My daughter is an independent dancer (she does not compete with a studio).
We attended Top 10 Biloxi and my daughter really enjoyed it! The classes
and the competition were challenging and we saw some amazing talent! She
met new friends and was able to have some fun at the festival that was
going on in the parking lot of the venue. I like that parents aren\'t
allowed in class. I was also pleasantly surprised when we received her
critiques from competition. The judges gave some real specific feedback
that will really help her to continue to improve. She is looking forward to
attending Summer Solstice in New Orleans!
I also had a 4 year old
take class in the Rookie room. It was her first convention and while she
wasn\'t quite ready for the first class of the day, she jumped right into
ballet class. The teachers were inclusive of her even though she didn\'t
have the same skills as the other dancers in the room and she had a
Thanks for a great weekend!
My daughter attended the Biloxi competition/convention.and had a wonderful
weekend! As both a dance mom and dance teacher I appreciated the
professional staff, they were top notch! We will be back and LOVED the
teacher luncheon...GREAT JOB!
One of the best weekend experiences for young people in this day. There are
amazing teachers to give students a weekend of challenging classes to learn
and grow as dancers. I think Top 10 has grown so much in these few short
years who knows what\'s in store? I can only seeing it getting better and
better! Don\'t let the haters get you down what you are doing is amazing
and people need to leave the drama at home! We are all here to learn and
grow and DANCE! To live out there on that floor and to support every dancer
not try to bring them down!
I\'m a student and this is one of the best conventions I have been to.
The teachers work with the students on a personal level and don\'t spend
all of their time on stage teaching. They get down on the floor and help
students with technique and choreography. The teachers really seemed to
care about each dancer and gave amazing advice for dancers about to venture
off into the real world. The classes were challenging both mentally and
physically which is an amazing thing because I felt so much growth in
myself as a dancer. I really enjoyed having 1 hour and 15 minute classes
because I felt like it was plenty of time to learn a combo as well as go in
groups. The energy in the room was so positive and everyone was supportive
of one another. There was cold water provided in the ballrooms which is
always a plus! Competition ran smoothly and was handled professionally. All
dancers said \"good luck\" and \"good job\" to one another. By far
one of my favorite conventions/competitions. Extremely challenging and
extremely rewarding of the dancers that work hard and diligently!
1) This is according to my daughter as fortunately there were no observer
bands, so no distracting parents in the rooms with the dancers: The
teachers were phenomenal--enthusiastic, focused, observant, gave praise,
gave fair criticism (my daughter greatly appreciated the corrections).
Their combinations were challenging, so she felt great accomplishment when
she was able to learn one in particular and then was selected with a group
to dance it. I\'m saddened to read that one mom felt this was favoritism
as this opinion greatly takes away from the hard work my daughter and other
dancers put in. My daughter says she was motivated, pushed to go beyond
what she thought was capable of doing, and she learned a lot from her
2) Competition: Not only was my daughter blown away by
the talent, so was I. I watched solos that I wish I could see again. I
was truly moved by \"Between The Bars\" and the mother/daughter solo.
There were large and small group dances whose dancers not only demonstrated
amazing technique, but these boys and girls told stories with their
movements. Awards (from my limited dance education from being a dance mom,
not dancer), seemed very fair. The competition ran on time, and I could
easily follow who got one of the four possible awards--happily, no
3) Venue: My daughter said the convention room
wasn\'t overly crowded, so she could dance without getting kicked;-). The
space for the competition was large; the stage was, according to my
daughter, easy to dance on, and the lighting was good. The people working
the venue were professional and helpful.
4) Glenn Meynardie--you
really did think of everything. And the whole audience saw where your
heart is. You love dance, and you love sharing your passion and knowledge
with the kids you teach. They thank you!
Overall, my daughter and I
had a great weekend!
