Competitions

All competitors must be full weekend pass or competition pass holders. You can sign up for competitions at the event, but it will help us if you pre-register. Registration for the Friday competition closes at 9:00 and Saturday competition registration closes at lunch on Saturday.

The number of heats and finalists in each competition will be determined by the event organizers.

Please see the Schedule for times of the competitions’ prelims and finals.

Balboa Strictly
$30/couple
Pure Balboa and/or Bal-Swing is required.

Preliminary Round
Couples will dance to music selected by the Head DJ. There will be three songs of varying tempos in an all skate format.

Final Round
The list of finalists will be posted ahead of time. Judges will look for the following criteria: teamwork, technique/timing, musicality, and showmanship.

  • 1st All Skate - All of the couples will dance to a 2-minute DJ song.
  • Spotlights - Each couple will get a 1 1/2 minute spotlight dance.
  • 2nd All Skate - All of the couples will dance to live music. If the judges feel it is necessary, all of the couples will dance again to an additional song.


Jack & Jill Competitions (Open and Newcomer)
Open - $15/person
Newcomer - $10/person

 

Dancers will be randomly paired and will dance to music selected by the Head DJ. Anything in the realm of Balboa/Bal-Swing goes in both rounds.

Preliminary Round - During the prelims, dancers will rotate partners for each song. There will be three songs of varying tempos in an all skate format. The number of heats will be determined by the event organizers. Leaders and followers will be selected as individuals to advance to the finals (but will also be judged on how well they dance with their partner).

Final Round - The list of finalists will be posted ahead of time. Dancers will then be randomly paired and will compete as a couple. Judges will look for the following criteria: teamwork, technique and timing, musicality, and showmanship.
  • 1st All Skate - All of the couples will dance to a 2-minute DJ song.
  • Spotlights 
    • Open: Each couple will get a 1 1/2 minute spotlight dance. 
    • Amateur: 2-3 couples will share the spotlight and dance simultaneously to a 1 1/2 minute song.
  • 2nd All Skate - All of the couples will dance to live music. If the judges feel it is necessary, all of the couples will dance again to an additional song.


Definition of a Newcomer at TCBF
You can compete in the Newcomer Jack & Jill at TCBF if you:
  • have not made finals in any national balboa competition
  • do not teach balboa


Please note that the final decision as to whether someone will be able to compete as a newcomer is up to the discretion of TCBF event organizers.  


Previous Competition Results

2012
Invitational Jack & Jill
1st - Adam Speen & Beth Grover (Greensboro, NC / Los Angeles, CA)
2nd - Kyle Smith & Heather Ballew (Denver, CO)
3rd - Jason Swihart & Abigail Browning (Boulder, CO / Greensboro, NC)

Open Strictly
1st - David Bradford & Lian Tarhay (Austin, TX / Madison, WI)
2nd - Jason Sager & Jennifer Lee (Raleigh, NC / Seattle, WA)
3rd - Aidan Dunne & Jenny Collins (Minneapolis, MN)

Open Jack & Jill
1st - David Bradford & Jenny Collins (Austin, TX / Minneapolis, MN)
2nd - Aidan Dunne & Cassie Stoa (Minneapolis, MN)
3rd - Chayant Tantipathananandh & Desiree Roffers (Chicago, IL)

Newcomer Strictly
1st - Stephen Newcomb & Stephanie Kobes (Denver, CO)
2nd - Brent Casavant & Kelsey Mickelsen (Minneapolis, MN)
3rd - Tomlinson Fort & Desiree Roffers (Chicago, IL)

Newcomer Jack & Jill
1st - Stephen Newcomb & Kelsey Mickelsen (Denver, CO / Minneapolis, MN)
2nd - Grayden MacLennan & Heather Marshall (Cleveland, OH / Iowa City, IA)
3rd - Tomlinson Fort & Mary Hybben (Chicago, IL / Minneapolis, MN)

2010
Strictly Balboa
1st  Jason Sager & Laura Windley (Raleigh, NC /  Chapel Hill, NC)
2nd  Reed Miller & F.G. Courtney (Los Angeles, CA / Atlanta, GA)
3rd  Frederic Barbe & Janene Nelson (Montreal, Canada / Detroit, MI)
4th  Jason Swihart & Shana Worel (Boulder, CO)
5th  Andrey Popov & Nina Galicheva (Victoria, BC / New York City, NY)

Open Jack & Jill
1st  Frederic Barbe & Janene Nelson (Montreal, Canada / Detroit, MI)
2nd  Jason Sager & Geraldine Durand-Groulx (Raleigh, NC / Montreal, Canada)
3rd  Jason Swihart & Shana Worel (Boulder, CO)

Amateur Jack & Jill
1st  Martin Visconti & Lori Deleon (New York City, NY /  San Francisco, CA)
2nd  Andy Johnson & Desiree Roffers (Minneapolis, MN / Chicago, IL)
3rd  Chad Skeeters & Susan Olson (San Antonio, TX / Minneapolis, MN)


2009
Balboa Strictly
1st  Jason Herron & Andree-Anne Tremblay (Quebec, Canada)
2nd Frederic Barbe & Patricia Brodeur (Montreal, Canada)
3rd Kenny Nelson & Tiffiny Wine (Denver, CO)
4th Jason Sager & Jenny Collins (Raleigh, NC / Minneapolis, MN)
5th Marshall Lanners & Shani Brown (SLO, CA / New Orleans, LA)

Jack & Jill
1st John Zimmerman & Patricia Brodeur (Minneapolis, MN / Montreal, Canada)
2nd Jason Sager & Mary Frietag (Raleigh, NC / Los Angeles, CA)
3rd Frederic Barbe & Tiffany Wine (Montreal, Canada / Denver, CO)


2008
Balboa Strictly
1st Jason Swihart & Christina Smith (Boulder, CO)
2nd Jeremy Fisher & Cassie Foster (Minneapolis, MN)
3rd Andrey Popov & Lina Priymyagi (Victoria, BC)

Jack & Jill
1st Reed Miller & Lina Priymyagi (Los Angeles, CA / Victoria, BC)
2nd Andrew Thigpen & Kristin Pikop (Atlanta, GA / Omaha, NE)
3rd Jeremy Fischer & Roxy Wegscheid (Minneapolis, MN)