• SIMPLY WELLINGTON
    20-23 Oct 2017
    Labour Weekend

    Register for Simply Wellington

    iDance - Simply Wellington Modern Jive Dance Weekender

  • WORKSHOPS
    COMPETITION
    SIMPLY ROYAL BALL

SIMPLY WELLINGTON DATES

Fri 20 Oct 2017

8.00pm - 12.00am
iDance Welcome Party

Sat 21 Oct 2017

9.50am - 2.20pm
Workshops
3.00pm - late
Competition

Sun 22 Oct 2017

9.50am - 3.30pm
Workshops
7.30pm - 1.00am
Royal Ball

Mon 23 Oct 2017

10.30am - 1.00pm
Brunch

SIMPLY WELLINGTON EVENTS

  • Welcome Party

    The Riley Hall, Wellington High School
    249 Taranaki Street, Wellington

    A great way to start the weekend. This is a chance to catch up with old friends, and meet your hosts and teachers for the weekend. Due to popular demand our dance cards will be back to get you mixing and mingling with others from different parts of the country.

    There will be a water cooler on site, please BYO any other drinks. The Friday nights have always been a very popular part of the weekend. With everyone arriving into town there is a real buzz. We love our music in Wellington and you are sure to be kept dancing all night. Be prepared to have some awesome dance fun.

  • Simply iDance Royal Ball

    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    55 Cable Street, Wellington

    The Ball at Simply Wellington is the main event – lose yourself in a night of sheer bliss.

    Te Papa is one of New Zealand's most spectacular venues and we are privileged to be having our Ball there again this year. The Ball is held in the Wellington Foyer which has plenty of room for table seating for 350 people and a lovely dance floor. With spectacular surroundings, views over Wellington harbour and lots of free parking, this a wonderful venue to be at.

    It all kicks off with professional photos as you arrive, a couple of Waltzes, followed by a three course meal. Enjoy fabulous music and dance all night in an atmosphere second to none.

  • Doors open at 7:30pm and dinner starts at 8pm, so we suggest that you don't need to be at Te Papa before 7:30pm. Seating is not organised, you simply choose which table you want to sit at when you get there. Tables seat 10 people. A bar is available so please do not BYO drinks. The bar will not have eftpos available so come prepared with cash.

    Dress to the Royalty Theme or in smart attire. For smart attire we suggest that ladies dress in their finest - men, a tie is preferred and black tie is optional. Anyone wearing jeans, t-shirts or trainers will be refused entry.

    All tickets are sold in advance and no bookings can be taken less than 7 days before the event. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you register. We must be made aware of any dietary requirements by the 17th October. AFTER the 17th NO dietary adjustments will be available.

  • The Farewell Brunch

    The Monday Farewell Brunch will be held at:

    Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant
    39 Abel Smith Street, Wellington

    The Southern Cross is a wonderful place to unwind at the end of the weekend. They cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements.

    Take a look at the menu here:
    https://www.thecross.co.nz/food-drink/food#brunch

SIMPLY WELLINGTON WORKSHOPS

  • Sunday

  • Rebekah & Sam

    Sunday 22nd October
    9.50am - 10.50am

    Mirror Mirror on the Floor
    Level: Open to all levels

    In this workshop we will be looking at how to effectively communicate style within a partnership to allow magic to happen! Who is the styliest of them all?? Come along to find out how to make it you!

  • Michelle & Guido

    Sunday 22nd October
    11.00am - 12.00pm

    Lifts, Seducers & Drops (LSD)
    Level: Intermediate Plus and above

    Breaking down big moves so you can adapt them to fit your style. This workshop will help you to bring the wow factor to your dancing with moves designed to impress.

  • George & Michaela

    Sunday 22nd October
    12.20pm - 1.10pm

    Powermoves & Their Place
    Level: Intermediate Plus and above

    Come learn some exciting new Powermoves to take your dance to the next level, and just as important,  learn how to successfully 'Place' them to fit the music & the moment.

  • George & Michaela

    Sunday 22nd October
    1.20pm - 2.20pm

    Slip & Slide
    Level: Intermediate Plus and above

    No we're not taking you to the waterpark!  But rather, we are going to teach you some slick new moves that'll let you 'Slip & Slide' your way across the floor!  They're loaded with fun and will guarantee a squeal or two.

  • Becky & James

    Sunday 22nd October
    2.30pm - 3.30pm

    Rise Above the Crowd
    Level: Open to all levels

    This interactive workshop will educate you about some of the most common mistakes dancers make and equip you with drills to lift your dancing up a level.

SIMPLY WELLINGTON COMPETITION

Registration

To enter the competition, you need to register for the Simply Wellington Weekender. Competition entries will not be valid unless both registrations have been completed.

