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I have been attending the convention at Showstopper (come on people, do
see an S on the end at the top of the page?!) for 12 years now. I
attend the Myrtle Beach convention which has expanded greatly.
their are multiple sites for different conventions going on at
once I feel
as though the second convention is also "second rate"
even though you
pay the same price. Also the levels are all at
different times so you
don't have time for group activities, like
doing dinner together. The
instructors are top notch, a few of the
instructors are too young and
don't understand how to teach
intermediate levels. In the junior tap
class only four of us got the
material and we were all instructors. Every
single kid was faking
something whether it was the paradiddle combo or the
double heel flap,
toe stands, etc. The bonus room doesn't seem to fair
well as most
instructors don't realize the music doesn't need to be
as loud in
the tiny room and forget the projectors are not in this room so
the class can't see.
My daughter has attended showstoppers for the past 3 years We have been to
regional competitions, national competitions and this past October we
attended a convention. Everything they do is well put together, organized,
family friendly and a positive experience. Cannot wait until April when
we go again!
I give a double thumbs up for Showstopper! So organized, so on time, so
positive! The parents from our studio have repeated over and over how
impressed they were! Thanks for once again being the BEST competition out
fairymom (Gold) Parent from WA 16 Total Reviews 15 Comp. Reviews 1 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Nov 22 2013
We usually go to this event, but we don't expect much by going. The
judges are next to useless in feedback and they really seem to play
favorites. It is oversold and crowded. The stage is too small for large
groups and production routines.
Every year we go to Showstoppers because it's the best competition
experience anywhere. They go above and beyond to make it a special weekend
for all the dancers and our parents that attend. Its always packed full,
but they handle it seamlessly and that's why they are the best!
MissG (Silver) Teacher from PA 3 Total Reviews 2 Comp. Reviews 1 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Nov 11 2013
We have never been to a more professional competition that Showstopper! It
is by far our school’s favorite to attend. My students love the
excitement of attending a large competition, my parents love the stage,
lighting, and sound and I as a director love the scheduling and the
teachers registration online and information center. We can’t wait for
May regional and for Nationals!
Iteach1 (Gold) Teacher from NE 13 Total Reviews 6 Comp. Reviews 7 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Nov 08 2013
Showstopper is the most professionally run competition our studio has ever
attended. It’s great to know that when competition fees can be a lot for
families financially, they feel like they are getting something quality in
return. Showstopper is fantastic from set-up and stage, to judging and
communications tto contestants to the website, it’s always top-notch.
Thay take the time to make the kids feel like they are ALL special!
Great competition and well run! BUT, be forewarned, if you are a small
studio, you will need help. They often have 2 - 4 stages running
simultaneously and one person cannot be in all those places at once. You
need good assistants and /or studio moms to make sure your dancers are
warmed up and dances have been run and they are checked in. Always a fun
environment and high energy. Compete on your level or you will be
disappointed. This is another one that they truly expect you to dance to
your category. (How it should be.)Nationals locations are fabulous but it
is a very long week. Don't plan a family vacation thinking you are
going to relax.
Showstopper is the best dance competition in the country. They know how to
put on a show better than anyone and pay attention to every detail.
Nothing else like it exists out there. Our favorite every year.
They obviously cater to big studios that show up year after year. The
Director was downright rude and not helpful at all. Since this competition
is so large in MA they hold it in two separate venues. So technically you
are only competing with half the group, especially in solo competition.
Messy handwritten comments by the judges that are practically useless.
gcapa (High Gold) Studio Owner from NC 27 Total Reviews 12 Comp. Reviews 15 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Oct 07 2013
No one knows which level they are supposed to be entered into. Obviously
young studios are entering the intermediate or competitive level and do not
belong. Never ran in order. The solo competition should not be out of
order. There were no signs a the merchandise table and the cranky old
ladies working it screamed at you if you were in the wrong line or
didn't have your payment ready quick enough. Could have been a great
competition, but too many things gone wrong to want to give it another try
any time soon.
went to regionals & nationals this Summer. Loved it but was really upset
because it was east coast nationals & competetion was full of canadians,
who swept the competetion. I didnt feel our girls had a fair shot. Overall
we did like showstoppers competition.
