Pretty sure they are closed. Had some friends that got burned pretty bad by these guys
Under no circumstance should you give this company money. Cancelled another competition and took the money.....
Detroit 2017. Pros. Venue was great. Definitely clean and large enough. The staff was super fun. They really wanted everyone to have a good time. I think the judging was fair, but tough. Few Diamonds given out. I like that you have to earn it. I also like the "bump" rule and that you enforced it. That shows integrity. Things ran pretty smoothly and a little bit early. Thank you for having judges with Tap in their bio. All three!!! A first in my 8 years of attending comps. Your social media presence before, during and after was also spot on. Our kids loved it. Best comp on social media for sure. Cons. The blue stage lighting made all the dancers blue in the pics and videos. I bought some pics. They were really good and cheap, except for that lighting. Unfortunately, this comp didn't attract many studios. I was a day and a half long. My kids groups competed against one other studio. Maybe because you are a newer comp? Or maybe because it was Mothers Day weekend? One last thing. Please get that schedule out faster.
Communication was awful. We will never attend this competition again.
The judging in general is decent and fair, and the kids like the awards. The same, however, could be said for most all the other competitions we attend, so that isn't anything that sets them apart from other competitions, and just doesn't outweigh the negatives of this competition. We've gone to this comp 3 years in a row now, and we typically only receive the schedule about 3 days before the competition starts (Tuesday when comp starts on Saturday.) EVERY other comp we attend has it out at LEAST a full week in advance, if not more. Our location had been sold out prior, so no idea why the schedule comes out so late, but as a parent this just isn't acceptable. They've also held this competition at 3 different locations in MN in 3 different years, and I've hated all of them. This year, they were at a college where some dressing rooms were in a SEPARATE building (and it's MN, there was literally a blizzard hitting several parts of MN the Sunday night of the comp.) Theater had NO center aisles which made seating difficult, and although they had a nice large balcony, they refused to open it, even though the seating that was open at the venue could not hold all the spectators. You had to push just to get through all the people trying to watch from the doorways. During large groups our girls were told they could not go to and from their dressing room because they had too many people backstage waiting, and our girls would have to walk through them to get to the dressing room. Never gone to any other comp that manages to choose such awful venues that many years in a row. I keep hoping that one of these years we won't have to attend, but unfortunately as parents we don't get a say.
We LOVED Next Level in Minneapolis this year. The only complaint I have is
how late the final competition schedule was sent out. Parents and Teachers
would like more than 3 days to plan for the event. Otherwise an amazing
experience. Judging was stiff, yet, fair! The judges really rewarded good
technique VS just tricks.
Our studio attended the Downey Regionals and the San Diego Nationals. I
honestly could not think of one bad thing to say about this competition!
From the staff, to the organization of the event, to the awards, to the
judging and critiques..everything was great! I look forward to attending
this competition again next season.
Comp itself was awesome! Dancers had a great time ;-)
Nationals was horrible! Nothing for kids to do between dance events (or
their siblings), limited food (dancers were unable to purchase unless they
were 18 - sandwich, hotdog or Starbucks) and there is nothing around the
hotel to go to or other restaurants to enjoy. We were really trapped for 4
days! Hopefully NextLevel can find a better more kid friendly location next
Love Next Level! The oversized medals are the best and the kids love them!
We are excited to go back to Next Level!
The whole competition was great from the judges, awards, and time frame.
It stayed on time. The only part I did not like was the Venue. The
dressing area was not laid out well, there was no where to practice, and
the school did not have air conditioning so it was literally 100 degrees in
there. But I did hear they are changing the venue this year and hope our
studio chooses to attend Next Level this year. It was my favorite
Attended this one with my daughter a few years ago!!! Awards were
absolutely amazing!!! Due to conflicts could not attend last year but
hoping to be back this year!!! LOVED IT!!
We brought solos and a duet to this competition, which I believe was new to
our area this year. Great experience for my dancer. She loved the master
classes on Friday evening. The staff, especially the woman working the
registration desk/vending was super friendly and nice. The medals awarded
to soloists are the nicest my dancer has ever received. I didn\'t get to
hear the critiques, but overall, as parent/dancer, we enjoyed Next Level
Great Competition, Super organized it was our first time attending to Next
Level but we love the experience.
This was our first time attending Next Level and overall we had a great
time. I just wish there were awards for more than 1st overall.
We give out many different awards for different overalls and placements
etc. The number of overalls depends on the number of competitors however.
If you have anymore feedback or questions please feel free to contact me
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
attended in 2014. The staff was amazingly friendly and professional, but
they obviously catered to the studios who brought large numbers of dancers.
As far as judging, I had dancers win in High Point. That said, there was a
lot of attention given to HipHop and Contemporary. Would I attend again? I
didn\'t this season. I\'m 50/50.
Hello, if you could give us more detail on how you felt we catered to the
large studios it would be much appreciated. We try our best to be as
transparent as possible and our goal is never make anyone feel different or
not as important. If you could email me email@example.com I
would love to talk and get your specific feedback. Thank
Owner | Executive Director
I was very impressed with Next Level! I brought a soloist and the staff was
so helpful and friendly - we were really made to feel just as important as
the studio with 100+ numbers. The photography is the best I\'ve ever
encountered and the awards are BEAUTIFUL. Such high quality medals and
trophies, especially considering the entry fees were a good $20 cheaper
than the other competitions we attended this season! I also appreciated
that Paul acknowledged the graduating seniors. I\'m sure for most in
attendance this weekend was their final regionals as it\'s late in the
season so to have them stand up was a nice touch. The venue was also
fantastic with both a huge auditorium and dressing rooms. I also LOVED how
qualified the judges were. Broadway, MFA in Choreography, commercials.
