We just recently attended Starbound & it was a GREAT experience. Our dancers had such a awesome time & the staff made them feel welcome & didn’t rush them during quick changes. The staff were super friendly & made the weekend so much fun. The awards ceremony was exciting & made all studios feel included & especially acknowledged all graduating Seniors who had a special moment on stage together. The judges were fully engaged & gave helpful critiques during each performance. Thank you Starbound for a great event, we’ll definitely return to your competition!
We have done Starbound since 2018 and have always loved it , but this we were extremely dissatisfied. The judging was very off in comparison to previous years. Elite golds going to dances with little content, dancers who could barely execute turns, no pointed toes, and technical issues, while other dances that were technically sound were receiving high golds. They favor tap and boys as evident that the same two tappers get first and scholarships every single year, and still competing in the lower level. Also can tell very blatant favoritism towards one certain studio. The critiques were awful as they didn’t have much to say and didn’t even really seem to know much of what they were talking about. We typically love this competition but our studio will be taking a break from it next year. Also wish they did a scoring breakdown (so many points each for technique, performance, choreography) instead of just a general overall score because I feel like that’s where unfair judging comes into play since they aren’t really taking off points for anything in particular. Hopefully this season was just a fluke!
The judging favored one style of dance over all others. He liked tap so tap placed no matter the performance quality. Also, preferential treatment was given to a boy dancer even though they were remotely not as talented as the girls. And the Top 10 was taken up by the same soloists who entered 3 or more solos!! Seriously? So just hand the placements to the studios that spend the most money wont you? I truly hope the judges/organizers read these reviews.
ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. Horrible horrible horrible. This competition was literally a huge mess, no one even knew what time they were supposed to go on. So so many awful things. I do not recommend at all
As an experienced comp mom of multiple elite dancers over the past 15 years, I cannot fathom the experience of Starbound this season. They have always been all over the place in judging, but our latest experience solidifies our studio's decision to never attend again. I have always read that there is favoritism toward specific studios from their staff & judges, but finally witnessed it full-out without question. I was skeptical going in when I noticed that several of the studios appearing during the weekend were listed as SB's "top studios" in their cruise contest on instagram – clearly noting who has been putting in the money all season already in a big way. But most notably, there were many numbers awarded the highest overalls in every category that literally had no regard for feet, choreo, technique or showmanship. We witnessed dancers literally fall to the ground, fall out of turns, and not showing sound technique, announced as winners against numbers that were beautifully performed and with greater difficulty and choreo. I have never seen such partisan unbalanced judging. And to top it off it was overbooked as usual.
This competition plays studio favorites more than I’ve ever seen. The kids who attend know it too, which is so sad. The starbound staff is so rude to the kids, except for the ones from the biggest studio, they hug them and shower them with compliments. The judges ‘critiqes’ we’re a JOKE. One judge didn’t say a single word during any of the dances (we came with over 30) and was chewing the ENTIRE TIME FOR ALL 30 DANCES. All of the awards went to the biggest studio, and they knew it too. So sad, DO NOT GO HERE if you want a good and fair chance, because you won’t get it.
I am so incredibly disappointed in this competition. I brought my studio here, after taking a few years away from starbound, and I remembered every reason why we stopped coming here. The backstage staff was pushy and rude. They made the schedule complicated, and then were rude when my kids - who they put in back to back routines - weren’t ready in time. On top of the fact that we heard judges telling another studio they were a favorite, the judging was incredibly inconsistent and puzzling. Certain studios - the favorites - racked up every award with incredible scores, while other studios didn’t fare as well. The awards ceremony was complicated and confusing. Why were large groups and small groups given overall awards together? Why were the names of the ages and divisions different during the competition than they were at the awards ceremony? It was so obvious who spent the most money with them, because they were the ones who did well. They like a specific style and type of dancer, and that’s it. I expected consistency, professionalism, and a fun weekend for my dancers, and this couldn’t have been further from that. They need to reevaluate their priorities. Good dancing is good dancing regardless of what studio you’re from.
Competitions like this are the reason studios don’t go to competitions. It is a classic case of favoring studios that they have long withstanding relationships.
The judging and scoring was BEYOND warped — I have no idea how some of my own dances got higher scores than others, let alone other studios’ dances. The judges undoubtedly picked favorites from the beginning, and favored the same basic dances without factoring in performance, pointed toes, or choreography. I’ve never been so confused as to what the judges were seeing in my entire life.
One of my dance moms heard a staff member tell another studio “oh you guys are my favorite,” and they responded with a “shh- you can’t say that out loud.” COME ON. I have amazing relationships with other competitions and we are ALWAYS judged fairly. Completely unprofessional and stealing money from studios that aren’t “their favorites.”
I will never return to this competition again. Seriously a waste of time.
Terrible! We will never return. Judges had their favorites from the beginning regardless of talent. Staff was extremely rude to our dancers the whole competition. Lots of disrespect for no reason. Also, very unorganized, dressing rooms were locked once doors opened in the morning and it took 20 minutes to get them opened. Schedule was all over the place. Worst comp I've been to in all my years. Not sure how they are in business.
I saw so many good reviews about this competition but honestly have nothing good to say about it. The judging was 100% based on who spent the most money. The dancing didn't even matter to them! I'd give it 0 stars if I could.
My kids love Starbound Competition. Staff is always so nice. Very well ran and always on time.
This competition is a small one for dancers, but with that being said it is a great one also because it gets our kids a way to learn from other dance studios and help all the small studios get their confidence up on stage. we love going here for the small atmosphere. the judging to be very fair and honest with each studio.
New favorite! This competition has fair judging, does not favor the larger studios and is fantastic with communication . All the staff from backstage to director are personable and helpful. Can't wait until next season to bring my dancers back!
We had a blast at Starbound this year!!!! Staff is very friendly. Event ran smoothly. Fair judging. Love the special awards. Can't wait for next season!
Good competition! It was nicely run, witha friendly staff!
Regionals was overbooked. Nationals was scheduled better and nicely run.
Not our favorite, but not the worst either. Nobody comes to this one in our area so kids are bored. Wished studio owner would drop it. Dance numbers are not listed in order so you may have to buy a program. Judging is fair. ++++++++++++++++EDIT TO ADD AFTER ATTENDING ANOTHER++++++++++++++
Still not a favorite. Another small competition yet again. Backstage was rude. Dances were all out of order from the start. Routine numbers are still listed in random so hard to follow. I guess judging was ok. Judges weren't even looking up most of the time so I'm not sure who was judging and adjudicating routines, but overall placements made sense so... ? Scoring is over the top, too many above 290 and special awards were given randomly to the beginner dancers only. Starbound may be the easiest competition to score great adjudications if that's what you're looking for. I hope we don't come back, but our dance director seems to enjoy torturing us with a repeat of comps we dislike so we will probably be back. Skip it if you have a choice.
