About The Chicago Classic


The Chicago Classic was originally developed by the Chicago Rebels Swing Dance Club, Chicago's first West Coast Swing Club.  The event was originally billed as a "Rising Star" competition, encouraging new dancers to come out and compete.  Within a short time, the event achieved NASDE status and was part of the national circuit until 2001.  After 911, the owners decided to retire the event for various reasons.

In 2006, Jim Becker and Nancy Tuzzolino (Chicago Rebels Swing Dance Club) joined forces and decided to bring back "The Classic" to Chicago.  While there have been several successful WCS events that have come onto the scene in the Midwest in the last several years, Jim and Nancy wanted to bring back an event that would draw dancers from all over the country and all around the world.

Having been to numerous events over the years as both social dancers and competitors, Becker and Tuzzolino acquired a great deal of knowledge that has been invaluable in building The Chicago Classic.

The Chicago Classic is a stop on the Masters Tour (routines for competitors 50+). It is also a proud member of the NASDE Tour, of which there are only 13 events.  In addition, competitors receive World Swing Dance Council poiints for their Jack & Jill competitions.

As part of the NASDE Tour, competitors in Classic, Showcase, Champion Strictly Swing and Champion Jack & Jill divisions, earn points that go toward their national standings.  The top points earners from the Tour win cash prizes totalling $26,000 at the conclusion of the Tour in November.  The NASDE Tour also awards points and prizes to competitors in the Non-Pro/All Star/Advanced Jack & Jill division.  

The Chicago Classic's mission is to promote and showcase West Coast Swing.  Our event is designed to be equally appealing to the social dancer as well as top level competitors from all over the world.  We offer a variety of competitions, providing competitive opportunities for dancers of all levels and ages.

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