This is our favorite competition!!! Every year we try a few new
competitions but always attend Showstoppers. The staff is fabulous and so
motivating for the students!!! We have been to the Nationals several times
and will be going back again this year!!!
ltzol (Silver) Parent from OH 2 Total Reviews 2 Comp. Reviews 0 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Oct 05 2013
We had a very bad experience here last year (2013) we changed to the
overflow venue when the competition we were scheduled for sold out (the
overflow venue was closer). Big mistake. The judges seemed to be chosen at
the last minute and had no technical comments to make. There was no one
backstage to help keep performers on schedule. It was a mess all around and
felt like a huge waste of money.
Regionals tend to be over crowded 4 stages. Judges this year very hard for
young soloist. I did not compete my dd in finals. But overall groups judges
seem fair . We always enjoy going there. Venue is great!rn
This comp use to be one of my faves but slowly through the years it's
failed to meet the high expectations I've had since the beginning. I know
show stoppers is known for being very packed and you think they would be
use to this and know how to handle it but everything seemed to run sloppy.
I really hope things change because this really is/was a great competition
Brenda (Silver) Teacher from FL 2 Total Reviews 2 Comp. Reviews 0 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Aug 14 2013
Showstopper is definately my favorite. A great experience for all my
dancers and their parents. Very professional. There is really no other
event even close. They are the best competition in the US and I have been
to them all.
xtnsx (Silver) Studio Owner from NE 4 Total Reviews 4 Comp. Reviews 0 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Aug 11 2013
Was unfortunately very disappointed in our experience this past season. In
previous years I have always enjoyed taking my dancers to Showstoppers.
This year was not that case. The competition seemed very understaffed and
unfriendly. With 2 stages running there was so much confusion and running
around. Dancers weren't able to receive their own awards because they had
to be dancing on the other stage.... and there was no one to talk to about
conflicts like this unless you crawled up to the mc... who acted annoyed
and rude. Also was very disappointed to look on facebook and see that in
other cities the awards that were handed out were in nicer quality than
what we received. Clearly they don't treat each regional event with equal
respect even though we paid the same amount for entry fees.
Last year was the first dance competition of my life at age 47. I went to
show stopper again this year along with four others. Show stopper is my
favorite. I feel the judges are unbiased and their award ceremony is like
winning a Grammy ! Highly recommend this competition.
My daughters grew up on the Showstopper Stage and now our dancers, which
include my grandsons, grace the stage each season. Showstopper is family
and will always be on our list of competitions each year. Well ran, fair,
amazing staff & judges!
sma0517 (Gold) Parent from IN 16 Total Reviews 9 Comp. Reviews 7 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Jul 17 2013 | Edited on: Oct 17 2013
This competition ran on time for the regionals and nationals last
which is very rare for a competition. The judges seemed fair at
regionals although at nationals the judging for tap dances wasn't
great. This competition focuses on glitz and glamor which wasn't
problem for us but lots of people at our studio didn't like it.
this competition might not be for everyone.
ktmikelle (Gold) Studio Owner from MD 12 Total Reviews 10 Comp. Reviews 2 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Jul 03 2013
Showstopper is always on our schedule. However, this year things were a
little unorganized. I don't know if they are cutting down on staff but
it seemed like there weren't enough people to keep things running
smoothly. We will continue to attend because it is a favorite of the
dancers and parents.
My dancer loves Showstopper, but from a parental perspective, it was
mess. There were 3 stages running at the same time, and during one
presentation, my daughter was on stage in another room and did
not get to
accept her award. Our studio likes to support ALL our
dancers as a group,
and it is impossible when they are performing in 3
different rooms at the
same time. Further, my daughter had 9 dances in
a 3 hour window - with
many costume/hairpiece changes, she was
frustrated and exhausted by the
fourth number. At some competitions,
the staff is personable, friendly,
helpful, and approachable. Over the
years, they even learn our dancers by
name. However, I never did see
anyone who worked for Showstopper, much
less got to meet them. I
wouldn't have known who to go to for
Showstoppers Northern Finals Nationals were excellent. Kalahari was the
perfect location - plenty to do for all ages, convenient- great to stay in
the same location as the competition, and affordable. Judging seem fair.
Everything ran on time. Three stages going at once, but everything ran
smoothly. The award ceremonies were quick. Nothing started too early or
went too late which was great. Loved the affordable videos and clothing
Showstopper has always been one of the top competitions we have attended.
