Pros: awards were time efficient, staff was friendly.
Cons: they don't show levels in the program or with studio directors so no one knows who they go up against. It's frustrating and I've never seen this done before at any competition. Unfortunately because of this and due to a few questionable judging instances I don't think we will return again in the near future.
I really love the hospitality of this competition but I hate how they don't allow teams to know who they are against. Don't call it a competition if you don't want people to come and compete. It really takes the suspense out of it. I take my kids because it is close, judging seems fair and awards are nice for them, but my students do not like to compete here because they don't know who their competition is.
This is our 2nd time here in 3 yrs and have loved it both times! Well organized and ran on time. Fair judging! Kind staff. Can’t say enough good things about Dance Machine. Hope our studio owner brings us back again next year.
We have gone to DM for a couple years now and things were really great this year. Staff was very friendly and ran on time.
Great competition! Always organized and on time, if not ahead of schedule. I feel that Dance Machine is very fair with scoring and always takes time to make my dancers feel special. You will not just be another studio here but part of their family. We have been competing with Dance Machine for many years and have witnessed this company grow and become a huge part of the dance industry. They continue to strive to give us the best competition experience possible.
Was more enjoyable than last year - and ran way ahead of schedule on Sunday, which is nice on a school night. Judging seemed fair and consistent, so no issues there. Dressing room space was really at a premium this year - not sure if there were more entries or not, but there was hardly room for the number of dancers to change comfortably. In addition, I am still not thrilled with the title "certificate" versus the tiara (cheap), and there was supposed to be photography available but it was not. The videographer was horid - DanceBug it is called. Poor customer service and the one video I purchased (for $35) was terrible quality. Grainy and poor audio quality - could've taken a better video on my old cell phone. Save your money there ladies and gentlemen!
Our last experience with Dance Machine was not a good one. We have been
bringing our teams here for a few years. We have almost always placed with
every routine. We loved this competition until some of our students were
treated badly by an audience member. When speaking to the competition staff
about it, they acted like it was no big deal. We will not return to this
I have been attending Dance Machine since I was a dancer. Now, I\'m a
teacher and I bring my kids to their regionals and nationals! I am so
thankful for this competition, not only for the experience for my dancers,
but for the camaraderie among the dancers AND teachers AND Dance Machine
Staff. I have met some of my closest friends through this competition and
I will be forever grateful. Like every competition, you will receive
judges critiques that you may or may not agree with, but isn\'t that how
the entire dance competition thing works?? I will continue to take my
dancers to these competitions until I cant anymore!!
Went to Ragionals and studio had optional nationals for this competition.
felt it was a sub par venue, regionals didn\'t have photos,
nationals were good photos, the programs,
while less expensive then
other comps, were not very well made and even
though my daughter placed
extremely well at regionals and we were excited
things were frustrating: they took points off for not
tights...id this is a requirement, it should be noted...2: a little
that competed, while it is unfortunate, ran off stage crying and got
re-do her solo, while I agree with this, she should still be able
score but not be placed...and she placed, very well. AND their top
placements were FLAGS/BANNERS....I am a very open-minded dance mom
was just very underwhelming.
Great competition. Would recommend this competition.
I was not that pleased this year. I thought the judging was off, based on
the prior two years comments/awards. I was underwhelmed with the title
awards - last year they received a tiara (what girl doesn\'t want that?)
and this year it was a piece of paper. There was no photographer or
videographer. After the weekend, felt disappointed and not really looking
forward to this event again.
I read the reviews but for the money decided to give this competition a
shot. That was a big mistake. Judging was HORRIBLE. There were multiple
routines that forgot almost their entire routines and still placed overalls
while other studios with beautiful routines barely received a High Gold. I
not only felt bad for my girls but for other small studios who were
completely left out of overalls and pre-awards fun.I have never seen score
sheets before that do not give you a score for technique, execution,
choreography and appearance but at DMP they just give you an overall score
for your dance, you have no idea where you lost those points from. There
were also obvious changes made to the scores on some of our judges sheets
as well as some of the other studios at this regional. Also DMP let\'s
their title holder\'s give out trophies which is fine but these same
girls danced with their studios throughout the competition. Their awards
run long and are very cheap. It is not a family orientated, Christ centered
competition as they claim.