WE really enjoyed this competition. The staff seemed friendly and the event ran smoothly and on time. Love the smaller age brackets for solos, however we got a little confused for the groups/duos/trios because while it lists the same breakdowns, they lumped together for overalls. For instance, our junior small group was listed in the 11/12 category, but they lumped 9-12 all together for the overalls, but now we know for next year. The awards ceremony was fun. Love the special awards, scholarships they give out. It is so nice t=for the dancers to be recognized for something other than their score/placing. Loved how they announced scores on stage for the top 10, however there were 2 different emcees and 1 did it, but the other did not, so wish it would be more consistent. Loved how it is a continuous running event. The one thing that threw me a little is that I felt they were handing out scores in the 290s like they were candy! An 8 and under beginner should NEVER have the highest score of the event.almost a perfect score! To me that is almost saying that he has nothing left to improve on. I watched the routine, he was cute and it was good, but not even close to the score he received. WOuld love to see it be a bit more realistic. Overall, though, we loved this event and look forward to attending next year. The venue is ok, really not a huge fan of Highline. Would love it if comps would look more towards Sumner/Auburn/Tacoma Convention Center
Judges have long standing favorites. Dancers come away believing it's not about hard work, talent or technique, but instead about how much money you throw at someone and how much you suck up. Have heard one event host verbally insulting other competitions, all while on stage, directed to the audience during awards ceremonies. Not the lessons we want to give our dancers.
I was very disappointed with this dance competition. It was very unorganized. We had quick changes that they did not schedule well for and then hounded us to hurry up when we were behind. We NEVER received our judges critics. We called and emailed several times with no response. We will never go back to this competition.
The judges actually watched our performance this time, which was great! Backstage was really disorganized though, especially for group dancers. All the dancers in group dances had to wait outside in the dark when it was 40 degrees (which made warming up completely impossible) and the staff wouldn't even let the dancers go back to the dressing rooms to get a jacket. The venue is also really dirty (it's the theatre of a high school).
We have been attending Starbound for two years now. Of course I can only speak from our experiences, however I am shocked to read some of these reviews. We are a small studio relative to many of the studios that attended the regionals and nationals. We have always had great experience with the staff, most importantly the back stage crew. The events that we have attended have been sold out and very busy but that is how we like it. 30-40 studios at Nationals, big studios. We want to compete against the best the east coast has to offer. Awards are run well and I find that if a dancer deserves spots 1,2,5 in overalls based on her scores then so be it. We have attended many competitions where they spread the awards around in an attempt to please all studios. I would rather not have that. If you beat me then you beat me, not looking for charity. Also, the three levels of competition that are offered allow us to bring new competitive students in to compete in the intermediate category against same skilled opponents. I can not say enough good things about this competition and the staff. Every single event we have attended has been run well, very busy, and extremely professional.
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Oh where to start with starbound... ill just say mever attend a "free" competition no matter who you tjink your dancers are going against...its free because it is a show for tv filming and not a real competition...because of that my dancers and moms will never trist them
Venue- high school, no concessions available
Judging- fair and consistent
timing - ran very ahead. very large period of dancing for awards. approx. 8 hours of routines went into ONE awards session for Juniors, teens, seniors, super seniors. these could and SHOULD be separated.
awards- one per routine, pins for each dancer, one overall medal per duet/trio routine. Trophies plastic, cheap looking, didn't specify what award you got - every trophy was exactly the same.
disappointing experience all around. would prefer not to attend this comp as a studio in the future.
Minneapolis 2017- ran very ahead. They announced before anyone took the stage that by the end of the day the would be 2 hours ahead. This signals poor planning. Running that far ahead is worse, in my opinion, than running behind. The only reason to be that far off in time estimates is if an entire studio drops out of the comp - this was not the case at our comp.
Numbers assigned to dances were hard to understand. Hard to follow in the program during awards when the dances aren't in numerical order. Would prefer to have studios listed in program as well.
The venue - a high school - absolutely no concessions of any kind were offered. Poor decision on someone's part, a missed fundraising opportunity. Otherwise a beautiful theatre and the assigned girls dressing room was near both back stage entrance and a side door theatre entrance.
Judging: Judges comments were constructive and actionable. I really enjoyed watching the judges when they got into the routines and practically danced along.
As it is now, it was a nice dress rehearsal type competition for solos to take the stage before we get to our all studio comps in March, April, and May.
There was no idea of the order of dances prior to the mintue you step in. Only thing you have close to an order is a super vague time that is quite off. Ran too early, and let dancers hold numbers for silly reasons.
Competition is okay. Our studio attends every year. I really hope that staff reads these comments and attempts to make some changes, as it does have the ability to be a great competition. Please, stop catering to the mega studios.....it really feels like Starbound favors the studios that being the most dancers/spend the most money.
starbound is one of our favorites great awards and judging!!!!
My girls had the most amazing time last year at Starbound. Things were
very smooth. Time was very effective and on schedule. It was overall a
My daughter has attended this comp many times over the years. Always a
good atmosphere, locations are good and staff has been professional. As
with most competitions this size that we have been to, could use more space
in the changing areas.
I hate Starbound. And judging from the lack of entries every year
Regionals, lots of studios hate them too. Because of this, we are
stuck competing against maybe 5 other studios at Regionals.
Which is the
reason our girls are rushed on stage. Because there are so
few entries, we
are pretty much competing against ourselves. We actually
had to beg the
judges for a break between dances because the girls were
dancing back to back routines. The only good part was
that we pretty much
swept because it was only our Elite studio and some
Novice studios. But the
girls arent challenged by competing against
ourselves. In the past, I\'ve watched the judges texting and eating while
the kids danced. They write the scores during the first 30 seconds and then
stop paying attention. We view Starbound as
a dress rehearsal for the
March and April competitions.
This review is for their Nationals held in Orlando July 25 - 28, 2016.
Their staff is beyond rude, threatening to pull numbers if dancers can\'t
get changed and back on stage in an unreasonable amount of time (1 number),
while other studios are sitting around. Running dancers so hard they
collapse from exhaustion because they weren\'t given a second to rest,
while entire studios were taking food breaks. And seriously who turns the
lights off in the dressing room as punishment? Talk about a safety issue.
The boys dressing room was on another floor practically on the other side
of the venue, yet they brag about how security is their priority. One of
the backstage \"ladies\" was yelling at the dancers to shut up and also
told one of our prop dad\'s \"you have two choices, I can escort you
out for talking or I can duct tape your mouth shut.\" Oh and btw making
derogatory comments about where schools are from \"of course the New
Yorkers are here shooting off guns\" is never acceptable for any
business, last I checked we paid YOU to be there. Treat your customers with
respect and they bring their business back, treat them poorly and lose
their business. I gave 2 stars because up until Senior showcase, I agreed
with their scoring. However, their whole backstage crew should be fired.
Enjoyed it. Our event ran on time (a little early).
This was a small competition but it was very professional and very well
run. They kept the awards exciting and had varying levels for the dancers
based on their experience. I also enjoyed the they had more categories
other than just dancing.
THe judging conpletely dumbfounded me. Basic dances with poor technique
placed high, dances with boys in them placed high, and dances that had
received platinums and overall placements of 1st to 4th in every previous
competition of the season were dropped about 30 points to Gold in this one
for no apparent reason. Saw this several times. Feedback was almost nil (
Good. Good. Faces. Faces was about the extent of it) and the video quality
was so poor it was hard for the dancers to see how they looked. I saw two
of the judges actually stand up and clap over their heads for two dances
while I was there. How unprofessional. Judges are expected to behave with
impartiality. THe rest of the staff were great and the comp ran on time,
but clearly at least one female judge had no clue whatsoever. NOthing in
her bio indicates that she knows much about dance and it showed. We
won\'t waste our time there next year.
