Headliners' philosophy is one that parallels our philosophy as a studio. They strive to make sure that every dancer is supportive of one another regardless of the studio they come from. The judges are professional, tough, and fair. This is by far our favorite competition of the season!
Your staff behind the merchandise table and back stage were wonderful. Thanks for accommodating for quick changes and for students who were at college auditions. You did not accommodate for how may students our studio had attending. You did not even have space for all the studios attending- We had students from other studios asking us where there were more dressing rooms and we could not help them, as we had to ask the janitors to open more rooms for us to use as well. Then your staff tried to tell us we couldn't be in these extra rooms because you hadn't had them approved. It is your responsibility to have the space available for students to change. Your judges claimed to be "musical theater fanatics" and the overalls were mostly lyrical/contemporary numbers. Multiple people from all studios were confused at what was awarded- the audience saw amazing dances that were not recognized on multiple occasions throughout the weekend. Your "recreational" category is a joke. You need to create more categories beside Hollywood and Broadway. Studios were openly admitting they placed competitive team dancers in "recreational" because they couldn't have them in the same division as their seniors. That's very fair to the 7 year old children who have one year of competition experience and dance 1 hour a week. Thanks for that. Also, how is it that you have solo awards for ages 16 & 18 and have them competing against one another, and then have a separate category for 17 year olds? On what planet does that make sense? I have been a part of the competitive dance world since 2001. We had some numbers place this past weekend in overalls and given decently scored awards, so I'm not making these comments as a completely disgruntled observer whose dancer received nothing this weekend. What we did learn is that we will NEVER be a part of this competition again. Get it together.
I thought this competition was very well run. They ran on time the entire weekend. Judging was tough but fair. Although special awards seemed to mostly go to contemporary and lyrical dances all types of dances made the top 10. The photos taken were amazing, I wish I hadn't purchased them at the last competition we went to because these were so much better. They were also willing to double check the videos to make sure that the tap sounds came through before people bought the video.
I just love the way this competition treats the dancers - yes, the speeches can go on for a bit, but you KNOW they really watched the performances, they want to see dancers develop and grow. I particularly appreciate their commitment to starting and ending at reasonable hours. The judges' comments are amongst the most detailed and constructive that we have received all season, but they did have an issue with audio synch to video on the critiques which was frustrating.
TapADD (Gold) Dancer from IL 13 Total Reviews 10 Comp. Reviews 3 Vendor Reviews
Rated on Mar 15 2015 Event Rated (if any): Indianapolis - 2015-02-27 Venue: -- | Judging: -- | Staff: -- | Awards: -- | Communication: --
I enjoyed Headliners quite a bit. The competition ran very smoothly and was never late. It was always on time or early. The judging was fair. The videos were probably the highest quality I have ever seen at a competition. Only negative would be the judges' critiques. They were not very helpful or understandable. I did not feel as many constructive critiques were given. Also. the audio was very off from the video for critiques, so it was hard to decipher which part of the number was being talked about.
My studio has competed for over ten years. We recently entered a Headliners competition, and the experience from start to finish exceeded my expectations. From the initial phone conversation with Shari to the follow up post competition, I was amazed at the degree of professionalism, compassion, understanding, and overall kindness. The event was on time, no long late night awards, very professionally run . We are hooked on Headliners! Can't wait until next year.
As a mother of a teen dancer who has attended Headliners for 8 straight years all I can say is that I LOVE THIS COMPETITION! As much as I love to watch all dances, not all are near perfect and deserving of the highest awards (in Headliners case ELITE GOLD). I find so refreshing to find a competition that evaluates routines fairly and thus utilizes more than just two award levels. Multiple levels gives dancers something to continually strive for. Do I always agree with the judges critiques? Perhaps not always but USUALLY! We find that there is a wonderful mix of positivity and compliments among those corrections. Thank you Headliners for a wonderful dance experience. It has helped shape Gianna into the dancer she is today. We hope to be attending your Regionals (and perhaps Nationals!) for her remaining dance years.
Rated on Mar 09 2015 | Edited on: Mar 09 2015 Event Rated (if any): Derry - 2015-03-06 Venue: -- | Judging: -- | Staff: -- | Awards: -- | Communication: --
I've never written a review about a competition (good or bad) but I was compelled to do so this time....so very impressed! Most professionally run competition we have been to in a long time. Ran smoothly and on time all weekend, great staff!
I have had the honor of judging for Headliners for the past three years. I have the an incredible amount of respect for this organization. I have been able to give honest and accurate critiques and scores because the Headliners staff has NEVER once interfered with my judging. No one has ever asked me to change a score or to give filtered critiques. I take judging very seriously and take the responsibility very seriously. Having grown up as a competitive dancer and have performed professionally in both commerical and concert dance, I feel I can give informed and via ale feedback to dancers about what is relevant in our industry today. Headliners only hires the most qualified judges. I have worked with some of the most distinguished teachers and adjudicators at Headliners. Thank you for supporting this respectful, honest and organized competition.
We just got back from Headliner's Indianapolis. This was my daughter's second time going to Headliners. I am giving it a "great" because everything about the competition was very professional. They ran on time (even a little early). I felt they scored appropriately. The venue was very nice. The staff was helpful when our studio couldn't find our dressing room. The only reason I gave them 4 stars and not 5 is because I felt the competition was a little dated.
