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  • 2.9 - Average Ratings
  • 136 Total Reviews
    Parent : 56.62 %
    Dancer : 11.03 %
    Studio Owner : 17.65 %
    Teacher : 14.71 %

  • 420 Route 9
  • Lanoka Harbor ,NJ
  • 6096930563
  • starbounds@aol.com

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STARBOUND NATIONAL TALENT COMPETITION

May 04 2022

We just recently attended Starbound & it was a GREAT experience. Our dancers had such a awesome time & the staff made them feel welcome & didn’t rush them during quick changes. The staff were super friendly & made the weekend so much fun. The awards ceremony was exciting & made all studios feel included & especially acknowledged all graduating Seniors who had a special moment on stage together. The judges were fully engaged & gave helpful critiques during each performance. Thank you Starbound for a great event, we’ll definitely return to your competition!

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May 04 2022

May 01 2022

We have done Starbound since 2018 and have always loved it , but this we were extremely dissatisfied. The judging was very off in comparison to previous years. Elite golds going to dances with little content, dancers who could barely execute turns, no pointed toes, and technical issues, while other dances that were technically sound were receiving high golds. They favor tap and boys as evident that the same two tappers get first and scholarships every single year, and still competing in the lower level. Also can tell very blatant favoritism towards one certain studio. The critiques were awful as they didn’t have much to say and didn’t even really seem to know much of what they were talking about. We typically love this competition but our studio will be taking a break from it next year. Also wish they did a scoring breakdown (so many points each for technique, performance, choreography) instead of just a general overall score because I feel like that’s where unfair judging comes into play since they aren’t really taking off points for anything in particular. Hopefully this season was just a fluke!

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May 01 2022

Jun 11 2021

The judging favored one style of dance over all others. He liked tap so tap placed no matter the performance quality. Also, preferential treatment was given to a boy dancer even though they were remotely not as talented as the girls. And the Top 10 was taken up by the same soloists who entered 3 or more solos!! Seriously? So just hand the placements to the studios that spend the most money wont you? I truly hope the judges/organizers read these reviews.

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Jun 11 2021

May 09 2021

ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. Horrible horrible horrible. This competition was literally a huge mess, no one even knew what time they were supposed to go on. So so many awful things. I do not recommend at all

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May 09 2021

May 03 2021

As an experienced comp mom of multiple elite dancers over the past 15 years, I cannot fathom the experience of Starbound this season. They have always been all over the place in judging, but our latest experience solidifies our studio's decision to never attend again. I have always read that there is favoritism toward specific studios from their staff & judges, but finally witnessed it full-out without question. I was skeptical going in when I noticed that several of the studios appearing during the weekend were listed as SB's "top studios" in their cruise contest on instagram – clearly noting who has been putting in the money all season already in a big way. But most notably, there were many numbers awarded the highest overalls in every category that literally had no regard for feet, choreo, technique or showmanship. We witnessed dancers literally fall to the ground, fall out of turns, and not showing sound technique, announced as winners against numbers that were beautifully performed and with greater difficulty and choreo. I have never seen such partisan unbalanced judging. And to top it off it was overbooked as usual.

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May 03 2021

Apr 14 2021

This competition plays studio favorites more than I’ve ever seen. The kids who attend know it too, which is so sad. The starbound staff is so rude to the kids, except for the ones from the biggest studio, they hug them and shower them with compliments. The judges ‘critiqes’ we’re a JOKE. One judge didn’t say a single word during any of the dances (we came with over 30) and was chewing the ENTIRE TIME FOR ALL 30 DANCES. All of the awards went to the biggest studio, and they knew it too. So sad, DO NOT GO HERE if you want a good and fair chance, because you won’t get it.

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Apr 14 2021

Mar 21 2021

I am so incredibly disappointed in this competition. I brought my studio here, after taking a few years away from starbound, and I remembered every reason why we stopped coming here. The backstage staff was pushy and rude. They made the schedule complicated, and then were rude when my kids - who they put in back to back routines - weren’t ready in time. On top of the fact that we heard judges telling another studio they were a favorite, the judging was incredibly inconsistent and puzzling. Certain studios - the favorites - racked up every award with incredible scores, while other studios didn’t fare as well. The awards ceremony was complicated and confusing. Why were large groups and small groups given overall awards together? Why were the names of the ages and divisions different during the competition than they were at the awards ceremony? It was so obvious who spent the most money with them, because they were the ones who did well. They like a specific style and type of dancer, and that’s it. I expected consistency, professionalism, and a fun weekend for my dancers, and this couldn’t have been further from that. They need to reevaluate their priorities. Good dancing is good dancing regardless of what studio you’re from.

