Love it! The staff at showbiz are the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Well run competition, beautiful venue every time. Only real complaint is the adjudications vary on level, but that’s it!!! Love, love, love this competition!
I’ve been going to showbiz for years now and its actually one of my favorite competitions , super friendly staff , amazing judges and great competition and venue. I definitely recommend !
Staff was friendly. Well ran. Loved awards went very fast. They would give you your award of your dance right when you walked off so awards would go by fast.
** A little disappointed this year 2019 because we went back and they were given out banners for placing overall instead of last year 2018 where they got trophies.
I have been attending Showbiz Talent as an instructor now for almost 10 years. Every year we are beyond happy with how this competition is run! Not only do we receive fantastic feedback from judges, but we can also enter our dancers in their appropriate level as they offer beginner, intermediate and advance categories. Showbiz Talent also always runs on time and/or ahead of schedule while keeping you in the loop! I highly recommend Showbiz Talent to any one who wants a genuine competition experience!
I am not one to write reviews, but I just HAD to write this one. The judging at Showbiz was INCREDIBLE. And we didn’t win much. So I’m not saying it’s incredible because we won it all. LOL. We didn’t. 🤷♀️ But, the critiques were exactly what my dancers needed to hear. Each judge gave great and useful critiques so we could go back into the studio and work towards our next goal. I was so happy to hear the truth! Ahh! Thank you. And while I’m here, I’d like to mention the friendly and attentive staff. From registration to the last day of comp, they were there for us whenever we needed them and they kept checking in on us to make sure all was going well. Everything ran on time and it was still daylight when we left a sold out competition on a Sunday night. Thank you for not over selling and running into the wee hours of the evening. We will always support this honest and well run company. Thank you!!!
The staff did a great job on running the competition fast and smoothly and also not having crazy hours for being a sold out competition. On another note, I wanted to express my concerns for some events that took place the weekend that we attended that we are unhappy with. It is very frustrating going to a competition and the kids are not placed in the proper levels. I know that ultimately it is the studio owners fault because they are the ones that register them and put them in lower categories but Showbiz (or any other competition) should be held accountable as well. This is very discouraging to the students that do follow the rules and it makes the competition unfair.
Please explain to me how soloists that compete in the Diamond level and either receive Elites or place in the top 3 are allowed to compete in lower divisions for duets, trios and/or groups? There were a couple of studios that did this but one in particular did this SEVERAL times and you rewarded them for it. You also gave this studio all three group icons when two of the dances share the same dancers. How can you compete in diamond and receive elite adjudications and also compete in ruby?
I did express my concerns to Justin the director of the competition that weekend via email after the event was over and he said that I simply just didn't understand the system of how they level the students. And that I was suggesting he take a score away from the kids that won. I don't even know how he could suggest that when I made sure to send the email after the competition was over to express my concerns. He then said it would be best to discuss this on the phone as I agreed with and gave him my phone number. I never received a call but I did receive an email a few weeks later saying that he hadn't forgotten about me and would like to discuss the situation that current week. By then it was too late as I already made up my mind that our studio will not be back.
Showbiz is AMAZING and unique to other competitions we have previously attended. Judging is immensely difficult. 1st place received high golds. It was definitely a breath of fresh air to see that they were not calling out platinums left and right. Awards were quick and made the day fly by. I didn’t think it was impersonable at all. In fact the MC for Awards was pleasant, funny and attentive. Our studio LOVED the banners. I am over the cheap trophies and this was most unique. We look forward to attending next season.
This is by far one of the best out there. I have been taking my daughter to dance competitions for years and I have never seen a more organized, efficient, and friendly company. I read the review below, and they do give out cash prizes and credit to the 1st place winners. Our studio loved the quick moving awards and did not think it came across as impersonal at all. I was home before 9pm! I'll take that any day! Our emcee was fabulous and quite funny! I certainly hope we go back!
I am happy that our studio did well, but the banners were disappointing for the amount of money we paid into the competition. If groups, duo or trios didn't place in the overalls, they just received a pin. If they did place in the Top 10, they received a banner that says Top 10, not 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. Also, there were no cash prizes or studio credit for the following year. I'm fine with keeping things simple for awards, BUT when they charge just as much as other competitions who hand out more awards and actual trophies, it's hard to want to come back and spend money at their competition.