To register for the iDance Simply Fun Competition 2017 click on the link below. If you competed at the Wellington iDance Classic or at either the Wellington Ceroc Classic or Simply Ceroc Competitions before we changed to iDance, you will still have a user account in our system.

Details

The emphasis is on fun so give it a go even if you have never competed before. The Competition will start at 3pm Saturday afternoon and is in the same venue as the workshops. We have split the events into levels 1-2 and levels 3-4.

The categories are:

  • Battle of the Sexes – level 3 and above
  • Battle of the Sexes – level 2 and below
  • X Factor - level 3 and above
  • X Factor - level 2 and below
  • Infinity - level 3 and above
  • Infinity - level 2 and below
  • Music Mash up - level 3 and above
  • Music Mash up - level 2 and below
  • Lucky Dip - All levels
  • Teams - All levels

Due to the nature of the weekend, we would encourage you to book early as there will be limited numbers. The packages will only be available until we have reached capacity in any one of the events contained within the package. After which you will only be able to book individual events.

Jive Masters Performances
Due to popular demand the Invitational Grand Jive Masters event will return in 2017. Our Masters will compete in two main events: Simply Switched where we mix them up Jack and Jill style; and Simply Performance where they will perform a freestyle spotlight and a spectacular choreographed showcase performance. Spectator tickets are available for only $10 (spectator tickets are included in the packages and the competition entry fee for those who are competing).

Levels

We have aligned with the Modern Jive Points Index (MJPI) to more fairly recognise dancers for their efforts at competitions. Significant analysis and data modelling was completed to produce the fairest and most effective points system possible, resulting in MJPI. It was first used by Fevah Modern Jive Christchurch in 2016, and has now been adopted by iDance Wellington in 2017.

The key concept of MJPI is to fairly reward competitors for their effort. Points awarded to competitors by MJPI vary depending on a number of factors, including: the type of event, the number of competitors, how far they progressed, and where they placed.

If you have competed at Fevah Modern Jive Christchurch in 2016 or 2017, you will already be registered with the MJPI. We will check your MJPI registration to ensure you are entered in the correct level.

If you do not have a MJPI registration, we will create an MJPI registration for you. To tell us which grade you are in and how many points you should start with, simply select the level (1-4) and grade (A-L) that best matches the description of your highest competition achievements.

Level 1
A - never competed before
B - competed as a Newcomer once or twice and didn't make it to a final
C - competed as a Newcomer, three or more times OR progressed to a final
D - competed at Int B, but not made it into semi-finals

Level 2
E - competed at Int B, and progressed into semi-finals or final
F - competed at Int B, and placed in a final
G - competed at Int A, but not made it into a final

Level 3
H - competed at Int A, and made it into a final but didn't place
I - competed at Int A, and placed in a final
J - competed at Adv B

Level 4
K - competed at Adv A
L - competed at Champions or Masters

 

Points

You move up levels by earning points at every competition you enter. The number of points you earn will be determined by the type of event, how many rounds there are in that event, how far you progressed through the rounds, and whether or not you placed.

When your points exceed the upper limit of a level, you will level up and your points will reset to the base points of your new level for your next competition. e.g. If you are at Level 1 and score 75 points at a competition, you will start the next competition as Level 2 with a point score of 60. The points for each level are as follows:

Level 1: 0 - 59 points
Level 2: 60 - 249 points
Level 3: 250 - 499 points
Level 4: 500 points or more

Points are calculated for every event you enter at a competition. Only your highest point earning event at a single competition will count towards your MJPI points total. e.g. If you compete in three events and earn 18, 45, and 6 points in those events, your MJPI points score will be increased by 45 points.

Tier 1 Events
Freestyle and DWAS; earn between 10 and 100 points

Tier 2 Events
Aerials / Open; earn between 5 and 50 points

Tier 3 Events
BOTS, X-Factor, Infinity, Lucky Dip, Swaps n Steals, Triples, Showcases, and Teams; earn between 3 and 30 points

Rules

Modern Jive
This is a Modern Jive competition so we expect to see Modern Jive dancing with a concertina (in and out) type of movement. The beauty of Modern Jive is that it borrows from many dance styles and so we are likely to also see an influence from other styles on the move vocabulary and footwork used, but the dance should still appear to be mostly Modern Jive.

Partner Dance
Modern Jive is a partner dance and we require partners to remain in contact for most of the dance. When connection with your partner is broken it should be regained within 8 Modern Jive counts or competitors risk being penalised.

