We are so thankful for the efforts CRU put into making the 2021 Fort Wayne event happen for our families. The event was well thought out, organized, and so appreciated. Their backstage staff was so kind and encouraging. They made everything flow easily.
As I began listening to the video critiques, I was excited to hear concrete corrections balanced with positive feedback. It is so wonderful for the students to benefit from qualified critiques.
Additionally, we were very thankful for the live stream so that families that could not attend had an option to support the dancers. Especially, the grandparents that live far away. For many, this was their first time being able to watch a competition and it meant the world to our students and families.
A few years ago we stopped attending other competitions and committed to multiple CRU Dance events due to their professionalism and the quality of studios they drew. We are so happy we made that decision and this season just showed us why even more.
We have attended CRU dance competition for the last 4 years and are always pleased. Staff is always wonderful to work with!
CRU Dance - A great weekend for our dancers, families and staff. Congratulations to the entire CRU Team for executing a great event.
We noticed a tremendous investment in staffing and infrastructure, which we think is indicative of a well run and thriving organization.
CRU Dance Company- We want to thank your ENTIRE crew for a wonderful competition experience. Even through a pandemic, your company was outstanding. Everything was professional, simple & to the point and most of all we felt safe. We commend you ALL for a beautifully ran production. Thank you judges for your expertise, fun spirit, and kindness. We loved listening to your comments and our Company Team is humbled by your generosity! Congratulations to all the other studio participants, it was so nice to be back on the stage! 🖤 VDC
Awards go quick so be ready to miss something. Staff is friendly, willing to help. The one thing I didn’t like was they had a section that the top dances of the weekend came back and competed again against each other. We did not find out until the afternoon of the last day that they wanted us back that evening. Some of my kids had already left, props were already back at our home studio, and there was no way of getting everyone back. Just disappointed they had to miss out due to lack of communication
Bad location, at a high school that was also having a baseball tournament and a track meet, so parking was a nightmare.The awards were cheap, our team placed in every Overall so it's not that we didn't win, It's basing our experience on years of attending other competitions. NO program books, crowded backstage, dressing room was a nightmare with other studios shoving and pushing. Staff was friendly, Video and Picture guy was excellent.
Good competition but disappointed they ran out of programs at nationals.
This past weekend I attended the competition in Basking Ridge NJ with my daughters studio. This was her second competition with Sheer Elite being her first one month ago. I wanted to praise this organization on the overall coordination, presentation and structure of this competition. It was an amazing event and I found it to be much more positive then Sheer Elite. The host was charismatic, prompt and very engaging. What really stood out was her ability to connect on the dances and keep the audience's attention. This is a heartfelt thank you for everyone who made this a memorable experience. Hoping that the upcoming years competitions prove to be as professional and welcoming as CRU!
This is one of the best competitions around. The judging is super fair and great feedback/corrections are given (useful) the awards given in all levels meaning silver to double platinum or CRU's (ultimate elite) it is not one of those" feel good competitions" where everybody gets platinum and a few get double, its the real deal. Best of all they welcome artistry and passion looking for dance and to be moved by the art of dance. In other words...long legs and tricks are not always your top winning routines which seems to be the trend these days...We look forward to going to this competition each year, and Nationals are a blast! The location is amazing located near top thrill level 5 amusement parks and loads of family fun! The venue is so big room for everyone, very comfortable! Cathy Roe walks around and enjoys talking to everyone and meeting people, she is super down to earth! I give this comp a 11/10! Can't wait until next year.
We competed at Cathy Roe regionals and Nationals and loved it!!!! I loved the show at the Nationals competition. I do wish there was more apparel to choose from, and I know some parents wanted more pictures. But overall a fantastic experience, and the schedule at both events was wonderful!!
My daughter competed with Cathy Roe for three years at their regional and national competitions. Her experience at each event was amazing and contributed to her growing as a dancer.
This past year, as a college student who is studying dance costume design and minoring in dance, she has been offered opportunities to intern at the regional and national competitions. She has made contacts with multiple dance professionals and has learned first hand how the dance industry works. She will benefit from these opportunities for years to come!
Cathy Roe cares about your dancer in ways we have not experienced at any other competition.
The only good thing I can say about this competition is that it was over a little earlier than scheduled.
This was our third attempt here and I sure hope our studio owner never chooses to return. The Mason event was the second worst dance event I have attended in 5 years. CRU had 2 other events this weekend and it felt like they sent the 3 rd string to run the show. During the final awards it seemed that no one was running the sound system. 25% of the audience was plugging their ears to block out how loud it was. There was not even a back drop in the lobby for pictures as in prior years.
The grouping of all small and large groups and levels together meant that each day had us there for 9 hours. Even the mini's on Saturday.
There was so much leveling down in the 10-12 it was sickening. Turns in second and back tucks are not novice skills. But if that is your style, do it at CRU and you will be rewarded! How much leveling down? There were 100 numbers approximately on Saturday in the under 7, 7-9 and 10-12 age group. there were at most 2 elite entries. Everything was novice and intermediate. This was a teeny bit less prevalent on Sunday.
