We are excited to offer a new kind of competition - an online-only event!
Submit your routine into IDA's Virtual Competition now to compete alongside dancers from across the world and for a chance to win CASH prizes & sponsored awards!
Impact Dance Adjudicators seeks to inspire young dancers in this uncertain time through our Virtual Dance Competitions. Our goal is to provide exceptional, personalized critiques, which are designed to go into full detail to help dancers improve and learn through honest, kind, and fair feedback. IDA's judging panels consist of some of the best adjudicators in the business, who are excited to be working remotely to help dancers learn and grow. We believe that while trophies and pins are icing on the cake, the educational and motivational feedback from industry professionals and educators is the best award we can offer.
Studio Owner - Arts Edge Dance Company - South Yarmouth, MA
"As a studio owner and educator, I couldn't be happier with how detailed these critiques are!!! Kudos to you and your fantastic panel of judges. Incredible! Thank you for giving our dancers JOY and something to work on during this difficult time!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"
Dancers, teachers or parents can submit a dance video (in-studio or on stage) directly through our quick registration form
Your entry will then be critiqued and scored by 3 IDA Judges online. You will receive detailed, elaborate critiques, start and stop additional feedback and even can request a genre specific judging panel!
When all entries in the event are finalized and event is officially closed, you will receive your scores and critiques.
Overall awards will take place on our website and include sponsored special award winners as well as the announcement for The Top 20 Challenge contestants!
The Top 20 Challenge will stream live on our website, where the Top 20 entries in each age division will re-compete for a new set of IDA Judges to win cash prizes!
A unique feature to IDA's Virtual Competition is our genre-specific specialty judging panels. We are the only virtual competition event in the industry offering an entire panel of judges who specialize in your submitted dance genre! From Ballet, to Hip-Hop, to Tap - this optional bonus add-on provides your dancer the best feedback possible, straight from the pros!
Our IDA Judges are the best in the industry. All 150 Judges on the Impact Dance Adjudicators roster have been pre-screened and selected based on their credentials and training, their experience behind the table, and the quality of feedback they deliver!
Our Judges range from Broadway performers, Radio City Rockettes, commercial dancers, studio owners, and experienced teaching artists. We even have judges who specialize in particular genres that you can request when entering our event! Our judging panels rotate for each event so you are guaranteed to never have the same judge twice!
4 AGE CATEGORIES
All dancers will compete in the same level and be broken down by age divisions only.
We accept all styles of dance - you may select your appropriate genre category during registration.
Entries must be placed in the appropriate style genre to be judged accurately and fairly.
No more than 3 acro tricks per routine. Unlimited acro tricks in Open or Acro division only.
All judge's scores are FINAL and all entries are non-refundable.
Once you submit your video link into competition registration, you may not swap out for a different recording.
If a dance parent/dancer is submitting a solo entry into our event, you MUST have received previous consent from your studio director/teacher/choreographer to participate (we may request proof).
Only Studio Owners or Teachers are allowed to register dances into the Group Competition event.
Critiques + Scoring
You will receive 3 video critiques from pre-screened IDA Judges.
Each judge will score routine out of 100. Final score will be out of 300.
Additional feedback critique will include start and stop corrections throughout video (7-10 minutes duration).
Teachers, Studio Owners and Choreographers have the option to request a teacher only judge's critique.
Costume & presentation will not be judged or considered in scoring due to in-studio/at home entries.
Videos must be uploaded through online link - via Youtube, Google Drive, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.
You may submit an in-studio video from rehearsal, or an onstage video from competition.
Videos MAY be filmed in your home or outside as long as environment/surface is safe for dancer.
Submitted videos that are performed in unsafe environments or on unsafe surfaces will not be allowed.
Location of filming or video quality will not be judged or considered in overall scoring.
All performance videos must be recorded in one continuous take. No video cuts/edits mid-performance will be allowed. This rule is strictly enforced and your dance will be disqualified.
Awards + Specials
Judges may elect to give away special awards to any entries.
You are eligible to receive multiple special awards for each entry from each judge.
Special award certificates will be delivered via PDF print through email along with social media graphic.
All entries in each event are eligible for sponsored overall special awards.
Dancers will receive critiques and score sheets via email within 10 business days once competition registration officially closes and prior to overall website high-score announcements.
We do not live stream all entries in each event. Only the routines that make it into The Top 20 Challenge/Studio Showdown will be live-streamed.
Cash prizes will only be awarded to dancers who place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each overall age division during The Top 20 Challenge/Studio Showdown live-stream event.
Each age division must have 15+ routines for overall high score cash prizes. If less than 15 entries in an age category, only the 1st place overall winner will receive a cash prize.
Cash prize award totals will be determined once competition registration is closed.
Overall prize winners may choose to receive their award in cash or IDA will donate their total to the charity of their choice.
Cash prize winners will receive award payment through PayPal post-event.
High score overalls will be listed online on our website once the event is officially closed.
The high score winners' video and/or photo will be listed on our social media and website.
Only dance genres with 15+ entries in the event across all age divisions will be eligible for Judge's Choice Awards.
All total number of awards announced for overalls is determined and decided by the IDA team based on the total number of entries in the event.
ADDITIONAL SOLO COMPETITION RULES
Entry Fee - $35/solo.
Solos must be entered in age division based on the current age as of event registration date deadline.
You may enter multiple solos - only the highest scoring solo per dancer will be eligible for high score overalls.
Solo entries must not exceed 3 minutes in duration.
Additional feedback critique is included in entry.
Option to add on genre-specific judging panel is an additional $10.
NEW - each entry will include a complimentary iron-on patch + stickers mailed to you!