It was nice that they were running ahead, but it seemed like they were trying too hard to run ahead and that they wanted to get it done and over it. We were not the only studio who felt this way. There were multiple studios and families who thought they same. I timed one awards and it was 8 minutes long. It didn't feel genuine and felt very rushed.
I did like how they streamed the competition live and it was at a beautiful venue. We were excited to try something new, but was very disappointed in the awards and that there were no cash prizes or studio credits for the amount of money we paid.
Attended Regionals in Daytona Beach. Venue was not the best. Liked that they gave the adjudications right after performance, made awards go much faster. Title awards didn't make much sense.
Like the Icon award concept.
Nice staff. Great Emcee. Fair but tough judging. good critiques. Like how the ages are split.
Showbiz is a wonderful competition. Our studio has been competing at this for the past several years. Wish it had master classes with it, but the competition itself is run for smoothly with great critiques which is very helpful for the dancers, So often you don't get much with the critiques that is helpful, but Showbiz is one that we like.
Showbiz was not a great experience for my dance studio. This was our first and last time attending. We're a small studio and only brought a few numbers, but we're still paying customers, so we shouldn't be overlooked in ANY manner whatsoever. Bigger studios were definitely favored. From seeing another studio's teacher in the wings doing choreography and helping a dancer on stage (which no one on staff, who could clearly see her stopped her), to seeing bigger studios misplace students in levels and dominate the entire competition with advanced dancers competing against legit beginners. It was just a frustrating experience. The venue was great and the actual judges' critiques were informative and helpful, but the staff wasn't helpful in my opinion. I had a dancer in 2 trios that were spaced 2 numbers away from each other in the program, and the backstage staff member told me "she had time to get her self situated for the next trio/no worries". The changing area was no where near the stage, so she literally ran up to where she had to change, fixed her hair, took a swig of water and then the MALE backstage staff member came into the dressing saying "you need to be onstage". Like what happened to his initial statement of "we'll wait for her to get dressed/no worries". On top of that they were running 2 hours ahead of schedule, which is fine. 1 of our duets CALL TIME (not actual performance time) was scheduled for 7:45pm, so I had them arrive at 5:15pm. Tell me why at 5:15pm they were told they were up in 5 numbers. I spoke to the director, and he said that they need to be ready 2 hours in advance of their performance time (which was past 7:45pm). We were there with ample time of their call time. Like why bother with a call time if they are going to be that far ahead of schedule. Poor communication, poor experience for us as a small studio.
After many years of attending this competition (including Nationals) I have to say that has consistently gotten worse each each year, particularly compared to other competitions that have continuously improved.
The Judging at Showbiz is confusing, looking at the judges bios there is nothing impressive and in general they seem to value flash over actual dance technique.
The stage and the floor were good.
The photography was in house this year and was terrible!!! Blurry pictures, missed all the moments and in some cases missed half the dance.
On the plus side I really liked the immediate adjudication of acts!
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE how this competition splits up the ages. I have always found it unfair that at most competitions the "new" 12 year olds compete against 15 year olds. This competition gives the 9 and 12's their own category. This really makes for true competition. I think all competitions should learn from your age categories. Also love that each age group and skill level has a title winner! Only down side, I really wish the title winners received a tiara. But this competition does a great job in building confidence in ALL the dancers because of how they arrange the ages. My only critique is they give the dancers their adjudication immediately after they dance. I think it makes it too hard to judge and ensure the dancers are scored appropriately, especially those that dance very early because there is nothing to compare them against. Overall, it was a great event and I hope we come back next year.
I can't write an actual review on the competition as we won't get to experience it. We won't get to experience it because they decided to cancel it 2 weeks beforearlier they were scheduled to come here. Very bad business. We have been to a few comps that had low registration and still held the event because that's what you should do. Sometimes you just have to do an event and not make as much much. I'm sure it all evens out when you factor in all their sold out shows. We have a lot if disappointed girl's. We literally just sent our registration 2 weeks ago, and one would think they would've been able to gauge at that point what the attendance would be. We really wanted to try this one, and now if it comes back next year, it will be hard to trust it. The date listed is actually incorrect. They were coming February 11.
Beautiful venue. Judging seemed ok, though the critiques were poor. A lot
of fixation on teacher\'s personal likes, dislikes, and inconsequential
asides, rather than commentary on technique and showmanship or suggestions
for improvement. WONDERFUL backstage staff, who were extremely helpful and
kind when my young daughter had a problem. At this particular event, there
were a lot of entries that were placed in a lower division than they should
be. It created a distinct lack of competition at the highest level, which
was disappointing. Could be because Showbiz provides little guidance for
level placement in their rules, which opens the door to more level
misplacement than usual. Regardless, it was a generally positive event.
