Competitor Critiques

There’s nothing like instant, in-context feedback


As a competitor, you see the callback list and scores, but have no idea why you did or didn’t make it.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get some guaranteed, qualitative, constructive feedback (from a judge who saw it live) to give you an idea of what’s holding you back?


A new Competitor Critique service provided by a designated feedback judge.

Veteran WCS judges and master movement analysts, Myles and Tessa will be on the event’s J&J prelims judging panel but instead of recording scores, they will be recording feedback on your dance.

After the session is over, you get immediate in-person feedback: not just a report, but real suggestions on how improve.

How it works:

  1. Pre-register on this page
  2. Maximum 12 spots available per division
  3. Myles or Tessa “judges” your Prelim, but records notes instead of scores.
  4. Immediately after the round (or block) is over, Myles/Tessa delivers feedback verbally to each dancer (up to 3 minutes each, or longer in groups)


Personal Competitor Critiques at the Chicago Classic will be open here for registration January 10, 2020:

Why we offer this service

Judges have only a few seconds per competitor to score them, The more experienced they are, the faster they are able to make their evaluation. Training, however, changes the way a judge assesses a competitor, with tools that analyze and diagnose movement on a whole different level.

Myles’ training in over 60 styles of dance, half of which at the Champion level, has given him the diverse experience to quickly assess and evaluate movement. His years of chief judging and training judges using a Swing Literacy approach make him able to communicate to competitors not just how they compared to their field, but exactly what they need to do to improve.

Tessa’s training actually started in her early teens. After getting extensive movement analysis training as part of the required coaching certification program, she worked as a competitive swimming coach. At each meet, she was responsible for 10-30 swimmers, who raced 3-6 times over the course of the day. Average about 80 races, usually spaced 20 seconds to 10 minutes apart. There were often multiple swimmers in each heat. Her job as coach was to observe their race, record feedback and splits in a notebook, then deliver that feedback within minutes of the swimmer getting out of the water. The feedback might include comments such as “you took an extra breath after the turn”, “it looked like you ran out of gas in the back half – you needed to hold back on the first length”, and “I noticed you’re losing power on your right leg in the kick – let’s work on that in practice”.

This performance feedback was a crucial part of the swimmers’ development, serving to train growth mindset and a healthy approach to failure, teach the swimmer to self-evaluate, and help them focus for the next race. As a result, Tessa got really good at the trifecta of rapid movement analysis, performance recall, and efficient feedback delivery.

“I don’t mind judging, but at heart I’m a teacher and a coach. A little part of me hates scoring competitors without explaining to them why. Personal Competitor Critiques are second-nature to me, and they allow me to give the competitors some delivering them desperately needed feedback to grow.” ~Tessa


To request our signature Competitor Critique service as part of our event contract, please contact us directly.