We truly had an amazing weekend at T-10. I\'m so grateful for the dance
education and experience that my daughter received at this competition and
convention. The director and the choreographers/ teachers were spot on
the entire weekend. The convention was well organized and the competition
ran smooth. Awards also went as expected. I thought it was a great idea
also that observers were not allowed in to the classes. This allowed the
dancers to have the focus that they needed within the class to do their
very best. Without having others going in and out and making more
distractions for the dancers and the teachers.
Again thank you
very much T-10 and we are extremely excited and will count down the days
to next year!!!
We keep coming back to Top 10 every season for the top notch instruction
and competition! Another great weekend in Biloxi. Every award is earned and
judging is tough but honest and we are always given useful critiques. My
daughter gets so much out of her weekends spent at this convention and we
cannot wait for next season!
Amazing weekend full of dance, comrodery, challenges, talented dancers, fun
and the beach!!!!
Had a wonderful weekend!! I, personally, was amazed at some of the dancers
we watched and I felt like my daughter learned so much by watching. The
classes were her favorites so far. She enjoyed the instructors and felt
really encouraged by them. The facility was gorgeous! Lots of space during
class AND enough chairs at competition! I\'m happy that classes are
closed to parents. My daughter has complained at other conventions about
the distraction of having parents coming in and out, talking in the back of
the room, etc. We don\'t dance for the awards, so a ribbon is just fine.
I did not notice any pins in the merchandise shop. Would love to purchase
one for my daughter\'s jacket! We will definitely be back next year!
Absolutely one of the best experiences our dancers have every year! The
judging is always spot on with lots of constructive criticism. Love Glen
and everyone at T10. We will always go back!!
I agree. This competition has a biased feel and it seemed like a studio
was receiving special treatment. I saw beautiful dancers shunned and it
Maybe 3.5 stars. Everything seemed to generally run on time, and the staff
was pleasant. Faculty seemed to be very, very good - Morgan and MJ were the
favorites of my young dancer. Would likely return for these reasons. A few
things were odd - they cancelled observer access for parents, and I never
quite understood why. I think this was unfortunate especially for the
younger dancers. For the competition portion the stage was slippery and the
lighting rig was very poor - much lower quality than typical for this sort
of venue. Judging seemed fair. Adjudication awards were bargain basement
ribbons, not the usual pins. Would have liked to have seen efforts stepped
up for a more professional competition experience.
The first year our studio attended, we loved it. The second year, it seemed
to be a totally different company. One of the teachers had been touching
dancers in a such way that I would call inappropriate, and was teaching
negative class etiquette. It also was brought to my attention that the
judges and teachers of the company, also are regular teachers at school
campus we were at. While I have no idea if this is true, the
competition/scholarship portions could be swayed by the fact.
Wow! We are shocked to learn that you feel like one of our vetted
professional teachers would do such a thing. Every faculty member we have
are working professional educators and choreographers who all come with
great reputation and credibility. We stand behind their methods of
teaching. Teachers are carefully selected. Please contact our director
Glen@t10dc.com to discuss, a claim of this magnitude. It is something we
take seriously. Most importantly if there was indeed inappropriate actions
taken we need to know details of the incident so we can survey the
complaint and take action if needed. It\'s very shocking to find out
something like this from a business review website and would hope to hear
about it through communication other than this. We would like to
investigate the incident, find out all details so that we can take action
if needed. We do not tolerate inappropriate actions from employees.
Our jazz teacher is an alumni of the high school that the event was
held at. He has taught classes and set concert work on the company/students
there in the past. We can say with confidence he would never hold bias
towards any group of kids. None of our faculty had choreography in the
competition whatsoever. That is one of our company policies. No other
faculty member had ever taught at the school or for any of the studios
attending prior to our 2016 event. Todd, who runs the auditions for us has
no connection with the host school whatsoever.
We really are
concerned with your review and would like to speak with you about these
claims. Please contact us so that we can clear up this matter in the most
professional way possible and avoid any future incidents if there was
indeed innaprolriate behavior.
Really like Top10. They are very straightforward and fair. It is one of the
better events that come to our area.
Thank you for your review!