Loved that they ran ahead of schedule. Not thrilled with the cheap plaques
(if you can even call them that) that were given out - for the amount of
$$$ studios pay in, I would think they could afford to put a little more
effort into awards. All in all, just an ok competition.
Great competition. Very fair judging!
Just returned from a great weekend! Competition was way ahead of schedule
- really messes you up when it\'s an hour ahead. Plaques the kids
received as awards was a little cheap, but other than that, great
competition. Always love Showbiz and feel like they judge very fairly.
This was our second year attending Showbiz. Both years the event has
seemed rather small, only covering 1 day. We have been generally happy
with the event overall though. They strive to keep everything running
smoothly. This year, there were a total of 4 groups each doing 2 routines,
they put the 5 minute intermission after the first group did their 2nd
routine-it was a group of 18 8 and unders. Our studio director asked that
they do the intermission before to give the group more time to get onstage
and they ended up forgetting or something. Fortunately the girls got out
there in time. On awards, I wish that instead of just saying Top Point
winner, they actually listed places. A major problem however was the
photographer/videographer at the event. We were unable to view our
daughter\'s solo routine prior to leaving that day due to a sick child
and have been waiting for it to appear online. It has not despite every
other event appearing online.
Overall good competition! They ran ahead (way ahead on Sunday) which is a
sign of bad event planning in my opinion. The plaques are pretty low
budget, but I agree with their philosophy that you only have space for so
many trophies in a studio. I would be happy if our studio competed with
Showbiz next year!
Love this competition!!!
All the staff were amazing they were good with
timing and making everything goes smooth!
Didn\'t really like the set up of this competition. Studios were allowed
stall putting of there routines causing the competition to run really late.
Liked that they had live streaming of the competition and that you could
download programs on your phone or home computer before the competition.
This is a great competition! Love that it has an app with live streaming.
Friends and family can see my dancer perform in real time even though they
are unable to be present at the venue! Tool is very usef for alerts and
communication from the staff with notifications of being on time, early or
late and time expectancy.
Judging is fair. I think it is totally
appropriate for them to decide if the level of the dancers need to be
adjusted. Those who are obviously who have far more training will not be
judged alongside a Ruby Level dancer.
Biggest flaw: scheduling
young solo dancers for the last entry of the day on Sunday night. It would
have made more sense to have the young dancers compete on Saturday instead
of the \"Adult Competition\" that was scheduled on Sat
The vend they use for photo/ video were outrageously
expensive. It would have cost me nearly $400 for the 8 photos I wanted to
buy and even more of unwanted to purchase a video of each dance she was
Showbiz the competition is awesome--- their outside choice for
video/ photo --- poor!
:) really enjoyed this competition
STAIRS IN LOBBY :( & PLAQUES UGH BUT OVERALL GREAT COMP!
I was verg upset to see how competitive all the other studios were! I was
verg disappointed and I was trying to be friendly but the other dancers had
no respect for my group and studio. It was very disrespectful and I hope
all other studios in MN regionals show some respect.
It\'s a big one but we loved it. Like how there\'s a title winner at
each age and at each competition level. That\'s nice for the younger
dancers. Love the student choreography category. My daughter choreographs
her solo each year for just this competition. Last year she was the only
entry at the regional we attended but the judges still recognized her for
her choreography. They didn\'t have to, but it really made her day.
Great competition. Well run for such a large competition
We had an excellent time at Showbiz. My daughter really liked it, as did I.
The venue was great, plenty of room which I greatly appreciate. The
dressing rooms were excellent. The critiques were very helpful. I loved
that all three judges spoke together so you didn\'t have to listen to the
same thoughts three times. The digital programs are great! The live feed is
wonderful! I also loved that the emcee encouraged all dancers to get to
know others from other studios and stressed the importance of these
relationships because it is very possible you could dance professionally
with them someday. Great message!
