The Chicago Classic was originally developed by the Chicago Rebels Swing Dance Club,
In 2006, Jim Becker
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.