HEADLINERS

    55 reviews
961 Route 10, Suite 1-A
Randolph NJ, 07869
9739278007
http://www.headlinerscompetition.com/
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Dancer- 15% | Parent- 36% | Studio Owner- 23% | Teacher- 26%

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ret (Gold)
Parent
from IL
15 Total Reviews
10 Comp. Reviews
5 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Mar 01 2015
Event Rated: General Review


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.

    
  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


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Caitlovestodance (High Gold)
Dancer
from VT
21 Total Reviews
13 Comp. Reviews
8 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Feb 21 2015 | Edited on: Feb 21 2015
Event Rated: General Review


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!

    
  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 info@headlinerscompetition.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


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Rhythm5678 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from FL
2 Total Reviews
2 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Feb 12 2015
Event Rated: General Review


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!

    

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connecticutdancer9898 (Silver)
Parent
from CT
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Feb 10 2015 | Edited on: Feb 10 2015
Event Rated: General Review


we will not be attending headliners again.

    
  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


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Miss Melissa (Silver)
Studio Owner
from MA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Feb 04 2015
Event Rated: General Review


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!

    

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iDance5678 (Silver)
Teacher
from MA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 30 2015
Event Rated: General Review


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!!

    
  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 info@headlinerscompetition.com Shari Tomasiello, National Director


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EBH (Silver)
Parent
from MA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 30 2015
Event Rated: General Review


After attending the Headliners event in Worcester, MA, I can say without doubt that it is one of the most well run competitions that I have ever been too. Despite the weather and cancellations, Headliners went above and beyond to try and accommodate everyone. I received great customer service at the photo/video table. I look forward to returning to Headliners in the future!

    
  This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Jan 30 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review! If there is anything we can do to make your experience with us even better please email us at info@headlinerscompetition.com


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Nursealex752 (Silver)
Parent
from FL
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 27 2015
Event Rated: General Review


As the mom of a competitive dancer, I have attended MANY competitions in the 6 plus years my daughter has competed. I must say that Headliners is one of my all time favorites. We have attended Headliner's Regional competitions and Nationals and have had very positive experiences each time for a variety of reasons... The owners and staff are kind, down to earth and completely invested in the dancers. They also give exceptional customer service to parents, teachers, etc. Admittedly, I am no expert on dance but I know what I see, hear, feel, experience...sometimes vicariously through my daughter and her fellow dancers. As a parent I really appreciate that Headliner's staff and judges demand tasteful, age appropriate, family friendly performances. They seem to keep hold of traditional values while accepting new and edgy styles and performances (still keeping it tasteful). This provides a well rounded competition in my opinion. Do I always agree with a score? No. Do I always agree with a certain judge (or judges)? No. But sometimes I do...even if it wasn't the best score! Either way, what I think is important to remember is that dance is very SUBJECTIVE. We are not always going to hear what we want to hear but I believe Headliners is a competition that strives to help dancers reach their full potential. For my daughter and I...as long as our studio continues going to Headliners competitions, we will be glad to go!

    

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itsemilienelson (Silver)
Dancer
from FL
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 26 2015
Event Rated: General Review


I loved attending HEADLINERS regionals AND nationals! The staff are incredible people, who's best interest is truly to give the dancers a great weekend. As a student and competitor myself, I thought the competition did a fabulous job giving the dancers a truly unbiased, exciting, and overall fun experience! Customer service was in fact incredible. The backstage staff were very nice and were always able to answer any questions we had. The judges were the most honest set of judges I have worked with throughout my competition career, and the Directors of the competition were so humbled and pleasant to our studio. Headliners provides dancers with not just a trophies, but opportunities! I would definitely recommend HEADLINERS to any competitive dancer, or any studio looking for an exciting, honest, and reliable competition, with wonderful staff who treat you as family!

    

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CDance5678 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from TX
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 23 2015
Event Rated: General Review


The worst customer service I have ever experienced! Their awards ceremonies are extremely lackluster, and the competition itself is mediocre at best. With so many competitions around that go that extra mile with customer service and rebranding their images you would think this competition would treat their customers with some respect and try to keep up with making their competition exciting for the dancers. We will never go back.