And with 20- 30 small groups, they didn't adjust for it in awards. They still only awarded a top 5. Sad and disappointing for the kids.
While mildly entertaining, the showcase and choreography review just made the day longer.
No assigned dressing rooms is ridiculous.
Putting that many kids on the stage for awards was I am sure, a fire hazard.
Cutesy numbers with props, lacking substantial choreography are what gain the most attention here. Walking, marching about on stage and lip syncing isn't dancing.
Rude adults walking in front of the stage and audience while the kids performed, standing up in the audience. Did they announce and ask people not to do it? Nope, but they sure between numbers reminded everyone that photography and video wasn't allowed.
The judging was consistent, but lacking depth. A few very good and worthy routines received ultimate. But 95% received superior. Even some really not great stuff (sickled feet even!) So if you received a superior, kids didn't really feel like they earned anything, because that was what nearly everything received (even poor technique) Not even many outstanding adjudications (the middle of the range) were awarded.
Nothing about this competition was enjoyable nor did the experience line up with the philosophy Cathy Roe claims on her website. I would give this zero stars if I could.
****And the lack of professionalism from the response to my review is no shocker. Offered up legitimate points and get a lawyer-like rebuttal. She should heed her advice that she gave the another reviewer (see the critique near here by a dancer) and learn to accept and grow from criticism. And you can see from
CRU accusation of me deleting THEIR comments show that the organization cannot handle criticism. Not professional at all.
Cathy Roe competition in Grand Rapids was great once again. The theater building is so elegant and professional. The staff are all very friendly and the event is organized and fun. Love all the special awards! Jennifer, the emcee, was fantastic and great with the kids. Big fan!
We go to Cathy Roe every year. It's a favorite with our studio. The staff is always welcoming, helpful and super friendly. The judging is fair and now the commentary is on a video which is much better than prior years when we just got the audio. There are many awards ceremonies so they aren't so long. The emcee was great! The best part is that the competition is really organized and runs on time.
I have competed at Cathy Roe three times now, and this past time we competed was to put it simply, bad. I was not only disappointed with the dressing room situation, the backstage management, or the fact that there was very little merchandise and so-so pictures, but most importantly the judging. I have always found myself to be a confident dancer, but after this competition and dancing for this set of judges I have second guessed and doubted many things I've done in the past few weeks in preparation for my next competition. The three judges flown in for this weekend seemed to be inexperienced with all genres of dance (bias), unfriendly, and at times a little rude. First of all, when myself and the rest of my team arrived at the competition and went to watch our first junior soloist take the stage, we cheered loudly to welcome her and make her feel comfortable as it was her first solo she had performed, we were given dirty looks from one of the judges, moments later when we cheered to welcome our next dancer we got that same dirty look from the emcee. What fun is it if you can't cheer on your teammates? Also, Cathy Roe's Philosophy is "Be Different; Love what you do" but to me, sitting in a quiet auditorium listening to three inexperienced judges give mediocre tips and shave points off a dancers score for the mere fun of it is not "loving what we do."
When I took the stage, I emoted throughout each movement and hit each turn and trick, while it definitely was not my best run, I came off stage to hear my dance teachers and mom (my biggest critics) say "you just won that whole thing" I was ecstatic! But that enthusiasm turned to devastation when not only did I not win, or place in the top 5 but I dropped an entire score category completely. Before this, I've never scored below a platinum. When I heard my critiques, I was even more angry and hurt. While the judge who works strictly with tappers said "your preps do not work with a lyrical dance" the two other judges asked questions like "what is that supposed to be? or i don't understand or my personal favorite "thank you for emoting." The main topic of critique for both my solos, the color of my costume and how the one judge "liked my top." The fact that they deducted 15 whole points to basically tell me nothing of value is sad. This competition should be watching their judges scores more carefully as we ran into more problems later. We were invited into the "choreography showcase" which was a waste of time after being at that venue for 12 hours to have to do another dance was just annoying. But we won the award for our dance having fantastic coreography and beautiful technique, yet our dance didn't place? Judging should always be fair, unbiased, and intellectual. Nothing invetween and it truly saddens me to see this what used to be "fun and safe competition" turn toxic.
Secondly, the backstage management didn't open enough dressing rooms for the studios, so my studio of 30 kids was lost in a sea of another 30 kids, there was stuff everywhere, and people were constantly losing different items, also, I believe having 60+ kids in a room that normally fits 25 is a fire hazard and then some.
Finally, I was truly disappointed to see that the emcee never made announcements for people standing and talking obnoxiously during performances, but every dance reminded audience members there was no video or photography in the venue, and then printed crappy pictures with very little resolution taken from a camera that was off center for a high price.
I really hope you reconsider entering this comp, your money can be used at a comp that will appreciate you and your studio, I really hope we never go back there.
You know what's so GREAT about Dance Competitions? It's a chance for EVERYONE to improve! We can make adjustments, find remedies and advance. What a great opportunity for everyone involved!
You are a student dancer, a competitor that danced in our New Jersey competition, correct? We are a company of lots of people. All of us ( you and us) desire accolades but here instead, we have a chance for all to improve. How utterly grateful we can be for the guidance to improve!
