Judging & The AOS Scoring System
Who are the judges?
What are dancers judged on?
Judges for each competition are selected from an America On Stage "Judges" database, by competition organizers. Anyone, with a substantial clogging background can submit their information into this database.
Each of three judges enters two scores. One for technical ability and the other for artistic presentation. Both scores can range from 4.5 to 5.0, with 5.0 being a perfect score in each section. There are a total of 30 points possible for each routine.
Technical Ability: Skill level, variety of steps, volume of sounds, formations, unison, etc.
Artistic Presentation: Choreography, appearance, showmanship, music, power & performance
The easiest way to understand the awards/placement system is to liken it to a school grading system:
1. There are a certain number of points possible (30 in this case)
2. You are given a grade (or a place) based on the points you earned
29.1 and above = 1st place
28. 7 and 29.09 = 2nd place
28.69 and below = 3rd place
3. Lower levels like Kindergarten (Novice in clogging) are often full
of individuals who get perfect scores. As the difficulty increases,
so does the expectations of the judges and it becomes harder
and harder to get the 1st place that was once so common.
4. At the Pro Level, only 3 dancers are given awards (1st-3rd) and
all others do not place.
The "High Gold" award is reserved for Champion and Pro level dancers only. Receiving this designation means that the dancer earned at least 98% of the total points possible from the judges.