Floorcraft
Dancers will be allocated a position(s) on the floor which corresponds to the heat sheets. Although dancers do not have to stay in their allocated position throughout the dance, we do ask that you be mindful of other dancers around you and do not encroach on another dancers space. This skill is called floorcraft and poor use of it could result in a couple being penalised.

Dips, Drops, and Aerial Moves
We consider aerials (including lifts and acrobatics) to be moves where a dancer supports the weight of their partner with the aim to take them off the floor. Baby aerials are moves where the majority of the lifted partner's weight is at or below the chest height of the supporting partner. Full aerials are moves where the majority of the lifted partners weight is above the chest height of the supporting partner. Refer to the table below what is permitted in each event.

Judging Criteria
Competitors will be judged on a number of criteria. In all events judges will be looking for Timing, Technique, Partnership, Musicality, and Moves. For teams and showcases judges will also look for Choreography, Teamwork, and Performance.

Music & Choreography
Teams and showcases should be choreographed to a known predefined piece of music. In all other events couples will dance to an undisclosed piece of music chosen by the competition organiser. Couples dancing finals at higher levels may get two tracks of different speeds. Dancing should be freestyle and judges will be looking for non-sequenced dancing. Obvious use of choreographed or repeated sequences of moves may result in a couple being penalised.

Fun Events Dips &
Drops
Baby
Aerials
Full
Aerials
Death
Spirals
BOTS
Infinity
Lucky Dip
Music Mashup
X-Factor

2016 Results

Fun Events First Second Third
Cerox X Intermediate A & below Mathew Flemmer
Christina Underhill
Edward Atkins
Klaudia Courteney
Thomas Sturman
Chloe West
Ceroc X Advanced B & above Damon Manning
Rebekah Reid
Jeremy Hobbs
Nikita Brown
Michael Li
Jenny Atkins
Infinity Intermediate A & below Thomas Sturman
Brieanna Evans
Michael Li
Cherise Tan
Richmond Thackery
Ruby Bennett
Infinity Advanced B & above Mathew Flemmer
Kirsty Prattley
Sam Larsen
Alissa Thompson
Ben Jury
Jenny Atkins
Music Mashup Intermediate A & below Tyson Nemukula
Annie Freeman
Guido von Mulert
Cherise Tan
Pere Herewini-Te Awa
Dana Windsor
Music Mashup Advanced B & above Sam Larsen
Rebekah Reid
Damon Manning
Georgi Curran
Tom Swarbrick
Klaudia Courteney
Swaps n Steals Intermediate A & below Lucan McIver
Cherise Tan
Mathew Flemmer
Barry Kirby
Annie Freeman
Tyson Nemukula
Nick Scott
Alysha Akula
Scott Curtis
Swaps n Steals Advanced B & above Jeremy Hobbs
Rebekah Reid
Sam Larsen
Thomas Sturman
Brieanna Evans
Tom Swarbrick
Damon Manning
Klaudia Courteney
Darryn Solomon
BOTS Intermediate A & below Brieanna Evans
Chloe West
Daryl MacLean
Tyro Underhill
Cherise Tan
Klaudia Courteney
BOTS Advanced B & above Damon Manning
Guido von Mulert
Jenny Atkins
Kirsty Prattley
Caitlin Batt
Hazel Barrer
Lucky Dip Yuvesh Sharma
Rosie O'Connor
Gavin Brady
Beth Calverley
Damon Manning
Tanya Richards
Masters Jack & Jill Yuvesh Sharma
Nikita Brown
George Ciprian
Rebekah Reid
Darryn Solomon
Amanda Gourley
Masters Performance Ethan Brown
Nikita Brown
Yuvesh Sharma
Amanda Gourley
Darryn Solomon
Hazel Barrer

SIMPLY WELLINGTON VENUES

  • Friday Night, Workshops & Competition

    The welcome party (Friday Night), the competition (Saturday), and all of the workshops (both Saturday and Sunday) will be held at:

    The Riley Hall, Wellington High School
    249 Taranaki Street, Wellington

    The Riley Hall is a lovely large hall and is a fantastic venue to hold the party, workshops and competition. The hall has tiered seating for 300 people so that you can watch the competition in comfort. Feel free to BYO any drinks and snacks that you like. There are no drinks or food available on site.

    (The food/drink situation may change so keep an eye on emails and facebook)

  • Sunday Evening Ball

    The Sunday Evening Simply Royal Ball will be held at:

    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    55 Cable Street, Wellington

    Te Papa is one of New Zealand's most spectacular venues and we are privileged to be having our Ball there again this year. The Ball is held in the Wellington Foyer which has plenty of room for table seating for 350 people and a lovely dance floor. With spectacular surroundings, views over Wellington harbour and lots of free parking, this a wonderful venue to be at. There is a cloakroom available in the foyer for you to keep your coats safe during the evening.

