QMJC

The QMJC (Queensland Modern Jive Championships) is the competition part of our Ignite Weekender. 

The competition showcases talent from passionate dancers of all levels, from Beginners right through to our Champions and All-Star dancers. Dancers come from all around Australia and across the world to have fun and represent their dance groups.

The QMJC features a variety of competitive and fun events, with categories suited to all experience levels.

EVENTS

DWAS

  • Competitors enter as individuals as per their level in Section 2.
  • Competitors can enter one level of DWAS only.
  • Leaders and followers are judged separately.
  • The competitor level for Freestyle and DWAS will be a maximum of one level apart.

   

Freestyle

  • Couples enter as per their level in Section 3.
  • Couples dance to music where the leader leads the follower through a sequence of spontaneous and improvised moves selected by the leader.
  • The competitor level for Freestyle will be determined by the highest Freestyle or DWAS level within the partnership.

 

Over 45’s

  • Open-level category. Dancers competing at Advanced/Champions/All-Stars at QMJC 2023, are not allowed to enter this category.
  • Couples dance to music where the leader leads the follower through a sequence of spontaneous and improvised moves selected by the leader.

 

Pro-Am DWAS Leader & Pro-Am DWAS Follower

  • Champion and All-Stars level teachers only, as per Section 3, may dance as the Professional.
  • Beginner or Intermediate level competitors in Section 2 may enter as the Amateur Leader or Amateur Follower.
  • In the ‘Pro-Am DWAS Leader’ event, the Am (Amateur) is the Leader.
  • In the ‘Pro-Am DWAS Follower’ event, the Am (Amateur) is the Follower.
  • Pro-Am partnerships will be randomly generated.
  • Spaces are limited, so entries are accepted on a first-come, first-entered basis. This category may be filled before the closing date of submissions.

  

Partners Blind – New in 2023

  • The couple will dance to two songs.
  • The first song, all Followers will be blindfolded. The second song, the blindfold is switched and given to the Leader.

   

Showcase

  • One couple (with at least half of the partnership competing at an Advanced/Champion level) will dance a choreographed performance to music chosen by the competitors.
  • Music should be 2.5 minutes to no more than 4 minutes in duration.
  • Music must be mp3/mp4 format and emailed to the Event Director no later than the closing date for entries.

   

Teams

    • Minimum of three couples, no restriction of dance levels.
    • Dancing a choreographed performance to music chosen by the competitors.
    • Music should be 2.5 minutes to no more than 4 minutes in duration.
    • Music must be mp3/mp4 format and emailed to the Event Director no later than the closing date for entries.

NEW TO COMPETING?

Sometimes, doing things for the first time can be a little daunting.

Not to worry, we’re here to answer your questions & help you.

You can also get to know what’s happening and other attendees prior to the weekend by joining our FB group now.

Ignite QMJC Weekender FB Group

Join us here and you’ll find some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions. Or, ask the group for their thoughts.

No. Of course, we’d love you to compete and we will encourage you to compete but you can just come and enjoy watching the competition and/or do the workshops.
We always find that people who choose to just come and watch end up saying they wish they had got up and had a go.  The QMJC is the competition component of the Ignite Weekender, but don’t forget all the workshops that are designed for the social dancer as well as the competitive dancer.  A bunch of workshops start easy and get progressively more challenging, so that everyone can be involved for as little or as much as they want.

There are levels of competition suited for everyone from ‘Beginner Level’, right through to our ‘Champions Level’ and everyone in between.
It’s about getting involved and having fun – not so much about getting a medal – although that is great too. For most dancers, it’s about being part of a great weekend and being inspired to become a better dancer.  
Just by participating in the weekend, your dancing will improve and you’ll get to hang out with lots of amazing people who love to dance. 

Every person feels that way the first time, and often many times after that.  The Beginner (Under 12 months) or Intermediate (Under 2 Yrs) level is with other dancers who know exactly how you feel and the comradery is overwhelming. Everyone knows that the ‘beginner level’ is filled with people who have only just started learning and the support from more experienced dancers is what keeps the weekend so positive. The people watching want you, and everyone else, to be successful and will be cheering you on just for getting in there and having fun – they’ve ALL been there.

Smiles!
At the newer dancer levels, we are looking for people who are enjoying themselves and showing it. There is also an emphasis on keeping in time with the music, as well as some basic lead and follow skills.
As you progress up the levels, the judges will be looking for lots more timing, technique & teamwork – as well as the x-factor.

