My girls had the most amazing time last year at Open Call. The staff and Judges were the best ever. They were very into the entire comp even at Nationals up until the last day of sitting there for hours. They were just as intrigued as they were on day one. Fantastic organization. Well run, fair. We will forever be grateful for the amazing experience we had with this competition.
Worst competition ever!!!! This competition was extremely unfair to both dancers and teachers. A lot of controversity going around. Studios were being favorited. Studios were being very disrespectful to other studios and parents. We didn't drive all the way down to Cape May NJ to be surrounded by so much negativity. My studio had barely anytime to change between routines and were getting changed in very heated room. When we were getting changed the backstage staff greeted us with such disrespect which includes eye rolling and blaming us for making the competition run late! each dance had the same dancers making it very difficult to get ready. I hope we don't compete at their nationals again!
I have to say our dance studio has been Competing in On Stage America for quite a few years now and US As parents have been funding you business . But I hope that this was the last year and she finds someone else to give out money to that can judge our children fairly , and possibly space them out better . We are a small studio and everyone knows it so why would you put us with only 4 numbers before the kids have to go on again ? Then you put them in a dressing room at the other end of the school , is it because we didn't pay enough entry fees because our studio is not that large ? ( Because we as parents do feel this way ) Then you are met by the lovely back stage female who comes to the room to tell the girls to hurry up and is rolling her eyes , I wanted to ask her if something was wrong with her eyes ...... DON'T roll your eyes at me , I am a grown up and I am actually paying your salary with my entry fees , How dare you WHAT DISRESPECT . Then we were All sweating like crazy , I felt like going to the Owner Ms Terri and the Director and inviting them down to the room and see how HOT it was in our lovely room way in the back ........ It was a steamy 85 degrees man was IT HOT, try getting a costume off and another on in 85 degrees !!! Very disappointed this year , we knew where the favoritism was directed to
AWESOME! What a terrific experience. For starters the MC was fabulous. He really entertained not only the dancers but the parents as well. Extremely Talented and fun to watch. The panel of judges that were selected really nailed it. They were fair and truly recognized choreography, technique and hard work to its fullest. Thank you On Stage America for a wonderful experience at Nationals!
Rated on Jul 18 2016 Event Rated (if any): Cape May Court House - 2015-07-06 Venue: 3 | Judging: 3 | Staff: 3 | Awards: 4 | Communication: 1
It's a shame to see a 5 star competition go to a 3 star competition. The two prior reviews were very accurate as our studio witnessed most of the comments that were written. The competition was much better 3-5 years ago with the old staff. The biggest issue is having 6 group numbers with only 4 to 5 routines In between each one. The same dancers are in these routines. It was comical because as this group was finished dancing they were already announced to be back stage checking in for the next routine as they have just left the stage from preforming. The dressing room was far away and we were being harassed to change faster as our dancers were already sweating from running back to do these quick changes and to help out with that, the dressing room wasn't even air conditioned. Miss Erin, who works back stage, was very rude to our dancers telling one of them that the whole competition was on a hold just for us for 20 min, when other dances before our dance, weren't even checked in. Not to mention she gave dirty looks to our dancers and parents. The favoritism of other studios is evident and the judging was inconsistent. The whole week I felt as though we were rushed as if the director had somewhere else to be. Also the owner of the competition is clueless as to what's going on in her company. The mc was great and made the awards and waiting fun. The rest of the staff needs to take lessons from him. As far as the dance off, our dance studio that grease would win it before it even preformed that week. That's the way the cookies been crumbling for the past 5 years.
If I could give no star that would be more suitable. Time to re-brand this comp after 25 year as a Musical Theater/Broadway/"If you don't have a prop don't come" comp. It was literally like a HS talent show on steroids. The judging panel-big whopping 3 of them-had no diversity in experience and background-all musical theater & Broadway. We saw lip syncing, dancing in character costumes and a prop for basically every number which at times were either never used or used for the students who can't "dance" to be able to position themselves on or up against just to be on stage. As far as the judging it was CLEAR that technique,and all the other genres including tap, hip hop and contemporary had no idea how to be judged. This is not a DANCE comp! This is ok but don't advertise as such! As far as the review below I heard first hand the "preferred studios" discussing how this year they were promised certain things as well as shirts being worn.As far as the "fight" the studio itself (Z) should have been disqualified as other comps make it VERY clear that any ill will or negative bias/ acts/comments against others can & will lead to disqualification. A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL OF DECORUM IS EXPECTED! A NATIONAL comp cannot have favoritism-this must get removed from the business model as it just becomes an illegitimate biased experience which is what this was. Our studio as well as others had numbers that were so technically advanced and proper but were completely overlooked because they didn't have a "literal" presentation of the numbers with props. Finally when a number (Grease) is given an overall choreography award that was just the icing on the cake. News flash: that movie was choreographed 40 plus years ago..recreating it is certainly not worthy of an original choreography award because they "fit the whole movie into the number in under 7 minutes". PS DIAMOND awards are for flawless, technically correct, well choreographed,clean & refined dances NOT regurgitation.