Case in point:
We realize now that the on site photographer may not get all the pics people want. Neither do we want pics to be expensive, so how about .... free?! Our social media person got pics of the competition and all awards, and posted them on our FB for Free for everyone. And now we have also reinstituted our "photo pass" program (in part thanks to your feedback) , where the director of each studio can assign one photographer to take pictures of their dancers/dances all day long! (They wear a vest to identify them so everyone knows they have the directors permission )
Dressing Rooms Space:
The competitors from prior seasons trashed the dressing rooms of this venue so badly that there was only a few places they would give us for dressing rooms this year. We were on probation! But my wonderful staff cleaned the trash and glitter and food-stuff in the dressing rooms throughout the day so that we could prove our dancers would not trash the classroom. Bravo! We proved ourselves "clean and respectful" and can now gain more dressing room space. But truly, this was a small competition and we thought the room was sufficient. But now we know! So, thanks for the feedback.
Judges- Now here I must stand behind my judges as I hand pick them, know them, respect them and have faith in them to do their job; which is to truly care about the dancers and do everything they can to help them advance and be the best they can be. They are professional educators and performers and I would NEVER hire a novice for the most important job of the competition! But if you give me your name and the entry number of your solos, my staff and I will review the comments to make sure my judges are doing the job.
Congratulations on receiving one of the highest honors of the competition, being invited to the encore and the winning the choreography award! This encore performance is one of our most prestigious awards, and until your comments here I have never heard anyone refer to it as "annoying." Dancers are thrilled to receive this honor, it represents our highest accolades to you for artistry and innovation! I'm afraid that this gives me an unfortunate view in to your attitude. Please, in all effort to assist you, let me suggest that as you grow and develop, your attitude is a MAJOR factor in your success. Not only in dance, but in all of life! Your outlook, your attitude, your open mind, your response to critique and your willingness to expand your perspective is what will save you! Propel you! Advance you! AND MAKE YOU HAPPY!
Maybe review the judges critique and see if there isn't anything of value? Is there even one thing that can help you grow and shine and advance? And if you didn't get the scores you wanted this time, maybe there is ONE THING that can help you in the future? Can you be willing to even consider it? That would be a major attitude shift, and that is huge!
We truly do deeply appreciate all of our dancers and all of the studios who attend, including YOU. We are all committed to dancers doing what they love, and shining forth their incredible light and talent for all the world to see. Dance Competitions are just a small piece of the huge pie. And the pie... it's life itself!
Since you say your studio won the choreography award, I know which studio you are from and I can tell you I admire and respect your teacher/director and have known her for many years. She is brilliant! And her dances are wonderful, innovative and classy. Please give her my regards and let her know how unhappy you are, if you haven't already. I'm sure she feels comfortable enough with me to approach me, and she (like all directors) has our direct email.
My team and I are always interested in feedback and are devoted to improving and being the best we can be! And although we can't make all the people happy all of the time, we sure do try.
Blessings and best wishes to you,
Very good competition.
Thank you! I wonder if a lot of the time people get on line to give reviews because it's a way to vent. And if they had a great time, they usually just go home happy and don't think about doing reviews. So THANK YOU for taking the time . Cathy Roe
We weren\'t thrilled. I even sent an e-mail with our complaints with no
response. The staff was very nice, but didn\'t seem to know or really
care exactly what was going on. I believe the judges were nice, and gave
some good advice, not that we could know who exactly they were talking
about to try to fix it because we couldn\'t purchase video or get a video
of their judging, so it was rather pointless in the end. Unless someone had
a solo. Also there was zero control backstage, our girls missed entrances
multiple times because other dancers where standing literally in the wings.
The second time one of my dancers gently tried to slide one girl out of the
way to get on stage for her cue only to be pushed back by the dancer and
run on late. The first time 5 girls entirely missed their cue because only
one could break through the dancers in the wings. This affects EVERYTHING,
dancers, judges takes on the dance, their scores. Why was no on backstage
paying attention to this. I used it as a teaching lesson and told my girls
I was proud of them for figuring out how to make that dance work without
just running on late, and didn\'t cause chaos while there. But I did send
an email just letting them know about it with no response back. Oh and as
most competitions do, they like to see fouette\'s and such in a piece to
give it a higher score. I appreciated the awards though. They were nice and
What an amazing experience we had! The instructors were knowledgeable and
kind. The other dancers were kind and supportive. I have never been to a
competition with such a caring and inclusive atmosphere. My daughter hopes
to go back next year. Krissie Odegard-Geye was amazing. Her choreography
brought me to tears and she was so kind and encouraging. On the day of
awards she told her dancers that my daughter was here without a studio and
one of her dancers invited her to sit with them. We hope to come back next
We love to hear nice words about our competition. Especially words like
\"kind\", \"supportive\", \"caring\", \"encouraging\".
What we love about our National finals is kids from all over the country
come, many as independents knowing no one and walk away with friends for
life! At the end of the day awards are not \"competitive\" but instead
\"celebratory\". Dancers cheer for one another regardless of the
studio they are from.
Krissie and the Heart and Soul dancers were
amazing. Kleenex moment!
