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  • 4.4 - Average Ratings
  • 72 Total Reviews
    Parent : 62.5 %
    Dancer : 9.72 %
    Studio Owner : 15.28 %
    Teacher : 12.5 %

  • PO Box 1586
  • Laguna Beach ,CA
  • 8664435300
  • felicia@dancemakersinc.com

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DANCE MAKERS, INC.

Mar 21 2021

Great weekend of dance fun!

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Nov 09 2018

Extremely professional and well run! High quality comp

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Sep 21 2018

We enjoyed the inspirational aspect of this convention, and the general message of trusting the process and dancing for the love of dancing. Many teachers did not call out specific kids to come to the center and perform which I thought was very refreshing as kids could just focus on the movement and the passion behind their movement vs. "being seen" by choreographers. Really loved that there were teacher classes as well. We had a great weekend.

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Jul 04 2018

Just got back from Nationals. Girls loved it, as they do every time. I would suggest however that they may need to get independent judges for Nationals to avoid potential conflict of interest. It gives a bad impression when one studio in the competition is where one of the faculty started, one faculty member used to teach, and where at least 5 of the faculty or staff (including DMI co-owner) have taught or will be teaching summer intensive.

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Aug 25 2017

Our studio had an amazing weekend at this event! We will be back next season!

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Jun 14 2017

Convention was nice, choreographers/instructors were good. Competition ran fairly efficient. The awards seemed odd, didn't have anything for solo/small group numbers until well after the age brackets ended...then had a top 10...but only recognized top 5 on stage. Spent more time on special/s awards then actual placement of solo/small group/s. Venue in Chicago was fine...dressing area was a bit congested/confused...but overall OK. Photography vendors did not communicate well on when/what they were selling. Pricing was not competitive with other competitions. Quality was Average. Have nothing but outstanding thing to say about Brooke Paulsen-Zelus! Clone her...and pay her whatever she asks! Our studio received push back on total number of entries...not sure what the "rules" are on that but communication with studio owners well in advance of deadlines would make this an easier process with less stress. Enjoyed the competition/convention aspect of what DM is doing...seems like the 2017 version is not what the 2016 version was...and in looking back probably not what 2015 was....seems to be trending in the wrong direction...maybe growing a bit too fast for their own good.

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May 11 2017

"Try Dance Makers, Inc", they said...."You won't be disappointed!!" ....And they were RIGHT!!! Our dancers were SO inspired with the positivity and encouragement received! What a difference ONE weekend can make. Thank you, Dance Makers, for making my job a little easier and touching the lives of these young dancers!!

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Mar 15 2017

Definitely one of our favorites. My only complaint about Dancemakers is that they favor the students who are attending with a large studio. We love Brooke, Dajan and Zach! And although he was not in our city, we are very excited about Justin Giles joining Dance makers!

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Feb 13 2017

So great, we love DMI

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Jan 26 2017

2016-2017 SEASON: SIX STARS! One of our fav conventions if not the fav. Again, so positive and well-organized. My dancer loves her classes. Our whole studio went this time and lots of happy moms. Looking to do an optional 2nd city this season. ***2015-2016 SEASON: This was an optional for us. My 7yo moved up to their Junior room (7-10 years). These guys are soooo positive and well-organized. Love their meet and greet breaks. Her solo didn't score well but I trust and respect their scoring. ***2014-2015 SEASON: This was my dancer's very first convention ever (6 years old) and it was an optional for us. She was in the Camp Dance room and had fun. Personally, I would have liked her to be more challenged but then the faculty (Becca Ritter) explained her approached and I really appreciated where she was coming from. My dancer did not compete.

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Dec 30 2016

The staff was all excellent and so were the convention classes. I wish there had been a little recognition of the soloists in the awards as the groups seemed to get much more recognition. The judges did give good feedback and I liked that all the reviews were together. We liked this competition overall and my daughter would like to attend again.

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Nov 11 2016

Disagree with a few of the posts below that are concerned about large studios getting the recognition. We attended with only 4 students and our dancers were recognized appropriately for their abilities. My daughter always leaves inspired and wanting more. She goes back to her home studio with a new hunger to improve.

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Nov 09 2016

This rating was in regards to the Nashville event from this year...we have been to several Dancemakers events, but this was the first time attending in Nashville. Although, we loved the convention, this particular venue is very expensive, so we most likely will not be back (to this specific location). As always, the classes were fabulous. I do agree, however, that many awards seem to be based on whether you are there with a studio with a large number of participants, which is unfortunate. We love Dancemakers, overall, and will continue to attend this convention at other cities.

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Nov 06 2016

Just finished with our 7th year of attendance at Dancemakers in Nashville. Very disappointed & have been the last couple of years. It seems that only the larger studios that bring the most routines & pay the most money do the best. We are from a small studio & definitely used to not feel this way. DMI used to be my daughters favorite & mine too as a parent. I\'m sad to say but this will be our last year. They don\'t even talk to the solo winners. Just rush them on & off stage. With the price they charge they should be able to recognize more dancers. They need to have at least 2 levels in my opinion to make competition more fair. Only positive note is my daughter does enjoy some of the classes. Was disappointed also no Marjorie Perry Award. Just seems they have lost passion for dance & it\'s all about $

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Sep 26 2016

Positive experience for all.. Very organized, friendly staff, and wonderful teachers.

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Jul 13 2016

Dancemakers has always been one of our favorites; and Nationals at Myrtle Beach was an all around awesome experience! However, I was disappointed that there was not a tap judge in the senior room during competition. This was further evidenced by all of the top 10 senior soloists coming from the contemporary/lyrical categories; which was not the case in any of the other age groups...We love Dancemakers; and all of the Nationals classes were top notch! We will, of course, continue to be loyal to this outstanding convention; but it was unfortunate that some of the soloists from other genres were not recognized in the senior division. We especially loved Zach and Dejan\'s classes, Matt Tseng and, of course, Brooke Paulsen!...so much positive energy!!!

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May 01 2016

One of the best, love it with my heart :)

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Apr 14 2016

Definitely one of our favorite conventions! Love Matt Tseng! He brings so much positive energy! Brooke\'s tap class is awesome! And Dejan and Zack are just out of this world! I think that the DanceMakers audition process is the best out there...really gives a lot of good feedback to the kids...we are definitely considering DanceMakers Nationals. My daughter would absolutely love to be a part of the Collective! She LOVES this convention!

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Mar 01 2016

Always the most positive experiences. We have attended for 5 years and now travel to other cities on the tour due to the inspirational teaching. The focus is on the convention and showcasing each dancers abilities and fostering growth. The competition is well-run and on time, but isn\'t the reason we attend. We walk away looking for the next opportunity to dance!

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Feb 14 2016

My daughters love this workshop! I thought they needed to offer better scholarships.

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Feb 02 2016

Every year we go to other conventions in addition to Dancemakers, and EVERY year we say \"nothing can compare to Dancemakers.\" They live their motto and their teachers are the most down to earth, kind, and inspiring people we have ever been able to take class from. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is. . . DMI is the best and there is NOTHING that can compare to the energy, inspiration, and joy that it brings our students, teachers, and parents. If you haven\'t tried it. . . you must!

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