Question from Octavia Yearwood, Miami, Florida

How do I becoming an international Judge?

Step 1. You must have a National Adjudicators License from your National Federation. If judges are ranked in your nation, they must belong to the highest level.

Step 2. Your National Federation would nominate you to take the International Seminar. A schedule of seminars is listed in the IDO web site,

Step 3. After taking the seminar, you would then take a theoretical exam which is based on the IDO Rules book which can also be found at the IDO web site.

Step 4. If successful you would then take supplementary exams in the subjects that you would be interested in judging. A partial list of disciplines: Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Show Dance, Tap, Acrobatic, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Electric Boogie, Disco and various couple dances. A full list can be found at the IDO web site.

Step 5. You would then have to MOCK JUDGE at a World Championship and/or World Cup competition, and be evaluated on your results. If successful, you would then be granted an IDO License.

The fee for taking the judges’ seminar is 100 Euro. Supplementary examinations are free of charge. If the candidate wishes not to take the exam there will be no refund of the seminar fee. If the candidate passes the theoretical exam there is an additional 50 Euro fee for a lifetime IDO International license. The examination fee will be paid at the time of the examination.

If you are interested in possibly taking the seminar, please contact Senior Vice President, Velibor Srdic, at: for additional information.