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.
Great competition. Very professional. Staff seems wonderful, other dancers were very talented and nice. While I appreciate the fact that they want to hurry through awards, they went so fast it was kind of hard to keep up with. Most of the scores were well deserved. Really no complaints from our weekend of dance.
Best competition out there!! The awards are quick and frequent. They judges give great feedback on the video critiques. They take excellent pictures of all the dances and always have the competition at a great venue.Their conventions are also fabulous!!
Was at Showstoppers this past weekend and all I can say is they really know how to put on a great competition. The scheduling was nearly to the minute even with multiple stages going, and even though the event was huge the hours were reasonable. I love that they respect our children's education by not starting during school hours and end so they can get some rest from day-to-day. That didn't go unnoticed by all my studios' parents. Great staging, announcing, fair judging and I always felt well informed about when my dances were going on. And I LOVED the trophys and huge screens they use to make it all so much fun!
We had a great fun time at Showstoppers! Extremely organized and on time. Trophies and medals were over the top. Loved the backdrops and playbacks during awards. Fair judging with constructive comments.
Great comp. Organized, on time. Friendly staff. Loved the FAIR judging and streamlined awards... No fluff stuff here! Trophies and medals were good quality. Merchandise available for sale were reasonably priced. The emcees were awesome! Loved the comments about the routines and the backdrop screens during awards. The cons: well, having the dressing room directly backstage-big mistake! Dancers were screamingand yelling during solo dances and it was heard all the way into the audience during routines. Very inappropriate and distracting for the dancers onstage.
Love the $3.99 video promotion. That being said, video cameras were directly in front of stage or to the side. With bigger groups, few girls were included when they filmed and it made an awkward video from the side. My kid tries to use competition video for visual feedback and make corrections. That is difficult to do if they are not in the video.
Fun competition, reasonably priced t-shirts and dance wear for sale. Love the $3.99 video promo. Beautiful photos were captured but they were just too expensive to buy. The stage was very small - worried the minis might fall off during productions. Improved venue location this year from previous years we have attended.
We have been to numerous Showstoppers in the past. My favorite comp of all. Nice stage sets, professional staffers, always on time, fair judging, great trophies & medals. Didn't care so much for this venue. Stage seemed smaller. Auditorium seats were old. Barely could see stage if someone sat in front of you. Sad there will be no nationals in Sandusky this year! :( Great all around competition.
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This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Apr 12 2016
Hi! We're so glad you had a great time at Showstopper this past weekend! We've been told that the auditorium will be remodeled, with new seats, by our competition next year :) We'll also be going back to Sandusky for both regionals AND finals in 2017! The schedule is up on our website now if you want to take a look :) Hope to see you again soon!!