We participated in a virtual competition in May of 2020. We understood when the live stream didn't work and didn't expect everything to be perfect. However, we did expect to receive awards that were earned. My daughter won first place in the overalls which earned a $150 cash prize and Creation never gave it to her. We have emailed and called for three months with NO response from the company.
I just wanted to take a moment to address the concerns that are on this page as a whole. I wanted anyone that reads this to understand we are aware of some of the issues that have come up in the past. I take these concerns very seriously and truly do want everyone to have a great experience with our competition. I have recently taken over control of day to day operations and have been working diligently to improve our company. Improvement is a process but we have taken great strides in comparison to when some of these reviews have been written. As humans we are not perfect, however we can make a commitment to improving and providing our customers with a valuable experience. More importantly, we can strive to encourage and empower our youth while giving them a platform to showcase their tremendous talent. I would love for your studio and dancers to join us this upcoming year and give us the opportunity to provide a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering platform as we move forward.
Creation Dance Championships
My kids competed this past weekend in Wesley Chapel and our whole group had lots of fun and it was definitely a great time. Thank you for the amazing weekend, we can't wait to see you at Nationals!
We have been to this competition twice now and both times it went well.
Judges seemed to be good and gave nice critiques. very nice getting a free
DVD with video critiques. Overall good competition and hope to go back in
Creation is just a so-so competition. It ran slow and the judging seemed
somewhat off, but not bad overall.
Competition ran on time, directors were wonderful, music was perfect.
However, several of our dances scored low 1st place, which would have been
fine if there had been reasons for it, however when we listened to the
critiques they were all complimentary... not one thing for us to work on!
One judge said nothing except \"welcome\" and \"great job\".
Additionally, as an instructor who teaches primarily ballet, the technique
award was given to a studio that consistently didn\'t turn out, fell out
of turns, and had horrible fouettes! We love this competition but wish that
the judging was more consistent or at least that we knew why we scored how
I see several posts regarding Creation Dance Championships in Pittsburgh
this past weekend. None of them are even close to describing an event that
was a complete disaster. Management should collectively be ashamed of
themselves. Over and over again they illustrated how inept and unprepared
they were for the dancers. After having their dance announced and coming
on to the stage, those poor kids were left standing for long periods of
time, waiting for their music to begin. In numerous cases the dancers were
called and in place to start, and only then was an attempt made to find the
correct music. There is no excuse the people at the sound board can offer
to excuse this lack of professionalism. This is also indicative of a lack
of respect shown to the performers. The announcer created chaos in the
timing of how the previous group was acknowledged and then how the next
group was then called to perform. The sequence of how this was handled
throughout was very amateurish. This was commonplace to the entire
competition, not an exception. Once more, lack of respect shown to the
Evidently no management people saw fit to oversee the next
dancers in the wings from being in view of the audience, as well as being a
distraction to the performing dancer/dancers. Again, this is also
indicative of a lack of respect shown to the performers.
performances, a management person seated with the judges was a distraction
to the judges next to her as well as to people close by in the audience by
trying to communicate on her cell phone while the music was playing at full
volume. Once more, this is indicative of a total lack of respect shown to
Last but not least was the announcer at the
awards\'ceremony. Was it really necessary to scream \"ULTIMATE
VICTORY\" at the top of your lungs each time the award was given?
other aspects describing this event have already been posted here, and each
and every one of them is accurate. Stay away!
I have held my thoughts for a few days just to make sure this review was
not written in shock or anger. This is my 5th year as a competition
parent.rThe best of the worst is the at least hour behind that the ran
daily. Creations has a list of rules published on their website however it
seems they only follow them when they feel like it. One rule clearly
states that props will take 30 seconds to clear. Yet one studio consistenly
held routines up with props that took 10 minutes and the MC was making
jokes about this. Not only were routines held while a prop was being built,
the were held AFTER the routine because acts couldn\'t get past the prop
being disassembled to get to the stage!!
Secondly Creations states
that NO act not completed would be allowed to perform again. Not only did
the allow this but the picked and chose what acts that they would allow to
perform. Some children that ran off stage were allowed a second chance and
some were told that they had done enough to be adjudicated. If you are
going to break your own rules then you need to do it for EVERYONE present.
What is worse is that these children that redid uncompleted routines were
given high scores and overalls.
But where most of my disappointment
in this competition lies is in the following. One of my children is 5
years old. She is a novice dancer. During her solo Creations began to play
another song overtop of her solo music. They never stopped the music and
then they totally restarted her song overtop of the other song playing. My
daughter KEPT dancing. She tried her very hardest and kept going despite
what had to be a horribly confusing situation for her. When our studio
director pointed out what they just did to a small child with her music
they said she was fine and they refused to let her redo her solo despite
the fact that this was THEIR fault. They then gave her a very low
score.These judges should recognize the maturity it takes for a 5 year old
to do that.
