I guess Starpower is so big that they had back to back comp weekends in San Diego - the first weekend was in the convention center in the concourse which felt like being inside the Death Star. My daughter's groups received the same, unconstructive feedback across multiple dances ("be more confident") and nothing much else from the judges. The lack of quality feedback is not ok. I don't even care how they did, it's the judges job to give them things to work on.
If I could give 0 stars I would. My daughter has done several Starpower competitions and they have all been horrible! This is the most unorganized competition I’ve ever seen. The only reason we do it is because her studio must have some kind of arrangement with them and they win all the awards. Nothing ever runs smoothly , they are usually running behind at least an hour every time. They are also known for giving the judges a break just a few dances before awards. It’s ridiculous that their competitions run into the night on a Sunday night. People work and kids have to go to school! So glad this is our last year!
Decided to check out all these reviews before posting my own and something caught my attention right off the bat. The post that was just made right before mine by 4000kylie (Studio Owner) was made by an account obviously just created to give generic positive reviews to 2 different Star Dance Alliance Events. This person also made it clear that they love all the SDA events! For anyone not familiar with Star Dance Alliance there are quite a few comps under their umbrella including Starpower, Believe, Nexstar, Revolution, Imagine and Dreammaker. (hopefully I have listed all of them) Interesting after 2 negative reviews that someone would bother to create an account and leave 2 generic reviews to 2 different SDA events to try to offset the negative reviews. Most likely created by someone from the comp itself. I haven't bothered to look any further but I would bet money that there are a great many of these kinds of reviews for all of the Star Dance Alliance events! For any positive review you see at any of these events I would challenge you to look at any positive review and see if it's an actual person who attends other comps and also look at the dates of the reviews to see if they are all posted on the same day like 4000kylie. Now lets get started with my review. Do not come to this event or any other Star Dance Alliance event unless you belong to a studio that attends these comps every year. These comps are simply a money grab. Favortism and politics heavy to the utmost! They don't even try to hide it. As this past weekend unfolded at Starpower, I simply could not believe what I was witnessing. The same two studios won everything! It just became laughable at some point and all I could think of was these poor children actually think they are winning fairly. What a way to set your kid up for life! Maybe the parents are deceived who attend these studios but the studios themselves know it's their connections and relationship with the staff members and the fact that they attend these same events year after year that gets them the wins! Where is the pride or honor in that? I guess the studio owners and these SDA events go hand in hand and don't really care about fair and are both out to steal your money because that's exactly what's going on here if you really think about it. It's truly sad and I think the saddest part is what's being done to the children involved. I also encourage you to look at past year results as one other parent's review previously mentioned and you will find indeed that these same studios attend these events year after year and always win! I don't think I really need to say anything else here except look at the negative reviews on here and take them seriously. Do not waste your money at this comp or any of the Star Dance Alliance Comps. They all operate the same way!
Really enjoy all SDA events! We feel that their judging is pretty spot on and they have a wonderful and professional staff. We love all of the awards and additional opportunities that they are able to offer to our dancers.
I never write reviews but I signed up on here for the sole purpose of writing this review because I have never witnessed anything like what I experienced this past weekend at Starpower. I don't even understand how this place calls itself a competition because it is just operating for the sole purpose of taking your money. Blatant favortism and politics going on here and I don't say that lightly. Select studios collected all the awards handed out over the weekend and it was apparent these kids have been coming to this comp for a very long time as the emcee made jokes about it onstage. I would have never spent my hard earned money if I knew that my child never had a fair shot or chance at placing. Completely disgusting what's going on with this comp and I do hope that more people get on here and share their experiences as I feel it's important to spread the word to smaller studios or new studios unfamiliar with this place so as to not let this comp steal any other parent's money that we all work so hard for. Moving on from this horrible experience with peace knowing that eventually all of the unethical practices of this comp will eventually be brought to light. All of the bad reviews on here are accurate to a T.
If I could give this comp 0 stars I would. Reminds me so much of Kar but slightly different. There were two studios at the comp we were at that were heavily favored and won every single division they were competing in. Then come to find out one of the studio owners works for this comp. The kids were hanging out in the back in the staff area with them. No attempt to hide it at all.
I only wish I had read these reviews before attending this comp because I flat out would have refused to spend money at this place.
It’s sad when a comp is rigged because you are not helping to teach children what it’s like to lose in life. This is how we create entitlement in our youth. Shame on the comp and all of their judges and staff who take part in this garbage. It’s shameful and appalling! Shame on the studios and parents who are paying and going along with this. You are all a part of the problem.
I’m okay with losing but would prefer to at least let our kids have a chance at a fair placement. That’s all any of us parents should want for our kids.
No other words except utter disgust for this comp. Please keep scrolling and read all the reviews. There are too many negatives to simply ignore. Also check prior year results to see that the same studios win year after year at these events. The proof is available to see if you bother to look it up!
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.
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…
Always love attending Starpower - great people and fun atmosphere for myself and my dancer!
We have went the last 5 years and will continue to go. Danny is amazing!
I have been going to the competition since I first started competition 8 years ago. The people are nice and judging is fair.
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
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!
Good competition with pretty fair judging! They need to fix their marley though, it was not good.
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! :-)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
A joke, spend your money on better things.
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
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:
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
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!
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.
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
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.
This competition was hands down the most disappointing of the many I have
observed. My daughter is a highly accomplished dancer who has finished
this year with top finishes and numerous awards from 4 other dance
competitions and conventions. The judging of this competition deviated from
all previous competitions despite the fact that my daughter danced very
well. I believe this discrepancy can be attributed to two things: the
judges criteria are outdated...not cutting edge and contemporary, and the
judges are favoring the bigger studios to ensure more money in the future
when they return. It is inexcusable to over look a great dancer for a
lesser one because of money. Dancers should be judged on their skill level
period! In my opinion, if your dancer does not belong to a big school, DO
NOT bring her/him to this competition. Negative stars would be very useful
for me to rank this talent competition fairly. For the amount of money I
imagine they take in, the awards are very slim. There are so many good
competitions out there: I would definitely choose many others instead of
Ran very smooth, on time all weekend and very pleasant staff. Purchasing
photos a little awkward, like haggling over a car sticker price, lol.
Judging consistent and fair. Gives out very nice awards. Will certainly
We LOVE this competition. We go back every year they give the kids all kind
of special awards. The awards ceremonies are so much fun. They do go out of
order but I\'ve never been to a competition where it actually did stay in
order. And they do their best to get it back on order. Their so nice! We
couldn\'t hear too well two of the judges critiques but the judge we did
hear from had a lot to say. Some stuff we agreed others not so much. But
it\'s their opinion.
