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  • 3.8 - Average Ratings
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    Dancer : 18.52 %
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    Teacher : 11.11 %

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  • Brunswick ,GA
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FUSION NDC

Feb 23 2021

My studio participated in the Fusion competition this year. The competition is like every other except the venue is much smaller in size. I saw a couple dances in particular where I saw many mistakes (bent knees in turns, bent knees in acro tricks, sloppy arms, etc.) but I also saw outstanding performances as well. When it came time for awards I was scared until I saw literally EVERYONE receive and award!! It was like an award for participation. And I'm not sure of the judges were half asleep or just need a pair of glasses because they obviously weren't watching the routine I was. A routine in particular like I said was very messy. She went into a double pirouette with a bent supporting leg, it was just messy overall. The one right after was messy, but was not as sloppy as the solo before yet the messier routine won PLATINUM?! and the one that performed right after scored lower. I was in shock especially after watching every participant receive an award. Is this seriously what we have to do nowadays, give every dancer a trophy so it is accounted as "fair"?? I was very disappointed. Giving a dancer an award like platinum is you saying there was not much criticism to give and makes the dancer believe there is not much for he/she to work on or fix. Criticism is what makes a person grow and improve and by just handing awards out like they're candy does not help a dancer and will not prepare him/her for the REAL DEAL competitions where you actually have to work for an award. The staff was very polite and welcoming. And to comment on a previous post, the dancers are placed on numbers of hours they train a week. Some are naturally flexible or just amazing dancers that have not reached their full potential yet. Yes it is possible for a dancer to only train 3-4 hours a week and have perfect a la seconde turns or be able to flip around stage like nobody's business. You do not know ANYTHING about the dancers background. They could practice at home for hours on end or they could be a former gymnast. You don't know. A comment like that is very disrespectful and shows that you don't have confidence in your dancer. Studios enter their kids based off hours of training and competition experience and although some studios may not always be 100% honest, this is not always true. Just thought I would help the woman that has to reply to the same comments and explain to you guys how it works 1,000 times a day.

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Feb 23 2021

May 30 2019

Loved this competition we have always went! staff is friendly and kind to our dancers. We don't like the venue that much that they use for Tampa. But as far as the scoring and awards are good. ** Nationals in 2018 was way too long they didn't organize it well but I heard this year they have revamped the schedule so that it would be better for all. *We have been 2017, 2018, 2019

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May 30 2019

Apr 08 2019

This was our fist time attending your competition and I do have to say my studio and parents were disappointed this past weekend. It felt like your competition was all about money and who brought you the most money. The dressing room situation was terrible. And although we complained we were not accommodated. Most studios were given a private dressing room or they shared it with another studio. Their dressing rooms had good lighting, tables, chairs, mirrors. My studio had to share a dressing room (if you can even call it that) with two other studios. Our "dressing room" was curtained off in a hallway in front of the bathrooms. We had to smell the bathrooms all weekend; there weren't any chairs, tables, mirrors and very poor lighting for us. On top of the fact that the space was only enough for about eight people. Not for three studios with all their bags, parents to do their makeup, etc. On Sunday, my studio couldn't even step foot into the "dressing room" as we didn't have to be there as early as the other studios. So since there wasn't enough space for us we had to use the main lobby to put all our stuff and do our hair and makeup etc. Since we didn't have anywhere to put our personal belongings, some of our parents couldn't watch and support our dances because we couldn't leave our stuff unattended. This was very poor planning on your part. The overall placements were inconsistent. With the amount of money you charge for competition fees you can announce more than top 1 and/or top 3 for overall placements in some of the categories. And let's not forget about how you control and reward studios competing their group dances in the intermediate division but had those same dancers compete their solos in the advanced division and winning overalls and also receiving platinum stars. How is that fair to studios that are truly beginners or intermediate? We were very disappointed with your competition and I hope you can take this feedback and do better for the future years.

