The 4 essentials of a West Coast Swing judge
What skills does it take to be a complete judge?
Throrough understanding of West Coast Swing
In order to judge West Coast Swing competitions, you need tacit and explicit knowledge about West Coast Swing acquired though diverse training and experience. Competitors deserve and respect judges who have walked in their shoes and earned this knowledge.
Efficient executive skills
Ability to focus, short-term memory, number tracking, relative scoring, scoresheet organization, note taking & tracking, data entry, and time management are all skills the event needs you to be competent at so that competitions and scoring can run smoothly and accurately.
All humans are constantly judging and have some degree of bias - this is a part of the human condition. The skill required for judging competitions is to learn to be aware of and control that bias so that competitors receive as fair and evaluation as possible. Judges should still be able to evaluate movement that is not their preferred style and dancer that they are not friendly or familiar with.
Analysis is a pre-requisite to evaluation: One cannot evaluate movement until one is able to analyze movement. To evaluate dancers without the skill of being able to analyze their movement is simply providing an opinion. Judges need training in movement analysis in order to legitimize their evaluations as more than just opinions.
Where can you get these skills?
It's not enough to be competent in just one of these skills.
As a competitor, how much confidence would you have in a judge who
only had one of these skillsets?
You would want your judges to have all of them: knowledgeable, proficient, fair, and accurate.
Here's how these skills can be learned & refined:
- Knowledge of WCS is easily acquired through training as a dancer: classes, videos, workshops, private lessons and years of social dancing. Studying up on WCS history helps too.
- Administrative skills can be imported from other areas of life, and you can train how to customize them for WCS purposes in a common judging workshop at events.
- Bias control is a self-development skill that requires growth mindset and an open mind. It also helps to travel to various regions to observe how WCS is danced differently from the style you are used to.
- But Movement Analysis training is not easy to find. This is where Swing Literacy comes in.
Get the training you need
The Swing Literacy Development Method
provides rare yet desperately needed training in
movement analysis & evaluation skills for both teachers and judges.
Become a more respected, accountable, integral judge by training
and developing your skills in movement analysis and evaluation.
We don't just empower you to stand by your opinions.
We train you *how* to observe movement and assess it based on concrete criteria.
We train teachers to analyze, assess, and evaluate movement
so they can troubleshoot and rescue their students from struggling to learn this dance.
We train you as a judge to analyze movement in the same way,
and transform the way you assess & evaluate dancers.
Through the Swing Literacy Judge Development Program,
your assessments will become quicker, more accurate, and you'll
be able to back up your decisions with confidence. This will earn you
more respect from competitors, and make more Chief Judges request their events hire you.
Imagine if all judges were trained this way?