You don’t need a partner for all categories.

Freestyle
You will need a partner for ‘Freestyle’ but your dance group and the QMJC organisers will do our best to help you find a partner. Just ask!

DWAS
For DWAS (Dance With A Stranger) you register as an individual ‘lead’ or ‘follow’. At the competition, you will dance with a variety of partners on the floor and be judged on your ability to lead or follow. This is one of our most popular categories.

Pro-Am
There’s also the ‘Pro-Am’ event where we have the ‘pros’ (mostly teachers and champion dancers) partnered with their ‘am’ (amateurs or new dancers) which is so good to watch. This year is a DWAS format, but we only have a limited number of Pros, so get into it quick! – first in, first-served.

In ‘Freestyle’ dancers compete with a prearranged partner so you will enter that event knowing your partner.

In ‘DWAS’ (Dance With A Stranger), dancers will rotate through several different partners during their heats. It’s just like dancing with a variety of people at a regular class or dance party.

The MCs will talk each group through the rotations on the day.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more by dancing with someone who is already an experienced dancer. It’s proving to be one of our most popular categories of competition. This year, Pro-Am will follow a DWAS-style format. We won’t have Pros for everyone though, so get in quick! First in, first served!

When we welcome you to the venue we will point out some basics to you and there will be signs and the MC directing people at the right time.
Before each event, we will announce that it is time to go to the marshalling area for that event. When you gather in the marshaling area, our crew will direct you to gather and line up as per the list of competitors in your event.
A dedicated crew member will then escort the group to where you get to dance on the floor, as well as where to exit once your time to shine if done. 

The breakdown and progression through each level and category of competition can be slightly different. Howver, the results are posted on a noticeboard. If you are unsure, ask any crew member (or someone who is experienced with comps) to point you in the right direction.

Smart-casual usually does the trick.
Most people will bring a change of clothes (or at least a shirt/top) so they look different when competing in different categories like Freestyle, DWAS and Pro-Am.
Remember to bring a sweat towel, deodorant and fresh clothes for the dance parties.
If you’re traveling interstate, remember to take any dance gear with you as carry-on luggage just in case you and your bags get separated.  

QMJC

The QMJC (Queensland Modern Jive Championships) is the competition part of our Ignite Weekender. 

The competition showcases talent from passionate dancers of all levels, from Beginners right through to our Champions and All-Star dancers. Dancers come from all around Australia and across the world to have fun and represent their dance groups.

The QMJC features a variety of competitive and fun events, with categories suited to all experience levels.

EVENTS

DWAS

  • Competitors enter as individuals as per their level in Section 2.
  • Competitors can enter one level of DWAS only.
  • Leaders and followers are judged separately.
  • The competitor level for Freestyle and DWAS will be a maximum of one level apart.

   

Freestyle

  • Couples enter as per their level in Section 3.
  • Couples dance to music where the leader leads the follower through a sequence of spontaneous and improvised moves selected by the leader.
  • The competitor level for Freestyle will be determined by the highest Freestyle or DWAS level within the partnership.

 

Over 45’s

  • Open-level category. Dancers competing at Advanced/Champions/All-Stars at QMJC 2023, are not allowed to enter this category.
  • Couples dance to music where the leader leads the follower through a sequence of spontaneous and improvised moves selected by the leader.

 

Pro-Am DWAS Leader & Pro-Am DWAS Follower

  • Champion and All-Stars level teachers only, as per Section 3, may dance as the Professional.
  • Beginner or Intermediate level competitors in Section 2 may enter as the Amateur Leader or Amateur Follower.
  • In the ‘Pro-Am DWAS Leader’ event, the Am (Amateur) is the Leader.
  • In the ‘Pro-Am DWAS Follower’ event, the Am (Amateur) is the Follower.
  • Pro-Am partnerships will be randomly generated.
  • Spaces are limited, so entries are accepted on a first-come, first-entered basis. This category may be filled before the closing date of submissions.

  

Partners Blind – New in 2023

  • The couple will dance to two songs.
  • The first song, all Followers will be blindfolded. The second song, the blindfold is switched and given to the Leader.

   

Showcase

  • One couple (with at least half of the partnership competing at an Advanced/Champion level) will dance a choreographed performance to music chosen by the competitors.
  • Music should be 2.5 minutes to no more than 4 minutes in duration.
  • Music must be mp3/mp4 format and emailed to the Event Director no later than the closing date for entries.

