we attended Sheet Talent LTD. for the first time this past weekend in Sacramento, CA. We had a wonderful experience. We attended as a independent entry and felt the competition was fair. Independents and small studio entries were given the same opportunities to win as large studios. They did skip around a bit with the order; as most competitions do as numbers are added. That's to be expected. They provide excellent feedback on comp. performances. We got feedback from three judges synced to the actual performance which allowed my daughter to see what she needed to correct. The feedback was very professionl. The customer service was excellent at the competition as well as the convention. Staff was very helpful. The convention was small; which allowed for a more intense session. Many scholarships and awards were given out in the end rewarding the students hard work during the workshops. Classes consisted of ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and tap. Parents are not allowed to observe the workshop. Only teachers can observe. The venues were nice and appropriate for the competition and convention. I look forward to seeing this competition and convention grow over the next several years.
Our studio only had a few girls come and perform solos and do the workshop. The judging was based on who had the most sparkles on costumes and no one seemed to care about technique. They kept jumping around in their program which was annoying. We felt like we were at a glitz pageant not a dance competition. The next day for the workshop the ballet teacher yelled at the kids and told them they couldn't talk or cough or move...jazz and contemporary had the same choreo which was just rolling around doing shoulder rolls on the floor. My DD didn't want to stay for the last class which was tap, we didn't stay for the closing awards. The only person we'd like to commend was the mc girl Anna Quarter, she was super friendly and helpful towards my daughter. It was an experience and we won't do it again.
This one was a bit of a mess...the numbers were all out of sequence for no discernable reason, (the dancers were lined up three deep for the most part), and often the staffers were just short of rude. The venue in Durham was smalll, old, and crowded, and there was no direct access allowed from the hotel to tbe performance hall, even though it existed, because the hotel had booked a large wedding party at the same time. The hotel was totally unprepared for the number of guests so far as their restaurant was concerned, and there were no other restaurants conveniently close to the venue. Overall this could have been a LOT better, doubt we will go back.
realdm (Silver) Parent from CA 2 Total Reviews 1 Comp. Reviews 1 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Oct 11 2013 | Edited on: Nov 21 2013 Event Rated (if any): - Venue: -- | Judging: -- | Staff: -- | Awards: -- | Communication: --
This is what Dance Educators of America used to be. Friendly, accommodating staff, organized competition, great workshops. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is because it just started this year and I don't know how it will be when it gets bigger. At the regionals we attended, we were the only studio that showed up so we competed against ourselves. It was exhausting for our dancers with all the back-to-back numbers and quick changes. Nationals in Las Vegas was better. More studios participated and it was a positive atmosphere (despite the presence of Abby Lee). With regard to judging, I thought it was fair, and the comments were relevant and constructive. I like that there are workshops along with the competition. We are attending again in 2014 and I have high hopes for regionals this time. EDITED on 11/21/13: I am disappointed with how Sheer Talent has been fawning over Abby Lee Miller and her group for the last few months. So many posts on their Facebook page are Dance Moms related, and on their website they are even advertising a staged competition (for the TV show) in New York next week. I realize they are just starting out and need the exposure but it is just too much. Not sure if Nationals is going to end up being an ALDC love fest but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. For these reasons I'm taking the rating down from 4 stars to 3 1/2 stars (except it doesn't show half stars).