Had a great weekend in Atlantic City. Entry numbers were confusing to say
the least. I wish that they would place them in order of performance rather
than having a bunch of random 3 digit numbers, this was the only problem
that I found with the competition though. Competition was one day long but
the talent and judging was still of a very high calibur. Our studio had a
number of mishaps and the backstage staff was absolutely incredible and had
no problem helping with anything and everything. Trophies were probably the
nicest I have ever seen at a competition. The directors are doing a
fantastic job, would go back again and again.
I would have given this competition five stars if it hadn\'t been for the
staff. I just competed at this competition over the weekend and found the
staff members to be very rude. It was after my last dance, late at night, I
had to use the bathroom and change but the clean up lady wouldn\'t let
me, so I started to walk to the dressing room, I was calm and not rude at
all, than a lady in a red dress says to me from her seat \"We don\'t
use bathrooms as changing stations\" she said it in such a nasty voice
and the comment was completely unnecessary as I was going to the dressing
room like the other woman had asked me to. I like this competition, but
this experience made me never want to go again.
I have been to many competitions and this by far was the best one this
season! Judging was very fair and seemed spot on. The judges were amazing!
The best ever. They were attentive, animated and you can tell they love
what they are doing. They danced along to all the music, smiled at the
dancers and even clapped for them when they were done dancing. It was so
refreshing and exciting to be a competition that was so positive and
encouraging for the dancers. They did not over schedule like recents comps
we went too. The times were perfect! The staff were so friendly and nice!!
Thank you Starbound for an amazing weekend!!
Did this competition as an extra one this year (Burien, WA April 2016) so
my daughter could compete her solo and duo and extra time. Competition was
on time if not early, the judges were very enthusiastic and gave great
comments. The gentleman MCing was great we all got a kick out of him! Our
team did this one as well 2 years ago, and it was just as great for us
How can one soloist place 3 times in top 5?? Get better please
Terrible experience for dancers, parents and teachers! Scheduling was a
nightmare, staff was rude and unprofessional. Not enough dressing space.
Disorganized! Avoid at all costs!!!!
This was a great competition- great energy, moved quickly, and they even
had an app with a live feed of what numbers they were on, when awards were,
what time awards would start, restaurants in the area, etc. I have to
shout out one specific worker at this comp though. I unfortunately never
got her name, but she was the runner to make sure al the kids were lined up
for their scheduled performance time. All of our numbers happened to be
spaced together between 2 and 3 numbers apart, so t was a mad rush after
each dance. This woman stayed calm and helped us through the rush all while
making friends with all our little dancers and learning their names, trying
to keep them calm even though it was a highly stressful 2 minutes. I truly
feel like this worker kept our sanity!! Only thing Ihave to comment
negatively on is that the MC for our event spent probably about 20 minutes
playing an audience interactive scavenger hunt with a few select dancers
onstage. While this might be fun for the few dancers that were chosen, it
wasn\'t really needed, and I felt like if you needed to tabulate scores
or prep the stage, at least tell us before hand and not make us wait in the
audience for longer than we have to. Other than that, great comp. (The
fantastic worker had victory rolls in her hair, probably about 5\'5, and
was often running from stage to dressing room calling for numbers to line
up. If you get her name, please let me know!)
Did not enjoy this competition last year but thought I would give it
another try. Same outcome. Scores were terrible because they consist of a
number circled by the judge. No break down of scores at all. Also they only
place teams that had lots of numbers, if you are from a small studio
don\'t plan to attend. I usually am glad when a comp runs early, but this
one was 3 hours early because they printed the schedule wrong and if our
studio hadn\'t had someone there in the morning session we would have
totally missed the competition. They didn\'t send out anything to let us
know it was ahead. Will not be attending this competition again.
This was our first year attending this competition. I brought my level one
dancers. Everyone was super friendly. They accommodated dancers with
quick changes without going off schedule. The judges were awesome! Since
my dancers are young and beginner lever, sometimes we don\'t get detailed
critiques. Thank you for treating my dancers the same as an elite level.
Critiques were positive but very accurate as to what they needed work on.
We will be returning next year!
Love it, they make title contestants feel really special and recommend
going for title if you are a strong soloist...only a few things that could
be better: at regionals there should be an overall high score award for top
scoring number of the whole comp (or maybe a top studio award?) to help
decide who was truly the best that weekend and also alotttt of elite high
golds given out, I think the judges should score tougher because a 290+
should be a little harder to reach. But I always have so much fun and will
probably bring my solos to nationals!
This, by far, is one of my favorite regional aND National competition.
Somehow they always seem to run on or close to schedule. In my case, ahead
of schedule. The judges are always energetic and positive in their
critiques. My daughter and her friends always seem to make new friends
while at this competition which is always a plus and my favorite is that
you can pre-qualify at Nationals with another routine and compete it again
for a National placement!
Always an enjoyable competition. I have competed with the several times
enjoying each one more than the last. I would love to compete with them
again. It is a wonderful experience and great time.
This competition did not run on time and was not organized as well as
others I have been to.
Not that organized. Awards are cheap. Judges not helpful, not consistant.
Been competing at this for years. Great competition very organizated. The
staff is great. The Judges are always on point
Don\'t know if it was just the competition we attended, but it ran over
an hour and a half EARLY. We felt very rushed and didn\'t dare leave the
venue in fear of missing of awards (we had teammates that did miss awards).
Found out that we didn\'t have to worry about missing awards because
they went on forever. Seemed like the same dancers won everything. The
judging comments were a little harsh in my opinion.
Our dance studio attends Starbound yearly for regionals. This venue did not
have a photographer or videographer this year. Not sure why, but it was
disappointing. Other than that, a good competition.
Wonderful, helpful staff. Rin very well
I don\'t like to give a negative review, but the last 2 years we have had
very negative experiences at Starbound. The backstage crew was
disorganized, and they went from running an hour ahead to 2 hours behind!
They also are extremely hard to get a hold of on the phone or via e-mail.
We tried to pay for Nationals and called before the due date but didn\'t
get a response until after. We were told they wouldn\'t charge us a late
fee, but they did! We called and e-mailed several times after that to try
to get a credit, but got no response!
Always enjoy this competition as our studio does it as a whole. We love how
they treat the dancers and find it a very fair comp! The judging is
generally consistent and fair! The staff is always very friendly and make
the time we spend there enjoyable for both the dancers and parents! Would
recommend this competition to any studio no matter size or skill level.
Just returned from Nationals in Atlantic City. Competition ran very
smoothly, but small studios have no shot at awards. Cater to the large
studios spending money. Age groups are too broad...9 year olds competing
against 12 year olds is ridiculous, especially at the competitive level.
Not interested in attending this again.
We typically enjoy this comp but felt this last time the judging was off. I
really do not care to hear how pretty the dancer is or costume. Need more
feedback on dance and technique.
Competition\'s judging is way off. Only studios who spend a lot of
there do well.
