NSW Ceroc Modern Jive & West Coast Swing Dance Championships
The Grand Ballroom at Bankstown Sports Club
8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown, Sydney
Competitor entries open 1st March to 16th May
Spectator and Party Tickets On The Door
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 Grand Ballroom at Bankstown Sports Club was a hit for our first event there in 2017 with our HUGE DANCE FLOOR at over 300sqm, lots of space for competitor and spectator seating, great aircon, 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.
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 will be open from 6pm til 9.30pm.
Please note that Showcase entries will be invited to take a rehearsal slot early evening on the Friday to save time on Saturday. Interstate competitors entering a Showcase should factor this in to their travel plans if possible.
Saturday Competitions (last year’s times as a guide only):
Competitor Check In from 8am til 9.15am
Ballroom Doors Open for competitors and spectators – 9.15am
Dance With A Stranger Heats and Semi Finals commencing at 9.45am
Lunch Break commencing approx 12.20pm
Freestyle, Triples and Mix n Match Heats and Semi Finals commencing at 1.00pm
Dinner Break commencing approx 5.00pm
Dance With A Stranger Finals commencing at 5.45pm
All Other Finals commencing at approx 7pm
Showcases commencing at approx 9pm
Teams commencing at approx 10pm
Close – midnight
Sunday Competitions (last year’s times as a guide only):
Competitor Check In from 9am til 10am
Ballroom Doors Open for competitors and spectators - 10am
Strictly Swing Heats commencing at 10.30am
Jack n Hill Heats commencing at approx 11.30am
Lunch Break commencing approx 12.30pm
Pro Am Finals and Performances commencing at 1.15pm
Strictly Swing Finals commencing at approx 2.15pm
Jack n Jill Finals commencing at approx 3.40pm
People’s Choice Routines commencing at approx 5pm
Close – 6pm
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.
You should totally take the day off work to recover. Sunday night is ALWAYS worth staying for.
Party Tickets – $25 per night
Spectator Tickets – $30 per day ($20 for Under 18s, Full Time Students, Seniors, FREE for under 12s)
Modern Jive Competitor Entry (Saturday) – $95 for unlimited categories and including free spectator entry on the West Coast Swing day
West Coast Swing Competitor Entry (Sunday) – $80 for unlimited categories, including WSDC competitor fees and free spectator entry on the Modern Jive day
$20 discount per day if competing in only ONE CATEGORY (with only one entry in that category)
Competitor Package – $199 for full access all weekend including two parties and competing both days (saving of $26)
Video Footage – $30 per day for all Finals and Performances via online download OR $12 per single category
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):
Freestyle - Beginner / Intermediate / Intermediate Plus / Advanced / Champions
Dance With A Stranger - Levels as above, judged as individuals until the final when matched with a randomly selected partner
Over 40s Freestyle - Both 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)
Triples - Open level, any gender combination of one leader and two followers
Pro Am - One Teacher or Champions qualified dancer plus one student no higher than 2 years experience. Partnerships must not have competed together before.
Showcase - One couple with their chosen music and choreography (min 2.5 mins, max 4 mins)
Team Cabaret - Minimum 3 couples, maximum 10 couples with their chosen music and choreography (min 2.5 mins, max 4 mins)
SUNDAY (WEST COAST SWING):
Strictly Swing - Novice – Intermediate – Advanced/All Star
Jack n Jill - Levels as above, judged as individuals until the final when matched with a partner (WSDC points applicable)
Pro Am Strictly Swing - One Teacher plus one student no higher than Novice level. Partnerships must not have competed together before.
Pro Am Routine - One Teacher plus one student (open level) with their chosen music and choreography (min 2 mins, max 4 mins)
Classic Routine - One couple (open level) with their chosen music and choreography (min 2 mins, max 4 mins)
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 from the 2018 event.
We can’t run this event without the help of our fabulous sponsors. Click here to see our list of supporters from 2018 and make sure you visit their website and give them some business!
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.
This will be our 29th Ceroc Championships event in Sydney and we’re super excited to be back at Bankstown Sports Club for our second 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!