HEADLINERS

    40 reviews
961 Route 10, Suite 1-A
Randolph NJ, 07869
ph: 9739278007
http://www.headlinerscompetition.com/
You must be logged in to Rate It!

1 2 3 All Page: Items per page:



avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



Dancer4737 (Silver)
Teacher
from IL
5 Total Reviews
3 Comp. Reviews
2 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jun 27 2014

Disappointed with divisions and overall awards. We did well but you'd never know based on how they divided kids for overalls. We also got medals for overalls which is just odd to me. Biggest disappointment was that the junior title winner from last year won the teen title for this year....with the exact same routine??? Doesn't seem right to be able to use the same routine if you won a title with it and then win a title again with it. Judges critiques were very very strange too. Did not make sense with routines or were inappropriate for kids to listen to. The atmosphere of the day was nice though so it was a pleasant experience for our girls just odd on the logistical end of things.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



ILoveDance (Silver)
Parent
from FL
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 22 2014 | Edited on: May 22 2014

LOVE Headliners! ... very grateful for their commitment to equipping dancers with quality, in depth critiques ... and taking it to the next level by offering college scholarships and professional auditions for agency representation at nationals! ... looking forward to nationals and the finale banquet with fabulous performances, cash awards, a great meal and fun dance party - a much better value than just a closing show :)

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



Rhythm5678 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from FL
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 22 2014 | Edited on: May 22 2014

As a Studio Owner and Teacher, I had a very positive experience attending a recent HEADLINERS event! My new competitive parents, with recreational students experiencing their very first event dancing together on a stage, were welcomed by a cheerful, attentive staff. Their first Gold Medal was a memorable award! Placing in the Overalls was a bonus! All the hours of rehearsal seemed to be well worth the effort. As a few of the parents had attended HEADLINERS themselves when growing up, it was no surprise that they asked to always return to this competition as it had such a positive, encouraging feel for their young dancers. Awards were simple for everyone to understand, scoring exactly like school! Thank you everyone for making this debut so special! We SHALL return!

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Gold



Padancemom (Gold)
Parent
from PA
11 Total Reviews
11 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 19 2014

We love headliners every year, was a little disappointed how jr solos were separated into two groups because so many but not separated by age was a little unfair but they are a tap friendly competition, very organized, fairly judged and we will return!

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



DUDC (Silver)
Studio Owner
from PA
4 Total Reviews
4 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 08 2014

Glad this was our last competition of the season! It's very confusing to have attended 7 LARGE competitions with some of the best local dance schools and then attend Headliners and have the scoring so off in comparison. If the judges critique tapes actually contained information--perhaps it would shed some light onto why our scores were so low. Sad to see this competition self destruct after so many years. Not sure if its management or the selection of their judging panel.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Gold



Instadancer (Gold)
Studio Owner
from OH
11 Total Reviews
9 Comp. Reviews
2 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 06 2014

I felt this was an ok comp! Not really sure I understood the scoring and awards system!!

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Gold



HeidiSwear123 (Gold)
Teacher
from OH
16 Total Reviews
12 Comp. Reviews
4 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 06 2014

Attended this competition a few years ago… it was an okay competition. Special judges awards were about things that did not make sense. Maybe we can try again in a few years

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



Dancerzmom (Silver)
Parent
from FL
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 04 2014

Terrible experience! The judging and critiques were less than adequate. There were girls who typically score double platinum and high score awards, scoring golds, and the award of choice seemed to be high silver for most. The critiques, if that's what they wish to refer to them as, were very inconsistent and not constructive at all. Judge 3 had nothing but rude, distasteful comments for the majority of performances. As a parent, I've chosen not to share these comments with my daughter due to the poor choice of words. The award ceremony was torture. The director, Irma spoke to the performers like 2 year olds, spoke in a monotone voice, and spoke incessantly which caused awards to last entirely too long. Bottom line is this competition was by far, the worst I've ever been to and we will not return.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Gold



DDDDance (Gold)
Studio Owner
from FL
11 Total Reviews
10 Comp. Reviews
1 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  May 03 2014

It was a bad experience. Very cheesy production, judging was erratic and biased. Inexperienced judges and when I asked the director Irma about their qualifications she was rude and defensive. Will NEVER go back!

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



jjmom (Silver)
Parent
from MA
3 Total Reviews
2 Comp. Reviews
1 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Apr 29 2014

We recently attended in East Providence, Ma. Loved the competition, the judges were fair and gave good critiques. My only complaint is the venue was to small for the amount of Studios that were there. The fire marshall had to come, they were taking pictures of how crowded it was, there was not nearly enough parking. I think a bigger venue is needed for next year.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



Jakobnina2 (Silver)
Parent
from CA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Apr 16 2014

