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  • Gold Star Competition


  • 4.1 - Average Ratings
  • 81 Total Reviews
    Parent : 49.38 %
    Dancer : 4.94 %
    Studio Owner : 34.57 %
    Teacher : 11.11 %

  • 6 Ilene Ct STE 8
  • Hillsborough ,NJ
  • 908-281-7446
  • info@onpointdancecompetition.com

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ON POINT NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION

Apr 21 2021

We could not recommend this competition enough. The staff are so friendly, upbeat, and bring an amazing energy backstage. They went above and beyond to make sure our dancers felt calm, excited, and ready to dance their best. The critiques are amazing, and our dancers loved hearing them. They continuously commented how great the critiques were and how they appreciated not only the feedback, but the specific visuals or suggestions the judges used. My dancers overwhelmingly picked this event as their favorite event of the season and said it does not get the attention it deserves for the high quality of event they put on. We can't wait to be back next year!

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Apr 21 2021

Jul 18 2019

We also attended the nationals for OnPoint in Virginia Beach. I’m actually the owner of a studio that attended and we can’t say enough wonderful things about this company. They are a class act. To the parent below who commented on the dancer who placed 12th in overall and 1st overall in title - that is my daughter. For the record, I think it’s ridiculous to even mention something like that on social media. For your information- she had a sore muscle in her upper arm and didn’t dance to her full potential that day. My daughter has ALWAYS placed in the top 5 and was very upset with her placement so she came out the next day for title and wanted to prove herself. Please also keep in mind that it wasn’t just their “dance” that was judged for title. They had the ballet class, master class and interview. My daughter deserved the spot she was given on title night in my eyes, and obviously the judges eyes. For those of you on here that are so quick to throw another studio under the bus because they did well because they may judge for OnPoint, I have NEVER once judged for them and my kids walked away with several 1st overall placements. As much as I love social media, I also hate it. It’s so easy for someone to sit behind their phone and complain when something doesn’t go the way they wanted. For the most part, I thought the judging was spot on all week. I think the staff at OnPoint went above and beyond all week for the studios in attendance. No competition that I have attended in all my years has been perfect, but for the most part our experience was great.

Venue : 4
Judging : 4
Staff : 4
Awards : 4
Communication : 5
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Jul 18 2019

Jul 17 2019

We also attended Nationals last week. I have to agree with many of the other reviews...... good and bad. The other studios were wonderful and kind. But yes things were definitely skewed. Most interesting is the fact that most of the 5 star reviews are coming from Studio 1 who’s owner has judged for On Point as recent as several times during this past regional season and last year at Nationals.... social media is a wonderful and awful thing 😂😂😂. Judging did seem to be overall consistent but yes title pageant had me scratching my head. Our studio actually did very well, so I’m not a disgruntled parent unhappy with scoring.... just saying what I observed. And I definitely felt there was some shadiness going on. Also was strange that a new set of judges were not brought in for ultimate battle.... hopefully in future that may be a consideration.

Venue : 4
Judging : 4
Staff : 2
Awards : 2
Communication : 2
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Jul 17 2019

Jul 17 2019

My studio just returned home On Point Nationals and I can hands down say that is one of the BEST experiences my studio has had!! Christina, Lorraine and the entire staff of On Point absolutely go out of their way to put on a stellar event! The entire week was honestly so organized, fun for everyone involved, and each student left feeling special! They promote competition kindness and I saw that throughout the entire weekend. Studios were all supporting other studios! The judging was absolutely fair and spread out. I am shocked that some reviews on here are stating that only 2 studios walked away with everything because that is absolutely NOT TRUE! I hope that results are posted online for all to see this. Each award ceremony made sense- the numbers that had strong technique/choreography/execution/performing dancers were the ones that placed the highest- as they should be! This was one of the first competitions we have been to that you did not have to question the winners. I will also say the fact that other studios applauded winners from studios other than their own shows that the rightful winners were awarded! The opening number was FANTASTIC! Having seen other national numbers , this one was by far the most professional I have seen! Master classes were amazing for the kids! They were scheduled for the appropriate age groups to take their own classes. The only way someone was not able to take class, is if they were competing in an age group that was not their own which is totally understandable! That will happen when you have a teen dancer competing in a junior group. Hands down one of the most thought out competitions we have ever attended. We will most definitely return and promote to all of our dance friends!!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jul 17 2019

