HEADLINERS

    48 reviews
961 Route 10, Suite 1-A
Randolph NJ, 07869
ph: 9739278007
http://www.headlinerscompetition.com/
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Dancer- 15% | Parent- 35% | Studio Owner- 23% | Teacher- 27%

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Nursealex752 (Silver)
Parent
from FL
1 Total Reviews
1 Comp. Reviews
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  Rated on  Jan 27 2015

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
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1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Jan 26 2015

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
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  Rated on  Jan 23 2015

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.

    

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DdanceR (Silver)
Studio Owner
from PA
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  Rated on  Jan 14 2015

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
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1 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Sep 25 2014

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

    

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JMay308 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from CA
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  Rated on  Sep 16 2014

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!!!!

    

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Dance4u (Gold)
Studio Owner
from CA
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  Rated on  Sep 07 2014

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
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1 Comp. Reviews
0 Vendor Reviews
  Rated on  Sep 06 2014

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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Dancer4737 (Silver)
Teacher
from IL
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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.

    

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ILoveDance (Silver)
Parent
from FL
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1 Comp. Reviews
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  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 :)

    

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Rhythm5678 (Silver)
Studio Owner
from FL
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  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!

    

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Padancemom (Gold)
Parent
from PA
11 Total Reviews
11 Comp. Reviews
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  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!

    

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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.

    

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Instadancer (Gold)
Studio Owner
from OH
13 Total Reviews
11 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!!

    

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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

    

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