Seattle Swing Dance Club Competitions

Join the fun! Each year SSDC holds many competitions for all levels of dancers including the J&J Competition Series as well as Night Club 2-Step, Strictly Swings, and Open Role contests.

2011 / 2012 Jack & Jill Competition Series

The Jack & Jill competition series for Newcomer/Novice and Intermediate/Advanced level dancers starts in April each year and concludes in March the (just before Easter Swing) the following year.

Newcomer/Novice Jack and Jill: If you have never competed before the Newcomer/Novice Jack and Jill is a great opportunity to try something new!

Intermediate/Advanced Jack and Jill: This competition can be a great way to increase your level of dance and prepare to compete at conventions for WSDC points like Seattle’s Easter Swing.  Contestants in this division will dance in mini-heats of 2 to 4 couples on the floor at one time. Drops are allowed and add to the excitement! (Drops are optional and only allowed with safe parameters as listed in the rules.)

Both levels will have four competitions during the year. The top point-earners will be invited to the year end finals in March 2012 to compete for cash and prizes.

Here’s what competitor’s are saying:

“When you know you’ve got to do your best, your best comes forward.  I love the way a competition helps me push myself to see what I’m capable of.  Regardless if I win or lose, I’m addicted to the way it makes me feel when I come off the competition floor knowing that I did my best.” ~ Competition Junkie, Christine Traicoff

“I compete at the SSDC competitions because it’s fun and most importantly it’s in a relaxed atmosphere where you’re surrounded by your closest friends cheering you on!”  ~ Honey VanEecke“

I enjoy the challenge of a Jack and Jill competition and the rewarding feeling of accomplishment it brings.”~ Roberto Villamarin,  a proud member of the SSDC.

“I was extremely nervous my first time competing and never expected to even place. I didn’t think I was any good. So, imagine my surprise and elation when I took FIRST PLACE in my first novice competition. Now, just over a year later, I am in intermediate at SSDC and competing at national conventions.”  ~ Travis Pittman

“A friend told me to go ahead and sign up for the Jack and Jill competition. I couldn’t believe it when I took 5th place. It was very exciting and I’ve been competing ever since. It is a great way to learn and grow in your dancing.” ~Kelly Ham

Qualifying Rounds Contest Dates:

Newcomer/Novice:  April 3, June 19, October 2, and December 4

Intermediate/Advanced:  April 17,  July 17,  October 2 and January 15 - Rescheduled to March 4th!

All FINALS will be held on March 18th, 2012

Other competitions
SSDC also holds other competitions that are not included in the J&J series.

  • Open Strictly Swing:  Open to all dancers at all levels. Partners choose a partner and sign up together. Plus the choice of who leads and who follows is up to the partnership. Competition dates are: April 3, June 19, November 6 and March 4
  • Open Jackpot J&J:  Held annually at our summer picnic dance this competition is open to all levels and a cash jackpot is the big prize! Competition date:  Aug 21, 2011 at the picnic dance at Oly’s in Everett.
  • Open Role J&J: Open to all dancers at all levels. Your choice to lead or follow! Partners are randomly selected. These are among the most entertaining competitions of the season. Competition dates are: August 7
  • Open Night Club 2-Step J&J: Open to all levels. Competition dates are:  May 1, August 7 and December 4.

Entry Fees: For those that have never competed before we offer a first time novice competitor fee $3.00 to encourage you to join in!  Competition fees for SSDC club members are $6.00 and non-members are $8.00.  Sign up at the competition table by 6:30.  Competitions are held at 7:00

Schedules are subject to change to so please double check dates.

No matter what contest you pick please read the rules carefully!! Copies of the rules are also available at the competition registration table.

2011-2012 Rules

Thanks to Ken Shintaku for the photography and videography at all our competitions! Check out Ken’s youtube page to see competition videos.