Contests

We need Judges, crowd herders, and competition booth helpers

This year we will be holding three competitions: Partnered Blues, Partnered Jazz, and Solo Funk/R&B. All three competitions will be held on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at the Waterfront Blues Festival in front of the Front Porch Stage.

Prizes include passes to the 2019 Waterfront Blues Festival, DME Boat Cruises, Late Night Dance Parties, CDs, festival merchandise, and much more more!!!

Tentative Schedule

3:25-3:45 pm – ‘Bring The Heat’ Partnered Jazz Dance Contest Prelims
3:45-4:45 pm – ‘Bring The Heat’ Partnered Jazz Dance Contest Finals
4:45-5:10 pm – ‘Bring The Heat’ Partnered Blues Dance Contest Prelims
5:10-6:10 pm – ‘Bring The Heat’ Partnered Blues Dance Contest Finals
6:10-6:35 pm – Funk/Soul Dance Lesson/Warm-up for ‘Bring The Heat’ Solo Dance Contest (contest directly follows the lesson)

Remember – our contests are open to all and we would love to see everyone out there. Even if you aren’t competing come out and support all our wonderful dancers and join them on the dance floor during the dance breaks. This is our opportunity to shine and bring the dance that we know and love to the thousands of people coming to the Waterfront Blues Festival.


2017 Competition Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in our “Bring the Heat” Partnered Blues, Jazz, and Solo Dance Contests! The contests were an inspiration to dancers and non-dancers alike. Congratulations again to this year’s winners:

Partnered Jazz Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Rachel Stirling & Danielle Jacobowitz
  • 2nd Place: Laura Chieko & Partner
  • 3rd Place: Eric Hyde & Olivia Duffy

Partnered Blues Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Icahn Saelao & Maya Rios
  • 2nd Place: Rachel Stirling & Daniel Bullard-Bates
  • 3rd Place: Leana Galiel & Olivia Duffy

Solo Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Neil Negri
  • 2nd Place: Margaret Townsend
  • 3rd Place: Maya Rios

2016 Competition Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in our “Bring the Heat” Couples Blues, Jazz, and Solo Dance Contests! The contests were an inspiration to dancers and non-dancers alike. Congratulations again to this year’s winners:

Couples Jazz Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Rachel Stirling & Andrew Smith
  • 2nd Place: Kara Fabina & Dante Zapata
  • 3rd Place:  Elizabeth Tuazon & Andrew Girardeau-Dale

Couples Blues Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Rachel Stirling & Andrew Smith
  • 2nd Place: Elizabeth Tuazon & Andrew Girardeau-Dale
  • 3rd Place: Kayli Henson & Icahn Saelao

Solo Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Andrew Girardeau-Dale
  • 2nd Place: Leana Galiel
  • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Tuazon

Participating Sponsors


2015 Competition Results

Couples Jazz Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Rachel Stirling and Andrew Smith
  • 2nd Place: Kara Fabina and Dante Zapata
  • 2nd Place: Zia Dawn and Paul Mandel
  • 4th Place: Karen R. Smith and Andrew Girardeau-Dale
  • 5th Place: Reeva Bradley and Ryan Johnson
  • 6th Place: Anna Williams and Joseph Liu

Couples Blues Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Rachel Stirling and Andrew Smith
  • 2nd Place: Zia Dawn and Paul Mandel
  • 3rd Place: Kara Fabina and Dante Zapata
  • 4th Place: Denis Lemeshenko and Annastasia Lawson
  • 5th Place: Danielle Jacobobo and Brandon Istenes
  • 5th Place: Karen Lani and David
  • 7th Place: Katt Taylor and Olivia Duffy
  • 8th Place: Ruth Kaplan and Angie Huang

Participating Sponsors


2014 Competition Results

Couples Jazz Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Andrew Smith and Nicole Trissell
  • 2nd Place: Jae Myong Wilson and Kayce Spear
  • 3rd Place: Brian Richards and Laura Chieko
  • 4th Place: Paul Mandel and Tess Myers
  • 5th Place: Dante Zapata and Rachel Stirling

Couples Blues Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: Andrew Smith and Nicole Trissell
  • 2nd Place: Denis Lemeshchenko and Jae Myong Wilson
  • 3rd Place: Brian Richards and Laura Chieko
  • 4th Place: Dante Zapata and Rachel Stirling
  • 5th Place: Karen R. Smith and Andrew Girardeau-Dale

Participating Sponsors


2013 Competition Results

Couples Jazz Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place:  Alfredo Melendez and Karen Smith
  • 2nd Place:   Denis Lemeshenko and Tess Myers
  • 3rd Place:  Jae Wilson and Kayce Spear
  • 4th Place: Ted Maddry and Rachel Stirling
  • 5th Place: Mike Grosser and Ruth Evelyn

Couples Blues Dance Contest Winners

  • 1st Place:  Alfredo Melendez and Rachel Stirling
  • 2nd Place:  Chris Arnold and Lea Shelton
  • 3rd Place:  Denis Lemeshenko and Tess Myers
  • 4th Place: Benji Man and Alex Wagner

2012 Competition Results

Couples Jazz Dance Contest Winners & Prizes

  • 1st Place: Mark Richmond and Shana Elson – Vancouver Jazz Festival
  • 2nd Place:  Andrew Smith and Jenny Sowden – Rocky Mountain Balboa
  • 3rd Place: Mike Grosser and Jandi Kim – Lost Valley Blues Recess, Portland Blues Experience 2013
  • 4th Place: Jae Wilson and Kayce Spear – Seattle Lindy Exchange, Portland Blues Experience 2013

Couples Blues Dance Contest Winners & Prizes

  • 1st Place:   Denis Lemeshanko and Lucy Bellwood – BluesSHOUT, Rose City Blues
  • 2nd Place: Mike Grosser and Karen R. Smith – Steel City Blues, Mile High Blues
  • 3rd Place: John Vigil and Emunah Selah – Rose City Blues, Mile High Blues
  • 4th Place: Kevin Van Meter and Kayce Spear – Portland Blues Experience 2013, Bambloozled
  • 5th Place: Matt Mickle and Zia Dawn – Rain City Blues, Portland Blues Experience 2013
  • 6th Place: Benji Mann and Tess Myers – Steel City Blues

2011 Competition Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in our “Bring the Heat” Couples Blues and Jazz Dance Contests! The contests were an inspiration to dancers and non-dancers alike. Congratulations again to last year’s winners:

Couples Jazz Dance Contest Winners & Prizes

  • 1st Place: Josh and Binky – Portland Blues Experience 2012, Camp Jitterbug Seattle 2012, Aris Allen Shoes
  • 2nd Place: Coyle and Rachel – Fleur De Lindy 2012 New Orleans
  • 3rd Place: Byron and Christine – Camp Balboa Seattle 2011
  • 4th Place: Mark and Caitlyn – Karen Maria Lindy Blues Exchange 2012 Portland
  • 5th Place: Jae and Kayce – San Luis Obispo Lindy Exchange 2012

Couples Blues Dance Contest Winner & Prizess

  • 1st place: Matt Mickle and Ally Yancey – Portland Blues Experience 2012, Blues Shout Minneapolis 2012
  • 2nd place: Benji Man and Zia Dawn – Emerald City Blues Festival 2012 Seattle
  • 3rd place: Kevin VanMeter and Karen Smith – San Francisco Fusion Exchange 2012
  • 4th place: -topher Howard and Ruth Hoffman – Karen Maria Lindy Blues Exchange 2012 Portland
  • 5th place: Jae Myong Wilson and Kayce Spear
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