Please, attend all functions of the event.
a. Thursday choreography sessions from
8:00p-9:30p at Dance World- 630 Rundle
1. March 13th- Salsa w. Francisco
2. March 20th- West Coast Swing e.
3. March 27th- Cha Cha Cha w.
Nicole Antoinette & Odie Joseph
4. April 3rd- Lindy Hop w.
5. April 10th- Kizomba w. Alain Fokam
6. April 17th- Bachata w. Kendra Murray
iii. If you cannot be at Thursday practice and
you want to perform on Wednesday, You must text, email, call Tonya by 9:15p
Thursday evening to receive an assigned
1. If you do not respond and still want to
participate in that week’s performances, it is up to you to find a partner and
you must advise Tonya of your intent to participate by Monday evening, so she
can print out the appropriate judges’ sheets.
b. Wednesday performances from 8:35-8:45p at
play- 1519 Church St.
ii. If you are not able to attend and perform
on Wednesday, You may enter your video performance by recording it at Tonya’s
house before or on that Wednesday, so the judges can score your video
performance along with the other contestants’ performances.
c. Optional Saturday practices from 1-3p at Tonya’s
house- 2802 Ennis Rd 37210
i. If it becomes apparent that Tonya’s house
will not fully accommodate all folks to practice on Saturday, then efforts will
be made to find a larger venue. In that
case, the Saturday times may vary according to the venue’s availability.
d. Awards Night from 7-9:30p on Wednesday, April
30th at Play- 1519 Church St.
a. Your weekly $15 payment is due at the
beginning of each Thursday choreography session. Payment-in-full may be made at any time. The total cost is $90. Until all venue & choreographer costs
are paid, Checks are made directly to either dance world or the choreographer,
so please ask Tonya before addressing your check.
b. Exceptions-- choreographers & passed
winners/ runners-up are permitted to attend all functions free of charge, as
well as their chosen partners.
i. Past contestants may attend any
choreography session for free, unless they are competing.
ii. Alternates chosen by Tonya or a contestant
to assist on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Wednesdays are free of charge.
a. You are randomly selected and then later assigned
a partner each week, with the intention to have all contestants dance at least
once with each other. Understand that
every effort is made to make the contest fair and enjoyable for everyone.
b. Alternates- an alternate may be assigned
to you by Tonya, in an effort to provide everyone with a partner for both
Thursday night practice and for Wednesday performances.
i. You may choose your own partner if that
person attends the Thursday practice and that same person performs with you the
ii. If you perform as an alternate or partner
for more than one Wednesday performance, only your highest score will be used.
3. Performance & Choreography Alterations—
a. You may alter two (2) eight-counts of the
original choreography, unless otherwise stated at the Thursday session. Altered eight-counts after the two will be a
5 point deduction to your individual score & a 2.5 deduction to your couple
b. Lifts, dips & tricks are permitted.
c. Sergio’s Second Chance— you may restart
your performance one time. Each restart
after the second= 5 individual & 2.5 couple points deducted from your
overall weekly score for that dance.
d. You may extend the beginning and ending of
each performance for no longer than 30 seconds in total. Please, advise Tonya of this type of
alteration, so she can manage the music and begin/end per your preference.
i. You are evaluated weekly by six judges on
your technical & artistic demonstration.
The judges sheets are centered around showmanship, togetherness,
transitions, style execution, synchronization, style specialties, choreography,
routine difficulty, overall execution, overall impression.
ii. You receive weekly two scores for
individual lead/follow and two scores for couple. Individual and couples scores are averaged separately.
iii. Every effort is made to select judges who
are either teachers, performers, former contestants or otherwise having sound
knowledge of dance and the style being performed. Judges are selected at random.
v. Judges’ sheets are labeled by identifying
numbers contestants (leads) wear each week pinned to their backs.
b. Scores are calculated using a weighted
scale equal to:
1. Youtube views are counted at 10p on
2. The highest # of views is considered 100% of the 12.5% and subsequent lower scores are calculated as a % of that highest score. Example: The Men's highest YT views is 258 (258=1). Danny achieved 134 views. Danny's score is 134/258=.519379.
1. Although a comment & a like are
counted separately, effort is made to make sure that the act of commenting is
counted only once per person commenting.
2. All shared links count separately and are
researched for more likes & comments to be counted.
3. The highest # of combined likes, shares and comments is considered 100% of the 12.5% and subsequent lower scores are calculated as a % of that highest score. Example: The Ladies' highest FB score is 138 (138=1). Susie achieved 99. Susie's score is 99/138=.717391.
4. Facebook likes & comments are counted at
10p on Tuesday night.
c. Scores are published online at
d. Your lowest score is dropped at the end of
a. Costs for the contest include, but are not
a. There is no guaranty as to what the
b. Past winners have received: certificates
commemorating their achievements, private lessons, party & group class
passes, workshops, boot-camps, national salsa/bachata/kizomba congress passes,
gift certificates, groupons for dinner & more!
7. Revisions to the rules—
a. Tonya reserves the right to alter, change,
add, delete, etc. at any time.
b. Tonya commits to inform all parties of any
revisions as soon as possible.
Suggestions to make your experience
encouraged to dress up, role-play, show-off, act, etc. in your
performances. Not always is the best
technical performance the one that gets the highest score.
You are highly
encouraged to attend the Thursday session.
Since most folks need time to “sleep on it,” that extra day gives them a
leg up. Plus, the choreography videos don't post until Friday evening.
This is your
experience! Your adventure! Your opportunity to be part of
something bigger, something fun, and something you will remember for the rest
of your life!
The next six
weeks will challenge you! You are
invited and encouraged to push yourself out of your comfort zone! You will get tired, both physically and
mentally. But then again, that is when
you grow! You will be a different,
better dancer! So, go for it! It will be over before you know it!
Overall, Tonya is
here for you! Thank you for giving Tonya
this opportunity to share her dance passion!
Thank you for being a leader and sharing your growth with our dance community!