Love this competition! Well run! Have been several times! Both Henry and
Shaun are awesome directors! Love love Starpower!!!!!
Large competition Ran ahead of schedule Loved the emcee as he kept
things moving along quite quickly Fair competition with great judge\'s
One of my favorite competitions to bring my students to! Well run,
professional, exciting. The staff is laid back and goes out of their way to
make everyone feel comfortable. Judging is spot on, critiques are
information and supportive. They provide tons of opportunities for dancers
to grow, from power Pak to scholarships. STARPOWER is the best in the
business of competitions! I will continue to bring my students for years to
This show was the most boring show I\'ve ever been too. The sound
horrible and half the time, you couldn\'t understand what the DJ
saying. The awards show was no fun and the DJ did not engage
with the kids
or audience at all. The scoring system is very dumb and
hard to follow and
the order of awards didn\'t follow the flow of the
actual show at
all...again, very dumb. I asked the staff a few questions
and never got a
straight answer on anything, it seemed as if no one
there knew what was
going on. The judges scored way to high on all the
boys and I don\'t
think it was fairly judged.
Ehhh. Probably one of my least favorite competitions. Biggest complaint was
it started late on Saturday morning. Behind schedule. If a studio was not
ready to go on they sat and waited for them. Never skipped ahead. Was told
it was because no one was lined up. They had to keep announcing they needed
the next 5-7 numbers lined up. Not sure who they were announcing this too
since all studios were in dressing rooms. Very, very, very unorganized in
the back!! I get fast changes but I don\'t think that was the case.
Studios were just not ready. If they made a bigger deal and skipped them,
maybe they would have been ready. Many times we would be waiting 5-10 min
between songs! Unacceptable! My husband is a prop dad and back stage at
every competition & he said it was poorly run backstage. Felt the scoring &
judges were fair.
My least favorite competition so far. Was very upset with pretty much
everything that went on. Wanted to enter photogenic and went to turn in
picture five hours before awards were given and was told it was too late to
enter. My daughter performs in intermediate always and there were several
in intermediate that were clearly elite but didn\'t seem to matter
because they won first through fifth places in intermediate anyways. Ran
hours behind and ran several numbers twice and awards were at 10 pm on a
Sunday when we had a four hour drive and school the next day. Unacceptable!
My daughters pictures never did come up to purchase even though we said
something several times that they weren\'t coming up. Not one good thing
to say about this competition. Was upset that we drove so far to attend
our first number was supposed to be at 4:30, didn\'t go on till after
6:30. this is wayyyy too long after designated time. I can understand a
half hour either side of designated time, but over 2 hours, not acceptable.
vry poorly run. too much time between numbers also
Attended Starpower recently. The competition ran on time and hardly any
numbers went out of order which was great. The venue was good and the staff
seemed professional. Dressing rooms were sufficient and photos were good.
There were some great studios in attendance and the dancing was good. It
was a fine competition- I would be fine going back, but would also be fine
choosing a different competition. There were several reasons that I do not
feel this competition is a must do in the future. First of all, the awards
were BORING. They gave out very few \"special\" awards and the types
were boring. Almost all of the performances earned a 5 star making it not
as special as it should be to earn the highest possible score. The other
options were 4 3/4 or 4 1/2 stars- the scoring is just weird. It seems that
there should be about 4 levels of awards with the middle 2 being the bulk
of the awards. This was not the case, however, almost everyone got a 5! I
also dislike having all of the levels mixed together for competition- it is
confusing. Overall it was a fine weekend.
only been there once at Lakeland FL 2013. over crowed and not well
organized. Competition ended on midnight of Sunday which was crazy.
Very fun competition! Looking forward to attending again soon!
We went twice. We found the scheduling was moved all over the place and
had the same kids scheduled in two rooms at the same time, due to
minute schedule changes. I did not find judging consistent, both
staff allowed rude behavior of some attendees and schools,
and when we
complained they did nothing about it. For example, we were
told not to
block the aisles, yet some schools did and when asked to
have them moved,
they did nothing. Backstage crew, some were nice, some
were not. Up so
late, to the point of falling asleep and then having to
be up at the wee
hours, with tired competitors, teachers and parents.
Awards drag on.
As far as saying that dances that are inappropriate
will not be allowed, I was shocked at some really, sleazy numbers that won
top awards. The top awards and schools were very large, too, but I saw,
both times, some amazing, smaller schools, not score as well, and they
One of the BEST competitions out there. They draw incredible talents to
their venues... Really thrilling! Be prepared to be impressed with the
levels of intensity this competition brings--- you won\'t be
This was mine and my daughter\'s favorite competition of the season. It
ran on schedule all weekend and the awards were entertaining.
Had alot of fun at this competition! Fair judging .high energy
NOT TOO HAPPY W/ PATH TO DRESSING ROOMS WHILE IN A HURRY BUT GREAT COMP!
The judging is pretty consistent, they tend to like high energy over actual
technique, The awards are long winded but the kids have a great time. We
have been going for years and look forward to it.
Overall my studio gals love this competition. The only difficult part is
having to run back and forth to the different rooms for different dances.
Especially when we and our dancers want to watch and support all our the
dances. But, however you seem to do a pretty good job of keeping us from
missing most so thank you.
Overall we had a great time.
This was a good competition. They played fun music and awards went smoothly
(although a bit long). The photographer took amazing photos and printed
them on site so we got our photos within an hour. There was a large number
of studios there so there was great competition! We felt the judging was
pretty fair as well. The competition was scheduled pretty late at night but
ran early so we got out of there at least an hour earlier than intended,
Had high hopes for this one, but it was a huge disappointment! Scheduling
is terrible, staff is rude and unaccommodating. Awards ceremony boring,
girls given cheap plastic trophies. Also agree with review below regarding
Really hope our studio doesn\'t return to this
Our experience was so poor something had to be wrong. Event was
unorganized, awards were rushed and not exciting for the kids. Stage
manager was overworked, backstage staff was unprofessional, scheduling was
a mess, the list goes on. Scoring & Judging was fair but the video
critiques were such poor quality most of them were unwatchable and could
not hear judges over music.
We will not be returning which is a
shame as we intended to do nationals w/ them.
