Mix & Match Competitionsadmin

Overview

  • All competitors must be Full Weekend or Begginner Pass holders or DanceOnly/Competition Pass holders
  • Entry fee: $25 per entrant during online registration or $30 at the event
  • Open Mix & Match prize money:  First place couple $500 / Second place couple $250 / Third place couple  $100
  • Advanced and Amateur Mix & Match prize money: First place couple $200 / Second place couple $100 / Third place couple $50
  • Please see the schedule for times of the Prelims and Finals.

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Which Mix & Match is right for me?

Do I qualify to compete in the Open Mix & Match?

  • Yes. Anyone can compete in the Open Mix & Match.

Do I qualify to compete in the Advanced Mix & Match? 

  • I do not teach balboa outside my regular scene more than four times a year
  • I have NOT placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any ABW Open competition (2013-2019)
  • I have NOT won an Amateur competition at ABW 2013-2017 (excluding the ProAm)
  • I have NOT won the 2018 or 2019 Amateur M & M Division 2 or won any Amateur ACBC
  • I have NOT won any Open or non-amateur balboa competition at any national or international competition (ex: Camp Hollywood, CalBal, ILHC, Snowball)

If all the above are true, then you qualify to compete in the Advanced Mix & Match.

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Do I qualify to compete in the Amateur Mix & Match? 

  • I have NOT placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at any previous ABW competition (2013-2019) (excluding the Pro-Am)
  • I have NOT placed (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in any national or international balboa competition (ex: Camp Hollywood, CalBal, ILHC, Snowball)

If all the above are true, then you qualify to compete in the Amateur Mix & Match. You also qualify to enter the Advanced Mix & Match, if you wish to do so.

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Contest Formats

Open Mix & Match

Anything goes in all rounds – there are no restrictions. Dancers will be randomly paired and will dance to music selected by the DJ.

Please check the schedule for times of the Prelims, Semis (if necessary) and Finals.

Preliminary Round – During the preliminary rounds, dancers will rotate. The number of heats (and rotations within each heat) will be determined by the Event Organizers. Leaders and followers will be selected to advance to the finals individually (but will be judged on how well they dance with their partner).

Final Round – Finalists will be randomly paired and will compete as a couple. Couples will not change partners during finals. Judging will emphasize how well the dancers adapt to their partners. Each couple will have a 1:30 minute spotlight dance.

Advanced & Amateur Mix & Match

Anything goes in all rounds – there are no restrictions. Dancers will be randomly paired and will dance to music selected by the DJ.

Please check the schedule for times of the Prelims and Finals.

Preliminary Round – During the preliminary rounds, dancers will rotate. The number of heats (and rotations within each heat) will be determined by the Event Organizers. Leaders and followers will be selected to advance to the finals individually (but will be judged on how well they dance with their partner).

Semi-Final Round – Format will be the same as the Preliminary Round

  • Final Round – Finalists will be randomly paired and will compete as a couple. Couples will not change partners during finals. Judging will emphasize how well the dancers adapt to their partners. Couples will dance to three songs of varying tempos.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.  See the schedule for details.


Please note that the final decision as to whether someone will be able to compete in a particular division is up to the discretion of the organizers of ABW. If you register for a level that the organizers of ABW find inaccurate, you will be notified and the appropriate change will be made.