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  • 3.3 - Average Ratings
  • 163 Total Reviews
    Parent : 60.12 %
    Dancer : 9.2 %
    Studio Owner : 12.27 %
    Teacher : 18.4 %

  • 2170 Old Washington Rd, Suite 107
  • Waldorf ,MD
  • 3018709550
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Jul 29 2022

Our experience with Starpower was awful. They are 100% geared towards large studios who bring tons of money. The blatant dancing down to take every bracket is pathetic. What's more pathetic is that it's allowed! When novice dancers are competing with advanced level skills, there is a problem. Routines with over 50% + acro should be bumped into open or acro, but it's allowed. The judging is awful as well. The large studios we encountered attended multiple Starpower regionals, and Nationals so money talks. Never again.

Venue : 5
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Awards : 1
Communication : 1
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Jul 29 2022

Jul 15 2022

I think the IDEA of Starpower is great and gives our kids something to work towards However, after experiencing the Nationals this year 2022, in Orlando FL and Myrtle Beach, SC, I have to say I am extremely disappointed in the judging! I am especially shocked, as was everyone, at the judging for the Male Solo Title! Absolutely the wrong decision! This is a DANCE competition yet they chose someone who ran around in circles on the stage twisting his arms!!! Absolutely No technique, no actual dancing and definitely not entertaining and yet he was chosen l? It absolutely blows my mind! There were 2 other boys, in Myrtle Beach, who were talented dancers! Especially one young man, who was beautiful! They even chose a tapper guy as 2nd place and he wasn’t that good either… no technique again and not entertaining…in Mrytle Beach. Judging at both Nationals, was definitely catering to the LARGER studios and there was a LOT of favoritism going on! There is no doubt about that! They really need to pick judges who judge by TALENT and not for their own personal favorites or preferences. The young man who should have won 1st place was beautiful, Flawless in technique, delivery, told the story of his dance, and was incredible to watch!!!! These judges obviously need a new job because they have NO IDEA how to judge what real talent is!! They crushed the dreams of those boys who worked HARD all year learning and growing! THEY deserved to place and win! It’s not the first time I have seen the judges for Starpower choose winners like this…of their own personal favorite or what? Choosing just because they tried? and not dancers who have worked their whole lives at their technique and performance! That is what a DANCE competition is about! I especially noticed, when it comes to male performances, They practically beg any guy dances to sign up to win title whether they have the talent or not! It’s Unbelievably disappointing! Someone needs to look into this…

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Jul 15 2022

Jun 14 2022

Always love attending Starpower - great people and fun atmosphere for myself and my dancer!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Jun 14 2022

Aug 30 2021

We have went the last 5 years and will continue to go. Danny is amazing!

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Aug 30 2021

Dec 05 2019

I have been going to the competition since I first started competition 8 years ago. The people are nice and judging is fair.

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Dec 05 2019

Nov 15 2019

We attended Starpower regionals and nationals last season and it was such a great experience! The competition ran early, was very well organized and even the awards were fun! We found the judging was very fair at our events and the critiques were helpful. It was our favorite competition last year

Venue : 5
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Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Nov 15 2019

May 22 2019

Attended Starpower Seattle. Staff was very friendly, judging seemed fair, and event ran smoothly. Love the special awards and invites they give. It is so nice for the dancers to be recognized in this way. Thank You!

Venue : 4
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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May 22 2019

Apr 03 2019

Good competition with pretty fair judging! They need to fix their marley though, it was not good.

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 4
Awards : 4
Communication : 4
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Apr 03 2019

Aug 26 2017

The studio I dance at went to the Sparta Regionals, and Ocean City Nationals this year. The competition was really fun, and the experience was spectacular. The backstage crew are really cool and nice, and the rest of the staff are nice as well. The award sessions were fun. All in all it was a decent dance comp. Nationals was very fun, the venue was outstanding and in such a convenient area (being only a few blocks from the host hotel-Princess Bayside Hotel). The atmosphere at the competition was intense, but epic. There was a lot of talent and it was my first Nationals so it was extra special. A complaint I have for Starpower is that judging is inconsistent. At Regionals there was a quite tough set of judges where most dances from our studio received a 4 3/4 Star rating in all age groups/performance division, and only 2 or 3 5 star ratings, but at Nationals he judges were very generous. A very large chunk of our dances received a 5 star rating, with very few 4 3/4 star ratings (in all age groups/performance division). I wish there was a happy-medium between scoring. Another complaint I have is that at Nationals communication was poor..during one of my dances which was a production, two judges were missing for the beginning of our dance. I/we were told 3-5 minutes after we performed that we had to perform our production again..people were already getting out of costume, we performed the production again smoothly..but we didn't even receive any recognition of any sorts..the competition said it was a "Technical error" and didn't admit that it was the competition's fault for lack of communication. But anyways, I had a good experience at the dance comp and it was a fun experience. I hope my studio will come back to starpower next year! :-)

Venue : 5
Judging : 2
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 1
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Aug 25 2017

Overall, my dancer enjoyed it but he is new to competing, so he doesn't have a lot to compare it to. Nationals was definitely a MUCH better experience than the Regionals that we attended. The venue for the Nationals that we attended was beautiful. I just wish that we had known about some of the events going on that week, in more detail. Their Regionals tend to always run late. The critiques are usually not very insightful, so hopefully that can improve? I would love to see the award pins be conscious of the male dancers who are earning them, and be gender-neutral.

