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  • 3.4 - Average Ratings
  • 40 Total Reviews
    Parent : 76.32 %
    Dancer : 2.63 %
    Studio Owner : 10.53 %
    Teacher : 10.53 %

  • 1791 200 St East
  • Farmington ,MN
  • 612-483-4884
  • office@midweststarz.com

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MIDWEST STARZ

Mar 11 2019

I am new to all of this and have joined this site to learn more about my daughter’s passion. Our studio attended your Minneapolis event a few weeks back. I have been to a lot of competitions these last 3 years and this was without a doubt one of the best experiences I have had. The venue was huge, the staff was so helpful, and they actually used the full range of scores unlike the majority of other companies. My daughter received a high gold and was so excited because they gave out golds as well. Using the full scoring system is rare and my daughter is now so encouraged because she knows that she’s working her way up to that platinum placement. They also had a very nice lighting set up that I have never seen anywhere else. Thanks Midwest Starz for being so encouraging to my little dancer, we will definitely be coming back next year!

Venue : 5
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Communication : 5
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Mar 11 2019

Mar 11 2019

I decided to try this competition out this year and I am so glad I did! We are a very small studio and often get overlooked at most competitions, but at Starz they make every studio and dancer feel important and special. My students were mainly at the novice level and were so nervous, but they each came off the stage beaming with excitement because the judges were all so enthusiastic during her performance! The backstage manager was so kind, and it was obvious how much all of the workers cared about the kids. For the awards they rolled out a red carpet, got to dance with the judges, and I was very impressed with the quality of certificates, medals, trophies, and plaques. Also each dancer received their own special lighting, and I was so impressed by the production level. I cannot thank you enough for such a great first experience, my kids and parents were very happy! I only took a handful of routines this year because I had never attended, but we will definitely be taking our entire studio next season to one of your events! Thanks for being a company that truly cares and is fair, us “little guys” appreciate it more than we can explain!

Venue : 5
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Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 11 2019

Mar 10 2019

We were at the same competition as the previous reviewer, and when I overheard the stuff about this judge I started investigating. Her name is listed on the studio's website as an instructor. Her own professional website states she is an instructor at the said studio, 2 of her 3 personal assistants actually won title at this competition, and there is a studio sign in on her website. Sadly, I heard the owner of this competition denied all of the information that is readily available on the internet. I personally used to like this competition, but I would not recommend it now. And for anyone to think that perhaps this judge did not participate in the judging of her own routines, I personally watched her score many after I started reading things on the internet.

Venue : 3
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Mar 10 2019

Mar 09 2019

This competition states in their rules that they do not allow judges to be affiliated with studios competing. This is untrue. Was just at an event where not only was the judge affiliated with a studio competing, she cleaned and choreographed every one of their dances. She also judged her assistant, who won every thing she competed in. The studio swept all the awards they competed for. I definitely do not recommend this competition and we will NOT do it again.

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Mar 09 2019

Sep 30 2018

We did this competition for 2 years and enjoyed it. We miss this competition

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Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 19 2017

Midwest Starz has really upped its game. Having attended for many years in a row, this was the most organized and fun year so far. One studio owner was pretty loud about her daughter not getting a trophy, but I wouldn't have known if I hadn't been standing close to them and seemed like comp owner handled it appropriately. Kid friendly....they really enjoyed it.

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 4
Communication : 5
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Jun 20 2017

The Wisconsin Dells Nationals were our first trip to a national comp and we had a great time! At Regionals, the programs sold out and the director Brent personally printed me a copy of the pages I wanted for my daughter's dances. The staff were all friendly, happy and helpful at the t-shirt/concession booth, much more so than some of the other comps we've attended. At Nationals, due to some technical difficulties, the photos of one of my daughter's routines were lost. The staff member at the photo booth was great - he apologized and looked into the problem for me promptly. Although it was disappointing to not have those photos, he offered to discount the other routines I was purchasing. Excellent customer service, I was impressed with the effort that was put into finding a resolution and the willingness to go that extra mile! I also appreciated that each of the judges personally presented their Judge's Choice Awards and spoke briefly of why they chose that routine. Little details like that made this comp a wonderful experience!

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Jun 19 2017

They changed the title rules 2 times after we registered from the original rule on their website at the time of registration. We registered based on those rules & we should have qualified. Then they sent out a change right before the comp. Then when our dancer who won was told she was disqualified they changed the rule again. They took our money with no refund for the solo entrance fees paid to compete.

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Nov 20 2016

We really enjoyed this competition. We will be back!

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Jun 19 2016

We attended Nationals and I was disappointed in a few things. The Grand Nationals is not what we expected at all. The soloist for each age group just competed against solos that they already competed against. We thought they would compete against all solos at their level. Waste of time and money to stay the extra day to attend it. Nice honor but different way of doing it. Felt they should try to take more groups also for Rising Star level. Small groups competing against large groups and lines made more sense for Grand Nationals than the solo and duet/trio competition did.

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Apr 26 2016

This is one of the best competitions out there. We have attended their regionals for years and done their nationals multiple times. The staff are incredibly friendly and the owners are phenomenal. This is a comp that rewards the kids\' hard work and great attitudes. They build up the dance community as a whole. Judging is very fair. They don\'t give out platinums as though they are skittles. This past weekend out of 21 soloists in RS Mini there were only 5 or 6 platinums. It was even tougher at the Starz level. This is the way it should be. Platinum should be difficult to attain. This comp is doing it right! The medals are beautiful! They are the nicest ones I have ever seen. I also love that they give a medal for each child in duets and trios. So many comps only give one and then someone is left out. This comp is doing it right! It would have helped if the dressing rooms had been assigned but the dressing room spaces were huge and every studio had plenty of space. So again, this comp is doing it right! The last thing I want to mention is how huge this comp is getting. In the past it would have been 3 maybe 4 days. This year this comp started Wednesday and went through Sunday. There were close to 1100 routines. Obviously word is getting around! :-) WE LOVE STARZ!

