We have been attending this competition for the past 8yrs. now. When we first attended there were plenty of things questionable and I wasn't sure we would return. We took a couple years off due to scheduling conflicts and when we returned I was greeted immediately by the director who thanked me for returning, which was a nice touch. Since then this has become my studio kids and parent's favorite event. To see a comp grow the way this event has, has been pretty cool and if ever there have been any issues the director is very upfront, honest and communicates well. We continue to return.
I have attended Dance Effect since 2015 when I was dancer, so naturally when I opened my own studio I wanted my students to attend this once great competition. For years, I have always thought dance effect was ran very well with the staff being super nice and great and our experience this past year was awful. The staff were very nice and we had no problems with that, but the problem we did have was poor judging and several mistakes when it came to the awards. Now I’m not no sore loser. I fully understand every judge is different and some will like the dances you bring and some don’t, which is fine and understandable. BUT I found it very strange that the dances that placed very high and won several awards at REGIONALS did not place at all at NATIONALS and vice versa. Maybe it was just this particular weekend but supposedly they were having troubles with the program they used to tally scores. This caused several discrepancies in the overall scoring with dances that definitely had a questionable overall scoring. The award ceremony for the Junior age and level 1 overalls was never tallied and when they realized that they skipped over it, they had to go in the back to “hand” tally the scores which were so wrong it was hilarious. They were given overalls to kids who received golds over kids who won platinums/high golds. SEVERAL parents/other studio owners were pulling their kids off the stage and were fully leaving the venue. Eventually, they “fixed” it but it really makes me question the whole weekend and if it was accurate the whole time. Fast forward to nationals in Dallas, those routines that placed very well in Regionals did not place at all at Nationals and vice versa. It was like the routines that didn’t place at regionals placed at nationals and the once that placed at regionals didn’t do good at nationals. The whole situation is strange and I don’t think we will attend this competition ever again as a full studio. It’s sad that dance competitions nowadays are becoming more and more worse/rigged. It takes the joy out of dancing and competing. :/
Hello, we are saddened by your review and wish you would have reached out to me directly with any issues you may have had. We pride ourselves on being fair, honest and having integrity. Our competition has never been "rigged". Nationals had hundreds more routines and 4 completely different judges, which can give completely different opinions. If there was something on a critique that I need to know about that was negative, please let me know so I can address it.
The Regionals that you are referring to that had the issue with the Desire Level Juniors was addressed with studio owners by email, within days of it happening. It was a set up error in Dance Comp Genie that had been set up 10 years ago when we first started. For some reason the report didn't allow it to print when there were over 50 in the same level, this particular competition had 53 in that section. That was the first time TDE had ever had this happen so we were completely unaware it was even a thing, and it doesn't make any sense of why it was ever set up that way. After working with Dance Comp Genie for hours the Monday after competition, they figured it out. It was fixed immediately and will not happen in the future. When it happened at competition, during the award ceremony, I was so upset for those dancers and was frantically trying to fix it. I couldn't get the report to even show on my screen for that age level and group. I felt sick about it and was urgently trying to fix it by hand. Somehow, one page didn't show and that was how I read them wrong when I returned to the stage. Human error on my part. My nerves were out of control at the moment and I was trying to quickly complete it. I felt horrible. I still feel horrible for those dancers. I went back again and we discovered the 3rd page. We wrote them out again and came back up and presented them their awards they had worked so hard on earning. Every other score at OKC was correct. It literally just wouldn't show the Desire (level 1) Juniors due to an old set up error and was corrected the very next day!
I'm sorry that happened at the OKC Regionals. It will not happen in the future. And again, I am here if you would like to discuss any of this further. Thank you for your time and attending The Dance Effect.
Just attended their Intensive. An excellent day of dance, well run, great
teachers, no down time for kids, Parents got their money\'s worth of
We have been to a few of their competitions. We love the family atmosphere,
their positivity, and organization!
We really enjoyed our day in OKC! The staff was friendly and very helpful.
The announcers were fun (and not cheesy like some of those we have seen:)
and kept things moving along. The show started about 15 minutes late but
they finished the day ahead of schedule. I didn\'t have any problems
with the awards and our studio owner shared the reviews with the kids and
my daughters thought they were helpful. We definitely want to go back!