This was our first time at Starpower, and I really did enjoy it. Our
regional drew some fierce talent, and even though there were enough studios
to run 2 rooms, Starpower chose to do something a little different. Rather
than actually run 2 rooms for 1 huge regional with everyone running back
and forth between the rooms, they ran 2 simultaneous smaller regionals (1
in each room). It was actually a really great way to handle the number of
entries and made for a far less stressful weekend. The only downside was
that our studio was in a room with studios we have competed against
numerous times over the last several years while the other room had the
studios we had never really been up against before. Not that Starpower
knew that, but it would have been nice to compete against some of the other
studios as well! The only thing I did not really care for was the fact
that the lowest adjudication I heard all weekend was 4 3/4 stars. And when
you consider that in order to get 4 3/4 stars at the Power level, you need
a 285, scores were extremely overinflated across the board.
This was our second year attending Starpower. It is a
competition that generally runs on time or early.
pictures/videos (while not cheap!) are
There are lots of
special awards & the emcee makes
the kids feel like
both years we\'ve attended,
it\'s seemed like
this competition rewards
difficulty/\"tricks\", even if
they aren\'t executed as
as simpler dances. That\'s not
necessarily a bad thing -- it\'s
great that judges give credit for trying
more difficult things -- just
something to know before going into this one.
Also, the venue used every
year simply is not large
accommodate the number of dancers
who attend. A security person
one of our parents that they
almost had to shut down the competition
one point in the day this
year because of overcrowding in the
rooms. The Paramount is
a gorgeous venue, but it is not meant
please consider other locations like the
Elgin or one of the many area high schools
that have lovely
plenty of classrooms that could be used as
starpower USED to be my absolute favorite competition, but after attending
a regional this past weekend, not so much. I felt i did the greatest
I\'ve ever done at this competition but ended up not placing. Now, i am
nowhere near a sore loser, BUT i do believe i got robbed.The soloist who
placed ALL but 2 did hip hop and were from the same studio. I watched my
critiques eager to find out why i didnt place and all the judges gave me
where positive comments. very confused.
Favored a large studio that happens to attend every year and their
nationals. Some numbers were inappropriate and they scored better. They did
stay on time.
First time attending this competition. Great, very competitive studios
attended. Very long days for little kids, with our group starting at 8am
and not finishing until 10pm. Their Star adjudication system was funny
because almost everyone got either 4 3/4 or 5 Stars. Our groups placed
lower here than they have at any other comp; not sure if this is because of
the judging or the level of the other studios attending. This has been said
many times on this board but I have to emphasize that awards were TOO LONG.
Really ridiculous. My 7 year old almost took a nap right on stage. We wish
that we would have skipped them. The host seemed super nice and loved his
job, but he was faced with the challenge of giving dozens of special
awards, judges\' awards, top 10 within every level and age group, etc. I
think having two levels of competition would have been better than the
three they had. With the three levels, often there were no more than one
per category (and guess what? they scored 1st!). Venue was great and
dressing room space was good. Staff seemed friendly. Awards just really
left us with an unfortunate lasting impression.
Love this competition. It is well-run with assigned dressing rooms.
Regional directors are awesome. Great judging and communicative critiques.
Always love this one!
Awards production is a little dated. Music, announcers, etc. Have
experienced much better awards ceremonies.
Staff was a bit rude. Vendors weren\'t very friendly
and I had a 6 year old wait on me when I went to purchase some items. He
didn\'t know the prices of any items. Cute but unprofessional.
fitting room organization.
Little long for me. Very disappointed when they allowed a last minute entry
who ended up taking a scholarship away from other kids. Just a little
sneaky and I think a little planned. I was so excited about the
scholarship and it just got taken away I hope that the student takes
advantage of it!!! Will not return
The talent at the competition was truely amazing, but the judging was
unusual. It seemed as though the bigger studios won most of the awards
even if the dances were not better than those who received no awards.
Dancer category placement seemed a little off as well. Very talented
dancers in the beginners category. Overall it was ok.
Although I thought this was a fairly well run competition, I am reviewing
this because I feel there is a point that REALLY needs to be made here.
During the competition, there was a dance to a song called, \"Selfie\"
in which the girls were quite scantily dressed-- bra tops, booty shorts &
thigh highs. The lyrics referenced smoking, choosing cigarette filters,
\"booty calls\" & various catty chatter of girls tearing down other
girls. If that weren\'t enough, the girls gyrated like exotic dancers
throughout the routine. Beyond inappropriateness, why should this matter?
This routine received a PLATINUM from the judges. The point I want to make
here is this: why would judges ever REWARD a routine like this? It
shouldn\'t even be allowed in the first place. If this is something that
is seen as acceptable, what\'s to become of the girls who compete when
the message everyone\'s getting is that this kind of routine is not only
acceptable, but that it gets REWARDED with higher marks than others. As a
parent, I was appalled by this, as were the other parents I watched viewing
it. I want to ask the judges who don\'t have children yet, \"Regardless
of how \"good\" something is, if you were a parent, would you want your
little girl dancing to a negative & tasteless song, doing moves that are
highly unfit for teenagers?\" If the answer is no, PLEASE DO NOT REWARD
THESE KINDS OF ROUTINES! It\'s a slippery slope where these things are
concerned & I\'d like to see Starpower draw the line in NOT rewarding
dances that are suggestive to discourage routines like this from happening
again, lest they become more frequent. Please help us to keep dance a
classy & respectable sport for everyone by raising the bar on what you
I hate having to take my child out of school! Schedule was S P R E A D out
over Friday, Sat & Sunday. I would appreciate the schedule coming out
earlier. No dressing room organization.
Disorganized and slow to get the schedule but the event itself was great!
I enjoyed immensely!
Best competition by far!! Ample amount of time for quick changes! Good
stage!! Great backstage area for props!! Judging was extremely fair!! Gives
out sooo many awards!!!
Best in the biz! Friendly hard working supportive staff and a regional
director who rememberd our names year after year. This is a top notched
well organized company, this year they followed the schedule! It ran very
smoothly and on time! They go out of their way to make each dancer feel
special. Now the judges are above and beyond! The critiques are spot on
and they eaaare always followed with a was to fix the issues, also several
compliments to build the dancers confidence while pointing out ways to make
it even better! And the occasional complement to the teacher helps use to
see what is working. Very professional comments I can share them with
students and parents love love love this comp can\'t wait to come back
Overall the competition ran very smoothly. They stayed on time and the
awards mostly seemed fair. However, some dances that did not seem
appropriate for the age of the dancers and with inappropriate costumes for
the age seemed to do better then some dances that I thought had better
dancing. The awards additionally ran a little longer than some
competitions with extra commentary from the emcee. The emcee was
entertaining, but could have sped up some sections of the awards.