   

Teams

    • Minimum of three couples, no restriction of dance levels.
    • Dancing a choreographed performance to music chosen by the competitors.
    • Music should be 2.5 minutes to no more than 4 minutes in duration.
    • Music must be mp3/mp4 format and emailed to the Event Director no later than the closing date for entries.

NEW TO COMPETING?

Sometimes, doing things for the first time can be a little daunting.

Not to worry, we’re here to answer your questions & help you.

You can also get to know what’s happening and other attendees prior to the weekend by joining our FB group now.

Ignite QMJC Weekender FB Group

Join us here and you’ll find some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions. Or, ask the group for their thoughts.

No. Of course, we’d love you to compete and we will encourage you to compete but you can just come and enjoy watching the competition and/or do the workshops.
We always find that people who choose to just come and watch end up saying they wish they had got up and had a go.  The QMJC is the competition component of the Ignite Weekender, but don’t forget all the workshops that are designed for the social dancer as well as the competitive dancer.  A bunch of workshops start easy and get progressively more challenging, so that everyone can be involved for as little or as much as they want.

There are levels of competition suited for everyone from ‘Beginner Level’, right through to our ‘Champions Level’ and everyone in between.
It’s about getting involved and having fun – not so much about getting a medal – although that is great too. For most dancers, it’s about being part of a great weekend and being inspired to become a better dancer.  
Just by participating in the weekend, your dancing will improve and you’ll get to hang out with lots of amazing people who love to dance. 

Every person feels that way the first time, and often many times after that.  The Beginner (Under 12 months) or Intermediate (Under 2 Yrs) level is with other dancers who know exactly how you feel and the comradery is overwhelming. Everyone knows that the ‘beginner level’ is filled with people who have only just started learning and the support from more experienced dancers is what keeps the weekend so positive. The people watching want you, and everyone else, to be successful and will be cheering you on just for getting in there and having fun – they’ve ALL been there.

Smiles!
At the newer dancer levels, we are looking for people who are enjoying themselves and showing it. There is also an emphasis on keeping in time with the music, as well as some basic lead and follow skills.
As you progress up the levels, the judges will be looking for lots more timing, technique & teamwork – as well as the x-factor.

You don’t need a partner for all categories.

Freestyle
You will need a partner for ‘Freestyle’ but your dance group and the QMJC organisers will do our best to help you find a partner. Just ask!

DWAS
For DWAS (Dance With A Stranger) you register as an individual ‘lead’ or ‘follow’. At the competition, you will dance with a variety of partners on the floor and be judged on your ability to lead or follow. This is one of our most popular categories.

Pro-Am
There’s also the ‘Pro-Am’ event where we have the ‘pros’ (mostly teachers and champion dancers) partnered with their ‘am’ (amateurs or new dancers) which is so good to watch. This year is a DWAS format, but we only have a limited number of Pros, so get into it quick! – first in, first-served.

In ‘Freestyle’ dancers compete with a prearranged partner so you will enter that event knowing your partner.

In ‘DWAS’ (Dance With A Stranger), dancers will rotate through several different partners during their heats. It’s just like dancing with a variety of people at a regular class or dance party.

The MCs will talk each group through the rotations on the day.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more by dancing with someone who is already an experienced dancer. It’s proving to be one of our most popular categories of competition. This year, Pro-Am will follow a DWAS-style format. We won’t have Pros for everyone though, so get in quick! First in, first served!

When we welcome you to the venue we will point out some basics to you and there will be signs and the MC directing people at the right time.
Before each event, we will announce that it is time to go to the marshalling area for that event. When you gather in the marshaling area, our crew will direct you to gather and line up as per the list of competitors in your event.
A dedicated crew member will then escort the group to where you get to dance on the floor, as well as where to exit once your time to shine if done. 

The breakdown and progression through each level and category of competition can be slightly different. Howver, the results are posted on a noticeboard. If you are unsure, ask any crew member (or someone who is experienced with comps) to point you in the right direction.

Smart-casual usually does the trick.
Most people will bring a change of clothes (or at least a shirt/top) so they look different when competing in different categories like Freestyle, DWAS and Pro-Am.
Remember to bring a sweat towel, deodorant and fresh clothes for the dance parties.
If you’re traveling interstate, remember to take any dance gear with you as carry-on luggage just in case you and your bags get separated.