CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

BEST DANCE COMPANY - The performance group, troupe or company, within any genre of dance, that exhibits consistent, innovative and entertaining pieces of work.

DANCE STUDIO OF THE YEAR - The recital based, dance studio that produces quality dancers, educates through proper technique training and exemplifies great sportsmanship and team unity.

DANCER OF THE YEAR - The dancer (18+) that has consistently exhibited an immense amount of hard work, dedication, growth and perseverance throughout the 2019 and/or 2020 calendar year.

YOUTH DANCER OF THE YEAR - The dancer (under the age of 18) that has consistently exhibited an immense amount of hard work, dedication, growth and perseverance throughout the 2019 and/or 2020 calendar year.

BEST DIGITAL CONTENT - The dance professional or group that produces the most creative and high quality digital content across all social media platforms and/or company or personal websites.

CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR The dance professional, no matter the age or dance genre, that has consistently created strong, innovative and entertaining choreographic pieces throughout the 2019 and/or 2020 calendar year.

BEST COLLABORATION - The collaborative piece between two (or more) individual choreographers or two (or more) artistic groups.

BEST ARTISTIC DIRECTION The dance professional, no matter the age or dance genre, that has consistently created strong, innovative and entertaining live performances throughout the 2019 and/or 2020 calendar year. Overseeing all aspects of the production; including but not limited to selecting the choreographic pieces used, recruiting dancers, setting production schedules and wardrobe. 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The dance professional that has consistently exhibited an immense amount of hard work, dedication and growth within their personal dance career; as well as, created a deep impact within either their dance group, studio and/or RVA dance community. (Nominee must be over the age of 30)

DANCE INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEARThis professional dance instructor has the ability to train students in proper dance technique, holds the ability to engage their classes using innovative teaching methods and impact dancers through positivity, encouragement and progressive movement. (Nominee must be over the age of 19)

COMMUNITY DANCER AWARD The dance professional that has consistently made significant contributions to the RVA dance community through their time, actions, support, talents, dedication and creativity. 

BEST FREESTYLE DANCER - The dance professional that consistently exhibits the most entertaining dance improvisation using spontaneous movement of their individual body.  Within the hip hop genre, this dancer has the ability to bring any style of music to life using their creativity, originality, musicality, 

BEST LATIN DANCE STUDIOThe latin based, dance studio or program that provides quality dance instruction and educates through proper technique training and partnership.

BEST BALLROOM DANCE STUDIO - The dance studio that focuses on ballroom style dances, providing quality dance instruction and educates through proper technique and partnership.

BEST VIRTUAL PIVOT - The dance studio, dance company or instructor that has exhibited the most creative, innovative and/or immediate "pivot"/ shift during the 2020 pandemic. 

BEST DANCE FITNESS STUDIO/INSTRUCTOR - The fitness based dance studio or program instructor that provides quality and creative fitness instruction through a fun and effective workout system.  

BEST DANCE PHOTOGRAPHER - The individual photographer that creates the most elegant, energetic and/or dramatic photography that is both visually stunning, captures the study of dance movement andconveys the skill of their graceful subjects.

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