West Coast Salsa and Bachata Championships And Dancers Night Social 10/19/2019

West Coast Salsa and Bachata Championships And Dancers Night Social

Join us at the West Coast Salsa and Bachata Championships for an exciting weekend of competition and social dancing after! Invite your family and friends to come watch you dance your heart out!

Prizes, Cash money, Trophies and also a qualifier for the World Latin Dance Cup 2019!

*IMPORTANT: Competitors, please make sure to register AND send your music to by 10/17. Please also bring a backup copy of your music on a USB drive to the competition. When registering, please write your names (or team name) and the cities/countries you represent in the PayPal notes. Thanks!*

Date & Location

October 19, 2019

Just Dance Ballroom
2500 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA


7pm: Competitors Check-In
8pm: Doors Open + Competitors Call Time
8:30pm: Competition Starts
10:30pm-1:30am: Social Dancing

Social dance to one of Bay Area’s best: DJ Super Chino!

Judges for the WCSB 2019!

  • Ava Apple
  • Luis Aguilar
  • Michelle Castro
  • Steve Vasco
  • Tytus E. Bergstrom
  • JC Labio


General Entrance Fee: Only $15

Competition Info & Registration

*Competitors must complete registration (forms and payment) by 10/17 at 7pm.* If you don’t register or send the music by 10/17, you can’t compete.

There is no at-the-door registration available.

Registration Fees:
Couple/Duo Divisions: $50
Soloist Divisions: $30
Team Divisions: $25/dancer

*Notes: A team must be composed of 3 or more couples. Also, if a division has less than 3 entries, we reserve the right to combine divisions.

Register for Child Divisions:

Register for Junior Divisions (ages 12-17):

Register for Age Restricted Divisions:

Register for Amateur Divisions:

Register for Pro-Am Divisions:

Register for Professional Divisions:

Register for Team Divisions:
Total number of dancers:


1st Place – Trophy (Qualification for 2019 WLDC)
2nd Place – Medals
3rd Place – Medals

For professional couple and pro-am couple divisions, first place will also be awarded a cash prize.

Note: For a division with a cash prize, it will only be awarded if there is a minimum of five (5) entries in the division.

Competition Rules

All choreographed routines must consist of 70% recognizable Salsa (or Bachata as specified by division) dancing and music; any other dance style is permitted for the remaining 30% of the routine. If a non-Salsa (or Bachata) style is incorporated into a competitor’s routine, the music will need to be pre-approved by John and Liz Productions (before November 1, 2017) to ensure this limit is not exceeded.Competitors must maintain their chosen Salsa (or Bachata) rhythm (e.g., On 1, On 2) throughout their routine. Competitors can choose to break forward or backward as long as this is consistent throughout the routine.The term “trick” is taken to include any lift, dip, drop, flare or other leverage move. A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain it. This is regardless of whether the dancer’s feet remain on the floor or not. A maximum of five tricks are permitted in a routine. No more than two of these tricks may be lifts with the remaining three tricks requiring that both competitors maintain at least one foot on the floor at all times. Competitors violating this rule will receive a 5 point deduction from their total score.
(All Divisions are allowed 5 tricks, only two lifts and three tricks with one foot on the floor)

The music used by competitors for the couple and team divisions must be between 1:45 minutes and 2:00 minutes in length. The music used by competitors for the soloist and duo divisions must be between 1:15 minutes and 1:30 minutes in length. These music length limits include any optional entrance and/or exit music. Competitors need to provide a USB drive containing only one track with their competition music. The DJ will not slow down or speed up music for any competitor.

Scoring Criteria
The following scoring criteria will be used for all divisions.

Judging Categories:
Timing: 30%
Presentation, Choreography, Musicality: 25%
Difficulty & Technique: 25%
Connection & Synchronization: 20%

Competitors can choose to break On 1 or On 2, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine. The direction of the break step can be either to the front or the back as long as the timing of the break is consistently maintained (i.e. either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). The routine should show recognizable Salsa timing. Similarly, for Bachata divisions, the routine should show recognizable Bachata timing.

You Will Be Judged By Your Overall Presentation. This includes costuming, showmanship, and also good sportsmanship.

Dancers will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual ways, including patterns, footwork, “hits”, tricks, etc.

This is reflected by the difficulty of patterns and turns, the intricacy of shine movements, and the level of tricks. For example, how many turns were done (on one foot)? How intricate were the shines? What was the difficulty of the lift work? How many jumps, kicks, extensions were performed? Were there any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? In order to get credit for any of these things, the movement must be successfully executed.

This is reflected through balance, placement and line. This also refers to general technique for partner dance where the movement is “grounded” and there is clarity of proper weight change from foot to foot. Technique and/or body styling should be specific to Salsa (or Bachata) dance. Movement should appear to be both clear and effortless.

The interpretation of the music by the dancers. Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. All choreography should be musical, and dancers should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here.

Connection is reflected in the lead/follow aspect of the dance.
Coordination of movements between partners.

Synchronization refers to coordinated movements and timing among members of a team and couples during Shines.

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