Camp Hollywood XX will take place September 1st - 4th, 2017 at the LAX Marriott in Los Angeles, CA

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Registration opens Feb 1st, 2017
Camp Hollywood is one of the largest and longest running swing dance camps in the world.  Now in its 20th year, we're proud to offer the finest selection of international dance instructors, live music and competitors which provide a fun-filled long weekend with something for everyone!  We offer classes in Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, and various swing line dances in levels from Beginner to Advanced, dance contests for all levels, afterhours dancing, live music jams all over the hotel, and lots of spontaneous shenanigans!The Camp has a three-tiered daily structure, with classes running from 10 AM - 3 PM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Labor Day), followed by dance contests you can either participate in or spectate from 4 PM - 7 PM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and live bands Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 PM to about 1 AM, with afterhours DJ'd dancing until the wee hours.   Go To Full Site
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2016 NATIONAL JITTERBUG CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISIONS

"where it's not winning or losing, but who places above you that counts"

*You must be a full weekend pass holder to compete in all contests except the Intergenerational Jitterbug contest - see info about the Intergenerational contest at the bottom of this page*

Although this is technically a Lindy (Shag, and Balboa) competition, the main focus of this event is the concept of "jitterbug" - the idea is to have fun, dance to the music, work with your partner, and capture the joy of swing music and swing dancing that we all experience. We'll make no distinctions as to what is or is not "lindyhop" – as long as you have the spirit of the jitterbug, this contest is for you!  We use the "Relative Placement" system of tabulating scores.  To view a comprehensive explanation of this system, visit this link - http://www.swingdancecouncil.com/library/relativeplacement.htm

Your NJC Master of Ceremonies is Tim "Wolfman" Wollman

Your NJC Head Judge is Tise Chao

Your NJC tabulator is Bill Butler

NJC division rules & formats:

* please note these are preliminary formats & music tempos for the following contests - be sure to check back in as these may change.*

*our new Open divisions are to allow for more flexibility for Pros and Ams to dance together and keep the Amateur divisions truly Amateur.  We only ask that you be in only one of the same type of division - as in, you can be an amateur that dances in the Open Lindy, but you can't also be in the Am Lindy (but you can be in the Open or Am Classic Lindy)*

Open Showcase - this division is open to Pro couples, Amateur couples, or Pro/Am couples to perform a routine to their own music, song length to be between 2 and 3 1/2 minutes.  Dance order to be determined by random computer draw.  Limited to 15 couples, but additional couples may be added at the discretion of the Head Judge.

Amateur Showcase -this division is open to Amateur couples only to perform a routine to their own music, song length to be between 2 and 3 1/2 minutes. Dance order to be determined by random computer draw.  Limited to 15 couples, but additional couples may be added at the discretion of the Head Judge.

Team - minimum of three couples to perform a routine to their own music, song length to be between 3 and 4 1/2 minutes. For 2016 we ask that teams pay one flat fee per team of $150 and submit a roster of dancers for the team by 8/31/16. Team division is limited to 10 teams but more may be added at the discretion of the Head Judge.

Showcase and Team competitors! For ease of performance, please send your song via email to Kyle at djkylesmith@gmail.com up until Thurs 9/1, otherwise it must be submitted to Kyle Smith via CD/thumbdrive up to 2 hours before the competition; any time after that it must be on CD. Thanks for your cooperation!

Open Balboa - this division is open to Pro couples, Amateur couples, or Pro/Am couples. For prelims, dancers to dance in groups to two 1 1/2 minute songs, first song about 210 bpm, second about 235 bpm. Finals to start with a short warm up song at about 220 BPM, followed by a phrase battle with one couple out at a time for 16 8 counts, twice (tempo 240). Bal-swing or pure Balboa permitted.  Dancers in this division may not also participate in the Am Balboa division.