This was my girls first national title competition. It was organized and
competitions were on time. We were pleased with outcome and plan to attend
Dance Machine is a dance competition, however, it is so much more than
that. As a studio owner, I do concentrate on choreography, technique,
performance opportunities, and attending as many competitions and
conventions as possible. With that said, DMP offers more than just dance
critiques. The comradery between teachers, studio owners, and kids is like
nothing else in this industry. To have other studio owners support other
studio kids and vise versa, it truly uplifting and inspiring. Now, Do I
agree with judges critiques? Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No. And that is at
any competition or convention I attend. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I
do not. And that is OK. Do I respect the opinions of the judges?
Absolutely. On any given day, at any given competition or convention, its
is the opinion of an individual watching a performer.My studio is new to
their national program and American Miss/Mister program. By participating
in the series of categories, my students have grown more than I could have
ever imagined. Other competitions strictly judge for title based on solo
performance whereas, the DMP program allows for contestants and the
representatives to gain confidence and communication skills by conducting
interviews and answering questions on stage in front of a full auditorium.
Their audition class also prepares the dancers for professional castings
and auditions. This approach that DMP takes makes for a much more well
rounded child/dancer/performer/citizen. So I will be forever grateful for
the experiences that my students have by participating in this comp. And, I
will continue to encourage my students to enroll/apply/attend the title
program. I will continue to support Dance Machine and I certainly encourage
any studio to come and see for themselves the positive role DMP offers to
the dance community.
Please do not send your dancers here! I have never been to such a bias
competition! We went to regional, and we scored Diamond, and were first
overall, and had the highest score of the weekend. At every other
competition we went to, we got 5 stars, and first place. When we went to
Nationals, with the same dance, we performed better than ever. We had tons
of people coming up and telling us that was the best dance they had seen
all day. We scored High Gold. The entire audience gasped when our score was
announced (this is NOT an exaggeration). We thought that there was a
mistake, so we went to talk to the director. The director informed us that
two of our three judges score sheets were missing. All the director had to
say was that these things happen sometimes. My question is how many times
does this happen at this competition? How many dances have not had complete
scores? I am not a sore loser complaining because I did not win, I go to
competitions to get a fair chance at winning, and to get critiques so that
I can be a better dancer. That is not what you will find at Dance Machine.
There were 2 large studios that won EVERYTHING. If you are a studio that is
large and wants to win based on bias relationships with the director then
go to Dance Machine. If you are a studio that wants a fair shot at
competition, and constructive criticism, then DO NOT ATTEND!!! It was easy
to tell that this competition is bias, and we were not given a fair chance!
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND! GIVE YOUR DANCERS A FAIR SHOT AT COMPETITION, WHERE
YOU ACTUALLY HAVE ALL SCORE SHEETS WITH YOUR CRITICISM, AND CRITIQUES!
Our studio has attended the Dance Machine competition in Myrtle Beach for
the past several years, and it was our favorite competition to go to, and
not just for the location. This year, all of our dances did great at
Myrtle Beach, including one dance that was the top scoring dance of the
day! So we decided to take everybody to Nationals. Huge mistake. The
venue had no space to adequately store and stage the props. The girls had
to go outside to get backstage, unless they walked through the auditorium,
but our dancers have been taught NOT to go into the auditorium in costume,
so that left the girls walking outside in the rain to get to the stage. As
we watched the competition, the awards seemed a little off, as in dances
that weren\'t that good were scoring higher than dances that were better,
but we wrote it off to judges\'s preference of one style of dance over
another. But then our award-winning dance scored so very low that there was
a collective gasp followed by silence from the audience when our score was
announced. Surely there was a scoring mistake? A transposition error
perhaps? A number miss-keyed into the computer? We convinced our director
to find out. Guess what? We\'ll never know what our score actually was
because 2 of our 3 judges sheets were missing. The director had no idea
what happened to them or where they were, but \"these things happen\".
However, the only thing I am thankful for is that the favoritism and bias
was so blatantly obvious that our dancers understood what was going on.
They know that the \"score\" that was chosen for them is NOT the score
that they earned or deserved. To be completely fair, I can\'t tell you
if the judges were scoring fairly or not, because the score
sheets/critiques are missing. So it could be that the person that enters
the scores is the one that has a bias. Who knows? Either way, DMP now has
a reputation for showing favoritism.
I have always loved Dance Machine for the family feel and the honest
judging. But throughout this past competition year, at regionals and
certainly at nationals, I grew more and more disappointed. For those who
say the bad comments come from sore losers, that is certainly not the case.
