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  • 3.4 - Average Ratings
  • 84 Total Reviews
    Parent : 58.33 %
    Dancer : 7.14 %
    Studio Owner : 22.62 %
    Teacher : 11.9 %

  • 1105 N Al Davis Road
  • New Orleans ,LA
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CELEBRATION TALENT COMPETITION

Apr 13 2021

Stage was very small. Made us stand in the cold waiting to enter the venue. Scores were low and routines that clearly were not as skilled or frankly, good, but from larger studios, won most often. Communication with the staff prior to the event was unsuccessful. And scores that the announcer read as high points were in some cases lower then scores some of our groups received yet we were not placed in the overalls.

Venue : 3
Judging : 2
Staff : 2
Awards : 2
Communication : 1
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Apr 13 2021

Mar 23 2021

Covid has caused things to run differently but the event was horrible. We waited in the cold until they opened the doors at the venue. As soon as we got in they wanted us to start the competition without warming up. We asked for 10 min. Which thankfully they agreed. The venue ran super fast and lifeless and stage was small. We were the only dance school at the venue at that time. The students had to sit in the audience to recieve there medallions. Again very lifeless. Repeatedly the competition said trophies would be mailed. We stayed the day overalls was shown. We left with some metal plaques. I reviewed when I got home the awards given. They gave us a sweater vs a jacket for title winner. Which is not what they said on website. They did not give us one of the plaques for a category winner. It is completely understandable to make mistakes but when I called the person who answers never has any answers. Always a call back. To make a long story short. They delivered the awards to wrong address times 2. We never got the category plaque and no other trophies given. 2 of my dancers recieved Ruby and did not recieve anything but a medallion. Which is fine but when I asked who gets the Ruby. The answer was we will review paper. Also, even though I changed and routine months in advance. Instead of automatically getting credit to add to the other routine. I had to pay for a whole other group routine. I Was told if I signed a paper the money would be given back. Later told no money back but credit will be given. Now i recieved a email stating check will be mailed. I will not hold my breathe. Worst experience ever. Have never been to a worse competition.

Venue : 1
Judging : 1
Staff : 1
Awards : 1
Communication : 1
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Mar 23 2021

Sep 11 2020

They cancelled an event in Amarillo and will not return any funds, NOR will they respond. If your going into this competition, be ready to shell out money to never see it again and with the possibility of them cancelling the event and GOODLUCK, getting them to callback. I called Civic Center and they are not withholding any funds from them on their end, so there is no reason for them not to return. They must not have any funds to return, already spent elsewhere?? I have a copy of their policy and they return within 10 business days. I have called multiple times, emailed, texted, and even got their cell # (they blocked me), and over one month later, not one SINGLE response back. I would not deal with this unprofessional operation....if you even call it an "operation".

Venue : 1
Judging : 1
Staff : 1
Awards : 1
Communication : 1
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Sep 11 2020

Sep 19 2019

One of the best competitions by far. We attended nationals this year in Florida. My daughter absolutely loved the welcoming party. The staff was super helpful, competition ran on time, and the convention classes was an added bonus.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 19 2019

Sep 18 2019

Very well run and always on time. We do this one every year and we love to be a part of it!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 18 2019

Sep 18 2019

We look forward to competition at celebration talent every year. This competition is run like a well oiled machine. You can schedule anything around this competition. If they say it will end at 8:23, it will end at 8:27. The staff is very accommodating and goes out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. My daughter has competed at Celebration Talent for many years. Every time the owners see us they always go out of their way to say hello and chat with my daughter on a one to one basis. I would recommend this competition to anyone.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 18 2019

Sep 18 2019

THE ABSOLUTE BEST COMPETITION EVER! Our studio has been participating in this competition for years, and our dancers look forward to it. We always compete at regionals and quite often compete at nationals. Our dancers look forward to this competition every year. Not because they think they will "WIN" but because they love the friendly staff and they know it is a fair competition with honest judges. Our kids know that they will leave with more confidence from positive feedback as well as critiques they can use to better themselves as dancers. From a parents perspective, I love the fact that the competition is ran so smoothly and on time. I can understand the awards when they are presented to the dancers (some comps are confusing when giving out awards). I appreciate the venues they choose, the convenient parking, the large dressing rooms, they must take all of that into consideration when booking locations. I recommend Celebration Talent Competition because it is a reputable competition that your studio will enjoy.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Sep 18 2019

Jul 15 2019

Awesome!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 4
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Jul 15 2019

May 02 2019

We have been going to Celebration since the very beginning (10+ years) and always found the competition well run, on time, fairly judged, and awarded. I do have to speak up about the recent change in the way selections for Dance of the Year are made though. My daughter came in 2nd place OVERALL (in a regional competition with 70+ solos) in the Senior Shining Star (Advanced) category, yet the Dancer of the Year jackets were awarded to 1st, 4th, and 7th places. WHY? The only reason I can see is that if they had awarded the 3 jackets to top 3 (as it should be) the jackets would have all gone to the same studio. This is entirely unfair. Please stop trying to spread the awards so all studios walk away happy!