Should not allow same person to place 1st 2nd and 4th. Awards seem to go
to studio with the most dancers there
We just recently attended a Starbound competition in Rochester and we loved
it! It was fun, energetic and judging seemed very fair and appropriate!!
Staff was friendly and so accommodating. The only downside was they lumped
all 13 and older duet/ trios together. My daughter is 12, but her duet
partner is 13. Since Starbound rounds up, they had to compete in the teen
level. Her duet was against 19 yr olds. That I didn\'t think was very
fair. Otherwise it was a fun and good competition.
This was our teams 3rd competition ever. As a small studio we didn\'t
expect much from what the reviews said on here about how they cater to
bigger studios. We went and were completely impressed with how it went! It
is definitely a competition that we would like to return to! As far as the
awards, they weren\'t as organized as they could have been, but even
still they were not terrible! They just did it in a different way than we
have ever experienced! The backstage staff were amazing as well as the
other workers that were there! We fell in love with this competition and
had so much fun! I would definitely recommend this competition to go to!
The only thing i have to complain about were the awards but they were still
enjoyable! Also, we had read on this site that they ran very late but they
were early everyday! This was an amazing competition that definitely is
worth checking out!
Combined small and large groups for overalls and combined teen and
duets/trios into one category for overalls.
We love Starbound. The judges are fair and useful in their critiques! Comp
ran a bit off kilter, but the feedback was well worth it. :)
Let me first say that I try to be very open-minded, tolerant, and
understanding when developing an opinion of a competition, because as a
studio director, I know first-hand that you can never please everyone.
With that being said, I\'ll skim through the minor annoyances and get
right to the deal-breaker. The schedule was incredibly unorganized, stage
was the smallest I\'ve ever seen, all small and large groups were
combined for overalls, very few awards were given, some divisions had top
1, others top 5, but it wasn\'t very reflective of the number of entries,
it was very \"fly by the seat of your pants.\" I honestly would\'ve
overlooked most of these things and still given Starbound a decent review.
However despite scoring very well, the deal breaker was when I saw the
scoresheets and realized just \"how\" the routines were judged. The
scoresheets looked like something you would see at an after-school talent
show, not a legitimate dance competition. There was no rubric, you did not
receive points for technique, stage presence, costume, choreography, etc.
Instead, the judges basically watched your dance, and circled a number
83-100 and that was your score. How is a professional judge supposed to
pick one number to sum up an entire dance? As you can imagine, this would
lead to LOTS of ties because you\'re just picking whole numbers. How did
they break them? Well all of our routines that placed in the overalls had
random decimals added to them (clearly added after the fact, sometimes in
different handwriting). Where did these decimals come from? There was no
point values assigned to any particular aspect of our dances, and only our
dances that were in the overall high scores had them. So all I can
conclude is that when there were ties for overall high scores, they broke
them by just randomly adding decimal points to the original scores. I am
appalled at the level of unprofessionalism displayed, and despite doing
well at this competition, my team will never return.
By far the worst competition we have attended. As a smaller studio, we
certainly went unnoticed against bigger studios. The winning routines
seemed to be the ones with the least clothing on the children. We saw one
young girl gyrating on stage in a judge\'s face, and he stood up to enjoy
it. Not the environment we are looking for as a studio. We went once and
would never return.
I don\'t know if it was availability of the venue or what, but it was
exhausting for the dancers to cram everything into 1 day and a few late
hours on Saturday night.
The schedule also didn\'t run as
expected, making things very confusing for the parents. But I also
understand because the schedule that was created didn\'t allow time for
the dancers to change in between numbers.
Our studio has been
coming to this competition consistently but this was the first year where
the scoring was very inconsistent.
One awards ceremony was an hour and 15 minutes early and then the next was
an hour late. Awards take forever. I don\'t like how they combine small
groups and large groups for overalls. They also combined all duets ages
13-19 for overalls. They were very inconsistent with how many overall
places they gave. There were 6 entries and they gave top 5. There were 20
and they gave top 10 and then there were 23 and they only gave top 5 or
there were 8 and they gave top 3???? Either do top 10 or Top 5 for
everything and do separate overalls. Large groups and small groups should
not be lumped together. There were also several people videoing in the
auditorium and behind the stage. After one warning they should be kicked
out or disqualified. One of the parents heard a director telling another
studio what levels to put their kids in to ensure they would place higher.
They do not follow their own rules. The program stated top 10 competitive
groups and they only gave top 5. We swear we saw the same girl compete her
solo in 2 different levels. Not sure we will attend this competition
Overall this competition was good, and I believe that the judging was fair.
The biggest problem was that the competition ran very LATE! They
attempted to squeeze too many numbers into one day of competition. In my
opinion it should have been separated into two days. We were there for
more than 14 hours. My other complaint is that although each dance was
assigned a number, the number did not correspond to any order of
performance. It was confusing to say the least.
This was the worst competition I have ever been to. Competition began at
8:00 a.m. and was not over until after 12:30 a.m. We were assigned numbers
and they didn\'t go in numerical order. They also jumped around in the
schedule so much that you were afraid to leave the venue to feed your
dancers. Venue did not allow food or drink in the building at all, but
did not have a full food concession stand. Only candy, chips, and drinks
(which were so over priced it was ridiculous!) Dressing rooms: not enough
rooms for the number of people there and were first come first serve.
Venue managers would yell at people dressing in the halls but there was no
other place to dress. I am not a dance teacher so I can not talk about
judging, but I can say that some of the highest scoring dances were way to
sexy for the age of the girls dancing. I know that our studio will never
return to a Starbound event. Hopefully, if they continue in New Orleans,
they will find a better venue and I highly recommend they research
scheduling applications and adopt a more organized way of scheduling their
GREAT COMP FOR SR BUT MINIS ONLY HAD TOP 3 OVERALL
Good competition. Nice staff. There wasnt anything extra exciting about
it. Good intermediate competition.
Attended Starbound at two different locations. Both competitions small.
Would love separate dressing spaces. Each time had to share with multiple
studios. Would love for them to do more than the top placing duet/trio.
Top 3 would have been nice at the minimum. Overall a good experience.
The backstage staff was very polite and kid-friendly, except for one of the
ladies. She rushed my dance coach when we had back-to-back numbers. The
vendor was beautiful, but the space for a dressing room was not enough for
the amount of people who attended. What was weird though, was placing. I
had 2 solos, and only the higher scoring one placed. They both received
High Gold and were .5 points separated. That would\'ve meant that my
ballet solo should\'ve gotten 5th overall and jazz still would\'ve
taken 4th. Awards were fun! Favoritism was shown, but all judges paid
As a dance dad, I normally keep my mouth shut, but I have to say that I
truly enjoyed this competition. I have friends in other states, who have
kids that dance and they told me about this competition. One big plus, the
judging panel actually watches the kids dance and have energy and
excitement on their faces. My daughter could not stop talking about how
the judges were smiling at her. The scoring is fair and the staff was very
professional and friendly to all the dancers. I would love to see them
award Best Technique, Entertainment, Showmanship and Costume. Because
studios are paying to attend the competition...things like those types of
awards keep us coming back. I heard that one of the judges was pretty much
dancing in his seat for EVERY routine.....who does that?? Now that is FULL
SUPPORT of every dancer!! We will keep coming back every year!!