As dancers, parents, and teachers, we come to competition not only to get
an honest and fair placing but to get critiques. They are what is most
important because without them, how can you improve? It was very
frustrating as a dancer to not only go from diamond and overall high score
of the day at other competitions to high gold here and then not know why or
what to fix. Two score sheets were \"missing\" and the one sheet we did
have did not include a single critique of our dancing. While we danced, the
judges barely even looked up to watch us, or any dance for that matter.
Except for two or three studios, which just so happened to win everything,
even a directors award. An award which was so personal she cried while
giving it. So all in all, we walked away not being able to grow at all as
dancers or know what to improve on with our technique and feeling utterly
disrespected as individuals and as a studio from the judges and staff. As
a senior, I was very dissapointed that this was the last competition I will
ever attend. If you want your studio to get honest critiques and grow, DO
NOT ATTEND THIS COMPETITION. If you are a large studio and wish to win
based on friendships and your large entry fees, go right ahead and I hope
you can win your trophies with a clean conscience.
Will, thank you for a fantastic weekend.
Watching your competition
grow and morph and being able to be part if the process has been such a joy
over the past 15 years. What I most love is that it is clear that you are
all about the students and their growth as people and dancers! Keep it up!
Here\'s to 15 more years together!
My daughter has been dancing since she was 3 years old and competing in
dance competitions since 2007. There is nothing better to us than to watch
our kids(studio family included) present what they have worked so very hard
to learn in those competitions. Most of these kids at these studios pour
their hearts, souls, lives, and selves into every dance and when they do
you see it on stage. Now with that being said, I have never left a
competition more disappointed and upset than I did last night. I have seen
many things in the dance world in support of my children that I thought odd
but to see obvious favoritism, and unfair treatment of a studio was not
only alarming but also made this dance mom angry!!!!! I have never in my
life been so heartbroken and angry at the same time. If you are going to
run a competition and going to allow judges comments to be
\"misplaced\", dance etiquette to go unobserved (don\'t walk around
the auditorium when anyone is on stage), and favoritism to run amuck the
entire place crushing dancers at random then just stop. Stop now before you
ruin the beauty, magic and fun of dance!!!!!
I used to really enjoy this competition, unfortunately what happened at
this years past nationals I have changed my opinion. We had several issues
such has staff being incredibly rude to teachers kids and parents for
simply asking questions about the venue or the competition itself. Also
there were several studios that placed their kids in a lower level category
then their dancers were dancing at. Even the owner of the competition made
a comment to us about this happening yet still nothing was done about it.
It states in the rules that if the dance is a higher level then entered the
judges can move that dance up and judge it at the higher level. this did
not happen and it should have. Then at the end of the week we went to go
and get our score sheets and we were informed that one of our dances only
had one score sheet because the other two were lost. The response from the
staff was \"well this does happen\" news to me and I have been in the
dance world for years. Never heard of that ever happening.The venue was out
in the middle of no where so going and grabbing a quick bite to eat was out
of the question. Everything was at least 20 mins away. Yes they concessions
but they were expensive and didn\'t have a lot of options. The back stage
space is none existent and the dancers had to walk out side to enter backs
stage left. There was a way to get back stage without waking outside but no
one showed us or marked it. There was no stage manager or staff member on
stage left to watch the noise level and when students, parents, and
teachers were asked to be a little quieter there were snide comments and
rolling of the eyes. The bathrooms were small and smelled horrible plus
there were only two bathroom locations to use at the school. The air had
shut off for the weekend which is normal in a newer high school bc it\'s
on an automated system but with that said they knew that nationals were
going to run till Sunday night. All in all not pleased with this
competition what so ever.
I usually enjoy going to this competition. This year the atmosphere seemed
a little different. Ran ahead. too far ahead! One hour and thirty minutes
is too much. Our studio is close to the venue so told students to be there
1 hour early, I was calling students to get there. Usually friendly staff
behind the curtain, not this year. The competitions National winners were
running the music and helping the teachers and students. They are children
themselves and really were inefficient. I liked the MC from last year.
This year the lady MC was bragging about being so early. In previous years
the competition had fun events for the parents and teachers. Did not this
year. Parents said other studio parents were so loud they were rude. I
hate that I can not give them 5 stars this year. I really like the owners
of this competition. We will skip a few years and go back to see if better.
