Very disappointed. Judges are completely biased. They claim to love what they do, but really all they care about is who spends the most money. They really don't care about their dancers.
A good experience overall. Good sound, if a little too loud. However, there is a mandatory DVD fee- $18 which is fair if you get a watchable DVD. The quality of the DVD was extremely poor; several recordings were so jittery with lots of sway, even filmed without the dancer in sight. I think the photographer was doing double duty (poorly). Met a parent at the kiosk in tears because no photos of her child's dance were taken. However, available photos were of excellent quality and I bought many. Judging was appropriate and fair. We would return.
Great competition. They have a lot of extras, like an improv competition, an ultimate challenge at the end, and they even customize the background color for each dance. We will go back every year.