General Rules for All Divisions
Rules for Showcase and Pro-Am Divisions
Rules for Jack&Jill and Strictly Divisions

General Rules for All Divisions

General Rules for All Divisions


Please ensure your full understanding of the competition rules. Lack of understanding won't exempt the competitor from fulfillment of the rules.

While BraZouky organisers have the administrative rights on all rules, regulations and development of the event, they are disengaged from all decision matters retaining to each division winners.


What should each competitor purchase? 

Each competitor should purchase a BraZouky Full Pass and also register for their chosen division. Please visit Ticket Booking to view prices for all passes and registrations.

  • BraZouky Full Pass: Each competitor must pay for his/her own pass. The BraZouky Full Pass DOES NOT include competition registration. The director/coach of any competitor should also purchase a BraZouky Full Pass if they wish to attend or compete.
  • Division Registration: Each competitor should register for each division he/she will compete in (JnJ/Stricly/ProAm/Showcase), alternatively the competitor can also purchase the ‘Comp Fanatic’ option which includes all divisions.

For cancellation, transfer and changes please check the Ticket Information and Eligibility page on our website.


The BraZouky organization reserves the right to take and use any videos or photos during and after the event. The BraZouky organization may use the videos or photos for commercial use. Once the registration form has been completed, all competitors acknowledge the understanding and fulfillment of all rules.

A waiver form will be issued to all competitors, which will grant the organization permission to use all videos and photos of competitors. The competitors should read and agree with this waiver.

Any video or photo taken by an entity or person not authorized by the BraZouky organization is strictly prohibited.

The organization reserves the right to broadcast or rebroadcast the BraZouky event. Competitors will not receive any compensation for this.


Competitors should read and accept the liability waiver form in which it states that the competitor assumes all responsibilities for any damages or injuries caused to the participant or by the participant in the event. The competitor also releases the organization from all responsibility should any injury or damages arise during the event.


All competitors should check-in or pick up their wristbands and bibs on Thursday evening at the Pre-Party or on Friday 9:30am after the competition briefing.

During registration check-in, competitors’ information will be confirmed, payments will be checked and also confirmation of divisions they will participate in. Credentials will be handed over together with detailed information of the event.

Competitors who do not register by Friday 11am will not be able to compete.


The winners of the previous year can compete again in the same division.

All competitors should pay the competitors pass and division pass.


  • Can I compete in different divisions? Yes, all competitors can participate in different divisions as long as each division pass is paid for. This value of each division pass is one per competitor. It is not allowed to compete more than once in the same division – expect for Professionals competing with multiple ProAm students.
  • Can a dance school compete with more than one entry? Yes, dance schools can participate with as many competitors as they wish in the same division or in different divisions.
  • Can I replace a dancer after the registration?  Yes, changes on the members are allowed in Strictly, ProAm and Showcase. New member must register and pay for both BraZouky Full Pass and Division Registration.
  • Qualifying rounds: The Jack and Jill and Strictly competition will consist in three parts: prelims, semi-finals and finals. During the prelims, all competitors should participate. Competitors in the ProAm or Showcase divisions will go straight to finals.


The BraZouky organization has mandatory activities for its competitors. Competitors should view the event program and find out when those will be held. All activities mentioned below are mandatory for all competitors without exception. Points may be deducted from any competitor in the absence of any mandatory activity.

  • Mandatory meetings for competitors on Friday 9:15 AM
  • Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening


All competitors must be 18 years of age or older for all divisions.


Maximum duration of the choreography/improvisation.

  • ProAm: 1m30s to 3m00s
  • Showcase: 1m30s to 3m00s
  • Jack and Jill: 1m30s to 2m00s
  • Strictly: 1m30s to 2m00s


  • TRICKS: Any movement in which the couple has at least one foot in contact with the floor, being assisted by the other dancer. (It will not be considered a trick if the dancer performs the movement without the assistance of his or her partner).
  • LIFT: An elevation is when both feet are off the floor at the same time, and any part of the body of the dancer touches each other to assist. (It will not be considered as raised when the dancer raises both feet on their own without being in contact with the other).
  • ACROBATICS/AERIALS: These are defined as any movement where one of the dancers throws the other, or the dancer throws himself with the support of the other, and / or where the entire body of the released dancer exceeds the height of the other. (Any throw that does not exceed the height of the other dancer, will be considered as a figure).
  • COMBINATIONS OF TRICKS, LIFTS AND ACROBATICS: For the Organization, a combination of tricks, lifts and acrobatics will be considered as a single one.
  • SPECIAL MUSICAL EFFECTS: Are artificially generated or modified sounds to set or recreate artistic or musical scenarios. They can also be used to narrate or describe scenes without resorting to the use of words, appealing directly to the senses of the viewer. Examples: starting a car, steps, slamming, shooting, explosions, etc.