Venue : 4
Judging : 3
Staff : 0
Awards : 3
Communication : 4
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May 02 2019

Jul 15 2018

The venue was nice. The awards were good. The competition ran pretty close on time. The event had many routines, yet ours were bunched together causing several quick changes. Very stressful. The judging was horrible. Biased toward the larger studios that spent more money and attended their workshops. The judges liked the cheezy dances with flashy costumes. The judges did not score based on technique at all. Some of the best dancers got high gold, while the flashy costumes got platinum. So if you want to do well.... pick the cheeziest routine, flashiest costume, attend their pre-competition workshops, and have a large dance studio. If you are good at technique, work hard to have clean routines, have costumes that are normal, have a small dance studio, or are unable to attend the workshops.... Don't bother with this competition.

Venue : 5
Judging : 1
Staff : 2
Awards : 3
Communication : 1
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Apr 26 2018

We have been in the dance competition world for 4 years and Celebration is by far the best ran event. The staff is friendly, the judges are fair, the really strive to stay on time and they have fun with the kids! Mitchell and Robin take pride in what they have created!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Mar 04 2018

First time my daughter's studio competed at Celebration - it was a GREAT EXPERIENCE! Organized and the judges were fabulous; they were attentive and all our students said it helped relax them on stage. Can't wait for next year!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Aug 20 2017

We have always enjoyed Celebration Dance Competition. It has been a couple years since we have attended, but it has always been one of our favorites. The staff is so friendly and the competition is run very professionally. They give so many awards to their dancers and make them feel so special. If the opportunity comes up again, we will definately go back!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 4
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Aug 18 2017

Celebration is by far our studio's favorite competition to attend. There is so much to praise about Celebration Talent I'll name just some of my favorite things.. * Friendly staff that make us feel we are apart of their dance family. My students feel the same way about the staff and really look up to them. * The fact that solos, duo/trios, small groups, large groups, etc are mixed into one section of competition. It makes it more fun to watch in the audience, and easier on teachers herding children backstage. Not to mention how much more spacious this makes the backstage area.. wings aren't packed with 5 large groups ready to go in a row. * 2 Levels of competition. Fun and different from most other competitions. * On time and organized. Always. * Assigned dressing rooms. * Title winner/Dancer of the Year competition is my favorite and in my opinion the most prestigious of any title competition. * Receiving judge critiques and score sheets as soon as the event is over. *As a teacher I love that not every routine scores a diamond/platinum, those awards are earned with hard work and extreme passion. This way of scoring makes it even more special for students who are awarded diamond/platinums. * We also love Celebration's National events. We like that we know exactly how the week will go and what to plan for. The host hotels/locations make it fun for the whole family. Our students love the opening number, showdown, and the other extra things CTC does for them such as the contests, scavenger hunts, parties etc.

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 5
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Aug 11 2017

We enjoy Celebration. The competition runs smoothly and assigned dressing rooms are a nice add on the what can be a stressful part of the weekend. The best part about the events I have attended is that the owners are present and working to make the event the best they can. As a studio owner, I know that having the owners on site keeps Celebration on target. No one cares more than this couple about what is happening with their business. In our industry everyone is trying to come up with the next big thing in terms of awards, what they offer the studios in terms of perks . . . I am happy if things run on time, registration all the way to receiving critiques is organized, music issues do not occur, staff is friendly and cares about the customers. This is what I have experienced at Celebration.

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Aug 10 2017

The competition seemed to be a little disorganized. The judges critiques were more about my daughter's appearance rather than her dancing. The video package I ordered took months to arrive but the pictures are very good quality and we did get a lot of great action shots. I did enjoy that it was only 2 levels as opposed to 3 which seems to be where most competitions are going these days.