Thank You so much for your kind words!
We attended Next Level Dance last year and had a great time! We are
attending again this weekend and can\'t wait. They always give great
service and I love the quality and size of the awards. Their staff is
extremely helpful and always super friendly.
Thank You for the continued support :)
We are attending Next Level Dance Competition this coming weekend. We
picked the competition for a variety of reasons :) So far the owner, Paul,
is very helpful. However I am so nervous being a small studio with limited
dances performing. I see from the various comments that the judging was
fair! I hope it still is and the judges give everyone a fair chance
because we did so good at a previous competition and want to keep it going
I really hope you enjoyed your time and that the positivity kept going. I
was blown away by how humble and gracious all the performers and attendees
were that weekend. It was a pleasure and I hope you guys can return!
The judging was awesome and the staff helpful and professional, but the
event itself not so much. It was a three day event and ran an hour behind
the first two days and half an hour the third. They started half an hour
late each day. When you have so many entries that you have to start at 7:30
a.m. let\'s be more professional about starting on time. We didn\'t get
home till after midnight each evening and with kids going to school on
Monday it was pretty tiring.
There were no master classes because the
event was over booked (in my opinion). The classes were our main reason for
wanting to try Next Level. We were pretty bummed about it. It was a very
Jody, unfortunately we had a tremendous amount of problems with the venue
and their staff. Almost all of the delays were caused by the venues
incorrect communication about some of their facilities \"working
resources\" as well as properly informing their own coordinators of our
venue contract and info. Although it was frustrating we didn\'t want to
let that hinder the positivity of the children and participants. In
regards to the classes, we only are able to provide that if Friday
doesn\'t have dances. I apologize if there was confusion as we have had
classes in the past. Regardless, we learned a lot of great things from
that weekend and will try our best in the future to make sure we can
minimize the venue issues as we know scheduling and time are #1. We also
are opening a texas regional in the houston area to accommodate the
overflow. Thank you for taking the time to respond and give us feedback.
If you want to discuss any more, please feel free to contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you
-Paul | Owner & Executive
I loved this competition! I found that the judging was fair. The venue was
superb. The competition was almost perfectly on time the entire day. The
awards were a lot of fun. The only negative thing was that I did not like
that the awards tended to be confusing. They did not go in order, and I was
distracted by how the award was given out before the routine number/name.
Overall this is definitely a competition that I will come back to if I have
Congrats! As a newcomer to this crazy world of dance competitions, I know
it must be hard to get the name out there and build your reputation. My
daughter has been competing for 4 years now and have attended over 20
competitions. This was our first Next Level competition. To tell you the
truth, I was not looking forward to this competition for a couple of
reasons. However, I have to commend you. You found a great venue (I know
you had to change venues): large dressing rooms, great auditorium. You
also had very reasonable prices for videos and photos. Judging was fair.
Awards went fast. AND then, there are the trophies. The girls loved them!
Thank you for a great experience!
I have owned my studio for 21 years and have attended many
competitions/conventions. I HIGHLY suggest attending Next Level Dance
Competition! The owner Paul and his staff are true professionals - they
take time to meet with studio owner, staff, dancers and parents. They are
encouraging and have positive feedback for our dancers. This is a first
class competition! Great awards for the dancers which they LOVE and the
biggest trophies I have ever seen! We will continue to attend Next Level
Dance Competition! Sincerely, Kimberly Lewis Owner - Dance Studio 111
This is competitons 3rd year and our 3rd year going, go to this
competition! The structure, awards, everything is fantastic and they need
studios to give them a chance! Go once and you will want to go every year!
What a GREAT competition!! The competition ran on time. The staff was so
helpful, professional and kind. The judging was fair and honest - they did
not seem to play studio favorites. The DVD and picture prices were
OUTSTANDING!!! The medals the dancers receive are high quality and not
cheap - you know where your entry fees are going. I would HIGHLY recommend
this competition. It\'s our new favorite.
Good comp, will grow with time. Awards are HUGE and a bit tacky, but the
kids love them
First trip to Next Level with my daughter and we had a great time! The
staff was very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed the venue as the dressing
rooms were close to the stage and food was allowed!!! Judging appeared to
be tough, but fair. My daughter was impressed by the actual
\"trophies\" that were handed out! Thank you.
I attended this competition for the first time with my daughter and we
traveled over three hours to the venue. We will do it again next year -it
was on of the best competitions we have attended! Next Level was amazing
from the master classes to the professional staff and well run event.
Everyone was very accessible before, during and after the event. I loved
how they gave every dancer their moment in the spotlight during
awards(which are amazing). The feedback from the judges was some of the
best we have heard(the judges were engaged the entire time) and were
extremely fair in their critiques! The judging was tough yet fair and
adjudications were truly earned at the event. The competition ran on time
and the extras such as the interpretive solos and the title interview were
great additions and experiences for the dancers. Keep up the great work!
Looking forward to attending next year!
This was our first time attending Next Level and we have nothing but great
things to say. My daughter loved the fact that they offered master classes.
The awards are amazing and the staff was helpful and professional!! We
loved Next Level and we can\'t wait to attend next season!! :))
Had a great time with my girls at this competition. This was our
time to Next Level. The staff was amazing and so friendly. The
great and I loved all the studio awards that represent the
whole team! Also
the owner was so kind that after my daughter left her
backpack with all
kinds of expensive items in it (ipad beats ect.) He
waited till next
morning for me to drive 2 and half hours to make sure
he could hand us back
her bag. I don\'t know many people that would do
that so THANK YOU! Would
definitely return to this competition! Well
Awesome! Was kind of a small competition but they really made you
like you weren\'t a number from some random studio. Great staff
everyone involved. Loved the Instagram pix they post.
trophies/medals. Venue was too small for the stage. But that may
NextLevel\'s fault since other events were going on at the same
venue. LOVE LOVE LOVE the awards section of the program. SO easy to not
only record what the kids did, but really see the competition you had in
Happy to be there. Kids had a great time.