Jul 17 2019

I had high expectations for nationals with On Point. I’ve heard rave reviews about how great the week went for others in the past and how it was a great nationals to attend. After returning, I’m left extremely disappointed. While I thought overall scoring was fairly consistent, I believe there were aspects of the week that were skewed. Schedule - the nationals we attended had less than 500 entries, typical size of a regional competition. Yet the competition was 4 days long. I expected for this small of a nationals to have an easier more thought out schedule. Several of the classes our kids could not attend because they were competing. While it is nice to offer free master classes, it is unfortunate the schedule doesn’t allow for all dancers to take all classes. Title Pageant - The title pageant night was not thought out. I’ve had kids participate in other nationals title pageants and never had such a long day. With such a small nationals, I would have expected title solos to dance a separate day from the pageant so the contestants aren’t rushed for the walk. As far as crowning, a child couldn’t make it to the bathroom on time during crowning because they kids were there for so long. While I think it is nice every girl received a crown, the night was too long and drawn out. The young dancers were exhausted. I understand title solos are separate from overall solos, however I firmly believe the title pageant results were political and biased. The deliberation for title winners took entirely too long. If it was based on score, as we are told, the winners would be known immediately. We sat and witnessed the owners discussing the contestants after the judges left the room. Battle - In my opinion this was entirely too long. If there is overlap, you do not need to call up the next group just to have a large “big show”. Dances that didn’t place in overalls made it to the battle because of overlap. This only made for a longer day. The judges were the same judges for the battle as we had all week. Never in all my years of attending dance nationals have I seen this. While yes, you brought in two additional judges the other 3 were biased to the routines the seen the day before. The results again in my opinion seemed political and biased. The final awards are what completely threw me off. I was at the competition every day during the week. I sat through nearly every awards. I saw several studios heavily participate in spirit week, carrying spirit signs and cheering throughout awards. However the spirit award winner was given to a studio that didn’t participate in spirit week. This seems very skewed to me. The venue was nice, however the dressing rooms behind the stage was inconvenient. It was out of the way and dark. Not to mention right behind the stage so you had to be very mindful about noise. Also the dressing room was no open until 30 minutes before the competition started which was very inconvenient. Most studios require dancers to be at a competition 2 hours early and most competitions require dancers to be ready one hour early however that was inconvenient with dressing homes not opened.

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Jul 17 2019

Jul 17 2019

First and foremost, I thought OnPoint Nationals was a great experience for my daughter who has been dancing competitively for six years. After reading through the comments, I think people need to understand that this was a "national" dance competition and it appeared that the judges where scoring it as such but that is what I expect. Although, I have witnessed what I believe to be favoritism for certain studios at other past dance competitions, I did not feel this was the case last week at OnPoint. All the the dance numbers from my daughters studio (solos, duets, small, and large groups) scored consistently similar to the same way they did at every regional we went to last season, so it is my opinion that the judging was fair and professional.My daughters studio only took about twenty dancers and I didn't see a difference in scoring because there were not one of the larger studios present. There were over 400 dance numbers!! I thought the competition ran smoothly even on the last day when there where crazy fast costume changes that had to occur. I was not a fan of Virginia Beach, however the convention center was one of the best venues that we have had to perform at. Staff was very personable and nice! I did wonder why the different names of the dance studios attending where not printed in the program book and the staff said that it was to keep a friendly atmosphere! All the dancers that we came into contact with where nice and mannerly even at the end of the week when everyone was extremely tired. I have no problem taking my dancer back next year to this competition. Last on my thoughts, the staging was great! My daughter is a serious tapper that is constantly complaining about stages and she said it was the best she had ever tapped on. The quality of the plaques and medals was great! Glad the trophies only went to the overall and victory winners only!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jul 17 2019

Jul 17 2019

We just returned from Onpoint Nationals in Virginia Beach! Our studio had the best experience there! I love the positive message that they send out to all of the kids! They always encourage the kids to cheer each other on and to make lifelong friends! All of the staff members were wonderful! It’s by far one of the best competitions I have attended! I can’t wait until the next one! Thank you Christina and all the staff members at Onpoint, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!!!! Everyone from Studuo One Dance Conservatory in Wilmington, NC love you!!!!

