Championships

champs2015logoNSW Ceroc Modern Jive & West Coast Swing Championships
Friday 5th to Monday 8th June 2015
Online sales now closed – Spectator Tickets For Sunday Competition now available on the door.  Sunday Night Party Tickets still available on the door.  Please now book for the Monday Workshops at the event or take a chance and turn up on the day!

 

 

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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.

Registration closes on 22nd May (some categories will fill prior).
Notification of Team and Showcase/Cabaret entries required by 15th April.
Early Bird Specials available to the first 50 male and first 50 female competitors to register and pay by 1st May!
Spectator and Party Tickets also on sale from 1st April


The Weekend Schedule

We’re kicking off the weekend early this year with 2014 Champion Dan Rippon teaching with Nicky Haslam at our Willoughby venue on Thursday night.  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!

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Friday 5th June - Pre Champs Party @ Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby.  8pm to 11.30pm - with 60sqm floor extension!

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 6th June – Modern Jive Competitions @ UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington. 11am to midnight.

Team and Showcase rehearsals: 9am to 10.30am (exact times have now been emailed to all Showcase competitors and Team Captains)
Judges Meeting: 10am
Doors Open to the Public: 10.30am
Competitions Commence with Dance With A Stranger at 11am.  Freestyle and Mix n Match from 2.40pm, Finals from 6.30pm, Showcases and Teams from 9.30pm. All scheduling is approximate and may change on the day.

 

2014 Champs Eric AniSunday 7th June – West Coast Swing Competitions @ UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington.  11am to 6pm.

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Team rehearsals: 9.30am to 10.15pm (exact times have been emailed to Team Captains)
Judges Meeting: approx 10am
Doors Open to the Public: 10.30am
Competitions Commence with Jack n Jill at 11am.  Strictly Swing, Pro Am and Steals from 12.25pm, Finals from 2.40pm, Showcases and Teams from 9.30pm. All scheduling is approximate and may change on the day.

2014 Champs Nicky Flip
Sunday 7th 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.


Allan and MaddyMonday 8th June - Workshops @ Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby.  11am to 3pm.

11am to 12noon: West Coast Swing –  Scott Stuart & Melina Ramirez-Stuart – ‘The Scott & Mel Experience’ – teaching concepts and style that have helped them gain their WCS success as well as taking their students to greater heights!
12noon to 1pm:  West Coast Swing - Allan Skinner, Zac Skinner & Maddy Platts - ‘Steals’ (one follower dancing with two leaders)

 

1pm to 2pm: Modern Jive –  Casey Fowler & Emma Priest - ‘Entertain’ - how to lead and follow well whilst being entertaining and having fun!

2pm to 3pm: Modern Jive –  Matt Fairburn & Emma Keating -  ‘Amaze’ – execute movement with entertainment and personality, using action and reaction within the lead.

Plus out of town visitors – extend your flights and stick around for Monday night to check out the fantastic Sydney Vivid Light Festival!


Competitor Categories

2014 Champs Dan DebbieCeroc Modern Jive (Saturday):

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

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

Plus Showcase and Teams

 

 

2014 Champs Ely AnthonyWest Coast Swing (Sunday):

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

Strictly Swing: Novice and Open

Plus Pro-Am and Teams plus NEW THIS YEARSteals!

 

All categories are subject to sufficient entrants.  

 

2014 Champs Blurred LinesTeam and Showcase/Cabaret Information:  Team Captains and Showcase/Cabaret 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 22nd 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 22nd 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.


New Transparent Scoring System (Modern Jive)

This year we are moving to a new way of scoring in the Modern Jive competition that will produce transparent results for all competitors throughout the rounds.

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 our Modern Jive competitions nationally, this year we are going to trial the following:  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.  We will take feedback from competitors after this year’s trial as to whether you feel this is necessary for next year.

We have always released individual finals placings to finalists after the event, however this year we will be trialling the release of all scores throughout the day as well.  We feel this will 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.


Pricing

Competitors may select the ‘a la carte’ options with individual pricing, OR the discounted Competitor Packages (available only to the first 50 male and first 50 female competitors to book and pay by 1st May).

Note also our NEW discount for competitors entering ONLY Showcase, Team or Cabaret.