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Apr 11 2016

Always a fun competition to attend. Owners and staff are friendly and helpful. Organization and experience gets better every season.

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
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Apr 07 2016

We\'ve been 3 times now to MWS. Staff is always friendly, kids have fun at awards and time is taken to award the kids. Awards are not rushed. The judging has always been fair. I wanted to address a couple of issues raised by the NOSD mom below me. While I agree having all (groups, solos, duet/trios) the STARZ preteen dances in a 4-5 hour period was CRAZY, you misled people here about the special judges award. That 10 year old, (JS are her initials in case you were wondering if I actually know who you are talking about.) was awarded for her lyrical dance. The judge did drone on about how her two other solos had a lot of hip thrusting and other things, she was glad to see the softer side in her lyrical solo. The child is new to your studio and maybe shaking things up in the totem pole. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Fact is she was rewarded for lyrical not jazz or Hip Hop. Singed a mom from another studio. I didn\'t like seeing a competition lied about. ETA.......I see the mom below me has edited her post to remove the part saying \"a girl from her studio was rewarded\". It was there, but now gone. Doesn\'t change the fact the child was rewarded for lyrical.

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Apr 04 2016

The schedule was ridiculous. We had back to back dances. EVERYTHING was crammed into a few hours and my daughter is 9 and dances in 8 dances. There was not time to enjoy it. I was also disappointed in the judging. One girl in particular was \"rewarded\" by the judges with a judges choice award for very inappropriate dancing(twerking) She was 10. It is not at all age appropriate. Pictures were reasonably priced. I did not enjoy all the extra time and music and dancing the girls did on stage. Awards needs to move on quickly especially when you have already watched hours of dancing,

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Jan 25 2016

LOVE participating in this competition at both regional and nationals! Not as much competition at the Dubuque nationals vs Wisconsin Dells, but both great experiences! Judging has always been fair with good critiques. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful! Awards move along in timely manner and schedule is reasonable to work with. If I had to make a complaint, it would really be about not permitting large studios to enter the smaller town competitions, because they just dominate the competition by the sheer number of acts they bring. Ours was just such a studio and I felt terrible that our multitude of dancers/numbers was in essence winning most of the awards due to odds, since we massively outnumbered every other studio by a LOT!! In reality, winning isn\'t much fun for the dancers either, if your just competing against your own studio for the most part. Big studios with lots of numbers should be competing in at least cities the size of where thier studios are located...not smaller...but that\'s just my opinion. It\'s great to have a competition company that caters to states in the midwest and in doing so, can hold competitions in smaller towns and larger cities! Hands down...our family\'s favorite dance competition to attend, both as competitors and spectators!

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Nov 13 2015

They always have a good venue. Nice open space for dressing and practice area.

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Nov 11 2015

The regionals was fine. Another solid competition. Their Nationals was a mess! Mis-communications, room changes and no one seemed to know what was going on! It was overcrowded and kids were waiting all day thinking they had to stay for the shootout only to be bumped at 10:00 the night before. Nice people, but very disorganized.

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Jul 30 2015

My dancer loves Midwest Starz! The judges and all of the staff are great! My only complaint is that the competition is broken into 2 rooms so we can not watch all of our studios dances.

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Jun 29 2015

I think the scoring of this competition is good. Felt like it is better than most competitions. My daughter hated that the judges walk around and point at certain people and tell them they are awesome at awards, she said that makes the others feel bad. Saw judges talking to specific groups and acting like they have known them forever and I\'m pretty sure that a guy that was working with the competition went up to a girl and told her great job and that he loved her so that was odd. There were so many solos I couldn\'t believe not more awards were given. There were 50 something in lyrical alone and they couldn\'t do category top five? Overall wasn\'t a terrible competition but probably won\'t attend nationals again next year maybe regionals though.

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Jun 23 2015

Hmm…Rant or rate. I will think I will go with rant. To start out with it is a nice kid friendly competition. Sometimes a little too kid friendly. Then there are the friendships that show out in the open and it makes you think that something is fishy. Overheard was this boy who was a national title winner saying that he knew the tall judge likes showy stuff and even though the kid was supposed to be centered in the dance he was in front of that judge as much as possible. Of course their dances did well not sure if they were marked down because the boy blew the formations. How does a kid know this stuff anyway? Lot’s of hugging with the DJ’s and the Sinn’s and also with the judges, ridiculous. Some dances made it to the shoot out and some of them we still can’t figure out how they got in, one or two dancers were good and the rest without any technique. The Shootouts for the mini and Junior the kids were robbed, dances that should have won because of more technical ability and musicality finished 2nd, same with the duos/trio’s and these kids were not even from our studio. The topper of the whole thing with this backwards competition was the National Grand Champions. This is the total joke of the whole comp. These kids competed months/weeks ago and also performed their solos at the nationals and got their butts handed to them, and did not even make the shootout. Mind you the shootout dancers not only beat them earlier in the week to qualify for the Grand National shootout but then had to compete again against the top 4 or 5 dancers. Once the shootout was over that child received a little trophy for the Grand National shootout winner. Then they had to sit there and watch as these kids who they just beat earlier in the week go up and get a nice big trophy and be recognized as a national champion. I hope our studio does not go back!

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Apr 15 2015

This is a fun competition. My only complaint is that the schedule isn\'t available until last minute. Other competitions manage to post schedules 1 to 2 weeks ahead of time, Midwest Starz should be able to do The same.

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