Anything in the realm of Balboa/Bal-Swing goes. Judges look for timing, teamwork, finesse, foot work, and musicality.
Preliminary Round – During the preliminary rounds, dancers rotate. The number of heats (and rotations within each heat) is determined by the event organizers. Competitors are selected to advance to the finals individually but judged on how well they dance with their partners.
Final Round – Finalists are paired randomly and compete as a couple. Couples do not change partners during finals. Couples dance to live music by Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander. The format may be spotlight, jam, all skates, or a combination of these formats.