I was in awe at the lack of professionalism at this competition. Read
reviews below mine and all the comments about the judges were o so
accurate. The comments below like \"stone-faced\" \"never looked
up\" \"favoritism\" etc were more than true. The judges sat and
didn\'t watch half of the routines. There was a \"select\" studio
that they watched. This competition is behind in technology and still has
paper judges sheets so that does take away from them fully being able to
focus on the dancers. I heard several other studio owners complaining
about how they wouldn\'t be back and all the favoritism going on and it
was very apparent. I brought the fact that the judges wasn\'t paying
attention to the dancers up to the director and he was very rude. He
assured me that they were and I would have great feed back. As soon as I
read through the judges notes I didn\'t know whether to be in laughter or
tears. The judges talked about illusions, back tucks, etc. that weren\'t
even in the routines. Needless to say, BEWARE, and we will not be
returning here again.
Extremely well run competition at Myrtle Beach this past weekend. Everyone
back stage was so encouraging to our kids waiting to dance and each time
the kids came off the young man and woman that were checking in dances said
\"great job\" or something similar. Both days ran on time and we got
out early both nights. Our students and parents had a wonderful experience
& no we didn\'t win big ..that is not why we had a great time..we had a
great time because the staff was excellent and professional. They had very
qualified judges..(we did our research on all 3). We will be back to Dance
Machines and we applaud the encouragement of the staff and the professional
organization of this competition. We tell our kids ..when you stop having
fun its time to stop dancing...this weekend they had FUN and that\'s what
it\'s all about.(We also had a issue with our music (our fault) the
backstage workers & the sound guy helped us not too panic and got our music
fixed for us. 5 stars no question!!
This is my fifth year attending Dance Machine competition. I bring my
dancers back year after year because we always have a great time!! Win or
lose we have fun. The staff is wonderful, we agree with the judges comments
and our dancers and parents leave happy! I have read the comments below and
want to remind everyone there are two sides to every story. As teachers we
are always going to think our routines should have won or accommodations
for dressing rooms could be better and so on. The fact of the matter is you
can not make everyone happy but in my experience this is a competition
worth checking out!!!! We truly love it!!
My studio has been attending Dance Machine events for 7 years and it has
always been a positive experience for us! Dance Machine is very unique in
that they truly foster studios becoming friends with other studios. I have
made, what are now, some of my best friends through dance machine
introducing me to other studio owners! My dancers have made life long
friends going to regionals and nationals every year as well! We have grown
as a studio while going to dance machine events and it is so nice to see
the other studios grow as well! This competition is always on time or
early and is very fair! As I said we have gone for years and have many
friends there but sometimes we go and do really well and other times we go
and just do ok! Either way out kids always leave feeling encouraged and
having a good time! I highly recommend this competition to studios of all
sizes and levels, there is something for everyone;)!!
I have been attending dance machine competitions for the past two years and
have loved it! they are always the most fun and excited competitions and I
always look forward to going. The people that work with dance machine
productions are some of the nicest people I have met! They make it so much
fun and they are always fair in their scoring and judging. The judges
always appear very interested in all the dancers. Love dance machine!
Very organized and always runs on time! Our studio has attended for over
10 years and we have always went home happy whether we win big or not.
These negative reviews are from poor losers.....
Heard mixed things but had a good time in Myrtle. All the performers from
Starz were having fun. A lot of studios turned out from a variety of
abilities. It\'s good for the young dancers to look up to and watch.
We had a great experience in Elizabeth City. Backstage staff was friendly.
We loved how the awards were separated into different categories rather
than all grouped at the end of the night.
Attended the Myrtle Beach venue this year. Always a favorite, runs on time
and a large variety of studios always attend. It\'s one for the most
fairly judged competitions that we attend annually.
Wonderful weekend at Myrtle Beach. The staff was very helpful with any
questions I had. The whole staff seemed to enjoy what they where doing.
Very friendly with dancers and owners as well. It was a very big
competition but it seemed to run smoothly. Venue was nice, although we
could not take food inside auditorium there was a place provided in the
lobby for eating. Would recommend this competition to others. Backstage
was managed well and dancers really enjoyed it.
PLEASE read all these reviews before attending this competition!!
very well at this competition. We took almost every overall that was given,
so I am not writing this review because we lost and are sore
First of all, the judges are terrible. They were stone faced
the entire competition. We teach our kids to look at the judges, to
\"work\" the judges. There is no \"working\" these judges. They
didn\'t smile, or even look pleasant the entire weekend. Most of them
sat there with their head rested in their hands like they were bored to
death through every single dance.
