Grand Finals Northeast Awards

2019 GRAND FINALS AWARDS

At Encore DCS, we feel that EVERYONE should be recognized for their achievement in performing on stage. We also believe in the true spirit of competition by only recognizing one first place in each category. In addition to recognizing 1st-5th place winners in each category, each routine will receive an Encore DCS Pin recognizing their Silver, Gold, High Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Score! The following is an explanation of the scoring system used at our Regional Events based on a 100 Point Scale by a panel of 3 judges. (NOTE: At our Grand Finals, entries will be critiqued by 4 judges and the lowest score will be dropped)

Division Diamond Platinum High Gold Gold Silver
Recreational 300-282 281-266 265-251 250-238 237-200
Competitive 300-285 284-270 269-256 255-245 244-200
Elite 300-285 284-270 269-256 255-245 244-200
Pro-Am 300-285 284-270 269-256 255-245 244-200

GRAND FINALS OVERALL AWARDS

The following is a breakdown of awards that are given in each category for all division and age groups:

SOLOISTS:
1st Place Plaque and Pin
2nd-- 5th Place Medal and Pin
DUET/TRIOS:
1st - 2nd Place 1 Plaque, Medals and Pins for each participant
2nd - 5th Place Medals and Pins for Each Participant
GROUPS:
1st Place 1 plaque, Medals and Pins for each participant
2nd - 5th Place Pins for Each Participant

The following awards are given in Recreational, Competitive, Elite and Pro Am and in all age divisions. Overall, Top 3, Top 5, or Top 10 placements will be recognized in each division based on the number of entries. Vocal and Song & Dance entries will be excluded from the dance overalls, but will be recognized in the Top Vocal Performance Overalls.

TOP SOLO:
1st Place Overall Top Solo Trophy, Cash Award or Gift Certificate*
2nd - 10th Overall Plaque
TOP SUPER SOLO:
1st Place Overall Top Super Solo Trophy Jacket, Cash Award or Gift Certificate*
2nd - 10th Overall Plaque
(All Super Soloists are recognized on stage with a Special Gift)
TOP DUET/TRIO:
1st Place Overall Top Duet/Trio Trophy, Overall Pins, Cash Award or Gift Certificate*
2nd - 10th Overall One Plaque, Overall Pins for All Participants
ALL GROUPS:
1st Place Overall Top Group Trophy, Overall Pins, Cash Award or Gift Certificate*
2nd - 10th Overall Overall Pins for All Participants

Highest Scoring Solo/Duet/Trio: Highest score trophy and gift certificate or cash award* (one age 11 & under and one age 12 & up will be awarded)
Highest Scoring Group: Highest score trophy and gift certificate or cash award* (one age 11 & under and one age 12 & up will be awarded)
Most Entertaining: Special award and free entry fees to 2018 Grand Finals
Best Choreography: Special award and free entry fees to 2018 Grand Finals
Grand Finals Scholarship: Free solo and workshop at 2019 Grand Finals
Encore Extreme Scholarship: Free Convention Fee at 2019 Convention
Spirit of Encore: Special Award and $100 Gift Certificate
Top Studio Award: Large Champion cup trophy and gift certificate for Grand Finals.
*At every Regional competition, each studio’s Top 5 group scores in age 11 and under and Top 5 group scores in age 12 and over will be tabulated. The studio with the highest combined score will be awarded the Top Studio Award and will be presented a champion trophy and a gift certificate that can be redeemed at Nationals.
($500 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR COMPETITIONS WITH 250 OR LESS ENTRIES; $750 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR COMPETITIONS WITH 251-450 ENTRIES; $1000 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR COMPETITIONS WITH 451 OR MORE ENTRIES)

*NOTE: GIFT CERTIFICATES AND CASH AWARDS ARE AWARDED IN THE OVERALL AWARDS FOR ALL LEVELS AND ARE BASED ON THE SIZE OF THE COMPETITION AND A MINIMUM OF 5 ENTRIES PER AGE/GROUP DIVISION.

GRAND FINALS CASH AWARDS

CASH AWARDS ARE AWARDED TO TOP SOLOS, DUET/TRIOS, AND GROUPS IN THE ELITE DIVISION. RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVE SOLOS, DUET/TRIOS, AND GROUPS RECEIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES. CASH AWARDS ARE AWARDED TO HIGHEST SCORE OF THE DAY IN COMPETITIVE AND ELITE DIVISIONS, WITH GIFT CERTIFICATES GOING TO RECREATIONAL HIGH SCORES. THEY ARE BASED ON A MINIMUM OF 500 ENTRIES AND A MINIMUM OF 5 ENTRIES PER AGE/GROUP DIVISION. ALL CASH AWARDS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON THE SIZE OF THE EVENT.

Top Solo - $100 Cash or Gift Certificate
Top Super Soloist - $100 Cash or Gift Certificate
Top Duet/Trio - $150 Cash or Gift Certificate
Top Small, Large, Super Groups and Productions - $200 Cash and/or Gift Certificate (Recreational and Competitive entries receive Gift Certificates. Elite Division will receive $100 cash and $100 Gift Certificate)
Highest Scoring Solo/Duet/Trio - $200 Cash or Gift Certificate (One age 11 & under winner and one age 12 & over winner)
Highest Scoring Group in Each Age Division - $400 Cash or Gift Certificate
Standing Ovation Champion - $1000 Cash for Elite, $750 Cash for Competitive and $500 Cash for Recreational Division (A minimum of 850 entries is required to do three separate Championships)

Judges will select 5 of their favorite 11 & Under groups/productions and 5 of their favorite 12 & Over groups/productions that they would like to see in an Encore performance. These routines will re-compete in the Ultimate Standing Ovation Showdown.

Limit of one routine per studio per age category (11 and under, 12 and over) will be allowed to perform for the Standing Ovation Award. The selected 5 routines from each division will be announced at the end of each group award ceremony.

The winner will be selected based on entertainment value, star quality, technique and overall appeal discussed among the judges' panel along with audience enthusiasm.

*A minimum of 850 entries must be received in order to do separate recreational, competitive, and elite battles. If less than 850 entries are received, Encore DCS reserves the right to combine the Competitive and Elite Division Standing Ovation Challenge.