Rated on Aug 17 2015 | Edited on: Aug 17 2015 Event Rated (if any): Huron - 2015-07-07 Venue: 4 | Judging: 4 | Staff: 5 | Awards: 5 | Communication: 5
LOVE Headliners Nationals! ... very grateful for their commitment to equipping dancers with quality training and taking it to the next level by offering college scholarships and professional auditions for agency representation! ... The finale banquet was fabulous with cash awards, a great meal and fun dance party!
Rated on Aug 07 2015 | Edited on: Aug 07 2015 Event Rated (if any): Huron - 2015-07-07 Venue: 4 | Judging: 5 | Staff: 5 | Awards: 5 | Communication: 4
We attended Nationals for the first time at Headliners and it was a better experience that I had expected it to be. I have to be honest and say I was a little worried about having to wait until the end of the week to get the results of the overall awards but the banquet experience was wonderful. Dancers had a blast, especially dancing on stage. The "Academy Awards" presentation was exceptional because the dancers were called on stage in front of over 800 people and how can they not feel special about that along with overall winner videos being displayed on the big screen as they announced overall winners. They never even asked during the week about overalls since there was so much to keep them busy throughout the week with performances, master classes and an audition workshop which was a great experience for all. Parents were able to observe at no additional cost and the cost of the master classes and audition workshop were very reasonable. That's one of the best things I like about Headliners is their fee pricing, AFFORDABLE.I am a mom of dancers and a teacher so I see both sides of the spectrum. They give the kids a wonderful experience and I've seen nothing but appropriate performances at all Headliners venues we've attended, which as a parent I greatly appreciate. The competition always ran on time and the staff was wonderful. I never felt there was favoritism of any one studio as the overall winners came from a variety of studios. They awarded individual dancers with extra scholarships and they were never given to the same dancer so they showed no favoritism or toward any specific studio. They really do care about the dancers and all that they've worked toward. I've read some negative comments and yes there is going to be negative critiques with any competition you may attend and nothing will ever be perfect to everyone, but Headliners is well run and they're judges do give critiques and not just sit in silence like I've experienced at some competitions.
I did not care for lumping all of the Hollywood division together. Our small and large groups worked very hard and it was disappointing not to have the different categories recognized separately, and this is coming from a group that did score in the top 5. I understand a cash award was being given but when you work hard all year the kids would have rather had the overall award over any cash. However, my biggest complaint was the "resort" and I use that term very loosely. Sawmill Creek was disgusting. The rooms were moldy, smelled of smoke and mildew and the staff was completely unfriendly, sometimes even rude. The dressing room for our studio was in a kitchen with water dripping from the roof. The stage that was constructed was uneven and I witnessed several girls trip and almost fall. I would not recommend Headliners to ever go back to that venue.
Overall, Headliners (nationals) was very good. The competition was very organized and almost always ahead of schedule. There were extra breaks added in to slow down the competition. The backstage staff was awesome. The judges were also rather knowledgeable about dance and judged fairly. I found my critiques to be worth watching and helpful. My one and only complaint about judging was the tendency for lyrical to win pretty much everything, BUT this could easily have been because those dances just happened to do the best. I guess more tap knowledge could be wished for. Based on my scoresheet, the tap judge thought my technique was much better than the non-tap judges which I found odd. The only big complaint I have is not directed to Headliners but to the venue. The "resort" was awful. It was dirty and overpriced. The staff was very rude. I hope the Headliners never returns to the Sawmill Creek Resort. If I were not a graduated senior, I would definitely return to Headliners as I have the past few years. I also recommend Headliners to others.
Finally a competition that breaths life back into the dance community. Although I have to admit that I love when my child earns a high placing award it is refreshing to see that my child has to earn her award while being judged fairly as the talent that shows up at Headliners is fierce. Keep up the good work Headliners, keep doing what you do best!
Fair and consistent judging and extremely professional. Love how they reward a dancer with amazing technique just as much as a dancer with exceptional artistry. The key to a successful dance competition is well educated judges. Staff always friendly and accommodating. My students have learned so much not just from the workshops but from the other talented studios that are also attending. They have a banquet at the end of the competition to give out all the overall scores which makes it so much more exciting and so different from a regional competition. Love it.
I have never been to a competition, where the judges were so unfair to specific studios. To not even recognize them for a special award that they give or one of their choreography awards is a waste of our time and money. The idea of not doing any overalls to know where you even stand with the other teams is unusual, save the time with the glitter throwing and add a overall awards. I would also like to mention, the location, I have never been to a competition where are dressing room is in a hotel kitchen where the ceiling was leaking. I misunderstand a majority of what goes on behind headliners, except for a lot of politics of favoring studios. Can't wait to hear the video comments, hope they were as great as regionals (sarcasm)
This is our first time attending Headliners Nationals and we will definitely be back. The staff is so friendly and professional and everything runs so smoothly and on time!!! I absolutely love that they provide an amazing opportunity to audition for a dance agency!!! That experience was incredible and my kids absolutely enjoyed that and learned so much about the business!!! The master classes were so fun and we loved the teachers... I think the judges do a great job and were fair with their picks!!! Headliners truly tries to provide a friendly atmosphere for all the dancers... Look forward to the banquet ☺️
This competition is soooo riged! The judges don't score fairly at ALL and favorite studios so much! Never coming back
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This review has been responded to by the comp./ conv. rep on Jul 10 2015
I am sorry you are disappointed in how your routines are placing. However to say that our event is rigged is not only hurtful but completely untrue. Headliners is known in the industry for NOT playing favorites and for being honest. Our judges do not know what routines belong to each studio and we never tell them how to judge. For you and others who may read this our National Jr Miss represents a studio that came with just a small amount of entries. This is a similar case with several other studios. Headliners will always be a competition where dancers receive an honest evaluation. Hopefully you can look past your personal disappoint and recognize all the great opportunities provided this week.
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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.