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  • Gold Star Competition


  • 4.0 - Average Ratings
  • 65 Total Reviews
    Parent : 58.46 %
    Dancer : 10.77 %
    Studio Owner : 20 %
    Teacher : 10.77 %

  • PO Box 354445
  • Palm Coast ,FL
  • 855-274-3262
  • info@ASHProductions.com

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Jan 20 2020

I attended ASH in Philadelphia with my daughter and her studio. It was truly the best convention we’ve attended. The teachers at ASH are by far the best ones I’ve observed at a dance convention. The experience I have had at conventions is that the teachers spend their classes teaching a combo of choreography and not much else. The ASH teachers all pretty spent their classes teaching so much more. They taught technique, gave corrections both broadly and to specific dancers, and offered helpful words of both advice and encouragement. The teachers could also be tough, but only in ways that were helpful as well. Dancers definitely left the weekend with far more than a few combos...they went away with great instruction in dance. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because the Artists in Training room was dangerously overcrowded. There was not enough room for all the dancers to move safely and space was made even smaller with bags and chairs for observers. Dancers were dancing into each other and there was not enough room for them to spread out. The Intermediate and Advance rooms were fine from what I saw.

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Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Nov 18 2019

One of the best conventions around!

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Nov 18 2019

Feb 14 2019

easily, my favorite convention/comp. Classes and faculty are great. Not too overcrowded like some of the others when they pack hundreds of kids into a tiny ballroom. nice staff too!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
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Apr 24 2019

Thank you for the kind words!

Mar 26 2018

The classes and the teachers are great! Very disappointed with the facilities: I've been to this convention twice and both years they put the the young kids (ALL 12 and under) into one TINY room (the kids were squeezed into 1/2 of the space used as the dressing room for another convention that had previously used this same space) My biggest complaint was the lack of quality judging for the convention: For scholarships/apprentice winners: the audition was a single combo done ONCE....Maybe this is why they were way off in many of their choices...Seemed like they didn't care and just picked randomly or just picked people they happen to know. (I've been a dance teacher for many years and I cannot figure out what they were judging) Many of the better dancers that won scholarships didn't win Apprentice. (maybe they were trying to spread everything out?). I watched the whole convention and the dancers that were called out in the classes were not the winners. Bottom line-The classes and teachers are good and it's a good experience to learn but don't expect the awards to make sense.

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Apr 24 2019

Hello! Thank you for joining us and for your feedback, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the classes and our faculty! I do apologize for the venue space, we typically have three levels at our events, Artists In Training - Ages 7-10, Intermediate - Ages 11-14 and Advanced - Ages 15 and Up. However, on the rare occasion, levels may need to be combined at a city. While our main focus is not on the competition aspect of dance, I assure you that we provide the best training possible for our dancers. Scholarships are chosen by our faculty not only from the audition but in classes throughout the weekend as well. We aim to create and shape artists, our goal is to provide a safe place with the highest quality of educators for dancers to learn, grow, challenge themselves and enjoy dance! We would love to have you join us again this season, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Aug 21 2017

ASH has always been one of our favorites. We haven't attended in the past 2 years, because of other conflicts, but we will definitely go back if the opportunity is there. Their competition is run very smoothly and always on time. My daughter has participated in the solo showcase and loved it!! Great experience, will definitely go back and recommend!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jul 05 2017

What an amazing Nationals! The star studded staff is like no other. If one was to add their years of experience, you would see 100 plus years of talent representing ASH and being offered to students. I noticed ASH's website mentions their approachable staff. As a parent I find this to be crucial in our daughters growth and it was clearly apparent during Nationals. In my daughters own words "The ASH faculty does not settle for mediocracy, but pushes you into a new level of intensity." We can go any where for mediocracy, however we desire a Nationals Competition/ Convention that is going to be a catalyst into the off season where training means the most. By training along side the best in the industry from New York to L.A. at ASH Nationals was the best way to send our daughter off. Rejuvenated and inspired!

Venue : 5
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Jul 05 2017

As a teacher, I find that most conventions/competitions seem to focus too much of their attention on Contemporary. What I love about ASH is how well rounded in style they are, and how well the appreciate dancers of all genres. From having set MT, Jazz Funk, and Tap on the schedule, to offering Music Video classes so students can understand what will be expected of them in the professional dance world behind the camera, ASH really sets themselves a step above the rest.

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Judging : 5
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Jul 05 2017

As a mom of a competitive dancer of 7 years, ASH is hands down one of the best conventions we've ever attended. From the insanely reputable teachers, to the office staff, we've had nothing but the very best experience with this organization. We just attended our 2nd Nationals with our entire team and the quality of instruction is just top notch. I feel like the attendees are getting a real world experience of what it means to push hard and become, not only better dancers but better humans. The teachers were very tuned into the "bigger picture" of dance. ..encouraging students to push through and give your everything in ALL you do. Such an important message to this generation. I will continue to bring my daughter to ASH and would recommed this convention/competition to anyone looking for the highest level of instruction & competition! Thank you, ASH, for your commitment to creating TRUE ARTISTS!!!

