How much do world of dance judges make

How much do the DWTS 2022 judges, contestants and professionals get paid?

FANS of Dancing with the Stars have long speculated how much the judges, cast, and pro dancers take home after every season.

With the new season on Disney+ right around the corner, fans are eager to know how much everyone is taking home.


DWTS judges take home a large sum of money each seasonCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

How much do the DWTS 2022 judges, contestants, and professionals get paid?

Each season, celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete for a chance to bring home the Mirrorball trophy.

While only one couple can win the competition, not everyone goes home empty-handed, as most are still compensated for their time.

According to several sources, including Variety, the starting salary for celebrities is $125,000.

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This includes at least 20 hours a week of professional training.

For stars who make it to weeks three and four, there is also a bonus amount of $10,000 per week.

Week five sees an additional $15,000 tacked on, weeks six and seven add $20,000 per week, and weeks eight and nine equal $30,000 extra for the celebs.

There is also an additional $50,000 for those who make it to the semi-finals and finale.

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It is rumored that a starting salary for a pro is $1,600 per episode, but seasoned pros can make up to $5,000 per episode.

The reported cap for a professional dancer is said to be $100,000 per season.

In the early days of DWTS, it was reported that judges made $250,000 per season.

After Season 2, however, it has been reported that some judges can make up to $1. 2million per season, as per ReelRundown.

While there might be several reports out there, neither ABC nor DWTS has ever confirmed these figures.


DWTS celebrities are reportedly given a base salary of $125,000Credit: Instagram/ dancingwiththestars

Who are the current DWTS judges?

During Season 31, fans will see several returning faces on the judging panel.

This season's judges include Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough.

Tyra Banks will also return as host but will be joined this season by Alfonso Ribeiro.

When does Season 31 of DWTS begin?

The past few seasons of DWTS have been some of the most controversial ones to date.

Between hosting shake-ups, low ratings, and changing networks, some fans are even shocked the show is coming back.

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While many might have thought the show would end, it has since moved to Disney+ and will become the service's first live-streaming show.

New episodes of DWTS will be available to watch live on Disney+ starting September 19, 2022.

How much do judges make on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

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This photo features judges Carrie Ann Inabe Len Goodman, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli in “Dancing with the Stars.”


Jason Lewis’ dreamed were crushed when he was eliminated on the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 31.

Now, the 15 remaining contestants are coming back and ready to groove to Elvis Presley’s music in different dance styles.

Here’s a quick recap of what happened last week.

  • Charli D’Amelio, a TikTok sensation, got the highest points — a 32 out of 40 — with her partner Mark Ballas, who choreographed the routine.
  • Actor Wayne Brady and Witney Carson were right behind with 29 points.
  • Gabby Windey of “The Bachelorette” with Val Chmerkovskiy earned 28 points, as did Shangela, the first drag queen on the show, with Gleb Savchenko, as I reported.
  • Meanwhile, movie star Selma Blair also earned 28 points but her performance made many, including some of the judges, emotional.
  • “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino received the lowest scores, but “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice landed in the bottom two.

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— Dancing with the Stars #DWTS (@officialdwts) September 26, 2022

How much do judges make on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

Reports indicate a ballpark figure for how much judges on the dance competition show got paid per season in the early days — an estimated $250,000 per episode. Although, after Season 2, some judges were making $1.2 million, according to entertainment news site ReelRundown.

These numbers haven’t been confirmed by ABC or Disney+. This season’s returning judges are Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inabe and Bruno Tonioli.

Who is Bruno Tonioli?

Born in Italy, Tonioli moved to London in 1975. He has worked as an actor and writer, appearing in films like “Ella Enchanted” and “What a Girl Wants.” His choreography has been featured in the shows, videos and tours of the likes of Tina Turner, Elton John and Freddie Mercury.

The 66-year-old has appeared as a judge on “Strictly Come Dancing,” U.K.’s version of the dance competition show, since its debut in 2004, but he recently made an exit when the pandemic hit.

“There is no animosity, it was a mutual decision with both of us saying, ‘Listen, this is not going to work like it used to,’” he said, per Deadline. “I just couldn’t do the flying any more. I don’t know how I survived that schedule. To be honest, it’s a miracle.”

