I feel very torn between my review, so I will list the good vs. bad. Pros: best venue I've ever been to. The dressing room was a dance studio within the building with a beautiful set of ballet barres and mirrors that were full length! Also, the entry fees are very good and reasonable. Cons: so many errors with the music. A dance that went before that was jazz, had the song play after for a contemporary routine. They then called the dancers off stage and blamed it on the wifi. Also, the music stopped for about two or three different routines, and picked up after nearly 30 seconds to minute later from where it had stopped. Being they were solos, and only 2:30 routines, the dancers had to improv for a full minute until the song ended. Also, I feel like the judging was heavily biased. We were the biggest studio there, and definitely did not compare to other smaller studios, but still got the most in quantity of awards as well as the highest. So it's not like we didn't do well, we won the most and highest awards, but definitely not fairly. The trophies are completely cheap. The were wobbly the minute we got them. Just cheap plastic that was breaking, I mean if you use cheap plastic just apply it better. Also, the sound booth and backstage crew were pretty much clueless. There was a number before a tap number that involved feathers as props to be thrown around the stage, and the studio had parents ready to clean them up, but the crew said that they can't hold up the next number. The studio owner had to flat out refuse to let the tap number go on while the other parents from another studio ran onstage and swept quickly. Also, one dance had sharp hair pieces fall out onstage, and the crew allowed the next number to go on. (and I mean actually meant to look sharp- like cheap plastic that cuts your fingers) Luckily, no one got hurt, but too many oppertunities to do so. Also, they announced numbers before they checked in...one duo had one girl backstage and another one still getting dressed, to which they did not check in for backstage nor with any crew member, and then announced them anyways. I was not from their studio, but I respectfully stood up for the girl, as she was on verge of tears from nerves. I really do feel like every studio there had to give each other more emotional support just from the competition itself. I also do not appreciate how the competition owner had a dog- not a service animal, just a pet dog, at the venue. Many people were allergic, as well as many little ones frightened by a big dog just running around the building with no leash. Very unprofessional. Service animals would not even be comparable, but it was not one. I had to run out and get Allegra in the middle of the day at the CVS near by just because so many parents from multiple studios, as well as kids, were having severe allergies, to which the competition did not care about. One mother asked if they could remove the dog until the little ones leave, being her tiny kid was allergic and scared of dogs, being that the dog was big enough to fit up the whole backseat of a car, and they told her to leave if it was a problem. Mind you- THIS WAS A RANDOM PET DOG OF THE OWNERS- NOT A SERVICE ANIMAL! No vest, no training, and clearly not working. (As someone with a service animal) Also, I have never been a fan of dancebug, but these photos were by far the worst. Nearly every solo photo, yes, solos only, were stretched out horizontally by edit, clearly not the camera. Also, you can't preview the videos before paying a whopping $65 for a single video that may not even be good! I am very disappointed, and I had read so many great things, but was absolutely appalled and want to forget that weekend every happened. You messed up, Elite Performance Challenge.
Organized competition, and felt it was fairly judged. Competition was high, and felt the most technically elite dancers did win. I think the best part of this competition is generally the feedback. We've always had thorough, intelligent judges critiques from this competition. Felt awards were lackluster, no music, or flash which sort of killed the vibe a bit, especially it being our last competition. Other than that no complaints.
We enjoy this competition every year, and look forward to attending again next year! Very organized, fair judging, and this year especially we had some of the best judge's critiques and comments that we have ever seen from any competition! The only complaint we had was that they combined the comp with the convention this year in our area and we didn't love that - makes for some very tired dancers.
Favorite competition by far. Venue (in Danvers) is just about as good as
we\'ve ever seen. Very well organized and level of competition is high.
Great competition ran on time. Kids had a great time.
This was our first year attending. Since it was new we expected it to be
fairly small but we surprised to find it had over 600 routines! The talent
their was amazing too. The routines you saw were those equivalent to what
you would see at a huge competition like NYCDA, KAR, of jump. The judges
also gave very useful critiques, and the trophies were nice.
