Spirit of Dance Awards

SDA Hosts & Adjudicators

Buddy Casimano

Host/Faculty: Buddy Casimano

Event Director:Lesley Mealor

Judge/Faculty: Eddie Bennett

At Spirit of Dance Awards, you will find our Panel of Judges to be highly qualified and knowledgeable.
SDA judges have years of professional performing experience and teaching experience, as well as judging experience.

Many of the Judges on our panel are currently on the roster with
IMPACT DANCE ADJUDICATORS, the first and only company to offer such a service for Dance Competitions across the country. IDA's judges are in-demand, professional adjudicators, teachers, and dancers, who have prior experience behind the table, as well as a vast knowledge in all styles of dance. The judges selected to be represented by IDA are required to go through a pre-screening process, evaluating their knowledge and expertise.


Spirit of Dance Awards is dedicated to providing a fun, fair, and exciting venue for aspiring young dancers. We believe that young dancers of all levels should enjoy a positive environment to showcase their talents. SDA encourages the use of age appropriate music, costumes, and choreography, while promoting a positive atmosphere and sportsmanship. At each event we offer “VIP” teacher perks, designated dressing areas for the dancers, scholarship awards, choreography awards, title awards, and cash prizes for high scoring entries.

If your studio has never competed, we welcome you to the world of dance competitions! If you have been competing for some time, we know you will find SDA to be a professional, well-run organization, with a helpful and friendly staff.

Our panel of judges & guest faculty are highly qualified & knowledgeable dance professionals. We remain committed to strive for excellence while maintaining a personal touch; building strong and lasting relationships with our participating studios.

SDA also hosts The SDA Class EXperience, an exciting and inspiring Dance Convention! Our Guest Faculty is comprised of some of today’s top professional dancers and choreographers from Television, Stage, Screen, Broadway & SYTYCD. If you love our competitions… You’ll love our Conventions!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns; we welcome your comments. We look forward to an exciting season and to seeing you at Spirit of Dance Awards!


We are always looking to connect with talented Adjudicators and happily accept applications.

We would love to hear from you if you have a MINIMUM of 2 years judging experience, along with professional performing experience and teaching background. We welcome well-rounded and knowledgeable applicants. All candidates must live in or around the Northeast US area. You must be available to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with some overnights on Sunday.

When applying for employment, please include your resume, bio, and head-shot to director@spiritofdanceawards.com.

TO APPLY FOR Event Staff:

If you are interested in working as Event Staff, please let us know! Event staff includes backstage, merchandise, and trophies. You must be 20 years of age, be available to travel/work on Friday–Sunday, have a valid license, access to a car, and be available from mid-Feb through mid-July. Dance/competition experience preferred.

Please email us at director@spiritofdanceawards.com.