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Mar 21 2021

Mar 21 2021

Competitions like this are the reason studios don’t go to competitions. It is a classic case of favoring studios that they have long withstanding relationships. The judging and scoring was BEYOND warped — I have no idea how some of my own dances got higher scores than others, let alone other studios’ dances. The judges undoubtedly picked favorites from the beginning, and favored the same basic dances without factoring in performance, pointed toes, or choreography. I’ve never been so confused as to what the judges were seeing in my entire life. One of my dance moms heard a staff member tell another studio “oh you guys are my favorite,” and they responded with a “shh- you can’t say that out loud.” COME ON. I have amazing relationships with other competitions and we are ALWAYS judged fairly. Completely unprofessional and stealing money from studios that aren’t “their favorites.” I will never return to this competition again. Seriously a waste of time.

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Mar 21 2021

Aug 01 2020

Terrible! We will never return. Judges had their favorites from the beginning regardless of talent. Staff was extremely rude to our dancers the whole competition. Lots of disrespect for no reason. Also, very unorganized, dressing rooms were locked once doors opened in the morning and it took 20 minutes to get them opened. Schedule was all over the place. Worst comp I've been to in all my years. Not sure how they are in business.

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Aug 01 2020

Feb 26 2020

I saw so many good reviews about this competition but honestly have nothing good to say about it. The judging was 100% based on who spent the most money. The dancing didn't even matter to them! I'd give it 0 stars if I could.

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Feb 26 2020

Feb 10 2020

My kids love Starbound Competition. Staff is always so nice. Very well ran and always on time.

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Feb 10 2020

Nov 15 2019

This competition is a small one for dancers, but with that being said it is a great one also because it gets our kids a way to learn from other dance studios and help all the small studios get their confidence up on stage. we love going here for the small atmosphere. the judging to be very fair and honest with each studio.

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Nov 15 2019

Jul 10 2019

New favorite! This competition has fair judging, does not favor the larger studios and is fantastic with communication . All the staff from backstage to director are personable and helpful. Can't wait until next season to bring my dancers back!

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Jul 10 2019

May 22 2019

We had a blast at Starbound this year!!!! Staff is very friendly. Event ran smoothly. Fair judging. Love the special awards. Can't wait for next season!

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May 22 2019

Apr 03 2019

Good competition! It was nicely run, witha friendly staff!

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Apr 03 2019

Sep 17 2018

Regionals was overbooked. Nationals was scheduled better and nicely run.

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May 18 2018

Not our favorite, but not the worst either. Nobody comes to this one in our area so kids are bored. Wished studio owner would drop it. Dance numbers are not listed in order so you may have to buy a program. Judging is fair. ++++++++++++++++EDIT TO ADD AFTER ATTENDING ANOTHER++++++++++++++ Still not a favorite. Another small competition yet again. Backstage was rude. Dances were all out of order from the start. Routine numbers are still listed in random so hard to follow. I guess judging was ok. Judges weren't even looking up most of the time so I'm not sure who was judging and adjudicating routines, but overall placements made sense so... ? Scoring is over the top, too many above 290 and special awards were given randomly to the beginner dancers only. Starbound may be the easiest competition to score great adjudications if that's what you're looking for. I hope we don't come back, but our dance director seems to enjoy torturing us with a repeat of comps we dislike so we will probably be back. Skip it if you have a choice.

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May 17 2018

WE really enjoyed this competition. The staff seemed friendly and the event ran smoothly and on time. Love the smaller age brackets for solos, however we got a little confused for the groups/duos/trios because while it lists the same breakdowns, they lumped together for overalls. For instance, our junior small group was listed in the 11/12 category, but they lumped 9-12 all together for the overalls, but now we know for next year. The awards ceremony was fun. Love the special awards, scholarships they give out. It is so nice t=for the dancers to be recognized for something other than their score/placing. Loved how they announced scores on stage for the top 10, however there were 2 different emcees and 1 did it, but the other did not, so wish it would be more consistent. Loved how it is a continuous running event. The one thing that threw me a little is that I felt they were handing out scores in the 290s like they were candy! An 8 and under beginner should NEVER have the highest score of the event.almost a perfect score! To me that is almost saying that he has nothing left to improve on. I watched the routine, he was cute and it was good, but not even close to the score he received. WOuld love to see it be a bit more realistic. Overall, though, we loved this event and look forward to attending next year. The venue is ok, really not a huge fan of Highline. Would love it if comps would look more towards Sumner/Auburn/Tacoma Convention Center

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Apr 22 2018

Judges have long standing favorites. Dancers come away believing it's not about hard work, talent or technique, but instead about how much money you throw at someone and how much you suck up. Have heard one event host verbally insulting other competitions, all while on stage, directed to the audience during awards ceremonies. Not the lessons we want to give our dancers.

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Aug 25 2017

I was very disappointed with this dance competition. It was very unorganized. We had quick changes that they did not schedule well for and then hounded us to hurry up when we were behind. We NEVER received our judges critics. We called and emailed several times with no response. We will never go back to this competition.

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Aug 20 2017

The judges actually watched our performance this time, which was great! Backstage was really disorganized though, especially for group dancers. All the dancers in group dances had to wait outside in the dark when it was 40 degrees (which made warming up completely impossible) and the staff wouldn't even let the dancers go back to the dressing rooms to get a jacket. The venue is also really dirty (it's the theatre of a high school).

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