As a parent of a 11 year veteran competitive dancer turned teacher, I
understand the ins and outs of competitive dancing as well how most
competitions work. This was the worst I have attended. The competition
was held over 3 days with 377 entries. Day two Saturday, awards were begin
at 8:35pm but did not start until 9:30pm . Day 3 Sunday was again on
average was running approximately one hour behind. The same studios were
consistently not ready, the second performance of the day was delayed???
The rules are clearly stated on the website but not followed in multiple
ways, ie repeat performances and prop times on and off stage.This
competition believes that performers under a certain age and in the novice
catagory regardless of natural god given talent cannot achieve high scores.
The \"motivational\" speech given was way above the heads of the
younger dancers and demeaning the to the older dancers. How can you award
high score awards and tell a child of any age that you got the highest
score but you are not good enough. In the same competition that you gave a
high score to a child who you allowed to break your rules because you felt
bad for her but she\'s not good enough yet. All of have ways we can
improve In life, this competition needs to look at its rules and remove
those that aren\'t enforced consistently. Your credibility as a business
is looked at by fairness,the rules for an 7 year old should be the same as
the rules for a 18 year old- if that 7 year old can\'t be held to the
same rules they should not be a competitive dancer. Yes, my daughter danced
competitively at 8 and understood that rules are rules. Yes, both my child
and I understood that if she didn\'t do her part, we both could lose both
opportunity and money so if you aren\'t going to do it, don\'t sign up.
Each time you change the rules you negate your responsibility to all of
those dancers in every city that did follow the rules. On a positive note
the judges were excellent.
recently attended Creation dance competition & it was the most poorly ran
competition I\'ve ever been to in my 9 years of attending dance
competitions. the male owner was rude back stage & caused unnecessary
confusion that flustered my group of 6 yr olds backstage. they were also
very inconsiderate of fast costume changes giving a routine 3 numbers the
chance costume & hair. the music situation way a hot mess, they had no idea
what was happening w it & need to get that situation figured out. I also
didn\'t appreciate the disorganization at the award ceremony where they
were calling wrong dances, taking awards away from dancers bc they messed
up, announcing the incorrect categories, all causing unneeded stress. also,
at the end the one day competition the owner gave a huge sermon at the end
of the competition that took at least 5 minutes that shared views not all
agree with. I would not recommend this competition to more elite studios bc
of the lack of professionalism, it was definitely not up to par w
competitions like Hall of Fame or Legacy.
I have attended Creation Dance Championship\'s competitions for years and
have always found that their judging staff is always on \"pointe\".
They are very organized and ALWAYS on time or ahead of schedule which is
FANTASTIC!! Their staff is very friendly and professional and it is a
\"family friendly\" environment! Their awards are awesome too!! Love
Love Love this competition! Thanks Creation Family!!
The competition was dancer and family friendly. It ran on time. The venue
was great. Judges were great at judging all levels.
Loved this dance competition ran on schedule and scores matched critiques
the only suggestion I would have for creation is top 10 in overalls instead
of top 5 especially with 53 soloist in one age division. We will return to
this next year.
First time going to this competition and we loved it. Don\'t let the
negative reviews steer you away from this competition. Judges scored very
technically which is how it should always be at competitions but sometimes
doesn\'t happen that way. Liked the fact that adjudications were plaques
for solos and the overall prizes for solos were very cool. After attending
definitely planning on going to World Cup!
Can I rate this comp negative zero stars it was so unorganized and
unprofessional we will never return I also baleive they wasted our time and
should refund all monies you should be ashamed of your self for acting such
We are sorry that you are so disappointed. Perhaps you have never attended
a competition that is strictly for the children. I am not sure what you are
referencing, but again sorry for your disappointment. Our competition ran
less than 15 minutes behind and it was due to our allowance of extra time
for costume changes. Otherwise we were right on time. If you care to
elaborate on your comment, I would be more than happy to respond.As for
professionalism we work very hard to help to make your experience with us a
pleasant one, but sometime as you will peruse the comments below, things do
not always meet certain standards and must be addressed.
We were at the St Louis competition this weekend for Creation Dance. The
backstage guy and Joann were AMAZING! But the owners were rude,
disrespectful, unorganized, and unprofessional. We had a Teen solo dancing
and Debra(director and owner) interrupted the judges while they were
judging. Both her and her husband walked around in front of the stage while
dances were on stage. When our Senior dancer was doing her solo, the judges
didn’t even start watching until she was half way through her routine.
