New competition for us. We come from a smaller studio and only sent a handful of our elite dancers to this one. Went up against dancers that our studio has beat repeatedly at high level comps like JUMP, Nuvo, 24seven and NYCDA. None of our dancers placed in the overalls. It seemed like the larger studios were favored. I will say though that the staff was amazing from the store clerk to back stage manager. The competition ran smoothly and ahead of schedule. Awards were very fast without useless judges awards. I would like to see more fair judging. It seemed like 85% received platinums and the rest high golds. Will not be returning to this one.
I love The Countdown!! Judging is fair, positive and encouraging. Dennis is great and always talks to the parents and kids. It's well run and usually runs ahead of schedule. My only issue was they misread the title winners. My daughter was second runner up and another girl from our studio was first runner up, yet both of my daughter's solos scored higher on her title score sheets then the first runner up. Other then that we were so happy with our experience at countdown!!
This is a lower budget competition but it is well run and the judging seemed reasonable. The staff is friendly and helpful.
I do think they need to improve upon their awards. They were cheap awards and they didn't give anything to the overall lineup. It was really awkward to the girls to be announced and stand there with nothing in their hand. Awards are not expensive when purchased in bulk. Countdown needs to step it up and provide more awards.
Thank you, Dennis, for your wonderful customer service and personalized experience you provide. Your passion for creating a great experience at your competition truly shines through your work ethic and cooperation with me as a studio owner. Countdown will continue to be one of our studio's favorite competition each and every season!
From what I saw this competition completely favors the larger studios! I started talking to different parents from different studios as I like to be social, and the kids that were there competing independently or as a single
entry (under their studio name) all had the same story... that the owner personally
invited them. I said ok, thats nice of him to go out of his way. But then when awards time came most of those dancers got completely screwed. Meaning either they didn't place or they placed low. Seeing some amazing dancers not place over some larger studio kids who were in all honesty not very good was mouth dropping. At one point I even saw the owner of the competition come sit to watch solo performances for a large studio that was said to "follow him everywhere"
& then get up and leave when other kids performed.
The awards are terrible. They hand out cheap cardboard trophies when they are charging about the same for solos as other larger competitions. Title winners dont get crowns. And overalls get absolutely nothing. The competition owner is the MC for awards and he is a bore. Doesnt make awards fun for the kids at all and always sounds like he's in a rush to finish awards. Completely
disconnected. Hire a fun MC with all that money your saving with those cheap cardboard trophies.
My one star is for the photo/video
company and march table. They have good photos and videos but thats about it. We gave The Countdown several chances. But we won't be returning to this competition. We were first drawn to TCD seeing some well known dancers competing here, but I see now its just for promotion purposes for the
owner. Truthfully the worst competition we've ever been to. Skip this one.
This competition was very well run. My only complaint is that the kids
receive absolutely nothing. We\'ve been going to competitions for three
years and this is the first we\'ve come across where the kids didn\'t
even get pins. This alone would make this a deal breaker for the kids to
not go back next year. That\'s just being greedy. Kids deserve some sort
Still a great comp!! Everyone on staff was super friendly. Ran on time or
early. Very well organized too. Even the awards ceremonies went off
without a hitch. Well done Countdown!! Judging was mostly fair. But, I
didn\'t see anything onstage that was inappropriate. Could just be our
area. My only complaint was there was a studio that the judges and emcee
obviously knew. Normally, I have no issue with that. It happens. But
they obviously loved one soloist whose skills were below par. A waist high
fan kick, etc. is not what deserves a Platinum. Don\'t give high golds
to other soloists who did better if you want to give a platinum to this
this was a fun comps!!
Great front staff, great backstage staff, well run competition that runs on
time. Would like to see things a little bit more about the kids. Did not
see any favoritism to large or small studios. Which brings me to a point.
For those who feel the larger studios get favoritism think of it as a
drawing. If there are a hundred raffle tickets and one person holds 50 of
them (ie the larger studio has many more routines entered) then that person
has a greater chance of walking away with more then one of the raffle
prizes why someone holding only 3 ticket (ie the smaller studio with a
limited number of routines) may not win any raffle prizes. The judges at
all competitions do there best to get it right for that day and time.
Another day probably another outcome. Keep up the great work Countdown.
This used to be my favorite dance competition. This past year things have
changed. It was obvious that the larger studios were favored. Not sure how
dancers were adjudicated, but It apparently had nothing to do with
technique. I understand that performance is part of the scoring, but when
you have dancers who are clearly leaps and bounds stronger in technique and
don\'t score as well as less technically clean dancers, it\'s not
right! Everyone sees it, including the dancers. Awards used to be fun
filled with music and dancing. Now they are boring. Girls just sit on the
stage and wait for their scores to be announced. I sure hope it goes back
to the way it used to be..
I understand as competition owner you can\'t control what is brought to a
competition but to award routines that are inappropriate and have explicit
music get platinums and place overalls? As a mother to a 6 year old I find
this very disturbing
The awards don\'t drag on, which is nice. They ran ahead/early - which
was great - the whole weekend we didn\'t run behind. I dislike how the
kids get NOTHING for placing in high point/overalls unless they get first -
not a pin, a ribbon...nothing at all. Also, the judges REALLY seemed to
like the extremely sexy and not quite age-appropriate dances - those scored
really well. A bit disturbing. Not a favorite competition of ours,
that\'s for sure...
Great competition, we loved it. I appreciate that they don\'t start on
Fridays before 4pm or go to late.Lots if awards and overalls.
This completion is one of the (many) reasons I pulled my girls from
competitive dance AND I AM DANCE TEACHER!!
its hurts my heart that
parents put their daughters on stage with the \"sex sells\" mentality
and it disgusted me that it works! I couldn\'t believe how many dances we
saw that where down right inappropriate (even to my college age coworkers
view point!) and of course...they all got high scores!!
judges aren\'t standing up for your daughters.
This was a Great competition. It ran smoothly. The owner and all staff
were super friendly to the kids. Very importantly judging was fair and
consistent. My daughter is in a smaller studio but the judges didn\'t
seem to \"FAVOR\" larger studios like many other competitions we have
Done this one for the past four years. I found their staff to be super
friendly including the owner. Actually this is the only comp that I
actually know who the owner is, I don\'t pay much attention usually. It
is well run, on time or early and mostly stays in order. Who could ask for
more? My only con is that they rush to get to awards and sometimes they
aren\'t fully ready. I would rather wait a few more minutes and have
awards run smoothly. We will be back.
We had a good time at countdown. The owner was a tad snotty and too busy to
say hi to the kids who wanted to say hi. Other than that, it ran smooth and
the feedback from the judges was very useful!