- Participants will be judged using a point system.
- Each score will be based on 100 points
(35% technical ability, 25% synchronization/execution, 20% choreography/routine, 20% presentation/performance).
Ribbon Score Range
Pure Inspiration 95 plus
Ultimate Inspiration 92.00 to 94.99
Platinum 90.00 to 91.99
High Gold 87.00 to 89.99
Gold 85.00 to 86.99
High Silver 80.00 to 84.99
Silver 76.00 to 79.99
AWARDS & SCORING
- All participants will receive a ribbon for each routine registered.
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall solo, duet/trio, small group, large group, extended line will receive a placement
ribbon and trophy in each classification:
o Highest overall Novice categories in all age divisions.
o Highest overall Competitive level 1 categories in all age divisions
o Highest overall Competitive level 2 categories in all age divisions (separate overalls for Acrobatics,
Ballet, Musical Theatre and Tap).
o Highest overall production. Productions will be judged together regardless of age division. (May
be combined with Extended Line if not enough entries are received)
Placements for Overalls
- Competitive Level 2 Overall Awards for placements 1st to 3rd
- Competitive Level 1 Overall Awards for placements 1st & 2nd only
* Overall placements may be combined due to sizes of the categories and the competition.
Studio Standings & Awards
- Top 3 studios presented with prizes and large awards for Studio Standings in Comp level 2
- Top 2 studios presented with prizes and large awards for studio standing in comp level 1
- Judges’ Choice Awards will be presented for “Outstanding Costume”, “Choreography Excellence” and “Most Entertaining”
- Personalized Special Awards and Teacher Choreography given out at each awards ceremony.
To qualify for studio standings a studio must register 20 routines for any one venue with at least 7 groups in competitions over 200 entries. Inspire reserves the right to adjust based on enrolment of numbers.
Routines classed as Novice, Student Choreography, Adult & Professional/Teacher are NOT included in the
Studio Standings. Inspire reserves the right to qualify or disqualify a studio at its own discretion. All awards are based on a
sellout of 550 entries or more. Inspire Dance Challenge reserves the right to adjust cash prizes due to entries.
Each studio will receive DRC Video Judge for all routines with judges’ critiques. Watch the dance and hear the judge’s comments at the same time. Visit the DRC Video Judge website for more details www.videojudge.ca
A penalty of 1 mark may be deducted from each of the judges for the following.
1. Routines that exceed time limits.
2. Dancing out of schedule (please check the schedule thoroughly as program times are sent out prior to
the competition date). Any changes must be addressed and approved by Inspire n advance.
3. Tap sounds in music during tap routines.
4. Tumbling passes where not permitted.
5. Inappropriate elements (choreography, costuming, music and/or dance themes that are deemed
inappropriate for “general” audience viewing). See our “Family Friendly Policy” in rules & regulations for
All competitors will be judged by a panel of qualified and competent adjudicators. All participants, teachers and
parents agree that the time and method of judging will be solely within the discretion of the judging panel.
Judges’ score cards will be available at the end of the competition and will be only given to the studio director.
Please ensure all routines are within accepted time limits. All times includes entrance and exits. Must specify
time on all entries.
Category Maximum Time
Solos, Duet/Trios 3 minutes
Groups 3.5 minutes
Extended Lines 4 minutes
Productions 10 minutes
Adult Groups 3 minutes
CLASSIFICATIONS & CATEGORIES
A dance choreographed by a student with no help from teachers or professionals of any kind.
A dancer who is paid to perform and/or teaching as a source of income. Competitive dancers who are teaching
assistants are still allowed to compete.
A novice dancer is a performer that is new to the competition scene. A novice soloist may have competed
before but not in a solo of any dance style. (Note: If dancer performed a tap solo last season & this year has a jazz solo, the
dancer is not considered Novice). A novice group or line must be a minimum of 75% novice. Solo, duet & trio entries
must be 100% novice. The maximum age for novice is 16 years. Separate overalls will be awarded for the
Competitive Level 1
A competitive level 1 dancer is a performer whose training is 6 hours or less per week. A competitive level one group or
line must be a minimum of 75% competitive level one dancers. Solo, duet & trio entries must be 100% competitive level 1. A competitive level one dancer may not be in more then 5 routines.
