How Does One Become A Studio Dance Competition Judge?

How Does One Become A Studio Dance Competition Judge?

First published May 2015, edited May 20, 2020

Our EXPECTATIONS™ For Dance Assessment and Achievement dance studio classroom rubric presented at the Dance Studio By Design Leadership Workshops introduces dance educators to new perspectives to studio dance competition adjudication.

The attendees, at our workshops and in our new online adjudicator certification program, are presented with a list of skills per level of training for children grades PK to Grade 12 designating what we feel, with attendee approval, students should be judged on, in the Common Core Areas (those used in all dance subject genre) of dance: turns, jumps, flexibility/technical training and performance value.

Think of it this way many competitions (not all) hire judges who do not teach children on a daily basis and score them on what their professional EXPECTATION is, not on what children can actually achieve based on what they are taught in a dance studio classroom. Students may study dance from one to four hours weekly, referred to as recreational, those on the higher end of hours of study usually are designated competitive.

Here Is Our Analogy For Adjudications At Studio Dance Competitions

Public education students are expecting a spelling test on a Friday, the classroom teacher gave them the words to learn on Monday, and they studied in preparation for the end of the week quiz. A substitute comes on the day the quiz is to be held and gives them a test on words SHE thinks they should know. What do you think the outcome would be?

Isn't that what studio owners, teachers, and students do during a traditional dance competition season? They entrust their complete routines to strangers who in turn make a subjective judgement about their studio, often placing its financial future in jeaopardy based on the outcome of a dance competition.

YOU, the studio dance competitive event entering teacher teach them weekly, your students should be judged on what you taught them and we think YOU should be in events where all the teachers feel the same way.

EXPECTATIONS™ For Dance Educator-Adjudicator Training Module 1

Now discover an innovative approach to dance movement for your recreational students (one to four hours weekly) and your competitive students! Learn to teach age-appropriate classes that include movement concepts, skill-based dance training and choreographic design elements. Explore research on integrating brain development and bodywork for children. Identify key benefits of dance and movement such as improved concentration, coordination, flexibility, balance, self-awareness, and positive imaging. Upon successful completion of the 2.5 hour training, you will be certified an adjudicator for all studio dance competitions.

Areas Of Classroom Expectations

· Design The Common Core Dance Skills For A Facility’s Dance Subject Genres

· Initiate The Choreography By Design Curricula /Lesson Plan Template In A Facility

· Learn The Basics Of EXPECTATIONS™ DSC Assessment/Achievement Rubric Appropriate For Ages 2-12

· Understand The Physical, Emotional, Social, And Mental Benefits Of Dance For Children

· Coordinate Class Lesson Planning And Dance Curricula For Facility Success

Areas Of Best Business Practices

· Develop Customer Service Approaches To The Parents Of Young Children

· Evaluate The Adjudication Process For The Early Childhood Student In Achievement Challenge Events

· Examine Faculty Hiring And Part Time Employee Salary Scale Options

· Inspect The Theory Of The Nines Pricing Bundles


Prior experience with children and dance or movement in a dance classroom setting is required. Attendees should have some experience as a competitor, adjudicator, or educator.