Our music skipped over and over
during one of our best pieces. My students, being the professionals that
they are kept dancing throughout the entire routine. I kept waiting for
the sound guy to get on the microphone and to politely say \"please exit
the stage and would a representative from this studio please come see the
sound booth\". That did not happen. My dancers finished out the routine
the way they were supposed to. After the dance, I went backstage to the
sound booth and asked what happened and the sound guy said it kept skipping
over and over and I said then why didn\'t you stop the music and ask to
see a representative from our studio. And he had the audacity to say
\"This is your fault\". So, we argued a little back and forth and I
simply told him that in my experience with all the thousands of
competitions that we attend, many \"high end\" competitions, that they
get the back up cd. He was still very accusatory, so I just said I would
like them to run it again and get a fair chance of doing their dance the
correct way. I thought everything was fine until the owner came back
stage. The owner, instead of saying, \"what is the problem, how can we
help? The first words out of his mouth was...\"I can write you a check
and you and your students can go home right now\" I was FLORRED! I will
never attend this competition EVER again! There is so much more I could
First our studio did WELL at this competition so my comments don’t come
from being “a sore loser.” This is also my 7th dance competition
season so I do have some background to lean on. I’ll summarize in my
first paragraph and if you want more detail, see below.
competition weekends are not easy even in the best of circumstances. I feel
my job is to help make my dancer’s life easier by having things organized
and ready for costume changes, try to sneak in a quick protein and drink of
water, give a word of praise and send that dancer back to the stage. This
was the first competition EVER our routine was tossed aside; and NO ONE
CARED! As a parent, I respectfully look to our studio staff for answers
first, every time, BUT when they can’t get answers it’s an epic fail to
the competition staff. This weekend was all about the DM staff deflecting
to the Reynolds staff and the Reynolds staff deflecting to the DM staff and
neither staff taking responsibility for anything. Worse, apparently neither
staff cared about our dancers. Forget the teachers, parents, but what about
this weekend was positive for my child? “Thank goodness this competition
is over! Let’s go home.”
Detail: Worst competition weekend ever!
Had DM selected a better venue (since they did start Friday afternoon and
end Sunday evening) the weekend would not have been quite as unbearable.
R.J. Reynolds auditorium is a beautiful, historic site but not designed for
the crowd DM pulled, particularly on Saturday. It’s technically a
theater, not a convention center.
The venue staff was allowed to treat
everyone with complete disrespect. They were obnoxious, rude beyond rude,
and completely unhelpful. One minute people could eat in the lobby, the
next minute people were forced outside to eat. It was cold, rainy, sleeted,
a wind advisory in effect and people forced outside to eat. There was NO
eating in the building, not even the dressing areas.
The parking for
the venue is at the back of the build
If I could give zero stars I would. Venue was a logistical nightmare.
While the auditorium was beautiful, the dressing room area was horrible.
Several small rooms-- only could cram 4 people in them. The larger
dressing room was down a VERY narrow flight of stars located backstage. We
have attended this competition for several years and it\'s obvious they
have their core studios that get insider attention. And those studios are
rude-- yet they get the Studio of the Day awards every time. Each of the 3
days our stuff was moved so another studio could take the space. Way too
many dancers for the venue. Parking was a challenge. One set of awards
was all they had on Saturday-- the busiest of the 3 days. So no one ever
left the venue, the auditorium was beyond capacity and the dancers were
dangerously crammed on stage. Judges are not well-qualified and take their
job way too casually. Watching the routines with their feet propped up on
the table kind of casual. The studio gets no tapes on performance
judging-- only handwritten notes. One judge was a former dance student who
is currently studying to be an EMT. Another actually listed \"Mary Kay
Consultant\" on her bio. Two judges were dating one year and spent more
time looking at each other than the dancers. Our studio has said they are
NOT going back.
We attend the Boogie Fever competition also run by Dance Machine. It is
geared for recreational dancers and is well organized and fun in general.
I agreed with the scoring of our routines and it is a good choice for
students competing for the 1st time, as recreational and minis/petite. We
opted not to take our senior team to Boogie Fever because we felt they
needed more of a challenge.
One of the worst competitions we have been to. The owners use their dance
parents to help run the competition even when their students are
performing. The scoring system is on a sliding scale...ummmm yeah right.
The owners are extremely rude to parents and dancers. The awards were
cheap pieces of paper and cheap trophies. Even though my daughter won
several top awards, and her dance studio\'s groups won several top
awards, we were very unimpressed with this competition. I would never go
Sliding scale scores? Who ever heard of such a thing?
Unprofessional, unorganized, and just lazy. I will never go back.
Pretty good. Awards took forever.