Separate overalls will be awarded for competitive level 1 categories.
Competitive Level 2
A competitive dancer is a performer whose training is more than 6 hours per week. A competitive group or line
must be a minimum of 75% competitive. Solo, duet & trio entries must be 100% competitive.
Categories / Dance Styles:
Routines having classical ballet technique characterized by grace and precision of
movement. (As ballet is the core to all dance movement, a separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries).
Pointe Dancer must wear Pointe shoes while executing ballet technique. (Will be grouped with ballet
for Overalls). Pointe entries under 11 years old will not be accepted.
Technique using percussive footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the
floor. (A separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries)
Routine using controlled acrobatic moves such as aerials, walkovers, hand and elbow
stands, etc. The routine must include other dance elements & steps. (A separate Overalls will
be awarded in this category, if enough entries are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries).
Routines can contain any dance combination, which do not fit into any other categories. A
maximum of 5 acrobatic tricks allowed. (Will be grouped with jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary &
hip-hop for Overalls).
Routines must contain standard jazz technique and performance (extensions, elevations,
turns, etc.) No tumbling passes allowed *. (Will be grouped with open, lyrical, modern, contemporary &
hip-hop for Overalls).
Routines must have control and technique while expressing and interpreting the music
while telling a story. No tumbling passes allowed *. (Will be grouped with open, jazz, modern,
contemporary & hip-hop for Overalls).
Routine may have one or more styles of modern technique using specific body
movements with use of contraction and release and abstract style. (Will be grouped with open, jazz,
lyrical, contemporary & hip-hop for Overalls).
Routine with fluid and unlimited personal style, not associated with any specific dance
techniques. Dancer(s) must show strong emotional commitment. May involve balance,
floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation with emphasis on the connection between
mind and body. (Will be grouped with open, jazz, lyrical, modern, & hip-hop for Overalls).
Routines to hip-hop music using dance techniques like, music video style, street dancing,
and break dancing. (Spinning on performers’ head is not permitted). Dances should be
age appropriate. (Will be grouped with open, jazz, lyrical, modern, & contemporary for Overalls).
A routine portraying a character(s) while telling a story. Lip synching is allowed. Other
styles of dance are acceptable to include. (A separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries
are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries).
Song & Dance
Performer must sing own vocals while incorporating dance. No lip synching or lyrics in
music. (Can be grouped with Musical theatre in overalls).
Performer must sing own vocals. No lip synching or lyrics in music. (Can be grouped with
Musical theatre in overalls).
Routines with 17 + dancers that tells a story through music and has a theme. Any style of
dance is acceptable. (A separate overalls will be awarded).
Acrobatics: Any gymnastic style moves with the performer’s feet above their head. Partner lifts are exempt from this definition unless the partner is thrown to perform a trick.
- * Rule amendment March 1st 2018 Acrobatic Trick Exemption for Jazz and Lyrical Categories has been updated to better reflect the current competitive dance world. This exemption now will state that “Tumbling Passes” will be disallowed from these two categories, that being defined as two or more head over heels tricks in immediate succession. ie: Tucks, handsprings, aerials etc. Where the completion of these tricks require the entire body to be upside-down and without contact with the stage.
Age is entered as of Dec.31, 2012. When calculating average age for groups, add all ages, divide by the
number of performers and drop the decimal point. All categories will compete in their own age divisions, unless
age divisions are grouped due to lack of entries.
6 & Under Cutie
7,8,9 Small Fry
20 & over Young Adult
All routines will compete by category and dance style. Overalls will be awarded per classification, dance style,
category & age division.
Solo 1 Dancer
Duet 2 Dancers
Trio 3 Dancers
Small Group 4 to 9 Dancers
Large Group 10 to 16 Dancers
Extended Line 17+ Dancers
Production 17+ Dancers
All cash awards are distributed at the discretion of the competition and when awarded, for Studio Standing, Overalls, Individual performance, choreography or special award; they are distributed in the name of the studio under which the registration has been entered to be used at their sole discretion.
To Qualify for Overalls in both Competitive 1 and Competitive 2 Levels, a studio must register at least 5 group numbers per competition.