We have attended this competition twice now, and overall, great
competition. Love the staff and how well they interact with other studios,
parents, and dancers. May have some technical issues every once and
awhile...but overall, I do not mind attending this competition....which we
are in another week!!
Five stars had to be given by staff. No one who attended this competition
could give it a good rating. Staff was very nice. Competition was
terrible. Scoring is a mess. Everyone is scored and ranked together. So
solos go against trios, small groups, large groups, etc. No way to know
where your dance rated agains other similar dances. How can you have a top
three with solos and large groups?? NEVER seen this done before, even at
other small competitions. If you cant afford trophies, fine, but figure
out a way to place dances where it makes sense! Waste of our time and
I LOVE everything about this competition! I always look forward to dancing
on The Dance Effect Stage!
Great competition! Had so much fun. Friendly staff with a lot of energy!!
My students look forward to attending every year and sometimes twice a
year! Awards ran smoothly and are always fair. The competition provides a
family atmosphere that even allows the dance dads, moms, teachers, and
siblings to get involved! We also LOVE the move across the floor!!! We
always look forward to this competition and we will continue to attend
Last year we were a little disappointed but this year this competition has
fixed the problems that were going on before. Parents and the dancers
loved this competition and we will be going back again.
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Not impressed at all! Everything was so unprofessional and really just a
mess! I will not be returning to this show...save yourself the headache and
the money and go elsewhere!
We were not impressed with this competition. Right from the start, the
staff couldn\'t answer the questions we had about where our props go and
where the dressing room was. We ran behind schedule the entire day, only
because the staff was not trained to use the software they had for judging.
There were a zillion technical difficulties throughout the day. Several
dances even had to repeat their dance so that the judges could judge them
again after their adjudications were lost! The awards ceremony was
unorganized at best. It was unclear how the dancers were supposed to get
their awards. As it turns out, large groups, small groups, solos, duets,
and trios all compete against each other for the Top 3 at this
competition...and that doesn\'t seem very fair. After the competition, we
received our judges critiques and videos, which were very poor quality. We
didn\'t let our girls listen to any of the judges critiques because they
would have been discouraged based on the tone of the voice and lack of
encouragement of the judges. They were already nervous after dancing; they
came off the stage saying \"the judges hated our dance, they didn\'t
smile at all.\" It\'s probably because of how unorganized their job
was! They were recording their voice AND typing their critiques on a
computer at the same time! We noticed that one of our dances was missing in
our critiques. We were told that somehow that dance was not recorded...so
we didn\'t get judges critiques either. We will NOT be going back!!
Awards did not run well, nice staff, far from 2 stars. Save your money!
We had a good time at this comp in OKC we had fun backstage with Dana she
was so fun and great with the kids! She got all of us teachers on stage and
did a dance with them during the judges break. Awards could have went
smoother, there were issues handing out awards.
Very kind staff but very poorly ran. Competition ran 4 hours late and
ended at 1:00am on a school night. We never received critiques. Only an
excuse that they were untrained on software. It took 4 weeks to get scores.
First award ceremony handed out high scores all over the place... Then the
next only offered 3. We liked the convention but not competition.
The only way this comp could get a 5 star would have to come from the comp
team itself. Worse experience ever. They ran 4 to 5 hours behind and were
rude never apologized during although we did get a short email later. Our
critiques were supposed to be available within 24 hours on dance geni and
three weeks later we still do not have them. We were told the week after
that they were not trained on that yet and would be in the next day or two.
Sent several emails asking for updates and no response. I have never made
a negative rating when I have had bad experiences before but I just
don\'t think this business is legit. Very disappointing. Oh and we had an
over all winner in every category so not upset cause we did not agree with
If I could give negative stars I would.
How does a competition with
198 acts run 4 hours behind? This competition began at 7:00 IN THE MORNING
and the last awards STARTED at 1:15 the next morning. I take that back
there were not even 198 acts because studios were pulling their acts. My
favorite is that during the awards ceremony they were reading awards over
again...kids got two crowns, two trophies because everyone was clueless!
Very unprofessional, the owners are rude and claim they are in it
for the kids, yet as their attitudes proved, not so much.
judges and the backstage staff were the only bright spot of the
This hands down is the WORST run operation in the
dance community. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME!
This was a great convention! I loved the one on one time with the teachers
and the great choreography! It was very well run and the staff was super
friendly! We are excited to attend their competition! I highly recommend it