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  • Gold Star Competition


  • 4.1 - Average Ratings
  • 68 Total Reviews
    Parent : 36.76 %
    Dancer : 27.94 %
    Studio Owner : 17.65 %
    Teacher : 17.65 %

  • 480 N Canton Center Rd
  • Canton ,MI
  • 6317640641
  • manager@crudance.com

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CRU DANCE COMPETITION

Mar 23 2021

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.

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Mar 23 2021

Mar 08 2021

We have attended CRU dance competition for the last 4 years and are always pleased. Staff is always wonderful to work with!

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Mar 08 2021

Mar 02 2021

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.

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Mar 02 2021

Sep 15 2020

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

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Sep 15 2020

Nov 16 2019

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

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Nov 16 2019

May 07 2019

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.

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May 07 2019

Sep 18 2018

Good competition but disappointed they ran out of programs at nationals.

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Mar 20 2018

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!

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Jul 22 2017

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.

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Jul 13 2017

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!!

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Jul 04 2017

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.

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Apr 28 2017

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.

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Apr 26 2017

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!

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Apr 23 2017

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.

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Apr 21 2017

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.

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Apr 21 2017

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: Photos: 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. Choreography Review- 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, Cathy Roe

Nov 20 2016

Very good competition.

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Apr 21 2017

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

Nov 16 2016

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 quick.

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Jul 13 2016

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 year.

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Aug 09 2016

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

May 14 2016

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!

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Aug 09 2016

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 quantity. We want to stay \"Classy\", \"Organized\" and what everyone loves....\"On Time\"!!

May 04 2016

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! Hope to be there next year!

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Aug 09 2016

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 hand). Thank you for taking the time to rate us!

Apr 23 2016

Well organized

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Aug 09 2016

We try!