I know this is the first year of
three levels (sapphire, ruby, and diamond) and it is left to the
studio/parents to level their kids correctly but in my daughters age and
level it was obvious there were many dancers not leveled correctly. There
was at least one in Sapphire that should have been Ruby, and three in Ruby
that should have been Diamond. And only one little girl in Diamond all by
herself. The leveling seem so difficult for some studios. For Minis and
Petites, it may be helpful to highly suggest that if a student has had a
solo more than one year, they should be considered competitive and placed
as such (diamond). It\'s important for studios to stop trying to put them
in a lower level so they win. It\'s about becoming a better dancer, not
the trophy. Besides, the win is worth more when the child is actually
challenged to earn it. So this past weekend the intermediate level (Ruby)
was more competitive than the actual competitive level (Diamond). I look
forward to finding a competition that cracks the code for proper leveling
since studios are having such a hard time figuring it out. It is the
elusive missing piece to almost every comp.
I want to be clear
though, on the whole, Showbiz is an excellent competition. It is a ton of
fun and the critiques are extremely helpful! Everything we were looking for
by participating. Thanks Showbiz!
We had a great experience at Showbiz. Justin,the backstage manager was a
joy and my kids adored him. We liked that eqch dancer got a pin and had
some thing to go home with.
I personally didn\'t like the set up of showbiz I felt the competition
just wasn\'t right for my studio. I like how they gave the award at the
end of the weekend for like the best dance or whatever it was called but
other then that I didn\'t like it. I got a score of 295.3 but a girl wth
a score of 291.8 beat me which I don\'t understand. The pictures they
take and videos are absolutely embarrassing but I do like the live streams
EDITED TO ADD:
Competed at an additional event later in the season and
saw a shift in judging that was inconsistent. Seemed to favor flash over
substance far more so than before. Disappointing. Hope it was just a quirk
of the judging panel and not an indication of the direction the competition
Was disappointed to see that Showbiz
changed its awards structure this
year. I preferred last year\'s
format, in which routines were assigned
levels based on scores. I felt
it prevented some of the blatant leveling
down that I see at some many
competitions. With that being said, we still
enjoyed the competition.
Scoring seemed to be consistent. The dances which
won were definitely
deserving of the win - judges did not seem to reward
substance as some comps do. I like that they award title within
level, though I think there should be a minimum number of soloists in
level to do so. Several parents on my team complained that one male
frequently texted/used his phone while dancers were on stage;
did not personally witness this because I was not really
to the judges. The dancers from our studio love the MC
- great personality
and humor, interacts well with the kids.
It was a good competition. The owner is very personable. It did run up to
two hours early, which got me home early both nights. I wish they would
have done more judges choice awards. I love how they did the pictures. They
were organized in folders by studio name and then dance or childs name.
They did not give out any cash prizes. I do not like that the program did
not have times they were supposed to perform in it. The program is only
avaialbe online. I like how they had several short awards instead of 1 or
2 per day. Back stage crew was friendly.
Terrible competition. Only two judges, judging seemed oddly arbitrary.
Overall winner name announced first as a dancer who didnt compete in that
category! Although later amended, it lent suspicion as to accuracy in
scoring. Routines were all out of order. Hopefully it was a one-time
Loved the competition itself but it ran 2 hours ahead of schedule both
days. This was hard when it came to getting all our dancers there ahead of
time. Very stressful for dancers, parents and teachers
This was our studio\'s first time at Showbiz. Absolutely loved it. The
venue was perfect, couldn\'t be better (Ellie Caulkins Opera House)and
they ran the competition with clockwork precision. In fact at our
competition, we were running 1 - 1 1/2 hours ahead. Made for some fast
scrambling by our dancers, but we survived. Kudos to the whole Showbiz
Louisville got to nearly 1:30 ahead of schedule! There should be a limit
to this madness! Numbers were practically announced before previous
dancers were off the stage & no significant breaks to allow for possibility
of slowing down. The too cheesy announcer was so proud of this & thanking
everyone for keeping up...yet no one was enjoying the pace & lack of
structure at that point! It is unfair to the dancers and their family
members who frantically try to get there in time to watch what the kids
have worked so hard for! Photos are overpriced in comparison to other
competitions, and...who wants a plaque? Kids want trophies! I hope we
skip Showbiz next season & I\'m thankful that our studio didn\'t choose
to do their nationals!
LOVE SHOWBIZ! Ran about hour ahead of schedule, had live stream, solo
automatically entered for title and was able to print out program
Good, well run large competition. Plaques/pins for general awards and
trophies for overall tops and title. Organizers were courteous,
professional and fun. I gave it 4 stars because the judging was a little
interesting -- especially their choices for specials. Worked in our favor
some of the time but it was almost as if they just \"picked a
Overall a good experience and we would go back.