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Jul 17 2019

Jul 17 2019

We just returned from the Virginia Beach nationals with On Point. It was our first Nationals with them. All I can say is it was a fantastic event. From the master classes, opening number, title pageant, and overall competition, it was the best nationals we have done to date. We haven’t always had the best experience at other nationals, but this event was so supportive and had such a positive environment for all the kids! The judging is always fair, and they will use the full range of gold to platinum. Which I, as a teacher, like. We always know going in we have to work hard to earn our placements and adjudications, and won’t just be handed Platinums every time. If you are looking for a competition that is classy, has fair judging, and fosters a supportive atmosphere where your dancers can grow, this is the competition for you. I would highly recommend On Point!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jul 17 2019

Jul 17 2019

If 0 stars were an option that is what I’d give this competition. Just returned from their Nationals in VA beach. The politics and unfairness of this competition is ridiculous. 2 seperate studios competed that had studio owners/teachers that had judged for On Point in the last year. You can imagine which studios took home the bulk of the awards.... have to keep those on their payroll happy. Also witnessed competition owners messing with scoring after the judges had left the room during the title pageant. Perhaps they were just finalizing things but found it odd that a child that placed 12th in overalls placed 1st runner up in title. Things that make you go hmmmmm. This is one competition I hope we never return to.

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Jul 17 2019

Thank you for your review! On Point is always grateful for competition attendees that take time out to review our competitions. We work diligently to ensure our events are first-rate and constructive feedback allows us to continually improve our events. This review is, of course, disappointing to read and we would like to address the concerns mentioned. They are as follows: On Point prides itself on many things but fairness is at the top of that list. We are not a competition that offers any political incentive based on studio size, personal or professional relationships, etc. We are a competition where a dancer can win overalls and win title. If the judges' scores deem someone the winner, they win. No questions asked. We believe that our long-standing customers will concur with the emphasis we place on being fair to all involved. There were studios at our 2019 Nationals that employ dance professionals who have judged for On Point in the past. Our adjudication records, however, tell a different story. All of the studios did a marvelous job, were represented during awards, and the studios that won the Ultimate Victory had no judging affiliation with On Point. We would like to clarify that our five Nationals judges were not affiliated with studios competing at the event. Furthermore, in light of our first bullet point, we would never let a professional affiliation influence scoring or awards. The competition owners are the auditors of the event. They are impartial administrators of the scoring reports that are read on stage. The accusation that On Point employees at any level would "mess with scoring" is slander. This has never happened at On Point and it never will. Overall solos at On Point are a completely separate entity than title solos and they are never the same routine. In reference to the dancer mentioned, she actually placed 13th in overalls out of a large field of 48 competitors. The first runner-up placement was out of 6 title competitors in her age group. Title solos also receive four sets of scores - ballet master class, title solo, pageant walk, and interview. It is comparing apples to oranges and shows that the dancer and her studio knew her strengths, registered her routines accordingly, and the scores reflected it. Studios that have attended On Point events know that we produce events that emphasize the experience and celebrate dance, not scores. We are sincerely sorry you were disappointed in your dancer's scores and that they tainted your overall experience at our Nationals event.

Mar 26 2019

Love this Competition!!! You know the competition is doing good things when your students come to you and say "We Love On Point" and these are students of all ages. The judging panel gave great critiques. They were constructive and supportive and the kids were excited to try and fix things because of the positive feedback too. We liked how the judges gave Golds, High Golds and Platinums. It wasn't just a participation award and every one got the same score. The entire On Point staff was respectful and great to our dancers, parents and staff. If you haven't given On Point a try yet you should cause they are a class act.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
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Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 26 2019

May 30 2018

Firstly this competition is not what it claims to be. We had meet the owners at UDMA in October and were very excited to try their competition for the first time. They spoke about how their main goal was to make every dancer feel success and to walk away having a positive experience. After NOT having a positive experience, one of my directors went to speak with one of the owners, her response to our concerns was to disparage us and the other competitions we attend. Not to mention the judges comments did not reflect the scoring at all. When a judge does not speak for the first 45 seconds of a routine and then you get a high gold you have no idea what to work on for the next competition. To top this off, when I sent an email following the event I NEVER received a response. Very unprofessional

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May 11 2018

After reading some negative reviews I felt obligated to comment on our experiences with On Pointe over the past two seasons. Overall, it was a very positive experience both times. The first year we were went with no expectations because so many comps have been a disappointment. We didn't walk away with all the top awards but left feeling accomplished and our dancers were inspired and really enjoyed watching some of the other studios who were there perform. Were there hiccups or things we didn't agree with 100% - yes but that happens at every comp out there. This year we came back expecting another great weekend and got just that. My only complaint is the levels as some beginners are bumped up to a higher level simply because of the number of routines they are in. While the awards may sometimes seem long for the parents - especially the late ones - I've never heard one of our dancers complain. The staff was helpful throughout the entire weekend and worked to help our dancers manage quick changes. The owner makes a point to interact with performers to give positive feedback on things that caught her eye. I can tell you that this is talked about after the event more than whether a routine got a platinum, gold or placed. The kids love when they get featured on the comps instagram story. It means a lot to the dancers to know that they were identified as putting something special up on that stage. Looking forward to next year.