My daughter attended Biloxi Top 10 this year. Staff was very courteous,
teachers were amazing. Ran on time. Was very organized. Not real crazy
about how awards were done, but nothing is perfect. Probably will return
Thank you for your positive review!
I took a few of my students to this in Nashville and loved it. I love all
of the teachers at this convention and my students of course loved Morgan!
We will definitely be back to Nashville next year!
This was the second Top 10 event that my child has attended and she\'s
also attended another intensive that the owner of Top 10 is in connection
with. She attends anywhere between 10-15 conventions, intensives and
workshops each dance season and Top 10 is by far one of her favorites. She
goes to some conventions where the teachers come in, teach a combo and
that\'s it. The entire Top 10 faculty are people who do not act as if
they are above the students, instead, these professionals open themselves
up to these kids and let their imperfections show as well, they inspire and
motivate and give great constructive criticism. I was able to sit in Erica
Sobol, Morgan Burke and Anthony Burrells classes and tried to think of a
way to get these people to also come a speak at middle and high schools. My
daughter loved every class and was so inspired after this event, so I know
that even the teachers I was not able to observe the classes, were great
with the kids, also. I also love the way that the competition is set up and
the judging is very fair. It is obvious that the owners goal is to touch
and motivate young dancers and that is exactly how my daughter feels after
attending one of these. What she scores at a competition is only a matter
of opinion, what matters most to me is what she took from the event as a
whole and how she feels about herself and she always leaves Top 10 very
inspired and ready for more. She would attend every Top 10 event if
possible and she even hopes to be a part of an event like Top 10 when she
grows up. We look forward to many many more Top 10 events in the years to
Can\'t wait for Top 10 this season! Director runs a very fair, unbiased
competition. Classes are top notch. Highly recommend this competition!
Top 10 is everything I\'ve been looking for in a convention/competition.
Top 10 set the bar so high for our competition season that honestly nothing
else quite measured up. The staff was humble, approachable, and taught top
notch classes. The judging was fair. The structure of awards was unique and
the one winner at the end of the event was refreshing. Added bonus, the
trophies are real, however that pales in comparison to the degree of
training that my dancers were exposed to at Top 10. They left this event
better dancers. My students are counting down the days until we go back and
are excited to attend top 10 for many years to come.
Well pleased with our experience.
I refuse to support a competition/CEO that tries to use the misfortune of
one incident at another dance competition for their gain. Shame on you!!
We really feel that your statement is completely incorrect. In no way has
our company or it\'s CEO tried to gain from anyone\'s misfortune. Our
CEO\'s students, his niece and his own son have participated in events
with the company you are referring to and he is just seeking the truth not
only to them but for ANY child that may have been exploited. How is that
attempting to gain?
There is a big difference in seeking answers
and attempting to gain from misfortune. Asking questions is all our CEO has
done. If he was saying \"Don\'t go here because of this, come to us
instead.\" Then you would be correct. That is simply not the case.
We took a handful of dancers to TOP 10 in Dallas this year and absolutely
loved it. It was our best convention experience all season. TOP 10 is new
so the amount of kids in the rooms was small, but this was not what really
made the convention stand out. The owner Glen was very personable and is
striving to make the convention different than the others. The instructors
in Dallas were all not only highly qualified but took time out for the
dancers. Alex Wong even got off the stage to help one of our young dancers
work on their turning jete. Emily Shocks class felt more like a class in
the studio than a convention class. ALL of our kids loved Morgan\'s
classes and Jaime was great with the younger kids as well as the older
kids. We are not only planning to come back but we will be bringing all of
our dancers and competing next year! Thanks Glen and crew for a great
Thank you for the positive feedback! We are looking forward to having you
My 3 daughters attended this competition/convention in New Orleans and
loved every minute of it! Great venue, awesome teachers, and the
organization was impressive! As far as the bias comment earlier, I
completely disagree!!! The talent of the competitors who placed in the Top
10 was beyond amazing. My child does not attend the winning studio, but as
a dance parent who watches these competitions on a routine basis the top
placing studio deserved everything they were awarded. We will definitely be
back to Top 10 in the future and thoroughly enjoyed our entire weekend and
the message and inspiration our children left with is what it\'s all
about. Top 10 was definitely top notch in my book!
