Shine Dance Festival awards


At Shine we reward dancers & teachers with more than just medals & trophies, we offer one-of-a-kind training & performance opportunities like our TOP 10 Dancer IntensiveAnnual Charity Showcase and scholarships to your favourite conventions including Dance Teacher Summit, NUVO & JUMP as well as for the West Coast Choreo Lab Summer Intensive for Emerging Choreographer Finalists.  Shine awards include a medal for every dancer, Video Judge adjudication, and cash awards in the Competitive & Elite divisions.  We are firm believers in recognizing skills and achievements outside of dance technique including sportsmanship, artistry, and professional behaviour and offer many Special Achievement, Choreography & SHINE Spirit awards each & every day of SHINE.

Scoring & Adjudication

Shine adjudicators are dance industry professionals who have experience working with children, a versatile training background, and care about the healthy development of young dancers. Every effort is made to avoid conflicts of interest and to ensure a fair and unbiased competition. We have 3 Adjudicators for events running at least 3 full days.

Each adjudicator provides a mark out of 50 for each of the following:

Presentation: Artistry, Commitment, Connection, Energy & Intensity, Dynamics, Personality & Expression, Musicality.

Skill: Technique, Unison, Timing & Precision, Strength, Agility, Poise, Stamina, Refinement, Versatility.

Each dancers receives a medal based on average score:
Platinum: 90 & above
Gold: 85 to 89.9
Silver: 80 to 84.9
Bronze: 70 to 79.9
* We believe there is value in earning a medal standing and that keeping our scoring real provides motivation and a meaningful sense of achievement for dancers.  Adjudicators are expected to use the full spectrum of medals from bronze to platinum, and are advised to award platinums with discretion. Any dancer who earns 2 or more platinum solo awards at one event must be bumped up a level in the next competition year.

Video Adjudication

Shine Dance Festival was the first to bring Video Judge to BC in 2007. Video Judge, the original DVD adjudication tool, uses a state of the art video and audio system to provide the ultimate educational tool for dancers. With Video Judge you can listen to the judges’ comments while viewing your performance. Access your video adjudication right from your Dance Bug registration account!

Overall Awards Include:

  • TOP 5 Overall Trophies in every level
  • Cash Prizes for High Scores in Competitive and Elite levels
  • Scholarships to your favourite conventions & training centres 
  • DANCER OF THE YEAR  $500 and a Harbour Dance Centre Scholarship
  • MENTOR AWARDS at each eventDance Teacher Summit Scholarship
  • The Shine TOP 10 Intensive– A full day of master classes, workshops, a photo shoot with industry pros for the  TOP 10 Dancers at each event.  ELITE soloists are also invited to attend.
  • *NEW* Emerging Choreographer Award – Exclusive access to the Shine Top 10 Intensive & scholarship to West Coast Choreo Lab Emerging Artist Summer Intensive.
  • The opportunity to perform at our annual Shine Dance Charity Showcase
* Soloists & entries with exactly the same dancers are eligible for ONE high score cash award, placement will be determined by their highest scoring routine.
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