You are always welcome back as alumni/family.
Hope to see you in 2017
I can\'t say enough positive words about Cathy Roe, her staff and her
excellent judges. But the one word I can say is \"Classy\". The judges
are helpful and fair, and really seem to care about the kids. The staff is
impressively friendly and the whole event is organized and on time! This is
one competition we don\'t miss! But it sells out so register early. Oh,
and that\'s another thing; Cathy says she closes her competitions at 400
entries so kids don\'t dance late at night or on week days, the judges
don\'t get worn and weary, and the kids are home on Sunday night, a
school night! Much appreciated!
Thank you for all the positive feedback. We do try to close at 400
entries. As much for our judges as for our customers. Judges and Dancers
need rest in order to be fresh. To keep the quality we limit the
We want to stay \"Classy\", \"Organized\" and what
everyone loves....\"On Time\"!!
Love this competition! Sad it was over our spring break this year. This
competition may not be all glitz and glamour but it is quality! Judges
appreciate ballet and give excellent pointers on how to improve! This
competition has never been raunchy, which I appreciate greatly!
be there next year!
We take pride in the selection of our judges. We may need to up or glitz..
but in a tasteful way (raunchy and glitz sometimes go hand in
Thank you for taking the time to rate us!
This is the worst competition we have ever attended. This was a sold out
event and they only gave Overall awards for the top 5. The overall awards
are grouped 12 and Under and 13 and Over, not by their age group!
Communication with the staff was absolutely ridiculous. No one knew what
the other one was doing. Horrible, horrible Event! Will never go back!
We are so sorry that you had a bad experience at our competition.
Judging from your remarks there seems to be some clarification needed. We
have 3 levels, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The Novice level usually
has the fewest entries by far. For that reason we grouped Novice into 12
and under and 13 and over (as published in our rules). Intermediate and
Advanced level dancers are grouped by age/division.
The event you
attended had an unusually high percentage of Novice under 12. However,
even with this high ratio, 23% of the novice dancers under 12 were awarded
Based on this event and the increase in Novice dancers
that we have seen competing this year, we have changed our Novice award
groups to be based on age/division, the same as all other levels.
hope this clarifies your misunderstanding of our rules regarding our level
and award structure in 2016.
We love Cathy Roe! This comp is all about the artistry of dance. Fair
judging and lots of fun for the kids.
It\'s about the kids and the art of dance. In that order. Thank you!
Great comp! Fair judging!
Thank you for a 5 star rating!!!
Love it!!!!!!! Everyone is so nice and very passionate! Never a dull
moment! The judges gave very good, and easy to understand critiques. I
compete independently, so I will definitely attend this comp until my
dancing days are done!
We do have dancers attend that are in their 80\'s......so we look forward
to seeing you for a long long time. (Dancing days are never done). :)
Our studio attended Cathy Roe regionals and Nationals. I\'ve got to say,
these people are very devoted to customer service and running an organized
and fair competition. The dance studios that come really are supportive of
everyone at Nationals. I don\'t know how Cathy does that, but somehow she
does create an environment of everyone feeling supported and special. The
competition ran very smoothly and on time. LOVED the emcee. The awards
ceremonies are long, I know they are trying to award and acknowledge as
many kids as possible but it would be better to break the awards up in to
shorter intermittent awards throughout the day.
Well, we\'ve taken your advice! In 2016 we began having awards every 2-4
hours based on entries in each level/division. It has been a success
thanks to feedback from people like you! At our Nationals we want dancers
to make friends with new people and learn to support others. Thank you for
taking the time to comment!
Cathy Roe is so passionate!! Loved her competition!!
Some aspects of this competition seemed very low budget the backdrop was
projection they used students from the high school where the event was
to organize dancers backstage and to play music and the backs of my
were sticky (gross) also the judges table was so close to the
stage that we
could hear everything that they were saying which was
and the emcee seemed very nervous at times(but he was
adorable). Other than
that the actual competition was great the scoring
was consistent and the
judges were wonderful, this competition really
welcomed all styles of dance
and tried their best to make every dancer
feel appreciated and
accomplished, not placing in the top five wasn\'t
a bad thing here the
atmosphere was very positive and encouraging I had
a great weekend, looking
forward to bringing my future students to this
competition one day.
Thank you for the positive feedback! The negative is well accepted.
Don\'t know why the medals were sticky...hmmmm. I\'
backdrop actually isn\'t due to budget. We use a gobo in the lights to
project our logo on a blue cyc. Simple and unobtrusive. We choose not to
use a backdrop with a loud conspicuous logo because we believe it is
distracting from the artists message.
Glad you had a great overall
experience. We will work hard to keep your dancers feeling appreciated and
Love it here! Wish we could go twice we love it that much!!
Wow!! Thank you twice!
