and our interstate and international guests already starting to arrive! Regular class times (see our Classes page for details).  FREE ENTRY for Interstate and International Competitors!

Champs 2016 logo
Friday 10th June - Pre Champs Party @ Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby.  8pm to 11.30pm

Get your pre comp nerves out of the way, welcome our interstate and international visitors and meet your potential Dance With A Stranger / Jack n Jill partners!  Everyone’s welcome – even if you’re not competing on the weekend!

Competitor Check In is recommended on Friday night to beat the lines on the weekend.

Numbers are limited and entry is via ticket only – get in soon before it sells out!  Competitors book your ticket with your online entry.  Non competitors may purchase a ticket from your local Sydney venue or from our office (02) 9410 1111.

2014 Champs Kylie Zac 1Saturday 11th June – Modern Jive Competitions @ UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington. 10.30am to midnight.

Routine rehearsals: From approx 8.30am
Judges Meeting: approx 9.30am
Doors Open: approx 10.00am
All scheduling is currently still approximate and may change depending on the number of entries.


2014 Champs Eric AniSunday 12th June – West Coast Swing Competitions @ UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington.  10.30am to 6pm.

WSDC Registry and AANCE Tour Event

Routine rehearsals: From approx 8.30am
Judges Meeting: approx 9.30am
Doors Open: approx 10.00am
All scheduling is currently still approximate and may change depending on the number of entries.

2014 Champs Nicky Flip
Sunday 12th June – Post Champs Celebration Party and Performance Night @ UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington.  7pm to midnight.

Dance the night away and celebrate your successes at our traditional Post Champs Party with music to suit both Modern Jive and West Coast Swing dancers.

Happy Hour in the bar from 6pm to 7pm, plus hot food is available (click here for the Bistro menu) so you don’t even need to leave the building between the competition and the party!  Party Time from 7pm. Performances at 9pm.

Competitor Categories

2014 Champs Dan DebbieCeroc Modern Jive (Saturday):

Dance With A Stranger: Beginner, Intermediate <2yrs, Intermediate Plus (>2yrs), Intermediate Plus Over 40s*, Advanced, Champions

Freestyle: Beginner, Intermediate <2yrs, Intermediate Plus (>2yrs), Advanced, Champions, Mix n Match, Triples

Plus Showcase and Teams


* Intermediate Plus Over 40s is a new category in 2016 and is subject to sufficient interest.  Please read our rules for eligibility, noting that you cannot enter in both categories at Intermediate Plus level.


2014 Champs Ely AnthonyWest Coast Swing (Sunday):

Jack n Jill: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced/All Star

Strictly Swing: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced/All Star

Plus Classic, Pro-Am Routines (new this year) and Pro-Am Strictly

We are not running a team division this year however teams are invited to apply for a performance spot.  Please contact us by 27th May if you are interested in doing this.


2014 Champs Blurred LinesTeam and Showcase/Classic and Pro Am Routine Information:  Team Captains and Showcase/Classic/Pro Am couples must notify us of intended entries in these categories in both Modern Jive and West Coast Swing by 15th April so that we can confirm to all competitors that these categories will go ahead and that they should therefore continue with choreography and rehearsals.  Music must be submitted no later than registration closing date 27th May.

Modern Jive Team and Showcase competitors please note that we are very strict on the 70% Modern Jive content rule at this event.  If you are unsure whether your choreography meets the 70% requirement, you have the option to submit a rehearsal video to us for review.  Submissions will only be accepted up until 27th May (although we recommend you submit as early as possible) and Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company Director Julie Gunn will do the review.  Your video will not be shown to any judges and your content will be kept confidential.  Please note that the review given will only be one person’s opinion – it is not indicative of any opinions the judges will have on the day.

Transparent Scoring System

We operate a transparent scoring system for both the Modern Jive and the West Coast Swing competitions.  This differs from the usual system for Modern Jive competitions, so Modern Jive competitors read on for how that works.

Modern Jive competitors dancing in categories with more than one heat will be judged against fellow competitors across ALL heats in that category, rather than the previous method of being judged only against the couples in the heat in which they are dancing.

Judging using this method removes the need for a Repechage/Dance Off in the first round so whilst we understand that having a Repechage/Dance Off is common practise in Modern Jive competitions nationally, we will run with the following system:  Freestyle categories WILL NOT have a Repechage, however Dance With A Stranger WILL have a Repechage (dependant on numbers) – on the basis that if you are in a heat with partners who you do not connect well with, you may get a second chance in the first round to dance with those who were in the other heats.