Then when I received the judges comments afterwards there were none for her
Dr David(owner) also made a rude comment in the auditorium
before a dance from another studio about having flowers on the stage. My
parents and teachers heard this and when the studio owner confronted David
about it, he denied it.
They said that they had two huge competitions
in the same weekend. The one in St. Louis was two days but we started at 9
am and was finished before dark (6:00pm). As most of us know large
competition you do not get out before dark! Their other competition was in
Maryland. I looked at the schedule….it was ONE day Starting at 9:30am and
awards at 5:30pm.
Also after listening to about 4 judges comments, I
stopped because one judge cussed on the comments.
They say there are a
Christian Competition, please do not let this statement sway you into going
to this competition. That is great you are a Christian, but you are not a
good business owner!
After being in the competitive world of dance for over 40 years as both a
studio owner and now a competition founder/owner/CEO. there are some key
points that need to be addressed. We at Creation strive to make sure there
are no politics or unfair judging at our events based on the size of
attending studios or the amount paid to our competition. We hire only
highly qualified judges. We understand the hard work that goes into each
and every routine and are extremely proud of our judges. THEY ARE AMAZING!
The above referenced studio owner had a daughter competing in our
event. The studio owner mentioned the fact that her daughter wins the
over-all at most of the competitions she attends. Her daughter is a
beautiful young lady and wonderful dancer. However, the St. Louis
competition had many amazingly technical and fantastic dancers. The
judging was very close and her daughter had a great performance. The studio
owner stated the amount she had paid for her entries many times as if that
should have been a determination in how the over-all judging should have
turned out. The decision of the judges is final. At other competitions
who have unfair politics this may have mattered but to Creation it did not.
I would like to say that attitude determines your altitude. It is very
important to lead by example and the most important thing is character
development. LOVE, RESPECT AND DIGNITY! In closing, it was an honor to be
in St. Louis and we love you all! We will be back again next year better
and bigger than ever with many new studios in attendance!
This weekend my studio attended Creation Dance in Arnold Mo. It was the
first and last time I will ever send kids to this unprofessional
competition. The judges were great, and staff in general were very helpful,
but the owners were rude, disrespectful, and irresponsible. One of the
owners made a negative comment in the audience about another studio and
denied saying it. They should not be in business.
As the owner of this competition, I would like to comment. There were 2
studios that were involved in our competition which were trouble from the
start. I am not at liberty to state your names, but you know who you are.
The first studio was accusing a member of my staff for making a comment
about a costume that was worn by one of their students on stage during a
performance. First of all it was not a member of my staff as we have no one
in the audience who would or could have made such a comment. The only staff
that is in the audience is the camera people which are not our staff nor
are they a part of our company. We are proud to be a Christian based
competition along with promoting the welfare of the children involved. This
dancer wore no tights, (as did many more of her dancers) a bra for a
costume top which left little to the imagination and booty shorts which
exposed 1/2 of her buttocks. We have a moral obligation to bring to the
studios attention that the costume was not appropriate for performance to
which the entire conversation was taken out of context and whomever made
the comment in the audience must have felt the same way. The studio in
question had exceptional talent but the directors wanted nothing more than
to argue and create a scene..So if this makes me disrespectful, or rude
then Creation is not the competition for you. I call it as I see it and if
anyone else showed up from any other studio dressed the way a few of your
students did, then the only disrespect I encountered was in your allowing
your performers to compete in their underwear. How sad for your students
as they competed well, placed in many dances and are being penalized by a
director who is unable to take constructive criticism..
This competition was literally a joke. I really thought I was on the TV
boiling point. Words can\'t begin to describe how rude these people are
and how unorganized EVERYTHING was but the solo contest took the cake.
Everyone should receive a check in the mail to reimburse them for this
mockery of a dance competition.
As was explained to all of you, we were forced to change venues due to a
mistake made by the UTA staff in our booking date and rather than cancel
the competition, we had to book site unseen another backup venue to
continue the solo part of our program. We were assured by the 2nd venue
that the sound, lighting and stage were adequate for our needs and we do
not take booking our venues lightly.Unfortunately we we shocked by the
appearance of the venue when we arrived and had only one man who was there
to do everything. As for the lighting problem, there was a sound board
which had a short in it (which we did not know prior) which caused the
lights to go out, the sound system was atrocious and we did everything in
our power to fix it, and last but not least the stage was much smaller than
we had been led to believe. So all in all we were as upset with the entire
solo portion as you were, maybe more. We do not set out to intentionally
ruin anyone\'s experience and we can not apologize anymore than we
already have for the problems that incurred. We love the Dallas/Arlington
Fort Worth area and we love your children. Traumatizing your competition
experience is not a part of Creation Dance Championships
Worst competition ever! The solo portion of the comp. Was a huge joke! The
location was horrible ..the stage lights went out on my daughter during her
dance and the music was sooo bad! The had to restart so many dances due to
the music issues it was unreal!the dark haired female host was super rude!
