Dance League and all of its staff is top notch. The dedication to technical training is outstanding. I appreciate the individual attention that give to each dancer. The instructors are all very knowledgeable and honest. Each year they bring in industry speakers and judges to help educate the dancers. I highly recommend this convention to anyone.
Dance League is by far our favorite convention/competition of the year! Professional staff, amazing faculty, and educational for all ages and levels. I truly enjoy the way that this organization teaches respect for the art of dance. Specifically, they do not allow people to roam around in and out of the competition room while performances are taking place. The doors only open in between numbers. MANY other competitions should take notes!!
Dance League is a class act!! The convention classes were all extremely
educational and the competition ran smoothly. We felt that the judging was
very fair as well.
The faculty and staff were absolutely amazing.
They truly care about the students in attendance and do their best to help
the dancers succeed! Our dancers loved this past weekend and are eager to
attend the next Dance League convention already!!! If you are unsure about
whether or not to attend this convention/comp then take my word for
Thank you everyone at Dance League! Our students enjoyed this competition
over others they have attended this year! The ballrooms were accommodating
with enough space for everyone and the teachers were positive and helpful.
It was amazing!!! I had a wonderful time at Dance League I learned a LOT
and that\'s good! I can\'t wait for it to come to my city again!
Things that make you go hmmmmmmm. One unfavorable review then suddenly 14
new people became members and all left five star reviews in one day. I
would take them with a grain of salt.
Wow, two reviews were overly unkind. Makes me question your motive.
I wish I could rewind and start the weekend back over because it was so
much fun!! Competitions that include conventions are my favorite to attend.
I love to take class and to take from new people other than my year round
teachers. Over the weekend I got to take 11 classes (2-Ballet, 2-Jazz, 2
Hip-hop, 1-Tap, 2-Lyrical/Contemporary, 2-Jazz Funk) and got to practice my
auditioning skills by going thru the process of auditioning along side
dancers my age and older to be considered for scholarships. I was given
opportunities in these classes to go on stage and perform along side the
company members. I got some great feedback from all of the instructors and
had a well rounded learning experience. Everyone was very helpful and up
beat and encouraging giving us pointers on what it\'s gonna be like
trying to break out in this area of art. They made us feel comfortable in
our skin and that it\'s ok to make mistakes. If we had questions they
answered them. When someone in the back said they couldn\'t see well, the
front half of the class sat down so the instructor could go over the steps
again. They even encouraged us to make new friends by having us go
introduce ourselves to someone in the class we didn\'t know. Because ya
never know when one day you may be working along side or FOR the person
standing next to you today. I also competed and was honored with the fact
that I got First in my catagory because only 1-3 was given. The medal is
easier for me to keep as a keepsake than a trophy that will only end up in
an attic when I get older or in a garbage heap one day because lets face
it, when you are a competitive dancer what do you do with them when you
move to LA or New York. I also loved the faculty showcase where we got to
see the instructors do their thing on stage. The freestyle challenge was so
fun and I got to show off my best tricks! I can\'t wait to attend Dance
League next year! I want to work for a company like them when my
professional career comes to an end!!
Dance League is Amazing!! I attended this past weekend with my studio and
had so much fun. I absolutely loved the convention. The teachers had alot
of personal knowledge about what it\'s like to be a working dancer and
shared it with us. They were very encouraging and answered any questions
that we had. The combinations they taught were so much fun to dance and
allowed us to show our creative side and style with sections we could
improve along with their choreography. They gave out alot of scholarships
and although I didn\'t receive one, I was really proud of myself for
making it thru all the rounds of cuts which I felt was an accomplishment
since it was a first for me. I had alot of fun at the competition also. I
had to make several quick changes because my studio brought all of our
dances (53 in all to be exact) but we easily managed. We didn\'t know the
line up until we got out of class but we had two hours to get ready and get
our outfits in the correct order to be ready to go. We knew the line up
would be available after 12 because the information on the website that
gave us our convention line up told us that would happen. It\'s not the
first competition that we\'ve been to that you don\'t learn what
rotation and when you perform is until you get there and buy a program
book. I was in the first dance of the competition and was supposed to have
3 numbers till my next routine. Two soloists from other studios dances
where held because they weren\'t ready which left me one dance to change
and get backstage and it was no issue for me and my duo partner. We went on
and performed because the show must go on and you just do what you have to
do. I loved the whole experience and am currently waiting to find out if my
mom will let me try out to be a member of their company so I can travel and
do more conventions with them thru out the year! I loved the faculty and
Ms. Desiree was so nice to me that next year can not get here fast enough!!