Scores from the heats will be released on a noticeboard throughout the day to help competitors develop and improve as they see how close or far they were from getting through to the next round.  Competitors will be identified by bib numbers only and all judges will be anonymous.  Photography and/or posting on social media of the scores charts is strictly prohibited.


Competitors may select the ‘a la carte’ options with individual pricing OR the Full Weekend Competitor Pass.

We also offer a discounted Single Category Pass for Modern Jive competitors entering ONLY one Showcase, ONLY one Team, ONLY Triples or ONLY Over 40s and for West Coast Swing competitors entering ONLY or Classic or ONLY Pro Am Routine divisions.

Discount Passes:
Competitor Full Weekend Pass:  $160 (includes Friday & Sunday parties & compete both days)
Single Category Pass (see conditions above): $45 per day
Spectator Pass: $70 (includes spectator access both days PLUS the Sunday Night Party)

‘A La Carte’ Options:
Friday Night Party: $17
Saturday Competitor Entry:  $65
Sunday Competitor Entry: $65
Sunday Night Post Champs Party and Performance Night: $25
Adult Spectator Tickets: $25 per day
Child (Under 15) Spectator Tickets: $15 per day


This year we are permitting competitors and spectators to use your own recording equipment to film the heats and semi finals for personal use only.  All finals, teams, showcases and other routine performances will be professionally filmed and the footage will be available for purchase on DVD and Online Link:

DVD:  $40 per day
Online Link: $30 per day
DVD Postage:  FREE within Australia, $15 overseas

Rules and Competitor Information

It is compulsory for all competitors to read the Rules and General Information documents even if they have competed in previous years.

Most rules are consistent across competitions nationally however every event operates slightly differently, so it’s best to read the rules every year for every event to avoid disqualification.

2014 Champs Will Natalie

Click here for Modern Jive General Information and Rules

Click here for West Coast Swing General Information and Rules

Click here for the Breach of Rules Policy

Click here for a short document clarifying the difference between Modern Jive and West Coast Swing and here for a video explanation


Competitor Entry


2014 Champs Josh and Michelle

If you haven’t registered for our Championships or DanceMania events in the last 2-3 years, you will need to set up an account with us (a one-time easy process that only takes a minute).  To do that, go to this link, click ‘Register’ and then check your Inbox (including your Junk Mail) for the confirmation email.  Please note that registering an account is not registering for  the event – once you’ve registered an account you will then need to go back to the link and submit your booking.

For those who already have an account, simply access your account at this link and away you go!  And yes, there is a ‘forgot password’ button!

Please ensure you have read the relevant rules document(s) and have your partner(s) confirmed before putting your entry in.

Venue, Parking and Accommodation

2014 Champs Zac KylieWe suggest that interstaters look at accommodation options in the Kensington, Randwick and Coogee suburbs.  Kensington and Randwick are both walking distance from the Saturday and Sunday venue and Coogee is a short taxi ride away but it’s by the beach, so a great spot!  Please be aware however that the Friday night venue is on the north side of Sydney, which is not near the Saturday and Sunday location.

Click here for a map of University of NSW.  The Roundhouse venue is near the top left corner of the map (building E6).

A limited number of parking spots are available on campus (check the signs – you will be towed if you park illegally!), plus there is free street parking on Anzac Parade, Barker Street and High Street, all within easy walking distance to the Roundhouse.  There is also free parking across the road in the NIDA car park (access via Day Avenue).

There is NO BYO food or drink into the venues.  Club Willoughby has an extensive bistro open until 8pm on Friday and for lunch on Monday.  The Roundhouse has a bistro/burger bar open from 3pm Saturday and from 5pm Sunday as well as a coffee cart serving hot and cold drinks plus light snacks (sandwiches, cakes etc) all day both days.  Click here for the Bistro/Burger Bar menu.

Coaching and Private Lessons

Private lessons are available from Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company teachers in Sydney to help you prepare for the Championships.  Contact our office on (02) 9410 1111 for details.

Plus, all of our teachers are available at our class venues for on the spot tips and coaching on championship performance. Please approach your teacher at your local CMJ class for feedback and advice.


We take pride in selecting a suitably qualified panel of judges and allocating them fairly and relevantly across the various categories.