Thank you for the positive feedback!
We had an amazing time at Top 10 New Orleans! Convention teachers
of the most sought after in the industry and I was very
first year convention/competition could bring in
professionals. When I asked my daughter how she
felt in class,
she said she
was \"comfortably challenged\". THAT
is my goal for her
convention she goes to! As far as
competition, I\'m seeing
that a couple
people think one studio may
have been a favorite. I\'m
here as an
observer to say I know which
studio they are referring to and
absolutely deserved every
placement they received. Sometimes
the awards\" amongst all registered
studios so that
home with something. To me, it\'s unfair
when they do
it\'s obviously better for reviews. My daughter
but we watched competition and felt it was very fair
We will be back next season!
What an amazing experience! The girls learned so much more than just
choreography from the staff - I honestly cannot say enough about the staff!
They were relatable, honest, inspiring, and committed to offering their
knowledge, experience and their gift! We brought very few numbers to the
competition, but plan on bringing more in the future years. The girls were
raving about the compassionate staff and experience all the way back to
Covington, we will definitely be back next year!
Glen, it was a
pleasure meeting you! You\'re inspiring great things! Thank you for this
As a dancer I would like to say that I truly enjoyed this weekend. It was a
phenomenal experience and I plan to attend next year. The staff was amazing
and have inspired me to do more as a dancer. Everything about this weekend
was magical. Top 10 Dance Challenge is definitely one of the best
competitions/conventions I have attended all year.
Top 10 Dance Challenge was truly one of the best weekends I have
experienced thus far in my dance education. I left with such an excitement
for dance. The teachers here are definitely some of the best. It is such
a privilege to learn from such talented and influential people in the dance
world. I appreciate the attention put on the classes and the education of
the dancers and not all on the awards. The entire atmosphere of Top 10 is
positive and exciting. I honestly did not want the weekend to ever end. I
left this convention more in love with dance….what else can you ask for
from a convention?!?! I can\'t wait for more weekends of Top 10 !
This competition and convention was an amazing experience for all of our
kids. It\'s all they have been talking about the past two days. It\'s
so nice to go to a competition where we can get feedback from judges that
are actually dancing in the professional dance wold. The classes were great
and the teachers truly cared. I could tell that they were trying to reach
as many dancers as possible in one weekend! We will be back next year :)
Thank you for the positive feedback!
Biased competition in New Orleans. Director teaches at the studio with
of the highest scores. Half of the guest instructors have either
that studio or choreographed dances that appeared in the top 10.
was overheard by children telling instructors which dances he
prior to competition.
Update to reply: my
daughter and her studio earned awards, but it was obvious who the favorites
were. It wasn\'t about awards in this case. The competition was slow. The
award show was excruciatingly slow. The show became ridiculous when asking
all of the kids names and studios they go to if they are \"just a name on
a building\". The CHILDREN overheard the director speaking to the
instructors - backstage before judging. I don\'t know the director
personally but I also don\'t think a group of children who also don\'t
know him could possibly make that up.
Again, that was the New
Orleans experience. Perhaps it is different elsewhere, but my review is for
what I\'ve attended.
We are so sorry you feel this way but we feel as though your personal
opinion is not a proper evaluation of the actual facts. The director does
indeed teach at the studio which had the highest scores. In fact he teaches
on a weekly basis at TWO other studios that were in attendance who
didn\'t win the first high score or scholarship and has been a guest
teacher at one other studio who did win high scores and scholarships. So
in fact there were FOUR studios in attendance that the director has/does
work for. Still think there was bias? Furthermore, the director teaches at
several studios that attended the Mobile event and there truly was no bias
there either. As far as the judges who scored the routines for the
competition, they had no knowledge of ties to any studio at all. Victor
Smalley and Morgan Burke are the only two instructors for New Orleans who
have been guest teachers or choreographers at the studio in question.