Amateur Balboa - this division is open to Amateur couples only. For prelims, dancers to dance in groups to two 1 1/2 minute songs, first song about 195 bpm, second about 220 bpm.  Finals to start with a short warm up song at about 210 BPM, followed by a phrase battle with two couples out at a time for 16 8 counts, twice (tempo 220). Bal-swing or pure Balboa permitted. Dancers in this division may not also participate in the Open Balboa division.

Shag - this division is for collegiate shag or double rhythm shag. For prelims, dancers to dance in groups to two 1 1/2 minute songs, first song about 205 bpm, second about 230 bpm. Finals to start with a short warm up song (tempo around 210), then 2 couples out at a time for 16 8 counts, twice, tempo 240 with a possible final song after the phrase battle.

Amateur Lindy - Dancers to dance in group heats to three songs for 1 1/2 minutes each, slow to fast. We pick the music, you pick the moves. Finals will consist of a warm up dance followed by a "phrase battle" to live music where couples will enter the circle for 8 eight counts twice to show off their stuff, followed by an allskate if there's any song left.  Prelim tempos 130/185/205, final tempo 220.  Dancers in this division may not also participate in the Open Lindy division.

Open Lindy - This division is open to Pro couples, Amateur couples, or Pro/Am couples. We pick the music, you pick the moves. Dancers to dance in group heats to three songs for 1 1/2 minutes each, slow to fast. Finals will consist of a warm up dance followed by a "phrase battle" to one looped song where couples will enter the circle for 12 or 8 eight counts twice (this year we'll decide the number of eight counts on the fly just to keep you on your toes) to show off their stuff, followed by an allskate if there's any song left. Prelim tempos 160/190/220, final tempo 240.  Dancers in this division may not also participate in the Am Lindy division. 

Open Classic Lindy - this division is open to Pro couples, Amateur couples, or Pro/Am couples.  This is a "just dance" division intended to focus on musicality & style rather than flash.  Dancers will dance in group heats to slow to mid tempo music in prelims (prelim tempos 130/155).  Finals will consist of a warm up dance followed by a "phrase battle" to live music (160 bpm) where couples will enter the circle for 8 eight counts twice to show off their stuff, followed by an allskate if there's any song left.  Dancers in this division may not also participate in the Am Classic Lindy division.

Am Classic Lindy - This is a "just dance" division open to Am dancers intended to focus on musicality & style rather than flash.  Dancers will dance in group heats to slow to mid tempo music in prelims (prelim tempos 130/155).  Finals will consist of a warm up dance followed by a "phrase battle" to live music (160 bpm) where couples will enter the circle for 8 eight counts twice to show off their stuff, followed by an allskate if there's any song left.  Dancers in this division may not also participate in the Open Classic Lindy division.

Amateur Jack and Jill - For new dancers with no or limited contest experience.  Dancers to rotate to partners randomly drawn - partners will rotate four times in four heats of about 24 dancers, song length about 1 minute. Aerials not permitted but minor drops, lifts, slides etc OK.  Finals will consist of 3-5 rotations of one heat of music of varying tempos and lengths.  Open to 60 leads and 60 follows.

Advanced Jack and Jill - For advanced dancers who are experienced competitors.  Dancers to rotate to partners randomly drawn in two heats to four 1 minute songs.  Finals will consist of 3-5 rotations of one heat of music of varying tempos and lengths including a phrase battle style dance where each couple gets one 8 eight section; you will be judged as individuals, not as couples.  Open to 60 leads and 60 follows.

If you are on a waiting list for a contest - Be present in the room as the contest starts.  If a couple is not there to dance in their slot, you're up!  Be ready to compete, and have your contest fee for us!

Although we recommend you sign up for contests in advance (in particular, the Amateur Classic Lindy and Jack and Jill, which always fill up about a month before the event), you may still sign up, change, or drop contests in front of the ballroom from 12:00-3:00 Saturday and Sunday. Please note the cut off timeof 3:00 PM - we will not be able to add any contestants after this time.

