We have always loved coming to Act 1. This is a high quality competition that invests in the extras to make the dancers feel special. It has also grown quite a bit in the last few years. This year, comp was way overbooked, a Thursday was added, and the venue (a hotel) could not accommodate the number of people. There were also multiple issues in dressing rooms with other studios moving our stuff around to grab more space. Because of these issues the vibe was a little tense - not the usual positive, family-like atmosphere that I know the owners really value and promote. Still, I would recommend - we always get quality feedback from judges at Act 1.
Act 1 is top notch! They are so organized! The awards are quick and fun. The staff is so incredibly friendly! They have a ton of extra little touches that set them apart! We have been attending their competition since they started coming to our area, and it is the one competition that is always on our rotation! Our dancers look forward to their “favorite competition” every season!
Ok. I don't post very often because today's internet world is so dang negative, that I don't want to hear negative feedback in return. So here it is - my unsolicited opinion. If you don't agree, don't respond. I don't care. But for those of you looking for a great competition to take you kids to - Keep Reading!
There are no words to express what an awesome experience we had at Act 1 Talent this weekend! I've been in business for for 28 year and taught competition dance for 32 years. So for me to be so impressed (before overall awards are announced!!) with a competition, you know I'm serious.
We competed with Katie Rustowicz at Act 1 Talent. We walked into the school greeted by the smiling faces of Katie and her staff. She helped us check our kids in, get organized and rolling.
Then competition started - In a theater, with full stage lighting;
Shannon working backstage is funny, sweet, organized and lovely!!
We were rolling along and then the Act 1 staff came up (with monogrammed napkins) and said “I’m so sorry to Interrupt. But is it time for our Act 1 Talent Teacher Cookie Break”. Giving all of us soft, fresh baked cookies. REALLY??? Who doesn’t need/love a little sugar in the middle of a competition day.
Our kids performed “ok”. It was apparent that is was our first competition. And their placements were spot on! A lot of them need more work! But all of it was in a setting that every dancer felt comfortable and secure.
I just seriously do not have enough words for how awesome every aspect of Act 1 is. It had been A VERY LONG TIME since I’ve gone to a new competition and have been instantly impressed with the staff, the set up, the concepts (unique aspects) and how well the Comp Is run.
If you are looking for a new competition to try, do NOT HESITATE to try Act 1 Talent. We loved it and cannot wait for next year. Thank you so much Katie and staff for an amazing weekend!!
This was a quick day. Not to many entries. Went by really fast. Stayed organized. Kids had fun and that is what matters.
We really love this event! Can't believe how much their Portland event has grown in just a few years. The event ran smoothly and about 40-50 minutes ahead of schedule, which is good, but we were a tad late for the master class because of it. The staff is super friendly. Love the venue they use. Everyone is so welcoming and it is such a positive environment. Love how they offer a master class before the awards ceremony. We also loved watching how into the dances the judges were!!! So nice to have judges that look like they are enjoying themselves instead of the ones that just sit there with blank expressions on their faces. Also really love the special awards they give out. I really wish all comps would do this because the dancers love to be recognized for something other than medal/placing. My only tiny gripe is when they are giving the scholarships for master class, it is obviously random and the gal picking the dancers literally just picked 5/6 dancers that were standing in the front row next to her, but not a huge deal. Otherwise, this is one of our faves and can't wait for next year!!!
Thank you for your positive review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our event and master classes. Our scholarship winners are actually selected by our judging panel during class. Judges watch class with one of our staff members and select dancers for specific scholarships awarded. This staff member is the one who actually finds the dancers on stage during scholarship awards to allow our judges a quick break during the day. It is important to us to provide dancers with even more opportunities to learn and grow as dancers. We are thrilled to be partnered with top conventions, workshops, intensives and talent agencies across the country to provide these opportunities for them. Again we appreciate you taking the time to write a positive review, we hope to see you in Portland again next season!
We very much liked this competition and liked they had a lot of Ballet. I have never seen so many pointe solos at any competition I have ever been too and a lot of the ballet students won the top scores. I do wish the teen category actually included only teens. There is a big difference in what 12 year olds and 14 year olds are taught at a ballet school. More and more comps are putting 12 in the teen category and it shouldn't be, there should be an 11-12 range. I have never been to a comp and seen a 12 year old win or place high when there is a range like this.
We are big fans of Act 1, we attended for the first time last year and will be attending again this year. We felt the judging is fair and no one studios is favorited. The judges actually know how to judge across the board, including ballet, which we tend to find many competitons lack judges with a background with enough ballet training to honestly judge it. This competition doesn't only award to hip-hop which many of mainstream competitions do. Communication is easy, people are kind, and the competition runs on time, if not early and we appreciate that.
We did Act 1 Talent this weekend, and I highly recommend it. The owner was kind and professional. Awards were well run. My girls really enjoyed the classes before awards. I felt the judging was fair, and not favoring towards any one studio. I like the age break downs. I really appreciate the rules, and the fact that they follow them. Pictures and videos (though outsourced) are great quality. My favorite part of this competition were the judges' comments. Every single one of them were positive yet constructive at the same time. We were very impressed with the whole competition. Thanks so much!
