Great faculty as always. Event is very organized and runs smoothly. Low enrollment so only two rooms instead of three. Preferred the exhibition show that they used to have to the competition they have now. Liked Foxwoods but the rooms are expensive.
This is by far one of our favorite conventions every year! Well organized, great faculty, and wonderful classes!
My daughter really enjoyed the classes and choreography! She had a blast
learning from her SYTYCD favorites!
My daughter loved this convention. All the teachers were fun and
knowledgeable. Just wish they were coming back to the west coast. Booo
Love work shop but was disappointed that teacher Alex Wong did not teach
contemporary. Staff was great but it took long to have room cleaned. I
would like the rooms to have a marley floor for dance instead of carpet
Love love love this class convention. My daughter learning so much and
enjoyed the entire weekend
too many kids
Love this convention! Such a positive atmosphere. The teachers really
seem to want the kids to enjoy dance. They are very down-to-earth and
approachable. Things run on time. Exhibition show was fun.
This was our third year in a row attending. Love the instructors, the
Showcase, the classes and the staff.
The kids also loved the autograph
session. Very well ran. This was at a third location in the last three
years but I think that just shows they are always looking to improve.
Definitely will be back next year!
Loved it. The instructors from SYTYCD were top notch and great with
kids. Our students learned alot and were thrilled to meet the
dancers in the autograph sessions at the end of each day.
My daughter\'s favorite teacher was Alex Wong. We will go back.
Our studio\'s 3rd year attending. Girls were challenged, but also had a
blast. The rooms were much fuller than the past 2 years, so the word is
getting out about the convention in our area. I do wish once a dancer is
picked in one class for a golden ticket/honor award they would be out of
the running for the next class. So many amazing kids working hard and not
getting rewarded for it because some of the same kids are picked more than
once. That being said, we will be back again next year. They do a great
mix of teaching combos, advice about the dance world, and sharing person
stories with the kids.
We have attended for two years and have completely enjoyed the experience.
The kids had a great early morning stretch, great choreography and the
teachers were very attentive. Will attend again.
Hello dancemomTia,Thank you so much for the nice feedback! We are so glad
you had a great weekend all around. We look forward to the upcoming year -
please spread the good word, we appreciate it! - EiM Team
Phenomenal! We have attended for 2 years now and love every minute of it.
Can\'t wait to go back again next year!
We can\'t wait to have you back! We have an awesome
year coming up. Thank you for taking the time to write some nice feedback!
Again this year, they did not disappoint. Well organized, staff was very
helpful, and the instruction was both fun and challenging. Nice to have
former SYTYCD dancers teaching and offering great advice to the kids. They
were also very friendly and seemed to be having just as much fun as the
We\'re so happy you\'ve enjoyed our events! And
you\'re right - we do have just as much fun as the kids. Looking forward
to seeing you again this year - thanks for the comment!
We just came back yesterday from the Huron, Ohio convention. My daughter
had a fabulous time and has already asked to go back next year!! The
instructors did only teach combinations but I didn\'t expect them to
teach technique that is what we pay our teachers for!! Unfortunately, some
of the instructors that were supposed to be there never made it because of
the LAX shooting. The folks at Excel did an amazing job finding other
instructors last minute including two great hip-hop instructors, Casie
\"Tynee\" Goshow and Laura Edwards. My daughter loved their classes and
that is saying a lot because she hasn\'t done hip-hop in 7 years and now
wants to do hip-hop next year. Thank you, Excel in Motion for a fabulous
Hi ejfamous1979, You are very welcome! Thank you so much for understanding
the missing instructors. We were shocked and saddened by the LAX tragedy
but appreciated the kindness of all the clients in Huron as we called on
other fantastic instructors to step in for the weekend. We can\'t wait
to see all your daughter has learned in hip hop this year!
soon, EiM Team
My fav convention!!! Great faculty! Awesome staff! Fantastic showcase!!!
Read some people thought it was too crowded, but I thought it was a decent
size conventions are always somewhat crowded. I go to conventions to learn
different combos and work with new choreographers, that\'s the whole
point!! Love Excel
Cannot wait to go back this year!!!
Hi KitCat, Thank you so much for the great feedback! We\'re glad you had
such a great experience with us. Looking forward to a new year! - EiM Team
DD really enjoys meeting and being taught by the SYTYCD folks, but they
teach a lot of combinations. Wish they taught more technique. The biggest
problem is that it is way too crowded. It has gotten more crowded each
year. They've changed venues this year so hopefully that will help. Some
dancers at our studio won't go back because it was so crowded, but most of
the kids go back. The staff is nice and the SYTYCD folks are always very
gracious during the autograph/photo sessions. It's amazing to see your
child meet her idol!
Thank you for taking time to write feedback about your
experience with us. Our goal is to expose students to different kinds of
movement, the skill of learning choreography quickly, and the experience of
taking class from working dancers in the industry. We hope that students
apply their technique learned in the classroom from their studio to the new
movement and combinations that they learn with us at Excel. Our teachers
are great at emphasizing correct technique in all their combinations, while
giving students the most material they can during their class time. We also
cut off registration if the classes are too full and change locations if we
feel the event is getting too big. We hope you enjoyed the new location
last year in Boston, and we hope to see you at future events! - EiM Team
I heard the material is not for children
Hello danceratcpac, We are sorry that this is your impression of us. We
require our faculty to teach content that is appropriate for the age level
they are teaching, so if you have any specific examples that we may not
know of please let us know. Have you attended Excel in Motion before?