    * Each division limited to 40 couples; exceptions are Jack and Jills to 60 leads & 60 follows, Amateur Showcase and Open Showcase limited to 15 couples, but additional couples may be added at the discretion of the Head Judge. Team is limited to 10 teams.

    * Fees are $40 per couple for couples contests, $20 per individual for Jack and Jills and Team is a flat fee of $150.

    * All contests are "anything goes" - lifts, drops, aerials permitted, except in Amateur Jack and Jill.

    * We reserve the right to cancel any contest that does not have at least five couples as of the day of the event.

    * Please note formats of all contests subject to change without notice, as determined by number of competitors.

    * Costumes are encouraged and appreciated!

    * We may promote some Pro couples to the finals of the Open Lindy or Classic divisions at the organizer's discretion

Cash prizes: (1st-3rd also receive trophies, 4th & 5th place medals - cash prizes broken down 1st-3rd place):

Open Showcase - $1000

Amateur Showcase - $500

Team - $1000

Open Lindy - $500

Open Classic Lindy - $400

Am Classic Lindy - $300

Advanced Jack and Jill - $300

Open Balboa - $300

Am Balboa - $300

Shag - $300

Amateur Lindy - $400

Amateur Jack and Jill - $200

Don't forget to go for the Golden Budgie - our Rock the House Award for exceptional performance, given to couples, groups or individuals who exemplify the Spirit of the Jitterbug!  Previous winners - Kenny Nelson & Delilah Williams (CO, 2015),  James Bennett (CA, 2014),  Amy Denissen (CA, 2013), Soochan Lee & Hyunjung Choi (Korea, 2012), Morgan Day & Emily Wigger (CA, 2011), Tip West & Mike Mizgalski (CA, 2010), David Frutos & Kim Clever (CA, 2009), Nick Peterson (NV, 2008), Filippo Bucomino & Titty Sperzagni (Italy, 2007), Joanne Harrold (CA, 2006), Ben Yau & Sheri Kang (CA, 2005), Ben Morris (CA, 2004), Narusi Oki & Naoko Terada (Japan, 2003), Dabney Hopkins and Tracie Jones (AZ, 2002).  Make yours the next name on this list!

Pro and Am definitions:

An Amateur is defined as someone who does not regularly teach dance and has not placed 1st in any major three day swing dance weekend contest (ie, US Open, ILHC, Camp Jitterbug, etc). If you competed as an Amateur in any previous NJC and placed 1st, you must now move on to the Open or Advanced division - if you have placed 2nd or 3rd in any major weekend contest or previous NJC, you MAY opt to move up to the Open or Advanced division but can continue to compete as an amateur if you prefer.

A Pro is defined as someone who has placed 1st in any of the above 3 day swing weekends, 1st in any Pro or Amateur Lindy NJC divisions, and/or is a regular dance instructor.  You may consider yourself a Pro if you have placed top 3 in any of the above mentioned contests; you MUST compete as a Pro if you have placed 1st.

With regards to the Jack and Jills - if you have won the Amateur Jack and Jill or Intermediate but not placed in any other contest, you are not required to then be a Pro in all other divisions although you must move up to the Advanced Jack and Jill.  If you have won or placed in previous Pro/Ams, you are not required to then be a Pro in all other divisions from now on.  You should only participate in the Advanced Jack and Jill if you placed 1st in the Amateur Jack and Jill (or Intermediate Jack and Jill), are a seasoned competitor and/or are an advanced dancer. 

Not permitted - being in both the Adv and Am Jack and Jills, dancing in both Open and Am Classic, Lindy or Balboa divisions, dancing twice with different partners in the same division (the exceptions are Showcase and Team, where a Team member may dance on more than one Team, and participants may be in more than one Showcase routine with a different partner).

Not sure if you're a Pro or an Am?  E-mail us at info@camphollywood.net - we'll be happy to help!

