Sometimes, doing things for the first time can be a little daunting.
Not to worry, we’re here to answer your questions & help you.

Here you will find some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions.
It’s also a great idea to ask people at class and on our Facebook feed what to expect.

Brisbane Facebook Group
Gold Coast Facebook Page
Ignite Weekender including QMJC Group

No. We encourage you to compete but you can come watch the competition and/or do the workshops. Time and time again, we find that people who choose to just watch end up saying they wish they had got up and had a go.   3 out of the 9 possible workshops are specifically aimed for newer dancers.
There are levels of competition for everyone from “Beginner” to “Champions” and everyone in between. It’s about having fun – not about necessarily getting a medal. And, you’ll improve your dancing too.
Yep – you may. All of us felt that way too but if you want to compete you have to start somewhere and where better than at the Beginner (Under 12minths) or Intermediate (Under 2 Yrs) level. Everyone knows that the ‘beginner category’ is filled with people who have only just started learning. The people watching want you to be a success and will cheer you on for getting in there and having fun.  
Workshops are a great way to improve your dancing with instruction from Champion level dancers. 3 of the 9 workshops on offer are aimed specifically at helping newer dancers.
At the lower levels, we are looking for people who are smiling and having a go. If you’re in time you will do well. There’s lots more the judges will look for as you progress through the levels. More info here.  
We can help you try find a partner but there’s also DWAS which is “Dance With A Stranger” and “Pro-Am”. In SWAS yet compete as an individual as you dance with a variety of random partners at your level. You will be judged on your ability to lead or follow. The idea of Pro-Am is to partner some new dancers with our teachers and crew. You will need to chat with our teachers or door staff to see who might be available.
In “Freestyle” dancers compete with a prearranged partner. In DWAS, dancers have a short dance with someone and then change partners. It’s kinda like dancing with a variety of people at class. The MCs will talk each group through which direction go when swapping partners.  
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. At a class, ask a teacher if they already have a partner organised. Or, as our teachers and door staff to help suggest someone who might be available to dance with you.
Each competition will have a designated area to gather before competing. The MCs announce when it is time but you can also keep a check with friends and info that’s posted.   When you gather in the marshaling area, you will be asked to line-up in order so the marshaller knows you are all there and ready. Either the MCs, or a dedicated person will show you where to stand on the dance floor and where to go one you’ve finished.
Each competition can be slightly different but the results are generally posted on a noticeboard or online for you to check. When you get to an event, ask a crew member or someone who is experienced with comps to point you in the right direction for the posted info.  
Most of the photos on this site are from our competitions so they will give you a guide. Most people will bring a sweat towel and a change of clothes (or just a change of shirt/top) so they look different when competing in different categories like Freestyle, DWAS and Pro-Am. Remember to bring 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.  
Each competition can be slightly different but the results are generally posted on a noticeboard or online for you to check. When you get to an event, ask a crew member or someone who is experienced with comps to point you in the right direction for the posted info.  
We want you to be as informed and relaxed as possible so please ask us at class, email [email protected] or ask us on Facebook.