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.
One of the best conventions around!
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!
Thank you for the kind words!
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.)
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
The classes themselves were good, I just wish our weekend
hadn\'t been soured due to the weather experience.
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
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.
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.
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!
Love ASH! My daughter attended regionals and nationals last year. She
learned so much. The faculty is professional, yet approachable. Love them
Amazing experience! Very well run. Great staff.
I always learn soo much from ash. The dancers are always great and the
faculty is the best!
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.
The classes were very challenging. The teachers were inspiring. As I parent
I appreciated the parent forum. Lots of useful information was presented.
My only complaint was the age range in the classes. I\'m sad ASH isn\'t
coming back to Phoenix this season.
LOVED everything about it! Classes were not overly large and the vibe was
positive throughout the weekend.
LOVED IT! The teachers provided the dancers with much more than just cool
new choreography. They were real and inspirational. We loved how the
competition was simply a showcase with professional level feedback. It
took the pressure of competing off of the dancers while still giving them a
valuable performance opportunity and feedback from some very highly
respected and famous dancers/teachers/choreographers. Definitely going
Super rude faculty. Talia Favia said we were boring, she said Canadian
dancers are boring. The assistants were stuck up and cocky. And the
attention was focused on only the best dancers and on the assistants.
Actually pretty much the whole weekend was about the assistants. Very
We love ASH, amazing faculty and great classes!
Love this Convention! The faculty is amazing and Braham the owner runs an
excellent event. We have gone for 2 years now and will continue to attend
Great experience, thank you for the inspiration!
Overall we had a great time. There was one teacher in particular that is
rude and condescending, he puts the students down and embarrasses them in
front of others. Other than HIM, it was great.
Excellent teachers and great experience! We will go back.
This compition was very unfair and not worth people\'s hard work and
money. The judges where very very rude to our students judging and during
conventions. Assistants where very rude to students also and where more
focused on there Instagram followers then helping out the girls and boys.
No scoring, rude teachers and assistants, a 1 minute long audition dance
taught in 15 mins and you could hardly see the teachers dancing so the
students never knew the combo... Very disappointed. But the students LOVED
toyko and the tap teacher.
classes were okay. assistants were extremely rude. corrections were very
mean and disrespectful to the studio. will not be coming back
One of the best convention experiences out there! We attend every year and
always come out feeling inspired and excited. Incredible staff, fantastic
classes, and I love the way they do a Performance Showcase, giving feedback
without a score, so dancers can really focus on the corrections and taking
the critiques constructively.
We are so joyed that ASH came to town! It was wonderful experience. Lovely
people run the show!
They were incredibly rude. The teachers only cared about them and their
assistants. Will NOT being going back and I DON\'T recommend it.
I am sorry to hear about your experience at ASH. Please check out our Faculty as we have had many wonderful additions, you can check them out at https://ashdance.com/faculty. We aim to create the most positive and professional learning environment for dancers and would love to have you join us again this season. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
ASH is one of our faves for the year! Positive Positive Positive
Amazing, amazing convention! We were in New Brunswick and my daughter did
the solo showcase as well. In 2 days this convention pushed her out of her
comfort zone and we absolutely see a difference in her movement because of
it. Wonderful staff and faculty. As far as the audition combo went, not
sure why ANYONE would have an issue with the \"push\". It wasn\'t
dangerous or inappropriate in the least after all these kids are 15-21
years old. The audition combo was one of the most challenging I\'ve ever
seen and I give Braham kudo for having the guts to push the envelope with
it. Can\'t wait to go back next year!!
People need to relax. ASH is a wonderful company run by wonderful people
and our kids are better ARTISTS for attending.
Pushing a child should never be part of choreography, even if it is
\"artistic\" reasons, IMO. We won\'t be attending ASH.
Fabulous faculty focusing the art of dance, challenging students to explore
performance as a means to communicate feeling, emotion, story. The Q&A /
autograph session was unsurpassed in our experience on the convention
circuit. Students were inspired by Desmond, Talia, Tokyo, Jason, Lissete,
and Braham. Dee affected many of them on a personal level: a remarkable
teacher who went out of his way to approach the dancers, moving among them,
speaking to them individually: challenging their perception. We plan to
return in 2016.
We decided to give ASH a try at the suggestion of our daughters dance
teacher who appreciated the expertise of the teachers (Tokyo, Misty
Copeland, Desmond Richardson etc) and was confident about top notch
instruction. We liked that the \"competition\" portion was not judged
but only critiqued. Sometimes kids just need that experience....
arrived on Friday evening to a venue that had plenty of chairs and a stage
that was an appropriate size. My daughter\'s solo was scheduled at 7:51
and she started at approximately 7:50. Awesome! Since scholarship awards
were not until the next night we did not need to stay up late so she could
get some rest and be ready for dancing the next 2 days. The first
convention day was exciting and full of energy. We had registered the night
before so we did not need to check in again. The wristband system was used
for dancers who also had numbers for their auditions during convention
From my daughter\'s perspective: The teachers were very good
and the choreography was appropriately challenging. She wished there was
more interaction/corrections from the teachers to individual students. She
was in the intermediate room and there were many dancers there who clearly
should have been in the advanced level including one group from a pre-pro
school that compete and perform all over the region. When they stand out
during class, they are remembered when they audition (even when auditioned
by age). Not sure if something can be done to alleviate that-I know it is
a fairly common occurence at conventions and disheartening for \"play by
the rules\" kids/studios. Convention day two was also well organized and
included a parent dance class.