Very very large competition. Schedule ran on time which was much
appreciated. Hated the 7:45 start (especially since my daughter was the
7:45 start). Emcee and stage staff beyond fun. Will definitely attend
We recently attended Showbiz for the first time. I loved the stage manager,
he\'s very fun and funny and I love how he always makes the dancers give
kudos to each other even though they are from different studios. Judging
appears to be a little all over the place especially at the teen level. I
would reccomend Showbiz though, it was a fun and well run comp, even though
it was huge, we ran early all weekend.
Showbiz did not honor a solo scholarships awarded by its employee. Shame
on you, Showbiz.
Poor customer service.
Showbiz was okay...I loved the stage manager. He made all the
so relaxed and happy before going on stage. I love the
dancers say before awards about sportsmanship
That\'s what dance is about!
didn\'t like was
judges...they were soooooo harsh. I\'m the
first to critique my
but I expect judges to at least say
something positive even if
\"nice smile\" I mean geez. My
girls won numerous
entertainment, and special awards
with the same dance from
well known competitions so I
know objectively they
weren\'t as bad as
those judges made it seem.
Also, all the top
scoring routines had a million
acro tricks, and
regardless of the category. I saw so many
from other groups
that were beautiful technically, with
costuming...but no tricks and they got
nothing. I really
competitions were finally trying to go back
and ARTISTRY; but Showbiz still seems
smitten by the acro and
bug...plus the scoring/level system is
confusing and very unpopular as I
spoke to parents and other studio
We will continue to attend Showbiz because it\'s one of the FAIREST comps
I agree they need to tweak their scoring but you can\'t deny the
professionalism and kindness of the folks running Showbiz:) I was happy to
see them at the summit and look forward to attending again in the future.
The rating system they used at awards was demeaning and upsetting to
dancers (who wants to do a solo and be told by the judges they are
competitive level than they think they are?), and they seemed to
awards around so that every studio got their fair share of each
level when many made no sense at all. Dancers who veiwed
as intermediate but were put in \"sapphire\" (the
equivilant of novice)
barely wanted to come up and get their overall
awards they were so upset.
Same deal w/ advanced dancers who were put
in \"ruby\" (intermediate).
There are also dancers w/ multiple
solos who scored in each level which is
just crazy! I\'ve never seen
so many dancers crying after a solo awards
ceremony in my life (mostly
the top winners in the lower levels). Their
competition fees are also
WAY above average and they didnt give out cash
awards to winners. I
know people complain about studios down-leveling
advanced dancers so
they will win more awards, but this was NOT the way to
go about fixing
that - it just really confused and upset a lot of young
dancers and the
judges were definitively not applying the rating levels
fairly. This is
not a comp I would ever like to return to again and I
understand why they feel they can charge so much more than other,
better, competitions. They get 2 stars instead of 1 only because
ran on time.
We use to LOVE this competition... But the way they do the new
scoring/rating system made things really difficult to understand. They
always are so personable and enjoyable to work with so it\'s a bummer
that we won\'t be returning back next year. Please go back to they way
you use to have the levels.
The competition was well ran and even ahead of schedule. The staff were
really nice and the director Mel B was very entertaining. The downside to
whole competition was that they only gave away plaques-no trophies, no pins
for group numbers. The kids in group numbers didn\'t leave with anything
for themselves which was a huge disappointment. Nothing to show for their
hard work but a plaque and even the plaques had stickers on them for
whatever they placed. That was horrible. $40 for a group routine and
couldn\'t even get a decent plaque for the studio.
Did not compete this year, however in years past it a well run, fair
While it was a fun competition and ran ontime- even early, the new scoring/
rating system was really confusing. Most comps stick with the Gold, High
Gold and Platinum ratings so this was all new and kind of frustrating!
We have attended Showbiz every year. This year, it was completely
different. The rankings were extremely confusing - if you placed last, you
were recognized as being the top sapphire level, which is a bit
nonsensical. Back stage was disorganized. It just didn\'t seem like the
Showbiz that we know and love.
We attended Showbiz for our first time this year and I wasn\'t impressed.
The levels thing is weird and just outright confusing. They also
presented my daughter with the wrong plaque for her solo and it gave her
false hope that the announcer had just said it wrong. (she earned a
platinum, but they gave her a double platinum) She was disappointed all
over again after we had to go ask someone to confirm her score.