Venue : 5
Judging : 3
Staff : 4
Awards : 3
Communication : 3
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May 04 2017

We attended the Chicago/Aurora regional and really enjoyed it. We loved the new venue, and having students from the high school available to help load & unload props was fantastic! Dressing rooms were plentiful & not overly crowded, and it was nice to have space in the cafeteria for parents to wait & relax. The competition did seem to be running behind all weekend, but it was a really large event with a lot of large studios & a lot of props. The staff did their best to keep things moving, which we all appreciated. The judging seemed fair & consistent with what we saw at other regional events this season. Awards were generous & fun for the kids (they all love the frisbees! :) ). We enjoyed this one & would definitely return if it fits into our schedule next year.

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

This was our 1st time attending this competition. We were in Seattle this weekend. We are a very small studio and only took a few of our dances. This event was mainly made up of 3 BIG studios. Even with that, I was proud that my daughter still placed with her solo and trio. There was definitely studio favoritism and opinions based on their preferences. Tap made up the top 4. 1st place was a boy, which I'm A ok with when they earn it, but this was definitely one of those moves to encourage boys to stay in dance. Not ok with that. There was also so much cheating going on. So many solos/dances in the novice category from a studio that we know for a fact those kids are taking 10-15 hrs a week of dance. Others in intermediate when i know they should be advanced. The midfke category is now becoming flooded. I see studios placing throughout all 3 categories to ensure more wins. We are honest and compete at middle level, eventhough it seems like we could get away wirh beginner seeing what other studios place in beginner. I know judges can't know how many hours they take, but when you see dancers doing aerials, back handsprings, scorpions,multiple pirouettes, fouettes, leg turns, toe raises, etc, they are not novice and should be marked down, or made to bump up. 2 of these big studios were very obnoxious too. Constantly yelling and being loud while their dancers were on stage. I find that rude. Makes it hard to even hear the music. Just thought a representative of starpower should've made an announcement to be quiet during dancing. I also don't quite get the star system and wish I knew a breakdown of what it means. A few 5s were given and a few 4 1/2, but most everyone got 4 3/4. Those are the cons. We have a few comps we attend and love because they are fair and don't cater to bigger studios. This one definitely caters. All that being said, there are some good points. Staff is very friendly. It ran fairly smoothly. Merchandise pricing is decent. Like I said, while there is catering, my daughter still pulled off a placing meaning they did actually notice her. They make awards fun and do lots of special awards. I would consider this one again as an optional for solos, I just wish it would be fair judging. Judge based on talent and performance, not because of your personal style preference, gender, or # of entries a studio brings. Please encourage all to stay in dance.

Venue : 4
Judging : 2
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Nov 29 2016

We love this competition because it is so much fun for our dancers and parents. We couldn\'t go last year, !$5 it is on for 2017! Highly recommended!

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Nov 20 2016

We have only had one experience with this competition last year but were unprepared for it. Literally our studio\'s moms had the mouth hanging open shocked face and truned to laughing/snickering. We will not be going again next year, thankfully. The specific event we had attended may have been part of the problem, the audience. The parents/guests of MULTIPLE studios were very unprofessional during the entire weekend. The cat calling every name, screaming, cheering and general yelling out was basically embarrassing! Based on this experience, we will not risk it again. It is one thing to support your dance family, another to bring more attention to yourselves and away from the dancing. Get it together people!!

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Nov 20 2016

We have had a great experience both times we have competed at starpower regionals. A very well run competition and very fair with the judging.

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

A joke, spend your money on better things.