I had a terrible experience at Cathy Roe. I was competing in a trio one of
the days and we had our stuff set out in a space and when we returned a
large studio had completely taken over our space. There wasn\'t even
dressing rooms, you were just forced to be in a hallway, and the
competition that I attended had small, narrow hallways. We had to run our
dance on the small landing on the stairs because everywhere else was taken
with people running numbers or used as rehearsal space. The backstage was
often crowded and we had to push through many people to get on stage when
they called our number. The awards weren\'t evenly distributed so the
awards were at the end of the day even though I performed at 10 and had to
stay until 6 pm to see awards. The awards were confusing because they
didn\'t do gold, high gold, platinum, etc. I\'m fine with them using
their own system but it was very confusing because they all sounded too
similar to see which one was higher for comparing in the overalls. Our age
category was messed up so as a 12 year old, my trio was competing against a
trio with 16 year olds because they had two 16 year olds and one 12 year
old in the trio which they allowed the studio to compete in the 12 year old
category which was astounding. I\'m not planning on attending Cathy Roe
with my studio again.
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. It is much appreciated
and we will definitely take all your feedback as inspiration for betterment
We would like all studios attending to be courteous
and respectful to one another, however they not all are. Although you do
not plan to come back in the future may I encourage all studios to report
such behavior to our staff. Just as you have a choice not to come back to
Cathy Roe\'s, we also have a choice as to whom we accept back. Any
studio that \"bullies\" other studios or dancers who “bully” other
dancers are not welcome back! We don\'t want you back...regardless of
how big you are or how much you spend!
Our adjudication system,
although it may be confusing at first, was decided upon because of our
beliefs. We heard dancers saying \"I\'m a silver\", not \"I
received a silver for my performance\". They profile themselves in an
unhealthy way. So we are trying to change it.
We are sorry you did
not have a more pleasant experience. Hope we were able to explain some
things that may change your mind about attending again.
Consistent judging. Made up a 30 minute time
rooms leading to people with the stuff sprawled
hallways. Emcee for the events to be quicker and a
Every number was introduced as \"this is
___. It is an
intermediate tap number in the 5-8 age
The name of
the number is
\"____.\" Rather than
\"Entry no 5
is an petite
novice tap routine
were very long.
If the are going
take more than 50 minutes they
should have been
sessions. During the
awards,one of the
understand due to the
pitch of her voice.
kept hearing people murmur
\"what did she
Never been to
recognizing the \"top
divisions with 40
Only recognize the
5.Strange age division
middle. 9-12 is a big age
The other competitions seem
split 8-10 and 11-13 or
similar. Add this to
complaint and you will
The biggest problem: No
competition level. There were 3 or
obviously were not true
and the judges
So if your 9 year old
was a true
stand a chance in her
because of the 12
year olds who
should have been
Based on numbers a dancer who it\'s
2 solos, at duet and 6 group numbers is spending every day in the
studio...that isn\'t an intermediate competitor.
Thank you for your feedback. We have made many changes over the years
based on feedback like yours. It is greatly appreciated.
some of the changes made in response to this and others feedback.
have added a \"mini\" age division and reduced the age range in the
other divisions. We have seen a large increase in Novice competitors and
have added awards to match those of Intermediate and Advanced
It’s a tough balance regarding awards. We have had
“very long” awards, I agree. Increasing announcing top 5 to top 10
only makes the awards longer. To compensate for these issues we have added
awards every 2-4 hours to keep them shorter. We will definitely discuss
the option of announcing top 10 in the future.
I would give Cathy Roe 6 stars if I could. It is an extremely professional
organization with wonderful staff, amazing choreographers and their shows
are outstanding. Cathy and her staff are always available, helpful and
caring. It is fantastic opportunity for my daughter to meet dancers from
across the U.S.
She will most likely be friends with them for life!!
Cathy Roe is such a great competition! I\'ve been going for as long as I
can remember, and everyone is so kind and helpful. Ms.Cathy is always so
supportful of everyone and I\'m so glad I\'ve been blessed with the
oppurtunity to grow up competing in such a positive atmosphere.
We\'ve been blessed to have you! Thank you for taking the time to rate
Cathy Roe is such a great and organized competition. I love being able to
attend a competition with such a positive atmosphere, both at their
regionals and nationals. The staff is so friendly and nice. It\'s truly
a wonderful competition to attend, and I love the experience of competing
at Cathy Roe!
It\'s easy to be friendly to friends/family! We have a great CRU Dance
family. Thank you for being a part of it.
I have been going to CRU dance ever since I joined the competition team! I
love Mrs. Cathy and I am so thankful that I have been blessed with the
experience of going to CRU regionals and nationals! I love attending this
competition it is always an amazing time!
We strive for comments like this! Thank you for sharing.
I love Cathy Roe\'s Ultimate Dance Competition! It\'s a very
professional and organized company! There is always such a positive
environment at regionals and nationals! Cathy supports and cheers for
everyone, which really helps the dancers to feel more confident and a
little less nervous. The studio I attend has been competing at Cathy
Roe\'s Ultimate Dance Competition since I was a little girl, and we never
hesitated to go back!
Cheering for everyone....
I love to see that in writing. It\'s what
we strive for our competitors to do.