  • Monday Brunch

    The Monday Brunch will be held at:

    Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant
    39 Abel Smith Street, Wellington

    The Southern Cross is a wonderful place to unwind at the end of the weekend. They cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements.

    Take a look at the menu here:
    https://www.thecross.co.nz/food-drink/food#brunch

SIMPLY WELLINGTON PRICES

Events
 
Friday Night Welcome Party
All Workshops (** 4 for beginners)
Competition Competitor
Competition Spectator
Sunday Evening Ball
Beginners (** See note below)
Early Bird Price 
After 1st Sep 
All Inclusive
Package
Friday Night Welcome Party
All Workshops
Competition Competitor
Competition Spectator
Sunday Evening Ball
$ 175
Beginners
$ 199
Early Bird Price
$ 220
After 1st Sep
Workshop
Package
Friday Night Welcome Party
All Workshops
Competition Competitor
Competition Spectator
Sunday Evening Ball
$ 150
Beginners
$ 170
Early Bird Price
$ 190
After 1st Sep
Competition
Package
Friday Night Welcome Party
All Workshops
Competition Competitor
Competition Spectator
Sunday Evening Ball
$ 170
Early Bird Price
$ 190
After 1st Sep
Individual
Price
$20 Friday Night Welcome Party
$20 each* Each Workshops
$50 Competition Competitor
$10 Competition Spectator
$140 Sunday Evening Ball

* Individual Workshop Price increases to $25 each after 1st September.
** Beginners Prices is for someone who has been dancing modern jive for six months or less (since April 2017). These prices do not go up on 1st September. 'All Workshops' for the beginners package is limited to the Beginners Workshop, X-Factor, Mirror Mirror on the Floor, and Rise Above the Crowd.

SIMPLY WELLINGTON PEOPLE

Adam is the founder of iDance; he co-owned Ceroc Wellington for 10 years; and owned one of the largest Ceroc franchises in the UK for 16 years. He is one of the most experienced modern jive teachers in the world and has won competitions in the UK, NZ and Australia.
Adam
Nathanson
Workshop Teacher
 

Rebekah and Sam love using the connection in their dance to experiment with the music. Their performance dancing is highly entertaining and you're bound to enjoy their relatable style of teaching.
Rebekah Reid
& Sam Larsen
Workshop Teachers
& Jive Masters

Deb co-owns Fevah Modern Jive in Christchurch, one of the most popular and respected Modern Jive clubs Australasia. She's been involved with Modern Jive since 1995 and has extensive overseas experience. She's passionate about making dance accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Deb
Robinson
Workshop Teacher
 

Although they're a fairly new dance partnership, Hazel and Gavin both bring a sense of playfulness and love of music to their dancing. They've been working on some new dance combinations by experimenting with music and connection and they can't wait to share these with you!
Hazel Barrer
& Gavin Brady
Workshop Teachers
& Jive Masters

Michaela & George are a fiery amd fun duo who between them have over 19 years experience competing at Ceroc's top level, Champions. As performers they're known for their power moves, styling and latin flair; and as teachers for their technique, hot tips and loads of laughter.
GEORGE CIPRIAN & MICHAELA CULLIMORE
Workshop Teachers
& Jive Masters

Alan and Courtenay have been on the Modern Jive competition scene for 4 years; picking up many placings during this time. They pride themselves on their application of control and momentum to create a smooth and dynamic dancing experience.
ALAN YEUNG & COURTENAY BROWN
Jive Masters
 

Mathew and Jenny are two of the fastest rising competition dancers, recently qualifying for Champions Freestyle in Australia. They are very excited to be joining the Invitational Jive Masters event and hope you enjoy their performance pieces.
MATHEW FLEMMER
& JENNY ATKINS
Jive Masters
 

Michelle and Guido are thrilled to be teaching the LSD workshop this year. With experience in both the lead and follow roles, this dynamic duo will bring a modern twist to some favourite moves. See you on the dance floor!
MICHELLE POLAND & GUIDO VON MURLET
Workshop Teachers
 

Becky and James are experienced modern jive teachers, competitors and competition judges. They love helping people to achieve their dance goals and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and expertise with you this weekend!
BECKY BULMAN
& JAMES STEEL
Workshop Teachers

Peter & Emma began dancing together two years ago. They placed 1st in Adv A at Nationals. They enjoy surprising the audience, rejigging old moves, inventing new ones, and impromptu ‘dance-conversations’ while performing. They're excited to be presenting their first showcase together at the Simply weekend.
PETER RANDRUP
& EMMA HOCKING
Jive Masters