Each dance will be judged for technique (up to 35 points), performance / showmanship (up to 35 points), choreography (up to 25 points), and costume (up to 5 points). Each of three judges will score the routines on a 100 point scale, totaling a score out of 300 points. 

Judges will also provide audio commentary. Scores and audio critiques will be available to view via DanceEra within a week of the competition. An email with instructions on how to access scores and critiques will be sent to the studio owner following each competition.


Judges have the right to move a number into a different category based on their interpretation of the dance style used in the routine. Studio directors / owners will then be given the opportunity to move the routine to the appropriate category or that routine will risk disqualification.

Routines not completed may be allowed to re-perform one time at the discretion of Inferno Dance staff.

The following AWARDS are presented at Inferno Dance competitions:

ADJUDICATED: Every routine will receive an Adjudicated Award based on the below scoring:

  • Elite Platinum: 300 - 291 pts.

  • Platinum: 290.99 - 276 pts.

  • High Gold: 275.99 - 261 pts. 

  • Gold: 260.99 - 246 pts.

  • High Silver: 245.99 - 231 pts.

  • Silver: 230.99 - 0 pts.

HIGH SCORE: awarded in each level (Spark, Fire, and Blaze) and in each age group (4 & Under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20 & Older) for Solos, Duos/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, and Productions, if applicable.​  Levels and age groups may be combined based on registration at each event at the discretion of Inferno Dance.  The same contestant(s) may not place more than once for High Scores in the Solo and Duo/Trio divisions.  Winners in each category are awarded a monetary bid to Inferno Dance Nationals. 

The breakdown of the number of High Scores awarded is determined by the number of routines within each level, age group, and routine size as follows:

  • 1 - 3 routines = 1 High Score winner

  • 4 - 5 routines = 1 winner, 1 runner-up

  • 6 - 8 routines = 1 winner, 2 runners-up

  • 9 - 13 routines = 1 winner, 4 runners-up

  • 14 - 16 routines = 1 winner, 7 runners-up

  • 17 - 20 routines = 1 winner, 9 runners-up

  • 21+ routines = at Inferno Dance's discretion


GRAND CHAMPION: A Grand Champion award is given to the top scoring routine of each level (Spark, Fire, and Blaze) for all Group routines (including Lines and Productions).  For Solos, Duos, and Trios, a Grand Champion award is given to the top scoring routine of the following age groups (11 & Under and 12 & Over).

TITLE: Available exclusively to Solos.  For more information about TITLE, click here!


INFERNO SHOWCASE: Stand-out routines will be selected by the judges to perform in the Inferno Showcase. These routines will be selected based on entertainment and creativity, not based on adjudicated scores.  Each routine will be awarded a plaque and will not be scored a second time.

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY: Several awards for Student Choreography are given at each competition to the highest scoring routine choreographed by the routine's dancer(s).

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Several routines will receive awards for what the judges feel had the best choreography, regardless of score.

BEST COSTUME: Awarded several times per competition to routines with the best costume.

MOST ENTERTAINING: Several routines will receive awards for what the judges find to be the most fun, regardless of score.

JUDGES' CHOICE: Awarded several times per competition to the judges' favorite routines, regardless of score.

BEST IMPROV: At each competition, dancers are given the opportunity to sign up for an Improv Contest.  A limited number of contestants will participate in 30 seconds of improv to two different styles of dance.  A winner and a runner-up will be selected from each of the following age groups: 11 & Under and 12 & Over.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Awarded to the studio who displays a significantly fair, generous, and/or positive attitude during the competition.

STUDIO ON FIRE: Each competition acknowledges one studio with the most well-rounded dancers and best sportsmanship.

FANS ON FIRE: Each competition will also acknowledge one studio with the most enthusiastic, gracious, and kind fans both towards their own dancers and everyone else at the competition.

STAFF CHOICE PINS: Inferno Dance staff members will be handing out pins to any attendee (dancers, directors, parents, etc.) who exhibit acts of kindness, courteousness, helpfulness, and other notably positive behavior at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The number and types of awards given out at each competition may change at the discretion of Inferno Dance.

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