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May 10 2018

I was very excited walking into the weekend for On Point but left disappointed. It needs some fixing for sure. The venue was fine but the dressing rooms were packed and very warm. People were on top of each other. The judging was all over the place and I was not the only owner who thought so. If my dancers don't win, that's fine...but I was certainly surprised by some of the results from my dancers and from other studios as well that I thought deserved more accolades. The owners seem very nice but the awards were very long and dragged out and not in a fun way. By Sunday night 10pm awards, it was time to just get this moving but we still had to do the "find a buddy" thing. Make it more fun with the awards and things to achieve... there is nothing higher than a platinum and it would have been cool if there was something even past a platinum to listen for at awards. Doesn't have to be ours! But the monotony of high gold and platinums was just very tiresome.

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May 11 2018

Thank you for your review, we continue to try to improve each year! Would you please share with us the location that you and your studio attended? This information is extremely helpful to us when planning future events.

May 09 2018

Very upset that they scheduled awards at 10PM on a Sunday and then ran 30 minutes behind. Completely unacceptable. Parents have to work and kids have to go to school. When you are running late and you are doing Senior level awards, you don't need to choose a helper, interview them, then have them find a new friend, interview them and finally rehearse their cheers. Get on with the awards. Attendance has been diminishing over the years and they cut back on days. This year they sold out, but didn't have any dances on Friday. So they ran really late Saturday and Sunday. Made for an exhausting weekend. I think this competition needs a revamp or update. Revamp the awards given etc.

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May 09 2018

Greetings! Thanks for another helpful review! Since we were unable to hold an event on Friday due to the venue being unavailable, we do apologize that you feel that 9:50 pm on a Sunday is too late to schedule Senior awards. However, that is pretty standard in this industry, and so is our 9:00 am start time. We absolutely put a cap on the number of entries accepted, so dancers wouldn't be performing on stage at 7 am, or 11 pm and will continue to do so. Thanks again for another wonderful event in Pittsburgh!

May 09 2018

This was a very frustrating competition. I never write reviews but I feel after seeing all of the positive ones here that I need to warn any other studios going that may be a small studio like us. First of all, the prices are out of this world. For the entry fees alone, you should be coming home with nicer trophies, better scores and literate special awards. The extra fee for title is ridiculous and if you have to make any changes the week of they charge you for that also. A dancer gets hurt, or sick...doesn't matter to them. Not their problem. Second of all, the judges are not as qualified as they are advertised. If you go on their Instagrams or Facebook pages, you will see either terrible dancing, wretched choreography or both. One judge was dressed ridiculously all weekend in heels that were better off for a strip club setting a truly low example for the young ladies there. One judge even commented on an attending studios Instagram how she would "pay to see their dances"... I don't care how amazing a studio is. You don't comment something like that on their page. There needs to be a certain level of professionalism and the judges we had certainly did not bring that. The owner tries to enforce that "it's not the scores that you will remember, it is the friends you will make." Well, I can guarantee that my dancers will remember exactly what they got that weekend score wise. Their levels as you enter are so wordy in the rules that you just basically give up and enter them in whatever kind of makes sense. How about just a "beginner, intermediate, advanced" or a "novice, competitive"...it's like they are trying to confuse you so that when you do go, you come home with golds and high golds only that aren't justified. Especially when you listen to the judges comments and they are all only positive, yet you get a low score with no explanation, One review below me says that you can go and see who the owners are friends with by who has the best dressing room. I found that to be true as well. The owners brush you off with any sort of concern about a dancer or a quick change as if they don't care. All they want is to "stay on time" which they clearly overestimate how long dances will take so that when they run over an hour ahead they seem like they're doing a great job. It's fixed that way so they seem like a super well run competition. My dancers were missing platinums by tenths of a point and other studios that were not as good were beating us with dancers laughing about it at awards and pointing it out. The owner brings two dancers up on stage during awards and LET'S THEM HOLD THE SCORES. So any random kid from any random studio can see what you scored. It's absurd. Those kids then would go back to the 1000 degree "dressing room" and laugh about it. But don't worry...the owner says that you will remember the friends you made. She can't be serious. My students left depressed after On Point...in tears and feeling defeated. I am so upset that I wasted one of my competition weekends on this "elitist competition" that is seemingly out to make small studios feel horrible. Luckily, it was not our last competition of the season and two competitions later my dancers excitement and love of dance has been restored by positive competitions that are actually positive and not just saying that they are at awards by the owner.

