It is absolutely thrilling to see the amount of talent that comes to the bluesSHOUT! competition floor every year, and we are always striving to make sure competitors all get time in the spotlight.

With this in mind, we are making a significant change to two contests for BluesSHOUT! 2017, the Newcomer and Open Jack and Jill competitions. We recognize that the tap-out format is difficult for both competitors and judges, and therefore are leaving it behind this year. This means that we will be moving prelims for these contests to lunch time on Saturday and Sunday during the event. In addition, we will need to cap the number of dancers who can enter these competitions. These changes allow us to give competitors enough time to shine, and the judges enough time to see it happen.

Should the competitions fill up in advance of the weekend, we will keep a waitlist and open spots as they become available.

Visit the Competitions page for more information on rules and eligibility.


Performance and showmanship have long been a part of blues dance and bluesSHOUT! tradition. Take a chance and show us that you've got what it takes to be remembered for years to come!

To submit a performance, please send a short clip - at least 1 minute - of your routine to along with the following information:

Full names of performance members
Brief description of the performance
Name of the troupe, if applicable
Name of song and artist

The deadline for performance submissions is *Friday, February 17th, 2017*. Acceptance notifications will go out by Friday, March 10th, 2017.

In order to thank you for sharing your talent with all of us, performers will be offered a 50% discount off of your registration price. This discount will apply to up to 8 people in one group.

Click here to check out 2016's Performances!