  • Jack and Jill: No lifts or acrobatics/aerials will be allowed; only tricks are allowed (no restrictions of tricks quantity).
  • Strictly: No lifts or acrobatics/aerials will be allowed; only tricks are allowed (no restrictions of tricks quantity).
  • ProAm: No lifts or acrobatics/aerials will be allowed; only tricks are allowed (no restrictions of tricks quantity).
  • Showcase: No restrictions


  • If a competitor registers for both professional and amateur, it will result in automatic disqualification of the amateur division.
  • Competitors are considered professional when they are being paid to teach and or perform. Performs with a professional team even if it’s on a non-payment agreement.
  • Choreographies from well-known Latin dancers whom are part of the Latin dance scene will be allowed as long as the competitor has authorization from the original choreographer. If the original choreographer complains to the organization at any given moment during the event, the competitor will be disqualified.
  • If the music presents any error during the performance and the mistake is caused by the production team, it is up to the competitor to start over or stop and notify production when they are ready to start again before their division is over.
  • Must: Please make sure to send a final version of your music promptly prior to the event, when requested by the organisation to
  • False information about competitor’s age or professional/amateur status will result in disqualification.
  • If the competitor makes a mistake during the performance, the competitor cannot start from the beginning or start the performance over.
  • The Showcase and ProAm divisions will always be in alphabetical order.
  • It’s up to competitor’s judgement to use other movements or figures as long as it holds the dance genres essence.
  • It’s not allowed to request any production features such as lighting, special effects or use of props.
  • It is not allowed to show the same choreography in different competition division.
  • When the performance is over, the stage must be left without any obstacles. Competitors MUST NOT add oils, powder on their shoes or stage, this will result in points deduction by discretion of the organisation.
  • BraZouky Controversial and disciplinary committee: When a situation that is not in the general rules or not clear and creates a situation, the organization will consult with the judges to make a decision by a final consensus.

Rules for Showcase and Pro-Am Divisions

Rules for Showcase and Pro-Am Divisions


  • TIMING 20% - It refers to the TIMING with which the dance is performed and the consistency of it in the musical genre.
  • MUSICALITY 15% - Time used to perform the dance and its consistency. How effectively do the contestants interpret the different nuances of the piece of music? Are they rhythmically in sync with the piece of music? Couples will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the chosen song. This can be done in a variety of ways including patterns, tricks, lines, body movement, etc.
  • DANCE TECHNIQUE 15% - Knowledge and correct execution of the movements that make up the musical genre. Technique may be reflected through balance, placement, posture, lines, level of training, etc. This also refers to the general technique for the dance style being represented, where the movement is ‘executed properly’, and there is a proper use of foundation patterns and techniques for the chosen dance style. Movements should appear clear and effortless as a result of proper technique.
  • DIFFICULTY 15% - Level of difficulty and expertise used by competitors when executing each of the movements, figures lifts, tricks and acrobatics. How difficult was the choreography without losing the quality of the routine? Was it properly executed? Any movement requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? (The difficulty will only be taken into account if done in a clean way, and with the necessary technique to preserve the quality of the routine).
  • PARTNERING/CONNECTION 15% - How well the competitors connected with each other and the audience (in Showcase and ProAm). Coordination in the movements of competitors. Or are they just performing the choreography with no emotion and passion amongst each other? Synchronicity in the execution of movements is also help determine the score in this category.
  • CHOREOGRAPHY 10% - The couple’s interpretation of the music with new and creative resources used within the choreography. Choreography should contain clever turn patterns exploring musicality, emotions and originality. How much did the choreography impact the audience and judges? Was there fluidity in the movements? Were the movements used in accordance with the music? How well did competitors use the stage (floor craft) in their choreography?
  • OVERALL PRESENTATION 10% - Competitors visual look as a whole; hairstyle, wardrobe, makeup, etc. How professional does each competitor look on stage? Stage presence, Attitude, energy and charisma from the competitors on stage.


  • Music fusions are only allowed but it must not be more than 2 songs, and both must have recognisable Brazilian Zouk rhythm and instruments.
  • All songs must have recognisable Brazilian Zouk rhythm and instruments


  • The final average score given by the judges will be shown in a range between 1 and 100. The points of deduction for faults and mistakes will be taken off after the judges final total score.


DEDUCTION OF POINTS: 1 point will be deducted on the final total score.