Venue : 3
Judging : 2
Staff : 3
Awards : 3
Communication : 1
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Jul 01 2017

Absolutely horrific! We traveled many hours to the Orlando Nationals. In my opinion, the competition is outdated, but that would be least of my concerns. During a group routine, we tried to go into the room The Celebration Talent Competition staff member barred us from entering the room since we were a minute late...it didn't matter that he let two women in just before us. This staff member knew we could enter from another side, but didn't bother telling us. All he would say is that we could not enter. He slammed the door the three times we tried entering, he slammed the door in our faces. We missed the routine. When we finally entered the dance area, of course we discovered that people were entering from other sides. Was is too much to ask of the Celebration Talent Staff to tell us we could enter from around the corner? When I spoke to other Celebration Talent Competition staff members, they were unsympathetic to the indifference of their "staff." I explained how many hours we traveled and money we spent: we Chose to go to their competition. The female Celebration staff member was completely indifferent to my complaints. No apologies or sympathy was even remotely expressed. if a company doesn't respect it's consumers, it is not worth supporting. In my opinion, find a a more cutting edge competition that values it's dancers and consumers. If there were negative stars, I would give it 2 negative stars.

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Jun 08 2017

Great competition that runs on time, is very organized, and has some of the best staff running it! We love the extra awards given and the giant cup given to the highest scoring number (Superstar awards). The only negative was the somewhat confusing scoring. Overall we liked this competition and will definitely be back!

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
Communication : 4
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Apr 12 2017

Pros: having assigned dressing rooms is a real plus! In addition, there was some phenomenal studios there - really a huge amount of talent present. Trophies and awards are nice - I like the special awards/ judges' choice, etc. Ran on time, which I really appreciate. Cons: No videography or photography. I find that very disappointing. The biggest issue; however, is with the most important facet of the competition itself - judging. Very confusing adjudication - most of the studio's dances were performed better than the prior competition but were awarded adjudication scores 2 levels lower. Also, one of the judges thought clogging numbers were tap performances with loose taps. Seriously? The announcement and scoring sheet that stated "clogging" didn't clue the judge in that it was not a tap routine? Unacceptable that a trained judge would not be familiar with a category of dance that is being judged. Felt like a waste of money.

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Apr 05 2017

We attended Celebration in Jacksonville, this was our studio's first year with this company. PROS: newer company, staff was very friendly, great branding, fun event, and they really had their stuff together. Not very crowded, never had an issue trying to find a place to sit. The dressing rooms were assigned, which I prefer. Smaller number of studios meant Sat/Sun only (no Fri night) and they give breaks for lunch and dinner. Awards ceremonies were fun but without all the games and other nonsense which made them much shorter. CONS: their scoring system is weird. They only have two categories - Rising Star and Shining Star. So...my daughter was in the Shining Star category but she was up against girls who were far more advanced than she is. In other words, she is "intermediate" level and she was competing with girls that are "elite" level. But because of only having those two categories it really didn't even out. I did not like that at all. Also their scoring system is very difficult. A studio owner will tell you that is a good thing. And perhaps it is, but as a parent it can be tough to watch all those hours of practice and effort be awarded with a "gold" when your dancer is awarded "high gold" or "platinum" at any other competition. Maybe it was the judges, I'm not sure. The dressing rooms - I know I listed the assigned dressing rooms as a pro and I stand by that. However, our studio was in a larger dressing room with two other studios. One of them was HUGE and overtook the entire room to the point where some parents of other studios could not get to their stuff. Meanwhile, there were smaller, empty dressing rooms going unused. I think this is a fantastic concept but needs some work. The photography company (A Cut Above) was ok. You have to buy all of the photos from a dance which I know is common at some competitions. But you pay $25 for a set of photos and you get maybe 3-4 good ones. Some of them were blurry to the point you couldn't make out what they were. This isn't the competitions fault, just something to note. Lastly, not necessarily a pro or con, but this is the first competition I have been to that had very few group dances. The solos and duets dominated both days. Just thought that was odd, maybe due to the smaller number of studios entering.

Venue : 5
Judging : 3
Staff : 5
Awards : 2
Communication : 5
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Apr 04 2017

We attended a regional competition in Norfolk this year. The venue was beautiful, and we really liked having assigned dressing rooms. The staff was very nice as well. I felt like the judging did not make sense and seemed unfair even. Only routines that were in the overalls received special awards, 2-3 studios received everything. All of our instructors were really unhappy with this competition. Some of our students felt extremely defeated after they were done competing. We will not be attending this competition in the future.

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