The judges where decent but wasted way to much time with their opinions on
what makes the \"perfect\" dancer and how you should \"fake it til
you make it??\" We had a sunday competition and it ran so far behind we
did not leave their until 10 or 1030 because of all the issues they had!
Don\'t waste your money on this one...Definitely not worth it
Great competition overall - the awards are sometimes a little long for
parents, but the dancers love the extra time spent on them. Judges
personable, they smile and encourage, but definitly \'talk
to the dancers about how to perform and how to properly
accept an award.
The portion I always enjoy the most is the life skills
they give the
dancers. They always give practical advice and focus on
work ethic. They
reinforce that dancing is about presence and technique
and how to rise
above mistakes and push harder. I always look forward
to this competition
out of the many we do each year. Someday my
daughter may not be dancing
for a living, but she can use theselife
lessons in many other areas of
life. The medals and plaques are
temporary, but making an impression on a
child or teen is lasting.
Hopefully our studio will participate next year
This was our second year going to Creation. As someone else pointed out the
judges are human and very personable, which I do like. My child loves the
tiaras for soloists and the judge\'s comments were very helpful. I liked
that Mr. Kyle was giving spin spot demos on the stage during breaks. I wish
they would have done the daddy dance off, like last year but that\'s ok.
Loved the hip hop \"class\" before awards.
My daughter enjoyed the competition. The event stayed on schedule, the
venue was nice and the judges were human - which made the kids feel very
comfortable. A fun event.
As a Dance Dad of a 7 yr old daughter who has held a runner up and a
National Title from Louisville. We have been to many competitions. I
believe that the Creation Dance company and their judges are great. Our
daughter was diagnosed with cancer last season 2013 and she did Creations
Regional in Louisville between treatments, they judged her fair she was
very upset with a second place award. That was the worst she has ever done.
She took the judges remarks came home and said she will not get another 2
on a plaque. This year she is doing 6 dances, if the judges was unfair she
would have atleast placed top five. The studio that won everything we only
had 1 in the top 5 under 8 solo\'s. Her Cancer Duet placed 4th overall, I
enjoyed the judges they did talk to her and us as a family. They told her
to keep dancing and keep her spirits up. If that is cheating or being bias,
then I guess we cheated. Before you judge a competition look at the people
you are judging. We put our dance shoes on one at a time like everybody
Thank you Creation Dance!!!!
As a former competitive dancer, and now a dance teacher,who use to question
\"relationships\" between competitions and judges,because this isn\'t
the first time I\'ve witnessed it!! I have been to many competitions
where I could sense a some type of a relationship between studios,judges
and competitions! Creation staff and judges are very personable and I
enjoy that! Yes it is a competition I agree,but dance has become so
competitive! And this is the one competition I think,supports all dancers!
From the novice level to advanced! I was at the Louisville competition
and as far as the judges helping the dancers......no,he was giving random
choreography for fun during the breaks! As far as technique goes??? There
were two studios that were comparable.... Choreography not so much!!!
That\'s not the dancers fault! I really enjoyed the studio who brought
song and dance routines,we use to do a few of those when I competed! They
are entertaining! And I also love that they have a very strong special
needs program! I\'ve seen this studio in the past and have always enjoyed
watching them! The only thing that I don\'t agree with is putting vocal
with dance in the overalls! Should vocalist get recognized ??? Yes hands
down,there was an amazing vocalist! But I feel they need their own overall
category! Overall I enjoy this competition!
This competition is a complete joke. The judges have favorite studios who
they help during breaks - everyone else is on their own. The people who
are giving this competition positive reviews are friends with the judges
and are happy being rewarded for it. Judges aren\'t at competitions to
help dancers with their pieces BEFORE they compete, that\'s what
critiques are for. Judges are not dance teachers, they are scoring dances
based on technique and performance quality. It\'s ridiculous to think
their job is to find each dancer and give them advice before they compete.
These judges were unprofessional, uneducated and biased.
with horrible technique were placing in the top five while incredible
talent went unrecognized. This competition was unorganized, rigged and an
embarrassment to the art of dance.\\
Save your frustration, save
your time & SAVE YOUR MONEY!
Creation is the ULTIMATE RIPOFF!
