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  • 3.8 - Average Ratings
  • 47 Total Reviews
    Parent : 53.19 %
    Dancer : 12.77 %
    Studio Owner : 17.02 %
    Teacher : 17.02 %

  • PO Box 227
  • Manalapan ,NJ
  • 732-740-0046
  • backstagecomp@aol.com

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BACKSTAGE COMPETITION

Jul 10 2021

This competition would be so much better without all of the unnecessary talking. When it is award time, announce the awards. There is no need for extended babble. If there are a few dances left before awards, don't have the judges take a meal break. Finish the show. They can wait 10 minutes for meal. What about the kids that have been up and dancing since 7am? They are doing it without a meal break. You can sit and judge for a little while longer. The judging is completely unfair.. apparently if you don't attend this on a yearly basis then you aren't judged fairly. This is a talent show, based on the kids talents and abilities. Take the politics out. The only ones hurting in all of this are the kids. They are being judged unfairly and under the impression that they are better than they are or aren't as good as they really are. It is ridiculous and completely unfair.

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Judging : 1
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Awards : 1
Communication : 1
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Jul 10 2021

Apr 14 2021

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Apr 14 2021

Apr 08 2019

So disappointed with this past weekend's comp in North Caldwell NJ. Our studio has been attending Backstage for 5 years and the decline is markedly apparent. This comp was oversold, to the point that even the addition of another performance area was of no help. Judging, which in the past was rather fair, seemed robotic and just complacent. Many of the judges seemed bored and uninterested. Plenty of platinum all around to appease everyone , but by trying to make everyone a "VIP" they provide no incentive for dancers to learn and grow or improve. One couldn't help but feel that the main motivation here was to generate revenue. Really couldn't wait for the weekend to end, the only consolation was Backstage Bill who is always entertaining!Our director announced today that we will be taking a break from this comp next season and exploring more challenging options. All parents in attendance were in agreement.

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Communication : 3
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Apr 09 2019

We are very sorry that you didn’t have a positive experience at the competition. We here at Backstage are always working to improve and would be more than happy to hear your feedback. Please give us a call at (732) 740-0046 so we can help make it more enjoyable in the future.

Apr 08 2019

I recently attended a Backstage event and even though there were clearly some kinks that needed to be worked out, the thing that sets backstage apart from the rest is the staff. From the minute I get there the staff truly does try their best to make everyone a VIP. I have always loved this competition and I continue to look forward to attending them in the future.

Venue : 5
Judging : 4
Staff : 5
Awards : 1
Communication : 3
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Apr 08 2019

Apr 07 2019

I'm not even done at the current regionals that I am at and have to post. I am so annoyed with what Backstage has become. There is a studio here competing and their teacher and choreographer is ONE OF THE REGULAR BACKSTAGE JUDGES. HOW IS THAT FAIR?! Obviously they are going to favor this guy and his stuff if he is on Backstage staff! He has judged US before! How is this fair?!?! Also, They are all about packing the competitions and making money. They tell you that there are glitches in the system and that is why there are so many studios here but then the next staff member says that it is because the owner doesn't want to turn anyone away and hurt their feelings. Which one is it? Probably neither because they just want to make money. Never returning to Backstage and I can't wait for this weekend to end.

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Apr 07 2019

Sorry to hear you have not had a good experience with Backstage. To address your concerns, we our implementing a new two room system at this venue in order to accommodate our dancers school schedules; the two rooms allowed us to not start on Friday and end early Sunday. Also, the two rooms allowed us to take schedule requests. We are not familiar with any this glitches in the computer system this weekend. Additionally, Backstage has strong integrity; the panel of judges this weekend in both rooms have no idea what studios are attending, and therefore have no connection to the studios whatsoever, thus, the scoring is absolutely fair. I would love to speak with you about your experience, so please come find me backstage. -Cathy

Apr 07 2019

My daughter has attended 4 regional and 2 national event at backstage and they have all been great experiences. As a parent I love that the staff makes it entertaining for the whole family. Fun opening ceremonies and award show. They are also mindful that families need update on how the schedule is adhering to time. I always know what time it's going to end because they make announcements when they are behind or ahead of schedule. This is so helpful considering that once it's over most families have a long commute home. Backstage is also very well diverse and I love seeing that and that my child is seeing all cultures and all forms of dance represented. My daughter also loves the judges feedback she says it's always fair and helpful to her techniques.