Cathy Roe\'s Ultimate Dance Competition is just such a well organized
competition. The studio I attend has been going to their regionals and
nationals for as long as I can remember and I can\'t think of a better
competition to dance at. Ms. Cathy and her staff treat everyone as their
family and run such a well rounded dance competition. I love going every
year and can\'t wait to attend again for more years to come! I love Cathy
So glad you put it as \"family\". We may call dancers alumni, but it
really means \"family\" us.
thank you for taking the time to
The studio I attend has been going to Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance
every year we fall more in love with our
Cathy Roe is a dance competition
The atmosphere at
this competition is so
different from any
staff, and Ms. Cathy
herself, are so
kind and likable.
They do a
splendid job of putting
inviting place for us
teachers and parents, to spend
weekend doing what we love.
isn\'t another competition I
above Cathy Roe.
Wow...and Wow! You get us! Kind is king...
Be kind. Be
My studio has been attending this competition for many years. Cathy,
Cindy, Sherilyn and the entire staff are very kind and caring
professionals. Cathy is certain to obtain qualified, mature adjudicators
for all competitions. She always makes a point to be personal, learn
kids\' names, and notice the \"little things\". This competition is
organized and run on time. Cindy and the office crew exemplify what
outstanding customer service is about. They return calls and/or emails in
a timely manner and work to make your experience a pleasant and memorable
one. Highly recommended.
Thanks for pitching a kind word for the office staff! Cindy
are the under studies of the competition scene) :)
I have been competing at Cathy Roes Ultimate Dance for years now and
hopefully years to come.
I love everything about this company. Their
nationals are a blast! I love Cathy Roes Ultimate Dance!
We have a blast too! Thank your for such a nice review!
I have been competing at Cathy Roe\'s competition for years. It is an
absolutely wonderful competition. It is organized and the staff is
professional. Cathy cares deeply about each and every dancer that walks on
her stage. She celebrates the dancers talent and their passion for dance.
Everyone has a great time at the competition. Love the competition.
Cathy is a dancer. She has a passion for it. Imagine, a dance company
owned by a dancer. How it should be.
Thank you for your wonderful
words about us. Cindy
Cathy Roe is the BEST competition my studio has EVER been to. The
competition always runs on time! Nationals is a BLAST!!! There are so many
fun national companies that dancers can be a part of, and Cathy Roe herself
hand picks dancers to have the unique experience of being proteges and/or
interns, who get to learn the ins and outs of how a competition is
operated. I highly recommend this competition to everyone!
It is a Blast! Thanks to all the parents and dancers. I think you have to
go to understand it.....
We try to explain in our advertising but
comments like this are way more inconveniencing.
Our studio loves Cathy Roe\'s Ultimate Dance
attending for years. There isn\'t
that\'s as Professional,
and Unique as this
offered so many
opportunities and it\'s
experience. Most dance
competitions only give you
plaques, but CRU Dance is
love how Cathy
the time to
choreography and in
competitions don\'t take the
much love and respect for
Ms. Cathy Roe.
truly is an
#1 on our list!
Tracy - Clermont, Florida
Very organized girls had fun at awards ran on time and look forward to
competing with them again!
We look forward to seeing you again!
They run a nice & clean competition - not a bunch of inappropriate music
choices or dancing. Would prefer to get \'pins\' for awards though as
most dancers have a jacket or something to put their awards on. Very
We listened! We now have pins. Thanks for the comments
I DANCED AT THIS COMPETITION AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH CATHY IS AMAZING AND I
LOVE HOW PASSIONATE SHE IS ABOUT DANCE, SHE IS MY ROLE MODEL AND I LOVE
The scoring for this competition were confusing.
I\'m sorry to hear that. Can you be more specific so we can address it?
I\'ve traveled to Cathy Roe\'s Ultimate Dance Competition for
years and all four years have been a positive experience. The
is well organized, though when I attended it in 2013, there
things I didn\'t like. The first thing I didn\'t like
is that they
changed their rating system from silver, high silver, gold,
high gold and
platinum to excellent champion, excellent top champion,
champion, superior champion and ultimate elite champion,
confusing since most of us had no idea what that meant.
Another thing that
ticked me off is when it was time for my solo
category, they jumped around
a lot and went out of order, which confused
really confused me because I
had no idea when I would perform. Lastly,
the competition ran behind
schedule all three days and usually, it tends
to run ahead of schedule.
Unless CRU makes some big changes, I refuse to
We\'ve taken your feedback and will work with it to get you back!!!
We returned to Cathy Roe\'s again this year and this competition is as
excellent as always. The venue, the judges comments and the organization is
superb. Cathy herself is so friendly and kind to all the kids. It does seem
like she knows some better than others, but this year she walked right up
to my daughter and said \"I remember you from last year!\" and
complimented her and he friend and thanked them for coming back this year.
Cathy was not the announcer this year, but was in the lobby (with coffee
for everyone!) giving hugs to the kids and talking with anyone and
everyone. I think she really does try to meet as many of the dancers as
possible and is very encouraging. This competition is classy in every way.
The awards get kind of long, but it seems like they try to recognize as
many kids as possible.
Not the first to tell us about awards being too long! We\'ve listened
and are happy to say we found a way to break it up and still give all the
recognition we strive to....while shortening the award ceremony! Thanks
for all your kind words and positive feedback. We hope to see you soon.
