Online Strictly Challenge 2018

The International Lindy Hop Championships & What’Cha Know Jo Presents:

The Online Strictly Challenge

Here’s what you need to know!


Registration Opens May 20
Participants chosen on June 15
Competition runs from June 20-July 21

2 Competitor Passes to ILHC to the winners of the Challenge
1-hr Online Training Session with Jo Hoffberg to the person who provided the best feedback



This is a 4-week Challenge with each week offering a new chance to practice your spotlight and all-skate dancing.

Every week, you’ll send in a video of the material you created, give feedback to the other competitors, score the competition, and tell me who you thought gave the best feedback that week. At the end of this course you will be better competitors and better judges. The winners of the overall competition and the winners of “Best Feedback” will receive the prizes listed above.

Why am I doing this? I am passionate about working with competitors and am interested in challenging them to take their game to the next level. I want to see how you, know what you see when you watch yourself in training videos, train your eye so you can troubleshoot more easily, help you get “unstuck,” and provide accountability. I’m not interested in teaching you moves. I’m interested in teaching you how to teach yourself.

What do I get out of this? Honestly, this is a selfish endeavor. I want to work with seasoned competitors who understand that training and consistency are two of the keys to success. I want to know if I can answer your questions about competition so that you feel confident to train without help. I want to inspire you to get your butt in gear. I want to be challenged by you so that I can become a better coach. But, ultimately, I want you to be better than my generation of dancers. I want the grasshopper to become the sensei.

How does it work? Every Wednesday, I will send out an email with your weekly challenge details by 6pm GMT+2 (Berlin Time). The details will include the song for that week and your personal time code (so you know what part of the music you’re dancing to). You’ll have 6 days to film yourself doing a Spotlight + All-Skate, and send them to me. Submissions are due Mondays at 6pm GMT+2 (Berlin Time). You are welcome and encouraged to submit them earlier.

Once I get your videos, I’ll stitch them together and send the compilation to our group. From there, you’ll each be required to provide feedback to the other dancers and vote on which couples you thought were the best. You’ll also vote on who gave the best feedback.

Your feedback is due Thursdays at 6pm GMT+2 (Berlin Time). You are welcome and encouraged to do these earlier so that the other dancers may incorporate your feedback for their training sessions.

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When: June 20 – July 21, 2018
The Winners will be announce on July 21, 2018. 

Cost: 200EUR/couple 


  • Dance Partner
  • Place to train/film your challenges so your full body (arms and feet) can be seen
  • Dropbox – to send a link so I can download the video(s)
  • Weekly Reviews – you and your partner will be required to give feedback to each couple so they know what you liked and what they can improve upon
  • Weekly Feedback – you and your partner will be required to give me feedback about the challenges.
  • Scoring – you and your partner will be required to send me your scores
  • Complete 2 Surveys – An Entrance Survey so I can get to know you and an Exit Survey so I can get feedback on this program. Both you and your partner need to fill these out.

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What if I can’t do all 4 weeks?

Then this particular challenge is not for you. 

What if I know that one of the weeks my schedule is slammed; can I get the Challenge early?

I totally understand that schedules can fill up and that life gets busy. I am happy to send you one of the Challenges early; however, if you think that you’ll need more than one, please sign up for a challenge at another time.

Oooh, I see I need to provide feedback to my peers. What happens if I have nothing to say?

Then dig deeper!! This is also part of the program/challenge. Not only are you working on your dancing, but you’re also training your eye on how to better understand what you’re watching AND put it into words. It’s critical to be able to identify what you do/don’t see and what hits/misses the mark. I don’t expect anyone to be perfect, but I do request that you try to put what you see into useful feedback.

Uh! Four weeks! That’s such a long time!

That’s not a question, but I think I hear ya. And no, actually, it’s not a long time. Each assignment (dancing, feedback, and scoring) is going to take you about between 1-4 hours a week (unless you want to put in more). That’s 4-16 hours over four weeks, which is probably less time than you spend on FB, Instagram, or YouTube in any given week. Ask any ballet dancer or serious musician how much they practice and you’ll probably get answer ranging from 3-6 hours every day. So make time!

So wait, is this a challenge, or a competition?

It’s both! Every week, I’m challenging you to create something that pushes you and your partnership. By providing feedback, you’re helping out your fellow dancers whilst simultaneously training your eye so you can better learn from yourself. Finally, at the end of each week, you will judge who you think aced the challenge. You are competing for some pretty sweet prizes, but hopefully you understand the reason to do this is because you’re interested in improving, are looking for accountability, and enjoy working with other awesome people!

Are we allowed to choreograph our spotlights?

Yes, if you have the time and energy to do so, go ahead. Of course, if you were competing at ILHC or Savoy Cup, you wouldn’t have the music for the Strictly ahead of time, but you would know what the musical structure was. If choreographing just isn’t your thing, no problem! I’d recommend filming yourself dancing to your section a few times and submit your best, or most hilarious “out.”

What happens if there is a tie?

If necessary, there will be a final Dance Off to determine who wins the 2 passes for ILHC.

Why is it so expensive?

At 25EUR/week/person, it’s an affordable program. It’s the equivalent of 5.5 coffees a week if you live in Sweden, about 2 meals you if you live in Europe, or 2 movie tickets if you live in Seattle. You also get a lot of value for your money: lots of feedback on your dancing, guided challenges to help you focus your practice sessions, a recommended training schedule, pro tips on how to train better and more efficiently, a better understanding of the judging process, inspiration from other dancers at your level, and a reason to get off your bum and train, and a chance to win some great prizes.  

MOTTO: Possibilities, not perfection. 

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