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On Scale 08/12/2011

New Judging System

The new system has been in use since the 2009 Grand Slam Finals in Shanghai. A number of Grand Slam legs and all the Finals have been adjudicated with it over the past two years.

The recently completed 2011 Finals in Salou, ESP, offer the adjudicators a close-up look at how the preformances are assessed and graded by a panel working off a touch-screen terminal.

 

First, we remind everyone of the five Programme Components that are evaluated in order to produce the results.

  • Posture, Balance and Coordination PB
  • Quality of Movement QM
  • Movement to Music MM
  • Partnering Skills PS
  • Choreography and Presentation CP

Then we turn to the procedure. The scale that the adjudicators have available to grade each component ranges from 1 to 10,  with a possibility of awarding half points (.5) too. Put in words, it looks like this

10

Outstanding

9

Superior

8

Very good

7

Good

6

Above average

5

Average

4

Fair

3

Weak

2

Poor

1

Very poor

Out of the nine scores for each of the five Programme Component, the highest and the lowest are dropped and the other seven are averaged and then added up for the aggregate score. You should easily get the idea when you look at the graphics insert after each dance.

 

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There are many more samples on the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total, in particular the clips by couple in the Grand Slam Latin Ostrava and in the 2011 Grand Slam Finals 2011.