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Urbankiz Jack & Jill Competition
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What is a Jack and Jill competition, and how does it work?

A Jack & Jill is a social dance competition. You do not need a partner, costume or routine to enter.

In a Jack & Jill, you are paired with a random partner and dance to music selected by the competition’s DJ.

Preliminary Round

In preliminary rounds, you are judged on your own (rather than as a couple). You will rotate a few times, so that you have a chance to dance with multiple partners.

Each judge gets a certain amount of “yes” votes that they can give out. The dancers with the most “yes” votes move to the next round.

Once the final positions are assigned (the number of finalists will depend on the total number of competitors in the division), the next 2-3 dancers will be named as “alternates” to take the position in finals of any dancer who is absent for the finals.

Final Round

In finals, you are judged as a couple with the person you draw as a partner. The judges will rank all the couples. Then, placements are calculated using relative placement scoring.

Which division should you compete in?

The divisions for Jack and Jill competitions are leveled by experience.

You MUST compete in Novice if:

- You do not teach kizomba/urban kiz, or do not get compensated to teach locally/nationally; OR You have been dancing for less than 2 years.

You MUST compete in Intermediate if:

- you have been compensated to teach kizomba or urban kiz locally/nationally

If you have any questions about your placement, feel free to contact Charles Ogar by messaging to Neo Kizomba Festival page directly!

What are you being judged on?

Timing & musicality

All songs played will adhere to 4/4 time music.
Timing must be consistent.

Competitors should take care in the manner they interpret the selected song. Use appropriate breaks and holds, being rhythmically in sync with the music.

Competitors must demonstrate basic timing for a minimum of 60% of each song. This can be reflected in foundation movements, saidas and other steps.

NOTE: DJs will play medium (80 bpm or 85 bpm) speed songs with a clear beat for Novice. Ghetto Zouk Zouk songs, Tarraxo songs or Top 40 remixed songs are allowed.

DJs will play slow 80 bpm , medium 90 bpm or 95 bpm and/or fast 100 bpm speed songs with an “Urban Kiz” beat for Intermediate competitors. Ghetto Zouk songs, Tarraxo songs, and Top 40 remixed songs are allowed.

All songs for all levels will have a consistent “urban kiz” beat.


Urbankiz motion and posture – how well the competitors execute the movements.

Proper use of urbankiz foundation movements:

- Touch Steps, Saidas, Turns, Change of Tempo, Leg Lifts, and Lines.
- Correct footwork in all foundation movements and clean footwork during patterns
- Individual fundamental dance technique (e.g footwork placement, frame, balance, how well steps are executed)
- Proper use of timing (accordingly to competitors' level)


- How well the couple works together
- Appearance of lead/follow or action/reaction between the partners
- Partner compatibility – adjusting personal styles to compliment the partnership
- Ability to work together as a team, one partner ignoring or out-dancing the other indicates poor teamwork


- The complexity of the foot work
- The complexity of overall improvisation
- Originality and musicality of patterns
- High heels are not mandatory however judges will favorably take into account the additional complexity this introduces to the dance when executed well.


- It is compulsory to wear shoes for safety reasons (dance shoes or other comfortable shoes for dancing that won’t affect your technique are allowed)
- High heels are not mandatory HOWEVER, judges will favorably take into account the additional complexity this introduces to the dance when executed well.
- Wear clothes that you would wear if you were going to a social dance party – and also consider you want to stand out to the judges.
- Clothing should not interfere with the dancers ability to move or with the judges ability to see movement.

Other Rules:

There are a few extra rules for competing:

- You can only compete in one division
- No lifts are allowed
- This competition is de-gendered meaning any gender can compete in either the leader or follower role.

Being on time

Make sure you pick up your bib number when you arrive and check in for the festival. Bibs will be handed out 15 minutes before the competition.

You should arrive to check in for the competition at the check-in time on the schedule. If you are not present at check-in, your name will be scratched from the list and you will not be allowed to compete.

If you are late for finals, your place in the competition will be given to the next available alternate competitor. You can check our schedule to find the latest updates on when the competitions will take place.

What do you win for competing?

The Neo Kizomba Festival will provide cool prizes for the top 3 placements in each division.
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