Pros: ran on time. Dressing rooms were fine. Stage was fine.
Cons: WORST judging staff I have seen in 30 plus years of competing. Currently a studio owner with teachers with degrees in fine arts and long record of multiple choreography awards listening to some of the most absurd critiques I have ever heard! 9 year olds should not be performing lyricals? What type of hand movements he would prefer? Why are they standing still? Perhaps for meaning? In 30 years I have never seen judges like this with no introduction or bios and then during awards ceremony they give tickets to students to their workshops as awards. They are also Throwdowns permanent judges! (Let me add our students did receive some of these tickets which were disposed of) We compete for useful feedback... NONE given here. Awards were given with no merit here... silly recital style numbers with ridiculous props over moving numbers with content from many studios . Studios mentioned by judges that apparently come multiple times in a month (who does that???) is puzzling. If you are looking to try a new competition like we were skip this one... stay with the big ones. I know we will. We will never be back!
Wish I would have seen this sooner!! So sorry you were displeased with our competition. We get our judges from a company in NYC with an incredible reputation. They actually do know what they are talking about but you know with competitions its all subjective. We DO NOT have permanent judges. I don't know what made you say this. Judges bios and pics are in every program book! Not one judge is permanent! We change up all the time every once in a while we will use the same judge but never at the same locations. Our National judges never judge our regionals. We get a lot of new judges so that there is no favoritism with returning schools. I know you are a studio owner so I wish you would have called us so that We can speak with you on this.
Please feel free to contact us anytime. All the best to you and your studio.
This competition is a joke. I attended this year with my team and let's just say that the only way your dancers can be recognized is if you either attend them more than once a season (which the main studio winning has been to them multiple times a year for years) or if you have bad recital like dances.
After receiving the judges comments, one judge you can't hear anything at all (which is probably fine because his special awards weren't comprehensible) and one other judge just talked about how he would have choreographed things and the shows he has been in as opposed to judging what he is seeing and giving helpful comments to dancers. The third judge was at least somewhat knowledgeable about dance but what a waste of money. The dance off just takes up more time in already long days. I am so sad that this is one of the competitions I selected this year and my students hard work was wasted on this.
As a parent I have been to this competition several times and enjoyed it each time. It is well run, on time, staff is friendly and overall vibe is awesome!! Also kids love the Throw Down Dance Off. They gave great awards and I feel the judges where accurate and knowledgeable. Look forward to next season.
TDDC has been a great experience for our dancers. We have attended TDDC
two years in a row. Everyone is friendly and professional. The
competition runs on time, and is very accommodating with costume changes
etc. We are a small/ medium sized studio in the suburbs of Philadelphia
with about 40 competition dancers and it\'s perfect for us. The
competition is judged fairly and dancers are recognized appropriately.
They do a great job of making it fun for the kids and entertaining for the
audience. Dressing rooms are assigned, which is very nice. There are just
the right amount of awards given out-overalls and special judges awards,
which makes the award ceremony short and sweet. The only thing we would
like changed, would be the venue so the students could perform on a stage.
Pros: well organized, special judges awards, nice venue & staff
marley didn\'t cover entire stage (dancers slipped); no categories*; all
groups for overalls are only 12 & under or 13 & up (solos, duets/trios have
smaller age brackets); most inconsistent and lowest scoring I\'ve seen in
10 years of competing (both for our own studio and others); invites to
national performance team invites were also random, skipping over top
soloists and selecting lower ranked instead
We will never return, nor do
I think other complaining studios around us will.
*Note:This is not the
first time we\'ve been to a competition without categories and though it
may be less boring for the audience and/or easier to schedule, it is
extremely difficult for judges to compare apples to apples. Some handle it
okay. These judges positively did not. Even within our own studio, we had
numbers do well that absolutely should not have and others that should have
done better. Waste of money for honest scoring
Example: solo scores-
95,95,88 and it wasn\'t always the same judge who would be totally out of