This was a fairly small comp. Not bad though, other than they ran about an
hour and a half ahead. We don\'t mind running ahead, but they were
skipping through the program, due to kids not being ready. The judges
critiques were ok. We met the owners and they were very nice. Overall, due
to the small size of the entire comp(only about 4-5 studios), we would
probably skip this one next year.
Everything from the venue to the \"stage\" was horrible! We were
ball room with a piece of parkay flooring and 3 strips of
across it. No side curtains or even a real backstage.
tiny, no air and no room. Comp ran early which was
never ran in
order due to scheduling dances back to back or
with 1 dance
Did not like the way everything was
lumped together (no
division, small groups and large groups
in the over alls
didn\'t understand why they had
levels when productions
and lines were
all together in the overalls.
It\'s no shock that the
top 3 were all
elite studios. Made for some
very frustrated dancers. If
you are going to
offer levels then have
levels and don\'t put them
together for the
overalls. All in all
not a comp I want to attend again.
My daughter\'s studio has competed at Starbound for the past two years.
We have always had a pleasant experience and felt the judging was beyond
fair. We will be back again in a few months.
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Very fair, but no too challenging
Done Starbound several times and we\'ve had a great experience. We\'ve
found the scoring to be on par with the others theoughout the year. They do
a nice job at nationals making the final showcase feel very much like an
event and you can access it online so relatives at home can watch.
Wouldn\'t say we\'re the smallest or largest but have always enjoyed
this comp. we do it every other year.
Starbound is the most UNPROFFESIONAL competition out there. They
reward talent or technique, they do not even care about
score high or win if you\'re not coming with one
studios that come
back to them every year. There is LOTS OF
to these studios and
starbound will score their routines
matter what. The judging is
terrible(blank score sheets)
treatment to independent dancers is
awful. My daughter said
hoster \"Katie\" was sitting next to
the judges talking
to them all
the time when she was dancing, almost like
she was trying
them, very unprofessional.
At the same
nationals there was a
girl attending by herself, she was a
place overall in more than 10
regionals this year, she is also
winner for another
competition, well, she got beaten by a
starbound! the difference between the
two performances was huge
was obvious they managed the
scores...SO SAD AND SO
stay away from starbound,
we\'re very sad about having this
experience and won\'t come back
Only took one dancer because it was Spring Break, huge mistake. Studio
with the most dancers wins. The dance was adjudicated so much lower than
other competitions that it was unbelievable - and it was so much better
than the other entries that the bias was glaringly obvious. The scheduling
is confusing. Won\'t waste our time and money here again.
One of the Best Competition out there! My studio has gone to starbound for
the past 6 years and each year the competition gets better and better.
Starbound has the most friendly staff who great with the dancers. Yes
sometimes the schedule gets out of order to accommodate quick changes but
what dance competition always runs exact to schedule. Starbound\'s owner
is an amazing person and you can tell she really cares about her
competition. Overall I recomend this competition to everyone who needs an
amazing competition to attend.
Getting really sick of this one- only the studio that brings the most acts
gets the top awards. this really is frustrating. Runs ahead which is OK-
but judging is so biased.
WOW! I thought it was just me being a proud mom thinking thew judging was
bad, but as I have read other reviews I see it is not just me. My daughter
just turned 7 and this was the third time she competed her solo. Her 1st
time competing it she scored Platinum with the highest being Diamond, the
2nd she scored a Platimum which was the highest and 3rd Overall. At
Starbound she scored a High Gold, 2nd Highest, but the scores were really
low, just squeaking into the high Gold, One judge actually scored her a
GOLD. I\'m not saying her routine was flawless because I saw a few minor
things she could have done better, and yes she aged up since the last
competition 2 months ago, but I didn\'t feel she did as poorly as they
scored her. The comments are all audio so her teacher and I are going to
sit down and listen to them, she was shocked as well. I do honestly feel
they favored the BIG studios as ours is small and all you heard were 2
names. The scores on other dances our studio did were very inconsistent as
well. At the end of their hip hop routine, my daughter said she saw the one
judge actually put his fingers in his ears and close his eyes. They did get
Elite Gold and 3rd overall for that dance, but seriously, be professional
these are little kids who work hard doing what they love, don\'t show
them a physical distaste for their dance.
Starbound was our first competition as being a part of a team. My daughter
had a great experience and we look forward to regionals in two weeks.
Our team did well...however...the planning and timing of routines was
terrible! For one number, our girls were in the hallway backstage waiting
for over an hour and a half because the stage manager felt it was more
important for other numbers to go ahead of us. I understand quick changes
and schedule adjustments...but...we saw one school do three numbers ahead
of us to accommodate their quick changes - but it was the three numbers
they were trying to accommodate around. All in all...good but long for all
the wrong reasons.
I like Starbound, but it seems to have gotten so large that it has become
impersonal. On the day of groups the dancers are lined up like here\'s
cattle. This year the judges were attentive, but last year they were
texting on their phones and not even watching the dancers. It needs to
scale down a bit and focus more on the dancers instead of the bottom
I thought the staff was were very nice and accomadating. It seemed a little
disorganized and sometimes sound system was a problem. Bigger studios
seemed to be favored, but our smaller studio did very well.
Don\'t see why people hate this one. The only complaint i had was they
did large groups and small groups into one. And duet/trio top 10s were 13
and over. This is a good challenge, you won\'t automatically place.
Wouldn\'t recommend to novice studios. Awards is fast and fun. The BEST
part was that awards begin almost IMMEDIATELY after the last dance. Pretty
We attended Starbound last year and I would\'ve given a much lower rating
due to disorganization. However, they seem to have gotten their act
together. They ran a little ahead and stayed in the correct order for the
most part. Judging was fair. I will say- the music was too low. My
daughter had a hard time in her solo and her group ballet (she starts by
herself) hearing the music start, which is her cue to dance, of course.
Additionally, they left zero time between dances. A dancer was exiting the
stage and they were already announcing the next act.
My experience with Starbound was a pretty good one. I went last year and it
was a competition that was well organized, had a great staff and ran on
time. The only thing bad about this competition is that they didn\'t have
any video or audio critiques, only score sheets with comments on them,
which kind of disappointed me. Other than that I enjoyed attending.
We decided to give them another chancewhich was a huge mistake. From the
moment we walked in the door there were issues. They had some of our
performers in wrong age groups which we let them know in advance. They did
switch, but failed to also carry over the Novice division with the switch.
Our duet placed third overall in the comp division, but they were supposed
to be novice. These girls take class 1 1/2 hours a week. When we went and
talked to them their response was \"They are all Novice at this age.\"
No, many of them take many more hours. We asked them to check to see if
they REALLY placed first in the Novice overall (which we already knew they
did because they announce scores). When we went back to them, it was
obvious they didn\'t even check and wouldn\'t give our girls the award
that was deserved. The venue was moldy, filthy and disgusting. Parking
was a nightmare (only 77 spots in the lot) so you had to park on the
street. The venue was also in a very high crime rate area so I was nervous
for my families that had to walk. Definitely favored the studios that
brought in LOTS of money. Allowed one studio to park a trailer for the
whole weekend in the ONLY good spot for unloading props, therefore everyone
else had to carry props a long distance. Judging was totally inconsistent.
