ADJUDICATION & AWARDS
HOW DOES LIVE JUDGING WORK?
We believe that all dancers should be judged fairly and accurately and scores should allow room for personal growth. Judges will score all entries based on the following criteria: technique, choreography, performance, precision, costume, and overall appearance. Each of our three judges will score out of 100 points for a possible total of 300 points. All scores are based on the opinions of three qualified dance professionals. All scores are final and will not be changed.
300 Perfect Score: Crown Jewel
285-299 total points: Ultimate Sapphire
270-284 total points: Sapphire
252-269 total points: Ultimate Diamond
240-251 total points: Diamond
225-239 total points: Ruby
All solos entered in Apprentice, Corps, and Elite divisions are automatically entered for a Title within each age category represented at Regional competitions. The top 10 solos, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st runner-up will be awarded and the highest-scoring solo will be named the Title winner. A soloist may only place once in the Top 10. In the event a soloist places with more than 1 routine, only the highest-scoring routine will be announced. At the National competition, the Solo and Title categories are separate and must be registered accordingly. Adult Title contestants are ineligible for "Top Overall Title Winner" at Nationals.
If a competitive soloist is the only one competing in their age category, they must earn a score of 270 or higher to be deemed a “Title Winner”. A score below 270 will earn the soloist “Highest Scoring Competitive Solo”. A soloist earning a “High Score” as opposed to a “Title” is not eligible for the Overall High Score in their age division.
High-Score Awards are broken down by level, entry type, age division, and category. They will be presented to the highest-scoring solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, and production entries within the Apprentice, Corps, and Elite level. Overall High Score Awards are broken down by level, entry type, and age division. They will be presented to the highest-scoring duo/trio, small group, large group, and production entries within the Apprentice, Corps, and Elite level. The top-scoring solos in each age division will be named the Title Winners at Regional Competitions (see Nationals info for Title information). Top Overall High Score Awards are broken down by level and entry type. They will be presented to the highest-scoring solo (at Nationals only), duo/trio, small group, large group, and production entries within the Apprentice, Corps, and Elite level. Top Overall High Score winners will be eligible for Divisional Champions of the Competition in the Apprentice, Corps, and Elite level. Adult Top Overall winners are not eligible for Top Overall Champion.
Each dancer in the Diva Division will receive a "Diva Division Champion" medal. Routines that opt to be adjudicated will also receive an adjudication trophy for the studio. This division does not have its own high scores or overall high scores, but dancers are eligible for Judges' Special Awards, Special Recognition Awards, The Judges' Choice Award, The CdLS Spirit Award and They Key To Success Scholarship.
-In the case of a tie, the 2 lowest scores out of the 3 judges will be dropped and the routine with the highest remaining score will be awarded.
-Special Awards, The Judges' Choice Award, The CdLS Spirit Award, The Key To Success Award, scholarships and any additional special recognition awards will be determined by the judges and/or directors and given to entries at their discretion.