Overall, well done for a new competition. The venue and dressing room
situation was horrible, though. Hopefully more thought will be put into
that in the future. Would also like to see the schedule posted online (as
advertised), as well as the results.
Thanks for your input. We apologize about the dressing room situation.
Unfortunately the venue drew up a floor plan that was against their own
fire code :( When we got their to set up, they informed us that we
weren\'t allowed to layout everything the way we planned, although once
again, they drew up the layout. That caused us to have to scramble to make
things fit while still fitting their regulations. Our goal was to create
as much space as possible while still keeping the girls privacy #1
priority. Regardless, we apologize about this convenience and don\'t
plan on returning to that venue anytime soon. The schedule posted online
is something we created when we first started in 2012, but most studios
around the US actually prefer that we only send it to them so I agree we
need to remove that feature. The overalls however will be posted Saturday
morning. We apologize about the delay, we are still in the process of
integrating a new way to showcase overalls but for now will just post the
information so it is viewable. Thank you for your input and feel free to
contact me at email@example.com for any other suggestions. Much
Owner | Executive Director
LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! First time to attend this season in Dallas and
everything was professional and very well run. They were on time and the
trophies were bigger than some of my dancers! Not that its a deciding
factor but the excitement on the kids faces to see what they could win was
priceless! They also handed me the videos and pictures of all of my
entries BEFORE I left instead of waiting weeks ! They have a very
technologically advanced way of running things and I will definitely attend
this one for years to come
We attended our daughter\'s second Next Level competition last weekend
San Mateo. Our first one was last year in San Jose. We were all
impressed with San Jose that we could not wait for this year and it
well worth the wait. Paul told us last year that he wanted to make
Level the \"platinum standard\" for dance competitions, and he
clearly doing that. Everything is just so well done - the
the stage, the lighting, the photos and videos, the staff,
the judges and,
most important, the dancing. The dancers were able to
have a great time
because they could focus on their dancing. Everything
else was running
like clockwork in the background, so the parents could
focus on enjoying
the kids\' performances. The judges were paying
attention to the dancing
and were fair in their assessments, making the
competition all the more
meaningful. Sure, there might have been a
little minor grumbling about the
venue at first, but once we saw that
amazing award display at the front
door....Wow!...the venue was not even
an issue. The fact that our daughter
and the other kids had such a
fantastic time is the most important thing.
It is so refreshing to
attend a competition that is so well managed and
where the dancers have
such a good time. That is because Next Level\'s
commitment is to the
dancers. It is quite evident that Paul and his great
staff are focused
on the dancers, and at the same time they are all polite
to the parents. All in all, Next Level San Mateo was a great
and we are all looking forward to next year\'s Bay Area
Our 5-star rating is well-deserved by Paul and Next Level -
it. And the kids get the benefit of that 5-star quality
At the end of the day, that\'s what it is all about,
Great job, Next Level!
Re: photos/videos - excellent quality - many
competitions don\'t know how to photograph dance; Next Level\'s
This weekend will be our first time doing a Next Level Dance Competition so
I gave it as many stars as possible. Like in school, you automatically
start high and it\'s up to you to keep your grade that is given. I am
looking forward to competing in a new competition and my daughter is
looking forward to the medals. I will be back for a more thorough review
after this weekend. Looking forward to seeing everyone in C-bus this
weekend. Happy Dancing!
This is the 2nd time we have attended Next LeveL, the first was
their very first competition they held in 2013 in San Jose.
work in getting all the kinks out in the past year has shown!
First off, I
love the way the levels are set up (Beg, Int, Adv) and the
and various top studio awards. The trophies/medals are
would be nice if for groups pins were given out for at
least the overalls,
the dancers, particularly the younger ones, do like
to come home with
something. As a dance mom, my all time favorite thing
is the awards
line-up in the program. I do write down the awards as my
cannot hear the results while she is onstage. This
little thing is purely
genius, I have never seen it in any other
program! They do announce what studio is dancing next which I don\'t
think the judges should know in an effort to be impartial, spectators can
get the studio name from the program. Pictures/Videos need to be improved,
I would not want to buy a video for example with the backs of the judges
heads in it, but I think this all comes with the growth of the
etc. The judging was tough but very fair, and the judges watched
dancers!! What a concept! I hope more studios go to Next
because I think the more word gets out about them, the more
can be, and as they grow things like videography and
venues can be better
invested in. They all seemed like great people,
hard workers, the dance
community should support their efforts!
My daughter had a great time ...We enjoyed NextLevel here in
especially liked the master classes on Friday evening
Next Level has come a long way in their second season. The event at
Mateo was well run, their stage and setup was great. The venue may
not been the all-time best but overall the competition was great,
ran smoothly, the kids loved the big medals, and the judges
and staff (most
important of all) displayed great energy, attention to
enthusiasm towards the dancers, families and the teachers and
owners. Our family definitely recommends attending a Next Level
we hope our studio attends again next year!!
Our studio attended Next Level\'s San Mateo competition and it was
wonderful. The judging was tough but fair and consistent which made the
platinum my daughter received for her duet all the more rewarding. The
staff was very helpful and attentive and the competition ran very smoothly.
My daughter also attended the master classes and they were great. The
medals plaques and trophies were amazing. I did however feel a little bad
for dancers who only danced in groups. Medals and pins were given to solo
and duo/trios but dancers who only danced in groups went home with nothing
but a studio plaque. Overall I thought it was a great competition and I
hope our studio attends again next year.