One of our dancers, who always scores very high and in the overalls
received a Gold. Had total strangers telling me how beautiful her routine
was, but you sure couldn\'t see it from the scoring. They give this
stupid judges award for 1st routine of the day and we even got ripped out
of that award by the large studio. We were scheduled 1st routine on Sunday
(7:30 a.m.) Our 5 & 6 year olds were back stage ready to go on (and they
were the ONLY ones backstage) but they put one of the big studios on first
so they got the meaningless award. Need to send a detailed schedule in
advance. You only get a general one. We will not waste our money on this
Sit back - this is going to take a little bit. We did not find this
website until after we had already registered so we suffered. I am not
going to complain about the venue even though the bathrooms and parking
Program - the program does not list what studio is at the
competition and the numbers are assigned by studio not by dance so it is
hard to look up a number.
Awards - They distinguish between large
groups and small groups in the program but they do no give a top ten for
the 2 different ones. They have each one in the top ten say there name,
the choregrapher and the name of the studio. It takes forever. They give
no special awards for choregraphy or entertainment etc. If you want to win
the costume award you have to pay 25 to enter.
Judging - 2 of the
judge\'s critiques are hand written so I don\'t even look up. So how
do they judge. There were 2 point dances. One was a traditional pointe
and the other was jazz dance on pointe shoes. The jazz point was
entertaining but the girls didn\'t even fully get up on their box and
they got a higher score.
There were several other dances that scored
really low that houldn\'t have. We also had several dances that scored
really high so the judging was just inconsistant.
Size - We do not
how many numbers there were but we did not get done until almost 11 on
Sunday night. They end to clost it so that people can get ome a descent
I hope this helps you to steer clear of ths
Good things. They tried to move through the dances really
I was hoping that we\'d have a decent experience at Starbound
unfortunately that wasn\'t the case. My primary issue is the
At this particular competition the talent was pretty low and
handing out High Golds to some REALLY poor dances - novice
dancers with zero technique and no choreography getting High Gold? Really?
that two of the judges didn\'t even look up at them or
watch - they were
completely disengaged. Two of the score sheets were
blank - just a number. It was well organized and positive but other
that it was a complete joke. I\'m sorry we went - if this was my
experience with competitive dance my kid and I would quit in a
Terrible competition! The back drop was put too far downstage
dancers barely had room to move the way they\'re used to.
another competition at the same venue, so we know how
actually is.Plus, it was sloppy looking and dragging
got our score sheets or critiques. Then, we
so we could get
started on hair, and they made everyone
who got there
early stay out in the
cold because they weren\'t set
up. Since no one
knew the schedule (they
didn\'t release it) we of
course wanted to
come assuming they would put
us on stage first. They
let dancers into the dressing room
or bathroom. But
because the theater
and merchandise wasn\'t ready, we
enter the entire
building! We ended up starting hair in a moms
van. Also, the
dancers were really flustered because they\'d
backstage and be
told that they have time; then all of a sudden
get called by
the announcer and music would be on. It was
To top it
off, our dance was the last one before
first awards and as my
were exiting with music they were
wheeling the trophy cart on
started the ceremony! My dancers had
to run to the dressing rooms
jackets and run back on the
stage! It was so rude. They were
so they could have
just waited a few minutes like most
competitions do and
announce the awards ceremony. I felt as if
they wanted to just
through the solos, duos/trios and get to the
small groups. They
whole first competition. The MC was so
corny; she was
treating the awards
like a talk show and asking some
questions to the dancers
which really confused them. There
awkward silence in the audience &
it was embarrassing. And
the house lights stayed on for the entire
auditorium was bright...who does that? Never EVER
Such a waste of money!
Event - Starbound in Cornell High School in North Pittsburgh PA on April
5-6, 2014..I\'m emailing STARBOUND and offering my services as an event
coordinator and scheduler .. Eventhough I have NO (ZERO) experience .. I
could do better than whoever did this one !!! .. . that was totally
ridiculous!!! .. heck.. you didn\'t even know when you could go pee ...
you didn\'t know when your kids would be on stage next !!!! I didn\'t
even waste $12 on a program because it was totally worthless as the
scheduler did such a bad job.. numbers had to be changed around so much.
There were several instances where they had the same group dancing 2
numbers in a row. .. then another group for one number and then that same
group back on again .. talk about quick (impossible) change of wardrobe,
etc !!! And that doesn\'t even cover the judges.. I hope we got the
score sheets.. \'nough said !!! THIS IS THE WORST DANCE COMPETITION THAT
I HAVE ATTENDED IN 11 YEARS!!!! I PRAY OUR STUDIO WILL NEVER ATTEND A
STARBOUND COMPETITION AGAIN!! AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL .. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
OR YOUR TIME ON STARBOUND !!!! I\'M UPSET I EVEN HAVE TO GIVE IT ONE STAR
First & likely only time taking students to Starbound. Backstage people
were nice enough. Poor facility choice. Inadequate dressing room situation.
Ran 2 to 2 1/2 hrs ahead of schedule. We are a small studio but brought a
fair number of routines. Frustrated with the judging because it seemed
inconsistent. I\'m totally fine with hard judging if it\'s hard across
The staff is friendly and I was encouraged until we got there. My students
noticed that the judges weren\'t even watching them and the comments on
the critiques didn\'t make any sense. The audio critiques were good. We
felt that this competition was not the right match for us. It seemed they
favored the two larger studios.
Still stinks. For years this competition has gone out of its way to
large studios and blatantly padded its scoring to bring back the
studios every year. The scoring has always been inconsistant,
although it was refreshing this year NOT having the judges eating while
they watched (or didn\'t watch) the dancers. Its clear that word is out
because there were only 3 or
4 studios this weekend. It could be because
there were bigger and better
competitions running on the same weekend
and most studios chose to attend
those other competitions over
Starbound. Or, it could be that everyone
chose to stay home rather than
attend. When you finish 2 hours early both
days, its not a good sign. I
think its time to shut it down.
Starbound Atlantic City was a great experience ! Thank you for everything
Terrible...unless you are writing the biggest check...back stage crew is
terrible. They are the only competition that we attend or have attended
over the last ten years that isn\'t willing to help us by giving us time
to change when I had dancers in back to back numbers. Location that we
were at was not the least bit prop friendly. We had to climb stairs and
around corners with big props. We attended this competition for the first
time about 10 years ago and I swore we wouldn\'t go back. I decided to
give it another chance last year....BIG MISTAKE....it won\'t happen
again. Their lack of professionalism caused so much drama in our dressing
room between students and parents.
We had two nationals at once and had to pick. We hadn\'t performed but
two routines at Starbound and 3 routines everywhere else. Because of our
bid to nationals at other competitions they made an exception and allowed
us to bring our third routine so that we could attend a national
competition closer to home (3.5 hours away instead of 8-9 hours away). I
did notice the judges seemed to favor larger studios with lots of routines
whether or not they were actually good.
While this comp is well organized, we did notice that the awards seemed to
favor the larger studios. One group that was not great at all but came from
a large studio scored high when they had obvious flaws. Awards are done
well though. We are going again this year. Do wish that the comp did not
allow so many entries though.
