Scoring is extremely tough. As in, SILVER was the average ajudication. I'm all about scoring fairly (as a judge myself) but I do feel a silver should be reserved for the "bottom" - not the "average" performance.
More important than the ajudications - I am not happy with the quality of the critiques. The bios from each judge were incredible and all three of them hardly spoke. When they did more often than not they were very negative in the way they presented it. It's not always what you say but HOW you say it. Always assume the critiques are being played for the kids.
Positives: beautiful venue in a great location, very low entry fees, excellent and easy communication with the director before, during and after. There is an improv category and improv challenge which I appreciate. There is also a master class prior to the start of competition. The awards themselves are decent quality and look nice.
Overall my impression is this competition would be good for kids who are used to competing at conventions and don't mind getting knocked down a few pegs. (But even then - my 5 hour a week students scored higher at Radix?) I had two studios in attendance who are both very new to the competition world and this was not a good experience for them.
We attended an event put on by this company this past month and was thoroughly disappointed. Just a lot of things that were off in my opinion. The director made an announcement (while meaning well) for everyone to clap for every routine onstage. Followed up by the statement that she had been working with most of the studios this competition since 6th grade. The venue was confusing just one sign for dressing areas that the kids and parents couldn’t find. The staff pointed out the dressing area but would never get up to show anyone where it was. Also the young backstage assistant who was absolutely adorable and sweet also competed a solo and won a scholarship. Which is fine and I’m sure she deserved it. But I had a lot of questions that I didn’t have answers for from my dance parents who actually notice those sort of things. From an outside perspective it seems that there were close relationships between the staff and the returning studio directors. Again just my opinion and feedback, it jus wasn’t worth the hassle of upset parents.
My daughter had the most amazing time last year at Open Call. After years
of Bullying we moved to a new studio and Open Call was our first Comp after
the move. Not only did she win, but she was the winner of the entire
competition with her solo. It was a amazing transition from being treated
poorly and not placing to getting rid of all the horrible things she was
experiencing to winning. Open Call was confirmation that she was a good
dancer and it was the weight of pain holding her down. We will forever be
grateful for the amazing experience we had with this competition.
Venue was excellent. Emcee was fun, entertaining. Staff was kind and there
was plenty of staff available if you needed any assistance. If you email,
you will get a response also immediately, which is great! My only reason
for not five stars is bc went I went to get my music and score cards from
the stage music man, he had no idea what I was talking about and said to go
\"ask someone up front\". I\'ve always picked up music from the
dj/sound man so this was a little bit of a shock.
OC does do a lot
of \"other\" contests besides the typical awards so that gave other
people an chance to win something. They have trending and instagram photo
contests, etc. They DO NOT give trophies. Only first gets a plaque. Two
runners up get tshirts, etc. My child\'s medal\'s for her two
solo\'s were really pretty cool They are clear and they do state the
level of award. They are of higher quality.
I wish they sold
\"dance pins\" with OC on it but I was told they do not do that by
merchandising staff member.
One thing that should be noted that I feel
is not a reflection of the competition rather the judges opinion is that
she made a prejudice statement towards children in foster care on my video
critique. She stated she felt that my child\'s costume wasn\'t
appropriate for a piece on foster care and it really made feel she felt a
child in foster care should be dressed \"poor\" or \"dirty\".
I\'m my child\'s choreographer but my husband and I are both social
workers and foster children come from all types of social economic
backgrounds. To assume that my child should have been dressed \"down\"
or \"poor\" shows HER lack of knowledge on the subject. Thought was
put into her costume bc of her acro skills, a skirt would not be
appropriate. In fact my child was wearing navy bc that is the child abuse
awareness color. Due to her comments, my child will never go to anything
she is teaching or her \"talent agency\" she works for host. We will do
OC again. Anything Pam Chancey touches is AWESOME!