My daughters had an amazing time at this competition, loved it!!
My daughter enjoyed herself and loved her medal. Staff was nice and
I have to say I REALLY loved Next LeveL!! It was such a great competition.
The venue left a little to be desired but I am not going to hold that
against them. First and foremost you have to really EARN a platinum here.
They were not just giving them out like candy. Sometimes at these
competitions they get too political and everyone is getting a super high
fly platinum rainbow star and honestly... they may not have earned it!! I
love when dancers are forced to work hard for something. It isn\'t about
scores or trophies but i want my child to earn what she\'s given. Forget
the scores our children recieved I just loved watching the judges really
LOOK at our dancers and i could tell they were into it. As a parent who
spends so much time and money on this sport it\'s just nice to see the
judges actually paying attention and giving our children the attention the
deserve for a couple of minutes. Also the announcers/hosts are fabulous
they are entertaining and don\'t seem like they are just going along with
it for a paycheck. I honestly can\'t say enough good things about
NextLevel. Oh and one more thing, the selfie thing on instagram for the
photogenic winner is GENIUS in this day in age!! Can\'t wait to see if we
come to Next Level again. WE LOVED IT!!
This is our first year at Next Level and I will be coming back.
competition is the best we have attended this season. The awards
are by far
the nicest of any company and the event ran very smoothly.
The kids had a
great time at the bonus classes and there was plenty of
room for dressing.
Details are very thought out, from the program to the
awards. The staff is
amazing! Every single person was eager to answer
any question, Paul and
Mikey were available and Mikey ensured to make a
personal connection making
you feel more than just a client. The MC was
fun and energetic. The staff
from backstage to merchandise were great! I
read some other post so you
definitely followed through and have
obviously made positive changes
because there is nothing to complain
about this weekend...bravo and thank
you for a wonderful weekend!
Happy parents and happy kids make a happy studio..
We attended the TX Next Level. My daughter enjoyed herself as she always
does. It really doesn\'t matter to her where she competes, the venue, or
really the awards. But your comp had classes which she really loved with
Nathan and Mikey, the metals are nice, and I personally like having them at
schools. With that being said, I really am turned off by reading the
response by the owner Paul to some of the raters. 1st time comp moms really
don\'t understand the ins and outs the first season, and you really had
an opportunity to explain some things about how comps work but were
condescending in your reply instead. And to the mom upset about n employee
who is also a dance teacher for a studio( which is upsetting) you turn it
around on her instead of simply saying \'we do not allow employees to
work the same city as their home studio when competing\'. The fact you
got defensive and said everything but that tells me there is some merit to
her concern. Just so you know texans tend to be loyal to more of a
warm-southern hospitality type company (which doesn\'t mean southern
owned) that makes people feel comfortable. The classes had that feel, your
MC gives that feel, but your posts on here do not give that feel at all!
And who could blame someone not wanting to address concerns to you if the
response is anything like they are here?
This was the best competition we have attended. The teachers were
helpful and helped everyone and not just ones in the front. The
was a great experience and love it being broken into age
awards given after their portion and not and the complete
end. Also the program book was extremely well done and appreciated the time
that goes into them. The place to record the award given to each act was a
nice addition. Can\'t wait until next year
This is our first year of competitions because I previously
daughter focus her time on performance, not for profit
companies. So far we have had good competition
Next Level was
different from previous competitions. The
staff was very
helpful and the
logistics were reasonably organized.
audience was allowed to
get discourteous during acts.
cheering was over the top but
it was never addressed.
There were also
competitor parents obviously
filming other dancers
which is supposed to
be against the rules. The judges
to have training in all
the areas of dance that were
scoring was occasionally
perplexing but not always. The
awkwardly handled but the
medals were big and the girls
pleased. The open gym dressing area
was not ideal. On a good
note I thought
the fees were
Director, thank you for responding. After attending
competitions I realized that there are different types of
Each having a little bit of its own character. Having said
that, I think
you handled things exactly as you should have for your type
competition. I cannot imagine you doing anything differently. Best
I am really confused about the complaint over excessive cheering? The
event had cheering family members & teams no different than any other dance
competition event you would go to. I understand that some competitions
have rules about clapping and cheering but to me that is a little bit much.
These kids and families pour their hearts out to prepare for these events;
so when people are yelling for their daughter because of how proud they are
or because they want them to know how much they love and care for them I
think that is great. I don\'t disagree with your issue about the filming
situation but the majority of the filming issue mainly had to do with
families trying to film their kids dances. That being said, I personally
spent two hours walking around stopping filmers and had to use two of my
other workers for the rest of the event to do the same.
The Judges in
1 - HAS HER MASTERS IN DANCE/TEACHES AT THE COLLEGIATE
2 - TAP SPECIALIST AND HAS OVER 7 YEARS OF COMPETITION
3 - INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL / CONSISTENT TEACHER WITH OVER 4 YEARS
OF COMPETITION AND CONVENTION JUDGING
If that doesn\'t suffice then I
don\'t know what else to do? Since we haven\'t sent out our final
scoresheets yet, I hope you can elaborate on what was exactly perplexing
about our scoring? Within our program we have a 2 page spreadsheet Awards
Guide that goes over almost every possible detail about scoring,
calculations, breakdowns etc. Even before our Overall awards we explain
breakdowns that might be confusing as well. The awards will always have
its awkward moments as we always want to make sure every kids get
recognized. We will ALWAYS CORRECT a mistake we make on stage TO ENSURE
THAT THE KID GETS THEIR DESERVED MOMENT. The Large Gym ensured everyone had
plenty of space to change & is preferred over crammed class rooms.
