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Updated 06.26.18          <<< Back to Nationals

Spirit & Sportsmanship

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence

Updated 06.26.18

Since Lisa Saline first began her company back in 1987, she has included a Spirit & Sportsmanship Award.  It has always been an important part of her events.

This elite honor is named in memory of a special DX staff member, Andrew Lawrence. Andy passed away at the tender age of 11 after being hit by a car while riding his bike. 

Andy was often seen running around the events and proudly sporting a bucket hat as he worked behind the counter in the store.  He lit up a room with his million-watt smile and his can-do attitude inspired so many over the years. He is deeply missed by the DX family, who treasured the short time he spent with us. DX will strive to carry on his legacy of compassion, character, and sunny disposition by encouraging ourselves and others to follow in his footsteps. 

The Andrew Lawrence Spirit & Sportsmanship Award is the highest honor a program can earn while at DX Events.



Good sportsmanship is contagious. DX asks all fans, coaches, directors, teachers, and dancers to exhibit respect towards others.

For respecting all dancers, both on and off the stage, demonstrating spirit, showing appreciation to the adjudicators, fostering a positive environment, displaying high sportsmanship, and most importantly, acting in a way in which all dancers admire.

Criteria For Selection

  1. Respecting dancers both on and off the stage
  2. Demonstrating spirit
  3. Showing appreciation to the adjudicators
  4. Fostering a positive environment
  5. Displaying high sportsmanship
  6. Most importantly, acting in a way in which other dancers admire.

The Lawrence & Saline Families

High Expectations

Ways in which directors/coaches can promote spirit to their dancers and fans include:

  1. Respecting studios/teams, both on and off the floor.
  2. Showing respect to judges, fellow competitors, and DX personnel.
  3. Fostering a positive environment, which may include, bringing signage and cheering on other programs during performances.
  4. Displaying high sportsmanship standards.
  5. Acting in a way in which all dancers admire.
  6. Exemplifying sportsmanlike conduct.
  7. Interacting with integrity.
  8. Winning without boasting. Losing without excuses.


What happens if you don't respect others? 

Organizations/teams will be assessed violations if a dancer, coach, director, teacher, parent, or spectator acts in an unsportsmanlike manner. This includes, but is not limited to, acts or conduct such as:

  1. Showing inappropriate emotions about the decisions of judges and DX personnel.
  2. Public display of criticism.
  3. Not exercising self-control at all times.
  4. Not treating fellow dancers with respect at all times.
  5. Using profane or inappropriate language or gestures.
  6. Baiting or taunting opponents.

Lets all display our best behavior and have fun at DX.