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
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Jul 05 2017

In my opinion as a studio owner, and dance educator for over 15 years, this is one of the top conventions you could bring your students to. The faculty are icons in the dance world, all specialists in their areas, as well as still working dancers/choreographers, which is an incredible networking tool for dancers looking to break into the industry. Though contemporary and hip hop are prevalent , you can still take ballet from legends like Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, or tap from Emmy award winner Jason Samuels Smith. Customer service is outstanding, and the production value during the event is second to none. My students love this faculty and this event, and we will continue to attend faithfully.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
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Mar 06 2017

Overall just mediocre. We've attended more conventions than I can count and this one is just somewhere in the middle; not bad but not great either. One of my pet peeves at conventions is when the teachers only recognize those dancers that compete solo's. If your child is going to attend classes and not compete, don't expect to be given any attention or awards. They focus on the attendees that compete only.

Venue : 5
Judging : 3
Staff : 3
Awards : 0
Communication : 4
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Apr 24 2019

Hello! I am sorry to hear that you felt this way! Our main focus is and always will be on our dancers and their education and growth throughout the weekend. We’ve had many new and wonderful additions to our faculty, you can check them out at https://ashdance.com/faculty. It is one of our priorities to not only have a faculty that includes top educators in the industry, but also a group of people that are approachable and invested in our dancer’s growth! We would love to have you attend again this season, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Jul 01 2016

3rd year at nationals and disappointed this year. Having it in Disney seems to have deterred a lot of talent($). Staff focus on select few and their assistants. There is a teacher Rudy who is loud and obnoxious in other people\'s classes taking emphasis away from students and not a good class taking role model. Biggest disappointment is lack of contemporary teachers with the absence or Erica Sobol. Jojo a surprisingly nice addition . Also the assistants this year are less than inspiring. More like a mean girl clique. Overheard more than once making fun of the \"basic\" dancers . Add to this that the facility is inconvient. Long haul to another hotel to get food. Breaks at 11 am and lunch isn\'t served until 1130. Won\'t be coming back next year

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Mar 14 2016

We attended ASH for the second time in 2016, bringing many dancers ages 8 to 17. Thank you ASH for another inspirational weekend, amazing instructors and unparalleled critiques. The dancers returned to their studio classes renewed and motivated; perfect timing as we kick off our competition season. ASH will be on our studio schedule again in 2017! (There were too many dances in the closing show...it was much too long. It\'d be nice to see more from the professional staff (not the assistants) and less repeat dances from the night before.)

Venue : 5
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Awards : 4
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Feb 29 2016

We attended the Nashville location. First of all we started contacting them at the beginning of the week due to the winter weather that was being predicted. We asked about cancellations and such with nothing more than a generic response. Thursday evening we made the decision to go ahead and drive down to beat the weather coming in Fri morning paying an extra night in the very pricey location they chose. Lots of people barely made it in Fri morning due the rapidly deteriorating road conditions (which had been predicted) they cancelled Fri nights optional classes. The teachers were there and there were dancers wanting to take the classes. They also refused to refund the money for those who weren\'t able to make it due to the weather. They handled the weather situation wrong all the way around. The classes themselves were good, I just wish our weekend hadn\'t been soured due to the weather experience.

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Feb 28 2016

Attended a few years ago and it was a convention with a few solo performances. Now it\'s a full on competition. No overalls but the \"best\" dances get to perform again on the last day. They catered to one studion that brought the most dances. In my opinion this convention has gone downhill as its become more of a for-profit comp and less a training weekend.

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Feb 14 2016

A good faculty and a fun workshop! Although they give out very few regional full scholarships. Their assistants must pay their own expenses and go to 9 cities. Making a profit seems important here.

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Dec 17 2015

the best convention available to dancers looking for an honest dance experience. the faculty is only the best in the industry and class sizes allow for ample individual critique as well as group critique. the staff will push dancers more than any other convention i have attended. also, the showcase is a great place to get the competition experience and look at your pieces on a competition styled stage without the stress of competing. the judges critiques are all incredibly useful and offer a great balance of constructive criticism and positive motivation to keep pushing and growing. nationals were amazing and scholarship winners receive an amazing experience for the week. highly recommended for dancers that don\'t want the \'glitz\' that a lot of other conventions have. they have an inviting atmosphere but are honest with their students and have high expectations. the place to go for the serious artist.

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
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Nov 17 2015

Brought my dancers to ASH this year for their first convention experience and I was very impressed! The teachers and director were outstanding, very encouraging and engaging. The performance showcase was so impressive and closing show so much fun! Thanks for an awesome experience!

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Nov 07 2015

Love ASH! My daughter attended regionals and nationals last year. She learned so much. The faculty is professional, yet approachable. Love them all!

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Nov 06 2015

Amazing experience! Very well run. Great staff.

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Jul 28 2015

I always learn soo much from ash. The dancers are always great and the faculty is the best!

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Jul 26 2015

Was very excited to attend. But was very let down. Teachers only focused on certain kids instead of helping all the attendees grow. If these kids didn\'t have passion and wanted to improve and grow they wouldn\'t have paid to be there. So if the staff truly wants to share their love for dance perhaps they shouldn\'t talk down to the students. They have no idea that a child might have shown huge improvements from the prior year. Not every child is going to become famous but the staff should focus on helping every child feel good about themselves. All you have to do is say one positive thing to a child for them to push themselves! Maybe they should try that in this next season.

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