Competitions are held at high schools normally so your options are always
those 2. Contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
This was our second year to attend Next Level. What a great competition!
All of the staff were professional, friendly and courteous. They stayed
very close to on time and the awards went quickly. My daughter was SO
THRILLED when she found out that all the members of her trio got medals.
(awesome medals too) What a very, very nice touch! That made our day.
Thank you for the patience and kind words!
We heard that one of your employees is a
competing against us here in
this is true
totally unfair and
She should not
that her studio is
competing at! Not to
they go on and
don\'t get the same
before we go on. Very
response and if you are saying your
with a local
studio we competed against, that is a
in the same dressing
Area and the students and
discussing the teacher. And I am
addressing it here in
review. As if you would remove them from the
competition? If you
ethical injustice in the first place you would
not have let
them be at
same comp in first place. That\'s why you get a
The key words here are \"We Heard\" & \"if this is true\" I am
disappointed that gossip and lies, without any attempt to verify or
communicate with us, were the basis of your review. Anybody that attends
our events know that we have the most approachable staff and workers. This
review was posted about 4 hours after this competition started so the
reviewer had plenty of time to voice their concern. Everything stated
above is incorrect and a complete over exaggeration of situations that
never happened. I find it highly disappointing and discouraging to have
someone leave a 1 star review based off of gossip, and without even
attempting to verify the truth.
Wish they would explain the awards a little better. overall a great comp!!!
Hello Dancing Queen, I am not sure if you had a program, but the Program
had a full 2 page Awards Guide that explained almost everything relating to
our awards. Hope that helps!
We competed at Ontario and had a wonderful experience. I look forward the a
National competition from Next Level, my studio will most definitely
attend! Mikey Trasoras is our studio\'s favorite choreographer and
excited for the opportunity to work with any project he is associated with.
The awards were amazing and my students were extremely proud of them. The
judge\'s critiques were very helpful and fair. The MC kept the atmosphere
upbeat. I did hear some remarks about the backstage hand but I did not see
or hear rude comments. However, compared to the rest of the staff she
doesn\'t quite match their level. Great job Paul!!
My daughters dance studio attended Next Level Dance Competition in Ontario.
This was the first time our studio attended the competition. I have to
say that I was really impressed on how well organized it was. This
competition really catered to the kids talents and rewarded them for their
hard work. The trophies and medals were really nice. It was a smaller
competition than we are used to but a great one to start off our season.
We went to the Next Level Competition in Ontario and I have to say that
they have really stepped up their game from last year! Compared to last
year\'s experience this one felt like it was a different competition
altogether. It started on time and not an hour late.. the facility was
awesome!! Bigger and better stage, and way better lighting! The awards
section was a lot better with only one person doing the talking and not
passing the mic around. Overall, as a mom, I feel like Next Level really
proved themselves this year (they were VERY ORGANIZED!!). I would love to
take my kids back to this comp. :-)
Next Level In Ontario, CA was very well ran and organized. The awards were
done in a timely manner while still recognizing all the dancers hard work.
We have been to a Next Level competition before in another state that was
not as well ran but this one was very well done. We would definitely come
back! Thank you Next Level! You have stepped it up!
Thank You to Next Level for a great weekend at Colony High School. The
theatre was so spacious and clean and just a great venue for watching and
enjoying my daughter dance. And what an amazing thing to actually be on
schedule and not keeping us until midnight! A great atmosphere and very
As a studio owner, I love Next Level Dance Competition for so many reasons!
My students look forward to this competition every season and the staff
interacts with dancers in a way that dancers don\'t feel like a number.
Paul and his staff are very professional, fair, and carry the competition
with value. Way to go Next Level!
Thank you for your review and I am so glad you guys feel welcome and
important. We look forward to growing and getting better so that your
experience only improves!
-Paul Vision Lee
I give Next Level 5 stars. There program was awesome well organized and
time. The program book was one of the best Ive seen it had lots
pertinent and additional information. My daughter loved the
competition as well. The awards were pretty cool.
Thank you! We take a lot of pride in trying to make things as easy as
possible for the families, participants, and teachers/owners in
-Paul Vision Lee
Reallly enjoyed last saturday in Ontario,loved no time wasted and quality
Thanks our awards looked great on those kids!
Had a great experience this year. The venue had ample seating and dressing
areas. Schedule ran on time. Didn\'t love the beginning of awards;
seemed a bit disjointed, but once they were under way, it all smoothed out.
Enjoyed the written essay contests -- special touch!
Thank you for you input on the beginning of awards. They seemed a little
shaky the first time because we were still juggling around the new dancer
intro walk and the best way to go about it. As you noted, once we got it
locked it was smooth sailing from there :)
Very well organized. Very well put together. Nice venue . would do it
Well thank you very much ;) We hope you guys return for sure!
Still in the afterglow from a great competition weekend! NextLevel
competitions is the only one that knows why we have our kids dance!
It\'s to learn goal setting, life lessons, commitment, comraderie,
respect, and appreciation. They model these goals with their
professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and encourage that behavior among
dancers, and parents. Our kids were so happy with the awards, photos,
videos and friendships they made with other studios. The quality of the
competetion was inspiring too! I like the optional master classes after
the competitions as well, when there is time, what a neat idea
Wow, what a thorough and detailed review that really makes what we do worth
it. We really appreciate it and just like you said, whatever is best for
the kids is the most important thing of all. We look forward to seeing you
-Paul Vision Lee
Next level was a great competition, although I think the air was on too
high but overall an excellent competition. Kids were rested enough to
perform the next day.
Thanks for your input, we turned the air up mainly because the dancers were
feeling very hot on stage and we wanted to make sure they felt accommodated
and didn\'t get dehydrated.