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This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Mar 01 2015
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We are glad you enjoyed the competition. In order to make our event even more appealing we would appreciate it if you could let us know why you felt our competition was dated?? Just so you are aware, all our judging is on laptops with video screens and we provide the critiques on site to the studios. We also travel with a professional sound system, lights, photo backdrop, iPad viewing in the lobby for photos and videos. Anything you can offer is appreciated!! Shari Tomasiello, Headliners
Rated on Feb 21 2015 | Edited on: Feb 21 2015 Event Rated (if any): - Venue: -- | Judging: -- | Staff: -- | Awards: -- | Communication: --
I debated about reviewing this because I didn't want to sound bitter because we did very poorly. But I decided to review it. First thing most professional atmosphere at I competition I have ever experienced. I thought the idea of donating trophies was so thoughtful (we donated ours to breast cancer) my only complaint was the Hollywood level seemed so frowned upon like it was for the bad people partially because it audience and partially because the mcs sounded bored when they announced them and they had more to say for the Broadway level. (we were broadway) Also I felt larger returning studios got preferential treatment . But the pictures are amazing and great job with handling the snow in Worcester!
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This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Feb 21 2015
Hello Cait. Thank you for your kind words. We work very hard to try to make everyone feel special so I would be interested in knowing exactly why you felt the Hollywood level was frowned upon especially since we start every awards ceremony with that level and expressly discussing the fact that we want to support and encourage the newer dancers. There aren't as many studios/routines that choose that level so there just weren't that many routines to recognize. The big concern is why you would think anyone got preferential treatment? Headliners has always had the reputation that everyone gets treated in the same manner. We do not tell our who the studios are - they judge every routine as they see it. I encourage you to read the previous review from one of our judges who explains that the reason they only judge for us is we do not tell them how to judge. Feel free to email me at email@example.com to discuss. We don't want anyone feeling this way and your constructive criticism will only make our events better. Shari Tomasiello, National Director
As I have written before about Headliners as a studio owner/teacher, I would like to state a few things about being on the "other side" of the event: a judge's viewpoint. Since I have an International License to judge and have also judged in the figure skating program of the USFSA, I feel qualified to give my viewpoint on events and competitions. For one thing, Headliners is the most fair of all the events I have judged! My scores have never been changed or challenged in any way, and the competition is run on the most professional basis of anywhere I have judged. My colleagues are more than competent, have both professional and teaching experience, and are the best educated in their fields of dance. Many have grown up in the competition field, and they are now professionally engaged in some form of the educational process or career oriented. I will not work for any organization but only the most professional, friendly, family type event that will be good for all dancers, not merely my own. Yes, my students do attend Headliners. That to me is a definite PLUS! I know how they (the dancers) feel in all matters of competitions; and I listen. My Seniors wanted to attend the Nationals again because they felt they were treated fairly, warmly, and with professionalism. To them, that was extremely important! Many are continuing their dance at the university level, and they have fond memories of Headliners already from the past few years. I could not ask for anything more from an organization than that: my students are very happy with Headliners! My "Newbies" are so excited already, and they don't compete until May! Word has spread:the older girls love, love, love Headliners! That is why I continue these many years with this organization that is truly on the mark for a beautiful dance experience. Thank you, Headliners, for making a difference in all our lives! I am a better person for knowing you all and the quality you bring to my dancers!
Rated on Feb 10 2015 | Edited on: Feb 10 2015 Event Rated (if any): - Venue: -- | Judging: -- | Staff: -- | Awards: -- | Communication: --
we will not be attending headliners again.
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This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Feb 10 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write. As the National Director I want to address your concerns: Firstly, I wish you had taken the time to call me at the office as I would have been able to explain why things were done. For instance, the titles. There were 80 Junior, Teen and Senior solos. Because there were so many, and because of the talent, the judge's asked if they could give an extra dancer a regional title. I'm not sure why you would object to us giving more than what we say we will. I am sure all 3 dancers were thrilled to be recognized. The judges may select 2 boys in addition to the girls in each of the 4 overall age division. However, it is not a guarantee that a dancer will receive a title. There are many criteria that go into the selection. Just because a boy performs does not guarantee he will receive a regional title. It is judge's choice. I would be happy to speak to you about it in more detail so feel free to call the office and ask for me. As far as the video critiques, I have never heard of this issue before. Please, once again, contact me so we can resolve. 973-927-8007 - Shari Tomasiello, National Director
I have been taking my dancers to compete with Headliners for 19 years. I love the professional atmosphere, judges critiques and friendly participating studios. The competition always runs on time or even a bit early. The Judging is fair and accurate and the critiques are useful. Headliners is the only competition that has earned my respect year after year for 19 straight years. I couldn't recommend it more as a studio owner! The competitions I choose for my students are a reflection on myself, staff and families and that is why Headliners will always be on our yearly competition schedule! Hope to see you there one day as well!
Last weekend we attending Headliners in MA. I have never been to a competition that is friendlier and more accommodating. The theater is at a college and there was a snow storm on Saturday. The college closed the campus and would not let Headliners hold the event. But that didn't stop the staff - they went above and beyond and gave us several options for our dancers to compete. They added so many entries Friday night and Sunday that I felt for sure we would be way behind. But that was not the case. Everything moved so smoothly and no one felt rushed. We are back again this weekend for Headliners make-up day. But besides the nice staff the event itself is so easy going. Assigned dressing rooms for all the studios, the sound was great, nice lighting, photos and videos that you can take home AND the teachers get a flash drive with all their critiques before they leave. Great job Headliners!!
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This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Jan 30 2015
Thank you for your review! Please let me know if I can assist you in any way . If you have suggestions on how we can improve anything please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Shari Tomasiello, National Director