BACHATA JACK & JILL COMPETITION 2024

Our International Bachata Jack & Jill competition allows individuals (leaders & followers) to register without a partner and demonstrate their skills in improvisational social dancing with a variety of random partners. Leaders and followers are randomly paired and there will be several partner changes during the preliminary rounds.

  • Competitors will be ranked individually in the preliminary heats. Depending on the number of entries groups of 5 – 10 couples will dance together and be ranked
  • Up to 60 will be registered for 1/8 finals, the top 30 highest ranked for ¼ finals, the top 15 for semi-finals. The top 5 will do a Spotlight dance for the finals. Finals competitors will dance as a couple that will be formed randomly, also each dancer will be judged separately. 
  • No playlist provided in advance as it should be truly improvisational dance, but during the competition DJ will hit most popular bachata songs.

 

REGISTRATION: Secure your spot!

All competitors are expected to:

  • Have Full Pass or Social Pass to the 12th IIDF (Istanbul International Dance Festival) 
  • Pay the registration fee of 20€ via the link below (or pay 25€ on the spot) 
  • Register online by 12pm 23 March 2024 Saturday
  • Confirm their presence and obtain registration number on 23 March 2024 Saturday since 16:00 till 17:30
  • Be ready to compete at 19:00 for Amateurs, at 20:30 for Professionals

DIVISIONS: Pick your division

Our Bachata J&J Competition is divided into the following divisions:

  • Amateurs: not teachers, less than 3 years’ experience in bachata 
  • Professionals: dancers with experience in bachata 3 years+ and bachata teachers 

COMPETITION FORMAT

  • Competition stages: 1/8 final, ¼ final, ½ final, Final
  • Depending on the number of entries groups of 5 – 10 couples will dance together and be ranked. 
  • In the Preliminaries, Competitors will be randomly partnered for 3 rounds of 1min and 15 sec. Scores: During 1/8, ¼ and 1/2 Judges rank by numbers all participants by comparing them with each other where 1 – minimum and 10 – max score. Participants who collect the biggest score proceed to the next stage.
  • During finals only one couple pared randomly performs on the dancefloor at the same time. Final dance is modern Bachata song, switched on from the beginning and lasting up to 2 min 20 sec. They can use show elements, but strictly forbidden acrobatic elements!
  • In final judges put places from 1 to 5 to choose winner – 1
  • The one who gets more 1st places is the winner.
  • All places are averaged to get joint opinion of all judges 
  • There will be a separate choice for places for men and women. 

 

On demand of judges Pro and Masters can have extra dance of all finalists at the same time with another partner chosen randomly – it’s necessarily only if it’s not clear decision and extra dance needed.

JUDGES

World-renowned Bachata Artists will be judges of the Competition

  • Arnaldes y Bri (Israel/United States)
  • Cornel & Rithika (India)
  • Magda & Valeria (Italy/Poland)
  • Marco y Sara (Spain)
  • Ofir Ofri (Israel)
  • Ronald y Alba (Spain)
  • Sergio y Marichu (Spain)
  • Vlad y Nataly (Russia)

PRIZES FOR IIDF 2024

There are significant prizes awarded to the winners:

  • 1st Place Amateur division: Free Full Pass to one of the Bachata Festival and Goodie Bag
  • 2nd Place Amateur division: Free Full Pass to one of the Bachata Festival and Goodie Bag
  • 3nd Place Amateur division: Free Full Pass to one of the Bachata Festival and Goodie Bag
  • 1st Place Professional division: Teaching spot (Master Class) on 24th March 2024 Sunday at 20:00, Free Full Pass to one of the Bachata Festival and Goodie Bag
  • 2nd Place Professional division: Free Full Pass to one of the Bachata Festival and Goodie Bag
  • 3nd Place Professional division: Free Full Pass to one of the Bachata Festival and Goodie Bag

️ RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Must hold a Full pass or Social Pass to 2024 IIDF Festival.
  • Pay the registration fee of 20€ via the link below (or pay 25€ on the spot) 
  • Register online and check-in during the registration and obtain their number at registration desk during registration timeframe.
  • Will have a competition allocated number assigned to their left thigh. It must be worn throughout the competition.
  • Must agree to conduct themselves in a sportsperson like manner, otherwise may at anytime be disqualified.
  • Have to be ready to compete 15 minutes prior to the commencement.
  • Can compete if their division has a minimum of Four (5) couples to be considered a valid contest.
  • May only enter 1 division.
  • You must enter either as a Leader (male) or as a Follower (female).
  • By fulfilling registration form online participants agree to sign a waiver and are responsible for reading the rules and regulations for the competition.
  • Are responsible for entering the correct division and can be disqualified if caught not abiding by the rules.
  • Are responsible for being in time, listening their number attentively and attending competition in their group/round.
  • JJ is improvised dance with a not known in advance partner. Soft leading is highly recommended. Please prepare comfortable and nice looking clothes, no underwear to be seen during the dance.

JUDGING CRITERIA

All competitors will be judged individually. Male and Female judges will be randomly allocated to judge either the leaders or followers.

  • Timing & Musicality
    – Hitting the 1beat and maintaining it and switching if the music changes.
    – Moving with the mood or sections of the music plus hitting accents or breaks.
  • Technique & Connection
    – Frame, Balance & Weight Shifting.
    – Bachata Movement – Contra Movement in Hips, Knees and Chest.
    – Connection: Leading or Following.
  • Artistry & Image
    – Fashionable Urban or Stylish Clothes.
    – Groomed to Compete (Hairstyles, Make Up).
    – Crowd pleasing movements, personality and energy.

 

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Competitors will be disqualified for the following infringements:

  • Lifts – with 2 legs of either partner going higher than 1 meter off. If dancers perform acrobatics, it’s not judged taking into account the fact that JJ is social competition of musicality and connection with unknown partner.
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Dancing dangerously or completely off key.
  • Inappropriate language or behaviour.