On the second day, someone left one of
the exit doors open at the side of the auditorium. Due to the school being
next to the farm (outside manure smell) we wanted to turn the air/ fan up
to get some of that yucky odor out of the auditorium. Thanks for your
Great Competition with Friendly Staff
Thank you La Dance and we appreciated your participation! Look forward to
seeing you guys back next year :)
-Paul Vision Lee
This competition was great. My daughter and I had a great time. So
organized, staff was very nice and accommodating and we loved the Selfie
moment during awards.
YES THE PHOTOGENIC SELFIE MOMENT! Thank you for your feedback, it\'s
-Paul Vision Lee
They did a fantastic job! Huge improvement over last year. I think that
shows they really care and listen to feedback which can be rare in the
dance world! The awards were humongous and made the kids feel special.
Really sick of the plastic trophies that everyone else hands out! They even
organize the score sheet so it\'s easy to follow awards!! (One hint, you
can sort by age, level and style, it would be even better!). Not sure their
unique age levels work though, as lil 7 year olds are so developmentally
different from 9 year olds...Great job to the next Level team!
Thank you so much! Also, from now on we will be organizing the awards pages
as you said to make it more easy to follow along. We tried to get it ready
for this regional but we didn\'t want to take any chances. Thank you for
your support and review!
Both of my daughters participated in the Next Level Dance Competition in
Ontario CA March 15th and 16th. It was a very pleasant experience. The
event was run professionally, yet made fun for the dancers. It ran on time
and we appreciated the extras available such as the Interpretive solo
category. All in all this was a wonderful competition and one we would
gladly attend again.
I am so glad your kids had a great time. The Interpretive Solo category
provides great education for the students as well. Thanks
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
My 9 year old daughter just competed in the Ontario dance competition (all
day Saturday) and overall our experience was great. The program was on
schedule, the judges were very attentive, the staff was friendly and
helpful. The announcer was great~ very energetic. Next Level is very
generous with the size of the medals and trophies. I felt the ajudication
was fair as well. Great experience
Thank you for your review, yes or amazing MC Tyler is the best and we are
so lucky to have him part of our team! I am so happy that your kids loved
the awards. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.
I am so
glad your kids had a great time. The Interpretive Solo category provides
great education for the students as well. Thanks again!
| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This is our studio\'s second year attending Next Level Dance Competition.
The Next Level staff is amazing. They were helpful and courteous. The
competition was well organized and ran smoothly. We were there all day
Sunday and there were no delays in getting the acts on stage and getting
through the schedule. I would highly recommend Next Level to other
Thank you for coming to us two years in a row. I can\'t even put into
words how much that support means to us. THank you so much for taking the
time to review us and help us grow. We really appreciate it.
I am so
glad your kids had a great time. The Interpretive Solo category provides
great education for the students as well. Thanks again!
| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
We have been to this comp two years in a row now and I have to say I am
soooo glad that our studio gave this comp another chance. Everything was
perfect this year. This is by far the best comp we have been to this
season. The staff was great, and the awards/trophies were awesome. I love
the medals and the fact that the schedule/program is available online.
Also, absolutely love the essay and the improve categories. Next level did
a great job of recognizing the teachers/studio owners and parents as well
as the dancers. Only complaint is that the lighting on the dark backdrop.
We would have purchased all the pictures had there not been so many with
shadows on them. Can\'t wait to go to next level next year!!!!
I am SOOO GLAD as well :) Our main goal this year was to make sure that we
showed how much we have changed and improved. If it wasn\'t for studios
and people like you, we would never be able to exist. In regards to the
Lighting, we are already on it. The night after comp. My media team and I
had a 2 hour meeting over dinner on the solutions to working at venues that
don\'t always have the most \"up to date\" lighting etc. I am so
sorry we couldn\'t get you those pics to your liking. Please contact me
at email@example.com and we can see if it\'s something we can
fix in Post editing. THANKS
I am so glad your kids had a great time.
The Interpretive Solo category provides great education for the students as
well. Thanks again!
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Just had a great time at the Next Level competition in Ontario CA.
Everything was very organized and ran on time. The entire staff was
extremely friendly and professional. The announcer was very energetic and
fun. He was FABULOUS. Loved him. Mikey was amazing. Friendly with my kids
and even playful. Definitely one of the best competitions we have
attended. 5 stars.
Thank you for your review. Our mc and Regional Director are amazing! We
appreciate the kind word and we look forward to seeing you again!
so glad your kids had a great time. The Interpretive Solo category
provides great education for the students as well. Thanks
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Basically as a dad I rate these weekends by how happy my daughter and her
friends are in the end. As far as I can tell this was a pretty good
competition. Her medal was as big as she was and she was pretty happy to
let her mom take a picture with it. The owner was available and seemed to
be attentive to making sure everything ran smoothly. Our studio picked this
competition because of the choreographer that has worked with our studio
and Mikey was very friendly to our group and others too as far as I could
see. My daughter mentioned the person working backstage was a little
\'mean\' and she and her friends were talking about ugly looks they
got. I know 8 year old girls can be dramatic but I hope that isn\'t true,
I let my wife deal with that. So overall, as a dad I like to see my money
was well spent and I feel it was. My daughter did great and seemed to have
a good time. That pretty much keeps dad happy.
Could you please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org My entire
staff knows how serious I take customer service which is displayed in their
kindness and happy demeanor. I am extremely upset that your daughter felt
this employee was giving her mean looks. As you can see below, this is now
the 2nd review with this same complaint and I have already started to look
into it. I would love to get more specific info. If this is true, I want
to personally apologize and please let your daughter know that this person
was not in the right. Needless to say, this staff member won\'t be
working any more weekends from here on out. Thank you for your thorough
and honest review. I really appreciate being made award of these
I am so glad your kids had a great time. The Interpretive Solo
category provides great education for the students as well. Thanks
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I liked that the staff was helpful and very enthusiastic. The level of
competition was amazing. Only con is that I would prefer the solos
separate from the teams.