Competition was well run. Excellent venue. Staff was helpful & friendly
before, during and after the competition. I disliked the scoring rubric as
I feel technique score should count more than overall impression/costume
score. Technique, presentation, choreography, musicality, and overall
impression were each scored with each counting 20 points. Doesn\'t seem
to me that overall impression (costume, hair/makeup, entrance/exit &
entertainment value) should count as much as technique because they are
very subjective opinions as technique is either good or bad. Just my
opinion for what it\'s worth. Also, some of the video critiques by the
judges were rather harsh as one judge said she was tired of seeing the same
dance, same costume, same music at every competition she goes to. Sadly, I
don\'t follow her around to see what she sees each week so that
shouldn\'t be held against the dancer that her choreographer has chosen a
popular piece of music. I do know she doesn\'t see the same costume as my
daughters was custom made for her. Also, there were several extra
scholarship . It was a good competition but I probably would not choose to
go back if I had a choice of any other one
This weekend we attended Open Call for the first time. Here is the good,
the bad, and ugly.
First the good: The venue was great! Nice stage,
lighting, background, and plenty of dressing room space. We also liked that
everything was well marked and staffed. We also liked that this competition
offered a master class.
The Bad: After receiving a set schedule, we were
advised that solo/duo/trio day would be Sat. and groups were on Sun. We
were very hopeful that the day would run ahead (therefore getting to awards
quicker) but Open Call squeezed in multiple (20+) groups throughout the
morning and afternoon, dragging the competition out. Unfortunately there
were no awards ceremonies for each age division, so if you performed a solo
first thing in the morning, you couldn\'t leave until an afternoon
awards. We also disliked the fact that Apprentice level and Company level
adjudications were the same point scale. Why have two levels if the
adjudication scales are the same?
The Ugly: This competition didn\'t
provide any teachers/owners with programs, so there were multiple
teachers/owners backstage and in the dressing room areas constantly having
to ask what number they were on, trying to figure out when their next
dancer was onstage, etc. Seriously they can\'t provide a program to the
director? That was a SUPER cheap decision. Our studio teachers/directors
pay enough to give up their day at competition, drive as long as an hour
across the valley, pay parking, pay for a quick lunch/dinner, etc. Adding
another ten bucks for a program is ridiculous! First competition I have
heard of that has done that! The picture/DVD\'s were ridiculous! Crazy
prices (starting at 99 bucks), but you couldn\'t see your photos/videos
first. In order to view the photos, each photo had to load (mind you
sometimes 30+ pictures) on an average of a minute each!!! Who has time to
wait 20-30 min to view photos of each dance? Our studio will be picking
another competition next year.
We have had two very poor experiences in a row (two different years). We
will not be returning. They show a great deal of studio favoritism to the
studios that bring the most numbers, they have rules that they do not
follow, and their awards are disorganized.
Review Has Been Locked - 'Disputed'
This is a tough but fair competition. It\'s run well and stays on time.
My only major complaint is the awards can be so long from the time the
One of our favorites. We attend every year as an independent. VERY fair
scoring. Son loves this competition! This is our first comp of the year, so
we use their fair, yet tough judging as a catalyst to score our solos off
Will never go back! Very obvious studio/dancer favorites at
competition. If you go as small studio or you are independent,
It was more than obvious! This competition has different
tumbling. They limit it in most categories, and that is
fine. Our number
was redone to prepare. The rules state a .5 point
deduction per judge for
each extra tumbling trick. My question is, how
can a dancer in Open (3
passes allowed) do 10 passes and still score the
highest level of award...a
Black Diamond? Studio favoritism is why.
Don\'t have rules if your
judges are not going to follow them!!
response to below...go check some of your Open category videos!! I will
repeat...No dancer with 10+ passes should get a Black Diamond!! Studio
favoritism at its best!!
At Open Call we are trying to bring the focus back to style basics as to
why our category divisions are limited and differ from other competition.
We know defining a gymnastic/acro trick is tricky in the competition world.
We are forever updating and closely eventuating what dancers, teachers, and
choreographers consider a gymnastic/acro trick.As stated on our website and
included below, we do have restrictions even within our Open category, and
those who perform a routine with more are given a point deduction.