The only problem we had in Myrtle Beach 2012 was Abby Lee was there. She
wasn\'t the problem. All the moms wanting her autograph were the
problem. It was ridiculous. I needed to get a mic situated and
couldn\'t. I wish they would stop with that show already. Sounds like
it\'s bringing them down. We were going to try again this year because
our studio got bigger, but now I\'m afraid to make the attempt.
I liked it. Everyone was friendly. My solo want tap or hip hop it was
musical theater and it did amazing!
Have been twice 2012 & 2013. Staff always kind & friendly. Will go back
again this year.
One of the worst. Used to go for years till the owner told one of my
instructors that we needed to get our act together. This because we were
having to change under a small stair well to get to the stage on time
rather than going down a maze to get to dressing rooms. We did this to try
to help them stay on time, yet they allowed parents to block this stairwell
and "escort" their dancers to stage. So hadn't been back in many years,
tried it again last year. 2 divisions Only- Really- who does that now? I
agree no place for Intermediate dancers. Judging is on paper, not
consistant. Back stage manager was frazzled, yelled, and not organized.
Will not return again.
This competition was unorganized, unprofessional, and all together not fun.
The backstage employees kept telling us opposite things, while the
announcer is callling our name, the kids were in the hall because we were
told we couldn't go backstage yet, parents were upset cause they thought
they weren't going to get to compete, it stressed out my kids and they
ended up performing while upset, and they were only 7. So after all the
money and time of preparing, their staff had my kids so worked up that they
did not do well at all. Very irritating. That was just one of many things
that happened over the weekend. We will never be returning.
Judging seems to be based only on "tricks" and not artistry. We went to
regionals and Nationals this past season, and both times they ran so far
ahead that everyone had to scramble to get there. It was at least 2 hours
before they were scheduled to go on. We will not be returning.
Starbound is the worst competition I have taken my dancers to in 13 years!
We had many issues at their regionals but were promised they would be fixed
by nationals. Nationals was a huge giant mess. They changed the judges
after every award ceremony so you didn't have consistent judging.
Backstage was highly disorganized. No one had a clue what they were doing.
The schedule was a mess; had petites dancing with juniors so judges were
seeing 6 year olds with 11 year olds at the same time. Awards totally
alienated the petite and novice category. Which you think they would want
to build those dancers up as they are their future. Judges were too young,
inexperienced and not cultured at all and they never even looked up at the
dancers...not just my dancers but other groups as well. I had so many
issues I asked to speak with the director Sandy and she told me she would
meet with me after productions; come to find out she left and surprisingly
couldn't be reached! I will never take my dancers back to Starbound. It
was a waste of money, time and not worth the frustrations. If I could give
zero stars I would because they are beyond awful!
Wow! Our studio did Starbound for the first time this year and had a
totally different experience than a lot I have read. We loved it! People
were very nice and helpful. Very organized and on time. I loved this
competition and will definitely be back!
Definite favoritism towards large studios at this competition however the
comps we\'ve attended have always ran on schedule. Our venue was in a
nice area however only one bathroom available for attendees and dancers.
The staff were friendly, but groups were obviously misplaced in ability
level and won without being asked about placement. You also needed to be
doing a hip hop or tap routine to win.
Horrible competition! There are many things wrong with them it is hard to
know what to point out. It is the only competition we have been to that did
not have a photographer or videographer (and we were not allowed to take
photos). The blatant favoritism was obvious when award time came. Not
trying to be biased but some of the teams that won top scores were
completely out of sync or people completely forgot parts of the dances. At
one point one of the dancers just walked off of the stage after forgetting
her routine mid dance and she won first place. Our studio owner was so
unhappy with this competition that we will never attend it again.
LOVED this competition. Although the last category was scheduled for very
late, they were good about keeping on time and we actually got out earlier
then planned. The staff were positive and helpful and kept the whole
competition running smoothly. The backstage staff was especially good with
the younger dancers and very accommodating with large props.
Knowing some friends had bad experiences, I was worried to attend. However
we had a great experience there. I wish the judges paid more attention, I
did notice them not paying attention sometimes. But we did well. I wish
they were a little ore through with comments.
I am SO happy to see that I am not the only one who had issues with this
competition. Last season we attended their Regionals with plans to also
attend their Nationals because it was the closest to home, so I was really
hoping for a good quality competition. The week before we were supposed to
attend I found out my entries were deleted out their system and I had to
provide them with my CC statement showing I had paid a month before the
issue even happened. We got to the competition and it was so unorganized
and everyone has issues to get resolved. We were not in their Program book,
our entries were in the wrong competitive level, and they didn\'t put my
soloists in the Costume contest, which parents had paid for in advance. I
pointed out these mistakes and they were supposed to fix the costume entry
issue right then but as each award ceremony came to a close, none of my
dancers were winning the Costume Awards. I later found out they were never
entered, even after I went out to the booth and reminded them numerous
times and kept being insured that the issue was resolved. My dancers were
all coming off stage saying the judges didn\'t even look at them when
they danced and I personally saw judges talking throughout each
performance. The hosts (yes, that lady who clearly just wants fame with how
many times she has tried to get herself on TV) was SO rude in person and
was not sociable with my dancers at all. I was not impressed with our
competition experience and my parents and myself decided not to attend
their Nationals. It was a huge disappointment because we ended up missing
out on Nationals last season because we hadn\'t planned / fundraised all
season for an out-of-state event. I also didn\'t get refunded for the
Costume Entry issue until almost 2 months later! I do know that I will
never attend their competition again. And yes, I agree, if you plan to
bring hip hops, taps, or California style jazz routines....Do NOT attend
Sad to see all of this negative feedback. We have been going for years and
we love it. The energy backstage is amazing and they always run ahead of
schedule! Sometimes I do disagree with judges comments or scores but that
is the same with any competition we attend. There is one audio critique
and 2 written. I do wish they would do all three audio.
I tried this comp 2 years in a row. First year ,they were rude. I had a the
backstage manager yelling at my dancers. Even told me that they would drop
my routine ( that was paid for! ) if we did not get on stage right then.
Girls were rushing to get ready, some crying. It is not our fault the
competition was small and they had costume changing issues. I decided to
give them another chance, but first I called and made sure the same thing
would not happen again. This time, the judging was horrible. I agree with
everyone else. The judges were not paying attention, they were talking with
each other during routines. I felt like they were discussing what scores to
give. Scoring was ALL over the place even on the same day of competition
and with the same group of dancers. I am not sure how they are still in
business, with all the other wonderful competitions out there. I will not
return his year.
HORRIBLE SCORING!!!!! Beware, if you are not doing a tap or hip
routine, STAY AWAY from this comp. The Sacramento comp on June 15th
16th was an ABSOLUTE JOKE!!!! You had very skilled dancers and
who had done amazing at several prior competitions score very
wasn\'t just our studio, but I was in shock at how
unfair the scoring was for several pieces. I have been
to several dance
competitions over the last years and never have I seen
SCORING!!! At one point I just had to laugh, because it
was so ridiculous.
I am never one to complain about scoring, but this
was just so
unbelievable!!! I wish we could get our money back! If my
studio every chooses to go back to Starbound, I want out
worst part is, the kids are the ones who really lost
out and had to be
exposed to such unfair and unethical judges/scores.
