Jack & Jill Contest

Our Jack & Jill Contest is designed to show off the lead and follow skills of the competitors as they dance with unknown partners in an unrehearsed setting. Leads and Follows will be evaluated by our teaching staff based on skills in fulfilling the role of either Lead or Follow during the contest.

One prize will be awarded to the Best Follow and one will be awarded to the Best Lead as determined by our adjudicators. The prize will be in the form of a shopping credit that can be used for purchasing items from our vendors. Items purchased previously are not eligible for using the prize. The amount of the prize for one lead and one follow will be determined based on the number of entries but will be a minimum of $100.00 for each.

Entry Requirements

  • Participants must have a registration for the Festival
  • Professional dancers, dance teachers, dance instructors, etc. may not enter in the contest.
  • Leads will be Jacks
  • Follows will be Jills.
  • An equal number of Leads and Follows are required, but you do not need a partner to enter.
  • The entry fee will be $20 and is not refundable after the contest begins. However, the fee for any extra Leads/Follows will be refunded if a balanced number of Leads and Follows is not attained. This refund will be made in order of those who registered last.
  • Contestants may not switch roles during the contest but may change roles prior to the start of the contest if a balanced number of Leads/Follows is not met.
  • Contestant Numbers will be assigned using a blind-draw that will be held prior to the start of the contest.


Contest Rules and Procedures

  • The contest will last approximately 15 minutes as detailed below.
  • Each contestant will wear their assigned number affixed to the back of their clothing/body during the contest.
  • Leads will be placed in the line of dance in order of their contestant number paired with the Follow of the same number.
  • All three tango rhythms (Tango, Vals, and Milonga) will be used.
  • Each rhythm will be played 3 times for approximately 90 seconds each time (phrasing will be taken into account when editing the length of the selections.)
  • Selections will be chosen ahead of time and will be edited for length prior to the contest. Standard music from the tango repertoire will be selected. Styles will vary according to accepted norms. No blues, alternative, or nuevo will be included.
  • The rhythms will be in the following order: One Tango, One Vals, One Milonga. This order will be repeated 3 times until all three rhythms have each been played three times giving each contestant the opportunity to dance all three rhythms three times for 90 seconds each time.  
  • After each selection is danced, there will be a brief 15 second break as Follows advance counter-clockwise to the next Lead. Follows may not skip a Lead.
  • If there are nine or fewer Follows/Leads, each contestant will dance one or more times with each Follow/Lead. If there are more than nine Follows/Leads, some contestants will not dance will all Follows/Leads.
  • Dancers MUST adhere to strict line-of-dance and may NOT pass other dancers during the competition. Dancers may NOT leave the line of dance at any time and MUST stay in ONE lane.
  • Participants will be evaluated based of floor craft, frame, basic and advanced elements, musicality and interpretation, and other subjective areas.
  • The decision of the Adjudication Panel (our teaching staff) will be final.


Adjudicator Instructions

  • Participants will be evaluated based of floor craft, frame, basic and advanced elements, musicality and interpretation, and other subjective areas.
  • Adjudicators should discuss beforehand how they will evaluate the dancers and will decide as a group whether to use raw scores or consensus to determine the winners.
  • Adjudicators may decide as a group whether to use an Olympic Style (everyone judging the same elements) or a Caption/Panel Style (each person judging a specific element) to assign scores, ratings, and/or rankings.
  • Adjudicators will be given a worksheet with the participant numbers on which they should take notes and/or assign scores
  • The decision of the Adjudication Panel (our teaching staff) will be final.


Rules, Requirements, and Procedures may be modified, adjusted, or changed at the discretion of the Festival organizers.