A LA CARTE:

Friday Night Party: $17

Saturday Spectator Ticket: $25
Saturday Competitor Entry: $65
Saturday DVD: $55

Sunday Spectator Ticket: $25
Sunday Competitor Entry: $65
Sunday DVD: $55

DVD Postage:  FREE within Australia, $15 for Overseas

Sunday Night Party & Performance Night:  $25

Monday Workshops: $15 per workshop

PACKAGES AND DISCOUNTS:

Weekend Spectator Pass
(spectate Saturday and Sunday PLUS Sunday night party)
($10 SAVING):  $65

Single Category Pass (available until 1st May only)
(available to those competing in ONE of the following categories per day: MJ Showcase OR MJ Team on Saturday, WCS Cabaret OR WCS Team on Sunday)
($25 SAVING):  $40 (per day)

Bronze Competitor Pass*
(Friday and Sunday parties, plus compete both days)
($17 SAVING):  $155

Silver Competitor Pass*
(Bronze Pass PLUS DVDs both days)
($33 SAVING):  $249

Gold Competitor Pass*
(Silver Pass PLUS 4 x workshops)
($44 SAVING):  $299

* Note the total number of Bronze, Silver and Gold Competitor Passes on offer are ONLY available to the first 50 male and first 50 female competitors to book and pay by 1st May 2015.


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

 


How to Book

All competitor bookings are ONLINE ONLY.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED.  For late changes please call us on (02) 9410 1111.

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.


Roundhouse 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!  Some suggestions:

The Dive Hotel, right on the beach, rates from $160 per night including continental breakfast and free WIFI.  (02) 9665 5538

Adina Apartment Hotel, rates from $146 per night using this link and promotion code TH6687997.

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

2014 Champs Helen ScottPrivate 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.

Plus NEW THIS YEAR - Coaching Packages for Showcase & Team Entrants:

Private lesson coaching packages are available to assist couples with mentoring and guidance on things such as music choice, costuming, choreography tips and feedback on choreography they have created.  Music cutting services are also offered within the package.

Only $320 (plus any applicable room hire) per couple/team for a four hour package spread in one hour blocks over the weeks leading up to the competition.


Judges

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

Modern Jive Judges:

Head Judge Robert Winter (CMJ – Sydney)

Allan Skinner (Le Step on the Coast – Gold Coast), Dan Rippon (Ceroc New Zealand), Emma Keating (Le Step on the Coast – Gold Coast), Eric Gray (New Zealand), Helen Guscott (Modern Jive Melbourne), Jason Sullivan (Move Your Body – Gold Coast), Karl Jancar (CMJ – Sydney), Kate Foster (CMJ – Sydney), Mick French (Le Step – Brisbane), Nicky Haslam (CMJ – Sydney), Patryck Allen – Team Division only (CMJ – Sydney), Scott Stuart (Modern Jive Melbourne)

West Coast Swing Judges:

Head Judge Melina Ramirez-Stuart (Barefoot Swing – Melbourne)

Allan Skinner (Raw Connection – Brisbane), Charles Gil (Nuroc – Sydney), Eric Gray (New Zealand), Jess Sweeny (Raw Connection – Brisbane), Maddy Platts (Raw Connection – Brisbane), Robert Winter (CMJ West Coast Swing – Sydney), Scott Stuart (Barefoot Swing – Melbourne)


Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors so far confirmed for 2015:

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

danceVibe – sponsoring free entry to Seabreeze 2015 to one lucky competitor (random prize draw)

Victorian Modern Jive Championships – sponsoring free entry to VMJC 2016 to one lucky competitor (random prize draw)

Le Step - sponsoring free entry to QMJC 2015 to one lucky competitor (random prize draw)

Move Your Body - sponsoring free entry to the Gold Coast Championships 2015 to one lucky competitor (random prize draw)

West Coast Swing Sponsors:

1st Place Pro Am (students of the partnership) will win tickets to the Oz WCS and Zouk Championships 2016 

1st Place Novice Jack n Jill will win tickets to Australian Open 2015

2nd Place Novice Jack n Jill will win tickets to Ronnie & Brandy’s Intensive at Best of the Best 2015

1st Place Intermediate Jack n Jill will win tickets to Swingtimate 2015

1st Place Advanced/All Star Jack n Jill will win tickets to the New Zealand Open 2015

1st Place Novice Strictly Swing will win tickets to Swing Escape 2016

1st Place Open Strictly Swing will win tickets to the Asian Open 2016


2014 Event Footage

Click on the clips below to see footage of parts of our 2014 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)

 

Triples

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)

 

Showcase

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)

 

Teams

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

 

Steals

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

 

Teams

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)