We\'d love to hear about your experience with us. Please feel free to
email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. - Excel in Motion
No way would I bring my dancers back to this convention. The classes were
so packed that you there was no room to really dance. Not one of the
teachers gave a warm up, so the dancers had to warm up on their own. The
Teachers(except for Twitch) were clearly only there for the paycheck and it
showed. They yelled when dancers didn\'t know what they were doing and it
wasn\'t the dancers fault, because they couldn\'t see with so many
people in the room. I had one whole group of dancers who all came home with
the same injury in their hip, from trying to do a move that was not
explained to them. What a waste of money, my girls did not come home
talking about new stuff they learned because they didn\'t learn anything
new or exciting. They actually said \"please don\'t signs up for that
convention again it wasn\'t worth it\". The performance that you had to
pay $7-10 for was not worth the money either. Most of the dancers were
awful and again way too many people stuffed into a too small of a room.
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and would like to take
a moment to respond to your experience. We open ballrooms early in the
morning for dancers to stretch and warm up. The first teacher of the day
typically starts them out with a short warm up but does not focus on it
since the students are encouraged to do that beforehand. This provides the
maximum amount of choreography and learning. We are surprised to hear that
you think our teachers are there for the paycheck. We have worked with most
of them for years & both staff and faculty really enjoy themselves during
Excel events - it\'s fun to interact with dancers all around the country!
Excel\'s faculty is in high demand and has no trouble getting work -
many of them choose their conventions carefully and enjoy the Excel tour.
All of our faculty are used to teaching large classes - it is very typical
for conventions to be packed and we\'re one of the few in the industry
that will actually cut off registration if the classes are too full. In
order to get so many big names on our faculty, we have to have large
classes, but we have high stages, run choreography in groups, and move
around the room in order to give every student a good experience. Our
Boston location, for example, has been moved to a larger location to
accommodate dancers. Our top priority is for students to have a great
dance experience throughout the weekend. The Exhibition Show is an
optional, affordable, and fun event where we showcase our available
headliners, students who worked hard in class, award winning small groups,
and Elite Dancer assistants. These assistants have earned their chance to
share the stage with our faculty by earning top awards at our affiliate
competition Elite Performance Challenge. These assistants are young and
talented dancers who are not professionals, but are dedicated to dance and
growth. We apologize that you did not have a good experience with us and
hope that you will reconsider us in the future.
Great classes and the girls all enjoyed the autograph session with the
instructors. They not only taught dance, but also gave great advice on
being in the dance world. We will have this on a return convention list
agin this year!!
Thanks for the great review! We also think it\'s
important for young dancers to hear working professionals\' advice, in
addition to learning their choreography. Looking forward to seeing you all
again! - Excel in Motion Team
This was my daughters first convention and she loved it. The instructors
were so much fun and interacted with the dancers. The only negative was the
location. The parking garage had several break ins. The convention itself
was very understanding and helped with what they could. They advised they
will be bringing their own security next year. We can\'t wait to go back.
Hello Melissa C, We\'re really glad that despite the unfortunate parking
lot problems that your daughter had a great first convention experience!
Looking forward to 2014-2015 - thanks for the nice review! - EiM Team
Our favorite convention this year, by far. The kids were really engaged by
the instructors - who had them doing pretty much everything(Kent had kids
doing push-ups, and Alex taught song-and-dance instead of contemporary!)
The instructors were all super-nice and really seemed to enjoy engaging
with the kids (and parents!) I didn\'t feel nickel-and-dimed.
went to the Charlotte, NC convention, and really liked the setup! The
ballroom facilities of the hotel were actually really nice, with plenty of
areas for people to sit outside waiting for the kids and places for lunch.
They also offered a buffet lunch for purchase which seemed popular. The
hotel also had a bar/restaurant with decent food and prices, and there were
a number of restaurants within walking distance as well.
One thing I
think everyone enjoyed was that it was strictly a convention - and one
without a scholarship audition, so every class hour was used to learn!
There was no pressure on the kids to do anything other than enjoy their
time and learn some new stuff. It was the perfect start to a great season!
Hi tappindmom! We\'re excited to hear you and your students had a great
time with us and hope the rest of your dance season went well. We love
coming back to Charlotte every year and look forward to 2015. Thanks for
the nice feedback! - EiM Team
This one falls in the middle for me. My kids LOVE it, because they enjoy
taking classes from the SYTYCD alum. It is very well run and organized,
however I wish that more emphasis was placed on teaching technique and less
on combinations. Some teachers taught nothing BUT combinations, and
don\'t feel that helps to educate our dancers.
Hi Heartbeatscenter, Thank you for taking the time to write feedback! We
agree that technique is incredibly important! We aim to expose students to
different kinds of movement, the skill of learning choreography quickly,
and the experience of taking class from working dancers in the industry.
We hope that students apply the technique they learned in their studio to
the new movement and combinations that they learn with us at Excel. Our
teachers try to emphasize correct technique in all their combinations,
while giving students the most material they can during their class time.
Again, we are glad that your students have enjoyed their time at Excel, we
appreciate your feedback, and we hope to see you at future events! - Excel
in Motion Team
AWESOME!!! Highly encourage!!!
Thanks Patiola! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! - EiM