We attend this competition every year and each year are more pleased with the way it is run. We love how the judging is done and how placement is known no matter what place you come in! Highly recommend this competition!!!
Showstoppers was a fun competition! My students had a great time and the judging was always fair. They never gave favor to lots of tricks and cared about clean dances with lots of technique. The only complaint is the award ceremony. They took a very long time to announce each dances individual award but barely gave attention to dances that placed overall.
I'm a little late with this, but wanted to say, they did a great job at our Nationals we attended in Orlando this past June. So friendly! Wish there were a few more competitor's in some of the age/skill levels but, overall well done. Really liked that there was an overall competition at the end of the week for highest scoring dances, that was a lot of fun for the girls to dance again and dance hard!!
We attended showstoppers last comp season in Woodbridge VA and we can't wait to go back this year. great comp. ran on time.more than fair judging. great trophies. love love love. Only thing I would say is one of the stages could have been a little bigger, my dancer needed more room for her solo.
We had a wonderful time at both a regional and a national competition. Very organized. Was worried about the lack of a backstage manager initially, but it worked well. Judging was consistent, fair, and the judges gave excellent critiques. Friendly staff. Awards ceremonies moved quickly, which I loved, though I can understand some being disappointed that there are no "extras." Despite not having a lineup of the top ten, my dancers loved being able to see their routines displayed on the screen when they were announced. Only complaint was the size - multiple stages meant that parents with multiple dancers sometimes had some tough situations. Regardless, the organizers handled it well, and were willing to work with our teachers to make sure everyone could be on stage when they needed to be. Overall, an excellent experience.
Our studio has been attending this competition's Regionals and Nationals for over 10 years consistently. Our studio is mainly hip hop so we already feel at a disadvantage before we even get started. However for the past couple of years, we feel we were judged pretty fairly coming out with 5-8 crystal awards and placing too ten with a few dances. We just attended the Showstoppers Arlington competition this weekend and our kids routines were amazing. They gave higher scores to other studios who did the whip and the nae nae for hip hop routines while ours are intricate and clean since that is our studios focus. Our kids work so hard and were really dissapointed in the results even though they danced amazingly. The judges this year do not seem well versed on hip hop at all. I feel like if you are going to have the category, you need to understand that there are several types of hip hop. There is lyrical hip hop, old school hip hop, hype hip hop, character hip hop. For us to constantly spend so much money coming to regionals and nationals each year, at least do us the courtesy of having well versed hip hop judges who can actually critique and give good feed back. We also did not like the bright lights on in the house while the dancers were performing, music was low, and we really didn't like that there's no stage manager backstage. It made it seem really impersonal. We are not sure if we will be back next year which is a shame as it is usually the highlight of our competition season.
Our studio attended Showstopper this weekend and what a wonderful breath of fresh air to the competition world! It was right on time, we were so well informed and all the communications about when and what stage to perform on were super easy. I also love that they respected our dancers educations by starting after school on Friday and ending early on Sunday, even though it was a huge event. The staging, hosts, video playbacks during awards were all as professional as a concert tour and we just plain had the most FUN we have ever had on a dance competition weekend.
Rated on May 23 2016 | Edited on: May 24 2016 Event Rated (if any): Tacoma - 2016-05-20 Venue: 3 | Judging: 3 | Staff: 3 | Awards: 3 | Communication: 4
Showstopper is a an alright competition. I definitely have mixed feelings about it. It's huge. Understanding that, with so many entries, starting earlier on Friday would be better than ending so late on a Sunday, many schools have half days on Fridays. The Tacoma Convention Center is a nice venue however the use of adjacent stages and location of warm up areas and dressing rooms is very distracting. Sound is horrible, unless you are sitting front and center you cannot hear the music of the performer(s) on stage. Even when sitting front and center you cannot hear or understand the announcers very well during awards, the kids on stage also had trouble hearing and understanding them. They have several shorter awards, which is better than waiting hours between ceremonies, but they seem a bit lackluster, except the replay of videos and Just Dance, those things are awesome! While they tout being family friendly, judging seems to be a bit contrary to that message. The Convention Center staff were not very friendly.
Rated on May 23 2016 | Edited on: May 25 2016 Event Rated (if any): Tacoma - 2016-05-20 Venue: 5 | Judging: 4 | Staff: 3 | Awards: 3 | Communication: 3
We attended in tacoma this weekend. This was our 4th year in a row. We have always liked Showstopper, but not as much this year. The good. Event ran on time,staff seemed nice,judging seemed fair. I liked how they have screens up and in between dances they flash next 3 dances up.The trophies are nice and I like how they do a top 10 overall, but also do placings within age (11) and category (jazz).The bad. It is too BIG.Close to or at 1000 entries. 2 rooms running. There was no one backstage to check in with. Doors were open to rooms, people constantly walking in and out while kids are on stage. You can hear all the music and cheering between rooms and it was distracting. Lights are on during dances. Awards ceremony was boring. They did not make it fun for dancers and hardly any interaction with dancers other than calling them up. The top 10 overall didn't even get to stand on stage and be acknowledged. Scoring system is weird too.Dp and platinum is such a small range and they always end up with so many ties. A top 10 ends up always being a top 12-18.No special awards. Really wish they'd cut the entries down to half or 3/4 the size. We have always liked this comp, but this was the worst year, but still willing to give it another try next year.