Show off your moves in all the dances and you can win great prizes and be crowned Chicago's Most Versatile Dancer 2017!
This contest is open to any and all Amateur Couples. You must enter with a partner. Both partners must be over the age of 18 and be considered amateurs. No professionals allowed. Amateurs must NOT have taught dance for any financial compensation at any time within the past 5 years, and must NOT have earned $1000 or more competing or performing dance in any given year within the past 5 years. Couples can be opposite or same gender, however one person must do the leading for the entire contest, and the other following, no switching of Lead/Follow role mid contest.
Couples must prove that they know the most dance styles by dancing whatever the MC announces to 20 to 30 seconds song clips. To stay alive they should be able to dance at least 3 basic steps, the correct timing, and clear character of each dance. When a couple is caught not knowing a dance adequately, a judge taps them on the shoulder. Contestants will be given a preset amount of «staying alive» cards. Winners are the couple(s) that are the last to be tapped out completely and/or have the most cards left.
Dances will focus on social partner dances (i.e. Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country, Tango, Club, etc), but some solo social dances may be included in the later rounds.
Judges will include professional dancers and instructors from May I Have This Dance as well as other schools and independents. Judges decisions are final. Please respect the judges difficult jobs, professional expertise, and committment to fairness. Remember it's a fun dance contest and day to celebrate. Any disputing or protesting the judges decisions will result in immediate disqualification and possible removal from the premises.
Contestants must arrive by 3:45pm to check in at the registration table near the
MILLENIUM PARK CLOUD GATE (aka «The Bean») STAGE
Each contestant will be given their number to wear and staying alive cards, and they must sign waivers. Both dancers must be present at the same time to register.
The contest will begin anytime between 4pm and 6pm, so be ready to dance! The contest can take anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes depending on how many couples and how long they last. Bring water and dress apprpriately, this contest can be exhausting!
Prizes will include Trophies, $$$, Scholarships and passes to May I Have This Dance, and huge bragging rights!
Prepare for the Most Versatile Dance Contest by attending many or all the Summerdance classes!
May I Have This Dance presents…
The Most Versatile Dance Contest (tm)
Saturday, August 26
4pm to 6pm
Millenium Park, Cloud Gate Stage («the Bean»)