2024 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 Performance! Elite routines with a near perfect score are eligible to receive our prestigious “Mic Drop” award. The following is an explanation of the scoring system used at our events based on a 100 Point Scale by a panel of 3 judges. Note: If 4 judges are present, the lowest score will be dropped.

DivisionMic DropDiamondPlatinumHigh GoldGold
Shining Star300-282281.9-266265.9-251250.9-210
The following is a breakdown of awards that are given in each category for all division and age groups:

1st PlaceStar Plaque and Medal
2nd-- 5th PlaceMedal
1st - 2nd Place1 Star Plaque, Medals for Each participant
2nd - 5th PlaceMedals for Each Participant
1st Place1 Star Plaque for Each Group, Pins for Each Participant
2nd - 5th PlacePins for Each Participant

Grand Finals Overall Awards

The following are presented during awards ceremonies or title awards throughout the week:

1st Place OVERALLOverall Star Plaque, Cash Award or Gift Certificate
2nd - 10th OVERALLStar Plaque
1st Place OVERALLOverall Star Plaque, Jacket, Cash Award or Gift Certificate*
2nd - 10th OVERALLStar Plaque
(All Super Soloists are recognized on stage with a Special Gift)
Title Winners:
WinnerTrophy, Crown or Hat, Cash Award; Elite Level Title winners are invited to participate in our merchandise photo shoot at Encore Extreme in Columbia, SC
Runner UpStar Runner Up Plaque and Crown or Hat
1st Place OVERALLOverall Star Plaque, Overall Pins, Cash Award or Gift Certificate
2nd - 10th OVERALLOne Star Plaque, Overall Pins for All Participants
1st Place OVERALLOverall Banner, Overall Pins, Cash Award or Gift Certificate
2nd - 10th OVERALLOverall Pins for All Participants
Discovery Spotlight:Certificate for $1000 Scholarship to Model and Talent Expo
Top Production:Trophy
Top Parent Performance:Trophy and Entry Fees donated to charity of choice
Photogenic:Photo Frame and $50 Gift Certificate
Photogenic Runner Up:
Star Plaque
Naomi Calvert Scholarship:Plaque and Free Entry Fees for competition at any 2025 Encore DCS Event
The following scholarships and awards are presented during the recreational standing ovation and/or the Gala:
Boatwright-Kirkland Heart & Soul:Plaque & Free Entry Fees for competition at any 2025 Encore DCS Event
Broadway Dance Center Scholarship:10 Class Card, Special Gift, and $500 Travel Stipend
Encore Artist Endowment Scholarship:
(In Honor of Jessica Schaefer)
$10,000 Scholarship for a graduating senior
Dream Team Ticket:Plaque and Certificate for Free Convention Fee at next Encore Extreme Convention and invitation to Encore DCS Dream Team
Cover Model (s):Engraved Frame, Photo Shoot, Photo featured in Encore DCS advertising and social media campaigns
Cover Model Finalists:Invited to participate in our merchandise photo shoot at Columbia, SC Encore Extreme Event
Top Studio Award:Trophy and $1000 Gift Certificate
Standing Ovation Award:Large Grand Champion Trophy and Cash Prize*
Standing Ovation Runner Up:Large Trophy
Best Choreography:Jacket and $100 Gift Certificate
Spirit of Encore:Plaque and $100 Gift Certificate
Top Performance In Genre:Plaque and $100 Gift Certificate; recognizing the highest scoring SOLO/DUET/TRIO or GROUP in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Specialty

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 or credits for a future event. The Following Cash awards 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
Title Winners - $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)
Standing Ovation Champion - 2 winners in each level. - one age 11 & Under and one age 12 & Over!)

$1000 Cash for Elite, $750 Cash or Competitive and $500 Cash for Recreational division. (A minimum of 850 entries is required to do three separate Championships. Cash awards are subject to change based on participation.)