Enjoy this company and they way the run their event. Tends to run early,
no complaints about that!! The more efficient and to the point a weekend
is, the more I appreciate the staff and overall competition company. The
venue we attended this season was by far the best with the expansion into
Nashua. Judging was fair, not everyone went home with a high score, love
the challenge in working for your score/placement. Nothing more
frustrating that everyone receiving the same award.
Well run, friendly staff, they were running a bit early and the backstage
staff came to the dressing room to let us know. I liked the way they do
awards. Gives more dancers opportunity to place within their division.
Would be happy to return next season.
Second time attending and it was well run again. Was not overly fond of
the venue this year, but that is minor. They ran on time and the announcer
was easy to understand.
Good competition. There was strong talent at the Providence event.
Judging seemed fair; haven\'t seen the critiques yet so don\'t know how
valuable they are. The staff was friendly and helpful. Venue was very
We have been attending for three years and this is my student\'s favorite
competition! Staff is professional and friendly. They also have more staff
than any other competition we\'ve been to so they can deal with issues
that come up (like moving around dances because we had a sick kid throwing
The scoring system was much easier to follow this year and I
agree with the place my students came in. We have a full range of levels
and I felt that they really considered that my recreational dancers were at
a different level. The special awards are great and focus on things my
students are proud of (i.e. technique, quality of movement). Every one of
the competitions we\'ve attended has ran within 15 minutes of our
My student\'s favorite aspect of this competition
compared to others is the Elite Dancer award. They love that they are given
the opportunity to work with \"famous people\".
Thank you so much for the great feedback! We appreciate you taking the time
to write. We\'re glad you liked the scoring improvements we implemented
and the Special Judges\' Awards. A special congratulations to your
students on becoming Elite Dancers! We\'re looking forward to a fantastic
tour with Excel in Motion this year. - EiM Team
My students\' least favorite competition of the year. Venue was not good,
competition showed favoritism, and there were a lot of inappropriate dances
that were praised.
We are very sorry to hear you did not have a good
experience with us. What was the venue you competed at? While we know
that not every venue is perfect, we do take a lot of time to inspect and
analyze each location to ensure a good experience. We also take into
account our clients\' reviews so we can make adjustments each year to
meet the dancers\' needs. If you would like to give further information
of the venue, please email us: email@example.com. We also
would like to assure you that the judges have no knowledge of what dancers
attend what studios and are given the following information when each dance
takes the stage: Entry Number, Dance Title, Style, Age, Level, and Size of
Group. Sometimes a big studio name will be announced many times during
awards, but this is often due to the amount of entries and not always their
placement - each dance is announced and recognized during awards. As far
as \"inappropriate\" dances go, our judges are encouraged to comment on
age appropriateness and to deduct points if they feel it is inappropriate.
We believe we are here to guide young dancers toward being the best dancers
they can be and award them for hard work and talent. Thank you for taking
the time to comment and we hope you will reconsider us for a future event!
- EPC Team
This was my girls 3rd year competing at Elite. Love the special awards.
Loved the new award pins this year given out for placement. The award
process is slow to start. Good judge feedback provided.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our
competition. We are glad your students have enjoyed their experiences with
us. We will continue to make sure that awards get off to a quick start and
do all the preparation possible in order to keep awards moving along, while
still taking the time to recognize everyone\'s hard work. We appreciate
your response and look forward to future events with your studio!
A little disorganized and hectic. A lot of skipping around is allowed which
is a turn off. Judging js more than difficult and is a little discouraging
to some dancers...seems almost impossible to do well there. Also Seems
that preference is given to certain studios and when they win one overall
they win them all. Granted they are talented, but for example, they seemed
to be a bit biased towards a certain studio that faithfully attends
their regional events and national events every year while we, who are
pretty much equal to them in many categories and only attended this comp
once, could not seem to catch a break, I don\'t want to sound like a
sore loser just my opinion. Still had fun though and the comp attracts
good studios and usually runs three days which most of us actually like.