We have only attended this competition once and it was okay. I can't really say anything negative because we had a pleasant experience, but it was definitely smaller, so wasn't one we went back to.
We attended Act 1 in Portland a few weeks ago. It was an amazing time. Everyone was so friendly. The emcee was great. The retail ladies were great, and the judging was fair. The awards ceremonies were tons of fun for the dancers. Loved all the special awards. I think it is wonderful how they offer a free master class too. I do wonder how scholarships are chosen since there are no judges judging and no numbers worn. Is it just random? Either way, it is a wonderful thing to offer. Loved your merchandise and the location. The vibe is very positive. Event also ran smoothly. Can't wait for next year! I hope you do a nationals soon!
Once again you did not disappoint. It is so rare that we attend a competition where are parents, teachers and dancers, are so excited to go to. Well organized, the friendliest and most helpful staff you will ever meet at a competition, professional judges, and a scoring system that is fair. One of my parents summed it up best when he said, "I wish all competitions were like this, this is what I want for my dancer." We have been competing for 30+ years and Act 1 is definitely the new bar we compare other competitions to. Thank you Act 1 - see you next year!
We had a great time at Act 1 this year. It was our first time attending. I really appreciated that the scoring was tough. They have free master classes that our kids loved. They have a great "equal chance bump rule". The deciding factor for us is always the judges tapes. They were super helpful and specific as to what they would like our students to work on. They were encouraging but did not sugar coat the areas that they wanted to see improvement in. Overall a great comp!
It was ok. Hard to understand what the judges were looking for. Shaky holds and bouncy turns scoring high.
We love attending ACT 1. The only issue we had last season however, was
during the awards ceremony. Results were not updated prior to handing them
to the announcer and our high point overall was awarded to another routine,
from another studio. This was a mistake that I am sure the director will
not let happen again, as it was very tough on my kiddos simply knowing they
had won but weren\'t announced as the winners. Overall though, it
wasn\'t enough to make us not return. We love that they still give
trophies. ACT 1 is a very organized and well run event.
We have only done this competition once, and it was okay. The venue had a
very small stage, which was also difficult with the master class. Overall,
it seemed organized and the staff was very friendly, but unless it was in
different location, I don\'t know that I would do this one again.
Thank you for taking the time to review our competition. We value your
feedback and love to hear how we can continue to create a wonderful event
for everyone in attendance. I am very pleased to say we have moved our Des
Moines competition venue and look forward to providing dancers, teachers,
and families with more space in 2017. We are excited to continue growing
and dancing with you in 2017!
I loveee this competition and can\'t wait to compete at act one this
season in February!! This companies so fun!
Fabulous competition - our girls felt very comfortable with the staff and
the entire competition so that they really could perform at their highest
potential. The awards were done timely and professionally. Our girls got
recognition where appropriate but also felt competitions in the rankings.
Excellent competition all around - highly recommend this competition for
seasoned dance troops and studios.
We had a great time at Act 1. The staff was very friendly and the
competition ran right on schedule.
5 Stars all around! We were nervous about attending a new competition, but
decided to give Act1 Talent a try and we are GLAD we did! We were
surprised to learn that this was only their second year and hope that they
decided to return to Portland again. This competition was very well
organized and run, backstage was well controlled, ever staff member was
helpful and the master classes were a great touch. A special thank you to
Jamie(?),the blonde lady at the registration. My daughter wanted an Act1
Talent bear (so cute!) with a blue tutu, but the girl before us had taken
the last one off the shelf. Jamie dug to the very bottom of both huge
boxes o bears to find my daughter the very last blue tutu bear of the
season! Jamie and the other registration lady interacted with everyone
that came by, dancers, parents, brothers, grandparents. Always with smiles
and always positive and fun. Many of my fellow dance moms commented on how
nice this competition was. Hats off to the owner of this company for such
an amazing job!
I meant to comment earlier, but thankfully I
remembered while I waited for my daughters class to end.
Our studio competed today in Portland at Act 1. This was a very well run
event. The staff was extremely friendly. The awards ceremony was fun. The
owner is very friendly and did a great job announcing scores. Ceremony ran
very smoothly. Judging was extremely fair. Our small studio scored several
platinums and earned judges awards, which is nice that we weren\'t
completely shadowed by the bigger studios. The master classes were great
too. We came 2 1/2 hours away from Washington. We would love to see you
come to the seattle/tacoma area next season
Love our experience with Act 1 Talent! Since it was the beginning of
Break we only brought a few solos from our studio. You\'d never
were any different than the studios that brought their whole
professional bios of the judges had me excited. The critiques
balance of corrections and praise. What a treat compared to many
just great job, love your enthusiasm, pretty costume that you
many. The stage managers were great and so were the people
running the gift
area. The Act 1 bears are darling! I have already
spoken to our competition
director to put this on the radar for next
year. My vote, if I get one,
will be for Act 1 Talent. The master class
was a great bonus. Great job!