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Apr 08 2019

Thank you for your feedback. I have responded to your email personally and will again address your concerns on this forum. First let me try to explain how we determined the dressing space when we assign dressing space (we typically only assign dressing space at venues where there seems to be a lack of space so studios do not have to worry as much about find a place of their own). I can assure you we didn't handle it in the way you have presented. We took time and care to look at each studio regarding the number of dancers per studio, the number of routines per studio and the types of routines to all help determine how many students would be utilizing the dressing space at the same time based again on the number of dancers and the type of dance (ie, Studio A will have 10 dancers in 2 routines for Session 5 - teen/senior groups as opposed Studio B who will have 18 dancers in 6 routines for Session 5). Our intention was to try to make what dressing space we had available as comfortable as possible for everyone. We did not realize the limitation that we were facing with this venue and dressing space so we utilized what was made available to us to the best of our ability. My staff works very hard to try to please everyone but unfortunately that is just not always possible and I am sorry that your dressing space was unacceptable to you and your dance family. We did the best we could under the circumstances of the venue. Re: the overall placements, we place half or half plus one up to 20 placements per each age/category division. So if only a 1st place was issued that means that there were only 2 or 3 competitors in that particular age/category. Re: the media fee. This information is published in several different areas. We do not publish pricing on the website but we do offer the information that only videos will be provided - anyone accessing our website, including your parents, can obtain this information from the photo/video page. In addition, from your DCG account you may find this information in 2 additional places: 1) on your dashboard/homepage, to the right there is a 2019 Fee Schedule that you can view or download that provides ALL fees including the media fee 2 ) on your invoice, again, information regarding the media fee and what the media fee includes can be found there as well. Re: performance divisions. You reference how we "control and reward studios". Please understand you, as studio directors, control those registrations. We do not know your dancers and do not place them in their perspective performance divisions. Should a dancer or group of dancers be placed inappropriately and be referenced as such by our Judges this is a review that would be made and discussed with the appropriate studio director at that time. Please note, in most situations you may have some soloists that are elite dancers but if they are combined in a group with a majority of intermediate or recreational dancers then it bumps the group down in a performance division based on the majority of the performance division of the dancers. You may review our rules for additional information on this concern. Re: adjudication. Again, I reference you to our rules for additional information, but briefly, we offer 3 performance divisions. Each division offers it's own separate scoring system. We provide a guide to assist the studio director how to place your dancers, but only you can make that determination. The recreational performance division is for the beginning dancer, while the intermediate and elite performance divisions are for dancers who take so "x" number of hours of dance per week and have "x" years in competition experience. Because the Elite performance division is for the most advanced dancer, our elite scoring scale provides these advanced dancers one extra push, the platinum star. We feel that this is a level in which dancers can work and strive to achieve should they so desire. We see it as a goal with our competition. Other than the platinum star scoring level, intermediate and elite dancers all receive the same awards and opportunities for scholarships. We are always striving to do our very best and I do apologize that your experience was less than favorable. We have already taken a step to do better in the city in which you attended by seeking a different venue that will provide additional dressing space for us to work with so that all studios feel as though they have their own space and can enjoy the event from beginning to end. Thank you for your feedback and I hope that my response helps to clarify some of your concerns. Should you desire to discuss in further detail, I would be more than happy to converse with you. Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley

Dec 28 2018

Really do like this competition just wish they would pay attention to the levels that studios are entering their kids in. We were at Nationals in Daytona Beach and the junior Dancer of the year competed in the Intermediate division, clearly if she can win the whole thing she was (and should have been placed) elite. It would be nice if they could remind studios of theater etiquette. I completely understand cheering for the kids but literally screaming while kids are on stage so loud that the music cannot be heard and people are covering their ears who were lucky enough to sit close is just rude. Staff is always so nice and helpful. A bigger venue for Nationals would be nice as well.

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Aug 24 2017

We have been to Fusion the past two years!! Great competition, judges and pictures!! Hope to go back soon!!

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May 23 2017

We love Fusion! Great competition!

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Nov 29 2016

Very well organized, gave alot of awards! Staff was very nice! Judges gave great critiques!

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Oct 02 2016

Excellent Event! Well run and very organized!

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Oct 17 2016

Thank you Srisalvato for attending one of our events and providing such positive feedback! We work very hard at providing fun, fair, educational and organized events. We hope to see you again in 2017! Kindest Regards~Paula

Aug 31 2016

Loved this competition...not so much the venue but the competition itself was great!!

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Sep 06 2016

Thank you DanceMom1982 for your kind review. We are happy to hear you had a great experience. Regarding the venue, we agree, not all receive 5 stars from us either, but we work hard to try to make the physical space as accommodating as possible. In addition, most all of the venue personnel we have encountered work equally as hard alongside us which makes it more bearable. Due to several factors, we will not be in Orlando in 2017, so we hope you and your dance family will be able to join us in one of our other Florida locations. Thank you again for taking the time to provide feedback. If you have additional questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to email or give us a call. Kindest Regards~Paula

Aug 31 2016

One of worst experiences we have ever had at a competition. Unorganized, rude, technical problems, promised videos and then had no videos at the end of the day.