Vids/pics were normally
priced but merchandise was higher than what we are used to.
talk was great! I learned a lot from Braham--I wish the kids could have
heard some of his talk as well.
We really liked ASH and will be back,
hopefully with our whole studio!
Did not like it. they would not let the kids eat lunch unless they missed a
class. the assistants took up most of the floor in the classrooms allowing
little room for students. Will not be returning to this one.
This was my daughter\'s second year attending ASH and her first time
performing in the showcase. It is important to remember that ASH is not a
typical convention. The teachers are there to offer critiques and to
inspire. It is not about winning awards. My daughter loved all of her
instructors. I found them all to be professional and personable. Braham,
you are doing a GREAT JOB!
Heard so many great things about ASH we decided to travel a very long
distance to give it a try. Big mistake. Maybe it was just a smaller city
and they \"phoned it in.\" I\'m not sure but the classes were bland
and the staff was VERY pretentious. Owner Braham, seemed very disinterested
with feedback. Should not be so disinterested when city was tiny. Not
First time attending, trying out showcase versus competition, and we loved
it!!! The teachers were very invested in the kids and it showed in the
rooms. Critique was different as well as you could actually hear the
teachers discuss aspects of the dance, very helpful early in the season!!!
Will definitely be returning, dates are already on the calendar.
Was not real impressed. Son said classes were \'OK\'. The solo showcase
was not what we expected, my fault for not THROUGHLY reading the rules and
such. Pretty much what you are paying for to do a solo, is really expensive
critiques. The scholorships were pretty much one-sided. With almost half
going to just one studio. Will NOT be attending this VERY small convention
again. Had heard very good things, just failed to deliver.
I had similar experience at ASH Mty. Some of the teachers were good,
however I felt that some and the staff were very rude. Yes, some of their
teachers are very professional, but not the best teachers. A good dancer,
does not mean good teacher. Will not go back.
The experience was great. Our kids left very inspired. However,
with the staff was not pleasant. I felt like I was being talked
It would be an understatement to say this was \"worth the drive\". By
far our favorite experience of the year. Extremely positive and
inspirational. Wonderful experience for our kids!
My daughter attended her first ASH weekend in New Brunswick this year. She
had a phenomenal experience as an Artist in Training getting to work with
top choreographers. We were very impressed and will be back next year for
regionals and nationals.
WOW! Love the convention and showcase! Recommend for a more serious dancers
who can handle not winning an award. Great stage and lights! Feels like a
Great facial expressions i really enjoyed it
very well organized
Inspiring and artistic. Very well done.
A truly wonderful and inspiring experience for dancers and parents. Amazing
instructors, positive messaging and feedback plus quality merchandise.
My daughter and I have been with ASH from the beginning… We had
experience with Braham thru Dancer\'s Inc. and we have
follow his professional and talented teachers of dance
our first contact was with his incredible staff
calling me to ask
would like to come to a studio in NJ to take
classes with them...
convention was in Philadelphia, PA in
the worst snow storm the
has ever experienced. It was at
this first convention and
showcase that we
experienced such talented
dancers and assistants. From
Molly Gray to the
dancers who rose up to be admirable
ASH assistants. We
to Las Vegas for their first National
convention. The formate
quite different from anything we ever
the classes were extremely professional.
We finally got our
studio to join
us this past weekend and my studio
blown away with the
professional, non competitive,
inspirational approach to
dance conventions and
LOVE YOU ASH!
Had an amazing time at ASH and can\'t wait to go back.
Monterrey was amazing!!! Thank you for great weekend. Everything was
Very inspirational! Can\'t say enough about this experience!
Great Convention Looking Forward For It To Come To Our Area In Early 2014
best experience for a young dancer! quality faculty and nurturing
My daughter was fortunate to be one of the first ASH assistants for this
convention as it grew. We attended the first one in Philadelphia and I
cannot say more than wow! You have to attend to see the excitement on your
child\'s face coming out of the 1 1/2 hr classes. The schedule provides
quite time with choreographers to learn and grow, as well as actually talk
to them and ask questions. The diverse staff and classes is especially
great for that well rounded dancer who wants to specialize in everything!
Bet professionally run, with the dancers always in mi d first. If you have
not attended, you really are missing an amazing convention and weekend of
If I could give this convention 50 stars I would. The convention
amazing, with wonderful, working, talented choreographers teaching
classes. Dee Caspary, Toyko, Jason Samuels-Smith, Tovaris Wilson are
few.... It is run by Braham Logan Crane who has taken the best of
convention we have been to and meshed it together. One of the best
of the nationals (which we just got back from) is a chance for
to be choreographed in a piece (not just a combo) by the
then perform it on the stage at the gala (which was
amazing). There are Q
and A sessions with all the staff and the ability
for the dancers to get
autographs and photos with choreographers -- and
unlike a few conventions
we have been to, they are happy to interact
with the dancers and take
photos and even give them hugs. There is so
much positive energy at ASH!
We attended ASH Las Vegas this summer and were very, very pleased. DD
loved all about it, the classes, faculty and working with a choreographer
on a piece for the last evening\'s gala event. I really appreciated how
well organized the whole event was, they emailed a very thorough 17 page
packet that covered what was happening where and when and with who. I
Definitely recommend it!
We also attended ASH Houston and Dallas and
were not disappointed. Definitely one of my daughter\'s fave