I wish I could give this competition more stars! It was great from morning
till night! It was smoothly run, judging was fair and dancers, teachers
and parents loved the Master Classes! Our studio had nothing but rave
reviews for this competition.
Also, the staff...they were great! They
met us in the morning with a smile and they were still smiling at the end
of the night. Each staff member that we encountered was smiling, always
willing to help & full of energy. Even the young lady that had to run
back and forth getting trophies always had a smile on her face, even when
they told her she would have to go back and get more. She was funny, great
with the kids and again always smiling!
Everything about this
competition as Excellent! We can\'t wait for next year!!!!!
What a wonderful, wonderful competition. Incredibly caring staff, who made
sure that every single dancer felt welcome and encouraged. Efficient, super
organized, and full of amazing energy. Master Classes were fun, and a
really nice touch. Overall, a very positive experience, excited to come
back next year!
We really enjoyed ACT 1. It was such a positive experience. The studios and
the parents that attend this event are so sweet and it really is a great
event. The scoring was fair and the bump rule was a great idea. I really
hope this event continues.
I absolutely love Act 1! I love what they stand for, I love that the owner
has an amazing vision, I love that the judging is accurate and fair. The
competition runs smoothly, every staff member is helpful and the atmosphere
is fun! I encourage studio owners to to support this growing
My dancers actually enjoyed the competition so much in
Upland last season, that we attended the San Diego one as well.
last season was our first time attending Act 1 , there were things I really
liked about it. It went very smooth and I love the bump thing they do so
that if you qualify for the next level up they will bump you :)
I asked my parents to pick the top three competitions they would like to
attend. Act I was at the top of almost everyone\'s list. It was a new
competition last year and we had an amazing experience. Professional
judges are one of the reasons. Eddie Garcia, are you kidding me. The man
has done everything and is so well known. That is the kind of judge I
want. . . sorry, but studio owners should never be able to compete (even in
another city) for a competition they judge for. \"You scratch my back
and I\'ll scratch yours\" is all to common the case. I actually know
studio owners that judge and won\'t go to any competitions that they do
not judge for. They tell you that is they only way to win. We want
professionally trained dancers and choreographers.
Act I is a refreshing
new take on the world of competition. They are professional, courteous,
and above all there for the kids. If you haven\'t gone to one of their
competitions, make sure you do!
I agree with everyone else BUT last year you had Eddie Garcia judging at a
competition. He seemed ultra friendly with Adage dance center. It wasn\'t
hard to find but that\'s because he\'s a teacher there. Having their
teacher as a judge is completely unjust and bias.Other dance competitions
would never let that happen. Not sure if you were aware but that makes you
lose a lot of credibility in your competition. Will not be returning
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback with us.
It is valuable feedback like yours that will allow us to continue growing
and improving. Unfortunately we were not aware of any connection with
judges and studios at any of our 2015 events. The actual studio you
mentioned was not registered for any of our events last season. It was not
until the actual event that we were able to connect a few of the
independently registered soloists with this studio. We do check with our
judges prior to any event to ensure that there will be no choreography
conflicts in any given city, and there were none at any of our events.
However we understand your concern, you entrust us to provide you with a
fair competition experience, I am deeply sorry if you felt you did not
receive this. Act 1 Talent will be taking additional steps to ensure we
provide you with best event possible. I hope the rest of your experience
at Act 1 Talent was a positive one. I would love the opportunity to
discuss this further with you, please feel free to reach out to me,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 960-360-3455. Again we greatly value this feedback
and look forward to improving.
Great Competition! The staff was wonderful. So friendly and helpful.
Genuinely concerned with promoting all the good things about dance instead
of just the money in their pockets. Judging was fair and not a cake walk
which was a breath of fresh air. Our kids that did not take the master
class were very disappointed with their decision as the classes were
wonderful. We will definitely be back to this competition. It has moved
to the top of our list!
Our studio had a blast at Act 1 Talent! It was our first competition of the
year and it definetly did not disappoint. The judges were friendly and
attentive, the backstage staff were helpful and patient through all of our
quick changes, and we all agreed that the awards were fair! There was a
great energy around Act 1 Talent all day, we will absolutely be back next
Refreshing! Finally a competition where the staff is wonderful and
friendly to everyone. The judges are professional and every other dance
does not receive a platinum, they are very earned. I hope we always go
back. All of our numbers I felt were very professionally judged and both
parents and kids loved the free master classes!
Very nice staff and environment but very tough judging and competition.
Thank you for your valuable feedback, as a company we
rely on this feedback to continue to help us grow!!! Act 1 Talent strives
to provide dancers with more than just a competition. Our goal is to
provide a fair and positive environment where dancers of all levels can
showcase their talent and hard work. We are here to build these dancers up
not tear them down. By providing master classes and a panel of
professional dancers, choreographers and educators we hope to inspire these
young performers to continue working, learning and growing. We will
definitely share your concerns with our staff as we prepare for our 2016
season. Again thank you for sharing this feedback!