We had a wonderful time at Starpower each time we have gone. We took less
than 15 dances and brought home titles, costume, photogenic awards, lots of
4 3/4 & 5 star awards and many top 5 and top 10 overall awards and a couple
1st overalls. Great Staff and atmosphere. Loved the director! The judges
seemed to be very fair.
Wish I could give zero stars. This competition favors the larger studios,
it\'s ridiculous. Only high scores are awarded to the children from those
large studios. Clearly the owner doesn\'t have a passion for dance or
else they wouldn\'t tell the judges to score higher to his money makers.
He\'s only in it for the money. Also with the amount you pay you only get
a corny little pin. I mean come on, spend a little money and give the kids
something nice. But then again that would cut into your profit margin and
we don\'t want that right?! I would suggest never doing this comp unless
you are bringing a studio of 75+ numbers because that\'s the only way you
will enjoy it!
Great comp! Fun awards!
Pictures were not great at all.
I used to be a fan of this competition in fact we have been to their
nationals before,but this year put an extremely bad taste in my mouth.
Number one problem the blatantly obvious favoring of the larger studios! I
noticed several amazing soloists that I was blown away by that made not one
mistake and performed beautifully and they did not even place, and then
there were kids up in the top 10 that literally ran around the stage and
really did very little if any real technical dancing, who clearly were
chosen and given 5 stars simply because they belonged to the biggest
studios. I heard children and teachers/parents from the big studio saying
\"they always score us high because we go every year\". Not sure if
that\'s exactly true but I saw that same studio getting awards after
awards- they had some great numbers, I just felt that there were some
others with just as much to offer and did not get noticed because they were
with smaller studios or independent. The other major complaint was the
\"solo photogenic award\" yes I actually paid to enter this for once,
and there were some amazing pictures so I figured it was a toss up but the
girl who won was not a soloist at all? she walked up from the audience and
clearly had not just participated in a solo since she was wearing sweat
pants, no hair or makeup, she was a cute girl and I am sure had a great
photo, but the rules clearly stated it is a \"solo photo award\' to the
most photogenic soloist? And guess what the little girl who won - she was
from the biggest studio. I will not be going back, judges didn\'t even
seem engaged in their job, and I just think there are too many good
competitions to waste time on biased ones.
Awards were waaaaay too long. We thought the judging was fair though.
Biased!! 99.9% of the winners happened to be from the same studio, and yes
the studio was VERY talented but when it came to scholarships and special
awards I think it would have been nice if they could have given a few to
other studios! the awards were confusing and for the price of the entry
fees (more then some national fees) you would think you should give
everyone more then a little pin. (Yes some people did only walk away with a
pin) However, The competition itself ran smoothly and i did enjoy the
overall experience! Not sure i will be returning though...
competition was running over an hour late when we arrived - waited for the
previous session awards to start/finish - took forever. The MC does a lot
of visiting/talking during awards. Also seemed to have technical problems
with one of the screens to the side of the stage so the tech people were
working on that. The check in lady was crabby - maybe she was having a bad
Judging has changed over the years - used to be extremely difficult
to get 5 stars. In the session we attended, the lowest score given was 4
3/4\'s. Way too many 5 stars were given!
Just attended Starpower. It didn\'t disappoint. The awards lasted a
long time for some of the groupings- the MCs did seem to talk a lot which
increased the awards time. But, the MC\'s enthusiasm was high and it
made the winners feel that much more special. The critiques were helpful.
I couldn\'t believe how much they observed and how constantly during the
dances. Overall a good experience. The venue was great- large dressing
dressing rooms and a wonderful stage for the dancers.
Enjoyed the competition the only downfall was the pictures were less than
desirable and no video. I love to have pictures and video to document
these events for my daughter.
We attended Star Power a little over a year ago. It was not organized very
well with younger dancers having to compete first at 6am and then all the
way at 9pm at night on the same day. But most importantly, they didn\'t
insure the lobbies of the building of the theater and as result refused to
let dancers practice (even turns or walk-throughs) in any lobbies or
hallways. Even some stretching was stopped. That made it very hard for
the dancers to go on stage ready. We have not returned since.
I attended Starpower nationals.Starpower is one of the most
competitions in the business. I agree with so many other people
commented about Starpower favoring the bigger studios. There
performances from dancers from smaller studios that seemed to
unfairly. I witnessed several of the big studio owners
having meals with
a variety of Starpower directors. It seems to be a
very unfairly judged
The judging was fair, although this was a really small competition so
it\'s hard to tell just how fair things are when it\'s as small as this
one was. My biggest beef with this competition was the fact that they were
so behind because they kept taking such long breaks between the numbers.
It wasn\'t even that studios were taking too much time for props,
everyone except the judges seemed ready to go. The worst was the awards
ceremony. The kids sat on the stage waiting for the announcer to get his
act together for 10 minutes before awards started! Then he kept talking
and talking and talking. Awards took Waaaaayyyyyyy too long.
Beautiful Venue! The critiques were extremely helpful and the
was so professional and friendly, bravo Starpower one of my
Great competition to attend!
great competition. My daughter had a blast and loved the entire experience.
They did a great job with organization.
Overall a great competition. I did think it was strange that for solo\'s,
a trophy was only awarded if you placed 1st in the category, otherwise a
\"pin\" was the award. I thought this was odd and off balance because
for group awards, trophies were given. How do you split a trophy between
15 kids? Think it should be the other way around..Starpower perhaps you
need to rethink this.
This was a good competition. They were professional and did a good job of
staying on time, but there was nothing that really stood out for me to rate
the competition excellent.
Great competition! Though it was large, they ran so smoothly, on time,
always a friendly staff member to help. Lots of awards for the
feel special at any level. I like that the judges took time
even novice dancers who clearly love dance and work hard.
What I didn\'t
like is that some of the judges didn\'t have much to
critiques are so important it\'s disappointing when they
have nothing to
say, good or bad. One of them felt that eating and
chewing into the mic for
our critique was even remotely
appropriate...Starpower gives more breaks
for judges than any other
competition I have seen. He didn\'t HAVE to eat
during our dance. And
during our group awards they forgot Top choreography
Awards and some
other special awards...But we did win the Top Entertainment
sent the plaque in the mail but it would have been nice for it to
announced at the actual competition for my dancers\' sake. It
have been special for them and for the choreographer to get
recognition the day of...