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May 09 2018

Thank you for your feedback! We are truly sorry that you are unhappy with the event you attended. The common thread of your post is "scores". I am sorry that you did not agree with our judges, but all scores are their opinions only, not mine, or anyone else's. We are sorry you did not receive the scores you felt you were entitled to. It is our sole desire to be a creative, dynamic, and positive dance competition where studios of all sizes may showcase their hard work in the studio. We care deeply about the dancers competing at our events but scores and awards have never been, nor will they be the primary focus of On Point competitions. Simply said, registration fees do not buy scores at On Point for anyone. It's sad that some studio directors make it only about the awards. We should be teaching the young dancers that it is not about the award, but about the growth, experience, the memories, support, and the long-lasting friendships. We mention this onstage at every award ceremony, and we hope that since behavior stems from the top, that the studio directors, like yourself, assist in teaching the dancers about this as well. We are extremely lucky to have some of the most positive dance studios attend our events! Making public and disparaging remarks about judges, " terrible dancing, wretched choreography", after studying their Facebook and Instagram accounts is unkind. We feel that making such negative comments about other people, whether it be our judges or the other dances, where you mentioned you were "better than" truly goes against everything On Point works so hard to promote. We believe that competition kindness is one of the most important factors of a dance competition. As you know there are many dance competitions out there for you to choose from, and we hope you find one that best fits your studio. Best of luck in the future!

Apr 19 2018

This was our first time at On Point (Grand Rapids, MI), and we loved every moment of it! The competition was well run and organized from beginning to end. Judging was fair. Judges gave constructive criticism as well as praise. The entire staff seemed to really enjoy what they were doing, which sets a good tone for the entire competition!

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Apr 03 2018

This was our first experience with On Point here in WV and it was a wonderful experience for the teachers, parents and dancers! It was very organized and ran very smoothly and on schedule. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming as well as knowledgeable. The students were treated respectfully. The judges were very qualified and offered educational feedback that help the students and teachers grow as dancers/teachers. Overall just a great organization.

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Mar 26 2018

Our girls competed this past weekend and we could not be happier with the professionalism of the competition. A very organinzed event. The first day we ran on time. The second day we ran early. What a pleasure Christina is and the rest of the staff.

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May 15 2017

We LOVE On Point!!! We look forward to this competition every year!!! The judges are always highly qualified and scoring is usually spot on. The owner is always friendly and very organized. This is exactly how competitions should be!

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May 09 2017

Great competition. The atmosphere was very welcoming for both dancers & parents. Competition ran on time or ahead of schedule. Schedules were built so that there was ample time for costume changes and dancers didn't feel rushed. Judging seemed consistent and fair. Overall very impressed. Only two complaints - the first was the music was too loud all weekend. It was very difficult to sit in the audience for very long due to the volume. The other would be the levels. Some dancers did not seem to be in an appropriate level for solos putting them at a disadvantage. If it were not for these two things I would have rated the competition a 5/5. Short of these two issues I would rank this competition as one of the top even against some much larger competitions. Looking forward to next year! The dance world needs more comps like this that are focused on the dancers and not the $$'s.

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Apr 24 2017

Wanted to share about the GREAT experience we had this weekend with "On Point Dance Competition"! What a class act this one was. I had heard great things going in and our expectations were FAR exceeded: -We had our schedule 2 weeks ahead of time and were able to upload music. Big plus! -The venue was gorgeous. -We were greeted immediately as we walked through the door by the backstage manager who was directing everyone to the dressing rooms and introducing herself to the studio owners & teachers. First impressions are everything! -You had to check in with her before every routine and she kept the backstage area smooth, friendly, and controlled. Loved that they didn't let anyone actually behind the stage until 2 routines before so it wasn't crowded and larger routines had space in the wings. -The owner, I couldn't say enough good things. She was lovely, present, approachable, talked to the owners & teachers all weekend. She was wonderful on stage as well, very kind to the dancers and speaking specifically about each high score routine. -Judging was extremely fair with a mix of medals that made sense to the routines. -We left with an envelope with our scores, our critiques on a flash drive, and prize money all upfront. Didn't have to wait days/weeks to receive anything. -The director also approached us to say thank you at the end and was the last face we saw as we exited the facility. One of the best experiences we've had as a studio. The whole atmosphere was down to earth, insanely organized, fair, and personal. We will definitely be back every season!

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