Jack & Jill Rules and Procedures​


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.
  • Participants may sign up for the contest at the Registration Table at any time prior to the start of 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 $15 (Cash or Check) 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 take place during the Sunday Afternoon Milonga, starting at approximately 6:00. 
  • The contest will last approximately 10 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 30 seconds each time (phrasing will be taken into account when editing the length of the selections.)
  • The 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 30 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.


​​Group Discounts

This page is for Group Registrations ONLY.

Please go to the Registration page if you are not registering for a group.


The Group Discounts outlined below will be automatically applied as you register your group. Please read below for the details and make sure you have all the required information before you register your group. When you are ready, click the Registration Link at the top or bottom of this page.


  • Group Registration Discounts are offered to organized and recognized groups, such as those from a Dance Studio, Dance Team, School Organization, or other similarly organized group.
  • Group Discounts will be available to groups of 4 or more.
  • One person from the group will act as the liaison.
  • To receive a Group Discount, all registrations must be done by the group liaison at the same time in one single transaction with one payment for the entire group.
  • The Liaison will need the following information for every person in the group:
    • Lead/Follow preference
    • Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Professional)
    • Contact Information (full name, mailing address, email address, and phone)
  • ​Group Discounts are available for Full 3 Day Registrations and Single Day Registrations only.
  • All members in the group must select the same type of registration. 
  • There is no group discount for individual classes or milongas.
  • ​The Group Liaison must be certain that all members of the group have read and understand the Registration Agreement. 
  • Group Discounts will end on June 6, 2019.


Group Registration Discount Options

     Full 3 Day Registrations
Includes all classes, workshops, showcase performances, and all milongas, including the live music milonga on Saturday. It does not include private lessons or the DJ Workshop.

The At-The-Door Price for a Full 3 Day Registration is $399

  • Group Discount for 4-5 Full Registrations is $255 - save $144 per person
  • Group Discount for 6-10 Full Registrations is $249  - save $150 per person
  • Group Discount for 11 or more Full Registrations is $239 - save $160 per person


     Single Day Registrations(Available January 18)
Includes all classes, workshops, showcase performances, and milongas scheduled for that specific day. It does not include private lessons or the DJ Workshop.

The At-The-Door Price for a Single Day Friday or Sunday Registration is $195

  • Group Discount Price for 4-5 Friday or Sunday Registrations is $150 - save $45 per person
  • Group Discount Price for 6-10 Friday or Sunday Registrations is $140 - save $55 per person
  • Group Discount Price for 11 or more Friday or Sunday Registrations is $130 - save $65 per person


The At-The-Door Price for a Single Day Saturday Registration is $215

  • Group Discount Price for 4-5 Saturday Registrations is $165 - save $50 per person
  • Group Discount Price for 6-10 Saturday Registrations is  $155 - save $60 per person
  • Group Discount Price for 11 or more Saturday Registrations is  $145 - save $70 per person


*OTHER DETAILS

  • Private lessons are not included with registration. Instructions on how to sign up for private lessons are available on the Teacher Page. 
  • The DJ Workshop is not included with registration. Learn More
  • The Jack & Jill Contest is not included with registration. Learn More
  • Register ahead of time to save money and to allow us to prepare for your arrival. 
  • All onsite payments made to the Festival should be via credit card to ensure an efficient experience. Cash will be accepted. 
  • ALL Registrations on or after June 6 and ALL On-Site Registrations will be subject to a price increase. 
  • We DO NOT have signups for individual classes
  • Requests for refunds prior to May 10, 2019, will be honored at one-half the original price of the registration. No refunds will be given on or after May 10, 2019. Registrations may be transferred prior to June 5, 2019.
  • Refer to the Registration Agreement for other important details.
  • ​The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires that we collect sales tax on all registrations to the Festival.  


Contact us at LouisvilleTangoFestival@LouisvilleTangoFestival.com  if you have any questions about the Group Discounts. Single Day registration will open on January 18.



Registration Agreement


Please read and agree to theseTerms and Conditions


Louisville Tango Festival Liability Waiver
By registering for the Louisville Tango Festival, the Registrant understands and agrees that participation in the Festival includes events and activities that are considered sport, involving physical activities and physical exertion. The Registrant declares to not have any physical condition that may aggravate the risk of injury due to intensive dancing or other physical exertion. The Registrant is solely responsible for their personal level of fitness and their ability to participate in all activities. Further, the Registrant understands that this style of dance (Argentine Tango) requires close physical contact and embrace with other participants including instructors and other registrants. The Registrant is voluntarily participating in this event with the full knowledge and understanding of the above. The Registrant releases Louisville Tango Festival LLC, its employees, agents, performers, teachers, volunteers, and guests from all claims, demands, fines, liabilities, costs, and damages which might arise from participation in this event.

Louisville Tango Festival Photograph and Video Release
By registering for the Louisville Tango Festival, the Registrant hereby grants permission to the Louisville Tango Festival to use any photos or videos taken of the Registrant during the Louisville Tango Festival for the use of promoting the Festival. The photos and videos may be posted on the internet, our web site, and/or on our social media sites (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Photographs and videos from the Festival will not be sold, used for other commercial purposes, used in an unflattering manner, or used for any other purpose other than promotion of the Festival.

Privacy and Information Policy
The Louisville Tango Festival LLC is the sole owner and guardian of the information collected from the Registrant through the registration process, email, other forms of communication, and while the Registrant is participating at the Festival. The Festival will collect information required for registration that the Registrant voluntarily submits to the Festival. The Festival will not sell or rent this information to any other group, individual, or organization. The Festival may use a Registrant’s personal information to contact the Registrant concerning future Louisville Tango Festival events and activities. The Registrant may request that the Festival delete all personal information after the conclusion of the Festival for which the Registrant attended and that the Festival not use this information to contact them in the future.


Refunds, Cancellations, and Changes

Requests for refunds prior to May 10, 2019, will be honored at one-half the original price of the registration. No refunds will be given on or after May 10, 2019. Once the Festival begins, registrations are non-transferable. However, if a registration is sold or given to another party prior to June 5, 2018, the LTF will honor that transfer. To transfer a registration, simply send the name, email, street address, and phone of the person(s) to whom the registration was sold and we will make the change on our records. No transfers may be made after June 5, 2019.

The Festival reserves the right to make changes to and manage the festival as the need arises, including, but not limited to: illness, acts of nature, human failure, or unforeseen errors and events. The Festival reserves the right to change scheduling, venue, or instructors as needed. The Louisville Tango Festival LLC will make changes only when absolutely necessary after all other remedies have been exhausted. The Festival promises to present the finest program to all Registrants to the very best of its ability.