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  • 3.6 - Average Ratings
  • 95 Total Reviews
    Parent : 57.89 %
    Dancer : 13.68 %
    Studio Owner : 17.89 %
    Teacher : 10.53 %

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APPLAUSE TALENT PRESENTATIONS

Aug 26 2019

Thought the MC was great and it ran on time.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 4
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Sep 19 2018

Clean, nice Venue. Was organized and friendly staff. Pictures are expensive.

Venue : 4
Judging : 4
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Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Sep 17 2018

Nice competition, but needed more dressing room areas.

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Sep 16 2018

This comp was ok.

Venue : 5
Judging : 3
Staff : 5
Awards : 3
Communication : 3
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Apr 17 2018

1st time at Applause. Enjoyed it. Ran on time, fair judging. Thank you for awarding 1st & 2nd place if only two dancers in a level, especially in the petite level. I know the dancers would have been sad if not called on stage for overalls. Same with title! Loved that awards are so quick and that there was several awards throughout the day. Loved the top 10 for solos! Super fun for the kids to get called up in no particular order.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Aug 10 2017

Friendly staff and the competition ran on time but will not attend again, there were 11 dancers in the senior category and only top 5 were called even though top 10 were called in all other categories, no one over age 16 placed. They also made an error in announcing the score for my dancer that attended saying she had received platinum then said "wait never mind, High gold" and the trophy was stripped from her hands. She was devastated.

Venue : 4
Judging : 2
Staff : 4
Awards : 1
Communication : 2
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May 23 2017

I as a parent and studio employee loved the Applause app for my Iphone but maybe it needs to be offered on other operating systems as well. The contest runs very smoothly and we were finished both days an hour ahead of schedule that was nice also. Staff was very nice and helpful couldn't have asked for better. The only thing I didn't like was that we entered a group at one level they sent out a tentative schedule then 5 days before the contest when the final schedule came out they changed our routine to a beginner level which caused it to change days so we had a dancer we had added because of the dance being slated for Sunday for over 3 weeks on the tentative schedule but the level change made the group dance on Saturday and we couldn't do anything but make large adjustments to the routine since the dancer couldn't be there on Saturday. We would never have paid to add her if we had thought they would make that change . Still a great event!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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May 02 2017

I appreciate the fact that when there are a lot of entries in one age group/category, they announced more than just top five or top ten at overalls. For example, there were 50 entries in my daughter's solo category, and they announced top 15. However, on the website results page they still only list the top five. It would be nice if they listed the ones they announced at the competition. Rules and things such as age requirements are not listed on the website, which is frustrating. It is nice to be able to download the digital program from the website; however, they do charge $5 whereas it is free at KAR. However, I still enjoy being able to see/print a program for $5 on Thursday before the competition starts.

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Awards : 0
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Apr 05 2017

Great experience for our new team, they really had a lot of fun! Awards ran smooth, fair across the board as there were some larger studios there and we are small/new. The Judges comments were really helpful/useful to work for team improvement. Appreciate the digital download for music. Event ran on time and also ran ahead which is a bonus as a director being there all weekend long. Would like to see assigned dressing rooms if possible in the future. Will definitely be attending again!

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 18 2017

Honestly I try to start with the positives in any review I write. This competition wasn't horrible. It was just okay and there were a lot of things they could have done better that I encourage them to look into fixing. The venue in Middleton was nice, however the main, biggest changing area was a gym which just so happened to be right next to the entrance for a basketball game that was being held the same day at the same time. So as the doors to the changing area were being opened constantly those in line to enter for the basketball game were fully able to see in. Not to mention many of these girls, many in skimpy costumes, were walking back and forth past these people waiting in line. It just made me as a mom cringe. The judging was strongly biased towards jazz dances. With what seemed like bonus points for twerking. Just saying that because I like to know myself. Judges all have different preferences but since we are fortunately with a studio that keeps things age appropriate I prefer to not go to competitions that prefer those types of dances. Timing was all over the place. The first night ran over an hour behind with many girls not getting back to the hotel until midnight. The second day they must have been trying to overcorrect and were very ahead. Seems others have mentioned how they do awards so I won't repeat that. Parking at the venue was good, prices for food/clothes/pictures were comparable to other competitions we have been to.

