European Neo-Blues Championships 2017

The Neo-Blues Competition for our 21st Century Blues Dancers

Including .............  EUROPEAN BLUES OPEN, BLUES DWAS, MASTERS INVITATIONAL JACK & JILL see below for entry, rules and info



(Photos taken by Graham Farey)

With a huge rise in popularity, Blues has become a regular addition to many Ceroc freestyle nights and talent is blossoming all over the country. This has been helped by the success of the UK Open Blues Championships at Breeze over the last 9 years which has gained an enviable reputation for stand out dancing and music. But in addition to this it has also been developing throughout Europe, and with a number of European entrants this year we have decided to extend the scope of the competition to make it truly European. So it’s time to get your competition shoes out and start Grooving the Blues in order to take the very first European Open Blues Champs trophy home with you!

To give you some last minute tips, tricks and moves we will have a range of Blues classes with great teachers from vintage Blues style to modern 21st Century Blues to suit the development of Blues music and the adaptation of that music into the Neo Blues style that has developed in the UK and subsequently in Europe over the past 14 years. In essence the style of the dance reflects the growing variety of Blues music played and that variety of music will also be represented in the range of music played in the competition. These classes will include maximum capacity Blues Master Classes which will be pre-bookable at the event.

And…. to get plenty of practice in beforehand you might want to pop along to some of the Ceroc’s nights that play within their Chill Out mix a range of traditional and more contemporary Blues music alongside their existing funkier tracks
Switch  and Utopia & Pure

 

Blues Open

This competition is for couples and will start on Saturday night for the heats & semi-finals commencing at midnight
The Finals will take place on the Sunday evening at 9pm

Blues Dance with a Stranger

To give all those Blues lovers a chance to compete even if you don’t have a regular partner we will be holding a DAY TIME Blues Dance with a Stranger Competition commencing at 1.30pm on Sunday. Winners of this category will gain an automatic place in the Semi Finals of the Open Blues Championships that night (assuming either person is not already placed)

Masters Invitational Blues Jack & Jill

Introduced in 2013, this category recognises the talents of past winners and placers from the Championships that have been runing at Breeze since it began. Competitors enter by invitation only based on achieving 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the Open, 1st & 2nd in Showcase and Winners of the DWAS. Individual dancers switch partners throughout the competition on Saturday night in the main room, and dance in spotlight to find the ultimate Masters Champions. 2016 winners were Ekow Oduro & Danni Moore

How do I book?

Open & Dance with a Stranger

There is no charge for these competitions and entry will only be accepted at Breeze at the Competition Entry Desks in the Cyclone Dance Zone from 10pm – midnight on Friday evening and in the Queen Vic Pub from midday - 5pm on Saturday evening. Last entrants for both competitions can be accepted no later than 4pm on Saturday. We will require both names from the couple for the Open competition and simply your name if you are entering the Dance with a Stranger

Open Blues
Couples will dance to music chosen by the organisers which will be a Blues genre track from any era. The number of heats will be determined according to the number of entrants at the weekend
During the Heats couples will dance to 2 pieces of music (one 80 - 95 bpm and one 100 - 115 bpm)
Each piece of music in the Heats will last a maximum of 2 minutes and will be faded out
There will be 2 tracks of approximately 3.5 minute length in the Semi Final so there may be cause to fade the track out. (one 80 - 95 bpm and one 100 - 115 bpm)
There will be 2 tracks of approximately 4 minute length in the Final and these will be played out til the end (one 75 - 95 bpm and one 95 - 115 bpm)
Blues dance is lead by the music and this is a freestyle competition, so couples will be marked down if there is evidence of an entirely choreographed routine
This is a Blues Dance competition, so only 1 Aerial* move will be permitted per couple per piece of music and technical difficulty will not be judged by aerials

* Aerials are judged, as when both of the ladies feet are above the guy's waist. An aerial lift may last for a maximum of 7 beats. Any number of Baby Aerials or 'flying
moves' can be included.

The essence of Blues dancing is close, connected & musical and couples will be expected to demonstrate this throughout the competition.
 It is acceptable for people to interpret the music to adopt fusion styles of Blues, but this is not a West Coast Swing  or Modern Jive competition
 Teachers and professional dancers may enter this category

 

Blues Dance with a Stranger

NEW RULE for 2017 - where a couple are matched together who are both 'Masters J&J' competitors, a further rotation will continue to ensure the Masters are separate.
Only Guys will be given a dance number
Partnerships will be established on the dance-floor immediately before the heats commence
The number of heats will be determined by the number of entrants during the course of the weekend
During the Heats couples will dance to 1 piece of music (between 90-110 bpm)
This track will be approximately 3 ½ minutes long so there may be cause to fade tracks out
During the Semi Finals and Finals couples will dance to 2 tracks (one 75 - 95 bpm and one 95 - 115 bpm). These tracks will be approx 2 mins in length with fade out.
Blues dance is led by the music and this is a freestyle competition, so couples will be marked down if there is evidence of an entirely choreographed routine
No aerials are permitted in this section
The essence of Blues dancing is close and connected and couples will be expected to demonstrate this throughout the competition.
It is acceptable for people to interpret the music to adopt fusion styles of Blues, but this is not a West Coast Swing  or Modern Jive competition
Teachers & professional dancers may enter this category

Judging

An experienced panel of judges will be marking throughout the competitions: Nigel Anderson, Nina Daines,  Lily Barker, David Rokov, Marc Forster and acting as adjudicator and scoring administrator - David Barker.

Whilst they will be attributing points for different aspects of the dance this will simply be used as a decider to ensure the overall best dancers go through and are placed. Ultimately they will be looking at the bigger picture and seeing the overall performance of couples so they will first be asked to nominate a specific number of couples they identify from each heat who should go through to the next. In the event of differing opinions the points system will come into play across all judges to make the final decision.

Points will be awarded for the following:

    Musical interpretation
    Connection & synchronicity
    Variety & complexity
    Presentation & Performance (Fancy Dress Costumes not permitted ­ and spandex and sequins not essential!)

In addition it should be remembered that as this is a partner dance as a couple you will also be judged on how well your dancing compliments your partner’s and how balanced the partnership is both in style and technical ability.

 


 

The organisers accept no responsibility for loss or injury to persons or possessions in relation to this event.

Ceroc reserves the right to change aspects of the programme & competition if necessary without consultation.

To see our winners gallery over the years and all the results please Click Here

 

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