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Judging & Awards

We use live video judging for critiques.  Each judge will record their comments during your performance.  The video critiques are uploaded shortly after the competition completes and will be available on your registration page for viewing and downloading.  

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The judging panel will consist of 4 or more qualified, experienced  judging authorities. Each routine will be evaluated by 3 of the judges for technical ability, choreography, execution, and showmanship.   Judge’s decisions are final.

Gem Ranking Scores
Pink Diamond           97-100
Diamond                 95-96
Sapphire                 93-94
Ruby                       90-92
Emerald                 86-89
Amber                    80-85



 Solo, Duo, Trio

  • Every contestant receives a "Gotta Move" keepsake trophy with jewel denoting ranking score.  

  • “Gotta Move! King Cap” or Rhinestone Crown awarded to all "1st  place" and "Pink Diamond" rank level scores

(1st place winners are cited only when there are three or more contestants in the division.  We make an effort to separate SDT dancers from their team mates when the registration numbers allow us to do so, while still  maintaining the goal of 3  to 5 dancers to a division to preserve the opportunity of winning a  crown.)

  • "Specialty” awards for Technique, Showmanship,  Choreography and Costume as nominated by judges.

  • High point awards for the Top 5 Solo in each skill level  

  • Overall High Point Duo/Trio recognized at the final awards ceremony (minimum of 10 to be divided by skill level)

  • Miss “Gotta Move” Solo Overall High point Queen and two attendants awarded competition scholarships

Studio Teams

  • Each Studio Team dancer receives a participation award.  These participant awards are available to be picked up at the front table during the team competition throughout the day until 45 minutes prior to the last performing routine.  

  • Each qualifying studio receives a large studio trophy with a plaque for displaying the place plates with jewel denoting ranking score.

(Studios remitting less than $400 team entry fees will receive a handsome wall-plaque award in lieu of the large studio trophy.)

  • Overall High Point Awards for 1st-5th place in each skill level

  • $200 Gotta Move! Scholarship Studio Sweepstakes winner for the highest average of the top 10 routine scores from each studio (minimum of 10 routines must be registered for studio qualification). 

  • Cash prize awarded in each skill level as Best of Show for Highest scoring single team number.

  • Directors Chair "Hall of Fame/Director of the Year"
    At every competition, we recognize and welcome a studio to our Gotta Move Hall of Fame for a director who:

    • has attended Gotta Move competitions for multiple years,

    • is always pleasant to work with,

    • fosters good sportsmanship in her studio

    • & demonstrates professional commitment and leadership to her student's dance education and experience.

  • "Judges Choice" plaques for each venue.

  • "Special Recognition Certificates" awarded for Technique, Showmanship, Choreography and Costume as nominated by judges.


Gotta Move! reserves the right to group SDT contestants of close ages from differing age categories in order to provide a competitive experience as needed. Example: Oldest Mini (9 yr old) to compete against youngest Junior (10 yr old) when there is no other equitable competition for the 2 contestants in their respective age/skill/genre categories, resulting in no more than one year age difference between the two.  

Gotta Move! reserves the right to combine genres of similar qualities to provide a competitive experience, ie:  Jazz/Character,  Lyrical/Ballet.


Scheduling efforts are made to separate studio classmates when SDT registration numbers deem possible.  

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