Solo Virtual Event will only run with a minimum of 100 entries. If minimum number of required entries is not met by current deadline, IDA will extend registration 1-2 additional weeks.
ADDITIONAL GROUP COMPETITION RULES
Entry Fees - Studio owners/Teachers can only access.
Age range for groups must be entered into average age of dancers based on the date of event registration deadline.
Groups must not exceed 3.5 minutes in duration.
If routine exceeds 3.5 minutes, an additional charge of $15 will be added to total per entry and is due before critiques/scores will delivered.
Groups must be previously recorded in-studio or on-stage. (competition videos accepted).
Additional Feedback critique is included in entry.
Option to add on genre-specific judging panel is an additional $10.
Dance parents may not enter group routines. Only Studio Owners/Teachers/Choreographers.
Groups will be eligible for special awards and sponsored overall awards.
1st-3rd place will be announced per age division and per group size during the website overall announcements. (ex. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Overall 8 and Under Duo/Trio, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Overall Age 9-11 Duo/Trio, etc).
1st place overall highest scoring Productions will be announced per age division during the website overall announcements. Productions are not eligible to be considered in The Studio Showdown.
The Studio Showdown will consist of the highest-scoring groups per age division (Duos - Large/Line).
Each studio will have a limit of 3 group dances per age division that are eligible to re-compete in The Studio Showdown.
The Top 20 Challenge is a live-streamed event taking place on our website where the top 20 soloists in each age division will re-compete for a new panel of IDA Judges to find out their overall high-score rankings and the winners of cash prizes!
THANK YOU TO ALL THE CONTESTANTS WHO JOINED US FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
If you would like to receive detailed feedback from an IDA Judge year-round, check out our IDA Online Critique service and submit your dance!
Read through our frequently asked questions! Still have a question? Shoot us an email below!
Video Submission & Recording
Are you being judged on where the video was filmed? (on-stage vs. at home)
No - you will not be judged or scored based on the quality or location of video. All styles and types of videos are accepted. ie: previous competition videos, in-studio rehearsals, at home videos, etc. You will not be judged on costume or presentation and are not required to wear a costume in your video.
What is the best video recording recommendations?
- A front view shot of the dancer is most preferred.
How do we upload our video?
Youtube is the preferred and recommeded option for uploading your video file online. Please make sure you have uploaded it either public or unlisted or we will not be able to view.
Judging & Critiques
How quickly will I receve my scores and critiques?
For our Solo/Group events - you will receive your critiques and scores back within 7-10 business days after event registration is closed for each event. You will have your critiques and scores back to you prior to overall announcements being released on the website.
What are the judge's guidelines for scoring?
You will receive a single number score out of 100 from each judge on your panel, which is combined to determine your overall score and adjudication out of 300. Our judges are scoring based on the following guidelines: technique, performance, execution, choreography, musicality, style, and overall expectation for age and genre. Costume and presentation will not be included in the overall scoring in our event.
What is an Additional Feedback or Teacher Only critique?
- Additional Feedback critique - your judge will start and stop your video to provide even more elaborate feedback to help take your routine to the next level! This is included in all solo entries and an add-on feature for our group event.
Can I request a judge who specalizes in my submitted dance genre?
YES! Our new add-on feature provides you with a full panel of adjudicators who are experts in your submitted style of dance. This allows for even more accurate and personalized feedback from industry professionals. This is an optional feature you may add on to your entry with an additional fee of $10.
Rules & Event Details
Why doesn't your competition offer Levels?
Although we understand that dancers may be at different levels of training, we have decided to not offer levels in our virtual event. We feel all dancers should compete alongside each other within their age divisions, to create a true competition experience within one large event.
Do you offer a live-stream?
Although we do not offer a live-stream of all entries from the entire event, we do host The Top 20 Challenge, which is a live-stream of the top 20 entries from each age division to re-compete to determine their overall rankings.
What is The Top 20 Challenge/Studio Showdown?
The Top 20 Challenge is a live-stream event, where the top 20 soloists in each age division re-compete for a new set of judges, to determine their overall rankings and who wins the cash prize awards!
How do you determine which age level to enter a routine?
- For solos - dancers must enter into the age division based on their current age at time of submission (not from when dance/video was recorded).
Can parents enter routines into the event without the studio?
Parents may enter their dancer into our solo virtual event without going through the studio, but it is mandatory to consult & inform your studio/choreographer prior to submission. Parents may not enter into the group competition and is only allowed by studio owners/teachers.
Do you accept independent entries?
Yes - you may be Independent and register your solo.
Can International Dancers outside of the U.S participate?
YES! We love that our virtual competition platform offers the opportunity for dancers around the world to globally connect and compete alongside one another. We accept entries from contestants any where in the world!
Do you accept self-choreographed routines?
YES! We love seeing young dancers share their choreography with us. During registration, please be sure to mention in the "choreographer" section, that your entry was self-choreographed! Our judge's will keep that in mind while critiquing, and also you may be considered for additional awards!
Will you be mailing physical awards?
3 inch iron-on patches + stickers are complimentary to all contestants and mailed directly to you. If you would like to receive a patch with your entry, just let us know during registration!
What types of awards are you giving away?
- Physical Participation Awards - each contestant can request to receive an IDA Virtual Competition iron-on patch + stickers mailed to you!
Do you host an awards ceremony online?
We do not offer an online live-streamed award ceremony. Our overall sponsored awards and Top 20 Challenge announcements will be published on our website for all contestant's to view once event has closed registration. All contestants will have previously received their adjudication and critiques prior to website announcements.
The Top 20 Challenge is our live-streamed event where dancers will re-compete to determine their overall rankings! Overall high score placements will be announced on the Top 20 Challenge live-stream following each age divisions competition.