NASDE Rules

Effective January 1, 2018

 

NASDE Swing Dance Competition Divisions

NASDE sponsors the swing dance competition divisions of Showcase, Classic, and Strictly Swing to help promote, preserve, and improve swing dancing. The objective is to provide a competitive performance venue for the various unique styles of swing that have developed across the nation to include the Carolina Shag, Dallas Push, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Hollywood Swing, Houston Whip, Imperial Swing, Jive, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Rock-n-Roll, and West Coast Swing, to name a few.


NASDE Statement of Swing

NASDE Statement of Swing to be used to identify the presence of swing in the NASDE competition divisions. Swing is an American Rhythm Dance based on a foundation of 6-beat and 8-beat patterns that incorporate a wide variety of rhythms built on 2-beat single, delayed, double, triple, and blank rhythm units. The 6-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, passes, underarm turns, push-breaks, open-to closed, and closed-to-open position patterns. The 8-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, whips, swing-outs, Lindy circles, and Shag pivots. Although they are not part of the foundation of the dance as stated above, 2- beat and 4-beat extension rhythm breaks may be incorporated to extend a pattern, to phrase the music, and/or to accent breaks.


NASDE Sportsmanship Expectations

Sportsmanship is a fundamental aspect of our competition. Competing for the NASDE prize fund is privilege, not a right. The event director may flag a competitor’s behavior as un-sportsman like. Said behavior will be reviewed by the NASDE board at the next schedule NASDE Board meeting. Redress for violations can include but are not limited to deduction of points, dropping in level in the overall standing, or removal of competitor from the NASDE list.


NASDE Prop Rules

To ensure the safety of competitors and the audience, no props are allowed in NASDE routines. A prop is defined as any article or object that is intentionally discarded, removed, taken away, or brought into a dance by a competitor. This includes, but not limited to, a hat that is thrown to the floor, a cane that is tossed away, or picking up an object from the floor. The referee will be designated as ensuring this rule is enforced. if the referee determines a violation occurred, the NASDE Referee will be used for verification and applying penalties.

Classic Division

(Place/Points: 1/10, 2/9, 3/8, 4/7, 5/6, 6/5, 7/4, 8/3, 9/2, 10/1)

Swing dancing that allows choreography emphasizing the foundation of swing dancing and swing movement. Drops, leans, circular movements and other partner weight support moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor.


General
  1. NASDE rules apply.
  2. If any Event rule conflicts with published NASDE rules, the NASDE rules take precedence.
  3. Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the event to participate.
  4. Competitors will be one Male Leader and one Female Follower.
  5. The maximum number of entries in each division is at the Event’s discretion.
  6. The minimum prize money offered for the division should be $2,500.
  7. If a member event offers a NASDE competition division and cancels the division due to not having enough competitors to compete in the division, the competitors who registered and arrived prepared to compete, will be allowed to compete for NASDE points. Cash prize money can be reduced at the discretion of the Event Director.
  8. Guidelines for expected swing content in Classic is 80%. It is at the Judges’ discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
  9. An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.
Specific
  1. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes. The clock begins and judging starts at the first dance movement of the performance, with or without music.
  2. Competitors select their own music.
  3. Costumes are allowed and encouraged.
  4. Separate entrances are permitted but the couple must physically join together within 32 beats of music.
  5. Couples must maintain physical contact except for spins, turns, short break-aways, and recoveries. If combined, separation cannot be more than 8 beats of music. For example, if a competitor does a free spin or a turn, is not connected to their partner, and goes straight into a side by side break-away, the entire separation cannot be more than 8 beats of music.
  6. Both partners must keep at least one foot on the floor during weight-support moves. If the foot comes off the floor, it will be flagged for review to determine if it was a violation (part of the choreography) or an error.
  7. A maximum of five (5) partner weight-support moves are permitted.

Showcase Division

Place/Points: 1/10, 2/9, 3/8, 4/7, 5/6, 6/5, 7/4, 8/3, 9/2, 10/1)

Swing dancing that allows lifts, as well as other partner weight-support moves.


General
  1. NASDE rules apply.
  2. If any Event rule conflicts with published NASDE rules, the NASDE rules take precedence.
  3. Contestants must be 18 years or older by the end of the Event to participate.
  4. Competitors will be one Male Leader and one Female Follower.
  5. The maximum number of entries in each division is at the Event’s discretion.
  6. The minimum prize money offered for the division should be $2,500.
  7. If a member event offers a NASDE competition category and cancels the division due to not having enough competitors to compete in the division, the competitors who registered and arrived prepared to compete, will be allowed to compete for NASDE points. Cash prize money can be reduced at the discretion of the Event Director.
  8. Guideline for swing content in Showcase is 60%. It is at the Judges’ discretion to determine that the swing content requirement has been met.
  9. An individual is not permitted to dance twice within the same division.
Specific
  1. Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes. The clock begins and judging starts at the first dance movement of the performance, with or
    without music.
  2. Competitors select their own music.
  3. Costumes are allowed and encouraged.
  4. Separate entrances are permitted.
  5. Break-aways and side-by-side patterns are permitted.
  6. A minimum of three (3) lifts total are required, with at least one of those lifts above the partner’s waist.
  7. There is no lift maximum.

PRO/CHAMPIONS Strictly Swing Division

As of January 1, 2018, Nasde will no longer sponsor this division

National NASDE Jack and Jill Tour

As of January 1, 2018, Nasde will no longer sponsor this tour

 

Effective January 1, 2018