He recently starred in the BBC documentary “West Side Stories — The Making of a Classic.”

What time does ‘Dancing with the Stars’ air?

Episode 2 of “Dancing with the Stars” will air on Disney+ on Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. MDT. In the past, Disney has released content overnight and this will be its first live prime-time show.

How much do dancers earn and how to become a professional - November 1, 2018

Ivan Slavinsky



It is never easy, but wildly interesting.

Members of the FAM Factory dance team told Sport24 about the difference between a professional team and an amateur one, how much coaches earn and how long it takes to become a good dancer from scratch.

Our team is called FAM Factory and has been around for a very long time. We regularly perform at the largest dance championships throughout Russia, we work at major events. Our choreographer, Yevgeny Kevler, is one of the top choreographers in Russia, staged dances for "Dances" on TNT, "Dance" on Channel One, and has brought up more than one generation of dancers. Our team is diverse - students, office workers, teachers and coaches, but they all have one thing in common - an unimaginable love for dancing.

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At first, technique is not so important, it comes with experience. It is worth paying attention to physical form, especially if you prefer styles that are characterized by frequent level changes or powerful energy: you may simply not have enough strength. The breather also needs to be developed: fast choreography cannot be danced to the end if the volume of the lungs is not enough. Many dancers take up running to develop their lungs. And for the development of physical strength, functional training or crossfit are suitable - of all training, these will probably be the most useful in our business. If there is no time for this, then you need to at least minimally pump the press, do push-ups, squat. We sometimes conduct physical training classes at team training.

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and year, everything is very individual here. Many schools have their own reporting concerts and parties. As a rule, at such events, students go on stage for the first time.

If we talk about more complex numbers, then it takes a month and a half to set them up with 3-4 workouts a week for 2-3 hours. The mode of training in a serious team changes, especially if the number is complex and many dancers participate in it. A fairly common occurrence is night workouts. As you might guess, they take place at night, and, as a rule, last 5-6 hours. It's not easy, especially at first and if you have to go to work in the morning, but it's also more efficient in terms of the speed of staging the show, and the result is definitely worth it.


In the dance world, the year can be conditionally divided into two seasons - spring and autumn. All this time, championships of various levels go one after another, the most "fruitful" in this regard are April and May, as well as November and December. As a rule, all groups put on a performance a month or two in advance, but it all depends on the level of training and available time for the dancers themselves.

In general, championships are a separate and very entertaining cuisine. Dancers are constantly preparing for some kind of competition, it rarely happens that you just come and hang out aimlessly. Everything is almost like in the movie "Step Up": the whole season is the process of preparing for the competition, and in the off-season, everyone either rests, or pumps, or shoots a video.

At dance championships there is always a division according to the level of training and age: children are separated from adults, beginners are separated from professionals. And within these categories, there is also style: hip-hop, ladies, contemporary.

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Our favorite nomination is best dance show. The name speaks for itself: there are no style bindings here, the main thing is the idea and combination of styles. At some major competitions, the styles used in the show must be declared in advance, at some there are no restrictions, only creativity. Now even in some championships there is a separate Show nomination, and a separate Performance nomination. In the first case, the show should have a story and plot, in the second case, it is important who dances stronger, more powerful and cooler. And there are also solos with duets, which are not limited by styles at all, only by timing. In general, there are a lot of nominations. Beginners or people unfamiliar with dancing can get confused. But as soon as you immerse yourself in this world, everything becomes clear pretty quickly.

Refereeing at championships is always represented by top dancers: sometimes Russian, sometimes foreign, but always super authoritative. The evaluation criteria, like the judges, are also different, but they look primarily at choreography, technique, synchronism and creativity. You can earn money at good status tournaments. On average, you can get about 30 thousand per team for winning such a tournament. But it is not at all necessary that there will be prize money for winning any championship: somewhere the organizers limit themselves to cups and gifts from sponsors.

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Nutrition is a matter of personal preference. Most dancers are ordinary people, so until their legs start to fall off, few people even think about nutrition and injury prevention. Many are killed in training, and few people know how to recover, they do not take care. If you don’t eat normally, you may not have enough strength for the whole season. Protein and BCAAs often help out, but in reality, for some reason, few people use them.

