You may have seen Jack & Jill competitions or J’n’J competitions at other events and the Lead’n’Follow fits into a similar vein. We see in our community that gender doesn’t determine what role you’re playing in a dance and so we’ve opted for more clear language: Lead’n’Follow.
In the Lead’n’Follow competition, you choose the role in which you’d like to compete. Then, you’ll dance with 3-4 partners of the other role to show how you express your voice within differing partnerships, how you connect with partners of different abilities and connection styles, and how you express the music all within the Blues aesthetic.
In finals, you’ll be paired randomly with a partner and then judged as a partnership. AllStars will get one spotlight song each while Open finalists will dance to a combination of all skates and phrase spotlights.
Open to anyone not teaching at Mile High Blues 2017 or All-Star level.
You must select this division if:
- you have placed 1st in any Mile High Blues J&J (or Follow’n’Lead) in the last 3 years (2014 to 2016),
- if you are currently or have been a Mile High Blues instructor, or
- if you have placed 1st in any of the Qualifying Events (see second tab).
All-Star Qualifying Events
Mile High Blues uses BluesSHOUT!’s AllStar Qualifying List for it’s AllStar Qualifying Event List. We do make minor updates to account for Mile High Blues happening later in the calendar year than BluesSHOUT!
Austin Blues Party 2015, 2016, 2017: Open Strictly
Bambloozled 2014: Advanced JnJ
Bambloozled 2015: Open Strictly, Open JnJ
Berlin Blues Explosion 2014: Open JnJ, Open Strictly, Teacher JnJ
bluesSHOUT! 2013: Expert JnJ, Champions
bluesSHOUT! 2015, 2016, 2017: Open JnJ, Open Strictly, All Star JnJ, All Star Strictly
Blues Muse 2014, 2015, 2016: Open JnJ, Jill
BluesQuake 2015, 2016, 2017: JnJ, Strictly
Enter the Blues 2013, 2014: Open Strictly
Mile High Blues 2014, 2015, 2016: Open Strictly
Nocturne Blues 2014: Advanced JnJ, Invitation Strictly
Nocturne Blues 2015: Open JnJ, Challenge Strictly
Nocturne Blues 2016: Open JnJ, Challenge Strictly
Rain City Blues 2015: All Star JnJ, Open Strictly
Rain City Blues 2016: All Star JnJ, All Star Couples
Rose City Blues 2014, 2015, 2016: Open JnJ, Open Strictly
Steel City Blues 2015, 2016, 2017: Open JnJ
SnowBound Blues 2014, 2015, 2016: All Star JnJ
Sweet Molasses Blues 2014: Open JnJ
Sweet Molasses Blues 2015, 2016: Advanced JnJ
Winter Blues 2015, 2016: Invitational JnJ
Winter Blues 2016: Open JnJ
Blues Strictly (Open)
Why a Strictly Competition?
A strictly lets you spend time perfecting your craft with your partner, taking time to develop voice as a partnership. In this competition, you will bring your own partner and show off your skill dancing to a number of Blues music genres.
Open to anyone not teaching at Mile High Blues 2017.
(Note: there is not an All-Star level for this competition.)
Blues Solo (Riffin’)
Why Blues Solo Competitions?
Solo movement is an incredibly important part of Blues culture. Each person’s unique style can shine most when dancing solo and it’s a place we can inspire each other to hone our craft and demonstrate our voice. Last year’s novice solo competition was as interesting as the open and we’re excited to see what this year’s new dancers bring to the circle. Competitors in both competitions will be expected to riff and build on each other’s ideas to inspire the circle to new heights of awesome.
Anyone may compete in this division except instructors at Mile High Blues 2017.
You may compete in this division if you have less than 2 years dancing and have never placed in a regional or national Blues dance competition.