How to Get Higher Marks in your Next Dance Competitions?

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As a professional adjudicator for numerous dance competitions, I often give similar feedback to dancers across the country. I want every dancer to learn to dance and no matter what age or ability you are, to do and feel your best on stage.

Yes, it can be nerve-racking to have judges stare you in the eye…. But that is only possible if you try and heed some expert advice. 

Look up!

Keep your focus OFF the floor. You’re not going to be putting your best foot forward by looking at your shoes. Be proud and confident, and look at your judges and audience. If you’re in a duet or trio, naturally acknowledge your fellow dancers with a look and smiles. Show the judges that you love to dance and enjoy performing. This is how you can perfrom the best on stage.


All judges know you’re nervous, so don’t make it more obvious by getting uptight. Before you go on stage, take a few deep breaths. Relax. Think of how hard you’ve worked to get to this point and pat yourself on the back.

  • Pay attention to details.
  • Pay attention to spacing details like lines, level, and formations.
  • Perfect your arms, hands, feet and body positions in a group.
  • Work on straight lines
  • Have a solid back row.