Rules & Guidelines

What is a Jack & Jill Competition?

A Jack & Jill competition is an exciting format in partner dancing where competing couples are formed through random matching of leaders and followers. It brings together the thrill of competition with the spontaneity and connection of social dancing.

In a Jack & Jill competition, the process of partner matching may vary depending on the organizers, but it is essential that the matching is done randomly and communicated in advance. This ensures fairness and adds an element of surprise to the event.

While a Jack & Jill competition maintains the social dancing essence, it’s important to note that it has some distinct characteristics. In addition to showcasing technique, timing, and connection—core elements of social dancing—participants also need to consider their presentation to the audience. This may include stage presence, showmanship, and the ability to captivate the viewers with their performance.

Jack & Jill competitions blend both skill and luck. Skill refers to how well dancers execute the competition criteria, displaying their proficiency and mastery of partner dancing. On the other hand, luck plays a role in determining factors like the partner one is randomly paired with, the judges’ focus during their performance, and the songs they dance to. However, as dancers progress and refine their abilities, the element of luck diminishes. Seasoned social dancers become more adaptable, versatile, and comfortable dancing with various partners to different types of music.

Participating in a Jack & Jill competition offers an exhilarating experience for dancers of all levels. It challenges them to showcase their skills, adaptability, and ability to connect with different partners on the dance floor. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or a passionate social dancer, the Jack & Jill format provides a unique opportunity to test your abilities, make new connections, and celebrate the joy of partner dancing.

Join us at Bachata Council and be part of our electrifying Jack & Jill competitions where chance, skill, and the love of dance intertwine to create unforgettable moments on the dance floor.

Divisions

In Bachata Jack and Jill competitions, you may see the following divisions:

• Newcomer
• Novice
• Intermediate
• Advanced
• All-Stars
• Champions (by invitation of BachataCouncil only)
• Pro (for anyone who teaches for money)
• Invitational (by invitation of event organizer)
• Junior/Masters (age-based divisions)

The most common divisions are Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and All-Stars/Champions or
Invitational.

Points are tracked separately for leaders and followers, so you can easily dance as both roles at an event. But not in the same division.

Division Requirements max. points Description
Newcomer --- any points Newcomer division is for new dancers with less than 2 years of experience and no BCID.
Novice --- 30 Novice points Novice division is for dancers that start competing. You can decide between Newcomer and Novice.
Intermediate 15+ Novice points 60 Intermediate points
Advanced 30+ Intermediate points 90 Advanced points
All-Stars 45+ Advanced points
Champions invited by BC
Pro teachers For dancers that teach for money.

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