Modern Jive Judges 2016:

Head Judge Robert Winter (Sydney)

Allan Skinner (Gold Coast), Dan Rippon (New Zealand), Emma Keating (Gold Coast), Emma Priest (Melbourne), Helen Guscott (Melbourne), Jason Sullivan (Gold Coast), Kate Foster (Sydney), Kirri Robinson (Sydney), Mick French (Brisbane), Nicky Haslam (Sydney), Patryck Allen (Sydney)

West Coast Swing Judges 2016

Head Judge Melina Ramirez-Stuart (Melbourne)

Allan Skinner (Gold Coast), Charles Gil (Sydney), Kirri Robinson (Sydney), Kylie Davey (Gold Coast/Byron Bay), Leanne Landels (Sydney), Maddy Platts (Gold Coast), Robert Winter (Sydney), Scott Stuart (Melbourne), Zac Skinner (Gold Coast)


Thank you to our event sponsors from 2015.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2016 please contact us at

Modern Jive Sponsors:

Jomon Architectural Hardware, with thanks to Joe Monorchio – overall event sponsor

Pepes Ducks, with thanks to Pepe Bonaccordo – overall event sponsor

Maui Jim – sponsoring the winning male and female student in Mix n Match

West Coast Swing Sponsors:

1st Place Novice Jack n Jill will win tickets to one event of their choice in the 2016 Raw Connection Competition Tour, sponsored by Raw Connection

1st Place Novice Strictly Swing will win tickets to Swing Escape 2017, sponsored by danceVibe

1st Place Intermediate Jack n Jill will win tickets to the Asia West Coast Swing Open 2017

1st Place Intermediate Strictly Swing will win tickets to New Zealand Open 2016

1st Place Advanced/All Star Jack n Jill will win a cash prize sponsored by Swing Dance Downunder

1st Place Advanced/All Star Strictly Swing will win a cash prize sponsored by Swing Dance Downunder

1st Place Pro Am Strictly Swing (student of the partnership) will win a Workshop & Night Kap Pass, sponsored by Swing Skool

1st Place Pro Am Routine (student of the partnership) will win a Workshop & Night Kap Pass, sponsored by Swing Skool, plus a cash prize sponsored by Swing Dance Downunder

2015 Event Footage

Click on the clips below to see footage of parts of our 2015 event:

Modern Jive Competition

West Coast Swing Competition

2015 Event Results
2015 Modern Jive Competition - Saturday

Mix n Match (student and teacher combination)

Female Students

1st – Nicole Mansour and Anthony Truong (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Reasmey Tith and Karl Jancar (CMJ Sydney)

3rd – Emily Layson and Patryck Allen (CMJ Sydney)


Mix n Match (student and teacher combination)

Male Students

1st – Jayden Walsh and Kate Foster (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Evan Lister and Nicky Haslam (CMJ Sydney)

3rd – Denis Erginli and Julie Gunn (CMJ Sydney)


Beginner Dance With A Stranger

1st – Denis Erginli (CMJ Sydney) and Nicole Mansour (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Evan Lister (CMJ Sydney) and Sara Hunter (CMJ Sydney)

3rd – Warren Atkins (CMJ Sydney) and Jess Armstrong (CMJ Sydney)


Beginner Freestyle

1st – Evan Lister and Nicole Mansour (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Danny Carnevale and Kat Hawken (CMJ Sydney)

3rd – Michael Popplewell and Sara Hunter (CMJ Sydney)


Intermediate <2 years Dance With A Stranger

1st – Alan Alighieri (Le Step on the Coast) and Emily Layson (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Jayden Walsh (CMJ Sydney) and Alana Johnston (Le Step Brisbane)

3rd – Grant Walker (CMJ Sydney) and Elvira Kozhevnikova (CMJ Sydney)


Intermediate <2 years Freestyle

1st – Jayden Walsh and Reasmey Tith (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Alan Alighieri and Shirley Noble (Le Step on the Coast)

3rd – Anthony Zhou and Jess Armstrong (Auckland and CMJ Sydney)


Intermediate Plus Dance With A Stranger

1st – Gabriel Bizcarra (CMJ Sydney) and Michelle Stewart (Le Step Brisbane)

2nd – Brett Wilkins (Le Bop Melbourne) and Alana Muir (Le Step Brisbane)

3rd – Edward Truong (Le Step Brisbane) and Kirstin Fraser (New Zealand)


Intermediate Plus Freestyle

1st – Ben Seyer and Fiona Kaye (Le Bop Melbourne)

2nd – Moses Mkusa and Kaarin Goode (Le Bop Melbourne)

3rd – Edward Truong and Michelle Stewart (Le Step Brisbane)


Advanced Dance With A Stranger

1st – Paul Feitz (CMJ Sydney) and Jillian Head (Modern Jive Melbourne)

2nd – Mervin Almeida (Le Step on the Coast) and Beata Khaidurova (Le Bop Melbourne)

3rd – Mark Hodges (New Zealand) and Allison Davis (Le Step Brisbane)


Advanced Freestyle

1st – Nathan Walsh and Natalie Au (CMJ Sydney)