This was our first year competing here regionals and Nationals and it was a
good competition. It is
held in Orlando which is always fun but it ran
LATE all the days of group
competitions! The solos ran on time but for
groups we finished late every
night. The day of grand championships we
were told it ended at 6 and awards
were at 10pm! Thank goodness my
husband and I had decided to rent an extra
night! That was kind of
irresponsible since so many other families ended up
driving home at 10
something! Also, the venue chosen had no ramp backstage and the competition
didn\'t provide one so heavy props had to be carried and built on stage!
Also awards took forever and were a mess. They need to be clearer and
perhaps divide the 3 levels better. We were Power so we had to wait until
the end for our awards.
We attended our first Starpower Nationals very recently. We really had a
good time and a very positive experience. I was impressed with the
smoothness with which the actual competition was run. However, I need to
give this competition three stars because the person who answers the phone
has pretty much zero clue about what is going on. Our studio was told THREE
times that all star level does not compete in \"Battle of the Stars\"
yet, mid-week, we found out that they DO (this is new this year). Families
had to change their hotel reservations, etc. We were promised a schedule
two weeks ahead (and a skeleton should be put out long before that, IMO)
and it was more like 9 days - with rude communication coming from the SP
people to our SO\'s. They national director at our comp did make
apologies to our SO\'s. We appreciated that. As a rule, I think all
competitions need to be more parent friendly. We are the ones that pay
them. This competition is no exception. But, overall, it was a good
We went for the first time this year & found this to be a very good
competition. It was well-organized & ran on-time. Awards were generous
(always nice when your team has a lot of younger dancers, as ours does!)
and well done. The only downside was that the competition was WAY
oversold, so the days with groups were a bit overcrowded. Otherwise,
though, it was great!
Used to like it, but this year judges were not watching and the awards took
This was our second year attending starpower It was a very large
competition with 54 junior solos i think they should have been split into
smaller age groups for overalls but it was fairly judged and tapper
friendly. We will return!
My kid has been to this competition a few times and each time it\'s been
GREAT! Good critiques from judges. Not the most organized but they did the
best they could. My girls have loved this competition and we always look
forward to it. The talent is amazing at StarPower. Photos were awesome.
Nice venues. Although it is a tough competition the experience it great!!
We love it!
Great competition. High energy, runs usually on time. Quality judges. Would
I really love that they give out \"stars\" for their awards instead of
the typical platiniums etc. I don\'t like how long they drag on their
wards though. too much talking and goofing around. Get to the point and get
on with the next session. I am not happy with how small the 2nd stage is
especially for seniors and teens to dance on, too small and not wide
enough, dancers had to dance in the wings. Also only had steps to enter the
stage from one side. that\'s just crazy, dancers had to hike it up to get
on stage. I did like how they run pretty much in order and give plenty of
time for changes. didn\'t like how they gave a power pak invite to a
dancer who wasn\'t in power level, but probably should have been. I think
judges should bump dancers up if they feel they are in the wrong level.
Great competition. We have been doing this competion for a few years the
judges are wonderful, tram is great..they make,all the kids feel,happy and
thrilled to be there they always,run,on time and even ahead of time.
Orgainseed well recommended.
Runs smooth but awards take forever
Fun comp - was an hour ahead so that was stressful!
Didn\'t attend this year but have always felt the judging was fair, they
run on time or even a little early and keep the kids as the focus.
We attended the Kansas City event. There were two stages but in separate
buildings. Girls in the solo area were expected to be at both stages on the
same time to perform solo and group numbers. Both stage managers told
studio director the other stages schedule could wait. Whole thing was crazy
and was very hectic for teachers, parents and dancers.
You can guarantee that Starpower will always be top notch!
They are ever
changing and always improving!
Great staff and well ran comps.
Love the message here, their is a true family friendly atmosphere. It\'s
not all about the trophy here. Favorite competition of the year, judges
are very fair.
They always make it fun for the kids! love Starpower
A good comp to attend. They don\'t normally run on time. Good judges.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this competition!! Usually the judges are highly qualified
and really get into the dances with the dancers on stage. This competition
is always full of energy when in my area for the weekend!! Never miss going
to Star Power!!
Starpower was a good competition to go to for our studio. The staff was
friendly, awards were quick and smooth, and the girls had a fun time. The
down side is that it appeared that several studios were placing numbers in
the wrong categories just so that they\'d be a \"step above\" the
others. Judges did nothing to reassign them at all. I don\'t care who
you are,there\'s no way that some of those girls didn\'t belong in a
higher level and it was VERY disappointing to see that judges didn\'t use
their discretion to fix this problem. Our studio did wonderful and brought
home several high placing trophies despite this, but it\'s still not fair
to the other dancers.
I attended Starpower in Chicago this past weekend with my daughter and two
of her friends. They were independent and competed a self-choreographed
trio. I love this competition because it does not favor the larger studios!
The girls took first in their division and second overall. It was a lovely
experience - very smoothly run with managers who were able to take care of
everything. When we arrived late, the MC was happy to take our music and a
sweet young girl (probably just out of college) helped us check in and get
ready to perform since it was the girls\' first competition and they were
performing right after awards. One of the girls comes in about twenty
seconds after the first two have started dancing, and we were able to speak
to the backstage manager about this so we did not have any issues. Our
props were placed for us, and the girls were given the opportunity to turn
on the stage before their performance. Awards were an hour ahead of
schedule, and ran quickly while giving proper recognition to all the
dancers who placed. Overall, we had a great weekend at Starpower and will
definitely be returning for nationals and their 2014-2015 season!
After leaving large studio, opened my eyes to see how they cater to certain
studios! Bias and unfair judging! As a new studio owner- I will not enter
my studio after this years experience! They allow studios to place students
in divisions they do not belong in and judges don\'t use their power to
move those students into the correct division. In the end they hurt
children in order to favor large studio owners !!!!! Not impressed!!!!
So professional. Picked a gorgeous venue, huge stage and great sound
system. Started on time and ended early every award ceremony every day. A
few times due to costume changes they had to run out of order, but after
about 5-8 dances they got right back in order. Backstage managers are
great, judges critiques were very helpful, and scores were right on point.
They always attract some of the strongest competition in the area. If a
dance deserved to win, it did, regardless of how big or small the studio
I love this competition. Always professional and entertaining. A little
drawn out at awards, however.
Star power is a decent competition. However, it is usually large, but this
year it didn\'t attract good competition. Luckily, my studio had a clean
sweep :) Also, awards are extremely long and boring, running up to 2 hours
(or at least it felt that way.)
