We just attended this past weekend. It was very clear that the director/MC had a personal relationship with one of the studios there as she made several references during awards about receiving text messages from one of the teachers from said studio about a graduating senior! In addition, this particular studio owner was rude and kept going up to the judging staff and MC about who knows what as students were performing. Relationships between competition directors and studio directors/teachers are fine, but when there is blatant favoritism that becomes a problem. Not only do the other studio directors/teachers see it, but when the students and parents are complaining and are affected, that is a greater problem. In addition, the rules state soloist receive a plaque for adjudicated awards. Only overall placements received a plaque, so that left all of the other soloists with just a tiny pin to commemorate their score which for a $95 entry fee is absurd, I guess these are just a few of the reasons why this competition gets smaller every year and why many studios including ours won't return.
ADA attracts ELITE Dance schools (a pro) and judges focus on many skills
(Technique, Performance, choreography and to some extent costume). You
will find some of the MOST gifted performers at this competition. I would
not recommend that a mid-level or recreation Studio attend. Your students
will leave trophy-less and disappointed! I attended 2 regionals. Judges
critiques are insightful, helpful and I was impressed overall with their
attention and skills. We did have one judge who obviously did NOT have TAP
experience. I\'m Not sure why he was on the panel or MAYBE he did have
insight, but didn\'t critique much. I\'ll never know! ADA is family
owned and is run OLD SCHOOL (Programs have typed inserts vs being bound to
save $$$.They should invest in technology!) Marcia was our MC & is a HOOT!
Don\'t expect flying Frisbees or parent dance-offs!Awards are short! ADA
assigns a \"SPECIAL AWARDS\" judge whose ONLY job is to pin-point a
special quality of a certain dancer that should be recognized. It is not
based on points (very subjective) however, this judge is always an industry
expert and to get a SPECIAL AWARD is an achievement. Regionals are an
opportunity to JACKET CHASE- These dancers compete amongst themselves at
Nationals in convention like setting and Opening number.Our comp was held
at Notre Dame High School Lawrenceville, NJ.Janitor opened entrance doors
20 minutes late. Mid-way through the comp, some 500 people were told to
pack up and move from the gymnasium to class rooms far from the auditorium.
NOT COOL and ADA should have known the venue was triple booked.Students
man the hallways like traffic cops protecting the facility. No tapping was
allowed for practice. There was no area assigned to eat take out
food(cafeteria seating was off limits and there were only 2 benches in
hallway!)Theatre seating had metal backs, very uncomfortable after 3 day
comp! I would highly recommend NOT going back to this venue! Outdated and
NOT very accommodating.
We recently participated in an ADA regional. Disappointing overall,
amateurish compared to other comps we\'ve attended.
music mess-ups, awards handed to wrong dancers then
changed, etc. The MC
talked too long at the beginning of awards and
addressed the dancers like
they were kindergarteners. No photography or
video even though the program
said there was. We\'ve never been to a
comp that did not offer video or
photos to purchase. Very poor
accommodations for boy dancers! On one day
there were nine boy dancers
squeezed into two tiny dressing rooms no bigger
than walk-in closets.
Just ridiculous. Lots of folkloric and ballet;
not many studios
representing other genres. I hope we don\'t do ADA next
Very professional competition year the judging seems very ballet based. The
judges seem to enjoy the ballet dances and then harshly score anything
that\'s not ballet. A bit disappointing
Only with this once, but it\'s a great experience.
ADA is no joke! One of the few competitions around that will still give out
high silvers when necessary. I appreciated that judging is tough but fair.
It\'s annoying when competitions will score higher than dancers deserve
just to keep them coming back. I enjoyed this competition.
We attended this competition twice last season, (2014), and were generally
pleased. However, last year, at one of the competitions we attended, two
of the judges had their own choreography adjudicated at the competition
that we were at. No surprise, those routines were given special awards and
overalls by the other judges. The judge giving the special award made no
secret of the fact that the other judge was their really good friend and
that they really respected them. The judges actually gave the awards to
each other. As much as we understood that this sort of thing can happen at
a competition, it made it look biased when the award was being given. The
routines were deserving of recognition, however, making note of the fact
that one judge was giving it to another judge, and pointing out how close
they are outside of the competition, does not look good. It takes away from
the credibility of the competition, and that would be too bad because this
IS a good competition. The judges should be advised to refrain from making
it obvious that they are friends when giving awards.
Attend this competition every year. It\'s generally well run and
professional. ADA tends to have such a strong following that we end up
seeing the same people every year, which can be good, but gets repetitive
at times. There are also some studios and dancers who do as many ADA
regionals as possible in order to collect jackets... that can be annoying.