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Aug 31 2016

Hi Valerie-I am sorry to hear you were unhappy with your Jan 30 competition experience with Fusion. We work very hard to provide a great experience for everyone so your review was quite disheartening and unsettling. Regarding the videos, I am not quite sure what your situation entailed as I have confirmed that all video critiques for your event were made available via your online studio account. With this being our first competition of 2016, we did experience some technical difficulty as we were running a new tabulation system and as hard as we worked to run as smoothly as possible, some things were just out of our control. I am sorry you had to experience that at the event you attended. If there is something additional to your not receiving videos as well as the treatment that you received, I would appreciate the opportunity to speak to you more so that we can understand where we failed you and your studio and to also take this information for future reference. We are always trying to improve and welcome constructive criticism just as much as compliments. Thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. Please feel free to call me to speak in more detail at 912.230.9687. Kindest Regards~Paula

Aug 05 2016

LOVED Fusion regionals. One of our favorite competitions all year. There was no catering to big studios, everything was fair, it ran smooth and on time and the staff was wonderful. Would give regionals 7 stars if we could. Nationals was a little different. Do not get me wrong, we LOVED Nationals as well. And we already plan to go back again this year. But it was not quite as smooth as regionals. One of girls\' solo scores were completely missing (from the printed paper, the online score system, AND the video critiques. There was nothing for her. It was like she didn\'t even compete) and the judges comments didn\'t match their scores at all. You had one judge nitpicking everything in a number that scored platinum, but then it\'s quiet as a churchmouse for a routine that scored good? That didn\'t make sense. I also would have liked the video critique from the numbers that made it into the best of the best show from their first day competing. We felt very uncomfortable that our duet who made 2 visible mistakes the first day, actually fixed them and got a lower score the second day by more than 3 points, and it was all from the same judge. Judges 1 and 3 appropriately gave them a few more points for fixing the mistakes the second day, but judge 2 gave them OVER 8 POINTS LOWER for literally no logical reason. Some of the points were in choreography which had literally not changed whatsoever. They became runner up duet of the year to a number they beat the day before after improving. Although again, this is easily fixed by getting new judges and is not the fault specifically of Fusion itself. Both regionals and nationals are on our schedule again for this year and we are excited to go back. We have even recommended several other studios to check them out for this year. We hope they continue to grow and will continue to support them for years!

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Aug 17 2016

Thank you Bri606 for your feedback. We are in the process now of working with our technology vendor to help provide better reliability in assuring all scores and critiques are available. We were very pleased this season with our new system, but will continue to work towards improvements. Regarding your concerns about the National judging, this was very insightful to us. Not only do we advise judges of our expectations regarding feedback, we also spot check/review critiques after each event. We understand how important feedback is on all levels, and we will definitely be taking your experience into consideration as we begin preparing for our 2017 tour. Thank you again for taking the time to provide your experience with us, for being such a loyal studio and for the referrals...we appreciate you and your business greatly! Please feel free to contact me should you have additional comments or questions at fusiondancecomp@gmail.com or at 912.230.9687. Kindest Regards~Paula

Jul 20 2016

Great comp! ran right on schedule and very enjoyable

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Jul 20 2016

Thank you Abbeygolba for your positive review and kind comments. We thoroughly enjoyed our Ft Meyers competition and are looking forward to hosting there again in 2017! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. ~Kindest Regards, Paula

May 27 2016

Owner is dishonest & goes against what she tells you on the phone. Do not support this competition. There are a million better ones!