Good competition. In need of more professional backstage manager more in
control of the non-dancers backstage.
I rated this last year after a great experience. We\'ve been twice now
this year and I\'m not as impressed. The most recent competition had two
rooms running. The solo room was completely unsafe. A girl fell on her
face!! during an aerial. It still took them 10 minutes to sweep the stage.
The floor was incredibly and unsafely slick. The backdrop was held up by a
frame - and the feet of that frame stuck out at least two feet onto the
stage on each side. Dancers had to dance around them. The second room had
no video screens, curtains were the way so you had to be sitting dead
center to even see. I was not impressed.
As others have pointed out
(and I see at most competitions) cheating was rewarded with an overall. So
many studios were clearly leveling down for a guaranteed placement.
There\'s not much point in having rules if you\'re not going to enforce
I\'m not excited that our nationals will be with them this
This was the first Starpower comp we\'ve competed in. As s mom,I thought
it was fantastic. Our weekend at the St. Charles, MO, venue wad well
organized and ran smoothly. I would highly recommend Star power. Only
drawback is that photos aren\'t available to view/purchase online after
the competition. Lines were too long to wait, so I wasn\'t able to view
pics from this afternoon\'s dances.
The scoring seemed at least consistent and fairly on target. However, the
amount of numbers entered in the exact same category per studio needs to be
limited because it gets tedious and ridiculous after a while-- especially
in the recreational division. Due to this, awards went until midnight on a
Monday morning. (this coming from someone who never wants to leave after
the weekend is over)It felt like the rewards earned weren\'t even
exceptional because so many were given away. Keep the special judges awards
and category awards but do one section of division overalls; stop trying to
sugar coat for everyone. Performance is satisfaction enough, and the way
its done now is actually hurting those looking for feedback. The staff
often came across as rude. The quality of the pictures were definitely on
my list for bottom 3. Unfortunately, it also seemed that the judging was
based on studio favorites rather than talent in specific numbers-- and not
even in simply my studio. I\'d give it another chance, but I wasn\'t
Starpower is a normal, regular competition. Positives: scores were broken
down to .10 of a point instead of 1/2 or whole points. Critiques were
great. Scoring was fair and accurate in my opinion and did not favor
larger studios. Staff was friendly.
Negatives: sound messed
up on many dances across several studios. The awards were longer than
necessary and the announcer made quite a few of our girls uncomfortable.
I just witnessed the most absolute disgusting display of cheating I have
witnessed in my over ten years in this sport. Almost the same exact teams
attended this event that also attended another FDC event two weeks before.
A smaller studio swept the event with the numbers they had and the large
studio was not rewarded for bringing twice the entries......... then they
all met again at Starpower. Friday night the mega studios rock star lost to
a very talented little girl from a small studio. It was clear onstage this
did not go over well with said rock star diva. Time for duos, mega studio
duos which had said rock star in them no showed........ Mega studio owner
seen talking to Starpower management. Rock star and mom show back up an
hour and a half later and do their duo/ trio long after they are over. They
won. Not only the teen duo/ trio, but every single group that they had been
defeated the week before by the small studio. It was comical. I felt so
sorry for the talented dancers from the small studio but the whole audience
knew what had happened the week before and knew the mega studio had thrown
a fit about the scoring and the fix was in. Starpower did not even try to
hide the fact that no one else was going to win. Little did they know, the
exact same audience had seen the mega studio defeated by a more talented
and cleaned smaller studio. We all were in shock. We all saw and we all
know who the real winners were. I\'m not sure if the judges were told to
do it or if it goes to the tabulators computer and the scores are changed
there. I am pretty sure one judge was not in on this because she fought the
male judge tooth and nail. He seemed to be the one that threw the event. I
don\'t know what is worse, Starpower or this mega studio thinking that no
one else deserves to win. They will never get my money again. Unethical
organization and they could care less who sees it.
The worst-- caters to the largest studio in attendance.
Best \"National\" comp that comes to our area. Always professional,
always helpful, and in our location always tends to run ahead of schedule.
Our teachers, parents, and students always look forward to Starpower.
We have been attending Starpower for many years, and have been happy most
times. This past year, however, we had a lot of problems with our
critiques. Many routines had only one (not three like they were supposed
to) and some had none at all! I am going to give them another chance, and
I really hope they have resolved these issues.
Sone delays in between, went a little out of order but was still a great
We attended this comp in March and while we felt the actual competition was
fine the set up was awful. Two stages running at the same time with kids
having to be in both places at the same time and no care or concern that
some dancers were having to miss their awards to compete on a different
stage was ridiculous. The second smaller stage was wobbly and one dancer
actually hurt her knee in the gap on the 2nd stage. The way the schedule
was set up was strange as well.
We tried Starpower this past year and were very disappointed. Lots of
hoopla and hype but no substance at all. Judging very unfair due to them
catering to some large studios that were in attendance who very obviously
did not deserve the overalls they were getting. Something was very wrong
there. We did not like the weird scoring system they were using, the
customer service was atrocious, and they ran very late, hardly ever on
time. And constantly pushing their \"World\" Championships, when they
have about five or six of them a few hundred miles apart, closer together
than some companies\' regional competitions. Do they think we are all
that stupid? \"World\" championships? Really? They\'re barely
\"regional\" events. A huge disappointment and waste of time and
Loved the PowerPak experience! A full week of classes and fun times to
build lasting friendships
They will let anyone compete, no matter the age. I had to get up at 5am
for a 6am start time because there were 4 year olds competing!!! The show
ran completely out of order until 1am. My families were afraid to leave
the seating area for lunch or, God forbid, a bathroom break and then we
were yelled at by the stage managers who didn\'t know who was really
supposed to be next. Nationals was even worse, but we had already
committed to the week prior to the regionals. What a waste of money. They
spent the entire weekend divvying up points between the two giant studios
so that no one went home with more FDC points than another. PLUS! The
producer spent one night chasing after a girl half his age in the parking
lot while sipping his rum and coke! Completely unprofessional. I will
never attend another of these events.
Ran ahead all weekend, great competition!
They tend to cater to the large studios who spend a lot of $$$. Unfair
biased judging. we watched another studio who deserved the win,
lose to a
very large studio who didn\'t deserve it. Won\'t be going
Also.. not a fan on the \"stars\" rating system they used.
I heard so much hype about this company, but.....Outrageously over
Cheaper then cheap awards and way too much going on at one time.