2nd – Mervin Almeida and Laura Hay (Le Step on the Coast and Melbourne)

3rd – Paul Feitz and Roz Hicks (CMJ Sydney)


Champions Dance With A Stranger

1st – Anthony Truong (CMJ Sydney) and Debbie Keal (New Zealand)

2nd – Zac Skinner (Le Step on the Coast) and Katie Cooling (Le Step Brisbane)

3rd – Dan Rippon (New Zealand) and Lucilla Ronai (CMJ Sydney and Queensland)


Champions Freestyle

1st – Dan Rippon and Debbie Keal (New Zealand)

2nd - Anthony Truong and Amanda Truong (CMJ Sydney)

3rd - Zac Skinner and Emma Keating (Le Step on the Coast)



1st – Casey Fowler (Queensland), Charlie Cowie (Sydney) and Emma Priest (Ceroc Melbourne)

2nd – Zac Skinner, Matthew Fairburn and Emma Keating (Le Step on the Coast)

3rd – Gabriel Bizcarra, Reasmey Tith and Nicole Mansour (CMJ Sydney)



1st – Heaven – Roz Hicks and Paul Feitz (CMJ Sydney)  (choreography: Julie Gunn and Louie Raish)

2nd – Radioactive – Beata Khaidurova and Rowan Marshall (Le Bop Melbourne)

3rd – Fireball – Nathan Walsh and Reasmey Tith (CMJ Sydney)



1st – Blues Brothers (Modern Jive Melbourne and My Modern Jive)   (choreography: Helen Guscott, Scott Stuart, Lindsay Gamble, Laura Serong)

2nd - Timber (CMJ Sydney)  (choreography:  Julie Gunn and Adam Niland)

3rd - Uptown Funk (CMJ Sydney)  (choreography: Nicky Haslam and William Wu)


2015 West Coast Swing Competition – Sunday

Pro Am (student and teacher combination)

Female Students

1st – Cindy Perella and Allan Skinner

2nd – Tracey Neate and Peter Fradley

3rd – Katie Cooling and Anthony Truong

4th – Nicole Mansour and Karl Jancar

5th – Reasmey Tith and Peter Fradley


Pro Am (student and teacher combination)

Male Students

1st – Edward Truong and Lucilla Ronai

2nd – Lachlan McInnes and Emma Collyer

3rd – Jure Lucic and Kate Foster

4th – Nathan Aquilina and Michelle Fletcher

5th – Nathan Walsh and Dani Cosford


Novice Jack n Jill
Tier 2 WSDC Points for leaders and followers

1st – Sujit Menon and Jillian Head

2nd – Edward Truong and Cindy Perella

3rd – Lachlan McInnes and Jade Droguett

4th – Andrea Rindone and Claire Casucci

5th – Tim Maleevsky and Laura Hay


Intermediate Jack n Jill
Tier 2 WSDC Points for leaders and followers

1st – Dan Rippon and Amanda Truong

2nd – Scott Paynter and Dani Cosford

3rd – Mervin Almeida and Kirri Robinson

4th – Karl Jancar and Lucilla Ronai

5th – William Wu and Kate Mackay


Advanced/All Star Jack n Jill
Tier 1 Advanced WSDC Points for leaders and followers

1st – JP Masson and Emma Collyer

2nd – Anthony Truong and Maddy Platts

3rd – Peter Fradley and Elysia Somerfield

4th – Anthony Truong and Kylie Davey

5th – Zac Skinner and Kate Foster


Novice Strictly Swing

1st – Sujit Menon and Jillian Head

2nd – Edward Truong and Katie Cooling

3rd – Lachlan McInnes and Fiona Raphael

4th – Nathan Walsh and Reasmey Tith

5th – Jure Lucic and Helen Guscott


Open Strictly Swing

1st – Anthony Truong and Amanda Truong

2nd – Zac Skinner and Maddy Platts

3rd – Charles Gil and Louise Capps

4th – William Wu and Dani Cosford

5th – Peter Fradley and Michelle Fletcher



1st – Karl Jancar, Emma Priest, Anthony Truong

2nd – Matthew Fairburn, Emma Keating, Zac Skinner

3rd – JP Masson, Dani Cosford, William Wu

4th – Brady Stanton, Kate Foster, Peter Fradley

5th – Josh Maynard, Maddy Platts, Edward Truong



1st – Swing Skool Crew (Sydney)  (choreography:  Michelle Fletcher and Peter Fradley)

2nd – Barefoot Swing (Melbourne)  (choreography:  Melina Ramirez Stuart and Scott Stuart)

3rd – Swing Skool Open Team (Sydney)  (choreography:  Michelle Fletcher and Peter Fradley)