My daughter attended this competition in Sacramento CA. and it was a total disappoint my daughter has been involved in competition for about 5 years and I have never experienced such hateful judges and the women who runs it Irma well she is just down right rude and has no business working or mentoring children. I'm so happy to have a coach who know better and didn't share the hateful comments with the children what theses people said about them. They used hurtful word like confused children because they had a faulty sound system one of out dancers was referred to as a gimmick and also said the choreography was to advanced for our children ages yet they all got high silvers and golds and placed in the top 5 it's crazy that theses Judges are aloud to criticize negatively they should be taught to give constructive criticism. When the women Irma was informed about our disappointment she plainly said to go to competitions like showstoppers who likes gimmicks and tricks and you don't need technique mind blowing that she could respond that way these girls have been dancing for some years and have at least two hours of ballet a week among other classes my daughter dances 6 hours a week and some of the other girls do more. I know we will never attend this competition again and by the looks of most of the other comments I'm not the only one.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Gold



TeamCoach (Gold)
Teacher
from CA
13 Total Reviews
10 Comp. Reviews
3 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Apr 16 2014 | Edited on: Apr 16 2014

We recently attended the event in Sacramento, and as I see by the below comments, we were not the only ones disappointed. I emailed Headliners about this and focused on these points: 1. Only two judges gave usable, constructive comments we could use a teaching tools. One judge gave only opinions and the comments she did make were so harsh I could never let the children hear them. 2. Ms. Irma was condescending to our recreational dancers by the way she spoke to them, calling them "confused" during awards. 3. You could not hear anything during the awards ceremony when you were onstage as the sound system was poor. I suggested Headliners take a page from Showstopper in terms of how a competition should be run. Ms. Irma responded two days later with the following comments. She said if people couldn't hear during the awards it was due to "...not paying attention and had their backs to me, were talking or were on their cell phones texting." My students were not on cell phones and they weren't talking because they were trying to hear but everything sounded like a Peanuts cartoon. Maw, maw, maw...you get the idea. In regards to my comment about learning a thing or two from Showstopper, Irma replied her event is based purely on technique and, "When I had my studio I only entered those students in Showstoppers who had not reached a high technical level and choreographed flashy numbers to hide their lack of ability." Ouch, sorry former students, that must have hurt. As far as her favoritism of the competitive students and disrespect of the recreational students, she said she had "never been accused of something so terrible." Well, you live and learn and I've learned I'd rather see my dancers, who fundraise to go to competition, use their hard earned money at Showstopper and other competitions with positive energy, encouragement, balanced judges, and who know what is current in the dance world today.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



Love Dance (Silver)
Parent
from CA
4 Total Reviews
4 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Apr 13 2014

HORRIBLE COMPETITION IN SACRAMENTO! I haven't been to Headliners in a few years, and now I remember why....the scoring is WAY OFF!!! Will definitely not return. I don't know why I have to give one star (okay, maybe for a decent venue, the building was beautiful). If you are going to "donate" your award you will receive a Gold or an Elite Gold on your routine, no doubt. If the director knows your studio owner, you will score higher...it's a fact. If you are doing tap or hip hop you will also do very well, it seems bonus points are given for anyone is a tap or hip hop routine. Also, age categories are way off...they had a dancer "slip up" when being given an award and she stated that she was in college!!!! What???? My 11 year old is now in the same category as a college student???!!! Yes, I guess they don't check their entries, either! Such a disappointment and an even bigger disappointment for the dancers. I have been to several competitions throughout the years, this one is TERRIBLE!!!!!!!! I wish to let all the dancers know that were treated unfairly at the competition in Sacramento to not give up, especially the newbies....this is not how a competition generally runs or how things are scored.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



msmelissa82 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from CA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Apr 12 2014

I wish I could give negative stars to Headliners as they had horribly biased judges. The organizer announced many times to the "winners" how she knew the students directors and teachers and yet those were the only studios winning! The only styles that placed were hip hop and tap. They did not have a judge that had a background in anything but tap and the studios that donated their trophies were the only ones that scored Elite Gold. At the end of the evening when I asked the director for my judges sheets she denied that I could get them because she had already turned off the computer. I asked how am I supposed to better my dancers for tomorrow and she said I don't know! At the last awards ceremony of the night the judges completely alienated half of the stage and only spoke to one or two dance groups that were sitting on one side of the stage. In the same award ceremony the same girl got three different judges awards. My understanding after 14 years of teaching dance and attending competitions is that these awards are supposed to build dancers up, spread the wealth and point out good things about all the dancers not just the girls that won the overall. Extremely disappointed and I want my studios money back!!!

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

avatar# of Total Reviews Medal - Silver



Christines Mom (Silver)
Parent
from NJ
3 Total Reviews
3 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Mar 30 2014

Horrible competition. Rude staff, harsh judges with bad choice of words. Cold and dry award ceremonies. These people completely forget they are dealing with kids in this business. One judge was so unethical he couldn't even hide when he told a dancer that her studio owner was his good friend and to make sure to tell her James said hi. I hope our studio never deals with these jerks again. Even our Elite Gold winning from them has no meaning for me.

    

Add Comp. / Conv. response

1 2 3 All Page: Items per page:




Headliners schedule link




Read about us on the DanceExec! DanceCompetitionHub: The Yelp of the Dance Industry
the DanceExec

Real Time Web Analytics