What on earth are points?!?

In Australia, we are very used to going up levels, first based on the time since our first lesson, and then based on whether we place at competitions. In a points-based system, you go up levels at competitions based on the points you accrue by getting to competitions and doing well at them.

In essence, if you’re placing regularly, you will go up levels at about the same speed that you do in time-and-placings-based systems.

In addition, if you do really well at one competition, and then can’t compete again for a couple of years – say you break every major bone in your body, or you’re suddenly out of work – at your next competition, you will be competing at the level you would have been competing at if there had been no time lapse. We expect this to encourage people who have had such time lapses to get back into competing.

In general…

  • At SummerJive, if your points put you at a particular level, you may dance up – for example, with your freestyle partner – but you may not dance below that level
  • If you have never competed before, you should enter at Beginner (Level 1) or Rookies / First Timers, unless there is another reason you should compete higher
  • Take a look at the table below to see what the general guidelines are for where you should compete

How does it work?

Please go to the MJPI Website for a full explanation, but here’s a summary:

  • Competitors are awarded points for placings achieved in competitions in Australia and New Zealand
  • The number of points awarded depends on the size of the competition and whether it is affiliated with the MJPI system or not
  • Points are held by individuals, not dance couples
  • Each individual receives only the points for the category in which they received the most points
  • A competitors’ accumulated points determine which category levels they are eligible to enter
  • When a competitor goes up a level, their points total is reset to the minimum amount needed for that level

Points awarded

Points are only awarded for placing if there’s 6 or more entries (6 pairs in Freestyle, 6 dancers in a given role in DWAS) in the category. The exception is choreographed routine categories (Teams and Showcase/Cabaret) where there needs to be 3 or more entries.

Where there are insufficient entries to run all the levels, and any two levels are merged, the points awarded shall be as for the lower of the merged levels

Moving up a level

  • A competitor must compete at a level as soon as they qualify for that level
  • If you were dancing as a lead, your points count towards your level as a lead; if you were dancing as a follow, your points count towards your level as a follow. If it’s a category where you can change role, your points are distributed between lead and follow based on what the event director says
  • If a competitor is dancing with a partner of higher level, they dance together at the higher level
  • Dancing at more than one level at the same competition (eg. dancing at your level for DWAS and at your partner’s level for Freestyle) shall be at the event directors’ discretion
  • Dancing at more than one level in one category (eg dancing at your level in Freestyle with another competitor of the same level, and dancing at a higher level with a different partner) is discouraged, and will only be allowed at the discretion of the event directors

What if there aren’t enough entries?

If there aren’t enough entries in DWAS, or Freestyle, we may have to merge some levels. The levels that are most likely to have to merge are Rookies / First Timers (with Level 1: Beginners) and Champions Invitational (with Level 4: Advanced / Advanced Plus) – those being levels that are not accruing points under the MJPI system.

If there aren’t enough entries for Cabaret or Teams, we will ask those entered to perform their routines without being judged.

Someone else is at the wrong level!

When someone enters SummerJive for the first time, we will take a look at the level they’re entering, and whether they already have points registered in the MJPI system. If it seems inaccurate, we will contact them, the administrators of the MJPI, and/or the director(s) of their affiliated dance group(s) and seek clarification; this may result in a change of level up or down for that competitor.

This alteration is between the event directors, the competitor, and the administrators of the MJPI. Once they’re in the MJPI system and have been awarded points there for their performance at competitions, their level will be checked against their accumulated points without input from anyone outside the event team.

If this causes issues for you, please contact us in writing.

If, after considering the procedure that has been carried out, you are still concerned about the points level of someone other than yourself, please contact us in writing.

Petitioning to dance at a different level

  • Competitors are permitted to petition to compete at a level one higher or lower than their earned points would suggest
  • The event director’s decision is final as to whether the petition is valid and will be granted for that competition, and their decision shall have no effect on any other competition
  • Reasons to petition can include, but are not limited to:
    • Points earned in very small or very large competitions
    • Last points earned a number of years previously
    • Was required to dance up at another competition due to time-based or teaching-level-based rules, and has never advanced beyond heats at that level
    • Dancing in their non-primary role
  • We suggest contacting the MJPI administrators in the first instance if you believe your points are incorrect

I’m still confused?

If you are unsure, contact us and ask for clarification. Be ready with the following information:

  • The level and date of your last placing
  • The level and date of your last finals
  • The level at which you compete at other competitions
  • Your dance experience in other styles

How do your levels relate to levels in other systems?

The NZ points systems for Ceroc competitions are mostly directly transferrable. To a certain degree, the time-based Australian systems can also be indicative. There may be a few exceptions, but in general, the following table will indicate what level you should enter the MJPI system at:

Once you have entered the MJPI system, your level will be indicated by your accumulated points.

I’m a teacher, how do I fit in?

SummerJive acknowledges that good teachers are not necessarily good competitors and vice versa. In addition, teachers in smaller companies and in less populous areas may have to take up teaching at a point where larger companies may not consider them ready, lest there be no Modern Jive at all.

As a consequence, teachers and mainstream demonstrators may be able to enter at a lower level than they can enter at other competitions. Teachers and mainstream demonstrators should contact us and/or the MJPI administrators to make sure they’ve entered at the right level.

Similarly, people who are paid to dance Modern Jive, or who otherwise earn an income from Modern Jive (for example, by regularly teaching private lessons) should contact us and/or the MJPI administrators to clarify their position.

If you are unsure where to enter, please contact us and ask!