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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. 

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Lindsay Loumiotis

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. 

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Your entry will then be critiqued and scored by an IDA Judge. You will receive a standard judge's critique + 10-15 minutes of post-critique start and stop additional feedback. 

You will receive your critiques and scores back from your IDA Judge within 7-10 business days and your score will be input into our overalls.

On the 15th of each month during open registration, we will post a current Top 20 standing for each age division in no particular order! 

Once registration closes, overall awards and rankings will be announced on our website. All contestants are eligible for sponsored overall awards, individual specials, and a chance to re-compete in The Top 20 Challenge.

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!

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A unique feature to IDA's Virtual Competition is our genre-specific specialty judges. You can request a judge who specializes 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!  

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Our IDA Judges are some of the best in the industry. All 150 Judges on the Impact Dance Adjudicators roster have been pre-screened, background checked, 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. Our judging panels rotate for each event so you are guaranteed to never have the same judge twice (unless you'd like to!)

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General Rules

  • 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 1 video critique + 10-15 minutes of post-critique additional feedback from a pre-screened IDA Judge.

  • Your judge will score routine out of 100 with broken down sub-categories.

  • The broken down sub-categories are as follows: Technique (35), Performance (35), Execution (20), Choreography (10)

  • Additional feedback critique will include start and stop corrections throughout video (10-15 minutes duration).

  • Costume & presentation will not be judged or considered in scoring due to in-studio/at-home entries.

Video Requirements

  • 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.

  • Video MUST be from the current competition season and filmed in 2022. 

  • 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. 

  • 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 after initial submission.

  • On the 15th of each month during open registration, the current Top 20 in each age division will be announced in no particular order. 

  • 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.

  • Overall sponsored award winners and Top 20 Challenge contestants will be announced on our website within 2 weeks after registration is closed. 

  • The Top 20 Challenge will host brand new judging panels for dances to re-compete. 

  • There will be five Top 20 Challenge Judges who will only be scoring each dance (no critique).

  • The high and the low score in The Top 20 Challenge will be dropped to determine the overall rankings. 

  • The 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.



  • Entry Fee - $55/solo.

  • What's included in your entry fee?

    • A standard video critique from one judge + 10-15 minutes of start & stop post-critique additional feedback. ​

    • An IDA Virtual Competition patch + stickers mailed to you.

    • A broken-down score sheet with final score out of 100.

    • Eligible for individual Special Awards which includes social media graphic and PDF printout.

    • Eligible for Overall Sponsored awards.

  • Genre-Specific Judge Request + $10/entry.​

  • Solos must be entered in age division based on the current age as of the event registration date deadline.

  • You may enter multiple solos - only the highest scoring solo per dancer will be eligible for high score overalls.

  • You may re-enter a new video recording of the same solo multiple times - only the highest scoring solo per dancer will be eligible for high score overalls. 

  • Solo entries must not exceed 3 minutes in duration. (+ $15 will be requested before scores/critiques will be released.)

  • Additional feedback critique is included in all entries.

  • Solo Virtual Event will only run with a minimum of 100 entries. If a minimum number of required entries is not met by the current deadline, IDA will extend registration 1-2 additional weeks.



  • 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. 




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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! 


Read through our frequently asked questions! Still have a question? Shoot us an email below!

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Thanks for your interest in IDA's Virtual Competition!

More details coming your way soon!