Contests

California Balboa Classic Competitions

Competition questions?  Please write us:  contests@calbalclassic.com

Pass

All competitors must have a Full Weekend Pass, Balboa Crash Course Pass, Invitational Pass, or Dance/Competition Pass.  Each Mixed Couples participant must register separately.  For Couples Contests only one participant should register and list their partner’s name.

Rules

Each competitor should read general rules and descriptions for each competition they enter.

Competition Fees

Couple Competitions:
$40/couple/competition ($50 at the door)

Mixed Couples:
$20/competitor/competition ($25 at the door)

Competition Descriptions

The Classic

Open to couples of any skill level.

Prizes include:

Cash: $1000 first prize — $500 second prize — $250 third prize.
Other: Trophies and merchandise vouchers and/or event passes.

Description:
  • This Balboa & Bal-Swing competition is designed to showcase the intricacies of partnering and musicality in the mid-tempo round as well as the excitement and energy of Bal-Swing and LA Swing in the fast round.
  • Competitors in the Open Classic are automatically entered into the Wildcard.
  • Prelims: Couples will dance in heats to a minimum of three songs of three different tempos.
  • Finals: Finalists will dance two rounds to live music. They will dance one medium round and one fast round to showcase diverse skill, partnering and musicality.
  • Medium Round: Couples will dance spotlights to live music. Approx. 230 BPM.
  • Fast Round: Couples will dance phrased dual spotlights to live music. Approx. 260-270 BPM.

New Contest: The Wildcard

Open to couples of any skill level.

Prizes include:

Cash: $700 first prize — $350 second prize — $150 third prize.
Other: Trophies and merchandise vouchers and/or event passes.

Description:
  • Entering the Open Classic automatically enters you into the Wildcard.
  • Prelims: The Open Classic and the Wildcard share a single preliminary round—anyone competing in the Open Classic prelims is eligible to compete in the Wildcard finals.
  • Finals: Finalists will be the top 8–10 couples who did not make it into the Open Classic finals.
  • Stay tuned for more format and judging information.

The Pure Balboa Classic

Open to couples of any skill level.

Prizes include:

Cash: $1000 first prize — $500 second prize — $250 third prize.
Other: Trophies and merchandise vouchers and/or event passes.

Description:
  • This partnered contest is geared to feature today’s Balboa dancers dancing Pure Balboa/Closed position Balboa.
  • The judges will be asked to evaluate competitors based on their personal judging criteria and preferences.
  • Prelims: Couples will dance in heats to a minimum of three songs of three different tempos.
  • Finals: Finalists will have an all skate warmup followed by spotlights to DJed music and a final all at high tempo.

Open Mixed Couples

Open to any age or skill level of dancer.

Prizes include:

Cash: $1000 first prize — $500 second prize — $250 third prize.
Other: Trophies and merchandise vouchers and/or event passes.

  • Competitors will sign up individually as a lead or follow and will randomly draw partners for each round of this competition.
  • Prelims will be danced in heats with competitors changing partners a minimum of three times.
  • Finalists will draw a partner and they will be judged as a couple for the entire final round.
  • Finalists will dance a warm-up all skate and will dance in spotlights to DJed music. Couples may dance further all skates as deemed necessary by the judges.

Amateur Classic

Open to couples meeting the amateur defintion (see rules below).

Prizes include:

Cash: $200 first prize — $100 second prize — $50 third prize
Other: Trophies and merchandise vouchers and/or event passes.

  • This Balboa & Bal-Swing competition is designed to showcase the intricacies of partnering and musicality, as well as the excitement and energy of Bal-Swing and LA Swing.
  • Prelims: Couples will dance in heats to a minimum of three songs of three different tempos.
  • Finals: Finalists will dance to DJed music. They will dance one All Skate Warm Up song, in a Dual Spotlight round to showcase diverse skill, partnering and musicality, and in a Final All Skate round.
  • All Skate Warm Up: All couples will dance to DJed music in a single group. Approx. 210 BPM.
  • Dual Spotlight: Two couples will dance at a time to DJed music. Approx. 240 BPM.
  • Final All Skate: All couples will dance to DJed music. Approx. 250 BPM.

Amateur Mixed Couples

Open to couples meeting the amateur defintion (see rules below).

Prizes include:

Cash: $200 first prize — $100 second prize — $50 third prize
Other: Trophies and merchandise vouchers and/or event passes.

  • Competitors will sign up individually as a lead or follow and will randomly draw partners for each round of this competition.
  • Prelims will be danced in heats with competitors changing partners a minimum of three times.
  • Finalists will draw a partner and they will be judged as a couple for the entire final round.
  • Finalists will dance a warm-up all skate and will dance in spotlights to DJed music. Couples may dance further all skates as deemed necessary by the judges.

Invitational Mixed Couples

Open to individuals by invitation only.

Prizes include:

Cash: $1000 first prize — $500 second prize — $250 third prize.
Other: Trophies and street cred.

  • Competitors will go straight to finals. They will randomly draw a partner and they will be judged as a couple. Competitors will dance a warm-up all skate. Each couple will dance a DJed spotlight.
  • Competitors will judge themselves and must rank themselves and their partner in last.

Each competitor must have either a Full Weekend pass, Balboa Crash Course pass, Invitational pass, or a Dance/Comp pass to enter competitions.

Each competitor must be present at the competitors’ meeting and must check in with the contest coordinator 10 minutes before the prelims and finals otherwise, they may be scratched without a refund.

A couple consists of one designated lead & one designated follow.

Competitors are expected to behave with courteous and respectful behavior at all times during the California Balboa Classic competitions.

All competitions are in Balboa, Bal-Swing and/or LA Swing unless otherwise specified.

Each competitor must agree to the liability waiver.

Competitors may enter either the Open division or the Amateur division of any particular contest but not both unless they switch lead/follow roles. E.g., an Open Classic lead may enter the Amateur Classic as a follow if they also meet the other qualifications of that division.

Definition of an Amateur: Amateur dancers do not teach Balboa regularly and have not placed in the top three placements in any Balboa competition at a major Balboa weekend event or in a national level competition (e.g. California Balboa Classic, Camp Hollywood, All Balboa Weekend, ILHC). Dancers who have made the finals in major Balboa competitions are encouraged to compete in the Open division. If you have placed in the top three placements in a major Balboa contest as an Amateur competitor you are encouraged to compete in the Open division.

All competition rules, description, and prizes are subject to change without notice. Final contest rules, descriptions, and prizes will be available at the event.