For our brand new dancers and parents - we know some of this may sound like a foreign language. Please feel free to contact me or your coaches with any questions. CHRISTMAS CLASSIC • Saturday December 3, Madison Jr High School, Main Gym. This is the first major event of the dance season. This competition is for “Individuals” (meaning couples) and will not have team routines. This means that the dancers compete with a partner from their class against other dancers who are their same proficiency level. • Spectator Admission: Sold at the door or pre-purchase here: Cmas Classic Tickets $7 Single Admission. Age 6 and under free $25 Family ticket (living in same household). • Help Needed: We are so grateful for your help. Both dancers and parents are welcome to help is these positions. - Medical on call (Nurse/EMT/PT/PA/MD) - Check-in tables - Runners (judges scores) Please sign up here if you can help: C’mas Classic Help • The “General Information” page is attached. This has all the competition rules and guidelines and is FYI. You don’t necessarily need to read through it since the pertinent info is in this email.
• SCHEDULE: The color coded schedule is attached which will show you what events your dancer is in (the color key is at the top). The full schedule with all the rounds is also attached, but is not color coded. The start/end time to each session may be slightly adjusted after that.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Youth (Senior team dancers) Check-in by 7:30. 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Juniors (Check by 11:30)
4:15 pm - 6:45 pm Pre-Teens & Pre-Jrs. (Check in by 3:30) To Note: • Bronze Tech 2: this class has both Pre-Jrs and Juniors. The dancers should enter in their age group. There is a color code showing that. • Sr Red and Sr Black have now been split into two different categories (Silver 1 & Silver 2). • Some events have changed from A side to B side, so make sure to check that.
• COMPETITION FEES: these are included in the IBA fees you have paid, and cover the dancer’s entry fee and admission fee. IBA will pay the Christmas Classic $10/dancer. The dancers in open events need to register themselves for the open events here:
C’mas Classic Open Entry form • CATEGORIES. Dancers will all be entered in three “syllabus” events. Partners are assigned by the coach. Dancer in Tech Class will be in an additional two syllabus events and will dance these with their tech class partner. The coaches will post the partner lists on your BAND groups.
Pre-Teens/Pre-Jrs: Waltz, Cha Cha, Swing Juniors: Viennese waltz, Rumba, Swing Seniors (youth): Viennese waltz, Rumba Swing Tech Classes: Tango, Paso Doble • COMPETITION DRESS CODE Girls: Black top of any style (can’t be sleeveless or have any other colors), Black skirt must come to the top of the knee (may be longer). Girls must wear tights, fishnets, or nylons - bare legs not allowed. Dance shoes and black trunks under their skirt. Girls hair does not have to be in a bun, but should be pulled back from the face - no bangs hanging over the eyes! Hair accessories like flowers or sparkly clips, and jewelry are allowed. Fake eyelashes not required but are allowed. Boys: white shirt and tie (any color). Dark pants, dance shoes or black lace-up dress shoes. Don’t forget black socks (not no-shows) and a belt. Hair should be neatly combed and gelled. Solid black vests or suspenders are allowed. • WHY WE COMPETE SYLLABUS DANCES: (Warning: annual soapbox message). This is the same message every year. It is again included for new dancers and parents and as a good reminder to returning dancers and parents. It’s okay if your dancer doesn’t love these individual competitions, that’s normal. They serve an important purpose - like piano festival. Competition motivates them to improve and refine their dancing; they work harder when they know they’re going to be judged. Working on technique is no one’s favorite thing to do, but it’s vitally important! Dancers would rather work on the fun team routines, but if they only ever do team routines, they will never improve as dancers. Over the years we’ve had many many dancers come to campus from programs in which no technique was taught. They come in thinking they are the kings of ballroom, bu we aren’t able to put them on a team or in advanced classes because they have no technical foundation. Most of the time they don’t even know names of steps because they’ve just done performance routines. They have no social dance skills, no lead/follow skills, and the only thing they’re good at is smiling on stage (which is important too…). We want more for our IBA dancers - we want ballroom dancing to be a lifetime skill, and not just something they do while they’re in school. This is the reason we require them to participate in the competitions, otherwise there is often no intrinsic motivation to wok on their basic technical skills. We are excited to watch and support our dancers next weekend!! Janie Fisher Director, Idaho Ballroom Academy 208-201-6366 firstname.lastname@example.org Shar-a-lynn Randall IdahoBallroomBooks@gmail.com Shawn Fisher 208-313-0465 email@example.com Ashley Fisher, 208-419-2888, firstname.lastname@example.org Shawn Fisher, 208-313-0465, email@example.com Caroline Bates, 208-206-8215, firstname.lastname@example.org Elise Rich, 208-206-3661, email@example.com Sam Fisher, 208-403-2463, firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Fisher, 541-944-7479, email@example.com Jennifer Taylor, 208-390-1889, firstname.lastname@example.org JaronTaylor, 208-346-2170 email@example.com