They put on an amazing show and give out the best trophies. They play-back
the videos of the top 10 at awards, which is also pretty neat! Showstopper
ALWAYS seems to be the most packed competition we ever attend but yet it is
always very organized and the awards are always on time! It is amazing they
can have three rooms going at once and still have everything put together
so nicely! I also appreciate the fact that they make an effort to make sure
all dance studios (big and small) feel comfortable and the fact that they
were kind enough to refund my one dancer who was ill this season and unable
to dance at their event! I also want to point out that they have been very
helpful with all my needs and they are always quick to respond when I
contact their office. It is also very nice that they have a Nationals in TX
because it makes it more affordable for my dancers to attend! We love
Showstopper and plan to attend for many more years to come! The only reason
I am giving them a 4 and not a 5 is because we miss their old staff! The
new staff is just as kind and happy as the old, but the old staff seemed to
associate more with the children making them feel special at each event! We
are looking forward to Nationals this year and can't wait for all the
extras Showstopper offers at Nationals including their dancers party and
It was an ok competition. The two venues were kind of annoying, and so was
the female announcer. How they scored seemed slightly unnecessary also.
Platinum, Double Platinum, Crystal? My studio and I kept saying all
weekend that we wish they just had a normal scoring system so we could
better compare our scores at this competition to those of others.
Otherwise, the competition ran on time for the most part and I have no
other complaints about it.
Nice all around competition but the staging was awful. There were ridges
under the marley making it difficult to dance on. The background was ugly
and looked very cheap. Otherwise the competition was judged fairly and had
AMP (High Gold) Parent from AR 22 Total Reviews 22 Comp. Reviews 0 Vendor Reviews
Rated on May 30 2013
Very friendly staff and well run. Judges were ok but critiques were odd -
which happens sometimes. Competition ran on time and awards were normal
length. Only complaint - junior competition of 9-11 year olds STARTED at
9:45PM. Scheduling is difficult I am sure but seriously that is sort of a
late call time for a nine year old.
Tap10 (Gold) Studio Owner from IL 14 Total Reviews 9 Comp. Reviews 5 Vendor Reviews
Rated on May 27 2013
We have not done showstoppers for many years. We attended the Chicago
regional this past weekend. The office staff was very helpful and we got
our information in a timely manner however we found out we would be in 2
locations just a week or so before the competition. The 2 venues worked out
fine but the schedule itself was not laid out very well. Many studios
including ours had numbers back to back with the same dancers and as a
result by the time we got to the larger numbers and productions we were
waiting for dancers to change and waiting for sets. The competition wound
up 1 1/2 hours behind schedule! After 3 long days of competition this was
not a good situation. The girl announcer took too long to hand out the top
awards however the gentleman announcer did a much better job. Not sure if
we will go back.
DD and family had the most fun at this comp. They had two stages this year.
Very organized. Solos, duets, and trio in one room and groups in another.
Awards were not boring and slow. The merchandise was great. Location could
be a little better. There is not enough parking and the dressing room area
was packed. Not sure if they could change venues to make it an absolute
PropDad (Silver) Parent from IN 2 Total Reviews 2 Comp. Reviews 0 Vendor Reviews
Rated on May 09 2013
We love the Showstopper competitions. Indianapolis was very well organized
& executed. Great backstage management. Competitions run on-time with
relatively little juggling of timeslots for the routines. LOVE their
photography policy. They focus on their video quality and it is
substantially better than most other competitions.
They've become so
popular in Indy, that they had to operate two stages simultaneously. Kudos
on the gear used for the 2nd stage. Professional grade. Very solid. Good
lighting considering the circumstances. They run a tight ship and know how
to pull in extra resources to ensure the larger events STILL run on-time.
It was a good competition. Had 2 rooms going which had me concerned as I
have more than one dancer, but it worked out fine. I would have given it 5
stars except for one complaint- the stage area they built in the cafeteria
looked great. It looked just like it was in an auditorium creating a great
atmosphere, BUT it was very difficult for the dancers to hear their music
as the acoustics were not good and the person working backstage was not
helpful considering this situation. Lots of complaints and missed starts
from dancers unfortunately and screwed up a few of them too.
Regionals Indianapolis-Very well run and on time! Kids had a
Went to Northern Nationals in Sandusky, OH. It was a great
venue, reasonably priced, parent-friendly, kid-friendly competition!
Judging seemed fair and consistent. Would definitely recommend!
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