Bachata Competitions

Jack & Jill Competitions

Go West Swingfest will be holding Jack & Jill competitions to focus on spontaneity and the lead/follow skills required to dance with different partners. You will enter as individuals and be assigned partners at random. Go West Bachatafest will select the music.

Competition Fee: $10.00 all divisions except Newcomer who pay no comp fee


Newcomers allows everyone to participate! A maximum of 12 months dancing Bachata is required for this category. (Competition fee is included)

This category is for competitors who have been dancing Bachata for more than 12 months. (Competition fee $10.00)

This category is for competitors who teach Bachata on a weekly basis (Competition fee $10.00)

Strictly Swing Competition

The Strictly Swing is a social dancing competition where the competing couples choose their own partner and enter as a couple. It is meant to be fun & to show off how well you can lead & follow.  Competition fee $10.00 per couple

Go West Bachatafest Strictly Swing guidelines:

  • Neat and tidy dress standards are required – No shorts or singlets.
  • No choreography is allowed and the dance should be spontaneous lead and follow the style.
  • No ‘costumes’ are allowed. Matching or complementary (classy) outfits are acceptable.
  • Drops, leans, circular movements & other partner weight support moves are allowed as long as both partners keep at least one foot on the floor. The competitors will not know the music they are dancing to and the music will be randomly selected by the head DJ.


Couples should compete in Newcomers if both dancers have danced Bachata for less then 12 months.

Couples should compete in Novice if both dancers have danced Bachata for more then 12 months.


General competition information

Please be aware that neat and tidy dress standards are required at all times for competitions. No shorts or singlets.

Spotlight dances (one couple on the dance floor at a time) will be held for the Invitational divisions only. All other finals will be ‘All Skates with a Jam’ (all finalists on the dance floor at once with a short Jam session included for finalists).

Medals will be awarded to the first 3 placings of each category.

To enter the Jack & Jill or Strictly Swing please pre-register online when you purchase your event pass.

Competition Entry Fees

Please note that the competition entry fees are not included in the Full Event Passes price with the exception of Newcomers Jack n Jill Competitions. If you haven’t purchased a full event pass then you will need to pay the nominated fee for the individual event.