At Kinetix we want to help you push yourself to be your best before you focus on comparing yourself to your peers. In that spirit we have devised a new way to look at scoring and awards in the dance competition industry.

All routines are adjudicated and given an award placement, with consideration given to the performance level of the routine, the age group, and the style. Award Placements are chosen based on the following criteria:


basics • lines • strength • control • true to category style


stage presence • showmanship • connection • confidence


precision • musicality • timing • rhythm


choreography • creativity • difficulty • music & costume • appropriateness


Our fresh, thoughtfully developed approach to adjudication combinations competition and showcase.  One of the most rewarding aspects of a competition weekend is the confidence that taking the stage and performing can instill in young people. Before they know how they scored, before they see their teachers’ or parents’ faces, dancers’ hearts are filled with a surge of accomplishment, a rise in self-esteem, and unmistakable joy as the stage lights blind them to other’s reactions to their performance. For the novice dancer, this confidence and pride is of particular importance and cannot be nurtured enough. 

Because of a unique computer program we have developed with the ideal of cultivating dancers’ vital senses of self, our judges are able to provide qualitative assessments of routines verses the traditional quantitative score. This approach offers a better balance of subjective and objective feedback in a more communicative way than a numeric score system. This is why our category awards are not ranked.  Each routine is judged on a universal scale based on the four criteria areas, taking into consideration the age division of each routine, to determine the award level placement. Teachers and dancers then receive feedback on the routine with a clear breakdown of each criteria element and the level the judge felt was achieved by the routine.

In developing our methodology, we created 9 award levels as a way for dancers to track their growth and push themselves to achieve more each time they take the stage. Our award levels offer achievement paths for all dancers, whether competitive or showcase. By utilizing an accreditation system, dancers can truly assess abilities and be inspired to reach toward the next level. 



Routines receiving Level 1 awards typically demonstrate room for improvement in all areas of our judging criteria, including Technique, Presentation, and Execution. Level 1 dancers are often new to dance and especially to competition. Dancers show a strong need for improvement in technique and are just beginning their development in stage presentation. At Level 1, we seek to offer encouraging feedback to dancers focused on how to improve dance basics and overall confidence.


Level 2 award recipients are viewed as emerging dancers. Their technique is developing, but other areas have room for growth. Typically at this level, dancers are focusing on their core skills, starting their stage performance journey, and beginning to explore their dance fundamentals.


Dancers placing in Level 3 show growth since their emergence in dance and are developing into young performers. These dancers more consistently exhibit proper balance, alignment, flexibility, and control.  Dancers demonstrate and have an understanding of basic rhythms. Execution and performance values are good, with a solid developing technique for their age.


At Level 4, dancers show a satisfactory proficiency in technique, execution, and presentation. Certain criteria areas may shine over others, but in general Level 4 dancers are showing consistency, competency, and commitment that stands out from more developing levels. Choreographically, these performances are evolving in their artistry. Overall, dancers demonstrate the competencies required of the style they are performing and core technique.


Achieving Level 5 means dancers have built upon their dance foundations, and show fluency in the dance style performed, proper execution of technical elements, and a commitment to overall performance. Performers demonstrate an awareness of the body in space, a higher degree of ability to control the body, and an understanding of directing and projecting energy. Stage presence is confident with strong execution skills, artistic high notes in design, and appropriate level of difficulty for the age group.


Level 6 dancers are very good across the board in performance, endurance, and technique. They show an understanding of more complex and sophisticated rhythmic patterns and phrasing. Dancers have a clear technical and artistic musicality overall. Dancers perform the style of the chosen genre with the appropriate movement qualities and dynamics, exceeding the fundamentals of the genre. Choreographically, the overall design is very good, having achieved a balance of difficulty and creativity for the dancer’s abilities.


Achieving Level 7 marks a level of excellence that exceeds mere technical ability and knowledge. Dancers execute movements with adept awareness spatially, qualitatively, and musically. They demonstrate complex rhythms and dynamics with seamless transitions and sophisticated phrasing. Stage presence brings into play a level of connectivity not seen in novice performers, and an uncanny showmanship that can’t be ignored.


At Level 8, dancers are clearly both technically and artistically accomplished, with formidable skill in the style performed. Categorically, these performances are exemplary and show the depths of commitment to the art of dance by the young artists performing. The impeccable technique of these dancers aids every aspect of the routine, but the honest presentation and overall artistic concept sets dancers apart at this achievement level.


The rare level of mastery achieved by dancers at this point in their pre-professional careers is reserved for our Level 9 dancers.