This competition is ran very well and smoothly! All the communication sent to studio owners is great. I think the judging is fair and very even, they have a tap judge which we love. We really love this competition as a small studio!
We LOVE Celebrity! We attended Convention for the first time last fall in Minneapolis with roughly 20 of our dancers and had an absolute blast! One our dancers was selected for Junior Crew which landed us here at Nationals. We took our Solos, Duets and Trios to regionals in March which was a favorite for all of our dancers. At both the Convention and Competition Drew and the Celebrity staff spoiled the Instructors/Owners. There are so many smiling faces helping out at any time, incredible Instructors, judging staff and Drew, Elizabeth and Jenna all have gone out of their way to make sure all of our questions have been answered. I love all the fine details- from the small programs, to the free videos and photos, to having everything clearly marked on where to be and all the extras they offer for the teachers. Lunches, Dinners and Bar Kiki! As both a studio owner and dance parent I would and do I highly recommend Celebrity. The atmosphere is positive, inspiring, and all around a class act.
Having a dancer here for Junior Crew has been a wonderful experience as well. They really do treat them like Celebrities. I love their positive feedback and push to make each dancer try their best. It has been fun to see the Junior Crew bond from all over the US. Overall I highly recommend Celebrity and cannot wait to now bring our entire Comp Team of over 150 dancers in the fall!
We only have positive things to say about Inferno. We've done multiple locations because it's a favorite at our studio and we look forward to attending every year. They seem to value their relationship with all studios and always make us feel heard. Not to mention our dancers have a BLAST.
This review is specifically for the national competition held in Nashville, Tennesse. I admire that In10sity chose a new location this year but the overall experience here was underwhelming. First off, their site states that the competition was going to be held at the spacious Opryland Hotel and Convention center but this was simply not true. It was primarily held at an Events Center near the Opryland hotel and it was not very spacious at all. The events center is not even connected to the hotel and you either had to be inside the dance hall (with no lobby or waiting rooms) or outside in the sweltering heat. Also, for some reason they decided to run solos on two stages within the same facility at the same time so there was a ton of background noise when you performed your solo. This wasn't so bad for jazz solos but for lyrical solos it was awkward to have blasting music and screams in the background when a dancer was trying to emotionally connect with an audience. Stand out In10se dancers also had to commit way too much time to practice a number where only a handful of people were actually seen. (close to 10 hours of practice) and the location for the practices was horrible (downtown Nashville). Overall the judging seemed ok but I do believe there was some bias towards male dancers and studios with male dancers. I feel they also gave too much credit for numbers with huge props which is unfortunate because out of town studios can't afford to transport giant props across the country. If you are a smaller studio then expect a small number of larger studios to horde almost all of the recognition throughout the event. Also, it didn't make sense that they had different judges for the Con10der solos as they did for the other solos in the competition in the same age division. Would we do this nationals competition again? Perhaps but it would need to be at much better facility.
Inferno is my daughter's favorite competition. I also leave their comp feeling like us parents had an experience as well rather than just being an audience member. This was our first year at Nationals. They really set the standard high and made it fun for our whole family. We can't wait for next year.
Nick Curry Graphics was an absolute pleasure to work with. Nick created our Dance Competition logos and Ads. We gave him an idea of what we wanted and he brought it life. His designs were so amazing and creative that we could not decide on just one so we used both. He made any updates needed quickly and always responded to emails and calls.
We look forward to working with Nick again.
Jennifer is attentive and thoroughly understands all the important aspects of what parents, students and teachers need in a great venue. She helps us find the best places so we can truly give everyone the best experience possible. Thx Jenn!
I can't say enough about Jennifer Mobley and her team at Conference Direct. They are absolutely amazing to work with. Very responsive, professional and committed to their clients. I would highly recommend their services.
I have been working with Jennifer for some time now and she is truly one of a kind. She is extremely hardworking and very professional. It is always a pleasure to call her and it is a great feeling to know that any problem we may have Jennifer and her team have our back. I would highly recommend.
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