Ran ahead 1-1.5hrs which is good and bad. Judging was very hard which is
good for the girls.
the competition wasn\'t bad, but the awards are rediculous! It took me a
whole day to just figure out the award system!
Nice competition we quit going several years ago because they did not
manage the times very well and it ran long ... Really long. My parents
complained so we replaced it with others. The competition itself is good.
Just had issues with getting acts on and off in a timely manner Did a lot
of waiting on costume changes and prop stuff
Our city was much smaller than recent years (a mega studio that normally
brings over 200 dances was not in attendance). Also, another major comp
was the same weekend in town which really split the studios. So I am not
sure if this year was a true representation of SB for us.
said that, I did get a chance to speak with Mel directly about some of my
concerns about the new SB/PT scoring system. She did explain some of the
rationale which I appreciated. She also mentioned that SOs have the
ability to level up for Nationals (we all know dancers can have a bad day),
but not level down. Having attended both PT and SB, SB felt more
\"accurate\" in their scoring in that advanced dancers scored in the
Diamond category and Intermediate dancers scored in the Ruby category.
Unlike PT, I did not see any dances place in the novice category (269.9 or
lower). And just like PT, I did not see the highest adjudication (290+).
Occasionally a placement surprised me, but overall, they seemed to be dead
on. While I am still not a fan of the new PT/SB scoring, I do feel a
little better about it. Live streaming is a huge plus since we have
And my big detractor for the weekend. Despite the
live streaming, picture and video quality was pretty abysmal. I checked
out all of the pictures from all of my kid\'s dances (6). There were
maybe 1-2 pictures per dance that were good. Most were blurry, out of
focus or just plain weird. It was obvious that the photographer glommed
onto a single dancer in group dances; most pictures featured one dancer
even in group dances, and if it wasn\'t your kid, then no pics for you in
that dance! It was equally obvious that either the photography equipment
needs updating or the photographer needs additional training in how to take
Don\'t like this. Awards are stupid... Diamond 1st... 1st... 2nd
1st place? Wish it would stick to platinum, high gold, gold, ect.
judges totally say the opposite of the other. One judge didn\'t
thing in a tape.
I really liked this competition. The staff was friendly and helpful-
judging was fair and video critiques were helpful. The judges were
enthusiastic as well. At first the adjudicated system seemed confusing but
once I read over the rules it made sense and I actually liked it. We are
looking forward to their Nationals this summer. It was our first time
attending this competition and it seems like one we will attend again.
We thought it was very unprofessional. It was a big disappointment, and it
was definitely not because of close mindedness. It was actually the
competition we were most looking forward to last year. The judges seemed to
only reward raunchy dancers. They barely paid attention to the dancers
while they were on stage-- two of them left in the middle of my number as
was pointed out to me by someone from a different studio for the record. On
top of already having biased judging, the scoring system was entirely
screwed up. I understand that it is partially to keep studios from cheating
the competition-- which I\'d appreciate-- but this is far from an
effective way to do that and causes more serious problems.
The event I attended ran on time for the most part. Loved that the
announcer spoke clearly when he read off the scores. Judging seemed fair.
I would go back. The scoring system was confusing at first, but made sense
once I read the rules. Part of me thinks that the teachers know their
students and should be the ones to assign the levels. Part of me, however,
likes that they assign the division, so certain studios can\'t put
dancers in lower divisions than they should be so that they sweep the
overalls. No good answer to that problem, though.
Mel the host was terrific and the competition ran right on schedule - very
professional. That said, the scoring was insane and HAS to be fixed.
Everyone competes together and then at awards they tell the dancers what
division they wound up in. There were some crazy folk dances that just
weren\'t on par with the other dances from a skill and technique
standpoint, yet they received the highest possible score in a lower
division - their studio owners were screaming and carrying on like
they\'d won the Olympic gold. It made a lower score for a more
challenging, technique-based routine in a higher division seem like less of
an achievement. None of this is spelled out up front. If Showbiz can fix
this they\'ll have a MUCH better competition - one that we would return
We attended this competition as the only person from our
POSITIVES: it is
distance can watch your
Critiques were good and scoring
Junior solos (9 and 10 year old kids)
after 11PM. Awards not
until well past
Got my daughter in
I wish they would reject
like us (only
if the competition is
Couldn\'t hear the music. Scoring was extremely bizarre.
tap or clogging sounds. Whole competition was
between an half and
hour to an hour ahead. One large dressing room for
all studios to share.
