COMPETITION

Rookie Mix & Match

   – Prelims: Each participant will dance to three songs of 1 minute and 30 seconds duration. For each song, the dance partners will be randomly rotated.

   – Finals: Finalists will dance to DJed music. They will first warm up with a song approximately at 190 BPM; then in a dual spotlight round at a tempo of approximately 200 BPM for about 1 minute and 15 seconds. Each couple will only perform once. And in a final all-skate round where all participants will dance together to music at a tempo of approximately 210 BPM.

Open Mix & Match

   – Prelims: Each participant will dance to three songs of 1 minute and 30 seconds duration. For each song, the dance partners will be randomly rotated.

   – Finals: Finalists will dance to DJed music. They will first warm up with a song approximately at 200 BPM; then in a dual spotlight round at a tempo of approximately 210 BPM for about 1 minute and 15 seconds. Each couple will only perform once. And in a final all-skate round where all participants will dance together to music at a tempo of approximately 220 BPM.

Open Strictly

   – Prelims: Each couple will dance to three songs of 1 minute and 30 seconds duration. Partners will not be rotated during the competition.

   – Finals: Finalists will dance to DJed music. They will first warm up with a song approximately at 210 BPM; then in a dual spotlight round at a tempo of approximately 220 BPM for about 1 minute and 15 seconds. Each couple will only perform once. And in a final all-skate round where all participants will dance together to music at a tempo of approximately 230 BPM.

Advanced Mix & Match

   – Prelims: Each participant will dance to three songs of 1 minute and 30 seconds duration. For each song, the dance partners will be randomly rotated.

   – Finals: Finalists will dance to live music. They will first warm up with a song approximately at 210 BPM; then in a dual spotlight round at a tempo of approximately 220 BPM. Each couple will only perform once. And in a final all-skate round where all participants will dance together to music at a tempo of approximately 230 BPM.

Advanced Strictly

   – Prelims: Each couple will dance to two songs of 1 minute and 30 seconds duration. Partners will not be rotated during the competition.

   – Finals: Finalists will dance to live music. They will first warm up with a song approximately at 220 BPM; then in a dual spotlight round at a tempo of approximately 240 BPM. Each couple will only perform once. And in a final all-skate round where all participants will dance together to music at a tempo of approximately 250 BPM.

Competition Rules and Notes

1. All competitions will be judged by international instructors.

2. Participants in the Rookie level should have a Balboa dancing experience of no more than 2 years.

3. Competitors can only compete as either a Leader or a Follower in each level of the competition. In the Mix & Match competition, judges will assess the performance of Leaders and Followers separately. In the Strictly competition, judges will evaluate the overall performance of each couple of dancers. Both Bal-Swing or Pure Balboa are allowed in all competitions. Aerials are not allowed in the Mix & Match competition.

4. Participants who have previously won awards in the Open level at SBW competitions or equivalent competitions domestically or internationally in the same category (Mix & Match or Strictly) cannot continue to participate in the Open level competitions unless they switch roles (Leader or Follower). For instance, if the competition is categorized as Amateur and Open levels, it will be similar to SBW’s Open and Advanced levels. A participant who won a prize in the 2023 SBW Open Mix & Match can continue to participate in the 2024 SBW Open Strictly competition.

Prizes include

– Rookie level as a couple:
   – 1st place: 500 CNY
   – 2nd place: 400 CNY
   – 3rd place: 300 CNY

– Open level as a couple:
   – 1st place: 1000 CNY
   – 2nd place: 500 CNY
   – 3rd place: 300 CNY

– Advanced level as a couple:
   – 1st place: 1500 CNY
   – 2nd place: 800 CNY
   – 3rd place: 500 CNY

In addition to the bonuses, the champion group will gain one party pass per person from the international Balboa events.

– Advanced Strictly 1st Place
Gaining SBW2025(Shanghai Balboa Weekend) Party Pass

– Advanced Mix & Match 1st Place
Gaining HRH2025(Hot Rhythm Holiday)Party Pass

– Open Strictly 1st Place
Gaining KBW2024(Korea Balboa Weekend)Party Pass

– Open Mix & Match 1st Place
Gaining VBF2025(Valencia Balboa Festival)Party Pass

– Rookie Mix & Match 1st Place
Gaining MCA2025(Moscow Comes Around)Party Pass

Registration fees

Rookie Level Price:
17 USD per person

Open & Advanced Level Price:
20 USD per person or 40 USD per couple