Neither of them judged. Your claims simply are not true. We really hate to
hear that you feel this way. The director never went near the
judging/scoring table and was sitting on the opposite side of the stage
during auditions to prevent anyone from concluding that there was any bias.
As far as people overhearing the director talking about which dances were
his, that simply didn\'t happen either. If you really knew the director
you would know that his passion is to inspire dancers, everywhere. Here is
a quote from his Friday Night Class \"The name of your studio means
nothing. It\'s just a name on a building. We are all dancers here.\"
The scores were given by three professional dancers/teachers whose
credentials speak for themselves. Thank you for taking the time to give us
your feedback and hope that you can see past meaningless awards and realize
the scope of dance is much bigger than a trophy.
We have just returned from The 2014 New Orleans Top 10 Dance Challenge
Convention/ Competition Regional. The weekend event was a huge success and
was totally enjoyed by all of my team members and parents alike. The
classes were amazing with the top teachers from around the country. As I
witnessed (as a teacher) from the mini room -the advanced room- all classes
were sensational and inspiring for all the levels of students I brought for
the event. The Venue was perfect with ample space for dancers of all levels
to receive instruction and have space to perform in. The Faculty was so
totally dedicated to giving professional instruction and advice to all
students while the combos and the choreography was Top Notch! I watched my
students blossom before my eyes and was very proud of their experience
throughout the weekend. The students were like sponges and wanted \"to
keep doing this everyday\"!!! Every child walked away with valuable
information that will be life changing in their dance futures! I have been
teaching dance for a very long time and have attended many Competions and
Conventions- This organization offers such a high level of instruction to
all who attends. Some of my students won scholarships and the Competition
was unbelievable! Top 10 Dance Challenge and its Staff are to be commended
on finally bringing a Convention/Competition that is so well organized and
inspiring to continue dance education for all levels of dancers. Their
attention to detail in choosing a professional faculty who\'s ultimate
interest is in providing instruction in dance at its finest - instructors
who really are passionate and care about sharing continued education in
dance to all students- all levels was excellent! We need this in our dance
world today! We will be returning to Top 10 Dance Challenge annually in our
future- Put it on your list of go-to\'s.I highly reccommend that you try
this organization. You will walk away with so much knowledge and positive
results with students who have been touched and motivated to continue dance
forward! -dancingly yours- J.W..- D D D C
We are so pleased that you, your parents and the kids had a great time! We
appreciate the positive feedback. Cant wait to see you next season!
Convention classes were great and organized. Competition- not so
Lots of jumping around and couldn\'t follow program.
process/callbacks very unclear. Kids were told \"if
callbacks, bye bye! We don\'t need you\" but
Announcing/awards needs LOTS of
improvement; It was
extremely slow, long
and drawn out, and mumbled.
Clash of the Champions
make sense. (One studio
competing against themselves). I
understand it is the first
but I would not go back to this
competition, I would go back
I am glad you enjoyed the classes in the convention portion of our event. The audition process in New Orleans was a little different than first explained. Our faculty requested to see ALL dancers again. We let them have full control of this process, so when they asked for all dancers, that is what they got. Our awards ceremony is something we know needs improvement. In our first year we were simply not able to bring an Emcee on the road with us. This will be an area that will be improved next season. Our Clash of the Champions Dance off did feature routines from the same studio in New Orleans. We have adopted this format to highlight the routines that were the actual highest scoring dances. When we created the competition portion of our event we were dedicated to recognizing the winners or the routines that received the highest scores from the judges regardless of studio. We are so saddened that your experience was not the best. We hope to please everyone every weekend. The main thing we want to know is, Did your child have fun? Did your child leave inspired? We hope so, because after all we do this for the kids and if they leave inspired, loving dance more and with new knowledge, we have done our job.
For it\'s 1st season it was well organized, great instruction in the
convention classes and the awards included cash prizes which was exciting.
The dance off of the top 3, 12 under & 13 over ages to give one winners cup
was a fun addition.