We attended in New Orleans with our studio. Several of us had tried to
find reviews or information beforehand but was unable to do so. Several of
us plan to right reviews now that we have found this website. I really try
to find the good in something even when things aren\'t going well because
I want my child and our other studio dancers to have a positive memory. It
should have been a sign when we were unable to get the lineup beforehand to
give to relatives that wanted to attend. We were given the lineup about
noon the day of the performance and it started at 4:30. When we noticed
that the lineup had all of our dancers (and we were the biggest school
there but there were very few school in attendance) with almost impossible
changes, it didn\'t matter. They were not willing to work with us or the
other school we talked to. I understand quick changes but it was not
realistic, especially when the dressing room is not next to the back stage
entrance. When you have dancers having to change tights, hair piece, hair
style (ex. bun to ponytail) costume and shoes, in about 4 to 6 minutes is
not realistic and causes unnecessary stress. Had we known in advance, our
studio could have worked out a plan and talked it over with the dancers but
being that we didn\'t have the lineup until hours before (The kids
didn\'t know the lineup until after their classes, which was 2:30), no
plan was made. Very unprofessional. Our studio did well but in the end,
it was so small that all studios placed in something. About classes - my
dancers (ages preteen to teen) said the classes were \"okay\". Another
daughter said that on a scale of 1 to 10 of all the conventions she has
attended, she rates it a 3. They did say that they enjoyed the jazz class
but other than that, nothing was \"that great\" and the hip hop
teacher \"didn\'t know how to teach kids\". Overall, very
This is Anna Manzo and I am the tour director for Dance League. I would
love the opportunity to speak with you so that we can address every one of
your complaints. We strive to promote and deliver nothing short of
excellence and don\'t want any of our clients feeling this way. We do
appreciate your comments, so please contact me as I would like to be able
to address your comments. We can change your opinion to another satisfied
customer but need the opportunity to do so. Thank you and sincerely hope to
hear from you.
As a professional dancer of 14 years and a teacher on Dance League, I feel
compelled to counter one of the reviews. In professional auditions, numbers
are not always assigned to dancers nor are they always necessary. At Dance
League, the auditions are closed to non-auditioners, but I can assure you
that we do not utilize numbers because we are extremely efficient and do
not need them. However, as in professional auditions, we do assign dancers
to groups, and then certain dancers are selected to move to the next round.
At Dance League, we want to give dancers an experience that mirrors
situations they will encounter as professional dancers. We are extremely
excited to see all of you next season!!
I have to say my daughters absolutely LOVED this event!! I can give a very
unbiased review because I am a mother of twin dancers. Although they are
twins they both had very different experiences and both want to return. One
of my girls won an overall for her solo and a scholarship while the other
did not. The one that did not still walked away feeling inspired and
encouraged. She knew that this was a REAL competitive experience where only
the top performers of the day would receive the awards. Both of my girls
stood out in convention classes and got the chance to dance on the stage
with the company members and got some extremely nice compliments from the
instructors. I sat in and watched the classes and was VERY impressed by ALL
of them. The dancers were given some very good helpful industry tips for
the dancer who wants to make it in today\'s dance world. As far as the
competition goes I liked the fact that someone was posted at the door to
stop people from entering while a performance was going on. Someone who has
never themselves danced in such a medium may not realize how detrimental it
is to a dancer to have the distraction of light changes and chaotic
movements going on while they are performing. So quick entry in and out of
the performance venue is necessary not only for their safety but also to
keep things flowing in a timely manner. Our dancers did have some quick
changes but it was easily managed since this is what is preparing them to
be professionals. The routines that could not accomplish that were held and
they made an announcement that they were returning to that number and they
were allowed to perform. We even had a dancer get ill on the stage and she
was allowed to return later and perform her dance again. My kids loved the
freestyle showcase before awards. The closing show was amazing!! The staff
was extremely friendly and helpful. This is a new and up coming
convention/competition that we definitely will return to with pleasure!
Dance League is a breath of fresh air on the convention scene. We have
attended since the beginning and have attended 3 cities each year. The
class sizes are great and allow for more personal attention from the
The teachers and staff are the most personable people I have
encountered in the convention/competition arena. They are always open for
comments and questions and follow up quickly. The teachers are amazing and
are very approachable. Whenever my daughter sees a teacher outside of
class, they smile, wave, give hugs and encouragement.
has it right. She wants to encourage all dancers. Her attitude is shared
by the staff and teachers as well. We will definitely be back.
I wish I could give more stars! Dance League is by far a very professional,
organized and well run event! The entire staff was very helpful in making
changes in the schedule due to quick changes, they were also all so
supportive and encouraging to the dancers backstage. The convention was
amazing! I\'d say one of the best conventions I\'ve been to in a long
time. These teachers know how to teach and really take the time to
encourage all students! Desiree Robbins is a class act, so professional and
very accommodating. We will definitely return!
my 6 year old DIVA loved it!!!! She loved the teachers and the atmosphere!
She learned lots and the competition was fantastic!
The long day was
killa for the young ones but we know weeks prior it was gonna be tough! The
staff was very welcoming to all Dancers and encouraged all levels of
dancers to step out of their comfort zone!