If I could give a better review of the MC, who was enthusiastic and upbeat, I would give about four stars. But seeing as that we are talking of the competition itself, I must say On Stage America's Nationals in Cape May 2016 was rooted in controversy and seemingly unfair adjudication. A fight also broke out in the lobby between parents of one of Terry Hazel's more favorited regulars. (Apparently over what one dancer was promised prior to adjudication.) To say it was a shit show, would be mild. There seemed to be several studios getting higher scores simply because of their consistancy with OSA competitions-one studio even allowed to wear champion shirts on the start day of nationals. When I privately messaged OSA about this I was met with a very nasty response. (A message I have screenshotted and saved). While there were many many talented dancers there in cape may, the competition itself was cmetely out of whack. Constantly running early, being told that they will not jump around for dance numbers not ready only to have to wait o we 50 minutes on Wednesday's gala for "a couple of dancers". Throughout the course of every day the audience was ushered in and out for 1/2 hour "breaks" - literally right out of the auditorium (whyyyy?!???) stretching the day from 8am to about 730 pm every day. It was crazy and unprofessional. (PS, one dancer even left in a huff, screaming that he was promised a title.) WOW. Glad it's over, and nope. Never again.
Pros - The staff and backstage crew were fun and helpful. Great atmosphere. Cons - The favoritism and blatant politics regarding one studio were UNBELIEVEABLE. This studio brought well over 100 dances and they were clearly known by the staff for being at previous regionals/nationals. I understand that not everything is always fair, but this went beyond unfair. At one point, the favorite studio was wheeling a giant prop on stage (and took longer than the allotted 2 minutes, but were not penalized) and the MC TOLD THE PROP DADS THAT THEIR PROP WAS OFF CENTER. If that curiosity is going to be given to one studio then the MC should alert every dance when a formation or prop is set up off center. By Sunday afternoon the judges were clapping for this studio before the kids even started dancing. They were gorgeous and extremely talented children; I will not take that away from them. This is solely on how the competition responded to this one studio and brushed the others aside. It was unprofessional and disappointing.
Very kid friendly, they seemed to have a very good time. Sold out so very big and tough competition. Judging seemed very fair . The guy backstage was very energetic, friendly and helpful. Awards ceremony so so announcer a bit long winded. Overall kids had fun, we had fun, so I would go back next year!
Disappointing. While we knew this competition would be a step up (and a good educational experience for our team), there was definitely a "home team/best customer feel" that was emphasized for their large, pre-professional teams participants. I don't mean awards; we didn't expect to place overall. I mean overall feeling. We have been at competitions before where we were a little out of our league; but things were still friendly and the love of dance kind of tied things together. Not here. Things were a bit chaotic in the halls backstage. While the admin. has no control over the behavior of the participants, the teams that swept the competition were observed being derogatory to our dancers during their performance. Unfortunate. Judges encountered outside of the venue seemed to be friendly and enjoying things. Lots of distortion and squeaks when using the microphones; painful to the ears. A better sound check ahead of time would help. Administration would do well to know that perhaps their best customers are also the ones with the worst sportsmanship. I know the judges can't have eyes in the back of their heads, but studio owners should be aware of the behavior of their dancers. Photos and DVDs were quite expensive relative to other competitions.
The worst competition ever!!!! Sound system was awful. No hall monitors to supervise and advise the dancers of what is going on. Numerous men walking the hallways with young girls getting dressed. We drove 3 hours with our team to compete here and were never acknowledged or welcomed and thanked like we have at other competitions. It seemed very one sided. A few of the dance studios were obviously familiar to them and the favorites. No trophies given out - only to Title winners. All other winners receive plaques. No information on the judges who seemed inadequate. Staff very rude. Will never attend this competition again.
This was my favorite Competition of all my 11 years. No extra fees for "Title". So everyone has the opportunity to win and be judged on the same level. I wish every comp was this fair. I enjoy this competition from beginning to end every time.