Camp Hollywood Intergenerational Jitterbug Contest - sign ups begin in front of the Marquis Ballroom at 8:30 PM, Monday night.  Contest is free and does not require a weekend pass to participate.  Limited to 30 couples.  Contest open to couples with at least a 30 year age difference between them, with a minimum age of 14 for the younger contestant.  Couples to dance in one group to one song, followed by a final round of about six couples to dance in a group to one more song later in the evening.  Top three couples to be determined by audience applause - 1-3 place to receive trophies.  Weekend pass not required for this contest.

Our Head DJ (and picker of contest prelim music) is Kyle Smith, AKA BalFoot (see rare photo of BalFoot in his natural habitat below):

"Bringing my deep passion for classic big band swing, I am honored to have been a part of hundreds of swing events throughout my career. As the head DJ at All Balboa Weekend and The Balboa Experiment, I have been instrumental in guiding the balboa music landscape.

Despite being a part of many great balboa events such as Balboa on the Promenade and The Experiment, I share an equally strong passion for lindy hop. Starting as a lindy hopper in 1996, I have been a part of Camp Hollywood since 1999 and have had the pleasure of bringing my music to such great lindy hop events like ULHS, Snowball, Inspiration Weekend, and Lindy Focus.

Even though I am often stationed behind a DJ booth, I still enjoy dancing. So when you see me out at an event, be sure to ask me for a dance. Just beware, I do get a little sweaty : )"

Contest Schedule:

Friday, September 2nd

 

10:00 PM - Team

Saturday, September 3rd

3:00 - 3:30 - Open Lindy Prelims

3:30 - 4:00 - Shag Prelims

4:00 - 4:30 - Open Balboa Prelims

4:30 - 5:00 - Am Lindy Prelims

5:00 - 5:30 - Am Balboa Prelims

5:30 - 6:00 - Am Classic Lindy Prelims

6:00 - 7:00 - Open Showcase

9:45 PM - Shag Final

11:00 PM - Open Balboa Final

Sunday, September 4th

4:00 - 4:30 - Adv Jack and Jill Prelims

4:30 - 5:30 - Am Jack and Jill Prelims

5:30 - 6:00 - Open Classic Prelims

6:00 - 7:00 - Amateur Showcase

9:45 PM - Am Lindy Final

11:00 PM - Open Lindy Final

Monday, September 5th

4:00 - 4:30 - Am Classic Finals

4:30 - 5:00 - Am Bal Finals

5:00 - 5:30 - Open Classic Finals

5:30 - 6:00 - Am Jack and Jill Finals  

6:00 - 6:30 - Advanced Jack and Jill Finals

7:00 - Awards

During dance: 9:45 PM  Intergenerational Jitterbug Contest (sign ups start @ 8:30 at the registration desk)

 

 

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We are pleased to return to the LAX Marriott, featuring free shuttles to and from LAX, a terrific 12,500 sq. foot ballroom, restaurants, Starbucks, a pool and hot tub!

Our discounted room rate at the Marriott is $122/night and expires 8/11/17. Please use the following link to reserve your room now:

Marriott Room Reservation Link

Please note that although our room block has been greatly expanded this year, our block may still sell out before 8/11. If you are getting the message that our room block is sold out please contact us at info@camphollywood.net. We *may* be able to add rooms to our block.

You can also call Marriott Reservations at 1 (888) 228-9290.

Our discounted parking rate is $13/day. Guests of the hotel get free in and out privileges per 24 hour period.

If you would like to connect with potential roommates, try this Facebook page, Camphollywood Room finder.

We are able to have lots of dance space and this great location because of all the people who book overnight rooms at the Marriott, which offsets costs. So if you can, stay at the Marriott!

The fabulous Los Angeles Airport Marriott is located at 5855 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. They offer a free airport shuttle every ten minutes to and from LAX so there's no need to rent a car!


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