Very disappointed in this competition. First let me say that overall our
dancers scored very well, with multiple \"Ultimate Victory\" awards and
age winners. However, it was discouraging to see our dancers on stage and
one of the judges not even watching the routine (he really got into the hip
hop and would all but dance at the table, but when any other style of dance
was up, he would look down, yawn, look around). I agree with another poster
who said that a couple of judges would work with certain studios during
breaks (\"let me see your routine, hey let\'s fix that!\") while
being completely rude to other studio owners and students. Compared to all
the other competitions we have been to over the last six years, this was BY
FAR the least professional and most disappointing.
I find this competition to be a very good competition. The judges are
personable and really help the kids to achieve what it truly means to be a
dance professional. I would highly recommend this competition!!
The user below writing about her granddaughter first: has sour grapes and
second: should not berate any dancer.
This has the worst competition my granddaughter has EVER attended. It was a
waste of my weekend and my money. Yesterday, May 18, 2014, in Louisville,
Kentucky we attended the WORST competition I\'ve ever been to. The
judging was unfair and not professional. During breaks we saw judges on
stage helping certain studios with there routines and basically helping
them cheat. This is suppose to be a Christian competition, and last time I
checked cheating is very Christian at all. As a strong Christian/Catholic I
find this competition to be a joke and a waste and honestly rigged. There
were two studios that were getting EVERY judges award. It was a joke. They
were just making up awards to give to them. And in solos I\'m sorry but
our studio had the best dancer at this competition, granted there were only
7 studios there, but we had the two best soloist at this competitions
competing in the competitive division and the got ultimate victory. Girls
who were in novice and got 1st were placing in the top four and our girls
didn\'t. Our girls were WAY better than those other girls and the only
reason they didn\'t win was because one judge took off points for NOT
WEARING TIGHTS. That\'s a personal opinion and not something to be
deducted on. Our girls were getting 97 out of 100\'s and were not in top
four.... I\'\'m positive that this competition was rigged. Almost all
girls in top four were all from the same studio and I\'m sorry but our
girls were WAY better than them. Just last weekend our girls were at
StarPower, an extremely competitive dance competition unlike Creation, and
they had the top scores in their solo, they got first and second in over
alls ... A complete clean sweep... How do you go from a clean sweep at
StarPower, an amazing and actual legit dance competition, to not even
placing at this silly little ignorant competition, Creation. Makes zero
sense to me. Please do not attend this AWFUL competition.
My daughter performed with her studio dance team at Creation two years in a
row and both times I thought it was the worst competition I had ever
attended. The people were rude, the judges inexperienced, and it was an all
around disappointment 2 years running! Would not ever allow my dancer to
compete at a Creation Dance competition ever again!
We have gone to this competition for several years. It has always been a
very enjoyable experience for the students, parents and teachers.
Did not have a great experience with this competition. Horrible venue and
they were running a couple hours BEHIND schedule. Will not be back.
Our students liked this one. Ran on time and had a very helpful staff.
my studio was very uncomfortable at this competition. we placed well, but
the whole atmosphere was very religious and it was awkward for many. also,
the \"ULTIMATE VICTORY!\" was cute the first three times. After that,
the entire audience had their ears covered.
This competition was a horrible experience for my students this year. They
were \"bumped\" from their original venue and we had to dance at the
state fairgrounds center. . . it was absolutely horrible. There was no real
stage, no backstage, and no dressing rooms. Our critiques were not helpful
and it was disorganized. In addition, the awards ceremonies were very,
very, long and the kids and parents felt that there was a lot of
\"preaching\" going on during awards. It was bizarre. We won\'t be
I have never been to a competition this disorganized before. There were
literally moms fighting over costumes and props being lost everywhere. The
staff did nothing to help this by being rude, the room was so cold, we
couldn\'t get warm, and the judges were rude in the tapes. Please
don\'t waste your money on this competition.
Would not suggest this competition for anyone. We had a terrible time with
the staff being rude to the dancers. Judging was inconsistent as well.
Horrible. What is the point of having different levels of competition if
you are going to combine the levels for overall awards?? The actual awards
ceremonies were horrible as well. I (and many others in the audience) felt
like he was \"preaching\" at us at every opportunity. By the end,
there were audible moans from the audience every time he spoke!
Follows through with point deduction for parents videotaping. 2 tiered
competition and overalls are highest points from both tiers combined.
Tiaras given for 6 highest point soloists. CEO attends competitions
personally and gave a great speech about things every dancer needs to work
on to improve their scores. Gave 4 stars only because if there aren\'t
enough mini entries, they combine the 8 & unders with the higher age group
for overalls. So DD\'s 7 & 8 duo was combined with 12 year olds...