Glad that you enjoyed the event and the staff was helpful. As we continue
to grow, we will have more options in scheduling flexibility. It\'s
tough when you are new to make sure kids have enough time to change etc.
Thank you for your advice though, it is definitely noted!
I am so glad
your kids had a great time.
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Just attended the Next Level dance competition in Ontario. It was our dance
studio\'s first time working with this company and they were great. The
competition was well organized and the dancers felt like the judges were
very engaged during the dances. My daughter performed a vocal dance solo
and Next Level was very accommodating in providing a cordless headset
rather than simply a microphone. The awards ceremony went smoothly and
quickly and the dancers were impressed with the hefty Olympic-style medals
they were given. Great competition!!
I remember her, she did a great job! I am glad we could accommodate you
guys and the dancers looked great with the medals. Thanks for the
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It was one of the pretty nice organized competition. I loved trio/duet
award get each member can their own.
We are so happy to you enjoyed the event! We always make sure to give each
member an award as we never want to see kids fight over an award that they
all equally won!
OWNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Having a great day until this girl working gave my group attitude.
Disappointed because everyone else has been super nice. Other than that
great day of comp!
Cadance can you please contact me at email@example.com as I am
extremely upset this happened to you. I plan to get to the bottom of this
as our staff members know that customer service is the most important
aspect of our company. Once again, I am extremely sorry about this and
100% plan on taking care of this matter.
OWNER | EXECUTIVE
Had a ball! We have never been to Next a Level. But, if Mikey Trasoras is
involved, we\'re in! Thanks for a great day!
Thanks for your participation, and yes - Mikey is great!
| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It was great my daughters loved it and it was very organized
Glad you guys enjoyed the show! Look forward to seeing you guys
-Paul Vision Lee
What a difference a year makes, organized, Ontime, great classes, the best
awards I have seen since my daughters have competed. We will go every year.
Great feedback and useful critiques.
Thanks! So excited you guys gave it another chance and saw the
improvements we have made.
-Paul Vision Lee
My daughter had a great time!! Very organized and the staff is very polite.
Definitely better than last year, looking forward to next year!!
Thanks for coming again and supporting. We will only continue to get
better and improve from your input!
-Paul Vision Lee
I really likened the way they had everything organized for the dancers.i
thought the judges comments were helpful to the dancers
Thank you for a
My girls had a great time. They enjoyed the competition. I like that Paul
is very approachable. This competition has come a long way from the last
time we where there. It has grown a lot. I am so excited to have my girls
compete next year at this competition.
My daughter really enjoys this dance competition. There was plenty of room
for the dancers to practice and get ready for the competition. The awards
were amazing! She is looking forward to next year.
This was my daughters first year in competition and this was her
competition. It was a very amazing experience for us. The level of
in this show was incredible. It was very organized and the
the announcer was great. For a very first experience in
the life of
competition, I think she enjoyed herself very much. I had
some other concerns that I emailed to Paul and he was very courteous and
prompt with his response. I did appreciate that. It shows very good
I really appreciate your email and I always encourage anyone to contact me
with their feedback as I believe communication is key. Sometimes it\'s
important to hear things from different perspectives as it gives both the
company and families better insight into the how\'s why\'s etc. I am
so glad your daughter had a great time and I wish you much success in the
future! - Paul | Owner & Executive Director
We just attended Next Level for the second year. We were super happy
all aspects of this competition. Paul is wonderful and a super
great supporter of all the dancers and families!
Thank you for your support once again. We look forward to taking yours and
others advice so that we may continually grow and improve through the
We just did our 3rd comp with Next LeveL Dance Competition and once again
had a great time. We have had the benefit of seeing this comp grow from
their 1st year into their 2nd. They saw what needed fixed & did it. Their
staff is very polite & Paul is always available & gracious. We love this
comp, you are not \"just another studio\" or \"just another
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE REVIEW AND SUPPORT! We take our personal service
extremely serious so I am glad that you guys felt welcome!
I agree they had problems (we might even be from the same studio) but there
is something to be said for how friendly and hard working the staff was. I
give it 4 stars because I think they have some growing to do but i have a
feeling I will give it five stars in the future!
Thank you for your support. I am so excited to start this season and to
show that we have fixed any problems we had being a new business in its
first year. I am excited for studios, dancers, and parents to enjoy our
events in a way that was the reason behind the creation of Next LeveL; to
provide a safe, honest, fun, and educational experience of the highest
quality. As you can see from the reviews below, we couldn\'t make
everything perfect but we will always be accountable for any problems and
are always open to working and communicating with anyone that contacts us.
Thank you and please say hello if you guys are able to make it this year.
amazing event! love the master classes and a competition in the same place
on the same weekend. The judging is fair and the staff is amazing! WE had
an awesome experience!
Paul Vision Lee has customer service down packed. All of the staff are
very accommodating. My daughter attended in Dallas, TX and will definitely
be going back!! Thank you NEXT LEVEL....keep up the good work!
We attended this comp last year and there was a LOT of room for
improvement. The stage was slippery, lighting was awful and it was
primarily attended by solos, duos and trios. The comp had 3 levels, which
resulted in very sparse competition since there were so few groups that
actually participated. I suggest if they have low group attendence, they
should eliminate at least 1 level - just do competitive and rec levels.
Groups entered in the lowest level were far more advanced than the ones in
the highest level - it was absurd.