Small temporary stage.
Couldn\'t see through
the elevated judges, who
had no idea how to judge tap or clogging.
judging, and terrible competition
luck next year,
hopefully it won\'t be so awful
if we even come back.
I have attended this comp for the past 4 years. Apparently they have gone
through some changes and I wanted to leave such a horrible review after
last year but decided not to. Then our studio decided to go again and I
must say again it was a disappointment. So here is my review for the past
The scheduling was horrible last year. While most comps
start late in the afternoon for Friday comps, this one not only started
Friday morning with the minis at 8:00 a.m., they didn\'t send out the
schedule until the Monday night before. Poor planning and completely over
So all mini and junior solos were all day on Friday. The
minis before lunch and juniors after, however they didn\'t do awards for
the minis until 9:00 that night. ALL THEY HAD was solos that day, why
should the minis be there for over 12 hours?
On the positive, they were
giving out scholarships to their new workshop to the winning numbers in
each division and to the miss/mr showbiz winners. always love
So this year they did not over book, but again decided
to change things up and add different levels. However the levels are
determined by the judges and not the studio, so know one knows what
division they are in until awards. All the children were so confused when
they got off of the stage and became disappointed when they found out what
division they ended up in.
Also in years past they did a Mr/Ms Showbiz
and a costume winner for each division, now they only do one for the entire
age group. They also claim on the website that they do a top 10 for each
division but in reality they only do it for the Diamond and Ruby division,
the other two only get one top score announced.
The schedule ran
true to order, but they ran about 30-40 minutes late most of the time.
can\'t remember last year, but this year it was clear that they reward
tricks way more then actual dancing or technique. While I enjoy tricks and
the entertainment of them, I also enjoy watching a beautiful routine done
with emotion and beautiful lines and feet to simple choreography. I seen
so many of those that went overlooked.
Also no extras were given, no
special awards and no scholarships for the workshops to anyone.
the positive note the live stream is awesome. The photos were much better
this year than last year. Last year you were not able to order online only
at that time and place, but this year SUPPOSEDLY you can order them online
after the show if you want more. The photos are grossly overpriced, but
some are worth it if they come out really good.
I like that they
sell earring and other merchandise onsite.
I think the studio
finally agrees that we will skip this comp from here on out. I did rate
their sister workshop/convention great. Not sure if the same people run
this, but if they do then they are much better at workshops that
Please go back to the way things were. One of the reasons
why we always liked Showbiz was because there was something for all levels
without costing a fortune.
They are very professional, run on-time and reward good technique!
Excellent! Love that every girl is automatically entered to be Miss
Hard but fair, good critiques. The staff was super friendly and very
accomodating. Would love to go back!
We Found This Comp To Be Hard But Fair. Ran On Time And Professional.
I found the competition brought out different schools than we typically
compete against however, some of the judges comments were more than
constructive criticism and at times downright mean. My dancers is very
young and after hearing some of the critiques she contemplated no longer
Judges seem to show preference to certain larger studios. My daughter who
places in top 5 for solos in 5-6 other competitions each year, has never
placed at Showbiz.
Love Showbiz! Can't wait for 2014!!
Great staff. Judging seemed right on. Schedule was good for all ages.
Our dancers LOVE competing at Showbiz!
Great Competition and ran smoothly.
Well put together, done on time, sounding was just right. I hated we only
did showbiz once this season.
Great competition! Comp ran on time, fair/quality judging, couldn\'t ask
for more. Thanks!!!
Loved this competition! Heading for the Nationals this weekend in
Arlington, TX. with 3 of our soloists. Hoping to bring entire team to
nationals next year. The only drawback to this comp really has nothing to
do with the comp itself. The video people had no way for you to view your
video before purchasing. Seemed odd when all other comps, especially ones
with in-house video allow you not only to see your video, but also you get
to walk out the door with it if you purchase it.
Another favorite. Great, friendly staff. Nice awards with a normal length
awards ceremony. Lots of opportunities for recognition. Good judges with
Ran like a well-oiled machine. The judging was very good & their critiques
were actually very helpful and detailed. Will be back!
The competition was nicely run, prompt, and everyone was helpful and
friendly. BUT did not love the judging- dancers were marked down for
costuming, etc for no apparent reason.
Nicely run. Organized
Good competition. They did run early, but not so early that it caused
Good competition! Well run, fun for the kids, good judging!