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May 27 2016

FusionNDC takes great pride in trying to provide quality customer service in addition to a quality competition. Our policy on refunds states \"Under no circumstances will refunds be issued for submitted entries. In the event one is unable to perform due to a documented injury or illness, Fusion may issue an award certificate to be used at the 2016 Fusion National Finals or a 2017 Regional competition. The decision to issue an award certificate for unused entry fees is solely at the discretion of the Fusion director(s).\" Based upon our records, the one student you registered for one of our competitions in March was included in the schedule. Upon receiving that schedule notification, your studio informed us that you were not attending. Because the reason for your non attendance was that your student quit, this gave us no cause for reimbursement. However, upon the directors discretion, you were offered the opportunity to transfer the registration fee to another event. At this time, you now state you have closed your studio and the transfer is not useful to you. I understand the frustration in not being able to receive refunds when students quit. However, as a competition, there are administrative and system fees associated with studios registering students. When entries are pulled that have been included in a schedule, our costs do not disappear therefore, we must have some policy in place regarding refunds. We work very hard at trying to accommodate all requests and felt under your circumstances, offering you the ability to keep the registration fee in your account was more than fair. As was previously expressed, we are sorry that your studio has closed and our offer is of no use to you. We would be happy to work with you in the near future should your situation change. Please feel free to call should you have additional questions or concerns. ~Kindest Regards, Paula

May 23 2016

This was our studios first time doing Fusion. We participated in Newport News, VA. We were concerned due to a venue change. However, the competition was amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful. The scoring was fair. The trophies were beautiful and the students liked having pins for their jackets. We will definately return next year in Portsmouth.

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May 27 2016

Thank you MADance for joining us in Newport News. This was our first competition in Virginia and we were so impressed with all of the studios joining us! We had a great time and look forward to our visit again to this great state in 2017. Thank you also for taking the time for providing Fusion such a wonderful review...we really appreciate studios positively acknowledging all of the work and passion put towards providing a fun, fair and educational competition experience. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. ~Kindest Regards, Paula

Mar 19 2016

Great experience with Fusion NDC this year. After convention last October we were a little concerned about regionals, but it was a needless worry. Staff was great, judging was fair, and overall ran smoothly. My only reason for not rating 5 stars is the ribbons. Our girls love getting new pins every year. It lets them re-live the experience after the comp season is over. Overall winners do get a beautiful Fusion pin, but dancers who don\'t dance a S/D/T (who get medals, which are beautiful as well) and aren\'t in an overall winning routine, go home with nothing but a ribbon. *****Side note not specifically about Fusion, I read in a previous review about judges not moving routines that have obviously been placed down and 100% agree!! This happens pretty often at comps in general. I understand the competition staff not wanting to offend studios/dancers/teachers so they\'ll come back the next year, but someone needs to step up. It\'s pretty obvious that studio owners/teachers are manipulating the rules when a \"recreational\" solo dancer is on stage throwing front aerials and perfect a la seconde turns... yet they\'ve been dancing less than 3 years, have minimal comp experience, and train less than 3 hours a week... riiiight. AGAIN, this was NOT our experience at Fusion, I just wanted to comment on another review!!!

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Mar 19 2016

Hi RGC25-Thank you once again for your feedback. We are so pleased that you joined us this season and that you found regionals to be a great experience. When I read your post regarding ribbons I had to LOL as this weekend we unveiled pins for the adjudication of our group routines and no longer use the ribbons...the timing of your comment was so coincidental. :) Regarding the levels of dancers and appropriateness of placement is one area that is very \"grey\" for competitions. We do rely upon Studio Directors to appropriately place their dancers and it can be quite relative. At the same time, Fusion does reserve the right to move dancer(s) if the judges deem they are inappropriately placed. Our judges have made this call as recent as this season and as a competition we did change the dancer(s) performance division. Of course, as a courtesy to Studio Directors, any time this occurs, it is discussed with them with reasoning provided based on the judges discretion. We have had no complaints. We have been fortunate to have really great studios attend our events and find that communication tends to make all situations better. Thank you again for your feedback. Feel free to call or email at any time. Kindest Regards~Paula

Mar 17 2016

Not a fan. One judge scored a dancer super low and then literally gave 3 corrections in the critiques and actually had another say,\"I don\'t know much about clogging, but...\", he scored her a 79??? Also Wish they would encourage their judges to monitor the levels of dancers. I had two first time competitors leave feeling very discouraged because they competed against were clearly not competing in the proper level. These should have been made to go up a level.