Venue : 2
Judging : 1
Staff : 3
Awards : 1
Communication : 4
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Mar 05 2017

After 10 years and many dance competitions I would say that Applause is the worst competition we have ever attended for various reasons. 1 - The competition wasted a lot of time between numbers. We never got ahead of schedule and some studios took advantage of costume change times making everyone wait. 2 - The awards ceremonies seemed rushed and disorganized. Incorrect scores read. Trophies taken away and redistributed because they couldn't get passing them out correct. The method of recognizing the top soloists is the worst I have ever seen. To call up the top 10 and have the winners move forward of the lower scores is very ridiculous. To only acknowledge the fist place dancer shows that they care more about the $$ than the dancers. 3 - The director was rude starting with the morning ride in the elevator at the hotel. Her demeanor was not pleasant like many other directors we have seen over the years who wish kids good luck for the big day ahead. She took no interest in the dancers and was very rude every time anyone interacted with her. 4 - The judges never seemed engaged. I am not sure how you judge with your heads down. How can you not smile or interact with the dancers on stage is disappointing. No kid wants to perform for 3 stone cold faced judges who don't seem to want to be there or care what they are watching. Not once did they seem engaged until the end of the day when they packed up to leave. 5 - The scoring was very questionable. Dances that look plucked out of the 1980's with no technical difficulty beat dances that were technically challenging. The choreo recognized was usually very traditional and would not be suited for larger competitions like KAR, 24-7, Velocity, or Starpower. Overall, our dancer's absolutely hated this competition. So much our studio has decided to not waste any more money on their nationals. At one point many just wanted to go home and not waste any more time on this joke of a competition. Thanks to the competitions out there who go out of their way to provide an honest and fair environment for dancers. We appreciate you even more now. I know understand why many of Applause events are small with very little participation. It's because of how they run their program. Wish we had done more research before wasting many thousands of dollars with them.

Venue : 5
Judging : 1
Staff : 1
Awards : 1
Communication : 1
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Aug 05 2016

While there are a decent amount of things to like about Applause, the problem we had was so big, it left every one of our dancers and parents uncomfortable and NO ONE wants to return because of it. When you have soloists competing for crowns, you either a- recognize them all with a certificate where they are sitting and then only call up the girls who are getting crowned, in the order they win (BravO!) or don\'t recognize any of them and just call up the girls who win in order (KAR). You do NOT call them all up in stage to stand there in a line and then pick out the queen and the 2 princesses while the other girls who lost just stand there and watch them get their music played and have their pictures taken. You especially don\'t do this in the petite age group where all the girls are under 8 and there are only four of them so 3 girls get a crown and one girl is left standing by herself as the loser. Losing is already sad enough. Losing publicly like that is mortifying. And the sad part is, I\'m not even writing this as the disgruntled teacher who\'s kid didn\'t win. My girl did win. All 3 of them who were entered in their respective age categories actually. My problem is when my studio doesn\'t even want to scream and cheer for our girl who did get crowned, because everyone was too busy being heartbroken for the one 7 year old who was the only one without a crown and was crying by herself on stage left because they had called her up for nothing. Cersie got off easy with her walk of atonement compared to this little girl. \"Shame! Shame!\"

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 4
Awards : 1
Communication : 4
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Jul 28 2016

We competed at Nationals. This year was our first year competing at Applause regionally and at Nationals. We are not a big mega studio. At no point, did I feel that there was favoritism for big studios or those with a long track record at Applause. My only issue is that one of the judges definitely had a long relationship with two sisters who competed. It was pretty obvious when they were onstage. Maybe he needs to be told to tone it down. But I never felt that the judging was unfair. Did tappers and Acro dances place? Yes they did. I found that refreshing. Most comps we go to do not have any judges who know anything but jazz and lyrical. Perhaps those who do not compete in Tap or Acro may not understand the technique, detail and stamina it takes to dance well in those styles. Fwiw, our studio brought approx 60 dances. Only one was Tap, one was Acro. Yes, I felt the judging was fair. I liked the awards ceremonies. The dancers were appropriately recognized but it didn\'t take too long. The entire week was really organized, thank you for that. A few of our studios dances were in the big show. What an honor. I super love love loved the introduction read before each dance. It made each dance personal and more interesting. None of our dances \"won\". My only beef is that only the first place winner was recognized during awards. To get to the big show means you are already a winner. I don\'t know why they do not give each dance a placement award at that point. To shove the losers off stage in such a brusque manner is inconsiderate. My only other issue is that only a top five is truly recognized. At the awards ceremony, I have seen top 10, top 20, top 8, etc.. But on the website, etc. it\'s only top five. Why give out the award onstage nut not recognize it anywhere else? Those are my only two beefs, they are small and easily fixable. I can\'t wait to give you five stars next year.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 5
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Jul 17 2016