  • Each lift and acrobatic/aerial performed in divisions that are not allowed
  • Exceeding the number of musical fusions specified in the rules.
  • Exceed the duration of the choreographies specified in the rules. For every 5 seconds of more a deduction will be given. (Extra time is counted from the first second).
  • Absence to each mandatory activity of the event.
  • During the choreography any element of the costume and / or accessory falls off the competitor, a deduction will be given for every piece of costume that falls thereafter.
  • The use of scenography elements that are not part of the costumes
  • If competitors lose hands or physical connection with each other, it will be counted as a deduction for the first time this happens.
  • If competitor falls during the choreography, it will be counted as a deduction the first time this happens.
  • If during the choreography any element of the costume and / or accessory is falls off competitor, it will be counted as a deduction the first time this occurs.
  • For all competitors competing barefoot/No shoes will be counted as a deduction
  • If the competitor is not wearing a custom made, or somehow altered piece of clothing. Costume must not look like ‘off the shelf’ piece of clothing.


  • Competitors with the highest score in timing division will win.
  • If the tie continues, those who score higher on the technique division will win.
  • If the tie still persists, whoever has the highest score in the Musicality division will win.
  • If the tie still persists, whoever has the highest score in the Choreography division will win.
  • If the tie still continues, a democratic vote by the judges will determine the winner.


If a division has three or less entrants there should be a minimum score noted next to each entry for placing. This rule applies to the ProAm or Showcase divisions.

  • 65-74 total points for third place
  • 75-84 total points for second place
  • 85-100 for first place

Rules for Jack&Jill and Strictly Divisions

Rules for Jack & Jill and Strictly Divisions


Timing & musicality

  • All styles of Brazilian Zouk dance to 4/4 time music.
  • The timing defined as “Tum-Tic-Tic” where in a full 8 counts the “Tum” step must be on the down beat.
  • It is accepted that your long step may be on any down beat on a full 8 count phrase.

Key points to remember

  • Timing must be consistent.
  • Competitors should take care in the manner they interpret the selected song.
  • Use appropriate breaks and holds, being rhythmically in sync with the music.
  • Competitors must demonstrate basic timing for a minimum of 60% of each song. This can be reflected in foundation movements, turn patterns and others.


  1. DJs will play medium (80bpm or 85bpm) speed songs with a clear Zouk beat for Novice. Traditional Zouk songs, Kizomba songs or Top 40 remixed songs are allowed.
  2. DJs will play slow 75bpm (150bpm), medium 80bpm or 85bpm (170bpm) and/or fast 90bpm (180bpm) speed songs with a Zouk beat for Intermediate & Advanced competitors. Traditional Zouk songs, Kizomba songs, Top 40 remixed or New Zouk songs are allowed.
  3. All songs for all levels must have a Zouk beat.


  • Brazilian Zouk motion and posture – How well the competitors execute the movements
  • Proper use of Brazilian Zouk Foundation movements: Basic – “Lateral” – Simple turns – Lunges (prep for turns) – “Soltinho” – Elastico “Rau” – “Bonus” – “Io Io”
  • Correct footwork in all foundation movements and good footwork during turn patterns
  • Fundamental dance technique (e.g footwork placement, frame, balance, how well spins are executed and control of arms and hands)
  • Proper use of head movements and Cambrés (accordingly to competitors level)

Team Work

  • How well the couple work together
  • How Appearance of lead/follow or action/reaction between the partners
  • Ability to work together as a team. One partner ignoring or out-dancing the other indicates poor teamwork.


  • The complexity of the foot work
  • The complexity of overall improvisation
  • Originality of turn patterns


  • Wear Shoes (Dance shoes or other comfortable shoes for dancing are allowed)
  • High heels are not mandatory however judges will favourably take into account the additional complexity this introduces to the dance
  • Wear clothes like if you were going to a social dance party – you want to stand out to the judges

| BZDC Points Registry Information for JACK AND JILL |

The ‘Brazouky Brazilian Dance Festival’ is a Brazillian Zouk Dance Council (“BZDC”) Registry Event. As such, points are awarded to the winners and place getters (and possibly finalists) of our Jack n Jill Competitions.

Brazilian Zouk Dance Council

The BZDC records and tracks points for every competitor and these points are used to identify the category a person should compete in. There must be a minimum number of five couples per category for points to be recorded.

Points will be recorded and tracked as follows:

Jack & Jill Scoring

We will consider your petition and approve or deny your petition based on your reasons and dance history. Please note, if you have petitioned to dance at a higher division at one event you may still need to petition at future events. The guidelines for each category are set out on this page. If you want to enter a category for which you do not meet the entry requirements stated or want to change categories, you may submit a petition by sending us an email with a brief explanation of the reason(s) for your request.