Pro-Am refers to a student (the Amateur) partnering with a teacher (the Professional) to compete in this division.
Pro-Am Jack & Jill contests are a fun way to allow individuals to enter competition and have the opportunity to dance with a professional level dancer in a competition format. There is an inherent “luck of the draw” factor involved. Leaders and followers are randomly paired, although one partner will always be a professional (AWCSO Staff) and the other will be an Amateur (Open to Intermediate and below only)
The judges only judge the dancing of the Am, not the partnership.
PRO-AM COMPETITION RULES
- Couples must remain in contact unless executing a spin.
- No acrobatic moves, or lifts – but drops, slides, leverages are permitted.
- No choreography.
- Couples dance to about 1½ minutes of a song appropriate for their division. The music is chosen by the DJ.
- Costumes and props are not allowed. Coordinating attire is acceptable.
- Only the amateur is judged in his/her respective lead/follow category.
- This is a fun, no-commitment way to get some great dances with a Pro (or several) you don’t normally get access to.
- You will also experience the challenge and thrill of competing with one of the Pros.
- All the pros are experts at elevating their partners and making them dance better than they thought they could.