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A: Regular exercise is usually enough to stay in shape. Although, of course, you need to take care of yourself, but adults who have survived a couple of injuries or dancers who work in commerce are already thinking about this.

"Sneakers kill instantly"

As for clothes, this is a separate topic of conversation, which will take more than one hour. Firstly, the style of dance and what you dance in are very closely related. No one will go dancing popping in leggings or short shorts, twerk in sweatpants, too, you know, I don’t rub, like a strip in a baseball cap. Things are, of course, very important. You can't really train in Chinese sneakers. Not even because they are uncomfortable, they just fall apart in a moment. In general, if you danced at least once in shoes, then you can say goodbye to it - it only kills if you train often and for a long time. Especially for us, jazzfunkers, because a lot of techniques are combined, the foot is actively working. And it’s good for contemporary people in general: they dance barefoot in socks, and with simpler things - they put on something very wide and similar to oversized pajamas - and you are the most fashionable in the class.

Income and expenses

As for the payment for training for teams, it is similar to amateur sports sections: in many teams, participants pay a monthly fee, which includes the rent of the hall and the work of the choreographer.

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Is it possible to make money from dancing? Of course, there is plenty of work. First, dance schools. There are now ten of them at each metro station, a novice teacher, if desired, will quickly find a job. But if you want to get into a top school as a teacher, then you need to work hard, have a name, constantly upgrade, be socially active, shoot videos and shine at the same championships. The main thing is not to be lazy.

There is also such a great thing as commerce - these are corporate parties, working with stars, large events and the like. Such projects are well paid, and it is always interesting to participate in them. We somehow opened with our show a major event of stylists - Wella Trend Vision. There was so much creativity and creativity behind the scenes that we ourselves were inspired by the most do not indulge. It was very interesting to watch all this behind-the-scenes turmoil and the process of creating images.

On March 22, 2022, by a court decision, Meta, the social networks Instagram and Facebook were recognized as an extremist organization, their activities on the territory of the Russian Federation are prohibited.

Pattern, twizzles and supports. We explain how to watch ice dancing

October 3, 2019, 09:45


Winter Olympic sports

Figure skating can rightfully be considered a veteran of the Winter Olympics. For the first time, competitions in this sport were held at the 1908 Games in London and were represented by men's, women's and doubles competitions. The appearance of ice dancing in the Olympic program had to wait 68 years.

It won't take long to find the reasons for such a delay. Unlike dancers, with single skaters and greenhouses everything is very clear. Even if you don’t know the names of all the elements, you can always distinguish a high-quality rental from an unsuccessful one at least by the presence or absence of falls, and the “like / dislike” factor works secondarily here. And the viewer was more willing to watch pair and single skating, and dancing ... And how does it all work there?

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Actually, this question is still relevant for many today. For the 1976 Olympics, the International Skating Union (ISU) had already outlined the technical rules, and ice dancing officially became an Olympic discipline. The first ever Olympic gold in this form was won by Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov, and until 2006, only twice the highest award was given to non-domestic athletes - at the Olympics-1984 Britons Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean became the first, and at the 2002 Games the French Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat celebrated the victory.

However, already at the 2010 Games, the situation has changed. And largely due to the fact that Russian coaches began to move to the West to work with local skaters, which led to increased competition overseas. The clearest examples of this are Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva, who actually began the history of American and Canadian ice dancing. It was they who led the American duo Meryl Davis / Charlie White to the gold of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi (by that time Zueva was their head coach, the skaters stopped working with Shpilband a few years earlier). In addition, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, now the most titled figure skaters in the history of this discipline, have been training in their group for a long time.

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Today, the power in ice dancing belongs to four-time world champions and five-time European champions Gabriele Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron of France. Russian duets are also very strong, but so far they have not managed to break into the lead. The main weapons of the Russian team in the fight against the French are Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin even managed to get around Papadakis and Sizeron in the fight for gold at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan.

Are they jumping there?