This competition was so fair in their judging. Was very impressed with the
critiques because they were very detailed and full of positives and
constructive criticism. Best critiques from the past 3 seasons of competing
from where we\'ve competed the past years. The only negative I had was
the \"overall top scoring dances\". They blended all levels together.
So a \"middle level/intermediate level\" dance won the highest score of
the weekend. Well they should because they have an easier rubric to score
with compared to the elite level. I would have perfered having a top high
scoring top 10 in both the elite and intermediate/novice to make it more
fair to all. (My students weren\'t thrilled about it either. They came to
me about it). But my students just loved this competition too, which is
always a great thing too!! Will totally go back.
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. I\'ve visited a few
other competitions at the end of the season and was surprised non of them
(that I visited) gave an overall high score of the competition prize.
These are our really big trophies for the Top 5 scores of all. These most
likely will go to Elite dancers.
So I guess many competitions
dropped this due to what you are addressing here.
Easier to just
omit I guess.
It\'s a great competition but since Cathy Roe knows some people
personally, she favors them and let\'s kids compete in the wrong
division. I\'ve seen it happen before and have proof that it did, but
there\'s really nothing you can do about it after-the-fact.
My daughter has attended Cathy Roe for 4 years. I like the special awards
given to recognize dances that might be standout but not perfect, although
the awards ceremony can be kind of long! I prefer the more understated MC
at Cathy Roe compared to the screamers at other competitions. They don\'t
do music and craziness at awards. I did find the awards system to be kind
of wordy in the last few years (Ultimate elite champion, superior champion,
etc), and had to keep looking up what things meant. One of the judges 3
seasons ago invited my daughters team to a dance intensive on scholarship,
which has turned out wonderfully for my daughter and her studio. I was not
a fan of how out of order dances ran. They just took who ever was ready
first within the current age group. Our studio is trying new things this
year, but I won\'t rule out coming back.
One of the best!! She is sweat as can be and the announcer is entertaining!
Scores are fair and reviews are helpful!
What else could we ask for in a 5 star review!!! Thank you.
Good competition. Knows waht they are doing and good judges.
What would it take to be \"Great Competition\"? We would welcome any
feedback to get us to 5 stars!
Thank you! We appreciate your time to give us a rating.
We attend Cathy Roe every year, it we love it. It is nice to attend a
competition that is not all about how many turns you can do in a row or
that you leap every five seconds. She truly appreciates choreography, no
just the same cookie cutter dance. This past year was truly amazing for my
girl. Cathy Roe was her last competition of her student career. After 12
years of competing, she was recognized by one of the judges as being truly
unique and special, and that she did have talent. And since this was a
solo that she had choreographed herself, it was all that more special.
Thank you Cathy Roe for daring to be different!rn
I\'ve been attending Cathy Roe\'s Ultimate Dance Competition since
first year they started, and I have been to National Finals 6 years
row, twice as a protege and just this past summer as an intern (to
the way the business works). Miss Cathy\'s slogan has ALWAYS
been \"Dare to
Be Different.\" She wanted to change the face of the
competition stage to
get choreographers to stop conforming to what is
\"in\"; to take a few
steps out of the box; to not be simply
satisfied with a work of art, but to
be completely invested in a
masterpiece. Because those who continue to come
to her competitions know
this, the Choreography Review is definitely the BEST
part of the entire
event (other than the family friendly environment in which you come to gain
MANY new friendships with dancers who share the same passion you have). The
originality and artistic visions presented are truly
There is NOTHING negative to say! LOVE this competition!!!!!
We've been attending this comp for over 5 years and love it! There
national comp is awesome!
We love our family of dancers! Thanks for the rating!
Cathy Roe dance competition is a Class Act. Cathy honors the Art of dance
and her dancers. Cathy makes it a point to get to know the dancers that
compete in her competitions. She is personable and reachable, which is
unique and very much appreciated. Cathy offers her dancers a number of
opportunities that you don't see at other competitions. Her Dance
Spectatular is an honor and a gift to the students who are chosen, they
have the chance to get to know and dance with other students from across
the county at National competition,have fun with each other, make friends,
and learn from each other. She also offers select students to be in her
Fashion Show and Heart and Soul companies. Cathy works very hard to make
each student feel special. She also takes the time to truly honor dance
instructors and parents. She includes parents in every phase of her
competitions. Cathy runs her competitions on time and yet understands if
exceptions need to be made around dance timing. We feel blessed having come
to know Cathy Roe and feel hers is one of the best Regional and National
competitions we have ever attended.
We do work very hard to get to know each student, parent and teacher.
It\'s good to hear we are making a difference. Thank you!
CRU Dance Competition is our absolute favorite and we look forward to it
every year. Cathy's desire to educate dancers and parents and to preserve
the institution and integrity of dance is what sets her apart in the
industry. I'm always learning with her, whether at Regionals or Nationals
she makes sure to assemble the best staff and vendors to inform and inspire
the dancers, teachers and parents. I told her at Nationals this year that
this was a Dance Convention with a Competition. Cathy also appreciates
artistry and originality in choreography, which is what my studio
specializes in. Thank you to Cathy and her staff for being helpful and
supportive and for bridging the gap for dancers and parents as to what
Thank you for taking the time to comment and giving us so much support!