Dance League is an amazing organization! The convention/competition this
weekend was educational and inspiring for all of our dancers and faculty
who were lucky enough to attend. The versatile faculty and diversity of
classes that Dance League offers is...sadly...unmatched in the dance
convention world these days. The staff members were extremely friendly and
overall this was a very smoothly run event. LOVE that the competition
only awards the top three in each category! We will return next year!
We just did Dance League for the first time. My daughter said it was her
favorite convention so far! The classes and staff were wonderful. I felt
the competition was fairly judged, and it was overall a great weekend!
Amazing convention teachers & competition. Everyone is very friendly &
professional!!!! We will be back for sure
This was our first Dance League Convention/Competition. My just-turned 15
year old was registered as a Senior, the first time for her to be in that
division, so was understandably somewhat nervous. One of the Dance League
Company dancers went out of her way to talk to her and make her feel at
ease immediately, as did the ladies who helped us at the registration area
on the first day. The classes were focused on the students and teaching. My
daughter especially enjoyed the ballet, contemporary, and tap classes,
along with Desiree Robbins\' classes. The teachers used positive
communication to teach the student and the classes provided diverse
training. This is a smaller convention that is less stressful than the
larger ones. There were a few small things that could be tweaked, - I
don\'t know of a dance convention where no tweaks are needed and
everything is perfect - but it definitely is a top, high-quality
convention. We go to quite a few each year, though not always the same
ones. This is one we have put on our list to attend, again, next year, and
my daughter is greatly looking forward to it.
An amazing convention and competition! All of the teachers and staff were
very friendly and kept things rolling smoothly. All of the staff was
informative and there was no confusion or rushing dancers backstage. Loved
everything about the weekend! Definitely one of my favorites! I know we
will be back next year.
I absolutely loved Dance League!!! I was so impressed with the diversity of
the classes and the amount of classes in two days for the students. I have
noticed in other conventions the same type of dance is repeated and
repeated, the students are not getting diverse dance training. The faculty
of Dance League were involved with talking to students about what to expect
in the professional career. They gave TONS of scholarships to the
students!!! I appreciate the competition awards of only First, Second and
Third, I consider that a real competition. Thank you for an amazing
The worse convention/comp we have attended ever. Quick changes of only two
to three dances in between (some solos had one dance to change) and they
would not budge on this stating that if you miss your slot, you couldn’t
compete. The most tears, hyperventilation, stress-filled kids, and melt
downs I have ever seen at a competition.
The rudest staff we have ever
encountered in all areas. Young girl was used to block the door between
dances and she opened it for about 45 seconds to let people in and out.
Kids were told to “hurry up and get back stage” as they were all
scrambling around with quick changes. Teachers were not allowed to enter
backstage. The kids stated that they were talked to in a rude tone once
Awards – three winners in each category, 1st, 2nd, and
3rd so the award ceremony is short. Award was a cheap ribbon with a metal
(and only for the top three winners. One ribbon per winning group dance,
not one per child.)
The stage was a large platform provided by the venue
(a large hotel ballroom) about 2 ft off of the ground with no marley and
only one side to enter and exit from, no side wings. It was thin wood that
was sticky which made it very difficult to turn on.
convention classes – one good teacher and the rest were average. There
was no building up the kids and creating an exciting/fun environment like
we have had at other conventions.
Auditions – Kids were not given
numbers. They did a ballet combo across the floor and some kids were
pulled out to continue on to learn a jazz combo. They learned it,
performed it, then some kids were pulled out and told to go give their
names to someone. The scholarships were like coupons, meaning $50 to $150
off of their next Dance League convention. I think there were one or two
full scholarships given.
There were many other issues but this review
would be too long.
I can’t imagine that this one will be around very
While Dance League is open to feedback, we never heard from this person
during the entire event.
Dance League strives to make every student
happy and enjoy their time with us. However, we question some of the
dubious facts she has stated.
We understand the power of the consumer
review and always attempt to make things right when others perceive
failure. Sadly this person gave us no opportunity to do so.
Absolutely LOVE Dance League! Desiree and her staff are very professional
and caring. The instruction is very personal and technical and that is
something that is getting lost in a lot of conventions.
My daughter said that the floors were too slippery.Not like other
Excellent teaching faculty! Open to feedback. Great well-rounded class
curriculum. Classes that focus not just on dance but on life and how things
can to their young lives. Stress free classes. Have attended since first
year and love that it is only a 3 place competition. Highly recommended!
Our dancers attended Dance League for the first time this year. All of the
girls came back inspired and they all had an amazing time in classes!
Desiree is awesome! We love Dance League and definitely plan on attending
her events in the future!
I am impressed with intimate setting Desiree is giving to the dancers and
teachers in the dance community .
Dance League was amazing! Everyone was so friendly and my students really
learned! The judges were very kind. Anna Manzo was simply amazing and so
was Desiree! I made so many connections and new friends!
I love this competition/convention. They are so judges are so positive and
they inspired my new dancers.
Biased competition in Louisiana.