The Zouk Jack ‘n’ Jill competition held at the Australian Dance Cup is a registry event approved by and affiliated with the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council (BZDC). As such, all Point scoring and Judging Criteria will also be consistent with the Standards of the BZDC, set out as below. To be eligible to compete you must have already purchased an Australian Dance Cup Competitors Pass before the closing date of entries.

Venue and schedule

The Australian Dance Cup Zouk Jack ‘n’ Jill competition will be held in the afternoon/evening of Saturday 28th April 2018 in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, in our Beach Marquee location.

For more information, make sure you refer to our Event Schedule.



Novice category

A person should compete in Novice if they have never competed in Brazilian Zouk Jack & Jill competitions before or have not yet obtained BZDC Intermediate level.

Intermediate category

A person should request to compete in Intermediate if they have obtained BZDC Intermediate level or are invited by the event organisers due to their extensive dance experience in Brazilian Zouk.

Points and Scoring

Points are awarded to the winners and place getters (and possibly finalists) of our Jack & Jill Competitions. The BZDC records and tracks every competitor and these points are used to identify the category a person should compete in. There must be a minimum of five couples per category for points to be recorded.

Tier/# of Competitions 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Additional
Tier 1 = 5-15 5 4 3 2 1 0
Tier 2 = 16-39 10 8 6 4 2 6th to 10th – 1 point
Tier 3 = 40+ 15 12 10 8 6 1 point all finalists

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 request by sending us an email with a brief explanation of the reason(s) for your request.

Jack & Jill competitions are designed to highlight skills in social Brazilian Zouk dancing and the ability to dance well with a variety of partners. Competitors enter as individuals, are randomly assigned partners and dance to music selected by the Australian Dance Cup. Male competitors must enter as “leaders” and female competitors must enter as “followers”.

Judging Criteria

Timing & musicality

Brazilian Zouk encompasses all different styles of Zouk.

Apart from LambaZouk all other styles such as Traditional Zouk and Neo Zouk have the timing defined as
 “Slow-Quick-Quick” where in a full 8 counts the “Slow” step must be on the odd numbers.

In LambaZouk the timing is still defined as 
“Quick-Quick-Slow” but in a full 8 counts the “Slow” step must be on the even numbers.

In Brazilian Zouk it is accepted that your slow step may be on any odd number in a full 8 count phrase.

For all Brazilian Zouk Jack & Jill competitions timing has been defined as “Slow-Quick-Quick” where in a full 8 counts the “Slow” step must be on the odd numbers.

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
  • Proper use of Brazilian Zouk Foundation movements
  • Correct footwork in Foundation movements and turn patterns
  • Fundamental dance technique (e.g footwork placement, frame, balance, etc)
  • Proper use of head movements and Cambrés



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

Connection & synchronicity


  • Interaction with partners (Coordination of movements between them, lead/follow relationship)
  • Focus on fluidity of the dance



  • 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


Rules & Regulations

For full details about the rules and regulations of the event visit the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council Website.