Other than that, I think the competition is generally fair and well run.
There\'s always ample space in the change rooms and usually a high
caliber of dance.
Comp rarely gets judges who can judge ballet.
Obvious favoritism to
Same kids win special awards-absolutely no effort to spread
Say they want age appropriate choreo & costumes-NEVER mark
them down though.
They looooove the junior & young dancers who can
really mug it up.
The regional was well run. I felt as though it was fair and everything ran
ahead or on time.
In general I really loved ADA. The scoring was very fair, the judge\'s
critiques were awesome, they ran on time or ahead, and they were very
positive toward the children. I would definitely consider coming
HOWEVER - and the reason I have to give away some stars - we
were sort of deceived by wording on their website and one of their staff at
the regionals that resulted in an unnecessarily long day and a devastated
little girl who cried the whole 3 hours home.
Their site explains
that any category with at least 4 entries will have a first place
recognized. It also states each of their level classifications will receive
their own high score awards. We took this to mean that since she was in the
primary category and there were 4 soloists in that category, there would be
a first place announced. Since she performed at 8:30 in the morning and 12
and under high scores weren\'t until 6 pm, the woman there told us she
needed to come back, since she already got her adjudicated award at noon,
but her high score would be given at the later awards. So we come back (we
were keeping track of the other soloists and she was the only gold so she
should have won) and - they didn\'t give out her award. The only primary
high score awards given were all given out to groups and
When I asked someone else (I couldn\'t locate the
original woman) what had happened and why they didn\'t give out a primary
soloist award (according to their site they should have given out a first
place with 4 girls competing), I was told that the primary\'s having
their own high scores, meant ALL the numbers in primary and that no
soloists had beaten the groups so only the groups were recognized. I\'m
sorry but in all my years as a competitor and now teacher, I have never
seen a competition that puts group numbers against soloists for high score
awards. We stayed for nothing, she went home with nothing, and it was a
very sour end to an otherwise great competition day.
We attended a regionals event this year. Very organized, experienced
judges, has a 4th judge specially allocated to provide the dancers with
special awards. Ran ahead of schedule. They took time during each awards
session to recognize each of the dances, including, dancer and
choreographer. It was thought out and made each dancer feel special. The
judges feedback was relevant and on point. They truly recognize and reward
excellent technique. We are looking forward to nationals.
i loved the in10sity of this competition!
Went to a regional for the first time.
Pros-well organized, judges
have 30 years experience each, they know how to judge each genre, even tap,
an individual judge gave out special awards and they really meant
something, you could tell she really cared about the dancers, good
technique was rewarded, awards were given at a pace where you could
understand, ran ahead of time, gave an actual lunch break
announcer would say \"nice job\", \"great job\" or other personal
comments after most dances but not all, that is the thing that can get you
into hot water, I would refrain from that all together, some of the awards
are confusing, please give a sentence explaining what they are for, I do
not know the difference between a choreographer award and a diamond
choreographer award, jackets given to the little Young Dancers of the Year
are too big for them, overall solo scores were given for teen and senior
combined, that should be separate.
Overall, a good day. I would
vote to go back
We had a fabulous time last year and can\'t wait for Boston.
Overall good and solid. I know they go for the big Broadway experience and
it is a nice change to go to NYC, but too crowded and we did not like
changing venues for the final day.
We do love this competition, though we have not done their finals as a
studio. Their regionals are nearly always fair. I do wish that some of
the judges would change between regionals. We found that students who
attended multiple regionals got the same judge\'s choice award at each
competition. Nice for those students, but it would be better if they had
different judges, including special awards judges, at the regional
competitions. The special awards judge even mentioned that he had seen a
particular dancer at a previous competition and wanted to acknowledge the
dancer again. The competition also often runs WAY ahead of schedule.
Sometimes as much as an hour. Having competed there several times, we are
aware of this and we adjust our schedule accordingly, however, new studios
should be aware of this. Overall, we are always happy to attend and hope
that the competition continues to improve and maintain its\' stature as
one of the best in North America.
Definitely my FAVORITE dance competition!! Always a great competitive
Absolutely love this competition. We do the Regional every year and we do
the Nationals everytime it is near us. Critiques are always very useful and
judging is very fair.
Ran mostly on time. Excellent critiques, with specific feedback about what
needed improvement, and in some cases, what to do to work on it. Results
indicated the value of clean execution of technique and stage presence over
"tricks." Overall, a great experience.