The judging panel is comprised of renowned dance experts (judges, coaches, choreographers) picked based on their credentials by the Organizer. Appointed judges are experts from difference dance genres. Each category is judged by 5 judges.

Each registered routine performs once and receives judiciary points for that performance.

After the competition, choreographers receive constructive comments from judges, which they can use for their further growth or simply to see why a certain choreography received a specific score.

Judges evaluate each routine in 5 judging parameters using points from 1 – worst to 10 – best. Maximum number of points a judge can give per routine is 50 points. The maximum number of points per routine is 150.

The final result is the arithmetic mean of the scores that have been assigned by all the judges, where the best and worst scores for each evaluated parameter have been discarded.

JUDGING PARAMETERS

Judges evaluate each routine in the following parameters:

Technique – The judges will evaluate dance skills, execution of the movements performed, the quality of movement throughout the routine, including head, arm, leg and body placement, footwork, all depending on the technical requirements of routine’s discipline.

Music and rhythm – The judges will evaluate the synchronization, timing, dancers must maintain control of the speed, direction, momentum and body placement throughout the routine. Dancers must also demonstrate awareness of spacing between dancers through a full range of unique, complicated and challenging formations and interactive partner moves and patterns. Dancers should perform in sync (dancers range of movement, speed, timing and execution of moves should be performed by all dancers in unison).

Interpretation– The judges will evaluate the level of authentic and uninhibited presentation of a routine consisting of: individual attitude, energy, posture, uninterrupted display of confidence measured by facial expression, eye contact and body movement, enthusiasm, passion, connection with the audience that generates emotional response (excitement, joy, laughter, melancholy, sadness) relative to the discipline and story presented.

Choreography/Composition – The judges will evaluate choreographing and presenting a routine in a unique and one of a kind way with innovative elements as well as creative ways of expressing and the transformation of choreographer’s ideas into a routine. They will also evaluate elements such as full and creative usage of the stage and the floor, innovative movements, transitions and interpretation of the music. Choreography should be appropriate for the ability and age of the performers. Clothing and accessories worn should represent and reflect the story presented. Innovative and creative selection of costumes is encouraged. Performance and choreography should correlate with routine’s music.

Overall impression – The last element of evaluation by the judges is based on the general impression the choreography left on the judges. To recieve a high points in this criteria, the routine should leave a memorable and lasting impression, it should have a “wow” factor with something unpredictable, not yet seen or different in any way.

** The winner in each category is the routine that has been evaluated with the highest number of points. If two or more routines reach the same number of points, the winner is the routine that has the highest number of points in the technique parameter. If it is not possible to determine the winner even after that, the deciding factor become the highest number of points in parameter music and rhythm, then interpretation, choreography and lastly also overall impression. If after the mentioned order of parameters, it is still not possible to determine a winner, best routines share the first place.

The same system/criteria applies for choosing the choreographies for The Finals. If after all mentioned order of parameters, it is still not possible to determine a winner, both routines go to The Finals, leaving one less place for the other teams to qualify.

PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE

Each team participating in the qualifying competition, receives a certificate in accordance with the acquired number of points for their performance, regardless of the other competitors in the same category. The certificates are distributed based on a percentage of individual performance’s acquired points. They are distributed so the teams would not just compete among themselves but also for themselves as well – being the best they can be.

Certificates go by the following order:

PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE PERCENTAGE (100%) POINTS (150)
ELITE GOLD 91 – 100 137 – 150
GOLD 81 – 90 122 – 136
ELITE SILVER 71 – 80 107 – 121
SILVER 61 – 70 92 – 106
ELITE BRONZE 51 – 60 77 – 91
BRONZE up to 50 0 – 76

Within each category a winner of the category is also declared, the winner being the performance with the highest sum of all points.

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