It was very
discouraging to the children. If you don\'t get 1st place
(over all), then
you get a 1 inch by 1 inch pin handed to you. With the
amount of money that
we put out per routine, one would think that they
can afford to give ALL
the solo, duo/trio routines their own trophy. We
found this competition to
be WAY to expensive and not very friendly to
the performers. Don\'t care if
we ever go back.
We attended for many years, but it has definately gone way downhill. The
people are friendly enough, but the judging is substandard, it runs very
late, and the production value is stuck back in the 1980's I think.
Was one of the worst competiton experiences we have had. By the way it
seemed like the same people running it that were at the Nexstar competition
we were at a couple weeks earlier. Why was that? Never going back.
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for everything you have
done for my studio.For so many years we were involved in a competition
circuit that always made us feel inferior as a teachers and artists. We
would subject ourselves and students to negative feed back and redicule at
the same competition for almost fifteen years, in the hopes that one day
our studio would be taken seriously. Needless to say that never came to
Three years ago, we made the decision to leave that
competition and start out on a new venture with Starpower. This change has
made all the difference in the world. This competition has opened the eyes
of both our faculty and students, and because of that we can see our
students become more confident and artistic dancers. STARPOWER has
welcomed us with open arms. They have enabled us to see dancers from all
over the country which has stimulated our artistic expression, which for so
long had been stifled because of negative feed back and criticism.
Grace,Gary, and all of their faculty, represent the true meaning of
what a talent competition should be about. It is a platform for learning
for both students and teachers. From the Star division to the Power
division, Starpower is top notch all the way. I couldn\'t be more proud
to say that we Love being a part of such a wonderful community and family.
Thank You for Restoring Our Confidence,
Starpower Rocks!!!!! We have been going to Starpower for many years and
have experienced nothing but a fun and positive experience. Attending
nationals this year our parents and dancers came home motivated and raving
about returning next year. The staff at Starpower has been very
accommodating and professional..... and have even helped us load and unload
our heavy props. Their scoring scale has seemed accurate and has given our
dancers a goal to achieve. The different levels have given our younger
dancers confidence in their abilities and our more advanced dancers have
been challenged. We have had nothing but great and fun experiences with
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I really love everything about starpower!! They are truly there for the
dancers and have the best competition around. I always have a lot of fun
when I am there and the staff is always helpful and nice.
Starpower is wonderful. It\'s the most fun dance competition! They offer
educational activities for your students like PowerPak & Wild and my kids
love it! Best competition we have ever gone to.
Preferential treatment towards larger/mega studios with entries in every
STARPOWER is one of the most professionally run competitions our studio
participates in. We have been a return studio to both regionals and
nationals for the past several years. We have had wonderful experiences and
have learned a lot from the top notch talent at their competitions! We look
forward to it every year!!
My students LOVE Starpower! They never want to go anywhere else! They have
such a fun time every time they go. The staff is friendly and they love
the frisbees! We have been attending Starpower since they started coming
to our area and have the best time! It seems to get better every year!
BEST COMPETITION EVER! SO MUCH FUN! SO ORGANIZED!
I\'ve never had more fun at any competition! Starpower is my favorite!
It\'s such an awesome experience! We have been coming to Starpower for
over a decade! It\'s the best! Nothing compares to it!
This is the best competition we have ever gone to! The judges care about
the kids and are so enthusiastic! We love the experience, the staff there,
and the overall competition! What an organized show! We will be back next
fun competition but some judges didn\'t even watch the dances :(
It was a great competition. Very Organized and professional. We will
defintely go back.
We attended Starpower regionals last season and we will never go back.
Because of 2 studios manipulating the schedule the competition ran very
behind schedule! We were still at the theatre at midnight on Sunday night
when kids had school the next day. Studios had huge props that took at
least 1/2 hour to set up for each of their numbers and they were awarded
top scores for making people wait and for their very inappropriate dances!
If you\'re a Very Big Studio with lots of huge complicated
and costumes, tons of routines in every age group and
and you\'re a studio that likes to take over
come in to a competition late, leave early
and go on stage
whenever you feel like showing up; if
you\'re a studio
that does not care
about good sportmanship but are
than STARPOWER is the
competition for you! They
will gladly accommodate
the BIG studios who bring
in lots of money
and blow off the little
studios. They are known
\"accidentally\" losing score sheets if
a routine from a
is too good-so the big studios can sweep
the top 10. And
the really sad
thing is that they will gladly admit to
this to your
face after they have
your entry fees in their greedy little
Also... BIG ALSO, they allowed Mega studios students
practice their routines in the wings RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE STAGE
other dancers were PERFORMING on stage! From the audience I could
doing fouettes in the wings! They were obviously going for
psych-out....And the stage managers, judges, and owners ALLOWED this
continue until our teachers finally put a stop to it! Can a
any MORE biased?!?!
Very good competition. Well ran everything went smooth. Judging was
well done. Girls all had a great time.
We were at Starpower nationals in Orlando earlier this month. I have never
seen an organization that absolutely did not care how many hours late they
were running. The first day of competition went until 1:40 am! There was
a dancer that fell off the stage due to being so exhausted (thank god she
was ok). All week things went over and they made no effort to shorten it,
never curbed their small talk at awards, never skipped their \"buy your
t-shirts\" discussions. It was exhausting and dangerous. Even the
\"Battle of the Stars\" was almost 3 hours over schedule, with all the
awards at the very end (10:30pm) even the little ones that danced early. I
have never seen such disregard for well-being of the dancers and their
families. In addition, almost all their \"battle\" choices were
lyrical and contemporary - there ARE other types of dance!! And as others
have said, clearly the judging was off. If you were 7 or 8 years old and
had a dance that made every father in the room uncomfortable (really all
that was missing was a pole) then you won! Other competitions will stop
routines where the kids (minis!) are \"grinding\" on each other and
wearing age inappropriate clothes and disqualify them, but not Starpower.
Love this competition. It\'s very fair when it comes to judging. And
every time I have gone they were way ahead of schedule! The backstage staff
is friendly and attentive. Will definitely do this competition again.
I have been attending Starpower for many years. In my opinion it is the
best dance competition in the industry. They provide a positive, fun
atmosphere for my kids to compete in and stress the importance of
understanding that dance is an art and the outcome of the competition is
just an opinion. In my eyes that is so important for our kids to
understand. The backstage workers are always so helpful and make sure that
the kids are having fun!!! We cant wait to attend Starpower again!
