Adjudicators represent both the professional art form and the educational dance community. Adjudicators will evaluate each STUDENT and TEACHER CHOREOGRAPHED dance based on the competitive level and rubric that has been developed by the ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DANCEFEST Comittee. Rubrics have been distributed to teachers and staff advisors for reference. Adjudications of each entry will receive positive feedback, constructive criticism and a numerical mark, however, teacher choreographed dances are ineligible for awards.

NOTE:  STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS must be currently enrolled at their particular intermediate or high school and may NOT be a student who has graduated unless they are choreographing and performing with a university dance crew.  Student Choreographers/Dancers must complete an Integrity Agreement confirming that choreography is ORIGINAL. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Meet Your Adjudicators

Sarah Vance

SARAH VANCE is a Dancer, Actor, Singer, from Waterloo, Ontario who trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip-Hop and went on to complete her RAD Advanced One Ballet exam with distinction. She graduated from York University with an Honours Science Kinesiology Degree and was a member of the NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak dancing 4 seasons in front of 20,000 fans.

Debra Kapp

Debra Kapp, BFA, BED, is the Dance and Drama instructor at Brock University, faculty of Education. Also a retired Thames Valley District School Board teacher, teaching Dance at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts since 1990.

Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams is one of the most innovative director/choreographers working in the entertainment industry today. Seasoned in providing professional and expert consultation in areas that include casting, production, dance choreography, musical staging, movement consultation, and creative direction, Melissa is recognized for her sexy, stylized, athletic choreography and her distinct ability to work with all types of talent, including dancers, non-dancers, singers, actors, recording artists, athletes, and models.

OSSDF Adjudicator Resources

List Of Awards




Integrity Agreements

Adjudicator Agreement


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