No. Ice dancing is the only discipline in figure skating that is almost completely devoid of jumping elements. For jumping more than one revolution, athletes will receive a penalty. Yes, and one-turn jumps should not be carried away, because this will destroy the structure of the program and will not allow judges to evaluate the skill of owning a skate.

As in other disciplines, dance duets perform short and free skate, but they are called differently - rhythm dance and free dance. The first one should be given special attention. Due to the fact that ice dancing is technically difficult to evaluate, ISU, in order to make it easier for the judges, each season sets a certain musical theme for the rhythm dance, establishes a central dance motif and a set of rhythms in which this same dance should be performed. Thus, skaters in the short skate need to perform a set of elements and at the same time in one mandatory segment of the program (the so-called pattern) demonstrate exactly the type of dance that was given by ISU. The musical leitmotif of the new season is musicals or operettas, the main dance is a playful and extremely fast finstep.

What do they do in these dances then?

During the rhythm dance, skaters must perform the following elements.


This is one series of parallel rotations on one leg in motion. In single skating, for example, twizzles are part of the step sequence and have no value, but in ice dancing it is one of the two most expensive elements. By the way, it is on twizzles that dancers most often make mistakes visible to the naked eye. So, at the European Championships - 2019in Minsk, Katsalapov and Sinitsina made a fall on this element in the short run and remained outside the top three.

All elements, with the exception of choreographic ones, in figure skating have a difficulty level from basic to the highest - the fourth. Depending on the level set by the technical specialist, the element receives a fixed base value, after which nine judges give points for the quality of its performance (the so-called GOE) in the range from "-5" to "+5", which then serve as a coefficient when calculating the final allowances to the "base" or deductions from it. One worst and one best estimate is immediately excluded from the protocol, then the remaining seven numbers - GOE coefficients are converted into specific points in accordance with the basic cost of the element according to the ISU table, summed up and divided by seven. The number obtained as a result of division and rounded to the nearest hundredth will be the final score on the GOE scale.

So, for successfully executed twizzles (on the fourth level and with good GOE allowances) you can get about 10 points.


The element includes the pattern dance itself (finstep for the current season) and the pattern dance track, in which each step must be performed in accordance with the ISU requirements for a particular season. Tracking the quality of the performance of the pattern is difficult not only for the audience, but also for the athletes themselves. It is not uncommon for skaters to literally freeze in amazement when announcing their marks - after all, everything seems to have been performed correctly, and the scores leave much to be desired. However, then it turned out that the technical team found small errors and lowered the levels.


There are not too many requirements here. The main thing is not to get too carried away in time (up to seven seconds are allotted for an element) and that the partner should not be completely above the partner’s head. When placing a GOE, the judges look at the beauty of the position and the original approaches to the element.

Step sequence

This is where the dancers get the highest score. Skaters who demonstrate silent, smooth gliding with so-called "deep ribs" on skates and a variety of steps can earn 12 points or more for this element.

In free dance, unlike rhythmic dance, there are no restrictions in the choice of music. As a consequence, there is no pattern section. Otherwise, the free program does not differ very much from the rhythm dance in terms of the set of elements. Unless, instead of one support, you need to perform three and two tracks instead of one.


In addition, skaters need to add one spin in free skate.

Choreographic element

As well as three different choreographic elements. Their notable feature is that the GOE premiums here almost always exceed the base cost, which is only 1.10 points.

They say ice dancing is a very subjective thing. This is true?

Yes and no. In fact, the assertion that duets who have waited "for their turn" win in ice dancing is not without meaning. But it can also be justified logically.

Ice dancing can hardly be considered a technical discipline. The quality of skating and good coordination are all the specific features of this type that affect the elements performed. At the same time, other qualities that are almost impossible to learn come to the fore.

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The feeling of a partner, the artistry and the flatness of the couple affect the overall impression of the judges from the rental, which is then reflected both in GOE bonuses and in the second rating scale - components. Presentation of the program, composition, interpretation - on these points the best duets in the world consistently receive the highest scores, up to the maximum (10). An important factor in evaluating the components of the programs are the skill of skating and the variety of connecting elements. And here, of course, experience also determines a lot.

Telling a story while performing and looking like one on the ice is a challenge for those who have recently paired up.

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