\"Gymnastic/Acrobatic tricks are movements that pass through or stop at a
fully inverted (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the
torso passing directly over the top of ones head/shoulders). The only
exceptions to this are forward, backward and shoulder rolls, and acrobatic
tricks in lifts (a lift being defined as being supported by another dancer
with any body part.) Each judge will note a deduction .5 for each
additional gymnastic/acrobatic pass.\" I can tell you that we as a
company do not play favorites, change scores or have any ulterior motives
when it comes to scoring and placements.
We attended Nationals this year and thought the event was very well done,
although small. I hope they gain some traction and grow because the
experience was very good and my dancers grew as a result of the week.
A really professionally run competition. Love that they are judged hard but
fair. Not everyone gets the highest scores. Loved the master classes they
offered as well. Great competition.
One of my favorites. Awesome opportunity to have a meet and greet with the
judges prior to the competition. The judges talked to the dancers and told
them what they were looking for and answered any questions about what it is
like to be a professional dancer. The staff was so professional and made
you feel welcome.
Very professionally run event with friendly and enthusiastic staff.
I liked how organized they were and i think this comp. gives a lot of good
opportunities with it.
A well organized competition with so many scholarship opportunities
dancers! It\'s a really great competition if you\'re an
dancer. But my dancers are intermediate and Open Call does not
I suggested that they have at least 2 levels on their
we won\'t be returning to Open Call. There\'s
just no room for the
intermediate dancer to shine there.
Loved this competition! Positives: master classes offered by some of the
judges. Scoring was very tough and not everyone got the best. I thought
it was very fair with only the most exceptional routines receiving the
highest medal. The staff is very friendly and helpful and went out of
their way to make the experience special. Ran on time and scheduled a
lunch break. Lots of scholarships to top notch conventions. Negatives:
none. If you are thinking about doing this one you should!!
Beautiful location at McCoy Center in New Albany, Ohio. The stage,
backdrop and organization we really good. It is a different competition
with no levels. Judging seemed a little one sided. It seems like they are
looking for only one type of dancer that is more towards modern dancing.
Seemed like all that got the judges awards and scholarships were studios
that follow them with all their different conventions and competitions.
The critiques were really helpful the judges gave us. Overall a very nice
competition, just seemed a little on sided and unfair with special awards
and scholarships. They definitely had a favorite studio at the
Professionally run, fairly scored, simple stage with lighting to complement
your routine. Great prizes (scholarships for Broadway Dance Center for
I love Open Call. The judging is fair and spot-on. There will always be a
time when you don\'t agree with the results but it\'s something you
will have to just get over. I love it
was not impressed. Although some of the talent was great and that was
enjoyable, watching a \"non technical\" number walk away with the top
prize makes you question the judging. I have seen it before when judges
know the directors and the scoring for that studio is better than deserved.
Open call was also the most expensive competition we attended.
Wonderful Experience. No surprise though, because this is the same
fantastic company that puts on The Pulse, Teacher Workshop, SYTYCD
Experience, and more. . . These guys are incredibly connected into the
professional word and they know exactly what they are doing. The
competition venues are professional and beautiful (we went to two regionals
this year), and the staff is the most helpful I\'ve ever encountered. All
of the judges are either talent agents or working in the industry and their
feedback is honest and extremely helpful. There are no \"levels\" at
this competition, so it\'s good to tkae students to experience what it
would be like an a real audition or talent call- everyone competes against
everyone else (no broken down little categories). They give away REAL
scholarships (Pulse, BDC, Pushing Progress, and tons more). We love Open
Call because it is different, and gives our students opportunities that
they won\'t get at any other competition. Even though this is a new
competition, I know word is spreading fast on the wonderful things they are
doing- can\'t WAIT to go back!
Nice competition. Good feedback from the judges.
Great experience. Be prepared to spend the entire day there though. They
do solos by category not age. You have to be there for the \"final\"
award ceremony at the end of the day.