Wow!! I am still in
shock at how awful this competition was. I don\'t
even want to give one
star, but I have to....it needs negative stars.
My only good comment is
the lady selling merchandise was very pleasant
and friendly. Other than
that, this is a poor excuse for a competition,
I can not believe how poorly the judges behaved. I videotaped our dance
routines as the appointed videographer. Due to where I was sitting I had
to include the judges within the frame. On each routine it clearly showed
each judge looking down into paperwork or talking amongst themselves. I
counted the few seconds in TOTAL where the judges heads were up watching a
full 3 1/2 minute routine and in TOTAL for ALL judges the viewing time was
15 seconds. If the judges must write comments rather than orate into a
recorder, then they should learn to write while looking up. If our
children get 15 seconds between three judges and I\'ve paid the entry
fee/travel expenses/costume expenses/studio expenses at least have the
courtesy to look up and witness the hard work the children want to show
you. If Starbound wants copies of the video for proof of my statement,
please email me. What a huge disappointment. It makes our trophies
We will never be back. Their judges barely pay attention and still write
down their remarks so most of the time their heads are down. They would
also talk and look at eachother. Judging was a big hot mess. And this
happened more than once. Dancers and parents from all studios were
complaining. It\'s like they just pull names out of a hat. When dancers
consistently get platinums and place in top 5 and then get a gold and not
even place, something is wrong. In addition, the backstage staff actually
made a few girls cry because they were yelling at them to be ready or they
would get scratched. Meanwhile it wasn\'t even within the standard \"be
ready to dance an hour before\" time frame. This competition is also
We also had major issues with scoring, schedule, disorganization etc. The
judges were very young and seemed uninterested in the kids in general. I
doubt any of them have ever spent any time actually teaching. Some of the
comments were ridiculous. They told one of our enpointe soloist to not use
the lyrics so much and she danced to a instrumental song??? We had parents
as characters in our production and the video judge recorded critique was
totally critical of them i mean how clueless can you be? They are PARENTS.
We are very disappointed and wish we had come on here to see reviews before
we chose to go. It has been several years since we attended and we
won\'t be back. We attended Legacy and had almost all routines in top
ten. NOT ONE made top ten at Starbound and the dancers performed better
than first comp Avoid if you can at all costs.
This is the most unprofessional, unorganized and classless competition
have ever attended. I am not usually one to ever complain about
when kids come from winning their prior competition to
getting a High
Silver something is very wrong. The scoring was the
worst I have ever
seen. Typically I explain to my dancers who are
unhappy with their score that
they need to work harder so next time
there is no doubt in the judges mind
what score they deserve. However
there is no explaining a dancer previously scoring in
the mid to high
280s, at four other competitions, to come here and score in the
Judges are still writing scores which mean lack of attention paid
dancers on stage. There was a lot of talking and texting going on
so much judging. Also they changed our scores when they were
announcing but never corrected the score sheets...classless.
woman backstaged rushed my 6 year olds on and
yelled at another group of
ours. When I, their teacher, stepped up next to
them she changed her
tune and was nothing but sweet and helpful. They were
only allowing one
dance at a time backstage and the other dances were
waiting outside in
the 90 degree heat. They rented minimal amount of
dressing room space
as possible so we were all crammed in. They give
teachers cheap print
outs instead of programs. There was absolutely no
class during awards
while one announcer was talking to a dancer who had
just won another
employee was tapping them on their shoulder to hurry them
up and take
their award. They started the day off by announcing they
run 2 hours ahead and were running behind by the first
cannot express enough how poorly run this competition was.
clearly in the business of making money and not in the business
helping dancers grow and providing them a fun environment to do so.
Don\'t waste your time, money or your dancers hard work! Where is
the 0 stars button?
although everyone else is giving Starbound low scores, I have to say that I
have been bringing my girls here for decades and have consistently done
well. i have always thought the scores to be fair. but then again, maybe
I happen to be part of the \"mega studio\" that gets favored. who
I wish I could give 0 stars. Biggest problem was the scoring. There
one male judge who sat smack in the middle of the table, but closest
staff running the competition, that we watched consistently over
weekend, and he did not pick his head up to even bother to watch
dancers. If you are from Starbound and reading this, this was the
Louis venue and he had a pink button down shirt on. My husband
videoed it because he was so furious. This really messed with
studio\'s scores. Two judges would write several comments and
scores within a point of each other and then he handed in a blank
sheet that would be 8-9 points lower. On one of my
solo\'s, two judges gave her an elite gold, and he gave
her a middle of
the road gold. Might understand if there were comments!
disappointing! And would even like to file a formal complaint!
If you are
only judging to collect the money, that is criminal, and you
ashamed of yourself. You obviously have no respect for the
We all pay way to much money to enter these competitions
and the kids work
way, way too hard for this to happen!!! The second
problem was the hurry
up and wait issue the backstage lady did to our
dancers. She would enter
the dressing room and hurry them to a point
where it became stressful, only
for them to report back stage and have 5
numbers to wait on before going
on. I see this was a consistant
complaint from other people rating this
competition. She also made rude
comments to the dancers backstage. We also
did notice them catering to
one specific studio, who is probably attending
Went two years in a row to the NJ event that was donating all the money to
cancer research. Hate to complain since it all went to a good cause, but
as many other reviewers have said, they ran way too late on a school night,
favored certain studios, rushed dancers on while the dancer before was
still on the stage even, and the awards just went on and on. Did it a
second time because of the good cause. Otherwise, would not have bothered.
Went to this competition once and will never go again. They were already
off schedule by the 10th solo, off schdule by 45 minutes, and the soloist
were first. Why because they started late becuase the judges were not
ready. Then they booked at a venue that could not hold the amount of
people that signed up. We had dancers standing in a hot alley sweating in
costumes and makeup. As a company you know the space you rent and what it
can hold. This company never stopped taking registrations. before you
knew it at 1 pm the fire marshalls shut the event down. If you performed
you didn\'t get judged or you didn\'t get to dance at all. We got
nothing in return. No awards for what did take place NOTHING!!!! just
upset dancers and very upset parents paying good money to get NOTHING!!!
Not sure how they are still in business.
Judging erratic. Some years our studio did great, and other years terrible.
The judges like to eat, text, chat and zone out during dances. They also
favor Mega Studios and not necessarily the best dancers.
Similar experience to others. The judging was not very good. Judges were
not even watching dancers on stage. It ran on time, but it was just not a
We have attended this competition about 3 times. From our experience, the
judges only pay attention to certain dancers and cater to certain large
Next to Sophisticated, this is my least favorite competition ever. The
judging is NOT fair. They tend to favor one studio - they won't even look
up when other studios are dancing. They are late, disorganized, and not
helpful at all.
went to starbound. Ran wayyyy to long. Brought a classical ballet
\"Pas de Quatre\" a very difficult piece to do. They were
not even familiar with it. Not to mention they have hand written scores
still and they
are one of the biggest comps around! Won\'t be back!!I
can not justify the long hours. It just isn\'t reasonable. We like to go
to comps that have a reasonable start and end time. And some comps actually
close out there events by 8 p.m. on both days to keep it reasonable. We
have found a few that do that and are not so concerned with the money that
they run til midnight!