The awards were a HOT mess - they forgot awards, repeated awards - and were clearly flustered.
I have been to other comps in their first year before and they did not have this
Dancemom Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org so I can further
speak w/ you about the issues. Your opinions are important & we will do
whatever we can to improve/accommodate anything possible. You brought up 2
important points. 1) The obvious mistakes we need to fix 2) The struggles
new competitions go through. The slippery marley was something that was
brought to our attention during competition. Unfortunately, at that moment
we couldn\'t do anything. We did notify the judges to take that in
account while judging to keep it fair. To avoid this in 2014, we have
purchased our own marley so these things won\'t happen. I usually like to
create more ambiance with the darker lighting, & after speaking with some
attendees, I didn\'t think it was an issue. However, I apologize & will
definitely keep the stage more brighter from here on out. With Next LeveL,
I always wanted 3 levels as I felt it created more accuracy in judging.
Having two levels would actually be much easier for me but I decided to
stick to our goal of doing what\'s right for the educational side. I did
bring up the 2 level possibility & a lot of people were against it. In
regards to the solo/duet/trios, once again that is just a product of a new
competition. I would love more groups our 1st yr. but when you are new,
most studios usually defer. I will say that this coming year that will not
be the case. In regards to awards, there were issues that were caused by
silly mistakes. Needless to say, those people have been replaced & we have
a whole new staff/system so that these things will Never occur. That was
my 1st priority after the season. In regards to lower levels being more
advanced, I\'ve never had that issue or complaint. However I take that
seriously & hope you can contact me & point out any examples. I have more
to say but there is a 2000 word limit :( Please Email me to continue this!
Thank you - Paul | Owner & Executive Director
Family environment, very helpful to me and my staff. The judges gave great
feedback, not just smile. The venue was wonderful, the kids thought if was
really cool to dance at the sound Board.rnPaul kept in contact from start
to finish. He was available for any questions I had.
THank YOU!!! We appreciate the review and kind words.
It was only a couple of days before the convention/competition when we were
able to sign up, and Paul was very accommodating to include my daughter,
and we appreciated that. She loved the convention classes, learned so
much and they weren't packed like too many conventions we've been to.
All of the students had room to learn. The instructors were well known
choreographers, came prepared and did a great job with all of the students.
The mock interview-audition process/training was an excellent opportunity
for serious dancers like my daughter, hoping for a future in dance. In
addition, the interpretive solo is unique to this competition and is a
wonderful experience for all dancers, especially those looking for a career
in performing. We also received a CD with the judges critiques which are
always valuable to improve as a dancer. Although the timing ran a little
late, it was overall an excellent experience. I would encourage everyone
to participate with this new and innovative competition.
Hey Lori, thanks for your honesty about the time running late. I was not
happy about that and is the #1 thing we are absolutely going to make sure
never happens again when our 2nd year starts. My sincerest apologies, but
I\'m glad your daughter enjoyed the event and I greatly appreciate the
My daughter entered this competition in Phoenix. I have to say for a new
competition, they were on the ball! Everything ran smooth and on time. My
daughter had a wonderful Master class with Mikey. The awards were the most
outstanding awards given from any competition that we have ever attended,
and we attend on average 20 during the season. Next Level' pure
professionalism; they have raised the bar for excellence in the dance
competition world, open communication with the owner and friendly staff. My
daughter can't wait for Next Level to come to Phoenix 2014!! Awesome
competition, I highly recommend it to anyone in the competition world. You
will be impressed!!
This is brand new competition, so we didn\'t go in with crazy high
expectations. The competition was so small we practically got a private
lesson with tWitch! The communication between the owner is wonderful and
prompt. Can\'t wait to see where this competition is going!
I know that conventions can\'t guarantee their faculty, but not even half
of the teachers supposed to teach and judge at this event were present.
Furthermore, if his teachers can no longer attend because of \"booking a
job,\" he should make sure his teachers don\'t tweet and instagram
themselves \"not working.\" At least let your teachers in on the lie!
Allison Holker was supposed to be teaching and judging at his competition.
My daughter absolutely adores her! My daughter follows her on twitter and
instagram, and Allison had the weekend off.
I asked some other
parents on Facebook about Paul\'s other events and the same thing
happened with Twitch and a few of the other teachers failing to show up
without an apology, email to the studios to let them know, or a post on
Facebook letting everyone know. Many of us were happy to give the new guy
a chance, but I doubt we will return next year.
I was hoping for a
lot more and so was my daughter.
Hey Sherry, thanks for your response. I was able to talk to some people at
the event that had these same feelings so I am glad that you wrote this so
I could respond. A lot of times things are a little more complicated to
explain then they appear. However, I assure you there was no malicious
intent to deceive. Anytime we had something change, I did my best to
personally speak to anyone that had an issue and apologized in person. If
they were really unsatisfied I returned their money on the spot. Anytime a
regional was approaching, my schedule became extremely busy but that\'s
no excuse and I agree that the manner in which we can mass communicate last
minute changes needs to improve.
The classes offered at our events were
purposely priced extremely low. I did this because I believe a child\'s
experience in life shouldn\'t ever be determined by what you can or
can\'t afford. Also, I didn\'t want to financially burden families
anymore in this tough economy. That being said, if you could contact me at
email@example.com we can issue a refund or give you some free
classes for next year. Also, we can talk in more detail about the
I created Next LeveL because I care about education, kids,
and families. I don\'t ever want anyone feeling that they are being
cheated or taken advantage of. I am very proud of our first year but I am
not naïve to the improvements and adjustments we need to make to get
better. I can\'t promise perfection but I promise that we will always
progress and strive to listen, learn, and improve. Thank you and I hope to
hear from you soon.
Paul Vision Lee