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Judging Program2019-09-30T12:19:55+00:00

NDCA Judge Membership and Judging Credentials Program

The NDCA aspires to provide the highest quality education and credentialing for dance team competition JUDGES while promoting excellence and continued high standards within the local and national dance team venues.

JUDGING CREDENTIAL PROGRAM

NDCA is an independent source of national training and networking for a large number of judges with wide ranging backgrounds from all over the US. Be a part of this growing community and prepare yourself to judge on a myriad of systems.

Who can benefit:

  • Those who are new to judging
  • Veteran judges looking to expand their horizons
  • Coaches who want to learn more about judging
  • Those who judge in their state and want to connect with other states
  • Judges looking to connect with a judging community
  • Hiatus Judges interested in getting back into the game
  • Studio dancers interested in judging in the team dance world

Certification Benefits

  • Validates a level of competency on a national scale.
  • Provides an opportunity to stay current with changing trends in competition environments, industry standards and adjudication practices.
  • Provides an opportunity to network with and learn from other judges and coaches.
  • Provides the opportunity to become part of a group that is advancing industry best practices.
  • Ability to list name on a central database as credentialed dance judge. This list will be made available to member state associations and member event producers.
  • Receive a Lapel Pin to wear at contests when judging.
  • Access to Membership Center Resources for credentialed judges.

How Judging Credentials works

Judges join the NDCA and register to take classes either at the National Dance Coaches Conference (in May), State Association sites, or online (Fall and Winter). After a review process, each judge will be designated as credentialed and receive a lapel pin to wear while judging. In general, each level takes one year to complete, but some are able to complete more at the Spring Conference.

Credential Levels

  1.   Proficient
  2.   Advanced
  3.   Highly Qualified
  4.   Continuing Education

JUDGE MEMBERSHIP

Judge Membership Benefits

  • Access to Judging Credentialing Courses. Courses may be taken ala carte or in pursuit of Credential status, but only members have access to course work.
  • Hall of Fame Recognition and other special awards.
  • Access to Membership Center Resources.
  • Access to both online and in-seat educational offerings
  • Opportunities to serve on purpose specific committees and project groups.

How the Judge Membership Works:

JUDGE ONLY:

  • Annual Fee: $75.
  • Course Fees: Courses will be offered for a fee per class for each online class. In-seat courses are included with the annual membership fee.
  • Timeframe: Members can join anytime during the year, however, the Judging Credential program runs on a May 1st to April 30th Academic Calendar.
  • Judge members can take the Dance Safety Credential courses for an additional fee. The Dance Safety Credentials are a part of the Coach Membership.

COACH & JUDGE MEMBER:

  • Annual Fee: Coach Members (Bronze, Silver or Gold) pay just an additional $25 to add the judge membership to their annual membership package. Note: The Dance Safety and Coaching Credentials are a part of the Coach Membership
  • Course Fees: Courses will be offered for a fee per class for each online class. In-seat courses are included with the annual membership fee.
  • Timeframe: Members can join anytime during the year, however, the Judge Membership Certification program runs on a May 1st to April 30th Academic Calendar.

Next Steps:

Staff:

Co-Directors;
Kelly Berheide, Joni May

Managers/Trainers:
Julie Holmberg, Ramona Kitching

Here’s what our members have to say about the NDCA:

TJ Maple
Head Coach, Stephen F. Austin University / Nacogdoches, TX

many rewards

Being a member of the NDCA has created so many rewards and memories already in the two years of my involvement! Our organization is great for All coaches – old and new to be able to work together, learn together and grow together to help make an impact on our amazing dance team industry. Being a member is rewarding and humbling knowing that we are all in this crazy career together!!

Karl Mundt
Owner, Innovate Dance

I became a member of the NDCA because I feel it is important for all of us to join forces and share ideas

I became a member of the NDCA because I feel it is important for all of us to join forces and share ideas. Coaches and choreographers work hand-in-hand to create the best possible experience for dancers. Often, people move between the job of coach and choreographer. Working with each other through the NDCA allows us to inspire each other, grow as coaches, and influence others in the dance team world.

Toya Ambrose
Former Coach / Owner, TRA Choreography

The NDCA is exactly what our industry needs

The NDCA is exactly what our industry needs. I’ve been a part of the dance team industry on all levels (first a dancer, then a coach, now a choreographer). I love that the NDCA has the ability to unite us all, despite various levels of experience - it will give us a powerful voice. I’m looking forward to the NDCA Conference and being able to develop a fellowship with others who share my passion for all things dance team. If you’re thinking about joining- stop thinking and DO IT!

Jodi Maxfield
Head Coach (27 years) / Brigham Young University Cougarettes - Provo, UT

Excited

As coaches we all have similar experiences and deal with very similar challenges. I’m excited about the NDCA because even as a very ‘seasoned’ coach, it is invigorating to learn from other coaches and share ideas. I feel it helps me stay current and gives me ideas to keep my dancers motivated. I'm excited to be a part of such a groundbreaking organization.

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