We are a small to medium studio. I compete my kids so they gain performance
experience as preparation for whatever they choose. I went to Starpower as
a kid, so now I bring my students. The kids always have a blast.
I hear they have an agreement with the convention center in one east coast
city that no other dance competition may be held there 2 weeks prior and 2
week after their comp. They cater to the big money maker studios.
Not thrilled. They really seem to favor the big studios who put out LOTS of
money for entry fees. If you are a smaller studio you are better finding
Starpower is amazing. Even though the competition had some ups and downs
the staff was great. I had many questions and they answered in a timely
and polite manner. All of my students had a blast at the competition.
The backstage managers were great and made sure the kids had fun the whole
weekend. In my eyes this competition is for everyone! A++ to you all
Thank You so much Starpower!!
My studio has been attending Starpower for many years, and I\'ve always
had a positive and amazing experience. It is the most fun competition out
there and are very professional. We find them to be fair across the board.
The judges critiques are extremely helpful. They bring in highly qualified
and talented individuals on their panel. As a dance teacher, the scoring
system they provide helps us gage where each routine stands without every
single dance getting a \"platinum\" like every other competition. For
example, ridiculous placements like \'double titanium platinum\' and
\'triple ruby\'. Overall, we love Starpower!!!!!! We can\'t wait to
I dislike Starpower\'s scoring system. Also, the competition is just
blah. There are better competitions out there. We won\'t be returning.
I found this competition to be way too casual and unprofessional. First
off, the stage was too small and difficult to perform solos that have
gymnastic passes or dances that normally use the entire stage. Having the
stage set up in a gym with all the lights on didn\'t seem much like a
performance venue, and the spectators were way too busy milling about,
talking, and constantly changing seats. With a narrow stage and curtains
all the way to the front, there is a very narrow field of view, and the
camera area blocked off several rows of the best seats! The competition
runs extremely long because they took forever between numbers. We found
the judging to be fair and accurate for our solos (did not bring group
numbers to this comp). One good thing was the amount of space behind the
stage allowed the girls to warm up without bothering anyone.
Thanks for having this website! Starpower is the most blatantly rigged
competition I have ever attended. 9 Regionals and 5 Nationals it becomes
more and more obvious every time. Our dancers were even told that they got
1st place at Nationals but Gary switched it out because our studio
\"doesn\'t bring as much money to the competition\" as the other
studio. I am happy we won\'t be going back there EVER again. The almighty
dollar rules this competition.
As a former judge, I need to confirm a previous post. This is not an honorable competition. Judges are told how to judge and who should win.
We love Starpower Dance Competition! We are a smaller studio and they have
always treated us just as fairly as the larger studios. They put on an
awesome event and their staff is always so friendly. I personally feel like
their judging is one of the best scoring systems and we have never had any
issues with how they run their event! We love their awards ceremony and
their MC is one of the kindest guys! He makes our dancers laugh and giggle
throughout each event. We love the memories we make with Starpower and we
hope to attend their competition every year! The one thing I would note is
do not believe them when they say their TopGun auditions are also geared
towards Mini Beginners! My dancers had a good time trying out but it was
way too hard of a routine for them! The good thing though is that both them
and their parents were good sports about it! We all had a good laugh with
the fact they tried but couldn\'t pull off the difficult routine! So no
hard feelings there!
I took my daughter to this competition for the first time this year. She
competed as an independent - not with our studio. The backstage staff was
fantastic! It was truly a relaxed environment, and one we throughly
My studio went to this competition both regionals and nationals. I hated
having to run between stages because it was over booked and I felt
something was off with scoring. I was appalled at some of the filth I saw
on the stage being rewarded. They took no points off for dances I
considered down right inappropriate and when I asked about it, the director
shrugged and said \"this is nothing, you alt to see what they do in New
York or California.\" I\'m sorry but children barely dressed and
swinging on polls should be considered inappropriate anywhere! A few
months after nationals our studio received an apology letter in the mail
from one of the judges from nationals... Apologizing for fixing scores! He
said he regretted his involvement and was no longer with the company
because of his conscience. I can\'t stand rigged competitions! We will
never go back to StarPower and I strongly advise others to avoid it as
We went to 2 Starpowers this year, and both were just terrible
There was a lot of rule breaking, which annoyed us, since
we went to
extreme lengths to not break rules, and there were no
consequences for the
rule breaking we saw (building props on stage,
taking longer than 2 minutes
to get on and off stage, set pieces above 6
feet with dancers actually
DANCING on it; the rules state no dancer can
dance, stand, sit, or lay on a
prop 6 feet above the stage). We also saw
a lot of cheating. I sign up my
dancers accordingly, but when I see
dancers doing perfected turn sequences,
jumps, leaps, and combinations
at advanced levels in the beginner category,
I find that to be unfair.
Give the beginners a chance to win, you know? The other teams were rude
about dressing rooms and awards, and told several of my youngest dancers to
\"shut up\", which my older dancers told the director, and nothing was
done about it.
Also, the judging was lacking. The critiques were mostly
\"great smile\" and \"love your costume\". My
displeased to hear that they had no constructive critiques,
but their scores didn\'t
reflect that. Just a bad experience. It was
supposed to be competitive, constructive, and fun, but it was
disappointing. No more Starpower for us.
We love Starpower- it is our favorite Competition. It is a lot of fun,
knowledgeable, fair, and consistent judging- FABULOUS staff, especially
Josh the backstage manager and Chuck the announcer. They truly care about
the kids. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars is that the comp is way
too large in our area. 1,000 entries, two stages, long hours in 3 days for
a Regional is just too stressful. Wish they would limit entries or add
another location. Also, as with many competitions I would like to see more
varied scoring. Most get 4.75 stars, you never see anything below 4.5. I
think the range could be used better. Other than that we love Starpower
and look forward to it every year!
Competition was well run and scoring was clear. The judges said very
little in comments which was frustrating.
Attended for the first time this year. We loved it. The staff was very
friendly. The only complaint I had was that the judging was almost too
lenient. But, they were very positive with the kids and very encouraging.
We will be back.
In our area this one was 4 days...4 Very LONG days. If there was any way
the could shorten this we would return
This competition did last an extremely long time and did cater to other
studios quite a bit, but other than that it was a good experience.
Although it wasn\'t too bad, I don\'t think we will be going back
We attended this competition last year and we will not be back. This
competition catered to studios changing the schedule and taking as much
time as they wanted to set up props and such. In the end competition ran so
long that Sunday night we were there until midnight.
Several numbers took at least 10 minutes to set up their props. Other than
that, a fine competition.