Venue : 5
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Awards : 5
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Apr 07 2019

Mar 28 2019

so much fun, the judges are great and have a high respect for musical theatre numbers!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
Staff : 5
Awards : 5
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Mar 28 2019

Mar 28 2019

This is my daughters first year in the competition team and we really had a great time at Backstage comp. the staff was very nice, helpful and fun!

Venue : 5
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Apr 09 2019

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Backstage and we look forward to having you at our future events!

Mar 28 2019

Backstage was one of my first dance competitions and I love it every year. The staff is welcoming. the judging is very fair. It is a very fun event every time.

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Mar 28 2019

Mar 28 2019

We always have the best time at Backstage, whether it's regionals or nationals. Their staff always goes a step above and are very easy to talk to. Mr. Backstage Bill is usually the highlight of all the students weekend. And, the MC, Elliot is the most hysterical host- makes Backstage Awards one of my staffs favorite ceremonies! We have never had an issue and we look forward to returning year after year. We have made great "studio-friends" along the way! I highly recommend!

Venue : 5
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Apr 09 2019

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Backstage and we look forward to having you at our future events! We will make sure to pass the message along to Mr. Backstage Bill and Elliot!

Mar 27 2019

Backstage runs an amazing competition. Their staff is so friendly and welcoming. We always have a wonderful time attending. I feel they go above and beyond making the competition a fun time for all the dancers and their parents!! Looking forward to the next one!!

Venue : 5
Judging : 5
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Awards : 5
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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

From when we walked in early morning till we left late that night we was treated great like we were family . Everyone was so nice and polite , there energy was just great this was my daughters first time at backstage and she loved it , she was so excited they made the kids feel so welcomed ... the judges were great too I feel like there scoring was fare and honest and they really did make this a great experience for all the kids as well as the parents ... there the best.

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

What a great competition!! Pleasant, encouraging, positive competitive environment.

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

Our kids have so much fun at this competition! The staff is so friendly and helpful.

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

Amazing competition, excellent staff, wonderful experience! We have competed at Backstage for several years and all of our dancers, staff and parents always look so forward to this competition. We always have the BEST time at Backstage. Great job Backstage, Keep up the great work!!!!

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

Backstage competition is made up of professional wonderful people who not only put their heart and soul into their jobs but also give our dancers an incredible experience on and off their stages. The positive and awesome energy that Backstage brings to their events is contagious for not only the dancers which is super important but also to the audience, making everyone feel welcomed and part of the event. The sportsmanship and family atmosphere is felt throughout the day or days of the entire competition and we are so lucky our studio chooses Backstage!!

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

Great competition! Very organized, easy to work with, responds quick to emails and phone calls. Flexible if you need any adjustments/changes in the schedule. Understanding when you need more time in between your fast changes. Never pushy or impatient with that. Awards go quick, they strive to get you out at a reasonable hour. Lourdes backstage always has a smile on her face and is so accomodating. Teachers lounge with coffee - YAAS! Glow rings were given to all the kids, they give out a ton of free tee shirts! Merchandise is great and affordable! Venue is perfect, didn't feel on top of any other studio in the dressing rooms! Opening ceremonies are always fun and get the kids and parents excited for a fun day. MC is hilarious and makes the audience laugh throughout the day. Lots of opportunities for recognition for dances that stood out - whether it be their vip awards for costume, choreography, etc. Keep it up Backstage! Can't wait for Nationals!

Venue : 5
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Apr 09 2019

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the competition and we would like to thank you for taking the time to write this review. We'll pass along the kind words to our staff members!

Mar 27 2019

Backstage is amazing!! We are always welcomed with positive energy, and enjoy interacting with the staff every time. I feel they take the time out of their day to meet each studio and every dancer that gets on stage. We have been competing at this competition for the past 6 years! Their scoring is always fair and consistent. I know my daughter feels this is her favorite competition to attend every year!

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

Backstage always treats our studio like family- we look forward to attending their competition every year. The staff goes above and beyond for everyone , always helpful, friendly and supportive. The best part about them is the way they treat the dancers- always so positive and encouraging which helps to ease their nerves before hitting the stage. The competition is run so professionally and filled with fun so everyone in the audience has a great time also!! Backstage feels like home every time we attend!!

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Mar 27 2019

Mar 27 2019

The best competition around! Judging is always extremely fair. Staff is super entertaining and fun. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere all around. Backstage bill is the absolute best and such a hit with all the kids. LOVE BACKSTAGE!!

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Mar 27 2019