Great Comp!! Fair judging, also ran ahead of schedule.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jul 10 2016

After being very disappointed with how the competition had gone so far we were very excited to get into the best of the best. We danced the best we ever had and had a great day. Once it was time for awards they made all of us line up by category and wait while the finale preformance was going on. I was a little upset not to see the preformance and thought it took away from the appeal of having a finale number. After waiting for a while we were escorted on stage as they quickly announced our names. They had not told us how things would work and we were very surprised when they started to announce the winner. After finding out we had not won the staff put their hands on us and pushed us off the stage. After getting into the hallway they yelled at us to get against the wall and out of the way. There was no focus on the children\'s feelings or enjoyment of the ceremony and seemed very rushed. I believe it being so rushed and being pushed off stage takes away from the experience for both losers and title winners. Not a good way to end out the week with applause. Our studio will not be coming back.

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Jul 09 2016

It is clear that Applause is concentrating on building a clientele in order to generate income. There is an obvious bias to a few studios. Judging does not reward technical elements and ability. They do not work to make new participants feel welcome. Like most studios, we are part of a large network of dancers and studios and we spent a great deal of money to attend regionals and nationals. As a studio we will speak to Applause in terms they understand-- we withdraw our money and support of this company. We will not return, nor will we recommend this competition. In financial terms, Applause will lose at least $20,000 plus recommendations. Applause will not last.

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Jul 09 2016

Judging seems to not recognize technical difficulty. There were many times where our jazz/lyrical dances placed lower than a tap or acro that requires less technique,stamina and strength. Many children seemed to be in the wrong age or difficulty level. As a part time teacher at my studio I got very upset over how sad the 6-10 year old kids got when they knew that 13 year olds beat them. This is not fair. Walking down the hallway it was obvious that some studios knew the staff very well and other studios were ignored completely. Funny enough studios who knew the staff also did better at awards. Although they did have vip passes to get into the \"best of the best\" finals without the highest technical score it seemed like they defeated the purpose by choosing the same studio that already had many other numbers get into the finals. After competing in star systems Nationals for many years we feel we have wasted our money and time this year. We will not be coming back.

Venue : 4
Judging : 3
Staff : 3
Awards : 3
Communication : 4
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May 16 2016

This is always my favorite competition! David and Angela did a fantastic job MC-ing; they were very clear. I have a hearing problem but was able to understand all the awards (that never happens). David even took the time to say a few words to my very nervous daughter before her solo. It made all the difference. Especially since one judge didn\'t even look up to watch my daughter dance (not the comp\'s fault). Can\'t wait for nationals.

Venue : 3
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Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Apr 26 2016

There was a lot to like about Applause. Well organized, friendly staff, ran early and awards that don\'t take forever. They even recognized that a dancer was in too low of a level for their talent. It\'s nice when a comp follows their own rules. But, speaking of rules, I don\'t know why they have to be such a secret. They are not listed on the website or the program. Post them for us parents. The overalls seemed pretty accurate. But at least 90% of the adjudications were platinum. I find it hard to believe that most dances fell in that one category. Maybe if I knew the scoring system, it would make sense. I would return but please post those rules.

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Apr 25 2016

While I felt like judging was fair...I wasn\'t impressed with a lot of things at this competition. I couldn\'t find the scoring rubric online or in the program, but I am super curious what the platinum window is, it must be huge because almost everyone received platinum. I only heard a FEW people get high gold on Saturday. One would think the ones who got high gold likely were horrible, but they weren\'t...which left me scratching my head. The awards covered way too many categories in one sitting, solos and duets/trios were in with group awards and when there is 3 competing divisions you can only imagine how long it took. There needs to be more awards, in turn making them shorter ceremonies and less confusing. The trophies are super cheap and generic as well.... Wasn\'t impressed with this competition at all. I feel like they could easily turn it around by paying attention to details, such as improving the trophies (make it look like you actually care about what you\'re giving the girls/studios...maybe cut out the paper certificates too...) & sort out the awards ceremony mess...organization could be improved as well. I did like the way they gave the point score when giving overall awards, that doesn\'t happen often.

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Apr 24 2016

Applause was okay. It was well run and on time. However, it felt \"low energy\" and I am not sure if that was the venue or the staff? I felt the scoring was all over the place. Simple dance numbers with multiple mistakes scored higher than complex numbers with few errors, while in other spots it felt fair. I thought way too many people got platinum. The judging wasn\'t very tiered. It was very congested in the hallways and it was difficult to grab kid-friendly food to refuel them. The choices were limited and the line was very long at all times.

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