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Mar 18 2016

Hi CityDanceCo-Thank you for providing your experience with us. We strive to provide quality service and want everyone, dancers, teachers and family members to have a wonderful time at our events. The fact that this was not your experience this year is very disappointing to me. We provide training prior to competition season with all of our staff, judges included. In addition, we also review their responsibilities and an overview of the competition weekend that they will be adjudicating with them prior to Session 1 of a competition beginning. Our judges are made aware of the three levels of scoring and we also provide this reminder next to each judge\'s computer. Regarding your concern with limited feedback, we understand the importance of critiques and the value that these provide to studio directors and teachers and this is why I take your comments very seriously. We actually do spot checks of judges reviews after every competition just to insure that one, judges are providing lots of feedback on the routine and two, judges are providing appropriate feedback on the routine, but unfortunately, we cannot listen to every judge for every routine. Judges are hired for their expertise and ability to provide constructive feedback and they can make or break an event for any competition. I will be personally reviewing your critiques as well as applying your experience to our future events in hopes that we can provide a quality dance competition experience for everyone. If you would like to speak directly to me regarding this or any other issues, please feel free to email me fusiondancecomp@gmail.com Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley

Mar 09 2016

My daughter participated in Fusion NDC Nationals in Panama City this year. The staff was very kind, the judges were personable and the master classes held by them were fun, energetic and educational. There was a low turn out for this competition but no fault to the competition I am assuming. When awards were over, I went to get my daughter\'s score card (she is an independent) and the lady told me it would be an hour before I could pick up. I totally regret not getting her name now. I told her we had to drive a 12 hour drive and she said she would mail it to me (\"no worries\"). The next week, I was told I could not obtain the written score card but that the scores were online (like usual). I really wanted to see the written score bc a judge gave my child 10 points lower on the exact same routine done even better the day of competition. I wanted to see what area he had fault with. I never got any answers. My daughter won the first night in her division and then competed again with the same routine, same competitors--(two of which fell the second day) and got fourth. We are returning the regionals only because of the location is so close to us.

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Mar 18 2016

Hi AcroMomma-Thank you for your kinds words regarding our staff and our event. Because it\'s almost a year later, I am unable to truly gather information regarding your daughter\'s critique, but would like to assure you that we are currently under a new tabulation system that will provide a video critique with a video of your routine in addition to the judges critiquing along with it. You will also receive score sheets upon the conclusion of the event. The video critiques this year are available online made available the Tuesday (if not before) after an event. I am glad to hear that you will be giving us another opportunity to serve your daughter this year. If you would like to speak to me more in regards to last year\'s competition or you have any questions regarding this year\'s event, please feel free to call me at 912.230.9687 or email me at fusiondancecomp@gmail.com. Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley

Dec 09 2015

We attended convention in Orlando (Oct/2015) and were overall disappointed. We usually have such a great experience with Fusion, but aside from the FANTASTIC hip hop instructor Lars Brown, this year was a let down. First thing we were told was that a few of the instructors had to leave early to catch a flight and wouldn\'t be there for auditions. The jazz instructor was sweet, but didn\'t seem to care if the dancers had the coreo or not before moving on. The contemporary instructor would go off about how crossing your arms closed you off, leaning against a wall was negative, and marking a shoulder roll (after she made them do it 7 times in a row) was lazy. Tap instruction was good, but again felt rushed. Just want to point out again that we\'ve had more positive experiences with Fusion than bad, and will continue to compete at competitions, but seriously doubt we\'ll ever do another convention.

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Mar 18 2016

Hi RGC25-Thank you for your feedback. I am truly shocked to have read your comments regarding your experience at our Orlando Convention. This definitely is unacceptable for any student or teacher to feel that our faculty do not have an interest in the instruction they are providing. As we move towards our Fall Conventions this season, we will definitely be using your feedback as a training tool with our faculty. We feel it is very important that our faculty reach student of all levels and abilities and provide quality instruction. Regarding the audition process, we actually do not require all 3 or 4 faculty members be present, but again, this is information that we will consider as we begin preparing for our 2016 Fall Conventions that will hopefully assist us in providing a better experience for everyone. We do hope to see you at our competition this year and I would love to discuss your convention experience further if you desire. Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley

Nov 08 2015

My daughter\'s studio has attended the Fall Fusion Convention and Spring Competitions for several years as well as Nationals several years ago. We have been nothing but pleased at each function. Would definitely recommend Fushion. .

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Mar 18 2016

Hi Kajjkp123-Thank you for your positive recommendation. We hope to continue to serve your daughter and her studio for years to come! Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley

Nov 06 2015

Love it! Well run, fair and fun.

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Mar 18 2016

Hi Fleurflor-Thank you for such nice comments. A competition well run, fair and fun would not be possible without our wonderful staff! Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley

Jul 28 2015

I love Fusion! The competition was very organized and the judges gave useful feedback! It was also a lot of fun! I also loved their convention too!

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