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Competitions

Important Deadlines

Muse-Comer - Newcomer-Invitational Comp

 

Pay $5 to Participate by October 13th, 10:30pm before the Muse-Comer prelims

Open Mix and Match

 

Pay $5 to Participate by October 13th, midnight

Muse-Comer Competition

This is a Newcomer-Invitational competition. Newcomers sign up individually and will have a prelim, where they will dance and be evaluated for finals based on the criteria below. For those who make finals, they will be paired randomly with an invited dancer (“Muse”) who will be their partner for finals.
The newcomer competition is for you if you've been dancing blues for less than four years and have never finaled in a competition or competed in multiple competitions at national events.
 
If you are unsure of whether or not you count as a novice dancer we ask that you consider doing the Open Mix & Match competition! We want to make the novice competition a space to acknowledge and highlight our newest dancers. Please help us in supporting this goal!

Muses

Muses will be invited to compete by organizers. We will be looking for folks who embody the spirit of the event, and who are (dare I say - competitively?) excited about showcasing these values with a novice partner. To be considered you must be registered for the event and signed up to either compete in the Mix and Match or audition for classes.

Mix and Match Competition

The Mix and Match competition is a chance for both leads and follows to showcase the skills that the blues dance community values, and especially those championed by Blues Muse. Dancers sign up individually then get paired up at random. Competitors will be judged not only on their individual skills, but on their ability to work with and support their partner in an improvised setting.   

The Prelims for the Mix and Match competition will take place Saturday after classes, and the finals will take place Saturday night.
 
The Mix and Match competition is open to any dancer not competing in the Muse-Comer Invitational who has registered for the weekend. Preliminary rounds of competition will be held after the end of classes on Saturday, and will have a number of heats, as determined by the number of competitors. Each heat will consist of three to four songs, and competitors will rotate to a new partner between each song. Finalists will be posted as soon as the results have been tabulated.
 
Finals will take place at the Saturday Night Main Dance. In the finals, competitors will rotate to a new partner between each song. There will be three to four all-skates as determined by our judges.
Competition Guidelines

Competition Guidelines

Criteria for Partnered Competitions

These criteria are in order of importance as they will be weighted by our judges.

 

Blues Aesthetic

The best thing you can do in any of our competitions is dance blues. Our judges will be primarily looking for fundamentals of blues aesthetic such as athletic posture, grounded movement, pulse, and lag, along with ephebism, coolness/hotness, polyrhythms, polycentrism, and asymmetry.

 

Partnership

Blues Muse is an event dedicated to partnership, above all else. We want to see you engage in that partnership in every competition dance (and every dance, in general). We’re looking for clear and comfortable connection, responsive leading, expressive following, and the creation of a dance with your partner.

 

Musicality

All of your dancing should come from the music. Whether this means picking a baseline pulse, texture, variation, or dancing in an idiom, our judges will be looking for your dynamic responses to the music. Our DJs have been asked to challenge you with their song choices, listen to what they are giving you, find your groove and move! We want to see not only what moves you decide to do but how you decide to do those moves. Let the music drive your movement.

 

Creativity

Show us what you got! If you feel really solid in your blues aesthetic, your partnership, and your musicality, we want to see your personal flair. We want to see your innovative, creative, and personal stylings driven by the music and using solid technique. We want to see you dancing you with blues as your foundation and sharing yourself with your partner to create a unique and beautiful dance.

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