All judges will be watching Technique and enjoying the energy that your dancers bring to the stage while critiquing Performance and Personality. General Effect of a routine , formations, transitions, choreography, music edits, costume choices, and ect, will be given special attention as well. All three judges' points will be combined to arrive at our adjudicated scores.

Our adjudicated awards platinum, gold, silver, bronze will be decided by a predetermined range of points. The Pre-Professional level may earn the coveted highest adjudicated award, the Precision Award. There may be multiple adjudicated awards in each age group and category. Each routine will receive a trophy.

Contestants will be judged by a panel of professionals in the field of dance, modeling, acting, and/or performance. All dancers, parents, and directors agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contestant shall be solely at the discretion of the directors and producers of Precision Dance Challenge. All decisions of the judges are final.


This category is for conceptual choreography, tribute routines, and artists that would simply like to perform for an audience. Directors have the option to receive technical critiques with no placement. The students, choreographer, and school with an entry in the "Premier" category will receive recognition for their artistry.


Ballet and Pointe dance categories can contain NO tumbling skills or passes.​


Tumbling skills are listed below. Tumbling skills may be used together to form a pass. A tumbling pass is considered 1 trick. If dancers are doing any of the above in unison, this will be counted as 1 trick.

Tumbling skills include:

  • Cartwheels

  • Roundoffs

  • Walkovers

  • Aerials

  • Handsprings

  • Tucks

  • Pikes

  • Layouts

  • Fulls


Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Tap, and Clogging dance categories can contain ONLY 3 or less tumbling skills or passes.​


Routines that exceed the 3-tricks will be deducted a one-half (.5) point deduction per judge per skill.


If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the scores will reflect poor choices in music and movement.

Any performers that exit the stage prior to the completion of the performance will be scored upon their first attempt. They are allowed to perform again for the satisfaction of completing the routine.

A one-half (.5) point deduction per judge will be made for any violations.


Pre-Professional soloists in the Petite, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Senior age group may compete for the TITLE of Miss/ Mr Precision. Soloists must PRE-REGISTER as they will be competing in a separate session.  Soloists may enter multiple routines for the title competition. We will only crown 1 solo per dancer.

Each judge will have a separate score sheet for all TITLE candidates judging on the routine's style.  This is available on the DIRECTORS resources page for Studio Owners/ Teachers to view.  Title Score is separate from the adjudicated scores.

IMPORTANT: There must be a minimum of 4 soloists in an age division to compete for TITLE.  Title age divisions are separated as ‘8 & Under’, ‘9 thru 12’ and '13 & Up'. If the minimum is not met, entries will be combined as follows ’12 & Under’ and ’13 & Up’ or all TITLE contestants will be moved into one division. Age divisions may be broken down further dependent on enrollment at the particular event.  

Title winners will receive a banner, crown (or a beanie), and are automatically considered an Action Photography Finalist. A dancer may only win the title of “Miss/ Mr Precision” at one regional per year. Title entries will not be included in regular overalls and will instead be placed in their own overall category.  The top 10  contestants in each age division will receive a crown. Ties will not be split.   


  • Can I enter more than one solo for Title?

    • Yes, there is no limit on Title entries per dancer.

  • My dancer only has 1 solo.  I am concerned about her getting an overall only for Title.  What do you recommend?

    • It is recommended that dancers with multiple solos participate in the Title program.

  • Which age divisions can run for Title?

    • Petite, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Senior

  • Which levels can run for Title?

    • Pre-Professional only

  • Are Title entries included in regular overalls?

    • No. Title entries will be placed into their own overall separate from the regular age and level overall.

  • Is Title ever split by age division?

    • Yes, when an age division exceeds 10 entries we will split that age division to compete in an independent Title. Example: 8 & Under (5 entries), 9 thru 12 (5 entries), Teen (11 entries), (Senior 45 entries) - 13 & Up will be separated to give a top 10 for each age division.

  • What if there are not enough registrants for Title in a specific age group or city?

    • We will contact your director.
  • Do Title entries receive adjudicated placements?

    • Yes, each title entry will receive their adjudicated placement. Please note, title scores are based on a separate score sheet - not the adjudicated score.

  • How is Title scored?

    • Title has a different scoring sheet for each style of dance.  Your director can provide more information about this scoring method.

  • Can a dancer that scored higher in adjudicated receive a lower Title placement?

    • Yes, Title has a separate scoring system specific to the style of dance that the routine is registered for.

  • Who receives a crown?

    • Every dancer in the top ten will receive a crown or beanie.

  • Can I register for Title at the event?

    • No. We do not accept title registrations at the event as title entries are scheduled in a separate session.

  • My Title entry is unable to perform during their time slot, can they compete before in a different session?

    • No,  all Title entries must compete at their scheduled time.



This is an opportunity for the convention teacher to applaud a student that is truly a “stand out” in class. Stand outs will be recognized at group awards ceremonies. Note that complimentary convention classes are subject to venue and are not guaranteed.


These awards are special awards that are given by the judges for anything they feel needs extra recognition. They can be given to a group, soloists, or duo/ trio in any age division or competitive category.


"TOP 10"

The TOP 10 routines in the soloist, duo/ trio, small group, large group, and lines in each of the competitive levels - Advanced, Competitive, and Pre-Professional will be recognized. If the competition has less than 3 routines in a category, the top routine will be announced. If there are less than 75 group routines in a session, small and large groups may be combined for overalls. Ties will be given to the routine with the highest technique score.



A costume voucher will be given from Reverence Dance Apparel to the Top Costume Design.



One dancer per regional will be considered for our national campaign photoshoot in Chicago, IL. Following the regional tour,  action photos will be chosen from those who won at each regional competition. Those dancers will be asked to participate in a photoshoot in Chicago, IL. The dancer with the action photo chosen will be the face of Precision Arts Challenge the following year with their picture appearing in all promotional items nationwide. A Voice will also be chosen as the PAC Ambassador.



$50.00 Precision Arts Challenge gift certificate will be awarded to the Top Soloist in each age division in the Pre-Professional Category. (Mini, Petite, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, Senior)



$100.00 Precision Arts Challenge gift certificate will be awarded to the Top Duet/Trio in each age division in the Pre-Professional Category. (Mini, Petite, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, Senior)



$150 Precision Arts Challenge gift certificate will be awarded to the Top Group in each age division in the Pre-Professional Category. (Mini, Petite, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, Senior)


Precision Arts is a proud member of the ADCC and is delighted to participate in the ADCC Studio of Excellence Awards. This award is given to a studio that exemplifies the mission and purpose of The ADCC, uniting to promote Quality, Integrity, and Opportunity within the dance competition and convention industry.


This banner will be given during group award ceremonies only and is a judges' choice award.


This banner will be given during group award ceremonies only and is a judges' choice award.


This banner will be given during group award ceremonies only and is a judges' choice award. Routines nominated for our PAC Attack Challenge are eligible for this award.