Did not like how the medals don\'t say what the award was. Backstage
crew is funny and upbeat. Also liked the special judges awards because
they recognized things like partnering, technique, and costume, rather than
being foolish awards for \"cuteness\" and things like that
First off, thank you for taking time to write a
review. We\'re glad you enjoy the judges\' awards - we think those are
important in order to recognize the superlatives and details that students,
parents and teachers work so hard on all year long. We also appreciate the
positive feedback on our backstage crew. We can assure you that the judges
in no way have knowledge of what studios attend our events more or less
frequently - or even what studio each dance is from. The judges are flown
in to each event and have zero prior knowledge of the participants coming.
Throughout the weekend judges can end up recognizing dancers after seeing
them multiple times - as is the nature of competition, but we ask judges to
look at each dance with fresh eyes. We have updated our medals to pins
that now say what their placements are! Thank you again for the feedback
and we hope to see you during future EPC events! - EPC Team
The venue was a joke, and the whole competition was chaotic and
disorganized. I was disappointed.
We are very sorry to hear you were unhappy. What was the
venue you competed at? While we know that not every venue is perfect, we
do take a lot of time to inspect and analyze each location to ensure a good
experience. We also take into account our clients\' reviews so we can
make adjustments each year to meet the dancers\' needs. If you would
like to give further information of the venue, please email us:
We are surprised to hear that your
event was chaotic - we take a lot of time to prepare and organize our
events so they can go as smoothly as possible. We also have a large staff
at each event who are willing & able to resolve issues ASAP. Each year we
take steps to work out kinks and issues so we can continue to run seamless
events. Again we apologize that your experience was anything less than
great. Thank you for taking the time to comment and we hope you will
reconsider us for a future event.
Good experience. Challenging judging. Nice special judges awards.
We\'re glad you had a good experience. We hope to see
you at future events and thank you for the nice rating!
They don't know how to add, one of my students got a 292.67, and the
competition said they got 282.67. One of my other students got a 287.5, and
received first. Very dissapointed
We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed in
your experience. Any questions regarding scoring can be brought to the
director\'s attention during or after the competition and we are happy to
clarify and/or correct any errors. Sometimes there are human or computer
errors but we do our very best to minimize any of these inaccuracies. Any
specific questions you may have in the future, please feel free to contact
us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to address them
for you. Thank you for taking the time to write a comment.
This is my 10th year of attending my son's dance competitions with his
studio. This is the worst competition that I've ever attended, and the
most poorly run. Particularly the judging, was very poor, when you have
judges Molly Misgalla and Dedrick Lee Anthony who aren't watching the
dancers at all; how can you possibly judge the dance? Judge Dedrick gave my
son so many dirty looks during the competition that I wonder if he was
judged before he even danced. The Titliest competition was a joke; to even
find out who won, you had to attend a dinner which cost $85 (adult meal)
and $65 for the children's chicken finger meal! REALLY?!!
Thank you for your feedback. We used to do written critiques but have now
moved all our judges to vocal critiques so they will be able to watch every
second of every dance! As far as Nationals goes, the cost of the ticket to
the banquet included the awards show in the beautiful downtown Boston Park
Plaza Hotel. We have heard our clients\' requests, and have since moved
Nationals to a more affordable location in Danvers, MA. Thank you for your
feedback and we hope that you consider returning in the future. Sincerely,
My kids were last to go before awards. There were 6 other productions ahead
of us. They started my music before the other school was out of their way.
The girls tried telling them, but because they were running behind,they
said unless the teacher told them they would not stop. The auditorium was
so packed that I couldn\'t even get out of my seat to go and ask them to
restart. So my dance started without the girls for the first 3 counts of 8
and by the 12 count of 8 most of them had made it to the stage. about 1
minute into the dance they other school was finally out of the way with
their props and the rest made it to the stage. the judges said I had an
awful beginning and I should add more dancers or something. I was so mad
and they couldn\'t redo it because that section was over and already
scored. Will not return to this one.
We really appreciate you taking the time to
write out feedback - it is important for us to hear about your experience
in order to continue to strive toward being a great event all around. We
are genuinely surprised to hear about your back stage experience - while we
do try to stay on time as much as possible, our policy is that if there was
ever a music problem/mistake we 100% always let a dance run again. We
would never penalize students for an audio mistake. If it is brought to our
attention we always give the dancers another opportunity to perform again.
We apologize that your experience with us was less than great, and thank
you for the feedback.