Cathy and her staff are top notch; helpful, kind and wonderful to work
with. The competitions are organized and wholesome. We love the artistic
philosophy and the judges are fair and caring. Our favorite competition!
Thank you. We strive for Kind!
Cathy is amazing. Looking forward to more compeititions
Thank you! We will not disappoint!
We have attended this event for many years and we look forward to it every
season. My dancers love Cathy, her entire philosophy, and the Nationals are
incredible. Highly recommended from me.
Thank you for taking the time to recommed us!
I love the competition, but not a fan of cathy. One year, they were behind
so they gave a 5 minute break for lunch. How do you expect dancers to eat
in 5 minutes without puking?! She seems very full of herself at times and
goes on and on about certain people.
Our 30 minute lunch breaks have actually been for the sake of the judges.
We typically hold a 12-14 hour competition day where we find there is more
than adequate time for the dancers to eat during the course of the
competition day. It was considerate of the judges to give up their lunch
break that day so the kids wouldn\'t have to dance later in the evening
than expected. Our judges always have a 10 minute break every two hours
(with snacks) so they stay fresh and nourished.
This is the worst competition. The way their awards are named no one knows
what they mean. Obvious favoritism goes on. Don't waste your time or
money going to this one
Horrible, slanted and alienated all the dancers at awards by her statements
about dressing up for awards. Our dancers were last on stage before awards
after dancing non stop in the senior division and finishing production to
be told they should be dressed up in prom dresses like the only 1 studio
who had ever attended her comps before. Very strange. Many other issues
with playing favorites etc. She should retire. We won\'t be back.
I see this comment is from California. Since I haven\'t been to the
California competition for the past two years, I really couldn\'t have
made those comments about the kids dressing up for awards. I checked with
staff that did the CA show, no one knows about this announcement to wear
prom dresses. But if asked about awards wear, I would say this: Awards are
special, and it would be advantageous for dancers to stay in costume or
wear their team wear because we take a lot of pictures, and so do all the
parents and teachers. Tiaras and trophies with pajama bottoms and slippers
just do not have the same elegance and impact as with a costume or team
wear. I do know that there is a studio in California and one in Michigan
that really do love to dress up for awards, and wear dresses and heels. Why
not? They look gorgeous and they are having fun. This is their
\"signature awards look\", and their teachers must approve, maybe even
encourage it. It\'s really just about the kids having fun, taking
pictures, remembering the day and feeling very special. About
favorites.... I wasn\'t there but I do encourage the emcee to talk with
the kids backstage and try to learn as many of their names as possible. The
emcee always has a paper that shows the names when the dancer is a soloist,
so it\'s pretty easy for us emcees to learn the names of the soloists. We
try to learn names not to have favorites, but to give a personal touch to
as many kids, teachers and parents as we can.
I agree with the other poster. My experience is that Cathy Roe has a
relationship with certain dancers and they get the \"opportunities\"
that Cathy Roe has (fashion show, etc). She clearly has favoritism and
actually had a girl stand up and sing at awards and then went on and on
Oh, the girl that sang before awards. Wow. She was something. I see you
are from PA so I know we are talking about Williamstown, NJ comp. I play
games on stage with the dancers while we wait for awards to tally. That
night we were playing \"who is a triple threat?\" Not for awards, not
for prizes, just for fun while we waited. Three or 4 kids came up and took
the mic. Then that last girl, she took the mic and started singing and
everyone\'s jaw just dropped. Magnificent. Angelic. Astonishing. I did
indeed encourage her to finish her song, and the entire audience jumped to
a standing ovation with thunderous applause. Later, someone from her studio
emailed me and told me she struggled in dance, tried so hard to be there to
dance with her team. What a miracle that I saw her hand fly up when I asked
for triple threats to entertain us while we waited for awards. It wasn\'t
15 minutes of fame, maybe only three... but I am pretty sure that
child\'s life shifted that night. I\'d do it again in a New York minute
just to see the surprised, delighted, astonished look on her face as the
audience and all the dancers rose to ovation.
I don\'t know her, or
her name. But I will remember her forever.
The Fashion Show, Dance
Spectacular and A&P Dance Co. invitations are assigned by the emcee with
the help of the event director. The criteria is Technique and Stage
Presence. For Fashion Show, we also consider grooming and physical fitness
since this involves modeling. I have a relationship with all these
\"company\" dancers because I work with them for a week at Nationals,
however we invite hundreds of new dancers every year at regional comps.
This year, 97 NEW dancers accepted their invitations and joined the alum
dancers for these \"opportunities\" at Nationals. We gave out 500
invitations during the season.
We will never attend this competition again. Cathy Roe, herself, is
completely inappropriate. With at least 500 young ladies on stage awaiting
their awards, she pulls up 1 of competitors and raves about her for 10
minutes, informing all of the other dancers that they should strive to
perform just like her. She never took into account how that would make the
other girls feel. I find Cathy to be completely out of line and quite
frankly rude to any studio that she hasn\'t worked with before.
Ok...so no role models?