These awards are presented at the end of the Competition. Award winners are selected across all divisions and dance styles (with the exception of the Tap Excellence Award).
- Tap Excellence
- Best Choreography
- Most Entertaining
- Creative Concept
- Video Choice Award
- Top Studio Winner
Each of these award winners will be listed in the results for the Regional Competition.
This award is chosen by the Judges who use criteria of score, choreography, performance and technique to select the best tap performance from the competition. A certificate for $250 toward International Finals entries is also awarded.
This award is selected by the Judges and can include any form of dance. It pays tribute to the creativity, hard work, and persistence required by a choreographer to train competitors to deliver a memorable performance. The performance is one that tells a compelling story, combines originality and technique, and is executed with the precision required of a well-rehearsed routine. A certificate for $250 toward International Finals entries is also awarded.
This award is chosen by the Judges with a focus on the energy and spirit of the performance over technique. It is often a routine that engages the audience and is enjoyed by those performing. The most entertaining award is open to all forms and divisions. A certificate for $250 toward International Finals entries is also awarded.
This award is given to the routine that portrays the most originality and creativity. It is open to all divisions and all forms of dance. A certificate for $250 toward International Finals entries is also awarded.
Video Choice Award
Judges will select a performance with ground shaking energy to represent the regional attended, in an online competition. A certificate for $250 toward International Finals entries is also awarded to the regional VCA winner. The VCA winner from each 2016 regional city is showcased on the Thunderstruck Facebook page. The winner will be selected based on the results of online voting from a poll on the official Thunderstruck Facebook page. One performance is selected from each Regional and each video is showcased on the Thunderstruck Facebook page. Information on the voting window will be released at the end of the 2016 regional season. The winner of the Facebook poll will win an all expense paid in-studio workshop in the summer of 2016!
This award is selected based on the calculation of adding a studio’s two highest scoring petite groups and/or junior groups, two teen groups and/or senior groups, and two wildcard groups. The highest overall score wins and is awarded the Top Studio Award. The Top Studio at each of our Regional Competitions will win a $1000 certificate toward entries for our International Finals and a $500 certificate towards an in-studio workshop. Each Top Studio winner will also be eligible to win an all expense paid Thunderstruck Workshop in your studio. The workshop winner is selected using a poll on our official Thunderstruck Facebook page.
**NEW for 2017!**
– Our International Finals Top Studio will win FREE ENTRIES for 2018’s Thunderstruck International Finals, up to a $10,000 value. Please see rules/options below.
$10,000 2018 International Finals entries value: – The 2017 Top Studio must qualify their entries at a 2018 Regional competition event. The 2017 Top Studio must provide a list of first and last names associated with 2018 room reservations at Green Valley Ranch for the 2018 International Finals Competition. Prize is eligible only if the 2017 International Top Studio provides proof of booking a minimum of 25 rooms per night under the Thunderstruck Dance Competition block, each room checking in on July 11th, 2017 and checking out on July 17th, 2017. (No third party booking websites will be honored, i.e. Groupon, Hotels.com, etc.) The Top Studio’s entries will be FREE up to a $10,000 value, in which thereafter they are required to pay 2018 Finals pricing for the remaining balance. Proof of rooms must be provided by no later than 60 days prior to the event start date. Rooms will be cross referenced at the conclusion of the event. If less than 25 rooms were checked into per night, Thunderstruck reserves the right to bill studio for entire 2018 International Finals registration balance. Prize is invalid beyond 2018, no cash value.
If unable to attend our 2018 International Finals, the 2017 Top Studio will be awarded a $5000 credit towards a 2018 regional event. Prize is invalid beyond 2018, no cash value.