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.
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
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.
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
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.
We have been to Fusion the past two years!! Great competition, judges and pictures!! Hope to go back soon!!
We love Fusion! Great competition!
Very well organized, gave alot of awards! Staff was very nice! Judges gave
Excellent Event! Well run and very organized!
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
Loved this competition...not so much the venue but the competition itself
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
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.
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
LOVED Fusion regionals. One of our favorite competitions all year.
was no catering to big studios, everything was fair, it ran smooth
time and the staff was wonderful. Would give regionals 7 stars if
Nationals was a little different. Do not get me wrong, we
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!
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
email@example.com or at 912.230.9687. Kindest Regards~Paula
Great comp! ran right on schedule and very enjoyable
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
Owner is dishonest & goes against what she tells you on the phone. Do not
support this competition. There are a million better ones!
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
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.
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
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!!!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley
My daughter participated in Fusion NDC Nationals in Panama City
The staff was very kind, the judges were personable and
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
awards were over, I went to get my
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
she said she would mail
it to me (\"no worries\"). The next
was told I could not
obtain the written score card but that
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
won the first night in her
division and then competed again with the
same routine, same
competitors--(two of which fell the second day)
got fourth. We are
returning the regionals only because of the
so close to us.
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
email@example.com. Kindest Regards~Paula Dell-Beasley
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.
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
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
Hi Kajjkp123-Thank you for your positive recommendation. We hope to
continue to serve your daughter and her studio for years to come! Kindest
Love it! Well run, fair and fun.
Hi Fleurflor-Thank you for such nice comments. A competition well run,
fair and fun would not be possible without our wonderful staff! Kindest
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
this was a good competition
We attended 1 regional in 2014 and they had technical difficulties with
their microphones so we missed out on one judges critique. We attended
once again in 2015 and are missing 2 judges audio critiques and they lost
score sheets. On a couple of routines we received little/no constructive
criticism so it felt like we were just there to entertain them, yet they
scored the routine an 83. I understand the score if there is justification
to back it up, tell us what to improve. For the time involved, money spent,
and travel expenses I didn\'t feel we received enough feedback. We are
attending their nationals because it was decided upon back in the fall and
is already built into our schedule. However, we may not return in 2016.
This competition is less than a few years old but they really knew how to
create an outstanding competition atmosphere. We attended both the
regionals and nationals and were very happy. We are coming back this year.
This is a competition you do not want to miss.
Not a bad comp its definetly a memoray becsusenit was my first comp
the one I went to last year was great and seemed fair
Our girls love Fusion!!!