    
  This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Jan 30 2015

Hello. As the National Director I want to apologize for your experience. It says you are from Texas, but we have not been to Texas in more than a decade. Regardless, we require of all our staff to be friendly and accommodating at all times. Please email me at info@headlinerscompetition.com so I can understand what happened and it can be addressed. I would also appreciate any suggestions as to how you feel our awards can be enhanced. We hear all the time that most awards are too long so we try to keep ours within 30 minutes. We have always appreciated suggestions from our supporters. It is advice like yours that has kept us going for 25 years. Shari Tomasiello, Headliners


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DdanceR (Silver)
Studio Owner
from PA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 14 2015
Event Rated: General Review


Have always had the utmost respect for the philosophy that Headliners brings to the world of dance competition - they have a brand that you don't see in dance competitions...Although dance is evolving and changing their respect is evident for those who have came before who have and continue to share their passion and art in educating dancers. Each studio is different in their competition choices as some competitions are flashy, have young "now" judges, while others have the "seasoned" judges, and some have a combination...It's the choice that matters as opinions vary.

    

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Alisateresa (High Silver)
Teacher
from WI
7 Total Reviews
6 Comp. Reviews
1 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Sep 25 2014
Event Rated: General Review


Love this competition!!!! Great staff and very professional!!

    

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JMay308 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from CA
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Sep 16 2014
Event Rated: General Review


LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEE HEADLINERS! Amazing staff and judges and always leave with a great experience. Fun for all who attend and also always run very organized and on time. Thank you Headliners for all you do to make it such an amazing competition! See you next season!!!!

    
  This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Feb 05 2015

Hello! Just wanted to thank you for your review! I hope we will be seeing you this season. Please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to make the event even better. Shari Tomasiello, National Director


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Dance4u (Gold)
Studio Owner
from CA
13 Total Reviews
12 Comp. Reviews
1 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Sep 07 2014
Event Rated: General Review


Judges didn't seem to be qualified and their comments made no sense. The competition did not seem to be up to modern times. It did keep on time though, and that was good, but not much else.

    
  This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Sep 16 2014

We just wanted to take a moment to address this as we take great pride in the selection of our judging panel. As part of the selection process we look for a few major things, that they have extensive training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Most importantly that their career has been a mix of professional performance experience as well as teaching. Specifically the dance education of children. We felt it important to include in this response a little bit about each of the judges that worked at our California events. This information is always printed in the programs that are available onsite. I hope this information can clarify their qualifications and why we chose them to sit on the judges panel. As always in an effort to host events that are enjoyable and beneficial to everyone who attends we appreciate the comments and hope that you will give us another try in the future. CAROL JEANNE CONNORS - Carol is a co-founder of the Edge Performing Arts Center and L.A. DanceForce, Inc. (1992-Sep 2012). She was the Tour Manager for the LADF Workshop and Competition (1989-2010) and coordinated the U.S. and Canadian venues, convention services and transportation as well as performing on-site management for the events. Carol began teaching in Los Angeles in 1970 and instructed at Dupree Dance Academy (1975-1986), L.A. Dance Academy (1986-1992) and EDGE where she continues to teach for the Professional Program and fill-in open turns classes. She has instructed master classes and adjudicated in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand and has been a coach and movement director to celebrities including Cyd Charisse, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett and Carol Mayo Jenkins. Carol has worked for NBC, ABC and CBS performing on Laugh In, the Don Rickles Special, the Carroll O'Connor Special, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Palace, Hollywood Diamond Jubile


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Todd Gavazzi (Silver)
Teacher
from NY
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Sep 06 2014
Event Rated: General Review


After working in the industry for the past 11 years, and growing up a competitive dancer. Headliners opened my eyes to what a dance competition should be. A true honest, fun, positive and family oriented experience. Headliners ultimate goal is to give everyone a positive experience from dancers to directors to parents. After my years in the industry being employed with FDC competitions and other well known competitions, i was almost discouraged with competitions after seeing the lack of integrity on so many levels. As we all know which some still close an eye to, the most money takes home the most trophies. Being a dancer and teacher this negativity in the dance competition industry turned me away from past employers. I began working with Headliners after years of competing at their events always leaving with a great experience. Now being employed with them, they put faith for me back in the industry. From top to bottom their mission is to create a competition for dancers by dancers. They have kept honesty and integrity in competition which has seemed to be lost with so many other competitions. They provide the best judges to give positive critiques and honest scoring. The Headliners staff all has the same mission, to provide the best competition and to always have fun! I am truly so blessed to be part of such an amazing organization after losing faith after so many years with other comps. I hope you can all share the same experience with Headliners i have had and restore integrity and positivity in this industry!!!

    

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