My studio attended their Albany regionals and Hyannis Nationals. At regionals, the live criticism helped us prepare in perfect in a more personal way. At Nationals, it wasn't very fitting considering the judges say "have more energy when you do it again", implying we were going to get in the showcase, which we did not. Speaking of the showcase, not including a production that the judges said were going to be in the showcase, were not put in because of a PROP that took TOO LONG to set up (literally 2 minutes). Judges scoring is the main issue why I rated this competition 3 stars. At regionals, the scoring was way off considering a dance from my studio that had almost a perfect score at every other competition (290-299) was given a 240. My studio owner contacted this competition, and Diva came back saying that one of the judges was FIRED within the time they contacted them. At Nationals, the judging was favored towards musical theatre hands down. AND FINALLY during awards, they went out one place. ONE PLACE. One place, and said nothing about the other places. At nationals, they promised to go out at least 5 places in each category, which didn't happen. All they did 2nd-5th was announce the dance and have the people in the dance give a wave. A WAVE. For all that hard work, a wave didn't cut it. I would say if you had the choice, to not attend this competition and attend another one with fair judging and actual awards.
Please at least try to standardize scoring, atleast a little. Bronze, Silver High silver, Gold, High Gold, and Platinum or Elite or whatever you want to call your high score but come on.
Love critiques are great but please make them constructive. Don’t just say it was so good! And then give a low score. Explain why.
Not a fan
Thank you to the Diva team for an AMAZING weekend!! Great family environment for the dancers.
This is a great comp for intermediate level teams. There is very little elite competition, so if you complete elite there won't be much competition for you. Staff is very nice, and comp is run well. A nice "feel good" competition.
I can't stress enough how kind the owners and staff are to everyone all weekend long. They are in the business for the right reason! The judging was superb from the novice to the elite division. They offered useful, level appropriate, constructive critiques to all of our dancers. The judges even remembered first names and previous routines and made the dancers feel valued. Just that act alone gave their feedback more weight than they will ever know. Can't say enough kind things!
Great comp. Judging very fair. Good for the smaller studios who aren't ultra competitive. Do wish they would give out more than 1st place though. At least top 5 for solos and duets.
Very dancer-focused, not flashy and \"commercial\" like many others.
Not rushed at all, could switch around numbers to accommodate dancers who
were in multiple acts. Live judging was fabulous. they were right on the
mark. Very positive and upbeat judging, with very constructive criticism.
Would definitely recommend. Just wish they gave out more than just first
First time attending this competition. Great staff, loved the live judging!
Scores and comments were uploaded quickly after the event. Interested in
We have been going to this comp for 4 years. The first two years we
attended, only the very best dancers received ultimate sapphire or
sapphire, which are their two highest trophies. This year it seemed like
almost everyone got ultimate sapphire and sapphire including sub-par
dancers. Furthermore, there is too little emphasis on technique by the
judges. The same dancers competed at another local comp less than a month
earlier. Three of the top four students in one of the divisions at DDC
didn\'t even place in the top ten at the other comp. DDC also lets
dancers compete against themselves such that one time the same dancer won
the title and third runner up in the same division at the same comp.
Had an awesome experience at this comp this weekend.....while my dancer was
intimidated by the concept of Live Judging, it turned out to be her
favorite part of the competition ....the judges were amazing , they really
know their stuff & pass on corrections & critiques in a manner that puts
the dancers completely at ease. We hope to do this comp earlier in the
season next year so the judges suggestions can be put to good use. Comp ran
on time, pictures are free,merchandise very reasonably priced...our studio
loved everything about it!!!!
Did DDC for the 2nd year in a row and must say it\'s our new FAVE! Great
critiques from PROFESSIONAL JUDGES (Impact dance Adjudicators). Scoring was
definitely fair throughout the entire event! I love that they have 3
categories: Apprentice (Rec), Corps (Competitive), and Elite (Advanced
Competitors) since some students came from studios with over a decade of
competition experience as well as being home schooled to focus solely on
dance. I think it\'s wonderful that these phenomenal dancers have the
appropriate category to compete in! A MUST TRY!
Best competition I have ever been to! The live judging was a very positive
unique experience I was able to take their corrections and improve my other
routines! It was a very well run competition the owners, judges, and staff
members were so nice and genuine. I especially like the free photos offered
on their facebook page definitely something you will not find at any other
competition. I will be attending this competition again in the future!
Not one bad thing to say about this comp!!! From the positive yet helpful
feedback to the incredible staff, best compeptition my daughter has
attended by far! The judges were extremely qualified and gave incredible
critiques. The day was very organized, and the times were not crazy for the
dancers (not too early in the morning, not too late at night). LOVE how
happy and easy-going the environment is! Also LOVE how it\'s for a
charity!! The staff was incredibly helpful, pleasant, and kind to both the
parents and dancers! I highly recommend this competition for everyone!
Amazing, well done diva! So excited to come back next year.
Are there negative stars because there was a clear studio favoritism
unorganized. They advertise about posting pictures on Facebook
them for free and they lost everything from Saturday.
Great competition! Love the cause and the live judging! Only complaint
would be to be a bit more specific in terms of scoring. For instance, for
some routines, we\'d hear nothing but GREAT COMPLIMENTS and at most 1-2
corrections. But come time to get the trophy, it would be an Ultimate
Diamond which is one of their lowest. This didn\'t happen often but when
it did, it was hard to understand why. Besides that, great weekend with
lots of freebies!
INCREDIBLE comp!!! Can\'t say enough good things. The owners and judges
were so well qualified and positive. The live judging was helpful to
everyone and allowed the dancers to improve in mere minutes. Also gave
out free water bottles to all dancers and all pictures were free and posted
on Facebook the same day..,UNHEARD OF at other comps. Much of the proceeds
go to charity which is so awesome. It\'s impossible for anyone to be
negative while attending this comp, which makes for a wonderful and
inspiring event. It was a smaller comp but will only grow because it is so
great. Schedule was received over a week early. Awards were short because
of the live judging and were really helpful for our studio in particular
because we didn\'t have to worry about handing out the pins to each
dancer while sitting on stage...they were handed out immediately following
the routine. Only thing at awards were overalls, special awards, and
titles. Loved being able to hear each judges opinion of a routine because
it is tough to figure out what they\'re thinking based solely on written
comments . Always positive but intelligent critiques. Just a great
learning experience overall and a fun day. TRY THIS COMP you will not
Very unique experience!! After each routine performs, you get LIVE
IMMEDIATE feedback from the judges and your individual award!! So cool!
Great to see students take the feedback and apply in their very next
routine. Judges were very qualified and technical. Awards at the end of
the day are only overall high scores so very quick. Highly recommend this
experience for your dancers.