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.
Best dance competition this season, by far! Everyone I encountered who was representing On Stage America - from my DVD purchase, to my shirt purchase and to my request for a schedule "tweak" - was so friendly and helpful and a real pleasure to interact with. Raj was so wonderful when I asked for a favor on Saturday night and I can't speak highly enough about him. I would recommend this competition without reservation to all dance competition teams. They got their results up faster than any other competition I've attended.
Everyone has a different experience and I recognize that. Staff was great. I thought the competition went rather well overall. Critiques from the judges focused less on dancing and more on personal opinion on trivial aspects. Felt like we missed out on real dance critiques at times.
We are coming back this Spring! We attended last year with my teen team and are going this year with my junior team. The girls had a lot of fun and enjoyed watching the performances. Some downsides are that they run either very late or very early and there is a lot of performances lacking real competition. Also, a group lirterally had a POLE on stage and recieved a 2nd place award. But overall, nice!!
Jdancer24 (Gold) Dancer from RI 17 Total Reviews 16 Comp. Reviews 1 Vendor Reviews
Rated on May 05 2014 | Edited on: May 05 2014 Event Rated (if any): - Venue: -- | Judging: -- | Staff: -- | Awards: -- | Communication: --
Picked a bad venue with small dressing rooms. Liked how they talked to the dancers who won special awards and gave them a chance to talk about their routine a little. Even asked someone from my studio to be an assistant judge during awards (not when scoring actual dancers, just handing out awards) For some awards they call you up from the audience which helped with over crowding on stage. Overall felt the scoring was on the tough side but there was great talent at our event. They start their season very early which forced us to bring last years dances to the event. Overall nice competition