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Jul 21 2016

This was our first nationals. We very much enjoyed our time both at regionals and nationals. I do hope to have my daughter compete there again but I do feel that some changes need to be made. I like that they have levels, however they are useless and do not serve their purpose if there are 8 yr olds throwing aerials and doing needle turns, fouettés, and endless pirouettes in the novice category. Their rules say they will bump dancers but that did not happen. It is also not special or any indication of my daughters ability if ever single routine receives 5 stars. I also think for $135 a solo I should know more than just the top 10. I feel that every child should get to know where they fell in the competition and also just how close they were to the top 10. For that amount of money there should be a lot more transparency. I also think that if you are going to tout yourselves as the industry leader then take a stand. Stop giving out trophies to inappropriate booty shaking numbers, no matter how many tricks they have. The judges comments about my daughter did not match up with their scores, which was also very confusing. I also think that for next year at this particular venue you should be able to work out a better parking rate. $21 to park per day is absolutely ridiculous, and the discount was that you could lay $31 and come and go for the day. That is honestly absurd. Disney should be ashamed of themselves for that. I suggest looking at other cities in Florida that can provide just as nice a venue and much more reasonable pricing. Tampa for example has a lovely convention center with many hotels nearby and several nice theme parks/zoos and pretty beaches nearby to still give people a nice Florida vacation with their dance competition. The last thing that needs revamping is the power pak. That should happen prior to the competition and not during ... It is way too difficult and frankly quite irritating having dancers bouncing back and forth.

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Staff : 5
Awards : 4
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Jun 04 2016

My daughters have been competing for 8 years and we have experienced 8 regional Starpower Competions and many others on a regional and National level. We accept that ALL are expensive and wish that costs were less knowing how much profit owners make. Here are my contributions: Pros- In general, always a fun family weekend with the KILLER (Frisbee) when my daughters were younger (now they are teens). The Host (Gary) is phenomenal. Professional, genuine, articulate and keeps the program moving. Great sense of humor and I wish other MC\'s would emulate his professionalism. The competition generally attracts mid-level schools, were technique may not be priority. Every kid gets a trophy regardless so if this is important to your child\'s ego, then great. Don\'t get me wrong, there are very entertaining and well trained dancers participating. You will find a lesser degree of elite dancers competiting. The outsourced video photographer is excellent. Our pics are available realtime or sent within two weeks after the comp ends. Our girls were invited to their World Cup later in the Summer in 2015. We paid our comp fee and our studio doubled it (\"practice time\"). It was held in Secaucus NJ and the set-up was spectacular... cameras suspended on booms and their were huge video screens that I would liken to an Olympic event. But I admit, I was totally \"done\" with this last opportunity to open my wallet once again. Cons-The previous reports at Lancaster,PA Starpower (held 5.27.2016) are accurate. Our family made a vacation of it every year. While Starpower is not responsible for no hotel liquor license, empty pool and broken HVAC, a broken water main causing collapsed ceilings, flooding and ultimation condemnation of the facility (Read Lancaster Online). After 29 years of hosting this site, it should have known it was inadequate and dangerous. Many lives were at risk the night of 5.28.2016 when the City officially condemned this space after the ceiling collapse!

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Jun 01 2016

Typically, this has been one our very favorite competitions. there is always so much talent at this particular venue. While this is still true, I can\'t believe that alternative arrangements weren\'t made after seeing the condition this place was in. While I understand that a water main break is not something that could have been foreseen, surely the unsafe and highly unsanitary conditions were something that could have been looked at. The fact that there was absolutely NO air conditioning and that children were potentially put in harms way should have prompted Starpower to try and relocate. While we understand that people would have been upset about a venue change, I assure you, we, as parents would have completely been onboard with the decision. Because of this weekend, we won\'t be back to Starpower any time soon.

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May 30 2016

WORST EXPERIENCE EVER! I seriously question the decision made to use this venue again after the complaints and warnings reported by unhappy parents over the past year. FORTUNATELY for us, we did not stay there. Unhappy parents have voiced their complaints to Starpower about this venue as early as Memoral Day last year. At that time, a different venue should have been considered. As soon as we showed up at the comp, there was NO AC (room temperature was reported at 90 degrees, probably hotter on stage). Two dancers from different studios passed out from the heat. A stray cat ran across the stage while dancers were performing. The unlucky families who booked rooms at this venue, again had a long list of complaints about the conditions of their rooms. The condition of this venue were not new issues. Prior to booking this event, an ultimatum should have been made with the venue to fix these issues before scheduling another event with them. IF they were not aware of these awful conditions, demands should\'ve been communicated to the hotel to at least fix the AC within 24 hours or the event would be moved to another location. There were plenty of local venues available to host this event, I know because unhappy parents checked into this. Just when a Saturday afternoon awards session was about to start, we were instructed to evacuate the hotel. We learned a part of the top ceiling collapsed, dumping water into lower floors which collapsed three lower ceilings too. To make this situation worse, the alarm failed to work. It took an hour to evacuate the venue because people had to be informed by word of mouth going room to room. There were 2-3 thousand people that had to be evacuated. Thank God it wasn\'t something worse that required immediate evacuation. This disaster could\'ve been avoided if due diligence was done before choosing this venue. The signs were there.

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May 22 2016

Horrible judging and not by technique, talent or stage presence. It was based on how much money was spent by the biggest studio contributor. Sad but true. Waste of time and money.

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