This is our second time at Titans, and probably our last. The rooms were more packed than any convention we have ever attended (and I have been to a lot). The convention classes were cut short because of flight changes. I know this is beyond their control, but here was never an apology. The teachers had to cut the combo short, and or cut out groups. Now...onto groups. The "small" groups they made for the classes still had about 50 dancers in them. My daughter could not move, and she got kicked several times. I understand Titans is like any other business, and they need to make money, but this felt greedy and selfish on their part. Speaking of greedy, compared to their numbers, they are quite stingy with their scholarships (the only ones they gave were half off another convention). Again, never seen another convention who does not at least give a few full priced scholarships. I am sad about this because my daughter loved this convention the first time she attended. I think we will spend out money at another competition where you feel like more than a number.
Activate Your Artistry is the total package. The choreography in classes is top notch - not watered down like some conventions. But the warm supportive environment makes even less experienced dancers feel empowered to try something new. Plus there are classes in a wide range of styles. My girls even took classes in Latin and Stepping! The Saturday night Gala was truly entertaining, but the best thing about this convention is its heart. Donielle, the owner, pours everything into it and it shows. She is the definition of what a dance mentor should be. I am excited to see how this convention grows over time. It is definitely some where we will continue to go each year.
Just got home from the convention and have to say the convention was a NIGHTMARE! The checkin took 4ever! Line was all the way down the hotel and took us 1hr to get through registration. Then when we got to registration they ran out of the CONVNETION BOOK/schedule.
The schedule is hard to read: not all parents can read size 4 font printed on a dark purple and dark blue background! COME ON! I had to take a picture with my phone and blow it up.
Part of the convention price includes lunch and Sunday's lunch did not include any protein!
The convention itself - the only one we have been too where it’s encouraged that you push your way to the front to be seen. Only one teacher walked around the room to see all the dancers. We all know those dancers that push their way to the front, just to be seen. Well at Celebrity, if your dancer actually stays at the back so they have room to move they will in no way be seen or have a chance at getting called out! Witnessed it first hand. Saw some amazing dancers in the back of the room not one was called out. The same dancers, over and over in the front only were called out!
Unless your dancer is pushy and doesn’t care about dance space, please avoid this convention! I hope our studio does not go back!
After so many positive reviews, I decided to give this competition a try. Bad idea. The judging was by far the WORST I have seen in a while. They do not take into account technique, and give the highest scores and most awards to the studios with the most routines entered. Worst of all, a studio, who had a great trio, was scored low because they were african american and were judged by three white judges. Not a single male judge, and I feel as if it was not only biased but prejudice as well. Do better.
This was my first convention as a parent, and my daughter's first convention as a dancer (Minneapolis). She was in the Junior's room and we have nothing but good things to say about the weekend!
The routines that the teachers taught were perfect for the age group and skill level, the teachers themselves were amazing, staff was great, we loved the setup of the venue, and as a cherry on top - my daughter won a partial scholarship for next year's convention! Thank you Celebrity for an amazing weekend and we can't wait to come back next year!
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We look forward to working with Nick again.
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